A diverse, all-ages crowd led by high school students gathered in front of Town Hall in Fort Bragg on Tuesday afternoon to protest the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers last week. Many spoke eloquently about the history of racial injustice in the United States. The crowd of hundreds of mask-wearing people chanted, waved signs and asked passers-by to honk in agreement. Parts one and two give a flavor of the variety of persepectives at the rally.

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.

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Michael White, a U.S. Navy veteran held in Iran for almost two years, was released by Iranian authorities on Thursday, according to a statement from his mother, Joanne White.

The protests in the United States against racism and police violence have inspired similar demonstrations across the Atlantic, from Amsterdam to London to Paris and Marseille.

More than 20,000 people came out in the French capital Tuesday, despite a ban on gatherings due to the coronavirus.

They shook their fists and yelled "pas de justice, pas de paix!" — "no justice, no peace!" — in front of Paris' main courthouse. But the name the crowd chanted wasn't George Floyd. It was Adama Traoré.

Louisville, Ky., has been a center of protests after police shot and killed Breonna Taylor in March. A lot has happened in the city since then.

The name of Manuel Ellis is now being added to the list of black people who died in police custody, after an autopsy report ruled his death in Tacoma, Wash., was a homicide. And in an echo of the George Floyd case, Ellis was heard saying he "can't breathe," as he was being restrained.

"In the face of longstanding racism and recent national events, we are devastated to have the death of Manuel Ellis become a part of this national conversation," Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards said at a news conference about the findings of the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office.

Almost exactly four years after Russian operatives hacked into the email accounts of prominent Democrats ahead of the 2016 election, Google confirmed on Thursday that foreign adversaries are still at it.

Chinese-backed hackers were observed targeting former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign staff, and Iranian-backed hackers were seen targeting President Trump's campaign staff. Both were targeted with phishing attacks, according to Shane Huntley, the head of Google's Threat Analysis Group.

He said there was no sign the attempts were successful.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared a state of emergency after a giant diesel fuel spill in a remote Arctic region 1,800 miles from Moscow.

After the accident Friday at a power plant owned by Norilsk Nickel, one of Russia's largest mining companies, Putin skewered officials for their sluggish response.

All laboratories will now be required to include detailed demographic data when they report the results of coronavirus tests to the federal government, including the age, sex, race and ethnicity of the person tested, the Trump administration announced Thursday.

The new requirement, which will go into effect Aug. 1, is designed to help provide long-sought, crucial information needed to monitor and fight the pandemic nationally.

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At a time of roiling civil unrest and an unprecedented economic crisis, stock prices are chugging along quite nicely. In fact, they have rebounded sharply since the dark days of March.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which lost 37% of its value between Feb. 12 and March 23, has now regained more than two-thirds of the ground it lost. Same with the broader S&P 500 index.

Officials in New York are investigating an attack Wednesday night in Brooklyn that left three officers injured. Some news reports have suggested the violence might be terror-related, citing anonymous sources. The mayor's office and the New York City Police Department have not linked the violence to terrorism.

The late-night attack occurred in Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood when police said a man approached an officer assigned to an anti-looting patrol and stabbed him in the neck.

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This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies, in today for Terry Gross. When police used smoke, flash grenades and chemical spray to clear protesters from Lafayette Square near the White House Monday night for a photo op of President Trump holding a Bible in front of a historic church, the action drew heated criticism. But not much of it came from congressional Republicans, who were mostly silent or supportive.

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