Three people were shot, including a man who died after he suffered dozens of bullet wounds, during an apparent ambush as he was released from the Cook County Jail on electronic monitoring Saturday night, according to Chicago police.
Fifty-nine shell casings littered the 2700 block of West 27th Street in Little Village — across the street from the jail — around 8:50 p.m. The 31-year-old man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:25 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
A police report identified the man, known locally as a rapper, as Londre Sylvester, though the medical examiner’s office said it had not notified next of kin of his death Sunday. The police report said Sylvester suffered as many as 64 bullet wounds to his head and other parts of his body, however a full autopsy report detailing his injuries won’t be released for weeks.
A 60-year-old woman who was with him was shot in the knee, and she was in good condition at Stroger Hospital, police said. A Cook County sheriff’s office spokesman referred all questions about the case to Chicago police. Attempts to reach the 60-year-old woman who was shot were unsuccessful.
A second woman, a 30-year-old who was walking in the area at the time, suffered a graze wound to her mouth, according to a police report. She was said to be in good condition when taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.
The suspects reentered their vehicles and fled the scene in different directions, the police report said. Chicago police learned there were surveillance cameras in the area to review for evidence.
“It appears Sylvester was the intended target while (the women) were inadvertently struck,” the police report states.
Sylvester had “just been released” from custody and was fitted for electronic monitoring “as a condition of his bail,” the police report said. He and the 60-year-old woman were walking “to an awaiting vehicle when several unknown (suspects) exited two separate vehicles and all began to shoot in Sylvester’s direction, striking him numerous times,” the police report said.
Late last month, prosecutors hit Sylvester with a petition for violation of bail bond for violating the conditions of his release in a 2020 felony gun case.
On July 1, a judge ordered Sylvester held on $50,000 bail. According to court records, Sylvester was able to post the required $5,000 bail on Friday
This was not the first time such a seemingly orchestrated attack occurred outside the jail or its neighboring courthouse.
On March 6, 2017, a 23-year-old man who beat a murder case was shot and killed minutes after leaving the jail. Kamari Belmont was released on $100,000 bail — after his friend posted the necessary $10,000 to get him out of lockup — while he was being held on remaining robbery charges.
Belmont was a few blocks from the jail on California Avenue when a white SUV pulled up to his car, and someone from the SUV opened fire, striking Belmont several times and killing him, police have said.
Belmont had been held in the jail on murder and robbery charges after, authorities contend, he shot a man during a robbery in 2015 and robbed someone else a few hours later. The man who authorities believed Belmont shot died weeks later.
But Cook County prosecutors dropped the murder charges at the end of January 2017 after allowing too much time to elapse under the state’s speedy trial statute, according to court records and Belmont’s lawyer. The robbery charges remained, however.
Two weeks after Belmont was killed, a 21-year-old man suffered six gunshot wounds to the groin area on March 20, 2017, as he was walking to the Leighton Criminal Court Building, which is next to the jail. Someone from a white van opened fire. The 21-year-old was struck by gunfire, and he was taken to Mount Sinai in critical condition.
The man who was shot in the groin had a history of misdemeanor arrests but oddly wasn’t due in court the day he was shot. At the time, his lawyer said she didn’t know why he was going to the courthouse that day.
On Aug. 18, 2017, 28-year-old Kenneth Williams was shot and killed a few blocks away from the courthouse after an appearance in which he pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving on a revoked or suspended license, according to police and court records.
Police have said Williams apparently got into an argument with someone as he left the courthouse. He was in an SUV with a 26-year-old woman afterward, and they made it to about 31st and Rockwell streets when someone in another vehicle opened fire, striking Williams — who later died at Mount Sinai.
The agency plans to cite a link to a small number of Guillain-Barré cases after vaccination but will say the shot’s benefits outweigh the risk
The Food and Drug Administration is preparing to announce a new warning for the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine saying the shot has been linked to a serious but rare side effect called Guillain-Barré syndrome,in which the immune system attacks the nerves, according to four individuals familiar with the situation.
