New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square will be virtual this year

New Year’s Eve ball drop in
Times Square will be virtual this year 0 replies

Posted by AltaD 9/23/2020 4:13:18 PM Post Reply

For the first time in 114 years, there will be no crowd in Times Square to cheer the famed New Year’s Eve ball drop. In the latest COVID-19-induced blow to Big Apple traditions, officials announced major changes to the annual event Wednesday — saying that while the ball will still drop, the usual packed celebration will be a no-go.(Snip) Times Square will be cordoned off from the general public by the NYPD and any event taking place inside the tourist hub will be for “broadcast purposes only.” “There will be some socially distanced activities in Times square but it’s going to be primarily for a broadcast and streaming audience,” Tompkins said.

Utah Company Gives Up Suite at
Jazz Games Over Anthem Kneeling,
BLM Promotion 17 replies

Posted by AltaD 9/23/2020 9:05:30 AM Post Reply

A Utah company is giving up its suite at Jazz games, citing the players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem. The company, Salt Lake County-based SME Steel Contractors, is asking the NBA franchise to “put a stop to all disrespectful actions during the anthem and remove the Black Lives Matter logo from the arena.” “The recent actions of the NBA—including the owners, coaches and players of the Utah Jazz—have converted a beloved entertainment venue into a forum for dissemination of political propaganda which is divisive and completely out of step with our company and its values,” a Sept. 9 letter sent from Salt Lake County-based

‘Defund the police’ activist Alyssa Milano calls 911
sparking massive police presence in her quiet California
neighborhood claiming an armed an gunman was on
her property – but it was really a teen shooting at
squirrels with an air gun 31 replies

Posted by AltaD 9/22/2020 3:10:52 PM Post Reply

Actress and ‘Defund the police’ activist Alyssa Milano was quick to call cops when she believed an armed gunman was on her Bell Canyon property on Sunday morning. The call ignited a response that included seven Ventura County Sheriffs’ vehicles, one K-9 unit, a police helicopter and one Los Angeles Fire Department team that sat down the street on standby. (Snip) Alyssa Milano’s gate sat open with law enforcement guarding the entire perimeter of the street, as these photos show. The search by air and street level lasted over three hours and ended abruptly at

Archdiocese of Chicago schools make
progress with in-person learning,
month later 4 replies

Posted by AltaD 9/22/2020 2:48:44 PM Post Reply

Students at Catholic schools in Chicago and the suburbs have been learning in person for more than a month now. The Archdiocese of Chicago is taking a different approach from Chicago Public Schools where all students are learning remotely. After consulting with medical experts, state and local officials, priests, principals and parents, the diocese came up with guidelines for its schools to follow. 157 schools have reopened for an average of over three weeks, according to Justin Lombardo, the Archdiocese’s Chief Human Resource officer. “We’ve had cases which we expected,” said Lombardo. “Well over 95% as far as we can tell generated from familial transmission and transmissions from activity outside of the school.”

CDC removes guidelines
saying COVID-19 can
travel beyond six feet 18 replies

Posted by AltaD 9/21/2020 4:33:02 PM Post Reply

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has pulled its updated guidance that the coronavirus is airborne and can travel distances beyond 6 feet – saying a draft version was posted in error on its website. “It is possible that COVID-19 may spread through the droplets and airborne particles that are formed when a person who has COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes,” the CDC said in an update posted Friday. (Snip) But after adding last week that tiny particles known as aerosols could transmit the virus, the agency restored its earlier guidelines about how the deadly pathogen is spread, according to the Wall Street Journal.

5th grader told to remove
Hooters face mask in class 14 replies

Posted by AltaD 9/17/2020 1:47:58 PM Post Reply

A fifth-grade student was told not to wear his Hooters face mask in class, because it violates the Student Code of Conduct. Ian Golba, 11, has been wearing a mask from Hooters restaurant to class, something he said he has been using since school started at Sunset Park Elementary in August. Earlier this week, the principal told him it was “inappropriate.” (Snip) take it off and that it was inappropriate, so I needed to take it off. I asked her if I was allowed to wear it inside out and she said yes I could wear it inside out, so I wore it like that the rest of gym.”

