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Classes canceled at Knoxville school for two days after armed student is killed in encounter with police


By Kay Jones and Hollie Silverman No classes will be held for the next two days at a school in Knoxville after a student was killed and a police officer injured during an encounter at the high school. Counselors will be available at Austin-East Magnet High School Tuesday Knox County Schools Superintendent Bob Thomas said during a press conference Monday. Thomas said a decision about the rest of the week’s classes will be made later. “We are all devastated by this tragedy,” he said. The superintendent was speaking after a traumatic day in which officers responded to a call of

Here’s what can help the US soon see a Covid-19 turnaround, Fauci says

By Christina Maxouris US officials are racing to vaccinate as many Americans as possible to beat another Covid-19 surge — and doses are being administered at a record pace. But that’s not all the US needs to be doing right now. “Don’t declare victory prematurely,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said on CNN Monday night. “We see so many pulling back on some of the public health measures, the mask mandates, the restaurant opening, the bars, we can’t be doing that. We’ve got to wait a bit longer until we get enough vaccine into people that

The first Black mayor in Brooklyn Center says Daunte Wright’s shooting is ‘unfathomable’

By Nicole Chavez A young mayor has worked to unite ethnic groups in a Minneapolis suburb for years. The killing of a Black man is now bringing outrage to his city. Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott called the shooting of Daunte Wright “heartbreaking and just unfathomable.” Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by a police officer on Sunday during a traffic stop. Police Chief Tim Gannon has said the shooting appeared to be accidental. “We are all collectively devastated and we have been for over a year now by the killing of George Floyd and that we

NBA, MLB and NHL postpone Minneapolis games following fatal shooting of Daunte Wright


By Madeline Holcombe The NBA, MLB and NHL postponed their Monday games In Minneapolis following the death of Daunte Wright, a Black man killed in a traffic stop Sunday. “Out of respect for the tragic events that occurred yesterday in Brooklyn Center, and following the additional details in this evolving situation, the Minnesota Twins have decided it is in the best interests of our fans, staff, players and community to not play today’s game,” the MLB team said in a statement. The Twins were scheduled to host the Boston Red Sox on Monday afternoon. Both the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, who

George Floyd’s preexisting conditions and drug use had no impact on his death, doctor says

By Eric Levenson and Aaron Cooper A renowned pulmonary critical care doctor testified Thursday morning that George Floyd died from a “low level of oxygen” when former police officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the street and restricted his ability to breathe. “This caused damage to his brain that we see, and it also caused a PEA arrhythmia that caused his heart to stop,” Dr. Martin Tobin of Chicago testified, referring to pulseless electrical activity, a type of cardiac arrest. “The cause of the low level of oxygen was shallow breathing,” he added. “Small breaths. Small tidal volumes. Shallow breaths

Biden calls for ‘peace and calm’ in the wake of Daunte Wright’s fatal encounter with police in Minnesota

By Maegan Vazquez President Joe Biden on Monday called for “peace and calm” in the wake of Daunte Wright’s fatal encounter with police in Minnesota, saying his death does not justify violence or looting. Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was fatally shot Sunday afternoon by police during a traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center. The President said that he’s been briefed on the situation and is awaiting a full investigation into the matter before weighing in on the officer’s intentions. He added that he has seen the body camera footage of Wright’s traffic stop. “It’s really a

Tishaura Jones becomes first Black female mayor of St. Louis


In a contest between two St. Louis Democrats, City Treasurer Tishaura Jones defeated Alderwoman Cara Spencer to become the city’s first Black female mayor. A Hampton University graduate, Mayor Jones faces multiple challenges. “Making history as the first Black woman mayor is not lost on me,” Jones said. “I’m also looking at how little girls will look at this going forward and see that they have a mayor that looks like them.” Like everywhere, St. Louis is enduring tense times. With COVID-19 variants a troublesome X factor, public health is an immediate priority. Yet this doesn’t put rising violent crime-

As vaccinations keep rising, so do Covid-19 hospitalizations among those who aren’t vaccinated


By Christina Maxouris, Holly Yan and Claire Colbert First, the good news: The United States reported a record-high 4.6 million doses of vaccines administered in one day, according to data published Saturday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Amazing Saturday! +4.63M doses administered over total yesterday, a new record,” tweeted Dr. Cyrus Shahpar, the White House Covid-19 data director. “More than 500K higher than old record last Saturday. Incredible number of doses administered.” The problem is that more than 75% of the US population isn’t fully vaccinated, according to CDC data Saturday. Now the bad news: For the

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, dead at 99


By Max Foster, Lauren Said-Moorhouse and Luke McGee Prince Philip, the lifelong companion of Queen Elizabeth II and the longest-serving consort in British history, died at the age of 99 on Friday. In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss. The death of the

Efforts ramp up to vaccinate people of color against COVID-19


By David Wahlberg MADISON, Wisconsin ( State Journal) — For Mao Lor, 65, getting a COVID-19 vaccine was painless and will make her feel safer leaving home, she said. “There’s no hurt,” the resident of the Bayview apartments in Downtown Madison said after receiving a shot Wednesday. “I need to protect (myself) so I can go to the store.” Ana Rios, 63, who also lives at Bayview, said she’ll keep wearing her mask even after getting her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. “We have to protect each other,” she said through interpreter Yenny Juarez. With all Wisconsin residents 16 and

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