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Florida will lift all coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and bars a day after President Donald Trump spoke to thousands of supporters at his campaign rally in Jacksonville on Thursday.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says he will prohibit local governments from closing businesses or imposing restrictions without justification.

The move comes after the CDC updated statistics that prove the Covid-19 death rate has declined to less than 99.8%.

"There will not be limitations from the state of Florida," DeSantis said during a press conference Friday. "I think this will be very, very important to the industry. Some of the local [governments] can do reasonable regulations, but you can't say no after six months and just have people twisting in the wind."

DeSantis said if local officials want to impose restrictions on residents, they'd better show unaltered economic and health justifications.

"We're not closing anything moving forward. We have the tools in place," DeSantis said.

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NBA coaches and players are banding together once again to help former NBA star Delonte West after a new viral photo shows him panhandling for money on the side of a busy roadway in Dallas.

On Sept. 22, Twitter user @Calltcooks uploaded a photo that showed a bedraggled West wearing a white, loose-fitting long sleeved shirt and grey jogging pants.

He was holding a cardboard sign, begging for money. @Calltcooks captioned the image: "Got damn Delonte West."

The 37-year-old former shooting guard once played alongside LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers team. They fell out after gossip blogs linked West with James' mother, Gloria James, in a relationship.

West played 8 seasons in the NBA. He last played for the Boston Celtics in 2012, but he was waived for arguing with teammates.

After playing in the NBA's D-league and for a China team, West returned to the U.S. and fell on hard times after he began drinking and allegedly abusing drugs, which exacerbated his mental health problems.

At the peak of his career, West purchased homes for his parents and helped family members financially, but he received little financial help after he fell on hard times.

Viral photos and videos over the years have portrayed West as homeless and a drug addict. West's former coach Doc Rivers and the Players Association tried to help him after he was beaten bloody by a homeless man in January.

Several years ago, West's brother, Dmitri, revealed his brother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

"Delonte West is not crazy, he is not on drugs. I don't know what exactly is going on in his mind but I can tell you that he is safe and he's doing OK. My family are trying to get him the best professional help that's out there, the best that they can afford."

The NBA has once again offered its resources to help West, theGRIO reported.
 

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An 89-year-old pizza delivery man was tipped over $12,000 cash by a Utah couple who started a fundraiser for him on TikTok.

Derlin Newey was speechless when TikTok star Carlos Valdez and his wife arrived at his home to personally deliver the money.

"I don't know what to say," Newey cried after opening the envelope stuffed with cash.

Newey has been working about 30-hours a week delivering pizzas for Papa John's to pay the bills his social security benefits don't cover.

Customers love him because he is so polite. They often ask for him by name.

Valdez and his wife, who have a huge following on TikTok, record and share Derlin's deliveries on the video streaming network.

Their followers banded together to raise the money for Newey.
 

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Charles Barkley suggests Breonna Taylor would still be alive if she had better judgment when choosing boyfriends.

The NBA legend faced public backlash on Thursday night when he said on "Inside the NBA" that "we do have to take into account that her boyfriend did shoot at the cops and shot a cop."

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Barkley said Kenneth Walker's alleged drug dealings put Taylor in direct danger. Taylor, 26, was killed on March 13 when three plainclothes police served a no-knock warrant at her apartment looking for an ex-boyfriend, who was already in jail on drug charges.

Walker shot at the intruders, striking one officer in the thigh. The cops returned fire, killing Taylor who was standing in a hallway.

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"So, like I said, even though I'm really sad she lost her life, I don't think this is something we can put in the same situation as George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery," Barkley said, referring to unarmed Black men who were killed by police in America.

A witness told a Grand Jury this week that the officers identified themselves before taking the apartment door down. But Taylor and Walker, who were in bed when the police beat on their door, probably did not know they were officers.

Twitter users disagreed with Barkley's assessment.

@ItsaLearning tweeted:

"No, #charlesbarkley, he shot at intruders. These intruders, who happened to be Police, did not identify themselves. He had every right to defend himself and Breonna against whoever was breaking into his house unannounced."

And @ChatonsWorld wrote:

"He's misinformed. Her boyfriend shot at intruders. Nobody knew they were the police because they didn't announce themselves. Witnessing what happens when everybody thinks they need to share their opinion..."

