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Florida teachers say the state’s decision to reopen schools could be deadly

Florida teachers say the state’s decision to reopen schools could be deadly

Florida has announced that it will require schools to reopen for in-person classes next month. The order came down as the state smashes daily records for new coronavirus cases and some hospitals report maxing out capacity. Worried teachers and staff say going back to school just doesn’t make sense. “We’ve been given no guidance. We’ve…

Sports is returning to play, but maybe it’s best to sit this one out

Sports is returning to play, but maybe it’s best to sit this one out

My lucky Atlanta United jersey is ready for Saturday night. I’m not. Don’t get me wrong, I so miss sports. I’ve been watching soccer played in Germany and I’ve even taken in baseball from South Korea, and now the major sports leagues in the US are calling me and many others back. If you take…

Texas and Arizona ER doctors say they are losing hope as hospitals reach capacity

Texas and Arizona ER doctors say they are losing hope as hospitals reach capacity

As concerns over the capacity of hospitals resurface amid surging Covid-19 cases, two emergency room doctors say they worry about where the pandemic could take them next. Dr. Mina Tran, an emergency room doctor in Texas, said 70 to 80% of her patients have been admitted with upper respiratory or coronavirus complaints. In Arizona, which…

The University of California announced its first Black president

The University of California announced its first Black president

The University of California (UC) announced Michael V. Drake as the new president of the university system in a meeting on Tuesday. The UC Board of Regents unanimously voted and welcomed Drake as UC’s first Black president and president of color in the university system’s 152-year history. “Much has changed in the 15 years since…

FBI investigating alleged racist attack in Indiana, lawyer says

FBI investigating alleged racist attack in Indiana, lawyer says

The FBI is investigating an incident over the Fourth of July weekend in which an Indiana man says he was the victim of a racist attack involving threats of a noose. His lawyer, Katharine Liell said it’s a hate crime investigation. When CNN reached out to the FBI to confirm that a hate crime investigation…

Two people are charged with a hate crime for vandalizing a Black Lives Matter mural

Two people are charged with a hate crime for vandalizing a Black Lives Matter mural

A White man and a White woman who allegedly painted over a California community’s Black Lives Matter mural this weekend are each facing a hate crime charge, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday. David Nelson and Nicole Anderson are each charged with three misdemeanor counts, including violation of civil rights, vandalism, and…

A man was fatally shot while walking with his 6-year-old daughter in the Bronx

A man was fatally shot while walking with his 6-year-old daughter in the Bronx

A man was shot dead while walking and holding his 6-year-old daughter’s hand in the Bronx, police said. The New York Police Department (NYPD) on Monday released surveillance footage of the shooting, which occurred on July 5, on Twitter. The video shows a man, identified by police as 29-year-old Anthony Robinson, crossing the street hand-in-hand…

Eagles’ DeSean Jackson apologizes after posting anti-Semitic quote

Eagles’ DeSean Jackson apologizes after posting anti-Semitic quote

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has apologized for a series of anti-Semitic Instagram posts over the weekend, one of which included a quote about Jews falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler. Jackson posted a passage to his Instagram Story that claimed to quote Hitler in saying that Black people were “the real Children of Israel,”…

MLB unveils 60-game season set to begin July 23

MLB unveils 60-game season set to begin July 23

Major League Baseball released its 2020 season schedule on Monday. Every team will play a 60-game schedule entirely against teams in their own geographic region to limit travel. The season will open on July 23 with a pair of games. The defending World Series champion Washington Nationals will host the New York Yankees at 7:08…

Florida jogger finds decomposing human head on side of the road

A woman out for a run in St. Petersburg, Florida, came across a decomposing human head on the side of the road on Tuesday, according to police. Homicide detectives are searching a wooded area near the intersection of 38th Avenue South and 31st Street South, while police are asking for the public’s help. “We are…

Two of Thomas Jefferson’s descendants want his DC memorial replaced

Two of Thomas Jefferson’s descendants want his DC memorial replaced

The Jefferson Memorial is an iconic Washington landmark and the National Park Service calls it a “shrine to freedom,” but two of Thomas Jefferson’s descendants are calling for it to be replaced. Lucian Truscott and Shannon LaNier told CNN on Tuesday that the memorial glorifies America’s third president and author of the Declaration of Independence…

Atlanta mayor says increase in shootings stems from ‘perfect storm of distress’

Atlanta mayor says increase in shootings stems from ‘perfect storm of distress’

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Tuesday the increase in shootings and murders in the city and across the country is the result of a “perfect storm” of frustration, the coronavirus pandemic and issues with police brutality. “I think it’s just this perfect storm of distress in America,” Bottoms said on “Good Morning America.” “I…

FDA warns against using 5 more hand sanitizers found to contain methanol

FDA warns against using 5 more hand sanitizers found to contain methanol

The US Food and Drug Administration has added five hand sanitizers to its list of products that have tested positive for a toxic chemical. These additional hand sanitizer products tested positive for methanol, which is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through skin or ingested. The FDA’s discovery comes just two weeks after…

Courts find new ways to swear in citizens despite coronavirus

Courts find new ways to swear in citizens despite coronavirus

The coronavirus crisis has made naturalization ceremonies look a little different, but they are no less meaningful for new US citizens. At the beginning of the pandemic, soon-to-be-Americans lamented the loss due to safety concerns of in-person-citizenship ceremonies. In recent weeks, however, a growing number of courts have begun to swear in citizens again, but…