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The U.S. Department of Justice will appeal a Florida judge's decision to block the CDC's "unlawful" face mask mandates.

US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa, Florida ruled the mandate was unlawful because it exceeded the authority of the CDC.

The DOJ announced its decision to appeal the ruling after the Biden Administration said it was up to the traveling public to decide whether they want to wear face masks.

Flight attendants and passengers cheered when the announcement was made during flights on Monday. Most passengers removed their face masks, while a few people continued to mask up.
 
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The White House chastised Delta Airlines for calling Covid-19 "an ordinary seasonal virus."

"We are relieved to see the U.S. mask mandate lift to facilitate global travel as Covid-19 has transitioned to an ordinary seasonal virus," Delta said, according to The New York Times.

The airline walked back its statement on Monday, saying COVID is transitioning "to a manageable respiratory virus."

On January 29, 2021 the CDC issued an order forcing travelers to wear masks on mass transit. Anyone who refused to wear a mask was in violation of federal law.

However, the federal judge said the Centers for Disease Control, the nation's health agency based in Atlanta, does not have the power to bypass Congress and create laws.

The White House disagreed with the court's ruling and said masks should still be worn on public transportation, plans, trains and buses.

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"We're continuing to recommend people wear masks," said Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday. She backtracked on Tuesday and said it was up to the DOJ to appeal the ruling.

"I'm not gonna get ahead of the Department of Justice," Psaki told reporters on board Air Force One. "We'll let them make any decisions or announcements."

Reporters were asked to wear masks on Air Force One.

"The CDC continues to advise and recommend masks on airplanes," Psaki said. "We're abiding by the CDC recommendations. The president is and we would advise all Americans to do that."

The CDC extended the mask mandates to May 3 to allow for the study of the BA.2 omicron variant which the CDC claims is causing the majority of new Covid-19 cases in the US.

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A video of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis telling students to remove their masks went viral on Wednesday.

According to WFLA-TV, Gov. DeSantis met with high school students at University of South Florida recently.

Before giving his speech, the annoyed governor approached a group of boys standing on stage and ordered them to remove their face masks.

"You do not have to wear those masks," DeSantis said. "I mean, please take them off. Honestly, it's not doing anything and we've gotta stop with this COVID theater. So if you want to wear it, fine, but this is ridiculous."

Most Sandrarose.com readers stopped wearing face masks last year, once they realized masks are useless against a virus. But they respect others who choose to continue wearing masks.

However, Twitter users objected to DeSantis' tone of voice toward the youths who were instructed by an adult to wear their masks.

One mom was so outraged that she put DeSantis on blast in an interview with WFLA-TV.

Her son is one of the boys who immediately removed his mask after DeSantis' rant.

"I'm responsible for him, and I told him to wear that mask," said the mom, who was not wearing a mask herself.


 
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Rapper Busta Rhymes trended on social media after he railed against "weird ass" government Covid-19 mandates during a recent concert gig.

Busta, born Trevor Smith Jr., expressed his opinion during the Seoul Tacos 10th Anniversary Block Party in St. Louis, Missouri in June.

He noted that "you can't even breathe freely," while wearing a face mask. The rapper also said government officials who try to "take our civil liberties away" can "suck a d**k."

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Busta and other rappers hit the road after the CDC announced people who are fully vaccinated can go maskless indoors and outdoors.

"This is my second show in front of human life in the last fifteen f**kin' months. COVID can suck a d**k. All these little weird-ass government policies and mandates can suck a d**k. Stop tryin' to take our civil liberties away. It feels good to be back outside, we outside for real."

"It's called the God-given right of freedom, right?" he continued. "No human being supposed to tell you you can't even breathe freely. F**k your mask. I mean I’m sayin', some of y'all might feel differently but, f**k your mask. I can't rhyme to you with a mask on. We can't eat food with a f**king mask on. We can't even see each other smile with a mask on. I come from a time when before i even used to want to holler at a chick, I used to have to do s**t with my face to let her know that I’m into her."

He added:

"All of that energy gets blocked when your mask is on. Energy is important, and we are all conductors of f**kin’ good energy. We also got to be clear when a motherf**ker trying to give you bad energy, you can tell only from the expression on their face. I wanna see the face, f**k your mask. I mean, I'm sorry I gotta go political and s**t, I miss my people, we gotta talk."

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The GBI identified the suspect who fatally shot a supermarket cashier and wounded a reserve deputy during an argument over wearing a face mask.

Victor Lee Tucker Jr., 30, of Palmetto, Georgia, got into a heated argument with an unnamed female cashier at the Big Bear supermarket on Candler Road in Decatur just after 1 p.m. on Monday.

