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‘Younger’ Is the Perfect Show to Usher Us Out of TV’s Horrible Pandemic Era
Nicole Rivelli/2021 ViacomCBS, IncThis is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here.This week:Have we maybe, finally, reached a time when our favorite TV series don’t feel the social responsibility to awkwardly shoehorn the pandemic into their plot lines? If the new—and final—season of Younger is any indication, the fantasy is here. As it should be. For six seasons, the show has been my favorite TV fantasy.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Just Getting Into College Is Almost a Full-Time Job
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo via GettyIn “Breaking Home Ties,” the cover that he painted for the Sept. 25, 1954 Saturday Evening Post, Norman Rockwell went out of his way to capture the anxiety that a family experienced when a son or daughter gained admission to college. “Breaking Home Ties” shows a son and father, along with the family dog, sitting beside a farm truck waiting for the train that will take the son to college. The father, who slumps forward and is dressed in work clothes, is a portrait in sadness. His son, wearing an ill-fitting suit, looks over his father’s shoulder and seems lost in his own thoughts.Even if Norman Rockwell’s style of painting were to become popular again, it’s hard to imagine a picture like “Breaking Home Ties” appearing on the cover of any of the many recent books on the struggle to get into college. What makes families anxious about college admission these days is not the threat of fraying family ties but a son or daughter not getting into the “right” school—be it an Ivy League college or a flagship state university.In the early 1950s, when Rockwell’s picture takes place, just graduating from college was by itself a singular achievement. In 1952 only 8.3 percent of men and 5.8 percent of women had completed college compared to 35.4 percent of men and 36.6 percent of women today. Rockwell’s freshman seems sure to end up better off than his farmer father, and in going to an in-state college (there is a small State U pennant on his suitcase), he is doing what is expected of him; 96 percent of public school students and 80 percent of private school students did that in the 1950s.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘In the Earth’ Is the First Must-See COVID Horror Movie
NeonNature can be neither opposed nor fled in In the Earth, which—following last year’s misbegotten Rebecca, that never fit his gonzo sensibilities—returns writer/director Ben Wheatley to the hallucinatory strobe-lit horror insanity of his 2014 gem A Field in England. A stripped-down genre affair shot during quarantine and infused with deeply rooted pandemic fears, it’s a phantasmagoric folky freak-out that, like a pestilence, gets under one’s skin, where it festers and infects with unnerving potency. Perched on the razor-thin boundary between lucidity and madness, it gnaws at the nerves and bludgeons the senses until submission—to humanity’s helplessness in the face of the ancient world’s elemental power—is the only recourse.Produced in fifteen days in August 2020, In the Earth (now playing) is not only a companion piece to Wheatley’s A Field in England—a mushroom-fueled psychotronic nightmare par excellence—but also to Alex Garland’s Annihilation, sharing a narrative focus on scientists venturing into a toxic heart of darkness, where they find brutal violence and trippy 2001-style lunacy. The primary subject of Wheatley’s latest is Martin Lowery (Joel Fry), an unassuming researcher who arrives at a remote English facility where pandemic protocols are the order of the day. No one explicitly identifies the disease that everyone is afraid of, but in drips and drabs, the film reveals that it’s extremely deadly, and that it’s ravaged the country (and planet), including the city where Martin’s elderly parents reside.At this outpost, a country home retrofitted for medical purposes, Martin meets Alma (Ellora Torchia), a park ranger who’s been assigned to accompany him into the dense forest to rendezvous with his former colleague Dr. Olivia Wendle (Hayley Squires), who’s carrying out unspecified tests in the middle of nowhere. Before embarking on their two-day hike to Olivia, Martin spies a painting (and related kids’ drawings) of a fabled pagan spirit of the woods known as Parnag Fegg that captured locals’ imaginations in the 1970s after some children went missing in the area. It’s no great leap to assume that this myth is somehow related to the film’s opening sight of a towering stone slab with a hole in it (think a more earthen variation of 2001’s alien monolith). Yet at least initially, Martin shrugs off this tall tale, his attention less on campfire stories about monsters than on a practical mission that involves doing outdoors-y things he’s not very skilled in, like building a tent.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Pierre A. Bernard Was Yoga’s First Star Guru. Then a Sex Scandal Led to Jail.