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As the country processes a grand jury’s decision in the Breonna Taylor case, battles over the presidential election and a vacant Supreme Court seat rage on. 

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One night in Louisville: Two officers shot, more than 100 protesters in custody

Louisville is dealing with the aftermath of a grand jury’s decision to charge only one officer in the Breonna Taylor case, which led to another night of protests Wednesday when two police officers were shot and more than 100 people were arrested. A Kentucky grand jury indicted former detective Brett Hankison on three felony charges of wanton endangerment, but the charges relate to firing his weapon into the apartment of Taylor’s neighbors, not for shooting the 26-year-old. Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, two other officers involved, were not charged. Protesters also took to the streets in Chicago, Milwaukee, Cincinnati and Washington to express shock and frustration over the lack of homicide charges for the officers.

  • Tamika Palmer, Breonna Taylor’s mother, has not spoken publicly since the grand jury indictment but shared an illustration of her daughter Thursday with the hashtag “#ThesystemfailedBreonna.”
  • Louisville’s Black Lives Matter chapter said Thursday that its demands haven’t changed after Wednesday’s indictment. “The kind of change our city truly needs will only be possible when we fully invest in our people and divest from and defund the police,” the group’s statement said.
  • Fact check: Almost as quickly as Taylor’s fatal police shooting become an international story, so did the misinformation about her life and death. USA TODAY debunks eight of these widely shared rumors

What everyone’s talking about

Nearly 500 retired top military, national security officials endorse Biden, excoriate Trump

Retired generals, admirals and senior national security officials, including President Donald Trump’s former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, released a letter Thursday encouraging U.S. citizens to vote for Joe Biden, who they say “has the character, principles, wisdom, and leadership necessary to address a world on fire” while Trump “is not equal” to the office. Former Navy Secretary and NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe, a Republican who served under Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush, said the statement is aimed at undecided voters.

Shoutout to the youths

Young people are stepping up during the pandemic. It might avert a crisis: Facing a drastic shortage of Election Day poll workers in November because of the coronavirus pandemic, an army of voting rights groups this summer waged the most robust poll-worker recruitment campaign in modern election history. Senior citizens historically make up the bulk of the workforce at polling sites, but hundreds opted out this year because they’re the most vulnerable to coronavirus. But election officials in some cities said they have thousands more applications than they need, fueled in part by a willingness of people in their 20s and 30s to step up.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 recession is forcing grown kids to move home: About one in five parents say they’ve had an adult child move back home with them, according to a new study. 

Real quick 

When will children get a COVID-19 vaccine? It’s going to be a while

Children are not included in the trials for a COVID-19 vaccine, so it’s likely to be well into next year or beyond before they can get vaccinated against the coronavirus that causes the disease. Some say that’s not a problem because the majority of children don’t get severely ill from COVID-19. Others argue that kids can pass on the virus – to teachers, parents, grandparents – and that we won’t be able to truly end the pandemic without vaccinating children. At least one health expert calls for a rapid expansion of clinical trials to include children, ideally providing results in time for them to be vaccinated before the 2021 school year.

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