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Brooklyn Park charter school principal dies of coronavirus

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The principal and founder of a Hmong cultural language charter school in Brooklyn Park has died of the coronavirus.
The family of Choua Yang says she died Friday at age 53 after battling COVID-19 for four weeks, including three weeks on a ventilator.
Yang and her husband started Prairie Seeds Academy. Staff say Yang was a passionate educator and caring principal who took the threat of the coronavirus seriously. Students at the school have been distance learning since the start of the academic year.
“Of all people, she was very careful about social distancing, about making smart and wise decisions, about not letting her guard down,” Tou Ger Xiong, a staff member at the school, said.
A refugee herself, she built a school that embraced students of all cultural backgrounds, KMSP-TV reported.
“Some principals, they lock themselves in their office and get caught up with the administrative work. She’s very hands on and very interactive with the students so a lot of the students see her as a mother or grandmother figure,” Xiong said.
Staff have been at the school in a limited capacity leading up to the school year, but students have not been in the building.
The school issued a statement which said there was nothing more important to her than her students.
“She celebrated their successes, cared deeply when they were troubled and needed help, and was devoted to making things better for every student, family, and staff member at PSA,” the school said.

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Crash kills girl, 2, who was sitting on driver’s lap

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — A 2-year-old girl who was sitting in a driver’s lap died after a crash in Kandiyohi County.
Sheriff’s officials say the crash happened Thursday in Roseland Townshiop. The driver, a 23-year-old woman from Clara City, was driving with the toddler in her lap when she lost control on loose gravel and the vehicle rolled into a ditch.
Sheriff’s officials say the woman was wearing a seatbelt. She was seriously injured and taken to the Willmar hospital. The girl was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital but died of her injuries on the way, the Star Tribune reported.

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Sheriff: Deputy suspended after handcuffing elderly woman

BONITA SPRINGS (AP) — A Florida deputy has been suspended after placing an elderly woman who ran a stop sign in handcuffs, officials said this week.
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno announced during a news conference Wednesday that the deputy had been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.
Dorothy Friedenreich, 91, told news outlets her arms were badly bruised and cut when she was handcuffed in the driveway of her Bonita Springs home Aug. 17. She ended up going to the emergency room for her injuries.
Friedenreich said she did not realized she had rolled through the stop sign less than a minute from her house, leading the deputy to believe she was trying get away when she did not immediately pull over.
Marceno said the deputy failed to use common sense and compassion. Friedenreich said she felt safer after the sheriff personally apologized to her.
Officials did not name the deputy.

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Sport-by-sport snapshot of racial injustice protests

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer
Moved by the videotaped shooting of Jacob Blake, many professional athletes — some who had previously donned Black Lives Matter T-Shirts and knelt for the national anthem to protest racial injustice — made a more dramatic statement.
They refused to play.
NBA players led the way Wednesday and Thursday by sitting out of scheduled playoff games in the “bubble” in Florida, the league’s answer to finishing up the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. The movement quickly spread to the other professional sports.
“We are scared as Black people in America,” LeBron James said. “Black men, Black women, Black kids. We are terrified.”
Athletes similarly came together after the death of George Floyd, another Black man who died when an officer pressed his knee into his neck for more than seven minutes. Some players knelt during the national anthem or stood in silence, fists raised, while others wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts or had names of Black people killed by police on their jerseys.
But then the cellphone video of Blake getting shot in the back seven times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, about 40 miles south of Milwaukee, emerged.
Athletes say the moment has forced them to act. Here’s a look at what they are doing across the major professional sports to call for an end to racial injustice:
NBA: The Milwaukee Bucks set off a wave of postponements in professional sports Wednesday, when players refused to take the court for a playoff game against Orlando. The two other playoff games for that day were also postponed, as were the three games set for Thursday.
NBA Executive Vice President Mike Bass issued a statement that said: “We are hopeful to resume games either Friday or Saturday,” and added that a group of players and representatives from the teams in the bubble were going to hold a video conference call with the league’s front office and union officials about the next step.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Seven games were postponed Thursday, a day after three games were called off.
“In this world, I’ve always believed, there’s two things you can’t live without. It has nothing to do with food and water. It’s love and hope. And I don’t think we’re doing a good job in our country giving that to everyone and I think that needs to be the focus here,” Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi said.
NFL: Nine teams canceled practice Thursday. The league is set to start its season on Sept. 10.
NHL: Announced Thursday that it postponed two days of playoff games. The league’s games went on as scheduled Wednesday. San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane, who is Black, was vocal about the issue on Twitter, saying it would send “a clear message that human rights take priority over sports.”
GOLF: The PGA Tour event at Olympia Fields outside Chicago — less than 100 miles from Kenosha, Wisconsin — went on as scheduled Thursday. Cameron Champ, who has a Black father and a white mother, wore a black shoe and a white shoe. On the white shoe he wrote: “Jacob Blake BLM.” The LPGA Tour is set to begin play Friday in Rogers, Arkansas.
TENNIS: Naomi Osaka will play in the Western & Southern Open semifinals, after all. A day after saying she would withdraw from the hard-court event to protest the “continued genocide of Black people at the hand of the police” — prompting the tournament to call off all of Thursday’s matches — the two-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1-ranked player changed course. Her agent confirmed that Osaka will face No. 14 Elise Mertens when play resumes at the tournament Friday with the semifinals. The finals were shifted from Friday to Saturday.
WNBA: The six WNBA games set for Wednesday and Thursday were postponed in the league’s bubble in Bradenton, Florida. Players from the Washington Mystics wore T-shirts that had Blake’s name on the front and seven holes in the back. Later, players held a candlelight vigil. The league had just passed its halfway mark of the 22-game season.
MLS: Five of six scheduled matches Wednesday were postponed. Players for the other game, between Nashville SC and Orlando City, said they had already taken the field in preparation for their game before a collective decision was made. The MLS had no games scheduled for Thursday.
“We don’t want lip service anymore,” said San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski, who is of Native American descent. “It’s time for actual actions to be made, and time for a change.”

