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Full-time student of the news & long-time follower of the Grateful Dead. Publisher/CSO @the74. Priors: Cheddar, Mashable, NYT. Listen to the thunder shout.
28 Jun
#CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:
*Portugal orders unvaccinated tourists to quarantine 14 days.
*Spain requires British tourists to show negative #COVID test or proof of vaccination.
*Greece offers young people €150 as “a gift out of gratitude” for getting 1st dose.
theguardian.com/world/live/202…
UK Defense Secretary & top military officials self-isolate after head of armed forces tests positive for #COVID19. theguardian.com/world/2021/jun…
Thousands of students and staff in Australia are in isolation after a positive case of #COVID19.
*Move is prompted by fears that Delta variant is also highly transmissible among children.
smh.com.au/national/nsw/t…
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26 Jun
Before and after images reveal the extent of devastation in Surfside FL. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/i… ImageImage
Three years ago, an engineer found “major structural damage” and “abundant” cracking of columns and beams at the Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside FL.

Repairs were scheduled to begin soon.

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24 Jun
NEW: #Rudy Giuliani is suspended from practicing law in New York over false statements about Trump election loss. cnbc.com/2021/06/24/rud…
Rudy’s lawyer says he’s confident his client "will be reinstated as a valued member of the legal profession.”

Maybe not.

cnbc.com/2021/06/24/rud…
Court’s ruling: “There is uncontroverted evidence" that Rudy "communicated demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public at large in his capacity as lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump and the Trump campaign…”
cnn.com/2021/06/24/pol…
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24 Jun
12-story condo partially collapses in Surfside FL, just north of Miami Beach. Mayor confirms one death, but officials fear more casualties. (Photos via @ap) wsvn.com/news/local/off…
@AP Emergency responders rescue boy who survived collapse of apartment building in Surfside FL. via @wsvn. wsvn.com/news/local/off…
Rescue officials say people are still trapped in collapsed building.

“The whole building shook like an earthquake.”

The 12-story building was constructed in 1981 and has more than 100 condo units.

local10.com/news/local/202…
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23 Jun
CAPITOL RIOT ARREST UPDATED:
*Brian Ivey of Crossville TN enters guilty plea.
*Admits to entering Capitol thru smashed window. "Ivey was aware that he was not authorized to be inside of the Capitol.”
*Sentence TBD.
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*Kurt Peterson of Hodgenville KY is charged in the insurrection.
*Shouted: “This is our house. Let us in.”
*Used sticks & fist to smash exterior window.
*Was near the scene where rioter Ashli Babbitt was shot.
*Charges: Obstruction; property damage, etc.
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The F.B.I. has released more photos of suspects it is seeking in the Capitol insurrection. fbi.gov/wanted/capitol… ImageImageImageImage
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22 Jun
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte threatens to jail people who refuse the COVID vaccine.