Barkley also called for police reforms over defunding the police, since the Black community depends on the police for their safety.

"Who are black people supposed to call Ghost Busters when we have crime in our neighborhood? We need to stop the defund or abolish the police crap," he said.

A Grand Jury returned an indictment against one of the officers, Brett Hankison, who lost his job after the shooting. There were no charges directly related to Taylor's death.

On Thursday, Majic 107.5 host Ryan Cameron took phone calls from outraged listeners in Atlanta, who commented on the Louisville Metro Police Department "losing" the original no-knock warrant that set the tragedy in motion.

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump stopped by the Supreme Court to pay their respects to former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer.

Trump and Ginsburg's relationship was tense and she reportedly said he would not complete his first term in office while she was alive.

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Trump and his wife donned cloth face coverings as they stood at the top of the steps flanking Ginsburg's flag-draped coffin, their heads bowed in prayer on Thursday morning.

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But the somber moment was punctuated by booing and jeering from thousands of mourners who lined up to view Ginsburg's casket.

"Honor her wish!" they yelled, in reference to the alleged deathbed statement asking to delay filling her seat until 2021.

"My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed," Ginsburg allegedly told her grand daughter.

"Vote him out," the crowd chanted. There were also shouts of "Breonna Taylor," in reference to the 29-year-old EMT who was killed when plainclothes officers served a drug warrant at her apartment on March 13.

One officer was charged with shooting into a nearby apartment. But there were no charges directly related to Breonna's death.

The Grand Jury's decision sparked renewed rioting and violence in the streets of Louisville, Kentucky on Wednesday. Two Louisville police officers were wounded by gunfire. One man is in custody. The two officers are expected to survive.

Meanwhile, President Trump will announce his Supreme Court pick on Saturday. Topping the list is Amy Coney Barrett, a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in New Orleans, and a devout Catholic.

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The 48-year-old married mom of two was appointed to the bench by Trump in 2017.

Vice President Mike Pence told ABC News Wednesday that he considers Barrett's strong religious values an asset, rather than a liability.

Trump has the 50 Senate votes he needs to confirm his Supreme Court pick, meaning Ginsburg's seat will be filled before the elections in November.

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Andrè Taylor made national headlines when he was hired as Seattle, Washington's new $150,000-a-year "street czar" and community liaison.

Taylor, 52, was a Las Vegas pimp who recruited girls as young as 16 for wealthy clients. He got one girl pregnant and faced seven prostitution-related charges in 2000.

Cheryl Davis, 20 at the time, testified in open court that she miscarried his baby in jail while he lived the high life off of the money she earned.

She said she moved into his $300,000 home with two other prostitutes just after she turned 18.

Taylor was also accused of transporting a minor across state lines. He was sentenced to serve 5-and-a-half years in prison, but only served one year.

The prostitution business was lucrative for Taylor, who was born to a prostitute mom and pimp dad. He wore hand-tailored Versace suits, a $90k Rolex and expensive alligator shoes, according to DailyMail.com.

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Taylor, pictured as a young man with his pimp father, Mel Taylor, once said he learned the pimp trade from his father after he was "born from the womb of a prostitute from the seed of a pimp."

In the 1999 documentary "American Pimp", Taylor revealed that he believed "prostitution cuts down on rape" and that the "best pimps are the best men, men of character and substance."

But Taylor, who was previously known by his street name "Gorgeous Dre", has since turned his life around.

He founded a nonprofit foundation after his brother, Che, was fatally shot. And he offers $500 an hour life coaching sessions.

Taylor is married to Athena, his wife of 22 years. He has a son who graduated from Yale University and a daughter who graduated from UCLA.

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On July 27, Taylor signed a $150,000-a-year deal with Mayor Jenny Durkan's office to work as a community liaison.

As part of his $12,000-a-month deal, Taylor will provide recommendations to the city on de-escalation strategies between police and local residents, community engagement, and alternatives to policing in the aftermath of multiple killings of Black men and women by police.

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His new title of "street czar" was his idea, according to the Seattle Times.

He told the news outlet he was the best man for the job because "not too many people can go talk to gangbangers in their territory, and then go talk to the government in their territory."

