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Six of seven ‘high-risk’ sex offenders released early in California over coronavirus are back in jail

Remember those seven “high-risk” sex offenders released early in California recently to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus? Well, six of them are back in jail, the Orange County Register reported.

What are the details?

Their release was decried by Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer, who issued a warning to residents.

“These kinds of high-risk sex offenders are the most dangerous kind of criminal and the most likely to re-offend,” Spitzer said in a news release. “They are doing everything they can to avoid detection by the parole officers assigned to monitor them so they can potentially commit additional sex offenses. These are not the kind of people who should be getting a break.”

The sex offenders — convicted of crimes ranging from indecent exposure and sexual battery to child molestation — were released beginning April 7, many of them spending just days behind bars instead of the six months required by law for registered sex offenders who violate parole by removing or disabling GPS monitors.

The DA’s office told the Register that most of the six accused of violating parole after their release either failed to adhere to their supervision or rendered their GPS units inoperable. The paper, citing local jail records, said that as of May 11 they were behind bars.

The public defenders office told the Register that the sex offenders didn’t carry out sex crimes this time around but rather committed offenses such as drug possession or making criminal threats. The public defenders office also told the paper that many parolees charge their GPS devices at now-closed county facilities.

“It comes as no surprise that these high-risk sex offenders continue to violate the law and do everything they can to avoid being tracked by law enforcement,” Spitzer said in a statement to the Register regarding the rearrests. “There is a concerted effort here in California and across the nation to open up the jailhouse doors and let dangerous criminals back into our streets without regard for the safety of the public which we are sworn to protect.”

But Public Defender Sharon Petrosino accused Spitzer of “fearmongering” and distorting the facts to scare the public, the paper said.

More from the Register:

Law enforcement officials across the state have wrestled with how to halt the spread of coronavirus in prisons and local jails. Some efforts — including the early release of non-violent inmates near the end of their sentences — have been backed by police. Others — including a “no bail” edict for low-level crimes backed by the California Judicial Council — have drawn local opposition.

The release of the sex offenders also drew condemnation from some local leaders. In a letter to Commissioner Joe Dane, Santa Ana Councilman Phil Bacerra denounced the decision to release the inmates early.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has taken the appropriate steps to responsibly reduce the population at the Orange County Jail to help limit the spread of Coronavirus,” Bacerra wrote, according to the paper. “However, there has not been a need to release additional inmates, particularly dangerous ones, from the jail. Your actions jeopardize the safety and well-being of our community.”

‘Let out the front door of a jail by a court commissioner who refuses to follow the law’

Spitzer also blasted appointed Court Commissioner Joseph Dane for the release of the sex offenders.

“It is not the Court’s responsibility to control the jail population by releasing these dangerous criminals back into our communities,” Spitzer said. “The residents of Orange County deserve to have the peace of mind that registered sex offenders are being held accountable and not just let out the front door of a jail by a court commissioner who refuses to follow the law.”

Dane has not commented on the criticism, the Register reported, adding that Orange County judicial officials say they are legal and ethical restrictions that bar judges or commissioners from speaking about active criminal cases. The paper said that since Dane is an appointed commissioner — as opposed to a sitting judge — the DA’s office is using its right to object to his oversight of sex offenders’ parole violations.

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School board president drinks beer during video meeting, apologizes: ‘I didn’t give any thought to it’

A California school board president drank a beer during a Zoom video meeting last week, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported.

Many organizations are shifting to the popular videoconference platform since the coronavirus has shut most in-person meetings.

But Brian Akers, president of the Charter Oak Unified School Board in Covina, told the paper in a phone interview Wednesday he’s simply not used to working from home with Zoom — and after finishing dinner and logging into the meeting, he took a few sips from the already opened bottle of beer without thinking about it.

“I didn’t give any thought to it,” he told the Tribune. “I’ll apologize to anyone. It wasn’t intentional.”

What did district officials have to say?

School board members reprimanded Akers for violating the board’s alcohol and drug-free workplace policy, the paper said, citing a news release.

“This is an isolated and unfortunate incident that was quickly addressed by members of our governing board, once it was brought to our attention,” board Vice President Gregg Peterson said in a statement, the Tribune noted. “As elected officials, we need to be transparent and hold ourselves accountable for our actions.”

Greg Palatto — a district psychologist and executive board member of the Charter Oak Educators Association — told KNBC-TV he was taken aback by what he saw on video.

“First it was a shock,” he recalled to the station. “No way could that have been a beer, maybe a root beer. Then we look back on the live and yup, that’s a Pacifico!”

Palatto added to the Tribune that Akers’ beer swigging sets a bad example for students, especially those who have to watch school board meeting videos for civics classes.

“Kids are watching us,” he told the paper. “The whole community is watching him.”

What did parents have to say?

“There is no way I could be in a job and have that same Zoom conference and take a swig of a drink,” parent Dyane Langis told KNBC. “That’s unacceptable.”

John Sitz — a Charter Oak school system grad who has three children who graduated from district schools as well — told the station Akers should step down.

“I would like to see him resign due to the fact that if it was anybody else caught drinking on the job, you would be walked off the premises at that point in time,” Sitz added to KNBC.

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Mannequins will be seated inside renowned restaurant to help with social distancing when it reopens

While restaurants in some parts of Virginia are reopening Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic, the state is mandating that customers can be seated only in outdoor spaces, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

Since the “al fresco mandate wouldn’t work” for the Inn at Little Washington nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Washingtonian reported, owner and chef Patrick O’Connell hatched a novel plan for his tony three-Michelin-star establishment when it reopens for 50%-capacity indoor dining May 29.

What’s the plan?

Mannequins decked out in 1940s attire will be seated at tables to help actual human patrons keep their social distance from each other and fill out what otherwise would be a half-empty restaurant, the Washingtonian said.

Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

Servers will even pour wine for the mannequins and ask them about their evening, the outlet added.

Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

“I’ve always had a thing for mannequins — they never complain about anything and you can have lots of fun dressing them up,” O’Connell stated, according to Food & Wine. “When we needed to solve the problem of social distancing and reducing our restaurant’s occupancy by half, the solution seemed obvious — fill it with interestingly dressed dummies. This would allow plenty of space between real guests and elicit a few smiles and provide some fun photo ops.”

O’Connell, a self-taught cook, is a multiple James Beard Award winner, as well as the 2019 recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s lifetime achievement award, the Virginian-Pilot said, adding that he also was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2019.

“We’re all craving to gather and see other people right now,” O’Connell told the Virginian-Pilot. “They don’t all necessarily need to be real people.”

The Inn at Little Washington is about 90 minutes west of Washington, D.C.

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Judge denies Michigan’s request to shut down 77-year-old barber who opened shop in defiance of Democratic Gov. Whitmer’s COVID-19 order

A Michigan circuit court judge denied the state’s request to sign a temporary restraining order against barber Karl Manke who opened his shop early in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus restrictions, the Lansing State Journal reported.

