Rachel Lynn Aldrich

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Memorial Day draws crowds

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/26/20, 11:29 am

The holiday weekend lured many Americans to crowded recreational areas despite coronavirus-related guidelines for social distancing. In Missouri, people packed together—often without masks—at bars and restaurants at the Lake of the Ozarks. A video on social media showed people crammed into a pool at the popular vacation spot. Authorities in the Tampa, Fla., area closed full parking lots to keep large crowds from growing even larger on Gulf Coast beaches. Other Memorial Day celebrations, however, were more subdued or moved online.

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Man who filmed Arbery shooting arrested

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/22/20, 11:48 am

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Thursday arrested the man who videoed the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery and charged him with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. William “Roddie” Bryan Jr.’s video, which he shot from his vehicle, stirred a national outcry when it leaked online on May 5. It showed two white men confronting and shooting Arbery, an African American, on Feb. 23 in a subdivision near Brunswick, Ga. Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael told police they confronted Arbery because he matched the description of a suspect in a local burglary.

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Michigan flood displaces thousands

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/21/20, 11:00 am

Floodwaters mixed with water from containment ponds at a Dow Chemical plant in Midland, Mich., after two dams failed along the Tittabawassee River on Wednesday. The company said the ponds just held water and posed no threat. The Environmental Protection Agency said state officials would evaluate the plant when possible. Officials did not report any injuries or deaths in the flood, but they asked about 10,000 evacuees not to return to the area yet. The National Weather Service said flooding could affect communities farther downstream from Midland in the coming days.

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