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Why it matters: This is the lowest number since lockdowns began, but it's still more than twice the previous record set in 1982.
1 big thing: Remembering George Floyd
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With politicians, clergy and law enforcement in attendance today in Minneapolis, the family of George Floyd demanded recognition for his life well lived.
Why it matters: Floyd has become the latest symbol of police brutality after he was killed last week when a police officer held a knee to his neck.
Floyd — or Perry, as his family called him — in their words:
“Everywhere you go and see people, how they cling to him. They wanted to be around him,” said his brother Philonise, per the N.Y. Times.
Even for homeless people and drug addicts, “when they spoke to George, they felt like they was the president, that’s how he made them feel."
“Being in the house with my brother, it was inspiring,” he added, “because my mom used to take in other kids, and they were George’s friends.” He spoke of sharing a bed with his big brother, making banana-and-mayonnaise sandwiches and playing football.
“The thing I miss most about him is his hugs. He was just this big giant," said his cousin Tera Brown.
And in New York City, his brother Terrence Floyd said “power to the people, all of us" at a memorial in Brooklyn’s Cadman Plaza. (AP)
“I’m proud of the protests but I’m not proud of the destruction. My brother wasn’t about that. The Floyds are a God-fearing family.”
The big picture: At the memorial today, the Rev. Al Sharpton likened Floyd's death to the everyday African American experience in America.
“The reason we could never be who we wanted to be and dreamed of being is you kept your knee on our neck."
“It’s time for us to stand up in George’s name and say get your knee off our necks."
Below: Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo (R) kneels as Floyd's remains were taken to the memorial service.
Below: Reps. Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley pay their respects.
Below: The Rev. Jesse Jackson (R) and his son Jonathan Jackson pay their respects.
Below: Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey pays his respects.
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3. 1 helpful thing
The NBA is a step closer to returning at the end of next month, as previewed this morning in Axios Sports.
Its board of governors approved a 22-team format today for restarting the league season at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida, AP reports.