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Legendary rapper Bun B called out Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott for reopening the entire state and lifting mask mandates.

Gov. Abbott sparked outrage on Tuesday when he announced he was ending Covid-19 restrictions and lifting the mask mandate.

Abbott said all businesses in the state will reopen fully by March 10.

Many praised the governor for his courage and bravery, but Bun B and others expressed outrage and fear that the Covid-19 death rate would escalate despite the availability of Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.

Bun B wrote on Instagram: "This is bat sh*t crazy @govabbott and you know it. As if you didn't already have enough blood on your hands. SMFH."

The rapper referred to Gov. Abbott's response to the recent winter storms that knocked out power to millions of residents and resulted in dozens of deaths.

Bun B took a disrespectful tone, stating Gov. Abbott is "not even Worried bout the people..... He Gotta Get Up Out Of Office... @governorabbott."

Meanwhile, Joe Biden criticized Abbott and other governors who chose to reopen their states and lift mask mandates. Biden called the decision "Neanderthal thinking."

Gov. Abbott struck back on Twitter by accusing the president of "recklessly releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants who have COVID into Texas communities."

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Andrew Cuomo spoke out amid allegations of sexual harassment made by several women.

The embattled New York governor suffered a spectacular fall from grace as a result of the allegations.

Speaking at a press conference in Albany, NY on Wednesday, Cuomo apologized for his behavior toward the women and denied he ever touched anyone "inappropriately.

"I never touched anyone inappropriately. I never touched anyone inappropriately. I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable. I never knew at the time I was making anyone feel uncomfortable," he said.

Choking back tears, Cuomo, 63, said, "Kissing people is my customary way of greeting."

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Cuomo rejected calls to resign as governor, even as a third woman came forward with allegations of sexual harassment.

The woman, a former aide to ex-President Barack Obama, said Cuomo touched her inappropriately and kissed her at a party in 2019.

Unlike his other accusers, there are photos of Cuomo touching the woman and attempting to kiss her.

Cuomo commented about the allegations toward the end of his press conference covering Covid-19 numbers in the state.

"I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this. First, I fully support a woman's right to come forward," he said. "And I think it should be encouraged in every way. I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it, and frankly, I am embarrassed by it, and that's not easy to say but that's the truth."

He continued, "I never ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone any pain. That is the last thing I would ever want to do."

The allegations of sexual harassment come as the feds launched investigations into Cuomo's handling of Covid-19 patients admitted to nursing homes in the state.

Thousands of elderly residents were infected and died.
 

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Texas is following the standards set by wide open Florida and Georgia by reopening businesses and lifting mask mandates.

On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he is canceling the mask mandate and reopening all businesses in the state.

Abbott said all businesses will fully reopen starting March 10.

This is welcome news for business owners who suffered catastrophic losses during the coronavirus outbreak last year.

"Removing statewide mandates does not end personal responsibility," Abbott said. "It's just that now state mandates are no longer needed."

Texas is the largest state to lift mask mandates. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp canceled mask mandates early last year -- despite pushback from Democratic lawmakers in the state.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis also canceled mask mandates and opened his state for business last year.

Florida and Georgia have lower death and infection rates when compared to lockdown states such as California and New York.

The CDC warned states should reopen slowly due to virus "variants" and "mutations" in the wild.

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A new study suggests the coronavirus mRNA vaccines may not be as effective when administered to obese people.

So far, only 15% of the U.S. population has been vaccinated against Covid-19. Of that number, less than 1% are Black.

The CDC even has a term for it: Black vaccine hesitancy.

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According to the news media, the vaccines are "safe and effective." Yet obese Black women are dying within hours after receiving their vaccine doses. A majority of Black women who reportedly died after receiving the vaccines are obese.

A new study out of Italy found that Pfizer's vaccines may be less effective in obese people who received both doses.

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute Regina Elena determined that obese people produced only half of the antibodies compared with people with a normal body mass index (BMI).