What are the details?

Manke’s barbershop in Owosso has been open since last Monday, and the 77-year-old got a packed lobby of customers the first morning, two citations before Friday — as well as a promise from Michigan Militia members that they won’t let police arrest him.

“We’re willing to stand in front of that door and block the entrance so the police will have no entry there today,” Daniel Brewer told WEYI-TV Saturday.

Image source: WEYI-TV video screenshot

And that may not happen anytime soon. The state attorney general’s office confirmed that Shiawassee County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Stewart wouldn’t sign the temporary restraining order before holding a hearing, which is what Manke’s attorneys said they wanted, the State Journal said.

“The Court wanted to provide Mr. Manke with an opportunity for a hearing on the request for an injunction, despite the clear public health dangers that continued operation of his business creates,” spokesman Ryan Jarvi wrote in a statement, the paper reported.

‘I’m gonna stay open ’til Jesus comes’

During a triumphant press conference in front of his shop late Monday afternoon, Manke told a crowd of supporters that “I’m gonna stay open ’til Jesus comes.”

Image source: YouTube screenshot

At times he was drowned out by honks from passing vehicles and affirmations from the crowd, the Detroit News reported, adding that a large truck parked nearby and several signs held by supporters were adorned with phrases criticizing Whitmer’s orders.

“I feel the governor is not my mother, never has been,” Manke said, according to the paper. “As a matter of fact, this administration, for the most part, I’ve been in business longer than they’ve been alive.”

But the barber still faces two misdemeanor charges for reopening his shop despite state shutdown orders, the State Journal said. He faces a fine of more than $1,000 and is set to be arraigned June 23, the paper added, citing court records.

In addition, state police on Friday night issued Manke a health protection order from the state attorney general’s office demanding he close his shop, noting that customers from Ann Arbor, Saginaw, Detroit, Jackson, and other areas have visited his business and that it poses “an imminent danger” to public health.

Judge won’t order mid-Michigan barber to close

What is Whitmer saying?

When asked about Menke’s plight and his defiance of her order, the governor said at a Monday news conference that it’s all about saving his life and the lives of his customers.

“I expect people to follow the law,” Whitmer said with what appeared to be a restrained smile. “These executive orders are not a suggestion, they’re not optional, they’re not helpful hints.”

Image source: YouTube screenshot

Growing opposition

Sheriffs’ offices in at least six counties have said they won’t enforce Whitmer’s orders, the Detroit News reported, adding that some are arguing the legality of the orders since the Republican-controlled state legislature refused to extend the governor’s state of emergency past May 28.

Shiawassee County Sheriff Brian Begole on Monday said his department won’t enforce Whitmer’s orders and that deputies have the responsibility to uphold constitutions at state and federal levels, the News noted.

“With limited resources, staffing and facilities, our priority focus will be on enforcing duly passed laws for the protection of Shiawassee County citizens,” Begole wrote in a letter, according to the News. “I have decided, within my authority, that our office cannot and will not divert our primary resources and efforts towards enforcement of … Governor Whitmer’s executive orders.”

Whitmer has been under fire for weeks with protests and demonstrations over her shutdown. She’s prohibited residents from visiting friends and family who live a few doors away and barred them from buying vegetable seeds and gardening supplies at a store.

Anything else?

“If you can walk down the aisles at Walmart, it would seem to me you can walk down the aisles of a church, you can walk down the aisles in Karl’s barbershop and practice the same physical distancing, hand-washing, all of the things you’ve been hearing on and on,” said one of Manke’s attorneys, David Kallman, according to the Detroit News.

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Customers ‘barricaded’ Waffle Shop entrance as cop arrives to help cite owner for COVID-19 shutdown violation. Then the shoving begins.

They apparently love their waffles in Fresno, California, and nobody — not even a police officer and code enforcement officials — was going to interfere with their Mother’s Day indulgences at aptly named local eatery, Waffle Shop.

What happened?

The restaurant has been a focal point of lockdown pushback in Fresno as it opened last week in defiance of the city’s “shelter in place” order and soon received a warning and fine, KFSN-TV reported.

On Sunday morning, police were dispatched to the Waffle Shop to assist city code enforcement officials in issuing a citation to the restaurant’s owner, the station said — and video captures what happened next.

The officer walked up to the restaurant where he was greeted by people in front of the door who wouldn’t let him enter.

Image source: KFSN-TV video screenshot

“We’re not gonna let you in,” one person tells the officer. “We’ve been waiting for hours,” another person says.

After the officer apparently threatens to arrest a woman standing to the side of the door, she shouts back, “You’re gonna arrest me for what?”

“Interfering, OK?” the officer replies.

“I ain’t interfering with s**t,” she shoots back. “I can say anything I want to.”

With that the officer appears to shove a white-bearded man out of the way, and immediately people start shouting at the cop.

The video then shows the officer confronting a taller white-haired man in a blue shirt, and after a scuffle, the police officer grabs the man and begins handcuffing him.

Image source: KFSN-TV video screenshot

The officer then leads the man and a woman away from the restaurant.

Image source: KFSN-TV video screenshot

One observer — clearly displeased with the cop — angles up his right arm in a Nazi salute and goose-steps behind them.

Image source: Facebook video screenshot

Here’s the raw clip. (Content warning: language):

Who is the handcuffed man?

The man led away in handcuffs is 73-year-old Tom Miller Sr., KFSN reported, adding that the woman with him is his wife.

“It just shouldn’t have happened,” his son Nate Miller told the station. “It shouldn’t have happened this way.”

Police told the Fresno Bee the detained man was released after about 15 minutes.

Tom Miller showed a wrist wound to his son from the handcuffs:

Image source: KFSN-TV video screenshot

“He told me to get in the car, and he would loosen ’em,” the elder Miller said on video regarding the officer. “I get in the car, he slams the door. He didn’t even think about loosening them.”

Nate Miller also shot video of him confronting the officer who detained his dad.

“This police officer put a 73-year-old Vietnam veteran into the back of a police car for eating at the Waffle House,” Nate Miller is heard saying on the clip. “The officer is claiming battery.”

What did police have to say?

Sgt. Walter Boston told the Bee on video that “a bunch of citizens blocked the doorway and in essence barricaded code enforcement from being able to enter the business, so they called police.” The people blocking the doorway stayed for the officer and “weren’t going to allow law enforcement in,” Boston added on the clip.

The sergeant also told the paper that “one person grabbed an officer and pushed him away” — and added to KFSN that the officer’s body camera would prove that.

“We are not the COVID police,” Boston added in the Bee video, also saying that “I understand the politics. I understand how heated it can be, but I can’t have citizens … grabbing officers and pushing them and assaulting them.” He also said the matter would be turned over to the district attorney.

The sergeant also seemed to struggle on the clip to specify what the restaurant was doing wrong, saying the business was “still in violation of whatever ordinance or sections they’re using here to — um, you know — there’s no social distancing, you’re not allowed to be open, or whatever it is, code enforcement is there to do their job and to issue a citation to the owner of the business.”

