Atlanta Police Chief Resigns Hours After Cops Fatally Shoot Black Man in a Wendy’s Parking Lot


The chief of the Atlanta Police Department resigned on Saturday, hours after an officer fatally shot a 27-year-old black man in a Wendy’s parking lot.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a press conference that the officer involved in the Friday night shooting should be fired.

“I firmly believe that there is a clear distinction between what you can do and what you should do. I do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force and have called for the immediate termination of the officer,” she said.

Bottoms named an interim police chief to succeed Erika Shields and said the city will begin a search for a new leader for its force and implement reforms within 45 days. 

“Our first demand has been met,” one protester, Antonio Lewis, told The Daily Beast as the news of Shields’ resignation filtered through a crowd gathered outside the

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Curfews Make Life Even Harder For Essential Workers

Medical personnel, grocery store employees and food delivery workers were already carrying more than their share of the burden of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Now they have something else to worry about.

Cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington have imposed curfews in recent days in response to the ongoing demonstrations against police violence around the nation. Essential workers are technically exempt from these restrictions, but no one on city streets after curfew has been exempt from the aggressive and brutal police response to the protests, which began after a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd.

The very people who are asked to put their lives at risk working during a pandemic ― often for low wages ― face the prospect of being arrested and detained on their way to or from work. The fact that laborers such as food delivery workers are disproportionately people

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A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts:


CLAIM: Photos show the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washingon, D.C., marred by graffiti as a result of riots after the death of George Floyd.

THE FACTS: The photos circulating on social media show a Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica in Los Angeles after it was defaced in 2016. Posts featuring the misidentified photo were viewed thousands of times on social media on Wednesday, with comments expressing outrage about the damage. “The Vietnam Memorial defaced by rioters,” read one Facebook post with nearly 80,000 views. “Total disrespect! There are just no words to express my outrage. This wall honors those who gave their last measure of devotion.” “The Vietnam Memorial?!

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Here’s How You Can Make and Sell Cloth Face Masks

As the pandemic stretches on, face masks are an increasingly common sight in public.

Now many Americans are looking online for cute face masks that show off their personalities and style while still protecting others in public.

If you have basic sewing or crafting skills, you can take advantage of the demand for cloth masks by making your own to sell online. Here’s what you’ll need to know.

How to Make Fabric Masks

You’ll find many cloth mask patterns and guides available online, so you might have to search for the best one for your skill level and the type of supplies you have. The one I’ve used was provided by a local hospital, which included instructions in a Google Doc and a video tutorial on YouTube.

My sewing skills are basic and I haven’t done much sewing since I had kids more than five years ago, but even I

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The Violent Extremist Threat That’s Growing During Nationwide Protests

A member of the far-right movement Boogaloo walks next to protestors outside a police station in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 29. (Photo: LOGAN CYRUS via Getty Images)
A member of the far-right movement Boogaloo walks next to protestors outside a police station in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 29. (Photo: LOGAN CYRUS via Getty Images)

President Donald Trump has warned repeatedly that antifa, a favorite bogeyman, is behind the violence during recent waves of protest. But while scant evidence supports Trump’s claims, another loosely organized movement has become a prominent sideshow at nationwide demonstrations and been linked with attacks and plots to create chaos.

Adherents of the far-right movement known as Boogaloo have shown up at various protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, attempting to use the demonstrations to further their own cause and in some cases carrying rifles. 

Boogaloo devotees have also carried out violent attacks against police. This week, a California district attorney said that Steven Carrillo, charged with the ambush shooting death of a sheriff’s deputy in California’s

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Billions in COVID relief go to biggest hospital chains as smaller rivals await aid

By Chad Terhune

(Reuters) – Spared the worst of COVID-19, the largest for-profit hospital chains in the United States are pursuing a speedy recovery backed by billions of dollars in federal aid, while other hospitals say they have been harder hit and left wanting.

HCA Healthcare Inc, the biggest chain, has received $5.3 billion in loans and grants thus far from the federal government to offset lost business and higher expenses from the coronavirus pandemic. Tenet Healthcare Corp, the second-largest chain by revenue and beds, has disclosed more than $2 billion in similar loans and grants.

Meantime, the two chains, which own hundreds of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers and clinics, are telling investors that COVID-19 wasn’t as severe as expected in most of their markets, and that business is ramping back up. Shares in Tenet have doubled since the market lows in mid-March, while HCA shares have soared more than

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Levine Children’s Hospital benefit concert moving online with daily musical tributes

Seven years ago, after watching a friend’s child fight for his life, Charlotte musician Justin Fedor (Ancient Cities, New Familiars) spearheaded a tribute concert to benefit Levine Children’s Hospital. Since then, he’s held benefit tribute concerts for Levine twice a year at NoDa’s Neighborhood Theatre.

The semi-annual show was planned for later this month at Neighborhood, but with live-music clubs currently shuttered due to COVID-19, Fedor had to come up with an alternate plan: Following the trend, he’s taken the Tribute to Benefit online.

“We kept watching the calendar and we had to throw in the towel,” Fedor says.

The events typically feature Charlotte musicians playing the music of a certain artist, era, event, or group. In switching to a virtual event, he was able to expand the number and scope of artists.

“We decided, ‘Let’s make it even bigger and better than we could ever afford to do when

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