Taylor said he has a "particular genius in a particular area" and can talk to "gang members, pimps and prostitutes" who "won't sit down with anybody else," reported KOMO News.

"Black people as a whole have not been in a place to be compensated for their genius or their work for a very, very long time," he said.

Mayor Jenny Durkan's office did not immediately return DailyMail.com's request for comment but she told the Seattle Times the partnership would "help de-escalate the ongoing situation" between police and criminals by allowing the city to tap into Taylor's "lived experience with the criminal legal system".

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American football legend Gale Sayers has died of natural causes. He was 77.

The Chicago Bears star and Hall of Fame running back was nicknamed "Kansas Comet" for his electrifying speed. Sayers played his entire NFL career - 6 years - with the Bears.

Sayers set an NFL record in his first season as a professional by scoring 22 touchdowns, including six in a single game.

In 1967, Sayers and Bears teammate Brian Piccolo became the first interracial roommates in the NFL. Piccolo was later diagnosed with metastatic cancer and he passed away in 1970.

Sayers' and Piccolo's enduring friendship was documented in a made-for-TV movie, Brian's Song, with Sayers portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in the 1971 original and by Mekhi Phifer in the 2001 remake.

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In March 2017, Sayers' second wife, Ardythe Bullard, announced he had been diagnosed with dementia four years prior. She stated that a Mayo Clinic doctor confirmed his dementia was likely caused by physical contact during his brief football career.

"It wasn't so much getting hit in the head," she said. "It's just the shaking of the brain when they took him down with the force they play the game in."

Hall of Fame President & CEO David Baker said in a statement, "All those who love the game of football mourn the loss of one of the greatest to ever play this Game with the passing of Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers. He was the very essence of a team player - quiet, unassuming and always ready to compliment a teammate for a key block. Gale was an extraordinary man who overcame a great deal of adversity during his NFL career and life."

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Only one out of three Louisville police officers was charged in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

The three officers were serving a no-knock drug warrant at Taylor's apartment on March 13 when Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire on them, hitting one of the cops in the thigh.

The officers returned fire, killing Taylor, who was shot multiple times. The Grand Jury heard from a witness who said the officers announced themselves before breaching the front door and entering the apartment.

They also heard that Taylor was not killed in her bed as was originally reported by the news media. She was standing in a hallway when she was fatally shot 5 times.

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Brett Hankison (pictured left), who was fired in June, was charged with three felony counts of wanton endangerment. Bail was set at $15,000 and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Two other officers involved in the shooting, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly (center) and Detective Myles Cosgrove (right), were justified in their use of force, state Attorney General Daniel Cameron said at a press conference Wednesday.

Louisville police were under a state of emergency before a Grand Jury announced the single indictment on Wednesday.

In anticipation of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's announcement, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer invoked a 72-hour curfew, effective Wednesday night, from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Last week, Fischer announced the city agreed to a $12 million with Taylor's family that included police reforms.

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In an unprecedented monetary overhaul, the Federal Reserve is preparing to deposit "digital dollars" directly to every American.

According to Zerohedge, the Fed is preparing to "radically overhaul" its monetary system to reduce inflation and stimulate the economy amid pandemic shutdowns.

While the Democrats and Republicans bicker over how many more trillions to pay into another pandemic relief package, the Fed is proposing a monetary tool that they call recession insurance bonds, which will be wired instantly to Americans.

The Fed would activate a lump sum that would be divided equally and distributed to households in a recession, according to Zerohedge.

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The money would come from insurance bonds purchased by the Fed on the open market. The digital dollars would be deposited directly into household apps.

"It took Congress too long to get money to people, and it's too clunky," said former Fed official Simon Potter.

"The Fed could buy the bonds quickly without going to the private market. On March 15 they could have said interest rates are now at zero, we're activating X amount of the bonds, and we'll be tracking the unemployment rate -- if it increases above this level, we'll buy more [bonds]."

During a speech to the Chicago Payment Symposium on Wednesday, Cleveland Fed president Loretta Mester said, "legislation has proposed that each American have an account at the Fed in which digital dollars could be deposited, as liabilities of the Federal Reserve Banks, which could be used for emergency payments."

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But there's a catch. According to Zerohedge, the Fed giveth and the Fed taketh away (you drug dealers will want to pay attention to this part).

