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Duty to intervene: Floyd cops spoke up but didn't step in
6/11/2020 11:40:46 AM

By Bernard Condon and Todd Richmond   Minneapolis, MN—Minneapolis was among several cities that had policies on the books requiring police officers to intervene to stop colleagues from using unreasonable force, but that didn't save George Floyd and law enforcement experts say such rules will always run up against entrenched police culture and the fear of being ostracized and branded a “rat.” Power dynamics may have been magnified in the Floyd case because two of the four officers involved were rookies and the most senior officer on the scene was a training...

Lynwood Unified students discuss racial injustice and healing during district forum
6/11/2020 11:09:12 AM

LYNWOOD—Emotional and heartfelt responses to the recent events of injustice poured out of Lynwood Unified students during a student forum on June 1. “It hurts me to see that police are using their badges for power against Black people and not being charged when they abuse and hurt unarmed people.”—Jahir Hardiman-Moore, Lynwood Middle School eighth-grader. “I feel scared; how are we supposed to put our trust in those who were meant to protect and serve their community, yet willingly shoot peaceful protesters.”—Claudia Parra, Lynwood High School...

California rules on the reopening of gyms, hotels, camps
6/11/2020 11:05:20 AM

SACRAMENTO (AP)—California released guidelines Friday for the reopening of a range of businesses, including gyms, family entertainment such as bowling, day camps and hotels. Counties can allow the reopening starting June 12. Across the board, businesses are expected to provide workers with face coverings, ramp up cleaning protocols and make it easier for people to stay six feet apart.   FITNESS CENTERS Gyms should consider reservations to limit the number of people in the facility. They should put hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes near exercise machines, changing rooms...

Maker of COVID-19 forecast models is urging caution
6/11/2020 11:03:37 AM

By Lenore Sobota NORMAL, Ill. (AP)—As the state prepares to ease some restrictions designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus, an Illinois State University professor who has been developing models of the pandemic since January is urging caution. “Every model we look at agrees on one thing, it is too soon to remove the lockdown measures,” said, who also serves as editor in chief of “Letters in Biomathematics.” The peer-reviewed journal publishes mathematics and statistics research related to biological, ecological, medical, and environmental...

Boy, 10, Missing, Last Seen in Pasadena
6/4/2020 10:19:49 PM

PASADENA—A 10-year-old boy who was last seen in Pasadena was missing Monday evening. Jamari Randy Fernandez was last seen at the intersection of Orange Grove Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue about 4:45 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Altadena Station. Fernandez is Black, 4 feet tall and weighs 70 pounds with short Black hair and green eyes. He was last wearing an orange shirt and orange shorts, the department said. Anyone with information on Jamari's whereabouts was asked to call LASD Altadena Station Detective Lohmann or Sergeant...

Online divisions: Twitter, Facebook diverge on Trump's words
6/4/2020 10:18:48 PM

By Barbara Ortutay and Paul Wiseman   OAKLAND (AP)—President Donald Trump posted identical messages on Twitter and Facebook this week. But while the two social platforms have very similar policies on voter misinformation and glorifying violence, they dealt with Trump's posts very differently, proof that Silicon Valley is far from a united front when it comes to political decisions Twitter placed a warning label on two Trump tweets that called mail-in ballots “fraudulent” and predicted problems with the November elections. It demoted and placed a stronger...

Convulsing in protest, U.S. cities endure more unrest
6/4/2020 10:14:17 PM

By Ashraf Khalil, Aaron Morrison and Matt Sedensky   WASHINGTON (AP)—A country convulsed by violent protests picked up the pieces Monday morning and braced for the possibility of more trouble amid a coast-to-coast outpouring of rage over police killings of Black people. After six straight days of unrest, a new routine was developing: residents waking up to neighborhoods in shambles, shopkeepers taking stock of ransacked stores, and police and political leaders weighing how to address the boiling anger. While many of the demonstrations around the country have been...

Former President Obama condemns violence at George Floyd protests
6/4/2020 10:08:00 PM

By Kevin Breuninger   Former President Barack Obama on Monday offered advice to activists on how to turn the outrage over George Floyd’s death at the hands of a police officer into meaningful reform, while condemning the violence and destruction that has grown out of the protests. Obama, who worked as a community organizer in Chicago before running for elected office, published a blog post on Medium urging activists to reject feeling cynical about the importance of voting. “The bottom line is this: if we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t...

‘Death By Racism': Part of America's DNA from the start?
6/4/2020 9:58:59 PM

By Jerry Schwartz   ANYTOWN, USA—Imagine, for a moment, that you are a Black man or woman living in America in 2020. How could you not believe that racism kills? If you are Black, you need not imagine anything. You know it very well. You don't need to see the video of George Floyd, a police officer's knee on his neck as he struggled for his dying breaths, to know that Black people are three times more likely to be killed by police than are white people. You don't need to hear the racial statistics on COVID-19 to know that Black people have been affected...

Mass gatherings, erosion of trust upend coronavirus control
6/4/2020 9:57:44 PM

By Mike Stobbe   NEW YORK (AP)—Protests erupting across the nation over the past week—and law enforcement’s response to them—are threatening to upend efforts by health officials to track and contain the spread of coronavirus just as those efforts were finally getting underway. Health experts need newly infected people to remember and recount everyone they’ve interacted with over several days in order to alert others who may have been exposed, and prevent them from spreading the disease further. But that process, known as contact tracing, relies on...