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Trump ‘going with his gut’ in fanning racism, frustrating some White House aides

Trump ‘going with his gut’ in fanning racism, frustrating some White House aides

Some White House officials are privately expressing frustration over President Trump’s recent embrace of a message stoking racial and cultural divisions. The Trump allies are telling him that he has a better argument to make and to focus on his accomplishments in office and offer sharp criticism of his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, said two officials who spoke on the condition of anon... »

‘This is the only way to get real change’: How Black Americans are using their purchasing power as a means of protest on #BlackOutDay2020

‘This is the only way to get real change’: How Black Americans are using their purchasing power as a means of protest on #BlackOutDay2020

Black Americans are being encouraged to halt their spending or to redirect it exclusively to Black-owned businesses on Tuesday in an act of protesting the country’s ongoing issues of racial injustice and inequality as part of #BlackOutDay2020. The #BlackOutDay2020 movement and Blackout Coalition were started by a Texas man named Calvin Martyr as an effort to reveal the impact of the Black dollar a... »

McConnell Expects New Virus Relief Bill by End of Month

McConnell Expects New Virus Relief Bill by End of Month

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted Congress will pass one final coronavirus rescue package later this month and appealed to everyone in public life to urge people to wear masks to control the spread. “This is not over. We are seeing a resurgence in a lot of states,” McConnell said at one of three press conferences he held Monday in Kentucky. “I think the country needs one last boost.... »

Companies owned by Floyd Mayweather, Tom Brady among sports entities granted PPP relief money

Companies owned by Floyd Mayweather, Tom Brady among sports entities granted PPP relief money

Mayweather Promotions, Bob Arum’s Top Rank company and Golden Boy Promotions, owned by Oscar De La Hoya, all applied for between $350,000 and $1 million, according to data released Monday by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Mayweather was named the highest-paid athlete of the past decade by Forbes with $915 million in earnings. His promotion shut down its events on March 17, with no date fo... »

Black man pinned to tree in what he calls ‘attempted lynching’ at Indiana lake

Black man pinned to tree in what he calls ‘attempted lynching’ at Indiana lake

Indiana authorities are investigating a report by a Black man who said he was pinned to a tree by a group of white men, an attack he likened to an “attempted lynching.” Parts of the incident were captured on video by one of the man’s friends. In a post to Facebook, Vauhxx Booker wrote, “I don’t want to recount this, but I was almost the victim of an attempted lynching.” He went on: “On July 4th ev... »

US firms create record 4.8 million jobs in June

US firms create record 4.8 million jobs in June

The US economy created jobs at a record pace in June as firms took on more staff after the coronavirus downturn. Payrolls surged 4.8 million, the most since the Labor Department began keeping records in 1939, helped by the reopening of factories and restaurants. It follows May’s jobs rebound, when 2.5 million joined the labour market, and comes after consumer spending data saw a jump in acti... »

Hasn’t 2020 had enough? July will be so hot, it is ‘potentially historic,’ experts say

Hasn’t 2020 had enough? July will be so hot, it is ‘potentially historic,’ experts say

A long-awaited and significant swath of anomalous heat is expected to build across much of the United States during the first half of July. Widespread above-average temperatures and at times stifling humidity are expected over the majority of the central and eastern Lower 48, with near-normal temperatures over the West and the Southeast. The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center is al... »

`You broke my wrist!’ Police sued for taking down wrong man

`You broke my wrist!’ Police sued for taking down wrong man

Body camera video shows Antonio Arnelo Smith handing his driver’s license to a Black police officer and answering questions cooperatively before a white officer walks up behind him, wraps him in a bear hug and slams him face-first to the ground. “Oh my God, you broke my wrist!” the 46-year-old Black man screams as two more white Valdosta officers arrive, holding him down and handcuffing him ... »

After a Black protester is killed in Omaha, witnesses claim a rushed investigation ignored signs of the shooter’s allegedly racist past

After a Black protester is killed in Omaha, witnesses claim a rushed investigation ignored signs of the shooter’s allegedly racist past