Fresno Police Chief Andy Hall said in a statement Sunday afternoon: “I am concerned over the manner in which this incident was handled as it doesn’t appear to be consistent with our Department’s policy concerning demonstrations or the directions I have given officers via a Chief’s memorandum for handling enforcement of the Emergency Order,” KFSN reported.

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand — a Republican — released the following statement, the station said:

“This was an unfortunate incident and we are committed to making sure it won’t happen again. I want everyone to know that I fully understand the financial hardship of every small business in Fresno and we are doing everything we can to help them, including a plan to safely restart our local economy. In the meantime, I cannot stress enough to the people of Fresno that following these temporary rules like social distancing and wearing masks are absolutely the best way to get back to normal. Let’s all take a deep breath and then commit to work together to bring our local and state partners in line with our plans to get our people back to work.”

Fresno City Council member Garry Bredefeld called Brand’s shutdown rules — in place through May 31 — “authoritarian,” the Bee said, adding that Bredfeld criticized Sunday’s actions on Facebook: “The fight to end this tyranny is just starting, and we will win.”

What does the owner of Waffle Shop have to say?

Waffle Shop owner Ammar Ibrahim told the Bee he received a $5,000 fine for opening Sunday and accused code enforcement officers of using heavy-handed tactics to served the citation. He added to the paper a confrontation could have been avoided if the officers had called his shop and asked him to come outside — and that police didn’t have “jurisdiction” in the matter.

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Michigan militia members say they won’t allow police to arrest 77-year-old barber defying Democratic Gov. Whitmer’s shutdown order

Members of the Michigan militia said they won’t allow police to arrest 77-year-old Karl Manke who opened his Owosso barbershop last week in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus shutdown order,
WEYI-TV reported.

“We are here to make sure he doesn’t get arrested,” Daniel Brewer told the station Saturday. “We’re willing to stand in front of that door and block the entrance so the police will have no entry there today.”

The barbershop has been open since last Monday against state order and received a packed lobby of customers his first morning — as well as two citations before Friday,
WEYI said in a previous story.

Still dozens of supporters gathered outside Manke’s barbershop Saturday, and 15 customers were waiting in line outside the door for haircuts.

‘I was denied twice on unemployment’

Manke told the station he followed Whitmer’s shutdown order for as long as he could — but after multiple extensions of the order and no money coming in after being twice denied unemployment, he had to return to work.

“I’m not trying to be a scofflaw. I’m trying to make a living,” he told WEYI. “I tried for the unemployment. I was denied twice on unemployment. I haven’t seen anything in one these other checks from the government.”

Manke speaking inside his barbershop as he was cutting a customer’s hair told the Detroit Free Press that Whitmer “is not my mother” and “I just made an adult decision that I was gonna open up.”

Michigan barber shop reopens despite shutdown: Gov. Whitmer is ‘not my mother’

‘Imminent danger to the public health’

On Friday night, state police issued Manke a health protection order from state Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office demanding he close his shop, noting that customers from Ann Arbor, Saginaw, Detroit, Jackson, and other areas have visited his business, which raises the risk of spreading the coronavirus, the station said.

More from Nessel’s order, according to WEYI:

Mr. Manke was given every opportunity to voluntarily comply with the Governor’s Executive Order and the order of the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Director. As a result of his continued operation, today his business was deemed an imminent danger to the public health and ordered to be shut down by the DHHS Director. If he refuses, the Department of Attorney General will request an order from the Shiawassee County Circuit Court on Monday to close his business. Mr. Manke’s actions are not a display of harmless civil disobedience. His actions are counterproductive to the collective effort businesses and communities everywhere have made to slow the spread of COVID-19, and by opening the doors to his business, he’s putting the lives of many more Michiganders at risk.

Robert Gordon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, told the station in a statement that “people continue to die in our state every day due to the coronavirus. It is critically important for businesses and the general public to follow the executive order to reduce further spread of COVID-19 and save lives.”

The state health department also has been handing out free condoms and lubricant to help residents protect themselves against unintended pregnancy, STIs, and HIV.

What did Whitmer have to say?

Whitmer has been
under fire for weeks with protests and demonstrations over her shutdown. She’s prohibited residents from visiting friends and family who live a few doors away and barred them from buying vegetable seeds and gardening supplies at a store. In fact, the state House and Senate sued Whitmer over her shutdown extension, which now will last until May 28.

But when asked about Menke’s plight and his defiance of her order, the governor said it was all about saving his life and the lives of his customers:

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer speaks out about barber who is defying her order to stay closed.

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Major US airlines endorse requiring passengers to undergo temperature checks and wear masks

Airlines for America, an industry trade group representing major airlines, announced on Saturday that its members support the government to perform temperature checks of passengers during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

A4A, which represents the largest U.S. airlines, including American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Southwest Airlines, endorsed the Transportation Security Administration to begin checking the temperature of air travelers.

“Temperature checks are one of several public health measures recommended by the CDC amid the COVID-19 pandemic and will add an extra layer of protection for passengers as well as airline and airport employees,” Airlines for America said in a statement. “Temperature checks also will provide additional public confidence that is critical to relaunching air travel and our nation’s economy.”

Airlines for America noted that “having temperature checks performed by the TSA will ensure that procedures are standardized, providing consistency across airports so that travelers can plan appropriately.”

No decision on requiring air passengers to undergo temperature checks has been made by government officials as of yet. But a decision could be made as early as next week, according to Reuters.

On April 30, A4A announced that carriers are “requiring customer-facing employees and passengers wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth throughout the journey — during check-in, boarding, in-flight and deplaning.”

On May 7, Frontier Airlines announced it would implement temperature screenings for all passengers and team members prior to boarding flights, effective June 1, 2020. The new policy states that anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be denied entry to the plane.

Customers will be screened via touchless thermometers prior to boarding. If a customer’s temperature reading is 100.4 degrees or higher, they will be given time to rest, if the flight departure time allows, before receiving a second check. If the second check is 100.4 degrees or higher, a Frontier gate agent will explain to the customer that they will not be flying that day for the health and safety of others. Frontier will work with that customer to rebook travel on a later date or otherwise accommodate the traveler’s preferences with respect to their reservation.

Frontier had already required passengers to wear face coverings on all flights.

“The health and safety of everyone flying Frontier is paramount and temperature screenings add an additional layer of protection for everyone onboard,” Frontier Airlines CEO Barry Biffle said. “This new step during the boarding process, coupled with face coverings and elevated disinfection procedures, will serve to provide Frontier customers an assurance that their well-being is our foremost priority and we are taking every measure to help them travel comfortably and safely.”

Frontier will also begin using a fogging disinfectant to sanitize its planes. In addition, planes will be wiped down every night with additional disinfectant.

