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Gay Atlanta couple hospitalized after man attacks them with scalding water in their sleep

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Marquez Tolbert and Anthony Gooden (WSB-TV)

Both members of a gay couple in Atlanta were hospitalized after they were attacked by a 48-year-old man as they slept, WSB-TV reported.

“The pain doesn’t let you sleep,” said one of the victims, 21-year-old Marquez Tolbert. “It’s just, like, it’s excruciating, 24 hours a day, and it doesn’t go anywhere.”

Tolbert suffered second- and third-degree burns to his neck, back, and arms during the attack last month. He also required surgery that replaced some of the skin on his back with skin taken from his thigh. Gooden, he said, was only recently released from the hospital.

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Police arrested 48-year-old Martin Blackwell in connection with the attack. Blackwell, who is dating Gooden’s mother, is in jail and charged with two counts of aggravated battery.

According to Gooden, the suspect attacked them inside of Gooden’s apartment.

“Martin pulled me up and said, ‘Get out of my house with all that gay,'” Tolbert said. “I couldn’t stop screaming.”

WSB reported that Blackwell was quoted in a police report as saying of the victims, “They’ll be all right. It was just a little hot water on them.” Although Georgia does not have hate crime laws, the suspect could face federal hate crime charges.

“Why else would you pour boiling hot water on somebody?” Tolbert said.

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Watch WSB’s report, as aired on Wednesday, below.


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A Republican witness gets humiliated when the author of a study he cited refutes him

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During a hearing on Thursday, September 17, Bharat Ramamurti of the Congressional Oversight Commission questioned Republican Chris Edwards on the benefits of federal aid to states. Edwards, during the hearing, questioned the benefits of that type of aid. But Ramamurti skillfully used a study that Edwards cited to make a case in favor of federal aid to states — not against it.

Ramamurti, a Democrat who was appointed to the Congressional Oversight Commission by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer earlier this year, noted that Edwards has claimed that a 2019 study by economics professor Valerie Rainey of the University of California shows that a dollar of federal aid to states results in less than a dollar of economic growth. And Edwards responded that yes, Rainey’s study did show that.

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‘Loony’ Bill Barr is the ‘second most dangerous man in America’: WaPo columnist Eugene Robinson

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Bill Barr’s friends aren’t sure if he’s just a liar or delusional: ‘He’s been substantially influenced by right-wing media’

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The "Morning Joe" host said the attorney general has become the president's personal fixer -- as Trump attorneys Roy Cohn and Michael Cohen once had done -- and embraced conspiracy theories aimed at undermining the election, and Scarborough wondered what happened to the once-respected lawyer.

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