The argument was over Tucker's refusal to wear a face mask in the store, DeKalb sheriff's office spokeswoman Cynthia Williams confirmed to AJC.com.

Authorities said Tucker left the store then immediately returned and shot the cashier in the head. She was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

A reserve deputy who was working part-time as a security guard in the store heard the commotion and confronted the suspect. The deputy and the suspect were both shot during an exchange of gunfire.

The officer was transported to Atlanta Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition. Tucker was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta where he is in stable condition.

A bullet grazed a second cashier who was treated at the scene by medics.

Tucker was arrested by responding officers as he tried to crawl out of the supermarket. He is well-known to store employees who say he has mental problems.

The GBI is leading the shooting investigation.

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Masks are not mandated in Georgia and many residents don't wear masks. However, private businesses still mandate masks as part of their store policy.

A sign outside the grocery store advises shoppers to wear a mask inside the store, but some shoppers disregard the signage.

The unidentified grocery store owner told a reporter he is considering banning guns inside the store.

Off-duty law enforcement moonlight at grocery stores in Georgia due to ongoing arguments over face masks.

Decatur is a suburb about 6 miles east of downtown Atlanta.
 

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Republican lawmakers joined millions of Americans who snatched off their masks when the CDC gave the greenlight last week.

The CDC announced fully vaccinated Americans can remove their masks indoors -- except in crowds.

Conservatives who never wore masks even during the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak celebrated the CDC's announcement as freedom from restrictions.

But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi imposed a $500 fine on any lawmaker who walked the halls of Congress without masks.

While some Democrats vowed to continue wearing their masks, Republican lawmakers happily paid Pelosi's $500 fee to go maskless.

"Best $500 I ever spent," Republican Rep. Brian Mast told NBC News. He refused to wear a mask on the House floor even after a member of the House Sergeant at Arms' office approached him on Tuesday, in full view of C-SPAN's camera, and asked him to wear one.

Mast and Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene were among a group of GOP lawmakers seen on the House floor without a face covering on Tuesday. They all paid Pelosi's $500 fine.

"Proud to join these Patriots for a peaceful protest on the House floor against mask mandates!," Greene tweeted with a photo showing her and other barefaced Republican lawmakers.

"Enough is enough! #FreeYourFace," tweeted Illinois Rep. Mary Miller.

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Actor Ricky Schroder has apologized for his tirade at a Costco supervisor for denying him entrance to a store without a face mask over the weekend.

The former child star filmed his rant toward the supervisor, named Jason, after he was denied entry into the California store without a mask. Schroder reminded Jason that the corporate office dropped the mask mandate on Friday. But Jason didn't budge. He informed Schroder that California law still mandates masks.

Schroder called for a boycott of all Costco stores in California. His video went viral on Sunday, with many social media users choosing sides.

The conservative actor now admits he may have gone too far. In a follow-up video he apologized to Jason, who was only following store policy.

"Jason, nothing personal. I'm not upset with you or anybody in the position like you have, who works for a living," the former NYPD Blue star said. "I understand you were following your laws and rules. I was trying to make a point to the corporate overlords and I'm sorry that I had to use you to do it. And if I hurt your feelings, I apologize."

But he made it clear he's not softening his anti-mask stance, adding, "I want us all to go back to the way it was. I don't want this COVID reality they want, these COVID passports. I just don't want it. And neither should you."

Last November, it was revealed that the "Silver Spoons" star helped bail out Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who fatally shot two armed protesters during a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin last summer.

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In just one tweet, Texas Governor Greg Abbott showed the world what freedom looks like in America.

Gov. Abbott sent out the tweet around 12:30 a.m. Central time on Sunday morning, after a record 73,000 boxing fans attended the WBO super middleweight unification fight Saturday night.

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Saul Canelo Alvarez (right) defeated Billy Joe Saunders with an eighth-round uppercut to end the fight. It was Canelo's seventh middleweight fight.

The crowd in AT&T Stadium broke an indoor boxing record with 73,126 in attendance. The previous record was 63,350 when Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks in a heavyweight title fight in New Orleans in 1978.

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Masks were not required at AT&T Stadium, but they were encouraged. A majority in the crowd chose not to wear masks.

"The pent up demand to go to a live event it gave this fight a spike of 10,000-to-15,000 more," said Chad Estis, executive vice president of business operations at AT&T Stadium.

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Dallas KTVT-TV reported: "The turnout shows things may be returning to normal sooner rather than later."

"I am excited that we can kind a do stuff now, and kind of just be comfortable with going to events," said boxing fan Austin Valadez.

It isn't clear how many people in the crowd were vaccinated, but proof of vaccinations were not required for entry into the stadium.

Texas, Georgia and Florida have been wide open since last year, as the CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci continue to insist that masks and Covid-19 restrictions are necessary.

