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    Television's most popular political host, Tucker Carlson, says leaders of the Democratic party should be disqualified from running the country because they “despise” it. That led the Biden campaign to accuse the Fox News Channel host on Tuesday of using “hate speech masquerading as journalism” and acting as an accomplice to President Donald Trump. Days after reports surfaced that some Republicans were discussing Carlson as a potential 2024 presidential contender, he delivered a monologue Monday night striking in its language and amplification of points made by Trump over the Fourth of July weekend. Trump said at Mount Rushmore that the “radical ideology attacking our country” in protests that followed George Floyd’s death in police custody “would demolish both justice and society.” Trump has been critical of efforts to remove monuments to the Confederacy, which has led to reevaluations of other historical figures. While some analysts called it divisive, Carlson praised it as the best speech the president has made in his life. He played clips of cable TV hosts and analysts critical of some of the nation’s actions historically. Carlson said that “these people hate America. There’s no longer any question about that.” “The leaders of today’s Democratic Party ... despise this country,” he said. “They have said so. They continue to. That is shocking but it is also disqualifying. We cannot let them run this nation because they hate it. Imagine what they would do to it.” He contrasted Trump's speech with one made over the holiday weekend where former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, said Americans had the chance to rip out the roots of systemic racism. Carlson said Biden was wagging his finger “in the face of the nation that promoted someone as mediocre as you to the position you held.” “Tucker Carlson and his colleagues who traffic in hate speech masquerading as journalism are accomplices to Donald Trump’s perverse mission to use division and bitterness to tear this country apart,” said Biden campaign spokesman T.J. Ducklo. 'It is the polar opposite of what Joe Biden stands for, and exactly what he means when he talks about a battle for the soul of America.” Fox News did not immediately comment on Ducklo's statement. Questioning patriotism has long been a part of politicians’ playbooks, from suggestions that anti-Vietnam War protesters “love it or leave it” and harsh criticisms of Democrats after the Civil War, said Thomas Patterson, former head of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. “Things are really heating up and I do think there is an air of desperation on the part of Republicans in this,” said Patterson, author of “Is the Republican Party Destroying Itself?” Carlson has been among biggest television beneficiaries during the busy news period. He's been reaching 4 million viewers a night and in recent months has pulled slightly ahead of Fox News colleague Sean Hannity. Besides Biden, Carlson on Monday singled out U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, a former military helicopter pilot who lost both legs during a 2004 attack in Iraq. Carlson was critical of the Democratic senator for an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash where she was twice asked about whether or not statues of George Washington should be removed. Duckworth didn’t give her opinion, but said Americans should have a “national dialogue” about it. “You’re not supposed to criticize Tammy Duckworth in any way because she once served in the military,” Carlson said. “Most people just ignore her. But when Duckworth does speak in public you’re reminded what a deeply silly and unimpressive person she is.” Duckworth tweeted in response: “Does Tucker Carlson want to walk a mile in my legs and then tell me whether or not I love America?”
  • The Oscar-winning animated short “Hair Love” will now become a series. HBO Max has OK’ed a 12-episode series called “Young Love” from Matthew A. Cherry, the writer/director of the short film, and Sony Pictures Animation, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Cherry announced the news on Twitter. Cherry will also serve as showrunner along with Carl Jones who is known for “The Boondocks” and “Black Dynamite,” Deadline reported. The series will continue the story of an African American father, Stephen, who learns how to style his daughter, Zuri’s, hair. Stephen’s wife Angela and Zuri’s pet cat Rocky will also be featured as they manage family, work and social issues, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson said he “didn’t intend any harm or any hatred toward any people,” after posting an anti-Semitic message on social media. Jackson posted video on his an Instagram story feed and two other posts that included a screenshot with quotes attributed to Hitler and Louis Farrakhan. The social media posts have been deleted according to ESPN. Jackson later apologized after receiving backlash for sharing the posts. “My post was definitely not intended for anybody of any race to feel any type of way, especially the Jewish community,” Jackson said in a video he posted on Instagram on Tuesday. “I post things on my story all the time, and just probably never should have posted anything Hitler did, because Hitler was a bad person, and I know that.” The team issued the following statement: We have spoken with DeSean Jackson about his social media posts. Regardless of his intentions, the messages he shared were offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling. They have no place in our society, and are not condoned or supported in any way by the organization. We are disappointed and we reiterated to DeSean the importance of not only apologizing but also using his platform to take action to promote unity, equality, and respect. We are continuing to evaluate the circumstances and are committed to continuing to have productive and meaningful conversations with DeSean, as well as all of our players and staff, in order to educate, learn, and grow. - Eagles statement on WR DeSean Jackson - Philadelphia Eagles The NFL also issued a statement, saying: DeSean’s comments were highly inappropriate, offensive and divisive and stand in stark contrast to the NFL’s values of respect, equality and inclusion. We have been in contact with the team which is addressing the matter with DeSean. - National Football League Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowl pick, is in his second stint in Philadelphia, returning last season to the team that drafted him in the second round of the 2008 draft. The Associated Press contributed to this story.
