No one saw this Mets dominance coming: ‘How did they do it?’
This was more of a coronation than a series. Four games that summed up the Mets’ stunning second-half run from also-ran to National League champions. It began with them considered the underdog to the young and powerful Cubs and ended with little doubt who was superior. The finale of the 2015 NLCS was fitting to...
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Trump risks potential backlash from evangelicals with 'tone-deaf' Bible photo-op
As he brandished an unopened Bible in front of the boarded-up St. John's Episcopal Church across the street from the White House Monday evening, President Donald Trump delivered an unspoken message to white evangelical Christians: Remember, I'm on your side.
Denver cop fired for ‘let’s start a riot’ post amid George Floyd protests
A Denver cop was fired for posting “let’s start a riot” on social media ahead of a night of George Floyd protests, according to reports. Officer Thomas McClay shared the message Sunday to Instagram along with a photo of himself and two other officers in riot gear, news outlet 9News reported. Police launched an investigation...
Why Lisa Vanderpump didn’t fire Max Boyens, Brett Caprioni over resurfaced racist tweets
The "Vanderpump Rules" boss, 59, defended her decision to keep Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni employed at her restaurants after the resurfacing of racist tweets.
Rod Rosenstein defends appointing Mueller to lead Russia probe
WASHINGTON — Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is being grilled Wednesday by the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee over the origins of the FBI’s Russia probe — including his decision to appoint special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate President Trump. Rosenstein, 55, faces questioning over his decision to sign off on a foreign surveillance warrant...
Facials Gone Virtual: She Teaches People Self-Care, A Hot Commodity During Pandemic
Like many people whose jobs involve personal interaction, Nicole Burke Stephenson had to get creative to keep making money while social distancing.
US should have a 'couple hundred million' doses of a Covid-19 vaccine by the start of 2021, Fauci says
The United States should have 100 million doses of one candidate coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said Tuesday.
Scientists found the cleanest air on Earth
You might think that stepping out of your front door every morning and swallowing a couple of lungfuls of fresh morning air is just about as good as it can get — especially during the pandemic. Sure, it’s refreshing, but according to scientists from Colorado State University, the cleanest air on Earth is nowhere near...
Why Joe Biden will almost certainly pick a black woman as VP
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Trump facing backlash from D.C. religious leaders after church and shrine visits
President Trump is facing backlash from local religious leaders for his visits to a historic church and national shrine amid the protests this week over George Floyd's death. CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang joins CBSN to break down the latest developments.
2 wounded, 3 arrested after South L.A. shooting triggers police pursuit
Officers responded to Broadway and Manchester Avenue shortly after midnight after hearing gunshots.
Ben & Jerry's Calls to 'Dismantle White Supremacy' in No-Holds-Barred Statement
Ben & Jerry's also wants the Department of Justice to reinstate policies rolled back under the Trump administration.
Worst of the layoffs have passed, latest jobs data suggest
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Eric Reid, former Colin Kaepernick teammate, and NBA players jab 49ers over #BlackoutTuesday tweet
The San Francisco 49ers received some backlash Tuesday for joining in the social media trend -- #BlackoutTuesday – to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and those who are protesting against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
Trump launches defensive Twitter spree as America grieves
Trump launches defensive Twitter spree as America grieves
As the nation reels from social, economic and health crises, President Donald Trump began his Wednesday with a Twitter spree defending himself, attacking his critics and suggesting he's done more for black Americans than any president, with the "possible exception" of Abraham Lincoln.
Biden has edge over Trump on handling race relations: poll
A new national poll shows Democratic challenger Joe Biden holding an 11-point lead over President Trump with five months to go until the November general election.
Lori Loughlin ‘would love to return to TV’ and ‘tell her side of the story’ after admissions scandal: source
Lori Loughlin reportedly still hopes she can return back to the small screen in the future.
Watch live: Obama to discuss death of George Floyd, police reforms
Mr. Obama is participating in a virtual town hall hosted by the Obama Foundation's My Brother's Keeper Alliance.
Calvin Klein’s coronavirus outreach targets LGBTQ organizations
Calvin Klein’s usual Pride month promotions throughout June have this year morphed into its COVID-19 response. In recognition of the pandemic, Calvin Klein has partnered with OutRight Action International on their COVID-19 LGBTIQ Global Emergency Fund, offering financial resources to LGBTQ organizations around the world who are serving people impacted by COVID-19. The underwear-and-more firm...
