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We’ve lately seen the Stars and Stripes inverted in protest, lowered to honor pandemic victims and hoisted to venerate service members. Take a moment today on Flag Day to reflect on what it means to you. Here’s what else you need to know to Start Your Week Smart. 

By Leah Asmelash, Michelle Krupa & Faith Karimi

the weekend that was  ----- A Wendy’s was set ablaze as protests erupted over the killing of Rayshard Brooks by an officer in Atlanta.   The Atlantic hurricane season just started this month and it’s already broken a few records. Human remains found at a home in Idaho were those of two children missing since September.  The nation’s top infectious disease expert says a second coronavirus wave is not inevitable. A NASA spacecraft is sending back images of stars captured from 4.3 billion miles away from Earth.  the week ahead  -----

South Korea tries reopening — again

Parks, museums, many businesses and other venues are set to reopen today in South Korea after a resurgence of coronavirus cases nixed earlier reopening plans. The nation has been seen as a model of how to limit the virus’ spread, and its struggle highlights the difficulty of easing lockdowns.


President Trump turns 74

Today marks another trip around the sun for the Commander in Chief. Last year, he celebrated with an appearance on his favorite show, “Fox and Friends,” and a little piece of cake.Press freedom under scrutiny in the Philippines

A Manila court is expected to deliver a verdict Monday in the case of Maria Ressa, a journalist and vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte. Ressa was originally arrested for allegedly violating media ownership laws and for cyber libel. Whatever happens could impact press freedoms in the Philippines

A moment of silence

Dylann Roof killed nine people five years ago on Wednesday at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The white supremacist attack on a black Bible study group drew outrage across the country and renewed calls for gun limits.


Juneteenth, when everyone became free

Though the Fourth of July is heralded as the day the US gained its freedom, it’s no secret that right was not afforded to enslaved people. Friday marks Juneteenth, the date in 1865 when a Union Army general notified slaves in Galveston, Texas, of their freedom.

Remembering World Refugee Day

In the midst of a global health pandemic and mass demonstrations against police brutality, the spotlight has shifted from the millions displaced around the world. Still, Saturday marks World Refugee Day, a time to remember those who continue to flee violence and war in search of safety.

Here comes the sun

The summer solstice is Saturday, meaning it’ll be the longest day of the year and, officially, summer. For everyone who’s been cooped up inside, now may be the time to soak up some Vitamin D.

tonight's big event  -----

The London Symphony Orchestra has been streaming concerts from its archive for our pandemic pleasure, and this is the last one before most of us would need a plane ticket to see these renowned musicians perform. Tune in at 2:30 p.m. ET or anytime in the following 48 hours.

curl up  -----

Beach reads, from your home

So-called “beach reads” get released this time of year, even though this summer fewer of us are likely to plant our toes in the sand. Rest assured, the books are still coming out, beach optional.


Antiracism, for kids

Ibram X. Kendi, author of the acclaimed “How to be an Antiracist,” has a new book out Tuesday. It’s a picture book called “Antiracist Baby,” and it’s meant to introduce the youngest readers (and their parents!) to antiracism. 

just watch  -----

Oprah asks, ‘Where do we go from here?’

The Oprah Winfrey Network just aired a two-night town hall special on the current moment following the death of George Floyd. Did you miss it? No worries. You can watch both nights for free online.


That new Spike Lee joint

Lee’s new movie, “Da 5 Bloods,” just dropped on Netflix. At a time when any new content is welcome, this movie — exploring racial inequity through the lens of the Vietnam War — feels particularly pertinent. 


Pete Davidson like you haven’t seen him before

Davidson may be best known for “Saturday Night Live” or his relationship with Ariana Grande, but he’s breaking out. His movie “The King of Staten Island” is available on demand.

just cheer  -----

NASCAR races from the headlines to the track

The auto racing body stunned — and gratified — many last week with a ban on Confederate flags. Its latest race, today in Homestead, Florida, welcomes back a limited number of fans. Watch at 3:30 p.m. ET on Fox.


Baseball is set to restart in Japan

Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball is due to resume play Friday, but MLB fans still have to wait. The US league is proposing a 76-game season in an attempt to save the season that was supposed to begin in March.


The Belmont Stakes is on

Usually the third leg of the Triple Crown, the event Saturday in New York heads up this year’s trio of top US horse races. It will be run at a shorter mile and an eighth length and with no spectators in the stands.


The Chinese Basketball Association returns

China’s pro league is due back Saturday. Its return happens as the NBA has just solidified its July return as it considers letting players opt out of the season.

total recall  -----

Quiz time! A Banksy mural painted on the fire door of the Bataclan theater in Paris was stolen last year. The artwork turned up hundreds of miles away in which European country?

 A. Germany B. PortugalC. SpainD. Italy


Play “Total Recall,” CNN’s weekly news quiz, to see if you’re correct!

 ----- play me off...  -----    

Goodbye, ‘Insecure’

HBO’s “Insecure” airs its season finale tonight at 10 ET. Though we’re sad to see the show go, it’s been renewed for a fifth season, thank goodness. This playful track, featured in an earlier episode this season, is our way of saying goodbye, for now. (Click here to rock out.)

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