  • President Donald Trump's niece offers a scathing portrayal of her uncle in a new book, blaming a toxic family for raising a narcissistic, damaged man who poses an immediate danger to the public, according to a copy obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. Mary L. Trump, a psychologist, writes that Trump's reelection would be catastrophic and that “lying, playing to the lowest common denominator, cheating, and sowing division are all he knows.” “By the time this book is published, hundreds of thousands of American lives will have been sacrificed on the altar of Donald’s hubris and willful ignorance. If he is afforded a second term, it would be the end of American Democracy,' she writes in “Too Much and Never Enough, How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man.” Mary Trump is the daughter of Trump’s elder brother, Fred Jr., who died after a struggle with alcoholism in 1981 at 42. The book is the second insider account in two months to paint a deeply unflattering portrait of the president, following the release of former national security adviser John Bolton's bestseller. In her book, Mary Trump, who is estranged from her uncle, makes several revelations, including alleging that the president paid a friend to take the SATs — a standardized test widely used for college admissions — in his place. She writes that his sister Maryanne Trump did his homework for him but couldn’t take his tests and he worried his grade point average, which put him far from the top of the class, would “scuttle his efforts to get accepted” into the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he transferred after two years at Fordham University in the Bronx. “To hedge his bets he enlisted Joe Shapiro, a smart kid with a reputation for being a good test taker, to take his SATs for him,” she writes, adding, “Donald, who never lacked for funds, paid his buddy well.” White House spokesperson Sarah Matthews called the allegation “completely false.” Mary Trump also writes, in awe, of Trump’s ability to gain the support of prominent Christian leaders and white evangelicals, saying: “The only time Donald went to church was when the cameras were there. It’s mind boggling. He has no principles. None!” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany slammed the book Tuesday, saying, “It’s ridiculous, absurd accusations that have absolutely no bearing in truth.” Mary Trump traces much of her pain to the death of her father when she was 16. The president, who rarely admits mistakes, told The Washington Post last year that he regretted the pressure he and his father had put on Fred Jr. to join the family business when his brother wanted to be a pilot instead. “It was just not his thing. ... I think the mistake that we made was we assumed that everybody would like it. That would be the biggest mistake. ... There was sort of a double pressure put on him,” Trump told the paper. Yet as her father lay dying alone, Mary Trump claims, “Donald went to the movies.” She says that, as a child, Donald Trump hid favorite toys from his younger brother and took juvenile stunts — like Fred Jr. dumping a bowl of mashed potatoes on his then-7-year-old head — so seriously that he harbored resentments even when his eldest sister, Maryanne, brought it up in her toast at his White House birthday dinner in 2017. She paints Trump, who often called her “Honeybunch,” as a self-centered narcissist who demanded constant adulation — even from his family — and had little regard for family members' feelings. Trump’s crude rhetoric on the campaign trail, she said, was nothing new, reminding her “of every family meal I’d ever attended during which Donald had talked about all of the women he considered ugly fat slobs or the men, usually more accomplished or powerful, he called losers.” The book is, at its heart, a lengthy psychoanalysis of the Trump family by a woman trained in the field, who sees the traits of her uncle that critics despise as a natural progression of behaviors developed at the knees of a demanding father. For Donald Trump, she writes, “lying was defensive — not simply a way to circumvent his father’s disapproval or to avoid punishment ... but a way to survive.” Publisher Simon & Schuster announced Monday that it would be publishing the book two weeks early, on July 14, after a New York appellate court cleared the way for the book’s publication following a legal challenge. Robert Trump, the president’s younger brother, had sued Mary Trump, arguing in legal papers that she was subject to a 20-year-old agreement between family members that no one would publish accounts involving core family members without their approval. A judge last week left in place a restraint that blocked Mary Trump and any agent of hers from distributing the book, but the court made clear it was not considering Simon & Schuster to be covered by the ruling. In the book, Mary Trump writes that she didn’t take her uncle’s run for the presidency seriously in 2016 — an opinion apparently shared by Trump's eldest sister, a retired federal appeals court judge. “'He’s a clown,' my aunt Maryanne said during one of our regular lunches at the time. ‘This will never happen,’” she recalls her saying. She said she declined an invitation to attend her uncle’s election-night party in New York City four years ago, convinced she “wouldn’t be able to contain my euphoria when (Hillary) Clinton’s victory was announced.” Instead, she found herself wandering around her house a few hours after Trump’s victory was announced, fearful that voters “had chosen to turn this country into a macro version of my malignantly dysfunctional family.” Mary Trump wrote that she considered speaking out against her uncle at various times, including the summer of 2016, but was reluctant to do so for fear of being “painted as a disgruntled, disinherited niece looking to cash in or settle a score.' After the events of the last three years, she writes, “I can no longer remain silent.' ___ Colvin reported from Washington.
