Freedom through fitness: This CNN Hero’s formula keeps former offenders from returning to prison

“I was in a cell by myself and I just had a self-talk. And I’m like, ‘Damn, I’m here again.’ … I just made a decision that this was the last time.” he said. “The people that are home, taking care of their family, making a living — those are the people that I wanted to try to be like.” For the next 12 years, he kept his goal in sight. Yet, when he was finally released, his chances of success weren’t good. A 2018 study by the University of Michigan showed that more than one in four formerly incarcerated individuals can’t find work, and of those who do, 80% earn less than $15,000 in their first year out of

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Analysis: The most important downballot race of 2022

Brad Raffensperger is not most secretaries of state. He is the SoS in Georgia, and the man that former President Donald Trump has designated as enemy #1 (or #2 behind Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp) from the 2020 election. Trump spent the weeks (and months) after his loss in Georgia insisting that he had won the state and urging Raffensperger and Kemp to overturn the results. Neither did so. And both are running for new terms next November. While the Kemp race will be one of the most high profile in the country, there’s plenty of reasons why Raffensperger’s bid for reelection matters a whole lot too. First, Trump has made purging Raffensperger a major priority come 2022. Shortly after Rep.

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Trump administration secretly obtained CNN reporter’s phone and email records

The Justice Department informed CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr, in a May 13 letter, that prosecutors had obtained her phone and email records covering two months, between June 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017. The letter listed phone numbers for Starr’s Pentagon extension, the CNN Pentagon booth phone number and her home and cell phones, as well as Starr’s work and personal email accounts. It is unclear when the investigation was opened, whether it happened under Attorney General Jeff Sessions or Attorney General William Barr, and what the Trump administration was looking for in Starr’s records. The Justice Department confirmed the records were sought through the courts last year but provided no further explanation or context. A Justice Department official

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Los Angeles Police Department investigating altercation at restaurant as possible anti-Semitic hate crime

Officers responded to an altercation outside a sushi restaurant around 9:50 p.m. on Tuesday, where five victims suffered minor injuries, LAPD Public Information Officer Jeff Lee confirmed to CNN. No arrests were made and three suspects are outstanding, Lee said. They were last seen leaving the scene in a Jeep, police said. One of the diners who said he was involved in the altercation told CNN-affiliate KABC that he was eating outside the restaurant with four friends who are Jewish when a group of men stopped their car and began yelling. “They were cussing at Jews, exile, everything,” he said. The man said the group of pro-Palestinian men exited their vehicle and began attacking his friends and he attempted to

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Apple CEO Tim Cook will make first-ever court appearance in blockbuster Fortnite trial

The iPhone maker’s chief executive is set to take the stand Friday morning as the company’s high-profile antitrust trial with Epic Games nears an end. At the center of the lawsuit is Fortnite, the hugely popular video game made by Epic that was kicked out of Apple’s App Store last summer for flouting Apple’s rules on digital payments by establishing its own system. Apple (AAPL) gets a 30% cut of many in-app purchases on iOS devices and does not allow alternative payment systems. Fortnite’s removal from the App Store prompted Epic to sue Apple. Epic accuses Apple of exercising monopolistic control over its “walled garden” iOS operating system, with app makers forced into its onerous restrictions if they want access

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Biden signs bill aimed at addressing rise in anti-Asian hate crimes

Biden has previously urged Congress to pass the legislation, called the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act. The bill will create a new position at the Justice Department to expedite review of potential Covid-19-related hate crimes and incidents reported at the federal, state or local level. It will also direct the Justice Department and Health and Human Services to work with community-based organizations to issue guidance raising awareness of hate crimes during the pandemic, and would require the attorney general to issue guidance to work with state and local law enforcement agencies to establish online reporting of them. The legislation passed in the Senate with an overwhelming 94-1 vote in April. And earlier this month, the House voted 364-62, with all the

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Google to open its first retail store to sell devices

The company announced Thursday that it is opening its first physical retail store, called Google Store, this summer in New York City. The store will be located under its offices in the Chelsea neighborhood, where it employs many of its more than 11,000 employees in the city. Some of the items for sale will include Pixel phones, Nest products, Fitbit devices and Pixelbooks. Similar to Apple’s Genius Bar concept, Google will employ “experts” to help customers troubleshoot issues, fix a cracked Pixel screen or help with installations. In a blog post, the company called it “an important next step in our hardware journey.” “Many customers still want to experience hardware before they buy it — and learn what it feels

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Why Black Americans are still ‘estranged’ by the law after Chauvin’s conviction

A version of this story appeared in CNN’s Race Deconstructed newsletter. To get it in your inbox every week, sign up for free here. Tell us what you’d like to see more of in the newsletter at racedeconstructed@cnn.com. What change has this perpetual interrogation of anti-Black police violence led to? Over the past year, city and state lawmakers have passed more than 140 police oversight and reform bills designed to address police behavior and accountability. On Capitol Hill, the Democratic-led House in March passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act without Republican support. But the bill’s path in the 50-50 Senate, where most pieces of legislation need 60 votes to break a filibuster, is uncertain. Crucially, even with the

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‘Hocus Pocus 2’: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy returning

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy are set to reprise their roles as the Sanderson Sisters in the forthcoming live-action comedy “Hocus Pocus 2,” it was announced Thursday. The spooky sequel to Disney’s 1993 Halloween cult classic “Hocus Pocus will premiere exclusively on Disney+ in 2022. In the new film, three young women accidentally bring the Sanderson Sisters back to modern-day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on the world. Anne Fletcher will direct, taking over from her friend Adam Shankman who directed the original. The pair met in 1990 as dancers for the Academy Awards broadcast. Shankman went on to hire Fletcher as his assistant

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The anger driving Colombia’s protest movement isn’t going away anytime soon

Large-scale protests in Colombia are now in their third week, and prosecutors have announced homicide charges after a national police officer was seen on video shooting and killing a 17-year-old in the city of Cali during the first day of demonstrations. Last week, Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office released a statement charging the police officer, Luis Ángel Piedrahita Hernández, with aggravated homicide in connection to the killing of Marcelo Agredo Inchima. Officer Piedrahita Hernández maintains his innocence and the case will go before a criminal court. The charges were announced on the same day that the head of Colombia’s National Police, General Jorge Luis Vargas, just four months into the new role, defended the credibility of the force — which has

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