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Trump Orders Officers To Assault Peaceful Protestors To Stage Photo Op At Church

By Katie Rogers

“He did not pray,” said Mariann E. Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington. “He did not mention George Floyd, he did not mention the agony of people who have been subjected to this kind of horrific expression of racism and white supremacy for hundreds of years.”

(Washington, DC) – People who gathered outside the White House to protest police brutality spent Monday waving signs and screaming for justice. They watched as police officers and National Guard units flooded Lafayette Square, delivering on a threat made by President Trump. And just before the city’s 7 p.m. curfew went into effect, they were hit with flash-bang explosions and doused with tear gas.

It was because the president, who spent part of the weekend in a secure bunker as protests roiled, wanted to have his picture taken holding a Bible at a battered church just beyond the gates.

That church, St. John’s — the so-called Church of the Presidents because every one since James Madison has attended — had been briefly set ablaze as the protests devolved on Sunday evening. After Mr. Trump’s aides spent much of Monday expressing outrage over the burning of a place of worship, Hope Hicks, a presidential adviser, eventually hatched a plan with others at the White House to have the president walk over to the building, according to an official familiar with the events.

As Mr. Trump delivered a speech in the Rose Garden vowing to send the military to states where governors could not bring rioting under control but calling himself “an ally of all peaceful protesters,” the sound of explosions and the yells of demonstrators could be heard. After receiving repeated warnings to disperse before the city’s curfew, the crowd was tear-gassed.

Naomi Osaka Is The Highest Earning Female Athlete

(Atlanta, GA) – With the help of 15 sponsorship deals including Nissan, Master Card and Nike, Naomi Osaka has topped Forbes’ list of highest-earning female athletes, ending Serena Williams’ four-year run.

Not only is the 22-year old the highest-earning female athlete of the year, she’s has the highest-earning total in 12 months for a female ever. She bested Serena by a little over a million dollars and took the 29th spot on the 100 highest paid athletes  list with Serena resting at No. 33. It’s the first time two women have landed in the top 100 overall.
Osaka made an estimated $37.4 million over the past year from endorsements and prize money.

Man Kills His Ex-Girlfriend And Two of Her Daughters Before Killing Himself

(Daily Mail) – A man who shot and killed a woman and two of her daughters in South Carolina before killing himself was angry that his one-time girlfriend had gone to the beach with another man, authorities said.

Gabriel Jordan first started choking Shanta Singleton outside the home in St. Matthews, but shot her after one of the daughters tried to come help her mother, according to a police report obtained by The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg.

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Tre’vay Stroman, 12, jumped on Jordan’s back and he shot her during the incident which occurred before 7pm on Sunday. Then he shot 18-year-old Shantasia Stroman in the arm, Calhoun County deputies said.

Shantasia was treated for her gunshot wound and later released from hospital. Shanta Singleton’s 13-year-old daughter also was at the home but wasn’t physically hurt, authorities said.

Show Biz Remembering Little Richard, Andre Harrell And Roy Horn

(Hollywood, CA) — The show business community is reacting to the death of Rock and Roll pioneer Little Richard. The Macon, Georgia native born Richard Penniman passed away today in Nashville at the age of 87.

Little Richard was a member of the inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Richard reportedly had bone cancer.

Music Executive Andre Harrell Dies at 59

He founded the influential label Uptown Records and gave a first break to Sean Combs, who would go on to become one of hip-hop’s signature moguls. Reportedly, Harrell passed away from heart failure.

Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy duo dies of coronavirus

Roy Horn, one-half of the popular Las Vegas animal and magic act Siegfried and Roy, died Friday of complications from the coronavirus, according to his publicist. He was 75.

Father And Son Charged In Murder Of Black Jogger Ahmaud Arbery

(Brunswick, GA) — Two men charged in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery are being held without bond on murder charges.

Gregory and Travis McMichael are accused of killing Arbery in February as the alleged incident was caught on video.