More than 300 people have been arrested in Omaha since Friday, May 29, when the city of less than 500,000 was swept up in the tidal wave of protests against police brutality and systemic racism that had erupted in Minneapolis after the brutal killing by police of an unarmed Black man named George Floyd. Jake Gardner, the white bar owner who shot and killed James Scurlock, a 22-year-old Black prote... »

Party Guests Won’t Talk After 9 Test Positive. Now They Face Subpoenas

Party Guests Won’t Talk After 9 Test Positive. Now They Face Subpoenas

On June 17, a crowd of up to 100 people, most of them in their early 20s, attended a party at a home in Rockland County, New York, just north of New York City. The event violated a state order in effect at the time that capped gatherings at 10 people in an effort to slow the coronavirus’ spread. For local officials, that was just the start of the problem. The party’s host, who was showing signs of... »

The Black Officer Who Detained George Floyd Had Pledged to Fix the Police

The Black Officer Who Detained George Floyd Had Pledged to Fix the Police

MINNEAPOLIS — There were two Black men at the scene of the police killing in Minneapolis last month that roiled the nation. One, George Floyd, was sprawled on the asphalt, with a white officer’s knee on his neck. The other Black man, Alex Kueng, was a rookie police officer who held his back as Floyd struggled to breathe. Floyd, whose name has been painted on murals and scrawled on protest signs, h... »

Black father and son tackled by police and threatened with Tasers during charity bike ride

Black father and son tackled by police and threatened with Tasers during charity bike ride

Police are facing calls to undergo unconscious bias training after a father and son were allegedly grabbed by officers and threatened with Tasers after being wrongly suspected of involvement in a stabbing. Andrew Boateng and son Huugo were out cycling along the River Lea in Tottenham, north London, when the incident happened. Mr Boateng told Sky News that his 13-year-old son rode a few metres out ... »

2 teenage boys shot to death after asking man how tall he was while buying candy

2 teenage boys shot to death after asking man how tall he was while buying candy

Two teenage boys were shot to death after asking the suspect how tall he was when they were buying candy from a store. The incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday June 20 after three teenage boys went to a store in South Chicago to buy some candy and ended up having a brief encounter with 19-year-old Laroy Battle inside the establishment. “The victims were walking into the store, the... »

One powerful NWSL anthem kneeling image spoke truth to this American moment

One powerful NWSL anthem kneeling image spoke truth to this American moment

Hours after their colleagues on other teams took a knee during the national anthem, Casey Short and Julie Ertz did the same. Short and Ertz shared uniquely raw emotion on Saturday night, right before their Chicago Red Stars faced the Washington Spirit in the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup. You can see the moment above, as captured by Associated Press photographer Rick Bowmer, and als... »

Trump deletes tweet of supporter shouting ‘white power’ after outrage

Trump deletes tweet of supporter shouting ‘white power’ after outrage

Donald Trump has deleted a tweet he sent featuring video of a Trump supporter shouting, “White power! White power!” after an outpouring of grief and outrage at racist language flowing directly from the White House once again. The tweet was deleted after it drew fierce criticism from across the political spectrum, including from Tim Scott of South Carolina, the sole African American Republican in t... »

Trump retweets video of supporter shouting ‘white power’

Trump retweets video of supporter shouting ‘white power’

US President Donald Trump retweeted a video showing one of his supporters loudly shouting “white power”. The supporter was among a group of people taking part in a pro-Trump rally at a retirement complex in Florida. The footage showed supporters and opponents of the president hurling abuse and swearing at one another. Mr Trump has denied accusations that he is seeking to capitalise on ... »

St. Louis mayor faces calls to resign after she was accused of doxxing the names and addresses of constituents who wrote letters calling for police defunding

St. Louis mayor faces calls to resign after she was accused of doxxing the names and addresses of constituents who wrote letters calling for police defunding

Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson on Friday was accused of doxxing her constituents during a live broadcast on Facebook when she shared the names and addresses of protestors who gave her letters calling for police reform. On the since-deleted broadcast, Krewson shared the name and addresses of at least 10 people who called on her to slash police funding amid ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd.... »

Liverpool: The Africans who helped win the Premier League title

Liverpool: The Africans who helped win the Premier League title

Liverpool have won the Premier League – the first time they have triumphed in the English top flight since 1990, and their first time ever since the Premier League began. And it was powered by crucial players from Africa. Here is how they contributed: Mo Salah The Egyptian striker has been a cult hero at Anfield from his first season in 2017. Given he had not been that impressive for Chelsea... »

The lone black programmer.

