Start Your Day Here: Robert E. Lee Statue Comes Down, Howard Probes Cyberattack And More

Published September 8, 2021 at 7:42 AM EDT
Robert E. Lee statue is removed from its pedestal in Richmond, Va.
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The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee is removed in Richmond, Va., today.

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Here are some of the stories we're following today:

Robert E. Lee statue: The monument to the Confederate general in Virginia came down today after a year of lawsuits and a reckoning over racial justice.

Texas pushback: Gov. Greg Abbott falsely said victims of rape have six weeks to get an abortion under the new state law — even though at that stage many people do not know they're pregnant yet.

Howard University cyberattack: The university in Washington, D.C., is partially reopening after a weekend ransomware attack forced it to cancel classes yesterday.

🎧 Also on Up First, our daily podcast, Mexico's supreme court has effectively decriminalized abortion throughout the country.

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