As people were dying in Los Angeles at an average rate of two every hour and overwhelmed hospitals were turning ambulances away, and as oxygen supplies were running perilously low, a group of some 50 anti-mask protesters stormed an upscale grocery just after 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
“Masks don’t work!” they chanted at the entrance to Erewhon on Beverly Boulevard. “It’s a conspiracy!”
A woman in a red “Keep America Great Hat” and a red hoodie with “Beverly Hills Freedom Rally” stenciled on the chest bellowed into a megaphone.
Officials did not name the ex-employee, a pharmacist, who was terminated Wednesday after allegedly admitting to deliberately removing 57 vials of the COVID-19 vaccine from a refrigerator, and later returning them.
Those doses, which may have been weakened outside refrigeration, were given to 57 people before the error became apparent, officials said. The people who took the affected doses have been notified, and there is no indication that they were harmed, hospital officials said in a Thursday press conference.
In the final hours of 2020, Bella Thorne plans to host a New Year’s Eve bash at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico—the same resort where, just three days earlier, authorities found the body of a 21-year-old hotel worker who had been missing since Dec. 18.
Ana Gomez had worked as a dishwasher at the hotel for the past six months, according to Michelle Cuervo, a native of Chiapas who’s been living in Quintana Roo, a Mexican state on the Yucatán Peninsula, for 20 years and Tulum for 11 years. Cuervo frequents the hotel and has friends who work there.
On Monday, local authorities located Gomez’s body in a green space some 900 yards from a highway in the town of Solidaridad, according to a statement from the Quintana Roo State Attorney General’s Office. Euro Weekly News reported that hotel workers use the area as a path to get from the main road to the hotel building.
“Over the last few days, I have been on the receiving end of baseless and grotesquely false accusations,” Wang said. “These claims have been wrongfully amplified by social media accounts infamous for posting defamatory material from undisclosed and/or anonymous sources with zero evidence or any fact checking whatsoever. Seeing these lies about me being perpetuated as truths has been infuriating. I have never engaged in the atrocious behavior described and would never conduct myself in the manner that’s been alleged. I intend to get to the bottom of this and hold accountable whoever is responsible for originating these claims and viciously spreading them online.”
The industry watchdog Instagram account @ShitModelMgmt first posted anonymous stories of the New York designer drugging and sexually harassing or assaulting male and trans models. These stories came after a model named Owen Mooney alleged that a “really famous fashion designer” groped him inside of a club in 2017.
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski appears to be mounting a new political effort that will promote his former boss’s political brand after he leaves office—and help elect “Trump-like” candidates going forward.
The new PAC is called Fight Back Now America and it’s pledging to go to bat for Republican Senators in next month’s Georgia runoff elections, and continue backing Trump-allied candidates in future election cycles. Its website describes the group as “a no holds barred political action committee that will lead the fight to beat back the radical socialists who hate America, while supporting America First Trump candidates committed to advancing the MAGA agenda.” To emphasize the point, viewers are greeted with the image of a boxing ring.
Lewandowksi’s role with the group is not entirely clear. But its website and online donation page feature a photo of him speaking at Trump’s side. The source code for the website’s stock image includes a URL with the phrase “CoreyBackgroundWebsite.” He is one of only two people—and the first of those two—who had tweeted a link to the group’s website as of Thursday morning, calling Fight Back Now America “a great place to donate to help fight the radical left.” And fundraising text messages for the group that have been going out from dozens of phone numbers this month read, “Corey Lewandowski: President Trump taught all of us how to FIGHT BACK. Click here to join our fight!”
Christmas gifts have been opened, wrapping paper is thrown out, and boxes are broken down. If you are one of the nearly 75 million people that got a new iPhone for Christmas, you are probably looking for a case. Yes, I know, the iPhone 12 has “Ceramic Shield” which is tougher than any smartphone glass. But no matter how strong Apple says their nanoscale ceramic crystals that make up the Ceramic Shield are, I will always want a case.
