1. Protests broke out across the U.S. again on Sunday. At least 4,100 people have been arrested in protests across the country since the death of George Floyd on May 24. Two were reported killed in violent clashes in Indianapolis. A crowd of at least a thousand gathered around the White House again Sunday, mostly peaceably. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said Sunday that state Attorney General Keith Ellison will take the lead in prosecutions in Floyd’s death. Curfews were imposed in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle on Sunday. About 5,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen were activated in 15 states and Washington, D.C.
2. On Friday, former President Barack Obama weighed in on George Floyd’s death.
“It can’t be ‘normal.’… we can and must be better,” Obama said in a statement he posted on social media. “But it falls on all of us… to work together to create a ‘new normal,’ he added. Former Vice President Biden weighed in on Friday too. “We see it plainly that we’re a country with an open wound,” he said in a livestream from his house in Delaware.
3. Hundreds of protesters marched the streets of Portland and demonstrated for hours outside the Portland police station Sunday afternoon, demanding to meet with Chief Frank Clark to discuss their concerns about racial bias. Early Sunday evening the protesters blocked several streets around the police station and in the Old Port, but they dispersed about 7:30 p.m. without having met with Clark.
4. The United States coronavirus cases top 1.79 million. America’s death toll stands at more than 104,000. The Maine CDC Sunday reported 43 more cases of the coronavirus and no additional deaths. The statewide death toll stands at 89 with 2,325 cases of which 684 are active. Some Restaurants in Cumberland, York and Androscoggin will open outdoor dining today, but say it’s not enough to survive.
5. Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched Saturday afternoon. It was the first launch of NASA astronauts from the United States since the retirement of the space shuttles in 2011. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley then docked on the International Space Station Sunday morning. They will now spend up to four months on the orbiting laboratory.
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