LONDON (AP) — All six English clubs have dramatically abandoned plans to join a breakaway Super League, threatening to implode the project by a group of elite English, Spanish and Italian clubs less than two days after it was announced.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham have deserted the project.
The remaining fledgling Super League organization was defiant, blaming “pressure” being applied for forcing out the English clubs and insisting the proposal complied with the law and yet be revived in some form.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd “can be a giant step forward” for the nation in the fight against systemic racism.
Biden spoke from the White House alongside Vice President Kamala Harris, with the pair calling for Congress to act swiftly to address policing reform.
“It’s not enough,” Biden said of the verdict.
“We can’t stop here.” Harris said, “A measure of justice isn’t the same as equal justice.”
Biden spoke after telephoning Floyd’s family, telling them, “We’re all so relieved.”
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Elizabeth Furse, who represented northwestern Oregon in Congress for three terms in the 1990s, has died.
Her husband John Platt says she suffered from complications after she fell.
Furse was 84 and died on Sunday.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Furse championed Native American rights and helped five Oregon tribes regain federal recognition.
She also worked to advance the rights of women, children and farm workers and advocated for peace and nuclear disarmament.
The Democrat was elected in 1992 to the U.S. House representing Oregon’s 1st District without ever having held elected office.
She was later the founding director of Portland State University’s Institute for Tribal Government.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler declared a state of emergency in the city to address potential protests following the verdict at the murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd.
In addition, Wheeler said Tuesday that State Police and the National Guard are on standby and will be called in if necessary.
Under the state of the emergency order, the mayor is allowed to implement a curfew, close streets or buildings.
The 24-hour order can be extended, if Wheeler deems it to be necessary.
Late Tuesday afternoon a Minneapolis jury found Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued a statement following the verdict.
“George Floyd’s life mattered. His death, at the hands of Derek Chauvin, shook our nation to its core. My thoughts are with his family today.
“Thousands of people last year, including here in Oregon, took to the streets to raise their voices in a clarion call for racial justice and police reform. A call for an America where Black Lives Matter.
“Today’s verdict is one step towards that goal. But it is only a single step toward police accountability. It is also a reminder of how much work we have left to do. We will dismantle the structures of racism and inequality in this country just as they were built, brick by brick.
“As a nation, we grieve for the life of George Floyd. And we will honor his memory by continuing to do the hard work to increase police accountability in this country. As we have seen in the last year, that process is not easy and change will not come overnight.
“The path to a more just and equitable Oregon begins with understanding. Understanding our state and our nation’s deeply racist history, and resolving to work together to build a better future for this generation and those to come.”
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, the explosive case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S.
The jury deliberated about 10 hours over two days in a city on edge against another outbreak of unrest.
Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a 45-year-old now-fired white officer, pinned his knee on or close to the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for about 9 1/2 minutes as Floyd gasped that he couldn’t breathe and onlookers yelled at Chauvin to get off.
The jury, made up of six white people and six Black or multiracial people, weighed charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, with convictions on some, none or all of the charges possible.
Judge Peter Cahill revoked Chauvin’s bail and he was remanded to the Hennepin County Sheriff pending sentencing.
The most serious charge carries up to 40 years in prison.
The city has been on edge in recent days — not just over the Chauvin case but over the deadly police shooting of a 20-year-old Black man, Daunte Wright, in the nearby Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center on April 11.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Vice President Walter Mondale, a liberal icon who lost one of the most lopsided presidential elections after bluntly telling voters to expect a tax increase if he won, has died.
He was 93.
Mondale’s family says he died Monday in Minneapolis.
Mondale served Minnesota as attorney general and U.S. senator.
He followed the trail blazed by his political mentor, Hubert H. Humphrey, to the vice presidency, serving under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.
Mondale’s own try for the White House, in 1984, came at the zenith of Ronald Reagan’s popularity.
On Election Day, he carried only his home state and the District of Columbia.
BEATTY, Ore. (AP) — A wildfire burning in south central Oregon has destroyed two structures.
The Herald and News reported Monday that firefighters had made significant progress on the Ponina Fire, which was reported Sunday afternoon.
It was burning Monday northeast of Klamath Falls near Beatty.
As of Monday morning, the fire was estimated at 1,400 acres and 10% containment.
The fire’s cause is under investigation.
It was first reported around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Area residents, who were told to evacuate as the fire grew Sunday night, were able to return Monday.
However, the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office noted people should be prepared to evacuate if conditions change.
By ANDREW SELSKY
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A proposed gun storage law that would be among the toughest in the U.S. is headed for a vote in the Oregon Legislature, with backers saying it will save lives and opponents contending it could lead to deaths.
Meanwhile, in Colorado, a less sweeping gun storage bill was signed into law Monday by Gov. Jared Polis., who said: “It’s a sensible measure to help avoid immeasurable heartbreak.”
Colorado’s new law creates the offense of unlawful storage of a firearm if a person stores a gun knowing that a juvenile could access it without permission or if a resident of the premises is ineligible to possess a firearm.
Oregon’s bill generated testimony from hundreds of people, mostly in writing because there wasn’t enough time to take all the oral testimony.
A vote in Oregon’s House of Representatives on the bill, initially scheduled for Monday, was pushed back by a week to enable Democratic representatives to work with the Senate “to guarantee the bill is on track to pass and be enacted,” said Hannah Kurowski, spokeswoman for the majority House Democrats.
Among those testifying was Paul Kemp, whose brother-in-law Steve Forsyth was killed with a stolen gun in a mass shooting at a Portland-area shopping mall in 2012.
“I will never forget the screams I heard when we had to tell my teenage nephew that his father had been killed at the mall,” Kemp said.
But opponents say forcing people to keep guns locked up could waste precious moments if they need to defend themselves against armed intruders.