Trump’s Kenosha visit, ‘Melania and Me’, Serena’s title chase: 5 things to know Tuesday

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Published 4:02 a.m. ET Sept. 1, 2020 | Updated 7:56 a.m. ET Sept. 1, 2020

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Trump to visit Kenosha, amid accusations of seeking election edge

President Donald Trump will travel Tuesday to Kenosha, Wisconsin – the latest flashpoint in violent protests after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Democrats say Trump is taking advantage of the turmoil to rally supporters around his law-and-order campaign message. However, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president wants to highlight the federal response to the unrest and to visit “hurting Americans.” But in a letter to the president, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said, “I am concerned your presence will only hinder our healing.” McEnany said Trump is expected to review property damage but he has no plans to meet with Blake, a 29-year-old Black father who was left paralyzed from the waist down, or his family. 

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Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian is asking for President Donald Trump to pick another time to visit. He said the city, rocked by protests, deaths and damage, “needs peace and needs to heal.” (Aug. 31)

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‘Melania and Me' tell-all releases Tuesday

A tell-all book, “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship With the First Lady,” by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff about former best friend and first lady Melania Trump is set to be released Tuesday. The memoir, published by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will cover the origins of Wolkoff and the first lady's friendship in New York City, detail the event planner's work planning the presidential inauguration and address Wolkoff's hasty exit from her senior advisor role to the first lady in February 2018, according to the publisher's description. Wolkoff feels her reputation and integrity were permanently damaged by President Donald Trump's White House, aided by “inaccurate” reporting by the media and by Melania Trump's failure to defend her. 

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September is the peak month for hurricanes

It's finally here. September 1 marks the beginning of the peak month of the Atlantic hurricane season, and it has already been a doozy. Seven tropical storms and hurricanes have smashed into the United States this year, a record number to have occurred by the end of August, AccuWeather said. This includes Hurricane Laura, which battered Louisiana and Texas last week, leaving behind at least 18 dead, widespread power outages, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed. “We are still monitoring four systems,” the National Hurricane Center said Monday, “but two have the highest chances of development.” Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go: The Atlantic hurricane season lasts until Nov. 30.

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Several shrimp boats sheltering in the Port of Lake Charles were battered by Hurricane Laura with their crews aboard. A few were sunk and one man was rescued from the turbulent waters.

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Hawaii to require visitors to fill out online ‘Safe Travels' form before travel

All travelers to Hawaii will be required to fill out a “Safe Travels” application beginning Tuesday in an effort to keep its residents and visitors healthy during the coronavirus pandemic. Travelers can fill out two forms: one for inter-island travel and one for trans-Pacific travel. The forms collect health and contact information to assist in public health monitoring. It's part of a screening process that includes temperature checks and secondary screening for travelers with symptoms or temperatures of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. The state won't reopen to tourism until at least October, which means its 14-day mandatory quarantine for out-of-state and inter-island travelers (in Kauai, Hawaii, Maui and Kalawao counties) remains intact. 

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Hawaii's planned September 1 start date for allowing out-of-state visitors to bypass a 14-day quarantine has been delayed until October.

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Serena Williams opens bid for Grand Slam No. 24 – again – at U.S. Open

On Day 2 of the quietest Grand Slam in history, Serena Williams will begin the quest of seeking her 24th singles title at the fan-free U.S. Open in New York City. A winner of 23 major titles, Williams is one behind Margaret Court for the all-time Grand Slam lead. Williams, the most prolific tennis champion in the modern era, has been to four Slam finals in the last two years – two at Wimbledon, two in New York – and finished as the runner-up in each. She is in the midst of the longest major title drought of her unparalleled career – 44 months and counting. Her effort to end that drought, and to make history, will be the dominant storyline of the 140th edition of the United States' marquee tennis tournament. Williams, the No. 3 seed in the event, will face fellow American Kristie Ahn and the match will air on ESPN Tuesday afternoon. 

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