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Dayton Shooter Exposed as “Leftist” Who Hated Trump and Loved Socialism

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The gunman who killed 9 individuals outdoors a Dayton, Ohio, bar early Sunday morning was a self-described “leftist” who supported Senator Elizabeth Warren, based on reviews.

Conor Betts was shot useless by police, however not earlier than he killed 9 harmless individuals and injured dozens of others.

In keeping with posts below his social media deal with “@iamthespookster” (which has since been suspended by Twitter), Connor Betts was not a Trump fan.

Here’s what he tweeted on the night time Donald Trump received the election in 2016:

Breitbart Information obtained a number of screenshots from the account earlier than it was suspended

Breitbart Information obtained a number of screenshots from the account earlier than it was suspended

Breitbart Information obtained a number of screenshots from the account earlier than it was suspended

Breitbart Information obtained a number of screenshots from the account earlier than it was suspended

Heavy.com reported: “Connor Betts, the Dayton, Ohio mass shooter, was a self-described ‘leftist,’ who wrote that he would, fortunately, vote for Democrat Elizabeth Warren, praised Devil, was upset in regards to the 2016 presidential election outcomes, and added, ‘I need socialism, and that I’ll not await the idiots to lastly come spherical to understanding.’”

The Washington Instances revealed an identical report, and Each day Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra tweeted what he mentioned had been screenshots of retweets from the account:

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The Ohio capturing got here simply hours after a gunman opened fireplace at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 20 and wounding 26. That shooter was reportedly a white supremacist whose motives for the capturing had been particularly racist.

Although a manifesto reportedly linked to the El Paso shooter claimed he was not influenced by Trump, the mainstream media and the Democrat presidential area spent Saturday night and Sunday blaming Trump for uplifting the violence.

It isn’t clear whether or not the Ohio shooter’s political beliefs motivated him to commit mass capturing. He was reportedly killed by police a minute after he opened fireplace. His sister was reportedly among the many useless.

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Hoang Murphy announces candidacy for MN House of Representatives 67A 

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Hoang Murphy announced his candidacy for the Minnesota House of Representatives for St. Paul’s District 67A Saturday, challenging incumbent Rep. John Thompson should he be on the 2022 ballot.

The announcement comes after Minnesota House Democrats voted to expel Rep. John Thompson from their caucus on Sept. 14. Thompson says he will continue to serve in the Legislature as an independent.

Murphy, a lifelong Minnesotan and the son of immigrants who fled Vietnam, said in a news release he wants to focus on issues like affordable housing, creating union jobs and equitable education and resource allocation.

Thompson is representing St. Paul’s East Side until his two-year term is over in November 2022. He has not publicly announced his intentions for 2022.

In 2018, Murphy founded Foster Advocates, an organization intended to let people impacted by systems of oppression identify problems and create solutions, according to the release.

In 2021, he drafted The Fostering Higher Education Act, which starting in fall 2022 will allow Minnesotans under 27 years old who were in foster care after age 13 to attend participating colleges for free.

“We have a responsibility to upend systems of inequity. This responsibility is calling me to run for state representative,” Murphy wrote in the release. “Our kids deserve better, our community needs more resources, I am running because we can’t wait.”

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Man who kicked woman down NYC subway station escalator has been arrested, police say

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Police had previously asked for help identifying this man in connection with a Brooklyn subway station assault. (NYPD)

BOERUM HILL, Brooklyn (WPIX) – Police arrested a suspect accused of kicking a woman inside a New York City subway station, sending her falling down an escalator, authorities said Friday.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said on Twitter the suspect, identified by police as Bradley K. Hill, was taken into custody. Shea also thanked detectives for apprehending the man.

Video from the Sept. 9 attack showed the man had passed the woman on the escalator. After a brief verbal exchange, he kicked the 32-year-old woman in the chest, then fled from the Brooklyn subway station.

Warning: Video below contains graphic footage. Viewer discretion is advised.

The woman suffered cuts and bruises to her back, arms, legs, right knee and right thigh, as well as trauma to her left ankle. She refused medical attention at the scene, police said.

Hill, 32, of Brooklyn, was charged with assault and attempted assault, according to the NYPD.

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First family of Afghan refugees arrive in Kansas City, Mo.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The first family of Afghanistan refugees has arrived in Kansas City as resettlement agencies in the area prepare for hundreds more.

Mayor Quinton Lucas tweeted that he was “proud” of the city for “welcoming all people” in announcing the family’s arrival. He said they represented the first of 550 Afghan refugees who will arrive in Kansas City.

More than 100,000 people were airlifted out of Kabul in a chaotic exodus late last month after President Joe Biden announced that U.S. troops would withdraw, and the Taliban seized control of strife-torn Afghanistan in just a few weeks.

Thousands more Afghans want to leave.

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Keeler: Brendon Lewis? Broken. Karl Dorrell’s coaching staff? Broken. Offensive line? Broken. Folsom Field? Broken. Time for CU Buffs to blow it up and start over.

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BOULDER — The loudest cheer from the student section came early into halftime, when a Buffs fan wearing gold-and-black overalls and not much else came charging out of the undergraduate throng and onto Folsom Field.

Skippy McOveralls ran untouched into the north end zone before security corralled him out of bounds.

It was the closest anybody wearing CU colors got to breaking the plane all stinking day.

“Offensively, we’re struggling in a number of areas,” Buffs coach Karl Dorrell said after his era hit a new nadir Saturday in a 30-0 loss to Minnesota, the program’s first shutout home loss in nearly 10 years.

