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Despite COVID-19, these Central Florida home service businesses are still open.

  • Fence Outlet
    • Fence Outlet wants our customers to feel safe and comfortable working with our team. Our customers can rest assured that we have trained on good hygiene and are practicing social distancing. 
    • At Fence Outlet , we offer ½ off curbside delivery, pay by phone, free estimates, professional installation and 0% financing for 12 month. (ask for details) For DIY projects , if you would like to pick up your order but do not want to come inside, just call our store and tell us what type of vehicle you are driving and we will bring your order to you. 
    • Call or visit FENCEOUTLETONLINE.COM for more information. Set up your own appointment on line or visit any of our seven locations ready to serve you in Orlando, Oviedo, Melbourne, Daytona, Tampa, Port Richey and North Port. 
    • Please read our full statement regarding COVID-19 here.
  • Stanley Steemer
    • Stanley Steemer is here to help keep local businesses and homes cleaner during this unfortunate time. According to the CDC, cleaning is the necessary first step of any disinfection process. 
    • At Stanley Steemer we are prepared and uniquely equipped with the cleaning of virtually any surfaces for a cleaner and healthier home. Stanley Steemer has a new cleaning and disinfecting process for your upholstery, carpets, tile and grout. 
    • Call Stanley Steemer for details at 1-888-STEEMER.
  • Pro-Tech Air Conditioning & Plumbing Services
    • During these uncertain times, you can STILL count on Pro-Tech air conditioning and plumbing service to keep you comfortable all summer long. 
    • Give Pro-Tech a call at 24 hours a day (407) 291-1644 or visit protechac.com.
  • RoofClaim.com
    • At RoofClaim.com, we believe in doing everything we can to keep our employees, partners, and customers safe. If you’re in need of a roof inspection, don’t hesitate to call us - even in the midst of COVID-19. By using state-of-the art drones to carry out roof inspections, we can minimize contact and any risk of exposure-all while making sure you get your money’s worth. Request your professional roof inspection today. 
  • Pool Guard
    • We are open for business call (386)956-2481 
    • We are running a special for $25 off the first month of pool service for West Volusia residents
  • ARS Rescue Rooter
    • As COVID-19 continues to impact the global community, we at ARS want to update you on the steps we have taken to ensure the safety of our employees and customers, as well as business continuity for the communities we serve across our nation. Read full statement here from our CEO.
  • Mossy Oak Fence
    • After 12 strong years of success building custom wood fences and decorative aluminum fences, the owners of Mossy Oak Fence saw an opportunity to fill a void in the Orlando and Central Florida fence markets. So in 2004 Mossy Oak Fence began bringing the same level of professionalism to Central Florida that brought them many awards for excellence in Atlanta. 
    • "Customer Satisfaction is our # 1 priority, from the initial call to the final walk through, we strive to make your fence purchase as seamless as possible" 
    • Mossy Oak Fence would like to assure all current and future customers, we are taking all necessary precautions not to spread the Coronavirus. When at your home or place of business, Mossy Oak Fence employees do not need to enter your residence or facilities. Nor do they need to have physical contact with anyone at the time of the estimate or consultation. 
    • Read the entire statement from our president here.
  • Concrete Solutions of CFL Inc
    • We are a residential and light commercial concrete service business, we specialize in driveways, sidewalks, patios and metal buildings. We are A+ on BBB and multiple sites like Angies List and Home Advisor. We are operating under normal hours as of now.
  • One Stop Plumbing Services
    • Contact us at (407) 564-2162 
    • We want everyone to know, we are open and here to help people with all there Plumbing and A/C needs.
  • KC Screen
  • Badcock Home Furniture &more
    • With the recent events centering on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure you that we are here for our entire Badcock family and hope to be a source of steadfastness in a world of uncertainty. 
    • At this time, our stores are open and ready to serve your needs, whether those needs include new furniture, paying your bill, or simply needing a safe space to visit. We have a number of protocols and precautions in place to ensure that our stores are clean and illness free. As part of this, we have increased cleaning and sanitation practices for our stores, we have added a requirement for employees who are exhibiting symptoms of any viral illnesses to stay home until fully recovered, and we are actively reviewing travel guidelines and other procedures in an effort to reduce employee exposure to the virus.
  • ProFormance Roofing
    • ProFormance Roofing is Central Florida’s premier roofing company. Based in Apopka and serving customers throughout Sumter, Osceola, Brevard, Seminole, Polk, Lake, Volusia, and Orange counties, their team provides honest, reliable, and detail-oriented services. 
    • From roof repairs, new constructions, and re-roofing services that use the latest techniques and best products, to offering financing options to fit your budget, the roofers at ProFormance Roofing guarantee every customer’s complete satisfaction. 
    • We are now offering free online/digital estimates to help keep your mind at ease during this time. Call today at (407)702-0206 and check out our reviews online at www.proformanceroofs.com.
  • All American Solar
    • With everything going on across the country right now with COVID-19 pandemic and many people in our community either furloughed, laid off, or temporarily out of work, there’s no better time to learn about how one of the world’s largest resources, the sun can help make you money. Let your property and roof of your home reduce or eliminate your electric bills.
  • Rooms To Go
    • Since 1991, Rooms To Go has been committed to helping our customers create comfortable and welcoming homes for their families and friends, and we appreciate that you have trusted us throughout the years with this important part of your lives. We strive on a daily basis to offer high-quality merchandise at a great value and ensure that our sales and delivery processes are the best they can be. Our priority is the health and safety of our customers and associates. 
    • We want you to continue to feel comfortable visiting Rooms To Go stores and accepting deliveries of our merchandise. So, here are some precautions we are enacting for our customers and associates.
  • Village Kart Aide
    • Golf cart rescue service in The Villages is operating 24/7.  We will not take passengers until the all clear is given.
    • Roadside rescue for golf carts call (352) 409-5853
  • Talco Construction
    • Your roof is too important to trust to just any contractor. Choose Talco Construction, the area’s #1 preferred Owens Corning roofing contractor in Orlando, FL. As a top roofing contractor in Orlando, FL, we serve homeowners and business owners throughout Central Florida. 
    • No matter what kind of roof your building has, we have you covered — literally. We’re trained in all major roofing systems, including shingle, metal roofs, and more. In addition to installing high-quality, affordable roofs, we also work on residential and commercial siding. Whether you’re improving your home, fixing storm damage, or building a new property, we’re the contractor to trust. Call or text (407) 654-4426 or you can click here to request a free roof replacement or repair estimate.
  • 50 Floor
    • 50 Floor is a leader in the in-home shopping industry, allowing customers to choose their flooring in the safety and comfort of their home, avoiding crowded stores. During this challenging time, we are continuing to schedule appointments and installations. 
    • At 50 Floor, we want you to know that we are committed to providing you with a safe and enjoyable in-home experience. We are taking extra precautions such as increased sanitation at our offices and with our flooring samples, upholding personal hygiene standards for all employees as outlined by the CDC, and encouraging any employee to remain at home if needed. 
    • Our corporate and branch offices are also implementing work from home options as needed to maintain quality service to our customers as well as ensure the health and safety of our staff and customers. 
    • We understand if you need to reschedule your appointment to a later date and have extended our online scheduling to accommodate appointments further into the future. If you need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 877-50FLOOR.
  • FAS Windows & Doors
    • FAS is Central Florida’s largest volume residential window and door dealer. We have showrooms and distribution facilities in the major metro areas of Tampa, FL and Orlando, FL. The Company was established by the Father and Son team of Ernie and John Wilding in February 2005, with the objective of providing the growing Central Florida community with the best quality windows and doors on the market at reasonable prices, and with a customer service level unsurpassed within the industry. 
    • Contact us at (407)770-0184 or visit us at faswd.com
  • S and W Kitchens
    • S and W Kitchens has been Family owned and operated since 1977, bring Floridians the BEST in Kitchen and Bath remodeling. And now, ALL OF US at S&W Kitchens are thinking of you. We love our work and we find that FOLKS, isolated at home right now, are thinking and dreaming more than ever about how to make their homes more livable, calming, and healthy! The magic of technology allows us to continue to do what we love and work with you to create wonderful spaces. S&W Kitchens is providing video conferencing capabilities so that we can present options to you virtually. We can also speak with you over the phone or computer, discussing how to measure your space; your needs, wants and dreams and all the options that are part of building that dream.
  • Electric Company
    • Your local electrical company CentralFloridaElectrician.com 
    • Contact us for your next project: Residential Service Upgrades, FPE Stab-Lok, Electric Vehicle Charging station, Medical Buildings, Restaurants and More
  • Jr Quality Appliance Service
    • As of right now we are open. Our technicians are taking precaution cleaning there tools after every call. Normal operating hours as of now. Be safe! Support local business. 
    • We are a family owned business. We can work on any of your home appliances. Call our office at (386)747-5894 to set your next appointment. We offer veteran, first responders, educators and senior.
  • MILLS & NEBRASKA
    • We are open Monday - Friday 7am - 4pm. Inventory in stock, and fabrication shops are running. 
    • Call us at (407)298-5600
  • Orange County Countertops, INC
    • Orange County Countertops, INC is a laminate counter-top fabricator located in the Orlando area. We service commercial customers in Central and Southern Florida as well as neighboring areas. We specialize in multi-unit production from subdivisions and multifamily housing complexes to schools and hospitals. 
    • Email Michele@occtopshop.com or call (407) 294-8677 for immediate assistance and pricing.
  • KnightQuantum LLC
    • Handyman offering service 7 days a week depending on urgency of service needed. 
    • For service contact Frances Evans at (863)241-4048
  • Super Fast Electric
    • Super Fast Electric is the leading electrician of residential, commercial and industrial projects. We have more than 20 years of experience in this field. 
    • We are open for business visit us at SuperFastElectric.com or call us at (321)370-6898
  • Lou the HandyMan
    • I offer fast and efficient high quality work at a fair price. I do not cut corners and my propriety is doing work I can be proud of. Over 20 years of experience in but not limited to: 
    • Al general handyman services, Painting, Assembly, Plumbing, Electrical, Appliance & fixture installation & repair, Window repair, Roof repair, Repairs of all kinds 
    • For a fast response, feel free to text me detailed information and pictures to: (802) 723-0112.
  • New Life Water
    • As you spend more time at home during these trying times are you experiencing difficulties with your water?
    • We are a local family owned Water Filtration business that specializes in whole house water filtration.
    • New Life Water Provides free water testing and free quotes. Give us a call at 407-988-7661 your skin and hair will love you for it.
  • Topline Appliance Service
    • We are open for business contact us at (407)695-8181
  • Trinity Electrical Contractors Inc
    • Trinity Electrical is a full-service electrical company, providing dependable and personal service in both residential and commercial clients throughout Orlando and Surrounding Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. All of our work is guaranteed and we specialize in: 
    • Installations & Repairs, Panel Changes, Service Upgrades, Under Cabinet Lighting, Renovations, New & Old Work, Additions, Recess Lighting, Tenant Build Outs 
    • Contact us at (407)821-7131 or visit at trinityelectricalcontractors.com
  • Bob Heinmiller A/C, Electrical & Solar
    • Contact us at (407) 422-7657 or visit us at bobheinmiller.com 
    • Bob Heinmiller Air Conditioning has over 23 years of experience as a licensed and insured Air Conditioning and Electrical Contractor serving the greater Orlando area. We are also an authorized installer for SolarWorld solar products for homes and businesses.
  • Paramount Fencing, Inc.
    • We are open for business contact us at (407)347-2720 or visit us at paramountfencing1.com 
    • Paramount Fencing, Inc. is an educationally based company that provides customized fence solutions, high-end products, and quality customer experiences for both homeowners and outdoor service companies alike.
  • Sanford Carpet and Flooring
    • If you are searching for the finest in product selection, quality, and value for your home, you will find it all at Sanford Carpet. We are committed to providing guaranteed customer service with quality products, installations and prices. We are also a Mohawk Color Center — Mohawk is one of the oldest and finest carpet flooring companies in the industry. 
    • For more information about our flooring selections and services please visit our website. You may also call us at 407-871-3490 for a free estimate.
  • City Electric Supply
    • We are a family-owned electrical wholesale business dedicated to providing personalized service and support for customer sin the residential, commercial, and industrial marketplace. 
    • Contact us at (407)734-0800 or visit us at cityelectricsupply.com
  • A1 Service Pluming Inc.
    • Emergency plumbing, 24 hour service, leaks, stoppages, Repipe’s, no job too small or too big, we do it all! Thank you and stay safe through these trying times! 
    • Contact us at (407)578-7840 or visit at www.a1serviceplumbing.com.
  • Postal Annex
    • We are open for business contact (321) 972-1196
    • Authorized ship center for UPS, FEDEX, DHL and USPS. 
  • Open Access Garage Doors
    • We are open for garage door service repairs commercial or residential and new installs for commercial or residential . Only limitations is the curfew in effect for Orange County (11p -5a). We service the east coast and central Florida. 
    • Contact us at (321)682-1297 or visit us at openaccessgaragedoors.com
  • Pipeline Irrigation
    • At Pipeline we cover all your irrigation needs. From fixing old and broken heads to putting in a whole new system we ensure a complete repair every time. For a free estimate call Pipeline for all your irrigation needs. 
