TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — NASCAR says a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace on Sunday at the NASCAR race in Talladega, Alabama. Wallace is the only full-time Black driver in NASCAR's elite Cup Series. Two weeks ago, he successfully pushed for NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and properties. NASCAR said it has launched an immediate investigation into the noose. The series says it was “outraged” and said there is no place for racism in NASCAR. Wallace says he was saddened but undeterred. The series races at Talladega on Monday after a one-day rain delay.
UNDATED (AP) — A New York City police officer was suspended without pay after he was recorded putting his arm around a man’s neck in what the police commissioner called an “apparent chokehold.” The department’s action to suspend the officer was stunning in its swiftness, occurring just hours after the morning confrontation on a beach boardwalk in the Rockaway section of Queens.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Teenagers, TikTok users and Korean pop music fans may have trolled the president of the United States. For more than a week before Donald Trump’s first campaign rally in three months on Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, these tech-savvy groups have been mobilizing to reserve tickets for an event they had no intention of attending. While it’s unlikely they were responsible for the low turnout, their antics may have inflated the campaign’s expectations for attendance numbers. Democrat Joe Biden's campaign says the turnout was a sign of weakening voter support. The Trump campaign blamed the “fake news media” for “warning people away from the rally” because of the coronavirus.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus through contact tracing has been hampered by the reluctance of some people with the virus to provide information to tracers. The New York Times reports that only 35% of the 5,347 city residents who tested positive or were presumed positive for COVID-19 in the first two weeks of the contact tracing program gave information about their close contacts. The dean of the public health school at Rutgers University tells The New York Times that the 35% rate for eliciting contacts is “very bad.” Dr. Ted Long, head of New York City’s new Test and Trace Corps, defended the program Sunday and said 69% of the people who complete an interview provide contacts.
CHICAGO (AP) — Dads at nursing homes around the country are marking Father’s Day at a forced distance from their loved ones, many of whom are not being allowed to get close enough for so much as a hug. Some will have to stay behind plexiglass. A few states are allowing in-person visits outdoors with masks. But at least one elderly dad says he likes FaceTime better.
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