Not Even a Lawyer Can Get You Out of Solitary Confinement in Massachusetts
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Lilly Wachowski on how ‘The Matrix’ was inspired by rage, oppression before transition
"Bubbling, seething rage within me was about my own oppression."
Laser mapping reveals largest and oldest Mayan temple
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Social Media Is Making Racial Trauma Worse. The DSM Needs an Update.
Secondary racial trauma is a nascent research topic, but firsthand experiences with racism have long caused higher rates of PTSD for people of color.
'Now is the time': Emotional John Boyega addresses protesters at London Black Lives Matter rally
"Star Wars" actor John Boyega rallied crowds at a large London protest against George Floyd's death on Wednesday, telling demonstrators that "now is the time" to demand racial equality.
Walgreens works to keep communities healthy and better informed
At the heart of a community, pharmacies play an integral role in the daily lives of their base, providing essential goods and supportive advice on products and services that affect our well-being. Since the onset of COVID-19, Walgreens has risen to the task as both a community and consumer ally, and an essential service provider...
Washington State Trooper Caught on Video at Seattle Protest Saying 'Don't Kill Them, But Hit Them Hard'
"The team leader's intent of motivating and reassuring his troopers was commendable but his word choice, especially when considered outside of the context of his team's immediate challenges, was not," Chris Loftis, director of communications for the Washington State Patrol, said in a statement.
Sweden defends not locking down over coronavirus, but admits failing to protect the elderly
The architect of Sweden's coronavirus response has defended the country's controversial decision not to go into lockdown, while admitting "improvements" could be made with the benefit of hindsight.
These restaurant chains are keeping us sustained and entertained
You may not know Fernando Machado, but you are probably familiar with some of the marketing and branding campaigns he has run for Burger King. A few years ago, at Pride week in San Francisco, the fast-food chain sold a limited edition of the Whopper burger, wrapped in rainbow-colored paper. When opened, customers found the...
A Second Stimulus Check Would Likely Arrive Sooner Than the First
A second round of economic impact payments has not been approved. But if it is the Internal Revenue Service would appear to be in a better position to distribute them following the first batch.
Hip sneaker maker Vans kicks up creative relief efforts
Paul Van Doren, the founder of skateboarding shoes and apparel company Vans, once said that Vans isn’t so much a shoe and apparel company as it is a people company that makes shoes and apparel. Although the brand originated in 1966, that statement has perhaps never resonated more than during the turbulent times of the...
Local Public Health Workers Report Hostile Threats And Fears About Contact Tracing
Online misinformation and rumors are fueling a backlash against coronavirus containment strategies such as contact tracing and isolation. Some health officials have even received violent threats.
Daytime host pleads with National Guard to join protest
Daytime host Keke Palmer spoke to National Guard members at the Hollywood protests following George Floyd's death. Palmer pleaded with them to march with protesters and they compromised by taking a knee.
The NFL’s Amnesia Is Just Like America’s
On Saturday, the National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell had the nerve to put out a statement extending condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery—three African Americans who were killed by people who claimed to be enforcing the law. The league, Goodell insisted, was “committed to continuing the important work to address these systemic issues togethers with our players, clubs and partners.”Maybe the NFL thought that Will Smith popped up with a neuralyzer and wiped everyone’s memory clean. If by “important work,” the league was referring to how it blackballed Colin Kaepernick—who while quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 took a knee during the national anthem to bring attention to police brutality and racial injustice—then the NFL is correct to say it showed a commitment.Back then, the NFL had the opportunity to use its platform to support Kaepernick’s courageous stance against police brutality, but NFL owners opted instead to direct their energy toward ruining Kaepernick’s career.[Jemele Hill: In the end, the NFL proved Colin Kaepernick right]As unrest spreads across the nation, the NFL does not get to act as if it always had stood with Kaepernick or the other players who followed his lead. Not when the league has shown itself to be a fake ally, an obstacle in the pursuit of social justice and equality, and a reflection of the racism that it says it stands against.Yesterday, many NFL teams took part in #blackouttuesday—an activist-driven social-media protest that encouraged people to post black squares on their social-media platforms in observance of Floyd’s murder and the need to confront racism and inequality. But when the league had the opportunity to be on the right side of history, it chose the coward’s path. It stood idly by as Kaepernick’s message was lazily characterized as anti-American and disrespectful toward veterans—or co-opted by public-relations gestures intended to dilute it.Never forget that when Goodell was first asked about Kaepernick’s protest, the commissioner said, “I don’t necessarily agree with what he’s doing.” The 49ers, who expressed support on Twitter and Facebook for the Black Lives Matter movement yesterday, essentially pushed Kaepernick out in 2017.In the fall of 2017, President Donald Trump insulted NFL players who participated in protests and demanded that they lose their job. “Get that son of a bitch off the field,” he said. Whatever solidarity the NFL might have had with black people brutalized by police, the league abandoned the fight pretty quickly after Trump got involved. First, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones threatened to bench any player who didn’t stand for the anthem—much to the president’s delight. Then Goodell sent a letter to team owners that declared, “The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues.”