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COVID-19 update
COVID-19 update

July 10, 2020 - As of yesterday, there have been 3,047,671 reported cases of COVID-19 in the United States and 132,056 deaths from the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There is still much to learn about the virus but basic infection control practices are well known to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.

Word of the Day
serology: noun;the study of antibodies in the blood; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of July 06

domestic: adjective; related to home, a home state or home country;
Navy hospital ships deploy in US for first time

futuristic: adjective; having qualities of the future;
Dragon launch scrubbed

lenient: adjective; not strict, relaxed, forgiving;
Find refuge, if permitted, at a National Wildlife Refuge

unanimous: adjective; noted by everyone voting the same way, either yes or no;
Protect pollinators - a lot of your food depends on it

Today In History

July 11

1899: E.B. White, author of Charlotte's Web, was born in Mount Vernon, New York. He died in Maine in 1985.

1804: Library of Congress: Political antagonists and personal enemies Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met on the heights of Weehawken, New Jersey, to settle their longstanding differences with a duel. The participants fired their pistols in close succession. Burr's shot met its target immediately, fatally wounding Hamilton and leading to his death the following day. Burr escaped unharmed. This tragically extreme incident reflected the depth of animosity aroused by the first emergence of the nation's political party system. Both men were political leaders in New York: Burr, a prominent Republican, and Hamilton, leader of the opposing Federalist Party. Burr had found himself the brunt of Hamilton's political maneuvering on several occasions, including the unusual presidential election of 1800, in which vice-presidential candidate Burr almost defeated his running mate, presidential candidate Thomas Jefferson. In 1804, Hamilton opposed Burr's closely fought bid for governor of New York. On the heels of his narrow defeat, Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel on the grounds that Hamilton had publicly maligned his character.

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