"You choose, COVID vaccine or I will have you jailed."
theguardian.com/world/2021/jun… Image
A small but growing list of travel destinations are shutting the door on unvaccinated travelers. cnbc.com/2021/06/22/whe…
Italy to lift outdoor face mask requirement next week as #coronavirus cases and hospitalizations decline. theguardian.com/world/live/202…
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11 Jun
CAPITOL RIOT ARREST UPDATE:
*Ex-police chief of La Habra CA & 5 other SoCal men are charged in conspiracy case.
*Alan Hostetter accused of mobilizing group to raid Capitol and stop election certification.
“PresidentTrump must be inaugurated on Jan.
20th.”
justice.gov/opa/press-rele…
Insurrection defendants Alan Hostetter (left, below) & Russell Taylor (right) were leaders of the American Phoenix Project, which was founded to fight the “fear-based tyranny” of COVID restrictions.
*They later embraced the “Stop the Steal” mania.
nytimes.com/2021/06/10/us/…
Before becoming a “patriotic warrior,” Alan Hostetter was a former soldier & police chief who became a yoga guru specializing in “sound healing” with gongs, Tibetan bowls and Aboriginal didgeridoos. nytimes.com/2021/06/10/us/…
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28 May
*It looks pretty certain that Senate Republicans will scuttle an independent probe into Jan. 6 insurrection.
*At least the F.B.I. is continuing to hunt down suspects, like these folks, who are now on the Most-Wanted page:
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*Joseph Thomas of East Liverpool, Ohio, is arrested in the Capitol riot.
*Punched cops & told other rioters to “hold the line” on Upper West Terrace.
*Neighbor tipped off FBI.
*Charges: Assaulting officers; impeding law enforcement, etc.
*He’s in trouble.
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At last count, Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins are the only GOP Senators willing to support an independent investigation into Jan. 6.
*Mitch McConnell is deathly afraid of the harm a probe could do to the GOP during midterm elections. washingtonpost.com/politics/inter…
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4 Apr
HP, Dow, Under Armour are among nearly 200 companies speaking out against new voting restrictions proposed in Texas and other states. washingtonpost.com/business/2021/…
American Airlines: "As a Texas-based business, we must stand up for the rights of our team members and customers who call Texas home, and honor the sacrifices made by generations of Americans to protect and expand the right to vote.” washingtonpost.com/business/2021/…
PGA says it won’t move season-ending FedEx Cup playoff event from Atlanta, despite uproar over voter suppression law. espn.com/golf/story/_/i…
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2 Apr
Major League Baseball pulls All-Star Game from Georgia over voter suppression law theguardian.com/us-news/2021/a…
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred: “The best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft.” nytimes.com/2021/04/02/spo… Image
Via @ajc: Baseball commissioner’s announcement to move the All-Start Game out of Atlanta “ends several years of planning by the Braves to host the All-Star game and related events.” ajc.com/sports/atlanta…
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26 Mar
CAPITOL RIOT ARREST UPDATE:
*Former school director Frank J. Scavo of Old Forge PA is charged.
*Feds say he chanted with rioters & recorded events on his phone.
*"We... took it back. Took it back.”
*Organized bus caravan.
*Faces up to 3 years in prison.
news.yahoo.com/scavo-charged-…
*Jerod Hughes, of East Helena, Montana, asks judge to release him pending trial.
*Says he was “duped" by Donald Trump.
*Cites need to provide for wife & daughter.
*Chased & menaced Officer Eugene Goodman thru halls of Congress.
wusa9.com/article/news/n…
Social-media platform Parler says it informed the FBI of violent content before the Capitol insurrection. wsj.com/articles/parle… via @WSJ
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26 Mar
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 3/26/2020:
*France health officials say dentist & vets should administer vaccine.
*Germany could see up to 100,000 new cases/day, expert warns.
*Australia: First locally acquired case in a week.
*Poland reports new record of daily cases.
theguardian.com/world/live/202…
In scathing attack on President Bolsonaro, Former Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says nation’s 300,000 COVID19 deaths represent “biggest genocide” in its history. barrons.com/news/brazil-vi…
Brazil hits record 100,000 #coronavirus cases in a day, piling new pressure on President Bolsonaro. reuters.com/article/uk-hea…
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25 Mar
CAPITOL RIOT ARREST UPDATE:
*Judge releases UCLA student Christian Secor pending trial.
*Prosecutors argued he’s a threat to the community.
*Search found mace, body armor & "ghost gun.” Suspect’s GoPro video showed him pointing an “AR-style rifle.”
wxxinews.org/post/judge-rel…
*2 Oregon brothers, Matthew L. Klein, 24, & Jonathanpeter A. Klein, 21 are arrested in the Capitol riot.
*Prosecutor calls them “dangerous powder kegs.”
*Charges: Conspiracy, obstructing official proceeding, destruction of gov’t property.
*Proud Boys link.
oregonlive.com/crime/2021/03/…
*Another Florida man, Paul Rae of Largo, has been charged in the Capitol riot.
*Linked to Proud Boys.
*In search, agents found 7 firearms, 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
*Face heavy charges, including obstructing Congress.
*Free on bond; must surrender guns.
wfla.com/news/pinellas-…
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24 Mar
CAPITOL RIOT ARREST UPDATE:
*South Carolina man is expected to plead guilty to threating ex-prosecutor over info released about the Proud Boys.
*Capitol police riot shield & tactical gear were found in his home.
*Unclear why he wasn’t charged in riot.
postandcourier.com/columbia/5th-s… ImageImage
*Kari Dawn Kelley, an insurance adjuster from Mobile AL, has been charged in the Capitol riot.
*Climbed through shattered window to reach Senate wing.
*Face-Timed friend from middle of the mob.
*Charges: Unlawful entry; disorderly conduct.
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New videos obtained by the @nytimes show how Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was attacked with bear spray. nytimes.com/interactive/20… Image
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24 Mar
Dear God. Image
On Brazil’s deadliest day so far in the Pandemic, President Bolsonaro goes on television to tell his people that everything is fine and that they would soon be able to resume their normal lives.