    • Contact us at (321)946-0666
  • CB Plumbing Service
    • Cocoa Beach Plumbing Services, Inc. – Whether you have a plumbing emergency, need a professional to help you upgrade the plumbing in your home or commercial building, or you need a plumber for new construction, the folks at Cocoa Beach Plumbing have the experience, skill, knowledge and ability to meet all your needs. 
    • Contact us at (321)783-6000
  • Southeast Steel
    • WE ARE OPEN TO HELP...and taking all the necessary precautions to serve our customers safely. Family owned and operated for over 79 years. Central Florida is our community! As coronavirus disease COVID-19 spreads, Southeast Steel continues to take precautionary measures to support the health, well-being, and safety of our local community, employees and their families. We are also working to minimize any contribution to the spread of the virus. We are making the daily adjustments needed for our work and operations. As you prepare to make your home and family safe for the quarantined days ahead, if you find that you need something to prepare or store food, we are here to help. If you find that your laundry is not working properly, we are here to help. Please feel free to call ahead at 407-423-7654 and make a private appointment. This is not necessary, but a solution we offer for those who wish. We have staff that is ready to serve you, and ample space in our showroom to keep a safe social distance. If you are a current Southeast Steel customer in need of replacing an appliance you purchased from us, we will be happy to handle that transaction over the phone. If you have a delivery scheduled from a prior purchase but have concerns, we will be happy to reschedule your delivery at no additional cost. As we move into uncharted waters, please email us at info@southeaststeel.net or call us to stay informed of any changes to our normal working hours. 
  • Del Air Heating and Air Conditioning
    • Del Air Heating and Air Conditioning is open and has its full fleet of over 400 fully stocked trucks ready to keep you cool while spending more time at home. 
    • Contact us at (844)574-4578
  • Blue Skye Screening
    • We are open from 6a - 6p Monday - Sunday. 
    • We are doing in-home estimates as well as over the phone quotes with a few pictures from home owner of the back of the home. Plus, we are giving discounts daily. 
    • Contact us at (407)857-5079
  • College Park Ace Hardware INC
    • Open daily Monday - Friday 8a-7p, Saturday 8a -7p and Sunday 9a-6p 
    • COVID-19 Update: Your local Ace remains OPEN. Always Essential, Forever Helpful. Pickup in store, curbside pickup or we deliver to your front door.
  • Route 46 ACE Hardware
    • Open daily Monday - Saturday 8a-7p and Sunday 9a-6p 
    • COVID-19 Update: Your local Ace remains OPEN. Always Essential, Forever Helpful. Pickup in sotre, curbside pickup or we deliver to your front door.
  • Farco Plastics Supply 
    • Farco Plastics is Open for Business. All Farco warehouses have an extensive inventory of quality materials for immediate shipment to industrial buyers, contractors, designers, and fabricator. We offer Stocking face mask and barrier protection acrylic. 
    • Visit farcoplastics.com or email Erwin at ehayward@farcoplastics.com or cal (407)536-9948
  • PJL&K Home Services
    • Available for all Home Service needs any time. Call and we’ll schedule a free estimate at your earliest convenience.
  • 4 Seasons Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc.
    • We are taking calls 24/7 and our goal is to get a tech to your home the same day that you call. From AC repairs and replacements to clean, fresh indoor air, we are here to care for all of your air conditioning needs.
  • Roto-Rooter
    • To our valued customers: As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to disrupt daily life, Roto-Rooter wants to assure homeowners and business customers that we are taking steps to help our employees and customers stay safe and healthy. 
    • Open, Fully Staffed, and Ready to Help the Communities We Serve! We know many of you are working from home and self-quarantining. A houseful of people puts added stress on your plumbing system and can increase the likelihood of serious plumbing and drain problems. 
    • Roto-Rooter is ready to help with service anytime you need us. We’re still operating under our normal hours of operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’re carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation and strictly following government health and safety guidelines to minimize the spread of the virus and protect our customers and employees in every community we serve.
  • Warren Heating & Air Conditioning Inc
    • We are open 24 hours, contact us at (407)272-2868
  • Native Building Services & Roofing, LLC.
    • Your community roofing professionals with a heart for superior customer service. 
    • Call to connect wit a roofing expert at (407)890-9872.
  • FL Construction
    • FL Construction services both Residential and Commercial customers, providing a wide range of services to the Central Florida area. Specializing in Remodeling and Repair, Outdoors and Landscape, and Disability Access, FL Construction prides itself on being the Premier Construction and Property Maintenance Company that Central Florida residents, realtor's and property managers turn to.
  • American Leak Detection
    • American Leak Detection wants to reassure you, our valued customers, that your health, safety, and well-being are of the utmost importance and that our franchise System is unique in committing increased resources to ensure your safety while solving your leak detection and sewer problems. 
    • Contact us at (407)965-2456
  • Amp Guys Repair
    • Currently Open Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to 5. Other times by appointment. 
    • Contact us at (407)362-1528
  • Pinch-A-Penny Pool Stores
    • We are open normal business hours Monday through Saturday 9am-6pm and Sundays 10am to 4pm to provide you with all of your swimming pool care needs! 
    • Contact us at (407)677-6577
  • All Phases Electric
    • All Phases Electrical is a full-service electrical company, providing dependable and personal service in both residential and commercial clients throughout Orlando and Surrounding Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. 
    • Contact us today at (407)275-6220
  • In Phaze Electric Inc
    • We are open for business Monday through Friday 8am-6pm. 
    • Call us at (407)599-7777 for an appointment.
  • Firehouse Pressure Washing
    • Great prices right now! 
    • Make your home or business look like new again! Call us at (407)375-7768 for your FREE estimate.
  • Appliance Technicians INC
    • Major Household Appliance Repair & Refrigerators. Our factory trained Appliance technicians are knowledgeable on all makes and models of Washers, Dryers, Dishwashers, Ranges, Wall ovens, Cooktops, Microwaves, Refrigerators and Wine Coolers. 
    • We service Oviedo and surrounding areas. Orlando, Apopka, Winter Park, Maitland, Baldwin Park, Altamonte Springs, Winter Garden, Lake Mary, Montverde, Sanford, Windermere, Geneva, Ocoee, Hunters Creek, Oviedo, Narcoossee, Chuluota, Longwood, Winter Springs. 
    • Contact us at (407)366-7609
  • Aggressive Appliances
    • Showroom is open 8am-6pm. Appointments not necessary. Appliance repair and service is running the normal schedule. Free diagnostic on non-cooling refrigerators during the quarantine. 
    • Contact us at (407)295-4489
  • RePaint Florida
    • RePaint Florida Orlando is open for business. An experienced painting company with 4 decades of experience. If you are one of the many Orlando homeowners who has cabinets that have seen better days, it’s time to make a call to your local cabinet professionals. 
    • Call Jeff at 321-576-6805 visit our site https://www.repaintflorida.com/ for your free quote. Give us a call today or email office@RepaintFlorida.com and let us show you the kind of quality workmanship that has helped make us the #1 name in cabinet painting services!
  • Level Construction and Roofing
    • We are open to assist with any roof leaks, insurance claims and always provide free estimates. Always honest upfront. Let us Level with you!
  • Farrells Gutter Cleaning & Repairs
    • Farrells Gutter Cleaning & Repairs is Open for Business! With over 12 years of experience in the gutter industry, we are here to provide with you mild to moderate gutter services at a fair price. We take pride in knowing our customers are happy and the job is done right the first time. We offer Gutter Cleaning, Leaf Guard & Gutter Screening Installation and more. 
    • Open M-F 9a-4pm. Visit www.farrellsguttercleaningandrepairs.com or call 407-668-3754 or email jfarrellhemi@icloud.com
  •  JMT Cabinets
    • JMT Cabinets is still open to help with your cabinet reface needs. We are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our staff and our customers. If you're ready for a new look to your kitchen or bathroom cabinets visit us at jmtcabinets.com and fill out your free quote request today!
    • Open Monday - Friday from 8am to 5pm.
  • Creative Floors
    • Creative Floors is a full-service family owned flooring store and have been in business since 1999. We have a huge selection of beautiful carpet, tile, hardwood, luxury vinyl plank and laminate flooring in our 2 large showrooms. We have the largest selection of flooring and bathroom products available! No matter the size of your project, we have the products to fit every budget and the selection to suit every decor!
    • CREATIVE FLOORS is committed to the health and safety of our customers and employees.
    • We are working to operate and serve our community throughout the “Stay at Home” order.
    • Our showrooms are open and we are available to quote projects, to serve our customer’s needs, installations, rescheduling, deliveries and more.
    • We are offering a SHOP AT HOME service and in order to keep you safe, we are insuring that our staff regularly uses hand sanitizer and wipes, in our stores and in your home.
    • We are doing everything possible to keep our customers safe and our stores clean while we remain open for business!
    • We have 2 locations to serve you with a Casselberry location at 830 SR 436 Casselberry, Fl. 32707 and an Orlando location at 7400 Southland Blvd. Orlando, fl. 32809
    • Please visit our website for directions and store hours at creativefloorsonline.com!
  • Have It Your Way Renovations, LLC
    • Call for services at (407) 970-6539
  • Clear Flow Environmental LLC
    • Clear Flow Septic is standing by to help you with all your septic systems, drain field, lift stations, grease traps and plumbing services. 
    • Call us today and schedule an appointment (407)982-7755.
  • Ameritech Facility Services
    • Our notable national footprint and majority of self-performing skilled trade workforce have further extended our referenceable dominance as the industry leader in facility upgrade, renovation, and multi-store rollout projects. Our corporate culture is project success centric and a product of our continued quest to serve as your trusted industry expert.
    • We take responsibility for the quality of work, adherence to timelines, and general execution of the job which requires that the entire team perform with the utmost integrity, and dedication. This attention to detail is your assurance that working with Ameritech Facility Services will always net positive outcomes, guaranteed.
    • Call us today (407)235-0440
  • Beyel Brothers Crane and Rigging
    • We are essential provider of heavy rigging and mobile cranes. With our commitment to our customers Power company’s, infrastructure, government necessities we will obey all guidelines set forth by the CDC. Our commitment to provide the service is there along with the safety of our team.
    • Call us today (407)277-2600
  • Grissoms Tree Services
    • We are licensed and insured with free estimates.
    • Contact us today (321)202-6000
  • Brownie’s Septic and Plumbing
    • Brownie’s Septic and Plumbing Taking care of your “business” for 70 years
    • Open 24/7 for you plumbing and septic needs
    • The team at Brownie’s Septic and Plumbing wants to thank the healthcare workers, hospitality, delivery, grocery store, and everyone else who is working on the COVID-19 frontline. We are taking precautionary measures to support the health and safety of our employees, current and future customers, and help to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 
    • Right now we are offering 10% off all services including septic and plumbing.
    • Contact us at 407-410-3863 or visit at callbrownies.com
  • Amazing Construction LLC
    • Contact us (386)444-5790
  • Dillard’s Irrigation Repair
    • We are in full operation, Monday - Saturday 8am to 6pm.
    • Contact us (407) 782-5446
  • Omni ScreenWorks LLC
    • Free estimates for screen rooms!
    • Contact us (386) 381-9128
  • PPG Paints
    • PPG Paints is committed to the safety and health of its valued customers and staff. Our stores in your area continue to stay open, and are offering curbside pick-up for all of your paint project needs. 
    • To learn more about our current promotions and to find a store near you visit www.ppgpaints.com
  • Atlas Glass and Mirror   
    • Contact (407) 7887719 or visit atlasglassorlando.net
    • Open Monday – Thursday from 8am-5-pm.
  • Florida Paints
    • Contact (407) 986-1000 or find your store www.floridapaints.com
    • To our Valued Customers: The safety of our employees and customers is our first priority. By reducing the number of opportunities for close contact we are operating in the safest way possible under current conditions. In response to continually evolving COVID-19 developments and recommendation guidelines, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, we will be moving to curbside or jobsite delivery only. We will remain open for business, operating under our normal hours as long as we are safely able to do so. Your local stores are ready to provide the same great service you have come to expect. Until further notice, please phone in all orders for curbside pickup or delivery. 
  • Patriot Glass Repair’s
    • We offer professional and reliable solution for all your residential and commercial glass needs.
    • Contact (321) 443-8427 or visit www.patriotglassrepairllc.com
  • Aldan Electric Supply Inc.
    • We are open our normal operating hours. Monday thru Friday. 7:30 am to 5 pm. 
    • We are an essential business that sells electrical supplies. 
    • Contact (407)896-7761
  • Gold Key Roofing 
    • We are open for business Monday - Thursday from 8am - 5pm and Friday 8am - 4pm
    • Our office is closed to public coming in. All other operations are up and running. Re-roof and repair estimates available! 
    • Contact us today (407) 851 - 0680
  • Central Florida Skylights LLC
    • We are taking extra safety precautions by staying clean and healthy. We are offering FREE estimates for our tubular and traditional skylights. We’re open to repair, replace, and install new skylights!
    • Contact us today (888) 898-3836
  • Caliber Collision
    • Contact us today (407) 298-8888
    • Caliber Collision is considered an essential business as defined by the guidance from the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
  • Alday Climate Solutions
    • Contact Chris Alday (407) 808-0864
    • Serving all of Orange County and all Seminole County
    • Alday Climate Solutions LLC is based in Longwood Florida. We are fully insured, licensed, HVAC Contractors specializing in A/C maintenance, repairs, and installations. Repairing and replacing air conditioning and heating units on commercial buildings as well as residential homes throughout Central Florida.
