'Black Lives Matter Plaza,' Across From White House, Is Christened By D.C. Leaders

President Trump's term in office opened with a banner hanging from a crane not too far from the White House windows, declaring "Resist." Now, in the final year of that term, there's another protest slogan planted outside — only this statement, with the official backing of local leaders, is likely to stay put. "The section of 16th [Street] in front of the White House is now officially 'Black Lives Matter Plaza,' " tweeted Muriel Bowser , mayor of Washington, D.C. With that announcement Friday,...

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A Georgia judge decided Thursday there is enough evidence to try three white men for the murder of a black jogger, Ahmaud Arbery.

New details came to light during a preliminary court hearing Thursday as lawyers for both sides laid out their cases for a trial that’s captured national attention.

MORE: New Details Emerge As Arbery Murder Case Proceeds In Court

In court, a fuller picture emerged of what allegedly happened on Feb. 23.

Breaking Down The 1.1 Million Votes Already Cast In Georgia’s June 9 Primary

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More than 1.1 million Georgians have already participated in the June 9 primary, driven in part by a record-setting surge in votes by mail due to the coronavirus.

As of Thursday, June 4, more than 561,000 people had voted in the Republican general primary, 528,000 in the Democratic primary and 20,000 returned a nonpartisan ballot.

About three-quarters of the ballots received so far have been submitted by mail – more than 20 times the 37,000 absentee ballots mailed in the 2016 general primary.

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Since George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25, rage that had accumulated over centuries of racial violence spilled into the nation's streets.

From Atlanta, Macon and Savannah to London, Amsterdam and Paris, protesters are flooding streets that, only weeks ago, stood nearly empty due to fears of COVID-19. The crowds are unprecedented in their size, diversity and condemnation of police brutality and systemic racial injustice. Despite early property damage, largely peaceful protests have gained momentum over the course of the last week. 

 


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Georgia Public Broadcasting’s new series What You Need To Know: Coronavirus provides succinct, fact-based information to help you get through the coronavirus pandemic with your health and sanity intact.

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Friday on Political Rewind, a big day in Georgia political news. Early voting for the state’s June 9 primary ends today.

Officials predict long lines could lead to hours long waits at polling places next Tuesday.


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