Monthly Archives آگوست 2020

Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Isaac explains not kneeling, wearing Black Lives Matter shirt

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Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac decided to stand for the national anthem ahead of Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. The former Florida State Seminole and first-round selection of the Magic in 2017 also decided not to wear a Black Lives Matter T-shirt during the pregame. 

He became the first NBA player to not kneel or wear the BLM shirt since the league restarted Thursday night. 

“I don’t think kneeling or putting on a T-shirt is the answer, for me personally,” said Isaac, a Naples native, after the game. “For me, Black lives are supported through the gospel, all lives are supported through the gospel.” 

Isaac said that during the national anthem he spent that time praying. 

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Corinth School District, first to reopen in Mississippi, reports COVID-19 case

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A high school student in Corinth has tested positive for coronavirus during the first week of classes. The school district officially opened its doors to students and staff Monday, and reported the case Friday. 

The positive case is likely to be the first of many as schools set to reopen across the state. 

Corinth School District officials made the announcement on the district’s Facebook page Friday afternoon. 

District officials said they have conducted contract tracing. Anyone within 6 feet of the infected student for 15 minutes or longer has been notified, it said. 

More: MDE gives 3 options for reopening schools in Mississippi

Those notified are required to quarantine away from school for 14 days...

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Brutal July presents Florida leaders with big coronavirus questions heading into August

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July is coming to a close in Florida with nearly three times more coronavirus cases than when the month began and nearly twice as many COVID-19 deaths, marking an alarming escalation in the state’s outbreak.

It was a month that transformed Florida into one of the worst virus hotspots on the globe, putting the state at the center of the debate over how to balance economic and public health.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has been among the least restrictive leaders of a major state or country, eschewing a mask requirement and allowing every business except bars to remain open. His approach largely has been to try to ride out the pandemic with minimal public health mandates.

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Godbolt, Mississippi man convicted of killing 8, won’t get new trial

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BROOKHAVEN, Miss. — A Mississippi man convicted this year in the 2017 killings of eight people appeared in court this week and asked for a new trial. A judge denied the request, saying he will issue a written ruling later.

Willie Cory Godbolt, now 38, was convicted in February of four counts of murder and four counts of capital murder. He received a sentence of life in prison for each murder conviction and a death sentence for each capital murder conviction. Mississippi defines capital murder as a killing committed along with another felony.

On Wednesday, Lincoln County Circuit Judge David Strong heard arguments from Godbolt, his attorneys and prosecutors about whether to grant a new trial, the Daily Leader reported.

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Coronavirus in Brevard, July 31: 6 newly recorded deaths, 87 cases. State records 257 deaths

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Here are updates about coronavirus cases in Brevard, according to the Florida Department of Health, as of July 31, 2020.

Brevard registered six coronavirus deaths and 87 cases, according to Friday data from the Florida Department of Health.

Florida again saw a new record for single-day reported deaths in the state with 257 dead — department of health data from Tuesday to Friday show Brevard recorded 49 new deaths due to the virus...

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Waste Management faces county fines for missing trash pickups due to shortage of drivers

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Waste Management Inc. will be facing penalties for not performing as required in unincorporated Brevard County — including fines of $50 for every house where the trash hauler missed a scheduled pickup day.

Brevard County Manager Frank Abbate said he plans to implement this and other penalty terms of the county’s contract with Waste Management.

The trash hauler claims a shortage of drivers, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, is causing its performance problems in recent months.

As complaints about Waste Management mounted, County Commission Chairman Bryan Lober called a special meeting of the commission on Thursday afternoon so the board could hear from company officials.

Mike Lewis, the company’s senior district manage...

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