    • We also service, repair and replace commercial ice makers and refrigeration units.
  • Rinaldi's Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Elecrical
    • Rinaldi's takes the health and well-being of our community, customers, employees and associates very seriously. 
    • With stay safe and stay at home practices in effect, there are many of you experiencing issues with your air conditioning, plumbing or electrical systems. We are here to help and open for business.
    • Our office staff and field personnel are updated daily and required to record and report their temperature and status of any symptoms first thing in the morning and throughout the day. Standard protocol regarding COVID-19 and social distancing are being followed and expectations exceeded. Gloves are used, changed and disposed of properly regularly. Proper masks are being utilized and regular sanitation is performed to keep our employees, customers and community safe.
    • Rinaldi’s has served Central Florida since 1969 and available 24/7 for all AC, Plumbing, and Electrical needs.
  • Full Circle Cycle
    • Open for business Monday - Friday from 11am - 5pm for repairs by appointment only.
    •  Visit us online  www.fullcirclecycleorland.com or call (40& 297-1550 to book appointment
  • Real Bowman Property Inspections, LLC.
    • Call (407) 547-6820 to book an inspection
  • Arrow Locksmith Co
    • Store is closed to walk in however we are still servicing all service calls
    • Call us today (407) 855-2080 or visit www.arrowlocksmith.net
  • Roy’s Safe and Lock, Inc.
    • We are open for business 9am - 5pm to service residential, commercial and industrial
    • Call (407) 847-2365 or email mail@roys-safeandlock.com
  • Bryan Plumbing 
    • Still open for business, call Joey Keeton (407) 509-1538 or email bryanplumbing@yahoo.com
  • A Bride, A Groom, A Notary LLC
    • Our Notary services are limited and by appointment only. 
    • Our wedding ceremony services, are limited.
    • Contact us at bridegroomnotary@yahoo.com or (407)760-7397. Let's figure out the best way to make your day special in these special times. 
  • ­­ Wander Woman Services
    • Going out so that you can stay safely at home!
    • Running errands, pet walking, shopping, courier, Floroda Reemployment Paper Applications dropped off at your door.  
    • Call Charna, (407) 567-8881 or email wanderwomanservices@gmail.com
  • Guaranteed Gutters
  • Brownie’s Five Star Services
  • Diamond Garage Doors & Openers LLC
    • Open for business 7 days a week and 24 hour emergency response. 
    • For service contact Teddy D (689)200-3667 or email diamondgaragedoorsfl@gmail.com
  • Carolyn Harl NSA
    • Certified Notary Signing Agent ( mobile) Notary services serving all central Florida counties.
    • Approved by Secretary of the treasury essential service.
    • Call for appointment (407) 592-2638
  • Right Choice Repair Services
  • WRAP IT MOVING ORLANDO
    • Relocating for local and long distance moving 
    • Full service movers, apartment movers, house movers, office movers, load & unload
    • Call to book (407) 520-2489 or email moverservice fl@gmail.com
  • Shamrock Plumbing
  • CertaPro Painters of North Orlando-Space Coast
  • Budget Garage Doors, LLC
    • We are here 24/7 for all of your garage door needs including repairs, installations, and maintenance. We offer free estimates from highly trained and knowledgeable technicians. 
    • Budget Garage Doors - We are here when you need us!
    • Call to book a service (321) 277-6085
  • Trinity Roofing 
    • Open for business call (407) 930-9266 to book a free estimate
  • Encore Plumbing
    • If ad is referenced, $15.00 OFF your next service. 
    • If you have an after hours emergency, mention ad to waive after hours fee ($75.00 savings)!
    • Encore is available 24 / 7 / 365 and is a full service plumbing company, licensed and insured, serving all of Orange, all of Seminole and parts of Volusia (Deltona and Deland)
  • Branch Garage Doors
    • Hours of operation are still 8am - 4pm
    • We are not allowing any walk-ins at this time but our service techs and team are ready to assist in any residential garage doors and opener needs. Family owned and operated for over 40yrs.
    • Call to book a service (407) 295-6538
  • Addison-HVAC
    • Addison HVAC has been serving, servicing and designing commercial Air Conditioning units in Central Florida for over 80 years. Serving commercial customers with all aspects of design, construction and installation. 
    • Open Monday-Thursday 6AM-4:30PM.
  • Robbins Family Services, Inc.
    • We are offering 15% off outdoor projects and 10% off wood furniture repairs.
    • Call to book a service (352) 396-5846
  • Bowles Custom Pools and Spas
    • Bowles Custom Pools & Spas believes you should have much more than just a place to escape the Florida heat. You and your family deserve a refuge from the world- your own backyard mini-resort, a completely custom pool and spa designed with your needs and lifestyle in mind.
    • Contact us (407) 999-9010
  • Executive One Protective Services (Security)
    • Providing armed and unarmed security protection.
    • For more questions on what services can be provided contact 1(800)674-8732.
  • Sea Greene Upholstery
  •   King Construction USA 
  • Pressure King Inc
  • K&L Grading Inc
    • Open for business Monday - Friday from 8am - 5pm.
    • For more information call (407)971-4420.
  • Absolute Power Solutions LLC
    • Open for business, for more information call (407)837-3757
    • An electrical service company in Osceola county.
  • D and D Garage Doors
  • Williams Custom Construction
  • BFarr Contracting
    • Roofing, windows, new construction, kitchen and bath remodeling. We're a highly rated licensed company that believes in building relationships with our clients by doing things the right way, the first time. We are open for business and we follow all current safety guidelines when meeting with our clients. We look forward to serving your construction and remodel needs. 
    • Learn more about BFarr Contracting services by calling (321) 444-6446.
  • Wing Construction, Inc.
    • Wing Construction specializing in home additions, kitchen & bath remodels and outdoor living areas. Licensed, insured, highly experienced and committed to quality. We follow all current safety guidelines in place to ensure your safety and the safety of our staff. Please call to have us quote a project for you. Be safe!
  • JTI Roofing and Builders
  • Sterling Electric Inc.
  • Henderson Pest Elimination
  • Cee Bee Air Systems Inc.
    • Open during normal business hours Monday thru Friday 7:30am to 5:00pm. 
    • Weekend Emergency Service Saturday and Sunday 7am to 7pm.
    • Call (407) 886-5960 or email anne@ceebeeair.com 
  • Fiddler's Roofing
    • Offering contact free complimentary roof consultations and estimates.
    • Call (407)366-2300 to schedule your next service. 
  • Kitchen Renew
  • Wylee Orton-Electrical Contractor
    • We are still open for business contact (407)925-6040 
  • Quality Screens LLC
    • We are still open for business contact (386) 479-4277
  • Solow Stump Grinding & Services LLC
    • Call (352) 602-8574 to schedule for scheduling and estimates. 
  • A Better View Window Cleaning & Pressure Washing
    • Open for business contact (386) 801-110 to schedule your next service. 
  • Advantage Roofing Inc
  • All Pro Plumbing Services Inc
  • Noland's Roofing
    • Still open for business contact (352) 242-4322
    • Safely serving you through this storm so you can be ready for the next one. 
    • Socially safe, free roofing estimates that still put boots on your roof.   
    • We are still getting on roofs, versus just using apps to take pictures which is the only ethical and accurate way to give an estimate.  -
    • Without getting on a roof, your measurements could not only be off, but damage that may not be able to be seen may lead to burdening homeowners with unexpected costs that they may not be prepared for such as wood rot and wood replacement.  
    • Getting on the roof means we can assess whether someone needs a replacement or can get by with a repair based on the damage and current life span of the roof before storm season is here It also could mean something that may have been storm damage and covered by a deductible they paid cash for.  
    • The storm season is coming regardless of COVID19 and we just want to make sure as many homeowners are ready as possible.  
    • We believe every family is essential. We have the experience, affordable financing options and socially safe procedures to make this possible. We are still giving away free roofs, and the information is on the website.  
    • Unlicensed contractors are on the rise on social media and Craigslist taking advantage of the situation and upcoming season. Make sure you are careful and do your homework - look up their license, check their insurance and Google reviews. Ask for references
  • Ability Wood Flooring, Inc.
    • Limited hours: Monday - Friday from 9am-5pm 
    • Call to schedule appointment or on our website.
  • Sunrise Roofing Service
    • Open Monday Through Friday From 9:00 am to 5:00 Pm
    • Call (407) 542-3609 for a Free Estimate!! 
  • Certified Climate Control
    • Certified Climate Control is here to keep you cool. Our employees come equipped with masks, gloves, booties, and disinfectant to keep work areas clean and your family safe. 
    • Contact us at (407) 888-0678  today and take advantage of our free service call with a paid repair. The only thing worse than being stuck at home is being stuck in a hot home.
    • Servicing Orange, Seminole, Volusia, and parts of Lake County.
  • Appliance Service USA
  • Rustic Journeys
    • Online ordering of Dixie Belle Paint Company products, Kids & Adult DIY Project Kits, & other great artisan crafted home decor & furniture. FREE delivery within a 10 mile radius every Saturday. 
    • The store itself is currently closed to the public.
    • Contact (407) 542-3589
  • Affordable Water Treatment
    • Full service plumbing, water treatment services and equipment as well as emergency service available.
    • Contact us at (407) 207-6677 or office@awtfla.com
  • Hartman Wood Company
  • Chuck the Plumber
    • 24 hour plumbing service. We follow infection control guidelines for your safety. 
    • Contact (321) 474-0441 or email chucktheplumber6@gmail.com
  • Steve Young’s Well Drilling
    • Steve Young’s Well Drilling is open for business. We provide Central Florida with superior water well drilling services, repair, and maintenance. 
    • Service and maintenance is available for all makes and models of pumps, tanks, and parts. Call us 407-321-2358 or email steveywd@aol.com or visit website steveyoungwelldrilling.com
  • Heart Heating and Air
  • Teer Audio Visual 
    • Operating with normal business hours, you can call anytime to receive a free quote on our services! 
    • Contact Brenna at (321) 206-3492 or email brenna@teeraudiovisual.com
  • Tudor Electric
    •  Contact us at (407) 841-9146 
    • Tudor Electric is a full service Orlando-based electrical contractor with an exceptional reputation for undertaking many unique and complex projects.  
    • Tudor Electric specializes in Commercial, Industrial and Residential jobs, whether new or pre-existing and is a leader in the electrical contracting industry.  
    • Whatever your electrical needs may be, Tudor Electric is qualified and equipped to handle the challenges and complexities, regardless of the project size and constraints.
  • Terminix
  • Eustis Roofing Company
    • Eustis Roofing is Open for Business Monday-Friday 8a-4pm 
    • Replacing the roof on your home shouldn’t be a complicated, messy or expensive process. As a family-owned and operated business since 1959, we strive to provide the highest-quality solutions at an affordable price. We are Central Florida's go-to roofing company. 
    • Call (352) 343-4240 for your free quote. Or email info@eustisroofing.com 
  • Daytona Window and Screening 
  • STILL AIR CONDITIONING-N-HEATING LTD CO.
  • Wilson Construction Cleaning LLC
    • Wilson Construction is Open for Business. Post construction cleanup, commercial cleaning, auto and boat detail Call Roxanne 407-402-6240 or email rjaywilson@yahoo.com If you are a builder you can count on us for commercial cleaning services!
  • Solow Stump Grinding Services LLC
    • Solow Stump Grinding Services LLC is Open for Business. Call Joseph at 352-602-8574
  • Comfort Zone Air Conditioning AH Corp
  • SCS Hardwood Floors
  • Weatherspoon Realty
    • Open 9-5pm Taking appointments
  • Blue Chip Shutters and Blinds
  • GLASSTONE
  • AMERICAN ALL SECURE GATES AND FENCE LLC
  • Total Cabinets Corp.
    • At Total Cabinets Corp, we specialize in designing solutions for any project or space. No matter the size of the project, our team of experts can design and provide high-quality results. Let us make your home design dreams a reality!
  • Century A/C & Heating, Inc
    • Open for service, installation & new construction. After hours emergency service 24/7
  • Five Diamond Masonry LLC
    • Brick, stone, cmu block. Residential or commercial. Outdoor living fire pits and wood burning oven (pizza oven). Any masonry needs.
