• Celebrity

    Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds Are 'Ashamed' of Their Past Racism & Are Teaching Their Kids to Do Better

    Over the past week, white celebrity parents from Reese Witherspoon to Pink have taken to social media to acknowledge their white privilege — and to vow to listen, to amplify the voices of people of color, and to educate their kids on how to be allies. It's been an awful week, but we can only […]

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  • Politics
    Motley Fool

    If More Stimulus Money Comes, Here's How Much You Might Get

    Here's how much stimulus money could be coming soon The $3 trillion HEROES Act would entitle some families to larger payments the second time around. Here's what you'd get if the Senate passes the bill as written: Adults would get $1,200 per person, the same as the CARES Act Families also would be entitled to $1,200 per dependent, up to a maximum of three dependents. The CARES Act provided just $500 per dependent Families with two adults and three dependents could get a maximum payment of $6,000 The HEROES Act also makes more dependents eligible for the money.

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  • U.S.
    The Daily Beast

    Omaha Bar Owner Will Not Be Charged in Killing of Black Protester

    Prosecutors said Monday they will not charge the white Omaha bar owner who fatally shot a black protester this weekend after reviewing video of the incident and deeming it an act of self-defense.“The actions of the shooter, the bar owner, were justified,” Douglas County Attorney Donald Kleine said at a press conference.“This decision may not be popular,” he said, referring to calls for the bar owner, Jake Gardner, to be charged with murder in the death of James Scurlock, 22.Kleine played several video clips of a minute-long confrontation that unfolded Saturday night between Gardner, the owner of The Hive and The Gatsby nightspots, and a group of young people.Black Protester Shot to Death Outside Omaha BarThe footage showed Gardner, a 38-year-old ex-Marine, and his 68-year-old father standing outside The Gatsby, where windows had been broken as protests stemming from the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis devolved into vandalism.The father walked down the street to confront a cluster of young people, shoved one of them, and then got “decked” and pushed back about 10 feet, Kleine said, in narrating the video.The younger Gardner then confronted the group and showed that he was carrying a gun, Kleine said. Suddenly, the video shows, two of the young people charged at Gardner and knocked him into a puddle on the street—at which point he fired two shots he claimed were warnings.The duo ran off, and then “James Scurlock jumps on top on him,” Kleine said. Gardner “fired over his back” and hit Scurlock in the clavicle, killing him.Kleine said Gardner gave police and prosecutors his version of events: “He begged and pleaded for this person to get off. This person was trying to get at his gun.”“He says, I was in fear for my life so I fired the shot,” the prosecutor added.Curfews and Soldiers Can’t Contain the Nation’s ChaosAfter questioning from a reporter, Kleine admitted that Gardner’s concealed carry permit had expired but said they did not plan to charge him in connection with that.He castigated local politicians for calling it a “cold-blooded murder” and said that reports that racial slurs were used were not supported by the video or by testimony from Scurlock’s friend and a protester.He said that a few minutes before the killing, Scurlock was caught on video vandalizing the lobby of a building down the street, “but I don’t think that’s relevant at this time.”Before the charging decision was announced, the city of Omaha began locking down the downtown area, apparently out of concern that it could fuel more unrest in the city.Gardner, a self-described Libertarian who has courted controversy in the past, has been arrested on criminal charges at least four times, the state’s public records portal shows.In 2013, police picked him up on assault and battery charges, and also hit him with a count of failing to tell an officer he had a concealed handgun. The gun charge was dismissed in a plea deal that saw him pay $200 in fines.In 2011, after being nabbed for alleged reckless driving, he was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon, which was downgraded to disturbing the peace in a plea deal that resulted in a $200 fine.Gardner’s record also includes two arrests from 1998 and 1999, one for reckless driving and one for third-degree assault, and a number of traffic offenses.Court records that would provide details of each arrest were not available. Gardner’s family has declined to comment, and refused to provide The Daily Beast with the name of his attorney.Scurlock also had a criminal record—but that almost certainly would not have been known to Gardner. It included a one-day jail sentence for misdemeanor assault in 2019 and 90-day sentence for misdemeanor domestic assault in in February. A 2014 armed robbery charge was downgraded to burglary, public records show.By Monday, Scurlock’s death had started to draw national attention with Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts tweeting a Daily Beast story about it, and actress Gabrielle Union tweeting: “Again and again and again and again. It never ends. Last night in my hometown of Omaha Nebraska JamesScurlock BlackLivesMatter.”Scurlock’s family demanded charges, while also appealing for calm.“Last night I lost a son, my wife lost a son, my kids lost a brother. His daughter lost a father. All because he decided to protest against racism,” Scurlock’s father, who is also named James, said.“There's a lot of speculation and rumors about how this happened. I don't really care to be honest. My family wants closure and peace... What we want is for this to go to court and get a full prosecution. We want this to go with justice and go peacefully.”The family was planning on making a statement later on Monday.Even before Scurlock’s death, Gardner and his bars had been a source of controversy in Omaha.In 2016, he caused a furor when he wrote on Facebook that transgender women should have had their “appendage” removed if they want to use female bathrooms.“I’m asking transgender folk to use the unisex... bathroom,” he told the World-Herald at the time. “I don’t think it’s a big ask.”The Hive had also been the target of several complaints on social media that it discriminated against black patrons, with one person tweeting that Gardner personally refused entry to her black husband while letting her white brother go in.Last year, the State Liquor Authority issued a warning to Gardner for failing to cooperate with police who were investigating a possible assault on site. He was up front about his political and philosophical views. In 2017, while in Washington to attend President Trump’s inauguration, he was interviewed about the Women’s March then underway.“Everyone has a right to speak their mind,” he said, wearing a Trump sweatshirt, with his dog Bron in a MAGA vest. “Everyone loves the dog until they see the vest,” he said of the marchers. He posted a photo in 2017 of himself and Bron posing with Donald Trump Jr. with the caption: “Here’s a guy who returns my emails 100 percent of the time, every time. FAKENEWS BRONANDDON.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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  • World
    The Telegraph

    It has been 71 days since I touched my boyfriend. When will we be able to be intimate again?

    It has now been 71 days since I last touched my boyfriend. When Scott and I parted ways the weekend before lockdown began, we figured we would be spending a month apart at most. We've been together for two and a half years — a few weeks apart wasn't going to be easy, but it wouldn't break us. If I'd known then that it would be closer to three months before we were able to go for so much as a distanced walk together, I think I may have moved in with him there and then. New government guidance stipulates that couples like us who have been separated can now meet up at a distance in a public space or garden, but still can't touch, and certainly can't have sex. I know at least one couple that is ignoring this entirely and has just decided to start seeing each other again. I'm sure many others are, understandably, choosing to do the same. Meanwhile, it seems as if lockdown has as good as disintegrated in the past two weeks, with parks and beaches now full. You don't have to go far from your house to see that social distancing seems to be a thing of the past. It's why the rules around couples are so frustrating.

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