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Why Delta Air Lines' health chief thinks the airplane mask mandate will soon be lifted


Delta Air Lines Chief Health Officer Henry Ting said that he believes that the federal mask mandate for airports and airplanes will be lifted on “April 18th or shortly thereafter.”

Speaking at CNBC’s Healthy Returns event on Wednesday, Ting said that while he does not know if the mandate will come down on April 18, the CDC, TSA, and the White House are all “looking closely at this” and will “certainly provide a roadmap.”

“We’ve always known from the beginning of the pandemic that all restrictions should be lifted as soon as it’s safe to do so,” Ting said, adding that there is a transition occurring right now from “a global pandemic to a seasonal respiratory virus.”

Ting, a renowned cardiologist who was named Delta’s first chief health officer in January 2021, said that amid the pandemic, the airline’s efforts around air ventilation, cleaning, and masking have resulted in “few if any outbreaks that could be attributed to a flight.”


Works for me.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Wed Mar 30, 2022, 07:46 PM (3 replies)

Akron man shoots alleged teen intruder inside his home: What police are saying


AKRON, Ohio — An Akron man confronted a 16-year-old boy and shot him multiple times early Tuesday morning after the teen allegedly broke into the man's residence, according to the Akron Police Department.

Akron police said officers were called to the scene in the 700 block of Johnston Street just before 7:30 a.m. where first aid was given to the teen until EMS arrived. He was taken to Akron Children's Hospital in stable condition.

“According to the 74-year-old homeowner, the teen forced entry into his home,” police said. “At some point during the ordeal, the homeowner confronted the teen and discharged his firearm, striking him multiple times. The homeowner was uninjured during the incident.”

The 74-year-old Akron man, known to everyone as "Lurch" was half asleep watching television the morning after his birthday when he says an intruder knocked all the glass out of his front door and broke in.


Later in the article, he says in an interview ""Nobody else better break in, it'll be a bigger gun this time".

That's a rather foolish thing to say. When one is involved in a justified case of self-defense, even a justified one (as this appears to be on the surface), the last thing one should do is machismo bragging about the case to the media.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Wed Mar 30, 2022, 07:41 PM (4 replies)

Russia is losing so much military equipment in Ukraine weapons monitors can't keep up


First came the dramatic images of a miles-long column of Russian military vehicles on their way to Kyiv. Then came the dramatic images of those same military vehicles burning, destroyed, abandoned and scattered.

It was one of many episodes from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in which the entire world was able to follow in granular detail a battle that would have otherwise been shrouded in the fog of war.

Only a month in and Russia’s war against its neighbour may already rank among the most photographed and documented conflicts in recent history. Ukrainian civilians, the military and frontline journalists have all contributed to a mass of real-time visual information by sharing images and video on social media.

Every day, dozens of images of burning tanks, abandoned supply trucks and downed helicopters in Ukraine appear on Twitter, TikTok, Instagram and Telegram. During the first three weeks of the conflict, when Russia’s forces appeared to be beset with logistical and fuel problems, videos of Ukrainian farmers towing away abandoned Russian military vehicles seemed to emerge at least one a day — so much so that it became a meme.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Tue Mar 29, 2022, 07:47 PM (3 replies)

Grand jury indicts Quintez Brown in connection to shooting at Craig Greenberg's office


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Jefferson County Grand Jury indicted Quintez Brown on criminal attempted murder and four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment in connection to the Feb. 14 shooting at an office on Story Avenue in Butchertown.

Brown, 21, was arrested and charged after opening fire inside the office of Democratic mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg. According to an arrest citation, Brown fired several gunshots with a 9-millimeter Glock handgun toward Greenberg, who wasn't hit but said a bullet grazed his sweater. Four other staff members were in the office at the time of the shooting.

Greenberg and his staff were "successfully ushered away," Louisville Metro Police Chief Erika Shields told reporters near the scene. A motivation for the shooting remains unknown.

A group called the Louisville Community Bail Fund paid the $100,000 cash bond two days after Brown's arrest. Under the terms of home incarceration, Brown was fitted with a GPS ankle monitor and is confined to his home.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Tue Mar 29, 2022, 10:07 AM (0 replies)

Oscar Viewership Rises From Dismal 2021 To Second-Lowest Ever With 15.4M Watching


If only the Oscars themselves moved as fast as the numbers counters at ABC.

Mere minutes after fast-affiliate data for the 94th Academy Awards was out, the Disney-owned net that pays tens of millions a year to broadcast Hollywood’s biggest but stumbling night was out with the adjusted fast nationals.

Moving up a bit from the preliminary data, the 2022 Oscars now is estimated to have had 15.4 million viewers and snagged a rating of 2.9 among adults 18-49.

Apples to apples with the same metrics, that’s a 56% increase in audience over last year and 68% in the important demo. However, even with what looks like big leaps over 2021, the 2022 Oscars are still the second-lowest in history.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Mon Mar 28, 2022, 08:27 PM (2 replies)

Montana hiker found dead after suspected grizzly bear attack


CNN)A hiker who had been reported missing in Montana earlier this week was found dead Friday after a suspected encounter with a grizzly bear.

Sheriff Brad Bichler of the Park County Sheriff's Office told CNN Craig Clouatre, 40, was hiking with a friend Wednesday in the Six Mile Creek area, which is about 20-25 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, when they split up.

"It is with a very heavy heart that I am writing this update. After an extensive search this morning we have located Craig," Bichler said in a Facebook post.