    • Call (407) 568-6900

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  • More than 6.6 million people worldwide -- including nearly 1.9 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. While efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak continue, states have begun to shift their focus toward reopening their economies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking cases in the U.S. here. Live updates for Friday, June 5, continue below:  Mexico alleges some doctors sold false death certificates Update 7:45 p.m. EDT June 5: Mexico City officials said Friday that prosecutors are investigating several doctors who allegedly issued false death certificates for people who may have died of the coronavirus. Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum alleged the doctors “were involved in charging for these services,” which are supposed to be free but can sometimes be lengthy and bureaucratic. “They sold these certificates when they should not have,” Sheinbaum said. The scheme purportedly involved at least one city government employee and around 10 doctors, none of whom were city hospital employees, the mayor said. There are also indications the doctors may have signed off causes of death other than COVID-19 for bodies they had never seen or examined, though the reasons were unclear, officials said. But bodies had been piling up at hospitals in Mexico City as the pandemic worsened, and some relatives may have simply wanted to get their deceased family members released more quickly. In addition, bodies of people who died from COVID-19 have to be cremated or buried under stricter rules so some families may have paid for a false certificate to avoid that or the social stigma the virus carries. No charges have been filed in the case. Citing jobs, Trump claims victory over virus, econ collapse Update 5:55 p.m. EDT June 5: President Donald Trump effectively claimed victory over the economic crisis and COVID-19 on Friday as well as major progress against racial inequality, heartily embracing a better-than-expected jobs report in hopes of convincing a discouraged nation he deserves another four years in office. In lengthy White House remarks amid sweeping social unrest, a still-rising virus death toll and Depression-level unemployment, the Republican president focused on what he said was improvement in all areas. He was quick to seize the positive jobs report at a time when his political standing is at one of the weakest points of his presidency less than five months before the general election. Just 2 in 10 voters believe the country is headed in the right direction, a Monmouth University poll found earlier in the week. California to allow schools, gyms and bars reopen next week Update 3:30 p.m. EDT June 5: California will allow schools, day camps, bars, gyms, campgrounds and professional sports to begin reopening with modifications starting next Friday. Mark Ghaly, the state’s top health official, said the state will release guidance later Friday for counties to follow to reopen a broad range of businesses that have been closed since mid-March because of concerns about spreading the coronavirus. The rules on schools and day camps will apply statewide. But only counties that have met certain thresholds on the number of cases, testing and preparedness will be allowed to start reopening the other sectors. The state’s guidance will also include rules on hotels, casinos, museums, zoos and aquariums and the resumption of music, film and television production. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has been moving the state through a methodical four-step process for reopening. Most of the new businesses are part of “Phase 3.” Nail salons will not be included in the list, Ghaly said. Ghaly stressed that its up to counties to determine whether they are ready to reopen based on their ability to manage an expected increase in the number of those testing positive. He said Thursday that the state’s coronavirus cases and hospitalizations remain stable. But the state is monitoring and preparing for a potential increase in cases due to broader reopening and mass protests across the state against racial injustice. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause pneumonia and death. Nearly 42,000 coronavirus cases reported in Louisiana Update 3:30 p.m. EDT June 5: Officials in Louisiana reported 427 new coronavirus infections Friday, raising the state’s total number of infections to 41,989. Statewide, at least 2,801 people have died of COVID-19 and at least 31,728 people have recovered from the viral infection, officials said. Officials report 1,289 new COVID-19 cases in North Carolina, setting another high record Update 2:50 p.m. EDT June 5: Health officials in North Carolina announced Friday that 1,289 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported, setting a new high record for new coronavirus infections reported in a single day in the state, WSOC-TV reported. The record broke the one set one day earlier, when 1,189 new COVID-19 cases were reported, according to WSOC-TV. According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 33,255 coronavirus infections have been reported statewide. As of Friday, 966 people have died of COVID-19. >> Read more on WSOCTV.com RNC to conduct official convention business in North Carolina, not Trump’s speech Update 2:30 p.m. EDT June 5: President Donald Trump won’t accept his party’s nomination in North Carolina, but the Republican National Committee confirmed to WSOC-TV that it would still hold meetings in Charlotte. City officials sent WSOC-TV a statement Thursday confirming that the city’s attorney met with RNC representatives, the host committee and all other parties Thursday. “RNC representatives confirmed that at this point in time, they intend to locate the entirety of the business portion of the Convention in Charlotte,' the statement said. “It was understood by the parties that some of the Convention events that were originally set to occur in Charlotte may be relocated to another community outside of North Carolina.' >> Read more on WSOCTV.com 864 new cases of COVID-19 reported in New Jersey Update 2:10 p.m. EDT June 5: Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey said Friday that 864 new coronavirus infections have been reported, raising the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state to 163,336. The governor also announced that he’s extended a public health emergency declared statewide for another 30 days. “We will continue our path forward, while remaining vigilant and prepared to act should there be a new outbreak of (COVID-19),' Murphy said. Officials also reported 79 more deaths associated with the coronavirus pandemic. As of Friday, 12,049 people have died statewide of COVID-19. Trial finds hydroxychloroquine has ‘no clinical benefit’ for COVID-19 patients Update 1:55 p.m. EDT June 5: An anti-malarial drug touted by President Donald Trump as a possible cure for COVID-19 has been found to have “no clinical benefit” for patients receiving treatment for coronavirus infections, according to a study out of the United Kingdom. “We have concluded that there is no beneficial effect of hydroxychloroquine in patients hospitalised with COVID-19,” The chief investigators of the RECOVERY trial, which is run by the University of Oxford, said in a statement Friday. “We have therefore decided to stop enrolling participants to the hydroxychloroquine arm of the RECOVER trial with immediate effect.” Researchers said they found no difference between the recoveries of 1,542 patients who were treated with hydroxychloroquine compared to 3,132 patients who were not given the drug. “There was no significant difference in the primary endpoint of 28-day mortality,” investigators said. “There was also no evidence of beneficial effects on hospital state duration or other outcomes.” Louisiana moves into second phase of reopening Update 1:15 p.m. EDT June 5: Spas, tattoo parlors, pool halls and more businesses were allowed to reopen Friday in Louisiana as officials continue to allow businesses shuttered by the threat of the coronavirus pandemic to reopen. In a statement released Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards emphasized that the move does not mean the threat of the virus has ended. “The public should not let its guard down,” he said. “COVID-19 is still a real issue in our communities, and it is still necessary that people wear masks while in public, wash their hands frequently and maintain good social distancing so that we can prevent cases from spiking as we ease restrictions in Phase Two.” Deaths from COVID-19 top 40,000 in the UK Update 12:55 p.m. EDT June 5: Officials in the United Kingdom reported 1,650 new coronavirus infections Friday, raising the country’s total number of infections to 283,311. Officials said that as of 5 p.m. local time Thursday, the most recent date for which data was available, 40,261 people had died nationwide of COVID-19. World Health Organization widens recommendations for use of masks Update 12:25 p.m. EDT June 5: The World Health Organization is changing its recommendations for the use of masks during the coronavirus pandemic and is now recommending that in areas where there is widespread transmission, people should wear masks when social distancing is not possible, such as on public transport and in shops. In a press briefing on Friday, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said people over age 60 or those with underlying medical conditions should wear a medical mask in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. WHO has previously only recommended that health care workers, those sickened by COVID-19 and their care givers wear masks. Tedros emphasized that “masks on their own will not protect you from COVID-19” and emphasized the importance of hand-washing, social distancing and other measures. He added that health workers in areas with widespread transmission should now wear medical masks in all areas of health facilities and not just those with confirmed COVID-19 patients, saying that doctors working in cardiology or other wards, for example, should continue to wear a medical mask even if there are no known coronavirus patients. Trump says he hopes George Floyd ‘looking down,’ seeing better-than-expected jobless numbers Update 12:10 p.m. EDT June 5: President Donald Trump said Friday that he hopes George Floyd, the 46-year-old killed by Minneapolis police last week, would be glad to see the May jobs report, which showed lower unemployment than expected amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying ‘This is a great thing that’s happening for our country,’” the president said during a news conference. “This is a great day for him. It’s a great day for everybody.” Floyd died last week after then-Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as three other police officers, Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thao, watched or actively helped to hold him down, according to prosecutors. Nearly 84,000 National Guard members activated amid COVID-19, civil unrest Update 12:05 p.m. EDT June 5: Officials with the U.S. National Guard said Friday that nearly 84,000 soldiers and airmen have been activated due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. Officials said 37,400 National Guard members were assisting states as they respond to the threat of COVID-19. More than 41,500 members of the National Guard were on duty in 33 states and Washington D.C. as protests over police brutality continue across the country. 42 new fatal COVID-19 cases reported in New York Update 11:55 a.m. EDT June 5: Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said Friday that 42 more people have died of COVID-19 in the state, “the lowest number since we started.” “Eight weeks ago, we had 800 (deaths),' Cuomo said at a news conference, calling the fall in deaths 'amazing.' He praised New Yorkers for adhering to social distancing measures to keep themselves and others safe amid the pandemic. “The people of the state radically changed how they behave,” he said. 79 new cases of COVID-19 reported in DC Update 11:30 a.m. EDT June 5: Health officials in Washington D.C. said Friday that 79 new coronavirus infections have been reported in the area, raising the total number of cases in the area to 9,199. Officials also announced that four more people between the ages of 44 and 84 have died of COVID-19 in Washington D.C., bringing the total number of deaths in the District to 479. Judge rules Tennessee residents can vote by mail Update 10:45 a.m. EDT June 5: A judge ruled Thursday that residents of Tennessee can vote by mail for August primary and the November general election, according to WHBQ-TV. The American Civil Liberties Union had brought the case to court on behalf of several Tennesseans who believe their health will be in jeopardy if they’re forced to vote in-person amid the coronavirus pandemic, WHBQ-TV reported. The state had required voters to provide an excuse to vote by mail. >> Read more on Fox13Memphis.com Trump holding news conference after release of May jobs report Update 10 a.m. EDT June 5: President Donald Trump is speaking Friday morning following the release of the May jobs report, which found that unemployment fell slightly to 13.3% last month. Stocks jump on Wall Street following surprise May job gains Update 9:55 a.m. EDT June 5: Stocks climbed early Friday after the government delivered a big positive surprise on the job market. Instead of another month of slashing jobs, employers added to their payrolls last month. The report gave another shot of adrenaline to Wall Street’s recent rally. The S&P 500 rose 2% and bond yields rose sharply after the government said employers added 2.5 million jobs in May, while economists were expecting them to cut another 8 million. While it’s just one month of data, the report gives credence to a building sense of optimism among investors that the economy can recover relatively quickly from the coronavirus slump. Universal Orlando reopening its three theme parks Friday Update 9:25 a.m. EDT June 5: Three Universal Orlando theme parks are set to reopen Friday morning after they were shut down due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Universal is the first of Orlando, Florida’s three major theme parks to reopen, according to WFTV. Park officials said guests, team members and vendors will be required to wear face coverings in public areas, according to WFTV. Guests, team members and vendors will also be required to have temperature checks upon arrival, the news station reported. >> Read more on WFTV.com Trump to speak about unemployment figures Update 8:50 a.m. EDT June 5: President Donald Trump said Friday that he plans to speak at 10 a.m. about the May unemployment figures released by the U.S. Labor Department. Earlier Friday, Trump heralded the “really big jobs report.” US unemployment rate dips to 13.3% Update 8:40 a.m. EDT June 5: The unemployment rate in the United States slipped to 13.3% in May, down from the 14.7% reported in April, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Labor Department. The figures include an addition of 2.5 million jobs in May, as state governments eased restrictions on businesses prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. The job gain suggests that businesses have quickly been recalling workers as economies have reopened. Other evidence has also shown that the job market meltdown triggered by the coronavirus has bottomed out. The number of people applying for unemployment benefits has declined for nine straight weeks. And the total number of people receiving such aid has essentially leveled off. The overall job cuts have widened economic disparities that have disproportionately hurt minorities and lower-educated workers. Though the unemployment rate for white Americans was 12.4% May, it was 17.6% for Hispanics and 16.8% for African-Americans. Even with the surprising gain in May, it may take months for all those who lost work in April and March to find jobs. Some economists forecast the rate could remain in double-digits through the November elections and into next year. Global deaths near 392K, total cases approach 6.7M Update 8:02 a.m. EDT June 5: The global