Not your ordinary spa day: Spa chain snags $5.6M in coronavirus relief
A cash-strapped airport spa chain snagged $5.6 million in federal coronavirus aid weeks after warning investors that its independent auditor had raised “substantial doubt” about its ability to continue operating amid hefty losses, The Post has learned. New York-based XpresSpa told investors it had obtained the Payroll Protection Program loan in a May 7 regulatory...
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Minneapolis is trying to recover after days of George Floyd protests – one bag of garbage and one food donation at a time
Some carried garbage bags and brooms. Others handed out food for the needy. Minneapolis is trying to pick up the pieces
George Floyd unrest: Major cities brace for riots with National Guard troops mobilized
The National Guard’s top general on Sunday said Guard units in nearly half of U.S. states have been mobilized to help major cities deal with riots sparked by the death of Minnesota man George Floyd, as they braced for what could be another night of destructive violence.
Rising Oswald Peraza could be Yankeess next homegrown shortstop
Part 4 in a series analyzing the Yankees’ top prospects While it is obvious Yankees minor leaguers are playing for the organization, there is no denying they are also showcasing their talent for other teams that might want to acquire them. Following the 2018 season, the Yankees used Justus Sheffield a 2014 first-round pick of...
'Quiz' on AMC: Can You Answer Charles Ingram's 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' Questions?
"Quiz" on AMC focuses on Major Charles Ingram, who possibly cheated his way to the top prize on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" But could you have won the million without a coughing accomplice?
'Killing Eve' Season 4: Will There Be Another Season of the BBC America and AMC Show?
"Killing Eve" may be bringing its current season to a close, but there is good news for fans hoping for Season 4 of the AMC and BBC America hit
George Floyd: Joe Biden visits site of Wilmington protests during weekend of turmoil
Late Saturday night, Joe Biden released a statement comparing George Floyd's death to Eric Garner's, a black man who died while being arrested.
Keselowski wins Bristol NASCAR race as tempers flare between Logano and Elliott
Brad Keselowski inherited his second win of the season after Chase Elliott and Joey Logano collided as they raced for the victory Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Cities extend curfews for another night in an attempt to avoid violent protests over George Floyd's death
Mets' Pete Alonso: 'I will not remain silent' on racial injustice
New York Mets star Pete Alonso is the latest high-profile athlete to speak out against racial injustice in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
CBS Weekend News, May 31, 2020
Police in Twin Cities clash with protesters in another violent night; Ontario photographer uses squirrels as stars of backyard photo sessions.
Accused Molotov cocktail hurler is Ivy League-educated lawyer, community board member
A Ivy League-educated lawyer and member of a Brooklyn community board was among those arrested for hurling a Molotov cocktail at a marked NYPD vehicle amid George Floyd protests, it was revealed Sunday. Colinford Mattis, 32, was allegedly behind the wheel of a tan minivan as his passenger, fellow attorney Urooj Rahman, allegedly hurled the...
Trump tweets Antifa will be labeled a terrorist organization but experts believe that's unconstitutional
Vanessa Bryant posts old photo of Kobe Bryant in 'I Can't Breathe' shirt amid George Floyd death, riots
Vanessa Bryant, the widow of the late Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, shared her thoughts on the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer when he had his knee on Floyd’s neck as he screamed for help and couldn’t breathe.
Caught in the protest crossfire, Canter's Deli stays open to distribute water
The 24-hour deli on Fairfax fed customers amid clashes between protestors and police
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will lead prosecution in George Floyd case, governor says
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Sunday evening that state Attorney General Keith Ellison will the prosecution against the former police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd, whose death last week has sparked nationwide protests against police brutality.
Trump briefly taken to underground bunker amid protests
President Trump was briefly taken to a White House underground bunker as protesters gathered in Washington, according to a White House official and a law enforcement source.
Protests pose a challenge for Biden: Appealing to older and younger black voters
“He has to meet the moment,” one African American pollster said.
GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia cautious as U.S. riots weigh on S&P futures
Asian share markets started on a cautious note and gold gained on Monday as images of riots in burning U.S. cities unnerved investors already tense over Washington's power struggle with Beijing.
