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America Asks: What About Stone Mountain?

This Confederate carving is 190 feet across and 90 feet tall

(Newser) - Some statues of figures from America's slave-owning past have been yanked down by protesters, others dismantled by order of governors or city leaders. But the largest Confederate monument ever crafted—colossal figures carved into the solid rock of a Georgia mountainside—may outlast them all, the AP reports. Stone... More »

Positive COVID Test Causes Delays at World's Busiest Airport

Atlanta checkpoint was closed for deep cleaning

(Newser) - Despite sharply reduced passenger numbers during the pandemic, there were long lines at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Wednesday after a TSA screener tested positive for COVID-19. The main security checkpoint at the airport was shut down for a biohazard cleaning and travelers were directed to a smaller checkpoint, Fox reports.... More »

In This State, the Party's Over

Other states and New York City are also reimposing or extending lockdowns

(Newser) - It's tough timing for California—but what can you do? On Wednesday, with July 4 around the corner, Gov. Gavin Newsom called on 19 counties to tighten their coronavirus restrictions. That means closing indoor dining at restaurants and indoor entertainment venues like arcades, bowling alleys, and movie theaters, as... More »

Judge Makes Ruling on Accused Wendy's Arsonist

Natalie White might also be Rayshard Brooks' girlfriend

(Newser) - A woman accused of torching the Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks was killed will be released—under certain conditions, WSB-TV reports. A judge said Wednesday that Natalie White, 29, can be released on a $10,000 bond if she stays under house arrest and wears an ankle monitor. White was... More »

3 Men Indicted on Murder Charges in Arbery Killing

Grand jury supports felony murder charges

(Newser) - Three men have been indicted on murder charges in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in coastal Georgia, a prosecutor announced Wednesday. Prosecutor Joyette Holmes said a Glynn County grand jury has indicted Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. on charges including malice and felony murder in... More »

MLK Jr. Was Mourned Here. Rayshard Brooks Will Be, Too

Funeral for black man fatally shot by police officer in Wendy's lot takes place Tuesday in Atlanta

(Newser) - The Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his very first sermon, served as co-pastor, and was later mourned after his 1968 assassination will also host Tuesday's funeral for Rayshard Brooks , the 27-year-old black man fatally shot by an Atlanta police officer in a Wendy's parking lot... More »

Neighbors Intervene After Cop Points Gun at Black Teens

Georgia police defend officer's actions

(Newser) - Residents of Clayton County, Georgia are calling for the firing of a police officer who was filmed pulling a gun on five teenagers, leading to a tense confrontation with neighbors. In a video shared on Instagram , the officer can be seen pointing the gun at the Jonesboro teens as neighbors... More »

Cop Makes Tearful Plea Over McDonald's Order

Stacy Talbert worried about what was in her food

(Newser) - A police officer made an emotional video after waiting for a McDonald's breakfast sandwich that never seemed to come, Newsweek reports. The Georgia officer—identified by Heavy as Stacy Talbert—was near tears as she grew nervous over what might be in her food. "It doesn't matter... More »

Officer in Rayshard Brooks Killing Is Hit With 11 Counts

Officer Garrett Rolfe is charged with felony murder

(Newser) - The Atlanta officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in the back after the fleeing man pointed a stun gun in his direction will be charged with felony murder and 10 other charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday, per the AP . Garrett Rolfe kicked Brooks while he lay on the ground and... More »

Atlanta Police Chief Resigns After Shooting

Police Chief Erika Shields is stepping down

(Newser) - Atlanta's police chief resigned Saturday hours after a black man was fatally shot by officers in a struggle following a field sobriety test, the AP reports. Authorities said the slain man had grabbed an officer's Taser, but was running away when he was shot. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance... More »

Cops Shoot, Kill Black Man After Struggle at a Wendy's

Protesters gather in Atlanta over the death of Rayshard Brooks, 27

(Newser) - Georgia authorities said Saturday a man was shot and killed in a late night struggle with Atlanta police outside a fast food restaurant after he failed a field sobriety test and resisted arrest, the AP reports. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said it was asked by Atlanta police to investigate... More »

Georgia Election: 'Some Sneaky Trick'?

Republicans and Democrats duel over who to blame

(Newser) - Democrats and black activists are saying Georgia's botched primary election was no mistake—it was by design, and someone needs to pay. "There's always some sneaky trick that's played," Democratic activist Bobby Fuse, 68, tells CNN . "This time, they had a whole bunch of... More »

Georgia Primary Was a 'Hot Mess'

'Chaos' is being used to describe Tuesday's voting

(Newser) - Joe Biden easily won the Georgia and West Virginia Democratic presidential primaries Tuesday, but, for Georgia, that's about where the word "easy" stopped applying. The word "chaos," however, was used in a number of headlines about the state's primary; the Hill and the AP describe... More »

Suspect Used Racial Slur as Arbery Lay Dying: Agent

Testimony links slaying to race for the first time in court

(Newser) - A Georgia court heard Thursday that Travis McMichael used a racial epithet as he stood over a dying Ahmaud Arbery. The lead investigator in the case said William "Roddie" Bryan Jr., who videotaped the killing, described the scene to him, USA Today reports. McMichael and his father, Gregory, were... More »

Protesters for George Floyd Attack CNN HQ: 'Say His Name'

Protests for black man killed in police custody in Minneapolis erupt into violence in cities across US

(Newser) - Demonstrators marched, stopped traffic, and in some cases lashed out violently at police as protests erupted Friday in dozens of US cities following the killing of George Floyd after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck while taking him into custody in Minnesota. In Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas,... More »

2 GOP Governors Offer to Host Republican Convention

Trump has threatened to pull it from NC

(Newser) - Two GOP governors are offering up their states to host the Republican National Convention—a day after President Trump threatened to pull the convention out of North Carolina if that state’s Democratic governor doesn't assure him that the August gathering can go forward despite coronavirus fears. Georgia Gov.... More »

Feds Probing Local Officials in Ahmaud Arbery Killing: Lawyer

Family's attorney also says shooting is being investigated as a hate crime

(Newser) - The slaying of Ahmaud Arbery is being investigated as a federal hate crime, the attorney for Arbery's family tells CNN . S. Lee Merritt says he met with the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia and was told of the development, but there has been no official... More »

Feds: He Said He Had the Virus, Caused 'Distress'

And made an Atlanta company lose $100K due to alleged false claim, per the FBI

(Newser) - A Fortune 500 company in Atlanta says it's out $100,000 because an ex-worker exploited the pandemic. Per a DOJ release , Santwon Antonio Davis, 34, is accused of defrauding the unnamed company by falsely claiming he had COVID-19 and fabricating medical records. The AP lays out the details of... More »

Man Who Videotaped Killing of Arbery Is Charged With Murder

Defense lawyer says William Bryan was only a witness

(Newser) - A third Georgia man has been charged with murder in the February slaying of Ahmaud Arbery: William "Roddie" Bryan, who videotaped the killing. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced the arrest Thursday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Gregory McMichael and his son Travis already are charged with murder in the... More »

FedEx Driver: I Was Fired After Video of Customer Dust-Up

Antonio Braswell says customer threatened to 'whoop [our] black a--es' after package delivery

(Newser) - A black FedEx delivery driver in Georgia says he and a co-worker were fired after filming a confrontation with a customer and putting it online, NBC News reports. The video posted by a man IDed by Business Insider as Antonio Braswell doesn't show what happened initially in the Tuesday... More »

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