Legendary ‘Star Trek’ actor, author and activist George Takei says the recent surge in anti-Asian hate follows similar spikes in U.S. history. Here’s his personal story as told to the Daily News: I’ve experienced hate and cruelty. What’s happening today is the same thing Japanese Americans were subjected to in 1942 after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. People were being assaulted, set on fire, had bricks thrown through their shop windows. I had just turned 5 years old. I will never forget the morning I saw two soldiers marching up our driveway carrying rifles with bayonets. I remember their fists...
‘Why put a gun to your head?’ Republicans ‘causing a lot of damage’ by embracing ‘anti-science activities’
Public health experts are dismayed that Republican officials and lawmakers have embraced anti-vaccine theories as the coronavirus continues to claim new victims.
Conservative state lawmakers are trying to block universities from requiring students to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations, and public health experts trace those efforts back to the Tea Party's "health freedom" movement in the middle of the last decade that pushed back against vaccine requirements following a California measles outbreak, reported Politico.
"They're causing a lot of damage," said Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine. "The GOP has now fully embraced anti-vaccine, anti-science activities."
Prohibiting vaccine mandates are seen as a show of support for former president Donald Trump, who last year won 14 or the 16 states with bans, although universities may challenge those laws and executive orders.
"To respond to almost like a boogie man and start legislating so early on, I think is a little bit short-sighted," said Rekha Lakshmanan, director of advocacy and policy at the Immunization Partnership.
Arizona and Florida have both banned universities from mandating vaccination proof as the more contagious Delta variant of the deadly virus surge in areas with lower rates of inoculation, and college students are already the least likely cohort to have gotten the shots or plan on getting them.
"In order for college students to return to the kind of pre-pandemic environment on college campuses, that the college area has to be safe, and we feel the best way for it to be safe, from a health standpoint, is to require this vaccine," said Gerri Taylor, co-chair of the American College Health Association's coronavirus task force.
Younger adults are less likely to die from COVID-19, but they can still suffer serious health effects and spread the virus to others, and one vaccine expert said refusing to get the shots is like playing Russian roulette.
"It's not five empty chambers and one bullet, it's probably 100,000 empty chambers and one bullet," said Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a member of FDA's vaccine advisory panel. "But why put a gun to your head?"
A beach condo building in Florida partially collapsed overnight, bringing down many residents along with it. Survivors described the horrifying screams from trapped neighbors that they couldn't reach.
Now a video has emerged that shows the moment when the building came down. It appears that a middle section was first to collapse and the tower next to it came down next.
Authorities are asking people who are trying to reach their relatives to call the Miami family reunification hotline and they will work to help locate your family member. The number is 305-614-1819.
According to KSAT, a sheriff's lieutenant in Bexar County, Texas, which includes the city of San Antonio, has been fired after she participated in the attack on the Capitol on January 6 — and boasted on social media that it was the "best day of my life."
"Lt. Roxanne Mathai, 46, was given an order of dismissal five months after BCSO Sheriff Javier Salazar said he intended to never have her set foot in a BCSO building again," reported KSAT's Dillon Collier. "Mathai's attendance of the insurrection first became public in report by the KSAT 12 Defenders on Jan. 7. She later claimed through an attorney she was unaware of the bloodshed, including a slain police officer, at the riot."
Mathai reportedly posted photos on Facebook showing rioters inside the Capitol after breaking through police lines.
"Not gonna lie.....aside from my kids, this was, indeed, the best day of my life. And it's not over yet," Mathai wrote on Facebook.
The Capitol riot played host to a number of people from military and law enforcement backgrounds, prompting police across the country to confront extremism in their ranks.
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