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The Miami Marlins Major League Baseball team games have been postponed following a coronavirus breakout that stranded them in Philadelphia. 14 players and a coach tested positive for the coronavirus.
"The members of the Marlins' traveling party are self-quarantining in place while awaiting the outcome of those results," MLB said in a statement.
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Manager Don Mattingly said members of the team would be quarantined in Philadelphia.
The team's home opener against Baltimore was postponed, as well as the New York Yankees' game at Philadelphia, as the Yankees would have used the same clubhouse as the Marlins.
Teammates texted each other about the team's positive tests, but there was no talk of quitting the season.
"We knew this could happen at some point. We came to the ballpark ready to play," said shortstop Miguel Rojas.
The Marlins played exhibition games in Atlanta against the Braves on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Braves have since been without their top two catchers, Tyler Flowers and Travis d'Arnaud, who both showed flu-like symptoms after the games.
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A group of doctors are holding a "White Coat Summit" on Capitol Hill to address the "massive disinformation campaign" about the coronavirus to which "American life has fallen casualty."
President Donald J. Trump is applauded by physicians as he signs a series of Executive Orders on lowering drug prices on Friday, July 24, 2020, at the White House.
The doctors criticize "so-called experts", news media outlets and celebrities for engaging in misinformation that holds Americans hostage and threatens the constitution.
According to the events' website, "the purpose of the inaugural White Coat Summit is to empower Americans to stop living in fear."
"If Americans continue to let so-called experts and media personalities make their decisions, the great American experiment of a Constitutional Republic with Representative Democracy, will cease," the doctors said on the event's information page.
Panels will present discussions on Schools Reopening; Real Facts Behind the Virus, Identifying Hoaxes; Fear; Medical Cancel Culture, and Follow the Money.
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Millions of Americans, such as Reginae Carter, daughter of rapper Lil Wayne, are forced to wear face masks, despite studies in the Journal of American Medicine that show face masks do not block or slow down viruses.
Face masks are worn by doctors to prevent the transfer of bacteria, not a virus, which is 1000 times smaller than a single bacteria. A virus can easily pass through a mask.
The White Coat Summit begins Monday, July 27, at 8:30 a.m.
A special education teacher at Cedar Grove High School near Atlanta was terminated after he wrote a Facebook post urging a Black Lives Matter supporter to kill a white child.
Brian Papin made the comment after he viewed a viral photo of a BLM supporter named Isaiah Jackson kneeling on a screaming white baby's neck in a viral photo.
Papin wrote: "Again! Your [sic] doing it wrong! One knee on the center of the back one on the neck and lean into it until death! You saw the video! Get it right or stop f***ing around!"
The photo was a recreation of the infamous video of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck until he died.
Jackson was later arrested on a probation violation.
A DeKalb County Schools spokesperson confirmed Papin was no longer employed at the school following the public backlash.
"The teacher is no longer employed with DCSD. Again, there is no place for racism or abuse in our school district," DeKalb Schools tweeted on Friday.
Papin resigned his position at the school, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.
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Charlamagne tha god ripped Joe Biden for saying President Trump was the first racist to be elected president.
The 77-year-old Democrat chastised Trump for repeatedly referring to the COVID-19 pandemic as the "China virus" or the "Wuhan virus".
"The way he deals with people based on the color of their skin, their national origin, where they're from, is absolutely sickening," Biden said during a virtual townhall from his basement in Delaware on Wednesday.
Biden added, "No sitting president has ever done this. Never, never, never. No Republican president has done this. No Democratic president."
His remark confused and angered some Americans who accused Biden of rewriting America's racist past.
The New York City radio host was among Biden's more vocal critics. "I really wish Joe Biden would shut the eff up forever and continue to act like he's starring in the movie 'A Quiet Place,' because as soon as he opens his mouth and makes noise, he gets us all killed," Charlamagne said on The Breakfast Club on Friday.
Charlamagne gave Biden the "Donkey of the Day" title, saying, "Joe, you got to hurry up and announce your Black woman VP so I can be enthused about voting for her because I will never be enthused about voting for you. You know America is a terrible place when Kanye West seems like a viable option."
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A letter sent to residents of an apartment building in Ventura County, California is going viral on social media. The letter, sent to residents on July 17 by an apartment manager appears to trample all over the constitutional rights of the residents.
