Celebrities speak out about the death of George Floyd

As protests spurred by George Floyd’s death spread across the country, celebrities took on a variety of roles.

  • Biden evokes MLK and George Floyd in Fourth of July message
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    Biden evokes MLK and George Floyd in Fourth of July message

    Evoking the names of Martin Luther King and George Floyd, Joe Biden said Saturday that the U.S. "never lived up" to its founding principle that "all men are created equal." In the Fourth of July video message, Biden said that even though America had fallen short of equality, the effort to live up to the nation's founding ideals continues. It survived the ravages of the Civil War, the dogs of Bull Connor, the assassination of Martin Luther King, and more than 200 years of systemic racism.

  • Rideau Hall: Canada Armed Forces member faces 22 charges
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    Rideau Hall: Canada Armed Forces member faces 22 charges

    An armed member of Canada's military faces 22 charges after breaching the gates of an estate where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lives. Police say Corey Hurren, 46, drove a pick-up truck through the main entrance of Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Thursday morning. He then allegedly entered the grounds on foot before being confronted by police.

  • Judge blocks Portland police from using physical force against journalists
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    Judge blocks Portland police from using physical force against journalists

    The order comes after the police arrested journalists who were covering a protest on Tuesday. One of them, Lesley McLam, was taken into custody. The restraining order declares that the police “are enjoined from arresting, threatening to arrest, or using physical force directed against any person whom they know or reasonably should know is a journalist or legal observer … unless the police have probable cause to believe that such individual has committed a crime”.

  • Why U.S. F-35s, Stealth Bombers and Attack Drones Could Fail in a War
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    Why U.S. F-35s, Stealth Bombers and Attack Drones Could Fail in a War

    Fighter jets, stealth bombers, attack drones and air-traveling missiles all need to “operate at speed” in a fast-changing great power conflict era. When faced with fast, multi-frequency, long-range precision fire from enemy air defenses, air attackers simply must “operate at speed,” according to U.S. Air Forces, Europe Commander General Jeffrey Harrigian, who used the phrase in a discussion with The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. Harrigian, who is also now the Commander of U.S. Air Forces Africa, ran much of the air campaign during Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS; he offered a first-hand war perspective in a conversation with retired Lieutenant General David Deptula, Dean of the Mitchell Institute.

  • 'How the hell are we going to do this?' The panic over reopening schools
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    'How the hell are we going to do this?' The panic over reopening schools

    Yet the beginning of the school year is nearing and worried parents are wondering if they will be able to count on in-person classes resuming by the time they must return to work, inextricably tying school reopenings to the revival of the economy. In Virginia, Fairfax County's teachers unions say teachers aren't comfortable returning to schools and are encouraging members to state their preference for online learning until more information about face-to-face instruction is available. In Texas, the governor is now requiring face masks in public spaces in counties with 20 or more Covid-19 cases — but his order didn't mention schools.

  • Copenhagen's Little Mermaid labelled 'racist fish'
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    Copenhagen's Little Mermaid labelled 'racist fish'

    Denmark woke up on Friday to the words "racist fish" scrawled across the base of the "Little Mermaid", the bronze statue honouring Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairy tale that perches on a rock in the sea off a pier in Copenhagen. "We consider it vandalism and have started an investigation," a spokesman for the Copenhagen police said. Protesters of the Black Lives Matter movement around the world have in recent months rallied against statues of historical figures who played a role in racist oppression, such as slave traders and colonialists.

  • 5 Americans who flew by private jet to Italy were reportedly denied entry due to the EU ban on visitors from countries with high coronavirus infection rates
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    5 Americans who flew by private jet to Italy were reportedly denied entry due to the EU ban on visitors from countries with high coronavirus infection rates

    Five Americans who attempted to enter Italy after flying on a private jet to the island of Sardinia were rejected because of the EU's coronavirus restrictions. The travellers eventually flew out of the airport 14 hours after they first landed, CNN reported. Italy was once the worst-hit country but appears to have controlled its outbreak, while the US is still dealing with virus peaks.

  • Chicago announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone traveling from 15 states with COVID-19 outbreaks
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    Chicago announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone traveling from 15 states with COVID-19 outbreaks

    Jonathan Daniel / Staff / Getty Images On Thursday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced an emergency travel order that requires anyone traveling to the city from states experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. States like Texas, Arizona, Florida, and California are on Chicago's designated list, as well as 11 other states that are seeing a surge in coronavirus cases. Only people who have spent more than 24 hours in one of the states on Chicago's list have to quarantine, and the mandate will go into effect on Monday.

