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Illegal immigrants who lost work during the Covid-19 lockdown in New York state will receive one-time payments of $15,600.

The payments will come from a $2.1 billion fund as part of the $212 billion budget deal approved by the Democrat-controlled New York state legislature.

Nearly 100,000 undocumented immigrants in New York are eligible for the $15,600 "first tier" payments.

Additionally, 200,000 undocumented immigrants will qualify for the second tier of the program that pays $3,200 per worker.

Americans who were out of work during the lockdown received unemployment benefits and stimulus checks, including a $1,400 stimulus payment recently approved by Congress.

Undocumented workers will collect up to $15,600 if they can prove they were disqualified for unemployment benefits due to their immigration status.

Black Americans who are still waiting for slavery reparations are baffled and confused by NY's $15,600 payments to immigrants.

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Rapper Dark Man X, aka DMX, has died at age 50. The beloved rapper was taken off life support after brain scans showed very little brain activity.

DMX, born Earl Simmons, was admitted to a hospital in White Plains, NY on Friday, April 2, after he suffered a heart attack. Sources told TMZ that the rapper overdosed on drugs.

However, his family said DMX's heart attack may have been in "reaction to the vaccine".

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In a statement on Thursday, the family said drugs were not involved in the rapper's condition.

"[DMX] got the vaccine when they opened it up to people over 50. He got it so that he could go travel and perform, stuff like that," the statement read. "He took that vaccine, and he had a heart attack. I'm not saying the vaccine did it, but he never had a heart attack before."

DMX rose to fame in the early 1990s after his debut album It's Dark and Hell Is Hot received critical acclaim. The album sold over 251,000 copies within its first week of release.

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DMX's manager dismissed reports that he is brain dead after comedienne Luenell tweeted that her friend was "gone."

Luenell caused an uproar on Twitter on Thursday night, April 8, when she tweeted: "It is over. My friend is gone. Soar w/ the (doves emoji). Join the best that ever did it. RIP... DMX." The post was later deleted.

"RIP DMX" and "Rest in Power DMX" started trending on Twitter.com, causing DMX's manager Steve Rifkind to deny the rumors.

In a video message, Rifkind said: "Please stop posting these rumors, DMX is still alive. Yes, he is still on life support but it is not helping anybody by seeing these false rumors."

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DMX welcomed his fifteenth child in 2016. He broke down while discussing his mother in a 2012 interview. "Not once has she ever told me she loved me," he said.

On February 10, 2016, DMX was found unresponsive in a Ramada Inn parking lot in Yonkers. He was revived with Narcan and rushed to a hospital. He told doctors he suffered an asthma attack at the time.

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DMX's family insists he received the experimental mRNA Covid-19 vaccine days before suffering a heart attack.

The 50-year-old rapper, born Earl Simmons, was admitted to the intensive care unit at a White Plains, NY hospital on Friday, April 2.

It was widely reported that DMX suffered a heart attack after overdosing on drugs. TMZ claimed his brain was deprived of oxygen for 30 minutes.

However, his family said DMX's heart attack may have been in "reaction to the vaccine".

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In a statement on Thursday, the family said drugs were not involved in the rapper's condition.

"[DMX] got the vaccine when they opened it up to people over 50. He got it so that he could go travel and perform, stuff like that," the statement read. "He took that vaccine, and he had a heart attack. I'm not saying the vaccine did it, but he never had a heart attack before."

DMX is reportedly in a "vegetative state" with minimal brain activity. His family is considering taking him off of life support machines.

Brain scan tests on Wednesday determined his minimal brain activity had not improved since Friday.

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DMX's manager dismissed reports that he is brain dead after comedienne Luenell tweeted that her friend was "gone."

Luenell caused an uproar on Twitter on Thursday night, April 8, when she tweeted: "It is over. My friend is gone. Soar w/ the (doves emoji). Join the best that ever did it. RIP... DMX." The post was later deleted.

"RIP DMX" and "Rest in Power DMX" started trending on Twitter.com, causing DMX's manager Steve Rifkind to deny the rumors.

