Commentary: Breonna Taylor will be on the cover of O magazine. Here's why it's a big deal
For the first time in 20 years, O, the Oprah Magazine is having someone other than Oprah Winfrey on the cover. It’s Breonna Taylor, the young Black woman who was killed in her Louisville home by police as she was sleeping alongside her boyfriend in the middle of the night on March 13. She was 26.The Louisville Metro Police Department fired Brett Hankison, one of the officers involved in Taylor’s death, on June 23, saying his “actions displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life when (he) wantonly and blindly fired 10 rounds into the apartment of Breonna Taylor on March 13, 2020...
Stimulus checks aside, little agreement in Congress over new stimulus plan
WASHINGTON — As time expires on elements of the first coronavirus relief package, the triple threat of mass evictions, lost unemployment benefits and cratering gross domestic product has yet to bring the U.S. Senate and House and the White House together on a new economic stimulus plan.The House passed a $3.4 trillion relief plan, the HEROES Act, in May. This week, the Senate offered a $1.1 trillion plan, the HEALS Act. With an August recess set to begin Aug. 8, both chambers of Congress are under pressure to reach an agreement over starkly different approaches to rescue the U.S. economy from ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Dr. Anthony Fauci issues strong warnings to 4 states experiencing 'slight increase' in percentage of positive tests
Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the governors of four U.S. states that they need to get new infections under control.If they don’t, they could experience a situation similar to what has happened to some states in the South that are battling a dramatic new surge in infections.Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke to “ABC News” during a 35-minute interview streamed live on Instagram Wednesday.Speaking about an “alarming” increase in COVID-19 cases in states like Florida, Texas, California and Arizona — which came as a result of the reopening of the coun...
New York Daily News
Ford took $6B government loan in 2009 — and debt still haunts company
More than a decade after the last economic crisis, Ford Motor Company is still paying down a fat government loan created by Congress at the start of the Great Recession to aid automakers with factory projects.Critics at the time focused on General Motors and Chrysler, each declaring bankruptcy and accepting government bailout loans through the U.S. Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to reorganize during the auto crisis that hammered the industry between 2008 and 2010. Meanwhile, Ford took a different path.But in the end, it accepted a government loan, too.The debt remai...
Detroit Free Press
Commentary: Workers need the right to sue
In late April, poultry processor Pilgrim’s Pride transferred Maria Hernandez from her usual job to another department at its plant in Lufkin, Texas. Her sons say Hernandez’s bosses didn’t give her proper protective gear. And they didn’t warn the 63-year-old that she would be working in a hot spot where other workers had already fallen ill from COVID-19.When Hernandez, who worked at the plant for 30 years, started feeling sick, she continued to show up for her shift for fear of being fired. On May 8, she was found dead in her home — one of more than 90 meat and poultry plant workers who’ve succ...
Tribune News Service
Former Miss Kentucky Ramsey Carpenter-Bearse Gets 2 Years In Prison For Sending Obscene Photos To 15-Year-Old Ex Student
Former Miss Kentucky and current middle school teacher in West Virginia Ramsey Carpenter-Bearse has been sentenced to two years in prison for sending obscene and sexually explicit photographs to a former student.Carpenter-Bearse must also register as a sex offender for the rest of her life and will require 10 years of supervision after she is released from prison. In 2018, Carpenter-Bearse pleaded guilty to sending explicit photos to a former student of hers between August and October. She was then arrested in December of that year. She was charged with four counts of sending obscene photos to...
Sen. Mitch McConnell Makes Lawsuit Protection For Companies Central To GOP COVID-19 Relief Bill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) announced the general outline of the proposed Republican coronavirus relief bill on Tuesday.“I do not believe there will be anything in our bill that our Democratic colleagues should not happily support,” McConnell said.As McConnell stated, there are indeed many parts of the proposal that both parties agree on, such as support for schools, healthcare workers, businesses and testing. However, the specifics of the support for businesses have generally been opposed by the Democratic party.Specifically, supporting businesses, in addition to the P...
Texans WR Kenny Stills released after being arrested during Breonna Taylor protest
Former Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills was among 87 protesters arrested outside Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s home Tuesday night as they advocated for the arrests of the police officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in March.According to the Louisville Courier Journal, Stills has been charged with intimidating a participant in a legal process — which is a felony — criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. The charges match those of the other 86 arrested during the protest encouraging Cameron to arrest the officers — identified as Jonathan Mattingly, Brett H...
Dahleen Glanton: Returning South: A family revisits a lynching that forced them to flee to Chicago 100 years ago
A century has passed since Scott and Violet Arthur fled Paris, Texas, with their family and headed to Chicago.Far away from the cotton fields of Northeast Texas, generations of the Arthur descendants were allowed to prosper in the Midwest, free of the burden of a lynching that ripped the family apart and threatened its survival.The photograph of the Arthurs’ arrival at Chicago’s Polk Street Depot on Aug. 30, 1920, eight weeks after their sons, Irving and Herman, were burned alive became an iconic symbol of the Great Migration. The finely dressed family, with their tattered suitcases, personifi...
Why Cole Custer's 'unimaginable' NASCAR win at Kentucky is bad for Jimmie Johnson
Cole Custer reacted like everyone else to his win at Kentucky Speedway on Sunday evening.“I’m surprised,” Custer said with a laugh after his first post-race celebration in NASCAR’s top series.The 22-year-old Cup rookie raced his way into Wednesday’s All-Star Race, as well as the 2020 postseason, by driving the outer lane of the 1.5-mile tri-oval after a late-lap caution forced a two-lap shootout through the checkered flag.“Honestly, I just knew I had to get to the top,” Custer said. “I knew I didn’t want to get put three-wide. My spotter, Andy Houston, did a great job. He kept me in the right ...
The Charlotte Observer