  • “A Most Wicked Conspiracy: The Last Great Swindle of the Gilded Age,” by Paul Starobin (Public Affairs) Rules, laws and honesty meant little to Alexander McKenzie, a Gilded Age political boss in North Dakota who chummed around with deep-pocketed capitalists and U.S. senators. After gold was discovered in the territory of Alaska at the end of the 19th century, he involved them in his brazen scheme to plunder gold already claimed by miners by secretly rigging the justice system. Starobin tells a jaunty tale of jaw-dropping greed at the dawn of the 20th century. The complex scheme to grab the gold involved political appointments and back-room deals, but boiled down to having a federal judge in Alaska appoint McKenzie as receiver to a series of contested gold mine claims. Miners fighting off the claim jumpers were unaware that McKenzie had secretly engineered the appointment of the crooked judge, who did his bidding. Receivers are supposed to safeguard disputed assets, but McKenzie wanted to use the legal proceedings to make sure the gold was extracted for himself and his co-conspirators. He even made a play for Alaska’s beaches, which were common areas open to anyone who wanted to sift for gold dust in the surf. The cast of characters involved in the conspiracy is large, sometimes confusingly so. But Starobin is able to paint a vivid picture of the mining camps and of Nome, Alaska, then a muddy boomtown filled saloons, dance halls and men dreaming of a big score. The center of the story is McKenzie, a bear of a man who bootstrapped his way from obscurity. Encountering obstacles once in Nome, he simply bulled through them. Even an order from a higher federal court was ignored. He seemed as incapable of giving up as he was of being honest. McKenzie eventually got into trouble, and the resulting scandal required the attention President William McKinley, a fellow Republican who had a difficult decision to make about the political boss’s fate. While McKenzie had wronged a lot of people, he had powerful friends working on his behalf. Turns out that some things haven’t changed in 120 years.
  • The show will go on for the Venice Film Festival in September, but with a few modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers said Tuesday that they are pushing forward with plans for its 77th installment, which will include a slightly reduced number of films in the main competition as well as some outdoor and virtual screenings. If the schedule stays intact, it will be the first major film festival since COVID-19 essentially shut down the industry in mid-March. Festival director Alberto Barbera said in a statement that he is “extremely pleased that the Biennale Cinema can be held with a minimum reduction of films and sections” and that “a significant number of directors and actors will accompany films to the Lido.” There will still be 50 to 55 films in the official selection, which will be announced on July 28, and screenings will take place in the traditional venues as well as two outdoor arenas (at the Giardini della Biennale and a skating rink on the Lido) with adopted safety measures established by authorities. The festival will take its Virtual Reality section online and this year forego its Sconfini section, which hosts smaller films and genre fare, to accommodate more socially distanced screenings of the major films in competition. Actress Cate Blanchett is presiding over the main competition jury. Travel to Italy, an early epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, is allowed from European countries. The European Union last week said it would reopen its border to 14 nations, but most Americans have been refused entry due to soaring coronavirus infections in the U.S. Press from countries with travel restrictions will be able to view press conferences virtually, Barbera said. “Without forgetting the countless victims of these past few months to whom due tribute shall be paid, the first international festival following the forced interruption dictated by the pandemic becomes the meaningful celebration of the re-opening we all looked forward to, and a message of concrete optimism for the entire world of cinema which has suffered greatly from this crisis,” Barbera said. The Toronto International Film Festival, which is typically held on the heels of Venice in September, has already announced plans for a smaller 2020 version, with fewer films and virtual red carpets. Both festivals serve as major launching grounds for awards hopefuls, although no one know how exactly it will work now that runway to the Oscars has been extended by two months. The Venice Film Festival runs from Sept. 2-12.
