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Marjorie Taylor Greene Hit With 3rd Mask Fine

Georgia Republican says House mandate is unnecessary

(Newser) - Marjorie Taylor Greene's opposition to masks has cost her $5,500 so far this year, reports the National Review . The tally reached that mark this week when the Georgia congresswoman was fined a third time for failing to wear a mask in the House chamber, per the Hill . Under...

Lawmaker Slams Fla. Surgeon General's 'Shocking' Mask Rebuff

State Sen. Tina Polsky, who has cancer, says Joseph Ladapo wouldn't don mask in her office

(Newser) - Florida's top health official was asked to leave a meeting after refusing to wear a mask at the office of a state senator who told him she had a serious medical condition, officials have confirmed. Florida Senate leader Wilton Simpson, a Republican, sent a memo to senators Saturday regarding...

NYPD Officers Eject Commuter Who Asked Them to Wear Masks

Mayor says their behavior was 'unacceptable'

(Newser) - A New York City commuter says two NYPD officers kicked him out of a subway station Tuesday morning after he asked them to obey the rules and put their face masks on. Andrew Gilbert tells CBS New York that after he saw officers on a platform and asked them to...

Alaska Lawmaker Who Refused to Mask Up Tests Positive

State senator Lora Reinbold says she's taking ivermectin

(Newser) - Update: An Alaska lawmaker's COVID drama just took another turn. Republican State Sen. Lora Reinbold, who bucked mask rules and was banned from Alaska Airlines, has tested positive for the virus, reports the Anchorage Daily News . The 57-year-old says she's recuperating at home with the help of remedies...

CDC: Mask Mandates Prevent School COVID Outbreaks

National public health agency releases reports showing masks help stop the spread

(Newser) - Schools that ask kids to wear masks are seeing fewer COVID outbreaks. The CDC released three reports on Friday. One summed up a study comparing outbreaks in schools that required masks and schools that didn’t in two school districts in Arizona, where Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona has banned...

Florida's New Surgeon General: 'We're Done With Fear'

Joseph Ladapo makes quarantining optional for asymptomatic students who've been exposed

(Newser) - If Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis needed an ally in his approach to public health in the age of COVID, he just got one in his new surgeon general, who announced a new emergency order this week on student quarantines. "Florida will completely reject fear as a way of making...

Parents Thrown Out of Bar for Wearing Masks

Their baby is immuno-compromised

(Newser) - Meeting friends for a drink can be hard to do under the best circumstances. It’s harder during a pandemic. But new mom Natalie Wester found a trusted babysitter—her mom—and went with her husband, Jose Lopez, to the Hang Time Sports Bar & Grill in Rowlett, Texas, to...

Gas Station Clerk Killed After Telling Man to Mask Up

It's thought to be the first such death in Germany

(Newser) - Germany has suffered what is believed to be its first death resulting from a verbal tussle over mask regulations. The New York Times reports a 49-year-old man tried to purchase two six-packs of beer around 7:45pm on Saturday from a gas station in southwestern Germany that he entered without...

Passengers Kicked Off Flight, Rest of Plane Celebrates

Two people were forced to deplane after refusing to mask up properly

(Newser) - Masks are required in airports and on commercial airliners. It’s not just a common-sense guideline to curtail the spread of COVID, it’s a federal law . And it’s not new; the rule has been in place since February . But it still seems to come as a surprise to...

Mayor Defends Maskless Dancing: 'I Was Feeling the Spirit'

San Francisco's London Breed appears to have violated her own city's rule

(Newser) - San Francisco Mayor London Breed had a fun weekend. And she's remaining defiant about that fun even as critics accuse her of violating her own administration's mask mandate. On Friday night, video emerged of a maskless Breed dancing indoors at a crowded club, reports CBS San Francisco . According...

JetBlue Bans Couple After Altercation Over Masks

Male passenger was seen grabbing a flight attendant

(Newser) - JetBlue says it's banned a man and woman who refused to wear masks on a flight last week, after the man got physical with a flight attendant in an incident captured in a viral video . It begins with the maskless man yelling and grabbing the arm of a male...

Bank Manager: Customer 'Ambushed' Me Over Mask

Hispanic Army vet says customer at Wells Fargo hurled racial slur, beat him in parking lot

(Newser) - The heated climate over mask mandates kicked up a notch at a Wells Fargo branch earlier this month, when a California bank manager says he was ambushed and beaten by a customer who didn't want to comply with the bank's mask rules. The bank manager, IDed only as...

Adults Heckle Teen Talking About Grandma's COVID Death
Adults Heckle Teen Talking
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Adults Heckle Teen Talking About Grandma's COVID Death

Grady Knox was addressing school board meeting in Tennessee

(Newser) - In Rutherford County, Tennessee, the issue of school mask mandates has split the community so badly that some adults were unable to remain civil when a teenager talked about his dead grandmother at a school board meeting. Grady Knox, a junior at a Murfreesboro high school, was heckled and laughed...

Biden to Maskless Travelers: 'Be Prepared to Pay'

TSA to double fines for those who refuse to don face coverings, with minimum penalty of $500

(Newser) - The White House unveiled an aggressive new push this week designed to combat COVID, and one measure in particular from the TSA is geared toward travelers. "If you break the rules, be prepared to pay," President Biden said at a presser Thursday on the changes, including a new...

DeSantis Files Emergency Appeal on Mask Ruling

Governor wants ban on school mandates to remain in place while case is in court

(Newser) - One day after a judge blocked Florida from enforcing its ban on mask mandates, the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis filed an emergency appeal. If successful, the Republican's filing would keep the ban in effect while the courts decide the issue, CNN reports. Some school districts in the state...

Judge Orders Florida to Stop Enforcing Mask Mandate Ban

'We are not in normal times. We are in a pandemic'

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has had another setback in his battle to prevent school districts from bringing in mask mandates. Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper ruled Wednesday that the state must immediately stop enforcing its ban on mask mandates, reports NBC . Cooper, who first ruled against the ban...

District Tightens Rule After Chiropractor Signs 500 Mask Exemptions

He signed more than 500 exemptions for students in Sarasota County

(Newser) - Florida's Sarasota County School District tightened the rules on medical exemptions to a mask mandate after finding that around a third of exemption forms turned in district-wide had been signed by one chiropractor. An updated form issued this week said the forms can only be signed by medical doctors,...

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Florida's Mask Fight
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Florida's Mask Fight Takes a New Turn

State punishes districts over mandates despite court ruling

(Newser) - The mask fight in Florida just managed to escalate. On Monday, the state announced it would financially punish two school districts for imposing mask mandates even though a court ruled Gov. Ron DeSantis had no right to do that, reports Politico . State Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said he would withhold...

26 Infected With COVID by Unvaccinated Teacher

The elementary school teacher went to work for two days while showing symptoms, CDC says

(Newser) - An unvaccinated elementary school teacher is being blamed for infecting dozens of people with COVID-19 after she went to work for two days while showing symptoms. Per the Guardian , the CDC says the California woman infected a total of 26 people with the virus. In May, the Marin County woman...

Professor, 88, Quits Over Maskless Student

School won't let teachers mandate masks

(Newser) - A University of Georgia professor resigned from his position mid-class this month after one of his students refused to wear a mask. Per University of Georgia student paper The Red & Black , during Irwin Bernstein's second class of the semester the, 88-year-old retiree rehire asked an unnamed female student...

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