death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus reached 391,588 early Friday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. In the four months since the virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, it has infected at least 6,658,334 people worldwide. Meanwhile, 16 nations now have total infection counts higher than China’s 84,171. The 10 nations with the highest number of infections recorded to date are as follows: • The United States has reported 1,872,660 cases, resulting in 108,211 deaths. • Brazil has recorded 614,941 cases, resulting in 34,021 deaths. • Russia has confirmed 449,256 cases, resulting in 5,520 deaths. • The United Kingdom has reported 283,080 cases, resulting in 39,987 deaths. • Spain has confirmed 240,660 cases, resulting in 27,133 deaths. • Italy has reported 234,013 cases, resulting in 33,689 deaths. • India has reported 227,273 cases, resulting in 6,367 deaths. • France has confirmed 189,569 cases, resulting in 29,068 deaths. • Germany has reported 184,924 cases, resulting in 8,642 deaths. • Peru has reported 183,198 cases, resulting in 5,031 deaths. US biotech firm wins contract to deliver 10M doses of coronavirus vaccine candidate  Update 7:18 a.m. EDT June 5: Novavax Inc., a Maryland-based biotech company, said Thursday it has landed a contract worth as much as $60 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to mass produce its novel coronavirus vaccine candidate. The therapeutic candidate, which goes by the experimental name NVX-COV2373, started a Phase I safety trial with volunteers in May. Per the DOD contract, Novavax will deliver 10 million doses of the vaccine in 2020 that could be used in late-stage clinical trials or under an Emergency use authorization if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves the vaccine, CNN reported. Mexico records 3rd consecutive daily record increase in new coronavirus cases  Update 6:40 a.m. EDT June 5: For the third consecutive day, Mexico has reported record-setting new coronavirus diagnoses. With 4,442 new cases recorded Thursday, Mexico’s total infections now stand at 105,680 and have resulted in at least 12,545 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. Brazil’s coronavirus deaths surpass Italy’s fatalities Update 6:22 a.m. EDT June 5: With 1,473 additional novel coronavirus deaths recorded in the 24 hours ended Thursday, Brazil’s virus-related death toll surpassed that of Italy, once the epicenter of Europe’s outbreak. According to Brazil’s health ministry, the South American nation’s coronavirus deaths now total 34,021 compared with Italy’s 33,689. Meanwhile, Brazil’s total infections have swelled to 614,941, meaning it trails only the United States with slightly fewer than one-third of the U.S. infection count. US coronavirus cases near 1.9M, deaths top 108K Update 12:41 a.m. EDT June 5: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States continued to climb toward 1.9 million early Friday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, there are at least 1,872,660 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 108,211 deaths.  The hardest-hit states remain New York with 375,133 cases and 30,174 deaths and New Jersey with 162,530 cases and 11,970 deaths. Massachusetts, with 102,063 cases, has the third-highest number of deaths with 7,201, while Illinois has the third-highest number of cases with 124,759. Only 15 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 5,000 cases each. Six other states have now confirmed at least 55,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: • California: 122,168 cases, resulting in 4,444 deaths • Pennsylvania: 78,335 cases, resulting in 5,832 deaths • Texas: 70,555 cases, resulting in 1,776 deaths • Florida: 60,183 cases, resulting in 2,607 deaths • Michigan: 58,241 cases, resulting in 5,595 deaths • Maryland: 55,858 cases, resulting in 2,668 deaths Meanwhile, Georgia, Virginia, Connecticut and Louisiana each has confirmed at least 41,000 cases; Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina each has confirmed at least 32,000 cases; Colorado, Minnesota, Tennessee, Arizona, Washington and Iowa each has confirmed at least 20,000 cases; Wisconsin and Alabama each has confirmed at least 19,000 cases, followed by Mississippi with 16,560; Rhode Island and Nebraska each has confirmed at least 15,000 cases, followed by Missouri with 14,438 and South Carolina with 12,415; Utah, Kentucky and Kansas each has confirmed at least 10,000 cases; Delaware, Nevada and the District of Columbia each has confirmed at least 9,000 cases; Arkansas and New Mexico each has confirmed at least 8,000 cases, followed by Oklahoma with 6,907 and South Dakota with 5,247. Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  •  “I can’t breathe.” Like Eric Garner and George Floyd before him, Tacoma resident Manuel Ellis could be heard uttering those words to city police officers as they held him down on the ground March 3 during an arrest. The handcuffed Ellis, 33, died in police custody. The Pierce County medical examiner on Wednesday said Ellis died of hypoxia after being physically restrained by the officers, according to KIRO in Seattle. His heart was also enlarged, a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy, and he had methamphetamine in his system. The heart condition and drugs were contributing factors in his death, but the primary cause was respiratory arrest from the hypoxia, The Washington Post reported. The medical examiner has ruled Ellis’ death a homicide. In the background of a 911 call from the scene, Ellis can be heard telling the officers he couldn’t breathe, KIRO reported. “We actually hear his last words, ‘I can’t breathe.’ We actually hear somebody else saying, ‘Hobble him,’' Ellis family attorney James Bible said, according to the news station. In a family news conference Thursday, Ellis’ sister, Monet Carter-Mixon, accused law enforcement officials of wanting to cover up a murder. “Every single officer involved needs to be in a jumpsuit,” Carter-Mixon said. A vigil was held Wednesday night in Ellis’ honor. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an independent investigation into Ellis’ killing. Detective Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the agency, told The New York Times the investigative package is being prepared for a review by prosecutors. “We expect to present it to the prosecutor at the end of this week or early next week,” Troyer said. Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards on Thursday called for the firing and prosecution of the police officers involved in Ellis’ death. A total of four officers have been placed on administrative leave in the case. Woodards said the actions she saw on the video only confirm the medical examiner’s ruling that Ellis was the victim of a homicide. “The officers who committed this crime should be fired and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Woodards said at a news conference late Thursday night. “I am demanding tonight that the Pierce County sheriff review and confirm every action taken by each officer. I demand that the sheriff provide details of the actions of each officer on the scene, and I am then directing the city manager to fire each officer involved.” ‘Stop hitting him! Just arrest him!’ Woodards’ stance came as video footage emerged showing a portion of Ellis’ confrontation with officers. According to The New York Times, authorities allege that Tacoma officers encountered Ellis, a musician and father of two, as they stopped at an intersection. Troyer told the Times that Ellis appeared to be in distress and was banging on the window of another vehicle. The officers said he approached them and threw one of the officers to the ground as he got out of his vehicle. A 36-second cellphone video, filmed by a woman driving by the scene and released by the Tacoma Action Collective, shows two police officers knock Ellis onto the ground near an intersection. Watch the video of Manuel Ellis being beaten below. Warning: The footage contains graphic images and explicit language. One of the officers then appears to get on top of Ellis and punch him several times. “Hey, stop!” the female driver screams. “Oh my God, stop hitting him! Just arrest him!” In a second, shorter video, the woman drives around the officers’ patrol SUV and stops to continue filming. Ellis no longer appears to be struggling and one officer holds a stun gun in his hand. “Put your hands behind your back,” one of the officers is heard telling Ellis. Both officers are on top of Ellis at that point in the footage. Watch the second video of Ellis’ arrest below. Troyer told the Times that the officers immediately rolled Ellis onto his side when he complained about his breathing. “The main reason why he was restrained was so he wouldn’t hurt himself or them,” Troyer said. “As soon as he said he couldn’t breathe, they requested medical aid.” Woodards said she became “enraged and angered and disappointed” while watching the cellphone footage. “(Ellis’ family) asked, ‘Why does it always take a video for the public to believe when a black person’s life is taken unjustly?’” the mayor said. “As an African American woman, I didn’t need a video to believe.” She said she doesn’t “get to take this skin color off every day.” “I don’t get to come out a different person. And while I am mayor, I am still black,” Woodards said. “I am still treated as an African American woman. I am still looked at as an African American woman, and my life could be taken. “Today, it stops in Tacoma.” Watch Mayor Victoria Woodards speak below about Manuel Ellis’ death. Aside from instructing the city manager to fire the officers involved, Woodards also ordered that the appropriate funds be allocated immediately to equip city police officers with body-worn cameras. She pointed to statements that the Ellis family made earlier in the day regarding the necessity of video footage for people to accept the systemic racism that affects black lives every day. “As the family mentioned to us this morning, it does take a video for so many people to believe the truth about systemic racism and its violent impact on black lives, on my life,” Woodards said. “But in order to ensure that every family, that every single family, gets the justice that they deserve, I am also directing the city manager to move forward with allocating funding for body cams immediately. “We have waited way too long, and we have heard way too many excuses. It stops tonight and we move forward.” ‘He was always uplifting’ Details of Ellis’ last moments come after more than a week of violent protests across the U.S. following the May 25 death of Floyd, who was accused of forgery when four Minneapolis police officers took him into custody. Cellphone video from a passerby shows the officers, who have since been fired and charged in his death, holding the handcuffed Floyd down on the street while one of the men kneels on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, including for more than two minutes after Floyd has become unresponsive. Former Officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. The other three former officers, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas K. Lane and Tou Thao, are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. >> Related story: All four Minneapolis officers charged in George Floyd death An emotional Woodards on Wednesday called Ellis’ death a tragedy. “I cannot imagine the pain that continues with the Ellis family’s loss,” the mayor said. “But I do know that our community wants both answers and justice.” Woodards said amid the nationwide protests in the death of Floyd, as well as other recent high-profile deaths of unarmed black people, she is devastated to have Ellis’ name added to the national conversation about police brutality. She acknowledged that authorities do not yet have all the answers in the homicide and urged the public’s patience as Pierce County Sheriff’s Office detectives investigate the case. She also pledged to be transparent as the investigation moves forward. “As we learn more, you will know more,” she said. On Thursday, she reiterated her apology to the family on behalf on the city and vowed to do everything in her power as mayor to bring them justice. Brian Giordano, a friend of Ellis’, told the Times it would have been out of character for Ellis to become violent with police officers as described by authorities. Ellis, an admitted drug addict, was living in a “clean-and-sober” house at the time of his death and was trying to get his life back on track. “He was always uplifting,” Giordano said. “He was always on the up-and-up about taking care of people.” Ellis’ mother, Marcia Carter, said despite her son’s struggles, he had faith in God. “‘I want to do the right thing. I want to do the right thing,’ is what my son said,” Carter said, according to KIRO. “He loved the Lord. He played the drums four nights a week at the church.” He played drums at the church the night he died. Carter-Mixon told the Times her brother was not only a father to his own children but was also a father figure to her sons, coaching them on how to stay safe as a black man in America. “My heart literally hurts,” she told the newspaper. “It’s painful. My brother was my best friend.”
  • One of the best things about living in the greater Orlando area is the wide range of food selections. From delicious Puerto Rican mofongo to finger-licking Ethiopian injera dishes—Central Florida is home to a beautifully diverse array of cooking styles. With that said, local black-owned eateries and shops were some of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Associated Press. Here’s a list to get your taste buds started on a colorful delectable experience: DaJen Eats Cafe & Creamery 323 E Kennedy Blvd suite F, Eatonville, FL 32751 “Small, modest quick-serve cafe offering Caribbean sandwiches, salads, sides & ice cream.” Seana's Caribbean | Soul Food719 Good Homes Rd, Orlando, FL 32818 Recent Review: “Pork chops were AMAZING!!! Mac and cheese was good and greens too. I didn't even use salt and pepper. Love it love it love it. Will be going back.” Chicken Fire609 Irvington Ave, Orlando, FL 32803 Located in the À La Cart hub, Chicken Fire is a takeout must-have for the spicy food lovers. Come for quality food, good portion sizes, and amazing taste at a  great price. Golden Krust Caribbean Restaurant5510 W Colonial Dr #107, Orlando, FL 32808 Started in NY more than 30 years ago, this Carribbean food franchise is revered for its fun atmosphere and kind staff. Taste of Jamaica6406 N Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32810 “Casual cafe decorated in cheery traditional colors, serving Caribbean & West Indian dishes.” Coleman's Sports Design Pizza521 E Kennedy Blvd, Maitland, FL 32751 Recent Review: Amazing pizza and cheese steak. “Have been visiting from Philadelphia and could not find a place that has its own delivery driver until this place.” Sister Honey's247 E Michigan St, Orlando, FL 32806 “Artisan bakery selling a variety of cakes (whole or by the slice), cupcakes, pies & pastries.” Something Fishy2107 E Semoran Blvd A, Apopka, FL 32703 “Easygoing seafood spot offering crab cakes, fish tacos & classic dishes in bright, relaxed digs.” Brick & Spoon933 S Orlando Ave, Maitland, FL 32751 “Unique meals with a spoonful of southern flair that comforts the heart and soul: upscale breakfast, brunch, and lunch dining.” Pete's Famous BBQ4334 Raleigh St, Orlando, FL 32811 Recent Review: 'Good ribs, great mustard sauce, friendly service.” Bar-B-Q Boyz6801 Forest City Rd, Orlando, FL 32810 Recent Review: “The ribs, brisket, baked beans, and that pineapple lemonade is on point! I suggest you try that!! Customer service is great too!! Definitely call ahead.” Virginia's Seafood & Wings968 W State Rd 434, Longwood, FL 32750 'Great food. Great price. Order ahead....even months after [move] the consistency is flavor is still there, if not, even better.' Selam Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine5494 Central Florida Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32821 “A menu featuring Ethiopian dishes in a traditional dining room with natural light & blue interiors.”  Want more? The Bungalower and Orlando Weekly compiled more local businesses.
