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Mississippi Could Drop Jim Crow-Era Statewide Voting Process

Mississippi Could Drop Jim Crow-Era Statewide Voting Process

BUSINESS | By Emily Wagster Pettus | Jul 5
Mississippi just ditched its Confederate-themed state flag. Later this year, the state's voters will decide whether to dump a statewide election process that dates to the Jim Crow era.

LGBTQ Nightlife in NYC Faces a Long Road Ahead

LGBTQ Nightlife in NYC Faces a Long Road Ahead

NIGHTLIFE | By Matthew Wexler | Jul 5
"The outpouring of love and donations on the various platforms has been incredible. But we need continued support until we reopen," says Henrietta Hudson owner Lisa Cannistraci. "I'm not going to lose the bar. I'm not going to let it happen."

Kansas Newspaper's Post Equates Mask Mandate with Holocaust

Kansas Newspaper's Post Equates Mask Mandate with Holocaust

BUSINESS | By John Hanna | Jul 5
A Kansas newspaper posted a cartoon on its Facebook page likening the Democratic governor's order requiring people to wear masks in public to the roundup and murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust.

Sex Workers Lack Food for Taking HIV Drugs During COVID-19

Sex Workers Lack Food for Taking HIV Drugs During COVID-19

BUSINESS | By Ignatius Ssuuna | Jul 5
As the coronavirus spreads in Africa, it threatens in multiple ways those who earn their living on the streets — people like Mignonne, a 25-year-old sex worker with HIV.

1 of 2 Protesters Hit by Car on Closed Seattle Highway Dies

1 of 2 Protesters Hit by Car on Closed Seattle Highway Dies

BUSINESS | By Martha Bellisle | Jul 5
A car drove onto a closed freeway early Saturday and struck two people in a crowd protesting against police brutality, killing one and critically injuring the other, authorities said.

US Holiday Fuels Worries About Skyrocketing Virus Cases

US Holiday Fuels Worries About Skyrocketing Virus Cases

NEWS | By Tamara Lush, Kim Chandler and Kathleen Foody | Jul 5
The U.S. has dipped under 50,000 new daily infections for the first time in four days, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, but experts fear celebrations for the July 4th weekend will increase nation's surging coronavirus outbreak.

For Nation's Birthday, Trump Stokes the Divisions Within US

For Nation's Birthday, Trump Stokes the Divisions Within US

NEWS | By Lynn Berry and Aamer Madhani | Jul 5
On a day meant for unity and celebration, President Trump vowed to "safeguard our values" from enemies within — leftists, looters, agitators, he said — in a Fourth of July speech packed with all the grievances and combativeness of his political rallies.

As Monuments Fall, Confederate Carving Has Size On Its Side

As Monuments Fall, Confederate Carving Has Size On Its Side

NEWS | By Kate Brumback and Russ Bynum | Jul 4
Stone Mountain's supersized sculpture depicting Gen. Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson mounted on horseback has special protection enshrined in Georgia law.

UK Judge Says Amber Heard Can Be in Court for Depp Testimony

UK Judge Says Amber Heard Can Be in Court for Depp Testimony

Johnny Depp's lawyers have failed to stop the American actor's ex-wife, Amber Heard, from attending his libel trial against the British tabloid newspaper The Sun until she is called to give evidence.

'People Aren't Stupid': Pence's Virus Spin Tests Credibility

'People Aren't Stupid': Pence's Virus Spin Tests Credibility

NEWS | By Jill Colvin | Jul 4
Vice President Mike Pence has long played the straight man to Donald Trump, translating the president's bombast into more measured, calming language.


News

At Pride March In Paris, Activists Demand Racial Justice Too

At Pride March In Paris, Activists Demand Racial Justice Too

PRIDE | Jul 4
While the French capital's official Pride event was delayed until November to prevent spread of the coronavirus, grassroots groups plan a march through Paris anyway Saturday — led by people of color.


Entertainment

Provincetown International Film Festival Announces Modified 2020 Film Festival
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Provincetown International Film Festival Announces Modified 2020 Film Festival

MOVIES | Jul 1
The Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced "Provincetown Reimagined," presented by WarnerMedia, a modified festival with drive-in and virtual screenings running July 16-19, 2020.

After Social Media Hiatus, RuPaul Scrubs Twitter & Instagram

After Social Media Hiatus, RuPaul Scrubs Twitter & Instagram

CELEBRITIES | Jul 4
After a three month hiatus from social media, RuPaul has deleted her Twitter account and scrubbed his Instagram account. And no one knows why.


Business

Across Sun Belt, Hopes for Economy Give Way to Renewed Fears

Across Sun Belt, Hopes for Economy Give Way to Renewed Fears

CORPORATE | By Tamara Lush and Jim Vertuno | Jul 4
For residents across America's Sun Belt — business owners and workers, consumers and home buyers — the past three months have delivered about the scariest ride in memory.


Technology

Geofence Warrants to Be Tested in Virginia Bank Robbery Case

Geofence Warrants to Be Tested in Virginia Bank Robbery Case

PERSONAL TECH | By Denise Lavoie | Jul 4
Google is served with the vast majority of "geofence" warrants because it stores information from millions of devices in a massive database known as Sensorvault.


Finance

If You've Lost Your Health Plan In The COVID Crisis, You've Got Options

If You've Lost Your Health Plan In The COVID Crisis, You've Got Options

HEALTH | By Julie Appleby | Jun 19
Some newly unemployed people are taking advantage of special enrollment periods to sign up for plans offered on the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces, while others find they qualify for Medicaid.


Cars

Edmunds: 4th of July Deals Less Generous but Still Solid

Edmunds: 4th of July Deals Less Generous but Still Solid

AUTO NEWS | By Cameron Rogers of Edmunds | Jul 3
With summer in full swing, we typically see car dealerships heavily discounting excess inventory for the Fourth of July holiday. But the novel coronavirus and its effects make this year different than most.


Style

Style Alert: 6 LGBTQ Fashion Designers to Watch and Wear

Style Alert: 6 LGBTQ Fashion Designers to Watch and Wear

FASHION | By Andrew Villagomez | Jul 4
Pride means more than rainbow T-shirts, especially for these innovative LGBTQ designers who are redefining what it means to be fashion-forward for the next generation.


Health/Fitness

Alabama Health Officials Can't Verify 'COVID Party' Reports

Alabama Health Officials Can't Verify 'COVID Party' Reports

NATIONAL | Jul 4
The Alabama Department of Public Health said it could not verify reports of so-called COVID-19 parties where students deliberately tried to become infected, but also warned people not to try it.


Travel

Queer Nightlife Rallies in the Age of COVID-19

Queer Nightlife Rallies in the Age of COVID-19

BARS | By Matthew Wexler | Jul 4
"Anytime we get together as a community, it allows us to celebrate ourselves in safety with others," says DJ Nina Flowers. "I believe that space is still needed."


Nightlife

A Short Summer Outdoor Season May Put Chicago's LGBTQ Bars at Risk of Closing

A Short Summer Outdoor Season May Put Chicago's LGBTQ Bars at Risk of Closing

CORPORATE | By Matthew Wexler | Jul 3
"We're resilient. I do believe we'll recover," says Chicago nightclub owner and LGBTQ community advocate Mark Liberson. "It's just a matter of when. Remember, the last pandemic led into the Roaring 20s."