Former Tenn. deputy accused of raping 14-year-old strikes deal to avoid prison, sex offender status

Brian O. Beck, 47, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced to three years of supervised probation, court records show. A former sheriff’s deputy in Tennessee accused of raping a 14-year-old girl struck a plea deal with prosecutors last week that keeps him out of prison and from having to register as a sexContinue reading “Former Tenn. deputy accused of raping 14-year-old strikes deal to avoid prison, sex offender status”

Let’s talk about Maus, Tennessee, and failing a test – Beau of the Fifth Column

Capitol riot committee subpoenas coup PowerPoint author Phil Waldron

Retired army colonel was the author of the 36-page PowerPoint presentation which ex-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows turned over to the House select committee The House select committee investigating the 6 January insurrection has issued a subpoena for documents and testimony to Phil Waldron, the retired US Army colonel who authored the 36-page PowerPoint presentationContinue reading “Capitol riot committee subpoenas coup PowerPoint author Phil Waldron”

Ida B. Wells: Crash Course Black American History #20

In this video, we’ll learn about the life story of journalist, orator, teacher, suffragette, and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Ida B. Wells made her name writing and speaking and working to improve the lives of Black Americans. She wrote for a number of outlets, and covered a wide array of issues.

School Boards Are Begging the White House to Shield Them From Right-Wing Attacks

“Education leaders are under an immediate threat,” the National School Boards Association wrote in a letter to Joe Biden this week detailing incidents that have unfolded across the country. “Education leaders are under an immediate threat,” the National School Boards Association—the representative body for more than 90,000 school board members in the U.S.—wrote this weekContinue reading “School Boards Are Begging the White House to Shield Them From Right-Wing Attacks”

How ‘confrontational Christian nationalists’ are pushing anti-vaxxer extremism: report

Not all Christians are extremist anti-vaxxers, anti-maskers or coronavirus deniers who encourage churchgoers to put themselves at risk of being killed by COVID-19. But the lunatic fringe of Christianity — the far-right Christian nationalist movement — has been a leading promoter of coronavirus denial. And reporter Jack Jenkins, in an article published by the Washington Post onContinue reading “How ‘confrontational Christian nationalists’ are pushing anti-vaxxer extremism: report”

CDC study: Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die of Covid-19

A trio of new studies from the CDC show that Covid-19 vaccines remain highly effective against severe illness. As the Biden administration steps up its efforts to get shots in arms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new study Friday that underscores the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines against serious illness or death. The study, which examinedContinue reading “CDC study: Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die of Covid-19”

Tennessee teen talking about grandma who died of Covid heckled by adults at school board meeting

Grady Knox was telling a personal story about his grandmother’s death to argue for mask mandates when adults in the crowd told him to “shut up” and laughed. A Tennessee teenager who was mocked by adults as he defended masks by explaining his grandmother died of Covid-19 called the moment “complete insanity.” Grady Knox, aContinue reading “Tennessee teen talking about grandma who died of Covid heckled by adults at school board meeting”

Christian Radio Host Who Called Vaccine ‘Government Control’ Dies of COVID-19

A religious radio broadcaster who spread disinformation about the coronavirus vaccines was killed by the virus Sunday. Dr. Jimmy DeYoung Sr. had been admitted to the hospital Aug. 7 with COVID-19 complications, according to his wife Judy, who also contracted the virus. In February, DeYoung published an interview promoting the conspiracy theories that the Pfizer vaccine wouldContinue reading “Christian Radio Host Who Called Vaccine ‘Government Control’ Dies of COVID-19”

More than 3,000 fake vaccine cards from China seized by customs and border patrol officers at one port

U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized fake vaccine cards shipped from China to Tennessee last week. The shipment was disguised as paper greeting cards and upon reading the description in the shipment manifest, customs and border patrol officers “already knew what it was,” the agency said in a statement.  The shipment was on route toContinue reading “More than 3,000 fake vaccine cards from China seized by customs and border patrol officers at one port”

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