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Vast majority of Americans blame China for US death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic

President Donald Trump has been calling the coronavirus the “Chinese virus” for months. When questioned by reporters why he calls it the “Chinese virus,” Trump responded,” “Because it comes from China. That’s why. I want to be accurate.” Trump is not alone in holding China responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. A new poll found nearly three-fourths of Americans blame China for U.S. coronavirus deaths.

A Morning Consult survey asked 2,200 U.S. adults who or what they believe to be responsible for the high coronavirus death toll in the United States, which is currently almost at 80,000. There were 73% of respondents who said the Chinese government was responsible. Broken down by political party lines, 80% of Republicans said China was to blame, compared to 71% of Democrats.

This comes in the same week that the San Antonio City Council unanimously passed a resolution declaring coronavirus-related terms such as the “Chinese virus” and “Kung Flu Virus” to be hate speech.

There were 73% of respondents that said Americans who didn’t practice social distancing were “somewhat” or “very” responsible for the current death toll in the U.S. from the COVID-19 pandemic. There were 84% of Democrats who said it was fellow Americans at fault for the high death toll for not social distancing, versus 67% of Republicans.

The other parties or organizations responsible for the high death toll in the U.S., according to the poll were Americans who traveled internationally (66%), the federal government (62%), governments of other countries (60%), and the Trump administration (59%).

Another Morning Consult poll were asked about their trust of leadership during the post-pandemic economy. The survey found that 43% of Americans believe in Trump to handle the economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to 39% who trust former Vice President Joe Biden.

When it comes to containing the spread of coronavirus, 39% of Americans believe in Biden, versus 37% for President Trump.

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State officials looking at house arrest monitoring devices to enforce quarantines on COVID-19 carriers

Some state officials are looking at the possibility of using house arrest monitoring devices — such as ankle bracelets or location-tracking apps — to enforce quarantines on those infected with COVID-19, Reuters reported.

What are the details?

The outlet said the technology has been deployed in isolated circumstances over the last several weeks but that widespread use is on hold due to legal issues — specifically whether or not officials can electronically track those who haven’t broken the law.

Hawaii considered sweeping use of GPS-enabled ankle bracelets or smartphone tracking apps to enforce stay-at-home orders for those arriving on the islands by plane, Reuters said, citing Ronald Kouchi, president of the Hawaii state Senate.

Kouchi told the outlet officials were concerned many travelers were disobeying the state’s 14-day quarantine order but that the idea of widespread use of tracking devices was tabled when Hawaii attorney general’s office raised concerns.

“America is America,” Kouchi told Reuters. “There are certain rights and freedoms.”

Hawaii’s COVID-19 Joint Information Center added to the outlet that “various ideas being evaluated for tracking those under mandatory quarantine in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are right now just that, ideas.”

Other states have used tracking devices but not in a widespread way, Reuters said.

Judges recently ordered a handful of people in Louisville, Kentucky, to wear ankle bracelets for repeatedly refusing to isolate themselves after being in contact with coronavirus patients. Those devices were manufactured by Colorado-based SCRAM Systems, Reuters said, citing Amy Hess, the city’s chief of public services. While she’d prefer not using them, she added to the outlet that state law allowed their use to protect public health.

“We don’t want to take away people’s freedoms, but at the same time we have a pandemic,” Hess told Reuters.

More from the outlet:

In West Virginia’s capital, Charleston, Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford told Reuters his force had leased 10 additional location-monitoring ankle bracelets from GEO Group Inc. at the outset of the epidemic “to be on the safe side,” although he said they’ve so far just sat on the shelf.

Industry executives including Shadowtrack Technologies Inc. President Robert Magaletta, whose Louisiana-based company supplies nearly 250 clients across the criminal justice system, said they had fielded calls from state and local governments about repurposing their tools for quarantine enforcement, although they wouldn’t name the prospective buyers.

Kris Keyton, of Arkansas-based E-Cell, said he had recently been approached by a state agency that wanted to adapt his detainee-tracking smartphone app for quarantine enforcement.

Keyton told Reuters the agency wanted only cosmetic changes, including swapping out the word “client” — E-Cell’s term for arrestees — with the word “patient.”

“They just wanted to reskin our app,” he added to the outlet.

‘Can you actually constitutionally monitor someone who’s innocent?’

Magaletta told Reuters that the prospect of widespread use of such tracking devices for COVID-19 enforcement may be a problem in the U.S. and that he’s a lot more comfortable with the technology for convicted criminals.

“Can you actually constitutionally monitor someone who’s innocent?” he asked the outlet. “It’s uncharted territory.”

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‘I couldn’t bring myself to apologize!’ — Shelley Luther explains why she defied Texas lockdown

Salon owner Shelley Luther explained why she chose to protest the lockdown order in Texas and keep her Dallas business open even after she was fined and sentenced to jail.

Luther spoke to Sean Hannity on his show on Fox News on Thursday after she was freed from jail after a decree from the Texas governor. Hannity asked her why she didn’t simply apologize when the judge asked her to admit she was wrong.

“I just couldn’t, I couldn’t bring myself to apologize,” she replied.

Luther said that officials kept pushing back the date for re-opening businesses, which forced her to re-open for the sake of her stylists.

“When he finally pushed it back a final time, I just said, I just woke up one day and I said, ‘I have to open. My stylists are calling me, they’re not making their mortgage.’ I was, at, right now, I still am not caught up, I’m two months behind on my mortgage,” she explained.

“My stylists were telling me that they want to, you know, ‘what do you think if I go underground and go to people’s houses?'” Luther continued.

“And I just said, you know that’s not a good idea, because we can’t control the environment there. We don’t know if it’s been disinfected or anything like that, and I just decided that I would reopen to create a safe space for the stylists,” she added. “And to make sure I wasn’t the reason that they weren’t making money.”

Luther went on to explain what measures she took at her salon to keep the social distancing rules and disinfect her work spaces, despite her refusal to maintain the lockdown order.

Hannity said that he would make a donation to her salon in order to help keep the business afloat for the 19 stylists who work there.

Shelley’s sentence outraged many across the country and led to the governor removing jail time as a punishment for violating the lockdown order. Texas will begin a partial reopening of businesses on Friday.

Here’s the full interview with Luther:

Recently freed salon owner speaks out in exclusive ‘Hannity’ interview

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Woman allegedly opens fire in McDonald’s after employees forced her out for refusing to leave dining area closed due to coronavirus

A woman allegedly opened fire inside an Oklahoma City McDonald’s restaurant Wednesday evening after employees forced her out for refusing to leave the dining area that was closed due to the coronavirus.

What happened?

Police told TheBlaze that after the suspect entered the restaurant around 6:30 p.m., employees said the dining area was closed and asked the suspect to leave — but the suspect refused.

With that, the suspect and an employee began fighting, police said, and soon a group of employees forced the suspect out of the McDonald’s.

However, the suspect re-entered the restaurant with a handgun and opened fire with approximately three rounds, police said.

