(CNN)Two albums in one year? That’s how Korean pop group BTS is blessing fans in 2020.
(CNN)Two albums in one year? That’s how Korean pop group BTS is blessing fans in 2020.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Members of Breonna Taylor’s family and their attorneys on Friday called on Kentucky’s attorney general to release the transcripts of the grand jury proceedings that led to the decision not to indict any officer in her fatal shooting.
The press conference came after a hectic night for Louisville. Police arrested at least two dozen protesters, including a state legislator, Thursday night as around 100 people huddled on a nearby church’s property, hoping to avoid additional arrests.
Ben Crump, one of the attorneys for the family, questioned what evidence Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron presented to the jury. He spoke Friday at Jefferson Square Park, the epicenter of protests, in the family’s first press conference since the decision was announced. Crump called the decision part of a “pattern of the blatant disrespect and marginalization of Black people, but especially Black women.”
“There seems to be two justice systems in America: One for Black America, and one for white America,” Crump said, before leading the crowd in chants of “release the transcripts.”
Lonita Baker, another attorney for the family, demanded that Cameron reveal whether he presented any charges against the officers who shot Taylor to the grand jury.
“You can’t pawn this off on the grand jury if your office made that decision,” Baker said. “Don’t tell us that the grand jury made this determination if it was truly your determination.”
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The grand jury on Wednesday indicted former Louisville officer Brett Hankison on wanton endangerment charges for firing 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment and an adjoining unit where three people were present. Hankison was fired in June.
Taylor, a 26-year-old ER technician, was killed shortly before 1 a.m. on March 13 when officers came to her apartment looking for drugs and cash as part of a larger narcotics investigation connected to her former boyfriend. She was shot six times.
None of the officers who fired shots that killed Taylor were charged, with Cameron saying they acted in self-defense after Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired at them first.
Cameron refused to tell reporters Wednesday whether he recommended that grand jurors exonerate all three police officers on homicide charges, citing the secrecy of grand jury proceedings.
But other prosecutors in Kentucky, notably Dave Stengel, the former commonwealth’s attorney in Jefferson County where Louisville is located, have disclosed whether they made recommendations to grand juries in police shooting cases — or left decisions solely up to the grand jury.
So have prosecutors in other states.
In 2015, for example, after a 13-month investigation of the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot in a Cleveland park while holding a toy gun, the Cuyahoga County prosecutor disclosed that he advised the grand jury to issue no indictment.
Kentucky’s grand jury secrecy rule says “all persons present during any part of the proceedings of a grand jury shall keep its proceedings and the testimony given before it secret.”
Bennett Gershman, a nationally recognized expert on prosecutorial ethics who teaches law at Pace University in New York, said under those rules prosecutors could elect to reveal their grand jury recommendations or keep them confidential. He said he is not aware of any prosecutor being sanctioned for disclosing a recommendation.
Grand jury proceedings are secret for four reasons, the U.S. Supreme Court has said:
Elizabeth Kuhn, a spokesperson for Cameron, issued a statement Friday saying the attorney general “understands that the family of Ms. Breonna Taylor is in an incredible amount of pain and anguish, and he also understands that the outcome of the Grand Jury proceedings was not what they had hoped.
“Regarding today’s statements at the press conference, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but prosecutors and grand jury members are bound by the facts and by the law. Attorney General Cameron is committed to doing everything he can to ensure the integrity of the prosecution before him and continue fulfilling his ethical obligations both as a prosecutor and as a partner in the ongoing federal investigation.”
Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother, said that although Cameron had the power to help the city start healing she knew he would “never do his job,” in a statement read Friday by Bianca Austin, Taylor’s aunt.
“I was reassured Wednesday of why I have no faith in the legal system, in the police, in the law,” Palmer’s statement said. “They are not made to protect us Black and brown people.”
Austin, continuing to read Palmer’s statement, said that police “robbed the world of a queen.”
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Tamika Mallory, co-founder of social justice group Until Freedom that has been staging protests in Louisville, called Cameron a “coward” and a “sell-out” who upheld the system of white supremacy. Mallory also criticized him for his endorsement last year by the city’s police union, after which Cameron pledged to be an advocate for police.
“He’s a man of his word as it related to his relationship to police … he protected the police,” she said. “We have no respect for you.”
Mallory again called on Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to fire the officers who shot Taylor and pledged to continue to protest until he does so. She said protesters would begin gathering again at 5 p.m. Friday.
