Prosecutors Ask For a Quarter of a Year Delay in George Floyd Trial

Prosecutors overseeing the Minneapolis case involving four ex police officers who are charged in the kneeling death of George Floyd have requested the trial be delayed for three months due to the current pandemic according to court records. A recent petition listed Covid-19 and vaccine distribution as reasons for the petition. The officers were originally scheduled to stand trial for the tragic death of Floyd on March 8 but the prosecutors have expressed their intentions to postpone it until June 7th. Court records said the reason for the motion was to “protect public health” while ensuring the “case is resolved expeditiously” as reported by the AP.

Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane & Tou Thao-Source: Hennepinn County Sheriffs Office

Derek Chauvin, Alexander Keung, Tou Thao and Alexander Kueng are all set to stand trial cohesively. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter while the others are responsible to defend aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter charges.

George Floyd- Source: Ben Crump Law

Floyd was a working father who died after Chauvin a white police officer was captured on camera pinning the Black man down by holding his knee and full body weight to his neck for nearly nine minutes despite several cries that he could not breathe.

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Justice Department Declines Charges Against Police in Tamir Rice’s Killing

The magnificent Martin Luther King Jr. professed that “Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied” a sentiment that is tragically fitting once again as the U.S. Department of Justice has rejected filing charges against the officers responsible for killing 12 year old Tamir Rice on the playground in 2014. Tamir Rice was a grade school student who was having recess outside of a recreation center in Ohio when a Cleveland police officer, Timothy Loehman mistook a toy gun for a real one and decided to shoot him.

The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Ohio and prosecutors with the Civil Rights Division concluded that “In order to establish a federal civil rights violation, the government would have to prove that Officer Loehman’s actions were unreasonable under the circumstances, and that his actions were willful.” They also stated that “an officer is permitted to use deadly force where he reasonably believes that the suspect posed an imminent threat or serious physical harm.”

Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year old boy who was fatally shot by police while carrying a replica toy gun, speaks during a news conference at the Olivet Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio December 8, 2014. Source: REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk

The DOJ released a statement on Tuesday which attempted to validate their reasoning saying “Although Tamir Rice’s death is tragic, the evidence does not meet” the “substantial evidentiary requirements.” As if murdering a child in cold blood isn’t enough to warrant reprimand.

The Attorney for the child’s family Jonathan Abady told CNN that she is overwhelmed with grief saying “this case involves the totally unjustified shooting of a 12 year old child. This is part of a problem that we’ve been living with as a society for as long as anyone can remember, that is the unjustified excessive use of force by police officers against people of color.”

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Treasury Says Stimulus Payments Will Start Releasing Tonight

The most recent round of covid-19 stimulus payments will start going out today according to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. On Tuesday Mnuchin announced via twitter that some people will began to see cash hit their bank accounts as soon as tonight. Payments that are sent via paper check will start going out on Wednesday morning. Individuals who wish to check the status of their money can do so at IRS.gov/GetMyPayment.

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Vice President Elect Kamala Harris Receives Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris receiving Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine.

The ceiling shattering Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received her first antidote of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday morning. Harris decided to receive the dose in an effort to boost public support of the vaccine. She reacted after the process was complete saying “That was easy! Thank you. I just barely felt it. I barely felt it,” she continued saying “I look forward to getting the second vaccine. Literally this is about saving lives. I trust the scientist and it is the scientist who created and approved the vaccine.” While also encouraging “everyone” when it’s “their turn to get vaccinated.”

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Trump Signs Underwhelming Bill $2000 Checks Still On The Table

The standoff for increased coronavirus aid finally ended on Sunday as President Trump receded signing the bipartisan approved relief bill he initially refuted because it short changed Americans while prioritizing foreign countries and “lobbyist.” The $900 billion endorsed bill is set to send $600 checks to eligible Americans however the suggested $2000 payments by the President will still go before the House for a vote on Monday. In the meantime the current recovery bill includes an increased child benefit from the previous $500 to $600 per child and extended unemployment stipends. The first people to receive the funds will likely be those who are already in the IRS payment system.

The Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin attempted to ease anxious Americans on Monday asserting “This is a very, very fast way of getting money into the economy. Let me emphasize: People are going to see this money at the beginning of next week. Despite Nancy Pelosi’s previous rejection of the $1.8T aid offered late fall by the GOP, the speaker of the House spoke in support of the pending $2,000 checks expressing “To vote against this bill is to deny the financial hardship that families face and to deny them the relief they need.”

