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Acrobats hurt in circus accident reach $52.5M settlement

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Eight acrobats severely injured when the rigging suspending them by their hair plummeted to the floor during a circus performance in Rhode Island in 2014 have reached a $52.5 million settlement with the ownership and management of the arena where the circus was held, their lawyer confirmed Monday.

“It's a great result, it's the right result and it's a just result," Zachary Mandell, an attorney for the eight women, said of the settlement, first reported by The Providence Journal.

A metal clip that held the acrobats 20 feet (6 meters) above the floor of the Dunkin' Donuts Center snapped during the May 2014 performance, causing the women to suffer broken bones and spinal injuries. A ninth worker on the ground was also hurt.

Some of the women still suffer from “life-altering” injuries, according to Mandell, who said he could not get into specifics because of medical privacy laws.

Read more: https://www.mrt.com/news/article/Acrobats-hurt-in-circus-accident-reach-52-5M-15819928.php
(Midland Reporter-Telegram)

The night before Christmas, legally speaking

Editor's Note: The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a smile during this holiday season. Any readers with a legal problem should lighten up this week, life is precious, so enjoy your family and friends now and join the real world after January 4, 2021.

It is time again for another great Christmas tradition. So, gather your parties around the fire or window unit (if in Texas), whether plaintiff or defendant, ad litem, guardian or children (natural born and adopted), to hear The Night Before Christmas, Legally Speaking.

Whereas, on or about the night prior to Christmas, there did occur at a certain improved piece of real property (hereinafter “the House”), a general lack of stirring by all creatures therein, including, but not limited to, a mouse.

A variety of foot apparel, e.g. stockings, socks, etc., had been affixed by and around the chimney in said House in the hope and/or belief that St. Nick a/k/a St. Nicholas a/k/a Santa Claus (hereinafter “Claus”) would arrive sometime thereafter.

The minor residents, i.e. the children, of the aforementioned House were located in their individual beds and were engaged in nocturnal hallucinations, i.e. dreams, wherein visions of confectionery treats, including, but not limited to, candies, nuts and/or sugar plums, did dance, cavort and otherwise appear in said dreams.

Whereupon the party of the first part (sometimes hereinafter referred to as “I”), being the joint-owner in fee simple of the House with the party of the second part (hereinafter “Mamma”), and said Mamma had retired for a sustained period of sleep. (At such time, the parties were clad in various forms of headgear, e.g. kerchief and cap.)

Read more: https://www.itemonline.com/opinion/the-night-before-christmas-legally-speaking/article_3c431a6f-c655-5390-bd80-896c7e40296b.html
(Huntsville Item)

John Cornyn's Christmas Eve brisket confuses the internet

Well, it definitely appears to be meat of some sort.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas on Thursday tweeted a photo of his family's holiday meal with the caption, "Brisket family tradition."

As Cornyn is the senior senator from Texas, it's no surprise that the tweet set off a big reaction. Brisket's big business in this state, and the meat seen in Cornyn's photo looks a far cry from the kind you'd find in the pit at spots like Franklin and Snow's.

For one thing, Cornyn's looks pretty dry. For another, the red stuff on the top — barbecue sauce, you'd imagine — has a color and texture that looks like spaghetti sauce left out too long.

The internet had a lot to say about the Cornyn family brisket.




More at: https://www.statesman.com/story/news/2020/12/25/john-cornyns-brisket-texas-senator-christmas-eve-tweet/4045590001/

Congressman Vela responds to Republicans blocking Democratic efforts to increase COVID-19 relief

Congressman Vela responds to Republicans blocking Democratic efforts to increase COVID-19 relief checks

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Filemon Vela (TX-34) joined House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer at a news conference after Republicans blocked Democratic efforts to increase COVID-19 relief checks for American families.

“I’m proud to join my colleagues on Christmas eve to advocate on behalf of my constituents and Americans across the nation,” said Congressman Filemon Vela. “This country has endured physical, emotional, and economic devastation for nine months, and finally we have reached a point where we can agree with the President.

Six hundred dollars for most people receiving it is not enough. We must increase this amount to $2,000. It’s unfortunate our Republican colleagues blocked our efforts to pass this change through unanimous consent. I hope we have their support when we try again on Monday to finally deliver needed relief to struggling families.”

(no more at link)

Donald Trump pardons ex-campaign manager for Sens. Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell

President Donald Trump granted a full pardon this week to Jesse Benton, who previously managed campaigns for Kentucky Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul before he was convicted for his role in a political endorsement scheme.

Benton managed Rand Paul's 2010 general election campaign as well as McConnell's reelection bid in 2014. He also has a family connection to Rand Paul, who is the uncle of Benton's wife.

The White House announced Benton's pardon Wednesday. More than 20 other people, including notable Louisville activist Christopher 2X, also received full pardons from the president.

