Cuomo: NY working to train more contact tracers

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday the state was working to train more contact tracers to combat the spread of COVID-19. (May 23)       
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Lena Dunham emerges in an eccentric outfit and more star snaps
Lena Dunham wears a colorful getup, Billie Eilish puts a protest sign on her car and more...
Live: Memorial for George Floyd underway in Minneapolis
A memorial service is underway in Minneapolis, Minnesota for George Floyd 10 days after the black man was murdered by a police officer there, sparking international outrage and widespread demonstrations against police brutality in his name.  The service, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. CST/ 2 p.m. EST, will be held at North Central University’s...
Cop resigns over ‘indefensible’ Instagram post threatening shootings
An Ohio cop resigned after he was caught posting “highly inappropriate” content on social media that suggested he would shoot people, police said. The Canton police officer, identified in reports as six-year veteran Andrew Russ, resigned prior to being terminated over the Instagram post he made late Tuesday, police announced Wednesday. “The officer’s conduct is...
New York's Cuomo, concerned about COVID-19 spread, asks protesters to get tested
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said several days and nights of demonstrations in the state after the killing of George Floyd could accelerate the spread of the coronavirus, and urged protesters to get tested.
China allows flights from US after pressure from Trump administration
Some 95 foreign airlines that are currently banned from flying to China will be allowed a single flight per week into one city starting Monday, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said.
Former acting DHS chief: Of course there is systemic racism in policing
The question is not whether racism in law enforcement exists -- it is how to combat it. We are starting to see law enforcement leaders demonstrate what must be done to emerge from this difficult reckoning, writes Kevin McAleenan.
Murkowski ‘struggling’ with whether to support Trump, backs Mattis after rebuke
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Thursday said she is “struggling” with whether to support President Trump in the next election amid his handling of the unrest following George Floyd's death in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department, while backing former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ condemnation of the president as “necessary and overdue.”
Joe Exotic’s ‘band’ inks record deal, set to debut new song — ‘Killer Carole’
The song drops Friday.
Gov. Cuomo calls on NYC prosecutors to crack down on looters
New York City’s district attorneys must get tough with looters capitalizing on the George Floyd protests — charging them strongly enough to keep them from walking free without bail to strike again, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday. “The DA should charge these looters,” Cuomo told reporters in an Albany briefing. “They should be held and...
Northam orders removal of iconic Robert Lee statue
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Remembering George Floyd
A memorial service to honor George Floyd, a black man who pleaded that he couldn't breathe while he was held down with a knee by a former Minneapolis police officer, will be held in Minneapolis, as protesters continue to rally across the US following his killing. Follow here for the latest updates.
The Big Story: Protest and Policing in America
Ibram X. Kendi, the director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and a contributing writer at The Atlantic, joins senior editor Yoni Appelbaum for a live conversation about the choice he says Americans face: racism or anti-racism.
Barcelona locals reclaim city from tourists during pandemic
BARCELONA, Spain — For florist Laura Gómez and many other Barcelona residents, the COVID-19 pandemic has one silver lining, amid all the death and suffering. For the first time in decades, locals won’t feel outnumbered by the throngs of foreign visitors that flood Spain’s top tourist destination each summer. No one doubts that their absence...
YouTuber Jake Paul charged as part of ‘riot’ where looters hit Arizona mall
Paul, 23, had insisted he was only documenting the looting when he was caught on video at the Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale on Saturday.
'That's what happens in authoritarian regimes'
John Allen, who commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan, says he watched with horror as peaceful protesters were driven down the street by riot police.
Traveling muralist pays tribute to George Floyd
Traveling muralist transforms blank brick wall into a tribute to George Floyd. Renda Writer makes a pit-stop in Atlanta to cover a wall with Floyd's name. (June 4)
'Wolf pack' members given further prison terms over separate sexual assault
Four of the Spanish men convicted in 2019 of raping a woman in Pamplona have been sentenced to further prison terms for a separate case of sexual abuse that occurred months earlier.
