MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After three weeks of testimony, the trial of the former police officer charged with killing George Floyd ended swiftly: barely over a day of jury deliberations, then just minutes for the verdicts to be read — guilty, guilty and guilty — and Derek Chauvin was handcuffed and taken away to prison. Chauvin, 45, could be sent to prison for decades when he is sentenced in about two months in a case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S. The verdict set off jubilation mixed with sorrow across...
By Amir Vera and Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN Updated 9:59 AM ET, Wed April 21, 2021 (CNN)A Columbus, Ohio, police officer shot and killed a Black teenager Tuesday afternoon after she attempted to cut two females with a knife, according to officials and body camera footage shown to the media. The girl's mother, Paula Bryant, and the Franklin County Children Services identified her as Ma'Khia Bryant. Although local law enforcement identified her as 15 years old at a news conference Tuesday, the FCCS gave the girl's age as 16 and said she was a foster child in its care.Continue...

Marijuana legalization in Louisiana gets boost from public support: 'The tide is changing'

BY SAM KARLIN | STAFF WRITER MAY 1, 2021 - 6:15 PM Republican state Rep. Scott McKnight, a conservative 40-year-old Baton Rouge businessman, was torn over the proposal in the Louisiana Legislature to legalize marijuana for recreational use. A former reserve deputy in East Baton Rouge Parish, he knew law enforcement has concerns with the idea. But one thing that helped sway McKnight to vote for the bill – making him one of three Republicans to send the proposal out of committee and on to the full House for debate in a historic vote – was public opinion."I have not received...

Biden's climate push promises 'jobs, jobs, jobs.' Here's what that might look like

New York (CNN)In his first address to a joint session of Congress last week, President Joe Biden framed his climate change agenda as a once-in-a-generation economic opportunity, speaking directly to blue-collar workers. He promised that his focus on the environment would result in "jobs, jobs, jobs." But what will those "jobs, jobs, jobs" look like? Although the investment in combating climate change will inevitably lead to more new jobs, many existing jobs — in the fossil fuel industry, for example — will begin to trickle away.Continue to watch & read

Joe Biden Just Dethroned the Welfare Queen

Analysis by John Blake, CNN  1 day ago     President Joe Biden has been compared to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson and has even been called the "Anti-Reagan." But there's another legendary political character that people should cite to explain why Biden's governing approach during his first 100 days in office is such a radical break from the past. That character is a Black woman of indeterminate age who has 12 Social Security cards, mooches on benefits from four fake dead husbands and collects welfare payments under 80 bogus names...

Former Black DOC officials: 'Good old boy' network perpetuates systemic racism inside department

BY LEA SKENE | STAFF WRITER JUN 7, 2021 - 4:00 AM When Joe Buttross was selected to fill an assistant warden position at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel a couple years ago, he had no experience working in prisons. But he did have close connections to Louisiana Department of Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc. Buttross is married to Andrea Buttross, who oversees the the agency's educational programs and whose father — a prominent architect who made millions from DOC contracts — is married to LeBlanc's niece. Joe Buttross came out of Prison Enterprises, the moneymaking...

North Carolina city commits $2.1M for reparations

Associated Press JUNE 9, 2021 — 1:03PM ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina city has committed $2.1 million toward funding reparations, an initiative it began last summer when it joined a number of U.S. cities which have voted to address their histories of racism and discrimination. The Asheville City Council approved a budget amendment on Tuesday to pull the money from city land purchased in the 1970s as part of the city's urban renewal programs that took apart Black communities, the Asheville Citizen Times reported. The city council also adopted a proclamation declaring June 19 as Juneteenth,...
By Sabrina Wilson Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:33 PM CDT NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Former New Orleans City Councilman Oliver Thomas has taken steps toward a potential run for the District E council seat. Thomas left the council years ago after admitting he committed a federal crime but says if he decides to enter the race, he will be asking voters to give him a second chance. “There’s an exploratory committee, people are looking at the polling, meeting with a lot of community groups in the east, the lower 9th Ward and what’s considered District E,” said Thomas. District E includes...

Jefferson Parish School Board OKs settlements with students suspended in BB gun incidents

Deal ends 10-month controversy that brought school system criticism from across political spectrum BY FAIMON A. ROBERTS III | STAFF WRITER PUBLISHED JUL 7, 2021 The Jefferson Parish School Board approved settlements Wednesday of two federal lawsuits brought by students who were suspended during the pandemic for handling BB guns at home while in virtual lessons. School officials hope the decision will put to rest months of criticism that Jefferson has faced for the punishments.Under the terms of the deal, the family of Harvey fourth grader Ka'Mauri Harrison will...
BY DELLA HASSELLE | STAFF WRITER  PUBLISHED JUL 7, 2021 AT 4:47 PM | UPDATED JUL 7, 2021 AT 8:59 PM On Wednesday morning, The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate published a story describing a 12-page grievance letter written by Lusher Charter School's former high school principal Steven Corbett, asking the school's board to investigate allegedly discriminatory and retaliatory behavior by longtime Lusher CEO Kathy Riedlinger. In the letter, Corbett accused Riedlinger of telling him that a member of the school's board had complained about one of his tweets regarding removing...

State offices to remain open, but more to work from home because of COVID surge

BY MARK BALLARD | CAPITOL BUREAU EDITOR   JUL 30, 2021 - 8:15 AM A good many of the state government’s nearly 40,000 employees will return to working at home, at least three days a week, if possible, in hopes of lessening exposure to COVID during this fourth surge of infections, hospitalizations and deaths.  Additional COVID-related restrictions are expected to be announced at 3 p.m. today when Gov. John Bel Edwards meets with the press.After several days of negotiation and consideration, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne issued guidance late Thursday to the cabinet...

Judge sanctions pro-Trump lawyers who brought 'frivolous' election fraud lawsuits

By Tierney Sneed, CNN   Updated 2:45 AM ET, Thu August 26, 2021 (CNN)A federal judge ordered sanctions Wednesday for Sidney Powell, Lin Wood and several other lawyers who worked on Trump-aligned lawsuits seeking to challenge the results of the 2020 election. US District Judge Linda Parker, of the Eastern District of Michigan, said the lawyers had "engaged in litigation practices" that were "abusive and, in turn, sanctionable." "Sanctions are required to deter the filing of future frivolous lawsuits designed primarily to spread the...
BY JESSICA WILLIAMS | STAFF WRITER   AUG 25, 2021 - 3:02 PM New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell no longer owes back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, according to a federal tax database, potentially putting to rest any revival of the tax controversy that dogged her 2017 election campaign and re-appeared during her first term.  During an interview Wednesday with members of the editorial board of the Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate, Cantrell said she successfully appealed an IRS finding that she and her family owed roughly $95,000 in taxes over six years ending in...
Washington (CNN)A conservative lawyer working with then-President Donald Trump's legal team tried to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence that he could overturn the election results on January 6 when Congress counted the Electoral College votes by throwing out electors from seven states, according to the new book "Peril" from Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. The scheme put forward by controversial lawyer John Eastman was outlined in a two-page memo obtained by the authors for "Peril," and which was subsequently obtained by CNN. The memo, which...

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