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Advocacy groups threaten to sue NYC if curfew isn’t lifted immediately
Advocacy groups plan to sue the city for First Amendment violations if Mayor Bill de Blasio does not immediately lift his controversial 8 p.m. curfew. The mayor instated the curfew on Monday in hopes of quelling violence and looting during ten days of largely peaceful anti-police brutality protests. “The week-long, city-wide curfew unconstitutionally restricts individuals’...
Abby Lee Miller's new dance show nixed by Lifetime in wake of racism accusations
Abby Lee Miller won't be starring in a new dance show on Lifetime; it's been cancelled after a former "Dance Moms" contestant accused her of racism.
Delaware beaches closed after possible shark bite incident
Beaches at Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware were closed to surfers and swimmers on Thursday afternoon in light of a possible shark attack that took place earlier in the day.
NBA’s Disney restart plan gets players association approval
The 2019-20 NBA season will get its long-awaited conclusion. The National Basketball Players Association approved the NBA’s 22-team format in a call with its board and representatives on Friday afternoon, a day after the NBA’s Board of Governors agreed to the plan in a 29-1 vote, paving the way for a July 31 restart in...
'Selma' free to rent, Paramount says: It highlights ‘the importance of equality, dignity and justice for all’
"Selma" -- which follows Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in a campaign to secure equal voting rights -- will be available for free on digital platforms during the month of June, according to Paramount Pictures -- the studio behind the 2014 movie.
A pilot drew out a tribute to George Floyd using only his airplane
A pilot drew a unique tribute to George Floyd over Canada by following a flight path in the shape of a raised fist.
LAPD chief expresses concern over videos of police violence during protests as calls mount for investigation
Chief Michel Moore faces calls for an investigation into the LAPD's handling of protests after videos surfaced showing officers using batons and other force on unarmed protesters.
Feeling hopeless after a tough week? Here are 5 things that may help
The protests, unrest, outrage and fear have been impossible to ignore this week, and they come amid a pandemic that had already turned life upside down. CNN reached out to some psychologists for suggestions on ways to get through it.
New Jersey man who built illegal, 7-story mountain of trash to be jailed after coronavirus
A New Jersey man can remain king of his seven-story hill of trash for now —  thanks to the coronavirus. A man who has built an illegal dump on his Sussex County property won’t be thrown in jail for the eyesore until after the coronavirus pandemic subsides, according to a Superior Court judge’s ruling. Joseph...
Coronavirus cases spike but increased testing shows infection rates down as Florida reopens
Florida initiated the second phase for reopening the economy Friday, one day after the largest spike in coronavirus cases were reported, but infection rates remain low.
The NFL has a message for players who knelt: “We were wrong”
Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images The NFL just issued a statement saying it was wrong to censure players who protested police violence. NFL players have protested police brutality and racism — the same problems now being demonstrated against across the country — for seasons beginning in 2014, and the NFL pushed back against these players, saying that they “created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic.” Now that has changed, with the league advocating for anti-racism activism in a Friday statement. “We, the NFL, admit we were wrong.” That’s what the NFL tweeted in an official statement on Friday night, in which the organization apologized for not listening earlier to the black NFL players who have protested against the police shootings of unarmed black people by kneeling during the national anthem at football games. The statement goes on to add that the NFL “encourage[s] all to speak out and peacefully protest,” and concludes, “We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter.” The tweet was accompanied by a video from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. In the video, Goodell reiterates the statement in the tweet. “Without black players, there would be no National Football League,” he adds. “And the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff.” We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter. #InspireChange— NFL (@NFL) June 5, 2020 The NFL’s statement is an explicit response to a video multiple prominent NFL players released on Thursday. In the video, a group of players that included Patrick Mahomes and Tyrann Mathieu of the Kansas City Chiefs and Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints demanded accountability from the NFL. “We will not be silenced. We assert our right to peacefully protest,” the players said. “It shouldn’t take this long to admit.” They asked that the NFL deliver the very message that it tweeted out, verbatim, on Friday night. The NFL’s new statement comes after years spent condemning players who knelt during the national anthem. When that movement was at its height in 2018, league officials threatened to fine players who “disrespected” the flag or the national anthem by kneeling. Players who wanted to kneel could do so only behind the closed doors of changing rooms. Colin Kaepernick, who began the movement in 2014, has not played football since 2016. There is no word on whether this change in course means he will be rehired by an NFL team. Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
I know first-hand how looters can crush a family’s dreams
The pundit who reprehensibly claims that destroying property “is not violence” risks nothing. She agitates for revolution from the safety of her apartment. Much the same, I suspect, most of those excusing the destruction of our cities — either contending that businesses “have insurance” or peddling false choices about life being “more valuable than property”...
