June 2, 2020 — The economic fallout from the pandemic has  driven a lot of new clients to local food banks. At the same time, employees and volunteers are staying home in greater numbers, which means these organizations have to scramble to figure out how to distribute food.

Jacque Williams is the Executive Director of the Ford Street Project in Ukiah, a non-profit organization with a variety of programs aimed at substance abuse disorders, poverty, homelessness, and hunger. One of those programs is the food bank on the south end of town. 

June 1, 2020 — Hundreds of people marched in the streets of Ukiah Sunday, in a demonstration demanding justice for George Floyd, the black man who was killed on Memorial Day by a white police officer in front of a crowd of witnesses who filmed the killing. Mostly masked demonstrators rallied in front of the courthouse for hours, then marched to Civic Center and back, chanting “No justice, no peace; enough is enough;” and the names of black people who have been killed by law enforcement. 

May 29, 2020 — Thursday’s local health order gave the go-ahead for in-person religious services, following the governor’s announcement that he was lifting some restrictions on worship, allowing counties to decide if they wanted to follow suit.

Some faith communities are sticking with remote programs, while others, like the Calvary Chapel in Willits and Saint Mary of the Angels Catholic Church in Ukiah, are gearing up for cautious, live services.

May 28, 2020 — With kids out of school and many parents out of work, hunger is becoming a major health concern. But for students who were attending public school and are eligible for free or reduced price meals, there’s a new benefit, called pandemic ebt, or P-EBT. Some families have already gotten their electronic benefits cards with up to $365 per child, but those who have not can apply until June 30.

An innovative program helps restaurants and seniors during the pandemic. We follow the meals from preparation at Flow Restaurant in Mendocino Village to hungry seniors sheltering in place in Little River. The program is set to expire in mid-June, but may be extended. See https://www.mendocinocounty.org/government/health-human-services-agency/adult-aging-services for more information.

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It's not often that Justin Trudeau is caught speechless.

But when the Canadian prime minister was asked what he thought of President Trump's actions to quash a wave of protests across the U.S., Trudeau paused before responding – for 21 seconds as the cameras recorded his awkward silence.

During a Tuesday news conference in front of his Ottawa residence, the prime minister fielded this question from a reporter:

After years of incendiary comments on race and other issues that lost him the support of many Republican Party leaders, conservative Iowa Rep. Steve King has lost his bid for reelection to a primary challenge by GOP state Sen. Randy Feenstra, The Associated Press projects.

Democratic leaders in Congress inveighed Tuesday against what they described as a push by President Trump to use the U.S. military for cracking down on nationwide protests triggered by George Floyd's death last week in Minneapolis while he was in police custody.

When Washington, D.C., resident Rahul Dubey realized dozens of protesters were facing pepper spray and arrest for violating curfew Monday night, he did what he says anyone else would do: He invited about 70 people into his home, to spend the night.

The protesters had been herded into Swann Street near Dupont Circle as police forces around the city used helicopters and flash-bang munitions in a crackdown on anyone violating the 7 p.m. curfew.

Louisville Metro Police officials released security footage Tuesday of what they said appears to show a black businessman firing a weapon at law enforcement officers before they return fire, killing him.

Police said David McAtee, owner of Yaya's BBQ, began to shoot "outside his business door" early Monday morning as officers worked to clear a parking lot at a nearby establishment and then began moving toward his business.

Six Atlanta police officers are facing a slew of charges for their role in the arrest of two young people last weekend. The incident, during which officers used stun guns on the pair and pulled them from their vehicle, received national attention after bystanders recorded and posted video to social media.

President Trump drew fresh criticism from religious leaders on Tuesday when he and first lady Melania Trump visited a shrine to St. John Paul II in Washington, D.C.

The trip to the Saint John Paul II National Shrine drew a sharp response from Washington Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, who said, "I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has asked the Congressional Black Caucus to lead the process of drafting a legislative response to the protests that have swept the country following the death of George Floyd.

House Democrats are sorting through dozens of proposals to address policing issues, including excessive use of force and racial profiling.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the "number of new [coronavirus] cases walking in the door is at an all-time low."

Cuomo said that the number of new coronavirus hospitalizations reported on June 1 was 154, which is the lowest number since the state started counting in mid-March.

New York has been the state hit hardest in the U.S. by the coronavirus.

New York City's five boroughs have seen more than 200,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the dashboard from John's Hopkins University.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said Tuesday that it's "very unlikely" the state can permit a packed Republican National Convention in Charlotte to go forward this summer.

"The people of North Carolina do not know what the status of COVID-19 will be in August, so planning for a scaled-down convention with fewer people, social distancing and face coverings is a necessity," Cooper wrote Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

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