1. NY Times – Gunmen opened fire near a shopping mall in Munich just before 6 p.m. on Friday, killing nine people and wounding many others in an assault that the German police said they were treating as a suspected terrorist attack. The police said that they were searching for three suspects armed with “long guns.” The manhunt shut down traffic and public transportation across Munich, Germany’s third-most-populous city and the capital of the state of Bavaria, plunging much of the normally bustling metropolis into a desolate and fearful state of lockdown.
2. USA Today – North Carolina governor Pat McCrory, who signed the discriminatory House Bill 2, continues to stand by the controversial law that reversed a Charlotte ordinance extending rights to members of the LGBT community. The NBA’s decision to relocate the All-Star Weekend on Thursday — which will cost the state an estimated $100 million — left McCrory fuming. “The sports and entertainment elite, Attorney General Roy Cooper and the liberal media have for months misrepresented our laws and maligned the people of North Carolina simply because most people believe boys and girls should be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms and showers without the opposite sex present,” McCrory said in a statement.
3. CBN – The endless flow of refugees fleeing into Uganda from South Sudan is continuing at an alarming rate. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, 26,000 have left the world’s newest country since new fighting between government troops and rival forces erupted July 7. Troops loyal to Vice President Riek Machar have fought those supporting President Salva Kiir ever since Kiir removed Machar from office in late 2013. The president said he was forced to take the action when Machar and his forces attempted a coup against him and the South Sudan government. A total of 1 million people have been internally displaced, 400,000 people have fled to neighboring countries.
4. USA Today – As the 2016 presidential campaign moves from Cleveland to Philadelphia for next week’s Democratic National Convention, speculation is ramping up over who will join Hillary Clinton on her ticket. An announcement is expected by this weekend. Officials close to the campaign who were not authorized to speak publicly said Clinton is leaning toward Kaine, though they have received no definitive indication he is the pick. The Clinton team has been high on Kaine from the start because of his extensive governing experience — he is a former governor, lieutenant governor and Richmond mayor.
5. Cincinnati Enquirer – A Facebook post from a black officer in this city’s police department is under review Thursday after the officer commented that white officers are “looking for a reason to kill a black man.” It wasn’t immediately known when Freddie Vincent made the post, which appears to be a comment on another person’s observations. Vincent’s profile lists his hometown as Winnfield, La. about 150 miles northwest of Baton Rouge, but does not say he works for the Cincinnati Police Department. Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the comments were being looked at under the department’s social-media rules. Isaac did not say whether Vincent had been given a reduction in duties pending the outcome of the investigation.
6. Tampa Bay Times – “Black lives matter” has become a touchstone issue in the United States in the past two years. It’s a message that Warren Dawson has dedicated his whole professional life to furthering. The 76-year-old attorney has fought numerous legal battles to advance civil rights for black people in Tampa Bay, including desegregation of schools and preservation of voting rights. In the latest recognition of his contributions, Dawson was recently elected to the Judicial Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the highest judicatory body of a church estimated to have 7.5 million members in 39 countries.
7. Detroit Press – Nationally-televised pastor Joel Osteen stopped by a Detroit church Thursday to help pack more than 500 gift bags for sick children. Osteen, 53, is working with Impact Church, its officials and volunteers during the launch of the Generation Hope project, a community effort leading up to his “A Night of Hope” event at Comerica Park on Saturday. His wife Victoria will join him for the eighth annual event. The Texas minister pastors a nondemoninational church of 50,000-plus members in Houston, has eight New York Times bestselling books and a syndicated radio program.
8. CBN – Wednesday evening, America got its first introduction to Pastor Darrell Scott…and boy, oh boy, did he make his presence known. He even started trending on Twitter after his fiery and memorable speech. He and his wife Belinda co-pastor New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland. He’s an African-American pastor AND a big supporter of Donald Trump. He has major access to the GOP presidential nominee and Trump looks to him for guidance, spiritual and otherwise. The Brody File team visited his church this past Sunday and spoke to him about Trump and the attacks he’s come under for supporting him. People have called him a sellout and Uncle Tom. Scott also says that Trump has told him he’s concerned with “Christian liberties.” And Scott says now that Trump is closer to 70 than 30 years old, “He’s concerned with his after life.”
9. USA Today – Former NFL head coach Dennis Green died late Thursday night from complications of cardiac arrest, his family confirmed Friday. He was 67. Green coached in the NFL for 13 seasons, the first 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (1992-2001). He also coached three seasons (2004-06) with the Arizona Cardinals. He compiled a 113-94 record in the NFL in 13 seasons.
10. AP – Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke announced Friday on his website that he plans to run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana. A registered Republican, he would be seeking an open seat vacated by Republican David Vitter. “I’m proud to announce my candidacy for the United States Senate,” Duke said in a video. “I believe in equal rights for all and respect for all Americans. However, what makes me different is I also demand respect for the rights and heritage of European Americans.”