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Door-Knocking Ga. Lawmaker Gets Some Good News

DA considers case against Park Cannon closed, she won't be prosecuted

(Newser) - Park Cannon, the Black state representative who was arrested as she knocked on Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's door in an attempt to witness him signing controversial new voting restrictions into law, will not be prosecuted. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis announced Wednesday she would "close this matter"...

Trump: I Wish Georgia Law Came Sooner

And it should have gone further, the former president argues

(Newser) - Former President Trump has denounced Major League Baseball for pulling this year's All-Star Game out of Atlanta, but Georgia's new voting law still seems to be something of a disappointment to him. "Too bad the desperately needed election reforms in Georgia didn't go further, as their...

Rubio Issues Challenge to MLB Commissioner

He says he should give up his membership of Georgia golf club after moving All-Star Game

(Newser) - Republicans are hopping mad about Major League Baseball's decision to move the All-Star Game out of Georgia—and they're using the word "woke" a lot. In a letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Monday, Sen. Marco Rubio slammed the "woke corporate virtue signaling" of moving the...

Her Gun Jammed. The Next Moment, Tragedy

17-year-old killed while target shooting with friends

(Newser) - Candace Chrzan was in the backyard of a home in Mount Zion, Georgia, shooting bottles for target practice Tuesday night when her gun jammed. The 17-year-old handed the .22-caliber pistol to the boy whose family owns the gun, police say, and it accidentally fired as he tried to unjam it,...

Trump, Ga. Governor Blast MLB for Moving All-Star Game

Some call for league boycott after it yanked game from Ga. due to new law restricting voting rights

(Newser) - Baseball season officially kicked off this week, but there's already a push to boycott the MLB . A big part of what's helping to drive that: Donald Trump. The former president on Friday called for a snub of the league after it announced earlier that day it was pulling...

Voting Law Costs Georgia an All-Star Game

Biden had supported moving the MLB event

(Newser) - Major League Baseball moved the All-Star Game from Atlanta's Truist Park on Friday, a response to Georgia enacting a new law restricting voting rights. MLB had awarded the game to Atlanta in 2019, and it was scheduled for July 13 as part of baseball's midsummer break. But Commissioner...

Greene Wants to Nix Fauci's Salary, Prevent Vax 'Discrimination'

Congresswoman's 'We Will Not Comply Act' would bar businesses from keeping out the unvaccinated

(Newser) - GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene hasn't let getting kicked off her House committees slow her down, with the latest item on her to-do list focusing on the concept of vaccine "passports," documentation that would allow Americans to prove they've received the COVID vaccine to businesses and...

Georgia Faces Growing Backlash Over Voter Law

Coke, Delta, Microsoft all speak out against it

(Newser) - The leaders of Coca Cola and Delta Air Lines, two of Georgia's largest corporations, are speaking out about the state's new voting law , along with the president of Microsoft, which has plans to create a hub in Atlanta. In a Wednesday memo to employees, Delta CEO Ed Bastian...

When Criticizing Georgia, Biden Told a 'Whopper'

State isn't restricting voting hours, writes Glenn Kessler, no matter what the president says

(Newser) - A president spreading tall tales about an election? The Fact Checker blog of the Washington Post says it's happening, and in this case the president is Joe Biden. The blog by Glenn Kessler gives Biden a four-Pinocchio rating—that translates to "whopper"—for statements he made about...

Cop Who Arrested Lawmaker as She Knocked on Door Explains

Georgia state trooper says he feared an attack similar to the one at the US Capitol

(Newser) - The Georgia State Patrol lieutenant who arrested a Black state lawmaker as she knocked on Gov. Brian Kemp's door in an attempt to witness him signing controversial new voting restrictions into law says he was concerned about an attack at the state capitol similar to what happened January 6...

As Kemp Signed Bill She Knocked on His Door, Got Arrested

Rep. Park Cannon was protesting election legislation

(Newser) - A Black Democratic state lawmaker was arrested in Atlanta as she tried to witness Georgia's governor sign into law new voting restrictions in the state. Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Rep. Park Cannon was at the state Capitol on Thursday, right outside the office where Gov. Brian Kemp was putting...

