Editor’s Note: This listicle is part of a weekly series by The Ball State Daily News summarizing five stories from across the United States. All summaries are based on stories published by The Associated Press.
Seventh straight night of unrest following the death of George Floyd, the president's photo op at St. John's Church, primary election voting in nine states and Washington, D.C., the music industry's call for Black Out Tuesday and the ownership of Joe Exotic's zoo being given to Carole Baskin make up this week’s five national stories.
American cities erupted in violence and destruction in a seventh straight night of unrest, with several police officers shot or run over, amid boasts and threats from President Donald Trump to send in troops to “dominate the streets.” More than 5,600 people nationwide have been arrested over the past week for offenses like stealing, blocking highways and breaking curfew, according to a count by The Associated Press. The death toll from the unrest rose to at least nine.
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Law enforcement officers aggressively forced the legally gathered protesters back, firing tear gas and deploying flash bangs into the crowd to disperse them from Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., all of it on live television. Following President Donald Trump’s address at the White House’s Rose Garden, he walked over to the historic St. John’s Church where he stood alone in front of the cameras and raised a black-covered Bible for reporters to see.
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Voters are being asked to navigate curfews, health concerns and a sharp increase in mail balloting Tuesday as elections take place from Maryland to Montana. Four states were originally scheduled to vote in April but delayed their contests because of the coronavirus outbreak. Joe Biden needs to win 89 percent of all delegates at stake today to formally clinch the nomination, but his role as his party’s clear presidential nominee is not in danger should he fall short.
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The music industry is planning to turn off the music and hold a day to reflect and implement change in response to the death of George Floyd and the killings of other black people. Several top record labels organized Black Out Tuesday as violent protests erupted around the world sparked by Floyd’s death and the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. MTV and BET went dark for eight minutes and 46 seconds in support of Black Lives Matter and racial injustice.
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A federal judge in Oklahoma has awarded ownership of the zoo made famous in Netflix’s “Tiger King” docuseries to Joe Exotic’s chief rival. In a ruling Monday, U.S. District Judge Scott Palk granted control of the Oklahoma zoo that was previously run by Joseph Maldonado-Passage — also known as Joe Exotic — to Big Cat Rescue Corp. Maldonado-Passage is currently serving a 22-year federal prison term for killing five tigers and plotting to have Baskin killed.
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