Day: June 26, 2020

Elijah McClain was injected with ketamine before he died. Is that legal?

Amid calls for justice for Elijah McClain — a 23-year-old Black man who died after he was stopped by police in Aurora, Colorado, and placed in a carotid hold by an officer — the use of ketamine during his arrest has also drawn scrutiny.

McClain’s family says he was walking home last August when officers responded to a call of a suspicious person acting erratically. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday appointed a special prosecutor to re-examine the case following intense public pressure and an online petition that garnered more than 3 million signatures.

Adams County district attorney Dave Young’s office declined to file criminal charges in November, but in the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks, there has been renewed interest  in McClain’s case.

An autopsy was unable to determine whether McClain’s death was an accident, due to natural causes or

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Newark COVID Reopen Updates: Dining, Shopping And More

NEWARK, NJ — Recovering from the coronavirus shutdown has been a slow process, Newark. But there’s good news: the “new normal” is getting closer.

Newark’s restaurants, stores, businesses and other cultural institutions continue to reawaken from the COVID-19 shutdown that threw a devastating monkey wrench into New Jersey’s economy.

A new wave of adjustments will come when restaurants get the go-ahead to reopen for limited dining indoors on Thursday, July 2.

In addition, several entertainment venues and industries will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity on July 2, including museums, bowling alleys and arcades.

Read More: Gov. Murphy: ‘Hard Dates’ In NJ Coronavirus Reopening Blueprint

In Newark, businesses and local attractions are being graded by color – green, yellow and red – according to their risk levels. See the city’s full reopening plan here.

Catch up on the latest updates in Newark below.


New Jersey restaurants and

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Teenager jailed for 15 years for throwing boy from Tate viewing platform

Jonty Bravery was jailed for at least 15 years
Jonty Bravery was jailed for at least 15 years

A mentally ill teenager who threw a six-year-old boy from the viewing platform of the Tate Modern has been jailed for a minimum of 15 years as a judge warned he may never be released.

Jonty Bravery, 18, had been allowed to leave his supported accommodation unsupervised, despite a catalogue of warning signs that he was violent and intent on killing someone.

He shrugged and laughed after picking up the young French boy, who was on holiday with his parents, and hurling him off the London museum’s tenth floor balcony. He told the victim’s father: “Yes, I am mad” and was also heard to say: “It’s not my fault, it’s social services’ fault.” 

The boy  suffered devastating injuries, including a bleed on the brain and spinal damage, and now needs round-the-clock care. It is not known whether he will ever make

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Citrus steam cannot kill viruses such as the coronavirus

The claim: Inhaling citrus steam can kill respiratory viruses, including coronavirus

A popular social media post claims that inhaling citrus steam kills respiratory viruses, including COVID-19.

According to a graphic shared by countless social media users, boiling a pot of water with orange or lemon peels and salt, then inhaling the steam for 15 minutes will kill respiratory viruses, including coronavirus, influenza and rhinovirus.

Physicians and infectious disease experts say the steam treatments cannot kill the viruses. But they can relieve symptoms of some respiratory illnesses.

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Steam remedies, typically supplemented with essential oils, have often been lauded as an at-home remedy to relieve symptoms of respiratory infections.

According to, “steam inhalation is one of the most widely used home remedies to soothe and open the nasal passages and get relief from the symptoms of a cold or sinus

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7 Home and Away questions after this week’s Australian episodes

Photo credit: Channel 5
Photo credit: Channel 5

From Digital Spy

Home and Away spoilers follow from this week’s Australian-pace episodes, which some UK readers may prefer to avoid.

Home and Away aired four new episodes in Australia this week, as Jasmine Delaney struggled to keep her secret and Colby Thorne vowed to get answers in the Diner robbery investigation.

Here are seven big questions we’ve been left with after the latest episodes.

1. Will Jasmine be caught out?

Photo credit: Channel 5
Photo credit: Channel 5

Jasmine remains fixated on baby Grace as she continues to struggle following Robbo’s death and her experience with a false pregnancy. In tragic scenes, she’s secretly living out a fantasy – seeing Grace as her own daughter and posing as the little one’s mother on an online forum.

