Singer Bonnie Pointer, of The Pointer Sisters fame, dies aged 69

RIP – love their songs

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Member of Grammy-winning group went on to launch solo career with Motown Records

Singer Bonnie Pointer, best known as a member of the Grammy-winning group The Pointer Sisters, has died at the age of 69, a representative has said.

She died on Monday, according to her sister and fellow singer, Anita. No cause of death was revealed.

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East Coast sees drop in COVID-19 cases as other areas surge

The overall decrease in COVID-19 cases in the United States is being driven by declines in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, but cases are surging in a handful of other states in the wake of reopening local economies, including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Utah.

In Arizona yesterday, officials reported 30 new deaths from the novel coronavirus and last week tallied more than 1,000 hospitalizations per day. California reported record daily highs in the last week and through the weekend, averaging about 2,666 daily new cases, according to CNN. Last Friday, California tracked 3,593 new cases, its record case count.

Texas, Illinois, and Florida have also each averaged more than 1,000 new cases per day in the past week.

Face mask sign on New York City subway train
Stephanie Soucheray | News Reporter | CIDRAP News
Jun 08, 2020

New data show that 600 frontline US health workers have died from COVID-19.

Observers sceptical over reports on planned US troop withdrawal from Germany | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | 08.06.2020

Essentially, Hodges suggested that the Trump administration’s view of the US military’s purpose in Germany was fundamentally confused. “These troops in Germany are not there to protect Germans,” he said. “Germany allows us forward stationing – Ramstein air base, Landstuhl hospital, logistics headquarters – that is for the benefit of the United States, for our security as well as our contribution to NATO.”

“If we lost Ramstein, for example, it would significantly impact our ability to do anything, not just in Europe, but in Africa and the Middle East,” he said.

Source: Observers sceptical over reports on planned US troop withdrawal from Germany | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | 08.06.2020

Klan leader charged over driving car into Black Lives Matter protesters | US news | The Guardian

“The accused, by his own admission and by a cursory glance at social media, is an admitted leader of the Ku Klux Klan and a propagandist for Confederate ideology,” the Henrico county commonwealth’s attorney, Shannon Taylor, said in a statement. “We are investigating whether hate crimes charges are appropriate.”

Shannon added: “While I am grateful that the victim’s injuries do not appear to be serious, an attack on peaceful protesters is heinous and despicable and we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.”

She said: “Hate has no place here under my watch.”

Rogers is also reportedly an organizer for the National Association for Awakening Confederate Patriots, and carried out a one-man protest in 2016 wearing Ku Klux Klan robes.

Source: Klan leader charged over driving car into Black Lives Matter protesters | US news | The Guardian