  • Authorities have arrested four Minneapolis police officers on suspicion of killing George Floyd, whose death on May 25 sparked global outrage and prompted nationwide protests against police brutality. Former officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Three other officers -- identified as Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thao -- were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Floyd died on Memorial Day after he was detained for questioning regarding a possible forgery in progress. Video of his death caught by bystanders and shared on social media showed Chauvin holding his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd pleaded for air. Live updates for Friday, June 5 continue below:  NFL Commissioner encourages players 'to speak out and peacefully protest' Update 6:45 p.m. EDT June 5: In a video statement, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted they were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encouraged all to speak out and peacefully protest. It has been a difficult time for our country. In particular, black people in our country. First, my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all the families who have endured police brutality. We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter. I personally protest with you and want to be a part of the much needed change in this country. Without black players there would be no National Football League. And the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff. We are listening, I am listening, and I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices and others on how we can improve and move forward together for a better and more united NFL family. Protesters take police reform demands to S. Carolina capitol Update 6 p.m. EDT June 5: Hundreds of protesters against police violence marched downtown from the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion to the state capitol Friday to present a list of demands to reform the state’s criminal justice system. The demonstration marked the end of a week of protests in Columbia and statewide that were spurred by the May 25 death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against his neck for several minutes. Speakers at the demonstration presented a list of reforms, including requiring all law enforcement to use body cameras at all times, banning the purchasing of military-grade weapons by local agencies, and requiring de-escalation training for officers. Mayor downplays rough police treatment of NYC protesters Update 5 p.m. EDT June 5: Another day of protests over the death of George Floyd brought more examples of New York City officials downplaying or denying the police department’s rough treatment of protesters — even when it was caught on video. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday said he had personally seen “no use of force around peaceful protests” and cast doubt on people who had, belying social media posts and witness accounts of officers moving on demonstrators without provocation and bashing them with batons. De Blasio made the comment in response to questions at his morning news briefing about teams of officers aggressively breaking up a rally in the Bronx as the city’s 8 p.m. curfew kicked in Thursday, leading to scores of arrests and cries of brutality. He said officers were using “lots of restraint” with protesters. “What an absolute disgrace. This is just not true,” City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer tweeted afterward. “You are gaslighting an entire City.” Protesters marched through the city again Friday by the thousands. The violent flareups that characterized some demonstrations last weekend have almost entirely given way to peaceful affairs. Looting that occurred on Sunday and Monday also appears to have ceased. Police, community members kneel together to pray in Orlando, Florida Update 3:50 p.m. EDT June 5: Police Chief Orlando Rolon of the Orlando, Florida, Police Department on Friday asked community members to take a knee and pray for law enforcement officers, those in pain and for everyone to come together in peace, WFTV reported. Orlando Police✔@OrlandoPolice .@OrlandoPDChief asks the community to take a knee and pray for those behind the badge, pray for those in pain, pray for all of us to come together in peace. #MourningWalk 48 9:21 AM - Jun 5, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 28 people are talking about this >> Read more on WFTV.com Georgia faith leaders urge lawmakers to pass hate crime bill Update 3:45 p.m. EDT June 5: A group of faith leaders across Georgia are calling on lawmakers to pass a hate crime bill, WSB-TV reported. The news station noted that the state is one of only four without a hate crime law. Tony Lankford, pastor of First Baptist Church of St. Simons’ Island, said now is the time to pass hate crime legislation, WSB-TV reported. “You have a responsibility to the citizens of Georgia and an opportunity to make Georgia a better place to live for all generations to come,” Lankford said. >> Read more on WSBTV.com ‘Now is not the time to stay silent’: Carolina Panthers players join marches Update 3:30 p.m. EDT June 5: A group of Carolina Panthers joined protests in uptown Charlotte over police brutality following the killing of George Floyd, WSOC-TV reported Friday. Shaq Thompson, Chris Manhertz, Andrew Smith, Tre Boston and Ian Thomas were among those marching for change Tuesday, according to WSOC-TV. “For those demanding change, now is not the time to stay silent, no matter your station in life.' Manhertz said. “No matter what you have to lose.” >> Read more on WSOCTV.com Ohio guardsman suspended amid FBI investigation into white supremacist posts Update 3:10 p.m. EDT June 5: State authorities and officials with the FBI are investigating a member of the Ohio National Guard who had been deployed to Washington D.C., WHIO-TV reported. ”A member of the Ohio national guard was removed from the mission in Washington, D.C., after the FBI uncovered information that this guardsman expressed white supremacist ideology on the internet prior to this assignment,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a news briefing Friday, according to WHIO-TV. The guardsman has been suspended. “This is an investigation being done, not by authorities in Ohio, but by the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” the governor said, WHIO-TV reported. >> Read more on WHIO.com Boston University to create center for antiracist research Update 2:45 p.m. EDT June 5: School officials with Boston University announced they will soon be launching a center for antiracist research, according to WFXT. The news station reported that plans for the program have been more than a year in the making. The announcement comes at a time where race and discrimination issues are at the forefront. School officials told WFXT that they hope this will transform how racial research is done. >> Read more on Boston25News.com Atlanta police officer charged in Tasing of students also tied to death of man shot 76 times by police Update 2:40 p.m. EDT June 5: One of the six Atlanta police officers charged after a violent confrontation with two college students during protests over the weekend is also under investigation in connection with a 2016 shooting that left a man dead, WSB-TV reported. A video posted on social media and body camera footage showed officers use Taser stun guns on two students, Messiah Young and Taniyah Pilgrim, while they sat in their car Saturday. The officers then forcefully dragged them out of the car and arrested them. Willie Sauls,a 27-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department, was serving on a federal task force in 2016 when members of the task force shot and killed Jamarion Rashad Robinson, 26, according to WSB-TV. Authorities said he matched the description of a person who had pointed a gun at Atlanta police officers days earlier. Autopsy reports showed Robinson had been shot 76 times, WSB-TV reported. Sauls is facing charges of aggravated assault and property damage in connection with last weekend’s situation, according to WSB-TV. >> Read more on WSBTV.com Police union criticizes mayor for call to fire, prosecute officers after Manuel Ellis’ death Update 2:20 p.m. EDT June 5: The police union in Tacoma, Washington, on Friday sent a letter to Mayor Victoria Woodards criticizing her decision to call for the firing and prosecution of four officers involved in the death of Manuel Ellis, KIRO-TV reported. Tacoma Police Union Local No. 6 President Chris Tracy said Woodards passed judgment on the officers without “an ounce of evidence” on the basis of less than a minute of short, blurry video posted on Twitter, according to KIRO-TV. Tracy said the union welcomes a full and fair investigation by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and a review by the prosecuting attorney. He added that the facts will show the public that the officers did nothing wrong. >> Read more on KIRO7.com Most Americans believe Trump has fueled racial tensions, new poll finds Update 1:35 p.m. EDT June 5: Just over two-thirds of Americans believe President Donald Trump has helped to increase racial tensions since George Floyd was killed in an encounter with Minneapolis police, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released Friday. Interviewers surveyed 1,062 Americans as part of the poll, asking about Trump’s performance, the aftermath of Floyd’s killing and the November election. Asked whether Trump has increased or decreased racial tensions in his response to the May 25 killing of Floyd, 67% of respondents said he “mostly increased tensions” while 18% said he has mostly decreased them and 15% said they were unsure. >> Read full results from the NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll Trump has been criticized for his response to Floyd’s killing, including the decision for federal officials to clear protesters gathered near the White House with tear gas to allow for the president to do a photo-op at St. Johns Episcopal Church. Critics have questioned the difference between his reaction to protests at state capitols demanding that government reopen businesses closed by the coronavirus and his response to the recent protests over police brutality that have gripped the nation. On social media, Trump urged governors to listen to protesters, who were mostly white, who demonstrated to reopen businesses while calling protesters demonstrating against racially based police violence “thugs.” Minneapolis to ban chokeholds by police Update 1:20 p.m. EDT June 5: Negotiators for the city of Minneapolis have agreed with the state to ban the use of chokeholds by police, and to require police to report and intervene any time they see an unauthorized use of force by another officer. The moves are part of a stipulation between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which launched a civil rights investigation this week in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody. The City Council is expected to approve the agreement Friday. The agreement, which will be enforceable in court, would require any officer, regardless of tenure or rank, to immediately report the use of any neck restraint or chokehold from the scene to their commander or their commander’s superiors. Similarly, any officer who sees another officer commit any unauthorized use of force, including any chokehold or neck restraint, must try to intervene verbally and even physically. If they don’t, they’d be subject to discipline as severe as if they themselves had used the prohibited force. The agreement also requires authorization from the police chief or a designated deputy chief to use crowd control weapons, including chemical agents, rubber bullets, flash-bangs, batons, and marking rounds. And it requires more timely decisions on disciplining officers. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian resigns from board, urges seat be filled by Black candidate Update 12:55 p.m. EDT June 5: Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian announced in a video posted on social media Friday that he’s resigned from his position on the website’s board and asked that the seat be filled by a Black candidate. “It is long overdue to do the right thing,' Ohanian said. “I’m doing this for me, for my family and for my country. I am saying this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks, ‘What did you do?’” Ohanian married tennis superstar Serena Williams in 2017. The couple welcomed their daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, that same year. Ohanian pledged to use future funds gained from his Reddit stock “to serve the Black community, chiefly to curb racial hate.” He said he started Friday with a $1 million donation to former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp. “I believe resignation can actually be an act of leadership from people in power right now,” Ohanian said. 'To everyone fighting to fix our broken nation: Do not stop.” Alexis Ohanian Sr. ✔@alexisohanian · 6h Replying to @alexisohanian I believe resignation can actually be an act of leadership from people in power right now. To everyone fighting to fix our broken nation: do not stop.https://twitter.com/alexisohanian/status/1267467074022125568 … Alexis Ohanian Sr. ✔@alexisohanian This is from 2016. We need to #DoBetter Alexis Ohanian Sr. ✔@alexisohanian 22.9K 9:35 AM - Jun 5, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 5,028 people are talking about this DC paints huge Black Lives Matter mural near White House Update 12:35 p.m. EDT June 5: City workers and activists painted the words Black Lives Matter in enormous bright yellow letters on the the street leading to the White House, a highly visible sign of the District of Columbia’s embrace of a protest movement that has put it at odds with President Donald Trump. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted aerial video of the mural shortly after it was completed Friday. Mayor Muriel Bowser✔@MayorBowser Breonna Taylor, on your birthday, let us stand with determination. Determination to make America the land it ought to be. 33.3K 9:30 AM - Jun 5, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 12.1K people are talking about this The letters and an image of the city’s flag stretch across 16th Street for two blocks, ending just before the church where Trump staged a photo-op after federal officers forcibly cleared a peaceful demonstration to make way for the president and his entourage. “The section of 16th street in front of the White House is now officially ‘Black Lives Matter Plaza,’” Bowser tweeted. A black and white sign was put up to mark the change. Nearly 84,000 National Guard members activated amid civil unrest, COVID-19 Update 12:05 p.m. EDT June 5: Officials with the U.S. National Guard said Friday that nearly 84,000 soldiers and airmen have been activated due to civil unrest in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Officials said 37,400 National Guard members were assisting states as they respond to the threat of COVID-19. More than 41,500 members of the National Guard were on duty in 33 states and Washington D.C. as protests over police brutality continue across the country. “The hardest mission we do is responding in times of civil unrest,” Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said Friday in a statement. “As a uniformed member of America’s military, it breaks my heart to see the country I love in such pain.” National Guard✔@USNationalGuard As of Friday morning, nearly 84,000 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are activated across the United States responding to COVID-19, civil unrest and natural disasters. 322 7:51 AM - Jun 5, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 146 people are talking about this Section of street in front of White House renamed to Black Lives Matter Plaza, mayor announces Update 11:45 a.m. EDT June 5: A stretch of 16th Street in front of the White House on Friday officially became Black Lives Matter Plaza. The change was announced by Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who has been critical of the federal response to protests in the city. Mayor Muriel Bowser✔@MayorBowser The section of 16th street in front of the White House is now officially “Black Lives Matter Plaza”. 127K 8:32 AM - Jun 5, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 44.6K people are talking about this Earlier this week, federal authorities used tear gas to clear peaceful protesters from a park near the White House to allow for the president to walk across the street for a photo-op at St. Johns Episcopal Church. The move was widely criticized by current and former members of the military among several others. Officials in Washington said they were not alerted before the situation began. Bowser earlier this week used the incident to highlight the fight for D.C. statehood. Trump says ‘this is a great day’ for George Floyd as protests continue across US Update 11:20 a.m. EDT June 5: President Donald Trump said Friday that he hopes George Floyd, the 46-year-old killed by Minneapolis police last week, would be glad to see the May jobs report, which showed lower unemployment than expected amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying ‘This is a great thing that’s happening for our country,’” the president said during a news conference. “This is a great day for him. It’s a great day for everybody.” Adam Cancryn✔@adamcancryn Trump imagining George Floyd’s reaction to the jobs numbers: “Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country. This is a great day for him, it’s a great day for everybody.” 