SEATTLE — Clothes got laundered, mattresses replaced and pesticides sprayed as the Navy waged war against a stubborn infestation of bedbugs that found their way onto a nuclear-powered submarine at its home port in the Bremerton area. Navy entomologists now certify that "all feasible measures have been taken" to control the infestation and have recommended "repopulation of berthing," according to a statement from Cmdr. Cindy Fields, a public affairs officer for the Naval Submarine Forces Pacific. This campaign aboard the USS Connecticut has included laying down diatomaceous dust to draw insects...
An Asian-American man was brutally beaten in the Bronx in an attack interrupted by police -- who aren't sure whether to call it a hate crime.
The victim crashed Monday night into the rear of a black Honda Fit on the Cross Bronx Expressway, and both he and that driver pulled over on the side of the road in the rain -- along with a Mercedes minivan without a license plate, and about 10 people got out of the other two vehicles and surrounded him, reported WABC-TV.
"He yelled, '(expletive) Chinese, I'm going to kill you,' two or three times," the victim said of one men, who punched his driver's side window, pulled back the shattered glass and punched him, and then tried to pull him through.
The assailant then broke in through the passenger side window and repeatedly punched and kicked the victim, and the 28-year-old was then trapped inside his vehicle for seven minutes talking to 911 dispatchers until a police cruiser happened to drive past and the attackers fled.
"If there's no hate, why do you treat me like this?" said the victim, who was hospitalized for two days for treatment of his injuries. "I'm not first generation of immigrants. I'm not first generation. I'm like second or third. I'm young, but I still get treated like this."
The assailant was standing on the hood of his car trying to kick in the windshield when police arrived, but the attackers drove away before officers could make any arrests.
"That's a pretty vicious hate crime," said Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), the man's congressional representative. "He wasn't seen as American enough that night. This guy did use racial slurs while beating up the victim, so I really hope they take this seriously."
Lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder, better known as the beach Grim Reaper, was one of those who sued Gov. Ron DeSantis during the 2020 season for relaxing the lockdown to ensure tourism. When DeSantis refused to close beaches, Uhlfelder dressed up as the Reaper and went walking through sands as a reminder to folks that they were endangering lives.
Uhlfelder took DeSantis to court which was dismissed, but the three-judge panel on the First District Court of Appeal took things a step further seeking to punish the lawyer for the lawsuit. Earlier this week, the Orlando Sentinel accused the court of playing favorites, citing a slew of cases against city ordinances by state Rep. Anthony Sabatini.
Now a former Florida Supreme Court Justice is siding with Uhlfelder in his new battle with the First District.
"It is my opinion and legal view that the lawsuit and appeal were not frivolous," said former Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis. "I submit this affidavit because it is my view that legal action, the independence of counsel and requirements that lawyers be strong advocates are pillars of our democracy. The independence of the judiciary is also key to preserving our liberties and independence of counsel essential to our adversarial system."
In the Orlando Sentinel editorial, the paper alleged that the First District Court is playing politics and "persecuting Uhlfelder to send a message that here in Florida, you don't mess with this governor."
Former Justice Lewis appears to agree, as does former First District Court of Appeals Chief Justice Robert Benton, who joined with Lewis in praising Uhlfelder for filing the lawsuit and encouraged him to appeal. Lewis argued that Uhlfelder was expressing his First Amendment rights when he sought legal action during a pandemic.
"When a citizen believes the governor is violating his constitutional duty to preserve the life and well-being of his citizens, he has the right to bring that claim before a court of general jurisdiction and, if the trial court believes it cannot hear it but encourages an appeal, the Floridian has the right to seek an appeal of that decision," wrote Lewis.
Responding to the Bar grievance committee, Uhlfelder's lawyer warned that DeSantis shouldn't "get a blank check" during a national public health crisis. He also argued that if the Florida Bar intends to take action they'll be going down a "very dangerous road that history has shown is rife with problems."
Florida has seen a dramatic increase in hospitalizations and COVID cases as the deadly delta variant has spread through communities there. DeSantis has taken little action to ensure public safety, going so far as to get into a war with communities and school districts that want to require masks while inside.
If only someone had warned the world how dangerous Ron DeSantis was 18 months ago https://t.co/jEJoMe16l7— Daniel Uhlfelder (@Daniel Uhlfelder) 1629909631.0
An official from Florida's Hillsborough County Republican Party — which has been busy mobilizing members to protest coronavirus restrictions such as school mask mandates — has died from COVID-19.
Now, the GOP official's friends and colleagues are spreading wild conspiracy theories about the "engineered virus," and alleging he was "illegally intubated" at a local hospital, according to a report from the Tampa Bay Times.
Gregg Prentice, a software developer who headed the local party's "election integrity" committee, recently checked in to Tampa General Hospital after experiencing "brain fog" and difficulty breathing, according to his friend, Jason Kimball. Prentice was placed on a ventilator and died the next day.
"Two days after Prentice's death, Kimball called for an investigation into Tampa General during the public comment period of the Tampa City Council meeting and accused the hospital of 'intubating people illegally,'" the Tampa Bay Times reports. "The remarks from Kimball earned a strong rebuke from members of the City Council who swiftly defended the hospital as a world-class medical institution. John Dingfelder called Kimball's comments 'very dangerous.'"
On Facebook, Kimball wrote: "Tampa General Hospital ER and ICU doctors are criminals and murderers!!! They intubate everyone and stick them on a ventilator for NO REASON just 'out of precaution' as the doctor told me - WITHOUT consent from the family!!! Tampa General Hospital is evil."
"We have a genetically engineered virus spreading around Florida," Kimball added. "We lost Gregg Prentice, a mentor to many in Hillsborough County, due to the engineered virus."
Prentice himself railed against local COVID-19 restrictions on his Facebook page last year.
"I am just hearing that our County Administrator Mike Merrill has PROHIBITED gatherings of more than 50 people?!?!?!" Prentice wrote in March 2020. "What is his problem? How in the world does he take a CDC 'suggestion' and a Presidential 'recommendation' and turn it into a Merrill PROHIBITION?!?!? This kind of stupid isn't limited to a single topic. And what are we going to do about it? He needs to be gone."
A month later, Prentice wrote, "We need more socialist distancing than we do social distancing."
"End Faucism," he wrote in May 2020.
The Tampa Bay Times notes that the Hillsborough County Republican Party recently hosted anti-mask, anti-vaxx Georgia Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene at its annual fundraiser — a maskless indoor event that went against CDC recommendations. Prentice also recently appeared on a podcast during which the host referred to COVID-19 as a "plandemic" and said it was designed to "crush small businesses and consolidate power in the multinational corporations."
During his many years working for the party, Prentice focused heavily on Florida's voter databases — often levying "severe accusations" at elections supervisors in Democratic counties, with his work drawing the attention of national conservative groups and GOP officials, who consulted with him when writing legislation. As head of the election integrity committee, Prentice led efforts to question election results in various counties, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
"The Hillsborough County GOP has called for a review of the 2020 election in Florida — a state former President Donald Trump won by more than 3 percentage points — similar to the partisan recount unfolding in Arizona," the newspaper reported.
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