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  • A 6-year-old Florida girl has died after she was shot in the head inside her Palm Bay home, according to police. Officers said the girl was shot in her home near Washington Street around 5 p.m. Tuesday, WFTV reported. She was initially taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center in critical condition. Police believe the shooting to be an accident involving siblings. Content Continues Below A man who identified himself as the girl’s uncle called the shooting “tragic and preventable.” Investigators are still working through all the details but said the little girl was in the apartment with an adult and another child when she was shot. Palm Bay police Lt. Michael Smith said police are not seeking a suspect, and officers are speaking to family and friends to determine what happened.
  • Several college students in Alabama who knew they had tested positive for the coronavirus still attended parties in Tuscaloosa, a city official said. Tuscaloosa Fire Chief Randy Smith said his department discovered the students had been attending parties around the city and in Tuscaloosa County over the past few weeks, WBMA reported. Smith revealed the information before a City Council meeting Tuesday, the television station reported. Smith said his department investigated rumors and confirmed the unnamed students had tested positive through local doctors’ offices and the state health department. “We had seen over the last few weeks parties going on in the county, or throughout the city and county in several locations where students or kids would come in with known positives,” Smith said. “We thought that was kind of a rumor at first. ... we did some additional research. ... not only did the doctor’s offices help confirm it but the state confirmed they also had the same information.” Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry took it a step further, accusing students of organizing “COVID parties” to intentionally infect one another, ABC News reported. “They put money in a pot and they try to get COVID. Whoever gets COVID first gets the pot. It makes no sense,” McKinstry told the network. “They’re intentionally doing it.” The City Council unanimously passed an ordinance requiring people to wear face coverings while in public, hours after Smith addressed the lawmakers, WBMA reported.
  • Twenty-two years after Terrance Lewis was wrongfully convicted of second-degree murder, the city of Philadelphia awarded him nearly $6.3 million and a formal apology Tuesday. “The settlement can never repair or restore what has occurred in my life — period,” Lewis told WHYY, while also conceding the award left him “speechless” and that had he been standing when he received the news, his knees “would have buckled.” Lewis, now 41, was only 17 when he was sentenced to life in prison, and he spent 21 years fighting to prove his innocence before being released in May 2019 after Common Pleas Judge Barbara McDermott finally threw out the conviction, WPVI reported. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney told WPVI the $6.25 million settlement can never give Lewis those years back, but it will fund his work to help others who are wrongly convicted. “I know that money alone cannot compensate Mr. Lewis and his family for the 21 years he spent incarcerated. And I know that much more must be done to reform our criminal justice system and to help the families and communities that have been torn apart by instances in which the system didn’t work,” Kenney said. Indeed, Lewis called the settlement a “kind gesture” but told WHYY that missing the funerals of several close family members during his incarceration can never be made right. “Up until this day, there’s still a hole in my heart that I wasn’t able to say my goodbyes,” Lewis said, referring to the 2012 death of his sister from a drug overdose and the 2013 deaths of both his younger brother and stepfather from cancer. In addition to ensuring his son, Zhaire, resumes his formal education, Lewis told WHYY he plans to build up the Terrance Lewis Liberation Foundation, which he founded to help others who have been released from prison after being wrongfully convicted. Read more here.
  • Stoney prevailed over Stonewall in Richmond on Wednesday. Mayor Levar Stoney, using his emergency powers, ordered the removal of the Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson statue from Monument Avenue, WTVR reported. Workers toiled through a thunderstorm to remove the statue of the Confederate general from its pedestal as hundreds of people watched, the television station reported. The dismantling of the statue took about 3 1/2 hours. In a statement, Stoney said he was using his emergency powers for the immediate removal of “multiple monuments in the city, including Confederate statues.” “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge, and protesters attempt to take down Confederate statues themselves or confront others who are doing so, the risk grows for serious illness, injury, or death,” Stoney said. The mayor was going against the advice from Richmond’s city attorney, and gave the order several hours after the City Council delayed a vote on removing the Jackson statues and three others owned by the city, The Washington Post reported. A fifth statue is owned by the state, the newspaper reported. Once the statue was removed from its pedestal, it was loaded onto a flatbed truck and taken to an “undisclosed location,” a worker at the scene told WRIC. The Republican Party of Virginia said a news release that Stoney did not have the legal authority to remove the statue and called the Democratic mayor’s action a “stunt” that fuels the flames of the violent and chaotic protests.” “Richmond is no longer run by the rule of law -- it has devolved into anarchy,” Jack Wilson, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, said in the release. “The loudest group of protesters or rioters are in control at any given moment. Caving to mob rule tells the mob that their violence and looting is the way to make change and that law and order is irrelevant.”
  • Enough was just enough for Derick Lancaster. In what has now become a viral tweet, Lancaster, 22, quit his job as a delivery driver for Amazon mid-shift, leaving the keys in the ignition of his van – still loaded with packages – at a gas station in a Detroit suburb and caught a Lyft home. “It was immature and irresponsible on my end. At the same time enough is enough,” Lancaster told WXYZ of the Monday afternoon tweet that, as of Tuesday, had more than 218,000 likes and had been shared more than 25,000 times. reported. Lancaster told WXYZ he was frustrated with the long hours, number of deliveries and pay because he often pulled nearly 12-hour shifts to deliver more than 100 packages for $15.50 per hour. The final straw, he said, was missing his sister’s birthday party. “She was real upset with me,” Lancaster told the TV station. “There is no set schedule.” Lancaster told the Free Press that being late to his sister’s graduation party – coupled with the constant pressure to deliver more packages faster – finally took its toll. “This does not reflect the high standards we have for delivery partners,” Amazon said in an email to the Free Press. “We are taking this matter seriously and have investigated the matter and are taking appropriate action.” Lancaster did return to the Marathon gas station in Lathrup Village several hours after his online tirade to wait for someone from Amazon to pick up the van, he told the newspaper.
  • Authorities in Mexico City said gunmen broke into a drug rehab center and opened fire on Wednesday, killing 24 people and wounding seven others, The Associated Press reported. Police in the state of Guanajuato said the attack occurred in Irapuato. Three of the seven wounded were in serious condition, according to the AP. Guanajuato has been the location of a bloody turf battle between the Jalisco cartel and a local gang, according to the AP. No motive was given for the attack. Check back for more on this developing story.