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Grichuk hits 3-run homer in 7th, Blue Jays beat Rays 6-4

By MARK DIDTLER
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Randal Grichuk hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning before later leaving with lower back tightness and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 on Monday.
Reliever Aaron Loup (3-2) replaced Edgar Garcia with one on and one out. After Cavan Biggio reached on catcheris interference, Grichuk gave Toronto a 5-3 lead with his seventh home run.
Grichuk soon had exit his spot in center field.
“He deserves all the credit for starting the game and trying to play, and then we had to take him out because it got really tight after that,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “He started the game with his back hurting a little bit but he said, ‘I want to play it’s a big game.'”
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also homered for the Blue Jays, and Thomas Hatch (2-1) worked two scoreless innings for the win. He got his first big league victory in Friday’s game against the Rays.
Jordan Romano worked the ninth for his second save. The right-hander got his first career save preserving Hatch’s win on Friday.
Toronto is 14-13 and third in the AL East.
“Honestly I feel like today was the biggest win of the year,” Montoyo said. îI might be saying that for every game the rest of the year. But against that team … to go 2-2 … that’s why I felt like today was the biggest win of the year.”
Yoshi Tsutsugo and Willy Adames homered for Tampa Bay. Oft-injured Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier was hit on the right foot by a pitch in the sixth and left after the seventh.
X-rays were negative but Kiermaier is not expected to start Tuesday night against Baltimore.
The Rays reached the midway point of the regular season at 19-11 after winning 11 of 14 and are in a tight race with the New York Yankees in the AL East.
Tampa Bay is missing eight pitchers due to injuries, including ace Charlie Morton.
“Look, we’ve got to be pretty pleased with where we’re at 30 games given the injuries,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.
Ji-Man Choi opened the Rays eighth with a single off Rafael Dolis and went to second when Tsutsugo walked. Choi scored to make it 5-4 on shortstop Santiago Espinal’s throwing error while attempting to complete a double play on a grounder by Joey Wendle.
Dolis avoided further damage by getting a double play grounder from Adames. Toronto got the run back on Biggio’s RBI double in the ninth.
The Rays went up 3-1 on Adames’ opposite-field, two-run homer down the line in right off Tanner Roark in the fourth.
Adames also had an outstanding play at short in the sixth, sliding into the outfield to field a grounder and throw out Travis Shaw at first.
Gurriel ended Rays starter Blake Snell’s day with a solo homer with two outs in the sixth that got the Blue Jays within 3-2.
Snell allowed two runs, four hits and struck out nine.
“It’s definitely a tough loss,” Snell said. “It’s a game we need to win.” Tsutsugo, hitless in his previous 14 at-bats, put the Rays up 1-0 with a homer in the second. Toronto tied it at 1 when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had an RBI double in the third.
TRAINER’S ROOM
Blue Jays: RHP Matt Shoemaker, placed on the 10-day IL Sunday, has a lat strain and his status is week to week. … RHP Trent Thornton, who left his start Sunday after one inning with right elbow inflammation, was placed on the 10-day IL.
Rays: Morton (right shoulder inflammation) will throw a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday.
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Blue Jays: RHP Chase Anderson (0-0) will go against Boston LHP Kyle Hart (0-1) on Tuesday night in Buffalo.
Rays: RHP Tyler Glasnow (0-1) and Baltimore LHP Tommy Milone (1-3) are Tuesday nightís starters in Tampa Bay.
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Police looking for man who shot woman, boy at train station