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Public DomainThe NYPD was shocked by several things they saw during their morning raid on the building on W. 74th St., but one thing particularly scandalized them: the women inside were wearing tights. The police captain confirmed the sighting to the New-York Tribune, which said that “two of his men saw the tights with their own eyes.”Their target that May day in 1910 was the yoga school of Pierre A. Bernard. This was not Bernard’s first run-in with the law, nor would it be his last, but it was the one that got the American-born guru and unabashed practitioner of Tantric and hatha yoga in the deepest trouble. It also spelled the beginning of a challenging period for what was then seen by some as an exotic and even dangerous practice.Yoga was first introduced to the country nearly 20 years earlier, but it was during the beginning of the 20th century that it began to attract more interest, particularly among the wealthy and artistic classes. In a response that has become all too common in the country, many in mainstream society decided the foreign-looking downward dogs and cobra poses were a threat, especially to American women. (Let us not forget about the tights!)Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Joaquin Phoenix Really Wants You to Watch This Documentary About a Lovable Pig
NEONLifelong vegetarian Viktor Kossakovsky has harbored a sincere curiosity with all living beings in his proximity. The established Russian documentarian fondly remembers a childhood outdoors in touch with local fauna.“I started to take photos of animals in the forest when I was a kid: birds, dogs, cats, flies, and even ants,” he tells The Daily Beast via video call from his home in Berlin.For the last 30 years, since his career as a non-fiction storyteller began, Kossakovsky had dreamed of making a film starring animals. But convincing a producer of the precise mode of execution he envisioned had always turned into a dead end.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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How the Vaccine Line Became the Latest Place to Hook Up
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyLast week Christine White, a 25-year-old motion designer who lives in Brooklyn, tried her luck with the walk-in vaccine line at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. When the coronavirus ravaged the city last year, the hospital was an early epicenter of the pandemic. (One of its veteran nurses Amy O’Sullivan was picked as one of Time’s persons of year for 2020). But as access to the shot grows, Wyckoff Heights bustles with a brighter kind of energy.It was around 6:30 in the morning. While White waited her turn, she noticed a man who she calls “Cute Beanie Boy” queued up behind her. He had dark curly hair and glasses—a “little nerdy,” White says. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The J&J Vaccine Drama’s Just the Latest Reminder of the Risks Women Constantly Take
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyThis week, the FDA announced that it was recommending a pause in the administration of the Johnson & Johnson manufactured COVID-19 vaccine, on the grounds that six vaccine recipients of the nearly seven million doses administered had suffered from a rare blood clotting disorder. One person died. Officials said the pause was out of an “abundance of caution.” All 50 states have heeded the federal recommendation, which officials now say may stretch from seven to 10 days.The Biden administration had its reasons. After four years of Trump obfuscations and lies about the pandemic generated by a brain trust that probably couldn’t collectively pass a high school biology exam, the first step in restoring public trust in public institutions is painstaking transparency. Second, the complications linked to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are not standard blood clots and are not effectively treated by a standard course of care; the drug normally used to treat clotting, Heparin, actually makes this particular clotting condition worse. Doctors who encounter post-J&J vaccination patients who are experiencing clotting symptoms will be more effectively able to treat those patients with the knowledge that this type of clotting is a possibility— albeit miniscule.Columbia University’s Dr. Irwin Redlener, an expert on pandemic preparedness and public health, told The Daily Beast that he understands the Biden administration’s goals in being radically transparent, but that the inoculation pause may have done more harm than good. “In this case, caution was too abundant,” he says.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Biden’s New Normal Is Trashing American Norms
Andrew Harnik-Pool/GettyJoe Biden’s presidency may be a lot of things, but a restorer of norms and institutions it is not.Take, for example, Biden’s willingness to embrace the kind of Orwellian language that justifies spending unprecedented amounts of money simply by deeming things to be “infrastructure”—or his misrepresenting the Georgia voter law and referring to it as “Jim Crow.” In a recent Washington Post opinion piece, Gabriel Sterling, the Georgia elections official who heroically stood up to Donald Trump, pleaded with Biden to tone down his rhetoric, writing, “Someone is going to get hurt. Your words matter. The facts matter.”Biden’s rhetoric is not normal, or fine, but he’s had space to do this as many Americans understandably applaud a president whose speeches don’t end with supporters scaling the walls of the Capitol and beating cops with American flags. But while it is necessary to the maintenance of our democracy to have a president who does not attempt to overturn an election, it is far from sufficient.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Sharon Osbourne and Bill Maher Whine About Cancel Culture