One employee was hit in the arm, a second was hit with shrapnel in the neck and shoulder, and a third employee was hit with shrapnel in the side, police said. All three were taken to a hospital, but their injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

According to KFOR-TV, two of the wounded employees are 16-year-old males.

In addition, the employee involved in the initial physical confrontation with the suspect injured his head, police said, but the cause of the injury — which also isn’t life-threatening — is unclear.

What happened to the suspect?

The suspect — identified as 32-year-old Gloricia Woody — was found a few blocks away from the McDonald’s and taken into custody without incident, police said. She was booked into jail on four counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, police added.

Police told KOCO-TV that Woody matches the appearance of an individual seen on surveillance video of the incident.

Anything else?

About eight employees were inside the McDonald’s at the time of the shooting, KFOR said, all of whom ran for the back door when the gunfire erupted. Some of them told the station off camera that they were shaken up and worried about their friends.

“The safety and security of our employees and customers is our top priority,” a McDonald’s spokesperson told KOCO in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved, and the good news is that we can report the employees who sustained injuries are expected to make a full recovery. This is a heinous crime on our restaurant employees who were trying to support public health efforts. We are fully cooperating with law enforcement as they continue to investigate this matter.”

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After getting blasted for ‘Nazi-like’ order that churches keep lists of attendees, KC mayor backs down

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas drew notable criticism over his recent
order that churches and other places of worship keep lists of names of service attendees so the city’s health department can track those potentially exposed to the coronavirus — but now he’s backing down.

What’s the background?

The requirement to keep lists of worship service attendees was part of the reopening plan for nonessential businesses. The city’s website noted the “10/10/10 rule,” which “specifies that these businesses must limit the number of individuals on-site (inclusive of employees and customers) to no more than 10 percent of building occupancy or 10 people (whichever is larger), and record the names, contact information, and approximate entry/exit time of all customers who are on premises for more than 10 minutes.”

The website added: “In-person religious gatherings (including weddings and funerals) may resume, subject to the 10/10/10 rule (if held inside), or limited to 50 people outside, provided social distancing precautions are followed and event organizers maintain records of all attendees.”


Last Friday, Matt Staver — founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel —
raised a stink over the list-of-names mandate:

I am running out of adjectives to describe how completely insane the tyrannical abuses launched by state governors and local officials against pastors and churches are becoming. It is as if these leaders never bothered to so much as glance at the Constitution they swore to uphold and defend. They seem to be governing from some make-believe, dystopian viewpoint. …

The Germans did this very thing to Jews – collecting the names and locations of all known synagogue attendees – in the early days of the Nazi regime.

Never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined Nazi-like measures designed to surveil, track and spy upon what was once a FREE American people. Yet that is exactly what Kansas City’s misguided government officials are now demanding.

Change of heart

However, Lucas appears to have experienced a change of heart — and the
Kansas City Star reported that he signed new guidance Monday making record-keeping optional, saying merely that businesses and religious groups “should consider” the data.

Lucas’ spokeswoman, Morgan Said, told the paper that the mayor “late last week and over the weekend … felt clearer guidance expressing the voluntary nature of the requirement would be helpful, so the city could discuss the core public health needs addressed by allowing for contact tracing, rather than engaging in ad nauseum political debate.”

Here’s a clip of Lucas explaining the path forward for Kansas City’s reopening. “Must gather contact info of all attendees” can be seen on the bottom right-hand corner of the large 10/10/10 sign.

(H/T: The Christian Post)

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One of Trump’s personal valets has tested positive for COVID-19

A member of the United States Navy that serves as a personal valet for President Trump has tested positive for the coronavirus, CNN reported Thursday.

Shortly after the report broke, the White House confirmed the news, raising concerns over the possibility that the president has been exposed to the virus.

“We were recently notified by the White House Medical Unit that a member of the United States Military, who works on the White House campus, has tested positive for Coronavirus,” said Hogan Gidley, the deputy White House press secretary, in a statement. “The President and the Vice President have since tested negative for the virus and they remain in great health.”

A White House source reportedly told CNN that news of the individual’s diagnosis was “hitting the fan” in the West Wing Wednesday morning after he began exhibiting “symptoms.”

The New York Times reported last week that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are frequently tested for the virus, while others in the administration are tested weekly. Administration officials are “given the a rapid-testing kit developed by Abbott, which yields results in about five minutes.”

This is developing story. Refresh for updates.

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NY officials allowed COVID-positive workers to stay on the job at nursing homes — the facilities account for 25% of deaths in the state

New York state officials allowed nursing home workers, who had tested positive for the coronavirus but were asymptomatic carriers, to continue on the job at the facilities in the state throughout most of March and April.

The policy ended April 29 — well into the state’s battle with the pandemic — after Steuben County officials sounded the alarm over the policy. In fact, those same officials raised concern about the policy earlier in the month only to be circumvented by state officials, according to the New York Post.

This is a shocking revelation given how the virus has disproportionately ravaged nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in the state. Nursing homes have accounted for roughly 25% of the reported coronavirus deaths.

But that’s not all. Aside from allowing infected workers to continue on the job, state officials in New York also raised eyebrows last month by issuing a directive forcing nursing homes to accept infected patients from hospitals. New Jersey and California also issued similar rules.

In his report on the news, Guy Benson at Townhall wrote: “[New York Gov. Andrew] Cuomo and everyone responsible for this failure must answer for it. And how could anyone not foresee this being a massive problem?”

Nursing homes have been ravaged worldwide

While nursing home deaths in New York account for 25% of deaths in the state, some, like David C. Grabowski, a Harvard University researcher who studies nursing homes, believe that when all is said and done the numbers will be closer to half.

After all, New York made headlines again on Tuesday when a new count revealed that 1,600 previously undisclosed deaths were reported at nursing homes in the state.

Nursing home deaths currently represent half or more of the total deaths in many states across the country, including but not limited to Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Similar reporting has been true in Europe, as well:

Yet lockdown measures have not focused on nursing homes

Despite the overwhelming evidence that nursing homes are disproportionately affected by the virus outbreak, it appears that state and local leaders have been slow to focus efforts on the facilities.

In an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson Tuesday, former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson slammed lockdown proponents for ignoring the facts. Berenson has been a leading critic of the often draconian lockdown measures enacted in several states.

“I’m getting sick of people saying, ‘We don’t know much about this virus, we don’t know enough to know what the right steps are,'” Berenson said. “If that’s true, why have we shut down the world?”

Rather he insisted that actually “we do know a lot about this virus. We know the average age of death in the United States and worldwide is probably about 80 or 82, and we know about half, if not more, of the people who die in the United States die in nursing homes.”

Yet instead of focusing efforts on the protection of nursing home residents and the elderly, Berenson lamented that state and local leaders are “spending time haranguing us about masks and destroying the economy with lockdowns and every day it makes less sense and every day it’s more infuriating.”

