Another community mourns as US deals with another mass shooting
Several vigils are planned this weekend to honor and remember the eight people who died in a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis on Thursday night. At least four of the victims, aged 19 to 74, were from the local Sikh community. Authorities identified the gunman as a 19-year-old former employee of the facility who committed suicide after the killings. The pattern remains blurry. The massacre is one of 28 mass shootings in the United States in the month of April alone, according to the Gun Violence Archive. It is also the sixth week in a row America has to endure because of a mass slaughter.
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Police tactics in Minnesota questioned as protests show no signs of abating
Elected leaders at Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, where ex-officer Kim Potter killed Daunte Wright last weekend, want officers to curtail tactics amid nighttime protests that show no sign of stopping upon arrival of the weekend. Brooklyn Center officials passed a resolution Monday prohibiting city officers from using tear gas and other chemicals, stranglers, and police lines to stop protesters. But other agencies, including those in the state and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department, have provided support and are unrelated to the resolution. Law enforcement’s treatment of the media also came under scrutiny on Friday night, as a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order prohibiting Minnesota officers from stopping or using force against the press. This stems in part from the fact that several journalists told the court before the ruling that they were targeted this week. Also on Friday night, USA TODAY’s Jasper Colt detailed Minnesota State Patrol soldiers rounding up members of the media and photographing their faces and IDs.
Prince Philip will be buried
The 73-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, died on April 9 at the age of 99. His funeral will be held at Windsor Castle on Saturday as part of a family service that will be closed to the public, Buckingham Palace said in a statement to USA TODAY. It will begin with a nationwide moment of silence at 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT (3 p.m. in England). The service will combine tradition, pandemic constraints and the “no-frills” personality of the man himself. Prince Harry will attend the service at Windsor Castle with family members, although Duchess Meghan, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, has been advised by her doctor not to make the long trip.
ACM Awards to Celebrate Best Country Music of the Year
For the second year in a row, Nashville, Tennessee, will host the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday. The show will return to three famous venues in Music City: the Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry House and the Bluebird Café. The 56th Annual ACM Awards airs at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Last year, due to the pandemic, the ceremony was moved from Las Vegas to Nashville for the first time in more than 50 years of history. Keith Urban will return as host, and he will be joined by Grammy-nominated “Black Like Me” frontman Mickey Guyton.
National parks are free on Saturdays, but bring your mask
In honor of National Parks Week, the National Park Service will waive entry fees on Saturday. Visitors will still have to pay for camping, transportation, activities and sightseeing fees. The weeklong celebration will run through Sunday April 25 with a variety of programs, events and digital experiences. For those who benefit, please note that the National Park Service requires all visitors and employees to wear masks inside buildings and facilities and on lands managed by the NPS “where physical distance cannot be maintained” , according to the Interior Ministry.
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