Once physically currency is replaced by digital dollars, the Fed would then be able to scrap "anonymous" physical currency entirely, and track every single banknote from its "creation" all though the various transactions that take place during its lifetime. And, eventually, the Fed could remotely "destroy" said digital currency when it so decides.*

Oh, and say goodbye to your banks, as the Fed would both provide loans to consumers and directly deposit funds into their accounts, effectively making the entire traditional banking system obsolete.*

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Tariq Nasheed sparked a lively debate on Twitter.com when he tweeted: "Instead of talking about our tangibles, this is what the white Democrats think will appeal to us."

The Twitter activist uploaded a PSA video created by director Angela Gomes and producer Paul Fox to register Black voters. Gomes and Fox are Caucasian. The video features talented Black pole dancers who quickly gain the attention of Black viewers.

The dancers urge Black people to "Get your booty to the poll." The video links to a website, www.getyourbootytothepoll.com.

Tariq believes the Democrats would never insult other races and nationalities by delivering their message with tits and azz. He claims Democrats have such low regard for Black people that they didn't think twice about creating this video.

Watch the video below.

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said it erroneously published guidance that indicated COVID-19 was "airborne."

The CDC in Atlanta claimed it originally published the guidance "in error", following "a pressure campaign" from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Health organizations absurdly claimed the virus can linger in the air for hours and travel 26 feet.

The new CDC update confirms the virus doesn't linger in a viral cloud that infects people who walk through it.

On Monday, the CDC updated its website to reflect that the "virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person" in close contact with each other.

The CDC's stunning reversal helps explain why a so-called "deadly" virus doesn't sicken a majority of people who are infected.

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David Banner issued a sincere apology to a Georgia family whose loved one was killed in an accident involving the rapper.

In a video shared on his Instagram page, Banner acknowledged the Evans family and apologized for the pain and suffering they endured.

Banner, 46, shared a video on Instagram.com on Friday, which he captioned, "My Condolences to The Evans Family and Friends."
 

Earlier this week, Banner posted a (now deleted) photo of his totaled car, with the caption: "People think they know but have no idea. I still have a concussion."

The family of the other driver, who was killed in the crash, accused Banner of vehicular homicide.

"He's talking about a concussion (poor him) try posting that he killed my cousin in that accident!!!!" wrote a family member, who tagged Instagram blog @theshaderoom.

"A lot of you may not know but my brother Jeremy Evans was and a fatal car accident on December29 2019 he was a the Toyota and the other driver @davidbanner was in that truck the police are trying to give my brother fault for the accident and saying speeding didn't play a factor my brother was hit from the side if speed didn't play a factor why does both vehicles look like this if sleep if speed didn't play a factor how much my brother died on impact but it's all just a big cover because of who @davidbanner is but now it’s time for the truth to come to light"???#justiceforjeremy#explorepage #Thetruth"

 

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A lot of you may not know but my brother Jeremy Evans was and a fatal car accident on December29 2019 he was a the Toyota and the other driver @davidbanner was in that truck the police are trying to give my brother fault for the accident and saying speeding didn’t play a factor my brother was hit from the side if speed didn’t play a factor why does both vehicles look like this if sleep if speed didn’t play a factor how much my brother died on impact but it’s all just a big cover because of who @davidbanner is but now it’s time for the truth to come to light y’all tag @theshaderoom as much as you can for me @theshaderoom @davidbanner @fox5atlanta @cbs46 #LLJ???#justiceforjeremy #explorepage #Thetruth

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My brother did 10 years in prison and came to better his life and take care of his sons 3 months after he came home he was a fatal car accident @davidbanner was the driver of tge other he’s complaining that he still has a concussion but what about my brother who lost his life what about his sons who had to grow up without a father what about the pain we have to deal with on a daily base waking up and realizing he’s really gone it wasn’t just a bad dream and not to mention @davidbanner you knew my brother was dead on the scene and you didn’t try to reach out to us and apologize or anything it’s been almost 9 months and still on apology or nun how could you sleep knowing you killed someone and didn’t do anything about but get it covered up #LLJ??? #Justiceforjeremy @theshaderoom #exlorepage

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The White House will begin blocking app downloads of TikTok and WeChat starting this Sunday, Sept. 20, Tech Crunch reports.