"Since obesity is a major risk factor for morbidity and mortality for patients with Covid-19, it is mandatory to plan an efficient vaccination program in this subgroup," the study's authors wrote.

In addition to obesity, other risk factors for Covid-19 include respiratory disorders, heart disease, diabetes, HIV and smoking.

Researchers say further studies are needed to determine why the vaccines are less effective for obesity people.

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Comedienne, actress and "Windy City Live" contributor Erica Faye Watson has died. She was 48.

The Chicago native's brother said she died Saturday after she was diagnosed with Covid-19. Her cause of death was not confirmed by a coroner, but Watson was morbidly obese.

Morbid obesity is a risk factor for Covid-19, along with respiratory disorders (such as asthma); heart disease, diabetes, smoking and HIV.

Watson died in Jamaica where she moved during the Covid-19 breakout in the United States in 2020.

She was a contributor on ABC7's Windy City Live, and appeared in the Oscar nominated film "Precious" and “ChiRaq."

"Erica was loved and adored by just so many people. She had such a vibrant, vivacious spirit," her agent, April Williams, told WBBM. "I really hope and am praying that she knew what a gem to Chicago she was and how proud we were of her."

She also hosted "Night Cap with Erica" as "Miss Poundcakes" on her YouTube channel. She talked about Black Americans who have made their exit from America and moved to Jamaica permanently on her "BLAXIT to Jamaica" episode (see below) and join their private BLAXIT Facebook group.
 

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A Washington D.C.-area news anchor was suspended for fat-shaming obese vaccine recipients on Twitter.

Blake McCoy, who works for WTTG, a local Fox affiliate, was suspended after he tweeted his annoyance over obese people getting priority access to vaccines.

Obesity is one of the pre-existing conditions that gives people priority to receive vaccines in many states.

"I'm annoyed obese people of all ages get priority access before all essential workers," McCoy tweeted Tuesday. "When most stayed home, we went into work everyday last March, April, May and everyday since putting ourselves & loved ones at risk. Vaccinate all essential workers. Then obese."

His tweet didn't go over well with many on Twitter who retweeted his post to the attention of his employer.

After clapping back at some of his outraged followers, McCoy apologized and deleted the original tweet.

In response to a follower who noted his deleted tweet, McCoy said, "You're right, I deleted because frankly, who has the time to argue with strangers on the internet."

Twitter users called for McCoy to be terminated after he posted photos of maskless men partying at numerous gay clubs in Chicago and other cities.

McCoy, who is openly LGBT+, has engaged in risky behavior, such as hooking up with men he met on the Tinder dating app.

In a tweet dated Feb. 6, McCoy wrote: "Tinder date is arriving now for wine, pizza, and monopoly. We've never met. If I die tonight, I want you to know I had a good run. Stay well everyone."
 

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Covid-19 mRNA vaccines are causing an unexpected side effect in biological women. The still-experimental messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) vaccines have been administered to 65 million Americans.

Commonly reported side effects include pain around the injection site, headache, fatigue, muscle pain, and death.

But some women are complaining of an unexpected side effect after the second dose: swollen, painful mammary lymph glands that can mimic breast cancer.

"I panicked, I'll admit, initially," said Dr. Bridget Rogers, radiologist at Solis Mammography.

"I had a big, visible, painful lump," she told CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh. Dr. Rogers said she received her second dose of mRNA vaccine the day before.

"I tried to reassure myself by remembering that this is actually a sign that the vaccine was doing what it's supposed to do, activating your immune system," she said.

Still, she admits she had an ultrasound done just to make sure.

"I've been trying to forewarn women ahead of time," said Dr. Stephanie Miller, a breast surgeon and Medical Director of the Breast Program at Rose Medical Center.

She tells women to let the mammography center know if you've recently had a vaccine "So that we can have the right explanation for what we're seeing."

Mammary lymph glands are located in the arm pit and neck on the affected side.

Swollen, painful lumps in the armpit and in the neck under the jawline are among the first signs of breast cancer in some women.

Doctors urge women not to take the vaccine if you have a mammogram scheduled the next day because it may trigger a false breast cancer reading.

