1. Garrett Rolfe, the former Atlanta cop who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot last week, has been charged with felony murder. Devin Brosnan, the other cop on the scene, also faces charges. The news comes five days after Rolfe shot Brooks twice in the back as he attempted to flee arrest.
2. The U.S. Coronavirus cases top 2.1 million. America’s death toll stands more than 117,000. The Maine CDC reported 17 additional COVID-19 cases and one new death on Wednesday, continuing a trend of lower daily case counts. The number of active cases in Maine fell again Wednesday, to 442.
3. Maine is reconsidering its plan to allow bars to open for indoor service on July 1, after recent COVID-19 outbreaks in other states that have been tied to bar patrons. Bars present additional challenges because they can be jammed with people talking loudly. Loud talking or singing create a higher risk of expanding the range of respiratory droplets containing the virus.
4. Quaker Oats will phase out its famed Aunt Jemima brand in the name of racial progress. The 130-year-old brand is based off a song called “Old Aunt Jemima” from a minstrel show performer. It was not uncommon for the Aunt Jemima character to be played by a white man in blackface. A new logo and name for the breakfast brand is coming sometime this fall.
5. June 19th at 8pm log on to the State Theatre Facebook Live page for Juneteenth! a streamed concert pre-recorded live from the empty State Theatre. Juneteenth! will showcase the talent of local black musicians and raise money for organizations that empower Portland’s Black Community.This event both celebrates and is named after the American holiday, Juneteenth – the oldest commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
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