  • Concern over coronavirus mars Trump's Mount Rushmore trip
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    Concern over coronavirus mars Trump's Mount Rushmore trip

    President Trump will visit Mount Rushmore in South Dakota for a Fourth of July celebration, despite controversy about large crowd gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Virus concerns grow — as do crowds flocking to Jersey Shore
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    Virus concerns grow — as do crowds flocking to Jersey Shore

    As coronavirus-related restrictions are eased and temperatures climb, people are flocking back to the Jersey Shore. And with the July Fourth holiday weekend upon us, that's making some people nervous, particularly given the large crowds that have surfaced at some popular shore spots recently and poor compliance with mandated measures to help slow the spread of the virus. I am really concerned,” said Paul Kanitra, mayor of Point Pleasant Beach, a popular shore town that was unexpectedly overrun by thousands of tourists who swarmed the beach and boardwalk a few weeks ago at a “pop-up party,” paying little heed to social distancing or masks.

  • Vanessa Guillen: Woman charged over missing soldier 'killed with hammer'
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    Vanessa Guillen: Woman charged over missing soldier 'killed with hammer'

    Fort Hood officials named 20-year-old Aaron David Robinson as the main suspect in Ms Guillen's disappearance on Thursday. Investigators said the suspect, a junior soldier at Fort Hood, killed himself as police closed in on him after fleeing his post on Tuesday. "While law enforcement agencies attempted to make contact with the suspect in Killeen, Texas, Specialist Robinson displayed a weapon and took his own life," Damon Phelps, of the US Army's Criminal Investigation Division, said at a news conference on Thursday.

  • 'A dereliction of duty': Former CIA director says Trump has gone 'Awol' in handling of coronavirus
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    'A dereliction of duty': Former CIA director says Trump has gone 'Awol' in handling of coronavirus

    Donald Trump has gone “Awol” in his leadership of the US through the coronavirus pandemic, former CIA Director and Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said in a scathing attack on the president. “This president has essentially gone Awol from the job of leadership that he should be providing a country in trouble,” Mr Panneta told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Wednesday, branding the situation a "major crisis". The former CIA director, who served under President Barack Obama and as White House chief of staff under President Bill Clinton, went on to signpost recent warnings from Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, that the outbreak in the US is spiralling.

  • It Would Cost Trillions: The Day North Korea Collapses
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    It Would Cost Trillions: The Day North Korea Collapses

    The prospect of a peaceful Korean Unification, however remote it seems, would be a historical event worth planning for. Hoping for the best means there is a scenario where North Korea's collapse and regime change occur miraculously, opening doors to South Korea and the West to take over North Korea in what one hopes would be a peaceful absorption. In November 1989, West and East Berliners flocked to what was one of the most heavily guarded borders in the world and tore down parts of the Berlin Wall that had divided Germany for twenty-eight years.

  • Huge bird of prey catches shark-like fish and flies off in viral video
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    Huge bird of prey catches shark-like fish and flies off in viral video

    Visitors to a beach last week would have seen a shark-like fish soaring above their heads thanks to one bird's actions. A video shared online showed one huge predatory bird seen with what appeared to be a shark suspended in its claws above crowds at South Carolina's Myrtle Beach. The woman who witnessed the stunt, Kelly Burbage, shared the video online on Friday where she appealed for wildlife experts to name the fish and the bird.

  • WHO sees first results from COVID drug trials within two weeks
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    WHO sees first results from COVID drug trials within two weeks

    The World Health Organization (WHO) should soon get results from clinical trials it is conducting of drugs that might be effective in treating COVID-19 patients, its Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday. "Nearly 5,500 patients in 39 countries have so far been recruited into the Solidarity trial," he told a news briefing, referring to clinical studies the U.N. agency is conducting. "We expect interim results within the next two weeks."

  • A Black woman questioned her hotel bill — and an employee called police, NC suit says
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    A Black woman questioned her hotel bill — and an employee called police, NC suit says

    A Black woman was asking about a billing error at the North Carolina hotel where she and her family were staying in 2018 when a worker called police on her, a lawsuit filed Thursday alleges. On Nov. 23, 2018, Delores and Alvin Corbett checked in to The Hampton Inn & Suites off I-95 in Wilson with their two teenagers and other family members, the lawsuit says. They were staying in Wilson to “celebrate the life” of Alvin Corbett's mother, Fannie Corbett, who died in 2019 and was declared a “civil rights pioneer” in North Carolina, according to a news release from their attorney Jason Kafoury.

  • Thomas Jefferson alongside Black great-grandson holds 'a mirror' to U.S.
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    Thomas Jefferson alongside Black great-grandson holds 'a mirror' to U.S.

    Shannon LaNier, a sixth great-grandson of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings, wore the same sort of outfit as his famous ancestor for a Smithsonian Magazine piece, "American Descendants." “I didn't want to become Jefferson,” LaNier said. The Smithsonian article features pictures by British photographer Drew Gardner who about 15 years ago started tracking down descendants of famous Europeans such as Napoleon and Charles Dickens to see if they would "pose as their famous forebears in portraits he was recreating," the article said.

