It has been one year since Aretha Franklin’s death
Friday marks the one-year anniversary of Aretha’s Franklin death after her battle with pancreatic cancer. “The Queen of Soul,” who is one the most distinguished female artists in American history, has been honored in various ways since her death that included a tribute concert televised on CBS, accolades at the 2019 Grammy Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for her contributions to music and culture. Also, the long-awaited movie “Amazing Grace,” which captured a two-day gospel session in Los Angeles in 1972, was released earlier this year. Another Franklin movie, titled “Respect,” is set to be released in 2020 with Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson aboard to play the iconic singer. Outside of the honors, the fate of Franklin’s substantial estate is now under court supervision after three handwritten wills ostensibly penned by Franklin, were found in her home after her death.
Visitation, prayer service held for El Paso victim whose story went viral
Margie Reckard was murdered in the El Paso mass shooting this month and will be remembered in a visitation and prayer service Friday night, expected to be attended by large numbers of the public. Reckard’s story went viral when it was revealed that her surviving husband had no other family and he extended an invitation for the public to attend. An outpouring of support from all over the world followed, forcing the funeral home to relocate to a larger venue. The Aug. 3 shooting at a Walmart near Cielo Vista Mall left 22 dead and dozens others injured.
Excessive heat warning in Phoenix to end
An excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service for the Phoenix-area is anticipated to end by Friday evening. But a high temperature of 110 degrees is still forecast for Friday, Meteorologist Sean Benedict said. The heat warning comes after federal scientists said July was the Earth’s hottest month on record. Human activities, principally the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation, are causing the global average temperature to increase at a dangerous rate, unprecedented in human history, according to Climate Signals. While temperatures are anticipated to drop slightly over the weekend, there is still no rain in sight for the Phoenix-area, according to Benedict.
Can Team USA flip the script ahead of FIBA World Cup?
Team USA Basketball plays host to Spain in Anaheim, California, on Friday in their first exhibition game ahead of the FIBA World Cup. Recently, Team USA has been attracting headlines for all the wrong reasons. First, a wide variety of big-name NBA stars turned down a chance to play for the team, mainly citing injury concerns. Then, in a scrimmage this week, Team USA embarrassingly lost to a rag-tag group of international and G-League players. On Friday, Team USA will have a chance to put the fears to rest or risk fostering more uncertainty ahead of next month’s World Cup.
Family, friends pay final respects to De’Von Bailey
Funeral and burial services are set Friday in Colorado Springs for a black teen who was shot by police this month. According to footage released by the Colorado Springs Police Department, officers opened fired on De’Von Bailey, 19, before he collapsed on a street after being questioned about a nearby robbery. Bailey’s death comes as law enforcement agencies across the country are under scrutiny for the killing of black men. The shooting prompted several protests in Colorado Springs, including one heated rally that ended when police arrested two bail bondsmen who they said arrived on motorcycles and drew guns after a scuffle with protesters.
Contributing: Associated Press
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