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Lead National Correspondent 4 @CBSThisMorning, @CBSNews. Anchor, @CBSNewsRadio’s ’Reporter’s Notebook’. Boo 2 a Boo. Uncle. Brother. Cajun. Paddington’s dad. 🐶
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1 Mar
The moment a Sacramento, CA. judge was about to start the traffic trial of the defendant (Dr. Scott Green) who was in the operating room, helping to operate on a patient, when he jumped on zoom to be present for his trial. The judge wasn’t having any of it
I would love to interview the patient on the operating table. If you know them, my DMs are open.
You have to wonder how this doctor didn’t think he’d get into trouble. Not with the judge, but the California medial board.
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24 Feb
I just found out about the story yesterday.
10-year-old Victor Peterzen was hit by a Jeep driver in Houston six months ago and he died because of it.
Nothing has happened to the driver.
I’m asking why, starting with @houstonpolice.
“Victor was riding northbound on Maux Street when he failed to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign and was struck by the Jeep traveling westbound on Knoboak Drive, according to the Houston Police Department,” reports the Houston Chronicle. houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-t…
The Chronicle also noted that the case was going to be presented to a grand jury because it involved a juvenile.
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24 Feb
This was the moment South Dakota’s attorney General was told that the face of the man he hit and killed actually came through his windshield to the point where investigators say the victim’s glasses were found in the attorney generals car. The AG insists: he thought he hit a deer
Journalists at the @Argus911 watched 2 interrogation videos with the AG and did a nice job breaking some key moments
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24 Feb
This is a big story in South Dakota that’s not getting enough attention nationally. The states attorney general could be impeached pretty soon after he killed a man, with his vehicle, but he’s only been charged with misdemeanor crimes.
Here’s the story with no paywall apnews.com/article/76bd67…
This is the victim: Joseph Boever argusleader.com/story/news/202…
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20 Feb
Holy moly.
This was United Flight 328.
Exterior of one of the engine’s caught fire and exterior pieces of the engine fell into yards over Colorado. @michaelagiulia said: “my parents are on this flight 🙃🙃 everyone’s okay though!”
Pieces of the engine falling from the sky
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20 Feb
.@JoshGuilloryUSA, Mayor-President of Lafayette, LA, calls @LouisianaGov “hypocritical” for criticizing the city councils rejection of a mask mandate. Guillory, who won’t use city resources to enforce a state mandate, makes a valid point: the state isn’t enforcing its own mandate
The mayor president’s reference to zero enforcement taken appears to be a reaction to our report, 5 days ago, which noted that of 3,669 masking complaints received since the Governor instituted a mask mandate, zero enforcement has been taken.
The state fire marshal, which is an enforcement agency tasked by the governors with enforcing the mask mandate, has chosen to educate rather than punish, according to the agency’s spokeswoman.
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19 Feb
NEW THREAD: Today, Louisiana’s Governor blasted the Lafayette City Council after its rejected, last week, a mask mandate. @LouisianaGov told @washingtonpost: “It's a basic failure of leadership, you know, & there's a partisan edge
to this that quite frankly,
I don't understand.”
Here’s the full response from @LouisianaGov: “let me be clear,
the mask mandate
is enforce in effect
all across the state of Louisiana. The Lafayette city council
doesn't have the authority
to opt out of that mandate...”
“... They took an action,
saying that they weren't going
to enforce it at their level,
and that's regrettable,
it's unfortunate
because that region of our state,
at numerous times
throughout the pandemic,
has actually had some of
the highest positivity rates
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15 Feb
I went home to Lafayette, LA. to cover a story that’s deeply divided people there: masks & mandates. The Mayor won’t enforce @LouisianaGov’s state mandate & the state fire marshal won’t either, other than to educate when a complaint comes in. 1 family is at the center of it all.
Dr. @ashishkjha, Dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, said, about to the Lafayette report: “mask mandates, asking people to wear masks is such a small step that we all can take, & we have mandates that that require us to do things all the time...” (1/14)
“... We're not allowed to drink and drive. We’re not allowed to smoke inside restaurants and bars and lots of other places. So we have a long tradition of putting in what a really modest restrictions we've got to do that with mask mandates...” (2/14)
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15 Feb
Oh the irony. The mayor president of my hometown Lafayette Louisiana has issued a stay at home ORDER & curfew due to a winter storm but he doesn’t want to issue a mask mandate when it comes to a pandemic, only preaching personal responsibility facebook.com/16600902679966… Image
Presumably the mayor is worried about public safety, & the inability of 1st responders to reach people if roads are iced over. Last week a local Dr. asked the city Council to pass a mask mandate b/c of fears that another surge would overwhelm hospitals. The council rejected that
Part 2 of Dr. Britni Hebert
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13 Feb
While New Orleans’ Mayor cancelled Mardi Gras, as we know it, west in Lafayette, which has no local restrictions, the Mayor-President “has repeatedly refused to enact or enforce commonsense restrictions intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.” bayoubrief.com/2021/02/12/kre…
“Whether it’s in his official capacity as Mayor-President of Lafayette or at a clandestine Mardi Gras speakeasy, Josh Guillory has not prioritized the health of Lafayette residents over business interests or his own personal desire to laissez les bons temps rouler.”
You would never normally see Bourbon Street empty on the Friday before Mardi Gras. This year it’s different because bars are closed and no one is allowed to hang out on Bourbon after 7 PM.
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10 Feb
THREAD: I asked the fmr mayor of San Juan Puerto Rico @CarmenYulinCruz to explain why food, cots, tarps & other donated items were found in storage rooms at the coliseum in San Juan. You can see the report from @jayfonsecapr & @TatianaOrtizPR & team here:
Here’s the mayors response: “Regarding the food: what was shown on the video rice and water were nor supplies for people in need. They were supplies used to prepare lunch and dinner for our employees...”
“... When it domes to other supplies there are there in case there is a need so that we may be able to respond it is called been prepared.