The lone black programmer.

Ibrahim Diallo got his first computer when he was five, which triggered a lifelong passion for programming.   He has worked as a software engineer in the US for 12 years and in 2018 wrote a much-read blog about how he was fired by a machine, which the BBC covered. Now, as race issues once again take centre stage in America and beyond, he has shared with the BBC his experience of being a black... »

Trump orders statues be protected from ‘mob rule’

Trump orders statues be protected from ‘mob rule’

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order calling for protesters who target monuments to be imprisoned. The measure says anyone who damages a public statue must be prosecuted to the “fullest extent of the law”. Mr Trump’s order also calls for withholding federal funds from local jurisdictions and police departments that fail to stop such “mob rule”. A nu... »

Coronavirus: US has ‘serious problem’, says Fauci

Coronavirus: US has ‘serious problem’, says Fauci

US infectious disease chief Dr Anthony Fauci says the nation has a “serious problem” as 16 states reel from a spike in Covid-19 cases. At the first White House task force briefing in two months, Dr Fauci said: “The only way we’re going to end it is by ending it together.” As health experts said more must be done to slow the spread, Vice-President Mike Pence praised US... »

Wisconsin woman sprayed with lighter fluid, burned by lighter in suspected hate crime: police

Wisconsin woman sprayed with lighter fluid, burned by lighter in suspected hate crime: police

It’s been one month since Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd, and in some ways, it feels like the Black Lives Matter movement is receding from the headlines. A horrifying attack on a Black teenage girl is enough to remind us that racially motivated violence has gone nowhere, however. Althea Bernstein, an 18-year-old EMT and student, was driving her car in Madison, Wis., on Wednesday, ... »

Black pastor called 911 after alleged attack. The cops arrested him

Black pastor called 911 after alleged attack. The cops arrested him

A sheriff in Virginia has apologized to a Black pastor who was mistakenly arrested after he called authorities for help during an alleged attack by a white family earlier this month. Pastor Leon McCray was at his home on June 1 when he saw two people trying to dump a refrigerator on his property, he recounted during a church service Sunday. When McCray told them to stop, one person proceeded to ve... »

Police have released bodycam footage showing the struggle before the fatal shooting of Black man Rayshard Brooks by Atlanta police

Police have released bodycam footage showing the struggle before the fatal shooting of Black man Rayshard Brooks by Atlanta police

Police have released bodycam and dashcam footage of the events before the fatal shooting of Black man Rayshard Brooks by a white police officer in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday. In the footage, the officers attempt to take Brooks into custody after he fails a Breathalyzer test. A scuffle breaks out and the bodycam falls to the ground. Three shots are then heard. The death of Brooks has provoked a fr... »

Black man carrying a white counter-protester to safety frames a day of chaos and race-inspired violence in London

Black man carrying a white counter-protester to safety frames a day of chaos and race-inspired violence in London

A powerful photo taken during anti-Black Lives Matter protests in London on Saturday shows a Black man carrying a white protester to safety after he got injured. The picture was taken after hundreds of demonstrators, some of which belonged to far-right groups, clashed with police in Parliament Square. Videos on social media show protesters, mostly white, throwing bottles, cans, and smoke canisters... »

Investigations into alleged officer misconduct not enough for man permanently injured during curfew

Investigations into alleged officer misconduct not enough for man permanently injured during curfew

Police departments across the country have come under fire for their handling of what were largely peaceful protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death, which were, in part, against police brutality. In some cases, officials are now investigating alleged officer misconduct. Yet for one man who says he was permanently blinded in his left eye after rubber bullets were allegedly shot at him, t... »

“Hard times are here!” Osinbajo Committee says Nigeria faces its most serious economic trouble ever