Detroit's top cop to George Floyd protesters: 'We understand' hurt, but will be 'relentless' against criminals
Detroit Police Chief James Craig warned protesters Sunday that he had no plans of backing down following a weekend of violence and national unrest over the death of George Floyd.
Video shows tanker truck barrel toward Minneapolis protesters
A tanker truck barreled into a crowd of protesters peacefully demonstrating on a shut-down interstate in Minneapolis on Sunday in response to the death of George Floyd. Shocking video showed a sea of marchers on the I-35W bridge running to get out of the way as the semi-trailer zoomed toward them before coming to a...
Sen. Amy Klobuchar on race, justice and the pandemic
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Queen Elizabeth goes riding in first appearance since virus lockdown
Truck driver arrested after appearing to drive into protesters
Footage shows a tanker truck approaching a group of protesters at a high speed until it slowly stops and is then surrounded by protesters who pull open both the driver and passenger doors.
The birth of the #WalkWithUs movement: Local leaders join George Floyd protesters across US in a show of solidarity
As local leaders have joined protesters to show solidarity in the wake of George Floyd's death, the #WalkWithUs hashtag has blossomed on social media.
MLB blew its chance to lead sports’ coronavirus return
Fantasy Baseball, 2020: On April 1, Rob Manfred and Tony Clark (imaginarily) held this joint Zoom news conference. Manfred: Tony and I have decided to cancel the 2020 Major League Baseball season today. We see too many hurdles to clear, too many logistical dilemmas to ponder, too many people suffering. All tickets purchased for the...
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Sheriff takes off riot gear and joins peaceful protesters
Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson spoke with demonstrators who were met by police officers in riot gear and then joined the protest, according to CNN affiliate WEYI.
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Atlanta mayor: 2 officers fired in ‘excessive force’ arrests
ATLANTA — Two police officers have been fired and three others placed on desk duty over excessive use of force during a protest arrest incident, Atlanta’s mayor said Sunday. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a news conference that she and police Chief Erika Shields made the decision after reviewing body-camera footage of a Saturday...
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National Guard monitors L.A. City Hall as downtown shops clean up
Many downtown L.A. merchants spent Sunday assessing damage from weekend looting.
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What we do and don't know about US extremists
Law enforcement and federal officials say outside elements from both far-right and far-left groups are helping fuel the violent and damaging confrontations that have marred protests across the country in recent days, despite President Donald Trump's focus just on Antifa and the far left.
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Trump briefly taken to underground bunker during Friday's White House protests
As protesters gathered outside the White House Friday night in Washington, DC, President Donald Trump was briefly taken to the underground bunker for a period of time, according to a White House official.
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WWE must be better than uncomfortable Jeff Hardy drunk-driving angle
WWE needs to be better than this. Even with its vast team of writers and the endless wrestling knowledge within the company, the best WWE could come up with was a Jeff Hardy drunk-driving angle to open “SmackDown” Friday night on Fox. While having pro wrestling blur the lines a bit is usually encouraged, working...
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2 Atlanta officers fired after deploying stun guns in arrests during George Floyd protests, mayor says
Two Atlanta police officers who were captured on video forcibly pulling a pair of college students out of their car and placing them under arrest during protests Saturday night have been fired, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Sunday.
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Carbone opening a new pop-up restaurant in Southampton
Carbone, the Village hotspot known for drawing crowds even during the pandemic, will open a pop-up in Southampton on Wednesday, Side Dish has learned. “We will be respecting all the rules. There will be no place to dine, even outside — just nightly takeaway, but we wanted to open where we are and where so many of...
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What's on TV Monday: 'Roswell, New Mexico' on CW; coronavirus
What's on TV Monday, June 1: 'Roswell, New Mexico' on CW; coronavirus; the season finales of 'The Baker and the Beauty' and 'Bakeaway Camp With Martha Stewart'
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Semi-truck appears to try to drive through protesters on Minneapolis interstate
As thousands of people were on the bridge of Minneapolis Interstate 35W protesting the death of George Floyd, a large tanker truck driving at a high speed appears to try hitting protesters. CBSN Minnesota reports.
