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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...

Gyms, health facilities get back to sweating post-quarantine
6/4/2020 9:55:15 PM

By Adam Hunsucker   MONROE, La. (AP)—In the seven years since Cesar and Allison Camacho founded INFIT, the couple have paired a unique approach to fitness with an engaging, personal touch to help members achieve their goals. The goal at INFIT is to redefine the gym experience. The Monroe-based facility, located at 1816 Glenmar Avenue since 2017, offers personal training and group classes alongside weight management and nutrition coaching. A loyal following has kept INFIT afloat during the novel COVID-19 pandemic. Some members even continued paying dues instead of...

Perry's studio moves toward reopening while industry waits
5/27/2020 12:00:01 PM

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Tyler Perry is planning to make his Atlanta-based mega studio one of the first domestic filming grounds to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. But while Perry is looking to restart production in July, other studios in Georgia and beyond are anxiously waiting for Hollywood's green light. “We're taking the lead from our production partners,” said Frank Patterson, president of the sprawling Pinewood Studios, located in suburban Atlanta. The studio has been home to big-budget films such as “The Avengers:...

Review: 'Sunny Days' tells of beginnings of 'Sesame Street'
5/27/2020 11:57:13 AM

By Molly Sprayregan   In “Sunny Days: The Children's Television Revolution That Changed America,” journalist David Kamp takes readers on a fascinating journey through the development of one of the most beloved shows on television. Educational children's programming was not at all a given before “Sesame Street” began to take over living rooms across the country over 50 years ago. The show started as a type of experiment to determine whether it was indeed possible to use television to bolster children's learning, especially low-income children...

The Who's Roger Daltrey concerned about teens with cancer
5/27/2020 11:56:26 AM

By John Carucci   NEW YORK (AP)—Roger Daltrey worries that the coronavirus pandemic will have a devastating effect on a special group of people in need—teens with cancer The Who frontman, along with bandmate Pete Townsend, started the Teen Cancer America foundation in 2012 to deal with the specific needs of teenage cancer patients. The organization has funded specialized hospital wings and services for teens and their families. But heading into June, which is National Cancer Survivors Month, the situation is looking bleak. Teen Cancer America funding depends in...

Governor's increased spending draws concern from lawmakers
5/27/2020 11:51:46 AM

By Adam Beam   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California Gov. Gavin Newsom's decision to take an extra $1.8 billion from the state's dwindling coffers for the coronavirus response brought a stern rebuke Friday from some lawmakers who worry he is reaching beyond his authority to spend money during an emergency. The Newsom administration says it can spend the money, citing the state's Emergency Services Act. But lawmakers pushed back on Friday, with Assembly Budget Committee chairman Phil Ting noting things like cancer and heart disease kill many more people per year than...

Biden says he was too 'cavalier' about Black voters' choices
5/27/2020 11:45:10 AM

By Bill Barrow and Kat Stafford   ATLANTA (AP)—Joe Biden says he “should not have been so cavalier” after he told a prominent Black radio host that African Americans who back President Donald Trump “ain't Black.” The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee quickly moved to address the fallout from his Friday remark, which was interpreted by some as presuming Black Americans would vote for him. In a call with the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce that was added to his public schedule, Biden said he would never “take the African American...

Running on empty? Charity events wary in time of COVID-19
5/27/2020 11:43:18 AM

By Will Graves   It wasn’t exactly the finish line Ali Riecke had in mind. The 27-year-old had envisioned something more tropical when she signed up to participate in her second “Run Across Haiti,” an ambitious eight-day, 200-mile tour of the impoverished Caribbean nation sponsored by the nonprofit organization WORK. Instead of celebrating with more than 30 others from across North America who raised north of $200,000 to make the journey to run and to get a first-hand look at WORK’s mission, the end for Riecke came as she neared her house in decidedly...