"It appears he had an encounter with a grizzly and unfortunately did not survive," Bicher's post said.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Mon Mar 28, 2022, 12:01 PM (7 replies)

Just woke up and read about the Smith / Rock confrontation. I'm on Smith's side.

I don't really have a dog in this hunt. I don't follow celebrities; I've seen Smith in a few films, and while I've heard of Rock, I've never watched any of his routines. So, here's my understanding after reading about this for the last 15 minutes:

Smith's wife has a disease which has caused her hair to fall out and she appeared at the Oscars without wearing a wig. Rock made a tasteless joke mocking her in front of the Smiths, and while being watched by tens of millions. Smith walked up on stage and open handedly slapped Rock, telling him a couple of times afterward to keep his wife's name out of it.

I know nothing of the history between the parties.

All I can do is try to put myself in Smith's shoes. While I've never been married, if I was in the audience while someone on stage was making fun of my mother or sister's appearance due to a disease they'd contracted as they sat beside me, I can certainly picture myself walking up to the "gentleman" in question and slapping/punching him. I'm hardly a violent person; I haven't been in a physical confrontation of any sort since junior high school...but Rock's "joke" was over the line. I would then accept any legal consequences.

Was Smith's slap legally justified? Nope....but I'm glad he did it.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Mon Mar 28, 2022, 09:33 AM (89 replies)

Double murder suspect, out on bond, murdered while heading to court


NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A crime watchdog raises concerns about the snowball effect of crime, after Wednesday’s murder of a man who was out on bond, in spite of two second-degree murder charges pending against him. Hollis Carter was killed in Gentilly, after his arrest for the murders of an Edna Karr High School student and his sister last March.

21-year-old Carter was shot to death Wednesday morning in front of a place that has trained dozens of ministers.

“When they heard it everybody turned and they saw a gentleman standing out with his rifle pointing in the car,” said Pastor Mike Smith, with Bethel Baptist Community Church.

Carter was out on bond in spite of being charged with 2 counts of second-degree murder, for the March 2021 deaths of 18-year-old Karr High student Caleb Johnson and his 25-year-old sister Breyiana Brown, who was killed wearing an ankle monitor. She was released from jail in spite of a manslaughter guilty verdict, which was thrown out because it was rendered by a non-unanimous jury.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Sat Mar 26, 2022, 10:45 AM (0 replies)

LA police: Wearing expensive jewelry could make you a target


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are warning people that wearing expensive jewelry in public could make them a target for thieves — a note of caution as robberies are up citywide.

The police department’s suggestion Tuesday came as robbers smashed the front window of a Beverly Hills jewelry store in broad daylight and fled with millions of dollars’ worth of merchandise.

Passersby recorded video of Tuesday’s robbery, the latest in a long string of brazen smash-and-grab thefts and robberies of people wearing expensive watches or jewelry in the Los Angeles region.

In the city of LA, robberies are up 18% year-to-date compared to 2021. Robberies with a firearm are up 44% in the same time period across the city.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Sat Mar 26, 2022, 10:31 AM (5 replies)

We Aren't Just Watching the Decline of the Oscars. We're Watching the End of the Movies


Everyone has a theory about the decline of the Academy Awards, the sinking ratings that have led to endless Oscar reinventions. The show is too long; no, the show is too desperate to pander to short attention spans. The movies are too woke; no, the academy voters aren’t diverse enough. Hollywood makes too many superhero movies; no, the academy doesn’t nominate enough superhero movies. (A querulous voice from the back row: Why can’t they just bring back Billy Crystal?)

My favored theory is that the Oscars are declining because the movies they were made to showcase have been slowly disappearing. The ideal Oscar nominee is a high-middlebrow movie, aspiring to real artistry and sometimes achieving it, that’s made to be watched on the big screen, with famous stars, vivid cinematography and a memorable score. It’s neither a difficult film for the art-house crowd nor a comic-book blockbuster but a film for the largest possible audience of serious adults — the kind of movie that was commonplace in the not-so-distant days when Oscar races regularly threw up conflicts in which every moviegoer had a stake: “Titanic” against “L.A. Confidential,” “Saving Private Ryan” against “Shakespeare in Love,” “Braveheart” against “Sense and Sensibility” against “Apollo 13.”

That analysis explains why this year’s Academy Awards — reworked yet again, with various technical awards taped in advance and a trio of hosts added — have a particular sense of an ending about them. There are 10 best picture nominees, and many of them look like the kind of Oscar movies that the show so desperately needs. “West Side Story”: Steven Spielberg directing an update of a classic musical! “King Richard”: a stirring sports movie lifted by a bravura Will Smith performance! “Dune”: an epic adaptation of a science-fiction classic! “Don’t Look Up”: a big-issue movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence! “Drive My Car”: a three-hour Japanese film about the complex relationship between a widowed thespian and his young female chauffeur!

OK, maybe that last one appeals to a slightly more niche audience. But the point is that this year’s nominees offer their share of famous actors, major directors and classic Hollywood genres. And yet, for all of that, almost nobody went to see them in the theaters. When the nominees were announced in February, nine of the 10 had made less than $40 million in domestic box office. The only exception, “Dune,” barely exceeded $100 million domestically, making it the 13th-highest-grossing movie of 2021. All told, the 10 nominees together have earned barely one-fourth as much at the domestic box office as “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Sat Mar 26, 2022, 08:11 AM (93 replies)
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