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Georgia mom Courtney Ann Taylor went viral this week after she pleaded with school board members to end the Covid-19 mask mandate in schools.

Taylor addressed Gwinnett County Board of Education members at its meeting on April 15. She ripped the members for dragging their feet on the mask mandate for over a month.

"If you truly mean that you would end the mask requirement tonight," Taylor said.

She noted that it's been over a year since the pandemic started, several vaccines are available, and every adult who wants the vaccines can have one.

"Every one of us knows that young children are not affected by this virus, and that's a blessing" she said. "But as the adults what have we done with that blessing? We've shoved it to the side and we've said, 'we don't care. You're still going to wear a mask on your face every day ... You still can't play together on the playground like normal children ... We don't care. We're still going to force you to carry a burden that was never yours to carry.' Shame on us!"

Taylor said that her 6-year-old daughter complains that she doesn’t want to wear the mask anymore.

"It's April 15, 2021, and it's time. Take these masks off of my child," Taylor said, as the room erupted in applause.

The video of Taylor's emotional plea went viral on social media.

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CDC officials warned of "impending doom" as thousands of maskless Spring Breakers continue to descend on Miami and more states have reopened.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, choked back tears as she warned of "impending doom" in an effort to prevent a fourth Covid-19 surge.

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Despite over 150 million Americans receiving vaccine injections, Dr. Walensky said the United States surpassed 30 million cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

"I'm speaking today not necessarily as your CDC director, but as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter to ask you to just please hold on a little while longer... Right now, I'm scared," she said in a video statement.

She added that the U.S. saw a 10 percent increase in new cases compared with the previous week. Additionally, hospitalizations have increased and deaths are starting to rise.

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CDC officials discouraged "nonessential travel" and encouraged mask-wearing and social distancing to stop the spread of the virus and its dangerous variants.

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But their warnings fell on deaf ears in Florida, where Spring break continues uninterrupted. Governors in other states have relaxed Covid-19 restrictions and reopened their states.

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Beyonce Knowles-Carter and her husband, rapper Jay Z, attended a Grammys after party at Di Girogio Baldi restaurant after she made Grammy history as the winningest woman on Sunday night.

Beyonce almost triggered a cancel culture meltdown on social media when she arrived at the restaurant without a face covering.

California still has draconian Covid-19 restrictions such as face mask mandates in place -- and violation can result in a fine of $1,000.

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When someone reminded Beyonce of the face mask laws, she covered her mouth and nose with her hand -- as her frantic assistant rushed to get her a mask.

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The assistant helped Beyonce put on her face mask because Jay Z refused to let go of her hand. How adorable is that?

The 39-year-old fashion plate wore a custom silver metallic Burberry ensemble featuring nail head mesh embroidery, a crystal-embellished corset bodice and a matching head wrap with a sheer veil covering her face, according to PEOPLE.

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Beyoncé paired the metallic outfit with platform heels and over 50 carats of Lorraine Schwartz diamonds.

Her husband, 51, dressed casually in a black hoodie, a black trench coat and sunglasses.

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Protestors in Idaho, including elected officials and minor children, burned face masks at a rally outside the state capitol building in Boise on Saturday, March 6.

Idaho's Stay Healthy Order recommends wearing "a face covering over their nose and mouth in indoor public settings or in an outdoor public space where they are unable to maintain six-feet physical distancing."

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Photos and videos show residents tossing used face masks into roaring flames inside a barrel. Demonstrators gathered to burn masks in at least 20 cities across the state to protest COVID-19 restrictions.

Elected officials joined the demonstrators who cheered as protesters tossed their masks into the fire.

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin and Republican lawmaker Heather Scott supported the demonstrators.

"Even if you don't have a mask — because in my district a lot of people don't wear masks — it's still symbolic," Scott said in a YouTube video. "It gets the word out to the governor that it's time for this emergency order to end."

In unrelated news, the CDC said people who are "fully vaccinated" can gather in "small groups" as long as they socially distance and practice good hand washing technique.

Some businesses say they will demand to see proof of vaccinations before a fully vaccinated person enters their establishment.

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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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A new report by the CDC suggests wearing 2 face masks can help reduce coronavirus exposure.

Dr. Anthony Fauci and the CDC are now recommending wearing 2 masks to block 95% of virus particles.

The CDC guidance followed the release of an agency study that shows double masking boosts protection from aerosolized particles.

"The bottom line is this: Masks work and they work best when they have a good fit and are worn correctly," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a White House briefing on Wednesday.

Dr. Fauci recently said "there's no data that indicates that [double masking] is going to make a difference."

This isn't the first time Fauci has flip-flopped on coronavirus recommendations.

