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Illinois cop shoots unarmed black couple

The mayor of Waukegan, Illinois, made an emotional plea for residents to stay calm after police opened fire on a car occupied by an unarmed young Black couple, killing one and wounding the other. Mayor Sam Cunningham said he is close personal friends with the grieving families of the couple shot on Tuesday night in the Chicago suburb, prompting outrage and plans for a large protest on Thursday. Relatives identified the couple as 19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette, who was killed, and Tafarra Willams, the mother of his baby, who was wounded.       https://www.yahoo.com/gma/yes-im-nervous-mayor-urges-192721062.html

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Lawmakers probe barriers to Black business development

Black-owned businesses in Illinois face significant barriers to growth and opportunities that would enable them to compete with their white-owned counterparts, a problem that many Black leaders say is directly tied to Black unemployment rates and the deterioration of Black neighborhoods. That was the message state lawmakers heard Thursday when three Senate committees held a virtual joint hearing that focused on entrepreneurship and financial development for Black business owners. https://www.commercial-news.com/news/lawmakers-probe-barriers-to-black-business-development/article_e1611408-0a72-11eb-bf7c-afb65ab90588.html

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Pentagon used taxpayer money meant for masks and swabs to make jet engine parts and body armor

    $1 billion fund Congress gave the Pentagon in March to build up the country’s supplies of medical equipment has instead been mostly funneled to defense contractors and used to make things such as jet engine parts, body armor and dress uniforms. The change illustrates how one taxpayer-backed effort to battle the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 200,000 Americans, was instead diverted toward patching up long-standing perceived gaps in military supplies.                 https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/09/22/covid-funds-pentagon/%3foutputType=amp

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Armed and Black. How a group of men licensed to carry guns say they are seeking racial justice

Armed and Black. How a group of men licensed to carry guns say they are seeking racial justice

Before he drove to the grocery store parking lot, Romeal Taylor did the same thing he's done every day this summer — he holstered his 9-millimeter handgun to the waistband of his gym shorts until he could feel it hug his right hip. When he arrived at the store in north Minneapolis he spotted six other Black men, some in tactical gear, armed with Glock 23s and Smith & Wesson M&Ps. One of them beamed when he spotted Taylor and hugged him.   https://www.yahoo.com/news/armed-black-group-men-licensed-100029374.html

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