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Daily Bread for 7.7.20

Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with a high of ninety-one. Sunrise is 5:25 AM and sunset 8:31 PM, for 15h 11m 18s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 94.1% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand three hundred thirty-seventh day. 

 On this day in 1981, President Reagan appoints Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female member of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Recommended for reading in full —

Ken Ward Jr. reports Companies Owned by This Billionaire Governor Received up to $24 Million in Bailout Loans:

Companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his family received up to $24 million from one of the federal government’s key coronavirus economic relief programs, according to data made public Monday.

At least six companies from Justice’s empire showed up on the list of Paycheck Protection Program aid recipients released by the Small Business Administration.

The Greenbrier Hotel Corporation, Justice’s firm that owns and operates the iconic luxury resort, received a loan of between $5 million and $10 million.

That made it one of only nine companies in West Virginia to receive a loan of that size. Treasury Department officials did not specify the exact amount of the loans, and made public only the identities of companies that received more than $150,000.

In all, Justice companies received between $11.2 million and $24.4 million in PPP money. The Greenbrier Sporting Club, a Justice company that runs an upscale residential development adjacent to the hotel, received between $1 million and $2 million.

Blackstone Energy LTD and Bluestone Coke LLC, two coal companies owned by Justice’s family, each received $2 million to $5 million. Ranger Fuel Coal Corp. received $1 million to $2 million. Justice Energy Company Inc. received $150,000 to $350,000.

Justice’s companies received PPP money from a mixture of small local banks and regional financial institutions. Previous reporting has shown banks were favoring their existing, regular customers when processing PPP applications.

Justice is ranked by Forbes as a billionaire and West Virginia’s richest man.

Ryan Tracy, Chad Day and Heather Haddon report Small Business Loans Helped the Well-Heeled and Connected, Too:

Congress designed the Paycheck Protection Program to help small businesses weather fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, but the program’s $521 billion in loans also went to well-heeled and politically connected firms across the economy, including law offices, charities, restaurant chains and wealth managers.


On the list: Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, the law firm headed by antitrust litigator David Boies; Newsmax Media Inc., the media company run by Trump donor Christopher Ruddy; and an Indianapolis service provider to charities part-owned by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Max Rivlin-Nadler reports Drive-Through Naturalizations Make New U.S. Citizens In The COVID-19 Era:

Immigration officers in El Cajon held drive-through ceremonies every weekday since early June to play catch-up for the three months that there were no ceremonies in Golden Hall.

“Golden Hall is a great ceremony, but this makes it a lot more personal almost,” said Madeline Kristoff, the USCIS field officer for San Diego. “The officers get to participate in ways they normally don’t get to in Golden Hall. And it’s really fun to talk to people who are driving through and get to hear a little of their stories.”

 ‘I Can Barely Keep Track’: Inside a Texas Hospital Battling Coronavirus:

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