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Nebraska State Senator Mike Groene tested positive for Covid-19 after telling reporters he wanted to contract the virus to achieve immunity.

Groene of North Platte advised other senators of his positive test in an email on Monday afternoon, the Journal Star reported.

"As you know, I finally got my wish and cont(r)acted the COVID-19 virus. As I suspected it would happen," he wrote in the email obtained by the Journal Star.

Groene, who doesn't wear a mask, described his symptoms as "no more than a minor flu" that lasted 10 days. He experienced night sweats, and low-grade fever of about 100 degrees for three days.

In an interview, Groene said he wanted to contract the virus and get it over with because he wanted herd immunity.

Groene said he was exposed to the virus on Oct. 23 or Oct. 27. His 10-day quarantine ended on Nov. 10.

Covid-19 causes no symptoms or flu-like symptoms in over 99% of people who contract the virus.

The American Medical Association says the U.S. needs about 200 million infected and immunized citizens before herd immunity can be achieved. There are more than 10 million positive cases currently in the United States.

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Used face masks and gloves are being discarded carelessly all over city landscapes. Contaminated face masks littering side walks are a common sight in urban centers.

According to London's DailyMail.com, face masks and latex gloves litter 30% of beaches. That number is expected to rise by next year.

Besides being an eyesore, face masks pose health hazards to restaurant workers and city workers who say they aren't being paid additional hazard pay to handle the virus-laden masks.

Diners who wear masks in restaurants often remove their masks and place them on tables - thus contaminating the table surface.

Masks worn by children in schools are even riskier, since children touch their masks, pull the masks down or remove their masks to eat. Their contaminated hands then transfer the virus to everything they touch.

These factors explain why Covid-19 cases are surging in hotspots around the country where masks are mandated.

In a hospital setting, masks when worn while treating patients infected with contagious diseases, are considered hazardous waste. We are trained to dispose of hazardous waste. Masks are never discarded with regular trash. Masks and other hazardous material are sent to be incinerated or disposed of properly.

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HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus, according to The NY Post.

The famed brain surgeon tested positive for the virus Monday morning. He is the latest among White House West Wing staff to test positive for the virus, which causes no symptoms or mild flu-like symptoms in over 99% of people who contract it.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows announced he tested positive the day after the presidential elections. Multiple White House aides have tested positive in the days following Election Day.

Health experts say people who contract Covid-19 achieved immunity that will last for months or the rest of their lives.

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A British woman said she was threatened with a police visit to her home if she didn't download a Covid-19 tracking app.

According to LockdownSkeptics.org, the woman from Skipton tested positive for COVID-19 and immediately self-isolated in her home.

What followed was a flurry of 20 texts from the National Health Service (NHS) demanding that she download the NHS "track and trace" App.

She refused to download the app since she is already self-isolating. Her refusal prompted a phone call from the Test and Trace system. The caller threatened her with a "police check at your address if you do not download the app."

According to Zerohedge.com, the track and trace app is "completely voluntary" and authorities have no grounds to enforce downloads.

England and Wales are under emergency "Tier 3" lockdowns which means everything is shut down except hospitals and grocery stores.

Residents are stopped at the entrance to grocery stores by police who ask them what they plan to purchase inside. Only "essential items" may be purchased. Items such as cakes, sanitary napkins, makeup, books and clothing are not considered essential items.

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London is also banning protests of more than two people. It is unlawful to gather in large crowds to demonstrate against London's restrictive lockdowns.

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Protests such as this Black Lives Matter demonstration on June 20 are outlawed in London, England, at least until December.

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Popular TikTok user Zoe Laverne, 19, has apologized for kissing a 13-year-old boy named Connor. She insists she is not part of the left's campaign to normalize pedophilia on social media.

Fans grew concerned about the nature of close Zoe's relationship with Connor - also a TikTok personality - after she split from her ex, Cody Orlove.

Cody later insisted he left Zoe "because of her interactions with Connor," which, "got very intense and it's something I do not stand by what so ever. It's pedophilia."

Days later, a video of Zoe and Connor kissing surfaced online, prompting Zoe to release a video apology in which she says she, "didn't groom Connor, I wouldn't do that".

"He's a kid and I'm aware of that. It just happened," says Zoe. "We both were in a dark place when we first became friends and we both just ended up catching feelings for each other. And friends do that, they catch feelings for each other. That's not a bad thing."

