USA: Yesterday, the second week of Derek Chauvin’s murder trial got started. The biggest takeaway? The Minneapolis police chief testified that Chauvin “absolutely” violated dept policy on use of force. He said that there was an “initial reasonableness of trying to just get [George Floyd] under control in the first few seconds, but once there was no longer any resistance, to continue to apply that level of force to a person proned out, handcuffed behind their back, that in no way shape or form is anything that is by policy, part of our training and is certainly not part of our ethics or value.” Stay tuned. Meanwhile, United Airlines just slammed those new Georgia voting restrictions, joining bizes like Coca-Cola and Delta.
LGBTQ+ RIGHTS: Virginia is making history. Recently, the state became the first in the South to ban gay and trans panic as a defense for murder. ICYDK, that's the argument that a victim’s gender identity or sexuality provoked the perpetrator to kill them in a crime of passion. You read that right. Speaking of which, Arkansas’ Republican governor just vetoed a piece of anti-trans legislation. The bill would have blocked physicians in the state from providing gender-affirming procedures for trans people under the age of 18. Despite the veto, there’s still a chance it could end up becoming law. Hint: it only takes a simple majority in the Arkansas state legislature to override a veto.
WORLD: The other day, a tropical cyclone hit Indonesia, killing at least 119 people and leaving countless more missing. The cyclone brought rain, high waves, and deadly flooding and landslides to the region. Now, rescue teams are searching for any remaining survivors. In other news, Prez Vladimir Putin is eyeing even more years as Russia’s leader. Quick refresher: last year, Russia made sweeping changes to its constitution, giving Putin the chance to run again for two more six-year presidential terms. Now, it looks like the Prez is signing off on a new law that essentially formalizes those constitutional changes.