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The International Space Station crew is spending this weekend testing a cabin air leak. And you thought you had a lot of housework! Here’s what else you need to know to Start Your Week Smart. 

By Harmeet Kaur and Faith Karimi

the weekend that was California firefighters are struggling to contain blazes that have scorched 1 million acres and killed 4 people.  Nearly 70,000 lives could be saved in the next three months if more Americans wore masks, experts say.  In a leaked audio, President Trump’s sister described him as untrustworthy with “no principles.” The Gulf Coast is on alert as two major storms threaten to hit days apart with Louisiana in the crosshairs. Longtime talk show host Larry King has lost his son and daughter within three weeks of each other.  the week ahead

 

The Republican National Convention kicks off four days of programming on Monday. It comes on the heels of the Democratic National Convention, but don’t expect it to look like last week’s all-virtual event. President Donald Trump, a TV producer at heart, has ordered up a convention featuring live speeches, an audience during his appearances and moments designed to surprise viewers. 

 

The head of the US Postal Service is set to testify before House Democrats on Monday where he’s likely to face tough questions. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has come under scrutiny recently for changes he’s made since taking over in June, which critics say could harm the November election.

 

United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy rocket will launch a US national security mission on Wednesday. Liftoff is scheduled for 2:16 a.m. from Cape Canaveral.

 

NASA and other organizations celebrate the 20th anniversary of humans living and working aboard the International Space Station during the 2020 ISS Research and Development Conference beginning Thursday. Registration for the three-day online series is free.

 

Civil rights activists and clergy lead the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” march in protest of police brutality on Friday in Washington, DC. The march coincides with the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.

 

just watch

The first coronavirus TV rom-com is hereToo soon? “Love in the Time of Corona,” a four-part miniseries by Disney’s Freeform, follows three groups of people for a fictional look at life under quarantine. Catch it today at 8 p.m. on Freeform and streaming on Hulu the next day.

 

Some new flicks for family movie night

For parents looking for some new options to keep the kids entertained, there are two family movies streaming this weekend: “The One and Only Ivan” on Disney+ and “The Sleepover” on Netflix. Read our Brian Lowry’s review.

 

just cheer

The NBA’s ‘bubble ball’ continuesThe league’s playoffs continue from its “bubble” at Walt Disney World Resort. Here’s a look at this week’s games.

 

Indy 500 revs its engines

NASCAR’s Indianapolis 500 takes place today without spectators for the first time in its 104-year history. The 200-lap race officially starts at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

 

Tour De France: The pandemic edition

The world’s most difficult cycling race gets off to a start on Saturday. Streaming details are here.

 

total recall

Quiz time! Local officials made the final approval to release 750 million specimens of what genetically modified critter in the Florida Keys?

 

A. MosquitoesB. Honeybees C. WormsD. Monarch butterflies

 

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

play me off...      

Release your inner childHere’s hoping that watching these two comedians build sandcastles in the unlikeliest of places will inspire you to let loose and have some fun this week. (Click here to jam.)

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