FORT LAUDERDALE  (AP) — An 11-year-old boy and a woman were shot during an argument between two men at the Brightline train station in Fort Lauderdale.
Investigators said a third man brought one of the others a gun on Saturday night, Fort Lauderdale police said.
Stanley Johnson, 60, brought the gun to the scene, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported. He is charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Johnson confessed to his involvement in the shooting, said Fort Lauderdale Police spokeswoman Ali Adamson.
An attorney for Johnson wasn’t listed on court records.
The search is continuing for the shooter and the other man, police said.
The victims were taken to a hospital, where they were in stable condition Sunday, police said.

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Brady learning new playbook, excited to get started in Tampa

By FRED GOODALL

AP Sports Writer

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady isn’t content with making the Tampa Bay Buccaneers relevant again. The six-time Super Bowl champion is hungry to win another title.
And the Bucs, who’ve missed the playoffs 12 consecutive seasons, feel they have a supporting cast talented enough to help the 43-year-old quarterback accomplish that mission.
“Everybody sees football a little bit different. It’s about how we all see it together and how we can all be on the same page as we move forward,” Brady said Tuesday, speaking for the first time since reporting to training camp with his new team.
The three-time NFL MVP talked among other things about the challenge of learning a new playbook for the first time in 19 years, as well as doing it without the benefit of a normal offseason routine due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Ultimately, my goal is to go out there and do what I’ve always done, (which) is to be best the best I can possibly be for the team,” Brady added during a video conference call. “I’ve tried to catch passes in my career, I’ve tried to make blocks, I’ve had a few runs, but I’m not very good at any of those. I think my best ability is reading defenses and throwing the football.”
Brady, who turned 43 this week, signed a two-year, $50 million deal in free agency after leading the New England Patriots to nine Super Bowl appearances, 13 AFC championship games and 17 division titles over the past 20 seasons.
He’s not the only high-profile addition to an offense that led the NFL in passing last year with talented but mistake-prone Jameis Winston at quarterback.
At Brady’s urging, coach Bruce Arians and general manager Jason Licht also traded for tight end Rob Gronkowski, who ended a year-long retirement from the Patriots.
Six-time Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy is onboard, too, agreeing to a one-year contract after winning a Super Bowl as a backup with Kansas City last season.
The returning cast is impressive, too, beginning with Pro Bowl receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate — easily the best collection of targets Brady has had to throw to in more than a decade.
“It’s a good, hard-working group, really smart players,” Brady said. “Again, it’s going to be up to all of us to come together to see how we can make it all work.”
McCoy, who’s 32 and entering his 12th season, worked out with the Bucs for the first time Tuesday. He’s been on some teams that have scrimmaged against New England in the past. Actually practicing with Brady was different.
“As he’s throwing the ball, I heard a couple of the guys whispering, ‘Dang, how many years do you think he’ll play?’ That’s how good he looked, seriously,” McCoy said. “Me and Gronk talked about it — his will to win, his will to go out there and still keep doing it. … He’s like a coach with a helmet on.”
With NFL training facilities shut down and normal offseason programs canceled because of the pandemic, Brady got a head start on getting to know some of his teammates by organizing small group workouts at a local high school. The sessions continued even after the NFL Players Association advised players to not participate in informal practices.
The 67-year-old Arians, who has also worked with Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck and Carson Palmer during a long coaching career, noted that’s just one of example of what makes Brady such a strong leader.
“I think the desire to excel every single day, every play. If the ball is not where he wants it or the receiver’s not where he wants him, it’s nonstop grind with him. It was the same way with Peyton,” Arians said.
“I think they all have the same qualities of willing themselves on other people to win and making them accept it quickly,” Arians added. “All the good ones, they all had it. When they talked, everybody listened, and Tom has that for sure.”
Winston threw for a league-leading 5,109 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2019. But the 2015 No. 1 overall draft pick also undermined the team’s chances of making the playoffs by tossing 30 interceptions, seven of which were returned for TDs. Winston’s 35 turnovers overall were 12 more than any other quarterback.
Brady, a four-time Super Bowl MVP, has never thrown more than 14 interceptions in a season. He had 29 combined over his last four years with the Patriots.
“The reality is the clock is ticking on everybody, and we’re going to have to work as hard as we can and not waste any minutes of any day trying to get used to one another, embrace the challenge and see it as an opportunity to see what we can become,” the quarterback said.
“Mentally I feel like I have all the ability. … There’s no play I haven’t run, there’s no defense I haven’t seen. It’s just physically are you still able to execute your job,” Brady added. “I’m very fortunate to still be able to do that.
“I know it’s a contact sport, and there are things that are out of your control, but that’s a pretty good lesson for life, too.”

