July 24, 2021

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Miami condo demolition, Jeff Bezos steps down, Tropical Storm Elsa: 5 things to know Monday – USA TODAY

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Search back on after partially collapsed condo in Florida is demolished

Crews have the all-clear to move ahead with search and rescue efforts after authorities demolished the still-standing portion of the collapsed condo in Surfside, just outside Miami, late Sunday night. Crews immediately began clearing some of the new debris so rescuers could start making their way into parts of the underground garage that is of particular interest. Once there, they were hoping to get a clearer picture of voids that may exist in the rubble and could possibly harbor the 121 people believed to be trapped under the fallen wing of the Champlain Towers South that collapsed June 24. The approaching Tropical Storm Elsa added urgency to the demolition plans with forecasts suggesting there could be strong winds in the area by Monday. As of Monday morning, the death toll from the condo building’s collapse was at 24. 

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Jeff Bezos to leave role as Amazon CEO

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos formally steps down as CEO on Monday, the 24th anniversary of the company’s incorporation. Taking over for Bezos is Andy Jassy, an executive who has been with Amazon since 1997 and previously worked as CEO of Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud computing service. Although the tech giant will have new leadership, Bezos will stay on as an executive chair on the company’s board. In that role, he will be involved in many “important decisions: acquisitions, things like strategy and going into grocery and other things,” Amazon’s chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky told investors. 

Tropical Storm Elsa looms over Florida

Officials and residents in Florida are monitoring Tropical Storm Elsa Monday as it moves closer to the state.Elsa, downgraded from being the first hurricane of the 2021 season, swept along Cuba’s southern coast early Monday, and forecasters said it could make landfall on the island’s central shore by midafternoon. Elsa was forecast to cross over Cuba by Monday night and then head for Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in 15 counties. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the center said the storm was likely to gradually weaken while passing over central Cuba. “After Elsa emerges over the Florida Straits and the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, some slight re-strengthening is possible,” the center said. 

Fourth holiday observed on Monday: Here’s what’s open, what’s closed

A lot of services and places will be open for business on Monday, July 5, after the weekend July Fourth holiday — and a lot may not be. And some, such as mail companies, may have limited services. Since the federal holiday fell on a Sunday and is observed on Monday, government offices will be closed. Some banks will reopen on Monday, so you may need to call your local bank to confirm their hours. Here’s a more complete rundown.

Goodbye, ‘Manic Monday’: End of an era at Wimbledon

Monday marks the end of a peculiar tradition at Wimbledon: It’s the only Grand Slam that takes the middle Sunday off, with all of the men’s and women’s fourth-round matches being held the next day. But the All-England Club has decided that next year it will add matches on the middle Sunday, thus making this the last-ever “Manic Monday.” Among today’s key matches: Two-time defending champ Novak Djokovic plays No. 17 Cristian Garin of Chile, while American Coco Gauff, 17, takes on 2018 Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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