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Tuesday, July 16, 2019 1:00 am


South Bend officer in shooting resigns

Associated Press

SOUTH BEND – A white police officer who fatally shot a black man, sparking protests and roiling the presidential campaign of Mayor Pete Buttigieg has resigned.

The Fraternal Order of Police announced Sgt. Ryan O'Neill's resignation from the South Bend Police Department on Monday night.

The union says O'Neill's decision to resign was due to stress and media attention given to last month's shooting of Eric Logan. The union also pointed to “hateful things said on social media.”

Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski confirmed he received O'Neill's resignation letter and that his departure was effective immediately.

Authorities have said O'Neill was responding to a report of a person breaking into cars and confronted Logan, and that the officer said he shot Logan after he refused orders to drop a knife.

Biden cancer group ceases operations

A nonprofit foundation set up by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden that relied on health care world partnerships to speed a cure for cancer has suspended its operations, it announced Monday.

The Biden Cancer Initiative's sudden move to cease its activities comes two years after it was founded in 2017 by the former vice president and his wife, Jill, as a philanthropic extension of Biden's stewardship of the White House Cancer Moonshot program.

The nonprofit promoted nearly 60 partnerships with drug companies, health care firms, charities and other organizations that pledged more than $400 million to improve cancer treatment.

Biden and his wife left the group's board in April as an ethics precaution before he joined the presidential campaign. But the nonprofit had trouble maintaining momentum without their involvement.

Tennessee governor changes mind

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee changed course Monday and declared he's now in favor of amending a law that requires the state to honor Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

Lee tweeted Monday he will work to change a decades-old statute requiring governors to sign a proclamation designating July 13 as “Nathan Bedford Forrest Day.”

Lee's statement came days after he faced national backlash for not only signing the proclamation last week but also declining to answer reporter questions if he thought the law should change. When pressed, Lee told reporters Thursday that he “hadn't even looked at that law, other than knowing I needed to comply with it.”

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