Protests grow: It was an emotional day yesterday in Baltimore, as the fallout from Freddie Gray’s death continued. Protesters rallied last night, marching to a local police station. Among the crowd were members of Gray’s family, including his mother, who cried and collapsed at the spot where her son was arrested. Earlier in the day the Baltimore police released the names of the six officers involved in Gray’s arrest. They have been suspended without pay. The Justice Department also joined the fray, announcing it would investigate to see if Gray’s civil rights were violated. Gray died Sunday, a week after his arrest and after sustaining a severe spinal injury while in police custody.
Airstrikes end: The Saudi-led coalition stopped bombing Yemen yesterday and launched a new, political strategy. Operation Renewal of Hope will focus on the political process in the war-torn country. Saudi Arabia is claiming victory over the Iranian-allied Houthi rebels, saying that the month of airstrikes had degraded Houthi-controlled military infrastructure. A senior Saudi official said the Houthis agreed to “nearly all demands” of the U.N. Security Council and that former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his family will leave Yemen and never return for a position in politics. With Renewal of Hope, the coalition seeks to bring back Yemen’s “security and stability through establishing a political process.”
Schedules released: Are you ready for some football? If you are, you still have to wait five months before the pigskin starts flying, but at least now you know who’s playing whom. Theseason kicks off on (what else) a Thursday night in September with the defending champion New England Patriots taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Other notable games include the Philadelphia Eagles (and newly acquired running back DeMarco Murray) playing Murray’s former team, the Dallas Cowboys, on September 20. Pro football’s nastiest current rivalry — Seattle Seahawks versus San Francisco 49ers — resumes on October 22. And the rematch to one of the greatest NFC championship games in history will be played on September 20 when the Green Bay Packers host the Seattle Seahawks.
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