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There’s A Good Reason Fireworks Conspiracy Theories Are So Popular Right Now

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An annual summer staple in the United States — on par with popsicles and unfortunate sunburns — are fireworks. In the days leading up to the Fourth of July, fireworks can often be heard echoing throughout urban neighborhoods around the country. However, in the last few weeks, those echoes have become roars, with fireworks having become an unexpected all-night occurrence, spanning cities from New York to Los Angeles to Chicago, and starting at dusk and going into the early hours of the morning. In a time when tensions are running high, both because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and weeks of protests against systemic racism and police brutality, the proliferation of fireworks has left many people searching the Internet for answers.

The Film ’83 Days’ Tells the Story of the Wrongful Conviction of George Stinney Jr

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In 1944, George Stinney Jr became the youngest person to be executed in the US at the age of 14.  He was convicted of murdering two white girls, 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and 7-year-old Mary Emma Thames, in Alcolu, South Carolina.  The bodies of Betty June and Mary Emma were found in a ditch on March 23, 1944.

I’m a black man in America. Entering a shop with a face mask might get me killed | Aaron Thomas

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I trust the CDC’s guidance. But my fear of being mistaken for an armed robber is greater than my fear of Covid-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took a 180-degree turn last week and is now recommending that people wear face masks in public. The guidelines say medical-grade masks should be reserved for health professionals, who are facing a shortage of supplies, and suggest that Americans use T-shirts, scarves, handkerchiefs, or any other spare fabric to make homemade masks to cover their noses and mouths.

New York medical examiner testifies chokehold led to Eric Garner’s death

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The New York City medical examiner who conducted an autopsy on an unarmed black man who was killed during a 2014 arrest said at a hearing on Wednesday that a police officer’s chokehold set off a “lethal cascade” of events that ended in the man’s death. Cellphone videos taken by bystanders show Officer Daniel Pantaleo putting his arm around the neck of Eric Garner to subdue and arrest him on suspicion of selling loose cigarettes on a sidewalk of the city’s Staten Island borough. The New York Police Department (NYPD) is conducting a disciplinary trial for Pantaleo that could lead to his dismissal, nearly five years after Garner’s death.