The Morning Dispatch: Lebanon in Limbo

Happy Tuesday! Did you know six of The Dispatch’s first 11 employees originally hail from the Midwest? We bring this up because, well, we’re going to miss Big Ten football this fall very, very much. (There were rumors yesterday that the conference is ready to pull the plug on all fall sports due to the ongoing pandemic, but Big Ten presidents are expected to meet later this morning to come to a final decision.)

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The United States confirmed 44,981 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, with 6.2 percent of the 720,603 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 487 deaths were attributed to the virus on Monday, bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 163,425.

  • Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab resigned Monday—alongside his Cabinet—after days of protests that erupted in the wake of the massive explosion that killed more than 150 people in Beirut last week.

  • More than 100 people were arrested in Chicago after an explosion of violence and looting swept the city Sunday night. Protests had cropped up Sunday afternoon after a police officer shot and wounded a man who the police say fired a weapon at them first. The protests turned into riots later that night, with thousands flocking to the city’s downtown and burglarizing storefronts.

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