Public memorial set for Atatiana Jefferson, woman killed in her home by police officer
A public memorial is scheduled Saturday for Atatiana Jefferson, who was shot and killed by a Fort Worth police officer in her family’s home on Oct. 12 as she played video games with her nephew. On Friday, Dallas County Probate Court Judge Brenda Hull Thompson issued a temporary restraining order sought by Marquis Jefferson, the father of Jefferson. According to the Associated Press, the father sought the order to gain control over the funeral arrangements of his daughter from his daughter’s aunt, Bonita Body. Officer Aaron Dean was arrested Monday on a murder charge and freed hours later on $200,000 bond. Dean allegedly shot Jefferson, 28, through a bedroom window while responding to a neighbor’s call that her door was open late at night. A eulogy will be delivered by TD Jakes and the Reverend Al Sharpton will make special remarks, according to WFAA.
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Emmett Till memorial will be made bulletproof
The vandalized memorial for slain civil rights icon Emmett Till will be replaced with a bulletproof sign in a ceremony Saturday following outrage over a photo of three University of Mississippi students posing with guns in front of the bullet-riddled marker. The new sign, which will be placed at the spot where the 14-year-old’s body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River, will be open to the public but protected by a gate and security cameras, the Emmett Till Memorial Commission said. Till, 14, was tortured and murdered in 1955. An all-white, all-male jury in Mississippi acquitted two white men accused of the slaying. The memorial sign has been targeted repeatedly by vandals since it was first erected in 2008.
- Photo stirs outrage: Students pose in front of bullet-riddled sign
AOC to endorse Bernie Sanders in 2020 Democratic presidential primary
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., plans to endorse Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and appear with him at an event this weekend. Nina Turner, a former state senator and current Sanders campaign national co-chair, said that Ocasio-Cortez was returning the favor for the groundwork Sanders’ campaign had laid in 2016. Sanders promoted the rally, which will take place in Queens, New York, during Tuesday’s debate, along with the promise of a “special guest.” Ocasio-Cortez’s district includes part of Queens, though the rally would take place right outside her district. The endorsement by the outspoken progressive could help the Sanders campaign, which has recently lagged in polls amid the rise of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and questions about Sanders’ health after he had a heart attack.
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In rare session, British lawmakers to debate new Brexit deal
This weekend, British lawmakers will do something they have only done four times since the outbreak of World War II: Sit in the House of Commons on a Saturday.They will debate and then vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new deal to leave the European Union that won the backing of the bloc’s leaders. If Johnson wins the vote, he will claim victory over a Brexit process that led to the resignation of his two predecessors (David Cameron and Theresa May). But Johnson’s ruling Conservative Party doesn’t have a majority in Britain’s 650-seat Parliament. In order to win support for his Brexit deal, he will be relying on votes from other parties and independent lawmakers — while his allies in Northern Ireland are opposed to a deal and the three main opposition parties have pledged to vote it down.The vote is expeted after mid-morning East Coast Time.
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UAW leaders send deal with GM to workers for ratification vote
Ratification meetings are expected to start Saturday after the UAW National General Motors Council reached a tentative agreement with General Motors. GM and the UAW reached a proposed tentative agreement on a new, four-year contract Wednesday, the 31st day of a nationwide strike. The union appears to have won on many of its goals, including a path to permanent employment for temporary autoworkers, a faster route to top pay for workers hired after 2007. But the biggest obvious loss for the union is the continued closure of the Lordstown Assembly Plant in Ohio — a sore point that former Lordstown workers said would cause them to vote against the deal.
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