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Murder in Harrison County — 11/27/2020

Harrison County Sheriff’s Office Investigators are compiling information regarding a fatal shooting on Whitehurst Drive in Harrison County. At approximately 12:05 AM on November 27, 2020, Harrison County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call that a shooting had occurred at a party event location on Whitehurst Dr. in Longview, Texas near the intersection of Loop 281 and I-20. The victim of the shooting was taken by private conveyance to Longview Christus Good Shepherd hospital. Deputies also proceeded to the hospital where it was confirmed that a Black male had been brought to the Emergency Room with a gunshot wound and pronounced deceased. The name of the victim is not being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation. A Longview police officer responded to this location, as well. During a separate fight, not related to the shooting at the location, the officer sustained a broken ankle while assisting Harrison County Deputies in making an arrest. The suspect charged in this incident, is Devin Loyd. He is charged with Resisting Arrest and Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant. His bond is set at $103,000.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, they may anonymously contact Harrison County Investigators at 903-923-4000.


Michael Flynn — 11/27/2020

President Trump announced on Twitter that he has issued a “full pardon” to his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. The retired lieutenant general was a major figure in the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, and he admitted under oath that he was guilty of lying to the FBI while serving as national security adviser. However, Flynn has since claimed his innocence, and Trump has touted him as a political symbol at rallies. Trump previously pardoned Roger Stone, another ally involved in the investigation, and these acts of clemency will likely color the President’s legacy in the waning days of his administration. Still, this pardon doesn’t necessarily mean Flynn’s legal obligations are over. Flynn admitted to lying about his lobbying for Turkey but was not charged with that crime, and the Justice Department in the Biden administration could have more questions for him.


Election 2020 — 11/26/2020

President Trump said for the first time that he will leave office if the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden on December 14, bolstering confidence in a peaceful transition of power — something that, in a democracy, should be a foregone conclusion. The President also said he will travel to Georgia to support the state’s Republican Senate candidates ahead of the January 5 runoff elections. The two races could tip the Senate majority. Meanwhile, Biden faces the test of whether to keep Trump-era security edicts in place. He and his team will soon have to decide whether they want to maintain the Trump administration’s lockdown on highly sensitive information, like transcripts of presidential calls with foreign leaders. These calls were previously shared with a broad, security clearance-holding audience, but the Trump administration claimed it was concerned they might be leaked.


mLife Diagnostics of Marshall receives FDA authorization for COVID saliva test — 11/22/2020

mLife Diagnostics LLC of Marshall announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Emergency Use Authorization, or EUA, for the mLife True saliva COVID-19 collection kit for testing at Express Gene Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory of Miami, Florida.

mLife CEO Alan Loudermilk said that this authorization allows any clinic in the country to utilize the new, and less invasive COVID-19 test created by the company.

“Basically, when the EUA is granted for one location, as long as you are doing the exact same thing as they are at the clinic with the EUA, it is counted under the EUA,” Loudermilk explained.

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Federal Reserve Rebukes Treasure Secretary Steven Mnuchin

In an extremely rare rebuke, the Federal Reserve condemned Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s decision this week to end most of the central bank’s emergency lending facilities, including those that assisted small businesses and local governments. Mnuchin fired back at the bank Friday, signaling a split between two government entities responsible for restoring economic stability during the pandemic.


Pfizer Applies for Emergency Authorization — 11/20/2020

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech became the first companies to apply for emergency authorization of their coronavirus vaccine in the United States, a landmark moment in the scientific race against the pandemic.

The application will set off a weeks-long process in which Food and Drug Administration scientists will review data from Pfizer’s safety trials and determine whether the vaccine is safe and effective. If so, government officials expect to have enough doses by December to inoculate 20 million people, and more later as production ramps up.

We wrote yesterday that the country’s covid-19 death toll has surpassed 250,000 victims. A quarter of a million is not an easy number to visualize, so The Post has published some comparisons to help comprehend the loss. In less than a year, the outbreak has killed:

  • Four times as many Americans as have died in the decade-long Vietnam War.
  • Twice as many Americans as were killed over two years in World War I.
  • Nearly two thirds as many Americans as have died during four years of fighting in World War II.
  • More than one-third of an estimated 675,000 Americans who died in the 1918-19 flu pandemic, which was the worst in modern history.

Here’s another way to think about it, from our Graphics team: If all 250,000 victims had come from the U.S. heartland, a region roughly the size of South Dakota would now be devoid of human life.


Children’s vaccines — 11/19/2020

Children in the United States are on track to miss 9 million vaccine doses this year, risking outbreaks from contagious diseases like measles, whooping cough and polio, a new report says. Nearly half of the parents and legal guardians said the pandemic interrupted their children’s vaccine schedules, according to data from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. It said the vaccinations went down by as much as 26% compared with last year. “The US is on the precipice of a severe immunization crisis among children,” said Dr. Vincent Nelson, chief medical officer at BCBSA. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2019, measles cases reached the highest number in over two decades.


Coronavirus — 11/19/2020

The coronavirus pandemic across the nation is turning from bad to worse so fast that an influential academic modeling group raised the deaths forecast to 471,000 by March. “Hospital systems in most states will be under severe stress during December and January even in our reference scenario. Increasing mask use to 95% can save 65,000 lives by March 1,” the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said. More than 2,000 deaths were reported yesterday — the highest number since May. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving and scale back on traditional gatherings to slow the spread. Medical staff have not been spared either with about 900 staff members contracting coronavirus at the Mayo Clinic in the Midwest over two weeks. States like California, Arkansas and Ohio are reimposing strict measures that include curfews for residents and businesses in the hardest-hit areas.