Crazy Hypocrisy Of Leading Scientist In Favor Of Lockdowns Exposed By Tucker Carlson & Alex Berenson

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20,000 ‘disease detectives’ to track, isolate, and perhaps quarantine California residents exposed to COVID-19, Gov. Newsom says

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said a plan is in place to deploy 20,000 “disease detectives” across the state to track, isolate, and perhaps quarantine residents exposed to COVID-19, KPIX-TV reported.

What are the details?

Newsom said at a Tuesday press briefing that UCLA and UC San Francisco are providing a “virtual academy” to recruit and train individuals to build on the nearly 3,000 “disease detectives” already tracking and tracing people who’ve come in contact with residents who are COVID-19 positive, the station said.

The governor said 23 counties are presently tracking and tracing and keeping records on possible COVID-19 exposures and determining who should be isolated and/or quarantined, KPIX reported.

“This tracing that’s happening includes a workforce of about 3,000 people today — 2,845 individuals to be exact — primarily conducted at the local level,” Newsom said, according to the station, and that the online training academy is aiming to equip “upwards to 3,000 people a week to go through two phases … 10,000 being our first-phase goal, 20,000 our second-phase goal. So on the high end getting about 20,000 people into this workforce … building off the existing base of 3,000.”

‘Ultimately, it’s customer service’

In northern California recruits are redeployed civil servants and volunteers who will serve six- to 12-month-long stints that require skills ranging from “data entry and psychology to project management and crisis intervention,” the Mercury News reported.

“Ultimately, it’s customer service,” Contra Costa County Public Health Director Daniel Peddycord told the paper. “We need people with critical thinking skills and empathy.”

Bay Area health officers told the Mercury News that “disease detectives” are already catching silent infections.

“It’s incredibly moving to hear all of the people in our community step forward and ask how they can help support these efforts,” Dr. Nicholas Moss, acting director of Alameda County’s Public Health Department, told the paper.

More from the Mercury News:

On laptops and phones, these experts seek to find everyone who has spent at least 10 minutes within six feet of a person who has tested positive for the virus — up to two days before that person felt sick.

Then they inform them of their risk, refer them to testing and urge them to stay isolated at home for 14 days.
Maybe it’s someone who helped unpack boxes in a grocery aisle or shared a coffee break during a shift at the local hardware store. Perhaps they were part of a team that laid irrigation pipes or hung drywall. They may have cooked church dinner or bathed an elder.

A county’s contact tracing squad — officially known as Case Investigators — gets a name and phone number for every person who has tested positive, either from their doctor or drive-through public site. During the call, the investigators ask where they have been and who they have been with in the days leading up to their illness.
The sleuthing then turns to potential contacts, narrowing down names and phone numbers.

The phone conversation, typically read from a script, starts formally: “You have been identified as a close contact to a person with a confirmed novel coronavirus infection,” they say. “We would like to ask you some questions since we think you may have been exposed to the virus.”

But it ends warmly, with offers of help — for food, housing, medicine, childcare, elder care or any other needs. The county also is available to provide symptom “checkups,” via text, chat, email or phone.

“The responses range from tears to ‘I’m glad I know,'” Peddycord told the paper. “Most people are grateful and reassured.”

He added to the Mercury News that “it is a bit of ‘hunt and peck’ to get ahold of folks and who they’ve been around. That is the ugly nuts and bolts of this.”

Peddycord told the paper his team will call three to five times, then deliver a letter — but people are under no legal requirement to disclose where they’ve been or who they’ve been with and that tracers won’t disclose names. They also won’t ask for immigration statuses, health coverages, social security numbers, or bank account information.

“First and foremost we want to protect privacy,” Moss told the Mercury News. “The most important thing is to be able to build trust.”

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Former NYT reporter Alex Berenson slams lockdown governors: ‘They are fools who haven’t read the data’

In an interview Tuesday night with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, former New York Times columnist Alex Berenson went after proponents of continued lockdown measures, including state and local leaders, calling them “fools who haven’t read the data.”

What did he say?

“I’m getting sick of people saying, ‘We don’t know much about this virus, we don’t know enough to know what the right steps are,'” Berenson said. “If that’s true, why have we shut down the world?

“We do know a lot about this virus,” he insisted. “We know the average age of death in the United States and worldwide is probably about 80 or 82, and we know about half, if not more, of the people who die in the United States die in nursing homes.”

But instead of focusing on protecting nursing home residents, Berenson argued that “our leaders are spending time haranguing us about masks and destroying the economy with lockdowns and every day it makes less sense and every day it’s more infuriating.”

He went on to suggest that state and local leaders should lift restrictions to get the economy going while protecting the most vulnerable populations, rather than continuing measures that are unnecessarily destroying society.

When Carlson asked if he thought lockdown proponents were knowingly enacting unnecessary measures, Berenson responded by saying, “If they don’t know, they are fools and haven’t read the data which is publicly available, which is available on their own government websites.”

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Berenson has been a leading anti-lockdown voice

Berenson, who worked for the Times from 1999-2010, has been one of the leading voices speaking out against draconian lockdown measures amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In early April, he sounded the alarm about the flawed coronavirus models that he said were leading the economy into a “freefall” by driving state and local officials to outdo one another in enacting stricter and stricter measures.

In late March, he also brought attention to Dr. Neil Ferguson, the leading epidemiologist at Imperial College London, after Ferguson drastically revised his doomsday models from 500,000 deaths in the United Kingdom to just 20,000. The same model projected 2.2 million deaths in the United States. The Imperial College model was the model that propelled the U.S. and U.K. governments to enact lockdown measures to combat the virus.

Ferguson has since stepped down from his role advising the government in emergencies after he was caught breaking his own social distancing rules to cheat with a married woman.

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Medical researcher ‘on the verge of making very significant’ coronavirus discoveries found shot to death

A University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researcher “on the verge of making very significant findings” about the coronavirus was found shot to death over the weekend,
NBC News reported.

What are the details?

Bing Liu — a 37-year-old assistant professor — was shot around noon Saturday inside his Ross Township home, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, adding that an autopsy indicated he was shot multiple times, including in the head, neck, and torso.

Ross police believe Liu was shot by another man — Hao Gu, 46, of Pittsburgh — who subsequently entered his car parked about 100 yards away and killed himself, the paper said. Investigators told NBC News that Gu died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police said the apparent murder-suicide wasn’t connected to Liu’s research, WTAE-TV reported, adding that Gu was an engineer and that the men knew each other on a personal level. The station also said smartphone data shows frequent communication between the two but that the communication is in Chinese as both men were Chinese nationals.

A formal medical examiner ruling on the cause and manner of Gu’s death is pending, the Post-Gazette reported.

Authorities declined to disclose a possible motive for the homicide but told the paper nothing was stolen from his townhouse, there was no forced entry, and no other suspect is at large. Liu had the front and rear patio doors open at the time he was killed because the weather was nice, police added to the paper.

WTAE said Liu’s wife found his body in the couple’s bedroom with a tablet and smartphone. The Post-Gazette said his wife was not home at the time of the shooting and that neighbors said the couple were mostly quiet and kept to themselves.