Getty/HBOIf you happen to be a white celebrity who’s been “cancelled”—or held accountable for doing something racist on the job—Real Time with Bill Maher is the perfect place to kick off your “White Victimhood” tour. And, following in the venerable footsteps of alt-right bigot Milo Yiannopoulos and blackface apologist Megyn Kelly, Maher has chosen to use his influential platform to cry “cancel culture!” in defense of another wealthy racist: Sharon Osbourne.In case you missed it, after Osbourne issued a full-throated on-air defense of Piers Morgan’s insensitive comments toward Meghan Markle on her daytime talk show The Talk, she was confronted by two of her Black co-hosts—Sheryl Underwood and Elaine Welteroth. When Underwood became emotional while discussing the racist treatment that Markle had faced, Osbourne scolded her, saying, “And don’t try and cry, because if anyone should be crying, it should be me.” Reports subsequently emerged of Osbourne’s “long history of racist language and bullying,” with journalist Yashar Ali revealing that Osbourne had called former co-host Julie Chen “wonton” and “slanty eyes”; referred to co-host and executive producer Sara Gilbert, who is a lesbian, as “pussy licker” and “fish eater”; and described Iranian-American agent Renee Tab as a “Persian carpet cunt,” as well as falsely accused her of stealing jewelry. Holly Robinson Peete, a Black woman, also shared a damning story about Osbourne, tweeting, “I’m old enough to remember when Sharon complained that I was too ‘ghetto’ for #theTalk … then I was gone. I bring this up now bc I was mortified watching the disrespectful condescending tone she took w/her co host who remained calm & respectful because … she HAD to.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Chicago Protesters March Over ‘Sick and Sad’ Police Killing of 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo
Kamil Krzaczynski/GettyCHICAGO—Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Logan Square Park on the city’s Northwest Side on Friday evening to demand justice for Adam Toledo, the seventh-grader whose death at the hands of a police officer last month has shaken much of the city to its core.The protest kicked off around 5:30 p.m., and protesters began marching down Milwaukee Ave. at 7 p.m. The event started out peacefully, but anger was palpable among the crowd. Demonstrators chanted “f--k the police” and “f--k 12,” and there was talk of bringing the protest to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home just a short distance away. Police had already blocked the area off, and a line of bike police that was stopping demonstrators from getting through was met with chants of: “CPD, KKK, how many kids did you kill today?”After a roughly 30-minute standoff with riot police near the mayor's home, protesters turned and marched in a different direction, at one point blaring Rage Against the Machine's “Killing in the Name of” and shutting down traffic in one area. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Listen to the Police Calls From FedEx Massacre. Then Ask Congress When It Will Stop.
Jeff Dean/GettyA police officer standing over the body of the FedEx shooter on Thursday night radioed a report that should shame every member of Congress who persists in doing nothing meaningful about gun control.“We have the suspect here inside. Looks like he has a gunshot wound to the head. Two rifles here,” the officer said. “Unless there’s another person out, this is going to be our suspect here.”The suspect was Brandon Scott Hole, aged 19. He was still two years short of the federal minimum age to buy an alcoholic drink. But the federal minimum for buying a long gun is 18. He had purchased a SCCT Industries pump action shotgun, serial number V0607653, on March 2, 2020. The police visited his Indianapolis home the very next day for a “male reported to have suicidal ideation.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Judge Shoots Down Ghislaine Maxwell’s Last-Ditch Bid to Avoid Charges
ReutersA Manhattan federal judge has refused to dismiss charges against Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of grooming underage girls for sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.On Friday, Judge Alison Nathan denied the British socialite’s various motions to toss the original indictment against her. Nathan also ruled that Epstein’s 2008 non-prosecution agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami—which shielded him and his alleged co-conspirators from federal charges—does not apply to Maxwell.“No evidence suggests anyone promised Epstein that the NPA would bar the prosecution of his co-conspirators in other districts. Absent such a promise, it does not matter who did or did not approve it,” Alison wrote in her order.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Justice Department Sues Roger Stone, Alleging ‘Fraudulent’ Scheme to Dodge $2 Million in Taxes
