Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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In his final days, Ahmaud Arberry’s life was at a crossroads

by Aaron Morrison -- BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — He was at a crossroads, his life stretching out before him, his troubles largely behind him. He had enrolled at South Georgia Technical College, preparing to become an electrician, just like his uncles. But first, he decided,...

The coronavirus, black lives and a view from Canada

(theconversation.com) -- The claim that COVID-19 and its associated medical and social responses do not discriminate belies the history of how pandemics work and who is most impacted by them. States of emergency show that citizenship privileges some, is partial for others and disappears...

Biden says he was too ‘cavalier’ about black voters’ choices

by Bill Barrow and Kat Stafford -- ATLANTA — 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...

Drug overdoses in Memphis spike during virus outbreak

by Adrian Sainz --  Demand for opioids such as fentanyl has surged during the new coronavirus outbreak in Tennessee’s largest county, where more than 100 people have died of drug overdoses since mid-March, officials said Tuesday. Officials in Shelby County, which includes Memphis, said more than...

Tennessee State president ‘thrilled’ by Oprah Winfrey gift

NASHVILLE — Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover said she was “thrilled” to receive a call from Oprah Winfrey asking what she could do to help Nashville residents suffering from the economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus. Glover and Mt. Zion Baptist Church Bishop Joseph...

‘Twilight Zone:’ Casino closings hurt Mississippi county

by Adrian Sainz and Jay Reeves --  TUNICA, Miss. — Since mid-March, the wide roads leading to the gambling halls of Tunica County, Mississippi, have been devoid of cars. The bells of the slot machines and chatter from hopeful card players have gone silent. Hundreds...

Tour spotlights former newspaper home as alternate COVID-19 care site

Top leaders in Tennessee got a sneak peek Monday at a former Memphis newspaper building that has been transformed into a 401-bed hospital for COVID-19 patients. Gov. Bill Lee, Shelby County officials and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers toured The Commercial Appeal building’s transformation,...

Gangs deliver food in poor Cape Town area amid lockdown

by Gerald Imray -- CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Preston’s new face mask is emblazoned with the stars and stripes of the U.S. flag. While protecting him from the coronavirus, it would normally also put him in danger in Manenberg, one of a number of...

Obama criticizes virus response in online graduation speech

by Jill Colvin — WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama on Saturday criticized U.S. leaders overseeing the nation’s response to the coronavirus, telling college graduates in an online commencement address that the pandemic shows many officials “aren’t even pretending to be in charge.” Obama spoke...

Ahmaud Arbery case puts spotlight on community’s race legacy

by Russ Bynum and Aaron Morrison -- The people who call Brunswick, Ga., home say it’s not the monstrous place it might appear to be in the wake of the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery after a pursuit by two armed white men. Yes, it is one...