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Headlines Edition

Saturday headlines: A literal demon

"Being Black Is not a Crime," says a full-page ad in the Oklahoma Eagle, meant to be turned into a protest poster.

From the Tulsa World’s editorial on Monday: “We don’t know why he chose Tulsa, but we can’t see any way that his visit will be good for the city.”

Btw: “Millions of Americans Believe Trump Is Fighting Literal Demons.”

In a study of American children’s thoughts on the president, negative statements outnumber positive statements five to one.

People with intellectual disabilities and autism who contract COVID-19 die at higher rates than the rest of the population.

What it feels like to live through a gap between historic eras: Welcome to pandemic time, population you.

In case of interest, here is what working out in a gym looks like now. 

“I started a Covid-themed newspaper for the children in my neighborhood. It turned into a global outlet for youth journalism—and no-parents-allowed tips for acquiring candy.”

Thanks to the pandemic, professional tennis is undergoing massive shifts—and it desperately needs more self-aware conversations.

In Cambodia, foreign travelers must pay a $3,000 deposit for “Covid-19 service charges” at the airport upon arrival.

The United States is not yet China when it comes to using facial recognition, "but that is not the result of any law or policy."

Nature-rich work by Raxenne Maniquiz, an illustrator and designer from the Philippines

Mohamed Abdulkadir Ali recounts an education, as a Somali refugee, in being Black in the United States.

An appreciation of John Lewis, the Congressman from Georgia, at a time when Trump is running as an heir to George Wallace.

The recent history of Black Lives Matter has roots in decades of protest. 

“Enormous differences separate today’s protest movements from those of the 1960s. But they may ultimately prove united by the magnitude of the change they impose.”

Related: Just because they’ve turned against humanity doesn’t mean we should defund the Terminator program.

A moving short essay by Ismail Muhammad, reconsidering John Coltrane’s “Alabama” in light of George Floyd’s murder. 

Kaitlyn Greenridge: “The thing that has helped has not been to try and figure out the right words to get the white world to see our humanity. It has been communing with the greatest black imaginations & feeling the freedom that whiteness can't even comprehend.”

Also, “Where Do Black Journalists Go From Here?”

A thorough survey of the world's currencies, taking note of colors, gender representation, any buildings or animals.

A German-Russian space telescope, launched in July last year, records over a million sources of X-rays.

A brief summary of the wild travails of Truman Everts, who got lost for 37 days in Yellowstone in 1870 and started a forest fire.