Breakfast Briefing: The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 8.2.2016

Kerris exits Twitter; Elizabeth Holmes makes first public appearance since government rebuke; CDC's historic Zika warning.

Outgoing Twitter comms chief Natalie Kerris
Outgoing Twitter comms chief Natalie Kerris

Kerris quickly exits Twitter. Less than six months after joining Twitter as head of communications, Natalie Kerris is stepping down. Her predecessor, Gabriel Stricker, left last July. Kerris’ duties will be absorbed by CMO Leslie Berland, who will oversee both disciplines in a dual role, according to BuzzFeed.

What to watch today: Samsung will take the wraps off the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone at an 11 a.m. event in New York. After more than 30 years, 2016 edition of National Night Out will have added significance after a string of violent incidents between police and civilians.  

Just another day on the campaign trail. Clinton gets sizable bump from Democratic convention, holds nine-point lead in two-way race. Warren Buffett: I’ll show my tax returns if Donald Trump shows his. Bloomberg: Trump calls Clinton "the devil," says election is rigged in her favor. New York Times posts about Trump’s deferment history during Vietnam amid another day of feuding with Khan family.

New Theranos presentation fails to satisfy critics. Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes previewed a new blood-testing device on Monday at an academic conference in Philadelphia, explaining how the company could help in the fight against Zika. Holmes mostly avoided addressing problems with the company’s blood-testing products.

CDC makes historic Zika warning. The government agency warned pregnant women and their partners not to travel to a neighborhood north of Miami where the Zika virus is actively circulating. It is the first time the CDC has told people to stay away from an American neighborhood our of fear of an infectious disease.

Nick Denton files for personal bankruptcy. The Gawker founder tweeted that he was filing for Chapter 11 on Monday to protect colleagues from Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, who has backed wrestler Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against the blog. He got a mixed reception on Twitter. 

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