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  1. Nicholas Sandmann announces settlement with Washington Post in defamation lawsuit Nicholas Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School student whose interaction last year with Omaha Tribe elder Nathan Phillips at the Lincoln Memorial went viral, announced Friday that he had reached a settlement in his defamation lawsuit against The Washington Post. The settlement amount in the $250 million lawsuit was not made public by Sandmann’s attorneys or the Post. Sandmann is being represented by L. Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry, a Kentucky attorney who unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Thomas Massie (R) in the Kentucky GOP primary last month. "On 2/19/19, I filed $250M defamation lawsuit against Washington Post. Today, I turned 18 & WaPo settled my lawsuit. Thanks to @ToddMcMurtry & @LLinWood for their advocacy. Thanks to my family & millions of you who have stood your ground by supporting me. I still have more to do," Sandmann tweeted, tagging his attorneys. Kris Coratti, a spokesperson for the Post, said in a statement that the newspaper is "pleased that we have been able to reach a mutually agreeable resolution of the remaining claims in this lawsuit." Coratti did not respond to questions from The Hill about the settlement amount. The judge overseeing the case — U.S. District Judge William Odis Bertelsman, a Carter appointee — initially dismissed the lawsuit against the Post last July, but Sandmann refiled his suit with a narrower scope. The revised lawsuit alleged the newspaper’s coverage mischaracterized Sandmann's encounter with Phillips, who had participated in the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C., and tarnished his reputation. Sandmann was in town with classmates from his high school for the annual March For Life event. In the viral video, Sandmann is seen wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap during the encounter and without full context appears to show him taunting Phillips, who is in his 60s. More extensive footage of the incident later emerged, showing that a group of Black Hebrew Israelites appeared to instigate the confrontation. In January, Sandmann settled a similar lawsuit against CNN after seeking $275 million in damages. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed. Sandmann has filed lawsuits against other media outlets that covered the encounter. "The fight isn’t over. 2 down. 6 to go," Sandmann tweeted Friday, referring to amount of media companies he has sued. He also signaled at potential litigation against Twitter, the platform where the viral video was predominantly shared. "Don’t hold your breath @jack," he tweeted, tagging Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. https://thehill.com/homenews/media/508905-nicholas-sandmann-announces-settlement-with-washington-post-in-defamation
  2. The pandemic is threatening to close the iconic LGBTQ landmark Stonewall Inn for good Faced with mounting bills and uncertainty around when it can reopen, the Stonewall Inn has started an online fundraiser to ensure the iconic LGBTQ landmark won't close its doors for good. It's not going to close tomorrow or the next day, co-owner Stacy Lentz told CNN, but the Stonewall Inn's future is in jeopardy. Payments for the bar's insurance and rent, in addition to normal operating costs, continue to mount even though coronavirus has closed their doors. Lentz says their monthly rent, alone, is over $40,000. The bar received some Paycheck Protection Program funds, but it was significantly less than the owners had expected, Lentz says. The bar sits next to the Stonewall National Monument, a national park, but it does not receive any federal funding. The drinks the bar is serving through a window to patrons outside aren't cutting it either. The Stonewall Inn is allowed to serve outdoors because New York has entered phase two of reopening. But Lentz says those sales are not making a dent in the bills. Money raised through GoFundMe, according to Lentz, will go directly to the rent and insurance payments. The goal is to raise $100,000, which is just enough to get them out of the red, she says. Lentz and the other owners are concerned that when they fully reopen tourists and their patrons won't return. The modern gay rights movement began at the Stonewall Inn. On June 28, 1969, a police raid on the gay bar sparked a days-long riot in New York's Greenwich Village by its patrons, which included Black and Latin trans icons Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. To donate to the Stonewall Inn's fundraising campaign, click here. https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/25/us/stonewall-inn-covid-trnd/index.html
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