Man arrested after allegedly threatening to kidnap Wichita mayor over Covid-19 mask mandate

Meredith Dowty, 59, is facing a criminal threat charge after officials were “alerted to threatening statements directed toward city of Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple,” according to a news release from Wichita police. Whipple told CNN he gets threats periodically, but the details of “this one seemed different.” He said a detective called him and read […]

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‘How is this legal?’ Oregon county exempts ‘people of color’ from mandatory face mask rule

Oregon’s Lincoln County has created an exception for non-white residents in a new compulsory face mask order, citing concerns over racial profiling, but puzzled observers have deemed the move discriminatory, if not illegal. The county’s public health directive mandates that “all individuals” in Lincoln “shall wear face coverings” in all public settings, including outdoor areas […]

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No mask, no service: American Airlines bans #WalkAway founder for not complying with Covid-19 rules

Conservative activist Brandon Straka has been banned from flying with American Airlines after he was booted from a plane for refusing to wear a mask as part of the company’s Covid-19 guidelines. “American Airlines thoroughly reviewed an incident on June 17 involving one of our customers, Brandon Straka,” the company said in a statement on […]

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#WalkAway founder removed from flight for refusal to wear mask, as US airline trade group threatens to blacklist violators

Political activist Brandon Straka was removed from an American Airlines flight for refusing to wear a mask the day trade group Airlines for America announced that passengers who refuse to mask up can be blacklisted from flying. Straka, a former Democratic Party member who very publicly left the party and started the #WalkAway movement, revealed […]

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eBay execs mailed bloody mask & LIVE INSECTS to couple who criticized company

Six former eBay employees and executives have been charged with stalking after they hounded a couple who criticized the e-commerce giant in a newsletter. The group mailed threats to the pair, and sent them live cockroaches. The victims, a Massachusetts couple, published an online newsletter “critical of eBay and other e-commerce companies,” US Attorney Andrew […]

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Wearing a mask at home could help stop coronavirus spread among family members, study says

The study, which was published in BMJ Global Health on Thursday, showed that wearing a mask at home was 79% effective at preventing the spread of the virus — but only when family members started wearing masks before symptoms emerged in the first person infected. Cleaning the house frequently with bleach or disinfectants was almost […]

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