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Couple married for 48 years die from COVID within minutes of each other – Yahoo Finance Australia

died within minutes of each other from coronavirus while holding hands.” data-reactid=”12″ type=”text”>A couple married nearly 50 years have died within minutes of each other from coronavirus while holding hands.

Johnny Lee Peoples, 67, and his wife Darlene, 65, from North Carolina, died from COVID last month.

Their son Shane told WBTV his parents were sick for about a month and their health deteriorated.

After two weeks, they were sent to the ICU but things only got worse.

“The next day they put them in the same room, same ICU room, they put their hands to

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Florida couple jailed for breaking COVID-19 quarantine as state breaks daily death record — again – NBC News

A Florida couple on Key West that tested positive for the coronavirus was arrested for defying a quarantine order, local officials said Thursday.

Neighbors videotaped Jose Antonio Freire Interian and Yohana Anahi Gonzalez flouting the requirement and then handed the telltale tape over to the Key West police, authorities said.

“There were complaints from the neighborhood of them continuing to be outside, going about normal life functions,” Key West City Manager Greg Veliz told The Miami Herald. “An officer took the video to the judge and the judge signed the warrant.”

Interian, 24, and Gonzalez, 27, appear to be among the first people who have been jailed in Florida for breaking quarantine.

“As far as I know, these are the first arrests of this kind in Monroe County,” Brandie Peretz, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, told NBC News.

Word of their arrest came as Florida on Thursday reported a record 253 new coronavirus deaths, according to the latest NBC News tally of coronavirus cases and fatalities. Nationwide, the death toll from a pandemic that Trump has claimed would “just disappear” rose overnight to 152,717, NBC News figures show.

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The grim new Florida death toll number came on the heels of state health officials reporting 216 deaths on Wednesday and 186 deaths of Tuesday, both of which were new daily highs in a pandemic that has been hitting the state especially hard in recent months.

So far, Florida has logged a total of 456,105 cases and 6,586 deaths, according to state statistics.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, has been harshly criticized for his handling of the coronavirus crisis and stoked more anger earlier this month by referring to the rising case numbers as a “blip.”

Maria Bavaro, right, with her father Antonio Franco.Courtesy Maria Bavaro

And many Florida residents like Maria Bavaro of Lake Worth Beach are very angry. Bavaro told NBC News her 87-year-old father Antonio Franco was in an assisted living center when he died in May of COVID-19.

“I feel like we should’ve never put him there,” Bavaro said of her dad, a hard-working Korean War veteran from Brooklyn who raised three daughters. “I feel like the government failed him. I feel like the state of Florida failed him.”

“I feel like we were robbed of his last few months of life,” she said.

Interian and Gonzalez, who had been ordered to quarantine after testing positive on July 21, were taken into custody Wednesday evening, Adam Linhardt, a spokesman for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, told NBC News. They were sent to the Stock Island Detention Center where they were placed in “negative pressure rooms” where the air is not recirculated into other parts of the jail.

“The idea is to keep them apart from the general population and keep them in a place where they can’t infect anybody else,” Linhardt said. “We’ve had people in those rooms before we’ve suspected of having it. If they show symptoms, that’s where people are quarantined.”

Each was hit with misdemeanor charges of violating the state law that requires isolation or quarantine in a public health emergency and violating emergency management.

Conviction on those charges could result in up to 60 days behind bars.

Interian posted bond and was released early Thursday while Gonzalez remains behind bars, Linhardt said.

