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According to NBC News, The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has reached a $12 million settlement with Breonna Taylor’s family six months after she was killed in her home during a police drug raid. Mayor Greg Fischer announced the terms of the settlement at a news conference Tuesday afternoon with Taylor’s family and their attorneys, Benjamin Crump, Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker. The settlement does not require the city to admit any wrongdoing. Fischer said, “It is just an acknowledgment of the need for reform and the need for a settlement to take place.” He described Taylor’s death as a tragedy and noted that it had been 186 days since she was killed. “Her death has ignited a movement in Louisville, in the nation, for racial justice, sending thousands into our streets and cities all across the country and the world,” he said. “All crying out for justice for Breonna.” He said he was “deeply sorry” for Taylor’s death. “While we await a decision from Attorney General Daniel Cameron on whether or not charges will be filed in this case, my administration is not waiting to move ahead with needed reforms to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again,” Fischer said.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention are increasingly dropping the “Southern” part of their Baptist name, calling it a potentially painful reminder of the convention’s historic role in support of slavery. The 50,000 Baptist churches in the convention are autonomous and can still choose to refer to themselves as “Southern Baptist” or “SBC.” But in his first interview on the topic, convention president J.D. Greear said momentum has been building to adopt the name “Great Commission Baptists,” both because of the racial reckoning underway in the United States and because many have long seen the “Southern Baptist” name as too regional for a global group of believers. “Our Lord Jesus was not a White Southerner but a brown-skinned Middle Eastern refugee,” said Greear, who this summer used the phrase “Black lives matter” in a presidential address and announced that he would retire a historic gavel named for an enslaver. “Every week we gather to worship a savior who died for the whole world, not one part of it. What we call ourselves should make that clear.”
According to Relevant Magazine, The Maryland diocese of the Episcopal Church has become the latest religious institution to pledge racial reparations for slavery and systemic racism. The church voted last weekend overwhelmingly in favor of a million dollar seed fund that would go towards programs that would benefit Black people in Baltimore and across the state. Officials say the fund is a big step in repenting of the church’s historic role in benefiting from slavery and other forms of systemic racism in Maryland. The diocese will use existing funds for the initiative’s capital, which will represent about 20 percent of the operating budget, and is urging churchgoers to give more. “We have done the work over the last 15-plus years to actually document how we as a church benefited from slavery and, after slavery, how we continued to benefit from the financial marginalization and oppression of Black Americans, and it just didn’t sit well with us,” Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton told the Baltimore Sun. “Why should we continue to benefit as an institution when so many in the Black community have never had the opportunity to have a good education, good jobs or good medical care? We’ve benefited from racist institutions, and now we are going to invest financially.” The million dollar price tag is “is going to hurt us,” Sutton said. “And it should.”
According to The Christian Post, Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, will reopen its doors for in-person services next month as the city continues to see a decline in COVID-19 cases. On Monday, Osteen announced that on Oct. 18, the megachurch will resume in-person worship services at 25% capacity and require that all attendees wear masks. “We have a very exciting announcement: We’re going to come back to in-person services on October the 18th. We can’t wait to see you guys. We’ve missed you the whole time,” the pastor said in a video message to the congregation. He added that worshipers must sign up before services on the church’s website, and people will have to practice safe social distancing. Lakewood has remained shuttered since February due to ongoing lockdowns in response to COVID-19. However, the church has continued to hold worship in an empty chapel and stream the services online, via social media, satellite television, and SiriusXM. Victoria Osteen said in the video, “It is going to be so much fun to get together, to worship together. We know we’ve been doing it online, but to be in the presence of God in the house — it is going to be phenomenal.”
According to Reuters, The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed agreements on Tuesday to normalize relations with Israel, becoming the latest Arab states to break a longstanding taboo in a strategic realignment of Middle Eastern countries against Iran. U.S. President Donald Trump hosted the White House ceremony, capping a dramatic month when first the UAE and then Bahrain agreed to reverse decades of ill will without a resolution of Israel’s decades-old dispute with the Palestinians. In front of a crowd of several hundred people on the White House lawn, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed accords with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani. The deals, denounced by the Palestinians, make them the third and fourth Arab states to take such steps to normalize ties since Israel signed peace treaties with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. All three of the Middle East leaders hailed the agreements and Trump’s role in glowing terms, with Netanyahu saying it gave hope to “all the people of Abraham.”
According to the Daily Mail, The sheriff of LA County has challenged LeBron James to match the $175,000 reward offered for information leading to the arrest of the Compton gunman. The reward was swiftly offered following Saturday night’s ambush of two sheriffs deputies – one, a 31-year-old woman, the other a 24-year-old man. Both are in hospital in a critical but stable condition, and a massive manhunt is underway for the black gunman, aged 28-30. On Monday Alex Villanueva, sheriff of LA County, appealed to the LA Lakers basketball star – an outspoken activist and supporter of Black Lives Matter – to match the reward money. The LA board of supervisors offered $100,000, and an additional $75,000 was donated by two private individuals. ‘This challenge is to Lebron James. I want you to match that and double that reward,’ Villanueva said, speaking on KABC Radio, on the John Phillips Show. ‘I know you care about law enforcement. You expressed a very interesting statement about your perspective on race relations and on officer-involved shootings and the impact that it has on the African-American community. And I appreciated that. But likewise, we need to appreciate that respect for life goes across all professions.’
According to Daily Mail, Cardi B has filed for divorce from her rapper husband Offset after just three years of marriage. The Bodak Yellowhitmaker filed documents in Superior Court, Fulton County, Georgia on Tuesday under their real names – Belcalis Almanzar and Kiari Cephus – as part of a divorce petition, according to TMZ. The couple married in a secret ceremony in 2017 and share two-year-old daughter Kulture. In her divorce filing, Cardi B, 27, states she ‘is seeking primary physical custody as well as legal custody’ of the couple’s child. The Bronx-born recording artist is also seeking child support, although TMZ states the exact amount is unclear. The court documents state that ‘there are no prospects for a reconciliation’ and that the relationship is ‘irretrievably broken.’ However, the documents add that Cardi hopes the divorce ‘will be settled by agreement of the parties’, according to E! News.
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