Editors, USA TODAY
Published 3:52 a.m. ET June 25, 2020 | Updated 8:07 a.m. ET June 25, 2020
Tamir Rice would have turned 18 today
On Nov. 22, 2014, a 12-year-old Black boy, Tamir Rice, was shot to death by a police officer while playing with a toy gun at a park in Cleveland. The incident, which received nationwide news coverage, was one of several that prompted protesters to assert that Black people are treated unfairly in the U.S. justice system. USA TODAY Network talked to 31 teenagers about growing up Black in America. These 18-year-old Black men from across the U.S. make their mark, but the nation’s long history of violence and oppression suggests the odds are against them. These are their stories.
- ‘You don’t get over nothing like this’:Mother of Tamir Rice tells her story
Tamir Rice would have celebrated his 18th birthday this week. The USA TODAY Network spoke with 31 Black teenagers about growing up in Tamir’s America.
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House Democrats to move forward on police bill
House Democrats on Thursday are expected to bring to the floor a bill sparked by the national outcry over the deaths of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor and other Black Americans at the hands of police. The bill would end qualified immunity, the legal doctrine that shields accused police and other public officials from lawsuits, and would create a national registry to track officers with a record of misconduct. It also aims to end certain police practices, such as the use of no-knock warrants and chokeholds, which were factors in recent deaths of Black people at the hands of police. On Wednesday, Senate Democrats blocked a Republican-led package they argue does not go far enough in implementing needed changes.
- What’s in the bill:Legislation aims to bolster police accountability
- Will police bills work?If Congress bans chokeholds might not comply
Saharan dust cloud set to reach US Gulf Coast
A cloud of dust from the Sahara Desert in northern Africa that has been drifting over the Atlantic Ocean is expected to reach the Texas Gulf Coast this week. During the summer months, strong winds can kick up dust from the surface of the Sahara. This mass of dust combines with warm, dry air to form what is known as the Saharan Air Layer, which then drifts westward on trade winds. Aaron Treadway, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the dust could negatively impact air quality, but on the plus side, it could help prevent the formation of tropical storms. Another bonus: more vivid sunsets, as the sun’s rays shine through a thicker layer of atmosphere.
The long-awaited cloud of Saharan dust will bring beautiful sunsets but also potential breathing problems.
About 1.3M more workers likely filed jobless claims, signaling slow recovery
Between 1.3 million to 1.4 million people filed initial applications for unemployment insurance last week, economists estimate Thursday’s jobless claims report will reflect. That would fall below the 1.5 million who sought first-time aid the week before and mark the 12th weekly drop in a row as businesses across the U.S. reopen after closing to slow the spread of the virus. But that lower tally would still mean a staggering 47 million Americans filed first time unemployment claims in just 14 weeks. The nation experienced an unexpected labor bounce in May, when roughly 2.5 million jobs were added following the loss of 22 million jobs during the previous two months.
- Think that extra $600 in unemployment benefits will last until the end of July? Think again.
Trump heads to Wisconsin in week’s second swing-state trip
President Donald Trump will travel to Wisconsin Thursday as polls show him losing ground to former Vice President Joe Biden in the election. Trump is heading to the northeastern part of the state, where he is set to tour Fincantieri Marinette Marine. The shipbuilder recently was awarded a $5.5 billion federal contract to build up guided-missile frigates for the Navy, a deal that will keep the company’s employees working for the next two decades and lead to the hiring of about 1,000 new workers. Trump also will stop in Green Bay, where he is scheduled to tape a town hall meeting with Fox News host Sean Hannity. Though not an official campaign trip, the events will give Trump an opportunity to appear before voters in a state that could be pivotal in deciding the November election.
- Poll: Biden, Trump locked in dead heat in Ohio, where Trump won by 8 in 2016
- Trump rails against ‘left-wing mob‘ in Arizona megachurch rally, tours border wall
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