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Kathleen Sturgeon

There was plenty of news across Georgia on Friday. If you missed any of it on your local Patch, here's a roundup of the top stories from the past 24 hours.

Almost All Residents At 3 Group Homes Have COVID-19

Almost all residents of three group-care homes in Gwinnett County have contracted COVID-19, and 49 people between them have died, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

GA Coronavirus Measures On Restaurants, Movies, Events Eased

Gov. Brian Kemp has eased the majority of coronavirus measures, including for restaurants, movie theaters, live events and conventions.

Black Lives Matter Post Earns Police Chief Time Off

Johns Creek Police Chief Chris Byers was asked to take time from the job after he criticized online the Black Lives Matter movement.

Woman Found Dead Stuck In Midtown Clothing Donation Bin

Police said a woman trying to grab clothes out of a clothing donation bin got trapped and suffocated.

Georgia Power Provides $20,000 Grant To Atlanta BeltLine Project

Georgia Power donated $20,000 to the Atlanta BeltLine Project to support its efforts to "elevate Atlanta as a globally competitive city."

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  • Trump has a plan to stay in the White House if he loses election, former senator says
    The Independent

    Trump has a plan to stay in the White House if he loses election, former senator says

    The former Democratic senator begins with an allegation that Mr Trump will attempt to retain power through voter suppression. Mr Wirth alleges there is a strategy to suppress voter turnout by purging voters - especially inner-city voters - from registration rolls and to suppress mail-in voting. He also believes physical polling locations will be limited, especially in urban areas, in an effort to create long lines on Election Day and discourage voting.

  • Watch Florida police laugh after shooting protesters with rubber bullets
    NBC News

    Watch Florida police laugh after shooting protesters with rubber bullets

    Fort Lauderdale police released footage showing officers laughing and celebrating after shooting protesters with rubber bullets during a May protest against police brutality. The police department in South Florida released the nearly 9 minutes of body-camera footage on Wednesday in response to a Miami Herald story that was accompanied by a 2-minute clip of the footage the Herald obtained through a public records request. The Miami Herald reported that the recording was from a Fort Lauderdale officer's body camera during a protest on May 31, after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

  • US tries to seize Iranian gas heading toward Venezuela
    Associated Press

    US tries to seize Iranian gas heading toward Venezuela

    U.S. federal prosecutors are seeking to seize four tankers sailing toward Venezuela with gasoline supplied by Iran, the latest attempt to disrupt ever-closer trade ties between the two heavily sanctioned anti-American allies. The civil-forfeiture complaint filed late Wednesday in the District of Columbia federal court alleges that the sale was arranged by a businessman, Mahmoud Madanipour, with ties to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization. “The profits from these activities support the IRGC's full range of nefarious activities, including the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, support for terrorism, and a variety of human rights abuses, at home and abroad,” prosecutor Zia Faruqui alleges in the complaint.

  • North Korea's response to coronavirus has been a 'shining success', says Kim Jong-un
    The Telegraph

    North Korea's response to coronavirus has been a 'shining success', says Kim Jong-un

    Kim Jong-un has said that North Korea has stopped the coronavirus making inroads in his country and his response to the pandemic has been a "shining success". According to state news agency KCNA, Mr Kim told a meeting of the politburo of the ruling Workers Party that North Korea had "thoroughly prevented the inroad of the malignant virus and maintained a stable anti-epidemic situation despite the worldwide health crisis, which is a shining success achieved." He warned against complacency or relaxation in the anti-epidemic effort and urged North Koreans to maintain "maximum alert", KCNA said in a statement.

  • 'You’ve been warned': Florida sheriff says he may deputize gun owners against protesters
    USA TODAY

    'You’ve been warned': Florida sheriff says he may deputize gun owners against protesters

    Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels, no stranger to making viral videos appealing to tough-on-crime politics, released a video Tuesday that said he will make “special deputies of every lawful gun owner in this county” if he feels the county is overwhelmed by protesters. The three-minute video shows Daniels standing in front of 18 deputies as he derides civil rights protesters as godless disruptors and tells them to stay out of Clay County, a suburb of Jacksonville. "If we can't handle you, I'll exercise the power and authority as the sheriff, and I'll make special deputies of every lawful gun owner in this county and I'll deputize them for this one purpose to stand in the gap between lawlessness and civility," he said.