About 100 preliminary reports of Guillain-Barré have been detected in vaccine recipients after the administration of 12.8 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement Monday. The cases have largely been reported about two weeks after vaccination and mostly in men, many aged 50 and older. Most people fully recover from Guillain-Barré.
The warning on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be the latest blow to a shot that had been eagerly anticipated because of its ease of use — it requires only a single dose, which makes it especially helpful in immunizing harder-to-reach populations and regions. But the vaccine has been plagued by problems, including massive stumbles at its U.S. manufacturing plant.
The latest development comes at an especially fraught moment, as the highly transmissible delta variant sweeps the country and fuels an increase in coronavirus cases in many states. And the new warning could complicate Biden administration efforts to ramp up inoculations in areas where skepticism regarding coronavirus vaccines remains high and the vaccine rate is low.
Available data do not show a pattern suggesting a similar increased risk of Guillain-Barré with the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. More than 321 million doses of those vaccines — developed with a technology different than what is used to make the Johnson & Johnson vaccine — have been administered in the United States.
The Guillain-Barré cases are expected to be discussed as part of an upcoming meeting of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the agency said.
Guillain-Barré syndrome usually occurs at a rate of about 60 to 120 cases each week, according to CDC data. While the cause is not fully understood, it often follows infection with a virus, including influenza, or bacteria. Each year in the United States, an estimated 3,000 to 6,000 people develop the illness.
People older than 50 are at greatest risk. About two-thirds of people who develop the syndrome experience symptoms several days or weeks after they have fallen ill with diarrhea or a lung or sinus illness.
Federal health officials are expected to emphasize that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe and that its benefits clearly outweigh the potential risks, according to the people familiar with the situation.
Johnson & Johnson and the FDA declined Monday to comment.
Reports of Guillain-Barré in vaccine recipients are rare, the CDC said, “but do likely indicate a small possible risk of this side effect following” the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Reports of the syndrome were made to an early-warning safety network run by the CDC and FDA, the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System. It collects information about possible side effects or health problems after vaccination. The system looks for unusual or unexpected patterns that require a closer look. Anyone can report a reaction or injury.
Experts said the latest news about the Johnson & Johnson shot may complicate vaccination efforts, especially in parts of the country where rates remain under 50 percent.
Jeanne Marrazzo, director of infectious-diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said the absolute risk of Guillain-Barré remains so rare that “it should not deter people from getting vaccinated,” she wrote in an email. If people are concerned, they can still get a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine with no risk, adding: “This news does not provide an excuse to remain unvaccinated!!!!”
But the expected warning on the Johnson & Johnson shot “quite possibly” will make it harder for health-care providers to persuade people to roll up their sleeves, Marrazzo said.
“When a person is hesitant to get a vaccine, any additional safety signal, even if very rare, just adds to their own database that fuels their reluctance,” Marrazzo wrote.
Paul A. Offit, a pediatrician and director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, said he did not think the latest news will make much difference because the U.S. vaccination effort has “hit a wall.” The Biden administration has already done “as good a job as we could possibly hope for on how to mass produce, mass distribute and mass vaccinate” the country, Offit said.
Now, Offit said, it’s time for the next step: the government needs to compel vaccination. The Supreme Court has already ruled twice that public health authorities can take these measures in face of outbreaks, he said. Without such a step, the virus is “going to continue to mutate, continue to create variants” and result in another surge in late fall and winter, he said.
The vaccine also has been hobbled by production problems at Johnson & Johnson’s subcontractor, Emergent BioSolutions, the only U.S. manufacturer of the vaccine. The Baltimore plant was shut down in April after federal officials discovered millions of doses had been contaminated with Astra Zeneca vaccine, which was also being made there.
Johnson & Johnson had to throw away the equivalent of about 75 million doses of the vaccine because of the problems at the Baltimore plant. About 40 million doses have been released for use. In response to the contamination, the Biden administration removed AstraZeneca manufacturing from the plant and put Johnson & Johnson in direct control of vaccine production there. But Emergent has not received authorization from the FDA to resume manufacturing the Johnson & Johnson product.