The U.S. Commerce Department will enforce shutdowns of TikTok and WeChat, after President Donald Trump announced plans in August to ban the apps in this country amid security concerns.

Despite the ban on TikTok downloads this Sunday, a November 12 reprieve gives Chinese-owned TikTok until after the election to complete a complicated purchase deal with Oracle, Walmart and their partners without an interruption in service.

According to Businessinsider.com, "Oracle would own a minority stake in TikTok of less than 20%, while Walmart is also expected to take a stake in the popular social media company."

Walmart CEO Doug McMillion would likely have a seat on a new US board of directors for TikTok's American operations, CNBC reported.

"Today's actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party," said Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a statement.

"At the President's direction, we have taken significant action to combat China's malicious collection of American citizens' personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations."

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Nashville, Tennessee officials concealed "extremely low" coronavirus cases coming from bars and restaurants in leaked emails, according to WZTV.

The leaked emails between a senior adviser to Nashville's mayor and a health department official reveal a "disturbing effort" to conceal the low number of coronavirus cases among people who patronize bars and restaurants without wearing masks or face coverings.

"On June 30th, contact tracing was giving a small view of coronavirus clusters. Construction and nursing homes causing problems more than a thousand cases traced to each category, but bars and restaurants reported just 22 cases," according to one leaked email obtained by WZTV.

In the same email chain, Leslie Waller from the health department asks "This isn't going to be publicly released, right? Just info for Mayor's Office?"

"Correct, not for public consumption," writes senior advisor Benjamin Eagles.

In another email exchange, Tennessee reporter Nate Rai asked the health department to clarify the low number of COVID cases coming from bars and restaurants.

"If there have been over 20,000 positive cases of COVID-19 in Davidson and only 80 or so are traced to restaurants and bars, doesn't that mean restaurants and bars aren’t a very big problem?"

His query left health department official Brian Todd scrambling for a suitable response.

He asked five other health officials: "Please advise how you respond. BT."

The response from an official whose name was redacted from the leaked email:

"My two cents. We have certainly refused to give counts per bar because those numbers are low per site. We could still release the total though, and then a response to the over 80 could be "because that number is increasing all the time and we don't want to say a specific number.""

For months now, conservatives have accused health officials of over-exaggerating the coronavirus pandemic to keep Americans on lockdown until after the November elections.

Atlanta has fully reopened after a 3-month lockdown. Every bar and nightclub within the Atlanta city limits is packed with patrons who don't wear masks or social distance.

There has not been a spike in coronavirus cases coming from bars and restaurants in Atlanta.

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David J. Johns penned an interesting opinion piece for theGrio.com, in which he praised Andrew and R. Jai Gillum's diverse Black marriage.

"Let's celebrate Andrew and R. Jai Gillum for finding the freedom to define themselves and their relationship on their terms and for making space for others to do the same," writes Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition.

In an exclusive interview with Tamron Hall that aired on Monday, Gillum, 41, came out as a bisexual man with a wife and three children.

Johns, who is same-gender attracted, asked his readers to celebrate the diversity of the couple's modern family.

"I write to thank my brother, Andrew Gillum, and my sister, R. Jai Gillum, for inviting us in. Andrew and R. Jai are a family. Period, full stop," Johns said.

Johns added: "[T]here is a need to battle systemic oppression and marginalization of people who are members of racial/ethnic and sexual minority communities, there are some among us, like myself, who live public lives to disrupt assumptions that we don't exist."

Johns suggests that Black women should protect Gillum and look beyond the complexities of sharing their men with other men.

Johns continues:

"[T]oo many members of our community suffer, often in silence, because we have not done the work, as a community of diverse Black people, to hold space and to have conversations that honor every member of our community. It is for this reason alone that Black people should commit to protecting Andrew Gillum who is among the first highly visible Black men to identify as bisexual.

"At this moment in the movement for Black lives, let’s celebrate Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts for finding love. Let’s celebrate Andrew and R. Jai Gillum for finding the freedom to define themselves and their relationship on their terms and for making space for others to do the same. Let’s celebrate the culture shift that holds space for Black LGBTQ/SGL people to thrive—as we are—without having to shrink or hide critically important parts of themselves."