Sweden urges protesters to take it online during pandemic
STOCKHOLM – The Swedish government on Thursday urged its citizens to take their fight to the internet after thousands in the capital defied coronavirus restrictions to protest against racism and U.S. police violence. Demonstrators bearing signs like “Black Lives Matter” gathered for several hours at a square in the heart of Stockholm during Wednesday afternoon...
NYT Newsroom Breaks Into Open Revolt After Paper Publishes Call for Military Crackdown
Inside the Times newsroom in the hours after Tom Cotton's op-ed went live.
Wall Street retreats after rallying on recovery optimism
The Nasdaq 100 index retreated from an intraday record high on Thursday, with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones indexes also slipping as a rally fueled by hopes of a post-coronavirus economic recovery fizzled out.
William Barr claims he has evidence Antifa is hijacking George Floyd protests
WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement has evidence that extremist groups such as Antifa are hijacking nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, Attorney General William Barr said Thursday. Barr said he understood most protesters were peaceful demonstrators but that his Justice Department had since found evidence that “extremist agitators” were hijacking protests to “pursue...
Marine Corps veteran shot with rubber bullets by police at protest, ‘I had my hands up’
A Marine Corps veteran was sent to the hospital after Los Angeles police officers shot him and other protesters with rubber bullets in an effort to quell the unrest.
ZoomInfo just went public. No, not that Zoom
A company called ZoomInfo went public on Thursday. But don't confuse it with Zoom Video -- even though its shares are soaring, too.
George Floyd memorial service brings Americans together in mourning, outrage like never before
George Floyd's dying words, "I can't breathe," have united Americans against injustice and racism like never before.
Trump Built the Wall, Around Himself
President Donald Trump is trapped inside the White House, as a tall and imposing wall is erected around him, and prison guards stand watch.The fencing is intended to keep other people out, of course, and to provide security for the White House. But walls don’t just keep people out—they keep people in, too, a fact dramatized by the fact that some of those standing watch are officers of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Unlike a true prisoner, Trump can get out, but on Monday, a simple walk down the block from his house required a massive deployment of riot police and pepper balls.It makes sense that Trump, who won the presidency in part on his promise to build a wall on the southern U.S. border, would gravitate to the same solution for the White House. During the 2016 presidential campaign, he warned of chaos seeping into the country from Mexico; now he sees the chaos creeping toward his own lawn. (This sequence is not much of an endorsement of his claims to be a “law and order” president.)The administration has undertaken a contradictory dual strategy. On the one hand, as my colleague Anne Applebaum writes, the president wants to gin up fear among people far from the protests. At the same time, he wants to show that he has matters under control. To that end, Attorney General William Barr has aimed to flood the zone in Washington, D.C. (Barr seems to be leading the effort in part because, while Pentagon leaders blanch at Trump’s attempts to send the military into the streets, Barr has a vast legion of law-enforcement officers at his command, and shares few of the compunctions of the military brass.)[R]ead: James Mattis denounces President Trump and describes him as a threat to the ConstitutionThe first part of the strategy may or may not work; the second will probably not. No doubt this show of force will prove convincing for some Americans, especially Trump’s core supporters. Washington has been calmer the last couple of days, at the expense of being a de facto police state—although that may have more to do with the restraint of protesters and the reluctance of police to escalate than the show of force.But what’s happening in the capital is mostly being done to soothe a president terrified of protest. It’s another version of the security theater Americans have been treated to at their airports for the last two decades—but this performance is being put on for the sole benefit of the president. And as Trump tries to project strength, he instead appears weaker than ever.There’s a long history of American hostility to being fenced in, or fenced out. Colonists bristled at Westminster’s attempts to restrict westward expansion, one spark that helped ignite the American Revolution. President Andrew Jackson—whom Trump once claimed as a role model—famously threw open the White House to the public at his inauguration, albeit with messy results. In “This Land Is Your