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Biden draws distinction on Black, Latino political diversity

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden faces new scrutiny over how he discusses race and ethnicity after drawing distinctions between Black and Hispanic populations in the United States.
“By the way, what you all know but most people don’t know, unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things,” Biden said to a Latina reporter from National Public Radio in an interview released Thursday.
“You go to Florida,” Biden continued, “you find a very different attitude about immigration in certain places than you do when you’re in Arizona. So it’s a very different, very diverse community.”
Biden’s observation, part of a series of interviews with Black and Hispanic journalists, came during a back-and-forth over U.S.-Cuba policy. The former vice president was alluding to the dozens of national origins that make up the U.S. Hispanic population, especially in Florida, a presidential battleground. He later clarified his remarks on Twitter. “In no way did I mean to suggest the African American community is a monolith – not by identity, not on issues, not at all,” he wrote, adding that throughout his long political career he’s “witnessed the diversity of thought, background and sentiment within the African American community” that “makes our … country a better place.”
That follow-up came hours after edited snippets of his interview spread quickly and became the latest example of Biden, who is white, drawing a negative spotlight when he’s trying to convince voters he’ll make the nation more equitable.
President Donald Trump, who most Black voters see as exacerbating the nation’s racial tensions, according to polls, seized on Biden’s remarks, declaring them “very insulting.” He later tweeted that “Joe Biden just lost the entire African American community.”
Symone Sanders, a top Biden adviser said, “The video that is circulating is conveniently cut to make this about racial diversity, but that’s not the case.”
The potential fallout is nonetheless frustrating for Democrats. And though Trump is already seen by a majority of Americans as racially divisive, the stakes magnify every Biden slip, real or perceived.
“People are going to use this, particularly Joe Biden’s adversaries. Even those who are not 100% on board with Joe Biden’s candidacy are going to look for reasons not to support him,” said Antjuan Seawright, a Democratic consultant and Biden supporter in South Carolina, an early primary state where strong Black support propelled Biden to the Democratic nomination.
In May, Biden had to walk back a quip that any Black voter who’s “got a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or for Trump … ain’t black.” Within hours he was on a call with U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce members declaring he’d been too cavalier.
“I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy,” Biden said.
In a separate interview this week, Errol Barnett of CBS News pressed Biden on whether he’d take and release a cognitive assessment by a physician, as his fellow septuagenarian Trump has challenged him to do. Biden responded testily to the Black journalist, saying the question was akin to someone demanding that Barnett take a drug test to see if “you’re taking cocaine or not? … Are you a junkie?”
Biden reminded campaign donors last June that he had to work in the 1970s alongside segregationist senators, describing the “civility” of that congressional era even if “we didn’t agree.” He explained later that he wasn’t praising racists but instead highlighting that Congress must get things done even with bad actors involved.
His latest comments came as Biden decides on a running mate, with several women of color among his finalists. The timing increases the likelihood that his choice will be pressured to explain or interpret how Biden talks about race and ethnicity.
To be sure, polling shows Black Americans overwhelmingly support Biden over Trump. Biden has a lead among Latinos, as well. Both trends roughly reflect recent presidential elections, with Democrats drawing more diverse support and Republicans leaning much more heavily on white voters.
Biden regularly condemns Trump for pushing “hate and division,” including the president’s defense of Confederate monuments, the Confederate battle flag and his pledge to keep the names of Confederate officers on some U.S. military bases. Biden talks plainly of systemic inequalities and institutional racism that traces from slavery through Jim Crow segregation and the current criminal justice system and economy, links that Trump plays down or denies.
“I know Joe Biden’s heart, and more importantly, he knows us,” said Seawright, who is Black. “I’m happy with who I think he’ll be as president on the issues that matter to our community.”
The question, however, becomes whether marginal shifts – a potential uptick in Trump’s support among younger Black or Hispanic men or a depressed turnout among nonwhite voters overall – will make the difference in diverse battleground states. Similar movement helped cost Hillary Clinton states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida in 2016, giving Trump an Electoral College victory despite Clinton winning almost 3 million more votes nationally.
Trump’s allies are keen on those undercurrents.
“This is no accident,” Dan Murtaugh, spokesman for Trump’s re-election campaign, said of Biden’s latest comments. “Now, he wants them all to agree that we all know that all black people think alike. It’s nuts.”
A recent Trump ad targeting Black voters notes Biden’s remarks about senators elected during Jim Crow segregation and his lead role in the 1994 crime bill blamed in part for mass incarceration of young Black men.
Some Hispanic voters, meanwhile, are seeing an ad from a Trump-aligned political action committee that uses a false claim to sew division over Biden’s vice-presidential choice.
The Spanish-language ad praises the accomplishments of Latino Americans. “But that’s not good enough for Joe Biden,” a narrator states before adding, falsely, “He’s promised his party an African American vice president. Not a Latino.”
Biden has promised only to select a woman.

