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Name: Kathy Hinsman
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Hometown: Pittsburgh PA
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I've blocked 5 people on DU since 8 o'clock this morning

I feel pretty good about it too!

Anybody who isn't for our Party, anybody who secretly admires Chump, anybody who hints they aren't all in for Biden & Harris - they're getting blocked. Time's too precious to waste on fools and idiots.

Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) Ballots are being mailed out today

Here's page 2:

Gov. Tom Wolf D-PA hits back after judge rules against virus restrictions

Link: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/09/15/Governor-Wolf-pennsylvania-judge-ruling-pandemic-restrictions-businesses-trump/stories/202009150113

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vowed Tuesday he wouldn’t heed the “irresponsible demands” of President Donald Trump and Republicans in the state Legislature concerning the coronavirus response, hitting back hard after a federal judge appointed by Trump ruled many of Wolf’s pandemic shutdown orders were unconstitutional.

In unusually sharp language, the Democratic governor accused Mr. Trump and Republicans who control the Legislature of promoting conspiracy theories and spreading misinformation about the virus and the status of the Pennsylvania economy, which he said is reopened despite the mitigation measures he has imposed.

“I believe the vast majority of Pennsylvanians understand what we had to do in the beginning was necessary to buy the time to keep people safe before we got the capacity we needed to address this virus,” Mr. Wolf said. “And the vast majority simply don’t buy into the conspiracy theories or fear mongering from the president or from the Harrisburg Republicans about this virus.”

Mr. Wolf spoke at a news conference in York one day after U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV in Pittsburgh invalidated key parts of his administration’s early pandemic response, including his orders requiring people to stay at home and shuttering thousands of businesses deemed “non-life-sustaining.”

Mr. Wolf had since eased many of the restrictions the plaintiffs objected to in their lawsuit, but Judge Stickman also ruled against the state’s current size limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings.

The governor’s lawyers were preparing an appeal.

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U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV, 41 years of age, is a recent Trump appointee to the federal bench in western PA.

Huge chunk of Greenland's ice cap breaks off, to climate scientists' dismay

Link: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2020/09/14/Greenland-ice-cap-breaks-off-climate-change-global-warming-science-Greenpeace-Northeast-Greenland-Ice-Stream/stories/202009140103

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — An enormous chunk of Greenland’s ice cap has broken off in the far northeastern Arctic, a development that scientists say is evidence of rapid climate change.

The glacier section that broke off is 42.3 square miles (110 square kilometers). It came off of the fjord called Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden, which is roughly 50 miles (80 km) long and 12 miles (20 km) wide, the National Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland said Monday.

The glacier is at the end of the Northeast Greenland Ice Stream, where it flows off the land and into the ocean.

Annual end-of-melt-season changes for the Arctic’s largest ice shelf in Northeast Greenland are measured by optical satellite imagery, the survey known as GEUS said. It shows that the area’s ice losses for the past two years each exceeded 19 square miles (50 square km).

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University of Pittsburgh scientists make antibody discovery for COVID-19

Link: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/09/14/Pitt-Pittsburgh-scientists-COVID-19-discovery-antibody-Ab8-treat-prevent-SARS-CoV-2/stories/202009140088

Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh have taken a “major step” toward a potential drug treatment for COVID-19.

Pitt School of Medicine researchers discovered the smallest biological molecule to date that “completely and specifically” neutralizes the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to a report published Monday in the journal Cell.

The scientists reported that a tiny antibody component — 10 times smaller than a full-sized antibody — can be used to create a therapeutic and preventative drug called Ab8 and found it to be “highly effective” in preventing the SARS-CoV-2 in mice and hamsters.

The molecule’s tiny size could be advantageous for its movement through the body’s tissues to neutralize the virus and for administering the drug — for example, through inhalation, according to the university.

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