42% of Floridians say coronavirus makes them less likely to evacuate for major hurricane
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — As forecast models predict an above-average hurricane season, the coronavirus pandemic has made four in 10 Floridians less likely to evacuate for a major storm this year.Concern over catching the virus is the reason, according to a survey released Monday by AAA — The Auto Club Group.The survey found 42% of Floridians said they were “less likely to evacuate your home in the event of a major hurricane.” The majority, 58%, said they wouldn’t be less likely to evacuate because of social distancing rules and concern over contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the corona...
Professor pleads guilty to laundering $2 million in proceeds from Venezuelan corruption
MIAMI — University of Miami professor Bruce Bagley pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of money laundering after being charged with using bank accounts in his name and in the name of a company he created in Florida to launder more than $2 million in proceeds from a Venezuelan bribery and corruption scheme.Bagley, recognized as an international scholar on drug cartels and money laundering, pleaded not guilty soon after his arrest in November 2019 in the New York case linked to South Florida, but filed a notice in March indicating that he planned to change his plea.“Bruce Bagley (…) went from wr...
Truck driver didn't intend to hit protesters on bridge, Minnesota authorities say
MINNEAPOLIS — State authorities said Monday that the driver of tanker truck did not intend to hit anyone when he drove onto the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, sending protesters running for their lives.Government officials say the trucker, 35-year-old Bogdan Vechirko, may not have realized that I-35W and other interstates had been closed as part of the ongoing unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd last week after an encounter with Minneapolis police.No injuries among demonstrators have been confirmed, the officials said.State Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said Vechirko, drivin...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Police arrest 150 protesters after curfew in Minneapolis, driver held after truck barrels into march
MINNEAPOLIS — About 150 protesters were arrested in downtown Minneapolis Sunday after they failed to heed the 8 p.m. curfew.“Even peaceful protesters who are breaking curfew are subject to arrest. Please go home and stay there. Curfew is in effect in Minneapolis and St. Paul until 6 a.m.,” said a tweet from the state Department of Public Safety.On a day when thousands of protesters marched peacefully, a near disaster struck. Just before 6 p.m., a tanker truck scattered a crowd of thousands gathered on the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis.State officials say the trucker may not have realized the hig...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Heat's Udonis Haslem 'confused, torn, frustrated' in wake of Miami's violent protests
Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem spoke out Sunday about the unrest in Miami in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, while also expressing ongoing disgust with about what happened to Floyd in Minneapolis.Speaking at a news conference in Miami, Haslem said he felt compelled to add his voice to those who already have spoken out.“There definitely has to be justice for George,” Haslem said. “There definitely has to be protest for what happened to George. But I’d be lying if I said it’s been gone about the right way. I’d be lying if I said I’m proud of what’s really been going on.“I have an obli...
Charlotte Hornets' Michael Jordan 'Plain angry' over ingrained racism he sees
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan says he is “deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,” following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the civil unrest that has followed.Jordan, the only African-American majority owner of an NBA franchise, issued a statement Sunday through the Hornets.“I see and feel everyone’s pain, outrage and frustration,” said Jordan. “I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough.”Floyd died after a white Minneapolis policeman held his knee on Floyd’s neck for several m...
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Marcos Breton: We can clean up protesters' graffiti. Can we clean up the injustices that spawned it?
Young people Saturday tried to walk onto Interstate 80 in West Sacramento and shut the highway down. The gravity of their cause became real and menacing in the form of California Highway Patrol officers dressed in full riot gear.The CHP was not going to let the kids shut down I-80 and blocked their path with clubs and brute force. The kids were there to protest the killing of George Floyd, the African American man from Minneapolis who was choked to death by a Minnesota cop. Cell phone cameras recorded his indifference earlier this week for us all to see in distant outrage.At one point, a skirm...
The Sacramento Bee
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)
Chicago George Floyd protests: City cleans up, reduces access into downtown area as it braces for more unrest
CHICAGO — On the morning after a riotous night in Chicago, workers were boarding windows in the Loop and beyond, and the city was on guard for more demonstrations, limiting access into the downtown area.A curfew imposed by the city, which started at 9 a.m. Saturday, ended at 6 a.m. Sunday.After intense skirmishes overnight, a Loop protest escalated with thousands of demonstrators marching, burning at least one flag, climbing onto a CTA bus and a light pole, hurling bottles, overturning police cars and surrounding officers on Saturday evening.The crowd, which swelled to around 3,000, began thei...
'So … my face is a brick magnet': NYPD lieutenant sports bloody face after violent clashes with George Floyd protesters
NEW YORK — A police lieutenant bloodied by a tossed brick at Friday night’s George Floyd protest in Brooklyn made light of his injuries on social media — and gave some insight into the chaos as the protest turned violent.“So … my face is a brick magnet,” quipped New York Police Department Lt. Rob Corbett in a Facebook post he later took down.“My head hurts and it’s a little hard to talk,” Corbett said.He was one of a number of cops injured as they tried to keep the peace Friday at protests over Floyd’s death in custody of Minneapolis police officers. In Brooklyn, sometimes violent demonstratio...
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