  • One of the country's oldest retreats for artists — The MacDowell Colony — will drop “Colony” from its name and call itself “MacDowell.” “This name change is at once a significant step and a natural evolution consistent with how the organization is widely known,” MacDowell Board Chair Nell Painter said in a statement. “While the decision to make this change now aligns with the calls for social justice and reform that are sweeping the country, it is in keeping with the organization’s longstanding commitment to eliminate financial, geographic, cultural and accessibility barriers to participation.” According to Tuesday's announcement, the change was in response to “feedback from Fellows and the larger artist community.” MacDowell, based in Peterborough, New Hampshire, was founded in in 1907 by composer Edward MacDowell and his wife, the musician and philanthropist Marian MacDowell. Visiting artists have included Aaron Copland, James Baldwin, Alice Walker and Jonathan Franzen. The term “artist colony” pre-dates MacDowell, but is used far less frequently as an official title than in the 20th century. One of the few organizations still calling itself a “colony” is the Millay Colony of the Arts, founded in 1973 and based in Austerlitz, New, York, where the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay once lived. In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Painter said that concerns about the word “colony” had been raised over the years to the board but the issue took on greater urgency after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and the worldwide protests which followed. Painter acknowledged that the word “colony” can mean a country or given location under the control of an outside power or, as would apply to MacDowell, a community of like-minded people. But she said both definitions carry a sense of exclusion and hierarchy, and that the first definition was far more prevalent. She added that MacDowell was formed during a time of legal segregation and for decades was virtually all-white. 'I'm sure Marian MacDowell never imagined artists of color being there,' said Painter, who earlier this year's became MacDowell's first Black board chair. “In the language we speak today, colony is a word tied to occupation and oppression.”
  • A member of the Pussy Riot protest group has been charged with failing to properly notify Russian authorities about his Canadian citizenship, officials said Tuesday. The charges filed Tuesday came a day after Russian activist Pytor Verzilov was released after serving 15 days in jail for swearing in public. He said he was assaulted in what he claimed was a provocation staged by police and that there was no evidence he swore. The 15-day sentence followed Verzilov's questioning in connection with a protest against the Kremlin last year. Verzilov, who was born in Canada, has Russian and Canadian citizenship. Russians are required by law to inform the authorities about foreign citizenship. Violators face a fine or community service as a penalty. Pussy Riot was founded in 2011 as a punk rock and performance art protest group. Verzilov attracted attention in 2018 when he and three other Pussy Riot activists wearing police uniforms entered the field at the World Cup final in Moscow to protest police brutality, an action for which they served 15 days in jail. Two months later, he became severely ill from what group members suspected was poisoning and underwent treatment in Germany.
  • The late Sargent Shriver, the Peace Corps' founding director and an architect of President Lyndon Johnson's “War on Poverty,” left behind at least one unfinished project. RosettaBooks announced Tuesday that it had acquired Shriver's memoir “We Called It a War,” which he worked on in the late 1960s and was only recently rediscovered. Shriver's friend and law partner David Birenbaum edited the manuscript, in which Shriver tells of his efforts to fulfill Johnson's vow in 1964 to end poverty. The 348-page book, pared down from a “very raw” 500 pages, is scheduled for January. “What I learned from working with Sarge, and what I hope readers will discover in reading the book, is his distinctive model of leadership in which policy is shaped by our noblest human values and energy flows from spiritual awareness,' Birenbaum said in a statement. 'He operated under the principle that institutions, including governments, need not be bureaucratic, but can, rather, promote creativity and practical decision-making to benefit the human beings they serve.” Shriver was the husband of President John F. Kennedy’s sister, Eunice. The Shrivers had personal ties to Rosetta, founded by literary agent Arthur Klebanoff in 2001 as primarily a digital publisher and now distributed in print by Simon & Schuster. Klebanoff is a close friend of Bill Josephson, who was the Peace Corps' founding general counsel and wrote the book's foreword. Shriver, who died in 2011, was a prominent liberal and government official in the 1960s who for many embodied a more idealistic time. He became known for his leadership of the Peace Corps during the Kennedy administration and for helping to establish such lasting government programs as Head Start and VISTA while serving under Johnson. Eunice Shriver, who died in 2009, helped found the Special Olympics. Shriver was the U.S. ambassador to France at the time he wrote “We Called It a War.” According to Josephson, he did not try to publish the book right away because he was serving under a new president, Republican Richard Nixon, and thought Nixon might object to Shriver touting governments programs which Nixon opposed. Shriver published a 1964 book, “Point of the Lance,” about his years with the Peace Corps, and books about him include a memoir by his son, Mark Shriver, and an acclaimed biography by Scott Stossel. “We Called It a War” was spotted among his personal papers at the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute. “We had just begun cataloguing the contents of a collection of Sarge’s papers from his office at Special Olympics, and we found the manuscript in the first box we opened,' Jamie Price, the institute's executive director, said in a statement. 'What a blessing for us all to have available now, in these difficult and polarizing times, the voice, wisdom and spirit of a man who knew how to tackle systemic problems of poverty and economic opportunity and to solve them.”
