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Mississippi Lawmakers Clear Path To Remove Confederate Emblem From State Flag

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 21:21

Mississippi state lawmakers cleared the path for legislation to remove and redesign the 126-year-old state flag, which includes the Confederate battle emblem. The governor said he will sign it.

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Princeton To Remove Woodrow Wilson's Name From Public Policy School

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 19:57

Princeton trustees voted to remove Wilson's name from the School of Public and International Affairs. The board said, "Wilson's racist thinking and policies make him an inappropriate namesake."

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Global Coronavirus Death Toll Nears 500,000

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 18:31

Global deaths stood at over 496,000 on Saturday, with almost 10 million confirmed infections. The U.S. saw the highest number of daily confirmed cases this week — 45,000 reported on Friday.

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Trump Campaign Postpones Pence Events In Arizona And Florida After Coronavirus Spikes

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 17:47

Vice President Pence and the Trump campaign are postponing events in Florida and Arizona "out of an abundance of caution" after increases of coronavirus cases in both states.

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Black Doctors Say Pandemic Reveals Enduring Racial Inequity Medicine Alone Cannot Fix

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 17:16

Three African American ER physicians in Washington, D.C., recount experiences on their wards, where Black patients make up the vast majority of the city's COVID-19 fatalities.

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Justice Department Issues Warning About Fake Mask Exempt Cards

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 16:06

The department says the public should ignore the fraudulent cards, which purport to carry the authority of the "Freedom to Breathe Agency," which is neither a federal nor a state agency.

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For Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, Presidential Power Has Gone Too Far

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 14:51

In an interview with NPR's Michel Martin, the democratic senator lamented the imbalance in power between the branches of government. He hopes Congress will reassert its authority.

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'Shocking, Heartbreaking' Coronavirus Outbreak In CA Prison Alarms Health Officials

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 09:05

Doctors warn that a fast-moving outbreak at San Quentin, California's oldest prison, may hurt the wider community and health care system.

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Opinion: Remembering Michael Hawley, Remarkable Polymath And Exceptional Friend

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 07:57

Scott Simon remembers his friend, Michael Hawley, who died this past week.

Some Longtime D.C. Residents Still Vote In Other States. Is That ... Legal?

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 07:01

D.C.'s lack of congressional representation has prompted some residents — even those who've called the district home for years — to maintain their voting registrations elsewhere.

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Masks And The Outdoor Exerciser: Advice For Runners, Bikers, Walkers, Hikers

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 07:00

You've probably seen folks getting a bit of exercise with masks on, with masks slipped down around their neck — and with no masks at all. What do the experts suggest?

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Essential Vocab For COVID-19: From Asymptomatic To Zoonotic

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 07:00

The pandemic has brought many new terms into daily usage. Here are definitions of some of the words used in discussion of the novel coronavirus and how to stem its spread.

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Trump Is Still Running Against The City And Idea Of Washington, D.C.

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 07:00

Issues of vanity aside, the mask has become an emblem of submission to experts, to officialdom — to Washington. By the same token, the refusal to wear a mask becomes another badge of defiance.

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New York City Celebrates 50 Years Of Pride Parades

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 07:00

The city's first parade celebrating LGBTQ identity took place a year after the Stonewall Uprising. Due to COVID-19, this year's event is virtual, featuring a 24-hour line up of global performances.

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Milton Glaser, Designer Behind The 'I ♥ NY' Logo, Dies On 91st Birthday

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 02:18

Glaser co-founded New York Magazine and was also known for designing the poster of Bob Dylan with psychedelic hair.

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Judge Orders ICE To Free Detained Immigrant Children Because Of COVID-19

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 23:49

The scathing order issued Friday said the Trump administration had failed to provide even the most basic health protections for children and their families.

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Minneapolis Council Moves To Defund Police, Establish 'Holistic' Public Safety Force

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 20:14

Under the plan, the existing police would be largely replaced with "a department of community safety and violence prevention," which will prioritize a "public health-oriented approach."

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Coronavirus FAQs: Is There A Polite Way To Remind Someone To Follow Pandemic Rules?

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 17:46

Also: if you're headed back to a physical workplace, how do you keep safe? And do you need to have a mask on all the time at work?

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Lockdown In Lockup: A Prisoner At Sing Sing On Life During The COVID-19 Crisis

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 17:28

Mohammed Monsuri, who is incarcerated at the New York prison, describes how he learned about the pandemic and the challenges of staying safe. The coronavirus has hit prisons across the U.S. hard.

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Planned Parenthood Elevates Interim CEO Alexis McGill Johnson To Permanent Status

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 17:10

McGill Johnson has been the group's interim leader for almost a year, taking up the position after the abrupt removal of its former president, Leana Wen.

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