“Hard times are here!” Osinbajo Committee says Nigeria faces its most serious economic trouble ever

On Thursday, Nigeria’s Sustainability Committee, led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, submitted its report to President Muhammadu Buhari, saying Nigeria is facing its most serious economic trouble ever. President Buhari had on March 30 established the nine-member committee to develop a clear Economic Sustainability Plan in response to the health and economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 Pandem... »

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan respond to criticism from more than 140 scientists

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan respond to criticism from more than 140 scientists

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have responded to criticism over Facebook’s moderation policies following a letter written by dozens of scientists who receive funding through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The scientists called out the Facebook billionaires for allowing Trump to use the platform to spread misinformation and use divisive language. In response, Chan and Zuckerberg said tha... »

Why does ice cream cause brain freeze?

Why does ice cream cause brain freeze?

Brain freeze is also known as ice cream headache, cold stimulus headache, and sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. It is a short-term headache typically linked to the rapid consumption of ice cream, ice pops, or very cold drinks. Brain freeze occurs when something extremely cold touches the upper palate (roof of the mouth). It typically happens when the weather is very hot, and the individual consumes... »

NYPD lieutenant apologizes to colleagues for kneeling during protest

NYPD lieutenant apologizes to colleagues for kneeling during protest

A lieutenant with the New York Police Department who knelt alongside George Floyd protesters apologized for doing so in an email to his colleagues, writing, “The cop in me wants to kick my own a–.” In a June 3 email obtained by NBC New York, the officer, Lt. Robert Cattani, said his kneeling with protesters “goes against every principle and value that I stand for.” Ca... »

‘Siri, I’m getting pulled over’: A shortcut for iPhones can automatically record the police

‘Siri, I’m getting pulled over’: A shortcut for iPhones can automatically record the police

Apple launched a feature called Shortcuts in 2018, an app that lets you write scripts for the iPhone. One widely shared shortcut is called Police, which records police interactions and texts a predetermined contact that you’ve been pulled over. It also sends a video of the encounter to your contact. The creator says the shortcut can be adapted for other situations. Apple launched a feature f... »

Leading ‘defund the police’ advocate says law enforcement needs to ‘get out of our lives’

Leading ‘defund the police’ advocate says law enforcement needs to ‘get out of our lives’

WASHINGTON — The author of a controversial book that has become a kind of bible for the “defund the police” movement says police officers have turned into “violence workers” who need to “get out of our lives.” “When push comes to shove, the police are showing us their true colors,” said Alex Vitale, a Brooklyn College sociology professor and author of the book “The End of Policing,” in an intervie... »

Lizzo calls out ‘fat-shamers’ on TikTok: ‘I’m not working out to have your ideal body type’

Lizzo calls out ‘fat-shamers’ on TikTok: ‘I’m not working out to have your ideal body type’

Lizzo is calling out her “fat-shamers” with a message on TikTok about body positivity and her ongoing health journey in response to those who speak negatively about her figure. Speak on it! Lizzo slammed body-shamers in a TikTok workout video, and her message deserves a round of applause. The “Truth Hurts” rapper took to her TikTok account on Tuesday, June 9, to shut down her haters and explain ho... »

Police apologise after officers pull over black couple ‘for driving a car’

Police apologise after officers pull over black couple ‘for driving a car’

A police force has issued a public apology after two of its officers stopped a black couple and demanded they show identification because they were “driving a motor vehicle on a road”. Ingrid Antoine-Oniyoke, 47, and her husband Falil Oniyoke, 50, said they were “made to feel like criminals” when they were stopped in Ipswich, Suffolk, on Tuesday after “glancing” at a police car parked near the hou... »

Oklahoma cop faces backlash but won’t apologize after saying African Americans ‘probably ought to be’ shot more by police

Oklahoma cop faces backlash but won’t apologize after saying African Americans ‘probably ought to be’ shot more by police

A police commander in Oklahoma is “under review” after he said that officers are shooting African Americans “less than we probably ought to be” during a local radio interview. The Tulsa Police Department denounced the comments made by Major Travis Yates, who is white, and Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum called Yates’ comments “dumb” and demanded an apology in a Fac... »

