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  1. Texas school district keeps policy that banned student with dreadlocks from graduating

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    MONT BELVIEU, Texas — A Texas school district will uphold a policy that requires male students to keep their hair above a certain length.

    Kaden Bradford and De’Andre Arnold made headlines in January after the two high school students were suspended from the Barbers Hill Independent School District in Mont Belvieu, Texas, for having dreadlocks that were too long.

    The suspension meant Arnold, a senior, would not be able to attend prom or walk at his graduation unless he cut his hair. In addition to just personally liking their hairstyles, Bradford and Arnold said dreadlocks are a sort of homage to their family’s Caribbean roots.

    “My hair is really important to me because my dad is from Trinidad and it’s part of our culture and our heritage. I really wish the school would be open to other cultures,” Arnold said in a January interview.

    Arnold said he was given the option of attending classes via in-school suspension away from his classmates until he cut his hair, but he and his mother refused the option and kept him home from school until the school considered changing the policy. It didn’t.

    National outrage garnered the attention of celebrity athletes, entertainers and government officials. Arnold was invited to appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where he was gifted a $20,000 scholarship to be put toward college.

    “I just personally think you should be able to wear your hair however you want,” DeGeneres said at the time. “I don’t think it’s fair.”

    Singer Alicia Keys also appeared on the show and showed her support for Arnold.

    “I am super proud of you for standing up for what you know is right,” Keys told him. “You’re a special person and you’re destined for such greatness.”

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas filed grievances on behalf of Arnold and Bradford, who are cousins, claiming the policy was discriminatory.

    In partnership with the Juvenile and Children’s Advocacy Project of Texas, the ACLU provided more than 200 pages of documentation showing white male students in the district with hair just as long as Bradford’s and Arnold’s, but the district “denied the grievances immediately after the arguments concluded without asking any questions or engaging in discussion,” the ACLU said in a statement

    The school district’s board of trustees voted unanimously on Monday to keep the policy in place.

    “It is evident that this policy discriminates against and harms Black students,” said Brian Klosterboer, an attorney for the ACLU. “The school district had the chance to examine systemic racism and change its discriminatory policies, but instead chose to continue spending taxpayer dollars to maintain this grooming code.”

    Hans Graff, an attorney for the school district, said the cousins want to attend schools in the district because of their academic excellence but don’t want to follow the rules.

    “They want the standards without having to meet the standards. They want to be treated differently. They’re saying, ‘We want the academic excellence, we want the excellence of Barbers Hill. But we don’t want to comply with what it takes to achieve that,’” Graff said.

    Earlier this year, after the school district issued a similar comment on social media. Bernice King, the daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., said Arnold’s hairstyle does not “reflect ... a deviation from what should be a ‘high expectation’ at a school.”

    Christina Beeler, an attorney with the Juvenile and Children’s Advocacy Project, called last week’s decision “disappointing.”

    “De’Andre and Kaden have both been forced to choose between their right to an education and their identities as young Black men with locs,” she said. “The Board had an opportunity to be on the right side of history by changing their policy in response to the extensive evidence we provided, but they chose not to do so. Hopefully it will serve as a warning to other school districts as they consider how their dress codes can be more inclusive.”

    Bradford, who has two more years of high school, transferred to another school, CBS News reported.


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  3. Atlanta mayor compares Arbery killing to Jim Crow era, blames Trump

    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms compared the shooting death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery in February to lynchings in the Jim Crow-era South and said that President Trump’s rhetoric give racists “permission to do it in an overt way.”

     

    Bottoms’ comments, made during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” come just days after a white father and son were charged with the February shooting death of Arbery as he was running through a Georgia neighborhood.

    “It’s 2020 and this was a lynching of an African-American man,” Bottoms said. “My heart goes out to the family.”

    “With the rhetoric we hear coming out of the White House,” she added, “many who are prone to being racist are given permission to do it in an overt way we wouldn’t see in 2020.”

    President Trump, speaking on “Fox & Friends” on Friday, described Arbery’s death as “a heartbreaking thing,” and said he had seen the video footage of the killing, which he described as "disturbing" to anyone who watched it.

    “I looked at a picture of that young man. He was in a tuxedo … I will say that that looks like a really good young guy,” Trump told "Fox & Friends."

    He said the state's governor and law enforcement would be looking at the case "strongly."

     

    The president said "justice getting done is the thing that solves that problem," when asked about the racial issues in the case.

    Bottoms' comments echo those made by many civil rights’ leaders across the country, who have drawn comparisons to Arbery’s murder to that of Emmett Till and other black men in the South during the 1950s and 1960s.

    Till, a black teen from Chicago, was kidnapped in 1955 in Mississippi, lynched and dumped in a river after he was falsely accused of whistling at a white woman. An all-white jury acquitted the white men accused of killing Till, who was 14. His death helped fuel the civil rights movement and brought about the eventual passage of federal civil rights protections.

    “The modern-day lynching of Mr. Arbery is yet another reminder of the vile and wicked racism that persists in parts of our country,” said the Rev. James Woodall, state president of the Georgia NAACP. “The slothfulness and inaction of the judicial system, in this case, is a gross testament to the blatant white racial privileges that permeates throughout our country and our institutions."

    Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, has said she thinks her son, a former high school football player, was jogging for exercise before he was killed.

    Gregory and Travis McMichael told police they suspected Arbery was the same man recorded by a security camera committing a break-in. When they saw Arbery running on a Sunday afternoon, the McMichaels grabbed guns, got into a pickup truck and pursued him.

