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George Floyd, whose killing by police inspired worldwide protests calling for an end to systemic racism and police brutality, was taken to a cemetery for burial Tuesday in his hometown of Houston.

The black man died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes. A video captured by a bystander showed Floyd pleading for air and calling out for his mother.

Floyd, 46, was to be buried next to his mother.

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The head of The New York Times editorial page, James Bennet, has resigned after he oversaw the publication last week of a controversial opinion piece by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton that called for deploying federal troops to end unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd.

The newspaper on Sunday announced the resignation of Bennet, who became editor of the page in 2016. In a note to staff announcing the departure, publisher A.G. Sulzberger cited "a significant breakdown in our editing processes."

Once again this weekend, protesters filled the streets in cities nationwide, rallying against police violence and chanting the name of George Floyd.

Jesse Jackson and Josie Johnson have a surprising perspective on those protests. He has been a prominent civil rights leader since 1960, she even longer. Both know the unrest of earlier times; Jackson was an aide to Martin Luther King, whose assassination in 1968 set off riots nationwide. And both know the despair many felt after Floyd's death, which followed the deaths of so many others at the hands of police.

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The rainy weather didn’t stop a large crowd of protestors from peacefully marching through downtown Tampa on Saturday afternoon, beginning and ending with demonstrations in Curtis Hixon Park.

Protesters holding Black Lives Matter banner

During a break in the rain Saturday, several hundred protesters sat in an intersection in downtown St. Petersburg and chanted against racism.

“No KKK no racist USA,” the crowd yelled.

Since George Floyd's death in Minneapolis, few communities have teemed with such outspoken frustration as the city just outside President Trump's window — and that dissatisfaction was again on ample display Saturday in Washington, D.C.

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The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence is suing two insurers, asking a court to force the companies to cover costs resulting from state lawsuits against the embattled domestic-violence agency because of allegedly “exorbitant” executive compensation.

The nationwide demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd's killing have been met at times with heavy-handed police tactics that include beatings, the use of tear gas and rubber bullets fired into crowds.

Tropical Storm Cristobal has turned north and will soon be moving into the Gulf of Mexico, where it is then expected to strengthen and make landfall in Louisiana Sunday. 

The hazards from Cristobal, which primarily include heavy rain and a potential storm surge, could extend more than 400 miles to the east

Protests continue across Florida this weekend, calling for justice and an end to police brutality against people of color. Over the last week, many of the protests have been mostly peaceful.

Activists across the state are demanding change after the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many others.

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Tropical Storm Cristobal may be well offshore and on a forecast track toward Louisiana, but its effects will be felt across Tampa Bay for at least the next few days.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday the NFL admits that "we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest."

The statement, made in a video over Twitter, comes a day after nearly 20 players called on the NFL to take a stronger stance amid a nationwide protest of police brutality against black people.

Ginger Grant, owner of Grant's Crabs and Seafood in Largo.
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As protests against police brutality and racial injustice continue across the country, WUSF is amplifying the voices in our community responding to the calls for change. 


Coastal flooding and rip currents will be the main concerns for the Tampa Bay area this weekend as Tropical Storm Cristobal makes its way north through the Gulf of Mexico.

Before she was a hashtag or a headline, before protesters around the country chanted her name, Breonna Taylor was a 26-year-old woman who played cards with her aunts and fell asleep watching movies with friends.

That changed on March 13, when police officers executing a no-knock warrant in the middle of the night killed her in her apartment in Louisville, Ky.

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As protests continue around the country against systemic racism and police brutality, black Americans describe fear, anger and a weariness about tragic killings that are becoming all too familiar.


There is a higher probability that 2020 will see an above-average Atlantic hurricane season.

Updated at 3 a.m. ET Friday

Protesters poured into streets again across the nation to honor George Floyd following a memorial service in Minneapolis. Demonstrations have taken place every day since Floyd's death last week after a police officer pressed a knee into his neck while detaining him.

Florida Supreme Court Nixes Effort To Ban Assault Weapons

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The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a proposed constitutional amendment seeking to ban the possession of assault-style weapons does not meet requirements to be placed on the ballot in Florida.

Updated at 4:53 p.m. ET

A memorial was held Thursday for George Floyd, who died last week after a police officer pressed a knee into his neck while detaining him in Minneapolis, triggering protests across the country.

In front of a golden casket and flower bouquets, and against a backdrop of artwork depicting Floyd saying, "I can breathe now," his brother Philonise shared memories of growing up together, eating banana mayonnaise sandwiches and sleeping in the same bed as kids.

Venturing further into the public discourse he had largely held back from since relinquishing the Oval Office to President Trump, former President Barack Obama joined a virtual town hall Wednesday to advocate for the kind of hope and change that once inspired a nation to twice elect him as its leader.

Thursday 10:00 AM EDT: A Flood Watch is in effect through Friday morning for South Florida and through Saturday afternoon for South-Central parts of the Sunshine State.

Retired Marine Gen. Jim Mattis, who resigned as President Trump's defense secretary nearly a year and a half ago over policy differences, has issued an extraordinary critique of the White House's handling of nationwide unrest, saying Trump has sought to divide Americans and warning against "militarizing our response" to the protests.


Almost half the Floridians taking part in a survey by AAA Auto Club said they're less likely to evacuate for a hurricane this season because of fears of catching the coronavirus. More than a quarter of respondents said they'll stay in their homes even if officials warn them to leave.

Protesters at Cyrus Green Park in Tampa

Brian Butler is a former Army officer, president and CEO of his own Tampa company - and African American.

tropical storm cristobal forecast track

Tropical Storm Cristobal strengthened overnight and made landfall in Mexico before turning to the north and emerging in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.

Monday kicked off the start of another busy hurricane season, forecast to be the fifth in a row with an above average number of storms.

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Busch Gardens in Tampa is opening back up on Thursday, June 11.

That’s a full month earlier than Disney World and about a week after Universal Studios plans to reopen.

National Hurricane Center

The Gulf Coast is on alert as a system that strengthened into Tropical Storm Cristobal on Tuesday morning meanders through the southwest Gulf of Mexico on a path toward Mexico.