Chicago investigating officers ‘lounging’ during unrest

Chicago investigating officers ‘lounging’ during unrest

CHICAGO (AP) — More than a dozen Chicago police officers and supervisors were captured on video “lounging” inside a burglarized congressional campaign office and even appeared to be making popcorn and brewing coffee as people vandalized and stole from nearby businesses as protests and unrest spread across the city, a visibly angry Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday. U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, a Democra... »

The 25 Most Influential People of All Time

The 25 Most Influential People of All Time

So what makes people influential? What makes an individual worthy of a spot on a list of the most influential people ever? The people with the greatest minds of all time deserves to be ranked highly. Each one of these incredible and inspirational people used the power of their minds to change the world. Featuring these historical figures, interesting men, and impactful people, this is a list of th... »

Chicago Cops Burglarized U.S. Rep’s Office as Protest Raged. They Made Popcorn, Drank Coffee, Napped.

Chicago Cops Burglarized U.S. Rep’s Office as Protest Raged. They Made Popcorn, Drank Coffee, Napped.

As protests across Chicago devolved into chaos last week and residents started to loot nearby stores, police officers were making popcorn and drinking coffee while “lounging” inside Congressman Bobby Rush’s office, officials said in a stunning news conference on Thursday. Speaking alongside Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Rush said at least 13 Chicago Police officers burglarized his South Side campaign offi... »

Breonna Taylor’s mom seeking answers in her death

Breonna Taylor’s mom seeking answers in her death

Dancing with friends. Singalongs on vacation. Finally buying that dream car. These are the memories Breonna Taylor’s family remembers when they think back on her life in Louisville, Kentucky. At 26 years old, Taylor was an EMT with dreams of becoming a nurse. “Her thing was to uplift everybody around her,” Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother, told “Nightline” co-anch... »

Coronavirus infections appear to spike in U.S. even as they decline elsewhere

Coronavirus infections appear to spike in U.S. even as they decline elsewhere

While many countries are seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases, infections in the United States appear to be spiking, according to documents obtained by Yahoo News. In a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document dated June 9, the U.S. had the highest spike of percentage change in daily cases, with a 36.5 percent jump in recent days. Of the top 10 countries in total cases, that is the bigges... »

Man drowns as officers look on without coming to his aid, family wants them fired

Man drowns as officers look on without coming to his aid, family wants them fired

The family of a 24-year-old who drowned while police looked on, instead of coming to his aid, are outraged after seeing the events unfold on body camera video. Officers with the police department in Decherd, Tennessee, right outside of Winchester, were in a car pursuit in the early morning hours of June 4, trying to pull over Johnny Baldwin for a minor traffic violation, Winchester Police Chief Ri... »

White House says Trump was merely ‘raising questions’ with baseless claim about Buffalo protester

White House says Trump was merely ‘raising questions’ with baseless claim about Buffalo protester

The White House on Wednesday sought to defend President Trump’s baseless claim suggesting that a 75-year-old man who was seen knocked to the ground by police in Buffalo, N.Y., last week during a protest over George Floyd’s death was a member of antifa and that the incident was “a set up.” And it was a familiar line of defense. “The president was raising questions based on a report that he saw,” Wh... »

‘Stop treating us like animals’: New York police union chief hits back over portrayal of cops and says Floyd killing was ‘disgusting’

‘Stop treating us like animals’: New York police union chief hits back over portrayal of cops and says Floyd killing was ‘disgusting’

The head of a New York state police union has hit out at both lawmakers and the media for treating the police like “animals and thugs”, and for vilifying the profession. Mike O’Meara, president of the New York Police Benevolent Association, standing in front of a large group of police officers at a press conference, said that 375 million interactions between the public and the police each year are... »

Will Disney World’s park reservations system be a disaster?

Will Disney World’s park reservations system be a disaster?

