1. The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court late Thursday to overturn the Affordable Care Act. People across the nation have turned to the program for health care after losing jobs because of the pandemic. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said taking away the benefits “in the middle of the coronavirus crisis is an act of unfathomable cruelty.” A decision may not come until 2021.
2. The U.S. Covid-19 case count tops 2.4 million with over 124,000 deaths. Maine reported 53 additional cases on Thursday, the highest single-day total in nearly two weeks. In all, the Maine CDC has recorded 3,070 cases. Of those, 2,512 people have recovered and 103 people have died, leaving 455 active cases.
3. Over the last 2 weeks, cases have risen by 84 percent in states that don’t require wearing masks in public. In states where mask wearing is mandatory, cases have fallen by 25 percent. Maine is one of the states where mask wearing is required, but compliance with that order remains challenging.
4. The MPA, which oversees high school athletics in Maine, released its guidelines for summer workouts Thursday, with a strong emphasis on safety and conditioning. Phase 1 will begin July 6. School superintendents in Cumberland and York counties have agreed to have no in-person interactions between coaches and athletes until Aug. 3.
5. Splash Mountain, one of Disney’s most popular rides, will be renamed and “completely reimagined.” The ride is based on the 1946 film Song of the South, but will now star characters from the film The Princess and the Frog. Fans have been urging change because of racial stereotypes in Song of the South. The film is known to be so controversial that Disney hasn’t even put it on its Disney+ streaming service
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