In a video message, Rifkind said: "Please stop posting these rumors, DMX is still alive. Yes, he is still on life support but it is not helping anybody by seeing these false rumors."

He also said DMX's family plan to release a statement "sometime" on Friday, April 9.

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has lifted all coronavirus restrictions beginning today, April 8.

Georgia restaurants can move tables closer together and moviegoers are no longer required to socially distance in theaters.

Atlanta's nightclubs were already packed since last summer, but more people can gather together in churches and concert venues.

"As cases and hospitalizations have continued to decline, and more Georgians are being vaccinated, the Governor is continuing to protect lives and livelihoods by repealing remaining restrictions to help Georgians get back to normal," Kemp said in a statement.

Kemp was criticized by Democrats after he signed a new voter bill into law that requires voter ID to submit absentee ballots.

Kemp resisted tightening Georgia's election laws when former President Donald Trump ran for reelection in 2020.

But Democrats say Kemp is suppressing the Black vote to secure his own reelection next November.

After speaking with Stacey Abrams, Major League Baseball (MLB) moved the All-Star game from Atlanta to Colorado, where voter ID is required and election laws are even tighter.

But the league justified the move because the Black population in Atlanta is over 51% but Blacks make up only 9.2% of the population in Denver.

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Midwin Charles, the CNN and MSNBC legal analyst passed away after getting the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine. She was 47.

Charles died on Tuesday, April 6, her family confirmed in a statement on social media. The family did not disclose the cause or manner of her death.

On March 1, Charles announced she had received the first dose of the experimental Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.

Charles died days after she would have received her second dose of the gene therapy vaccine.

She told her followers she had preexisting medical conditions, including asthma and a severe peanut allergy.

"Just got vaccinated (qualified because of my asthma) at a FEMA center. Everyone at the site is in uniform. It's good to see our service men and women! Process was organized, efficient, and everyone is kind and in a good mood. Let’s do this!"

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In a follow-up tweet, she wrote:

"I have a death causing allergy to peanuts and wanted to have my Epi pen with me when I got vaccinated in case I went into anaphylaxis shock. Turns out my "insurance" wouldn't cover it and it's $387????"

Charles reported "soreness" at the injection site that resolved two days later.

Tributes continue to pour in on social media for the Haitian-born defense attorney, who used her social media presence to promote the vaccine.

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DMX is still on life support at a White Plains, NY hospital after suffering a heart attack following an apparent drug overdose last week.

According to his manager, DMX tested positive for the coronavirus after he was admitted to the ICU.

It isn't clear if he has an active infection or if he tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies. Testing positive for antibodies means he was exposed to the virus previously.

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The 50-year-old rapper, born Earl Simmons, is reportedly lying in a "vegetative state" in an intensive care unit on Friday night. His brain scans show very little activity and he is not expected to recover.

TMZ reports that his brain was deprived of oxygen for 30 minutes. But he would be dead if that was the case. No human can survive without oxygen for 30 minutes.

Only one visitor is allowed to visit DMX in the ICU. Visitors include his mother, fiancee, and some of his 15 children.

Most patients who test positive for the coronavirus aren't allowed visitors at all -- even if they are in private rooms.

Covid-19 causes death in less than 1% of people who contract the virus. The majority of deaths are among people over 65. Other factors include preexisting medical conditions, cardiac problems, respiratory disorders, obesity, diabetes, smokers and those who are HIV positive.

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Mystery surrounds a Green Bay music teacher who died from "natural causes" at age 40, according to her obituary.

Sara Holub, a high school choir director, competed twice on "Jeopardy!" and she was named 2021 Teacher of Distinction.

She won $10,000 for making it to Jeopardy!'s semifinals, as well as a $2,500 grant for her classroom. She used the grant money to buy microphones for her students.

According to her obituary, Holub died from "natural causes." No other information was given -- such as a preexisting medical condition or a terminal illness.

The term "natural causes" usually denotes a patient who is expected to die. Someone who dies from natural causes does not require an autopsy.

However, friends say Holub was in good health before she died.

Holub's obituary does not mention that she received a dose of experimental mRNA injection four days before she died.

News articles that reported her death also do not mention that she received an mRNA injection just days before she passed.

