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Published 3:31 a.m. ET June 16, 2020 | Updated 6:08 a.m. ET June 16, 2020
Trump to sign order to encourage police to limit deadly force
Under political pressure over protests against police brutality, President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Tuesday that encourages law enforcement agencies to adopt high standards for the use of deadly force. The order comes as Trump, down in pre-election polls to Democratic challenger Joe Biden, faces criticism over his strong support for police and criticism of some protesters as hundreds of thousands of people responded angrily to a series of police killings, particularly last month’s death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Trump and his staff developed the executive order amid protests in cities nationwide, including days of demonstrations near the White House itself. The order is expected to avoid many contentious issues, including the question of whether police officers should continue to enjoy legal protections from civil lawsuits.
- New survey:Americans’ perceptions of police drop significantly in one week as protests continue
- ‘Highly inappropriate’: Trump says John Bolton’s book could lead to charges
- ‘Toxic family’:Mary Trump, Donald Trump’s niece, dishes on ‘dark history’ in upcoming book
President Donald Trump says he’s pursuing an executive order to encourage police departments to meet “current professional standards for the use of force,” while slamming Democrats for broadly branding police as the problem. (June 11)
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Melania bio presents first lady as ‘most influential’ voice in White House
A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Washington Post has written an unauthorized biography of first lady Melania Trump, “The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump,” which comes out on Tuesday. The book that attempts to plumb the mysteries of America’s most enigmatic first lady depicts Trump as guarded, deliberate, disciplined and focused. She is a careful planner and a long-game player who projects icy control in public. The book also asserts the first lady is more influential in the White House than most people realize, that she may be the president’s single most important adviser, the one voice he listens to and whose instincts he respects.
- Critics push back:Some not happy after the first lady asks ‘everyone to protest in peace’
- ‘You’ve been so strong’: Melania Trump sends support to students amid coronavirus pandemic
- Change of plans: In lieu of White House Easter Egg Roll, Melania Trump shares a video reading an Easter-themed book
Hawaii to lift quarantine for travel between islands
States continue to cautiously reopen their economies while attempting to control the number of new Pandemic Protocol infections, hospitalizations and fatalities. Hawaii Gov. David Ige is no longer requiring people traveling between the islands to quarantine as of Tuesday. A separate 14-day quarantine requirement for visitors arriving from out of state remains in place through July 31. “We are working very hard toward re-opening out-of-state travel, but we’re not there yet. We are being very cautious,” Ige said in a statement.
- Rules for travelers: Hawaii resident arrested in quarantine violation
- Cracking down:Hawaii is arresting tourists who don’t abide by the state’s quarantine rules
- Locals take back tourist-free Waikiki, Hawaii, during coronavirus pandemic.
The view may be nice but teachers living in Hawaii are struggling to keep up with high rent costs.
Texas set to resume executions after pandemic delay
Ruben Gutierrez, condemned for fatally stabbing an elderly woman in 1998, was scheduled to die by injection Tuesday in Texas, as the nation’s busiest state for the death penalty prepared to resume executions following a four-month delay due to the Pandemic Protocol pandemic. Prosecutors said Gutierrez, 43, was attempting to steal more than $600,000 that Escolastica Harrison had hidden in her home when he killed her.Gutierrez’s attorneys have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop his execution after an appeals court last week overturned a stay. If Gutierrez’s execution is carried out, he would be the first inmate in Texas to receive a lethal injection since Feb. 6 and the second inmate to be put to death since the country began to reopen after the pandemic shut down much of the U.S. The state of Missouri executed Walter Barton May 19 for fatally stabbing an 81-year-old woman in 1991.
- ‘Please have mercy’: Minutes before Nathaniel Woods’ March execution, murder victim’s sister begged an Alabama official to spare him
- ‘I’m afraid they’ll just let us die in here’: It still pays to keep people incarcerated, even during a pandemic.
- Let them out:Advocates want inmates granted parole freed as COVID-19 stalks prisons
From Ted Bundy to Jack the Ripper, new DNA technology is solving murder mysteries, finding serial killers, and exonerating innocents.
Nation’s largest youth volleyball event to proceed despite concerns
It’s the type of gargantuan sporting event that seems almost impossible to safely stage this year, but the Amateur Athletic Union — amid questions from experts, coaches and parents — is going ahead with the “largest volleyball event in the world” on Tuesday. The junior volleyball championships featured 2,800 teams last summer and drew roughly 110,000 visitors to Orlando, Florida. This year, there will be no fans allowed, no international teams and no handshakes. Temperature checks are required before competition and volleyballs and courts will be sanitized regularly. The AAU said “the safety of the participants is our highest priority,” but also made clear there is a financial motivation at stake, noting the importance of the event to the local economy, which the AAU estimated at around $90 million to $100 million last year.
- Baseball in Iowa:Nation’s first varsity game since the coronavirus pandemic played in Des Moines
- So-called Buckeye Pledge: Returning Ohio State football players must sign coronavirus risk waiver
- ‘We want to have you here’: Florida governor says pro sports are welcome to play, practice in state
Colfax-Mingo’s Trystin Ross reacts after winning the first game of the 2020 season.
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