Massive show of force in Minneapolis, St. Paul shifts momentum on streets
MINNEAPOLIS — Thousands of Minnesota National Guard members and law enforcement officers from all over the state swarmed the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul as night fell Saturday, quelling some of the civil unrest that had destabilized the state’s two largest cities for several days.They were on foot and in police cruisers, military Humvees and helicopters, fanning out to try disperse crowds, to stop looting and violence before it began across both cities. They used tear gas, nonlethal weapons and handed out curfew violations instead of waiting to contain unrest.By Sunday morning, Gov. Ti...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
'Atlanta Way' challenged after violent night of protests
ATLANTA — In the days following the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., America burned.From Washington, D.C., to Chicago to Baltimore, Kansas City, and New York City, protesters turned their grief over the death of the civil rights leader into anger to ignite the greatest concentrated wave of social unrest in the United States since the Civil War.Atlanta didn’t burn.On the day of his funeral, April 9, 1968, thousands of people quietly followed the mule-drawn carriage holding his body through the streets of downtown Atlanta. Then went home.That is what Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Botto...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Preparing your car for travel in the age of COVID-19
Every fall, after that one last drive, my old Corvette goes into the garage for its long winter nap. I rarely intend for it to be the last drive, but the weather changes, battery dies, and it’s in for the count. A similar phenomenon happened during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Cars were parked much longer than planned. With restrictions easing, it’s time to reawaken our rides and prepare them for the new normal in summer vacations.AAA predicts more of a desire to travel to U.S. destinations, mostly local and regional attractions, and a renewal of the great American road trip.“Americans are ta...
Tribune News Service
Behind the scenes at ABC's 'Nightline,' whose coronavirus coverage has made it must-see again
When Iran released its American hostages in 1981, 15-year-old Juju Chang hopped on her bike to deliver the breaking news like a town crier while pedaling through her neighborhood.Today, she has a slightly bigger audience.As co-anchor of ABC’s “Nightline,” she’s reaching as many as 4 million viewers, more than double the number who tuned in a year ago. That staggering increase came after a decision to move temporarily to an earlier time slot and focus almost exclusively on the coronavirus crisis.It’s a strategy that mirrors the show’s origin as a vehicle to keep the nation informed about the ta...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Rapper KJ Balla gunned down in Brooklyn after rhyming in recent video that he 'cannot die in the street'
NEW YORK — A rising rapper who boasted in a recent video that he “cannot die in the street” was gunned down and another man was wounded in a drive-by shooting in Brooklyn, police said.Noel Kennedy, 23, known by his rap name KJ Balla, was shot in the chest by a gunman firing from a passing car in East New York about 9:45 p.m. Friday, cops said.Kennedy was taken to Brookdale University Medical Center by private means, but doctors could not save him.A 26-year-old man with him was also shot in the back, stomach and arm but managed to take himself to Brookdale and is expected to survive, cops said....
New York Daily News
Autistic 9-year-old abducted from mother's car found dead
A 9-year-old autistic boy abducted from his mother’s car in Miami on Thursday has been found dead. The Amber Alert issued for the child has been canceled.The boy, Alejandro Ripley, was taken by two unknown black males driving an unknown light blue four-door sedan during an incident near the intersection of SW 158th Avenue and Kendall Drive in Miami.Authorities said one of the abductors was wearing all black clothing with a black bandana as a face mask and may have cornrows in his hair.According to investigators with Miami-Dade Police Department Special Victims Bureau, Missing Persons Unit, the...
Starbucks gets cold reception after demanding rent breaks from landlords
SEATTLE — When Starbucks landlord Leon Brooks got a letter asking for at least a year’s reduction in rent for the company’s drive-thru store in San Clemente, California, the property owner knew his answer.“I am highly disappointed, disgusted and angry,” Brooks wrote back to the global coffee chain. “Shame on you.”Seattle-based Starbucks, citing the “staggering economic cost” of the pandemic, notified landlords in early May that it wanted to renegotiate rental arrangements across many of its 8,900 company-owned stores. The company has faced plummeting sales amid the temporary closure of many st...
The Seattle Times
'Ink Master' star Daniel Silva charged with murder for crash that killed YouTuber Corey La Barrie
“Ink Master” star and celebrity tattooist Daniel Silva has been charged with killing popular YouTuber Corey La Barrie, who died in a car wreck on his 25th birthday earlier this month.The former reality show contestant is facing one count of murder in connection with the deadly crash, which occurred just after 9:30 p.m. in the Valley Village area of Los Angeles on May 10. Silva was arrested a day later and remained behind bars on Wednesday.Police said the 26-year-old tattoo artist was driving the 2020 McLaren 600LT at the time while La Barrie was in the passenger seat. The luxury sports car was...
New York Daily News
State Farm cuts auto rates by $2.2 billion as Americans continue to stay home during pandemic
CHICAGO — State Farm announced this week it will cut its auto insurance rates by $2.2 billion as Americans continue to drive less as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.The Bloomington-based firm is the nation’s largest underwriter of auto insurance. State Farm is seeking regulatory approval in each state to reduce auto rates nationwide, and it estimates the national average for those rate cuts to be 11%.Last month, State Farm said it would return $2 billion to policyholders as part of its “Good Neighbor Relief Program” because fewer people are driving during the health crisis. Most auto poli...
Elon Musk says price of Tesla's self-driving tech is going up
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk says that if you are looking at buying one of his company’s cars, you should get your order in quick before the price goes up on one of their most highly touted features.Speaking on Twitter, as he likes to often, Musk said that Tesla’s fully self-driving option will go up by $1,000 on July 1, to $8,000. Musk also mentioned the ease by which someone can order a Tesla by saying it can be done “online in less than two minutes at tesla.com.”While Tesla calls the technology “fully self-driving”, it should be noted that the feature doesn’t y...
The Mercury News