In other coronavirus-related developments:

  • Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain died at age 74 from complications from COVID-19. Cain had tested positive a week after he attended Trump’s June 20 campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While it wasn’t immediately clear where he contracted the deadly virus, Cain had defended the event, writing in an op-ed, “The media worked very hard to scare people out of attending the Trump campaign rally last Saturday night in Tulsa.” Cain was also photographed not wearing a mask at the rally. Several Trump campaign staffers and others also tested positive for COVID-19 after the rally.
  • Jobless claims rose for a second week in a row while the GDP fell by a record 33 percent as the thriving economy Trump inherited from his predecessor continued to be battered by the pandemic. More than 1.43 million people filed for unemployment benefits for the first time last week, according to the Department of Labor. It was the second-straight week that the number has risen, and the 19th week in a row that the U.S. had seen more than a million claims.
  • McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski said the fast food chain would sic the cops on any customer who defies their mask-wearing mandate — but only after they first try to reason with the refusenik. “In the event that we do have someone who’s unwilling to wear a mask, we’ve done training around de-escalation,” Kempczinski said on “CBS This Morning.” “Ultimately we’re not going to be asking our crew people to put themselves in harm’s way. If someone is unwilling to wear a mask and comply with our rules, that might be where we might bring in law enforcement.” On Wednesday, the president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store union, Stuart Appelbaum, called on store owners to hire security guards and empower managers after a spate of sometimes violent incidents that pitted angry customers against workers trying to get them to wear masks. “It’s not the job of the employees to enforce the store rules on face masks.”
  • The Philadelphia Phillies shut down Citizens Bank Park “until further notice” after a member of the coaching staff and one of the home clubhouse staffers tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced in a statement. Earlier, a member of the visiting clubhouse staff also tested positive. The announcement came in the wake of a three-game series with the Miami Marlins. Seventeen players and two coaches have tested positive since Friday.
  • Citing federal privacy rules, Tennessee state officials announced they would not collect or release to the public information about new coronavirus cases in the schools, The Tennessean reported. Instead, state health department spokeswoman Shelley Walker said they would will encourage individual districts to track COVID-19 cases as the schools reopen in an effort to “best understand the burden of disease in their jurisdiction and take appropriate steps to mitigate further spread of illness.” Critics called foul. “It would seem irresponsible for the state to just look the other way and not track that data,” said Deborah Fisher of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government. As of Thursday, there were 100,822 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 1,020 deaths reported in the state.
  • Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a mask mandate starting Saturday and running through Sept. 28 as the state has seen a significant rise in new cases. “We need a statewide approach to get Wisconsin back on track,” Evers said. “We know that masks and face coverings will save lives. While I know emotions are high when it comes to wearing face coverings in public, my job as governor is to put people first and to do what’s best for the people of our state, so that’s what I am going to do.” As of Thursday, Wisconsin had 54,988 confirmed cases and 918 deaths.
  • Mississippi set a new record for coronavirus deaths in a day with 48 reported Thursday and a new record for reported cases with 1,775. Arizona also hit a new record for the number of pandemic deaths in a day with 172 reported Thursday. Both states are led by Republican governors who are loyal to Trump and who have been harshly criticized for reopening their states as the number of cases were still climbing.

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Joe Murphy is a data editor at NBC News Digital.

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Couple Charged After Videos Show White Woman Pulling Gun on Black Woman – The New York Times

Widely circulated videos showed a white woman pointing a gun at a Black woman as she filmed with her cellphone in a parking lot in Orion Township, Mich.

A couple have been charged with felonious assault after widely circulated videos showed a white woman pointing a gun at a Black woman in a parking lot in Michigan, the authorities said on Thursday.

In the videos, the Black woman and her teenage daughter confront a white man and woman outside a Chipotle restaurant in Orion Township, Mich., on Wednesday. The exchange quickly escalates from an argument about an apology into accusations of racism, with a gun held only a few feet from the Black woman as she filmed with her cellphone.

At a news conference on Thursday, Sheriff Michael Bouchard of Oakland County, Mich., said the woman who had pointed the gun and her husband had each been charged with felonious assault, which carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison.

The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office later identified the couple as Jillian Wuestenberg, 32, and Eric Wuestenberg, 42.

Both had guns in their possession, which they were legally permitted to carry, when they were taken into custody, Sheriff Bouchard said.

