After having previously announced that the states would have to make all adults eligible to get a coronavirus vaccine by May 1st, President Biden moved up the date by nearly two weeks yesterday to April 19th.
At the same time, he urged Americans not to let their guard down yet, warning about the spread of coronavirus variants across the country, while also saying the vaccines work against them. Speaking at the White House, he said, "Let me be deadly earnest with you: We aren’t at the finish line. . . . We’re still in a life and death race against this virus." He said that the number of cases are going back up and hospitalizations are no longer falling, urging that people continue to wear masks, socially distance and wash their hands.
Despite the progress we’re making as a nation, I want every American to know in no uncertain terms that the fight against COVID-19 isn’t over. pic.twitter.com/gZTkXC7czX— President Biden (@POTUS) April 6, 2021
➤POLICE INSTRUCTOR TESTIFIES IN CHAUVIN TRIAL OFFICERS TRAINED TO 'STAY AWAY FROM THE NECK': A Minneapolis police department use-of-force instructor testified in former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder and manslaughter trial in the death of George Floyd yesterday, saying that the department's police are taught to use a knee on the back or shoulders if necessary to restrain combative suspects, but to, quote, "stay away from the neck when possible." Lieutenant Johnny Mercil also said they must use the least amount of force required to get a suspect to comply.
Lieutenant Johnny Mercil, the Minneapolis Police Department’s coordinator on the use of force, told jurors the neck restraint applied by former police officer Derek Chauvin in the deadly arrest of George Floyd was unauthorized https://t.co/EY996lJFTp pic.twitter.com/JrDCo0dPM2— Reuters (@Reuters) April 6, 2021
Chauvin underwent department use-of-force training in 2018, and his defense has argued his actions against Floyd had been what he was trained to do. During cross-examination of Mercil yesterday, the defense showed him body-cam photos and suggested that Chauvin's knee was really more on Floyd's back, shoulder or shoulder blades than on his neck. Mercil agreed it appeared that way in some of them.
In other testimony, the Minneapolis police official in charge of crisis-intervention training, Sergeant Ker Yang, said officers are taught to, quote, "slow things down and re-evaluate and reassess." Chauvin took a course in 2016 on recognizing people in crisis and how to use de-escalation techniques to calm them down. Additionally, Minneapolis Officer Nicole Mackenzie, who trains members of the force in medical care, testified that department policy required Chauvin, who was certified to perform CPR, to start aid before paramedics arrived, if possible.
➤NAVY MEDIC SHOOTS TWO SAILORS IN MARYLAND, KILLED AT ARMY BASE: A 38-year-old Navy medic shot two U.S. sailors with a rifle at a military facility in a Frederick, Maryland, office park, yesterday, wounding them, then went to the nearby Army base Fort Detrick, where he was shot and killed by security forces. Officials don't yet have a motive for the actions by Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet. Gate guards at the base, where Woldesenbet was assigned, had been given advance notice and he took off when they told him to pull over for a search. He made it about a half-mile into Fort Detrick before the base's police force stopped him. They shot and killed Woldesenbet when he pulled out a weapon. One of the sailors shot was in critical but stable condition yesterday and the other in serious condition. Woldesenbet was married with two young children.
Three months after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol, about half of Republicans believe the siege was largely a non-violent protest or was the handiwork of left-wing activists “trying to make Trump look bad,” a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found. https://t.co/dtHgKpkSfj— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 7, 2021
➤ARKANSAS LAWMAKERS OVERRIDE VETO OF MEASURE BANNING MEDICAL TREATMENT, SURGERY FOR TRANSGENDER MINORS: Arkansas lawmakers voted yesterday (April 6th) to override a veto the day before by Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson of a ban on gender-affirming medical treatments -- meaning hormone treatment or puberty blockers -- or surgery for transgender minors. It is the first law of its kind by any state. The Republican-led Legislature voted overwhelmingly in favor of overriding the veto, which required only a simple majority. Pediatricians, social workers and the parents of transgender minors were among those who'd spoken against the measure, saying it would harm those young people, who are already at higher risk for depression and suicide. Opponents say they will sue to try to block the ban from going into effect this summer.
Fox News’ Sean Hannity calls out “fake news CNN” for bias after Don Lemon claims Biden was “just misspeaking” about Georgia voting law: “Would you have said Donald Trump ‘just misspoke’? Oh come on.” pic.twitter.com/Rr5TSwhJ26— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) April 7, 2021
➤PHILADELPHIA SUED FOR CHANGING NAME OF COLUMBUS DAY HOLIDAY: Italian-American groups and Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla filed suit in federal court yesterday against Mayor Jim Kenney's administration over his recent executive order renaming the city's Columbus Day holiday to Indigenous Peoples' Day. The suit contends that while both ethnic groups deserve recognition, Kenney, quote, "may not take action that discriminates against Italian Americans to exalt another ethnic group in its place," according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. When Kenney ordered the name changed, he said Columbus, quote, "enslaved indigenous people, and punished individuals who failed to meet his expected service through violence and, in some cases, murder." The lawsuit further contends that Kenney's executive order fits a pattern of discrimination by him against Italian-American city residents, who they say should be designated a protected class. Other actions they cite include efforts to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus from south Philadelphia, and the removal last year of a statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo from outside the municipal services building. Kenney called the lawsuit "a patently meritless political ploy."
