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Trump hits ‘lowlifes’; protests go on

A PROTESTOR and a policeman face off in Los Angeles on Sunday with a police cruiser ablaze in the background (Shutterstock/Hank Shallunt).

The protests over the death of George Floyd that have dominated the news for a week continued on Tuesday, Initially the marches and rallies today have resulted in little violence and damage, especially compared to the confrontations and lootings of previous days.

President Donald Trump urged governors to employ National Guard units to secure the streets of their cities. “NYC, CALL UP THE NATONAL GUARD. The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart. Act fast!” he tweeted.

Cities across the nation were the scenes of protests which ranged from the loud but orderly to riotous outbreaks in which looters and others followed in the wake of the demonstrations against the death of a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes. Floyd died at the hospital.

He was arrested for allegedly trying to pass a phony $20 bill.

All four officers in the incident were fired and the policeman who did the kneeling – Derek Chauvin – is facing murder and manslaughter charges.

In Minnesota, the state’s Department of Human Rights is opening a civil rights inquiry into the Minneapolis Police Department. Swift action was promised by Rebecca Lucero, Human Rights Commissioner, who said “George Floyd should be alive. He deserved to live a life full of dignity and joy,” according to United Press International.

Other investigations are underway by state investigators, the U.S. Attorney’s office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Nine presidential primaries contests today

Primary elections were held today (Tuesday) in eight states and the District of Columbia, with most of the voting done by mail.

Those elections are in D.C., Indiana, Iowa, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden can clinch the nomination with a strong showing. He now has 1662 delegates, and needs to hit 1,991 to sew up the nod. Results will be posted as they become available.

Grim numbers continuing to grow

Confirmed coronavirus cases across the world grew to 6,376,822 on Tuesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University count. The U.S continues to lead with 1,831,730 cases. Global deaths are now at 380,180, with the U.S. also the leader with 106,180 fatalities.

Wall Street stays the course in heavy seas

Investors are keeping their cool in the stock markets despite the turmoil and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Marketwatch.com, all major stock indexes showed gains on Tuesday. The Dow Jones Average was up 267.63 points (1.05 percent), the S&P 500 grew by 25.09 (0.82 percent) and the Nasdaq by 56.33 (0.5 percent).

Cloudy and cool; up and down, etc.

If you liked the weather so far this week in the Orange County area, you’ll be happy through Saturday. According to the National Weather Service, there will be the usual pattern of patchy fog in the morning giving way to sun in the afternoon. Wednesday’s highs should be around 83, with Thursday dipping to 78 and then to 72 by Friday. Things will start to warm up a bit by Sunday.

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