Governor Quickly Signs New Voting Restrictions

Georgia is first state since election to limit access

(Newser) - With opposition gathering outside his office, Gov. Brian Kemp signed new voting restrictions into law Thursday less than an hour after they passed the General Assembly. Calling the legislation "Jim Crow 2.0," protesters outside the Capitol said voters were being disenfranchised. A Democratic state representative was arrested...

'Double Mutant' COVID Variant Is Found
'Double Mutant'
COVID Variant Is Found

'Double Mutant' COVID Variant Is Found

India analyzes samples, while Brazil sets another death record

(Newser) - There's now a "double mutant" variant of the novel coronavirus spreading in India. The nation's Health Ministry said Wednesday that a double variant—two mutations in the same virus—was detected in the country, along with other variants first discovered in the UK (B.1.1.7),...

Son of Spa Victim: 'I Have No Time to Grieve'

GoFundMe for Hyun Jung Grant's kids raises $2.7M after older son writes of the issues they face

(Newser) - Hyun Jung Grant, 51, was one of the eight victims in last Tuesday's spa shootings in the Atlanta area. She left behind two sons, 19-year-old Eric Park and 23-year-old Randy Park, and the latter spoke to NBC News last week about the tough life she led and how hard...

His Parents Kicked Him Out Monday. On Tuesday, Shootings

Suspect Robert Aaron Long booted from home day before mass shooting at spas

(Newser) - Police confirmed on Thursday that Robert Aaron Long, the suspect in Tuesday's shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors that left eight dead, had been a customer of at least two of the sites—Aromatherapy Spa and Gold Spa. Authorities don't know or aren't saying whether Long had...

Late Night on the Georgia Shootings: 'We Saw It Coming'
Late Night
Got Somber
on Wednesday

Late Night Got Somber on Wednesday

Hosts speak about the Georgia shootings, racism

(Newser) - There wasn’t much to laugh about Wednesday as late night hosts took on the Atlanta-area shootings that left eight people dead, including six Asian women. The Daily Show 's Trevor Noah noted his frustration at the shooter's claim that he wasn't motivated by racism . "Your...

Ex-Housemates: Alleged Spa Shooter 'Tortured' by Guilt

They say Robert Aaron Long was treated for sex addiction at Georgia facility

(Newser) - Former housemates at a rehab facility in Georgia say Robert Aaron Long was a "deeply religious" man who was "tortured" by guilt over his sex addiction. But those deeply held Christian beliefs apparently weren't enough to stop him from allegedly killing eight people. Tyler Bayless tells CNN...

Cops: Spa Shootings Suspect Blamed 'Sexual Addiction'
Cops: Spa Shootings Suspect
Blamed 'Sexual Addiction'

Cops: Spa Shootings Suspect Blamed 'Sexual Addiction'

They say Robert Aaron Long denied racism was the motive for 8 Atlanta-area killings

(Newser) - The 21-year-old man accused of killing eight people Tuesday at three Atlanta-area massage parlors, most of them women of Asian descent, claims racism wasn't the motive, police say. Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds says Robert Aaron Long indicated he has issues, "potentially sexual addiction," and "may...

Massage Parlor Murders: 8 People Killed in Atlanta

Suspect, 21, has been arrested

(Newser) - Eight people are dead after a suspect allegedly opened fire at three Atlanta-area spas Tuesday night. The horrific incident began in the suburbs, with five people shot, four of them fatally, around 5pm at Youngs Asian Massage Parlor in Acworth, about 30 miles from Atlanta, the AP reports. Less than...

Cops Trap Scores of Suspected Drag Racers in Parking Lot

They deployed spike strips to stop them escaping

(Newser) - The Clayton County Sheriff's Office in Georgia says 88 suspected street racers were arrested early Sunday after they were surrounded in a parking lot—and the only one who got away left his bumper behind. The metro Atlanta law enforcement agency says that after they received reports of drivers...

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