They made their first appearance in a Georgia courtroom yesterday. Travis is being charged with felony murder and aggravated assault while Gregory is being charged with party to both

In a press conference today, GBI Director Vic Reynolds announced that 64-year-old Gregory McMichael and 34-year-old Travis McMichael were taken into custody and were booked in the Glynn County Jail.

Arbery was shot and killed by the two armed men while jogging through a south Georgia neighborhood. The McMichaels had remained free in the months following the February 23rd shooting, as the case shuffled from one District Attorney’s office to another.

But calls for their arrests grew to a crescendo after video surfaced, showing the apparent shooting. Director Reynolds said that once the case was handed over to the GBI, they hit the ground running on Wednesday and within 36 hours they had secured arrest warrants for the McMichaels. No bond has been issued, according to a county official.

 

Former NBA Player Shannon Brown Accused Of Shooting At Two People

(TYRONE, Ga.(AP) — Former NBA player Shannon Brown, who spent part of one season with the Knicks, faces charges in suburban Atlanta after he was accused of firing a rifle at two people who were looking at homes for sale, police said.

Brown, 34, was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault stemming from an incident May 2 at his home in Tyrone, Georgia. He is free after he posted bond on Monday.

The two-time NBA champion with the Lakers told police he thought the couple was trying to break into his home, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The couple told police they were in the area looking for homes and noticed a “for sale” sign in front of Brown’s home. They told investigators the front door was open and they entered after yelling out their intentions to tour the home.

“They stated that they heard a voice acknowledge them and once inside, at some point, Mr. Brown came from upstairs with a rifle and detained them,” said Lt. Philip Nelson. ”Shortly thereafter he let them go and they stated he fired his rifle towards them as they were leaving.”

No one was injured, Nelson said. Investigators who responded found one empty shell casing at the scene.

Brown’s home in Fayette County is listed for sale, police said.

Brown, who shares a daughter with ex-wife R&B singer Monica, played 19 games with the Knicks in 2014, but was waived after struggling. He played for eight teams total and currently plays in Ice Cube’s Big3 league, which features three-on-three teams.

 

Lakers Return Millions In Loans

(Los Angeles, CA) — The Los Angeles Lakes are returning their four-point-six-million-dollar loan they received through the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

ESPN reports the Lakers qualified to receive the loan as part of the CARES Act, but decided to return the funds once they became aware the PPP, meant for small businesses, had run dry.

Forbes reported last year that the Lakers are the eighth most valuable sports franchise in the world and are worth around three-point-seven-billion-dollars.

Reportedly, the Lakers were the only NBA Franchise to ask for a loan from the small business association.  Having around 300 employees made the eligible for the money.

‘The Last Dance’ Begins Tonight

(AP) – The 10-part documentary series that chronicles Michael Jordan’s last championship with the Bulls is set to begin on ESPN with two hour-long episodes. ”

The Last Dance” was scheduled to run in June, but with the NBA shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic the decision was made to move up its release.
The series is a look at the 1997-98 season, when the Bulls won their sixth championship in an eight-year span. ESPN will air two episodes each Sunday night through May 17.

Pelosi Pushes Plans For Another Round Of Stimulus Legislation

(Washington, DC-AP) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pushing plans for the “next phase” of stimulus legislation. Hosting a telephone news briefing at the Capitol, Pelosi said bold action must be taken to renew America’s infrastructure.

She called it a key investment to build a smarter, safer national infrastructure that is built to last. Pelosi said it will create millions of new jobs. President Trump tweeted this week that the next stimulus should involve another two-trillion dollars for infrastructure renovation.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said the coronavirus crisis has exposed significant fault lines in the federal government. The President signed a roughly two-trillion dollar stimulus bill last Friday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to pump the brakes on another stimulus bill.

In a radio interview, the Kentucky Republican suggested that the ink is barely dry on the last stimulus. Economic stimulus bills are a response to the deepening economic fallout from the growing coronavirus outbreak.