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The American Alliance of Museums just surveyed 760 museums and they found that one-third are not confident about their survival over the next 16 months, due to COVID-19.

We checked in with two beloved museums here on the Treasure Coast – the Vero Beach Museum of Art and the Elliott Museum in Stuart, to find out how the pandemic is affecting them.

RS: We made lemonade out of lemons.

This is Rob Steele.

photo provided; artwork by Tania Ortega-Cowan

Thanks to COVID-19, the high school class of 2020 has had an experience like no other before. We wanted to hear firsthand and that’s when we learned about two local students chosen as Bank of America’s 2020 Student Leaders.

BS: My name is Bryce Shevak. I am a graduate of John Carroll High School this year.

CM: Hello. I’m Claudia Magne. I just graduated from Treasure Coast High School. I was top ten.

American Red Cross

So, as we planned for our annual hurricane season check-in with our local Red Cross, we noticed something else going on: an increase in house fires.

JD: With more people staying home, we have seen a pretty significant increase.

This is Jennifer Durrant.

JD: And I am the executive director of the Palm Beach and Treasure Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross.

COVID-19 has more people at home, cooking, maybe smoking in the house.

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Epic Games, the video game developer behind the mega popular online game Fortnite, just posted a video criticizing Apple for removing the game from its App Store.

Updated at 8:02 p.m. ET

Tribune Publishing, the parent company of local news outlets across the country from the Chicago Tribune to The Baltimore Sun, is closing the physical offices of five newspapers permanently.

Gov. Brain Kemp is taking a new approach in his battle over face masks with Atlanta's mayor. Rather than have a judge rule on the conflict, he's going to issue a new order on the subject.

On Thursday Kemp announced the attorney general's office has withdrawn a lawsuit he filed against Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the Atlanta city council, when she moved to reinstate more restrictive COVID-19-related safeguards.

The Department of Justice accused Yale University of violating federal civil rights law by illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants in its undergraduate admissions process.

Those are the findings of a two-year investigation conducted in response to a complaint by a coalition of Asian American groups. The Justice Department notified university officials in a letter on Thursday.

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The Justice Department is accusing Yale University of discriminating against Asian American and white applicants based on their race. The DOJ has spent years investigating the way Yale handles undergraduate admissions. I should note that I graduated from Yale. In a statement, the school denies the allegations and says it won't change its admissions practices. Melissa Korn writes about higher education for The Wall Street Journal and joins us now.

Welcome.

MELISSA KORN: Thanks for having me.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

The Justice Department is accusing Yale University of discriminating against Asian American and white applicants based on their race. The DOJ has spent years investigating the way Yale handles undergraduate admissions. I should note that I graduated from Yale. In a statement, the school denies the allegations and says it won't change its admissions practices. Melissa Korn writes about higher education for The Wall Street Journal and joins us now.

Welcome.

MELISSA KORN: Thanks for having me.

Warning: This article contains descriptions of alleged sexual assault and misconduct.


Three women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against musician Mark Kozelek, who frequently performs as Sun Kil Moon. The accusations were published by Pitchfork on Thursday in a report by Amy Zimmerman.

Black Americans are becoming infected with the coronavirus at a rate three times that of whites and they are twice as likely to die from COVID-19, according to a new report from the National Urban League, based partly on data from Johns Hopkins University.

A key focus of Thursday's report is the impact of the pandemic and how the disease has followed the contours of the larger society in falling especially hard on Blacks, Latinos and Indigenous people.

The Justice Department has seized millions of dollars' worth of cryptocurrency from terrorist organizations, according to court documents unsealed Thursday, in what the government called its "largest-ever seizure of cryptocurrency in the terrorism context."

The Trump administration also said it seized several websites tied to an ISIS scheme to sell fraudulent face masks to the public during the pandemic.

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