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National Guard troops hospitalized after lightning strike in DC's Lafayette Park


Two National Guard troops were struck by lightning in Lafayette Park, where some of their comrades had fired chemical irritants and less-lethal bullets on peaceful protesters.

More at link.

Armed security forces in DC are refusing to identify their agencies -- sparking condemnation


Armed security forces in DC are refusing to identify their agencies — sparking condemnation
Published 1 min ago on June 2, 2020By Matthew Chapman

On Tuesday, Mother Jones national security reporter Dan Friedman posted an image of heavily-armed federal officials overseeing protests in D.C. — and noted that they refused to identify their agency when asked.

Lots of tweets about this at link.

Are these Eric Prince's hired goons? 😳

Free mask distribution stopped with Shelby County Health Department as it reviews how masks were man


Manufacturer refutes reports of how masks were treated, reports which launched local and state investigation
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Author: Brad Broders
Published: 6:18 PM CDT June 2, 2020
Updated: 6:18 PM CDT June 2, 2020
MEMPHIS, Tennessee —

Tuesday, Local 24 News learned new details about the Shelby County Health Department halting a free mask distribution program from the state for the time being.

After new reports questioned how the manufactured masks were treated with a chemical, local and state health experts stopped giving them out while they investigate.

More at link.

I was wary of repuke gov ordering masks for distribution. BTW, no order to wear masks in public & most do not wear masks.

This is Memphis area.
Posted by SheltieLover | Tue Jun 2, 2020, 08:03 PM (5 replies)

VERIFY: Yes, tear gas can help spread COVID-19



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website explains the effects of riot control agents, also known as tear gas, as “chemical compounds that make people temporarily unable to function by causing irritation to the eyes, mouth, throat, lungs and skin.”

More at link.
Posted by SheltieLover | Tue Jun 2, 2020, 07:58 PM (1 replies)

VERIFY: Some rubber bullets have metal inside, are classified 'less lethal



Are rubber bullets made of rubber only or are they rubber-coated metal? Are they dangerous enough to kill people?

Rubber bullets can be either entirely rubber or they may be a rubber-coated metal disk.

They can kill people and some classify them as "less lethal" weapons instead of non-lethal. They are more likely to cause serious injury or be fatal when used at close range and aimed at parts of the body with vital organs, like the head or the chest.

Much more at link.

Posted by SheltieLover | Tue Jun 2, 2020, 07:51 PM (0 replies)

Phase 3 of reopening not likely next week for Shelby County following significant COVID-19 case incr


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Public health officials in Shelby County did not mince words Tuesday, saying they’re worried about the direction of the pandemic in the county as nearly 200 new cases were added to the tally in Tuesday morning’s numbers.

"Our numbers are increasing, and we are alarmed about that," said Dr. Bruce Randolph, Shelby County Health Officer.

Shelby County added 190 new confirmed COVID-19 cases from Monday to Tuesday, the largest day-to-day increase since the pandemic started.

The last similar-sized increase of 187 cases came at the end of April and was the result of surge testing of staff and detainees at 201 Poplar.

More at link.

New cases have been between 80-100/day for a while.

Most are not wearing masks here. What could go wrong?
Posted by SheltieLover | Tue Jun 2, 2020, 07:41 PM (0 replies)

We're not stupid': CNN's Van Jones accuses prosecutors of putting ex-cop Chauvin on path to 'exonera


‘We’re not stupid’: CNN’s Van Jones accuses prosecutors of putting ex-cop Chauvin on path to ‘exoneration’ for Floyd death
Published 3 mins ago on May 30, 2020By Matthew Chapman

On CNN Saturday, commentator Van Jones warned that the prosecution of the Minneapolis police officer involved in the death of George Floyd sets him up to be left off easy.

“The idea that you could have a lynching, you know, an officer lynch a man,” said Jones. “That was a lynching. Not one minute, not two minutes, not three minutes, six, seven, eight minutes, providing someone of oxygen, a spectacle in front of a whole community, you have a lynching. You have not just an officer doing it, but you have three police officers there and do nothing to intervene, in fact defend him. You can then give — I’ve never heard of third degree murder. I’m an attorney. I’m in my 50s. I’ve never heard of third degree murder. Not to arrest the other officers and we’re all going to say thank you very much and go back to what we’re doing."

"You know, if you have third degree murder, this guy is going to plea down to a traffic ticket,” said Jones. “I’ve been black a long time. We’re not stupid. This is the beginning of an exoneration, not a conviction. We’re very sophisticated in our community about how law enforcement works. But you always get a bunch of charges in the community, in the hood, you’ll get 57 charges, and then you’ll plea down to four."

More at link.

I am not a lawyer, but I've never heard of 3rd degree murder. Anyone?

Sailors on sidelined USS Theodore Roosevelt get virus for second time


Sailors on sidelined USS Theodore Roosevelt get virus for second time

The aircraft carrier has been at port in Guam since late March after the outbreak of the virus was discovered.

Image: USS Theodore Roosevelt
Aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt off the coast of Southern California on April 30, 2017.Paul L. Archer / AFP - Getty Images file
May 15, 2020, 2:45 PM CDT
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Five sailors on the U.S. aircraft carrier sidelined in Guam due to a COVID-19 outbreak have tested positive for the virus for the second time and have been taken off the ship, according to the Navy.

The resurgence of the virus in the five sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt underscores the befuddling behavior of the highly contagious virus and raises questions about how troops that test positive can be reintegrated into the military, particularly on ship.

More at link.

Free online class covers America's favorite pastime: baseball


Author: Local 24 Staff (Local 24)
Published: 3:36 PM CDT May 15, 2020
Updated: 5:09 PM CDT May 15, 2020

May 13, 2020

While the start of the Major League Baseball season has been delayed, UofM Global is now offering a complimentary online course – Baseball: For the Love of the Game.

The course will be taught by two instructors with an extensive knowledge of baseball.

Curt Hart, an instructor for the University of Memphis College of Professional & Liberal Studies, has more than 20 years of experience in sports broadcasting, including covering the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction and working with the Baltimore Orioles.

Reggie Williams is a former outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers and has more than 20 years of experience in baseball management. He is an adjunct professor for the UofM and serves as a minor league assistant manager and coach for the Cincinnati Reds.

More info at link. 😁⚾️

VERIFY: Is COVID-19 causing Kawasaki disease in children?


Physicians have called the new symptoms 'Pediatric Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome' as it’s a combination of features.
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Author: Mauricio Chamberlin
Published: 5:18 PM CDT May 15, 2020
Updated: 5:18 PM CDT May 15, 2020

As cases of a Kawasaki-like COVID-19 in children started to emerge in the U.S., we contacted the experts to explain these new symptoms.

Lots of info at link.

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