The pair will release the docuseries project through Archewell Productions. Titled Heart of Invictus, it will follow athletes as they prepare for the Games in The Hague, set for 2022.
In a statement, Harry said: "Since the very first Invictus Games back in 2014, we knew that each competitor would contribute in their own exceptional way to a mosaic of resilience, determination, and resolve. This series will give communities around the world a window into the moving and uplifting stories of these competitors on their path to the Netherlands next year."
Oscar-winning British director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara have also signed on. Harry will both produce and appear on-camera.
"The multi-episode series will join the competitors as they train, and along the way reveal powerful stories of resilience and hope. The series will also follow the organizers as they work to prepare for the Games, postponed until next Spring, and as they partner with each nation's team to support their competitors over the coming year," according to the project's press release.
Meghan and Harry’s deal with Netflix calls for them to make documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children's programming exclusively for the streaming giant.
➤HARRIS FINALLY MOVES INTO VICE PRESIDENT'S RESIDENCE: Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff were finally able to move into the official vice president's residence on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., last night (April 6th). The couple had been living in Blair House, across the street from the White House, since Inauguration Day, while needed renovations were being doing on the VP's residence. The six-bedroom mansion was first named the official residence of the vice president in 1974.
🦮DOG STOPS TRAFFIC TO GET HELP FOR HER OWNER DURING MEDICAL EMERGENCY: A dog stopped traffic to save its owner when the woman began to have a seizure. Haley Moore and Clover, a Maremma mix, were taking a stroll through their Ottawa, Canada, neighborhood when suddenly Moore began to seize. That’s when Clover sprung into action by walking into a busy road and forcing a truck to stop. When the driver Dryden Oatway saw Moore lying face down on the ground, he jumped out of his truck and ran over to help. Moore doesn't know what caused the seizure, but she will feel "10 times safer" because Clover will be there. The Moore family showed Clover their appreciation by treating her to a steak dinner.
Ashley Solis is the first woman to come forward publicly to accuse Deshaun Watson of sexual assault'— gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 6, 2021
"I am survivor of assault and harassment, Deshaun Watson is my assaulter and my harasser, he assaulted me at my home doing what I love most, massage therapy" pic.twitter.com/oA8luucYNk
➤TWO OF 22 WOMEN WHO FILED SEX MISCONDUCT LAWSUITS AGAINST WATSON SPEAK PUBLICLY: Two of the 22 women who have filed lawsuits alleging sexual assault and misconduct by Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson came forward publicly yesterday. The cases all relate to misconduct while Watson was getting massages. Massage therapist Ashley Solis said during a news conference, "I got into massage therapy to heal people. . . . Deshaun Watson has robbed me of that. . . . I suffer from panic attacks, anxiety and depression." An attorney at the news conference also read a letter that another accuser, Lauren Baxley, wrote to Watson in which she said, "Every boundary from professional and therapeutic to sexual and degrading you crossed or attempted to cross." Watson's attorney said in response that the law firm of the attorney representing Solis, quote, "sought $100,000 in hush money on behalf of Ms. Solis to quietly settle the allegations the month before he filed the first lawsuit." The NFL is investigating the claims.
⚾NATIONALS FINALLY PLAY FIRST GAME: The Washington Nationals finally got to play their first game of the season yesterday, five days later than they were supposed to, after several games had to be postponed due to Covid-19 issues on the team. But they were apparently ready to go, even though nine players weren't with the team because of either positive Covid results or contact tracing, beating the Atlanta Braves at home 6-5. What was supposed to be Washington's season-opening three-game series against the New York Mets was scrapped, and Monday's planned game against Atlanta will be played as part of a doubleheader today.
Akil Badoo is having an unreal first week in the Big Leagues🤯— PointsBet Michigan (@PointsBetMI) April 6, 2021
The rookie walks it off for the Tigers (+130)💸
⚾DETROIT'S BADDOO GETS WALK-OFF HIT AFTER HOMER, GRAND SLAM IN FIRST TWO GAMES: Detroit Tigers rookie outfielder Akil Baddoo continued what's been a blazing start to his big league career yesterday, getting a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Detroit a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins. Those heroics in Baddoo's third major league game came after he hit a home run on the first pitch of his first-ever major league game on Sunday, and then hit a grand slam in his second major league game on Monday. The 22-year-old had never played above Class A ball until this year, and didn't play at all last season because there were no minor league games due to the pandemic.
🏀NETS' HARDEN TO MISS AT LEAST 10 DAYS, DURANT LIKELY BACK: The Brooklyn Nets' James Harden will be out for at least 10 days with a hamstring strain, the team said Tuesday. One of the front-runners for the league MVP, Harden was able to play just four minutes Monday after having missed the previous two games. Meanwhile, teammate Kevin Durant, who's missed 23 games with a hamstring strain, is likely to return today.
⚾PADRES: TATIS JR. LIKELY WON'T NEED SURGERY ON SHOULDER: The San Diego Padres said Tuesday that star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. should be able to avoid surgery on his left shoulder after he partially dislocated it the day before while taking a hard swing. The 22-year-old has been put on the 10-day injured with a slight tear of the labrum.