[Read: Roger Goodell’s empty letter to the NFL]Later, the league tried to tamp down dissent by providing $90 million to grassroots initiatives by the Players Coalition, a group of NFL players whom Kaepernick had inspired to advocate for social justice. But the NFL’s interest in the subject seemed to be more about getting the players to stop kneeling, putting an end to Trump’s attacks, and winning back those fans who supposedly were turned off by the protests.That response to these recent injustices was hypocritical enough, but it’s even worse considering how poor the league’s own track record is. How could a 32-team league with only three black head coaches and two black general managers—despite 70 percent of the players being black—have any credibility when it comes to fighting racial inequality? The hypocrisy wasn’t just limited to NFL teams. Yesterday, the New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees posted a blank, black square on his Instagram page, even though in 2016 he too equated Kaepernick’s stance with disrespecting the American flag.The NFL’s selective amnesia is only emblematic of a larger problem in America. Whenever black folks have spoken candidly about the horrors of police brutality, the default reaction in the United States isn’t to start disrupting and dismantling the system of prejudices that enable the abuse of black people, but to demand silence and sometimes, outright obedience.When Kaepernick took a knee, 12-year-old Tamir Rice had been fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer while playing with a toy pellet gun in a park near his home. Sandra Bland already had been found dead in her jail cell after being taken into police custody under suspicious circumstances for failing to signal a lane change. “There’s people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable,” Kaepernick said in 2016. “People are being given paid leave for killing people. That's not right. That's not right by anyone's standards."What happened to Kaepernick—from being ostracized by the league to seeing his cause suddenly appreciated—is no different from what happened to former Olympians John Carlos and Tommie Smith or former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali. Carlos and Smith were sent home from the 1968 Olympics for raising their fists on the medal podium to bring awareness to the unfair treatment of black people in the United States. They were national pariahs when they returned home, and only years later, long after history proved them right, were they widely accepted as agents of social progress. The same applies to Ali, who was arrested and stripped of his boxing titles for standing against the Vietnam War. Over time, Ali became one of the most beloved athletes in sports history. But many of those who later praised Carlos, Smith and Ali were absent when it really mattered.Unfortunately, since Kaepernick shooed away, there hasn’t been sufficient progress with the issues he spoke out against. Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes before killing him, was eventually arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, but the three other officers who were on the scene—all of whom stood by and did nothing as Floyd died on the pavement—have yet to be charged. All four were fired.In Arbery’s case, no arrests were made for months. He was shot to death in February by white vigilantes—one of whom was a former officer in Georgia’s Glynn County Police Department as well as an investigator with the local district attorney’s office. He and two other men have now been charged with murder. If a jarring video of Arbery’s death hadn’t been made public, they probably would have faced no consequences.[Ibram X. Kendi: The American nightmare]Taylor, a 26-year-old black health-care worker resident, was killed in her own apartment in Louisville in March after a botched police raid. “Somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend,” her boyfriend told a dispatcher on a 911 call. The case is now under investigation by the FBI. So far, none of the officers involved has been fired or arrested.The rage spreading across the country because of this gross injustice isn’t because the system is broken. It’s because the system is working just as it was intended.“I don’t think there’s systemic racism,” National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien told CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Sunday. “I think 99.9 percent of our officers are great Americans—and many of them are African American, Hispanic, Asian. They work in the toughest neighborhoods. They’ve got the hardest jobs to do in this country and I think they’re amazing great Americans and they’re my heroes. But you know what? There are some bad apples in there. There are some bad cops that are racists, and they don’t have the right training and they need to be rooted out.”Thinking of these incidents as examples of rogue behavior is more comforting than acknowledging that this system was created to treat black people as worthless. Black people are three times as likely to get killed by the police than white people, according to Mapping Police Violence, an advocacy group