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Ex Rap Producer Weldon Angelos Receives Presidential Pardon

A well known ex producer, social justice activist and Snoop Dogg affiliate, Weldon Angelos is the latest person to receive a pardon from President Trump. Angelos was originally arrested for distributing $350 worth of marijuana to a confidential officer while carrying a concealed gun and received a brutal sentence that entailed 55 years in prison without the possibility of parole. The prominent music exec produced Snoop Doggs 2002 “We From The LBC” soundtrack and shortly thereafter was targeted in a sting operation that was alleged to be directed at hip-hop artist. Angelos thanked Donald Trump via Instagram saying “Feels great to have been fully pardoned by the President of the United States. He continued “Now it’s time for more pardons and commutations. Former President Barack Obama was responsible for commuting Angelo’s initial sentence in 2016 according to Fox13.

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Donald Trump Has Refused To Sign The Bipartisan Stimulus Bill

On Tuesday Donald Trump described the Covid-19 relief bill as a “disgrace” saying “I’m asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000 or $4,000 for a couple.” He also suggested that he would not sign the newly drafted bipartisan bill saying “throughout the summer Democrats cruelly blocked Covid relief legislation in an effort to advance their extreme left wing agenda and influence the election. Then a few months ago Congress started negotiations on a new package to get urgently needed help to the American people, it’s taken forever. However the bill they are now planning to send back to my desk is much different than anticipated it really is a disgrace.” The President went on to detail a plethora of agencies that were sited in the intended bill to the tune of billions of dollars which he called “wasteful” and beneath the allotted aid for “small businesses” and Americans. He said congress found plenty money for “foreign countries” and “lobbyist” while giving the “bare minimum” to the American people. The President eluded to not signing the bill unless the changes are made threatening to leave it to the next administration which he said may be his own despite his recent loss in the electoral college.

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2ND STIMULUS bill PASSES Congress DRASTICALLY SHORT OF EXPECTATIONS

Lawmakers were able to come to an agreement on a $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus deal on Monday that covers a second round of stimulus checks which allocates $600 for most Americans. It also includes extended unemployment with a $300 boost to strengthen the benefit in addition to expanding eviction moratoriums for renters. The bill is in conjunction with a $1.4 trillion spending bill that protects federal programs and agencies until Sept. 30, which is the ending of the fiscal year. The Paycheck Protection Program is also being expanded and will now include local newspapers, broadcasters and non profits. Small business grants will gain another $20 billion with live event venues being allocated $15 billion, additional funds were directed to vaccine testing and distribution. The SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) or SNAP has also been backed with $13 billion stipend.

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Hospital Pauses Covid-19 Shots After 4 Staff Members Become Ill

Advocate Condell Medical Center in the Chicagoland area has halted Covid-19 vaccinations after a quartet of it’s staff members experienced adverse reactions to the shots. Four employees reported experiencing tingling and irregular heart rates not long after receiving the vaccine according to the hospital. An Advocate spokesperson released the following statement “These four team members represent fewer than 0.15% of the approximately 3,000 who have received vaccinations across Advocate Aurora Health. At this time, we can share three team members are home and doing well, and one is receiving additional treatment.” The medical center has reportedly paused administering the doses while they further research the cause @ABC.

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Joe Biden & VP Kamala Harris Officially Elected

While the presidential election took place more than a month ago, Monday marked the official executive win for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris following the electoral college recasting ballots to legally seal their victories. Joe Biden received 306 electoral votes to Trumps 232 and expressed his desire to move past the election disputes and focus on rectifying the pandemic via speech excerpts that were released by his transitional team. The President elect stated “In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed. We the People voted. Faith in our institutions held. The integrity of our elections remains intact. And so, now it is the time to turn the page. To unite. To heal.” His speech is set to affirm his “commitment” to be a “president for all Americans” according to the AP.

