Welcome to our IRL (In Real Life) daily news roundup where we highlight the major new stories that we think you should be paying attention to and following.
Georgia’s Voting Disaster
Hourslong waits, problems with new voting machines, and a lack of available ballots plagued voters in majorly minority counties in Georgia on Tuesday — conditions the secretary of state called “unacceptable” and vowed to investigate.
Democrats and election watchers said voting issues in a state that has been plagued for years by similar problems, along with allegations of racial bias, didn’t bode well for the November presidential election, when Georgia could be in play.
“This seems to be happening throughout Atlanta and perhaps throughout the county. People have been in line since before 7:00 am this morning,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, tweeted shortly after polls were supposed to open — and in some cases still hadn’t.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said the problems “in certain precincts” in Fulton and DeKalb counties were “unacceptable.”
“My office has opened an investigation to determine what these counties need to do to resolve these issues before November’s election,” he said in a statement.
The Head of CrossFit Has Stepped Down After Telling Staff on a Zoom Call, “We’re Not Mourning for George Floyd”
Comments about the killing of George Floyd appear to have resulted in the retirement of the CEO and founder of one of America’s biggest fitness brands and an exodus of the company’s partners.
CrossFit head Greg Glassman announced Tuesday that he is stepping down from his post at the company he started with his now ex-wife in 2000. The announcement came hours after Buzzfeed published a story reporting Glassman told affiliated gyms that the company is “not mourning for George Floyd.”
According to BuzzFeed News, Glassman’s most inflammatory comments came in a check-in Zoom call that CrossFit brass regularly held with a random collection of affiliated gyms during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The topic of the call reportedly featured several comments from Glassman on Floyd’s killing and the resulting protests, in which he had said this to say:
“We’re not mourning for George Floyd — I don’t think me or any of my staff are,” according to a full recording of the meeting obtained by BuzzFeed News.
“Can you tell me why I should mourn for him? Other than that it’s the white thing to do — other than that, give me another reason,” he asked a Minneapolis gym owner who had questioned why the brand hadn’t posted a statement about the protests across the country after the death of George Floyd.
Glassman reportedly added he didn’t think “that there’s a general mourning for Floyd in any community.”
(Via BuzzFeed News)
Just a Reminder of how the Minneapolis Police Department initially reported George Floyd’s death
Christian Cooper on being racially targeted while birdwatching in Central Park.
George Floyd‘s brother, Philonise Floyd, delivers an opening statement in hearing about police brutality — “Yesterday, we laid him to rest. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do…I have to be the strong one now because George is gone”
Read his full statement here.
- Cops, the long-running reality show in which a camera crew follows real-life police officers on patrol, has been pulled from the schedule by Paramount Network and won’t be renewed. Paramount Network announced their decision in a statement from a spokesperson which read, “Cops is not on the Paramount Network and we don’t have any current or future plans for it to return.” [Deadline]
- The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the first African American to be chief of a U.S. military service, as America and its military both wrestle with painful questions about racial justice. The vote to make Gen. Charles Brown, commander of Pacific Air Forces, the 22nd Air Force chief of staff was 98-0, with Vice President Mike Pence making a rare appearance to preside over the Senate at the historic moment. [CNN]
- Arizona again told hospitals to activate the coronavirus emergency plans after cases spiked following reopening, turning it into a U.S. virus hotspot along with neighboring Southwest states. The state’s stay-at-home order ended on May 15, and its cases have increased 115 percent since then, leading a former state health chief to warn Arizona may need new social distancing measures or field hospitals. [Reuters]
- A former judge selected to advise on a path forward in the criminal case against Michael Flynn is accusing the Justice Department of exercising a “gross abuse of prosecutorial power” to protect an ally of President Donald Trump, distorting known facts and legal principles to shield Flynn from a jail sentence. [Politico]
- Duane Davis charged with the 1996 murder of Tupac Shakur
- Daniel Craig’s new hairdo has the internet talking
- NSYNC release first new song in 20 years, ‘Better Place’ — LISTEN
- Angelina Jolie worked less during Brad Pitt divorce because she ‘had a lot of healing to do’
- Miles Nightingale: Male Model Spotlight
- Circumcision protester removed from Pink concert
- Cher allegedly hired men to kidnap troubled son Elijah Blue Allman from NY hotel prior to rehab stint
- Julia Fox says her relationship with Kanye West was sexless