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A man is awarded a $4.4 million settlement after being racially profiled in Walmart

Black man wins $4.4m in racial profiling by Walmart

A jury in Oregon has ordered Walmart to pay $4.4 million in damages to a Black man who filed a lawsuit saying he was racially profiled and harassed by an employee while shopping.

In a lawsuit filed against the retail giant last year, Michael Mangum alleges that he was followed around a Walmart in Wood Village, Ore., back in March 2020 by one of the store's asset protection associates.

"Mr. Mangum was not acting violently, did not seem drunk or high, and told the [911] operator, 'he just keeps checking me out,' " according to the criminal complaint.

Mangum, in the amended complaint obtained by NPR, says he was asked to leave once he confronted the security associate — identified in the complaint as Joe Williams. During the altercation, Williams threatened to call authorities if Mangum did not leave the store.


Florida Judge Who Blocked Teen’s Abortion Loses Re-Election

FL judge who blocked teeen abortion loses election

A state judge who, in a highly publicized case, denied a 17-year-old an abortion in part because of her grades lost his election in a Florida primary on Tuesday.

Jared Smith, who was appointed to Florida’s 13th Circuit Court by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in 2019, narrowly lost his nonpartisan primary against attorney Nancy Jacobs.

Jacobs received roughly 51.9 percent of the vote, beating Smith by about 3.7 percentage points, or roughly 7,900 votes.

Smith had ruled in January that the 17-year-old, who was kept anonymous in court documents, could not receive an abortion, citing her grades. An appeals court overturned the ruling.

“While she claimed that her grades were ‘Bs’ during her testimony, her GPA is currently 2.0,” Smith ruled. “Clearly, a ‘B’ average would not equate to a 2.0 GPA.”


Police chief fired after months of criticism for Uvalde elementary school massacre response

Pete ArrendonoThe Uvalde school board has fired school district police chief Pete Arredondo, a move that came three months to the day after the mass shooting at an elementary school that claimed the lives of 21 people.

Arredondo has been the focus of much of the scrutiny and blame for law enforcement’s 77-minute delay in confronting the gunman who shot and killed 19 children and two teachers May 24 at Robb Elementary School.

The board adjourned immediately after the unanimous vote Wednesday night and did not discuss it publicly.


Watchdog Finds Trump Interior Boss Ryan Zinke Lied To Investigators — Again

Ryan Zinke

Former Interior Secretary and current GOP congressional candidate Ryan Zinke and his then-chief of staff lied repeatedly to investigators about their attempt to quash a tribal casino in Connecticut, the Interior Department’s internal watchdog concluded in a report released Wednesday.

The report from the Office of Inspector General offers the most damning evidence in long-running allegations that Zinke personally blocked the casino project, a partnership between the Mashantucket Pequot and the Mohegan tribes, at the urging of lobbyists from competing casino giant MGM Resorts International, then misled federalinvestigators about his actions.

“We concluded that Secretary Zinke and the Chief of Staff did not comply with their duty of candor when they knowingly provided incorrect, incomplete, and misleading answers to OIG investigators in response to questions about their involvement in the decision to return the Tribes’ amendments without action,” the report states.


Biden will forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt and extend payment pause

student loan forgivenessPresident Joe Biden announced Wednesday he will provide $20,000 in debt relief to Pell Grant recipients and $10,000 for many other borrowers.

Biden, who spelled out his plans in a tweet, is expected to provide more details at 2:15 p.m. EDT.

The long-anticipated move will be accompanied by an extension until January of the federal student loan payment pause.

Here's what we know:

  • How many Americans hold student loan debt? Up to 43 million borrowers are set to receive some form of relief. Roughly 20 million will have their balances canceled outright.

Charges to Be Dropped Against Officers in Fatal Shooting of Rayshard Brooks

Rayshard Brooks case: no charges against police

The 2020 police killing of a motorist in the car park of a Georgia fast-food restaurant was legally justified, a special prosecutor has ruled.

Rayshard Brooks, 27, was fatally shot about three weeks after the killing of George Floyd sparked international racial justice protests.

Brooks, who was black, was gunned down after fighting with two white officers who were trying to arrest him.

Civil rights groups said a grand jury should have reviewed the case.

Brooks was detained during a traffic stop outside a Wendy's restaurant in Atlanta on 12 June 2020.


Former Twitter Security Chief Files Whistleblower Complaints

Twitter Security Chief files complaints

A former head of security at Twitter alleged that the company misled regulators about its cybersecurity defenses, privacy protections and its ability to detect and root out fake accounts, according to a whistleblower complaint filed with U.S. officials.

The revelation could create serious legal and financial problems for the social media platform, which is currently attempting to force Tesla CEO Elon Musk to consummate his $44 billion offer to buy the company.

Peiter Zatko, Twitter’s security chief until he was fired early this year, filed complaints last month with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice. The legal nonprofit Whistleblower Aid, which is working with Zatko, confirmed the authenticity of a redacted copy of the complaint posted online by the Washington Post.


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