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100 Million Americans Expected To Be Vaccinated By March

Despite members of the medical community wondering if the government will run into a shortage of supplies the initial dosages of the Pfizer vaccine is on schedule to start distribution this week. Dr. Moncef Slaoui the “chief medical adviser for Operation Warp Speed” told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace that multiple covid-19 doses are in development which will enable the government to meet it’s “target” of vaccinating more than 100 million people by the end of March. Saying “Our plan from day one has been to have a portfolio of products, Pfizer is one of them. Moderna, which is likely to be approved by Friday, probably this coming week, is able to produce 100 million doses in the first quarter, and we just announced on Friday that we’ve committed to acquire another 100 million doses, which will be delivered in the second quarter of 2021.” While touting the antidote as a “remarkable” scientific “achievement.”

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Prolific Blk Economist Walter Williams dead at 84

Walter Williams a nationally recognized prolific economics professor has passed away at 84. The scholar and social justice icon taught at the George Mason University in Virginia for over 40 years. Teaching his last class a day before his death on Wednesday as reported by “Donald J. Bourdreaux” at the Wall Street Journal. His fellow faculty of over 40 years went on to say that “Dr. Williams’ body of work was remarkable, prolific and without question, controversial.” They described his primary concentration by saying “his principal scholarly research was devoted to studying the effects on minority groups of markets as well as government policies, an important and complicated area of study.” Mr. Williams was raised in a housing project in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was a cab driver prior to beginning college where he would press on to eventually earn his doctorate from UCLA as reported by the “Journal.” Walter Williams has written over ten books including 1982’s “The State Against Blacks.” Swift grief spread across social media following the news of his expiration with Senator Ted Cruz sending condolences to his family. Walter Williams left a well respected legacy as a commentator, columnist, thought provoker and overall change maker.

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Student Loan Repayments Postponed Until 2021

The U.S. Department of Education’s Secretary Betsy DeVos announced on Friday that the government will extend the forbearance period on federal student loans until January 31, 2021 due to business closures as a result of rising Covid-19 cases.

The short relief does not include private student loans. Interest has been paused on federal student loans since early March, when the pandemic became prevalent however individuals who are seeking to make payments can still do so via their loan servicer.

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Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Symbolically Passed In The House

On Friday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level in an effort to reduce judicial racism that Black and minorities face in regards to disproportionate incarcerations. The measure gained bipartisan support with a 228-164 vote and was the first time in history that either chambers of Congress validated a legislation of it’s kind. Details of the proposal included removing marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances and expunging federal convictions for non violent marijuana offenders. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act was created to “reverse the failed policy of criminalizing marijuana on the federal level and would take steps to address the heavy toll this policy has taken across the country, particularly communities of color” according to Jerrold Nadler the Judiciary Committee Chair. The measure is NOT law until it is also approved in the Senate where it is expected to fail at. Is this bill about curbing systemic racism or gaining positive press for the House after repeated failed stimulus negotiations in the midst of “communities of color” and the rest of America suffering due to the ongoing pandemic?

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Nancy Pelosi Accepts $908B Bill After Rejecting Higher $1T Offer

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Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have now decided that a $908 billion dollar relief bill is acceptable post election after previously rejecting the $1.8 trillion GOP offer back in July. The drastic flip flop has people wondering if the initial almost $2T refusal was politically motivated at the expense of the American peoples livelihoods. Pelosi who previously stated that “a trillion dollars is OK, that’s an interesting starting point. But that doesn’t come anywhere near” has now decided that substantially less is suddenly adequate after saying the almost 2 trillion dollar offer was “wholly insufficient.” Do you think Pelosi allowed Americans to starve while playing politics. Did she fumble the stimulus bag? Now that the game is over are Americans taking the hit via lesser relief. Are you voting next midterm?

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Paris Police Officers On Leave After Brutally Beating Black Man

Source: AP-French President Emmanuel Macron

In an era where the killing of George Floyd painfully invoked a heightened awareness of the constant social injustices, systematic racism and police violence that Blacks worldwide face French President Emmanuel Macron has responded by trying to pass new legislation in France that would prohibit it’s citizens from filming it’s police. Even in a time where recent Paris video footage has exposed a Black man namely, Michel Zecler being brutally assaulted by police who used a “truncheon” (steel baton) and “tear gas” against the man unjustifiably resulting in his current request for legal recourse. The proposed bill by Macron has activated protest organized by “civil liberties groups” and the local media. Both entities have valid concern that the drafted law would allow police violence to be undisciplined, dismissed and concealed. Is Paris being a “city of love” looking more like propaganda and less like reality when it comes to Black (French) people. Is visiting the Eiffel Tower scrapped for vacation?

