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5 things to know for November 24: Charlottesville, Capitol riot, Wisconsin, opioids, coronavirus


By Andrew Torgan, CNN

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1. Charlottesville

A jury awarded more than $26 million in damages yesterday after finding the White nationalists who organized and participated in a violent 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, liable on a state conspiracy claim and other claims. But the jury in the federal civil trial said it could not reach a verdict on two federal conspiracy claims. The violence during the Unite the Right rally turned the Virginia city into another battleground in America’s culture wars and highlighted growing polarization. It was also an event that empowered White supremacists to demonstrate their beliefs in public rather than just online.

2. Capitol riot

The House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection issued five new subpoenas yesterday targeting right-wing extremist groups that were involved in the attack, including the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys. Dozens of members of both groups have been charged in the attack on the US Capitol. The panel also subpoenaed Robert Patrick Lewis, chairman of 1st Amendment Praetorian, a group that the committee says provided security at “multiple rallies leading up to January 6.” Several dozen subpoenas have already been issued as part of the investigation, with mixed success. Investigators say they’ve spoken to more than 200 witnesses, but some key players in former President Donald Trump’s orbit have stonewalled the probe and refused to testify.

3. Wisconsin

Shortly before an SUV barreled into a crowd of parade marchers and pedestrians on Sunday in Waukesha, Wisconsin, at least one officer described the driver as having “no emotion” on his face during attempts to slow him down. At least six people were killed and another 62 were injured in the ensuing crash, according to a criminal complaint filed yesterday in Waukesha County Circuit Court. The youngest victim who died was only 8 years old, according to his family’s GoFundMe page. More than a dozen people remain hospitalized at a nearby children’s hospital. Darrell E. Brooks, 39, was later apprehended by police and officially charged yesterday with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide. Prosecutors said they will consider an additional homicide charge following the death of a sixth person yesterday.

4. Opioids

A jury in Ohio ruled yesterday that three major pharmaceutical chains bore responsibility for the opioid epidemic in two Ohio counties. The civil case, brought in federal court against CVS, Walmart and Walgreens, marks the first time pharmacies have been found responsible in the nationwide epidemic. “It is a precedent-setting case,” said Mark Lanier, the lead trial attorney for counties. Damages are set to be adjudicated in the spring. Lanier said that each county would be seeking over $1 billion in damages.

5. Coronavirus

A resurgence of coronavirus cases across Europe is feeding fears that the region’s strong economic recovery from the pandemic could be jeopardized by another tough winter. So far, the new Covid-19 wave is having only a limited impact on business activity in the 19 countries that use the euro. A key economic gauge rose in November after slipping to a six-month low in October, according to data released yesterday. But expectations for the future are darkening. Austria announced last week that it’s going back into a national lockdown. Skyrocketing infections in Germany have also sparked questions about whether the region’s largest economy could reimpose sweeping restrictions. Separately, New Zealand said it will allow fully vaccinated international travelers into the country beginning next year in a gradual easing of strict border restrictions that have been in place for more than 18 months.


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