The sheriff explained the charges by saying that “any weapon that could cause serious and potentially deadly injury can be charged as a felonious assault.”

The episode began when the two parties bumped into each other outside of the Chipotle, Sheriff Bouchard said.

“One person said they didn’t realize they had bumped the other person with the food bag, and the other person felt they needed to get an apology,” he said. “Then it escalated from there.”

He urged members of the public to try to defuse tense situations at a time when many are on edge.

“My plea is, please let us all try to be that voice of calm in the storm, and remember each one of us is a human being that deserves respect,” he said.

Oakland University in Michigan said on Thursday that it had fired Mr. Wuestenberg. He had been listed on the university’s website as a coordinator of veterans support services.

“We have seen the video and we deem his behavior unacceptable,” a university spokesman said in a statement. “The employee has been notified that his employment has been terminated by the university.”

It was not immediately clear if the couple had lawyers, and there was no immediate response to messages left at numbers listed under their names.

As the videos spread on social media on Wednesday night, they quickly drew comparisons to footage taken on Sunday of a white man and woman pointing a semiautomatic rifle and a handgun at peaceful Black protesters on a private residential street in St. Louis. The demonstration was one of dozens against racism and police violence that have been taking place across the country for weeks.

The Detroit News, which reported on the Orion Township altercation early Thursday, shared both videos, the longer of which — at just over three minutes — shows more of the encounter. The News identified the mother as Takelia Hill and quoted her as saying that the argument began because the white woman had bumped into her daughter and was yelling “in my daughter’s face.” Ms. Hill could not be reached for comment.

The videos, recorded by Ms. Hill and her daughter on Wednesday evening, do not show what happened before the argument began. In one of the videos, Ms. Hill can be seen standing in front of the white woman, and her daughter says, “This ignorant woman bumped into a 15-year-old.”

After an angry, profanity-laced exchange, including accusations of racism and demands that the police be called, the white woman returns to her minivan and says through a lowered window that “you cannot just walk around calling white people racist.”

“This is not that type of world,” she says. “White people aren’t racist. No one’s racist. I care about you. I care about you and I’m sorry if you had an incident that has made someone make you feel like that. No one is racist. I’m sorry if you had something like that happen.”

As she speaks, Ms. Hill repeatedly asks, “Why would you bump her?”

The camera briefly turns away from the minivan as it backs out of a parking spot, and the teenager shouts for her mother to watch out.

Ms. Hill then asks whether the couple were trying to hit her with the minivan, and hits the back of the vehicle with her hand. The white woman exits the car holding a handgun and, using profanity, tells Ms. Hill to “get away.” The woman cocks the gun and points it at Ms. Hill, who is standing a few feet away.

“You’re going to shoot me?” Ms. Hill says, and she, her daughter and the armed woman ask for someone to call the police. The woman tells Ms. Hill not to jump behind her car, which Ms. Hill denies doing, and then the woman begins to scream at Ms. Hill to back away. Crying can be heard. The woman eventually lowers the gun and gets back in the minivan, and it pulls away.

“Call the police, no, don’t go anywhere,” Ms. Hill says. “You were about to hit me with the car.”

Her daughter can be heard saying: “These white people, they’re so racist. They pulled a gun out on my mom.”

Sheriff Bouchard said the authorities responded after they received six 911 calls related to the altercation, each of which he played at the news conference on Thursday. He said officers ordered the white woman out of the van, put her on the ground, handcuffed her and took her gun.

Bryan Pietsch contributed reporting.

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Couple apologizes after confronting man over ‘Black Lives Matter’ chalk in front of his home – NBC News

A San Francisco man used chalk to write “Black Lives Matter” in front of his house, prompting a white couple to demand to know whether he lived there, in an accusation that cost one person his job on Monday.

The incident – which unfolded in the city’s tony Pacific Heights neighborhood last week and was recorded in video that went viral – led Raymond James Financial to fire the male accuser, Robert Larkins.