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NYC restaurants doing delivery to Hamptons amid coronavirus pandemic
New York City restaurants are pulling out all the stops to survive the pandemic, including launching deliveries 90 miles away to the Hamptons. Restaurants from American bistro The Smith to Michelin-starred Carbone have been making the trek to Long Island’s East End in an effort to serve customers who fled the city during the coronavirus...
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Officials Fear George Floyd Protests Could Fuel New Coronavirus Outbreaks
The fear comes at a time when many cities across the country are starting to tentatively reopen for business.
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Semi-Trailer Drives Through George Floyd Protesters Marching in Minneapolis, No Apparent Injuries
The patrol says the driver was injured and taken to a hospital
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Here's a list of more than 85 black-owned food businesses in L.A.
A list of black-owned restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, food trucks and pop-ups in the Los Angeles area.
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Michael Jordan says he is 'deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry' about George Floyd's death
Basketball legend Michael Jordan on Sunday sent his condolences to the family of George Floyd and shared his support for protesters fighting for justice.
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Julianne Hough gets support from 'DWTS' judge Carrie Ann Inaba after Brooks Laich split
Julianne Hough has a friend in Carrie Ann Inaba.
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Joe Biden, wearing mask, visits protest site in Delaware
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Sunday visited a location where protesters have been demonstrating against police brutality and racial inequality, according to a photo Biden posted on Instagram, as protests and riots rage across the U.S. following the death of George Floyd last week. 
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Bolsonaro joins rally against Brazil’s Supreme court, alarming justices
BRASILIA – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro joined a rally on Sunday on horseback as supporters urged the closing of the Supreme Court for investigating the right-wing leader, as one of its justices compared the risks to Brazil’s democracy with Hitler’s Germany. Deepening a political crisis during one of the world’s worst novel coronavirus outbreaks, Bolsonaro...
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Trump's crazy designation of Antifa as terrorist organization
Peter Bergen writes that Trump's hopes to designate Antifa as a terrorist organization is likely unconstitutional. Extremist groups have long existed in the US, but thanks to the First Amendment, Americans are free to belong and believe in them, as long as they don't commit any violent or dangerous acts in their name.
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Celtics' Jaylen Brown, 76ers' Tobias Harris, Knicks' Dennis Smith Jr. among NBA stars in George Floyd protests
Some NBA players have chosen to participate in the nationwide protests fighting for justice after the death of George Floyd, who was killed after a Minneapolis police officer had his knee on Floyd’s neck as he screamed for help.
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New York police officers kneel with protesters
In the midst of protests and destruction around the nation, a moving scene unfolded Sunday in New York when some of the city's police officers knelt with protesters.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s defense of the NYPD’s handling of protests revives old tensions
Mayor Bill de Blasio walks outside City Hall during the coronavirus pandemic on April 19, 2020, in New York City. | Roy Rochlin/Getty Images The mayor has said the police acted with restraint, but has also called for an investigation into the van incident. A video of a New York City Police Department van driving into a group of protesters has ignited questions about the NYPD’s response to the demonstrations, and whether the city’s leadership — specifically Mayor Bill de Blasio — has the ability and will to hold the police force accountable. Protests over the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, engulfed New York City for another night on Saturday, and some turned in violent, with reports of both protester and police aggression. But the police response to some of the demonstrations has drawn outrage from activists and elected officials, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). In particular, outrage has centered on a video showing a police van driving into protesters. In the clip, protesters surround an NYPD van and push a barricade up to its bumper, with some protesters flinging objects — what looked like water bottles and traffic cones — at the van. Another police van pulls up and begins to slowly make its way through the crowd, while the other all of a sudden accelerates, sending protesters flying. It is not clear if anyone was injured. Here is the overhead...