Other vaccines also have been associated with rare adverse events. The FDA in late June decided to add a warning to the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines about extremely unusual cases of myocarditis — heart inflammation — in some young adults and teens after vaccination.Federal health officials said there was “a likely association,” and that the problem appears most likely to occur in young men after they receive two doses of the vaccine.
The CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services, together with 15 of the country’s leading medicaland public health organizations, issued a joint statement in June saying they “strongly encourage everyone 12 and older” to get the Pfizer and Moderna shots because the benefit of vaccination far exceeds potential harm.
In June, the American Neurological Association reported that two studies published in the journal Annals of Neurology had found 11 cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome two to three weeks after vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine. The cases, which were from England and India, involved an unusual variant of the disease that caused severe facial weakness, the organization said. An accompanying editorial described a similar case involving a Boston man who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Vaccine safety officials in Europe have recommended that a warning be added about Guillain-Barré to the AstraZeneca vaccine. But the European safety committee said that while cases have been reported following vaccinations, “at this stage the available data neither confirms nor rules out a possible association with the vaccine.”
In 1976, there was a small increased risk of the syndrome after people received swine flu vaccine, which was a special flu shot for a potential pandemic strain of flu virus. A National Academy of Medicine review in 2003 found that people who received the 1976 swine flu vaccine had an increased risk of Guillain-Barré, with about one additional case for every 100,000 people who got the swine flu vaccine. The reason for the link remains unknown.
The CDC monitors for Guillain-Barré syndrome each flu season. The agency says the data on an association between seasonal influenza vaccine and the illness varied from season to season. When there has been an increased risk, it has consistently been in the range of one or two additional cases per 1 million flu vaccine doses administered. Studies also suggest it is more likely that a person will get Guillain-Barré after getting the flu than after vaccination, according to the CDC.
The chorus released a statement July 1, claiming that the intent was “tongue-in-cheek humor,” also alleging that the chorus has reached out to law enforcement about hate messages and “threats of harm.” Moderators of major social media platforms are also contacted to take down copies of the original video that was made private, according to the statement.
“Gen Z’s gayer than Grindr…We’re coming for them. We’re coming for your children… The gay agenda is here,” the chorus group sang, appearing to make fun of parents who are concerned for their children with the push of LGBTQ agenda by the media, according to the initial report by Not the Bee July 7. While the video is no longer available on their official YouTube channel, it can be found on Rumble.
“Whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck, & that he be drowned in the depth of the sea.”
The authors of the song claimed that the original intent is to use epithets of anti-LGBT “willful intolerence and aggressive hate” for “an obviously tongue and cheek song.”
The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus was founded in 1978 to “inspire activism, and foster compassion at home and around the world,” with one of its values stating “evolve society’s views toward LGBTQ people through our commitment to excellence,” according to their mission statement.
The Daily Caller has reached out to the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus but did not receive an immediate comment.
Suhel Sood, 34, attacked the woman at a party in Reading in November 2020
During a sexual encounter, Sood discovered that she had male genitals and savagely beat her, leaving her with two black eyes and a huge bruise on her leg
He admitted assault causing bodily harm and was cleared of sexual assault
Judge Emma Knott said Sood had shown ‘no real remorse’ over the attack
A man has been jailed for 16 months for beating up a transgender woman after discovering she had male genitalia.
Suhel Sood, 34, attacked his ‘attractive’ victim, who has not been named for legal reasons, during an encounter at a party in Reading in which she performed a sex act on him.
Sood reached down towards the woman’s privates and found that she had male genitalia, Reading Crown Court heard on Monday.
He roared: ‘You’re a man!’ before launching a brutal assault on the woman, punching her repeatedly and slamming her head down on a washing machine.
The victim was called a ‘dog’ and forced by Sood to mop up her own blood before he allowed her to leave the party on November 14 2020.
She had arrived earlier in the evening with a married man who was believed to be her partner.
The court heard how the woman had been left with two black eyes and ‘one continuous huge bruise from the thigh to the knee.’
Sood was cleared of sexual assault but jailed for 16 months after he admitted assault causing actual bodily harm.