Facebook removed a post that featured a photo showing Holub holding an "I was vaccinated" sticker on March 22.

She seemed relieved to receive the injection. Holub captioned the photo: "It's been a ridiculous year, but better days are coming!"

The post shows she received the injection at Prevea Health in Wisconsin. It isn't clear if she received the Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson injections.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci was at a loss to explain why coronavirus cases and deaths continue to fall in Texas despite the state reopening.

During an interview on MSNBC Tuesday morning, Fauci was asked to comment on the positive numbers in Texas.

The MSNBC host said, "Texas effectively opened up, dropped all those restrictions and said, 'It's back to life.' And if you go to Texas, as you know, it looks like 2019. The restaurants and the bars are full and open. The ballparks are full, and yet, we've seen cases and hospitalizations since then continue to tick downward."

Fauci, senior advisor to the White House, was pressed by MSNBC to explain why the cases aren't spiking.

"Yeah, you know, it can be confusing because you may see a lag and a delay, because often you have to wait a few weeks before you see the effect of what you're doing right now," said Fauci. "There are a lot of things that go into that. When you say they had a lot of activity on the outside like ball games. I'm not really quite sure... I hope they continue to tick down, if they do that would be great. But there's always the concern that when you pull back on methods, particularly things like indoor dining, and bars that are crowded, you can see a delay, and then all of a sudden cases tick back up."

Fauci soldiered on, despite being wrong about the coronavirus in the past.

"We've been fooled before by situations where people begin to open up -- nothing happens, and then all of a sudden several weeks later, things start exploding on you."

It has been more than a month since Texas reopened. And states such as Florida and Georgia have been wide open since last summer.

Watch part of the interview below.
 

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State health officials say 246 Michigan residents contracted Covid-19 after they were fully vaccinated. The residents contracted the coronavirus between January and March. Three people died, as a result.

"These are individuals who have had a positive test 14 or more days after the last dose in the vaccine series," said Lynn Sutfin, a spokesperson for the state health department.

Health officials say fully vaccinated people can still contract the virus. A study is ongoing to determine whether fully vaccinated people can transmit the virus to others.

"While it is significantly less likely, it is still possible to contract the virus after being vaccinated," Sutfin told MSN. "Studies indicate that even if vaccinated people do become ill, they are far less likely to experience severe illness requiring hospitalization or resulting in death.

The CDC and Sutfin recommends wearing face masks and socially distancing for those who've received the vaccine.

"[T]he possibility of infection and further transmission is why we continue to encourage Michiganders to take precautions while out in public, including wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing, even after receiving the vaccine until more Michiganders have been able to be vaccinated."

Suftin said the three fully vaccinated people who died were all ages 65 and older. Two of them were within three weeks of receiving their second dose of mRNA vaccine.

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More women are reporting side effects to the vaccine than men, according to a website that records side effects and deaths.

79% of women reported side effects in the first 13.7 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered to Americans this year.

An infectious disease specialist says there may be a biological reason for the disparity in side effects to the vaccine.

"We know that with vaccinations and infections, women tend to have a stronger immune response than men," Dr. Simone Wildes, a Boston-based infectious disease specialist, told "Good Morning America." "That's really driven by biological differences in males and females and the sex hormones."

Wildes explained that men and women experience different side effects because the vaccines tells the body to make foreign proteins.

"When we get the Covid vaccine, we are introducing proteins into our body that are foreign and we're teaching the cells to make the antibodies and the T-cells to help to fight the infection in case we're exposed to it," she said. "What happens in the female body is those cells create more protein than the male cells would."

She added: "When females get the vaccine, we're going to complain of more side effects because our immune system is more revved up," Wildes explained. "We are able to produce more of the antibodies..."

Additionally, Wildes said women in general tend to complain more than men.

"Women in general just report more, so there is that difference," said Wildes. "I can’t tell you how many men I will see in the hospital who say, ‘My wife forced me to go to the hospital,' while some men will say, 'It's not a big deal.'"

So far, 38% of the U.S. population has been vaccinated. Only 14% of Black people have been vaccinated.