Ivet Bahar, head of the computational and system biology department in Pitt’s School of Medicine, told the paper the couple had no children, that Liu was an only child, and that both of his parents lived in China.

“He was a very talented individual, extremely intelligent and hard-working,” Bahar said of Liu, the Post-Gazette reported.

Liu’s work

Liu earned his doctorate at the University of Singapore in 2012, the paper said, adding that he came to the U.S. and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University under renowned computer scientist Edmund M. Clarke and then moved to the university and Bahar’s lab about six years ago.

The university statement said Liu co-authored over 30 publications, including four in 2020, the Post-Gazette said, adding that Behar said he had just begun research on the novel coronavirus.

“He was just starting to obtain interesting results,” she told the paper. “He was sharing with us, trying to understand the mechanism of infection, so we will hopefully continue what he was doing.”

The school of medicine’s statement said Liu “was on the verge of making very significant findings toward understanding the cellular mechanisms that underlie SARS-CoV-2 infection and the cellular basis of the following complications. We will make an effort to complete what he started in an effort to pay homage to his scientific excellence,” the Post-Gazette reported.

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Dollar Tree clerk tells man to wear mask in store, so he wipes his nose and face on clerk’s shirt: ‘Here, I will use this as a mask’

A man was caught on surveillance video wiping his nose and face on a Dollar Tree clerk’s shirt after she told him he must wear a mask while inside the store in Holly, Michigan, on Saturday afternoon, police said.

What are the details?

The clerk also referred the man to signs posted on the store’s entry doors instructing customers to wear masks before entering, police said, which has become standard operating procedure in most stores around the United States in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

But instead police said the man walked over to the clerk and wiped his nose and face on her shirt while stating, “Here, I will use this as a mask.”

Police said the man continued to be loud and disruptive inside the store before leaving in a white van.

Image source: Holly Police Department

Holly is about an hour northwest of Detroit.

Arrest made

But after their initial Facebook post about the assault, police said someone offered a tip about the culprit’s identity, after which police arrested the suspect.

Police didn’t identity the suspect but said more details will be released after an arraignment has concluded.

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An influential coronavirus model nearly doubled its US death toll prediction overnight

An influential coronavirus model — one often cited by the White House coronavirus task force — nearly doubled its United States death toll estimate in a revision to its projections Monday.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington now predicts that 134,475 Americans will die as a result of the virus by Aug. 4. Its previous April 29 release, which ran unchanged until Monday, predicted that 72,433 Americans would die during the same time period — that’s an increase of 62,042 deaths.

What changed?

According to the update notes from the new release, the higher projections take into account new data on the increased mobility of Americans and the loosening of social distancing guidelines.

“These projections are considerably higher than previous estimates, representing the combined effects of death model updates and formally incorporating the effect of changes in mobility and social distancing policies into transmission dynamics,” the notes say.

It’s true that data has emerged in recent days showing that Americans are no longer sheltering in place to the extent they had been in early April, despite continued social distancing guidelines in many states.

The update notes also highlighted specific states such as New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, where the modeling significantly increased its cumulative death totals.

The higher predictions, researchers wrote, is based on “longer epidemic peaks and slower downward trajectories” in those areas.

Some disclaimers

TheBlaze has been reporting on coronavirus models for some time, giving specific attention to the IHME model, which has emerged as one of the key models used by the government for predicting U.S. deaths and hospitalizations.

While several early models forecasted grim death toll predictions as high as 2.2 million, the IHME model, has been comparatively modest in regard to death toll projections. In its first release on March 26, researchers predicted that 81,000 Americans would die from the virus. In subsequent revisions, the number had always landed under the 100,000 number, until Monday.

However, though modest, the model has certainly been erratic, constantly altering its projections by thousands at a time.

Moreover, besides death toll projections, the model also predicts state-by-state hospitalization numbers which state and local officials use to prepare for the outbreak in their jurisdictions. These estimates have often been wildly inaccurate, failing to accurately predict hospitalizations for the very next day, never mind months down the road.

In the new May 4 release, IHME notes that it uses The COVID Tracking Project to gather state-by-state data. That’s the data tracker that TheBlaze used to assess IHME’s hospitalization predictions. It should be noted that the project’s data is only as reliable as the data given to it by individual states.

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Chris Christie: America must return to work and accept that ‘people are going to die’ from COVID-19 — or face years of devastating economic fallout

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie argued that America must go back to work and at the same time accept that “people are going to die” from COVID-19 “no matter what” measures officials take to flatten the pandemic’s curve.

Christie, a Republican, offered his take on what should be done going forward during an interview Monday on CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash’s “Daily DC” podcast.

What are the details?

“Of course, everybody wants to save every life they can. But the question is, towards what end, ultimately?” Christie pondered. “Are there ways that we can … thread the middle here to allow that there are gonna be deaths, and there are gonna be deaths no matter what?”

When Bash asked Christie if Americans will be able to accept new projections of about 3,000 daily deaths from COVID-19 by June 1, the former governor said resolutely, “They’re gonna have to.”

‘We have to stand up for the American way of life’

Christie noted that if he were sitting in the Oval Office, he would tell the country that “the American people have gone through significant death before. We’ve gone through it in World War I, we’ve gone through it in World War II. We have gone through it, and we’ve survived it. We sacrificed those lives. We sent our young men during World War II over to Europe, out to the Pacific … knowing that many of them would not come home alive. And we decided to make that sacrifice because what we were standing up for was the American way of life. In the very same way now, we have to stand up for the American way of life.”

To illustrate the economic devastation already gripping many U.S. households, Christie recounted a recent story about three car lines, each a mile long, in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, all headed toward a food bank — and a husband and wife saying they both were laid off from their casino jobs and are afraid they won’t be able to pay their mortgage.

“The mental health, addiction, domestic violence, and suicide costs of this — of not letting people go back to work — are gonna be … very, very difficult for the American people to take,” Christie said.

‘What are those lives gonna be worth if they can’t go to work?’

He also decried the “false choice” between “money and lives” argued by many in favor of continuing the economic shutdown.

“What are those lives gonna be worth if they can’t go to work, if they can’t support their families if they’re gonna become homeless, if they have to go to food banks every week to be able to feed their families? That’s not sustainable, either,” he said.

Christie added that “we’ve got to let some of these folks get back to work, because if we don’t, we’re gonna destroy the American way of life in these families — and it will be years and years before we can recover.”

He added that small businesses should be allowed to reopen, albeit with as many safety precautions as possible — and that “corner stores” are just as capable of taking those precautions as supermarkets, which have remained open since the shutdown began.

‘People are going to die’

Christie also called for governors to exercise boldness and honesty about the inevitable.

“In the end you’re going to have to tell them, ‘people are going to die.’ And it’s going to be awfully sad,” he said.

