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Dozens Gather For Vigil To End Systemic Racism

Nearly 100 people gathered last night in the parking lot of Sous Chef grocery store in Peoria’s Warehouse District at a vigil for George Floyd and what organizers described as a peaceful gathering of community connection and support in the effort to end systemic racism.

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Black Caucus Members Call For Special Session To Deal With Police Reform Issues

At least three Illinois House members say they want a special legislative session to strike on issues of law enforcement reform and accountability while police brutality has the nation’s focus.

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'I Didn't Deserve It': Pandemic Shut Down His Barbershop, Then A Fire Destroyed It

Trevon Ellis spent years building up his north Minneapolis barbershop, the Fade Factory, luring customers with smart haircuts, snacks and friendly conversation. It took just one terrible night to destroy it all. "Inside is totally burned down," Ellis says. "Everything was burned to a crisp." The recent wave of protests against police brutality has left a trail of chaos and destruction in many city neighborhoods, with countless businesses looted and damaged. Among them are some African...

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It's counterintuitive.

At a time of roiling civil unrest and an unprecedented economic crisis, stock prices are chugging along quite nicely. In fact, they have rebounded sharply since the dark days of March.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which lost 37% of its value between Feb. 12 and March 23, has now regained more than two-thirds of the ground it lost. Same with the broader S&P 500 index.

3 Police Injured During Brooklyn Stabbing Incident

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Officials in New York are investigating an attack on Wednesday night in Brooklyn that left three officers injured. Some news reports have suggested the violence might be terror-related, citing anonymous sources. The Mayor's office and NYPD have not linked the incident to terrorism.

The late-night incident occurred in the Flatbush neighborhood, when police say a man approached an officer assigned to an anti-looting patrol and stabbed him in the neck.

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The federally-funded COVID-19 testing site at the Peoria Civic Center parking lot is now open to everyone.

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A ceremony has started in memory of George Floyd, who died after a police officer pressed a knee into his neck while detaining him in Minneapolis last week, triggering protests across the country.

Members of Floyd's family arrived in Minneapolis ahead of the memorial service, which began 1 p.m. CT in a sanctuary at North Central University in Minneapolis, which seats roughly 1,000 people.

Watch the service live.

Atlantic writer Anne Applebaum draws parallels between regimes in Eastern Europe and the Trump White House. She says our democracy can be destroyed — unless people fight back.

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Peoria activist and mayoral candidate Chama St. Louis and the Peoria Community Bond Fund worked to bond four people charged in this week's civil unrest out of the Peoria County Jail.

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Attorney General William Barr on Thursday defended the decision to order that protesters be driven back from a park near the White House earlier in the week and said extremest groups were involved in sometimes violent demonstrations in the aftermath of George Floyd's death.

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Virginia will remove a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the city of Richmond "as soon as possible," Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday.

"Today, we're here to be honest about our past and talk about our future," Northam said, adding: "We have to confront where we've been in order to shape where we're going."

The statue will be placed into storage, where it will remain until government leaders and the community can discuss its future, according to the governor.

Hong Kong's legislature has passed a bill making it a crime to poke fun at China's national anthem — a move that puts new limits on anniversary events marking the Tiananmen Square massacre. Under the ban, it is illegal to alter the lyrics of the anthem, or to sing it "in a distorted or disrespectful way."

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The coronavirus pandemic has pushed unemployment to its highest level since the Great Depression, but the pace of layoffs has been easing. And there are now some signs that the job market could slowly start to recover.

The Labor Department says another 1.87 million people filed claims for unemployment insurance last week. That's down 249,000 from the previous week. While still very high by historical standards, the number has been declining steadily from a peak of 6.8 million the week ending March 28.