Joe Raedle/GettyThe Justice Department sued Roger Stone on Friday, accusing him of failing to pay more than $2 million in taxes.The suit, filed in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, alleges Stone and his wife, Nydia, dodged $1,590,361 in taxes between 2007 and 2011 and stiffed the IRS of $407,036 in 2018 alone. The couple used a company, Drake Ventures, to “shield their personal income from enforced collection and fund a lavish lifestyle,” according to the Justice Department.Stone, 67, has been a longtime confidant of Donald Trump and briefly served as the former president’s campaign adviser. Stone was convicted of lying to Congress in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into election interference. Trump commuted Stone’s sentence in July 2020 just days before the GOP operative was scheduled to report to prison.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The World This Week: The Afghanistan Left Behind An announcement from President Joe Biden this week has finally set in stone the deadline for pulling American troops out of Afghanistan—and a grim reality of the country they’ll be leaving behind was discussed on Friday’s The World This Week.“[The Taliban] pledged that they would turn the last few months in a total nightmare, not just for U.S. troops but for Afghan citizens,” said The Daily Beast’s Noor Ibrahim. “And the US proposal for a power-sharing interim government hasn’t gone over well either, so the fact is that this does leave Afghanistan in a very vulnerable position.”Paris-based journalist Catherine Field argued that while Joe Biden had no other option but to push the original May 1 withdrawal deadline to September, Afghanistan will certainly be facing a turbulent path in the months to come.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert Invent Reasons to Vote Against Bone Marrow Bill
REUTERSIt’s typically one of the least controversial bills Congress takes up—a reauthorization of the national bone marrow donor program—but for reasons that seem divorced from reality, two of the most tendentious GOP lawmakers voted against the measure this week.Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Lauren Boebert (R-CO) were the two lone noes on a 415-2 vote on Thursday, and their opposition to a bill aimed at helping treat diseases like leukemia seemed, at best, curious.In a 132-word statement provided to The Daily Beast, Greene railed against the national debt, abortion, and a lack of transparency—”ZERO transparency”—on spending. “Congress does not take the time to fully read and understand the bills it passes,” Greene wrote.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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A Billionaire Tax Cheat Walked Free, but His Lawyer Gets Charged
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo via GettyAfter private equity billionaire Robert Smith admitted to a 15-year tax fraud scheme to hide $225 million from the Internal Revenue Service, he signed a rare non-prosecution agreement with law enforcement, allowing him to avoid any charges and return to civilian life.But while Smith attends birthday parties and New York Times conferences, the man he hired to help execute the fraud faces federal charges and up to 14 years in prison.On Thursday, a grand jury in San Francisco indicted Smith’s long-time attorney, 82-year-old Carlos Kepke, on charges of conspiring with the CEO to defraud the IRS. If found guilty, the octogenarian could see as much as five years in prison for conspiracy and up to three years for each charge of filing a false return; Kepke is alleged to have filed three.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
The Best New Launches from Everlane, Baggu, Milk Bar, and More
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/VendorsNew Kids on the Block helps you navigate all the new and exciting launches from our favorite brands, all in one place.Scouted selects products independently and prices reflect what was available at the time of publish. Sign up for our newsletter for more recommendations and check out our coupon site for more deals. If you buy something from our posts, we may earn a small commission.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Biden Keeps Trump’s Record-Low Cap On Refugee Admissions
Doug MillsAmidst growing calls to lift the historically low yearly cap on refugee admissions into the United States, President Joe Biden on Friday signed an emergency order intended to speed the admissions process for those fleeing war, natural disaster or persecution abroad—but did not lift the cap itself, setting up a potential conflict with Democratic allies on Capitol Hill.The order, first reported by the Associated Press, will eliminate restrictions on entry for refugees from Somalia, Syria and Yemen, while allowing for more admissions from Africa, Central America and the Middle East. Under President Donald Trump’s administration, which was defined by Trump’s open hostility to immigrants, asylum-seekers and refugees from what he once dubbed “shithole countries,” the maximum number of refugees allowed into the United States was slashed from 85,000 people to a mere 15,000.Less than a month into his administration, Biden pledged to raise the cap to 125,000 people in order to “rebuild what has been so badly damaged” in the immigration system.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Oath Keeper Becomes First Capitol Insurrectionist to Rat Out Fellow Rioters
DOJ/Criminal ComplaintA heavy metal guitarist and self-described “lifetime member” of the Oath Keepers has become the first Jan. 6 insurrectionist to plead guilty and cooperate with the feds, prosecutors revealed Friday.Jon Ryan Schaffer, a 53-year-old from Indiana, pleaded guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding and entering a restricted building with a deadly or dangerous weapon during a Friday hearing. During the hearing, Judge Amit Mehta also revealed that Schaffer will be sponsored for witness protection. The plea, which requires his full cooperation with federal prosecutors in their ongoing investigation, marks the first time a rioter has copped to his crimes on Jan. 6. It’s been exactly 100 days since thousands of MAGA rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol to prevent Joe Biden's electoral certification. So far, 400 individuals have been charged in connection to the riots. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
