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Texas cities lift curfews instituted after violent protests
DALLAS (AP) — Officials in Dallas and San Antonio on Saturday lifted nighttime curfews that had been put in place after several days of demonstrations that saw multiple eruptions of violence and vandalism. In Dallas, City Manager T.C. Broadnax says the curfew was lifted after consultation with police Chief U. Renee Hall and the City Council. In San Antonio, Mayor Ron Nirenberg rescinded the curfew in the downtown business district, which had been put in place on Wednesday. On Saturday afternoon, about 300 people gathered peacefully in front of San Antonio police headquarters and were set to march later in the day.
COVID-19 hospitalizations, cases going up in Houston area
HOUSTON (AP) — Officials say the Houston area has begun to see a seeing a significant increase in cases and hospitalizations related to the coronavirus. The Houston Chronicle reports the upturn began two weeks ago and accelerated this week. Health officials believe people might have let their guard down and come in closer contact with others following the reopening of businesses by the state and last month’s Memorial Day holiday. Meanwhile, Galveston's mayor says he's stepping down July 15 due to concerns over his health during the pandemic. State health officials Saturday reported 1,940 new cases and 31 new fatalities, bringing total infections to 73,553 and deaths to 1,819.
Tropical Storm Cristobal advances toward US Gulf Coast
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A re-energized Tropical Storm Cristobal advanced toward the U.S. Gulf Coast on Saturday, spawning a tornado in Florida and bringing the heavy rains that already caused flooding and mudslides in Mexico and Central America. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Cristobal’s maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 kph) and is forecast to close in on the U.S. Gulf Coast by Sunday night. The storm already made its presence felt Saturday evening, spawning a tornado that touched down near downtown Orlando. The twister just missed a group of protesters at Lake Eola at around 7:30 p.m. There appeared to be no injuries, but tree limbs were knocked down, and there were reports of power outages.
Missing Nebraska inmate arrested in Texas after chase
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska inmate has been captured in Texas after a police pursuit, authorities say. The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services reports that Brandon Britton was arrested Friday after a 6-mile (9.66 kilometers) pursuit by officers in Franklin County, Texas. He is charged with felony evading arrest and other misdemeanors. Britton left the Community Corrections Center-Lincoln in May. He and another inmate are accused of discarding their electronic monitoring devices. Britton is serving a 10-year sentence in Nebraska for first-degree assault, meth charges, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Newgarden wins pole as IndyCar season starts at steamy Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — IndyCar drivers are finally back on the track for what usually would be the midpoint of their season. The open-wheel series is having an all-in-one-day event at Texas Motor Speedway to open its season nearly three months later than expected because of the coronavirus pandemic. Defending IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden is on the pole for Saturday night's race with five-time champion Scott Dixon also on the front row. They qualified after a two-hour practice. The 200-lap race at night on the 1 1/2-mile oval will wrap up the opening event. The massive grandstands can hold more than 100,000 fans. But the were empty since no spectators are allowed.
Protesters flood streets in huge, peaceful push for change
WASHINGTON (AP) — Massive demonstrations against racism and police brutality have filled American cities. Tens of thousands of people marched peacefully Saturday in scenes that were more festive than tense. The largest U.S. demonstration appeared to be in Washington, where streams of protesters flooded streets from the Capitol to the White House. The same day, mourners in North Carolina waited for hours to glimpse the golden coffin carrying the body of native son George Floyd. The black man's death at the hands of Minneapolis police has galvanized the expanding movement. Collectively, it's perhaps the largest one-day mobilization since Floyd’s death 12 days ago and came as streets turned calmer.
Surfers 'paddle out,' circle up in memory of George Floyd
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Surfers around the world held large and small memorials on the water in honor of George Floyd. The so-called paddle-out events Friday were organized by a group called Black Girls Surf to draw attention to the police killing of Floyd, a black man, in Minneapolis last week. More than 200 surfers took to the water in Santa Monica, California, where they formed a massive circle past the waves and chanted Floyd's name nine times to mark the nearly nine minutes his neck was pinned to the ground by the knee of a white officer.
AMERICA PROTESTS-TEXAS GOP
Texas GOP condemns George Floyd posts by its local leaders
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Top Republicans in Texas are calling for resignations in their own party following a series of racist and conspiracy theory posts on social media about George Floyd's death. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday denounced the posts promoted by county GOP leaders in Texas. So far, none have said they will resign. Floyd spent most of his life in Texas and will be buried in Houston next week. The posts are becoming a crisis for the Texas Republican Party even as GOP Gov. Greg Abbott and the party are pledging to confront racial injustice in the nation's biggest red state.
Police: Parents, 4 kids found dead in garage in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Authorities in Texas say they found a family of six dead, including four children, in the back of an SUV in a garage. San Antonio Police William McManus says the children were between the ages of 11 months and 4 years old. He says police had gone to the house for a welfare check when the man didn't check-in for work. McManus says officers got a strong whiff of carbon dioxide upon entering the home. He says there was evidence that “it was not an accident." He did not suggest anyone outside the family was involved.
DALLAS OPERA CUTBACKS
Dallas Opera postpones opening night from October to March
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Opera is postponing opening night from Oct. 9 to March 5 and cutting its 2020-21 season from five productions to four. The company says Verdi’s “Don Carlo” will replace Wagner’s “Lohengrin” next season and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice” has been dropped. “Don Carlo” which was canceled in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dallas Opera’s season will open with the world premiere of “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” by composer Joby Talbot with a libretto by Gene Scheer. The season has been cut from 24 performances to 15.