  • Former Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty Tuesday at Leicester Magistrates’ Court to assaulting his former fiancée. The case came a day after Meighan quit the band, releasing a statement saying he was dealing with “personal issues.” Closed circuit television footage of the attack was played in court as 39-year-old Meighan wiped his eyes and held his head in his hands. His lawyer Michelle Heeley told the court he “offers his sincere apologies to the people he has let down and he has sought to address his offending behavior.’’ Founded in the English city of Leicester in 1997, Kasabian released its self-titled first album in 2004. The band has released six albums and headlined Glastonbury and other major music festivals.

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  • An Australian man speeding was never happier to see flashing lights. That is because there was a deadly snake inside his pickup truck, and he feared he had been bitten by the highly venomous reptile. “It was pretty terrifying, I’ve never been so happy to see red and blue lights,” said a man identified only as “Jimmy,” in a police news release published Tuesday. Jimmy was driving on the Dawson Highway west of Calliope on June 15 at 100 kph (62 mph) when he noticed a brown snake in his vehicle. “I’m driving along at 100, and I just started to brake,” the 27-year-old man said in the release. “And the more I moved my legs. … it just started to wrap around me. Its head just started striking at the (driver’s seat) chair, between my legs.” The eastern brown snake is responsible for the majority of snakebite deaths in Australia, CNN reported. The venom from the snake works fast and can be fatal, capable of causing paralysis and bleeding in the brain. Jimmy was not taking any chances. He used a seat belt and a work knife to fight off the snake and kill it. Then, he took off at a high speed toward the nearest hospital, according to the police news release. An officer clocked Jimmy at 123 kph (76 mph) and pulled him over. “Although the traffic officer had heard his fair share of excuses for speeding, he soon realized this was not just another colorful tale and promptly sought medical assistance,” the release said. “Paramedics attended the scene and it was determined that Jimmy had not actually been bitten by the snake but was certainly suffering shock from the ordeal.”
  • A Texas minister blames his own impatience for a novel coronavirus outbreak that has sickened more than 50 of his parishioners. Pastor Ron Arbaugh said none of his congregants at Calvary Chapel of San Antonio tested positive for COVID-19 during the nearly nine-week government-enforced shutdown, but the tide turned quickly within weeks of resuming in-person services. “People were lonely. They were out of fellowship for all the weeks we were gone, so I said, ‘If you want to hug, it’s ok to do it,’” he told KENS. Arbaugh, who has already apologized to his flock for any suffering his decision caused, told the TV station he should have exercised more patience. According to KENS, the COVID-19 dam began to crack at Calvary on June 24, as notifications of positive cases began pouring in to Arbaugh’s office and inbox. “Immediately we shut down the church to get everyone through a quarantine period,” he told WOAI, noting the church was thoroughly cleaned and a clinic run by the house of worship was also temporarily closed. “I accept full responsibility. I’m the leader of the church,” Arbaugh said, adding, “If I could have done it all over again, I would have said ‘no hugging.’” According to WOAI, at least one parishioner is on a ventilator, but Arbaugh said that member was already hospitalized prior to the outbreak. Of the more than four dozen people who tested positive for the virus, including Arbaugh and his wife, the majority reported mild symptoms and most of those “have now been safely through the quarantine period,” he told KENS. More specifically, Arbaugh told the TV station none of the Calvary Chapel victims died, no children connected to the church’s school contracted the virus and the majority of those sickened were at least 40 years old. The church plans to resume services Sunday, adhering strictly to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s guidelines, including the required wearing of face coverings and sitting every other row to meet social distancing requirements, KENS reported.