3,461 8:00 AM - Jun 5, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 4,866 people are talking about this Floyd died last week after then-Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as three other police officers, Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thao, watched or actively helped to hold him down, according to prosecutors. ‘You have to dominate the streets,’ Trump says amid nationwide protests over police brutality Update 11 a.m. EDT June 5: Speaking Friday at a news conference, President Donald Trump praised his impact on the Black community in America and repeated previous comments about dominating protesters who have taken to the streets to protest police violence in recent days. “You have to dominate the streets,” Trump said. “You can’t let what’s happening happen.” Trump faced heavy criticism earlier this week after authorities used tear gas to clear protesters from Washington D.C.'s Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House, before the president walked across the street for a photo-op with a bible at St. Johns Episcopal Church. The president praised the work of law enforcement officials amid the protests and added that “Nobody’s ever done for the Black community what President Trump has done.” DC mayor asks for federal law enforcement, military to withdraw from city Update 9:40 a.m. EDT June 5: Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has shared a letter sent to President Donald Trump on Thursday requesting that federal law enforcement and military personnel leave the city as protests over the death of George Floyd continue. “The protesters have been peaceful, and last night, the Metropolitan Police Department did not make a single arrest,” Bowser said in the letter, which she shared Friday on social media. “The deployment of federal law enforcement personnel and equipment are inflaming demonstrators and adding to the grievances of those who, by and large, are peacefully protesting for change and for reforms to the racist and broken systems that are killing Black Americans.” Mayor Muriel Bowser✔@MayorBowser I request that @realDonaldTrump withdraw all extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence from our city. 77.6K 6:19 AM - Jun 5, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 26.6K people are talking about this Tacoma mayor calls for firing of officers in death of man while in police custody Update 8:26 a.m. EDT June 5: Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards called Friday for the firing of all four officers involved in the death of Manuel Ellis, ruled a homicide early Friday by the county medical examiner. Ellis, 33, died while restrained in handcuffs on the ground. >> Read more on KIRO7.com Previously unreleased video footage surfaced late Thursday, showing Tacoma officers beating Ellis on the side of the road. “Tonight, [(the family]) asked, why does it always take a video for the public to believe when a black person’s life is taken unjustly? As an African American woman, I didn’t need a video to believe,” Woodards said in a video statement, adding, “As I watched that video I became even more enraged and angered and disappointed.” She then demanded Tacoma’s city manager fire all four officers involved and that funds for body cameras be allocated immediately. According to the Pierce County medical examiner ruling, Ellis died of respiratory arrest due to hypoxia, a lack of oxygen reaching body tissues, which was due to is being physically restrained by officers, The Washington Post reported. Video vindicates Philadelphia student charged with assaulting police Update 5:24 a.m. EDT June 5: A Temple University student arrested for assaulting police during a Philadelphia protest Monday has been vindicated by video of the incident. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Evan Gorski was accused of pushing an officer off his bike and fracturing his hand during a confrontation between police and demonstrators protesting police brutality. Video released Wednesday instead showed an officer striking Gorski with a baton, while another officer pinned the 21-year-old engineering student’s face to the ground. Gorski was released Wednesday. William Bender✔@wbender99 Spent the last 24 hours trying to figure out what happened here, but this is what I have so far .... https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-police-beating-temple-student-evan-gorski-protest-20200604.html … ‘Police just went nuts’: Charges dropped after video surfaces of police beating student, other... Prosecutors dropped charges against Temple student Evan Gorski after videos at a protest appeared to show a police officer striking him on the head with a baton and another pressing a knee on his... inquirer.com 2,262 2:29 PM - Jun 4, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 1,339 people are talking about this 2 National Guardsmen injured in DC lightning strike Update 4:38 a.m. EDT June 5: A lightning strike in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square injured two National Guardsmen around midnight Thursday. Both guardsmen were transported to a nearby hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, Vito Maggiolo, a spokesman for the district’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, said via Twitter. There were no other reports of injuries associated with the strike. DC Fire and EMS #StayHomeDC✔@dcfireems Shortly after midnight, #DCsBravest received a call for a report of 2 military personnel suffering the effects of a nearby lighting strike within the Lafayette Park perimeter. Both were transported with non life threatening injuries. 481 10:05 PM - Jun 4, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 385 people are talking about this NYC mayor: Essential workers’ arrests after curfew are ‘NOT acceptable and must stop’ Update 4:38 a.m. EDT June 5: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio implored police to safeguard the rights of essential workers after viral videos recorded late Thursday showed the arrest of a food delivery worker out past the city’s 8 p.m. curfew. Mayor Bill de Blasio✔@NYCMayor Just got off the phone with @NYPDShea after seeing the troubling video of a delivery worker arrested by police while doing his job. This is NOT acceptable and must stop. Food delivery is essential work and is EXEMPTED from the curfew. 19.5K 9:06 PM - Jun 4, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 10.4K people are talking about this In one video, a man is seen holding an insulated backpack from a food delivery company. A bicycle is splayed at his feet, and at least six officers have him surrounded. Kirsti Karttunen@KirstiKarttunen This delivery guy thought he’s an essential worker, police seemed to disagree. The rules issued before the curfew very unclear but according to the state, restaurants, bar & food industry workers are classified as essential. #nycurfew #NYCPolice 41.3K 6:01 PM - Jun 4, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 23.4K people are talking about this “Are you serious? Look, look, look I’m not even doing anything,” the man can be heard shouting, while officers tell him to “relax” and begin removing his backpack. A second video shared a few minutes later shows the unidentified man being loaded into a police van. peter hess@PeterNHess NYPD officers arrest an essential worker—his Caviar bag is sitting by his bike, 27 min after curfew at 108 and Central Park West in Manhattancity and state officials assured essential workers they are exemptat least three white shirts (commanding officers) are present 10.3K 6:04 PM - Jun 4, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 5,883 people are talking about this NYPD officials told The Washington Post the man’s credentials were later verified at a nearby precinct, and he was released. California mayor resigns after sending email claiming local police never killed a ‘good person of color’ Update 4:11 a.m. EDT June 5: The mayor of Temecula, California, resigned late Thursday after sending an email earlier in the week that claimed local police had never killed a “good person of color.” David Begnaud✔@DavidBegnaud The Mayor of Temecula, California James “Stew” Stewart has resigned over an email stating, in part ‘I don’t believe there’s ever been a good person of color killed by a police officer.’https://myvalleynews.com/temecula-mayor-under-fire-for-email-stating-i-dont-believe-theres-ever-been-a-good-person-of-color-killed-by-a-police-officer/ … 1,994 10:06 PM - Jun 4, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 1,361 people are talking about this The email, sent by Mayor James “Stew” Stewart Tuesday night, was in response to a constituent asking what his administration is doing to address systemic racism in policing. After the communication was made public, Stewart claimed talk-to-text software had mistakenly added the word “good,” The Press-Enterprise reported. “As you know the City of Temecula does not have its own Police Department. We contract with Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. And I don’t believe there’s ever been a good person of color killed by a police officer. So I’m kind of confuse what you are looking for,” the email read. Stewart said he failed to proofread the email before sending after working a 12-hour shift at his barber shop, The Press-Enterprise reported. In the statement announcing his resignation, Stewart wrote, “City of Temecula, I hear you, I agree with you, and I am deeply sorry,” the newspaper reported. “I understand that even my sincerest apologies cannot remedy this situation. Because actions speak louder than words, I will step down as your Mayor and City Council Member effective immediately,” he added. 1 shot, 2 possibly injured near Denver protest Update 2:41 a.m. EDT June 5: A chaotic scene unfolded in Denver Thursday night after a man was shot one block away from protesters gathered near the capitol building. Denver Police confirmed one man had been shot and transported to a nearby hospital, but they offered no additional details on his condition or possible motivations for the shooting. Denver Police Dept.✔@DenverPolice #Alert #DPD Officers are on-scene in the area of Colfax and Broadway in response to a shooting. At present one person has been transported for medical treatment. There is no available suspect information at this time. Information will be provided as available. #Denver. 58 9:01 PM - Jun 4, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 59 people are talking about this Two other “walk-in” patients – one with a gunshot wound and another suffering stab wounds – arrived at the hospital a short time later, but a police spokesman told The Washington Post that officers have not confirmed if those injuries are connected to the shooting of the first unidentified man. Denver Police Dept.✔@DenverPolice #DPD UPDATE: Two parties, possibly related to the scene @ Broadway/Colfax, have presented as “Walk-Ins” at hospital. One persons is being treated for GSW. One person is being treated for stab wound(s). #Denver 37 9:27 PM - Jun 4, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 43 people are talking about this 2 Buffalo police officers suspended after video shows them pushing, injuring elderly man Update 2:27 a.m. EDT June 5: Two police officers in Buffalo, New York, have been suspended without pay after video of protests appears to show them knocking down a 75-year-old man. WARNING: Links in this post may contain video some readers might find disturbing due to its violent nature. The video shows the man being pushed by officers and then falling backward. The victim appears to bleed from his head while lying motionless on the ground. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said in a Thursday night statement he was “deeply disturbed” by video of the altercation and an immediate investigation has been launched by the city’s police commissioner. According to The Washington Post, officers who were not directly involved but witnessed the incident initially described the man as “tripping and falling,” but Brown launched his investigation immediately upon viewing the footage. Capt. Jeff Rinaldo with the Buffalo Police Department told the Post the victim is in stable condition with a laceration and possible concussion. 'After days of peaceful protests and several meetings between myself, police leadership and members of the community, tonight’s event is disheartening. My thoughts are with the victim tonight,” Brown said in the statement. Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the incident “unjustified and utterly disgraceful.” Andrew Cuomo✔@NYGovCuomo This incident is wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful.I've spoken with Buffalo @MayorByronBrown and we agree that the officers involved should be immediately suspended pending a formal investigation.Police Officers must enforce — NOT ABUSE — the law. https://twitter.com/WBFO/status/1268712530358292484 … 5,881 8:01 PM - Jun 4, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 5,088 people are talking about this The Associated Press contributed to this report. © 2020 Cox Media Group Trending Now Bat-wielding grandmother confronts protesters in Michigan Here are the steps Delta says it’s taking to keep you safe amid COVID-19 Woman says she was wrongfully jailed over kidney ailment Seattle to offer free citywide coronavirus testing 88-year-old man graduates college after dropping out 60 years ago Protesters take police reform demands to S. Carolina capitol Update 6 p.m. EDT June 5: Hundreds of protesters against police violence marched downtown from the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion to the state capitol Friday to present a list of demands to reform the state’s criminal justice system. The demonstration marked the end of a week of protests in Columbia and statewide that were spurred by the May 25 death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against his neck for several minutes. Speakers at the demonstration presented a list of reforms, including requiring all law enforcement to use body cameras at all times, banning the purchasing of military-grade weapons by local agencies, and requiring de-escalation training for officers. Mayor downplays rough police treatment of NYC protesters Update 5 p.m. EDT June 5: Another day of protests over the death of George Floyd brought more examples of New York City officials downplaying or denying the police department’s rough treatment of protesters — even when it was caught on video. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday said he had personally seen “no use of force around peaceful protests” and cast doubt on people who had, belying social media posts and witness accounts of officers moving on demonstrators without provocation and bashing them with batons. De Blasio made the comment in response to questions at his morning news briefing about teams of officers aggressively breaking up a rally in the Bronx as the city’s 8 p.m. curfew kicked in Thursday, leading to scores of arrests and cries of brutality. He said officers were using “lots of restraint” with protesters. “What an absolute disgrace. This is just not true,” City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer tweeted afterward. “You are gaslighting an entire City.” Protesters marched through the city again Friday by the thousands. The violent flareups that characterized some demonstrations last weekend have almost entirely given way to peaceful affairs. Looting that occurred on Sunday and Monday also appears to have ceased. Police, community members kneel together to pray in Orlando, Florida Update 3:50 p.m. EDT June 5: Police Chief Orlando Rolon of the Orlando, Florida, Police Department on Friday asked community members to take a knee and pray for law enforcement officers, those in pain and for everyone to come together in peace, WFTV reported. >> Read more on WFTV.com Georgia faith leaders urge lawmakers to pass hate crime bill Update 3:45 p.m. EDT June 5: A group of faith leaders across Georgia are calling on lawmakers to pass a hate crime bill, WSB-TV reported. The news station noted that the state is one of only four without a hate crime law. Tony Lankford, pastor of First Baptist Church of St. Simons’ Island, said now is the time to pass hate crime legislation, WSB-TV reported. “You have a responsibility to the citizens of Georgia and an opportunity to make Georgia a better place to live for all generations to come,” Lankford said. >> Read more on WSBTV.com ‘Now is not the time to stay silent’: Carolina Panthers players join marches Update 3:30 p.m. EDT June 5: A group of Carolina Panthers joined protests in uptown Charlotte over police brutality following the killing of George Floyd, WSOC-TV reported Friday. Shaq Thompson, Chris Manhertz, Andrew Smith, Tre Boston and Ian Thomas were among those marching for change Tuesday, according to WSOC-TV. “For those demanding change, now is not the time to stay silent, no matter your station in life.' Manhertz said. “No matter what you have to lose.” >> Read more on WSOCTV.com Ohio guardsman suspended amid FBI investigation into white supremacist posts Update 3:10 p.m. EDT June 5: State authorities and officials with the FBI are investigating a member of the Ohio National Guard who had been deployed to Washington D.C., WHIO-TV reported. ”A member of the Ohio national guard was removed from the mission in Washington, D.C., after the FBI uncovered information that this guardsman expressed white supremacist ideology on the internet prior to this assignment,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a news briefing Friday, according to WHIO-TV. The guardsman has been suspended. “This is an investigation being done, not by authorities in Ohio, but by the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” the governor said, WHIO-TV reported. >> Read more on WHIO.com Boston University to create center for antiracist research Update 2:45 p.m. EDT June 5: School officials with Boston University announced they will soon be launching a center for antiracist research, according to WFXT. The news station reported that plans for the program have been more than a year in the making. The announcement comes at a time where race and discrimination issues are at the forefront. School officials told WFXT that they hope this will transform how racial research is done. >> Read more on Boston25News.com Atlanta police officer charged in Tasing of students also tied to death of man shot 76 times by police Update 2:40 p.m. EDT June 5: One of the six Atlanta police officers charged after a violent confrontation with two college students during protests over the weekend is also under investigation in connection with a 2016 shooting that left a man dead, WSB-TV reported. A video posted on social media and body camera footage showed officers use Taser stun guns on two students, Messiah Young and Taniyah Pilgrim, while they sat in their car Saturday. The officers then forcefully dragged them out of the car and arrested them. Willie Sauls,a 27-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department, was serving on a federal task force in 2016 when members of the task force shot and killed Jamarion Rashad Robinson, 26, according to WSB-TV. Authorities said he matched the description of a person who had pointed a gun at Atlanta police officers days earlier. Autopsy reports showed Robinson had been shot 76 times, WSB-TV reported. Sauls is facing charges of aggravated assault and property damage in connection with last weekend’s situation, according to WSB-TV. >> Read more on WSBTV.com Police union criticizes mayor for call to fire, prosecute officers after Manuel Ellis’ death Update 2:20 p.m. EDT June 5: The police union in Tacoma, Washington, on Friday sent a letter to Mayor Victoria Woodards criticizing her decision to call for the firing and prosecution of four officers involved in the death