Brazilians respond with cries of “Murderer!” and “Liar!”

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20 Mar
Florida Democrats are demanding a special election after a former GOP State Senator was arrested for allegedly tampering with vote last year. thehill.com/homenews/campa…
The allegations in this Florida GOP scam are nuts:
*Ex-Sen. Frank Artiles allegedly paid 40 grand to auto parts dealer to run as no-party candidate.
*Sham candidate had the same surname as incumbent Dem.
*Scam was aimed at confusing voters. And it worked.
miamiherald.com/news/politics-…
Perhaps Gov. DeSantis or Rep. Gaetz have some thoughts they would like to share about election integrity in Florida.
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19 Mar
Paris prepares for new 4-week lockdown starting at midnight today. theguardian.com/world/live/202…
UK PK Boris Johnson to receive AstraZeneca vaccine as he reassures public over safety. theguardian.com/world/live/202…
France, Germany and other countries resume use of AstraZeneca vaccine after regulators waved away concerns about potential blood clots. theguardian.com/world/live/202…
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18 Mar
CAPITOL RIOT ARREST UPDATE:
*Mark Ponder of DC is charged w/ assault with a deadly weapon, obstructing law-enforcement & other counts.
*He was arrested in Jan. 6 riot but released because cops were overwhelmed.
*Video shows him using pole to attack cops. buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil… ImageImageImage
*Danny Carlton, a corrections officer from Union County FL, has been charged in the insurrection.
*Charges: Unlawful entry; disorderly conduct with intent to impede or disrupt Congress.
*Freed on $25,000 signature bond.
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*Clifford Mackrell of Lorain, Ohio, who clashed with officers during the Capitol insurrection, is arrested.
*Accused of repeatedly striking a Capitol officer.
*Also grabbed officer’s gas mask, while another rioter shot bear spray.
*Faces serious charges.
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7 Mar
*Shane Leedon Jenkins of Houston is arrested in the Capitol riot.
*Video shows him using metal hatchet to break window.
*”MAMA TRIED” tattoo on his neck. (Toward the bad I kept on turning.)
*Charges: Assaulting officer; damage to federal property, etc.
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*Another Florida man, Andrew William Griswold of Niceville, has been arrested in the insurrection.
*Charges: Unlawful entry, violent entry, obstruction of Congress & disorderly conduct.
*Griswold is free until trial.
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Trump appointee who was arrested after participating in the Capitol riot asked a judge if he could be transferred to a cell with no cockroaches. news.yahoo.com/trump-appointe… Image
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20 Feb
CAPITOL RIOT ARREST UPDATE:
*Deborah Sandoval, 54, & her son Salvador, 23, of Ankeny IA have been arrested.
*2nd mother & son duo to be charged.
*Charges include obstructing law-enforcement, violent entry, impeding conduct of gov’t, disorderly conduct.
desmoinesregister.com/story/news/cri…
*Joseph Fischer, a police officer from North Cornwall Township PA, is arrested in Capitol riot.
*Clashed with police.
*Boasted: “We pushed police back about 25 feet. Got pepper balled and OC sprayed.”
*Charges: Obstructing law-enforcement; violent entry.
pennlive.com/news/2021/02/f…
Officer Fischer has been suspended without pay by the North Cornwall Township PA police following his arrest in the Capitol riot. wgal.com/article/north-…
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19 Feb
*Six more people affiliated with the Oath Keepers have been indicted on conspiracy charges in the Capitol riot.
*Among them were Sandra & Bennie Parker of Morrow OH, who showed up in tactical gear.
*Feds say they planned Capitol attack in advance.
justice.gov/usao-dc/case-m…
*Also charged in new conspiracy indictment are Florida husband/wife: Kelly & Connie Meggs.
*Kelly Meggs on Facebook: “DC is no guns. So mace and gas masks, some batons. If you have armor that’s good.”
*Feds: Suspects “prepared themselves for battle.”
int.nyt.com/data/documentt…
*Laura Steele of Thomasville NC & brother, Graydon Young of Englewood FL, were also charged with conspiracy in indictment.
*In application to Oath Keepers, Laura Steele said she had 9 yrs experience in law-enforcement.
*Young: “We stormed and got inside.”
justice.gov/usao-dc/case-m…
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