Week ahead: WWII anniversary, key Senate race and Kentucky Derby are the stories to watch

Among the events happening this week are the anniversary of the end of World War II, a key U.S. Senate race and the most exciting two minutes in sports.Key Senate race is TuesdayU.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III is hoping to oust U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in a Democratic primary. A poll released Wednesday by the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion found 52% of respondents supported Markey and 40% backed Kennedy, with 6% undecided and 2% favoring another candidate. That was outside the poll’s margin of error of 4.1 percentage points.In recent weeks, Kennedy has invoked the names of former President John F. Kennedy, former U.S. Senator and U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy — his grandfather — and former U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy.The winner of the Tuesday race will face the GOP primary victor in November.Wednesday is 75th anniversary of end of WWIIA Pearl Harbor ceremony is marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II — possibly the last opportunity for many aging U.S. veterans to commemorate the day.Following the surrender of the Nazis on May 8, 1945, Allied troops carried on fighting the Japanese until an armistice was declared on Aug. 15, 1945, after the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.Japan formally surrendered weeks later, but many Pacific War veterans felt their efforts were not fully recognized in the fog of the mushroom clouds. They dubbed themselves the “forgotten army.”WWII veterans and their families are slated to gather on the battleship USS Missouri, which hosted the Japanese surrender on Sept. 2, 1945 in Tokyo Bay.Kentucky Derby is SaturdayThe Kentucky Derby will run without fans for the first time.The historic track cited rises in COVID-19 cases in the Louisville area. It will mark the second Triple Crown race this year without fans, following the Belmont Stakes in June. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Derby was postponed from May to September, and the marquee event, traditionally the first race of the Triple Crown, was ousted by the Belmont Stakes this year.

Among the events happening this week are the anniversary of the end of World War II, a key U.S. Senate race and the most exciting two minutes in sports.

Key Senate race is Tuesday

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U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III is hoping to oust U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in a Democratic primary.

A poll released Wednesday by the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion found 52% of respondents supported Markey and 40% backed Kennedy, with 6% undecided and 2% favoring another candidate. That was outside the poll’s margin of error of 4.1 percentage points.

In recent weeks, Kennedy has invoked the names of former President John F. Kennedy, former U.S. Senator and U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy — his grandfather — and former U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy.

The winner of the Tuesday race will face the GOP primary victor in November.

Wednesday is 75th anniversary of end of WWII

A Pearl Harbor ceremony is marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II — possibly the last opportunity for many aging U.S. veterans to commemorate the day.

Following the surrender of the Nazis on May 8, 1945, Allied troops carried on fighting the Japanese until an armistice was declared on Aug. 15, 1945, after the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Japan formally surrendered weeks later, but many Pacific War veterans felt their efforts were not fully recognized in the fog of the mushroom clouds. They dubbed themselves the “forgotten army.”

WWII veterans and their families are slated to gather on the battleship USS Missouri, which hosted the Japanese surrender on Sept. 2, 1945 in Tokyo Bay.

Kentucky Derby is Saturday

The Kentucky Derby will run without fans for the first time.

The historic track cited rises in COVID-19 cases in the Louisville area. It will mark the second Triple Crown race this year without fans, following the Belmont Stakes in June.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Derby was postponed from May to September, and the marquee event, traditionally the first race of the Triple Crown, was ousted by the Belmont Stakes this year.