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Biden, Trump face off in debate

THE FIRST 2020 Presidential Debate is tonight.

The first debate in one of the most contentious presidential campaigns in American history will begin this evening at 6 p.m. Pacific Daylight time and continue through 7:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump, the Republican nominee will contend with Democratic nominee and former vice president Joe Biden in the event at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. Chris Wallace of Fox News will serve as moderator.

Only 100 people will be allowed in the facility, all of them tested for the coronavirus. They will be required to wear face coverings but the candidates will not. Each campaign has been given tickets for 20 friends and family.

Topics to be covered will include the COVID-10 pandemic, appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court, the economy, race and violence, their records, and the integrity of the election. Trump rallied from behind in the polls in 2016 to win a stunning upset victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

In 2020, he faces a familiar outlook in the polls. RealClearPolitics.com’s average of recent presidential preference surveys show him with the support of 43.3 percent, compared to 49.4 percent for Biden, a difference of 6.1 percent. Fivethirtyeight.com shows Biden with 50.2 percent support, compared to 43.2 percent for Trump, a difference of 7 percent.

The news: Virus hits Titans; game will go on

Eight members of the Tennessee Titans football team have tested positive for the coronavirus, but the team is expected to play its game next Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. • Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was buried Tuesday in a private ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery. Ginsburg, 87, has served on the high court from 1993 to 2020. • Johns Hopkins University showed 33,000 more cases of COVID-19 on Monday and about 300 more deaths. Those are a decline since Friday’s tally of 55,000 new cases.

Weather:  It’s the nineties for a while

West Orange County remains under a heat advisory and highs will stay in the 90s through Friday, according to the National Weather Service. The Garden Grove hit a high of 99 today, says the NWS and a low of 67 is forecast for tonight. Wednesday will be similar and there will be a slight break in the heat on Thursday to 95 and 92 on Friday. As usual, temperatures on the coast will be cooler, with Huntington Beach hitting 81 today and increasing to 84 on Wednesday, dropping to 81 by Friday.

Sports: Lakers, LeBron take on the Heat

The Los Angeles Lakers will go after another NBA title Wednesday when they meet the Miami Heat in the first of the best-of-seven league finals.  The LA team is led by LeBron James, who has won three league crowns, two of them while playing with the Heat. Game time is 6 p.m. Pacific Daylight time.

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