Imagine being at work one day when Chance the Rapper just drops in and surprises your team with a concert. That’s pretty much what happened to the folks at NPR yesterday, and man—are we jealous. Tweets shared by NPR staff exude ultimate fandom. In one tweet, a video shows team members rushing down a stairwell after his appearance was announced. In another, a staff member did their best to maintain composure: “Play it cool. This is fine. Everything is fine.” We’re not sure how we would have reacted ourselves. Not only does it appear Chance shouted out NOLA sensation Tank and the Bangas (if you aren’t up on them, you need to be), but he also covered Stevie Wonder. All Songs Considered’s Bob Boilen says we can expect the show to be online in about a week. Actual. Tears.
James Comey’s meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee goes down on Thursday, and ABC and CBS will air the action. Expect George Stephanopoulos to anchor on ABC’s side, while Norah O’Donnell, Gayle Kind and Charlie rose will anchor for CBS. If you recall, a memo shared by Comey with FBI officials last month provided “the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia,” according to The New York Times. And according to that memo, Trump was pretty adamant about dismissing the whole Flynn thing (“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.”) Will Comey address this memo further on Thursday? What else will he have to say regarding his time with Trump? We’ll find out on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET.
Las Vegas police officer Kenneth Lopera was charged in the death of Tashi Farmer, a Black man whom Lopra shocked with a stun gun seven times before killing him in a chokehold, reports NYT. “The officer, Kenneth Lopera, faces felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and oppression under the color of office in the death of Tashi Farmer,” says NYT. “The charges were brought against Officer Lopera, 31, after the Clark County Coroner’s Office determined that Mr. Farmer’s death was a homicide caused by asphyxiation from the chokehold.” Under each charge, Lopera will spend a minimum of one year in state prison and a maximum of four years, which, if you ask us, is no where near enough. Officials made the announcement Monday.
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