Prosecutor Oliver Weetch told the court that the assault ‘arose entirely from Mr Sood discovering that she [the victim] was transgender and thereafter assaulting her.’
Tom Holmes, defending, asked the judge not to sentence Sood on the basis that he targeted the victim based on prejudice.
‘His behaviour on that night was of course despicable. It gives an impression of him as a reckless, aggressive and frankly unlikable human being,’ Holmes said.
Judge Emma Knott told Sood he was ‘partying in a garage with others’ when the victim turned up with her partner – a married man who left early.
‘You were happy to entertain his girlfriend,’ the judge said
‘You were even happy to entertain his girlfriend after Billy went home to his wife. You were in the company of an attractive woman’.
In the course of consensual sexual activity, Sood discovered this ‘undeniably attractive woman was transgender’, the judge said.
‘And then things took a very ugly turn. You were perhaps fuelled by whiskey and cocaine and flew into a rage. From that moment, you had no concern at all for the woman.
‘You were concerned only by your own feelings. What you were concerned about was your reputation for fear of being a laughing stock. You sought to blame her. You threw words around like ‘deceit’. You accused her of raping you. There is no culpability on your part.
‘She is a woman, that is how she identifies.’
Judge Knott added: ‘Frankly, if you weren’t prepared to take the time to know more about her that is on you.
‘Maybe you will be a bit more careful in the future.
‘You discovered in your mind too late, you lost your temper. You hit her multiple times to the face, head and ear. Both eyes were black… her left eye was completely bloodshot. She had one continuous huge bruise from the thigh to the knee. And all of those were caused by you.
‘I am not sentencing you on the basis you inflicted those injuries with a spanner or a tool. You must have hit her very hard. This was a repeated and quite sustained assault… it must have been.
‘You have demonstrated no real remorse about your attack on her that night….. particularly that element of you making her clean up her own blood.
‘As if her transgender identity meant you would be contaminated by touching her own blood.’
The judge also noted Sood called his victim many names, including a ‘dog’.
Sood, of Reading, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
He was cleared of sexual assault, false imprisonment, attempting to cause grievous bodily harm charges and threats to kill.
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According to a report from the Camden Police Department, on March 14 2021 an officer was dispatched to the lobby of the Camden Police Department to make contact with a juvenile male who was accompanied by his mother and grandmother.
The juvenile stated that he was picked up from his house around 10:45 p.m.or 11:00 p.m. by Gordon. The juvenile stated that Gordon had been mentoring him since last October when they met at the juvenile’s mother’s wedding. He stated that Gordon was helping him cope with anger problems.
According to the report, Gordon brought the juvenile back to Gordon’s residence, where the juvenile got tired and went to sleep on the couch. Due to couch being cluttered, Gordon told the juvenile to go to sleep in his bed. The juvenile said he awoke later to Gordon engaging in oral sex with him and that there was semen on the juvenile’s shirt.
The juvenile stated he then hit Gordon in the head causing Gordon to leave and then go to a bathroom. The juvenile called his grandfather stating that “he touched me” and he needed to leave Gordon’s house. The juvenile told Gordon that he needed to go home because he was in trouble. According to the juvenile, Gordon told him “don’t tell anyone.”
The juvenile’s shirt was handed over to CPD as evidence and a sexual assault kit was obtained. At some point in time, cheek swabs were conducted on Gordon, as well as hair samples taken.
On June 15, Judge Hamilton Singleton issued a warrant for Gordon’s arrest.
A new analysis reveals misconceptions about perpetrators, victims, and the general environment around anti-Asian hate incidents. These can have “long-term consequences for racial solidarity,” researcher Janelle Wong said.
While news reports and social media have perpetuated the idea that anti-Asian violence is committed mostly by people of color, a new analysis shows the majority of attackers are white.
Janelle Wong, a professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, released analysis last week that drew on previously published studies on anti-Asian bias. She found official crime statistics and other studies revealed more than three-quarters of offenders of anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents, from both before and during the pandemic, have been white, contrary to many of the images circulating online.
