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President Trump visited a Ford Motor Co. plant that’s been repurposed to make ventilators; but during most of his tour, he declined to wear a face mask, violating company policy. He did wear one out of view of reporters, saying he didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing him wear one.

The Centers for Disease Control released guidance on reopening higher ed institutions this week, and almost daily now, colleges are releasing their own plans for how they intend to open with students on-campus come fall. For many schools, part of the plan includes testing for the coronavirus. But the logistics behind testing (financial costs included) are overwhelming to some schools.

Even before the pandemic, the problem-plagued prison at Guantánamo Bay had been hit with more dysfunction than usual, including the departures of several key personnel. Now that legal proceedings have come to a virtual standstill at Guantánamo's U.S. military court due to the pandemic, what happens now?

China is expected to impose control over Hong Kong through sweeping national security legislation. It’s the country’s most aggressive effort yet to exert its control over the semi-autonomous city and the renewed push from Beijing will almost certainly set off more protests against its rule in Hong Kong.

Students applying to schools in the University of California system will no longer have to submit SAT or ACT scores to gain admission. Many critics see the scores as a reflection of wealth rather than academic readiness. (Listen here)

There’s been intense focus on food banks, as people line up in their cars for miles to apply for groceries. But many people who run food banks say they have certain limitations, and people in need may be better served by the government’s food stamp program, known as SNAP.

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The Daily Good

Theo Ponchaveli paints a mural of the likeness of Ahmaud Arbery in Dallas earlier this month. Arbery's killing in February in Georgia ignited anger and protests.
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Before the pandemic hit, bassist Linda May Han Oh and pianist Fabian Almazan were already forces to be reckoned with, but for the most part, they kept their creative practices separate. Together, dare we say, they are one of today's premiere jazz power couples. Watch the couple serenade us with a piano and bass duet from their Harlem, N.Y., apartment. Click here to see the video.

Today's Listen

Theo Ponchaveli paints a mural of the likeness of Ahmaud Arbery in Dallas earlier this month. Arbery's killing in February in Georgia ignited anger and protests.
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Authorities in Georgia have arrested the man who filmed the video of the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in February. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Thursday that William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. was charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. (Listen here or read the story)

The Picture Show

A mix of traditional and nontraditional Arabic desserts served with Turkish coffee.
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When the pandemic hit, photographer Eslah Attar made the unexpected decision to move back home to quarantine in Ohio with her parents. Over the past several weeks, Attar has reconnected with her parents as an adult, and grown even closer to her Syrian mother through their lifelong love of cooking. “Moving back in has given me full access to Mama's world — her spices, her recipe books and the chaos that her kitchen turns into every time we cook or bake. It also has given me access directly to Mama, without a screen between us. So I asked her to teach me how to make the complicated maamoul and knafeh that once seemed so out of reach.”

Before You Go

Glacier mice in Iceland.
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  • Moss balls seem to roll around glaciers in a coordinated way and researchers can't explain why; the whole group moves at about the same speeds and in the same directions.
  • "Full House" actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have agreed to plead guilty to charges for their part in a massive college admissions scandal.
  • The 2020 hurricane season will be busier than usual, with six to 10 hurricanes. Three to six of those are expected to be a Category 3 or higher, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
— Suzette Lohmeyer contributed to this report. 
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