Tops in the News – 12-14 June ’20

Trump to West Point amid tensions, will address graduating class. In preparation for the president, the West Point cadets have been divided into four groups of about 250, with strict orders not to mingle outside their cohort. They eat in shifts in the dining hall, with food placed on long tables by kitchen staff who quickly leave. There are four designated paths for cadets - who want to go for socially distanced runs. - by Eric Schmitt and Michael Shear, NY Times

Quarrel between Trump and military leaders intensifies as Milley apologizes for photo op

President Trump, accompanied by Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, among other advisers, depart the White House on June 1 for a photo opportunity at St. John’s Episcopal Church. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Battered by a health crisis and fury about racial injustice, voters are mourning the past, worried about the present and fearful of what comes next.

By Lisa Lerer and David Umhoefer

Brendan Hermanson, 51, a construction worker for three decades, has come through the pandemic healthy and employed. At home in Milwaukee, where he lives with his grown son, he tries to tune out the hostile politics in the country and wonders if he should bother to vote again for President Trump in November or “sit back and watch it crumble.”

In the Philadelphia suburbs, Basil Miles, 27, isn’t as comfortable. He worries about his ability to provide for his pregnant partner and their 3-year-old daughter after he was laid off from his food service job because of the coronavirus. He recently skipped a doctor’s appointment in the city because he feared armed white vigilantes who were threatening black protesters in the area.

Houston's hot weather alone is not likely to squelch COVID-19

By Andrea Leinfelder

Houston’s hot weather held unusual anticipation this year: Maybe, just maybe, rising temperatures would squelch COVID-19 like it does the flu. And then, after spending much of March and April indoors, people could go to the beach, attend family barbecues and resume some normalcy.

Austin area police chase ends in death as ‘Live PD’ cameras roll

By Tony Poletski