Wong told NBC Asian America that such dangerous misconceptions about who perpetrates anti-Asian hate incidents can have “long-term consequences for racial solidarity.”
“The way that the media is covering and the way that people are understanding anti-Asian hate at this moment, in some ways, draws attention to these long-standing anti-Asian biases in U.S. society,” Wong said. “But the racist kind of tropes that come along with it — especially that it’s predominantly Black people attacking Asian Americans who are elderly — there’s not really an empirical basis in that.”
Wong examined nine sources and four types of data about anti-Asian hate incidents, including from the reporting forum Stop AAPI Hate, Pew Research, as well as official law enforcement statistics, the majority of them spanning the year and a half when the #StopAAPIHate hashtag was trending. She found major contradictions in the prevailing narrative around perpetrators, victims, and the general environment of racism toward Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. She said such misleading conclusions could be attributed to the lack of context around images, the failure to amplify all aspects of the data or misinterpretations of the research.
A misread of a frequently cited study from this year, published in the American Journal of Criminal Justice, likely contributed to the spread of erroneous narratives, Wong said. The study, which examined hate crime data from 1992 to 2014, found that compared to anti-Black and anti-Latino hate crimes, a higher proportion of perpetrators of anti-Asian hate crimes were people of color. Still, 75 percent of perpetrators were white.
Other studies confirm the findings, Wong wrote. She pointed to separate research from the University of Michigan Virulent Hate Project, which examined media reports about anti-Asian incidents last year and found that upward of 75 percentof news stories identified perpetrators as male and white in instances of physical or verbal assault and harassment when the race of the perpetrator was confirmed. Wong said the numbers could even be an underestimate.
“This is really how crime is framed in the United States — it’s framed as the source is Black,” Wong said.
Karthick Ramakrishnan, founder of AAPI Data, a data and civic engagement nonprofit group, for which Wong also works, said that the public’s perception of perpetrators and victims is largely formed by the images that have been widely circulated — but that they aren’t representative of most anti-Asian bias incidents. For example, the videos that have gone viral are more likely to be from low-income, urban areas where there is more surveillance, he said.
“You have security camera videos that are more available and prevalent in certain types of urban settings. And so that’s what’s available to people in terms of sharing,” Ramakrishnan said. “The videos are more viral than if it’s something that doesn’t have any imagery or video connected to it, like something that’s happening in the suburbs, for example.”
When they are circulated, they play on a loop with no audio. Even though the videos alone don’t provide much detail about what’s happening, they dominate our perceptions, Ramakrishnan said.
“There’s just something so powerful about these visual images so that no matter what the social science might say, people believe their eyes and especially the images that get played on repeat now,” he said.
Ramakrishnan said anti-Blackness among Asian Americans and the diaspora could also affect how such images are disseminated. Often, videos that confirm prejudices are shared not only on U.S. social networks but also on international messaging apps.
“These kinds of images and narratives of racial tension — Black violence on Asian people — are getting shared in Asia, as well. There is a transnational component to it,” he said. “Whatever aspect of anti-Black racism or racial prejudice that some Asian Americans might have will also matter, in terms of what ends up being more prominent, because these go to social networks, especially through social networks apps, as well.”
Wong said many erroneous assumptions persist about the identities of victims and the types of hate incidents they have confronted. She said there’s a widely held belief that such incidents are generally violent, when studies show that most of the racism Asian Americans have faced because of the pandemic is verbal harassment or shunning. Wong said that although older Asian women are typically thought of as the victims of such crimes, research shows that about 7 percent of reported incidents have involved anyone over 60.
Wong said that while any hate crime or incident is unacceptable, the astronomical increases often reported in headlines don’t capture the full picture of anti-Asian hate. The baseline for anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents has been relatively low, meaning a small growth in the total number of hate incidents can lead to large percentage increases. For example, data indicate that the largest increase occurred in New York City, which jumped from three to 28 anti-Asian hate crimes from 2019 to 2020, about an 833 percent surge. Meanwhile, Sacramento, California, increased from one to eight anti-Asian crimes from 2019 to 2020 — a small jump in raw numbers that equates to an increase of 700 percent.
