Motorcyclist dies after crashing into stopped vehicle on I-70 in Denver

Protest Erupts Again Over Black Man Killed By Minnesota Deputies

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Protesters faced off with officers in Minneapolis early Saturday over the shooting death of a Black man by members of a U.S. Marshals task force.

Photos from the scene following a vigil for Winston Boogie Smith Jr., 32, showed dumpster fires in the street and a line of officers standing guard. It was the second night of protests in response to the fatal shooting Thursday in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood.

Police said 27 people were arrested in the protest, with 26 accused of rioting and one facing a weapons charge. No injuries were reported. Some businesses sustained damage, police said.

Authorities said Friday that Smith was wanted on a weapons violation and fired a gun before two deputies shot him while he was inside a parked vehicle. Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force were trying to arrest him on a warrant for allegedly being a felon in possession of a gun.

Family and friends described Smith as a father of three who was often harassed by police. They are demanding transparency in the investigation and have asked that anyone who might have video footage to come forward.

Police said some people vandalized buildings and stole from businesses after the shooting Thursday. Nine people were arrested on possible charges including suspicion of riot, assault, arson and damage to property.

The fatal shooting comes as Minneapolis has been on edge since the death of George Floyd just over a year ago, and the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright by an officer in nearby Brooklyn Center in April.

Facebook exec says new guidelines regulate public figures encouraging violence, not lies

New Facebook guidelines for public figures regulate comments encouraging violence, not lies, Facebook Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

“It doesn’t matter who you are, you can be the pope, the queen of England and the president United States, you cannot use our services — to aid, abet, foment or praise acts of violence,” Clegg told ABC “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos.

Facebook announced Friday it’s suspending former President Donald Trump from the platform for two years from its initial Jan. 7 suspension, following the company’s implementation of newly created “enhanced safety protocols” and penalties for public figures during times of civil unrest or ongoing violence.

Trump was originally banned from the social media platform the day after the deadly Capitol siege over concerns his posts were inciting violence.

A May review from Facebook’s independent oversight board upheld Trump’s suspension but stated it was “inappropriate” for the company to impose an indefinite penalty without clear guidelines.

As a result, the company then created heightened penalties for public figures that would ban individuals for one month or up to two years, depending on the severity of their violation.

Trump said in a statement on Friday that Facebook’s ruling was an “insult” to his voters and the company “shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this censoring and silencing.”

This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

Athletics: Sifan Hassan sets new women's 10,000m world record

HENGELO, Netherlands (AFP) – Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands fired out a warning shot ahead of the Tokyo Olympics by setting a new world record in the women’s 10,000m on Sunday (June 6).

Hassan, 28, clocked 29 minutes and 06.82 seconds at the Hengelo meet, smashing the previous best set by Ethiopian Almaz Ayana (29min 17.45sec) when winning gold at the 2016 Rio Games.

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Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 7 picks: Who will advance to the second round in NBA playoffs?

The final series of the first round ends with the first Game 7 of the 2021 NBA playoffs. Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers face Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

The series is the first in NBA playoff history in which the road team has won the first six games. Will the trend continue for the decisive game?

Leonard is no stranger to high-pressure Game 7s, having won titles with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014 and Toronto Raptors in 2019. However, the last time he and the Clippers were in this situation, they were blown out by the Denver Nuggets in the bubble last year to lose a 3-1 series lead.

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Doncic will play in his first career Game 7. While he has played in high-intensity, championship-level games in Europe, it remains to be seen how Doncic (or any other Mavericks player, for that matter) responds to the pressure against the best of the best in the NBA playoffs.

What to Cook This Week

By Sam Sifton

Good morning. Eric Kim did valuable work for The Times this week, breaking down the science of and techniques for making juicy chicken breasts, instead of the unfortunately more common bone-dry ones. It’s a satisfying read (with an excellent use of the compound noun “noun cluster” in it) and deeply informative.

Motorcyclist dies after crashing into stopped vehicle on I-70 in Denver

A motorcyclist died late Saturday night after colliding at highway speeds with the back of a car that had broken down on Interstate 70 in Denver.

The crash happened at 11:46 p.m. Saturday on the interstate near the Brighton Boulevard exit, police spokesman Kurt Barnes said. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The Denver medical examiner has not yet publicly identified the motorcyclist.

Police continue to investigate the crash and will present their findings to the Denver District Attorney’s Office, Barnes said.