Archives September 2021

Democrats point to Texas abortion ban in bid to juice midterm turnout

Democrats and abortion activists are gearing up to go on the offensive ahead of the midterms, and they plan to use Texas’s newly enacted all-but-total ban on abortions as Exhibit A in their quest to get voters to the ballot box.

The Texas legislation, known as S.B. 8, bans abortions after a heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks and is before many women know they are pregnant. The measure, which essentially leaves enforcement in the hands of Texas residents by allowing them to sue anyone suspected of aiding an abortion, went into effect at midnight Wednesday after the Supreme Court refused to block it.

According to The Hill, the Supreme Court refused to block the law in a 5-4 ruling. The court’s majority said abortion providers failed to make a persuasive argument for the court to intervene but said that the challengers had raised “serious questions” about the law’s constitutionality.

Source: The Hill

NeNe Leakes’ Husband Gregg Dies At Age66 After ‘A Long Battle With Cancer’

NeNe Leakes‘ husband, Gregg Leakes, tragically lost his battle to cancer on Wednesday, September 1. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star’s publicist and family friend, Ernest Dukes, confirmed in a statement to HollywoodLife that Gregg passed away at age 66 after fighting stage 3 colon cancer for a second time.

“Today the Leakes family is in deep pain with a broken heart,” Ernest said. “After a long battle with cancer, Gregg Leakes has passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by all of his children, very close loved ones and wife Nene Leakes. We ask that you pray for peace and strength over their family & allow them to mourn in private during this very very difficult time.”

Baltimore City Schools to require student athletes to get COVID vaccine

Baltimore City Schools announced that it will require student athletes to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to a news release:

  • High school students participating in winter and spring sports will be required to be vaccinated before their seasons begin. For winter sports, this means all winter athletes must be fully vaccinated by November 1.
  • City Schools is not requiring vaccination for athletes participating in fall sports because the season is underway. City Schools strongly encourages all fall student-athletes to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The school system will require student athletes to quarantine for 10 days if they come in close contact with someone who has COVID.

Source: Fox 45

‘THE GAME’ Revival Coming to Paramount+ in November

Paramount+, streaming service has announced that its upcoming revival of the groundbreaking series THE GAME will debut on Thursday, November 11th.

According to Urban Bridgez, two new cast members are joining the team: Tim Daly, who will play Colonel Ulysses S. Thatcher, a self-made billionaire, and Toby Sandeman, currently playing Symphony on “Raising Kanan,” will play Garret Evans, the top football player in the league. Fan favorite Coby Bell will make a special appearance reprising his role as former footballer Jason Pitts.

Relocating from San Diego to Sin City, THE GAME returns with a mix of new players and original cast to offer a modern-day examination of Black culture through the prism of pro football. The team will tackle racism, sexism, classism and more as they fight for fame, fortune, respect and love – all while trying to maintain their souls as they each play THE GAME.

THE GAME also stars Wendy Raquel Robinson as sports agent Tasha Mack; Hosea Chanchez as footballer Malik Wright; Adriyan Rae as Brittany Pitts, the daughter of Jason and Kelly Pitts; Vaughn Hebron as Jamison Fields, an undrafted free agent; and Analisa Velez as Raquel Navarro, Brittany’s best friend.

Legacy players Brittany Daniel and Pooch Hall will make special appearances, reprising their roles as Kelly Pitts and Derwin Davis, respectively.

The 10-episode first season of the new series will stream exclusively on Paramount+. All nine seasons of THE GAME, which originally aired on The CW and then BET, are also currently available to binge on Paramount+.

Winston-Salem: 1 student shot, injured at Mount Tabor High School

Winston-Salem police said the call came in from the school resource officer just after 12 p.m. Wednesday that one student was shot on school property, located at 342 Petree Road.

The student is injured and is receiving treatment at an area hospital.

The shooter is remains at large.

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2 p.m. UPDATE: The student who was injured at Mount Tabor High School is being treated at an area hospital and all other students and staff members are safe and in the care of law enforcement, school district officials said in a message to parents.

The district said the students are being transported in stages to an area off campus.

As Texas abortion law takes effect, advocates await word from Supreme Court

The most restrictive abortion law in the nation took effect in Texas early Wednesday, effectively barring the procedure across the state, as the U.S. Supreme Court remained silent on an emergency request from women’s health groups to block the measure while legal challenges continue.

Texas becomes the first and only state in the country to outlaw abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. Twelve other states have passed similar laws that have not yet taken effect due to legal challenges.

According to WBAL, abortion providers across Texas had said the measure would “immediately and catastrophically” prevent care for “at least 85%” of Texas abortion patients. Several clinics reported full waiting rooms up until the midnight deadline.

“Our clinic staff saw patients until 11:56 last night, just 3 minutes before the 6 week abortion ban went into effect in Texas,” Whole Women’s Health, a top abortion provider in Texas, posted to Twitter.

Most of the abortions performed

Source: WBAL

Officers, paramedics charged in the death of Elijah McClain: Attorney general

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser (D) announced Wednesday that three police officers and two paramedics have been charged in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain, The Associated Press reported.

News of the charges come after Weiser launched a grand jury investigation into McClain’s death in January.

McClain, 23, was killed in August 2019 after he was stopped by police officers and injected with ketamine.

The young Black man’s death garnered attention after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May.

This is a developing report.

In Ida’s aftermath no quick relief in sight for Louisiana

Louisiana residents still reeling from flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Ida scrambled Wednesday for food, gas, water and relief from the sweltering heat as thousands of line workers toiled to restore electricity and officials vowed to set up more sites where people could get free meals and cool off.

According to AP News, there was a glimmer of hope when power company Entergy announced its crews had turned power on for parts of eastern New Orleans, but did not specify how many homes and businesses had lights. Still, power and water outages affected hundreds of thousands of people, many of them with no way to get immediate relief.

Georgia hospitals in crisis as COVID patient load sets records

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Georgia’s official count of COVID-19 patients in Georgia’s hospitals on Tuesday was just below the January peak number, but at times it has swelled past it. And every hospital across Georgia is now full to the point of overflowing.

Some have seen their COVID numbers drop, but that’s in large part because patients are dying.

Gov. Brian Kemp said yesterday that he would deploy an additional 2,500 Georgia National Guard troops to hospitals overwhelmed by unvaccinated COVID-19 patients.

Biden defends Afghanistan exit: ‘I was not going to extend this forever war’

President Biden on Tuesday offered a full-throated defense of his decision to withdraw the U.S. military from Afghanistan, saying the 20-year war was no longer serving the national interest of the United States.

Biden said it was the “unanimous recommendation” of his national security team and military commanders to leave Afghanistan by the Aug. 31 deadline. He rejected assertions that the withdrawal date was arbitrary. 

“Let me be clear: Leaving Aug. 31 is not due to an arbitrary deadline. It was designed to save American lives,” Biden said in lengthy prepared remarks from the State Dining Room of the White House. “I was not going to extend this forever war, and I was not extending a forever exit.”

Source: The Hill