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Thursday, June 25th, 2020
In brief: In preparation for the full 2021 budget proposal that she'll release in September, Mayor Durkan "has asked police and city staff to develop scenarios this month for what it would look like to cut between 20 and 50% of the Seattle Police Department's budget next year"; a Proud Boy from Portland was arrested in Portland after violating his parole by traveling to the CHOP earlier this month; and contact tracing is showing that this month's protests haven't been a significant factor in spreading the coronavirus because of widespread mask use, and that most community spread is happening through parties and events where people aren't wearing masks and are often indoors.
STATS
Washington & King County
As of last night at 11:59 pm
Statewide: 30,367 confirmed cases (+498), 1,300 deaths (+7)
King County: 9,573 confirmed cases (+120), 606 deaths (+2)
Total tests conducted: 505,795 (+18,736)

U.S.
Today
2,374,282 confirmed cases (+37,667), 121,809 deaths (+692)
Total tests conducted: 29,207,820 (+640,465)

The world
Today
9,583,144 confirmed cases (+152,760), 488,740 deaths (+5,988)
Local Protest News
In preparation for the full 2021 budget proposal that she'll release in September, Mayor Durkan "has asked police and city staff to develop scenarios this month for what it would look like to cut between 20 and 50% of the Seattle Police Department's budget next year." [KUOW]

A CHOP group called the Seattle Black Collective Voice held a press conference in an attempt to "reclaim the narrative" of the protest zone (although they made sure to clarify that they don't speak for CHOP as a whole, because no one speaks for CHOP as a whole), after a parody Twitter account got national news coverage yesterday for a ridiculous statement that it posted publicly. [The Stranger]

A Proud Boy from Portland was arrested in Portland after violating his parole by traveling to the CHOP earlier this month. [Associated Press, via The Seattle Times]

And employees from the Trader Joe's on Capitol Hill and the Whole Foods in Westlake held a press conference to issue demands to their stores' corporate owners after they say they faced workplace discrimination over their Black Lives Matter activism. [KUOW]
Local COVID-19 News
The star-studded All In WA fundraising concert that happened last night raised $45 million for coronavirus relief. [Seattle Times]

Chris Talbott looked at the impact of the loss of summer visitors on the city's tourism industry, which is the fourth largest economic driver of both Seattle's and Washington state's economies. [Seattle Times]

There's been a sharp increase in the number of wildfires that have started across the state so far this year, in large part because people staying at home people have been doing more yard work, and burning more piles of debris as a result. [KNKX]

And Yasmeen Wafai looked at how Pride weekend will be celebrated this weekend in pandemic-friendly ways. [Seattle Times]
National News
CDC Director Robert Redfield estimated that the true number of infections in the U.S. is likely 10 times higher than the number of officially confirmed cases. [NPR]

The U.S. is increasing the number of flu vaccine doses it manufactures this year in anticipation of this winter's flu season hitting during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. [Washington Post]

Contact tracing is showing that this month's protests haven't been a significant factor in spreading the coronavirus because of widespread mask use, and that most community spread is happening through parties and events where people aren't wearing masks and are often indoors. [NPR]

The House of Representatives passed a sweeping bipartisan police reform bill that goes much further than a more limited version that Democrats in the Senate prevented from being passed yesterday. [New York Times]

And the Washington Post looked at how Kentucky was able to pull off what many other states have been unable to do thus far: an orderly, mail-in-ballot-driven primary in the midst of the pandemic. [Washington Post]
Viral
Black Lives Matter leader states if US 'doesn't give us what we want, then we will burn down this system' [Fox News, 1.1 million shares]

On the whole, governments are in a hole [Morning Brew, 889k shares]

Outrage as activists and journalists say the Star Spangled Banner should no longer be the National Anthem because it was written by slave owner Francis Scott Key - and suggest John Lennon's Imagine as a replacement [Daily Mail UK, 874k shares]

Dead wrong: Feds sent $1.4B in stimulus checks to over a million deceased [NBC News, 741k shares]

U.S. hits highest single day of new coronavirus cases with more than 45,500, breaking April record [NBC News, 718k shares]

What they don’t tell you about surviving COVID-19 [SF Gate, 712k shares]

Cops fired over violent, racist talk about Black people: We are going to 'start slaughtering them' [NBC News, 521k shares]

Biden Takes Dominant Lead as Voters Reject Trump on Virus and Race [New York Times, 315k shares]

Parties — not protests — are causing spikes in coronavirus [Minnesota Public Radio News, 267k shares]

How the Virus Won [New York Times, 196k shares]
Ending on a high note
The headline "Devin Nunes Loses Legal Battle With Twitter Cow" now exists in the world.
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