Benton’s conviction was related to his involvement in a plot to provide $73,000 in payments to former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson to secure his endorsement of former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign. (Sorenson eventually received a related, 15-month prison sentence.)

Read more: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2020/12/24/trump-pardons-jesse-benton-ex-campaign-manager-rand-paul-mitch-mcconnell/4042657001/

Trump claims, without evidence, that he 'saved' Mitch McConnell from losing reelection bid

As his apparent ire with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to grow, President Donald Trump claimed Thursday night, without any evidence, that he "saved" the Kentucky Republican from losing his recent reelection bid.

"I saved at least 8 Republican Senators, including Mitch, from losing in the last Rigged (for President) Election," Trump wrote in a Christmas Eve tweet . "Now they (almost all) sit back and watch me fight against a crooked and vicious foe, the Radical Left Democrats. I will NEVER FORGET!"

Trump falsely claimed that the election he lost was rigged. He also did not specify who the other seven Republican senators were that he "saved" in their respective elections.

McConnell spokespeople did not immediately respond to request for comment Thursday evening.

Read more: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2020/12/24/donald-trump-claims-he-saved-mitch-mcconnell-losing-reelection/4044012001/

COVID-19 pandemic deniers vandalize Lexington health care buildings, officials say

Lexington health care workers and officials have become the targets for COVID-19 conspiracy theorists making efforts to downplay the virus.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and the Urgent Care center on Nicholasville Road were vandalized with graffiti about the coronavirus. On multiple parts of the building, Urgent Care employees found spray-painted messages, including “#plandemic,” and “COVID-19 was an inside job” and the URL to a website that pushes COVID-19 conspiracy theories.

“In our opinion, it’s a coward’s way to have done it,” said Kim Blanke, a member of the management team at Urgent Care Centers of Kentucky. “That’s obviously not the platform to express yourself.”

The spray paint was on the building next to the front door and on the wall on the side of the building where patients park, Blanke said. There was a picture of a wildcat taped to the front door. The photo had the words “eternal vigilance” on it, Blanke said.

Read more: https://www.kentucky.com/news/coronavirus/article248003110.html

State rep, who downplayed virus, in ICU with COVID

A KY House member who in the past has raised doubts about the seriousness of the pandemic has been in intensive care with COVID for a week.

Rep. Thomas Huff (R-Shepherdsville) shared on social media that he was on “Day 6 in isolation in the ICU.” When asked, he confirmed that he had COVID-19.

Huff, elected in 2018, has commented in the past that even though he understood COVID was “nasty,” he didn’t believe it was as bad as reported. He has also attended meetings in Frankfort without a mask, raising concerns among others in the capitol as to who might have been exposed to the virus by him. And he recently co-sponsored a bill to make sure the coronavirus vaccine is not made mandatory in Kentucky.

Elected Democrats and their leaders have expressed more than once that they are concerned about the lack of masks among Republican legislators, and have asked the Republican leadership to mandate the use of masks. However, that has not happened.

Read more: https://forwardky.com/state-rep-who-downplayed-virus-in-icu-with-covid/

Watertown vice mayor arrested on drug charges, resigns as alderman

A longtime Watertown alderman and vice mayor has resigned after being arrested on drug charges.

Brandon Len Howard, 57, was arrested on a traffic stop in Lebanon on Dec. 10, according to police and Wilson County Jail records.

Howard hasn't been active as an alderman for several meetings and hasn't been living at his residence in Watertown, he said. Howard was an alderman for about 18 years and vice mayor for approximately 16 years, he said.

Howard did not comment on the charges.

The arrest originated from a stop on Sparta Pike near Briskin Lane due to an expired temporary tag on the vehicle Howard was driving, Lebanon Police Department Sgt. PJ Hardy said.

Read more: https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/wilson/2020/12/21/watertown-vice-mayor-arrested-drug-charges-resigns-alderman/3998510001/

In Nashville, a bomb devastates downtown

By John Partipilo| Alex Kent| Ray Di Pietro| Lookout Staff -
December 25, 2020

At around 6:27 on Christmas morning, what appears to be an intentionally-set bomb detonated on Second Avenue in downtown Nashville just outside an AT&T infrastructure building.

The Metro Nashville Police Department reports the bomb was inside a vehicle, believed to be a recreational vehicle (RV.) No one was killed and three people were reported injured.

FBI representatives said they will bring in the ATF and technical experts to assess the “massive crime scene.”

The area is sealed as is air space above downtown and WeGo, Nashville’s Metro Transit Authority, has suspended all service as the WeGo Central station is blocks away.

Read more: https://tennesseelookout.com/2020/12/25/in-nashville-a-bomb-devastates-downtown/
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