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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Everyone’s talking about George Floyd. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

A few days ago, a video surfaced showing a white police officer - later identified as Derek Chauvin - driving his knee into an African American man’s neck. The man - George Floyd - could be heard repeatedly saying he can’t breathe, but the officer didn’t remove his knee for nearly 9 minutes. Floyd ultimately died. The four officers involved, who were fired, were reportedly responding to a call of forgery in progress. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Protests and looting continued yesterday as demonstrations spread around the world. People took to the streets in the UK, Germany, New Zealand, Canada, and Iran - to name a few. Also in the UK: soccer players took a knee during a training session to show solidarity with protesters. The music industry’s got the same idea. See: Blackout Tuesday, which has industry leaders shutting down normal biz operations today in protest. Meanwhile, Prez Trump’s cracking down. Recently, he threatened to send in troops to end the unrest over Floyd’s death. Plus tear gas was used on peaceful protesters to clear the way for his photo-op at a church in DC. In response, Iran called on the US to “stop violence” against its own people. 

 

THE DETAILS. 

A private autopsy ordered by Floyd’s family found his cause of death was “homicide caused by asphyxia” - and that he had no underlying conditions that contributed. 

 

SO…?

Much of the world is outraged over Floyd’s death. Here’s how to stay safe while protesting


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: China reported no new coronavirus deaths. Spain can relate. Over in France, the country’s opening bars and restaurants today for the first time in months. New Jersey’s also easing some restrictions. As in the state’s planning on opening outdoor dining and retail shops on June 15. Also in the US: Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s lifting Michigan’s stay-at-home order - meaning bars and restaurants can reopen within the next week. Thailand, India, and Mexico are cutting back on restrictions, too. Elsewhere in Latin America, Rio de Janeiro’s looking to reopen nonessential bizes and activities. Meanwhile, the first human trial of a potential Covid-19 antibody treatment is now underway. 

 

POLITICS: Facebook employees aren’t happy with Mark Zuckerberg. Quick refresher: in response to some controversial Prez Trump posts, Twitter added things like fact-check warning labels and a notice that this tweet violated guidelines on glorifying violence. Facebook...did not. Cue backlash from Facebook employees, who aren’t a fan of Zuckerberg’s inaction. Now, it looks like employees are virtually walking out in protest. In other news, Russian Prez Vladimir Putin just set a date for the country’s vote on these constitutional reforms: July 1. ICYMI, lately, Putin’s been making moves to expand his power. Case in point: new constitutional amendments that’d let him stick around until 2036. Suspense, thick. 

 

WORLD: All eyes are on Mumbai, India. Hint: the city’s bracing for its “first cyclone in 129 years.” You read that right. Tomorrow, a severe cyclonic storm with winds of 60 to 75 mph is expected to hit the city, bringing heavy rainfall, high winds, rough seas, and storm surges. The US equivalent would be “not quite” a hurricane, but the storm’s path is set to head right over Mumbai, which is a mostly low-lying city exposed to the sea. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, two active-duty military members were killed recently during a shooting at an Air Force base in North Dakota. The situation is reportedly “contained.” No word yet on who’s responsible. 


WHAT TO KNOW

The sixth mass extinction:” what’s apparently happening faster than expected. No, thank you. 


SAY WHAT?

“One of Australia's biggest cities is so quiet that kangaroos are jumping through the center” - an actual headline. What a hoppy story.

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