Land,” practically an alternative national anthem, Woody Guthrie sang of coming across a “no trespassing” sign: “But on the other side it didn't say nothing/That side was made for you and me.”Not everyone has gotten to enjoy this freedom, of course. Westward expansion of white settlements meant the expulsion and extermination of Native Americans, a process infamously accelerated by Jackson, who was also one of 12 presidents to own black slaves. (More than a century later, Guthrie would criticize the racism of President Trump’s father, a New York landlord.) Yet like many other cherished national ideals, the antipathy to walls has become central to American identity in spite of the fact that—or because—it has not been extended to all. It’s no accident that Japanese American internees at the World War II Manzanar concentration camp loved to hear bands play “Don’t Fence Me In,” a song made famous by Roy Rogers, who himself laid claim to the mantle of the old Wild West cowboys.[Jeffrey Goldberg: The things he carried]A high point for American anti-wall sentiment came in Ronald Reagan’s famous 1987 speech at the Brandenburg Gate, where he called on Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. As Reagan understood, the barrier had been erected to starve free West Berlin; instead, it had become a prison for East Germans living under Communist rule, who risked (and often lost) their lives trying to escape, while their fellow Berliners to the west thrived. Tearing down that wall was a triumph of freedom.But as time has gone on, the people’s house has become walled off from the people. The grounds around the White House become more and more closed to the general public, a process that began in earnest after overseas terrorist attacks during the Reagan administration. After the Oklahoma City bombings, Pennsylvania Avenue was closed to traffic. After September 11, pedestrian traffic was banned, too, though it reopened a few years later. Following several intrusions on the White House grounds, the Obama administration put in place plans to heighten the existing fence.Just as Trump is often more an accelerant of existing trends than an anomaly, he has turbocharged clearance of the land around the people’s house. Amid the current domestic crisis, Trump is not demanding that walls be torn down; instead, he’s erecting new ones. He’s also emulating the tactics of a former KGB agent stationed in East Germany: current Russian President Vladimir Putin. Where Putin dispatched “little green men” to Ukraine, devoid of any markings or insignia, Trump and Barr have flooded the streets of the city with officers who refuse to even say what agency they work for and cover up their affiliations. The White House has erected temporary fencing and pushed back the public, and as Thursday dawned there were more barriers coming.The president’s security is no laughing matter. Though Trump likes to say he is treated worse than any other holder of his office, four have been assassinated, and another shot and badly injured. The Secret Service rushed Trump to an underground bunker last week. There ought to be no shame in that—although amid mocking hashtags, Trump tried to deny it had happened, and claimed he was just doing an “inspection” on the bunker.[David A. Graham: Trump has delivered only chaos]That risible denial is all the more peculiar when paired with Trump’s open militarization of the White House vicinity. Past presidents have resisted such dramatic steps during previous crises, in part because of optics: There are other ways to tighten security without complete closure. But in addition to walls, Trump has always favored vast displays of force and military parades.The president is now closed off on many sides. Polls pan his handling of both the protests of police brutality and the coronavirus pandemic. He’s facing unusual criticism from his former secretary of defense and a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as more muted but unmistakable pushback from the current holders of both positions. A series of recent polls show him trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Trump has never been especially open to outside or contradictory opinions, and he has fewer of those available, as his administration is composed largely of loyalists.Trump may believe the show of force on Lafayette Square makes him seem more powerful, but the more he closes up—physically and figuratively—the more isolated and smaller he becomes.
Books about race fly off shelves following the death of George Floyd, protests
The week following the tragic death of George Floyd, book retailers, large and small, sold out of many print editions of books on racism.
Thieves steal 150 handguns, rifles from New Mexico store
Dozens of handguns and rifles were stolen this week from a gun shop in New Mexico’s largest city, prompting authorities to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible, officials said Wednesday.
