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"STAN" – A T. rex, whose bones are up for auction. Ross Geller would stan.

All Around The World

The Story

Countries across the globe are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Not again.

We know. It's been over six months since the word 'pandemic' was added to our daily vocabulary. The coronavirus has infected nearly 30 million people worldwide and killed over 940,000. While the world's racing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, the virus hasn't stopped spreading. Here's where different parts of the world stand:

Europe...where a WHO official's calling the situation a "wake-up call." Seven countries saw new infections more than double in the last two weeks. And others reported an increase of more than 10%. Experts say this is partly due to increased testing, but also because of relaxed restrictions which have accelerated community spread. Areas in Spain, Germany, and the UK have either issued new restrictions or plan to soon.

Asia...where India has surpassed 5 million cases. While that number is currently below the US's total, India's on track to become the pandemic's worst-hit country. But the gov's reportedly ruled out more lockdowns. In China, hundreds of thousands of residents have been given experimental COVID-19 vaccines and an official one could be ready as early as November. Meanwhile, Russia says 'been there, done that.' But health experts are concerned they're moving too fast.

Africa...where the African Union (composed of 55 member states) developed an online marketplace to make test kits, PPE, and ventilators available for the AU. The continent's been surprisingly spared compared to the rest of the world, with over 1 million confirmed cases – more than half of them in South Africa.

Australia and Oceania...where the virus was thought to be a thing of the past in some areas. New Zealand – which at one point was COVID-19 free for 102 days – had a new outbreak last month. And Melbourne, Australia, is under a strict lockdown and nightly curfew until October.

The Americas...where the US still has more deaths and infections than any other country. Some schools have had to delay their reopenings while college towns have become new hotspots. Ontario, Canada has announced new restrictions and fines amid a surge in cases – prompting fears of a second wave there. Meanwhile, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, and Colombia are among the top 10 in global cases.


Six months ago, shutdowns were imminent as the virus spread to all four corners of the world. Now, with the upcoming flu season in the Northern Hemisphere, many worry about the dangers of a second wave as we all wait for a vaccine.

And Also...This

Who's been talking about protesters...

Attorney General William Barr. After several months of protests (93% of them peaceful) around the country, he's reportedly suggested that federal prosecutors charge violent demonstrators with sedition (conspiracy to overthrow the US gov). Sedition charges are extremely rare and can result in up to 20 years in prison. Critics say the charges would be an overreach, but supporters say Barr needs to take an aggressive approach. The AG also reportedly asked prosecutors whether criminal charges could be brought against Seattle's mayor for allowing residents to set up a police-free protest zone. But the DOJ said Barr did no such thing.

This whistleblower. Earlier this summer, peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters were tear-gassed at Lafayette Square to clear the way for President Trump's photo-op. And now, an Army National Guard major has alleged the Dept of Defense requested a "heat ray" device hours before clearing out the area. These crowd control devices use tech to heat people's skin, making them feel a burning sensation – and officials have questioned their use in war zones. Now, the Defense Dept is saying it was just a routine check on inventory to see what was available.

Who's eyeing US elections (again)...

Russia. Yesterday, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified in a House hearing that the country is using social media, proxies, and online journals to try to influence the election. Specifically, that Russia's working to "denigrate" Joe Biden. Russia has yet to respond. But Wray said even though voters are facing lots of misinformation, "Americans can and should have confidence in our election system and certainly in our democracy."

Who's speaking out…

Amy Dorris. Yesterday, the former model accused President Trump of sexually assaulting her during the 1997 US Open. She claims she was invited to Trump's private box at the tournament – where he forcibly kissed and groped her. This is the latest sexual assault allegation against Trump – more than two dozen women have accused him of misconduct dating as far back as the 70s. Trump has vehemently denied all of the claims, including Dorris'.

Who people are talking about...

Jerry Harris. Yesterday, the "Cheer" star was arrested and charged with producing child pornography. The investigation stemmed from allegations from two minors, who claimed Harris sexually harassed them online and in person. They filed a lawsuit against him this week. The 21-year-old reportedly admitted to soliciting and receiving explicit messages from several people he knew were underage, and for having intercourse with a minor. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison.

What's saying 'get the popcorn and wine ready'...

