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Published 5:05 a.m. ET June 9, 2020 | Updated 8:11 a.m. ET June 9, 2020
Mourners to gather in Houston for George Floyd
A funeral for George Floyd, the last in a series of memorial services, will be held Tuesday in Houston. A 500-person service will take place at the Fountain of Praise church followed by a private burial where Floyd will be laid to rest next to his mother at Houston Memorial Gardens in Pearland. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy. The final event to honor Floyd comes on the heels of a six-hour public visitation Monday where many mourners attended to pay their respects. Floyd, a black man known as a “gentle giant” who grew up in Houston, died on May 25 after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest in Minneapolis. Outrage over Floyd’s death unleashed worldwide demonstrations, including mostly-peaceful protests in every U.S. state.
- Emmett Till’s lynching ignited a civil rights movement. Historians say George Floyd’s death could do the same
- ‘He was like the general’:Mourners grieve George Floyd in Minneapolis
- On Capitol Hill: Dems unveil sweeping police reform bill, honor Floyd with 8 minutes, 46 seconds of silence
- Tracking protests:Demonstrations across the nation in the wake of George Floyd’s death
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Oprah to host two-night special with black leaders
Oprah Winfrey is hosting a two-night TV special, starting Tuesday, looking at the country’s civil unrest following the death of George Floyd. “OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here?” will feature Winfrey speaking with black thought leaders, activists and artists on the country’s direction. Guests will include politician Stacey Abrams, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, director Ava DuVernay, “Selma” star David Oyelowo, among others. The special will air on OWN and all of Discovery’s 18 networks, and it will stream for free on the Watch OWN and Discovery Family apps, as well as OWN’s YouTube, Facebook and Instagram pages.
- ‘We must act’: Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Oprah and other celebs react to the death of George Floyd
- ‘Honor her life’:Oprah, Alicia Keys more celebrities celebrate Breonna Taylor’s birthday
- ‘Welcome to being black in America’:Gayle King, more celebs express fear about racism and their kids
Media icon Oprah Winfrey has announced she’ll give grants to organizations helping underserved communities in cities she’s lived in – Chicago; Baltimore; Nashville, Tennessee; Milwaukee; and Kosciusko, Mississippi, where she was born.(May 20)
Cristobal moves north toward the Great Lakes
Tropical Storm Cristobal, now just a tropical depression, will continue to linger in the South before marching North toward the western Great Lakes later Tuesday. The storm will deliver total rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches with local amounts to 6 inches from Arkansas to the western Great Lakes through Wednesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. Cristobal made landfall in southeast Louisiana on Sunday after days of rain and high water. State offices in 22 parishes were ordered closed, and President Donald Trump approved federal assistance for the state’s cleanup efforts. At least 20,000 homes and businesses were without power Monday morning in Louisiana and Mississippi. That number dropped to about 8,400 customers by Monday night, according to poweroutage.us.
- Hurricane season off to historically fast start:What does that mean for the rest of the year?
- From the weekend: Tropical Storm Cristobal makes landfall along southeast Louisiana coast
- A busy hurricane season and the Pandemic Protocol pandemic‘is a cataclysmic scenario’.
Cristobal was projected to weaken to a tropical depression Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
US Soccer to review ban on kneeling during national anthem, report says
The board of directors for the U.S. Soccer Federation is scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss the possibility of repealing a 2017 rule that prohibits players from kneeling during the national anthem, according to an ESPN report. The policy was put into place after U.S. women’s national team star Megan Rapinoe followed the lead of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and knelt during the national anthem before a 2016 match against Thailand. Athletes from around soccer and the sports world have spoken out on the death of George Floyd, police brutality and systemic racism in the U.S.
- Fear, despair, outrage, hope: Athletes open up on why they joined protests
- NFL’s Adrian Peterson on kneeling during the anthem this season:‘Without a doubt’
- Presidential reaction:Trump questions Roger Goodell’s statement to NFL players
Trump tweets support ahead of Georgia, West Virginia primaries
Ahead of Tuesday primaries in Georgia and West Virginia, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to show his support for West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, who Trump said was “very loyal” to him throughout the impeachment process, and several other Republican representatives from the two states. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told voters to expect long lines and slow results from Tuesday’s primary amid Pandemic Protocol restrictions and poll closures. Due to the pandemic, absentee ballots were sent to every registered voter and at least 1.27 million people in Georgia have already voted by mail, Atlanta data analyst Ryan Anderson told the Associated Press. While Trump and his likely Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, have already clinched enough delegates in their primary races and won’t face each other directly Tuesday, voting in the two states give both campaigns an opportunity to prove they can assemble coalitions strong enough to win in November.
- ‘Defund the police’:Trump seeks to tie Biden to movement demands even though former vice president rejects idea
- The Democrat’s move: Biden campaign seizes on opportunity to contrast Trump’s ‘law and order’ message
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Contributing: Associated Press
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