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#NotBadNews: The Kentucky Derby Looks Pretty Different This Year

From a baby announcement to the cutest little sheep handler, these are the things that made us smile today.

Welcome to #NotBadNews, our new (and hopefully short-lived) daily column where we round up the good, surprising, and weird things that have happened around the world during this coronavirus pandemic.

Kicking It Off With Something Cute

Let’s start the weekend right by indulging in one of the cutest videos to float around the internet this week. The online sheep show introduced us to the best handlers around the world, and also the cutest—this under-eight-year-old takes the cake!

She is quite the handler, letting us know her type of sheep is “white.” I’d like a whole zoo tour led by this cute animal expert!

New Yorkers—You Can Mask-Up for Free

Residents of New York City are now required to wear a mask when leaving their home, but this is not an easy rule to follow for those who have been unable to get their hands on the fast-selling product. To ensure that every person has the ability to leave their home, stay safe, and follow this new rule, NYC is handing out 100,000 face masks this weekend. Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that he is hoping to get masks in areas hardest hit and to hand them out in parks with the highest traffic. If you are in NYC and need a mask, check to see which parks near you will have a pickup stand.

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This Iconic News Anchor Welcomed a Baby

Just yesterday, CNN’s Anderson Cooper announced the newest addition to his family, welcoming his first son, Wyatt Morgan Cooper. Grab a tissue, this announcement is as heart-warming as they come.

Congratulations Anderson Cooper and welcome to the news world Baby-Cooper!

Chicago Landmarks Get a Coronavirus Makeover

To encourage and remind residents to use masks when leaving the house, the city of Chicago gave their most recognizable landmarks a bit of a makeover. If you find yourself by the Art Institute, check out the lions who are looking a little different than normal, now wearing masks just like you and me.

The museum’s lions show us how to have a little city pride while following your state’s orders.

Whole Sale Groceries in Los Angeles

For many, the pandemic has not only been a frightening time, but a financially difficult one. To ensure that Los Angeles residents have access to affordable groceries, Nature’s Produce has opened their doors to the public, offering their products (typically sold to restaurants) to residents at whole sale prices!

And for those who need a no-contact option, online orders are also available. It’s wonderful to see a healthy, cheap option for LA residents!

A Spin on the Kentucky Derby

While the official Kentucky Derby has had to be moved from its typical spring slot to early September, Louisville residents are not going to let Derby Weekend go to waste. This is only the second time in history the event has had to be moved, and following in the footsteps of the previous unplanned date-change, a turtle race is being hosted in its place.

Old Forester Bourbon is putting on this year’s Kentucky Derby, where instead of placing bets on thoroughbreds you will be putting money on turtles.

While the event might not be as high-stakes as your typical race at Churchill Downs, it’s the perfect thing to hold us over until we can head back to the track this September. So grab your best hat and place some bets, we’re making the most of this special event!

Check-in every day for an update on the wonderful and weird things happening in our current coronavirus world.