Gated attractions across Central Florida’s hotbed of theme parks have been getting back to business this month, and this week it will be SeaWorld Entertainment unlocking its turnstiles after nearly three months of collecting rust. The operator of SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, and three adjacent water parks follows the reopening of Legoland Florida and Comcast’s Universal Orlan... »

Amazon exec slams ‘shocking’ arrest of Black delivery driver who was pinned to the ground during a traffic stop

Amazon exec slams ‘shocking’ arrest of Black delivery driver who was pinned to the ground during a traffic stop

Amazon is investigating the arrest of one of its delivery drivers on Tuesday in Warren, Michigan. A top Amazon executive on Tuesday shared a news report with a video appearing to show a white police officer restraining a Black driver who was facedown on the ground. “We see what others see in this video, and it’s unacceptable,” an Amazon representative told Business Insider. ̶... »

Officer on video saying he’ll ‘choke you out’ before man dies is charged with manslaughter

Officer on video saying he’ll ‘choke you out’ before man dies is charged with manslaughter

Body camera footage obtained Sunday shows a New Mexico police officer telling a man he’s going to “choke you out” before allegedly causing his death with what authorities described as a “vascular neck restraint.” The officer, Christopher Smelser, was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter in the Feb. 29 death of Antonio Valenzuela. On the same day, the Las Cruces Police Department filed a le... »

Emotional funeral for George Floyd caps days of protest: ‘He’s going to change the world’

Emotional funeral for George Floyd caps days of protest: ‘He’s going to change the world’

Hundreds of mourners filed into the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston on Tuesday to pay their final respects to George Floyd, a black man whose killing by Minneapolis police sparked protests around the world and calls to end systemic racism in America. Delivering Floyd’s eulogy, Rev. Al Sharpton distilled the outrage, mourning and hunger for change felt the black community in the wake of Floyd’... »

The Best Scary Shows on Netflix

The Best Scary Shows on Netflix

While shining that flashlight under your chin is a special effect that has timelessly proven to amp up the scare-factor, letting blue TV light hit your face in a dark room can provide double the scare for half the effort. (Remember: Scare smarter, not harder.) These eerie Netflix series will keep you nail-biting straight through to the “Are You Still Watching?” Penny Dreadful Borrowing its name fr... »

Republicans cringe after Trump’s attack on 75-year-old protester

Republicans cringe after Trump’s attack on 75-year-old protester

If there was ever a tweet from President Donald Trump that Senate Republicans didn’t want to touch, it’s this one. For four years, Senate Republicans have endured a regular gantlet of reporters’ questions about Trump tweets, ranging from attacks on their own colleagues to telling a handful of congresswomen of color to “go back” to the countries they came from. Trump’s tweet Tuesday morning attacki... »

‘Apathy is no longer a choice’: will the George Floyd protests energize young voters?

‘Apathy is no longer a choice’: will the George Floyd protests energize young voters?

With the US presidential election looming, equal rights groups and others on the left say the protests sparked by George Floyd’s death can translate into a surge in young people voting in November. While Donald Trump’s autocratic response to the demonstrations has shocked young people into action in the US and beyond, advocates believe the movement against police brutality has energized youth vote... »

Anger management: 10 tips to tame your temper

Anger management: 10 tips to tame your temper

Do you fume when someone cuts you off in traffic? Does your blood pressure rocket when your child refuses to cooperate? Anger is a normal and even healthy emotion — but it’s important to deal with it in a positive way. Uncontrolled anger can take a toll on both your health and your relationships. Ready to get your anger under control? Start by considering these 10 anger management tips. 1. T... »

The Health Benefits Of Apples?

The Health Benefits Of Apples?

You don’t have to be a nutritionist to realize that apples are healthy. Not only do they come in their own packaging – meaning you can eat the skin – they are also full of healthy nutrients. The healthy reason to eat them are endless but we have ranked the top 15 benefits of apples. (We also ranked the benefits of mushrooms, too!) So what makes apples so healthy? The nutritional profile. In 2004, ... »

Health benefits of talinum triangulare (waterleaf)

Health benefits of talinum triangulare (waterleaf)

Talinum triangulare is a leafy vegetable found in open waste places with rich top soil. Yoruba call it gbure, Igbo named it mgbolodi while it’s known as alenyruwai in Hausa. It is a member of the family portulacaceae. It occurs in West and Central Africa; in West Africa it occurs alongside a relative, Talinumportulacifolium which suggests that this vegetable species is probably of African origin. ... »

Why Aren’t We All Talking About Breonna Taylor?

