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Father and son doctors die of coronavirus after treating COVID-19 patients on Florida front lines

Father and son doctors die of coronavirus after treating COVID-19 patients on Florida front lines

A Florida father and son, both doctors, served on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. They perished within five weeks of each other from the very disease they were selflessly treating. Dr. Jorge A. Vallejo, 89, a retired obstetrician and gynecologist, and his 57-year-old son, Dr. Carlos Francisco Vallejo, who was caring for up to 76 COVID-19 patients, were both hospitalized on Father’s Day, the reported. Advertisement Jorge Vallejo died six days later, on June 27. Carlos Vallejo hung on for 42 days in intensive care before succumbing to the illness, dying on Aug. 1. The two came...

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Facebook obliterates Romania-based troll farm of accounts masquerading as Black Trump supporters

Facebook obliterates Romania-based troll farm of accounts masquerading as Black Trump supporters

Facebook said Thursday it had deep-sixed a Romania-based troll farm rife with accounts masquerading as Black Americans supporting President Trump. The posts purported to be from a guy named David Adrian, who lived in Montana but also somehow simultaneously in Romania, NBC News reported. But the person was fictitious, with a stolen profile photo. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter all removed accounts, said. Advertisement The disclosure came in Facebook’s monthly , begun to try and weed out misinformation that could skew elections and other important decisions. The platform’s head of security...

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Sole Native American on federal death row to be executed in August

Sole Native American on federal death row to be executed in August

The only Native American on federal death row is scheduled to be executed in August. The date for the execution of Lezmond Mitchell, 38, was set Wednesday over the objections of both the victims’ family and the Navajo Nation, the tribe both Mitchell and his victims belong to. Advertisement He is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Aug. 26, reported. He was convicted in 2003 on carjacking charges, as well as for murdering Alyce Slim, 63, and her 9-year-old granddaughter, Tiffany Lee. Mitchell was initially scheduled for execution in 2019, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th...

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George Floyd hologram to tour U.S. and replace Confederate statues

George Floyd hologram to tour U.S. and replace Confederate statues

George Floyd lives on in light. A hologram effigy of the 46-year-old Black man killed by a since-fired Minneapolis police officer in May will tour the U.S., traveling roughly along the route of the 1961 Freedom Rides. Advertisement A collaboration between the George Floyd Foundation and , it will stop at five sites in North Carolina, Georgia and other Southern states. Tuesday night, Floyd’s family will launch the week-long project in Richmond, Va., where the hologram will replace the statue of Robert E. Lee. It’s the first public unveiling of the George Floyd Hologram Memorial Project,...

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SEE IT: Protesters try to tear down Andrew Jackson statue near the White House

SEE IT: Protesters try to tear down Andrew Jackson statue near the White House

Demonstrators were undaunted Monday evening after police used tear gas to stop them from tearing down a statue of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States and main architect of the Trail of Tears. Protesters broke into wire fencing that had been erected earlier to protect the statue in Lafayette Square, climbed the sculpture and tried to bring it down. Others chipped away at the base of the statue located near the White House, reported , which was broadcasting live Monday night. Advertisement Police dispersed them, allegedly using pepper spray, WUSA reported. Other cops...

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Coronavirus cases spike in Texas, Arizona, Florida after reopening

Coronavirus cases spike in Texas, Arizona, Florida after reopening

At least some of the states rushing to reopen are seeing spikes in coronavirus cases, according to a new report. Cases are increasing in 14 states, most notably in Texas and Arizona, reported Wednesday. Florida is also high on the list. Advertisement As cases plateaued nationally, the increases in Texas, Arizona and other states showed that efforts to quell the epidemic are headed in the wrong direction. “To get through this crisis and safely continue getting back out into the world, we need them to go down — a lot,” Axios said of COVID-19 infections. Advertisement In Texas, phase three of...

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg defends allowing incendiary Trump speech as top engineer quits

Facebook’s Zuckerberg defends allowing incendiary Trump speech as top engineer quits

No saving face here. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday stood firmly by his decision to allow President Trump to peddle incendiary rhetoric and misinformation on the social media platform, even as employees challenged him in a company-wide video call. Advertisement On Monday a top Facebook software engineer quit over what he said was Zuckerberg’s failure to police Trump’s incitements to violence. “I’m resigning from my job at Facebook,” Timothy Aveni, whose job is to prevent the spread of misinformation on Facebook, wrote in a . “For years, President Trump has enjoyed an...

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Ikea publishes a meatball recipe — including gravy — to tide customers over

Ikea publishes a meatball recipe — including gravy — to tide customers over

Ikea, having shuttered its stores in response to the coronavirus pandemic, knows what its customers are missing almost more than the furniture: its iconic Swedish meatballs. The retailer on Monday published a recipe. Advertisement This being Ikea, the goods must be assembled. But, just as with its furniture, Ikea has provided a detailed set of instructions, complete with cartoony, easy-to-read depictions of cooks and meatballs at every step of the process, to illustrate exactly how meatballs are made. Though from the looks of it these meatballs are as delicious as those one can buy in the...

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Putin dons Hazmat suit as Russia comes clean about real coronavirus numbers

Putin dons Hazmat suit as Russia comes clean about real coronavirus numbers

Russia’s coronavirus cases, which seemed low compared to the trajectory the infections have taken elsewhere in the world, are actually in line with those of other nations, President Vladimir Putin said from the inside of a hazmat suit on Tuesday. Acknowledging that the low number of recorded cases – 495 so far, with no deaths – was likely a result of insufficient screening, Russian authorities said it was going to get worse. Indeed, the country needs to “prepare for the Italian scenario,” Denis Protsenko, who heads a hospital that Putin visited, according to the Associated Press. Critics...

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