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They suffered racist harassment from white neighbors and in the 1920s the Manhattan Beach City Council took the land away through eminent domain under the ruse of needing it for a park.

More than 24 hours after a Black man was fatally shot by a North Carolina deputy, grieving loved ones and frustrated protesters awaited details to piece together what happened.
Andrew Brown Jr. was killed early Wednesday morning in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, said Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten. The deputy was executing a search warrant, and he has since been placed on leave pending investigation, he said.
For many, the sense of relief brought by the guilty verdict for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Tuesday in the murder of George Floyd was short-lived. Reports of more police killings emerged just hours later, including that of Brown and 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant who was fatally shot Tuesday night by police officers in Columbus, Ohio.
Crowds of people — dozens at the scene of the shooting and later hundreds protesting in the streets of Elizabeth City — called for police to release more details immediately, including body camera footage. Elizabeth City is about 170 miles northeast of Raleigh.
“The people of Elizabeth City … they desire a right to know what took place this morning,” City Councilman Darius J. Horton said Wednesday. “There is a moment of hurt in Elizabeth City.”
What happened? The deputy, who has not been identified, was serving a search warrant at Brown’s rental home Wednesday morning when Brown was fatally shot around around 8:30 a.m. According to a witness, Brown was trying to drive away.
Demetria Williams, Brown’s neighbor, told the Associated Press she ran outside after hearing a gunshot and then saw the deputy firing multiple times at Brown. She also said the car skidded from Brown’s yard and hit a tree.
“When they opened the door he was already dead,” Williams said. “He was slumped over.” She said officers attempted chest compressions on Brown.
Authorities removed a car from the scene that appeared to have multiple bullet holes and a broken rear windshield, the Associated Press reported.
What do we know about the deputy? Sheriff Tommy Wooten II said at a news conference Wednesday the deputy was wearing a body camera and has been placed on leave.
Wooten did not identify the deputy. He also did not say how many shots were fired or what the warrant against Brown was for.
“What we are looking for at this time will be accurate answers and not fast answers,” District Attorney Andrew Womble Womble told a news conference. “We’re going to wait for the full and complete investigation … and we’ll review that and make any determinations that we deem appropriate at that time. This will not be a rush to judgment.”
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Delivery: Varies Your Email Who was Andrew Brown Jr.? Williams said neighbors knew Brown, 42, as Drew and that he wasn’t a violent person.
“He wasn’t a threat to (officers). He was driving off even though he was trying to get away,” Williams said.
Brown’s aunt, Martha McCullen, who said she raised him after his parents died, described him as a good person and father.
“The police didn’t have to shoot my baby,” she told the Associated Press. “He was about to get his kids back…Now his kids won’t never see him again.”
He had 10 children, WAVY-TV reported.
Court records show Brown had a history of drug charges and a misdemeanor drug possession conviction.
Contributing: The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County leaders took initial steps Tuesday toward returning prime beachfront property to descendants of a Black couple who built a resort for African Americans but were stripped of the land by local city officials a century ago.
The five-member Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to have the county chief executive’s office report back in 60 days with a plan on how to return the land and to have the county be a sponsor of state legislation that is needed to enable the transfer.
“We have the opportunity not only to right a wrong that happened right here in LA County but also to be an example to the rest of the nation on how government’s can begin to act now to correct historic injustices,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn, who is leading the effort.
The property that became known as Bruce’s Beach is along the shoreline in Manhattan Beach, now an upscale city along the southern end of Santa Monica Bay.
One of the descendants, Anthony Bruce, called in to the virtual meeting to urge the supervisors to “make it a reality.”
“Uphold justice for the Bruces and grant these motions,” he said.
The land was purchased in 1912 by Willa and Charles Bruce, who built the first West Coast resort for Black people at a time when many beaches were segregated.
They suffered racist harassment from white neighbors and in the 1920s the Manhattan Beach City Council took the land away through eminent domain under the ruse of needing it for a park.
The city did nothing with the property, however, and it eventually was transferred to the state in 1948.
In 1995, the state transferred it to the county, which built its lifeguard training headquarters on the site.
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If the law passes, the transfer to the descendants of the Bruces would have to go back before the Board of Supervisors for final approval.
The current Manhattan Beach City Council recently formally acknowledged and condemned their predecessors’ efforts to displace the Bruces and several other Black families in the area, but stopped short of formally apologizing.
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Delivery: Varies Your Email The lifeguard building sits along The Strand, a popular oceanfront walkway where many of the once-modest beach houses have given way to multistory luxury residences.
A return of the land could involve the county leasing it back from the descendants or moving the lifeguard facility elsewhere, according to Hahn.
WASHINGTON – In another stern warning, the Biden administration said Monday the welfare of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is the responsibility of the Russian government and that Russia would be held accountable if he dies.
The threat came amid reports that Navalny, who is in his third week of a hunger strike, had been moved to a prison hospital because of rapidly declining health and a statement from his doctor that the government opposition leader could be near death.
“What happens to Mr. Navalny in the custody of the Russian government is the responsibility of the Russian government,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.
If Navalny dies, “there will be consequences to the Russian government,” she said.
Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny is pictured taking part in a march in memory of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow, Russia. The threat marked the second day in a row the administration put Russia on notice that it would be held accountable for Navalny’s welfare.
National security adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday the United States would retaliate if Navalny dies. “We have communicated (to Russia) that there will be consequences if Mr. Navalny dies,” Sullivan said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
On Monday, Sullivan spoke by phone with Nikolay Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council, on a number of issues, including the prospect of a presidential summit between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The White House did not say whether they discussed Navalny’s health during the call.
Russia says Navalny transferred to hospital Navalny, Putin’s fiercest opponent, Navalny was poisoned last August with a Russian nerve agent and was given medical treatment in Germany. Russia denied it was behind the attack, but intelligence officials determined with “high confidence” that one of Russia’s leading intelligence agencies, the Federal Security Service, used the nerve agent Novichok to poison Navalny.
Navalny was detained upon returning to Russia in January and was later sentenced to prison. He has been on a hunger strike since March 31 over what he describes as improper treatment by prison guards. The government critic recently claimed in a statement shared on Instagram that prison guards have threatened to force-feed him.
‘There will be consequences’: National security adviser Sullivan warns of US retaliation if Kremlin critic Navalny dies
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Delivery: Varies Your Email Reports about Navalny’s rapidly declining health elicited international outrage and calls urging Russian authorities to provide the politician with adequate medical help. European Union foreign ministers were assessing the bloc’s strategy toward Russia on Monday in the wake of news about his health.
The Russian state penitentiary service, FSIN, also said Monday that Navalny would be transferred from a penal colony just east of Moscow to a hospital for convicts in a prison in Vladimir, a city 110 miles from the capital. According to the statement, Navalny’s condition is deemed “satisfactory.”
The agency said the 44-year-old Kremlin critic had agreed to take vitamin therapy. But Navalny’s physician, Dr. Yaroslav Ashikhmin, said Saturday that test results provided by the family show he has sharply elevated levels of potassium, which can bring on cardiac arrest, and heightened creatinine levels that indicate impaired kidneys.
“Our patient could die at any moment,” he said in a Facebook post.
In Washington, the White House declined Monday to elaborate on what actions it might take against Russia if Navalny dies.
“We’re not going to telegraph our punches,” Psaki said, adding that the administration continues to push for his release and for him to be treated humanely.
The U.S. already has imposed sanctions against Russia in response to Navalny’s poisoning and detention.
Last month, the administration announced sanctions against seven senior members of the Russian government and added 14 entities to the Department of Commerce’s blacklist, mirroring sanctions imposed earlier by the European Union and the United Kingdom. The sanctions prevent the top figures allied with Putin from accessing financial and property assets in the U.S.
Michael Collins covers the White House. Follow him on Twitter @mcollinsNEWS.
Contributing: Matthew Brown and The Associated Press
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It has been months since the first person received a COVID-19 vaccine, and hundreds of millions of doses have been distributed – but the distribution of vaccines has not been equal throughout the world.
Several countries, including the U.S., have been making fast progress immunizing their populations. Millions of shots have been given to Americans, ranking the U.S. as one of the top countries with one of the highest vaccination rates per 100 people.
But as richer countries are securing more doses than their populations need, many poorer countries are yet to report a single dose administered.
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“We still have a ways to go,” said Krutika Kuppalli, vice chair of Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Global Health Committee, when asked about the current global vaccination. “There’s still a number of countries that have not even started vaccinating people.”
“I’m lucky because I live here in the United States, and I have access to medications,” said Kuppalli. She says that access to life-saving medicine “should not be determined because I’m born here versus whether I’m born in another country.”
World vaccination rates for COVID-19
Israel has been the global leader in vaccinating its population against COVID-19, followed by the United Arab Emirates and Chile. More than half of the Israeli population has been at least partially vaccinated.
The country’s well-trained health care providers and a digitized community-based health system that can identify high-risk persons have been major factors in the success, according to Israeli health experts. The country also has a tradition of periodic emergency preparedness exercises.
The United Arab Emirates hasn’t been far behind. It has about the same population as Israel and contributes its rapid vaccination pace to coordinated government action, strong leadership, public awareness campaigns, and simple vaccination registration procedures using a Health Ministry app.
The gap between countries High-income countries represent only 16% of the world’s population, yet some of them have bought enough vaccines to cover their population more than twice.
According to a ONE’s Policy team study, the world’s richest countries have collectively bought 1 billion more doses than their citizens need. The rest of the world has only been able to secure 2.5 billion doses – not enough to vaccinate their populations.
Vaccination coverage by country income level
Soon, the U.S. will have a vaccine surplus, experts say.
“We’re going to have supply exceeds demand, sometime between now and mid-May,” Ezekiel Emanuel, a health policy expert and professor at the University of Pennsylvania who advised President Joe Biden’s transition, told USA TODAY in late March.
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Emanuel said the U.S. should send the excess vaccines overseas. “We can’t stop producing (vaccines) and we can’t sit on our supply. That makes no sense and that’s not ethical,” he said.
Percent of population covered by vaccine purchases

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