“Even in jurisdictions reporting the most dramatic year-over-year increases in hate crimes, like New York City, the rate was lower than the proportion of Asian Americans in the population,” Wong said.
Asian Americans aren’t the only racial group that has met challenges during the pandemic. Wong said official law enforcement statistics show that in the 26 largest jurisdictions, which include areas like New York City, anti-Asian hate crimes accounted for 6.3 percent of all reported hate crimes.
Black Americans have long faced higher rates of hate crimes. Even though official 2019 law enforcement data show a drop in anti-Black hate crime reports, Black people were still, by far, the most targeted racial group, Wong said. That year, 58 percent of reported hate crimes were motivated by anti-Black bias, while a far smaller proportion, 4 percent, were motivated by anti-Asian bias. About 14 percent were motivated by anti-Latino bias.
Last year, when Asian Americans dealt with coronavirus-specific stereotypes, 27 percent of Asian Americans reported having ever experienced hate crimes or incidents, while 34 percent of Black Americans did, according to an AAPI Data survey.
“People overestimate the degree to which they, individually, are likely to be the victim of the crime. And so what we’re seeing right now, because there’s so much media coverage — even though we see that Asian Americans account for, no matter how you cut it, a minority of the hate crimes in any place — they feel like they’re the most likely to be attacked,” she said.
That isn’t to say that increases haven’t occurred or that verbal harassment and such incidents aren’t of concern, Wong said. There has been a marked increase in discrimination toward Asian Americans that deserves attention. But selectively amplifying aspects of the issue or omitting context can further perpetuate dangerous stereotypes and break opportunities for solidarity among marginalized groups, she said. Ramakrishnan said that when people reach for policy solutions based on insufficient information, they may not solve the issue.
Ramakrishnan called on the media and other institutions not only to add more context to information, but also to draw responsible conclusions from the data. He also emphasized that while the media are hyperfocused on anti-Asian crimes, Asian American and Pacific Islanders deal with a vast range of issues, including language barriers and immigration struggles, which aren’t captured in coverage of pandemic racism.
“Nuance is difficult to get people to rally around and pay attention to. Sensationalism is what gets attention. But hopefully, it’s the nuance that keeps them there so they want to go deeper in their understanding,” Ramakrishnan said. “I’m hopeful that what got a lot of people to care and pay attention were these hate incidents and horrific crimes but hoping that what keeps people interested is understanding the larger set of issues that affect these American Pacific Islanders.”
A man was killed, and a woman was critically injured in a shooting Saturday night in Humboldt Park.
There has been crickets in the media about this possible hate crime.
The shooting took place as people were leaving Chicago’s 43rd Annual Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade, which people from all over the country and Puerto Rico travel to the city to attend.
The victims had a large Puerto Rican flag waving from their car when they were approached by a mob of black men and pulled from the vehicle and shot.
Police say the couple was “ambushed” by “up to three males.”
ABC 7 reports that “the man was rushed to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. He has not been identified. The woman was struck in the neck and rushed to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said.”
WARNING, THE FOLLOWING VIDEOS ARE GRAPHIC:
This is a racist attack. This is what MSM will never talk about because it doesn’t fit their narrative.
Puerto Rican’s (see flag) pulled out of their vehicle and shot by Black attackers.
JUNE 15–A Florida Woman pummeled her girlfriend after hearing the victim “talking in her sleep about an ex,” according to an arrest report.
Responding late Sunday evening to a 911 call from a neighbor who reported a fight in progress, cops contacted the 21-year-old victim at the apartment she shares with Alexis Talley, her 23-year-old girlfriend.
The victim told police that she was asleep in the Tampa Bay-area residence when she was awoken by Talley, who “told her she was talking in her sleep about an ex.”
An ensuing verbal argument turned physical, the victim said, and Talley “began to punch her in the face.” Cops noted that the victim had “visible swelling to the right side of her face consistent with her statement.”
While Talley acknowledged arguing with her girlfriend after hearing her sleep talking, she claimed the dispute “was only verbal and not physical.” As for the victim’s injuries, Talley said they were sustained during “a previous disorder and not from tonight.”
