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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. A sweeping bill targets police misconduct and racial bias.
The legislation introduced by Democratic lawmakers in Congress is aimed at ending excessive use of force by the police and making it easier to identify, track and prosecute police misconduct.
It is expected to pass swiftly in the House, but President Trump and Republican lawmakers who control the Senate have yet to signal which measures, if any, they would accept. Above, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other representatives during a moment of silence today in Washington.
Across the country, calls are mounting from some activists and elected officials to “defund,” downsize or abolish police departments. We look at what those actions might mean.
A spokesman for former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign said the presidential candidate “does not believe that police should be defunded.” Funding is necessary, he said, for policing and programs that improve relationships between officers and residents.
At the White House today, President Trump presented himself as an ally of the police.
2. Hundreds of mourners attended a service for George Floyd in Houston, the city where he was raised.
Kina Ardoin, a mother of three black sons who waited in line to pay her respects, said she worried about their interactions with police officers. “You teach them and you go over and over, but at the end of the day, when they’re in that situation, you don’t know how they’re going to react,” she said.
Derek Chauvin, the white police officer charged with murder in the death of Mr. Floyd, who was black, had his bail set at up to $1.25 million. Mr. Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis police force, participated in the hearing through a video feed from jail.
3. Stocks are up, while the economy is down.
The stock market rallied again today, and the S&P 500 returned to the level where it had started the year — about 44 percent higher than its low on March 23.
The weeks-long rebound has been fueled by hopes for a quick economic recovery and historic intervention by the Federal Reserve. Above, the New York Stock Exchange.
All this, despite a troubled economy: The U.S. entered a recession in February, ending a 128-month expansion, the National Bureau of Economic Research declared.
And the World Bank forecast that the global economy would shrink by 5.2 percent this year, marking the deepest recession since World War II.
4. The number of new coronavirus cases around the world hit a daily high.
The World Health Organization said the 136,000 new cases reported on Sunday showed the pandemic appeared to be worsening, and it urged countries to remain vigilant. Three-quarters came from just 10 countries, mostly in the Americas and South Asia. Above, health care workers in Mumbai on Sunday.
As more businesses reopen in the U.S., companies are preparing elaborate new routines that in some cases will transform offices into fortified sites resembling biohazard labs.
In Las Vegas, where guests outnumbered residents by 20 to 1 last year, contact tracing along the Strip will be especially tricky. Casinos reopened their doors last week to a flood of visitors, masked and unmasked, but eager to test their luck after a 78-day hiatus.
5. Brazil and New Zealand: a study in contrasts.
With more coronavirus infections than any country but the U.S., Brazil has come under criticism for its government’s nonchalant response.
After President Jair Bolsonaro’s government stopped disclosing the cumulative toll of the virus altogether this weekend, lawmakers and health experts attacked him in unusually blistering terms. Above, grave diggers in São Paulo last month.
New Zealand, on the other hand, declared the virus eliminated within its borders. It has no active coronavirus cases and no new infections, and almost all of its remaining lockdown measures were lifted today.
6. A Palestinian strategy to stop annexation.
Officials in the West Bank say they are willing to let the Palestinian Authority collapse if Israel follows through on its plan to annex some of the occupied territory.
Without a Palestinian government, Israel would be forced to take full responsibility, as a military occupier, for the lives of more than two million Palestinians in the West Bank. Above, a Jewish settlement in the territory.
While it may sound self-defeating, Palestinian leaders say they see the tactic as a powerful — but reversible — way to get the Israelis to back down before it is too late.
7. A centuries-old Sikh tradition, repurposed.
Sikhs, members of the world’s fifth-largest organized religion, believe in feeding anyone in need. They have found new energy and purpose in the latest U.S. turmoil.
In just 10 weeks, a group of about 30 cooks in New York City served more than 145,000 free meals, many to hospital workers and people in poverty. Now, some Sikh locations are feeding the protesters marching for racial justice. Above, Sikhs distributing water in Queens, N.Y., last week.
When some find out that the meals are free, said a Sikh donor in Atlanta, “They look at us and say, ‘You are kidding, right?’”
8. Another invisible threat to human life.
While many scientists are focused on fighting the spread of the novel coronavirus, bacteria continue to outmaneuver our immune systems and antibiotics.
Here to help is the National Collection of Type Cultures, a London library of human bacterial pathogens, which turned 100 this year.
Scientists use the more than 6,000 strains of bacteria kept there — including the ones that cause dysentery (shown above), E. coli, gonorrhea and salmonella — to test safety protocols, develop vaccines and treatments, and study antimicrobial resistance.
9. Lady Gaga’s latest album is her sixth to hit No. 1 on Billboard’s chart and an affirmation of her superstar status amid the pandemic.
Delayed seven weeks by the coronavirus outbreak, “Chromatica” is a return to the dance-pop that made her a star, following the disappointing reception to her “Artpop” album in 2013. Above, Lady Gaga at last year’s Grammy awards.
And fans of the K-pop boy band BTS raised more than $1 million for Black Lives Matter and more than a dozen other civil rights organizations.
10. And finally, you can stop looking for the buried treasure in the Rocky Mountains.
Ten years ago, an art collector hid a bronze chest filled with gold nuggets, coins, sapphires, diamonds and artifacts worth $2 million, and announced a treasure hunt with clues he gave in a poem.
A few days ago, someone finally uncovered the riches. But the originator, Forrest Fenn, still isn’t disclosing the location, nor the name of the explorer who claimed it.
“It was under a canopy of stars in the lush, forested vegetation of the Rocky Mountains and had not moved from the spot where I hid it,” said Mr. Fenn, above.
Have an adventurous evening.
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