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$27m settlement in Floyd’s death

DEMONSTRATORS parade in Minneapolis protesting the death of George Floyd (Shutterstock).

A $27 million settlement has been reached between the City of Minneapolis and the family of George Floyd, the Black man whose death in police custody triggered worldwide protests.

According to the Associated Press, the family’s attorney termed it the largest pretrial settlement for a civil rights claim.

“Even though my brother is not here, he’s here with me in my heart, said Philonise Floyd, his sister. “If I could get him back, I would give all this back.”

Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes on May 25, 2020 despite Floyd’s plea that “I can’t breathe.” His death, and other incidents when unarmed Black men died because of police action, has led to cries for reform of the use of deadly force.

Of that amount, $500,000 will go to the south Minneapolis neighborhood impacted by the incident and its aftermath.

News: More pressure on Cuomo to quit

ANDREW CUOMO, governor of New York (MTA photo).

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing even more pressure Friday as top Democratic leaders and legislators called on him to step down as additional allegations of sexual harassment of women surfaced.

According to The New York Times, U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York state have urged Cuomo to resign, along with nearly all Democratic members from New York serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I did not do what has been alleged, period,” was Cuomo’s response.

Business: Imports run U.S. cars off the road

Consumer Reports on Friday listed what it considered to be the 10 best new cars of the year, and all but one were imported nameplates. Tesla was the only American-made vehicle that made the list. The others were vehicles from Mazda, Toyota, Kia and Honda.

After a huge rally on Thursday, Wall Street cooled off a bit on Friday. The Dow Jones Industrials jumped 293.05 points to 32,778.64 to set another record, but the S&P 500 was less enthused, rising by only 4 points to 3,943.34. Nasdaq went the other way, declining by 78.81 points to 13,319.86.

Sports: Sportscaster made racist comments

A girls high school playoff game became the center of attention after it was reported that an online sportscaster used profanity and a racial slur when members of a team from Norman, Oklahoma kneeled during the playing of the National Anthem.

According to USA Today, Matt Rowan reportedly made those comments during Thursday’s game, but apologized on Friday. Being a diabetic, he blamed the remarks on his “sugar spiking.”

Weather:  Rain and then sunny and cool

If you like variety in your weather, West Orange County has it all. The forecast for Friday night is some rain, with possible thundershowers.  Saturday will be cool and sunny with a daytime high of 64 (overnight low of 48). Sunday will see the return of clouds with a high of 63 (51 overnight), followed by morning showers on Monday and a high of 59 (low of 42). In the coastal areas of Huntington Beach, the forecast is for cloudy weather Friday night with scattered thunderstorms. The overnight low will be 46. Saturday will be sunny and cool with a high of 60 and a low of 50. Sunday will see similar temps, but more clouds.

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