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U.S. judge says Florida can't ban cruise ship's 'vaccine passport' program

Aug 8 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has allowed Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH.N)todemand that passengers show written proof of coronavirus vaccination before they board a ship, dealing a major blow to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis's effort to ban "vaccine passports."

In a preliminary ruling issued on Sunday, U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams in Miami said Norwegian would likely prevail on its argument that the "vaccine passport" ban, signed into law by DeSantis in May, jeopardizes public health and is an unconstitutional infringement on Norwegian's rights.

The judge blocked DeSantis from enforcing the law against Norwegian, allowing the cruise ship operator to proceed with a plan to resume port activity in Miami on Aug. 15. Violations of the law could have triggered a penalty of $5,000 per passenger, potentially adding up to millions of dollars per cruise. ..............................(more)


Black HS principal in TX ordered to remove fb pic of him and white wife

The turmoil of racism, especially in Texas, is still undergoing a strong current these days, and a Black high school principal is in the middle of one.

According to The New York Post, a Black high school principal said that he was told by a district official to take a photo of him and his white wife off of Facebook so that it wouldn’t “stir up stuff” amid complaints from parents.

The Black principal of Colleyville Heritage High School, James Whitfield wrote a very detailed post on his Facebook page last week to speak on the incident from two years ago from when he was initially promoted to the top post at the middle school. ...........(more)


Google study shows New Yorkers are most eager to return to transit use

Google commissioned a study in late spring/early summer, to assess how people living in major cities in the U.S. feel about resuming their pre-pandemic transit habits.

The online survey conducted by Allison+Partners Research + Insights found about two out of three people wanted to return to regular transit use.

Who is ready to get back to their pre-pandemic transit routine?

• 68 percent of New York City respondents

• 60 percent of San Francisco respondents

• 59 percent of Washington, D.C., respondents

• 56 percent of Chicago respondents

The reasons survey respondents gave for wanting to get back to transit could all fall within the category of convenience. Survey respondents said not worrying about parking, having a relaxing commute and having time for reflection as reasons for why they missed transit. .................(more)


Florida man accused of biting off part of man's ear at hotel

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (WPEC) — A man from Port St. Lucie, Florida is accused of biting off part of a man's ear in the Florida Keys.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office arrested 45-year-old James Lenn Williams on Thursday.

Investigators said Williams was with a group of friends on vacation. While at a marina, a woman passed out and Williams put her in a wheelbarrow to carry her back to the hotel room.

Witnesses said Williams dumped beer on the woman and insulted her. Things started to escalate when a friend intervened. ............(more)


Michigan hospital cuts ties with Vikings QB Kirk Cousins over COVID-19 stance

(Detroit Free Press) HOLLAND — Holland Hospital cut ties with Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins Friday afternoon after he had served as a spokesperson for the healthcare provider over the last several years.

Cousins, who recently declined to answer questions regarding his COVID-19 vaccination status, was reinstated to Minnesota's roster from its reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. He was placed on the list after being in close contact with a player who tested positive. The Holland native said he has no issue cooperating with the NFL's COVID-19 protocols, but that getting the shot is a personal matter that he wants to keep private.

"I think the vaccination decision is a very private health matter for me, and I'm gonna keep it as such," Cousins said Thursday during a press conference."I'm going to be vigilant about avoiding a close contact. I've even thought about should I just set up literally plexiglass around where I sit, so that this can never happen again. I've thought about it, because I'm gonna do whatever it takes."

Holland Hospital released a statement Friday afternoon announcing the decision to move on from Cousins, who held a sponsorship agreement with the hospital. It said that while it appreciates the work Cousins has done for the hospital over the years, they need to be sure anybody speaking on behalf of Holland Hospital is in lockstep with its position on vaccinations. ..........(more)


A light rail line to Houston's Hobby Airport could be one step closer to reality

Aug. 5—A new light rail line to Hobby Airport could be one step closer to reality as the Senate sets a vote on President Joe Biden's $1 trillion infrastructure plan.