The Emmys. The awards show for all your favorite TV binges starts Sunday at 8pm ET. Expect the (virtual) red carpet to look a lot like your living room.

While Jim Carrey is saying 'alrighty then' to the 2020 election

These contestants are saying 'fly me to the moon'...or the ISS.

Thing to Know

Deep Blue

A computer that historically defeated world champion chess player Garry Kasparov in 1997. One small step for that giant leap for technology. Pretty sure that's the saying.

The truth is, tech can do some pretty incredible things. Like help to power Vanguard Digital Advisor®†. It's a robo-advisor that can help create your retirement goal, and design a long-term plan so you can actually get there. Oh, and it can also help you optimize your savings, and develop strategies for paying off debt. We like the sound of that. Find out more.*

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Skimm Reads

"Anxious People" by Fredrick Backman

This week, we're partnering with Book of the Month to bring you an exclusive Skimm Read. Join Book of the Month now to get a copy for only $9.99. And then pick from five books every month to get one delivered right to your door. Find out more here.

Looking to rent an apartment? You might want to skip the open house featured in this novel. In it, a failed bank robber shows up and takes everyone hostage. This book examines how a shared event can change the course of many lives at once. And if you like strongly drawn characters and a mix of humor and heartbreak, this one's for you.


Here are our favorite picks to help you take a break today...

1. The perfect fall sneakers. This sustainable shoe company has comfy all-season high tops and low tops in suede and leather. And yes, they're just right for stepping on crunchy sidewalk leaves. PS: Skimm'rs get 15% off...but only for a limited time. Go go go.*

2. Recipes to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. There's brisket, apple and honey inspired dishes, and of course some matzo ball soup. Happy challah-day.

3. And three totally random things that make us happy: a Timothée Chalamet candle, a royal family coloring book, and a pumpkin spice mug.

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For when you're ready to talk relationships…

Enter Shan Boodram. She's a certified sex educator, dating coach, and relationship expert. And her show "Sexology" is here to guide you through the confusing world of love and attraction. Including the birds, the bees...and the WTFs. Watch it now on Quibi.*

For when you're ready to fall into a new routine…

Sorry, had to. Kick it up a notch with Metabolism Super Powder from this wellness brand. It can be mixed into your coffee or blended into a smoothie to upgrade your morning. And it helps boost energy and reduce bloat. Skimm'rs get 20% off sitewide. You got this.*

For when you're still spending a majority of your time at home…

Make sure it's squeaky clean. And organized. We've got a broom to collect pet hair, a brush that'll make your jewelry sparkle, and a magnetic rack that'll give you more counter space. Another one fights the dust.

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Skimm More

1. Today is National Black Voter Day. In 2016, Black voter turnout fell 7%. This year, we partnered with BET, the National Urban League, and other social justice orgs to help change that by empowering Black votes and voices. And encourage you to #ReclaimYourVote. Head here to take action and join the conversation.

2. Several companies have been vying for the final rose from TikTok. This week's episode of "Skimm This" breaks down the latest on the social media company's deal before the Sunday deadline. And why it's been making headlines this week.

3. Meet Skimm Well: our newest resource to help you live your smartest (and healthiest) life. To kick off, we're celebrating the small victories (think: whether you fixed your sleeping patterns or fixed yourself a healthy lunch). Tell us one thing you're proud of for a chance to win a bundle of self-care products.


In times like these, community matters more than ever. Let us know how you (or someone you know) is making an impact by helping others.

Lending a hand...David S (MD). He's launched a weekly Spanish newsletter to help Latino entrepreneurs and small business owners hit by COVID-19. He includes advice and resources for people to apply to their businesses. Sign up here.

Ms. 305...Carolina F (FL). She started a virtual series as a Miami tour guide so people can learn about the city from the comfort of their own homes. Check it out.

(Some) Birthdays...Hunter Walk (CA), Paull Young (CA), Tess Zelechowski (UK), Cally Ravn (CAN), Victoria Diamond (FL), Jordan Warchol (DC), Joanna Gay (OH), Corynn Larkin (FL), Miranda Huff (OK), Lisa Mathis (SC), Christine Morgenthaler (MO), Meagan Campbell (AL), Lindsey McClain (KY), Melissa Bartman (PA), Jody Horvath (CAN)

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