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A Miami anesthesiologist has been charged with a hate crime after she allegedly punched a Hispanic man in a supermarket parking lot.

Dr. Jennifer Susan Wright, 58, lashed out at a male shopper who asked her to socially distance due to Covid-19 guidelines while at a supermarket in Hialeah, a Hispanic suburb of Miami.

According to the Miami Herald, the man asked her to back up -- and when she ignored him, he repeated "back up" in Spanish.

Dr. Wright reportedly "mumbled bad words," then walked up to him and hurled racial slurs and other insults.

The police report states Wright stabbed the man's tires with her car keys while telling the man to go back to his country.

A witness stated Wright told him, "Sp*c. We should've gotten rid of you when we could. This is not going to be Biden's America, this is my America."

She then allegedly punched and kicked the man.

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The incident occurred on Jan. 20, but Wright wasn't arrested until Feb. 19, according to Miami-Dade County court records.

She was charged with criminal mischief, tampering with a victim, battery with prejudice, and a felony hate crime.

Dr. Wright, who is affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center, posted bond and was released Friday.

Wright has posted support for former President Donald Trump online, often sharing MAGA-themed memes and images, such as a profile photo that reads: "World knows Trump won #MAGA."

On February 9, Wright shared a meme on Facebook that said, "It's okay to be white." On February 12, she uploaded a meme that read, "They don't want you to have free speech. So they invented the term 'hate speech' to shut you up."

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Two women were so desperate to get the still experimental Covid-19 mRNA shots that they dressed up as "grannies" to skip the line.

Florida health officials say the two women aroused suspicion immediately.

"So yesterday, we realized a couple of young ladies came dressed up as grannies to get vaccinated for the second time. So I don't know how they escaped the first time," said Dr. Raul Pino, the director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, during a press briefing on Thursday.

According to Dr. Pino, the two women showed up to the Orange County Convention Center wearing bonnets, gloves and glasses -- "the whole thing," he said. The women wore disguises to make themselves eligible to receive the vaccination outside of a health care or long-term care facility setting.

The women had valid vaccination cards for their first injections, but there was an issue with their driver's licenses on the second go 'round.

Their dates of birth "did not match those they had used to register for the vaccines," said the Orange County Sheriff's Office in a statement. "The names, however, did match the registration."

The sheriff's office identified the women as Olga Monroy-Ramirez, 44, and Martha Vivian Monroy, 34.

The women were not arrested or cited. But security was increased at the vaccination site.

"This is the hottest commodity that is out there right now," the director said. "So we have to be very careful with the funds and the resources that we are provided."

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The FBI and U.S. attorney are investigating New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's handling of nursing home deaths during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Democrats are moving to strip Cuomo of his emergency powers while the investigation is ongoing.

Last March, Cuomo issued an order sending coronavirus patients from hospitals into nursing homes, rather than to a Navy hospital ship that was anchored in the NY harbor.

Thousands of elderly nursing home residents died after being exposed to the sick patients.

Cuomo came under fire this month when Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa told a group of key Democrats in a closed-door meeting that Cuomo's administration had initially undercounted the true numbers of deaths of elderly residents by 50 percent.

Queens assemblyman Democrat Ron Kim was among those angry over the revelation. His uncle died in a nursing home.

"You can't hide information because you think you could be politically hurt in the process," Kim said during the virtual meeting.

DeRosa said the administration withheld information requested by the DOJ because “President Trump turns this into a giant political football... He directs the Department of Justice to do an investigation into us... Basically, we froze because then we were in a position where we weren't sure if what we were going to give to the [DOJ] or what we give to you guys... Was going to be used against us..."

Family members are furious that the Democrats were playing politics with their loved ones' lives.

"We need to get people subpoenaed. We need to get them under oath and find out who knew what when," Republican Assemblyman William Barclay said.

The GOP criticized the DOJ for not ramping up the investigation months ago when it was common knowledge that thousands died as a result of Cuomo's order.
 

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