of Manuel Ellis, KIRO-TV reported. Tacoma Police Union Local No. 6 President Chris Tracy said Woodards passed judgment on the officers without “an ounce of evidence” on the basis of less than a minute of short, blurry video posted on Twitter, according to KIRO-TV. Tracy said the union welcomes a full and fair investigation by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and a review by the prosecuting attorney. He added that the facts will show the public that the officers did nothing wrong. >> Read more on KIRO7.com Most Americans believe Trump has fueled racial tensions, new poll finds Update 1:35 p.m. EDT June 5: Just over two-thirds of Americans believe President Donald Trump has helped to increase racial tensions since George Floyd was killed in an encounter with Minneapolis police, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released Friday. Interviewers surveyed 1,062 Americans as part of the poll, asking about Trump’s performance, the aftermath of Floyd’s killing and the November election. Asked whether Trump has increased or decreased racial tensions in his response to the May 25 killing of Floyd, 67% of respondents said he “mostly increased tensions” while 18% said he has mostly decreased them and 15% said they were unsure. >> Read full results from the NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll Trump has been criticized for his response to Floyd’s killing, including the decision for federal officials to clear protesters gathered near the White House with tear gas to allow for the president to do a photo-op at St. Johns Episcopal Church. Critics have questioned the difference between his reaction to protests at state capitols demanding that government reopen businesses closed by the coronavirus and his response to the recent protests over police brutality that have gripped the nation. On social media, Trump urged governors to listen to protesters, who were mostly white, who demonstrated to reopen businesses while calling protesters demonstrating against racially based police violence “thugs.” Minneapolis to ban chokeholds by police Update 1:20 p.m. EDT June 5: Negotiators for the city of Minneapolis have agreed with the state to ban the use of chokeholds by police, and to require police to report and intervene any time they see an unauthorized use of force by another officer. The moves are part of a stipulation between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which launched a civil rights investigation this week in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody. The City Council is expected to approve the agreement Friday. The agreement, which will be enforceable in court, would require any officer, regardless of tenure or rank, to immediately report the use of any neck restraint or chokehold from the scene to their commander or their commander’s superiors. Similarly, any officer who sees another officer commit any unauthorized use of force, including any chokehold or neck restraint, must try to intervene verbally and even physically. If they don’t, they’d be subject to discipline as severe as if they themselves had used the prohibited force. The agreement also requires authorization from the police chief or a designated deputy chief to use crowd control weapons, including chemical agents, rubber bullets, flash-bangs, batons, and marking rounds. And it requires more timely decisions on disciplining officers. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian resigns from board, urges seat be filled by Black candidate Update 12:55 p.m. EDT June 5: Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian announced in a video posted on social media Friday that he’s resigned from his position on the website’s board and asked that the seat be filled by a Black candidate. “It is long overdue to do the right thing,' Ohanian said. “I’m doing this for me, for my family and for my country. I am saying this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks, ‘What did you do?’” Ohanian married tennis superstar Serena Williams in 2017. The couple welcomed their daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, that same year. Ohanian pledged to use future funds gained from his Reddit stock “to serve the Black community, chiefly to curb racial hate.” He said he started Friday with a $1 million donation to former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp. “I believe resignation can actually be an act of leadership from people in power right now,” Ohanian said. 'To everyone fighting to fix our broken nation: Do not stop.” DC paints huge Black Lives Matter mural near White House Update 12:35 p.m. EDT June 5: City workers and activists painted the words Black Lives Matter in enormous bright yellow letters on the the street leading to the White House, a highly visible sign of the District of Columbia's embrace of a protest movement that has put it at odds with President Donald Trump. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted aerial video of the mural shortly after it was completed Friday. The letters and an image of the city’s flag stretch across 16th Street for two blocks, ending just before the church where Trump staged a photo-op after federal officers forcibly cleared a peaceful demonstration to make way for the president and his entourage. “The section of 16th street in front of the White House is now officially ‘Black Lives Matter Plaza,’” Bowser tweeted. A black and white sign was put up to mark the change. Nearly 84,000 National Guard members activated amid civil unrest, COVID-19 Update 12:05 p.m. EDT June 5: Officials with the U.S. National Guard said Friday that nearly 84,000 soldiers and airmen have been activated due to civil unrest in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Officials said 37,400 National Guard members were assisting states as they respond to the threat of COVID-19. More than 41,500 members of the National Guard were on duty in 33 states and Washington D.C. as protests over police brutality continue across the country. “The hardest mission we do is responding in times of civil unrest,” Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said Friday in a statement. “As a uniformed member of America’s military, it breaks my heart to see the country I love in such pain.” Section of street in front of White House renamed to Black Lives Matter Plaza, mayor announces Update 11:45 a.m. EDT June 5: A stretch of 16th Street in front of the White House on Friday officially became Black Lives Matter Plaza. The change was announced by Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who has been critical of the federal response to protests in the city. Earlier this week, federal authorities used tear gas to clear peaceful protesters from a park near the White House to allow for the president to walk across the street for a photo-op at St. Johns Episcopal Church. The move was widely criticized by current and former members of the military among several others. Officials in Washington said they were not alerted before the situation began. Bowser earlier this week used the incident to highlight the fight for D.C. statehood. Trump says ‘this is a great day’ for George Floyd as protests continue across US Update 11:20 a.m. EDT June 5: President Donald Trump said Friday that he hopes George Floyd, the 46-year-old killed by Minneapolis police last week, would be glad to see the May jobs report, which showed lower unemployment than expected amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying ‘This is a great thing that’s happening for our country,’” the president said during a news conference. “This is a great day for him. It’s a great day for everybody.” Floyd died last week after then-Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as three other police officers, Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thao, watched or actively helped to hold him down, according to prosecutors. ‘You have to dominate the streets,’ Trump says amid nationwide protests over police brutality Update 11 a.m. EDT June 5: Speaking Friday at a news conference, President Donald Trump praised his impact on the Black community in America and repeated previous comments about dominating protesters who have taken to the streets to protest police violence in recent days. “You have to dominate the streets,” Trump said. “You can’t let what’s happening happen.” Trump faced heavy criticism earlier this week after authorities used tear gas to clear protesters from Washington D.C.'s Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House, before the president walked across the street for a photo-op with a bible at St. Johns Episcopal Church. The president praised the work of law enforcement officials amid the protests and added that “Nobody’s ever done for the Black community what President Trump has done.” DC mayor asks for federal law enforcement, military to withdraw from city Update 9:40 a.m. EDT June 5: Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has shared a letter sent to President Donald Trump on Thursday requesting that federal law enforcement and military personnel leave the city as protests over the death of George Floyd continue. “The protesters have been peaceful, and last night, the Metropolitan Police Department did not make a single arrest,” Bowser said in the letter, which she shared Friday on social media. “The deployment of federal law enforcement personnel and equipment are inflaming demonstrators and adding to the grievances of those who, by and large, are peacefully protesting for change and for reforms to the racist and broken systems that are killing Black Americans.” Tacoma mayor calls for firing of officers in death of man while in police custody Update 8:26 a.m. EDT June 5: Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards called Friday for the firing of all four officers involved in the death of Manuel Ellis, ruled a homicide early Friday by the county medical examiner. Ellis, 33, died while restrained in handcuffs on the ground. >> Read more on KIRO7.com Previously unreleased video footage surfaced late Thursday, showing Tacoma officers beating Ellis on the side of the road. “Tonight, [(the family]) asked, why does it always take a video for the public to believe when a black person’s life is taken unjustly? As an African American woman, I didn’t need a video to believe,” Woodards said in a video statement, adding, “As I watched that video I became even more enraged and angered and disappointed.” She then demanded Tacoma’s city manager fire all four officers involved and that funds for body cameras be allocated immediately. According to the Pierce County medical examiner ruling, Ellis died of respiratory arrest due to hypoxia, a lack of oxygen reaching body tissues, which was due to is being physically restrained by officers, The Washington Post reported. Video vindicates Philadelphia student charged with assaulting police Update 5:24 a.m. EDT June 5: A Temple University student arrested for assaulting police during a Philadelphia protest Monday has been vindicated by video of the incident. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Evan Gorski was accused of pushing an officer off his bike and fracturing his hand during a confrontation between police and demonstrators protesting police brutality. Video released Wednesday instead showed an officer striking Gorski with a baton, while another officer pinned the 21-year-old engineering student’s face to the ground. Gorski was released Wednesday. 2 National Guardsmen injured in DC lightning strike Update 4:55 a.m. EDT June 5: A lightning strike in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square injured two National Guardsmen around midnight Thursday. Both guardsmen were transported to a nearby hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, Vito Maggiolo, a spokesman for the district’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, said via Twitter. There were no other reports of injuries associated with the strike. NYC mayor: Essential workers’ arrests after curfew are ‘NOT acceptable and must stop’ Update 4:38 a.m. EDT June 5: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio implored police to safeguard the rights of essential workers after viral videos recorded late Thursday showed the arrest of a food delivery worker out past the city’s 8 p.m. curfew. In one video, a man is seen holding an insulated backpack from a food delivery company. A bicycle is splayed at his feet, and at least six officers have him surrounded. “Are you serious? Look, look, look I’m not even doing anything,” the man can be heard shouting, while officers tell him to “relax” and begin removing his backpack. A second video shared a few minutes later shows the unidentified man being loaded into a police van. NYPD officials told The Washington Post the man’s credentials were later verified at a nearby precinct, and he was released. California mayor resigns after sending email claiming local police never killed a ‘good person of color’ Update 4:11 a.m. EDT June 5: The mayor of Temecula, California, resigned late Thursday after sending an email earlier in the week that claimed local police had never killed a “good person of color.” The email, sent by Mayor James “Stew” Stewart Tuesday night, was in response to a constituent asking what his administration is doing to address systemic racism in policing. After the communication was made public, Stewart claimed talk-to-text software had mistakenly added the word “good,” The Press-Enterprise reported. “As you know the City of Temecula does not have its own Police Department. We contract with Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. And I don’t believe there’s ever been a good person of color killed by a police officer. So I’m kind of confuse what you are looking for,” the email read. Stewart said he failed to proofread the email before sending after working a 12-hour shift at his barber shop, The Press-Enterprise reported. In the statement announcing his resignation, Stewart wrote, “City of Temecula, I hear you, I agree with you, and I am deeply sorry,” the newspaper reported. “I understand that even my sincerest apologies cannot remedy this situation. Because actions speak louder than words, I will step down as your Mayor and City Council Member effective immediately,” he added. 1 shot, 2 possibly injured near Denver protest Update 2:41 a.m. EDT June 5: A chaotic scene unfolded in Denver Thursday night after a man was shot one block away from protesters gathered near the capitol building. Denver Police confirmed one man had been shot and transported to a nearby hospital, but they offered no additional details on his condition or possible motivations for the shooting.  Two other “walk-in” patients – one with a gunshot wound and another suffering stab wounds – arrived at the hospital a short time later, but a police spokesman told The Washington Post that officers have not confirmed if those injuries are connected to the shooting of the first unidentified man. 2 Buffalo police officers suspended after video shows them pushing, injuring elderly man Update 2:27 a.m. EDT June 5: Two police officers in Buffalo, New York, have been suspended without pay after video of protests appears to show them knocking down a 75-year-old man. WARNING: Links in this post may contain video some readers might find disturbing due to its violent nature. The video shows the man being pushed by officers and then falling backward. The victim appears to bleed from his head while lying motionless on the ground. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said in a Thursday night statement he was “deeply disturbed” by video of the altercation and an immediate investigation has been launched by the city’s police commissioner. According to The Washington Post, officers who were not directly involved but witnessed the incident initially described the man as “tripping and falling,” but Brown launched his investigation immediately upon viewing the footage. Capt. Jeff Rinaldo with the Buffalo Police Department told the Post the victim is in stable condition with a laceration and possible concussion. 'After days of peaceful protests and several meetings between myself, police leadership and members of the community, tonight’s event is disheartening. My thoughts are with the victim tonight,” Brown said in the statement. Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the incident “unjustified and utterly disgraceful.” The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • The Mayor of Washington D.C. had “Black Lives Matter” painted on the street that eventually leads to the White House where protesters have been demonstrating following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Mayor Muriel Bowser also had the specific section of 16th Street renamed “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”  The road leads to both Lafayette Square and the White House. (App users tap to see tweet) (Tweet) President Donald Trump tweeted about Mayor Bowser shortly afterwards, calling her “incompetent.” (Tweet)

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  • Instead of an unemployment rate topping 20 percent as had been held out as a possibility by economic experts and senior Trump Administration officials, the latest jobs report shows the U.S. economy bouncing back a little, as states loosened restrictions from the Coronavirus, with the jobless rate dropping to 13.3 percent. 'These improvements in the labor market reflected a limited resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March and April due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it,' the report stated.  At the White House, President Trump reveled in the job gains. 'It’s a stupendous number. It’s joyous, let’s call it like it is,' the President wrote on Twitter. 'The Market was right. It’s stunning!' Jobs data in May showed sharp job gains in construction, retail trade, leisure, education, and health care, as the unemployment rate retreated from a historic high of 14.7 percent in April. Republicans in Congress joined President Trump in hailing the new job figures. 'We’ve still got a ways to go but the Great American Comeback is underway!' said Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA). 'Not only are we going to bounce back, in many ways it may be even better than before,' said Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR). 'America is on a HUGE comeback in record time,' said Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS). 'The Great American Comeback is starting!' said House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy. The jobs report though also showed the level of upheaval within the job market, as over 6 million more Americans are working part-time right now, even though they would rather have a full-time job.