Unemployment rate falls to 13 percent, 2020 grads should prepare for market turnaround, industry experts say
The coronavirus pandemic cut a swath through American business, leaving over 40 million people unemployed. At the same time colleges and universities are expected to award 3,968,000 degrees during the 2019-20 academic year, according to National Center for Education Statistics.
Three Chinese nationals were murdered and burned in Zambia, in a week when racial tensions were running high
The Chinese presence in Zambia has been controversial for decades. The coronavirus pandemic has escalated those concerns.
George Floyd's pastor shares his message: 'It’s either chaos or community'
George Floyd’s pastor, Patrick “P.T.” Ngwolo, wants the world to honor Floyd’s memory by creating a space for real, honest conversation in order to move away from the “institutional bondage of racism” toward a better America.
Washington family accused of being Antifa members, followed by armed citizens
The family was harassed, possibly based on unconfirmed information.
'Law & Order: SVU' producer: George Floyd death 'has to come up' in future episode
"Law & Order: SVU" executive producer Warren Leight said George Floyd and the subsequent backlash to law enforcement will come up on the NBC series.
Zuckerberg posts 'Black lives matter' and pledges to review Facebook's policies
Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will review its policies concerning the state use of force, voter suppression and content moderation, as the company faces a backlash from many of its own workers over its inaction on controversial posts by President Donald Trump.
Opinion: NCAA isn't messing around this time. Watch out Kansas, Arizona and LSU
A surprisingly harsh penalty against Oklahoma State basketball could be bad news for the likes of Kansas, LSU, Arizona and more.
Molotov cocktail attack on NYPD: court orders defendants taken back into custody
A pair of lawyers charged with throwing a Molotov cocktail into a New York City police vehicle amid civil unrest last week will remain in police custody while awaiting trial after a federal court sided with prosecutors in keeping them detained.
Washington Post roasted for column: ‘Immediately halt production on cop shows and movies’
The Washington Post raised eyebrows on Thursday with a piece calling on Hollywood to no longer produce TV shows and movies about police amid the George Floyd protests.
Gutfeld on 'defunding' police: 911 should block celebrity advocates; gun shops should restrict sales
Greg Gutfeld slammed proponents of "defunding" the nation's police in the wake of the George Floyd protests, saying that people who advocate that way should therefore be treated the way their position essentially aligns.
In-person special education OK’d for the summer, Cuomo says
ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order late Friday allowing school districts to offer in-person special education teaching this summer. “I just issued an Executive Order allowing necessary in-person special education instruction this summer. Any school district providing these services must follow all state and federal guidance,” the governor said in a statement....
5 tasks for white people struggling with issues of race
The author of "White Fragility" and multicultural educator, Robin DiAngelo, has five tasks for white people who are soul searching in the wake of nationwide protests for equality.
Philadelphia gun shop owner 'justified' in shooting burglars, killing one, DA says
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner on Friday announced charges against one of several suspects, accused of attempting to rob a local gun shop, while also deeming the owner's response to the incident "justified."
Snoop Dogg will be voting for the first time in November
“For many years [I thought] you couldn’t vote because you had a criminal record,”
NFL On Kneeling Players' Protests: 'We Were Wrong' Commissioner Says
"We were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday.
