*A Wisconsin congressman’s speech at a mask-optional Republican state convention on Saturday has gone viral because he broke into an uncontrollable coughing fit, and was not wearing a mask.
“It’s time to talk about Donald John Trump,” Rep. Glenn Grothman, 65, began loudly before being cut off by his own hacking.
Making matters worse, a live-stream of the event showed him high-fiving a man who introduced him, and roughly 300 attendees were in the audience. Also, the event proceeded even as Wisconsin has seen a spike in coronavirus cases, breaking a daily record for newly confirmed cases for a third straight day on the day of the convention.
One clip of Grothman coughing that circulated on Twitter was viewed more than 4.3 million times as of Monday morning. Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan, who represents the Madison area in Congress, commented on Grothman’s coughing with, “Wow.”
Grothman’s campaign manager Alec Hanna said Grothman’s coughing was due to “a dry throat and a need for a drink of water,” and not COVID-19. Hanna continued in an email, “It has not persisted and he is exhibiting no other symptoms associated with COVID-19. He previously took a COVID-19 test, with a negative result.”
Meanwhile, Stephen Colbert couldn’t resist doing a bit Monday night on “The Late Show.”
How Australia Deals With Its Maskless: Cop Chokes & Wrestles Woman to the Ground (Watch)
*Video of an Australian woman being choked by police and violently wrestled to the ground for not wearing a mask has reportedly sparked an internal investigation.
According to local outlet 7News, her decision to walk the streets bare-faced was a breach of the Chief Health Officers orders under Stage 4, which mandates the wearing of masks. She also faces separate charges of resisting and assaulting police. The woman was subsequently found to have had an exemption for wearing a mask from a doctor, according to 7News.
The incident took place Monday afternoon when the 21-year-old woman was approached by two police officers in a Melbourne suburb. As she resisted arrest, one of the officers grabbed her around the neck and moved her against a wall as her boyfriend pleaded for him to stop, saying she is medically excused from wearing a mask.
“Police made the decision to arrest the woman after she failed to provide her name and address,” a Victoria Police spokesperson said, according to NINE News NINE News. “She also did not state she had an exemption for not wearing a face covering. ”
Victoria, with a population of 6.359 million, recorded its deadliest day on Monday with 19 coronavirus-related deaths and 322 new cases.
Maryland Rape Suspect Kills Accuser After Jail Release Due to Coronavirus, Commits Suicide
*A Maryland man who allegedly raped a woman last year killed that same woman last week after he was released from jail because of the coronavirus.
Ibrahim Bouaichi, 33, shot and killed himself after he was tracked down by police Wednesday, according to the Washington Post. Bouaichi was suspected of raping Karla Dominguez in October 2019, and she testified against him at a preliminary hearing last December.
Bouaichi was held without bond in Alexandria, Va., until April, and was scheduled to stand trial March 30 on charges of rape, sodomy, strangulation, abduction and burglary.
As coronavirus spread within the jail in March and April, his lawyers successfully argued for his release, the Associated Press reported. He then wasted no time travelling to Alexandria and fatally shooting Dominguez outside her apartment on July 29, the Post reported.
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After the shooting, police released the following statement to the public asking for help in locating their prime suspect: Bouaichi is described as 33 year-old man of Middle Eastern descent, 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing approximately 180 pounds. Bouaichi should be considered armed and dangerous, and poses a potential threat to anyone who comes into contact with him. Bouaichi was last known to be driving a stolen, black, 2013 Nissan Altima sedan with Maryland tags 1CN3103. Below is a stock photo of the type of vehicle.
One week after Karla’s death, authorities located Bouaichi in Maryland. As they chased him, he crashed the car he was driving. Officers found him inside with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the report.
As reported by Fox News, Bouaichi’s attorneys, Manuel Leiva and Frank Salvato, said in a statement that they were “certainly saddened by the tragedy both families have suffered here.”
The lawyers said they “were looking forward to trial. Unfortunately, the pandemic continued the trial date by several months and we didn’t get the chance to put forth our case.”
According to the police, this was the first homicide in Alexandria in 2020.
Tyler Perry on Filming His TV Shows in the Age of Coronavirus
*Tyler Perry was one of the first producers to set start dates for his TV shows after developing a plan how to safely restart production amid the coronavirus pandemic.
His new safety rules are said to be in compliance with federal and local government regulations, and reportedly go above and beyond the unions’ recommendations, according to Deadline.
Perry was also one of the first to set start dates for his shows filming in North America.
Earlier this month, his two BET series, “Sistas” and “The Oval,” began production at his Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.
Perry discussed with Deadline the filming and testing on set and addressed the challenges they faced inside the quarantine bubbles.
“All of the hard work and months of planning paid off. Production went extremely well on the second season of Sistas, and now we’re preparing for The Oval,” said Michelle Sneed, president of production and development at Tyler Perry Studios. “Of course, there is always a learning curve when embarking on a new project and even more so when filming it in the middle of a pandemic. However, one of the most valuable lessons I learned is to trust the process and the people you have in place to do their job.”
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The Deadline article notes that “there were 360 people — cast, crew and 10 extras — inside the bubble who worked on Season 2 of Sistas for the duration of the shoot. That was down 80-100 people from the regular production team that worked on Season 1 as Perry had to scale back because of the amount of housing available on the premises.”
“We had four positives in our initial check-in before anyone was allowed to leave their room,” Perry said. “We had those people leave and got them the help they needed.” The positive tests were extras, two were crew, according to the report.
“My biggest concern was, I have several crew members who have preexisting conditions that I asked personally to sit this one out but they said no, they wanted to work, they needed to work,” Perry said. “I couldn’t legally stop them from working, so my biggest concern was making sure that they were safe and that the actors who did not wear masks were safe. Because masks one hundred percent help cut down on the spread. Every time an actor had a mask off, and every time I looked at the people with preexisting conditions, they were my biggest concern.”
Perry requires everyone on set to wear a mask except for actors when they are filming.
“After losing a crew member to COVID that was on another production at the very beginning of this thing, clearly I understand the nervousness, I understand the trepidation, and they should enter with extreme caution,” Perry said. “But I tell you, if you can’t test everyone every day, I don’t know how you do this unless it’s a quarantine bubble. I don’t know another way, because COVID could be among you and spreading and you not know it.”
Perry is prepared to use the current production setup for months or even years.
“We are set up for the long haul, we could be here for a year and a half, two years, five years if we needed to,” he said. “But my hope is that there is a vaccine by this time next year. I know the hope is it will be by the end of the year, but even if it’s by the end of the year, by the time they ramped up production and by the time it got to the masses, to say another year is safe.”
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