Acting on an order from the Ventura health department, the complex manager informed residents that they will be locked in their apartments until the results of their forced Covid-19 tests come back. Test results could take a week or more.
The apartment manager's gestapo-like tactics include security guards posted at all exits and entrances -- presumably to prevent the residents from fleeing, unless they are essential workers.
All resident key cards were "deactivated" to further restrict the residents' access to the outside.
The manager concludes the letter by reminding residents to keep their distance and wear a mask inside their apartments.
Imagine being forced to take an HIV test or a flu test and being locked in your apartment until the test results come back. Is that even legal?
Update: According to Citizens Journal, the 7-story apartment building was home to elderly residents and people with behavioral disorders.
Legal mediator Kevin Daly writes: "I find it scary that the city would quarantine people for three days based on the positive Covid19 test of 1-2 people which are very suspect based on the high number of false positives and other factors."
"I called Mayor Matt Lavere on the radio and he claimed to have no knowledge of what was transpiring at the apartment complex and claimed that it would be a county public health issue.I then called and left a message with the City of Ventura Fire Chief letting him know of potential for liability if residents were locked inside and a fire were to occur on the premises. Magically the quarantine was lifted that same day that I made the two phone calls."
It gets worse. In a comment left on Citizens Journal, resident Melodye Jarvis detailed her harrowing experience with false imprisonment:
"I live in this building and none of you are getting the full cause of the tenants anger. Thursday night about 9pm the building was locked down without notice. Tenants couldn't go to the courtyard or get their cars into the parking lot, as I said no notice. The next morning people pounded on doors, shouted at us, ordered us around and herded us down the hall. Ater testing we were ordered back to our apartments and told the manager would get the results in 2 days after the weekend. Also we went from the one guard to keep unauthorized people out to 3 guards to keep us in. So it is not true that we could go out. People with dogs had no way to take them out A blind tenant had to have someone come and remove his service animal, leaving him totally unprotected. Many people complained to the Housing Authority and suddenly, the next day it was okay to go to the courtyard and if you checked out and in with the guards most could leave for short periods."
Jeffrey Epstein's former madam Ghislaine Maxwell is appealing a judge's order to release previously sealed court documents to the public.
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The court documents include previously sealed court papers and other damning evidence from a civil lawsuit filed against Maxwell in 2015. The civil lawsuit was settled out of court three years ago.
U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Preska ruled Thursday that the public was legally entitled to view the evidence against Maxwell contained in the lawsuit.
Maxwell's lawyers had previously argued to keep the files under seal.
"The subject matter of these [documents] is extremely personal, confidential, and subject to considerable abuse by the media," said Maxwell's attorney, Jeffrey Pagliuca.
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The news comes amid reports that "Maxwell has tapes of two prominent U.S. politicians having sex with minors".
Citing "great concerns" about Maxwell's ability to get a fair trial if the documents and tapes go public, Maxwell's lawyer, Laura Menninger, asked the court to delay releasing the documents for two weeks to file an appeal of the court's ruling.
The judge gave Menninger one week to file an appeal.
"We are in a vastly different position," now that Maxwell has been criminally charged, "and certainly have great concerns about our client's ability to seek and receive an impartial and fair trial and jury, given the intense media scrutiny around anything that is unsealed." said Menninger.
According to ABC News, the lawsuit filed by Virginia Giuffre against Maxwell contain the names of "famous people" who socialized, trailed or worked with Epstein.
Bill Gates says it will likely take multiple doses of his coronavirus vaccine to protect against the virus.
Gate now says you will need to purchase several doses of his vaccine -- and even then he's not promising you will be protected.
In an interview with CBS Evening News' Norah O'Donnell, Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said that it is likely that an effective coronavirus vaccine will require multiple doses.
"None of the vaccines at this point appear like they'll work with a single dose," Gates said. "That was the hope at the very beginning. Maybe one of them particularly in the second generation will surprise us. We hope just two, although in the elderly sometimes it takes more, and so making sure we have lots of elderly people in the trial will give us that data."
Gates, who expects to earn billions from the sale of his vaccines, says there needs to be 70 to 80 percent coverage globally for herd immunity to occur.
In other words, most people in the world (at least 6 billion) will need to take multiple doses of the Gates' vaccines -- which isn't cheap.