Fischer in a media briefing Friday stressed that “violence and destruction will not be tolerated.”
“I know that most protesters continue to be peaceful and lawful,” Fischer said. “But I want to caution the peaceful protesters: If you’re in a group where disruptive and violent behavior is happening, you need to separate from that group, or you will be subject to arrest.”
Meanwhile, state Rep. Attica Scott, who was arrested Thursday night during protests and released from jail Friday morning, said she is going to make sure Breonna’s Law — a statewide law to ban no-knock search warrants — will be heard.
The family was also joined Friday by Jacob Blake Sr., the father of Jacob Blake Jr., who was recently shot in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blake Sr. said he came down to Louisville to support Palmer.
“We didn’t choose this fraternity,” he said. “This fraternity chose us.”
Contributing: Tessa Duvall and Lucas Aulbach, Louisville Courier Journal
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Local authorities on Tuesday gave final approval to release 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys over a two-year period, starting in 2021, with the hope of preventing diseases such as the Zika virus but has faced blowback and comparisons to a Steven Spielberg thriller.
The Monroe County Mosquito Control District signed off on the proposal that had already won state and federal approval. It will be the first time genetically modified mosquitoes will be released in the U.S.
The plan has not been universally accepted and has received backlash from residents and environmental advocacy groups.
“With all the urgent crises facing our nation and the State of Florida — the Covid-19 pandemic, racial injustice, climate change — the administration has used tax dollars and government resources for a Jurassic Park experiment,” said Jaydee Hanson, policy director for the International Center for Technology Assessment and Center for Food Safety in a statement released Wednesday.
“Now the Monroe County Mosquito Control District has given the final permission needed. What could possibly go wrong? We don’t know, because EPA unlawfully refused to seriously analyze environmental risks, now without further review of the risks, the experiment can proceed,” he continued.
The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District considered the plan as a way to restrict the breeding of the Aedes aegypti, a type of mosquito said to spread dengue, Zika, and other diseases — while showing resistance to pesticides. The project had received approval from the EPA back in May to release the mosquitos engineered by British company Oxitec.
The genetically modified male mosquito, named OX5034, was altered with a special gene that inhibits the survival of their female offspring when they mate with wild female mosquitoes. The males feed on nectar and aren’t a carrier for diseases. Only the female mosquito bites for blood, which she does before maturing her eggs.
When the new males grow up, they mate with more females, which would decline the number of Aedes aegypti.
The mosquitos were already released by Oxitec for trails in Brazil. Studies by the company and scientists reportedly found that the program resulted in significant population declines for the disease-carrying insect and was a cost-effective alternative to potentially harmful pesticides.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, Brazil
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“We have shown that the release of mosquitoes in a neighborhood results in 95 percent suppression compared to areas with no release,” said Nathan Rose, director of regulatory affairs at Oxitec, according to UPI.
Community members and environmental groups, however, criticized the potential impact on the mosquitos would have on humans and animals. They added how there was a “lack of data demonstrating that Oxitec’s mosquitoes will be safe and effective”
“The release of genetically engineered mosquitoes will needlessly put Floridians, the environment, and endangered species at risk in the midst of a pandemic,” said Dana Perls, food and technology program manager at Friends of the Earth. “This approval is about maximizing Oxitec’s profits, not about the pressing need to address mosquito-borne diseases.”
The U.S. project is designed to further test the effectiveness of genetically engineered Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and see if they are a viable option to pesticides. A similar project was approved in Harris County, Texas, beginning in 2021, the company said.
Although Sony will introduce its next-generation console at the end of the year, several special themed Dualshock 4 controllers will release for the PlayStation 4. Since the console and controller’s first appearance 7 years ago, there have been over 25 color schemes introduced to the Dualshock 4. The DualShock 4 and officially licensed third-party PS4 gamepads will work with supported PS4 games running on PS5, Sony recently said earlier last week. However, it will not be compatible with the PlayStation 5 titles.
Color schemes such as Berry Blue, Red Camouflage, Green Camouflage, Magma Red, Midnight Blue, Electric Purple, Rose Gold, and Steel Black will be available. There are 12 new colors available for the gamepad, which can be purchased for $64.99 USD on PlayStation’s website.
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Qualcomm may announce multiple variants of its next flagship chipset, according to Digital Chat Station. The leaker reports Oppo executives talked about “Lite” variants of the upcoming processor during a recent meeting. They say those same executives may have also mentioned the Snapdragon 860.