While I respect those who swear by the no-case-life, I think it’s insane to not protect such a pricey piece of technology — especially one that holds precious information and is so vital to our day-to-day. But I didn’t want just any cheap iPhone case. I wanted one that I could bring into a business meeting, one that I could bring to a workout and be worried about, but also oen that was unique to me. I wanted one that could even feel refined and classy. That is why I chose to do some heavy research into finding my perfect iPhone case.
Enter Nomad Rugged iPhone Case. This case is the perfect balance of classiness and protection. I can confidently take part in any activity without fear of my iPhone being damaged while also being able to walk (or Zoom) into a business meeting and feel proud to show off my ruggedly refined case.
Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff continues to take advantage of Fox News to create instantly viral moments on the campaign trail.
With just days left before his Jan. 5 runoff election against Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), Ossoff was once again approached by Fox News reporter Peter Doocy on Thursday during a live Fox broadcast.
While Ossoff used Wednesday’s impromptu interview to appeal to Fox News viewers and take swipes at both Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), who is running in a separate Georgia runoff race, this time around the 33-year-old Senate hopeful pushed back on the conservative narrative that he’s beholden to the Chinese Communist Party.
Ever since I got my first Echo Dot a few years ago, I’ve been getting lazier and lazier — but I don’t necessarily see that as a bad thing. After all, if you can do quick math, check the weather, or order a pizza in a quarter of the time and without lifting a single finger, why shouldn’t you? Shortly after the Dot, I got a robotic vacuum and an Alexa-enabled fan, too. But as I expanded my network of smart devices, there was one purchase I held off on until I got my own place: the best smart light bulbs that work with Alexa.
Fast-forward to this fall, when I finally moved out of an apartment and into a house. Needless to say, voice-enabled lighting was first on my to-do list — and let me tell you, it’s an absolute game-changer.
I opted for the OHLUX Wi-Fi light bulbs because they came in a pack of six and broke down to just $9 each. I put two in my bedroom, two in my office, and two in my living room. Despite the affordable price tag and after three months of using them every single day, I genuinely don’t have a single complaint.
When Donald Trump tweeted out an invitation to his followers to join a mass protest on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C.—“Be there, will be wild!”— many took it as a direct order. However, ahead of the demonstration, timed to take place at the Capitol to stop the Senate from certifying the election results, internal tensions threaten to undermine some far-right groups’ plans.
In particular, trouble—in the form of a brewing gender war—has stricken the notorious Proud Boys on the social network app Telegram, heightening tensions in the chauvinist gang that has become synonymous with political violence in the U.S.
On Dec. 21, a former MMA fighter named Tara LaRosa—who has marched with the Proud Boys and the far right around the country, including recently in D.C.—established a transphobic Telegram channel called Proud Girls USA. That same day, the ProudBoysUSA channel snubbed her, declaring that “Proud Girls” was a “ridiculous” idea. “Don’t ride our coattails,” they groused. “Want to support us? Get married, have babies, and take care of your family.”
The “three-martini lunch” is back, not that it ever left. Its heyday was the 1960s, when long business lunches were part of the American dream, and the full cost of an extravagant meal could be written off. The unfairness was obvious, and it grated. Why should rich businessmen, and they were mostly men, get to dine out on steak and lobster subsidized by secretaries eating tuna fish salad and construction workers who couldn’t deduct the bologna sandwiches in their lunch buckets?
Four presidents tried to end or rein in the practice, and for the last quarter-century, the deductibility of the meal epitomized by the three-martini lunch has been cut in half, with Uncle Sam picking up just 50 percent of the tab. It is somehow fitting that under President Trump’s phony populism, and during a pandemic that has killed more than 300,000 Americans and left millions unemployed, that lawmakers saw an opening in the latest government funding legislation to restore the full 100 percent reduction for corporate lunches.
It’s framed as a way to save the restaurant industry, but it looks like once again the richest among us, who are the most likely to indulge in four-course meals to consummate business deals, will be rewarded, while the hamburger joint in the neighborhood won’t be benefiting. Some of the country’s top chefs contacted Trump directly. A resort owner, he is sympathetic, and he made sure they were heard. Restaurants have taken a huge hit. Still, there should be other ways to help owners and workers without lining the pockets of business executives.