Roundup: Amazon overtakes Walmart / Kim Mulkey / US home sales 

    No. 1 retailer: Amazon has eclipsed Walmart to become the world’s largest retail seller outside China, according to corporate and industry data, a milestone in the shift from brick-and-mortar to online shopping that has changed how people buy everything from Teddy Grahams to teddy bears, The New York Times reports. Propelled in part by surging demand during the pandemic, people spent more than $610 billion on Amazon over the 12 months ending in June. Read the full story. 

    Mulkey mania: Read a recent interview with new LSU women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey from the latest edition of 225 magazine, where she details how she’s led past teams to success. Mulkey says it all stems from leadership—whether it’s leadership on the floor, by example or by simple verbal communication. Finding leaders on the team will be  pivotal to getting LSU where it wants to be, she says. Read the full story.  

    Modest gain: Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes rose for the second consecutive month in July, though only modestly from a year ago, suggesting the red-hot housing market may be cooling a little. Existing homes sales rose 2% last month from June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.99 million units, the National Association of Realtors said this morning. Read the full story. 

    On the delta front … 

    • As of today, nearly half of Louisiana’s total population has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. (WBRZ-TV) 
    • Hospitalizations are trending downward, with 2,838 COVID-19 patients in Louisiana hospitals, a decrease of 161 since Friday. (Louisiana Department of Health) 
    • Epidemiologists say breakthrough cases are on the rise all around the U.S., though estimates vary widely. (NPR)