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The Trump Family

By Unknown Genus 

(WASHINGTON DC) – There’s a saying in the Corona virus infested K Street watering holes frequented by the remaining West Wing Bunkerkommando.

“This must be what it feels like to be the grabbed p***y.”

Those still sucking oxygen from the puss-filled political corpse of Donald John Trump, outgoing forty-fifth President of the United States, are beginning to smell the rising water. Even the President’s children are said to be panicking.

Speaking of the demoralized lame-duck president, one anonymous source remarked, 

“He’s reduced to figuring out who’s giving him better advice: The guy talking to pigeons on the park bench, or the eighty-year-old man in the convenience store parking lot with a bible under his arm, screaming at an ice cream sandwich.”

Here’s a recap of what we know about the latest thinking from the President’s most trusted advisors – as well as his sons.

Uday: The acting CEO of the President’s businesses has suggested to his father that he is perfectly willing to kill himself in an act of protest.  The 36 year-old Trump has offered to dress in a saffron robe and MAGA hat outfit, then set himself on fire in the Rose Garden. 

Although sources say the president’s middle son is “ready to strike the match” the president is having second thoughts about the plan, reportedly telling advisors in a rare display of caution, “It sounds like a great idea in theory, but I’m scared it would, you know, backfire somehow. What does Stephen Miller think?”

The president’s chief concern appears to be that if the younger Trump somehow botches the job (which aides say is likely) the president would “[get] stuck having to appear concerned about a dying son – something he really doesn’t have time for at this point.”

Qusay:  Known as the president’s secret weapon in communicating with his base, the eunuch scion of the Trump dynasty has offered to become, according to a source, “an actual weapon.”  The source says the plan involves “his elephant gun, his first wife, and Kimberly Guilfoyle” in something code named Sloppy Seconds.  

Speaking on the record, Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner said, “It’s a fun plan, but as everyone knows, even Donald Trump is not a big enough moron to listen to his sons.”

As we filed this report there were unconfirmed reports the president’s eldest son has entered a rehab facility in Idaho for issues described as “stimulant abuse and anal insertion of army men.” It is unknown whether the army men the source referred to were the little green plastic ones, or actual members of the United States armed forces.

Jared: Known to command more respect from the president than his sons, has suggested the president order Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to authorize a one-time, COVID related grant to Kushner Companies for eight billion dollars. A source present at the meeting where the suggestion came up said the president responded to the Kushner Companies heir, “I like the idea, but what does it have to do with my plan to seize control of the military, mobilize a MAGA Army, and impose dictatorship on the United States?”  Kushner reportedly replied, “Not all that much really, but doesn’t it still sound like fun?”

The President is said to be considering his son-in-law’s plan closely.

Ivanka:  So far the president’s bean can fondling daughter, who officials frequently describe as a poster child for nepotism laws, seems to be in the driver’s seat. The Marlboro huffing, former fashion model is a feared presence not only in the Kushner household but in the West Wing as well. She has been largely dictating her father’s no-nonsense, Evita Peron inspired opera buffa response to his convincing electoral drubbing.

While some predicted Ivanka would be a moderating influence on the Trump White House, she is widely known inside the Administration as the sharp elbowed idealogue with came up with policies like family separation, DACA Taunting, and the idea some have said she is most proud of: Tormenting the widows of political enemies.

“Anyone who gets on the wrong side of that little lady can lose a gonad or two,” a highly placed Trump administration official said. “Just ask Jared.”

When contacted for a comment regarding the intrigue surrounding fraught circumstances surrounding the current presidential transition, a spokesman for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark A. Milley responded this way, “So far we’ve never had to evict anyone from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue… but you’ve seen the movie Zero Dark Thirty, right?”


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[Marshall News Messenger] Hallsville Chamber honors veterans, first responders during annual dinner

 J. HARRIS: Early today I was horrified but not surprised  that the US now has more new cases of Covid-19 daily than even India! I decided to attribute this horror to carelessness and arrogance. Then, over coffee, I read the above article and studied the picture — and added STUPIDITY to my list of American characteristics that lend themselves to enhanced Covid epidemic , morbidity, and death. 


 A traditional and worthwhile public event could easily turn into a superspreader event. The photo shows a “90” attendees around crowded tables and no masks in sight (except the drummer who is probably a pre-med who sings poorly).  So, civic leaders, law enforcement personnel, wives, and food handlers could easily acquire and spread Covid if even one person in attendance has early Covid. 

Luckily, most of the potential victims are not all that old and should themselves easily survive as will the school students who might also be infected if the hall becomes contaminated. Let’s all hope Grandpa isn’t too close around when everyone gets home. 

Oh, I wonder if the reporter/photographer for the article was masked? Would she have a Workmans Comp claim if she became ill? What if she brings the virus back to the newspaper office? Well, the old guy down there is gone, so probably no one there will get too sick, much less die. Will they? 

Probably none of the honoree’s will spread the virus to the jail or to the firehouse, to the ambulances, to the public, or to their families. 

Maybe our local viruses are too stupid to spread exponentially? 

And we’ve still got few empty hospital beds in the area — or we did yesterday. And tomorrow?

Or, maybe our luck has run out? 

No joke.


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