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Detroit Tigers rally for second win in a row over Kansas City Royals, 5-4

Tigers reliever Bryan Garcia pitches during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday in Detroit. (AP photo)

By NOAH TRISTER
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DETROIT — JaCoby Jones hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning, and Detroit’s bullpen came through again in a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
A night after pitching six scoreless innings in a win over the Royals, the Tigers’ relievers held Kansas City without a baserunner for four. Detroit rallied from a 4-0 deficit thanks in large part to Jones, who doubled twice before connecting off Ian Kennedy (0-1) for his third homer of the year.
Jonathan Schoop also went deep for the Tigers. Maikel Franco hit two doubles and a single for Kansas City, and Whit Merrifield had two hits and scored twice.
Bryan Garcia (1-0) earned his first big league win, one of four Detroit relievers who pitched in the game. Joe Jimenez worked the ninth for his fourth save.
Danny Duffy allowed only three hits in five innings for the Royals, but one of them was Schoop’s two-run shot in the fifth, which barely made it past a leaping Merrifield at the wall in right and tied the game at 4. Duffy struck out eight with one walk.
Merrifield is now 22 for 42 against Detroit’s Matthew Boyd after going 2 for 3 against him Wednesday. He led off the game with a double and scored on Franco’s two-base hit. Merrifield also singled to start the third and scored on a single by Franco. Ryan McBroom’s RBI single made it 4-0 in the third.
Detroit chipped away with sacrifice flies by Schoop in the third and Niko Goodrum in the fifth. Then Schoop went deep to tie it.
The Tigers have homered in every game so far this season after finishing last in the AL in that category in 2019.
Boyd allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings for Detroit. He struck out six.
LINEUP CHANGE
Adalberto Mondesi was 2 for 21 on the season coming into the game — and made a baserunning blunder in the ninth inning Tuesday night. The Royals dropped him from third to sixth in the batting order Wednesday, and he tripled in the second and scored on Bubba Starling’s sacrifice fly.
TRAINER’S ROOM
Tigers: Manager Ron Gardenhire said RHP Dario Agrazal, who went on the 10-day injured list Monday, has forearm tendinitis.

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Auditor critical of Minnesota agency’s dealings with public

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Office of the Legislative Auditor is critical of how state utility regulators have dealt with the public, especially over Enbridge’s proposal to replace an aging oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.
An audit released Monday says the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has been inconsistent and sometimes unprepared when dealing with the public.
The auditor’s office said that sometimes commissioners sent “mixed messages” about whether they should be addressed when the agency held public hearings, the Star Tribune reported.
The report recommends the PUC make its meetings more accessible and reach out to American Indian tribes.
The commission said in response it has been working “diligently” over the past year to correct mistakes in public meetings. The PUC says it has rebuilt its website, hired more people to manage public outreach and has a new policy for engaging tribes.
Many tribal leaders have criticized Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge’s proposal to replace its corroded Line 3 pipeline across northern Minnesota.
In its review, the auditor’s office found that staffers were not prepared for public meetings that drew big crowds and that the PUC sometimes imposed “special rules” for participating in those open meetings.
Last month the PUC reaffirmed its support for the proposed Line 3 replacement. The commission voted 4-1 to reject petitions for reconsideration filed by several Ojibwe bands, environmental groups and the state Commerce Department.