According to London's DailyMail.com, Connor, who uses the TikTok handle @cxnnorjoyce, addressed the controversy in his own posts to social media, insisting Zoe "did not rape" him.
 

 

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Over 40% of NYC residents have fled the city for greener pastures. NY retailers boarded up their stores in anticipation of post-election rioting by supporters of President Donald Trump of Joe Biden. The rioting never materialized because the city is deserted.

The streets of New York City are empty as NYC residents stay in their homes. Violent crimes in the city spiked during a summer of rioting and unrest.

Experts expect the city to remain a ghost town at least until the midterm elections in 2022.

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Minnesota child protection officials are investigating Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley for pointing a rifle in the "general direction" of his 19-month-old son.

CPS officials placed an order of protection on the son of Beasley and his wife Montana Yao, an Instagram model, after massive quantities of marijuana and loaded weapons were found in the couple's Plymouth home.

Charges were filed last week against Beasley for pointing a rifle at a couple and their teenage daughter who pulled into their driveway after they mistook Beasley's rented mansion as part of the annual Parade of Homes tour on Sept. 26.

Yao is charged with a felony drug count, according to the StarTribune.

Beasley and Yao, both 23, agreed not to use drugs and to keep their guns in a safe in the home. But random drug tests administered two weeks later turned up marijuana and amphetamines in Beasley's system and a sedative in Yao's urine.
 

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Keith Olbermann apologized Tuesday for calling President Donald Trump "a whiny little Kunta Kinte."

The former MSNBC host made the remark during a Twitter rant, referencing the fictional slave from the 1976 novel Roots.

"Yes @realDonaldTrump has always been, will always be, and on the day of his bid for re-election, still is: a whiny little Kunta Kinte," Olbermann tweeted.

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Olbermann was reacting to Trump's interview on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning.

According to Dictionary.com, Kunta Kinte is a derogatory name for an African refugee.

Olbermann -- who clearly didn't know who Kunta Kinte was -- apologized in a follow-up tweet.

"Just logged back in: I apologize for my previous subtweet of this. I was using an old 70's-80's technique for calling somebody a c**t without writing/saying c**t, just using a sound-alike to call Trump a c**t Deleting previous, largely because this one clarifies the c**t part," Olbermann wrote."

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His "apology" prompted a response from actor LeVar Burton who played Kunta Kinte in the Roots TV mini-series.

But the fierce backlash from Black & white Twitter continued.

Journalist Tim Pool tweeted, "Keith Olbermann is a racist."

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Robert Carter grew up in foster care separated from his eight siblings. "I didn't eat for a week," Carter tells TODAY Parents. "I didn't know where my family was. I didn't know if I would ever see them again. It was traumatizing."

Carter says he didn't want the three boys he began fostering in 2019 to experience the same emotional trauma.

After adopting Robert Jr., 9, Giovanni, 5, and Kiontae, 4, Carter realized they had two sisters: Marionna, 10, and Makayla, 7, still in foster care.

The five siblings were reunited after six months apart.

"Everybody was just boo-hoo crying and hugging and not wanting to let go," Carter recalled. "In that moment, I knew I had to adopt all five."

After the adoption ceremony on Oct. 30, Carter went into the courthouse bathroom to cry.

"I was so nervous it would fall through at the last minute," he told TODAY Parents. "But I get to be there for them for the rest of their life. They never have to worry about being neglected or alone ever again. We're a family forever."

A friend launched a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for a larger house for the siblings.
 


 

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Incarcerated rapper Kodak Black hopes to work with President Donald Trump on his platinum plan. The Florida native became the latest rapper to hop on the Trump Train.

Rappers Kanye West, 50 Cent, Ice Cube, Lil Wayne and Lil Pump have all expressed interest in Trump's platinum plan that promises economic recovery, jobs and funding for new businesses in the Black community.

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Kodak, who was recently transferred to an Illinois prison for his safety, tweeted: "What do you think of the platinum plan? @bradfordcohen sent it to me and I read it, this is what the community need... more ownership. That plan is right! I want to help with justice reform when I am out as well. @realDonaldTrump #justicereform #prisonreform."

The 23-year-old rapper pleaded with Trump to reduce his sentence in September, without success. He was sentenced to 46 months in prison in 2019 for allegedly falsifying documents to purchase a gun.