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Honoring Breonna Taylor, stimulus checks, Grammys, March Madness: 5 things to know this weekend

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Events have been planned to mark the anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s death

Saturday marks the first anniversary of the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, a Black 26-year-old from Louisville, Kentucky, who was an emergency medical technician studying to become a nurse. Taylor was shot multiple times in her home by Louisville Metro Police officers serving a no-knock warrant as part of a narcotics investigation into a man Taylor previously dated. No drugs were found in her home, and the case fueled nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism. The city agreed to pay Taylor’s family $12 million and reform police practices last fall, but no officers have been charged in Taylor’s death. Numerous events have been scheduled this week in Louisville in Taylor’s honor and that includes a “Justice for Breonna Taylor” rally, memorial and march set for Saturday afternoon in Jefferson Square Park. Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, and other family members will lead the rally. 

IRS begins sending first round of $1,400 COVID-19 relief payments

The third round of stimulus checks will start hitting bank accounts for eligible Americans as soon as this weekend, the IRS said in a statement late Friday. In fact, the payments have already arrived for some people just one day after President Joe Biden signed the landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill into law. The IRS announcement confirms what the Biden administration said Thursday, that people would start seeing direct deposit of the checks as soon as this weekend. The third round of Economic Impact Payments will be based on a taxpayer’s latest processed tax return from either 2020 or 2019. If the IRS received and processed a taxpayer’s 2020 return, the agency will make the calculation based on that return instead. The payments would amount to $1,400 for a single person or $2,800 for a married couple filing jointly, plus an additional $1,400 for each dependent child.

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