Daily Digest 6/5 – Good News Friday: When National Guardsmen Listened To Protesters, NJ City Leading The Way On Contact Tracing

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Portland superintendent says he’s ‘discontinuing’ presence of armed police officers in schools (RH)

Later in the day, Mayor Ted Wheeler said he also had decided to pull officers out of the city’s schools. The city also will transfer the $1 million the Police Bureau used to support the school resource program to an undetermined “community-driven” program.

When National Guardsmen listened to protesters (Sparky1)

Tennessee National Guard soldiers in Nashville put their riot shields on the ground during a peaceful protest.

San Francisco DA to prohibit officers with history of misconduct from being hired (RS)

“It is important that we do not allow individuals with a proven track record of misconduct to become a part of any of our law enforcement bodies in San Francisco. Data demonstrates that officers who kill Black people, and continue to commit excessive force on Black people and people of color, have a history of misconduct and excessive force complaints. We cannot allow these individuals an opportunity to mistreat our residents.”

Peaceful protests for George Floyd prevail in New Jersey, despite history of racial tensions with police (jdargis)

He agreed with Hamm, adding, “The shop owners in downtown Newark are not doing anything to cause issues with people that were involved in the march, so there was no reason to vent our rage toward them. Our rage needs to be channeled toward the systemic racism that we’re there to protest.”

Davis, who witnessed the 1967 rebellion, called the protests in memory of Floyd one of “the most historic moments in the history of the country.”

As the Nation Begins Virus Tracing, It Could Learn From This N.J. City (jdargis)

Twenty miles to the west of New York City, Paterson, a poor, largely nonwhite city of about 150,000, has been tracing the virus at a level that could be the envy of larger cities. The team has been able to successfully investigate and trace about 90 percent of the more than 5,900 positive virus cases in Paterson, said the city’s top health officer, Dr. Paul Persaud.

A message to the Army community about civil unrest (tmn)

Our ability to defend this country from all enemies, foreign and domestic, is founded upon a sacred trust with the American people. Racial division erodes that trust. Though we all aspire to live by the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage, the Army has sometimes fallen short. Because just as we reflect the best of America, we reflect its imperfections as well. We need to work harder to earn the trust of mothers and fathers who hesitate to hand their sons and daughters into our care. How we respond to the anger that has ignited will chart the course of that trust.

A 2 a.m. Talk With Rahul Dubey, the ‘Absolute Legend’ Sheltering Black Lives Matter Protesters (RS)

I have a 13-year-old son, and luckily he’s with friends and family up in Delaware; he’s coming back tomorrow. He’s not there, but at the same time, I wish he was because he could see these amazing souls that are in my house are safe and they had every right to be doing what they were doing, and the police didn’t have a right to just beat them down on the street. For now, at least for the next four hours or so, we’re going to be safe here. I’ve never been so excited to get a Ducinni’s pizza in my life.

Are Diamonds The Future Of Energy Storage? (Michael S.)

The model is just a first step in the team’s research into the potential of mechanical energy storage as compared to electrochemical energy storage. The scientists now plan to design an experimental nanoscale mechanical energy system as proof of concept and will spend the next two-three years building the system that will control the twisting and stretching of the nanothread bundle.

Lost Monument of Early Maya Civilization Discovered in Mexico (tmn)

The platform and its supporting structures, including reservoirs, causeways, and a pyramid-like mound, were found in the Maya lowlands and radiocarbon dated to between 3,000 and 2,800 years ago. It’s conventionally believed that the development of Maya civilization was a slow and gradual process, with small villages emerging between 2,000 and 1,650 years ago. That such a large and sophisticated ceremonial complex appeared so long ago comes as a big surprise, and its early presence is challenging traditional notions of when Maya civilization began to emerge.

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