  • Michael Cohen may have violated the terms of his prison release by eating out at a restaurant in Manhattan
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    Michael Cohen may have violated the terms of his prison release by eating out at a restaurant in Manhattan

    The New York Post obtained photos showing Michael Cohen eating out at a Manhattan restaurant Thursday night. Cohen is currently serving a three-year sentence under home confinement, and eating out appears to be a violation of the conditions of his release from a federal prison camp. Business Insider reached out to the Bureau of Prisons for comment but did not immediately receive a response Saturday morning.

  • Florida's new coronavirus cases break record, nearly tying New York's peak
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    Florida's new coronavirus cases break record, nearly tying New York's peak

    Florida shattered its single-day record for new coronavirus cases, nearly tying New York state's peak daily count set in April. Florida on Saturday reported 11,458 new cases of the virus, which breaks its previous records and approaches New York's highest daily tally of 11,571 in April, according to NBC Miami and the New York State Department of Health. New York's peak was the highest one-day tally in the nation so far, according to Marketwatch.

  • India Kanpur: Eight policemen killed in clash with gang members
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    India Kanpur: Eight policemen killed in clash with gang members

    Eight Indian policemen have been killed, and seven more injured, in an encounter with gang members, reports say. The officers were fired upon during a raid in search of a notorious local gangster in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The gangster, Vikas Dubey, is accused in 60 criminal cases for various offences, including attempted murder.

  • Kim Guilfoyle, campaign official and girlfriend of Trump Jr., tests positive for coronavirus in South Dakota
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    Kim Guilfoyle, campaign official and girlfriend of Trump Jr., tests positive for coronavirus in South Dakota

    Kim Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. and a top Trump campaign official, tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the president's speech in South Dakota on Friday, POLITICO confirmed. Guilfoyle, who traveled to Mount Rushmore to attend President Donald Trump's July 4 kickoff address, was not in contact with the president and did not travel on Air Force One. The New York Times first reported Guilfoyle had tested positive.

  • Russia Has a Nuclear Missile That Can Kill Nearly Anything on the Planet
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    Russia Has a Nuclear Missile That Can Kill Nearly Anything on the Planet

    Here's What You Need To Remember: Despite the date of entry being pushed back, once the Sarmat is operational, it will be fearsome—it reportedly has a range of 18,000 kilometers, or just over 11,000 miles, which would put virtually any location on the globe within range. Russia inherited a missile collection from the Soviet Union that is rival to none—arguably bigger in type and overall diversity than any other nation's missile arsenal. Although some of their intercontinental missiles are beginning to show their age, their newest, the Sarmat, would be quite dangerous.

  • CNN reporter mugged at knifepoint live on air in Brazil
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    CNN reporter mugged at knifepoint live on air in Brazil

    A CNN journalist was mugged at knifepoint during a live broadcast in Brazil. Bruna Macedo and her team had set up near the Bandeiras Bridge in Sao Paulo on Saturday to report on rising water levels in the Tete River due to heavy rain. Footage of the incident shows the suspect lurking in the background, looking over the bridge while Ms Macedo speaks to her colleague, Rafael Colombo, who is in the station's studio.

  • Dozens mourn man who killed himself in busy Beirut district
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    Dozens mourn man who killed himself in busy Beirut district

    Dozens of people lay flowers on a main Beirut street where a man killed himself on Friday, with some blaming his death on the country's economic collapse that has left more and more Lebanese hungry. Reuters could not establish the motive for the apparent suicide. The 61-year-old man shot himself in the head in front of a Dunkin' Donuts store in the capital's busy Hamra district, witnesses said.

  • COVID-19 should make us give Andrew Yang’s ‘get $1,000 every month’ a second look | Opinion
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    COVID-19 should make us give Andrew Yang’s ‘get $1,000 every month’ a second look | Opinion

    On a bitter cold spring night 14 months ago, back in a more magical time when all things seemed possible in the 2020 president race, I stood on the steps leading down to Washington's great Reflecting Pool waiting to hear from the most unlikely and arguably intriguing Democrat of all, the businessman and political neophyte Andrew Yang. Before Yang spoke, a stream of supporters went up to a microphone and, with the Lincoln Memorial looming behind them, said they had a dream that a Yang presidency would also mean his cornerstone policy idea — a check for $1,000 from the federal government, delivered to every U.S. adult every month. The mostly young supporters said Yang's proposal for “universal basic income,” or UBI, would free them from the ups and downs of the gig economy that had entrapped so many Americans in their 20s, or allow them to chase a creative passion.