SOCIAL MEDIA FOR RUBIO, SULLIVAN CONFUSES CUMMINGS, LEWIS
MIAMI (AP) — Social media of Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Dan Sullivan of Alaska mistakenly posted photos of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings with comments meant to honor the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis. The posts were quickly revised with photos of Lewis, a Democratic lawmaker who died Friday at the age of 80. Rubio acknowledged the Twitter error and displayed a video of himself with Lewis. In response to an email, Sullivan spokesman Mike Anderson wrote: “Senator Sullivan’s staff made a mistake trying to honor an American legend.”
AS PANDEMIC SURGES, ELECTION OFFICIALS SEEK POLL WORKERS
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State and local election officials across the country are trying to recruit younger workers to staff polling places on Election Day in November. The effort is driven by concern that many traditional poll workers will be too worried about catching the coronavirus to show up. About two-thirds of poll workers across the U.S. are over age 61, putting them at a higher risk of catching the COVID-19 disease. Some states are trying to partner with professional and fraternal organizations, Ohio is recruiting high school students, and some groups are trying to harness the youth energy from recent racial justice protests.
ITS $11M MAKEOVER COMPLETE, THE MAYFLOWER II IS SAILING HOME
The replica of the Mayflower is ready for its journey from Connecticut back home to Plymouth, Massachusetts, after more than three years of renovations and several months of delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayflower II is scheduled to be towed from the preservation shipyard at the Mystic Seaport Museum to New London, Connecticut, on Monday for two weeks of sea trials before heading up the coast. The 64-year-old historic reproduction of the ship that brought the Pilgrims from Europe in 1620 is scheduled arrive back at the harbor just down the road from the Plimoth Plantation living history museum on or around Aug. 10.
VINTAGE DRESS, NO PRINCE ANDREW IN BEATRICE’S WEDDING PHOTOS
LONDON (AP) - Buckingham Palace says Princess Beatrice wore a vintage Norman Hartnell dress loaned to her by Queen Elizabeth II at her wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. The queen’s granddaughter and the property tycoon were married on Friday in the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor. The 94-year-old British monarch and her 99-year-old husband Prince Philip attended, along with the parents and siblings of the bride and groom. The palace says guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19 were followed and there was no singing. The palace released photos of the couple with the queen and Philip — but not with Beatrice’s father Prince Andrew, who is facing questions about his friendship with the late American sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.