The massive Metro Next bond approved by voters in 2019 is supposed to expand transit all around Houston, Harris County and smaller cities, but few of the planned projects have come to fruition yet — planning routes, conducting environmental studies and coordinating with community members takes time, after all.

When the plan was passed, voters gave the thumbs up for the Metropolitan Transit Authority to borrow up to $3.5 billion to improve local bus routes, create more regional networks and, yes, extend several light rail lines.

In its plans, Metro wants to extend the Green and Purple lines south to the airport, as well as west to Houston's municipal courts building. The department also wishes to extend the Red line to North Shepherd Drive. ..................(more)


Vaccine skeptics and anti-​maskers are sucking down horse paste promoted by Trump's 'alien DNA' doc

Vaccine skeptics and anti-maskers are instead sucking down horse paste — the latest snake-oil "miracle cure" — once they become sick with COVID-19, resulting in an increase in calls to poison control centers, the Daily Beast reported Friday.

The horse paste contains ivermectin, which is normally used to treat parasites in humans and livestock but is now being prescribed by quack doctors and promoted in online forums as the latest version of the Trumpian drug hydroxychloroquine.

One of the groups behind the ivermectin craze is America's Frontline Doctors, the Trump-promoted Texas group that includes accused Capitol insurrectionist Dr. Simone Gold and "alien DNA" specialist Dr. Stella Immanuel.

"Devotees have besieged pharmacists with prescriptions from shady online prescribers, forcing pharmacies to crack down and treat the antiparasitic drugs like opioids," the Daily Beast reports. "As human-approved ivermectin prescriptions have been harder to come by, enthusiasts have taken to raiding rural tractor supply stores in search of ivermectin horse paste (packed with 'apple flavor!') and weighed the benefits of taking ivermectin 'sheep drench' and a noromectin 'injection for swine and cattle.'" ...........(more)


'If We Don't Have Rules We Have Anarchy': Southwest Pilot Asks Passengers to Please Just Wear the...

'If We Don’t Have Rules We Have Anarchy’: Southwest Pilot Asks Passengers to Please Just Wear the Mask
‘It’s a rule. It’s not a political statement. It’s not me taking your rights away. It’s not me asserting my will on you.’

This reminder for us all to behave ourselves during air travel comes courtesy of a Southwest Airlines pilot who must be as sick as anybody of unruly passengers disrupting flights over airlines’ mask rules.


This guy’s good. He’s got jokes. He’s got wisdom. And he’s got the authority that comes with wearing “polyester pants and a short sleeve dress shirt” and keeping a 300-ton aircraft in the sky. We should listen to him. ........(more)


Florida man arrested in Keys for biting part of man's ear off

STOCK ISLAND, Fla. — Rather than spending the night at his room at the Oceans Edge Resort & Marina on Stock Island, a tourist spent the night in jail after a violent evening.

45-year-old James Williams, from Port St. Lucie, was arrested on multiple battery charges after biting part of his friend’s ear off.

Williams was at the resort with a man and two women. One of the women passed out, and Williams put her in a maintenance wheel barrow. On the way back to their room, Williams repeatedly dumped her from the wheel barrow and poured beer on her.

The other man in the group intervened and told Williams he was being disrespectful. ....................(more)


Trump urges supporters to buy misspelled "membership" cards with image resembling Nazi logo


Former President Donald Trump reportedly encouraged supporters in an email Wednesday to help choose a design for a "membership" card, meant to signal the holder's loyalty to Trump and his "America First" vision.

But people quickly noticed a few problems with the designs — the word "official" was misspelled on one, and another featured an eagle logo that bore an uncanny resemblance to the Nazi eagle emblem first used by the party in 1920s Germany.

The call to action was included in at least two emails sent by Trump's Save America PAC, according to Insider, which first reported the news.

"We recently met with the President in his Florida office and showed him four designs," one read. "Originally we were planning on releasing just one design, but when President Trump saw the cards on his desk, he said, 'These are BEAUTIFUL. We should let the American People decide - they ALWAYS know best!'" ...............(more)


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