Why Aren’t We All Talking About Breonna Taylor?

Last week, Andrea Ritchie, a researcher at Barnard Center for Research on Women, joined thousands of others across the U.S. to take part in a protest demanding justice for George Floyd. She proudly chanted his name outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. “But I was shocked that I didn’t hear anyone say Breonna Taylor’s name at any point,” Ritchie said, referring to the black emergency m... »

The 2 Lawyers, the Anti-Police Protests and the Molotov Cocktail Attack

The 2 Lawyers, the Anti-Police Protests and the Molotov Cocktail Attack

NEW YORK — The day before he went out to protest, Colinford Mattis, 32, an Ivy-educated corporate lawyer in Brooklyn, chatted for over an hour on the phone with a close high school friend. They discussed George Floyd’s death as just “another example of an unarmed black person being killed,” the friend said, but they talked about grocery shopping and YouTube videos as well. The next afternoon, Uroo... »

Protesters demand that cities ‘defund the police.’ Politicians are starting to listen.

Protesters demand that cities ‘defund the police.’ Politicians are starting to listen.

LOS ANGELES — On June 2, activists with Black Lives Matter Los Angeles marched to the official residence of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a Tudor mansion in tony Windsor Square. For days, organizers had kept the carefully planned demonstration under wraps — and off social media — to avoid alerting the cops. But now they were making their mission clear. “We are going to stand at his doorstep,” d... »

What’s Next For FC Barcelona Star Philippe Coutinho After Bayern Flop?

What’s Next For FC Barcelona Star Philippe Coutinho After Bayern Flop?

It’s business as usual for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Hansi Flick’s team is within touching distance of a new domestic crown, but one player, who hasn’t found a happy space at the Allianz Arena, is Philippe Coutinho, on loan from FC Barcelona. Thomas Muller is rejuvenated and Alphonso Davies and other youngsters are soaring, but the Brazilian, injured, is a surplus to requirements. The Brazi... »

Obama Says We Should Learn ‘Impatience’ From Young Protesters

Obama Says We Should Learn ‘Impatience’ From Young Protesters

Former President Barack Obama said Friday that he is “inspired” by the young people taking to the streets to protest against racism: “They’re saying we don’t accept the status quo.” “Those people out on the streets — that’s a sea change,” Obama said in a virtual town hall titled “Mental Health and Wellness in a Racism Pandemic.” Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights legend, and Bryan Stevenson, a civi... »

George Floyd death: Protesters tear down slave trader statue

George Floyd death: Protesters tear down slave trader statue

A slave trader’s statue in Bristol has been torn down and thrown into the river during a second day of anti-racism protests across the UK. It comes after largely peaceful demonstrations in central London on Saturday saw some clashes with police. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick urged protesters to find another way to make their views heard. But thousands of protesters in London... »

Why is Pluto no longer a planet?

Why is Pluto no longer a planet?

Answer The International Astronomical Union (IAU) downgraded the status of Pluto to that of a dwarf planet because it did not meet the three criteria the IAU uses to define a full-sized planet. Essentially Pluto meets all the criteria except one—it “has not cleared its neighboring region of other objects.” In August 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) downgraded the status of Pluto to ... »

Before the Death of Manuel Ellis, a Witness Told Police: ‘Stop Hitting Him’

Before the Death of Manuel Ellis, a Witness Told Police: ‘Stop Hitting Him’

A woman who witnessed the arrest of Manuel Ellis, a black man who died during the police encounter in Tacoma, has come forward to dispute the account provided by police, saying officers themselves had initiated a confrontation so violent that she yelled at them to “stop hitting him.” Sara McDowell, who was in a car behind the officers, said Friday in an interview that she saw Ellis approach the po... »

George Floyd’s GoFundMe memorial campaign received the most donations in platform’s history