“Raymond James has zero tolerance for racism or discrimination of any kind,” according to the company’s statement. “An inclusive workplace is fundamental to our culture, and we expect our associates to conduct themselves appropriately inside and outside of the workplace.”

The statement continued: “After an investigation into the circumstances of a video alleging racism by one of our associates, we have concluded that the actions of he and his partner were inconsistent with our values, and the associate is no longer employed with Raymond James.”

Larkins apologized on Monday for confronting San Francisco resident James Juanillo as he used chalk to express his support for Black Lives Matter.

“Over the last two days, I have had my eyes opened wide to my own ignorance of racial inequity, and I have thought a lot about my own personal blind spots,” according to a statement by Larkins.

“I was wrong to question Mr. Juanillo, and I was wrong to call the neighborhood police watch. It was wrong, and I am profoundly sorry for treating him with disrespect.”

Juanillo said he was moved to support protesters demanding action against police brutality and systemic racism in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

“I decided that I was going to stencil a message of solidarity to my people of color, because I’m Filipino-American,” Juanillo told NBC News. “I decided to stencil ‘Black Lives Matter’ on our retaining wall in front of our house.”

Juanillo said he has lived in that Gough Street home, which he shares with his husband and five friends, since 2002.

“We are a family,” he said. “I’m a real resident who knows my neighbors.”

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Juanillo’s chalk work drew the attention of Lisa Alexander, CEO of LaFace Skincare, and her husband as they strolled through the neighborhood.

“As soon as I finish the ‘R’ in ‘Matter,’ Lisa pops up,” he said.

Juanillo, 50, videotaped them asking whether he was the homeowner.

“Because it’s private property, are you defacing private property?” the husband asked, standing well beyond Alexander who did most of the talking. “You’re free to express your opinions, but not on people’s property.”

Juanillo posted the footage to social media and by Monday afternoon, it had been viewed more than 16 million times on Twitter.

“This is not the way to do it,” Alexander said in the video. “It’s private property.”

When Juanillo said he wasn’t breaking any laws, Alexander responded: “Yes you are, actually.”

Juanillo told the couple they could call the police if they thought he was breaking a law, and Alexander said they would.

“And that, people, is why black lives matter. That’s ‘Karen’ and she’s calling the cops,” Juanillo said in his video, using internet shorthand for a white woman calling police to report a person of color doing an otherwise innocuous activity.

The famously liberal San Francisco Bay Area has seen its share of incidents similar to Juanillo’s.

A white woman, later dubbed “BBQ Becky,” called 911 two years ago after spotting men using a BBQ grill at Oakland’s Lake Merritt. Months later, a woman, later called “Permit Patty,” called police on an 8-year-old Black girl who was selling water bottles in San Francisco.

“She should know in this environment,” Juanillo said, “that a white person like her of privilege calling the cops on a person of color for a perceived crime could result in death.”

Alexander apologized on Sunday.

“There are not enough words to describe how truly sorry I am for being disrespectful to him last Tuesday when I made the decision to question him about what he was doing in front of his home,” Alexander said in a statement. “I should have minded my own business.”

The viral video has already cost Alexander. Birchbox, which distributes beauty products via a subscription service, said over the weekend that it has cut ties with Alexander over her “racist actions.”

“When I watch the video I am shocked and sad that I behaved the way I did,” Alexander said in the statement.

Juanillo said the couple was wrong and that Alexander “never operated in good faith.”

“Even if I was a random chalk artist just drawing chalk on this wall, that’s not a crime,” he said. “That’s not vandalism, that’s not defacing property. Even if I didn’t live here they shouldn’t have stopped me.”

Larkins acknowledged he was wrong.

“I have a lot to learn about how racism impacts people in their lives, daily, I have hurt my neighbor. I am full of regret and very sorry,” according to Larkins’ statement.

“I am hoping to meet with him soon to express my sincere apology and to ask for his forgiveness and guidance in helping me begin the journey towards being a kinder, more thoughtful and sensitive person.”

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