— Rob Bennett @ (@rob_bennett) May 31, 2020 De Blasio, addressing the protests Saturday night, called the scene “a very tense one.” “And imagine what it would be like, you’re just trying to do your job and then you see hundreds of people converging upon you. I’m not gonna blame officers who are trying to deal with an absolutely impossible situation,” de Blasio said Saturday. “The folks who were converging on that police car did the wrong thing to begin with and they created an untenable situation. I wish the officers had found a different approach. But let’s begin at the beginning. The protesters in that video did the wrong thing to surround them, surround that police car, period.” De Blasio’s initial comments drew criticism, and though he tempered his remarks the next day, he now faces pressure from both police and protesters. The mayor’s response was a reminder of the sometimes tenuous relationship he’s had with both cops and criminal justice advocates throughout his tenure. De Blasio has softened his stance, but his more moderate tone may have come too late De Blasio walked back the comments slightly at a Sunday morning press conference, saying he did not “ever want to see that again” and announcing an independent investigation into the incident, to “look at the actions of those officers and see what was done and why it was done and what could be done differently.” That investigation will be led by the city’s chief lawyer, James Johnson, and the city’s watchdog, Department of Investigations Commissioner Margaret Garnett. The findings are expected in June. (New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo later Sunday announced that Attorney General Letitia James would also investigate.) At Sunday’s press conference, de Blasio defended the police’s handling of the protests this weekend overall. “We saw tremendous restraint overall from the NYPD. There are always going to be some incidents we don’t like,” he said. NYC Mayor de Blasio just now, somehow: “We saw tremendous restraint overall from the NYPD.”— The Recount (@therecount) May 31, 2020 “I saw a lot of restraint under very, very difficult circumstances. I am going to keep saying, to anyone who is protesting for change, do not take your anger out on the individual officer in front of you.” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, who took over as the top cop late last year, also backed up the police, although with far more forceful language. On Sunday morning, he told reporters that peaceful protests had been “hijacked” by a small number of agitators. Shea said he did not like what he saw in the van video, but he added, “I look at it fairly and I urge you to also: There are protests and there are mobs.” Earlier in the day, Shea posted a lengthy Twitter thread that said what NYPD cops had endured in 2020 was “unprecedented.” “In no small way, I want you to know that I’m extremely proud of the way you’ve comported yourselves in the face of such persistent danger, disrespect, and denigration,” he wrote. “What we saw in New York City last night and the night before was not about peaceful protest of any kind. It was not about civil disobedience. It was not about demonstrating against police brutality.” There is no question that some protests escalated into violence and destruction. Banks in downtown Manhattan had their windows smashed, and some businesses were looted. The outside of St. Patrick’s Cathedral was graffitied. Protesters set cop cars aflame, damaging 47 vehicles, according to police officials. Shea said nearly 350 people had been arrested, and more than 30 officers were injured. There was no mention, however, of protesters who might have been hurt or injured in some of the chaos of the protests, or of those wounded by officers. De Blasio largely blamed outside agitators for much of the mayhem, calling them “people who came to do violence in a systematic organized fashion. That is a different reality we need to grapple with.” But he did not go into greater detail. His failure to do so, and to fully acknowledge and condemn what seemed like clear examples of the NYPD’s excessive use of force, led to sharp criticism of the mayor. “Considering that these protests are linked to policing, and communities who feel like there’s no accountability for misconduct even when documented....these types of broad overarching comments may be the absolute worst that could be made at this time,” Jumaane Williams, New York City’s public advocate, tweeted. Considering that these protests are linked to policing, and communities who feel like there's no accountability for misconduct even when documented....these types of broad overarching comments may be the absolute worst that could be made at this time.— Jumaane Williams (@JumaaneWilliams) May 31, 2020 Ocasio-Cortez, who represents constituents from the Bronx and Queens, called de Blasio’s comments on Saturday “unacceptable.” “This moment demands leadership & accountability from each of us. Defending and making excuses for NYPD running SUVs into crowds was wrong,” she tweeted. Corey Johnson, the New York City Council speaker, called the clip of the van “outrageous.” “Driving police vehicles into crowds of protestors is not deescalation,” he said. Johnson and other city officials have demanded an independent investigation in the protests, separate from the one the mayor has already promised. As more protests are underway Sunday, fears persist that the failure to denounce the dangerous acts outright might cause tensions to boil over into violence again. And that possibility — and the police response so far —may be a reckoning for de Blasio, who ran for mayor on a platform