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“Racial equality isn’t something we should have to protest for,” said Karley Baker, 14. “But in this time, it is something we have to protest for and, you know, protesting alone doesn’t do much, but it does spread awareness.”
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- Mayor Jean Stothert has reinstated the city’s curfew ahead of planned Friday and Saturday night protests. The new curfew will start at 10 p.m.
- Despite rumors and officials claiming “outside agitators” stirred confrontations during protests, most of those arrested are from Omaha. Only four have addresses from outside the region.
- Seventy Creighton Preparatory School alumni signed a letter saying they want to remove Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine from its board of trustees. The high school said Kleine has served with distinction.
- In response to a graphic video of police using force against a protester sent by KETV, Omaha’s chief of police said all such instances will be reviewed in a comprehensive investigation after protests end.
- A mother whose sons endured police brutality after a parking dispute seven years ago says the city’s Citizen Complaint Review Board needs more power to check police.
- Protesters who gathered in small groups Thursday said they were happy the new curfew starts later but worry about more violence.
- Despite being able to operate with some restrictions, many summer camps for kids will stay closed through many summer months.
- Some Old Market businesses had customers inside and on their patios soon after Stothert lifted the city’s curfew. But others are still weighing when to pull off the plywood.
- The city has removed 150 graffiti tags downtown since Sunday when protests brought hundreds.
- A social media movement to support black-owned businesses has had real-world success.
- Murals of 22-year-old James Scurlock have popping up across the city. Scurlock died after a former downtown bar owner shot and killed him Saturday night.
Around the State
- The Nebraska Legislature’s Judiciary Committee will hold a pair of listening sessions about the deaths of George Floyd and James Scurlock in Lincoln and Omaha next week. The Omaha session will take place at Aksarben Village and start at 9 a.m.
- Federal tax changes could cost Nebraska $250 million, pushing back legislation like property tax reform.
- Neither COVID-19 nor mass protests can stymie the annual petition to get medical marijuana on the ballot.
- Nebraska’s education commissioner said recent events have highlighted the need for teachers to talk about racial equality more in the classroom.
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What’s Happening In The United States?
- After months of economic free fall, the jobless rate dropped by a little more than a percentage point. It’s a fraction of how far unemployment has skyrocketed, but it’s a welcome sign of progress that jobs are returning.
- A video went viral yesterday of police pushing down an elderly man who stumbles backwards before falling out frame. When the camera pans to him, blood is starting to pool under his head on the concrete. Police originally said the man and the police were involved in a skirmish.
- Researchers have retracted findings that hydroxychloroquine has negative effects on patients who take it to treat COVID-19.
What’s Happening Across The World?
- With most of Europe, Asia and the Middle East having contained the virus, they’ve now turned their attention to the second wave, how to contain it faster and lessen its impact.
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