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Jefferson Davis Statue Torn Down In Richmond [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Protesters tore down a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis along Richmond, Virginia’s famed Monument Avenue on Wednesday night. The statue in the former capital of the Confederacy was toppled shortly before 11 p.m., news outlets reported. Richmond police were on the scene and videos on social media showed the monument being towed away as a …

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NASCAR Bans Confederate Flags From All Events

ESPN reports: Two days after Bubba Wallace called for NASCAR to ban all Confederate flags at racetracks, the organization did just that. Wallace, the circuit’s only black full-time driver, had told CNN Monday: “My next step would be to get rid of all Confederate flags. No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. So it starts …

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New $5 Billion LaGuardia Terminal Unveiled [PHOTOS]

Via press release from Cuomo’s office: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the brand-new, state-of-the-art Terminal B Arrivals and Departures Hall at LaGuardia Airport, the biggest milestone to date in the airport’s ongoing $8 billion transformation into a unified 21st century facility. The project – one of the largest public private partnerships in aviation history – includes …

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Columbus Statues Destroyed In Boston And Richmond

The Richmond Dispatch reports: About a thousand protesters gathered around the city’s monument to Christopher Columbus in Byrd Park on Tuesday evening to stand in solidarity with indigenous peoples. After about seven speakers, the crowd began to march down Arthur Ashe Boulevard, chanting “take it down.” Less than two hours later, they did just that. Upon returning to Byrd Park …

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US Navy Joins USMC In Banning Confederate Symbols

The military blog Task & Purpose reports: The Navy is following the Marine Corps in banning the display of Confederate symbols on its installations, including aboard warships and aircraft, the service announced on Tuesday. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday [photo] has directed his staff to “begin crafting an order that would prohibit the Confederate battle flag from all …

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Shaky Bolsonaro Regime Spurs Fear Of Military Coup

The New York Times reports: The threats are swirling around the president: Deaths from the virus in Brazil each day are now the highest in the world. Investors are fleeing the country. The president, his sons and his allies are under investigation. His election could even be overturned. The crisis has grown so intense that some of the most powerful …

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Ex-Senate Leader Trent Lott Fired From Lobbying Firm

The Associated Press reports: The lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs has fired former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, one of Washington’s most prominent lobbyists. The firm gave no reason for the Mississippi Republican’s sudden departure and declined to answer questions about it. Mark Ruehlmann, Squire Patton Boggs’ chairman and global chief executive, said only that the firm had “decided that …

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FL Police Union Offers To Hire Cops Fired For Brutality

CNN reports: As the cries for police reform grow louder across the nation, some police departments are holding their officers accountable, firing or suspending those accused of excessive force during recent protests. One Florida police organization has said it will re-hire those very officers accused of misconduct, and that offer is prompting outrage. On Saturday, the Brevard County chapter of …

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Hoyer: DC Statehood Bill Will Get Vote In US House

From a statement by Rep. Steny Hoyer: “President Trump’s behavior in the District of Columbia in recent days, as well as his threats to impose his dangerous and callous will on a city about which he has proven again and again he has no understanding of, has underscored in dramatic terms the urgency of giving the District the same constitutional …

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Lawyer For MN Cop: Bystanders Should Have Helped

The Insider reports: The lawyer for an officer charged in George Floyd’s fatal arrest appeared on Chris Cuomo’s CNN show Monday night to profess his client’s innocence, and earned Cuomo’s criticism for suggesting that bystanders could have intervened. Earl Gray relayed details of the arrest garnered from his client Thomas Lane’s body camera footage, which has yet to be released …

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Grammy Winner Bonnie Pointer Dies At Age 69 [VIDEO]

TMZ reports: Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters has died TMZ has learned. The Grammy-winning Motown artist, who was originally part of the popular quartet group of sisters in the ’70s, died this morning. Bonnie was one of the original Pointer Sisters — which started out as a duo, with her as one of the leads — but eventually left …

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MINNESOTA: Police Admit To Slashing Tires On Dozens Of Cars Belonging To Press, Medics, Protesters [VIDEO]

Mother Jones reports: After long nights of tear gas and rubber bullets, some protesters, news crews, and medics in Minneapolis last weekend found themselves stranded: The tires of their cars had been slashed. In a city upended by protests about police brutality after the death of George Floyd, many assumed protesters were to blame. But videos reveal a different culprit: …

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NYC Court Officer Suspended After Posting Memes Depicting Obama Being Lynched, Hillary On Gallows

The New York Daily News reports: A Brooklyn court officer was suspended and had her gun taken away after she posted a racist meme depicting former President Barack Obama being lynched. Sgt. Terri Pinto Napolitano posted the vile meme to her Facebook page over the weekend, showing former president Barack Obama swinging from a noose, according to screen grabs shared …

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Sen. Mitt Romney Joins DC Anti-Racism March [VIDEO]

Utah’s Deseret News reports: Sen. Mitt Romney marched in a faith-based demonstration in Washington, D.C. on Sunday organized by local pastors to protest the death of George Floyd. “We need a voice against racism, we need many voices against racism and against brutality. And we need to stand up and say that black lives matter,” Romney told a reporter at …

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NYC Driver Busted After Hitting Protesters On Sidewalk

The New York Post reports: An angry driver was busted after video showed him jump the curb during George Floyd protests in Brooklyn and plow into demonstrators, police said. Jacob Leiper, 44, of Queens, was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of the accident in connection to the dangerous encounter around 10:30 p.m. Saturday in Crown …

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Brazil Stops Publishing COVID Cases And Deaths Totals

The Associated Press reports: Brazil’s government has stopped publishing a running total of coronavirus deaths and infections in an extraordinary move that critics call an attempt to hide the true toll of the disease in Latin America’s largest nation. Saturday’s move came after months of criticism from experts that Brazil’s statistics are woefully deficient, and in some cases manipulated, so …

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Large Protests Continue But Stay Relatively Calm

The Associated Press reports: Demonstrations in cities across the U.S. to condemn racism and police abuses remained large but turned notably more subdued on the eve of a Thursday memorial service for George Floyd that kicks off a series of events to mourn the man whose death empowered a national movement. The calmer protests came on the same day that …

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Hong Kong Criminalizes Mocking The Chinese Anthem

USA Today reports: Hong Kong’s legislature approved a contentious bill Thursday that makes it illegal to insult the Chinese national anthem. The legislation was approved after pro-democracy opposition lawmakers tried to disrupt the vote. The bill was passed with 41 lawmakers voting for it and just one voting against. Most of the pro-democracy lawmakers boycotted the vote out of protest. …

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Sweden Admits Mishandling COVID After Deaths Soar

Bloomberg News reports: Sweden’s top epidemiologist has admitted his strategy to fight Covid-19 resulted in too many deaths, after persuading his country to avoid a strict lockdown. “If we were to encounter the same illness with the same knowledge that we have today, I think our response would land somewhere in between what Sweden did and what the rest of …

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NYC Sees Calmer Night, Little Looting, But 280 Arrests

ABC News reports: The NYPD made about 280 arrests during Tuesday night/Wednesday morning protests, a lower tally than previous nights, as the city came under an 8 p.m. curfew and stopped for-hire vehicles, CitiBikes and rental scooters that vandals had used to cause trouble. There were fewer officers injured as well with only two suffering minor injuries. There was less …

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