The Daily Populous

Saturday June 27th, 2020 evening edition

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In July 1997, Spike Lee was preparing for an Oscar-qualification run of his documentary 4 Little Girls — about four Black girls killed in a 1963 Birmingham Baptist Church bombing — when he got an unexpected call from the FBI.

“They wanted to see the film,” Lee recounted last week during a Q&A about his new film Da 5 Bloods.

Lee said that the day after 4 Little Girls completed its run at Film Forum in New York City, the FBI “opened the case again.”.

As Lee explained, the FBI had known within a week of the 1963 bombing who was responsible — “one of the guy’s nickname was ‘Dynamite Bob,'” he noted — but didn’t bring charges.

Thomas E. Blanton Jr. and Bobby Frank Cherry were both convicted in the bombings — Blanton in 1997 and Cherry in 2002, the New York Times reported.

One church volunteer who remembered the bombing noted that convictions after 37 years “isn’t the same thing as justice.

4 Little Girls was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. »

Nancy Pelosi goads 'cowardly' Trump for not wearing mask and says the CDC has not made them mandatory yet because it would 'embarrass the president'

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Pelosi has previously gone after Trump, calling him "morbidly obese" after he told reporters he was taking the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.

Trump has repeatedly insisted on not wearing a face mask in public, despite attending large campaign rallies and making high-profile appearances.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi branded President Donald Trump "cowardly" for not wanting to wear face masks during the coronavirus pandemic. »

Starbucks barista gets $65K in tips after mask encounter with San Diego "Karen"

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The San Diego resident on Monday posted a photo of Starbucks employee Lenin Gutierrez on Facebook, saying the young barista "refused to serve me cause I'm not wearing a mask.

The donation page entitled "Tips for Lenin Standing Up To A San Diego Karen" had raised more than $65,000 for Gutierrez as of Saturday afternoon.

It just goes to show you there are a lot of good people out there and that outweighs the bad," Cowan told a San Diego news outlet. »