Portland shooting, Chadwick Boseman, Trump, NBA: The weekend’s biggest news
Fatal shooting as Trump supporters, counter-protesters clash in Portland
One person was shot and killed late Saturday in Portland, Oregon, as a large caravan of President Donald Trump supporters and social justice protesters clashed in the streets, police said. The victim was a “good friend” of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, founder Joey Gibson said Sunday. It wasn’t immediately clear if the shooting was linked to fights that broke out as a caravan of hundreds of vehicles was confronted by protesters in the city’s downtown. Portland has been the site of nightly protests for more than three months since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. President Trump responded to the confrontations with a Twitter barrage Sunday. “This is not what our great Country wants. They want Safety & Security, and do NOT want to Defund our Police,” the president wrote. The caravan marked the third Saturday in a row that Trump supporters have rallied in the city.
Thousands march in Kenosha: The family of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot in the back seven times by a Kenosha police officer, led a march through the city on Saturday as thousands followed. Activists, supporters and elected officials spoke about accountability and justice for Blake, who is now paralyzed from the waist down.
‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer
Chadwick Boseman, who made a global impact bringing “Black Panther” to life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe along with playing Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown on the silver screen, died Friday of cancer at 43. Best known and loved for playing T’Challa in “Black Panther,” his most famous quote and cross-armed salute – “Wakanda forever!” – has become a rallying cry with a life of its own, both for Marvel fans and for those celebrating Black cultural representation. Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, his family said in a statement Friday, meaning the star was secretly battling the disease while filming a movie that would galvanize us all. He showed up between surgeries and chemotherapy and fearlessly fought for his life while inspiring a generation of boys and girls by pushing boundaries and ushering in a new era of representation.
Louisiana reels from Hurricane Laura damage
Louisiana’s death toll from Hurricane Laura was at 14 Sunday as cleanup efforts continue in the wake of the powerful storm that devastated parts of western Louisiana. More than 350,000 remained without electricity Sunday, while 87 water systems serving upward of 150,000 people remained inoperable. Six parishes – Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vernon – were made eligible for federal aid through President Trump’s major disaster declaration. “I want to encourage anyone from these parishes to apply for assistance today,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards, who has asked that 17 more parishes be added to the list. “For the people in other parishes that were impacted, but not yet approved for aid, please know that we will continue damage assessments and do expect additional parishes to be authorized,” he said.
NBA returns after historic pause
The NBA playoffs resumed Saturday after a historic pause in action to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a move that sent ripple effects around the sports world. The playoffs had been put on pause since Wednesday, when the Milwaukee Bucks defiantly chose not to take the court for their game against the Orlando Magic. That game was instead played Saturday, with the Bucks winning and moving on in the Eastern Conference bracket, but the resumption of play didn’t mean a stop in social awareness. Racial justice statements were a core theme in players returning to the court. Bucks star Khris Middleton didn’t want to talk about basketball after Saturday’s game. He wanted to talk about social change.
Coronavirus: 25 million global cases as US approaches 6 million
The United States was on the brink of 6 million coronavirus casesSunday while the global number surpassed 25 million. And those numbers are likely just a small fraction of the true penetration into the world population, experts say. Any slowdown in the U.S. outbreak appeared minor: There were more than 47,000 new cases and almost 1,000 additional deaths reported Sunday. With many schools reopening and Labor Day approaching, the numbers may not drop any time soon. Though images of packed beaches, lakes and bars have drawn criticism from those concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak, data suggests smaller gatherings have been a contributing factor as well. Social functions of various sizes among relatives, friends and co-workers are drawing scrutiny as public health experts sound the alarm ahead of Labor Day weekend. JC read
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