Louisville cop who fatally shot Breonna Taylor wants his job back
The Louisville Metro Police Merit Board in Kentucky will begin to hear the case Tuesday of the former detective who was fired after he fatally shot Breonna Taylor and is now trying to win his job back. Myles Cosgrove lost his job in January for failing to “properly identify a target” when he shot 16 rounds into Taylor’s apartment in the early morning hours of March 13, 2020 while serving a search warrant. Three officers fired a total of 32 rounds during the fatal encounter. The FBI later concluded Cosgrove fired the fatal shot. No one has been criminally charged for the death of Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, which sparked months of national protests and prompted the city of Louisville to pay her family $12 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit.
Supreme Court to weigh religious rights for death row inmate
The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that may determine whether death row inmates are entitled to a spiritual adviser who can both pray audibly and make physical contact at the moment they are executed. John Ramirez, convicted of a 2004 murder in Texas, sued sued state officials over a policy that prohibits his pastor from placing his hands on him and praying aloud during his execution. The case sits at the intersection of the court’s push to expand protection for religious exercise and its reluctance to stop executions in response to eleventh-hour appeals. The justices will hear arguments after an extraordinary series of developments, including the high court’s decision to halt Ramirez’s scheduled execution in September.
Harris heads to Paris to help shore up the US-France relationship
Vice President Kamala Harris is pitching in on the White House charm offensive aimed at French President Emmanuel Macron. Harris arrives in Paris Tuesday for a four-day visit, the latest move in an effort by the Biden administration to shore up the U.S. relationship with its oldest ally. Washington’s relations with Paris hit a historic low this year after a U.S.-British submarine deal with Australia scuttled a French deal with the Australians. For the first time in about 250 years, France even briefly withdrew its ambassador from the U.S. in protest. Harris’ meeting comes less than two weeks after President Joe Biden met Macron and acknowledged his administration handled the submarine deal in a “clumsy” way. Harris will tour the renowned Institut Pasteur Tuesday, before meeting Macron Wednesday. Harris also faces pressure at home as progressive advocates have had their hopes dissipate after previously believing they’d have a unique ally on several key issues, including immigration, voting rights and access to abortion.
Men’s college basketball returns with a matchup of storied programs
Men’s college basketball returns Tuesday with 22 of the Top 25 teams ranked in Ferris Mowers Coaches Poll taking the floor. Although the top 5 teams in the nation will start their seasons Tuesday, the marquee matchup is No. 9 Duke against No. 11 Kentucky in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). For Duke it will be the final season opener for head coach Mike Krzyzewski, the winningest college basketball coach of all time, who will retire at the end of the season. On the other end, Kentucky enters the season looking to bounce back from a 9-16 campaign in 2020-2021. The early game in New York features No. 3 Kansas taking on an unranked Michigan State team still led by Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo (7 p.m. ET, ESPN). No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 UCLA also open their seasons Tuesday with non-conference games.
Celebrity books out: Will Smith, Emily Ratajkowski bare all in new memoirs
Tuesday is bringing new books to the shelves, including two celebrity memoirs from Will Smith and Emily Ratajkowski. Smith’s memoir, titled “Will,” is the global superstar opening up about his life, tracing his transformation from a fearful child in West Philadelphia to a Hollywood box-office titan, and the inspirational journey of self-knowledge needed to master his emotions and keep his family together. In Ratajkowski’s, titled “My Body,” the model, actor and social media influencer goes deep on the subject of the commodification of women in this collection of essays that explores feminism, sexuality and the cultural treatment of women.
Contributing: The Associated Press