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Trump, Biden, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11th

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden each travel to Shanksville, Pennsylvania on Friday to honor the nearly 3,000 victims of the worst terrorist attack in US history on September 11, 2001. Trump will attend a ceremony at the Flight 93 National Memorial commemorating the 40 passengers and crew who fought aboard the United Airlines jet against hijacker that crashed without targeting the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, to reach. Biden and his wife Jill Biden will travel to New York in the morning to attend the 9/11 Memorial & Museum ceremony and to visit Shanksville in the afternoon. Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will be in New York to attend the 9/11 Museum Ceremony and a separate nearby event organized by the Stephen Stiller Tunnel to Towers Foundation that will see the names of 2,977 read people killed in the world are trading center. For security reasons in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, the 9/11 Museum has decided against reading the name tradition.

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Wildfire smoke covering the west coast may begin to clear

Strong, gusty winds have fueled deadly forest fires in more than a dozen US states, causing massive clouds of smoke to blanket cities on the entire west coast. The winds could calm down on Friday, however. According to the National Weather Service, the winds that fueled the fires will subside over the weekend, but low humidity combined with warmer temperatures in the coming days is enough to keep you on high alert in the event of fires. It seems like the hazy clouds of smoke could linger in most areas, although the San Francisco Bay Area and parts of Los Angeles may see clear skies over the weekend. The deadly inferno killed at least 23 people, injured countless others, destroyed hundreds of homes and burned areas almost the size of New Jersey.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been with us for 6 months (and counting)

Friday marks six months since the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 became a pandemic. Since then, the virus has killed 905,000 people worldwide and 191,000 lives in the U.S. – more than any other nation. After lockdown in the country following the March 11 announcement by the WHO, COVID-19 plunged the economy into a new recession that undid almost all 10-year job gains in just a few months. The fear of the virus has also profoundly disrupted everyday life. Travel and dining out are restricted, schools have gone online, and face masks have become increasingly mandatory. Massive research into a vaccine is ongoing, but even that is part of the president’s policy. Six months? Feels a lot longer.

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Louisiana to ease coronavirus restrictions – but New Orleans does not

Louisiana will ease restrictions on public gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on Friday – but New Orleans won’t follow suit, the city mayor said. Governor John Bel Edwards announced that the state would move from “Phase Two” to “Phase Three” following a recent declaration of emergency, and said he would provide more information at a press conference on Friday. Coronavirus-related restrictions in New Orleans have consistently been somewhat stricter than the state’s. The city was the epicenter of a spring COVID-19 outbreak that made Louisiana one of the nation’s hot spots. New Orleans Mayoress LaToya Cantrell spoke Thursday about plans to bring students back to classrooms starting Monday. “The main reason we stay in the second phase and not move with further relief from restrictions is to get our children back into class, to have the time that allows us to look at the data that is Look at trends and determine the implications for them, ”said Cantrell. She said the city is looking at ways to crack down on companies that don’t abide by the shutdown rules.

NBA playoffs feature a game 7 and another potential playoff game

Two NBA playoff games will be played Friday night: one is Game 7 and the other shows the urgency of Game 7 for the team that needs a win to keep their season alive. The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics will end their long and sometimes controversial matchup when they play Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semi-final series to determine who will face the Miami Heat in the final next week. Toronto has won three of the last four games after Boston won the first two. In the other game, the Denver Nuggets play for their playoff lives as they follow the Los Angeles Clippers 3-1 in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinals series. The Clippers have won the last two games to build that lead, but the Nuggets are 3-0 in playoff games this postseason when they came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat Utah Jazz in the first round.

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What I Hear: Mark Medina of USA TODAY Sports discusses how mental health and the stress of being in the NBA bubble have become an issue that players will talk about as the playoffs progress.

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