CORONAVIRUS: Yesterday, a court ruled that at least half of the inmates at San Quentin prison in California need to be transferred. Because, safety concerns. You read that right. We’ll remind you: over the summer, thousands of inmates at San Quentin, which houses some of California’s most dangerous prisoners, were infected with coronavirus. At least 28 people have died. Now, it looks like a California court is ordering the prison to do more to protect its inmates from the virus. Meanwhile, Spain just became the first European nation to top 1 million coronavirus cases - nearly eight months after the country’s outbreak first hit. And on that note: Boston public schools are set to stop in-person learning as cases spike.
WORLD: All eyes are on Pope Francis. Back it up: we probably don’t need to tell you that the Catholic Church is overwhelmingly not in support of LGBTQ+ rights. So you can imagine people’s shock when Pope Francis just voiced his support for same-sex civil unions in a new documentary - making him the first pope to do so. Meanwhile, at least 15 people were killed in a stampede after thousands of Afghans showed up in Jalalabad to apply for visas for neighboring Pakistan. Pakistan’s prime minister said he’s “deeply saddened by the tragic deaths and casualties.” In other news, Thailand’s prime minister just withdrew the country’s emergency decree - and is now calling for mediation by Parliament. To which protesters said ‘please resign.’
USA: Everyone’s talking about Purdue Pharma. Reminder: Purdue is a drugmaker that’s being largely blamed for the opioid crisis. Hint: they make OxyContin. As a result, the biz is facing thousands of lawsuits. So yesterday, Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty to criminal charges for opioid sales. More specifically, the charges relate to how the biz promoted the super addictive drug to Americans. Purdue’s expected to cough up more than $8 billion in penalties - while the biz’s owners will unzip their personal wallets and pay $225 million. Stay tuned. In other news, early votes in the US presidential election already top 40 million. Not a typo.