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Disney Announces Massive Layoffs Due To Covid-19

The most magical place on earth this past year has been the power of staying in the house and not vacationing something that hasn’t faired to well for the “Walt Disney Co” Theme Parks. The companies recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission has stated that it plans to layoff more than 32,000 people in the first half of 2021. The pandemic induced the shuttering of it’s California attractions while social distancing guidelines & attendance restrictions have caused the subsequent reduction of it’s enchanting staff. A Disney spokesman confirmed that the latest numbers also represent the 28,000 that were slated for unemployment earlier this year.

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Macy’s “Thanksgiving Parade” Is Set To March On Despite Pandemic

While the world as we know it has changed. We discovered things like getting up on Thanksgiving morning to check out a matinee was not a right but actually a luxury. A new normal was established in 2020 that included mostly everyone looking like assassins or surgeons fully masked up hyper aware of what & who surrounded us while trying to remain hopeful for what lied ahead. In a year filled with cancellations and closures the Macy’s “Thanksgiving Day Parade” has decided to adapt and maintain. The now socially distance event has been scheduled to go on Thursday morning on NBC and will include performers such as Patti Labelle, KeKe Palmer and The Roots.

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Last Laugh: The Obama’s Are Producing A Trump Era Comedy Series

As reported by Deadline, Barack and Michelle Obama are scheduled to produce a new “Netflix” comedy series that lightly details the “chaos” that commenced when Donald Trump became President titled “G Word”.

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The special is set to began production early next year and is based upon author Michael Lewis’s book titled “The Fifth Risk” a publication that the Obamas brokered a deal for the rights to in 2018. The former first couples initial Netflix project “American Factory” won an Oscar this year for best documentary feature. Have you ever heard of laughing all the way to the bank?

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Burt’s Bee Claims Black Fragmented Family Photo Was Altered

On Monday Burt’s Bees apologized for an image from their Christmas campaign that showed three whole white families each consisting of a mother, father and children besides a Black family that depicted a single mother with children. Their original apology read “We recognize the importance of portraying families in a way that doesn’t promote harmful stereotypes. Our choice to use this photo when part of the family was not available for a rescheduled photoshoot was wrong, and we have removed the image from our website.” The skin care company also went on to contradict the apology by saying the circulated advertisement was photoshop alleging that the images were not originally grouped together or “compiled” but was “pasted together by a twitter user”. Do you think their sales will be stung?

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NFL Positively Disrupts History With All Black Officiating Crew

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For the first time in the leagues existence an “all Black officiating crew” worked an NFL game on Monday night. Referee Jerome Boger headed the crew during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Los Angeles Rams game alongside umpire Barry Anderson, down judge Julian Mapp, line judge Carl Johnson, side judge Dale Shaw field judge Anthony Jeffries and back judge Greg Steed. During the NFL’s announcement of the record breaking decision last week Troy Vincent (leagues executive vice president) who leads football operations called the move “a testament to the countless and immeasurable contributions of Black officials to the game, their exemplary performance, and to the power of inclusion that is the hallmark of this great game according to NBC.” The officials collectively have more than 89 seasons of NFL experience with six being Super Bowls. Are you proud of the NFL for making this a field goal?

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New York City’s 1st Black Mayor David Dinkins, has passed at 93

David Dinkins did not settle for systemic limitations and persisted his way to reroute history by being New York City’s first Black Mayor in 1989.

Source: Keith Torrie/ New York Daily News
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Dinkins broke ground and racial barriers that year ultimately defeating Ed Koch (Democrat) and Rudy Giuliani (Republican) and went on to become the city’s 106th mayor. Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed his passing of natural causes in his Upper East Side Manhattan home on Monday. Giuliani sent his “deepest condolences” via twitter saying “He gave a great deal of his life in service to our great city. That service is respected and honored by all.” Dinkins served a single term as Mayor and despite racial tensions that were critically present during his service the historic Mayor made a lasting impact throughout his tenure that outreached his time in office and lifetime in general. David Dinkins was preceded in death a month prior by his loving wife of over fifty years Joyce Dinkins.

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Trump Administration Initiates Transition To Biden

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On Monday the General Services Administrations chief Emily Murphy reached out to President-elect Joe Biden to inform him that the current administration has made federal resources available for his official transition. President Trump tweeted moments later in support of the move saying the “team” would follow all “initial protocols.” This letter was interpreted as a concise indication of Trump formally accepting defeat in the November election although he has yet to concede.

