Florida condo demolition updates death toll
The death toll of the Florida condo collapse rose to 27 after three more bodies were discovered in the latest rubble left behind by the building’s demolition. Another 118 people are still unaccounted for. The demolition now allows the crew to reach previously inaccessible places like bedrooms where people were believed to be sleeping when tragedy struck. The pace of work and the number of searchers on site have increased, but it is unlikely that more survivors would be discovered 12 days after the June 24 collapse.
An unexpected NBA Final
The Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks will go head-to-head in the NBA finals. Game 1 will take place on Tuesday night where the Suns will host their opponent. Experts say this unexpected final will present a tough fight as the Suns have never won a title in all 53 years of their existence, while the Bucks won their only championship in 1971.
Cosby demands Howard University’s support for Rashad
Disgraced TV star Bill Cosby called on Howard University to support his former co-star Phylicia Rashad’s freedom of speech after she bolstered him on Twitter when his sexual assault conviction was overturned. Rashad, who played Cosby’s wife on The Cosby Show, is also the Dean of the university’s Chadwick Boseman College of Fine Arts. Last week, when Cosby was released from prison, she tweeted: “A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!” Though she backpedaled by saying sexual assault survivors deserve support, her comments garnered criticism from the public, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Janet Hubert.
The Sha’Carri and Soul Cap bans
Banning ruled the roost for the Tokyo Olympics last week. American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson received a one-month suspension on July 2 (backdating it to begin from June 28) because she tested positive for marijuana. Richardson had cited cannabis use to help her cope with the recent death of her mother. She has accepted the suspension and could participate in the 4×100 meter relay that takes place later in the Olympic Games if she is named to the U.S. team. The second ban came from Fina, the water sports world governing body, who banned the use of Soul Caps — swimming caps designed for afro hair. The Soul Cap company said Fina had told them the hats aren’t suitable because they don’t follow “the natural form of the head”. The move is now being reconsidered because of backlash.
England to lift mask mandate on Freedom Day
England’s mask mandate will end on July 19, which is the UK’s so-called “Freedom Day”, announced British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. If enforced, it will bring an end to mandatory mask use in public transport, stores, and other public settings. The Sun reported that masks will become voluntary and people won’t face fines of up to £6,400 (about $8,800) if caught without one. The mandate removal does not apply to other parts of the UK yet.