COVID-19 emails from Nashville mayor’s
office show disturbing revelation 10 replies

Posted by AltaD 9/17/2020 10:58:37 AM Post Reply

The coronavirus cases on lower Broadway may have been so low that the mayor’s office and the Metro Health Department decided to keep it secret. Emails between the mayor’s senior advisor and the health department reveal only a partial picture. But what they reveal is disturbing. The discussion involves the low number of coronavirus cases emerging from bars and restaurants and how to handle that. And most disturbingly, how to keep it from the public.(Snip)Leslie Waller from the health department asks, “This isn’t going to be publicly released, right? Just info for Mayor’s Office?” “Correct, not for public consumption,” writes senior advisor Benjamin Eagles.

Three brothers accused of
raping 10-year-old girl in Louisiana 26 replies

Posted by AltaD 9/15/2020 2:38:15 PM Post Reply

Three brothers are charged with raping a 10-year-old Louisiana girl who locked herself in a bedroom when they offered her money for sex, police said. Two of the suspects, identified as Raul Paz-Perez and Wilmer Paz-Perez, both 35, were arrested Saturday on a charge of first-degree rape involving a juvenile under the age of 13, Kenner police said. A third brother, 31-year-old Elder Paz-Perez, is still being sought (Snip) Elder Paz-Perez is the boyfriend of the 10-year-old girl’s mother. He and his brothers had been living with the girl and her family, including her 15-year-old sister and two stepsiblings,

Trump defies virus rules as ‘peaceful
protest’ rallies grow; rally venue
fined $3K 17 replies

Posted by AltaD 9/15/2020 12:31:39 PM Post Reply

President Donald Trump is running as the “law and order” candidate. But that hasn’t stopped him and his campaign from openly defying state emergency orders and flouting his own administration’s coronavirus guidelines as he holds ever-growing rallies in battleground states. (Snip) “If you can join tens of thousands of people protesting in the streets, gamble in a casino, or burn down small businesses in riots, you can gather peacefully under the 1st Amendment to hear from the President of the United States,” Tim Murtaugh, a Trump campaign spokesperson, said in a statement. Trump’s refusal to abide by health guidelines — even those crafted by his own administration — underscores

Addiction and COVID-19: Study
finds link between substance
abuse and infection risk 11 replies

Posted by AltaD 9/14/2020 7:51:48 PM Post Reply

A new study’s findings have uncovered a link between substance abuse and a higher risk for infection. It was a global health crisis long before SARS-CoV2. Opioid use disorder. Now researchers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse say those abusing the highly addictive drugs may suffer worse when it comes to COVID-19. Compromised lung and heart function may play a role, but experts say there are other factors at play.(Snip)Looking at in-patient care, those with addiction problems had a 41 percent hospitalization rate compared to 30 percent for those who did not. And the death rate among patients with substance use disorders was 9.6 percent. That’s compared to 6.6 percent

Cook County Democrats Dump Judge
Who Ordered Smollett Case Probe 10 replies

Posted by AltaD 9/14/2020 5:01:32 PM Post Reply

The Cook County Democratic Party on Monday voted not to endorse the judge who ordered a special prosecutor to investigate how State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office prosecuted charges that actor Jussie Smollett staged a hate crime against himself.(Snip) On Monday, Toomin issues a statement saying the Democratic Party “ignored 40 years of distinguished service and sought retribution” related to the Smollett case, according to published reports. Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor, said she was “deeply concerned” about the party’s decision.”The optics of this are terrible it looks like retaliation. Not something we should have in this time and I’m deeply concerned about it,” the mayor said

Bears’ chairman wants to
talk to Urlacher about posts 23 replies

Posted by AltaD 9/11/2020 2:51:00 PM Post Reply

Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey at first thought Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher’s Instagram account was hacked last month. The eye-opening posts just didn’t mesh with the man he knows. And until they talk, McCaskey is reserving judgment. (Snip) As for Urlacher, McCaskey said the Bears have reached out to him. He would like to talk to their former star linebacker about his Instagram activity last month in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Urlacher grabbed headlines and irritated some teammates when he liked a post supporting Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old from Illinois who fatally shot two demonstrators in Kenosha protesting Blake’s shooting. He also criticized


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