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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts yesterday in the death of George Floyd last May -- second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The jury returned with a verdict late in the afternoon, after about 10 hours of deliberations from when they started a day earlier. Chauvin immediately had his bail revoked and was taken away with his hands cuffed behind his back. He could face up to 40 years in prison when he's sentenced in two months.
At a news conference after the verdict with Floyd's family, his brother, Philonise Floyd, said, "Today, we are able to breathe again," a reference to how his brother repeatedly said he couldn't breathe as he was held down for more than nine minutes with Chauvin's knee on his neck. President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris both made remarks after the verdict, welcoming the decision, but saying that more needs to be done. Biden said, "We can and we must do more to reduce the likelihood that tragedies like this will ever happen again."
In August, the three other former Minneapolis officers who were with Chauvin when Floyd died will go on trial on charges of aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter.
➤POLICE IN COLUMBUS, OHIO, KILL TEENAGE GIRL WHO SWUNG KNIFE AT TWO OTHERS: Police in Columbus, Ohio, shot and killed a teenage girl who swung a knife at two other people yesterday afternoon, just minutes before the verdict was read in George Floyd's trial in Minnesota.
Police shot and killed a teenage Black girl in Columbus, Ohio, just as the verdict was being announced in the trial for the killing of George Floyd. Bodycam footage appeared to show the girl attempting to stab two people with a knife. https://t.co/sQqfq0n75Z— The Associated Press (@AP) April 21, 2021
➤ONE KILLED, TWO INJURED IN SHOOTING AT NEW YORK SUPERMARKET: One person was killed and two others injured at a supermarket in West Hempstead, New York, on Long Island late yesterday morning when an employee is alleged to have opened fire on three workers. A 49-year-old store manager was killed, and two other workers were injured. The suspect, 31-year-old Gabriel DeWitt Wilson, was taken into custody several hours later at an apartment building about two miles away after he fled. The shooting happened inside offices at the Stop & Shop supermarket above the shopping floor. Wilson, who corralled shopping carts at the supermarket, has a criminal record and had been taken into custody previously for a mental health evaluation.
➤RUSSIAN OPPOSITION LEADER NAVALNY'S DOCTORS BLOCKED FROM SEEING HIM IN PRISON HOSPITAL: Several doctors for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny were blocked from seeing him in a prison hospital yesterday. Navalny's health has reportedly dangerously deteriorated during his three-week hunger strike, and he was transferred to the prison hospital on Sunday. One of his attorneys saw him, and said, "He’s very thin, he must have lost about 20 kilograms (44 pounds). He is very weak and appears to have difficulty speaking and sitting." There has been international concern and criticism over Navalny's condition, with U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price urging Russia to allow him, quote, "access to necessary and independent medical care immediately."
Ted Nugent, who once dismissed Covid-19, told fans Monday he's tested positive for it and "can hardly crawl out of bed" due to aches and pains. https://t.co/Kc34Zuga3V— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 21, 2021
➤WHERE ARE STIR-CRAZY AMERICANS GOING OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND? Americans who are stir-crazy after more than a year of lockdowns and travel restrictions are looking to go away on vacation over Memorial Day weekend, the first major holiday weekend since vaccinations have really made headway, with it just announced this past weekend that half of all U.S. adults have gotten at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot. The Washington Post reports that the travel industry is expecting it to be a busy three-day weekend, and that people seem to be favoring more open spaces and natural environments over urban trips, as well as more off-the-beaten-path locations. The Post named the most popular destinations Americans are booking for Memorial Day travel:
- Las Vegas - Priceline found its the most popular city for Memorial Day weekend hotel bookings.
- Mexico - Popular throughout the pandemic since it doesn't have any entry restrictions.
- Florida - Draws are the beaches and limited Covid restrictions.
- Hawaii - Increasingly popular since reopening to tourists last year.
- National Parks - Interest has exploded in 2021.
➤NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP RAISES RISK OF DEMENTIA: Middle-aged people who only sleep six hours or less have an increased risk of developing dementia than those who regularly get seven hours, according to a new study. The French researchers found that persistently getting six hours of sleep or less among adults aged 50, 60, and 70 was linked to a 30 percent greater dementia risk, even after accounting for other factors. The study authors noted that evidence suggests sleep supports cognitive performance and clears toxic beta-amyloid protein plaques from the brain.
The home of Harriet Tubman's father has been discovered by archaeologists in Maryland, state officials say. https://t.co/5CrmihaHXs— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 21, 2021
‘Justice has been served!’: Emmitt Smith, LeBron James, others in the sports world react to the Derek Chauvin verdict https://t.co/9fjtEkDcTx— SportsDay Cowboys (@dmn_cowboys) April 21, 2021
🏀HARDEN HAS 'SETBACK' IN HAMSTRING INJURY RECOVERY: The Brooklyn Nets said Tuesday that James Harden has had what they called a "setback" in his rehab from a hamstring injury and is now out indefinitely. Nets head coach Steve Nash said, "Back to square one." The team said Harden had the setback during a rehab session Monday, and underwent an MRI yesterday that confirmed it. Harden has missed six games due to the hamstring strain, last playing on April 5th.
🏈STEELERS HEAD COACH TOMLIN GETS THREE-YEAR EXTENSION: The Pittsburgh Steelers signed head coach Mike Tomlin to a three-year contract extension yesterday that goes through the 2024 season. Tomlin has been with the Steelers for 14 years, winning one Super Bowl in 2009, and going to another in 2011. The 49-year-old is 21st in NFL history in career wins, with a 145-78-1 record.
🏌PGA TOUR STARTS $40 MILLION BONUS PLAN FOR PLAYERS: The PGA Tour has started a $40 million bonus plan that will give money to the top 10 players who boost publicity and engagement. ESPN reports that idea of the Player Impact Program is to reward players who drive engagement with sponsors and fans. The Tour said which players get payouts will be based on their "Impact Score," and that score will come from things including their popularity in a Google search, the Nielsen Brand Exposure rating, their Q rating, the MVP index rating and their Meltwater Mentions, which measures the frequency that a player generates coverage across various media platforms.
⚾MLB INFIELDER NEIL WALKER RETIRES: Infielder Neil Walker retired Tuesday after 12 MLB seasons, ending his career at age 35 and tweeting, "Officially retired." Walker, who was with the Pittsburgh Pirates for more than half of his career, played in 18 games for the Philadelphia Phillies this year. Walker hit .267 with 149 homers and 609 RBIs during his career for Pittsburgh, the New York Mets, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Miami and the New York Yankees.