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COVID-19 UPDATE 02/23/2021

Daily Update:

Because all data is preliminary, the change in number of cumulative positive cases and deaths from one day to the next may not equal the newly reported cases or deaths.

Total positive cases (cumulative)480,091
Total confirmed cases (PCR positive) (cumulative)457,268
Total probable cases (Antigen positive) (cumulative)22,823
Newly reported cases513
Newly reported confirmed cases417
Newly reported probable cases96

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Newly reported deaths1

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Security preparations continue ahead of Chauvin trial

Security preparations continue ahead of Chauvin trial in Minneapolis

Eric Chaloux
Updated: February 22, 2021 07:30 PM
Created: February 22, 2021 05:30 PM

Crews worked Monday to make security improvements to government buildings ahead of the trial of Derek Chauvin.

Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, has been charged in the death of George Floyd.

Chauvin’s trial is scheduled to being in two weeks in a courtroom at the Hennepin County Government Center. It is estimated the trial could last through mid-April. 

Hennepin County Board Chair Marion Greene says the barricades and security fencing are an unsettling sight to see but said they are needed.… Read more

Virginia Lawmakers Vote To Abolish The Death Penalty, Advancing A “Fair And Equitable” Future In Criminal Justice

UPDATED: 3:40 p.m. ET, Feb. 22, 2021 —

On Monday Virginia lawmakers voted to pass two bills that would abolish the death penalty in the state. The bills will head to the desk of Gov. Ralph Northam, who is expected to sign them into law.

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‘Just ‘Cause I’m Black’: Teen Arrested For Walking In Street During Texas Snow Storm Speaks Out

A teenager who was seemingly racially profiled in Texas for walking while Black has had all charges against him dropped days after his arrest for walking in the street during last week’s historic snowstorm that crippled most of the state. The dropped charges against Rodney Reese were announced Sunday, but not before the 18-year-old could speak out about the encounter with Plano police that was captured on bodycam video and released following community backlash from the arrest.… Read more

Kelly Loeffler Launches Voter Rights Organization In Desperate Attempt To Rival Stacey Abrams’ Brilliance

If posing with avowed white supremacists wasn’t embarrassing enough, Kelly Loeffler is going full throttle to establish relevancy by launching a voter rights organization in the state of Georgia.

It’s the same state where Stacey Abrams spearheaded a collective to help push the state blue, ensuring that Loeffler, and her former colleague David Perdue, lost their Senate seats in a runoff election. In total Abrams’ organization Fair Fight helped deliver 800,000 Georgian voters and counting, to the polls.… Read more

COVID-19 UPDATE 02/22/2021

Daily Update:

Because all data is preliminary, the change in number of cumulative positive cases and deaths from one day to the next may not equal the newly reported cases or deaths.

Total positive cases (cumulative)479,591
Total confirmed cases (PCR positive) (cumulative)456,859
Total probable cases (Antigen positive) (cumulative)22,732
Newly reported cases561
Newly reported confirmed cases493
Newly reported probable cases68

Newly reported cases detail

Newly reported deaths1

Newly reported deaths detail

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Happy Birthday Nina Simone, The ‘High Priestess Of Soul’

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Nina Simone was born on February 21, 1933, in Tryon, North Carolina. She would have turned 88 today.

Simone is one of American music’s most-celebrated figures as well as a legendary icon of artistic expression and empowerment. Known as the “High Priestess Of Soul,” a nickname she was reluctant to claim reportedly, Simone’s path in becoming a vocalist and songwriter nearly didn’t occur as she initially aimed her focus in another area.… Read more

New Evidence Regarding Malcolm X’s Assassination Names NYPD, FBI As Co-Conspirators

New Evidence Regarding Malcolm X’s Assassination Names NYPD, FBI As Co-Conspirators

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One day before Malcolm X‘s 56th death anniversary, civil rights attorney Ben Crump and co-counsels Ray Hamlin and Paul Napoli will hold a news conference on Feb. 20 at 12:30 p.m. ET to discuss new, explosive findings regarding the civil rights icon’s murder investigation.

“Ray Wood, an undercover police officer at the time, confessed in a deathbed declaration letter that the NYPD and the FBI conspired to undermine the legitimacy of the civil rights movement and its leaders,” reads a statement sent to NewsOne.… Read more