In March 2020, Dr. Fauci said a mask was less effective than good hand washing.

This week, the CDC issued guidelines to properly wear face masks for a snug fit.

The following guidelines ensure a snug fit against the face because gaps in the mask can let in air and virus particles.

  • Wear a cloth mask over a medical mask
  • Pick a medical mask with a flexible metal strip along the top of the mask
  • Bend the metal strip over your nose to fit close to your face
  • Use a mask filter or brace over your mask to prevent air from leaking around the edges
  • Check for air gaps in mask by cupping your hands around the edges of mask
  • Make sure no air is flowing from the outer edges of mask or from the mask edge near your eyes
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    Make sure you can breathe while wearing 2 masks.

    The CDC says wearing 2 masks is safe for those of you who don't have breathing problems or respiratory conditions such as asthma or COPD.

    If you feel lightheaded or dizzy from breathing in your own carbon dioxide while wearing 2 masks, consider that you might be having a panic attack, which can trigger sudden feelings of suffocation, according to health.com.

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    Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson III (right) has been accused of thumbing his nose at the coronavirus outbreak. Florida officials slammed the semi-retired rapper as "stupid" for hosting a maskless pre-Super Bowl party over the weekend.

    The "In Da Club" rapper performed in front of a large crowd of maskless attendees inside a hangar at Albert Whitted Airport on Friday night, just two days before the sporting extravaganza was held in nearby Tampa.

    St. Petersburg, Florida Mayor Rick Kriseman expressed his disbelief at the news via Twitter.

    "This isn't how we should be celebrating the Super Bowl. It's not safe or smart. It's stupid," he wrote, before vowing to launch an investigation into the party.

    "We're going to take a very close look at this, and it may end up costing someone a lot more than 50 cents."

    Ironically, 50 was among the stars who urged fans to follow CDC guidelines on social distancing and face coverings at the start of the pandemic last March.

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    Other celebrities holding maskless parties in the Tampa area ahead of Super Bowl Sunday include superstar DJs Diplo and Steve Aoki, who made sure to keep their masks on, while rappers Migos were bare faced as they attended a Bounce pop-up party.

    Rick Ross and French Montana co-hosted a bash at The Ritz Ybor attended by Flavor Flav and hip-hop stars Tory Lanez who joined hundreds of maskless guests.

    According to the CDC, Black and brown people are among the groups disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. They are also the groups least likely to roll up their sleeves for the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.
     

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    An outspoken emergency room doctor with a large following on social media made headlines when he wished death on Americans who choose to live their lives without fear.

    On Feb. 3, Dr. Gilman reacted to a viral video that shows maskless shoppers in a Florida grocery store.

    In a now-deleted tweet, Gilman wrote: "Naples, Florida. Let 'em die. I'm so tired of these people. No vaccine for y'all."

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    In a follow-up tweet, he wrote: "I'm working in the COVID ICU tonight! I'm so tired of giving 200% while others in the U.S. can’t even help by simply wearing a mask!"

    When outraged Twitter followers reminded him that his impulsiveness got him fired from a hospital in Arizona, he blamed Republicans and walked back his statement.

    "Republicans trying to take my words out of context as if I deny medical care to people that don't wear masks & 'let 'em die. My point is that we can't waste our energy on these COVID deniers. [They] are not gonna protect themselves so let 'em die. They'll find out the hard way."

    On Nov. 22, Dr. Gilman was fired for lying about the lack of ICU beds in the state of Arizona.

    Gilman tweeted that there were "no more ICU beds in the state of Arizona."

    But Gov. Doug Ducey and the Department of Health disputed his tweet by confirming there were over 100 ICU beds available in the state that same day.

    Gilman's tweets made him a celebrity on Twitter. He received a Zoom call from Joe Biden's transition team and Oprah Winfrey offered to send him and his family on vacation.

    But others were not as tolerant of Gilman's attention-seeking tweets.

    Envision, the agency that contracts him to work temporary assignments in hospitals, told him his services were no longer needed at Yuma Medical Center in Arizona.

    When Gilman tweeted that he was "fired" from his temporary assignment, the hospital said it was all a "misunderstanding" and that he still worked shifts there.

    But Gilman told a reporter that he was on the schedule to work but he had not been permitted to work his scheduled shifts.

    "I was told by Envision that the hospital was not allowing me to return back due to a tweet," he said.

    The hospital quietly told Envision that Gilman would not be allowed to "be vocal or outspoken" on social media.

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    Social media users lashed out at Gilman for his insensitive tweet about the maskless grocery store in Florida.

    One Twitter user called Gilman "mentally unfit", while others expressed their support for him.

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    Dr. Gilman attempted to go viral with a rap song about Covid-19 last year, but it flopped.