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Emergency medical technician Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot and killed by police in her home in March. Her name has become a rallying cry in protests against police brutality and social injustice. Taylor Family hide caption

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The University of Michigan football stadium is shown in Ann Arbor, Mich., this summer. Health officials in Michigan say infections among university students account for over 60% of local infections. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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A mural honors George Floyd at the intersection of 38th St. and Chicago Ave., where he was killed by Minneapolis police on May 25, inspiring protests and police reform efforts. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images hide caption

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Kyle Larson, shown here during a practice at Daytona International Speedway in February, has been reinstated by NASCAR after he was suspended in April. Icon Sportswire via Getty Images hide caption

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Channing Dungey was named the next chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group. She previously served in executive roles at ABC and Netflix. She is seen here at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit 2018. Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Fortune hide caption

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A second excavation is planned in Tulsa, Okla., this week to unearth potential unmarked mass graves from a race massacre in 1921. In July, researchers began excavation at Oaklawn Cemetery, shown here. They found no evidence of human remains at that particular excavation site. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Friday that the state will not allow people to openly carry guns at or near polling places on Election Day. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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A memorial stands where George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis on May 25 while in police custody. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images hide caption

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Video of Amy Cooper calling the police on a Black man went viral on social media this summer. The man says he asked Cooper to put her dog on a leash in New York's Central Park. Christian Cooper via Facebook/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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In this screen grab from livestream video, Kyle Rittenhouse appears during a hearing earlier this month at the 19th Judicial Circuit Court in Waukegan, Ill. 19th Judicial Circuit Court/AP hide caption

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"I voted" stickers at the Arlington Art Center in Arlington, Va. Several prominent Virginians including Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax are calling for an extension to the voter registration deadline. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Wolfe City, Texas, police Officer Shaun Lucas, shown here in a booking photo, has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a Black man at a convenience store. Hunt County, Texas, Sheriff's Office via AP hide caption

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Protesters gather outside the Minneapolis Police Department's 5th Precinct on Wednesday following the release of former police Officer Derek Chauvin. He posted a $1 million bond. Chris Juhn/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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