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Today we have stories about the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office busting “the most egregious violation” of state health mandates, fears of evictions as the first of June approaches and police and protestors stand off in the Twin Cities following the death of 47-year-old George Floyd while in police custody.

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What to do during quarantine?

From our list of things to do during quarantine:

Get Reacquainted with Nebraska’s Local Music Scene.

Try these artists out on streaming services: Thick Paint, David Nance or Garst for indie rock; Conny Franko, HAKIM or Flannel Lewis for hip-hop; Jocko, BIB or No Thanks for punk/metal; Andrea von Kampen, Evan Bartels or Sean Pratt and the Sweats (on only) for country/folk.

What’s Happening In The United States?

Police, Protestors Clash Over Death of Man in Custody

  • In Minneapolis, crowds endured tear gas and anti-riot measures as they protested the death of George Floyd. Floyd died in police custody following an altercation in which one officer kneeled on his throat as the 47-year-old said, “I can’t breathe.”

An ‘Avalanche of Evictions’ Could Be Incoming

  • Holds on evictions in many states will run out even as many still haven’t seen unemployment benefits and struggle financially amid the pandemic.

Millions of Kids Not Getting Food from Federal Program

  • Congress approved billions to feed kids and make up for lost school meals. But bureaucratic hang-ups have slowed the program which has only reached about 15% of the 30 million kids it aimed to help.

Twitter Puts Disclaimer on Trump’s Tweets

  • The social media platform that President Donald Trump has used emphatically and pointedly has started putting disclaimers on his tweets about mail-in voting.

What’s Happening Across The World?

EU $825 Billion Recovery Plan Would Strengthen Brussels’ Powers

  • The stimulus plan would allow the European Union to raise money on its own, separate from its 27 member states and strengthen the image of the bloc as a unified governing body.

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Chris Bowling

Chris has worked for The Reader since January 2020. As an investigative reporter and news editor he’s taken deep dives into topics such as police transparency, affordable housing and COVID-19. Originally...

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