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August 5, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden won't deliver his Democratic convention speech from Milwaukee after all.

Organizers of the Democratic National Convention announced on Wednesday that Biden will no longer travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to accept the party's nomination for president and will instead give his speech from Delaware, his home state. The news was first reported by Bloomberg.

"After ongoing consultation with public health officials and experts — who underscored the worsening coronavirus pandemic — the Democratic National Convention Committee announced today speakers for the 2020 Democratic National Convention will no longer travel to Milwaukee," the Democratic National Convention Committee said in a statement, adding that Biden will speak from Delaware "in accordance with this guidance."

Most of the Democratic convention was previously scheduled to be virtual due to the pandemic, and delegates were told in June they should prepare to "conduct their official convention business remotely." The New York Times reports that "much of the program is likely to be pretaped videos."

Meanwhile, it hasn't been announced where President Trump will give his convention speech after he canceled the Jacksonville portion of the Republican National Convention last month, though in an interview on Fox & Friends on Wednesday, he said the White House is under consideration, and the Times recently reported that the Liberty Bell, Mount Rushmore, and a Gettysburg battlefield are also being eyed as potential spots.

The Democratic National Convention is set to begin on Aug. 17. Brendan Morrow

July 27, 2020

One of the hosts of a fall presidential debate has dropped out due to the coronavirus pandemic — again.

The University of Notre Dame on Monday announced it will no longer host the first presidential debate scheduled to take place on Sept. 29. Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins described this as a "difficult decision" that was made "because the necessary health precautions would have greatly diminished the educational value of hosting the debate on our campus."

The first presidential debate is now moving to Cleveland, Ohio, and will be hosted by Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic, Axios reports.

This is the second time that a debate host has pulled out due to COVID-19 concerns, The Associated Press notes. Previously, the University of Michigan withdrew from hosting the second debate, with University President Mark Schlissel saying at the time "it is not feasible for us to safely host" it given "the scale and complexity of the work we are undertaking to help assure a safe and healthy fall for our students, faculty and staff and limited visitors." The debate then moved to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida.

The third presidential debate, meanwhile, is set to take place at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and the university said last month it's still "fully committed" to hosting. Brendan Morrow

June 18, 2020

For the first time in four years, it's actually getting cheaper to find an apartment in San Francisco.

Layoffs have hit every corner of the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic, San Francisco's tech market included. Meanwhile, many companies that haven't had mass layoffs have considered expanding remote options once the pandemic ends, or moving some of their operations to smaller cities. Altogether, it's leading to an exodus from San Francisco that has driven vacancies up and rent prices down, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Just three percent of renters in San Francisco paid no rent in June, and just 2.5 paid partial rent, the San Francisco Chronicle reports — a far lower percentage than what's been reported in New York City. But a solid 7.5 percent of city residents, a big chunk of them younger than 25, have broken their leases, a survey from the San Francisco Apartment Association showed. A report from apartment data firm RealPage backs that up, saying there's now a 6.2 percent vacancy rate in San Francisco, up 3.9 percent just three months ago.

Fewer tenants has translated into lower rents over the past few months as well. The median monthly rent for a San Francisco one-bedroom apartment has fallen 9.2 percent from a year ago, hitting $3,360, according to listings platform Zumper. That's the first time prices have fallen from the year before since 2017, when the median rent was $3,370.

San Francisco tops the list of the steepest drops in monthly one-bedroom rents from the year before, but Denver has also seen prices drop close to 7 percent, and Los Angeles and Chicago both saw dips of about 3 percent, per Zumper. Read more at The Wall Street Journal. Kathryn Krawczyk

June 30, 2019

The NBA's offseason, some argue, is just as exciting as the actual season. Free agency is set to begin on Sunday evening at 6 p.m., and while several major storylines are close to solidified — Kyrie Irving to the Brooklyn Nets, Kemba Walker to the Boston Celtics, and Klay Thompson returning to the Golden State Warriors among them — here are three pressing questions surrounding this year's crop of free agents.

Will there be a new dynamic duo? — Kawhi Leonard, fresh off his MVP performance in the NBA Finals for the Toronto Raptors, is reportedly considering joining forces with Golden State's Kevin Durant. If that happens, the two would reportedly sign with the New York Knicks or the Los Angeles Clippers. Durant is likely to miss most or all of next year with an Achilles injury, but that doesn't seem likely to stop either team from trying to lock up two of the game's elite talents.

Will the Lakers sign a max player? — The Los Angeles Lakers cleared up enough space to sign a player to a max contract to team up with LeBron James and the recently-acquired Anthony Davis. Leonard seems like their top target, but it's also possible the Lakers will look to distribute that money to multiple players instead. That could mean someone like prodigal son D'Angelo Russell, who was recently displaced by Irving in Brooklyn, could head back out West to suit up again for the team that drafted him.

What about Jimmy Butler? — After Leonard and Durant, All-Star Jimmy Butler is probably the biggest remaining name on the market. Butler is reportedly taking meetings with the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat, but there's also a solid chance he remains with his current team, the Philadelphia 76ers. He's been loosely connected to the Lakers, as well. Tim O'Donnell

June 28, 2017

The Los Angeles Clippers parted ways with their star point guard Chris Paul on Wednesday, agreeing to trade the 32-year-old to the Houston Rockets. Paul joined the Clippers in 2012 and led the beleaguered franchise to its six best seasons by win percentage, but the Clippers were never able to advance past the second round of the playoffs even with their star trio of Paul, forward Blake Griffin, and center DeAndre Jordan.

A nine-time All-Star who was named to the NBA's All-Defensive First Team for the sixth consecutive season this year, Paul will join MVP finalist James Harden in Houston's backcourt. Harden's transition to point guard last season was hailed as an awakening for the eighth-year man, but now he will presumably share with Paul the burden of running Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced, trigger-happy offense. Paul and Harden had apparently wanted to play together for some time, Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

In return for Paul, Houston is sending defensive guard Patrick Beverley, scorer Lou Williams, and second-year forward Sam Dekker — among others — to Los Angeles. Kimberly Alters

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