Start your Monday smart: What's happening this week

You've probably seen those waving Japanese cat figures, right? Take a little trip to Tokyo ...

Posted: Jul 23, 2018 10:11 AM
Updated: Jul 23, 2018 10:11 AM

You've probably seen those waving Japanese cat figures, right? Take a little trip to Tokyo to learn exactly how -- and why -- these trendy felines were created. And here's what else you need to know to-Start Your Week Smart. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

MONDAY

- After months of lead-up, a hearing will be held to decide whether former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's trial -- scheduled to start Wednesday -- should be delayed.-Manafort-faces 18 charges of bank fraud and foreign bank account allegations and is currently in jail in Alexandria, Virginia,-over allegations of-witness tampering after-losing his bail in a separate criminal proceeding. US District Judge T.S. Ellis-denied a defense request last week to move the-trial-to Roanoke, Virginia. Manafort's team had argued-Alexandria is too close to the political climate of Washington -- and possible anti-Trump bias among potential jurors.

TUESDAY

- Republicans go to the polls for a gubernatorial primary runoff in Georgia. Their choices? Lt. Gov.-Casey Cagle and Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. In case you were wondering, President Trump has thrown his endorsement behind Kemp, calling him "tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration." The winner will face Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams in November.

WEDNESDAY

- If you thought the dust had settled after-Trump's controversial summit last week with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, think again. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will appear during an open session of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to answer questions about Trump's meetings with both Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

THURSDAY

- The day marks an important-deadline in the struggle to reunify children and parents separated at the US-Mexico border under the Trump administration's-much criticized "zero-tolerance" policy. A-federal judge has ordered that all children and parents should be reunified-and a final status report should be issued by 3 p.m. Will it all happen in time? The administration fell short on the first reunification deadline.

FRIDAY

- The first group of possible US service member remains from the Korean War are expected to be returned from North Korea. This exchange was agreed upon during Trump's meeting with North Korea's dictator last month in Singapore.

- After another week full of politics and rancor, it's time to relax and stare into the cosmic blackness. A lunar eclipse -- the longest this century -- will occur Friday night, with the totality happening mostly over Africa and the Middle East.

- If you like to watch Tom Cruise jumping -- out of airplanes, from tall windows, on couches -- this is a big day for you. "Mission: Impossible -- Fallout" hits theaters, full of the eye-popping action set pieces moviegoers have come to expect from the franchise.

SATURDAY

- Are you missing the World Cup? Feed your global soccer addiction with the International Champions Cup, a tournament that pits 18 of the world's top professional clubs against one another. Portuguese power Benfica faces Italian titan Juventus in northern New Jersey, while two UK rivals, Manchester United and Liverpool, battle at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 16560

Reported Deaths: 794
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Hinds107426
Madison76728
Lauderdale75968
Neshoba72844
Jones70133
Scott66312
Forrest59539
DeSoto57510
Rankin4569
Leake45212
Holmes44330
Copiah3294
Jackson31415
Attala31118
Yazoo2964
Newton2884
Lincoln28031
Leflore27736
Oktibbeha27314
Harrison2697
Monroe26925
Wayne2623
Lamar2505
Lowndes2479
Pearl River21231
Pike20411
Adams20316
Washington1987
Warren19610
Lee1948
Noxubee1936
Covington1792
Bolivar16911
Jasper1674
Clarke15619
Smith15511
Kemper15511
Lafayette1544
Chickasaw14014
Coahoma1314
Clay1254
Winston1241
Carroll11911
Marion1169
Claiborne1155
Lawrence1071
Grenada1074
Simpson1040
Yalobusha1046
Sunflower923
Tate911
Hancock9012
Union897
Itawamba897
Marshall873
Wilkinson859
Panola843
Montgomery841
Webster844
Jefferson Davis823
Tippah7611
Calhoun674
Amite661
Walthall640
Humphreys637
Tunica583
Prentiss533
Perry513
Choctaw502
Pontotoc473
Jefferson421
Tishomingo360
Greene331
Stone320
Quitman320
Tallahatchie301
George292
Franklin292
Alcorn191
Benton140
Sharkey70
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 18766

Reported Deaths: 651
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Mobile2321118
Jefferson1901104
Montgomery185843
Tuscaloosa83616
Marshall7089
Franklin5858
Lee56234
Shelby52819
Tallapoosa43466
Butler42118
Walker3862
Elmore3749
Chambers36026
Madison3534
Unassigned3062
Morgan3021
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Dallas2923
Lowndes26512
Etowah26312
DeKalb2573
Autauga2415
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Sumter2287
Houston2265
Bullock2176
Pike2120
Colbert1902
Hale1859
Russell1810
Barbour1771
Marengo1756
Lauderdale1722
Calhoun1673
Wilcox1577
Choctaw15310
Cullman1521
Clarke1492
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Randolph1287
Dale1240
Marion12411
Pickens1205
Talladega1195
Limestone1080
Chilton1071
Greene954
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Winston910
Jackson833
Covington821
Henry822
Crenshaw783
Bibb761
Escambia753
Washington736
Blount631
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