WHITE WOMAN CHARGED WITH FILING FALSE POLICE REPORT ON BLACK MAN

NEW YORK (AP) — A white woman who called the police during a videotaped dispute with a Black man over her walking her dog without a leash in Central Park has been charged with filing a false police report. In May, Amy Cooper drew widespread condemnation and was fired from her job after frantically calling 911 to claim she was being threatened by “an African American man,” bird watcher Christian Cooper. On the video he recorded of the woman, he sounds calm and appears to keep a safe distance from her. District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement yesterday that his office had charged Amy Cooper with falsely reporting the confrontation, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of a year behind bars. She's ordered to appear in court Oct. 14. Cooper’s attorney, Robert Barnes, said Cooper would fight the charge. His client, he said, has already lost her livelihood and “her public life. Now some demand her freedom?” Reached by phone yesterday, Christian Cooper said he had no reaction or comment.

ATLANTA MAYOR TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced that she has tested positive for COVID-19. She made the announcement yesterday afternoon on Twitter. In her message, she writes, “COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive.” Bottoms has been in the news lately as she handled the aftermath of a shooting of a Rayshard Brooks, a Black man shot in the back by police as he ran away from them after being told he was being arrested. She is also among those said to be under consideration as a potential vice presidential pick on Joe Biden's Democratic ticket.

BRAZIL'S PRESIDENT TESTED FOR COVID-19, RESULTS DUE TODAY

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was tested for COVID-19 after having an X-ray of his lungs yesterday. He didn’t say whether he was showing symptoms of the new coronavirus. Brazil’s presidency said in a statement the result of the test will be known today. Earlier Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly downplayed the risks of the disease, told supporters outside the presidential residence in capital Brasilia he is feeling well. Brazil’s Supreme Court published documents in May showing that Bolsonaro tested negative three times in March after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Florida. The Brazilian leader hasn’t said whether he took any additional tests for the disease since. Bolsonaro’s prior tests were conducted using pseudonyms, as is customary for medical tests performed on Brazilian leaders to preserve their privacy. The president has often appeared in public without wearing a mask, shaking hands with supporters and mingling with crowds. He has criticized local leaders’ restrictions on activity and said the economic impact of shutdowns would inflict more hardship than the virus. More than 65,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Brazil.

RUCKUS IN CHURCH OVER BLACK LIVES MATTER BY BISHOP

CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — Supporters of an Indiana minister suspended for calling organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement “maggots and parasites” walked out of a service and shouted at a bishop who ended his remarks with the words, “Black lives matter.” The counter-protesters yesterday at St. Elizabeth Seton church in Carmel, Indiana, were opposing the suspension of Rev. Theodore Rothrock. After Bishop Timothy Doherty said “Black lives matter” at the end of his opening comments, one woman shouted “You’re a coward!,” before she was escorted out. “Black Lives Matter!” chants were met with chants of “Go Father Ted!” during the demonstration called the “Gathering for Equality, Justice and Healing.” Counter-protesters argued that Rothrock was speaking the truth, according to The Indianapolis Star.

LEADER OF TRUMP PROTEST AT MOUNT RUSHMORE CHARGED

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — One of the leaders of a protest before President Donald Trump’s pre-Independence Day appearance at Mount Rushmore has been charged for allegedly stealing a shield from a law enforcement officer. Nick Tilsen, 38, of South Dakota, is charged with second-degree robbery and simple assault, both felonies, and three other charges stemming from Friday’s demonstration that drew more than 100 protesters in 95-degree heat. Tilsen is a a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe and the president of a local activist organization. He was one of about 15 people who remained in the street near an entrance to the event knowing they would be arrested after a 30-minute warning to vacate. Tilsen’s lawyer and family believe law enforcement and the state’s attorney office are targeting Tilsen for his role at the protest. Tilsen was released from jail yesterday on $2,000 bond.

NHL REACHES DEAL TO RESUME SEASON, MAINTAIN LABOR PEACE

UNDATED (AP) — The National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association have announced a tentative agreement to return to play this season and extend their collective bargaining agreement by four years. The CBA deal yesterday, coupled with both sides’ agreement on protocols for training camps and games, paves the way for hockey to resume in less than a month. Training camps would open next Monday, July 13, and games would resume Aug. 1 if the league’s board of governors, players’ executive committee and full membership sign off. The NHL is going straight to the playoffs with 24 teams resuming play. Those teams will travel to one of two “hub” cities July 26 for exhibition games. The qualifying round would begin Aug. 1.