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Pandemic Hoarding Restarts As New Covid-19 Orders Take Effect

When you walk down the toilet paper aisles it’s not deja vu. New covid-19 restrictions have taken effect nationwide and as a result Americans are once again stockpiling on essential items. On Friday Walmart revealed that they are “seeing pockets of lower than normal availability.” That same day over 22 states had imposed new orders in an attempt to reduce the spread of the virus heading into the holidays. Many retailers including Kroger and Target have reinstated purchase limits on a slew of items due to the renewed trend according to The Washington Post.

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MYPILLOW CEO Donated To Protest Shooters Bail

Kyle Rittenhouse is the person who allegedly shot and killed two people in August during the protest against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Rittenhouse was released from police custody on a fundraised $2 million bail according to the county’s local sheriff department. His attorney Lin Wood said in a tweet on Friday that “Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow along with actor Ricky Schroder “helped raise” the required surety. Rittenhouse is the alleged gunman in the fatal shooting of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber in addition to wounding Gaige Grosskreutz. The shootings took place during a demonstration in Kenosha following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. A black man who was shot multiple times by Kenosha officers in the presence of his young children.

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IN. Police Off. Who Killed Rashad Cunningham Won’t Face Charges

Gary, Indiana is the hometown of the late pop icon Michael Jackson and it’s former mayor Richard Hatcher was one of the first Black mayors to govern a city of more than 100,000 people in America at the time.

While the city itself is democratic and predominately comprised of Black (79.84%) and minority people systemic barriers in the criminal justice system throughout the country are also mirrored in this small rust belt town. Consequently the Gary police officer who killed Rashad Cunningham, a 25 year old Black man in August of 2019 will not face any criminal charges. Officer Isiah Price shot Cunningham after approaching the man sitting in his vehicle in front of his own home. Price later alleged that the deceased pointed a gun at him. Lake County prosecutor Bernard Carter said he made the decision to reject legal action against the officer after an “extensive review of the evidence. Are U.S. police trying to make killing civilians legal?

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Black British Racer Wins 7th World Title

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton solidified his seventh world title in Istanbul, Turkey at the “Turkish Grand Prix” racing competition. The victory has placed Hamilton in the rankings for one of the greatest F1 race car drivers of all time. The champion was “lost for words” after winning according to “The Guardian” saying “we dreamed of this when I was young. It is so important for kids to see this, and don’t listen to anyone who says you can’t achieve something.” Are you beyond inspired?

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ABC Nightline’s Breonna Taylor Special

ABC’s “Nightline” aired on late Friday evening and was devoted to Breonna Taylor. It shared the young lady’s legacy of love to all who knew her. In addition to detailing the horrific way she died and confirming the many fallacies that surround the handling of her case. The special included close loved ones who spoke about Breonna’s joyful spirt describing her as “the star of the show” always uplifting her family. Her mother Tamika Palmer stated that her daughter is now a “symbol for justice” a sentiment that was rightfully echoed throughout the segment. Heart wrenching footage was shown that captured Taylor’s significant other Kenneth Walker moments after the fatal shooting despondent and sobbing for his partner “not to be dead”. Those pleas came after police fired “32” shots into the couples Louisville apartment on March 13, 2020 after abruptly entering without warning according to Walker. An alleged negligent action that frightened Walker and mimicked a home invasion therefore causing the boyfriend to act in self defense. Walker also stated that Breonna’s last word was a scream after being shot and killed by police bullets. Several jury members appeared anonymous for the special confirming the speculation that no murder charges were ever presented by the state of Kentucky’s Attorney General, Daniel Cameron. An inaction during the trial that has called his humanity, competence and rectitude into question. SAY HER NAME!

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CDC Cautions Against Thanksgiving Traveling & Meetups

On Thursday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Americans against traveling for Thanksgiving. One million new covid-19 cases were recorded in the U.S. last week shattering prior records within that same time frame. Many new restrictions are subsequently taking effect and the CDC is informing Americans that the “the safest place to celebrate” is with “the people in your household.” They also suggest that people who plan to travel despite the pandemic continue to implement all social distancing guidelines which include but aren’t limited to wearing a mask “with two or more layers”, staying six feet apart from others especially the medically vulnerable and frequently washing your hands.

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