This administration has been in office for 40 days...”
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10 Feb
THREAD: Tonight my hometown Louisiana parish govt, Lafayette, considered a mask mandate.
It failed.
Lafayette is the largest city in LA. to reject a mandate.
@LouisianaGov instituted a statewide mandate, but the parish president @JoshGuilloryUSA won’t allow police to enforce it.
More than 238 people have died in Lafayette.
Earlier tonight, this video, honoring victims, was posted to the Facebook page or Basin Arts which is owned by Clare Cooke. Her mom, @cooknanette, is one of the parish council members who tonight voted to reject a mask mandate.
The post on the Basin Arts Facebook page encourages people to wear a mask.
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6 Feb
This is the kind of headline many Puerto Ricans on the island hate:
Bitcoin billionaire Brock Pierce has purchased a historic, fmr monastery turned hotel in San Juan & is transforming it into a private club. It’s located next door to the Governors mansion
The site of the buy is one of the most beautiful in Old San Juan. It was there, in 2019, that tens of thousands of people packed the narrow cobblestoned streets calling for Governor Rossello to resign. The night he did the place went wild with excitement.
In 2018, Rolling Stone profiled Pierce who went from went from “child actor to Bitcoin billionaire – now he wants to turn Puerto Rico into a Burning Man utopia”rollingstone.com/culture/cultur…
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6 Feb
“Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry on Friday sued a reporter for The Advocate and The Times-Picayune over a public-records request she filed, asking a judge to issue a declaratory judgment denying the request and seal the proceedings.”
“In my 40 years as an editor, I’ve never seen a journalist get sued for requesting a public record,” said Peter Kovacs, the newspaper’s editor. “We’re not intimidated. In fact, we’re more determined.”

I sure would be.
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5 Feb
Cancelled: Lou Dobbs latimes.com/entertainment-…
“The cancellation comes a day after voting software company Smartmatic filed a $2.7 billion defamation suit against Fox News and three of its hosts — Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro...”
“...The company claims the hosts perpetuated lies and disinformation about Smartmatic’s role in the election, damaging its business and reputation.”
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5 Feb
Here she goes again.
South Dakota’s Governor who loves to proclaim she’s a small business/rancher knocking medical advice.
She’s wrong. Masks work.
She’s playing to a base.
Masks aren’t false hope.
They’re hope for millions waiting for a vaccine.
.@govkristinoem is consistently misleading people when it comes to public health guidance. You would think that she would have stopped this nonsense after her state led the world on a per capita basis for deaths and hospitalizations. But she didn’t.
She’ll blame, as has in the past, national media for “attacking” her.

It’s accountability.
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5 Feb
I shocked myself when I saw the clip of my @CBSThisMorning report. I didn’t realize I had a tic right before I started talking. Tics are due to Tourette’s, which I’ve been open about. I think that’s why I wasn’t embarrassed once I saw it.
No one said anything, & that’s cool.
Thanks for the love and support y’all. Here’s the report. It’s an important one. cbsnews.com/news/rural-are…
Visibility matters. From the inbox: “Hey David, I don’t use twitter that much so not sure how messaging works. Saw your clip about your tic. I have pretty mild Tourette’s but I’m VERY anxious about them. I watched the video before I read your caption and my stomach dropped...”
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3 Feb
.@GOPLeader on @mtgreenee: “Past comments from and endorsed by Marjorie Taylor Greene on school shootings, political violence, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference. I condemn those comments unequivocally.
I condemned them in the past. I continue to condemn them today. This House condemned QAnon last Congress and continues to do so today. “I made this clear to Marjorie when we met.
I also made clear that as a member of Congress we have a responsibility to hold ourselves to a higher standard than how she presented herself as a private citizen.
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3 Feb
South Dakota led the world, per capita, - for a while - in both deaths and hospitalizations due to COVID-19.
But their Governor said this tonight...
She said the science told them they couldn’t stop the virus. The science has also said masks work. Mask mandates work. But this governor refused a mask mandate and in her statewide public service announcements she doesn’t tell people to wear a mask.
South Dakota does now lead the country in terms of vaccine roll out. That, is very good news.
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2 Feb
In my hometown - Lafayette, La - the parish president refuses to mandate masks.
The parish council was considering doing it but members worry the President will undermine it.
The Governor issued a statewide mandate.
Every major city has one.
Not Lafayette.
“While the governor has had a mask mandate and other restrictions in place since the summer, Lafayette officials were ordered by Guillory (the parish president) to stop assisting the state with enforcement in September after the Lafayette Fire Department cited Grouse Room...”
“... which is owned by one of Guillory’s supporters, for multiple violations of the governor’s Covid restrictions.”
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1 Feb
“No coloreds are allowed to be buried here. Only white human beings...” That’s what Karla Semien of Oberlin, LA was told when she went to buy a plot to bury her husband, Darrell. I interviewed Mrs. Semien & the graveyard association president who’s since changed the contract.
Mr. Simen served the people of Allen Parish as a sheriffs deputy and it was his wish to be buried at that cemetery. Little did he know the racism that would await his wife and family. google.com/amp/s/www.cbsn…
Creig Vizena is President of the graveyard association. It was his aunt who told the widow that she couldn’t sell to her because Semien was black. Shockingly, his aunts daughter allegedly asked the family: “do y’all have a back up plan?”

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