George Floyd, Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling, Daytime Emmy Awards: 5 things to know Friday – USA TODAY
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George Floyd’s death: Minneapolis City Council to vote on ending police department?
The Minneapolis City Council could vote as soon as Friday on whether to add an amendment to the city charter to dismantle the police department and introduce a new model on the ballot this fall. The possible move comes after council members approved a ban on police chokeholds and neck restraints as part of an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which launched a civil rights investigation after George Floyd’s death last month. On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a sweeping police reform package that would end certain legal protections for officers accused of misconduct and ban chokeholds. Its future remains uncertain as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already said the Republican-controlled chamber would not take up the legislation.
5 years since the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling
Friday marks five years since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision extending marriage rights to the LGBTQ community. More than 500,000 same-sex couples in the United States are married, including some 300,000 who have wed since the June 26, 2015 ruling. In other victories most recently, the Supreme Court extended workplace protections nationwide last week for the LGBTQ community, ruling 6-3 that a landmark civil rights law barring sex discrimination in the workplace applies to gay, lesbian and transgender workers. But despite these gains, the community faces challenges from the Trump administration and religious groups in areas ranging from adoption and foster care to the rights of transgender people to join the military or use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
House voting on making Washington DC 51st state
The House of Representatives is expected to take a historic step towards making Washington, D.C. the 51st state Friday by passing the Washington, D.C. Admission Act. The bill, named “H.R. 51,” would allow for the admission of a new state, called Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, which would be represented by two senators and one member of Congress. The state’s territory would include all of the district’s current territory, except for around monuments and federal buildings such as the White House and Capitol building. But the bill is unlikely to advance further. Republicans and President Donald Trump have voiced their opposition to the measure, with Trump’s administration saying he would veto it.
Daytime Emmy Awards to take place virtually
The Daytime Emmy Awards will move forward with a socially distanced, virtual broadcast Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic. Although CBS is stepping into uncharted territory with a remote show, there will be a little sense of normalcy with a star-studded group of presenters, even if they are quarantined. Gayle King, Kelsey Grammer and Kathie Lee Gifford are tapped to present the 47th annual Daytime Emmys from the comfort and safety of their homes during the two-hour telecast. “General Hospital” leads the pack with 23 nominations, including best daytime drama, lead actress nods for Finola Hughes and Maura West, and lead actor nods for Steve Burton and Jon Lindstrom. Other top nominees inlcude “Days of Our Lives” with 22 bids, “The Young and the Restless” with 21 and “The Bold and the Beautiful” with 13.
NHL draft lottery: How the complex process will work
The 2020 NHL draft lottery is set to air Friday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN and NHL Network), but it’s going to have quirks given the unusual circumstances. With the season still on pause because of the coronavirus pandemic, the 15 non-playoff teams that typically would participate in the lottery are still to be determined. We know who the bottom seven teams are — the Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres — but the other eight teams that will be lottery-eligible won’t be decided until after the qualifying round for the league’s planned 24-team tournament this summer. The date of the draft itself remains to be determined.