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Pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood under investigation over whether he voted illegally in November
Lin Wood with former President Donald Trump, March 2020
Lin Wood with former President Donald Trump, March 2020 Credit: Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office is investigating allegations that Pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood has allegedly voted illegally in the November general election. The investigation comes after a reporter with WSB-TV in Atlanta published an email from Wood in which he stated he had been living in South Carolina for several months.

"I have been a resident of the State of Georgia since 1955. I have changed my residency to South Carolina yesterday," Wood told CNN. "This is pure harassment by the Georgia Secretary of State."

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
KLM to offer Covid-19 tested flights between Amsterdam and Atlanta
Boeing 777-200 ER of KLM at Amsterdam's Schipol Airport
Boeing 777-200 ER of KLM at Amsterdam's Schipol Airport Credit: Hugh Llewelyn (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

KLM announced on Friday it would begin offering Covid-19 tested flights between Amsterdam and Atlanta. The Dutch airline is the latest example of a European company adopting a testing strategy to increase passenger confidence in flying amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the KLM plan, travellers receive one test five days before their flight, another shortly before the flight, and a third after landing.

"Until an approved working vaccine is available worldwide, this testing program represents the first step towards the international travel industry's recovery," KLM CEO Pieter Elbers said in a statement.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Judge orders USPS to sweep swing-state facilities for ballots
Judge orders USPS to sweep swing-state facilities for ballots
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Judge Emmet Sullivan of the US District Court of the District of Columbia ordered the US Postal Service to immediately sweep facilities for ballots in crucial swing states. The order mandates that facilities must start the process by 3pm ET "to ensure that no ballots have been held up and that any identified ballots are immediately sent out for delivery.

Sweeps must be conducted in various crucial swing states, including Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Arizona and South Florida.

Sports • Baseball
MLB: Marlins player reportedly went out in Atlanta days before season begin
MLB: Marlins player reportedly went out in Atlanta days before season begin
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USA Today baseball insider Bob Nightengale has stated that "at least" one player of the Miami Marlins but possibly more players have left the team hotel during their stay in Atlanta only days before the season began.

He believes that "some guys got careless, at least one guy did for sure, he went out, and came back positive and spread it around" causing the outbreak inside the team where 17 players of the Marlins tested positive. Official statements regarding the outbreak from the Major League Baseball and Miami Marlins are still outstanding.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Fifteen US mayors sign letter opposing use of federal law enforcement with "no oversight" against protesters
Black Lives Matter protest in Portland, Oregon. People protesting police brutality and the deaths of several members of the Black community - sparked by the recent death of George Floyd.
Black Lives Matter protest in Portland, Oregon. People protesting police brutality and the deaths of several members of the Black community - sparked by the recent death of George Floyd. Credit: unsplash.com/Tito Texidor III

Fifteen US mayors have addressed a letter to Attorney General William Barr and Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf opposing the use of federal federal law enforcement with "no oversight" against protesters. The letter is calling the act of deploying federal forces against protesters an "abuse of power" and is demanding the withdrawal of "extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence" from Portland and other American cities.

"These are tactics we expect from authoritarian regimes -- not our democracy [...] The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked a national uprising and reckoning. The majority of the protests have been peaceful and aimed at improving our communities. Where this is not the case, it still does not justify the use of federal forces. Unilaterally deploying these paramilitary-type forces into our cities is wholly inconsistent with our system of democracy and our most basic values," the letter, posted by Mayor Muriel Bowser, said.

The list of mayors who signed the letter is as follows: Jenny A. Durkan, Seattle; Ted Wheeler, Portland; Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta; Lori Lightfoot, Chicago; Muriel Bowser, Washington DC; Quinton D. Lucas, Kansas City; Martin J. Walsh, Boston; Jim Kenny, Philadelphia; Michael Hancock, Denver; Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles; Sam Liccardo, San Jose; Libby Schaaf, Oakland; Regina Romera, Tucson; Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento; Kate Gallego, Phoenix.

Portland officials had previously stated that federal officers were working in coordination with local law enforcement but have since come out saying that "coordination was not made with Portland police" as the "federal police have their marching order."

According to Chad Wolf, federal law enforcement had only been deployed to Portland. On Monday, Trump vowed to send federal officers to other cities.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Civil rights leader C.T. Vivian dies at age 95
President Barack Obama delivers awards the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2013.
President Barack Obama delivers awards the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2013. Credit: Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson / Public domain

C.T. Vivian has died of natural causes in his Atlanta home at age 95. Vivian was a civil rights veteran and a close associate of Dr Martin Luther King Jr., who he met in 1955. He helped organise the Freedom Rides and was an advocate for non-violent protest, racial justice and equality.

In 2013, President Barack Obama awarded Vivan with the presidential medal of freedom.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor Atlanta, tested positive for Covid-19
Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor Atlanta, tested positive for Covid-19
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she has been tested for Covid-19 in a Tweet on Monday, writing: "COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Police officer charged with murder in shooting of Rayshard Brooks

Garrett Rolfe, the police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks three times at a Wendy's parking lot in Atlanta on June 12, was charged with felony murder. After Brooks, a 27-year-old black American man, was shot in the back twice, Rolfe said: "I got him".

Devin Brosnan, the second officer who was at the scene, was charged with aggravated assault and has agreed to be a state's witness. He has been put on administrative duty.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Killing of Rayshard Brooks leads to Atlanta's Police Chief resignation
Former Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields
Former Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields Credit: YouTube (Reproduction)

A white Atlanta Police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, a black man, after an altercation on Friday night, sparking renewed protests in the city, the officer's firing and the Police Chief Erika Shields resignation.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she accepted police chief Shield's resignation and had also called for the officer responsible for killing Brooks to be fired.