“If I didn’t hear incorrectly, the Snapdragon 860 was discussed during Oppo’s communication event,” said Digital Chat Station in a tweet we asked a native speaker to translate (you can see the Google Translate version below). “The Snapdragon 875 series could also have ‘lite’ versions.”
Digital Chat Station mentions two Oppo executives, Liu Bo and Li Zi Gui, were at the meeting. More interestingly, OnePlus CEO Liu Zuohu — or Pete Lau, as we know him here in the west — was also present. For those who don’t know, China’s BBK Electronics owns both brands.
There’s a lot to unpack in that single tweet. The more straightforward piece here relates to the Snapdragon 875. One significant issue with Qualcomm’s current flagship silicon is that it’s expensive for device manufacturers to include their phones because the chip doesn’t feature an integrated modem. If they want to include the 855 in their handsets, companies like OnePlus have to add Qualcomm’s 5G-capable X55 modem, making its phones cost more. If the report is accurate, more affordable variants of the 875 could help partly address that issue.
Less straightforward is the mention of the Snapdragon 860. We don’t know the context in which Lau and Oppo executives discussed the chip. Websites such as Gizmochina have interpreted the sentence as evidence Qualcomm may announce an 860 chipset, but there are a couple of reasons that doesn’t seem likely.
If Qualcomm sticks to its usual release cadence, it will announce its next flagship chip at the end of the year. That doesn’t leave much time for the company to push out another variant of the 865, particularly if it plans to release “lite” versions of the Snapdragon 875. Without specifics, it’s also hard to say how the 860 would differ from the 865. The model number suggests the 860 would be a more affordable version of the 865, but Qualcomm already offers the 765G as an alternative to its top-of-the-line chip.
As usual, take all of the above with an extra dose of skepticism. Digital Chat Station has a decent track record. They’ve shared some credible information in the past, but they’ve been wrong as well. Less than any of the specifics, what’s probably worthwhile to take from this report is that it seems Qualcomm is being reactive to the shortcomings of the 865. For what it’s worth, Qualcomm chose not to comment on the report when we reached out.
Disney will release its live-action film Mulan online through its Disney Plus service on Sept. 4, but it won’t be included as part of a standard subscription. Mulan will cost $30 in the US in addition to Disney Plus‘ regular subscription fee, and it will be priced at roughly the same amount in international markets where it’ll be available online too, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and a number of countries in Western Europe.
Mulan, which Disney originally slated for theaters in March but had to push back the release date multiple times because of the coronavirus, will be released as what’s known as premium video on demand. Typically, that means a high-priced rental, but Disney will give customers access to watch Mulan indefinitely as long as they keep their Disney Plus subscription active. You’re essentially buying the brand-new movie, rather than unlocking a one-time rental.
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Don’t get your hopes up yet that other mega-budget films — like Marvel‘s Black Widow with a theatrical release date set for Nov. 6 — necessarily will follow the same quick path onto your living-room TV. The company characterized Mulan‘s release as a onetime deal, though it could serve as an experiment that guides its future release decisions.
“Mulan is a one-off,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek said Tuesday during a call that discussed the company’s fiscal third-quarter results. “That said, we find it very interesting to be able to … learn from it and see what happens, not only in terms of the uptake of the number of subscribers that we get on the platform but the actual number of transactions on the Disney Plus platform that we get.”
It will be offered exclusively through the company’s Disney Plus streaming service, seemingly holding out from other popular stores for online rentals like Apple’s TV app, Amazon Video and others.
The company will also release Mulan theatrically on Sept. 4 in markets where cinemas are open and where Disney Plus isn’t operating yet.
“We see this as an opportunity to bring this incredible film to a broad audience currently unable to go to movie theaters, while also further enhancing the value and attractiveness of the Disney Plus subscription with great content,” Chapek said.
The decision marks an unprecedented approach to releasing a big-budget movie that had been destined to be a blockbuster back when theaters were open worldwide. The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered cinemas around the globe and forced studios across the board to delay big-budget films for months and years, with no certainty in sight for when theaters can reopen at large or when audiences will feel comfortable sitting in windowless, enclosed rooms for hours.