This is bad news for the most vulnerable populations: the elderly, HIV-positive people, smokers, and people with preexisting conditions.
Experts predicted a working vaccine for COVID-19 would be difficult to develop due to the various strains of coronavirus. A coronavirus causes the common cold but, there are no vaccines for colds.
Normally it takes several years of animal and human clinical trials before a vaccine is brought to market. But the COVID-19 vaccine is being fast-tracked to hit the market within months - despite the low death toll.
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Many unemployed Americans who received an extra $600 pr week in unemployment benefits will lose the additional checks because of a quirk in the system.
The extra benefits are set to expire at the end of July, but many jobless Americans will stop receiving the extra $600 checks on July 25 or July 26.
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The extra $600 benefits is set to expire on July 31. After that, jobless recipients will receive only their state's minimum unemployment checks.
Congress is unlikely to extend the $600 benefits to millions of unemployed Americans.
Republican lawmakers said they will include an extension of the unemployment benefits at a 70% wag replacement. That means some Americans will receive an additional $175 to $200 a week, down from $600 a week.
But the White House has said it will not back their stimulus plan if it extends the $600 unemployment benefits.
Republican Sen. Rob Portman, from Ohio, says extending the $600 weekly benefits past July would be a disincentive to return to work if Americans receive more money than they would if they were working.
An additional 1.4 million Americans filed for unemployment this week.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and President Trump have reached an agreement to accept federal assistance with ongoing violence that's ripping her city apart.
On Tuesday, the mayor's office said President Trump "reached out to Mayor Lightfoot this evening to confirm that he plans to send federal resources to Chicago to supplement ongoing federal investigations pertaining to violent crime."
The Chicago Sun-Times reports "The conversation was brief and straightforward," according to the statement.
Lightfoot vowed to file a federal lawsuit if Trump sent federal troops into her city to combat spiking gun violence that left hundreds of people wounded and dozens dead, including multiple children.
Lightfoot reportedly backed down and reached an agreement with Trump after local church and civic leaders told her to stop playing politics with children's lives.
"Mayor Lightfoot maintains that all resources will be investigatory in nature and be coordinated through the U.S. Attorney's office. The Mayor has made clear that if there is any deviation from what has been announced, we will pursue all available legal options to protect Chicagoans."
She said she didn't want a repeat of the chaos in Portland, Oregon, where Trump sent federal officers in unmarked vehicles to sweep protestors off the streets this month.
Trump will deploy hundreds of troops to Chicago and also to Albuquerque, New Mexico to quell the violence that erupted in those cities after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.
The Minneapolis City Council voted to dismantle the police department. Crime has risen 40% in Minneapolis as a result.
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Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who is already facing charges in the death of George Floyd, is also facing multiple felonies after he and his wife underreported their income for years.
According to CBS Minnesota, Derek and his wife Kellie - who are in the midst of divorce proceedings - were charged with nine counts of felony tax evasion.
The Chauvins reportedly worked multiple side jobs over the years - and earned over $400,000 between them. But their side hustle income was not reported according to the feds.
Kellie filed for divorce following Chauvin's arrest on murder charges in May. The action was likely taken to protect the couple's assets.
Investigators began looking into the Chauvins in June, 2020 for failing to file Minnesota individual income tax returns on time from 2016 to 2019, and for fraudulently filing tax returns from 2014 to 2019.
The investigation began after the feds overheard recorded jail phone calls between the two.
In one call, Derek was overheard telling Kellie someone was looking into their tax returns. He suggested she contact the person who handled their taxes. That person turned out to be his father.
According to the complaint, the Chauvins failed to file income tax returns or pay state income taxes. They also allegedly underreported and underpaid taxes on income from various employments each year.
The Chauvins own homes in Minnesota and Florida. They also own a 2019 BMW that was registered in Florida - where there are no state taxes - but the car was serviced 10 times in Minnesota.
The felony tax evasion charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the Oakdale Police Department. The couple faces a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison and/or a $90,000 fine each.
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput noted: "When you fail to fulfill the basic obligation to file and pay taxes, you are taking money from the pockets of citizens of Minnesota.
"Our office has and will continue to file these charges when presented. Whether you are a prosecutor or police officer, or you are a doctor or a realtor, no one is above the law."