George Floyd’s GoFundMe memorial campaign received the most donations in platform’s history

People gathered on 38th and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed. Steel Brooks/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images George Floyd’s memorial campaign on GoFundMe received the most donations of all time on the site. TMZ was the first to report the news on Friday and a representative for GoFundMe confirmed to Insider that the memorial fund has received more than 480,000 donations fr... »

A protester shared her experience on TikTok after being shot in the face with a rubber bullet

A protester shared her experience on TikTok after being shot in the face with a rubber bullet

Zeelee Segura attended a peaceful protest in San Diego, California, where she marched and chanted along with other protesters — until police began teargassing participants and shot her in the face with a rubber bullet. The 21-year-old posted a TikTok about her experience which has since gone viral and sparked further online discussion about racism and police brutality. In four days, the video has ... »

One of the officers charged in George Floyd’s killing was hired despite having a criminal record and slew of traffic violations

One of the officers charged in George Floyd’s killing was hired despite having a criminal record and slew of traffic violations

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Before he was hired as a Minneapolis police officer, Thomas Lane collected a laundry list of criminal charges and traffic citations, according to records obtained by Insider. Lane was fired on May 26, one day after George Floyd was killed in police custody. Lane has since been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting secon... »

A Popular Louisville Restaurant Owner Was Killed by the Police. What Happened?

A Popular Louisville Restaurant Owner Was Killed by the Police. What Happened?

In the confusing final seconds of his life, David McAtee saw his barbecue stand in Louisville, Kentucky, fill with people seeking shelter from law enforcement. The police and National Guard had gotten to the intersection of 26th Street and West Broadway to enforce a 9 p.m. curfew. It was past midnight, and groups of friends in the city’s predominantly black West End were mingling and listening to ... »

Best Selling Country Singers

Best Selling Country Singers

Garth Brooks Singer-songwriter Garth Brooks, who was born in Oklahoma in 1962, has broken several industry records and won every music award going. His third album, the 1991 release “Ropin’ the Wind,” racked up 4 million orders before its release, and became the first album by a country singer to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts. Brooks is the first artist in history in any genre t... »

The Cruelest Rulers In History

The Cruelest Rulers In History

When we think of the evilest rulers in history, names like Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Benito Mussolini rush to mind. But it’s important to remember that brutality existed in rulers well before the 1930s. Others, like Attila the Hun or Chinese Empress Wu, may seem like obvious choices. But after looking deeper at the effects of their rule and how they were perceived by those they reigne... »

The first Catholic bishop to take the knee at a Black Lives Matter rally got a call from Pope Francis

The first Catholic bishop to take the knee at a Black Lives Matter rally got a call from Pope Francis

On Monday, El Paso, Texas, Bishop Mark J. Seitz became the first Catholic bishop to publicly take the knee in symbolic recognition of racial injustice and police brutality in America. Bishop Seitz led a gathering in silent prayer for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the length of time that Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on George Floyd’s neck. On Wednesday, Seitz received a ... »

Ex-Minneapolis cop told other officers “you shouldn’t do this” during George Floyd’s arrest, lawyer says

Ex-Minneapolis cop told other officers “you shouldn’t do this” during George Floyd’s arrest, lawyer says

One of the four former Minneapolis officers charged in George Floyd’s death tried to warn his fellow officers during the arrest, his attorney claimed in court Thursday. Alexander Kueng hadn’t yet completed his third full shift as a police officer when the deadly arrest occurred, his attorney Tom Plunkett claimed. Plunkett says Kueng allegedly told his fellow officers as they were detaining Floyd, ... »

California: Vallejo police kill unarmed 22-year-old, who was on his knees with his hands up

California: Vallejo police kill unarmed 22-year-old, who was on his knees with his hands up

Police in northern California fatally shot an unarmed 22-year-old who was on his knees with his hands up outside a Walgreens store while responding to a call of alleged looting, officials said. An officer in the city of Vallejo was inside his car when he shot Sean Monterrosa on Monday night amid local and national protests against police brutality. Police said an officer mistakenly believed Monter... »

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