dedicated to tracking killings by law-enforcement agencies in the United States.America hasn’t been able to grapple with the uncomfortable reality that police brutality is encoded in this country’s DNA. In the 1700s, Southern slave patrols terrorized black people in the name of keeping them in bondage. Those patrols eventually evolved into the police forces that enforced Jim Crow laws by using violence, intimidation, and harassment. And now in modern day, researchers have repeatedly shown how black people are punished harder for the same crimes that whites commit and targeted more frequently by law enforcement. From 2002 to 2013, New York City instituted the controversial “stop and frisk” program under the direction of former mayor Michael Bloomberg. The program gave New York law enforcement unchecked authority to question anyone they thought might be a criminal. Not surprisingly, the policy became a weapon against black and brown people. In 2009 alone, black and brown people were nine times as likely to be stopped by the police as white people were.Now, even amid nationwide protests against police violence, police officers still are unable to curb their reckless behavior. Six Atlanta police officers are now facing charges after breaking the car windows of two college students, pulling them from their vehicle, and using Tasers on them. Two of the officers involved were fired.[Clint Smith: Becoming a parent in the age of Black Lives Matter]Such incidents are why black people are so endangered when a white person calls police on them merely for existing. This is the modern-day version of checking freedom papers—that is, of forcing African Americans to prove they’re doing nothing wrong. When white 911 callers summon the police because a black person is barbecuing, golfing, or objecting to an unleashed dog, they’re admitting which purpose they believe the police really serve. And it has nothing to do with protecting public safety.The recent wave of protests and acts of rebellion gives Americans yet another chance to listen to black people without them having to die to prove a point. Kaepernick’s gesture of taking a knee is more powerful now than it was back in 2016. News coverage—not to mention numerous photos and videos on the internet—show protesters kneeling in the streets, because it’s come to universally symbolize nonviolent resistance. Had the NFL continued to support Kaepernick all along, the league would be remembered in this moment as a true beacon of progress, rather than a bunch of shameless hypocrites.
After two months, parking lots reopen at many California state parks and beaches
Access to many sites statewide had been closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Professor once busted for forgery says ‘white privilege’ kept him alive
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Defense Secretary Mark Esper opposes Trump on use of military in riots
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday that he opposes the use of the military to quell violence in US cities, a stance that runs counter to President Trump’s vow to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 in states with uncontrolled looting. Esper also said at a morning press conference he was unaware that he...
Las Vegas reopening starts tonight despite George Floyd protests. Here's what's on tap
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Mother of George Floyd's Daughter Explains How She Told 6-Year-Old About Father's Death
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Trump Now Says He Was Totally “Inspecting” the Bunker, Not Hiding in It
"I was there for a tiny little short period of time, and it was much more for an inspection."
U.S. Secretary of Defense Breaks With Trump, Says He Doesn't Support Invoking Insurrection Act
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New York’s coffee shops pull together to get free java to the front line
The coronavirus has numbed us in many ways, but to one thing it has not: the unflappable generosity of the human spirit. And our everlasting need for caffeine. That’s where the booming grassroots philanthropic campaign NYLovesCoffee comes in, slinging java to those on the front line of the coronavirus crisis while helping small businesses at...
Bullet penetrates Missouri trooper’s face shield during riots in St. Louis, ‘narrowly’ avoids serious injury
A riot helmet may have saved the life of a Missouri state trooper during the unrest in St. Louis Monday night after a bullet struck the headgear’s face shield, authorities said.
George W. Bush finally steps onto the right side of history
In 2020 all Americans are deciding whether to be on the side of the race-baiting President Trump , or the American people who are protesting to make our democracy inclusive for black Americans. George W. Bush made the right choice: "Achieving justice for all is the duty of all," writes Dorothy Brown. Which side will you be on?
Second Stimulus Check Update: GOP Lawmakers Indicate Another Round of $1,200 Relief Is Unlikely
Stimulus checks received strong bipartisan support in March, but that unity isn't present on Capitol Hill this time around.
Defense chief opposes sending troops to quell protests
Esper's words contradict President Trump, who threatened to deploy the military to quell protests on Monday.
Esper adds that officers at scene of Floyd's death should be 'held accountable for his murder'
Beantown-based finance firm John Hancock puts community outreach first
When COVID-19 first struck Boston a few months ago, one of the first calls Boston Medical Center (BMC) CEO Kate Walsh received was from John Hancock’s CEO Marianne Harrison. “She wanted to know how they could help,” says Walsh. BMC serves a proportionately higher number of uninsured and otherwise vulnerable individuals. As a result, BMC...