It’s also a major defection from the rigid rules that usually keep new movies only in theaters for 75 days or more, as well as a surprising change to how Disney Plus has been pitched to audiences since it launched in November. Disney Plus is Disney’s online hub for streaming almost everything the company produces, but it was marketed as an all-you-can-eat buffet like Netflix, where your subscription unlocks everything on the platform to watch. Mulan will bring an a la carte transaction to Disney Plus that its 60 million subscribers haven’t yet encountered.
Disney’s changes underscore how disruptive the pandemic has been to Hollywood studios’ meticulously planned release cycles. With theaters closed and coronavirus preventive measures keeping people stuck at home, studios have mostly decided to keep pushing back the theatrical release dates for mega-budget pictures. But with their tentpole movies in a holding pattern, studios could be setting themselves up to all release a glut of movies on top of each other, crimping ticket sales.
Already, smaller-budget films began to go straight to online rentals or streaming services, such as Disney’s decision to release its Hamilton film and its young-adult sci-fi movie Artemis Fowl on Disney Plus rather than in theaters. And Universal has released new movies like DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour and others as special online rentals.
But Universal’s Trolls World Tour online release enraged cinemas, with US chain AMC even vowing it would ban Universal movies from its screens, including its blockbuster Fast & Furious franchise. Cinemas have doggedly clung to rules that keep new movies only in theaters for months, even as audiences have grown more accustomed to watching video when they want, where they want. Then last month Universal struck a deal with AMC to patch things up, promising to give theaters three weekends of exclusivity for new movies going forward in exchange for lifting the ban on its movies, a signal that cinemas are willing to compromise.
Disney, however, has been one of the Hollywood studios most dedicated to theatrical release. It’s decision to put out Mulan online reinforces the prospect that these alternative release strategies devised in the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic may have lasting effects even after cinemas start reopening at large.
Disney Plus’ standard subscriptions costs $7 a month, or $70 a year, in the US. In Canada, Disney Plus is priced at C$9 a month, or C$90 per year.
In countries that are part of the euro zone, it is 7 euros, or 70 euros a year. In the UK, it is £6 a month, or £60 a year. In Australia, it’s priced at AU$9 a month, or AU$90 per year, while New Zealand subscribers pay NZ$10 per month, or NZ$100 per year. In India, Disney Plus Hotstar is priced at 299 Indian rupees a month, or 999 rupees a year. In Japan, Disney Plus is 700 yen a month through an exclusive partnership with Japanese telecom company NTT Docomo.
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The Ventura County Sherriff’s Department has released footage showing the underwater visibility of the lake where Naya Rivera went missing.
The former “Glee” actress, 33, disappeared Wednesday after she rented and boarded a pontoon boat at Lake Piru near Los Angeles with her 4-year-old son Josey. The boy has been located and is safe, but the search for Rivera is still ongoing.
At a Friday evening press conference, Capt. Eric Buschow explained that the department has brought in “specialized equipment,” including a sonar system, to help in the search.
“What they do is they go out and they tow these devices in the water that scan the bottom of the lake for any objects that might look like a body,” Buschow said.
“Last night, they had a couple of images that showed up on the sonar that they thought might be promising to investigate. This morning, they sent an ROV, or a small robotic device, down into the water to examine those objects. Unfortunately, they did not locate Naya Rivera. They are still searching.”
A video posted on the department’s Twitter page Friday, shot by the underwater device, shows cloudy and green water. It’s tough to make out anything else in the 11-second clip other than a large tree limb.
Buschow called the murky water conditions “difficult,” but said authorities are utilizing all the tools they can get their hands on.
“The visibility in the water is one to two feet,” Buschow said, noting that the depth in the area being searched is up to 35 feet..
“We’re still continuing the search and we appreciate everybody’s cooperation,” he said. “We know everyone’s concerned out there about this case and locating her and providing some closure for her family.”
Buschow said he’s confident that Rivera’s body will be found.
“It’s very effective,” the captain said of the sonar system. “They get a really detailed image and they can go down and focus on specific things rather than putting divers in the water where they’re literally feeling around because they can’t see.”
Authorities are focusing on the north and east sides of the lake, based on where Rivera’s boat was found and the wind patterns and currents.
“We don’t know if she’s gonna be found five minutes from now or five days from now so we’re still going to be continuing this effort,” Buschow said.
Josey, the son of Rivera’s ex-husband, actor Ryan Dorsey, is “in good health,” authorities confirmed earlier in the week.
Lake Piru is two miles long and its deepest point is “about 130 feet,” Buschow said. Authorities are also using sniffing dogs to assist in the searches from boats.
