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Los Angeles Lakers Send $4.6 Million Paycheck Protection Program Loan Back

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With so many small businesses suffering as a result of the shutdowns many states have implemented in order to deal with the spread of the coronavirus, the federal government decided to try and ease the burden by putting the Paycheck Protection Program in place.

However, it seems that a lot of “small businesses” are getting large sums of the cash from this program and it makes no sense for them to receive it. Like the Los Angeles Lakers for example. Fortunately, the team decided to give the money back, which is the right call, as other truly small companies who are struggling right now can use that cash to keep afloat and provide payment for their employees.

Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner:

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The Los Angeles Lakers have returned the more than $4 million the team received as part of the Paycheck Protection Program that Congress approved in response to the nationwide outbreak of the coronavirus.

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Once team owners learned that funds from the first installment of the federal program had been depleted, the team “repaid the loan so that financial support would be directed to those most in need,” a spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times.

“The Lakers remain completely committed to supporting both our employees and the community,” the team said.

President Trump signed the $2.2 trillion relief bill last month providing $349 billion in loans to small businesses who have less than 500 employees. However, it didn’t take long for the money put into the program to be tapped out. The president signed a second relief bill last week to stick another $484 billion into the program.

The Lakers franchises did not answer questions from the Los Angeles Times about why it applied to the program to begin with. As of this writing, there’s no system in place to track who applies for these loans nor who receives them.

The reason it’s ridiculous that they would apply for the loan is that the Lakers are reportedly worth $4.4 billion. Hardly seems like they need any extra funds to keep the doors open. There are plenty of other businesses who need that cash.

As of now, the NBA has suspended 2019-2020 regular season play, which means all of the professional teams are going to take a heavy hit this year.

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DA Says Andrew Brown Shooting was ‘Justified’, ‘Tragic’

New video evidence was released on Tuesday to explain the justification.

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Weeks ago, the small town of Elizabeth City, North Carolina was rocked by another police-involved shooting of an unarmed man named Andrew Brown Jr. Police had arrived to execute an arrest warrant on Brown, who had attempted to flee the scene when he was shot by officers.  Lawyers for Brown’s family suggested that the shooting was an “execution”, and demanded that authorities release body cam footage of the killing to the public. Now, the county’s district attorney has stated that, while the incident was certainly “tragic”, the police officers were justified in their use of force. North Carolina District Attorney Andrew Womble said at a press conference on Tuesday that the deputy-involved shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. “while tragic, was justified” – and no law enforcement officers will be criminally charged in the case. Womble, the elected district attorney for Judicial District 1, which covers seven counties of the northeastern part of the state, said that Brown was shot at by three Pasquotank deputies, whose actions were “justified because Brown’s actions caused deputies to reasonably believe it necessary to use force to protect themselves and others.” Womble began playing four body camera videos during the press conference, which was broadcast by several news outlets. Brown ignored deputies’ commands to stop and began to drive his car directly at one of the officers, Womble said. He said the first shot fired at Brown’s car went through the front windshield, not the back as was previously reported. The newly released portion of video was available online, and is graphic in nature. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1394751010938183684?s=20 There is no telling if the explanation will satisfy police reform protesters, however, and Elizabeth City could see renewed protests in the coming days.

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CDC Mask Guidline Confusion Demonstrated in Latest Polling

Americans just don’t seem to trust the CDC.

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Around the nation, businesses are reopening to full capacity, fans are filling the stadium stands, and bands are announcing their touring plans, thanks to the diminishing perception of a threat stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been a long time coming for Americans, and some carry with them a wee bit of trepidation still about the coming recovery. A new poll shows that many Americans are even having a hard time processing the CDC’s latest mask-guideline adjustment. A significant portion of the public still believes in wearing a mask outside regardless of guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to a recent survey. The survey indicates that forty-two percent of respondents believe everyone in their area should continue to wear a mask regardless of the CDC guidelines. Of the respondents, 39 percent said everyone should follow the CDC guidelines that state masks are only necessary outdoors when in crowds compared to only 19 percent of respondents who actually believe “everyone should do [what] they want regardless of guidelines.” And, somewhat surprisingly: Of those who believe in continuing to wear masks, broken down by party, the results were almost even; 36 percent of Republicans and 37 percent of Democrats want everyone around them to wear masks. Of course, the distrust that Americans naturally have for their government shouldn’t be overlooked either, as their handling of the coronavirus pandemic has spawned a number of protests and lawsuits around the nation.

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