Wednesday, July 6

Top Stories this PM: 70K sign petitions to keep Bezos in space; Kushner’s meltdown over masks

Good afternoon. Here are the top stories so far today.

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What happened today:

Beats a trophy any day. The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the NCAA can no longer ban colleges from giving student athletes education-related benefits. Justice Brett Kavanaugh criticized the NCAA’s business model, saying it would be “flatly illegal in almost any other industry in America.”

Delta variant spreads. The Delta coronavirus variant may have been responsible for 31% of all coronavirus cases in the US as of Wednesday, according to the Financial Times. That would mean the share of Delta-variant infections in the US tripled in just 11 days. Two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Oxford-AstraZeneca shot have been found to be protective against hospitalization from the variant.

Don’t come home. That’s the message more than 70,000 people are sending Amazon founder Jeff Bezos before he launches into space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket in July. Of two petitions, the one with the most signatures states, “Billionaire’s should not exist…on earth, or in space, but should they decide the latter they should stay there.”

Kushner’s meltdown. According to a new book, Trump’s former senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner lashed out at an official after hearing that millions of masks purchased in March 2020 wouldn’t arrive until that June. “You f—ing moron,” he reportedly said. “We’ll all be dead by June.” If that weren’t enough, the book also said he threw a pen.

Such a waste. An ITV investigation into a UK Amazon warehouse found it marked millions of items for destruction each year. One former Amazon employee said staff were given a weekly target of 130,000 items to destroy. Amazon said the warehouse handled returns and destroyed items for the entire UK.

That’s all for now. See you Thursday.