See the giant BLM message painted on road to White House
Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has officially deemed the section of 16th Street bearing a "Black Lives Matter" mural with giant, yellow letters "Black Lives Matter Plaza."
Army maps plan for its new armored combat vehicle
The Army’s new combat infantry vehicle has gone digital, meaning the service hopes to optimize design plans using computer modeling “before” bending metal on new prototypes.
Defund the Police?
That might not be the most effective tactic.
Michael Jordan Giving $100 Million to Organizations For Racial Equality, Justice
Money will be paid over 10 years with the goal of 'ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education'
Roger Goodell responds to NFL stars’ Black Lives Matter plea: ‘We are listening’
The NFL players demanded to be heard and the league listened and responded. The NFL’s social media accounts posted video of Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday after more than a dozen players – included the Giants’ Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard, the Jets’ Jamal Adams and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes — asked the NFL...
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Man who sheltered protesters: "It was very instinctual"
"It was unfathomable," Rahul Dubey said of the police violence used against peaceful protesters outside his home.
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NFL's Gooddell issues mea culpa amid George Floyd unrest: 'I personally protest with you'
NFL Commissioner Roger Gooddell publicly apologized Friday for not "listening" to black players when they spoke out about racism.
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De Blasio pledges police reform as public blames mayor for abuse
"You will see change in the NYPD," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday.
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Utah DC Morgan Scalley suspended indefinitely for use of racial slur in 2013 text message
Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley has been suspended indefinitely after it was revealed he used a racial slur in a text message in 2013.        
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What's on TV Saturday plus Sunday talk shows: 'Ad Astra'
What's on TV Saturday, June 6 plus Sunday talk shows: 'Ad Astra' on HBO
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Goodell: NFL was wrong for not listening to players
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a video message saying the NFL was wrong for not listening to players about their concerns on race, including kneeling during the national anthem during games.
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House panel seeks information on Homeland Security's role in protest response
House Democrats are requesting additional information from the Department of Homeland Security after a drone flew to Minneapolis last Friday amid protests and department personnel were deployed to city streets to respond to the unrest, according to a letter sent to acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Friday.
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NYC protesters vow to keep marching past curfew on 10th night of unrest
New York City braced for its 10th straight night of protests Friday, with rallies planned throughout the city despite a steady rain and a looming 8 p.m. curfew. By sunset, a group of more than 1,000 soggy protesters were already marching past dozens of cops stationed on Court Street and onto Atlantic Avenue in Cobble...
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Republic Records will no longer use the term ‘urban’ for music
The label is home to Ariana Grande and The Weeknd.
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'Operation Warp Speed' is fueling vaccine fears, two top experts worry
The government's "Operation Warp Speed" Covid-19 vaccine program, with its emphasis on quick production and testing of experimental coronavirus vaccines, is fueling fears already stirred up by vaccine skeptics, two experts said Friday.
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How Mormon Missionaries Are Proselytizing in the Wake of a Pandemic
The new focus on online missionary work may persist even after the pandemic, according to church officials
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French military kills north African al Qaeda leader with US help
The French military killed a senior al Qaeda terrorist in an operation in northern Mali Wednesday, according to France's Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly.
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Police say family of 6 found dead in San Antonio
Six members of a military family were found dead at a home in San Antonio, Texas, Police Chief William McManus said in a news conference.
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Protests outside Academy HQ after David Oyelowo calls out ‘Selma’ Oscar snub
Protesters gathered on Friday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Paul McCartney on Beatles refusing to play for segregated audience in 1964, justice for George Floyd’s family
Paul McCartney is speaking out amid a time of civil unrest following the death of George Floyd.
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'Cops,' 'Live PD' episodes pulled in aftermath of George Floyd killing and protests
In the aftermath of George Floyd's killing in police custody, episodes of 'Cops' and 'Live PD' have been pulled from the TV schedule.        
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