“If we leave this purely up to the physicians and epidemiologists … we’ll be locked in our houses for another year,” he also said, adding that medical professionals “don’t want us doing anything until there’s a vaccine. I don’t think that’s reasonable.

“We don’t let the epidemiologists run the state,” Christie also told Bash. “If we did, they should be governor.”

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Boston shutdown protesters to governor, mayor: ‘We’re tired of your BS. We’re tired of your lies. We’re tired of you acting like wanna-be dictators.’

A crowd of angry protesters gathered outside the Massachusetts State House demanding that all businesses be allowed to reopen amid the coronavirus shutdown that’s sent tens of millions into unemployment lines across the country, WBZ-TV reported.

Who said what?

“We don’t want your shutdown anymore!” conservative radio host Jeff Kuhner hollered into a microphone during Monday’s demonstration.

Image source: WBZ-TV video screenshot

The station said Kuhner helped organize the rally, which drew hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump.

Matt Stout, state house reporter for the Boston Globe, noted another exclamation from the protest directed at Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh: “We’re tired of your BS. We’re tired of your lies. We’re tired of you acting like wanna-be dictators”

“Freedom” and “USA” chants erupted through the crowd, WBZ said.

Image source: WBZ-TV video screenshot

“The only thing that Baker is doing by keeping the businesses from opening is causing more people to become victims by losing their jobs, losing their businesses,” attendee Louis Murray told the station. “If you want to wear a mask, you can wear a mask. We’re Americans, we’re individualists.”

“We are all essential … not just you, Gov. Baker!” a woman exclaimed, WBZ said.

Image source: WBZ-TV video screenshot

Last week, Baker said nonessential businesses would remain closed until at least May 18, the station said, adding that the stay-at-home advisory and ban on gatherings of more than 10 people also are scheduled to end that day.

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Largest supermarket chain in the US is limiting beef and pork purchases over shortages from pandemic

Meat consumers might be faced with some difficult choices in the weeks ahead as the largest supermarket chain the United States signals that coronavirus is negatively impacting the supply of beef and pork.

A representative from the Kroger Company told FOX-59 in Indianapolis that they would have no problem bringing other protein sources to market.

“We feel good about our ability to maintain a broad assortment of meat and seafood for our customers because we purchase protein from a diverse network of suppliers,” the representative said. “There is plenty of protein in the supply chain. However, some processors are experiencing challenges.”

Costco also indicated that they would be limiting purchases of meat to three per customer.

Domestic meat manufacturing plants have seen some of the worst coronavirus cases, causing some to shut down.

At the end of April, President Donald Trump ordered the plants to stay open and had his administration seek policies that would provide liability protections and safety measures for the workers.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) warned in an interview with Glenn Beck that the summer could get “ugly” for meat production.

“I can tell you the price of cattle is going down, meanwhile, the price of beef is going up in the supermarket and is caused because the supply chains are brittle,” Massie said. “We need to change course because by the middle of this summer, if something hasn’t changed, it’s going to be ugly.”

Here’s more about Kroger’s announcement:

Kroger imposing limits on meat purchases in some stores

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VIDEO: Park ranger shoved into lake while giving social distancing instructions to crowd that was illegally drinking, smoking

Cellphone video captured the moment a park ranger was shoved into a lake in Austin, Texas, while giving coronavirus social distancing instructions to a crowd that was illegally smoking and drinking near the water, the Statesman reported.

What are the details?

The ranger was standing on a dock along Lake Austin in Commons Ford Metropolitan Park around 5 p.m. Thursday speaking to a crowd illegally drinking and smoking there, the paper said, citing an arrest affidavit.

The ranger can be heard in the video telling the crowd to disperse and observe social distancing guidelines.

“Keep that six feet of distance with each other,” he said.

Replies from the crowd included “will do” and “I got you, man” — when all of a sudden an individual is seen stepping into the camera frame and shoving the ranger in the water. Both fall into the drink, but the culprit gets out first and is seen running away.

Content warning: Language:

Officers detained Brandon Hicks, 25, shortly after the incident — and several witnesses at the scene confirmed Hicks pushed the park ranger into the lake, Austin police Officer Justin Berry, who arrested Hicks, told the Statesman.

After the incident, Berry told the paper that parkgoers “actually came to the aid of the park ranger. Several people came up to the ranger and apologized for the guy’s behavior. That’s the Austin we know, and that’s the Austin we love.”

Police temporarily closed the park because of overcrowding after the incident, and people departed without any issues, Berry added to the Statesman.

What happened to Hicks?

Hicks was charged with attempted assault on a public servant — a state jail felony — and was booked into jail Friday on $7,500 bail, the paper said, adding that the charge is punishable by up to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

Watch the birdie!

Brandon HicksImage source: Austin Police Department

“Brandon’s intentional and reckless action could have caused the Ranger to strike his head on the dock as he was falling, and render himself unconscious in at least 3 feet of water where he could have drowned to death,” the affidavit added, according to KXAN-TV.

‘The park ranger was actually being really sweet’

The station added that park rangers are not law enforcement officers but do provide education about parks and recreation facilities, the paper said, citing the parks department.

The person who took the cellphone video of the incident, was glad the culprit got in trouble for pushing the park ranger into the lake, KXAN reported: “The park ranger was actually being really sweet and understanding before.”

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Democrats and millennials admit they are way more likely than Republicans to snitch on neighbors for violating lockdown orders

Suppose you saw your neighbor with 15-20 people at his home in clear violation of your state’s lockdown orders? Would you report him or leave him be?

Pollsters recently posed this exact question to Americans and found that more than a third of all of us would snitch on our neighbor. Within that, a strong plurality of Democrats said they would call the cops, while a minority of Republicans said the same. The poll also found that liberals and younger Americans were far more likely to report their neighbors than conservatives and older Americans.

What were the numbers?

A poll from conducted by Scott Rasmussen asked adults this question: “Suppose that, in violation of stay-at-home rules, your neighbor had 15-20 people at their home. Would you report them to the police?”

According to Rasmussen, 36% of Americans said they would report their neighbors, while 43% said they would not.

There was a huge difference in responses by Democrats and Republicans. Among Democrats, 44% said they would call the cops, and just 31% said they would not. Republicans were far less likely to rat out their neighbors: 25% said they would, while 60% said they would leave well enough alone. Similarly, those who said they planned to vote for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden would turn in their neighbors by a margin of 47% to 30%. People who planned to vote for President Donald Trump would not, by a margin of 61% to 24%.

The margins by political ideology were consistent, too: very conservative, 24% to 63%; somewhat conservative, 33% to 52%; somewhat liberal, 40% to 35%; and very liberal, 46% to 28%.

The poll also showed that younger Americans were far more likely to snitch than older Americans: ages 18-24, 43% to 38%; ages 25-34, 44% to 36%; ages 35-44, 34% to 42%; ages 45-54, 34% to 46%; ages 65+, 28% to 48%.

Here’s full breakdown from the poll’s crosstabs:

TheBlaze chart created from poll data