Biden’s response to protests reportedly costs him support of police groups
Support from law enforcement groups for Joe Biden is beginning to wither as the former vice president’s remarks about the protests that have erupted nationwide over the killing of George Floyd have convinced a number of police officers that he’s moving too far left, according to a report on Thursday. Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential...
Pier 1 is going out of business in style with a huge sale
Pier 1 furniture, dinnerware, and home goods have been fixtures in our dorm rooms, apartments and homes for years, and now's your last chance to buy from the homewares brand — which is going out of business.
Stars back John Boyega following rousing Black Lives Matter speech
Coco Gauff gives speech at Black Lives Matter protest: ‘We must change now’
Coco Gauff can’t vote, but that doesn’t mean she can’t make a difference. The 16-year-old American tennis star is doing her part, as protests have gone nationwide following the killing of African-American George Floyd at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer. Gauff attended a recent Black Lives Matter protest in her Delray Beach,...
Stupidity is only thing standing in baseball’s way of saving season: Sherman
I don’t care. What the owners make, what the players make. I hope for fairness. That no one is exploited. That transparency wins. I do think the players are the engine of the game, the product that fans spend money on. Thus whatever players receive you will never read in this space that they are...
Scientists learn how tiny critters make ocean ‘snot palaces’
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Guy Benson: 'A disconnect' is emerging between some elites and majority of Americans
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College student critically injured by Austin police during George Floyd protest
Justin Howell suffered a fractured skull and brain damage after Austin police fired a bean bag round during a George Floyd demonstration.
The lessons for America from South Africa
Paul van Zyl, formerly of South Africa's Truth & Reconciliation Commission, and the Center for Constitutional Rights' Vince Warren discuss lessons from South Africa for the U.S.
Ex-Hillary Clinton spokesman slammed after endorsing ‘defund the police’ push
Former Hillary Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon took heat on Thursday for calling to “defund the police” as the nation is gripped with protests and riots against police brutality.
Live George Floyd Funeral Stream and Updates
Largely peaceful protests stretched into their 10th day, as George Floyd’s family prepared for a memorial in Minneapolis on Thursday.
Stars support John Boyega following rousing Black Lives Matter speech
Filmmakers and actors including Jordan Peele and Olivia Wilde are standing by John Boyega after he delivered a rousing speech at a Black Lives Matter protest on Wednesday.
Hundreds Expected At Memorial For George Floyd After Days Of Nationwide Protests
The Rev. Al Sharpton will give the eulogy at Thursday's memorial for George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd, 46, died in police custody on May 25.
MTA demands NYC add 60 miles of new bus lanes for coronavirus reopening
The MTA is demanding the de Blasio administration almost double the length of the city’s bus lanes by adding another 60 miles as part of its coronavirus reopening strategy. “A robust bus system will be crucial as workers look to return to their offices. It will also help alleviate crowding on the streets and underground,”...
“It Was a Tinderbox.” How George Floyd’s Killing Highlighted America’s Police Reform Failures
Everything about Derek Chauvin’s case — from his long list of previous conduct complaints to the 44-year-old police officer’s brutal calm as he pressed his knee to George Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes until he died— spoke to the decades of failure to address the systemic problems plaguing his employer, the Minneapolis Police…
Madison Beer denies using participation in protests for publicity
"I have been protesting for days. This is not and never was a photo op."
Inwood residents make peace after alleged ‘racial profiling’ video
Residents in Inwood made peace with each other following a viral video showing a group of Dominicans chasing away black men they apparently suspected were in the neighborhood to loot. “We squashed the beef,” a man says in a video posted Wednesday, as he’s surrounded by a group of young black men. “It was a...
Swift and decisive action has been taken against police in major US cities in the past week
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Las Vegas Strip reopening scenes: Bellagio fountains return to cries of 'that was awesome!'
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NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson says the black community is tired of business as usual
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House Democrats introduce policing reform bill named for George Floyd
Democrats' new proposal seeks to encouraging police departments and agencies to adopt new training standards