  •  An Arizona man is accused of plotting with a woman to kill his wife by poisoning her with fentanyl, authorities said. Dallas Anthony Michaels, 42, of Mesa, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to possess narcotics, according to Maricopa County court records. According to investigators, Michaels admitted talking to the woman about killing his wife but later said that was not his real plan, KTVK reported. According to detectives, the woman contacted police in mid-June, KNXV reported. Police said the woman told authorities that Michaels was looking for fentanyl, was in a long-term affair and wanted to collect on his wife’s life insurance policy, the television station reported. The woman allegedly told police that Michaels wanted to poison his wife’s drink with fentanyl, and he needed her assistance to get the opioid, KTVK reported. According to the Mesa Police Department, investigators obtained texts between Michaels and the woman. The texts confirmed that Michaels was going to California on a family trip and was “doing it then,” the television station reported. Detectives said Michaels admitted to talking with the woman, but told authorities he was more interested in harming himself, KNXV reported.
  • The advantage of having a doorbell camera connected to a phone is that the user can see who is at the door. Usually. A Kansas man got a big surprise when he saw motion on the camera at his Overland Park home -- a 4-foot rat snake. Kyle Crane told KMBC he did not know what was ringing his doorbell. Figuring it was a lizard, he went outside to investigate. “Not what I expected,” Crane said in a video. “It’s a rat snake just hanging out on my Ring doorbell. I thought it was a lizard. I saw some motion, and I was wondering how he got out here. Then I come out here, and I see we have a snake.” Rat snakes are not venomous and are common to Kansas, KMBC reported. They kill their prey by constriction and can grow as long as 7 feet. After getting over his initial surprise, Crane relocated the snake to a nearby creek, the television station reported.
  • A small Texas county will start arresting people that aren’t self-quarantining who have tested positive for coronavirus. The county attorney in Brooks County, which is just 80 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, decided to adopt the policy after community members complained that people who had tested positive the virus were spotted at grocery stores and businesses, according to KIII-TV. “If you’re going to go out and endanger other people, and we find out about it, we will prosecute you. People have not really embraced the dangers of COVID-19. It’s dangerous. It’s killing people, and it’s making people very sick. So either do it because you’re concerned about others or do it because you’re going to be punished if you don’t,” Brooks County attorney David Garcia told KIII-TV. Garcia said that it falls under Texas Penal Code 22.05: Sec. 22.05. DEADLY CONDUCT. (a) A person commits an offense if he recklessly engages in conduct that places another in imminent danger of serious bodily injury. TEXAS PENAL CODE - TITLE 5. OFFENSES AGAINST THE PERSON - CHAPTER 22. ASSAULTIVE OFFENSES A person who is positive for COVID-19 does not need to infect another person to be arrested. Exposure is considered enough to be in violation, according to KSAT. There have been 10 cases in Brooks County as of Monday.
  • A Virginia woman pleaded guilty Monday to killing her former boyfriend’s 10-month-old puppy by hanging it from a tree with an extension cord. Yasmine Monae Burton, 22, of Powhatan County, entered a guilty plea to torturing an animal causing its death, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Burton was accused in the Nov. 20 killing of Choppo, a tan and white pit bull puppy that was found hanging in the woods near Burton’s home, the newspaper reported. Burton was arrested two days later, according to Powhatan County court records. An accompanying charge of grand larceny against Burton was dropped, according to Powhatan Deputy Commonwealth Attorney Robert Cerullo. Burton had been accused of taking the animal from her former boyfriend’s home in Dinwiddie County, but Cerullo said he had not heard from the dog’s owner since Burton’s preliminary hearing in December, the Times-Dispatch reported. Burton, who will be sentenced Oct. 22, could face up to five years in prison, according to Powhatan County court records. Burton faces up to five years in prison when she is sentenced Oct. 22. Although she initially denied hurting the animal, Burton admitted in a subsequent interview that she killed Choppo, “to get back at my boyfriend,” the Times-Dispatch reported. “She indicated that she was upset with her boyfriend because he ‘beat me’ and ‘got me hooked on meth,’” Cerullo told the court.