The Rundown for July 27, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,531,694 and the nation’s death toll stands at 610,947, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Government workers in California and New York City will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face weekly tests for the virus. California Governor Gavin Newsom said the new rule will take effect in August, and extends to those in the medical profession. Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City’s rule applies to all municipal workers, including in the Department of Education, NYPD and the FDNY. The mandate is expected to begin September 13… A joint statement issued yesterday by a coalition of nearly 60 medical groups urged that all U.S. health care workers should be required to get vaccinated. The American Medical Association and the American Nursing Association were among groups declaring that all medical workers have an ethical commitment to put their patients first.

COMBAT MISSION IN IRAQ ENDING… President Joe Biden announced yesterday that the more than 20-year-old U.S. combat mission in Iraq will be over by the end of this year. Appearing at the White House alongside Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Biden said the U.S. focus in Iraq will shift to an advisory role. Prior to the announcement, Biden and al-Kahdhimi discussed the continued presence of U.S. troops in the country. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reportedly met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein recently for talks centered on “a whole host of issues on the bilateral agenda.”

BARRACK PLEADS NOT GUILTY… Former Trump inaugural committee chairman Tom Barrack pleaded not guilty yesterday to federal charges that he illegally lobbied the White House on behalf of the United Arab Emirates while Trump was president. The 74-year-old Barack, a private equity billionaire, is accused with two others in a seven-count indictment of “acting and conspiring to act as agents of the UAE” in an attempt to influence the policy positions of the Trump administration. Barrack is also facing charges of obstruction of justice and making false statements. Barrack was released from jail last Friday after posting a $250 million bond, which was secured by $5 million in cash, some $21 million in securities, and Barrack’s California home.

FINAL MISSING PERSON RECOVERED FROM COLLAPSE SITE… Search crews have recovered and identified the final missing person in the condominium building collapse in Surfside, Florida. The identification of a 54-year-old woman raises the total death toll to 98 victims. The site of the June 24 collapse had been mostly cleared and the debris has been relocated as of late last week, Miami Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said.

SHERIFF, 4 OTHERS KILLED IN STANDOFF… Authorities in Kern County, California, said yesterday that five people, including a sheriff’s deputy, were killed amid a multi-hour standoff with a gunman who had barricaded himself in a residence with family members. The standoff began Sunday afternoon in Wasco when a 41-year-old man climbed atop the roof of the house and exchanged fire with police using an AK-47 assault rifle and a handgun. The suspect was killed by SWAT team members five hours after the standoff began. Inside the residence, police found the bodies of the suspect’s 24- and 17-year-old sons and their 42-year-old mother.

ENTERTAINMENT
SPEARS ATTORNEY PETITIONS FOR NEW CONSERVATOR
… The new attorney representing Britney Spears has petitioned a California court to remove her father as her conservator and replace him with a professional fiduciary. Former prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, was hired to represent Spears after a ruling earlier this month, yesterday asked the Los Angeles County Superior Court to have James “Jamie” Spears replaced by Jason Rubin as conservator of the pop star’s $60 million estate. In his filing, Rosengart wrote that the 39-year-old Spears has “an objectively intelligent preference to nominate a highly qualified, professional fiduciary in this circumstance.” During the July 14 hearing, Spears said she was “extremely scared” of her father, who has overseen her fortune since 2008. She added that the conservatorship “has allowed my dad to ruin my life.”

LAVAR BURTON HOSTS ‘JEOPARDY!’… Longtime “Jeopardy!” fan LaVar Burton began his week-long stint as guest host of the show last night. Burton, who hosted the PBS program “Reading Room,” is also known for his acting roles in “Roots” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” He joins a number of other guest hosts who have filled in for Alex Trebek, who died of pancreatic cancer in November after hosting the show for 40 years.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta 2 – N.Y. METS 0
(7 innings)… Kyle Muller (2-3) pitched four-hit ball over five innings and the Braves blanked the Mets in the doubleheader opener. Joc Pederson doubled home a run in the top of the third inning for Atlanta.

N.Y. METS 1 – Atlanta 0 (7 innings)… Six pitchers combined on a four-hitter and the Mets clipped the Braves to earn a split of the twinbill. Jeff McNeil doubled home the game’s only run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

PHILADELPHIA 6 – Washington 5… Andrew McCutchen’s three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Phillies a walkoff win over the Nationals. Rhys Hoskins put Philadelphia on the board with a three-run homer in the sixth.

CHI. CUBS 6 – Cincinnati 5… Javier Baez singled home Patrick Wisdom with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Wilson Contreras tied the game with an eighth-inning homer.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
BOSTON 5 – Toronto 4
… Alex Verdugo singled home a run and smacked a tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Red Sox past the Blue Jays. Rafael Devers homered for Boston.

KANSAS CITY 4 – Chi. White Sox 3… Jorge Soler hit a pair of solo homers and the Royals got another from Andrew Benintendi in their win over the White Sox. Mike Minor (8-8) limited Chicago to two runs on three hits over six innings.

MINNESOTA 6 – Detroit 5 (10 innings)… The Twins recovered to outlast the Tigers after blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead. Max Kepler singled home Kenta Maeda with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Josh Donaldson homered with a runner aboard.

SEATTLE 11 – Houston 8… The Mariners erased a 7-0 fourth-inning deficit on their way past the Astros. They took the lead on Dylan Moore’s grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning. Kyle Seager slugged a three-run blast. Cal Raleigh lined a bases-clearing double.

INTERLEAGUE
L.A. ANGELS 6 – Colorado 2
… Angels starter Shohei Ohtani (5-1) held the Rockies to a run on five hits over seven innings and helped himself at the plate with a run-scoring single. Jack Mayfield homered with a runner aboard.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 2-5) is at Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 5-8)…
Philadelphia (Matt Moore, 0-2) hosts Washington (Erick Fedde, 4-7)…
Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 9-3) is at the N.Y. Mets (TBA)…
the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 4-10) host Cincinnati (Vladimir Gutierrez, 4-3)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 12-3) are at San Francisco (Logan Webb, 4-3)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 3-5) are at Tampa Bay (Shane McClanahan, 4-3)…
Boston (Garrett Richards, 6-5) hosts Toronto (Robbie Ray, 8-5)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 7-6) are at Kansas City (Brad Keller, 7-9)…
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 4-4) hosts Detroit (Tyler Alexander, 1-1)…
Houston (Lance McCullers, Jr., 7-2) is at Seattle (Chris Flexen, 9-4)

INTERLEAGUE
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 5-9) is at Baltimore (Spenser Watkins, 2-0)…
Cleveland (Cal Quantrill, 2-2) hosts St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 7-6)…
Arizona (Taylor Widener, 1-0) is at Texas (Dane Dunning, 3-7)…
the L.A. Angels (Jose Suarez, 7-5) host Colorado (Austin Gomber, 7-5)…
Oakland (James Kaprielian, 5-3) is at San Diego (Chris Paddack, 6-6)

OLYMPICS DAY 3 HIGHLIGHTS… American swimmer Caeleb Dressel led the men’s team to a gold medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay… Katie Ledecky captured silver in the 400-meter freestyle… The U.S. softball team defeated Japan 3-1 to finish the group stage with a perfect 5-0 record.

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