News and Brief – Week of August 10th
Joe Biden Picks Kamala Harris
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has selected Senator Kamala Harris of California as his vice-presidential running mate.Ms. Harris, 55, is the first Black woman and the first person of Indian descent to be nominated for national office by a major party, and only the fourth woman in history to be chosen for one of their presidential tickets. Biden announced the selection over text message and in a follow-up email to supporters: “Joe Biden here. Big news: I’ve chosen Kamala Harris as my running mate. Together, with you, we’re going to beat Trump.”
925 Quarantined for Covid.
A Georgia school district that reopened in-person classes last week is quarantining more than 900 students and staff members due to possible exposure to the coronavirus. The Cherokee County School District, about 30 miles north of Atlanta, reopened for more than 30,000 of its 42,000 students on Aug. 3, according to superintendent Brian Hightower. By Tuesday morning, there were 59 people who tested positive for COVID-19, he said in a statement.
U.S. postal service reorganization sparks delays
A shakeup of the U.S. Postal Service is leading to mail delays, union officials said on Tuesday. Deliveries from online shopping during the pandemic had already stretched the post office to its limits. Delays have also been reported in at least 18 states, according to media reports.The Postal Service has faced financial woes with the rise of email and social media, and a measure passed in 2006 requiring it to prefund 75 years of retiree health benefits over the span of 10 years at a cost of more than $100 billion.