Trump to resume campaign rallies amid protests and pandemic

President Donald Trump visits Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday for a controversial campaign rally, his first in three months. Trump put his rallies on hiatus in March amid the coronavirus pandemic. Saturday’s event will be held in the 19,000-seat BOK Center, even though Oklahoma has seen a spike in coronavirus cases in recent weeks. Trump is also wrestling with criticism over his handling of nationwide protests against police brutality and racism. His campaign moved the rally back by one day after facing intense pushback for its original selection of June 19, or Juneteenth, which commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation. Critics also noted the city’s 1921 race massacre, one of the worst in U.S. history.


Some supporters of President Donald Trump started gathering outside the Tulsa, Oklahoma, arena that will host his first campaign rally during the coronavirus pandemic two days before the actual event. (June18)

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Baseball takes a hit: MLB facilities will be closed to combat coronavirus

All of Major League Baseball’s spring training facilities in Arizona and Florida will be closed this weekend after the league decided to immediately shut them down Friday night to combat the coronavirus, USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale reports. Also, players and staff cannot return to the facilities until they have tested negative for the virus. The move comes after at least 12 MLB players and staff recently tested positive for COVID-19. The league hopes to start a shortened 2020 season this summer, but MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association can’t reach an agreement on the parameters. The players union said Friday MLB was not providing a counter-offer to their 70-game proposal, as owners have their sights set on a 60-game season. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred holds out hope an agreement can be reached, but he does hold the power to mandate a season, if the coronavirus doesn’t mandate another stoppage in play.


What I’m Hearing: MLB insider Bob Nightengale tells us that owners and the league are not happy with super agent Scott Boras as they believe he’s intentionally slowing down negotiations to restart.


Summer solstice: Get set for the most daylight of the year

Summer is here at last. The summer solstice – the exact moment when the sun is at its highest point in the sky each year – is at 5:44 p.m. ET Saturday. This marks the beginning of astronomical summer in the Northern Hemisphere, although hot, summer-like weather has already arrived in many parts of the country. During the solstice the sun will be directly above the Tropic of Cancer. That’s the farthest north the sun moves in the sky, which is why the days close to the solstice have the most daylight of the year. Many people around the world celebrate the solstice with music and other festivities. 


Summer may feel like it starts when the weather warms up, but the summer solstice is the official start of the season in the Northern Hemisphere.


Happy Father’s Day to all those celebrating

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21 — and if you haven’t yet gotten a gift for Dad, there’s still time. While it’s too late to order some of the most popular Father’s Day gifts to arrive by this weekend, there are a few that don’t require any shipping. You can wait until the very last minute and still show up to Father’s Day with a present in hand. Need more help? Here are some things to buy and what to watch:


Taking dad out for dinner or joining him for a BBQ may be a challenge in 2020, but you can still give him the gift of food this Father’s Day.


‘Ring of fire’: A rare solar eclipse will be viewable in Africa and Asia

A “ring of fire” solar eclipse will be visible in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia on Sunday. Sadly, no portion of the eclipse will be visible in the U.S. So, what is a solar eclipse? Sometimes when the moon orbits the Earth, it moves between the sun and Earth. When this happens, the moon blocks the light of the sun from reaching Earth. This causes an eclipse of the sun, or solar eclipse. During a solar eclipse, the moon casts a shadow onto Earth. In addition to the more familiar solar eclipses, sometimes annular eclipses occur, when the moon covers the sun’s center, leaving the sun’s visible outer edge to form a “ring of fire” or “annulus” around the moon. 


Impress your fellow skywatchers with these actually interesting eclipse facts.


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