‘The View’ Reluctantly Praises ‘Nepotism Barbie’ Ivanka Trump
The View/ABCIvanka Trump got some unexpected love on The View Friday morning after she shocked her right-wing anti-vaxxer fans by doing what her father refused to do: Posting a photo of herself getting the COVID-19 vaccine and urging others to do the same.During a discussion about GOP Rep. Jim Jordan’s recent outburst at Dr. Anthony Fauci, guest co-host Ana Navarro pivoted to share another example of how “political” the public debate over the pandemic has become.“I can’t believe I’m going to say anything good about her, you all know I’m no fan of nepotism Barbie, but here I go, take a deep breath,” Navarro said. “Yesterday, I commend Ivanka Trump for having used her platform to show herself getting the vaccine and promote vaccination, when she says I hope you get the shot too. And if you see the responses from Trump supporting Republicans against what used to be their favorite daughter, you can see how political it has become.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
I Cannot Stop Using These High-Potency CBD Bath Salts from Lord Jones
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/Violet GreyTaking a bath after a work day is my cure for practically everything. Sick? Take a bath. Sore? Take a bath. Stressed? Definitely take a bath. While I tend to gravitate towards bath bombs and bubbles, I had wanted to see if I could get the most relaxation from my warm soak. The Lord Jones CBD Bath Salts changed bath time for me for good, pairing essential oils and potent CBD for a soothing, tingling bath that helps melt my worries away.Yes, it looks like something you’d season a chicken with, but isn’t a bath just a wet brine for humans? Sorry for the imagery, but I’m not wrong! Anyway, this bath soak is made from epsom and Himalyan pink salts, and flower petals plus Arnica Flower, Calendula Flower, eucalyptus, and citrus oils. Pair those ingredients with 240 milligrams of broad-spectrum CBD and you’ve got the perfect night ahead of you. The first time I used this soak, I was immediately struck with how good it smells. It made my bathroom smell like a high-end, luxury skin care boutique. Once I was in the bath, I could feel my body melt away. My legs went tingly and I instantly noticed my muscles relax. The salts quickly dissolve into the water and even though it’s chock full of essential oils, your skin is left soft and supple, not greasy.If you’re looking for the perfect night cap that doesn’t involve popping a cork, I suggest dimming the lights and running yourself a warm bath with a handful of these bath salts. It’s something to look forward to each week.Read more at The Daily Beast.
A Vaccine, Lady Gaga, and Dreams of a Post-Pandemic Dance Floor
YouTubeThis is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here.I don’t want to brag, but this week Lady Gaga called me an “artist.”Yes, obviously it was directly to me and not to the 84.2 million people who follow her on Twitter and the perhaps billions more who read the message once countless news websites picked it up. She and I just have that relationship. She knows my taste level like that
Michigan Man With Down Syndrome Who Could Not Get COVID Vaccine Has Died
Courtesy William ReillyA Michigan man with Down syndrome—whose futile quest to get the COVID-19 vaccine was chronicled by The Daily Beast—has died from complications related to the virus his family said.Vincent Welch, 35, passed away Friday morning at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he was recently airlifted for treatment by pulmonary specialists.Welch lived in Snover, Michigan, which is near the top of the state’s geographical “thumb.” It’s also a key COVID hotspot nationally, as Michigan sees an alarming rise in cases. The state leads the nation in new cases, with more than 6,000 recorded just on Thursday and a seven-day positivity rate hitting 15 percent.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
A New Mayor but the Same Killer Cops and Coverups in Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago
Ashlee Rezin Garcia/APA new year, another reminder of how wildly incompetent and irreparably dangerous the Chicago Police Department remains. On Thursday, after a week of coast-to-coast news about extrajudicial police killings, the Chicago PD finally released body cam footage showing that 13-year-old Adam Toledo had dropped a handgun and began raising his hands less than a second before a cop shot and killed him in March.That is very different from what Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said just last weekend, when he asserted that footage showed the seventh-grader stopping during his confrontation with Officer Eric Stillman, but refusing to show his hands. While Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx now says her prosecutor was not “fully informed,” he went so far as to say that Toledo, who is Latinx, turned towards Stillman, who is white, with a gun.Now that the footage is out it begs the same question cops and prosecutors always seem to: Who are you going to believe? Me or your lying eyes?Read more at The Daily Beast.
