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Governor Slams 'Wrong Approach' on Masks, Issues Exec Order

Tennessee's Bill Lee signs executive order allowing parents to opt out of mask mandates in schools

(Newser) - Tennessee's governor calls it "frustrating" and "disheartening" that this school year is starting once more mired in talk of COVID—but he's relying on the "character" of Tennesseans to carry the state through. What Bill Lee isn't relying on: face masks in schools, signing...

Investigators Search Home Near Nashville

Tissue found at explosion site is human remains, report says

(Newser) - Federal investigators have identified a person of interest in connection with the explosion that rocked downtown Nashville on Christmas Day and were searching a home associated with that person, law enforcement officials said Saturday. Investigators from multiple federal and local law enforcement agencies were at a home Saturday afternoon in...

Police Chief Axed Over Trayvon Case

Bill Lee dismissed for 'losing community confidence'

(Newser) - The police chief whose officers failed to arrest George Zimmerman after the Trayvon Martin shooting has been fired. Bill Lee, who stepped down temporarily three months ago amid fierce criticism of his handling of the case, was dismissed by Sanford's city manager, reports the Orlando Sentinel . "I have...

Zimmerman and the Cops: From Critical to 'Cozy'

Trayvon Martin suspect had an evolving relationship with Sanford police

(Newser) - In January 2011, George Zimmerman called the behavior of the Sanford Police Department "disgusting." Just eight months later, he was lauding the department's "professionalism." The two recently revealed exchanges demonstrate a relationship that evolved over time, culminating in Zimmerman being allowed to walk unescorted through...

Sanford to Trayvon Police Chief: You're Not Quitting

Bill Lee had tendered resignation

(Newser) - Sanford refused to accept its police chief's resignation today despite his handling of the George Zimmerman case, CBS News reports. The Florida city's commissioners voted 3-2 to reject Bll Lee's resignation, and most of them blamed tumult surrounding the Trayvon Martin shooting on outsiders. "The city...

Police Chief in Trayvon Martin Case Steps Aside

Bill Lee says his move is temporary as criticism increases

(Newser) - Major fallout today in the Trayvon Martin shooting : The police chief of Sanford, Florida, has temporarily stepped down amid mounting criticism of how his department has handled the case, reports the Orlando Sentinel . "My role as the leader of this agency has become a distraction from the investigation,"...

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