Festivals: ‘Grave concerns’ over drug safety this summer (BBC)

BBC: Festivals: ‘Grave concerns’ over drug safety this summer. “If lockdown is lifted as planned, large events are expected to go ahead from 21 June onwards in England – with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland aiming for a similar timescale. Charities are worried ‘pent-up’ energy could increase the amount people take. They’re also concerned about the strength of the drugs and the lack of testing to identify bad batches.”

Associated Press: The Summer of COVID-19 ends with health officials worried

Associated Press: The Summer of COVID-19 ends with health officials worried. “The U.S. had about 1.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases around Memorial Day, before backyard parties and other gatherings contributed to a summertime surge. It now has more than 6.2 million cases, according to the count kept by Johns Hopkins University. Deaths from the virus more than doubled over the summer to nearly 190,000.”

BuzzFeed News: We Asked Coronavirus Experts About Whether They’re Taking A Vacation This Summer

BuzzFeed News: We Asked Coronavirus Experts About Whether They’re Taking A Vacation This Summer. “As Americans swelter through a sticky summer wearing masks, many are also feeling in desperate need of a change of scenery after months of mostly confining themselves to their homes. But with large swaths of the country now seeing dramatic and deadly surges in the virus — including in popular vacation destination states such as Florida, California, and Texas — how safe is it to take a trip? And what summer activities are less risky than others? To try to get a better picture, BuzzFeed News asked [Maia] Majumder and half a dozen other scientists and doctors across North America about their summer plans and what things they would feel comfortable doing amid the pandemic.”

Brit+Co: 18 Virtual Summer Camps That Make Us Want to Be a Kid Again

Brit+Co: 18 Virtual Summer Camps That Make Us Want to Be a Kid Again. “Summer camp IRL is up in the air this year as some are opening up to smaller groups and others are just plain shutting down due to coronavirus, leaving many working parents in a panic. Not to worry! There are a bunch of cool online camps to fill up the school-free weeks of summer, many with actual camp counselors who will teach them everything from coding to cooking to opera and more! S’mores optional.;)”

Beach Towns Ask: Will There Be Summer? (New York Times)

New York Times: Beach Towns Ask: Will There Be Summer?. “In summer resort towns across the United States, livelihoods for the year are built in the 15 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It is during those 15 weeks that tourists from around the country and the world arrive to bask on the beach and gather for festivals and weddings. And it is during those three months that tour operators, hoteliers, innkeepers, restaurant employees and others earn the bulk of their income. But this year, with Memorial Day — the kickoff for summer — approaching, there will be fewer guests to welcome and likely no sizable weddings or festivals to host.”

House Beautiful: Stonehenge’s Summer Solstice Event May Be Cancelled, But You Can Watch the Whole Thing on Facebook

House Beautiful: Stonehenge’s Summer Solstice Event May Be Cancelled, But You Can Watch the Whole Thing on Facebook. “Every year, thousands of visitors flock to Wiltshire, England, and camp out overnight for Stonehenge’s annual summer solstice event — which celebrates the official start of summer. However, this year’s summer solstice, slated to begin at sunset on June 20, 2020 and conclude a little bit after sunrise on June 21, 2020 has been canceled due to COVID-19. While this news might come as a disappointment to many, Stonehenge isn’t letting the longest day of the year go unnoticed. For the first time ever, Stonehenge will be live streaming its entire event.”

PR Newswire: When it Comes to Accidental Deaths, United States is Approaching Deadliest Stretch of the Year (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: When it Comes to Accidental Deaths, United States is Approaching Deadliest Stretch of the Year (PRESS RELEASE). “National Safety Council analysis indicates that more preventable, accidental deaths occur during the two months of July and August than during any other two-month period of the year – a trend that includes drowning, pediatric vehicular heatstroke, pedestrian deaths, natural disasters and gun-related fatalities. Since June is National Safety Month, the Council urges people to use the next few weeks to take inventory of their own safety risks. To help, the Council has added deaths by month – and data around some of the issues influencing these deaths – to its Injury Facts interactive online database of preventable injuries and deaths. While the Council has tracked preventable injury and death data for 98 years, this is the first time NSC has made ‘Hot Car Deaths’ its own category – something the […]

Salon: 11 online summer camps to keep kids busy (and learning) while school’s out

Salon: 11 online summer camps to keep kids busy (and learning) while school’s out. “Virtual summer camps — where kids head to the computer instead of the pool or park — are a thing now. But don’t worry: These aren’t the solitary, sedentary, screen-centered experiences you fear. Plenty of virtual summer camps offer kids the chance to make projects, investigate ideas, and explore the world. And many are free.”

Google Trekker Is Headed to Boston

Google Trekker is headed to one of my favorite cities: Boston. “Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, a non-profit organization, has teamed up with Google to take 360-degree images of several local beaches to be included on the Internet behemoth’s ‘Street View’ maps. Call it Google beach view.”