  • Harvard Grad Says She Was Fired from Deloitte Job for Threatening ‘All Lives Matter’ Supporters
    National Review

    Harvard Grad Says She Was Fired from Deloitte Job for Threatening ‘All Lives Matter’ Supporters

    A recent Harvard graduate who threatened to “stab” anyone who told her “all lives matter” has been fired from her job, she announced in a tearful video. Claira Janover, who said in a viral but since-deleted TikTok post that she would “stab” those with “the nerve” to say “all lives matter,” posted several tearful videos explaining that her new employer, Deloitte, had fired her. “I know this is what Trump supporters wanted because standing up for Black Lives Matter put me in a place online to be seen by millions of people,” Janover explained.

  • Locals remain anxious amid India-China border stand-off
    BBC

    Locals remain anxious amid India-China border stand-off

    In the weeks leading up to the clash, there were reports of scuffles between the two militaries over the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the poorly demarcated border between the two nuclear-armed powers. Deadly brawl Reports from May said that the Chinese forces put up tents, dug trenches and moved heavy equipment several kilometres inside what had been regarded by India as its territory. The move came after India built a road several hundred kilometres long connecting to a high-altitude forward air base which it reactivated in 2008.

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

    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.

  • The killing of 26 people at a drug rehab center in Mexico thought to be part of a gang war
    LA Times

    The killing of 26 people at a drug rehab center in Mexico thought to be part of a gang war

    Drug rehabilitation centers have been frequent targets of attack in Mexico's bloody gang wars. Authorities suspect the assault was part of a ferocious turf battle between two criminal organizations — the local Santa Rosa de Lima gang and the powerful Jalisco New Generation cartel — that has transformed once-peaceful Guanajuato into one of Mexico's deadliest states. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador vowed Thursday to not “abandon” Guanajuato and suggested that state authorities investigate possible links between local officials and organized crime.

  • Court lifts restriction on Mary Trump's tell-all book
    Yahoo News Video

    Court lifts restriction on Mary Trump's tell-all book

    A restriction placed on a tell-all book by President Trump's niece was lifted by a New York appeals court on Wednesday, clearing the way for its distribution.

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

    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.

  • Iran threatens retaliation after what it calls possible cyber attack on nuclear site
    Reuters

    Iran threatens retaliation after what it calls possible cyber attack on nuclear site

    Iran will retaliate against any country that carries out cyber attacks on its nuclear sites, the head of civilian defence said, after a fire at its Natanz plant which some Iranian officials said may have been caused by cyber sabotage. The Natanz uranium-enrichment site, much of which is underground, is one of several Iranian facilities monitored by inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N. nuclear watchdog. Iran's top security body said on Friday that the cause of the "incident" at the nuclear site had been determined, but "due to security considerations" it would be announced at a convenient time.

  • The Best Bike Lights to Illuminate Your Ride
    Popular Mechanics

    The Best Bike Lights to Illuminate Your Ride

    See what's coming and stay visible with these 11 bicycle lights. From Popular Mechanics

  • Court record shows St. Louis couple pulled gun before
    Associated Press

    Court record shows St. Louis couple pulled gun before

    O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The white St. Louis couple who became internationally famous for standing guard with guns outside their mansion during a protest have pulled a gun before in defense of their property, according to an affidavit in an ongoing case. As demonstrators marched near the Renaissance palazzo-style home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey on Sunday, video posted online showed him wielding a long-barreled gun and her with a small handgun. The protesters, estimated at around 500 racially mixed people, were passing the house on the way to the nearby home of Mayor Lyda Krewson.

  • Finland's air force drops swastika emblem after century in use
    The Telegraph

    Finland's air force drops swastika emblem after century in use

    Finland's air force has quietly removed the last swastikas from unit emblems after over a century in use. Until recently the country's Air Force Command emblem depicted a pair of wings around a swastika, a symbol which pre-dates its associations with Nazism. The change was first observed by Teivo Teivainen, a politics professor at the University of Helsinki, who argued its negative associations made the swastika's ongoing use politically fraught.

  • Carlos Ghosn: Japan ask US to extradite ex-Green Beret and son over Japan escape
    BBC

    Carlos Ghosn: Japan ask US to extradite ex-Green Beret and son over Japan escape

    Japan has asked the US to extradite a former special forces soldier and his son for allegedly helping ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn flee Japan last year. Ex-Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter were held in Massachusetts in May, several months after Japan had issued warrants for their arrest. Mr Ghosn, who was detained in Japan on financial misconduct charges in 2018, made a dramatic escape last year.

