Unrest in Charlotte

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September 22, 2016 

The National Guard has been sent to Charlotte, North Carolina, after the second night of protests over a police shooting turned violent. Avengers director Joss Whedon has launched a star-studded super PAC to get Americans to vote — and ~not~ for Donald Trump. And Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, want to basically end disease by 2100.

 

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North Carolina’s governor has declared a state of emergency after one person was shot during protests over the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott.

One person was on life support after being shot —  the shooting involved civilians and no police officers fired their weapons — in uptown Charlotte on Wednesday. It happened during the second night of protests over the death of 43-year-old Scott on Tuesday.

Here’s what we know about how the Charlotte police department has responded to past shootings and criticisms of police violence in black communities.

 
A seriously wounded protester is carried into the parking area of the the Omni Hotel.

A seriously wounded protester is carried into the parking area of the the Omni Hotel. Brian Blanco / Getty Images / Via wsoctv.com

A bit of background 

Charlotte police said Scott was armed with a handgun when confronted by an officer outside an apartment complex Tuesday, disputing claims from family members that he was holding a book.

“Officers were giving loud, clear verbal commands. The suspect exited the vehicle with a handgun, threatening officers,” Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney said.

 

WE'RE KEEPING AN EYE ON

The US presidential election.

The internet’s domain naming system is a 2016 campaign issue somehow: Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz see eye to eye on at least one issue — blocking the long-planned transfer of the internet’s technical management to an international body.

Ready or not, here it comes: Hillary Clinton and Trump will surely clash on immigration at Monday night’s debate. A path to citizenship vs. a wall, further executive actions vs. millions of deportations — here’s what activists and advocates on both sides are looking for.

Birther movement: Trump said he changed his position on President Barack Obama’s place of birth because he just wanted “to get on with the campaign.” 

Celebs getting into the game: Avengers director Joss Whedon has launched a star-studded super PAC to get Americans to vote — and not for Donald Trump. (Watch the video here.)

 
Keegan-Michael Key, Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Leslie Odom Jr., from Save the Day’s “Important” PSA.

Keegan-Michael Key, Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Leslie Odom Jr., from Save the Day’s “Important” PSA. Save the Day

 

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?

Brent Brown wants to build America’s next great family entertainment franchise…

...but his investors want to know where their $100 million went.

Between late 2008 and early 2016, Brown raised a fortune for a concept called Latitude 360. More like an entire block of a college town than a restaurant, each Latitude venue contained a large bowling alley, movie theater, comedy venue, video game arcade, event space, bar, full-service restaurant, and humidors for cigar smokers.

But Latitude collapsed this year. The Jacksonville and Indianapolis locations closed on the same day in January; Pittsburgh closed in March. Latitude’s stock — which had gone public less than two years prior and risen as high as $3 per share — soon went to $0. Matt Stroud has the story for BuzzFeed.

Brent Brown in his home, August 2016.

Brent Brown in his home, August 2016. Laura Heald for BuzzFeed News

QUICK THINGS TO KNOW

  • NY/NJ bombings: A bloody notebook found on suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami suggests he was inspired by terror groups al-Qaeda and ISIS. And the FBI are looking for two individuals who inadvertently found an unexploded pressure cooker bomb that was planted by Rahami.

  • Impact: Two Maryland lawmakers have called for an outside audit of the way the Baltimore County Police Department handle rape cases after a BuzzFeed News investigation.

  • The end of disease? Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, said they’re investing $3 billion to help an all-star team of engineers and scientists search for breakthroughs and develop tools to tackle common diseases. The ultimate goal? “Cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of the century.” (No big deal.)​

  • LGBT news: A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s law that lets court magistrates recuse themselves from performing marriages — a policy passed one month before the Supreme Court’s widely anticipated decision in 2015 legalizing same-sex marriages nationwide.

  • Anthony Weiner: The disgraced former New York congressman apologized Wednesday after a media outlet reported he had sent lewd messages to a 15-year-old girl.

  • The end of Brangelina: Brad Pitt is under investigation for alleged child abuse, TMZ is reporting. French actor Marion Cotillard addressed rumors by saying she’s pregnant, but not with Pitt’s baby. And Angelina Jolie and Pitt’s wax figures in Madame Tussauds in London have been separated.  
Madame Tussauds has wasted no time

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