Rivera’s family has yet to release a public statement.
Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.
Early on Friday, the NBA and the players association finalized a plan to resume the 2019-20 season on July 30 at Disney World in Orlando. Despite all of the concerns, ranging from health and safety, to basketball being a distraction from the social justice movement, all signs point to them playing basketball later this summer.
While the whole thing is still somewhat hypothetical, especially with coronavirus cases surging in Florida, the plan has never felt more real than it did on Friday evening, when the league announced the schedule. All 22 teams invited to the bubble will play eight “seeding games” that will help fulfill regional TV contracts, make some money for the league and give teams and players a chance to get back in game shape before the playoffs. Essentially it’s playing out a shortened version of the rest of the regular season.
The seeding games will start on July 30, and run through Aug. 14. There will be a maximum of seven games per day, and just two of the three courts in use will be set up for national TV. With the schedule now set, here are some key takeaways:
The league has just over two weeks to schedule eight games for 22 teams, all with only three courts available. With a real crunch on time and resources, and in an effort to maximize the audience for each game, the league is giving us a rare treat: afternoon basketball.
Sure there will be games on during the afternoon on weekends during a normal season, but only a few here and there. On weekdays, the earliest tip-offs are almost always 7 p.m. ET. But due to the extenuating circumstances, games during the afternoon aren’t just a necessity but will be accessible to even more people, as work situations have changed dramatically across the country. Plus, with fans not allowed in the arena, getting more games on TV just makes sense.
There will be at least one afternoon game every single day, except for July 30, which is the new “opening night.” The earliest scheduled game right now is a 12:30 p.m. ET tip-off between the Wizards and Thunder on Sunday, Aug. 9.
When the season was shut down, the Pelicans were 28-36, which put them 3.5 games behind the Grizzlies for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. They would have had some major ground to make up down the stretch, but with an easy schedule and Zion Williamson’s arrival, many thought they had a real chance at pulling it off.
Now that we know their schedule for Orlando, that feeling remains the same. The Pelicans have the easiest schedule based on opponent winning percentage. In fact, at .495, they’re the only team out of 22 with an opponent winning percentage that’s under .500. They’ll play the Jazz and Clippers to start, but then finish up with the Grizzlies, Kings, Wizards, Spurs, Kings and Magic.
All told that’s six games against teams who are under .500, just three against teams currently in a playoff spot, and only one against an actual contender. Passing the Grizzlies in just eight games will be difficult, but they should have a chance of being within four, which would put them in a play-in tournament situation.
The conspiracy theorists will suggest that the league set it up that way to get Williamson into the playoffs, and there’s no doubt that the league wants that to happen from a marketing standpoint. However, the Pels had the easiest remaining schedule prior to the suspension of the season, and the league tried to maintain that balance in Orlando.
Obviously the league and the TV networks are going to want the best teams on TV more often than the bad teams. In general, that’s not a surprise, but even still, the disparity in national TV games is pretty interesting.
The Lakers, for example, will have at least seven of their games on either ESPN, ABC or TNT. Up next is the Celtics with six, while other contenders such as the Bucks and Clippers have five each. On the other hand, you have teams such as the Wizards and Suns with zero such games on either of those channels, which is just another reminder that they shouldn’t even be there in the first place.
The new James Bond film will now be released on Nov. 20
The release date for the new James Bond film No Time to Die has been brought forward five days to Nov. 20.
The news was announced on Saturday via the official James Bond Twitter account and follows Warner Bros.’ decision to move King Kong vs. Godzilla from Nov. 20 to May 21, 2021.
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No Time to Die was initially set for release in November 2019 but the date was first pushed to February 2020 and then to April 2020, following the departure of the movie’s original director Danny Boyle and his replacement by Cary Fukunaga.
In March, it was announced that the film’s release date was being postponed until November as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
The film finds Bond no longer on active service and enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
The film features Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Ralph Fiennes, and Christoph Waltz.
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The Dalai Lama has announced Inner World, an album of teachings and mantras set to music. The 11-track album is being released through Khandro Music and L.A. Reid’s HitCo Entertainment and arrives July 6, which is also the Dalai Lama’s 85th birthday. Inner World features sitar player Anoushka Shankar and is co-produced by Junelle Kunin and Charles Goldstuck. Check out the official announcement and listen to the first track “Compassion,” one of the most famous Buddhist prayers, below (via The Associated Press).