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ASSOCIATED PRESS / JULY 2 A surfer jumps off a cliff into the water during the coronavirus outbreak in Santa Cruz, Calif. Californians are being wooed by local tourism boards promising safe and clean lodging, dining and sightseeing in a bid to boost the state’s devastated economy. Visitors bureaus in Sonoma, Santa Cruz, Monterey and greater Palm Springs are among those pitching local travel with messages to wear masks and to practice social distancing.
California woos in-state travelers with safety campaigns

Californians starved for travel aren’t welcome in New York and can’t even land in Europe because of the surging coronavirus outbreak in their home state so they are being wooed by local tourism boards promising safe and clean lodging, dining and sightseeing in a bid to boost their devastated economies. Read more

ASSOCIATED PRESS / JULY 1
                                Honor guard members from the Mississippi National Guard practice folding the former Mississippi flag before a ceremony to retire the banner inside the state Capitol in Jackson. The ceremony happened a day after Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed a law that removed the flag’s official status as a state symbol. The 126-year-old banner was the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem.
Mississippi could drop Jim Crow-era statewide voting process

The amendment would simplify elections for governor and other statewide officials by erasing an Electoral College-type provision from Mississippi’s 1890 constitution — one that was written to dilute Black voting power and maintain white control of state politics. Read more

SEAN MEAGHER/THE OREGONIAN VIA AP / JUNE 2 A crowd gathers in Pioneer Square in downtown Portland, Ore., as protests continued against the death of George Floyd. Thousands of protesters in the liberal and predominantly white city have taken to the streets peacefully every day for more than five weeks to decry police brutality, but recent violence by smaller groups is creating a deep schism in the protest movement and prompting allegations that white protesters are co-opting the moment.
Violence mars Portland protests, frustrates Black community

As the Portland protests enter a second month, they have shifted on several nights from the city’s downtown core to a historically Black neighborhood in North Portland that’s already buckling under the effects of white gentrification and has the most to gain — or lose — from the outrage in the streets. Read more

JAPAN NEWS-YOMIURI
                                SAFETY ON STAGE: The Kyoto Kanze Association resumed performing Sunday at the Kyoto Kanze Noh Theater, after a self-imposed coronavirus hiatus. The eight jiutai performers who sing the verses wore masks, an unusual move in noh, which values tradition and style. After the performance, association President Kurouemon Katayama said: “Opinion was divided on wearing masks, even among those of us in the association. However, the safety of our audience took priority.”
PHOTO: Safety on Stage

The Kyoto Kanze Association resumed performing Sunday at the Kyoto Kanze Noh Theater, after a self-imposed coronavirus hiatus. Read more

Patent pool could increase vaccine availability

An initiative proposed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to share production methods of vaccines and therapeutic drugs to cope with COVID-19 worldwide, under the framework of a patent pool. Read more

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Karaoke businesses hit sour note with COVID-19

Karaoke establishments have been a persistent source of novel corona­virus clusters in Japan. While businesses in Sapporo have taken infection control seriously, few expect to recover from a drastic drop in customers. Read more

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