While Jasmine has largely managed to keep her worrying behaviour under wraps, she was thrown into a panic this week as a woman

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The GOP’s stupid crusade against Obamacare

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I suspect it was more risky to visit the shopping center than to visit the gym.” — Norwegian Goril Bjerkan. Norway reopened gyms this week after conducting a controlled, randomized study that found no increase of Covid risk for gym-goers.




  • US hits highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases for the second day in a row: New cases topped 39,000 as the pandemic surges in the South and West, especially in Arizona. Younger patients comprise a “disturbing” percentage of the new cases. States are delaying or rolling back reopening plans. Texas closed its bars. The head of the CDC also said that the US probably has had 10 times as many infections — more than 20 million — than the official

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‘America’s Got Talent’s’ Caly Bevier discusses music, relationships and moving on

For the second episode of In The Know: Profiles, we traveled to Los Angeles to meet with Caly Bevier, who had a breakout journey to the semifinals on Season 11 of “America’s Got Talent.” But before she was on TV and before she was being followed by more than 88,000 people on social media, she was stuck and sick in her hometown in Ohio.

“I never thought I could make singing or, like, being a musician into a career,” she told In The Know. “Everything kind of happened at once, I got diagnosed with cancer.”

Bevier was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was only 15. “I was either always stuck in my bed at home or stuck in a bed in the hospital,” she said. “I just felt even more sick not being able to go outside and enjoy nature and enjoy life.”

It was an incredibly difficult road

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‘Brandon Act’ Would Give Troops a Safe Word to Access Mental Health Care

Former Marine and Iraq War veteran Rep. Seth Moulton introduced a bill in Congress on Thursday that would make it easier for service members to seek mental health care outside their chain of command.

The Brandon Act, named for Navy Aircrew Aviation Electrician’s Mate Striker Brandon Caserta, who died by suicide two years ago this week in Norfolk, Virginia, would give service members a safe word that would trigger an immediate automatic referral to a mental health specialist for evaluation.

Read Next: Bill Would Create New Dangerous Dog Rules for Military Bases

According to the bill, H.R. 7368, if a service member uttered a selected phrase, it would trigger a referral “as soon as practicable” and in a confidential manner similar to the restricted reporting option available to victims of sexual assault in the U.S. military.

Moulton, a Massachusetts Democrat who has spoken openly about his own struggles with post-traumatic

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How many positive tests before we pull the plug on college football?

So it looks like college football, collectively, is prepared to wait for one of its players or staffers to get critically ill or worse before it pulls the plug on summer workouts. As the positive COVID-19 tests pile up, as players pile into bars and pile out infected, few colleges are taking a step back and asking, “Should we really be doing this right now?”

They should not. That is unfortunate. It is also obvious.

The relentless push for college football is above all else financial, although not necessarily in the same cynical way as the opposition to athletes capitalizing on their image rights. Athletic department budgets are built around football. The money football brings in funds scholarships and creates jobs. It puts food on tables. It is the lifeblood of college athletics. Delaying the season or, worse, going without one will impose an unprecedented austerity, and while that reckoning

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Military Photos Give an Advantage to White Men Like Me. Let’s Get Rid of Them

Jim Perkins is a major in the Army Reserve’s 75th Innovation Command. He served on active duty for 11 years and now works in technology in Seattle. He tweets at @jim_perkins1.

What does a leader look like? What gender and race are they? According to illustrations in the Army’s own manual regulating promotion photographs, you could easily infer that a leader is a white man in combat arms with the last name Atkinson. He doesn’t wear glasses, and his subordinates are women and people of color with names like Marinez and Villalobo. Seriously.

Last week, Defense Secretary Mark Esper proposed removing official photos from board files in an effort to reduce systemic bias. In his remarks, he noted this was something he had advocated as secretary of the Army and further added, “The military led the nation on ending segregation after World War II. … We all agreed it is

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