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Activism returns to the NBA

Sports | Players express their opinions on the court after U.S. Capitol riots
by Collin Garbarino
Posted 1/12/21, 04:18 pm

In an October interview with ESPN, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver described the summer of 2020 as “an extraordinary moment” in U.S. history that justified allowing some on-court activism by players.

“My sense is there will be somewhat a return to normalcy—that those messages will largely be left to be delivered off the floor,” Silver said. But last week brought another extraordinary moment when a group of Trump supporters rioted at the U.S. Capitol, and the NBA showed it’s not ready to go back to normal just yet.

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No charges for Kenosha officer who shot Jacob Blake

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/06/21, 03:37 am

Authorities put up concrete barricades and metal fencing around the Kenosha County, Wis., Courthouse, and many businesses in the city had boarded up their windows on Tuesday. A state prosecutor announced he would not file criminal charges against the police officer, Rusten Sheskey, who shot African American man Jacob Blake in August, leaving him paralyzed. The police were responding to a 911 call for a domestic incident involving Blake, but there is a dispute among him, the officers, and bystanders about the situation leading up to the shooting.

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The poor in a pandemic

Compassion | Vulnerable people suffered the most from the hardships of 2020
by Charissa Koh
Posted 12/30/20, 01:32 pm

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately hurt those who were already hurting: The homeless, prisoners, poor immigrants, and others in poverty. The pandemic also struck the nonprofits working to help them. As the long spring dragged into summer, protests against police over accusations of brutality against African Americans spread around the country and spurred lawmakers and police departments to make changes.

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