    Video footage – released on Tuesday -- shows a runner grappling with a man armed with a shotgun. Shots are fired and the runner staggers and falls. A Georgia Bureau of Investigation statement said the McMichaels confronted Arbery with two firearms and that Travis McMichael fatally shot Arbery.

     

    The felony murder charges against the McMichaels mean that a victim was killed during the commission of an underlying felony, in this case aggravated assault. The charge doesn’t require intent to kill. A murder conviction in Georgia carries a minimum sentence of life in prison, either with or without parole.

    Arbery’s death has drawn sharp reactions and expressions of sadness across the U.S. Trump called the video “very disturbing” and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said it was like seeing Arbery “lynched before our very eyes.”

    Bottoms said the shooting shows the need for national leaders to take a stance on the matter of racism.

    “I have four kids, three of whom are African-American boys,” she said. “They are angry and afraid and it speaks to the need to have leadership at top who respects all communities in words and deeds as well.”


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  5. GP: Coronavirus New York coronavirus deaths hit 1,941 as state struggles

     

    The United States just had its deadliest day on record due to the coronavirus as states across the country begin to ease restrictions meant to curb the spread of the virus, according to data published by the World Health Organization. 

    The U.S. saw 2,909 people die of Covid-19 in 24 hours, according to the data, which was collected as of 4 a.m. ET on Friday. That’s the highest daily Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. yet, based on a CNBC analysis of the WHO’s daily Covid-19 situation reports. 

     

    Before May 1, the next highest U.S. daily death toll was 2,471 reported on April 23, according to the WHO. State officials have previously warned that data on Covid-19 deaths are difficult to analyze because they often represent patients who became ill and were hospitalized weeks ago.

    Representatives of the WHO did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment. 

    The country’s deadliest day comes as state officials weigh reopening parts of the economy and easing stay-at-home orders. Public health officials and epidemiologists have warned that as the public grows fatigued by restrictions and businesses reopen, the virus could spread rapidly throughout communities that have yet to experience a major epidemic.

    Protesters in at least 10 states on Friday demanded that the government lift stay-at-home orders and other emergency measures put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Among the states that saw protests are California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Tennessee and Washington.

    Dozens of states have unveiled reopening plans and several, including Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, have already begun to allow nonessential retailers to reopen. 

     
     

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    New York state, which has reported more than 27% of all confirmed cases in the U.S., according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, has borne the brunt of the U.S. outbreak so far. The state has reported at least 24,039 of the country’s 65,173 Covid-19 deaths, according to Hopkins.

    The toll of the deadliest day of Covid-19 in the U.S. rivals that of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, which claimed the lives of 2,973 people in one day, according to a government commission

    Incomplete data

    The WHO data differs from data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which does not report historical daily Covid-19 deaths. The CDC’s site says that 2,349 people died in the U.S. of Covid-19 on May 1. 

    However, the agency warns that its data might not be complete. CDC spokeswoman Kate Grusich told CNBC that the agency’s data is “validated through a confirmation process with jurisdictions.” 

    “CDC does not know the exact number of COVID-19 illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths for a variety of reasons,” the agency says, adding that asymptomatic patients, delays in reporting and limited testing make it difficult to accurately track the data. 

    Some cities, such as New York City, have struggled to gain a complete understanding of the Covid-19 death toll. Many patients die at home and others are attributed to heart attacks or other conditions that might have been exacerbated by Covid-19, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said last month. 

    Further complicating the system for reporting Covid-19 deaths is that the mortuary system in hard-hit cities like New York is overwhelmed by the surge of victims. Funeral homes, caught in the middle of the bottleneck, have had to store corpses in refrigerated trucks, or in some cases whatever storage unit they can find. 

    The CDC warns that all data right now is “provisional” and the agency might not have a more accurate count until December of next year. 

    Potential treatment

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir drug to treat Covid-19, President Donald Trump announced Friday.

    The EUA means that remdesivir has not undergone the same level of review as an FDA-approved treatment, according to a fact sheet from the agency on the drug. However, doctors will be allowed to use the drug on patients hospitalized with the disease even though the drug has not been formally approved by the agency.

    The intravenous drug has helped shorten the recovery time of some hospitalized Covid-19 patients, new clinical trial data suggests. Without other proven treatments, health-care workers will likely be considering its use.

    The FDA previously authorized the emergency use of malaria drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19. However, it later issued a warning against taking the drugs outside a hospital or formal clinical trial setting after it became aware of reports of “serious heart rhythm problems” in patients.

    Under the EUA, the FDA will allow the drug to be administered for either a five-day or a 10-day dose. A 10-day treatment regimen is preferred for intubated patients.

    “That’s going to allow Gilead to effectively double the supply,” former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said during an interview on CNBC’s “Closing Bell.” 

    The company said it will continue to support clinical trials and expand so-called compassionate use programs for remdesivir.


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  7. Gym Generic Running Generic

    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has rolled out aggressive plans to reopen the state’s economy, saying many businesses shuttered to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus may reopen their doors as early as Friday.

    The Republican governor announced that gyms, hair salons, bowling alleys and tattoo parlors are among the businesses allowed to reopen Friday — as long as owners follow strict social distancing and hygiene requirements.

    By Monday, movie theaters may resume selling tickets and restaurants limited to takeout orders can go back to limited dine-in service.

    “In the same way that we carefully closed businesses and urged operations to end to mitigate the virus’s spread, today we’re announcing plans to incrementally and safely reopen sectors of our economy," Kemp said.

    In addition to calls from President Donald Trump, Kemp has heard scattered public calls in Georgia to lift restrictions.

    At least 733 deaths statewide have been linked to the virus, the Georgia Department of Public Health said. Infections have been confirmed in nearly 19,000 people.

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