Seen above, Talley was arrested for domestic battery and booked into the county jail. She was released from custody yesterday on $2500 bond and has been ordered by a judge to have no contact with the victim.
Since Talley’s rap sheet includes a prior battery arrest that resulted in a no contest plea, she is facing an enhanced felony charge for allegedly punching her girlfriend.
According to court records, Talley has also been convicted of marijuana possession, DUI, and disorderly conduct. Additionally, Talley is currently facing a felony marijuana possession charge stemming from her arrest last month following a traffic stop during which deputies found two baggies filled with pot in the vehicle she was driving.
(Reuters) – Genetically modified mosquitoes have been released for the first time in the United States, taking flight in the Florida Keys in a pilot program intended to reduce the spread of deadly diseases such as dengue, yellow fever and the Zika virus.
After an odyssey spanning more than a decade to secure regulatory approval, British-based biotechnology firm Oxitec, along with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD)launched the project in hope of reducing the Aedes aegypti species that spread the diseases.
While Oxitec and local authorities have high hopes for the program, local residents and environmental groups worry that not enough is known about the long-term effects of the new technology.
Nevertheless, the Environmental Protection Agency granted an experimental use permit (EUP) to Oxitec on May 1.
A half-dozen boxes containing the OX5034 mosquito created by Oxitec have been deployed in the Florida Keys, an archipelago stretching 120 miles (195 km) off the southern tip of the state.
Only female Aedes aegypti bite and spread disease, so Oxitec has created males that pass on a gene that kills female offspring before they mature. Their male offspring then continue mating and passing on the altered gene.
Meredith Fensom, Oxitec’s head of global public affairs, explained how the boxes work.
“Inside we have a small container, and this is what we put the mosquito eggs in. We also have a small container for food. We leave it open. And then we fill the box, less than halfway full, with water. We close the lid, and after a week or two, our non-biting male mosquitoes begin to emerge,” she said.
The company says similar projects have had over a 90 percent success rate in Brazil, Panama, the Cayman Islands and Malaysia.
Some 12,000 mosquitoes will be released in the initial stage, but later this year tens of millions of genetically modified Aedes aegypti will fan out across the region.
The mosquitoes have also been designed to emit a fluorescent glow, so that when they are captured, they can be more easily identified and studied.
“That’s how we monitor for the project before, during and after to understand the mosquito population,” said Fensom.
The project got a boost in 2016, when it was approved in a referendum in the Keys, despite opposition from some residents.
FKMCD Executive Director Andrea Leal says she understands community concerns but that traditional methods like fumigation from trucks and helicopters have become increasingly ineffective.
“We are seeing resistance in some of our current control methods, which has made our job at Mosquito Control that much harder,” said Leal at FKMCD headquarters in Marathon, Florida.
“We’re looking to integrate whatever we can into our current control methods just to make sure that we can suppress that population below disease transmission thresholds.”
‘GOING TO RISK OUR COMMUNITY’
The authorities first turned to Oxitec after a dengue fever outbreak slammed Key West in 2009 and 2010, USA Today reported.
But environmentalists like Barry Wray, who heads the Florida Keys Environmental Coalition, are not persuaded by the long regulatory approval process.
He says it was haphazard and leaves too many questions unanswered. “You’re going to risk our community, you’re going to ask the people in our community to be sacrificial lambs, really.”
There also have been concerns that because the genetically altered females are originally exposed to the antibiotic tetracycline, it could indirectly increase the chances of antibiotic-resistant infections in humans, USA Today reported.
But local residents like veterinary scientist Doug Mader says the science is sound.
“There haven’t been any side effects to the environment or people reported. So to say that we can’t use GMOs is like saying: ‘Hey, let’s not vaccinate for COVID,'” said Mader.
Leal says that while the Aedes aegypti are responsible for almost all mosquito-borne disease transmission, they make up only 4 percent of the total population.
“We have over 45 species in the Florida Keys. This particular mosquito is an invasive mosquito, it’s not from here…So, it’s not part of our natural ecosystem,” she said.