  • California man who posted regret for attending party died a day later of coronavirus
    NBC News

    California man who posted regret for attending party died a day later of coronavirus

    Afterward, a friend of Macias' who was also at the party contacted him to say he had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, Lopez said. The friend told Macias that he was aware of the diagnosis when he attended the gathering but that because he was not showing symptoms, he did not believe he could infect anyone else. The friend advised everyone who attended the party to get tested.

  • There is no epidemic of fatal police shootings against unarmed Black Americans
    USA TODAY Opinion

    There is no epidemic of fatal police shootings against unarmed Black Americans

    The video of George Floyd's tragic death under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer has led many to ask whether it represents the tip of an iceberg of police brutality. For centuries, United States law enforcement was interwoven with slavery and segregation, and that memory cannot be easily erased. Much of modern policing is driven by crime data and community demands for help.

  • Chicago orders visitors from COVID-19 hotspots to quarantine. Is your state included?
    Miami Herald

    Chicago orders visitors from COVID-19 hotspots to quarantine. Is your state included?

    Chicago will require visitors from states with surges of COVID-19 cases to quarantine for 14 days after arrival or face a steep fine, officials say. The city issued the emergency travel order Thursday for visitors, effective Monday. The initial order includes 15 states, though the list could change as positive cases increase or decline.

  • Police officer filmed punching black woman at Miami International Airport
    The Independent

    Police officer filmed punching black woman at Miami International Airport

    The police department in Miami-Dade has dismissed two officers after one punched a black woman at Miami International Airport. The department ordered an investigation into the incident on Wednesday night when a video – dated 1 July – was shared online. Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo Ramirez III wrote on Twitter that he was “shocked and angered” at the video, which showed an argument between two masked cops and one black woman.

  • Lindsey Graham Uses Benghazi to Defend Trump on Russian Bounties
    The Daily Beast

    Lindsey Graham Uses Benghazi to Defend Trump on Russian Bounties

    Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was among the loudest Republican voices in Congress screaming about the attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya back in 2012. In fact, during a Thursday morning appearance on Fox & Friends, Graham actually used the Benghazi attack to defend Trump and accuse his Democratic colleagues of hypocrisy. After co-host Brian Kilmeade quoted Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), who accused Trump of committing “treason,” Graham fired back by asking: “Where were all these Democrats when Benghazi was on fire, when they were calling for help from the consulate?

  • UK court recognises Guaido as Venezuela's president in gold dispute
    Reuters

    UK court recognises Guaido as Venezuela's president in gold dispute

    Britain has recognised Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's president, the English High Court ruled on Thursday, in a case over whether Guaido or Nicolas Maduro should control $1 billion of its gold stored in London. A four-day hearing last week had been the latest part of a tug-of-war over the gold reserves held in the Bank of England and centered on which of the two rival presidents Britain now views as Venezuela's legitimate leader. The British government in early 2019 joined dozens of nations in backing Guaido, head of Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress, after he declared an interim presidency and denounced Maduro as an usurper.

  • US victims of FARC rebels win claim to Venezuelan's fortune
    Associated Press

    US victims of FARC rebels win claim to Venezuelan's fortune

    Three American defense contractors held for five years by leftist rebels in Colombia moved closer to collecting on a $318 million judgment against their former captors when a U.S. Supreme Court justice rebuffed an appeal by a sanctioned Venezuelan businessman whose assets they seek to claim. Justice Clarence Thomas refused to hear an emergency appeal by Samark López, letting stand an order by a federal appeals court immediately turning over $53 million from the businessman's previously seized U.S. bank accounts., though the appeals court judgment is being contested.

  • Terrifying: Why France Once Pointed Its Nuclear Weapons at Germany
    The National Interest

    Terrifying: Why France Once Pointed Its Nuclear Weapons at Germany

    Key Point: During the Cold War, France had Germany zeroed in with tactical nuclear missiles—in case of a Soviet invasion. Today, France has the third-largest nuclear arsenal in the world, behind the United States and Russia. Unlike the American or Russian nuclear triad, which is made up of air- land- and sea-based nuclear weapons, France maintains a nuclear dyad of air- and sea-based nuclear missiles.

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

    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.