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5 things you need to know Monday

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Published 4:26 a.m. ET June 17, 2019

Hong Kong protests: Police clear streets as protesters move to park

Protesters in Hong Kong left the streets and moved to a plaza and park near the city’s government headquarters Monday, averting possible clashes with police. The pro-democracy activists had said they would press on with a general strike over the handling of a controversial extradition bill that critics said would undermine the city’s unique civil liberties. Protesters chanted and kneeled in front of officers on Monday, and hundreds lay or sat on the roads until they agreed to move to a plaza outside the government building and a spacious nearby park. Activists had called on Hong Kong residents to boycott classes and work, though it was unclear how many might heed that call. Nearly 2 million protesters participated in a march Sunday to express concerns over the government’s handling of the bill.

Toronto Raptors celebrate their NBA Championship

Four days after winning the NBA championship, the Raptors will bring the celebration home to Toronto with a parade Monday that’s expected to be the biggest party the city has seen in years. Nearly two million people are expected to pack the parade route on what Mayor John Tory has declared “We The North” Day in honor of the Raptors. Some fans began camping out over 24 hours before the parade to get the best spots to watch Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet and company celebrate the first NBA title in franchise history.

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The OJ Simpson car chase, 25 years later

The slow-moving police chase involving O.J. Simpson and a Ford Bronco took place 25 years ago on June 17, 1994. What followed, including his arrest and what many called the “trial of the century,” captivated America. Simpson was charged with the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman and the country was riveted by wall-to-wall television coverage of the trial that lasted 11 months and gave us the phrase: “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” Indeed, Simpson was acquitted on Oct. 3, 1995, unleashing emotional reactions — in favor of and against — the verdict.

Taylor Swift’s latest star-studded video debuts

Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down” video is scheduled for release Monday morning at 8:15 a.m. ET. The song, which debuted Thursday, is a cheeky bop dedicated to celebrating Pride and an anti-hate anthem. “Asked a few friends to be in the ‘You Need to Calm Down’ video,” Swift said in an Instagram post teasing the video. The list, largely comprised of some of Hollywood’s biggest LGBTQ icons, includes comedian Ellen DeGeneres, TV star Laverne Cox, TV personality RuPaul and Broadway actor Billy Porter.

‘Men in Black’ and ‘Shaft’ slump at the box office

Final numbers are expected Monday after apparent franchise fatigue set this weekend when “Men in Black: International” and “Shaft” hit theaters. “Men in Black” took the No. 1 spot but with lower-than-expected numbers: Sony Pictures estimates the film, directed by F. Gary Gray, earned only $28.5 million against a reported $110 million production budget. The last three “Men in Black” films all opened to more than $50 million, not accounting for inflation. “Shaft” placed sixth with an unsatisfactory $8.3 million. The Tim Story stars Samuel L. Jackson in a follow-up to his performance nearly 20 years ago. It cost around $30 million to make.

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