Brazil’s COVID Patients Tied to Beds and Ventilated Without Sedatives
MIGUEL SCHINCARIOLDoctors in hard-hit Brazil have resorted to tying COVID-19 patients to their hospital beds before ramming ventilators down their throats since they no longer have enough sedatives, according to doctors in Rio de Janeiro. “I never thought that I would be living through something like this after 20 years working in intensive care,” Aureo do Carmo Filho told Reuters. “Using mechanical restraints without sedatives is bad practice... the patient is submitted to a form of torture.”In hospitals where they do still have sedatives, health workers have resorted to diluting them to make supplies go further or using muscle relaxants to calm patients down while they are intubated. “They are awake, without sedatives, and they pop up, with their hands tied to the bed and begging us not to let them die,” one nurse said.The horrific admissions come on the heels of Doctors Without Borders naming Brazil’s response to the pandemic a “humanitarian catastrophe” that is likely to only get worse in the coming weeks. “I have to be very clear in this: the Brazilian authorities’ negligence is costing lives,” MSF international president Christos Christou said Thursday after Brazil’s death toll rose to 362,000.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Gym That Defied Lockdown Linked to at Least 419 Infections And One Death
Cameron SmithCity officials are trying to figure out how a single Quebec City gym that refused to obey lockdown orders could have been linked to the infection of at least 419 people including one 40-year-old man who died after contracting COVID.Health authorities told CBC that the Mega Fitness Gym had broken at least three public health orders before it was forced to shut down on March 31, just as the city was placed under another lockdown amid surging infection rates. The outbreak has prompted local health authorities to conduct an epidemiological investigation into how the virus was able to spread so rapidly, and whether the infections were caused by the deadly U.K. variant.The gym owner, Daniel Morino, had protested government-mandated business closures by reopening his facility in the middle of a province-wide lockdown last summer. According to CBC, the gym owner had shared social media posts that downplayed the seriousness of the virus and cast doubt over the necessity of wearing face masks.Read more at The Daily Beast.
British Royals Survive 30 Years Longer Than Their Subjects
Tim Graham/GettyIn the U.K. it is customary to receive a personalized message from the queen on your 100th birthday—such is the relative rarity of reaching the milestone.Prince Philip was just a couple months off, dying at the age of 99 years and 10 months on April 9, 2021. The last notable royal death before his was that of the queen mother in 2002. She was 101 years old.Reaching such a ripe old age isn’t uncommon among the British ruling family—in fact, my analysis shows that on average they live an additional 30 years compared with their subjects.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Convicted Face-Biter Says ‘Batman’ Headline Ruined His Life
Police HandoutThomas Byrd wants to make one thing very clear: He never told police who arrested him for biting off a chunk of his wife’s face that he was Batman.But in a $29 million lawsuit, he claims that everyone thinks he did because of a news report published at the time—and that he has been tormented and even assaulted behind bars because of it.“Flat out lie,” Byrd, 44, wrote in the federal defamation suit he filed against Google while serving 24 years at the Centralia Correctional Center in Illinois after pleading guilty to kidnapping and attacking his estranged wife.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Dem Leaders Quick to Kill Liberal Dream of Packing the Court
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyWhen four liberal lawmakers came to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to roll out legislation to add seats to the high court, they may have had the base of the Democratic Party strongly behind them, but their party leaders across the street in the Capitol—and many of their colleagues—might as well have been residing in a different political universe.Just before Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), the lead Senate sponsor of the bill to pack the court, took the microphone outside the Supreme Court, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters at her weekly press conference that it was going nowhere fast.“I have no intention to bring it to the floor,” she said.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
Prince Harry and Prince William’s Drama Overshadows Prince Philip’s Funeral Plans
Max Mumby/Indigo/GettyWindsor Castle was already shaping up to play host to a royal funeral unlike any other this Saturday, but Buckingham Palace’s revelation Thursday night, which revealed inter alia that Harry and William would not walk side by side behind their grandfather’s coffin, has now completely altered the narrative of the day’s events.Buckingham Palace sought to play down the disastrous optics of the brothers, once so close, physically separated on this most sombre of days, telling reporters at a briefing who asked whether arrangements for the procession reflected strain in the royal siblings' relationship: “This is a funeral, we’re not going to be drawn into those perceptions of drama, or anything like that, this is a funeral. The arrangements have been agreed, and they represent Her Majesty’s wishes, so we’re not going to say anything more on that.”However there is little doubt that the failure to engineer a situation in which the two brothers honor their grandfather by putting on a united front will be deeply disappointing to the many commentators who have urged them to use the funeral to reconcile, including former British Prime Minister John Major, who acted as special guardian for the boys after Diana’s death.Read more at The Daily Beast.