If the Florida Keys project succeeds, Oxitec plans to submit the results to the EPA so that the program can be applied in other parts of the United States, the journal Nature reported.
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A sign is to be erected over fears the town’s monkey statue could be offensive to foreigners in the wake of the BLM protests that swept the nation. This follows a tsunami of precisely no complaints. Zero. I mean, come on, really?
Is hanging a monkey because you thought he was a French sailor offensive to the French or offensive to monkeys?
Because it certainly isn’t offensive to the people of Hartlepool who, legend has it, actually strung that primate up. Surely they’re the folk most likely to take offence on account of it, well, making them look like morons.
Let me fill you in. During the Napoleonic Wars, a ship was wrecked off the coast of Hartlepool and a monkey was washed ashore – very much alive and well. Clinging to a barrel or whatever. And, allegedly, dressed in a uniform. The reason for a ship having a monkey dressed as a French officer has never been adequately explained, a minor detail. Never mind that, who cares anyway.
Now the good people of Hartlepool, they had never seen a monkey but they hadn’t seen an actual Frenchman either. But they had heard of a short-arsed French megalomaniac called Napoleon Bonaparte and his lust for power. They knew there was a war on. They knew the French spoke an alien language and planned an invasion.
The monkey was a French spy! It must be, come on, what the hell else could it be? Err, not a very clever French spy though, seeing as he was dressed in a French sailor’s outfit. But never mind – let’s get him!
There was actually a show trial but the monkey did not offer much of a defence,“Oooh, oooh. Eeeee eeee. Ooo ooo ooo.” (Translation: “I’m not French, you morons, I’m a monkey. Give me a quick sniff. I don’t smell of garlic!”)
Sounds a bit French, no? And no Hartlepudlian spoke French. Nobody spoke monkey either, unfortunately for the monkey. Oh dear. They dragged that chimp – presumably it was a chimpanzee, it’s somehow a much better story if it was – and strung the poor thing up in the town square.
This legend might even be true. I certainly hope so. And I have lots of friends from Hartlepool and they most certainly hope it’s true too. It’s part of their sense of identity and, I dare say, their collective and self-effacing sense of humour.
And this bit is definitely true because I saw it on the telly: Hartlepool actually DID elect a monkey to be Mayor. You know the mascots that prance around the pitch at the start of a football match and at half time and all that? Low-flying Hartlepool United had one of those dressed, of course, as a monkey.
H’angus the Monkey was his name. Angus plus hang – get it? These fine folk thought a man in a monkey suit was an infinitely better choice than some dodgy Tory or Labour Party politician. H’Angus also promised free bananas for all school children. Always a winning policy.
And, anyway, H’Angus was hilarious. He would often lead the fans in song and was occasionally escorted from away team’s grounds by the police – for simulating sex with a female steward, and such like. Classic monkey, and Frenchman, behaviour – I would suggest.
This local bloke, Stuart Drummond, then actually jumped into a real suit and took the job seriously, to the disappointment of many of my mates in Hartlepool. They didn’t want the organ grinder, they voted for the effing monkey! Still though, he was reelected – better him than some actual politician, they’re the real primates.
Hartlepool also has a statue of this poor dead monkey, and has had it on the quayside for ages. Now, as I said, pretty much everyone in the northeast of England knows all this anyway. The same as everyone knows that someone from Middlesbrough is a ‘Smogmonster’ (or ‘Smoggy’ for short) – on account of the massive ICI chemical plant’s chimneys that dominated that nearby city.
Yet statues have become political in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, being toppled in the river and defaced and all sorts of fun statements made by a marauding mob.
So now the Hartlepool local council want to polish their woke credentials, like so many mediocre bureaucrats these days, and are planning to attach an explanatory plaque to this statue, because it could be “misused by those with differing agendas to portray Hartlepool as unfriendly towards foreigners”.
Oh God. Now, come on (or ha’way as we’re likely to say up that way). Really? Isn’t it more unfriendly to monkeys? The French hate us anyway.
The local bureaucrats admit, though, that they have received a tidal wave of precisely NO complaints. Zero.