Midday News To Use 9.23.2020

Following months of outrage, activism and anticipation, a Kentucky grand jury has decided to indict a former Louisville Metro Police Department officer who fatally shot Breonna Taylor in March. Not because he shot Breonna Taylor, but because he shot into another apartment. The grand jury did not announce charges against the other two officers involved. The police department shut down parts of downtown Louisville to car traffic, saying they wanted to ensure the area is safe for demonstrators and those who otherwise live and work there.

Too Soon
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is lying in repose at the U.S. Supreme Court today and Thursday, a two-day event honoring a justice who was both a cultural and legal icon.

Supreme Court police officers served as pallbearers. Then the justice’s family, close friends and members of the court held a brief ceremony in the court’s Great Hall.

Rabbi Holtzblatt, whose husband served as a law clerk for Ginsburg, said the justice’s life’s work was “to insist that the Constitution deliver on its promise, that we the people would include all the people. She carried out that work in every chapter of her life.”

Even More
Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. have surpassed 200,000, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. With more than 40,000 new cases a day, more than half of the US is seeing increases in numbers. 5 states are showing the highest increase. Missouri, Virginia, North Dakota, South Dakota and Hawaii.

Not Done Yet
Some places in the US experienced very unhealthy or hazardous air from wildfires for the first time ever, according to EPA air quality data. This year 1 in 7 Americans are affected, an increase of more than 9 million people compared to 2018, the worst previous year.