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The Ohio Lottery is giving 5 lucky people $1 million each in one lump sum -- but there's a catch.

In order to increase the state's lagging vaccination rate, Ohio is giving 5 people $1 million each in return for getting vaccinated as part of a weekly lottery program.

While some states offer sports tickets and other perks to get the vaccine, Ohio is the first state to offer $1 million as part of a vaccination program.

The legality of the vaccination campaign is raising questions, since the state plans to use federal coronavirus relief funds to pay the Ohio Lottery to conduct the weekly drawings.

The first of five weekly drawings will be held on May 26, according to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican.

"I know that some may say, 'DeWine, you're crazy!'" he tweeted on Wednesday. "'This million-dollar drawing idea of yours is a waste of money.' But truly, the real waste at this point in the pandemic — when the vaccine is readily available to anyone who wants it — is a life lost to COVID-19."

The reaction on social media was mixed. Some people say $1 million is better than the perks offered by other states to take the experimental mRNA vaccines.

Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio, criticized the $1 million giveaway on Wednesday.

"We've gone from 15 days to slow the spread to $1 million if you get the #COVID19 vaccine. Give me a break," Jordan tweeted.

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The Columbus police officer who fatally shot Ma'Khia Bryant is a military-trained marksman and son of a basic training sergeant.

Bryant, 16, was shot four times as she raised a knife to stab a woman outside a foster group home.

Audio of 911 calls released Wednesday included a female voice saying people are "trying to stab us, trying to put their hands on our grandma."

"We need a police officer over here now," the woman is heard saying. "We need a crisis officer over here now!"

One of the arriving officers was later identified as Nicholas "Nick" Reardon, a U.S. Air National Guardsman who received an expert marksman badge with an M4 Carbine.

Reardon yelled "What's going on?" as Bryant tried to stab a woman wearing a pink jumpsuit and holding a small dog.

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The officer shouted "Get down! Get down!" before firing four shots at Bryant.

Bryant collapsed to the ground and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

A Twitter post, dated May 14, 2020, mentioned that a Sgt. Ed Reardon with 32 years in law enforcement was retiring after training 700 recruits at Columbus PD's Academy.

A commenter noted that "One of his son's [sic] is currently a Columbus Police recruit," referring to Officer Reardon.

Franklin County Children Services confirmed that Bryant was a foster child living in a foster home under the care of Franklin County Children Services.

Her aunt, Hazel Bryant, told The Dispatch that Bryant "got into an altercation with someone else at the home." Hazel said that Bryant dropped the knife before she was shot.

Prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump tweeted that Bryant was "unarmed" when she was shot.

However, after reviewing the police body cam video, police and city officials determined the shooting was justified.

"It's a tragic day in the city of Columbus. It's a horrible, heartbreaking situation," Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said Tuesday night. "The city of Columbus lost a [16-year-old] girl today. We know based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community. But a family is grieving tonight. And this young [16-year-old] girl will never be coming home."

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is handling the investigation into Reardon's use of deadly force. Reardon has been taken off the streets while the investigation is ongoing.

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LeBron James is accused of inciting violence against the Ohio police officer who saved the life of a woman by killing her attacker.

James deleted a tweet targeting the officer who shot 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant as she raised a knife to stab another female on Tuesday.

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The officer shot Bryant four times after she ignored his commands. She collapsed to the ground and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The shooting occurred on Tuesday, April 20, about an hour before the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict was announced in Minnesota.

As protests erupted in Ohio, the Los Angeles Lakers star and Ohio native posted a photo of the officer and tweeted "YOU'RE NEXT". He added the hashtag "ACCOUNTABILITY".

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Franklin County Children Services confirmed that Bryant, 16, was a foster child living in a foster home under the care of Franklin County Children Services.

Her aunt, Hazel Bryant, told The Dispatch that Bryant "got into an altercation with someone else at the home." Hazel said that Bryant dropped the knife before she was shot.

Prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump tweeted that Bryant was "unarmed" when she was shot.

"As we breathed a collective sigh of relief today, a community in Columbus felt the sting of another police shooting as @ColumbusPolice killed an unarmed 15 [year old] Black girl named Makiyah Bryant. Another child lost!," Crump tweeted hours after the shooting.

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However, after reviewing the police body cam video, police and city officials determined the shooting was justified.

"It's a tragic day in the city of Columbus. It's a horrible, heartbreaking situation," Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said Tuesday night. "The city of Columbus lost a [16-year-old] girl today. We know based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community. But a family is grieving tonight. And this young [16-year-old] girl will never be coming home."

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A Columbus, Ohio nightclub where Trey Songz was scheduled to perform was shut down by the Ohio State Patrol for violating Covid-19 restrictions.

Club Aftermath, located on Channingway Center Drive, hosted a concert featuring Trey Songz on Saturday, Dec. 6. Hundreds of fans packed into the club to see their fave perform.

But before Songz could touch the mic, the club was shut down for "egregious violations of health orders," according to the Ohio Investigative Unit.

The Ohio State Patrol, which oversees the OIU, said in a press release that undercover agents arrived around 9:30 p.m. and saw about 500 people inside the club.

Agents observed no attempts to social distance and most of the club patrons were not wearing face masks or face coverings.

A state health order prohibits mass gatherings in Ohio, according to WBNS 10 news.

The violations will be presented to the Ohio Liquor Commission for possible penalties, including suspension of the club's liquor license.

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Nightclubs in Atlanta are free from such oppressive rules -- thanks to our mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Atlanta clubs and restaurants are packed with warm bodies every weeknight and on weekends.

Thousands of freedom-loving partygoers pour into Atlanta from locked down cities to enjoy a taste of freedom before returning to their oppressive cities.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has said he will not impose Covid-19 restrictions such as lockdowns and mask mandates on Georgia residents. He did, however, give local lawmakers the authority to impose their own Covid-19 restrictions.

Thankfully, Mayor Keisha's city remains a wide open, restriction-free tourist destination.