of police reform and has had, at times, a strained relationship with the institution, despite his latest defense of the department. De Blasio ran on police reform, but his relationship with the NYPD is complicated A “tale of two cities,” was de Blasio’s broad campaign platform when he ran for mayor in 2013. The simple idea was of two New Yorks: one for the privileged, and another for the low-income and minority members of the city. As part of this theme, he embraced a platform of police reform, campaigning against such tactics as “stop and frisk.” In a famous campaign ad, de Blasio’s teenage son Dante, who is biracial, said his dad would end the stop-and-frisk era that “unfairly target[ed] people of color.” But the reality was a lot more complicated, especially in New York, where mayoralties can rise and fall on how the public perceives public safety. For his first police commissioner, de Blasio hired Bill Bratton, who served as police chief in the 1990s under Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Many criminal justice reform advocates denounced the pick for Bratton’s association with “broken windows” policing, a theory that cracking down on small crimes prevents larger ones. One of the first big tests de Blasio faced in his tenure was the death of Eric Garner in July 2014, who died after an NYPD officer placed him in a chokehold, which was captured on video. (His plea, “I can’t breathe,” was the same made by George Floyd in his final moments.) “Like so many New Yorkers I was very troubled by the video,” de Blasio said at the time. In December 2014, protests broke out in New York after a grand jury declined to indict the officer involved in the incident. (Also around this time, a separate grand jury declined to indict the officer in the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.) De Blasio expressed solidarity with some of the protests. “Black lives matter,” he said at the time. “They said it because it has to be said. It’s a phrase that should never have to be said. It should be self-evident, but our history sadly requires us to say it.” Later that month, two NYPD officers, Wenjian Liuand Rafael Ramos, were killed by a gunman while they were sitting in their cop car in Brooklyn. The 28-year-old gunman had explicitly targeted police officers, and in the aftermath, some criticized the protests as fomenting anti-police hatred. New York’s vocal police unions, in particular, blamed de Blasio. (De Blasio later called for a halt in the protests.) At the funeral for the slain officers, cops turned their back on de Blasio. The reaction by the rank-and-file officers became symbolic of a lingering mistrust between New York’s police and the mayor. That image has been nearly impossible for de Blasio to shake, and one a lot of the police unions have continued to fuel. After a shooting in the Bronx earlier this year that seemed to target police, which de Blasio roundly condemned, one of the unions “declared war.” And, again, it’s been hard for de Blasio to overcome this sense of antipathy, even if it does not fully reflect the relationship between the NYPD’s top brass and the mayor’s office. Which, in turn, has led to criticism from the left flank, who now see de Blasio as far too deferential to the NYPD and as failing to fully address the real, structural problems he had campaigned on. New York’s record-low crime rate in the city (though murders did tick up in 2019) has largely continued under de Blasio, though that could be attributed to many factors. And police reform has happened, if imperfectly. The NYPD’s neighborhood policing initiative vastly expanded under de Blasio and then-NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill, which assigns police to specific blocks to strengthen relationships with the community. Shea, the current commissioner, is also a champion of this approach. The new strategy still has its critics, and studies are still being done on its effectiveness, both in improving relationships and in targeting crime. The NYPD has also tried to put more emphasis on precision policing, which is intended to target repeat or violent offenders rather than blanket approaches like stop-and-frisk. There’s also been expanded rollout of body cameras. But critics say it isn’t enough. There are questions on whether anti-bias claims against the police are being appropriately investigated. De Blasio has continued to back some “broken windows” policing, and he fought an attempt by the Manhattan district attorney to stop prosecuting those evading public transportation fares. Of course, there are lots of nuances surrounding de Blasio’s record that both camps critical of him — that he’s anti-police or abandoned needed reforms — miss. But it helps explain why the mayor might face blowback regardless of how he responds to the protests in New York. The response to the mayor’s comments also shows why police reform is so challenging, even in the nation’s most populous city. Both things can be true: Some protesters became violent, and some cops used inappropriate force and may have provoked protesters. Failing to acknowledge the gray areas of the turmoil in New York deepens the distrust. In the longer term, that makes it harder to work toward or implement reforms. And for now, it may make the protests, sure to continue, even more volatile. 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.
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