“And it’s not just the quarterback. It’s protection, it’s the run game, it’s receivers, it’s backs, it’s everything. It’s one of those things right now (where) we’re going to have to wipe the slate clean and start all over and try to figure out how to do some semblance of offense and how to get some things back going.”

The defense is gassed. The passing game is painful. The Buffs’ leading rusher on Saturday was the backup quarterback, freshman Drew Carter. Nine yards. Two carries. If you want a stat to sum up the day, start there. The rest, cover your eyes.

The Buffs (1-2) play like strangers, which is what happens when your head coach doesn’t trust your offensive coordinator, your offensive coordinator doesn’t trust his quarterback, your wideouts don’t trust their quarterback, your quarterback no longer trusts his offensive line, and your linebackers can’t trust anybody. A two-score deficit feels like five right now.

“You’ve just got to look at yourself in the mirror, as a man,” junior defensive stopper Carson Wells said. “And you’ve got to physically come back (Sunday) with a better mindset and get ready to work again.”

CU’s offense? Whatever this is, it ain’t working.

Blow it up. Start over. The Gophers (2-1), buoyed by a breakfast pep talk by alum and former Broncos linebacker Karl Mecklenburg, are better than they looked at home against Miami of Ohio. Not this much better.

Ohio State shredded the Gophs for 495 yards in the Twin Cities in the opener for both programs. Miami’s RedHawks followed that up with 341 yards on Minny in Week 2, 237 through the air.

The Buffs managed 7 net yards at the break. On 25 plays. They collected 56 more yards the rest of the way.

Over its last eight quarters, against a good defense (Texas A&M) and an OK defense (Minnesota), CU has run 108 plays for 323 yards — 2.99 yards per snap — and scored seven points.

“As the head coach, I have to look at everything,” Dorrell said.

Including the mirror. It’s not just them, Coach. It’s you. It’s all of you.

Freshman Brendon Lewis might be the quarterback of the future, but the present looks unsightly. His windup is slow and deliberate, his eyes usually locked and fixed on the target. It’s a credit to the kid that he’s only been picked off once through three games, but every snap feels like a giant roll of the dice.

And we’ve heard all the arguments, why this staff is hellbent on trying to turn a running quarterback into a passer. Brenden Rice, Dimitri Stanley and Daniel Arias are allegedly too good to waste as blockers or decoys? Maybe.

The Buffs are a Lewis hamstring pull away from trotting out Carter at quarterback against Power 5 defenses? That didn’t stop the coaching staff from chucking the teen into the mix after the score was 23-0.

And that’s where you feel the vacuum of JT Shrout’s shredded knee and Sam Noyer taking the transfer portal express to Oregon State. And again, we get it: The more you use Lewis’ best weapon, his legs, the more risk you take that one or both of those legs wind up mangled.

Mind you, that’s assuming this offensive line doesn’t get him flattened first.

“That was a complete beatdown,” Dorrell said. “In every phase.”

UNC was the warm-up. Texas A&M was the reach. Only the football gods handed the Buffs a gift at Empower Field, a backup quarterback who wasn’t remotely prepared for the circumstances. The Aggies escaped anyway.

But this one, against the Gophers, was supposed to be the first fair barometer for where this roster really was. A pair of bowl-hopeful middleweights trading punches for the lunchtime crowd.

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Sonia Chang-Diaz endorses Michelle Wu for mayor

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Jamaica Plain State Sen. and gubernatorial hopeful Sonia Chang-Diaz endorsed Michelle Wu for the mayor of Boston during a rally in the South End on Saturday.

“I want vision and delivery in my candidate,” she said of her endorsement of Wu. “It is a status quo-preserving lie that we cannot have both, and that we have to choose between those two things. We’ve got both right here.”

Chang-Diaz was referencing Wu’s ideas that can be seen as too “pie-in-the-sky,” such as free public transportation and extensive public housing. “I know that Michelle will be able to work with all levels of government to get things done because she has already been doing it,” noting that Wu is often “in the trenches” in working toward these policies.

Wu will face off against fellow City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George in the November mayoral election after topping the vote count with 35,888 votes to Essaibi-George’s 24,186 votes. The two women knocked out Andrea Campbell, who came in third, Acting Mayor Kim Janey, who came in fourth, and John Barros, who came in fifth.

Chang-Diaz, who became the first Hispanic woman elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 2008, announced in late June that she would be running for governor.

Aside from Chang-Diaz, former state Sen. Ben Downing and Harvard professor Danielle Allen, all Democrats, have all announced gubernatorial runs. Former state Rep. Geoff Diehl has announced a run as a Republican. Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Attorney General Maura Healey, all potential candidates, have not yet announced their plans.

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Trailblazing tourist trip to orbit ends with splashdown

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By MARCIA DUNN

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Four space tourists safely ended their trailblazing trip to orbit Saturday with a splashdown in the Atlantic off the Florida coast.

Their SpaceX capsule parachuted into the ocean just before sunset, not far from where their chartered flight began three days earlier.

The all-amateur crew was the first to circle the world without a professional astronaut.

The billionaire who paid undisclosed millions for the trip and his three guests wanted to show that ordinary people could blast into orbit by themselves, and SpaceX founder Elon Musk took them on as the company’s first rocket-riding tourists.

“Your mission has shown the world that space is for all of us,” SpaceX Mission Control radioed.

“It was a heck of a ride for us … just getting started,” replied trip sponsor Jared Isaacman, referring to the growing number of private flights on the horizon.

SpaceX’s fully automated Dragon capsule reached an unusually high altitude of 363 miles (585 kilometers) after Wednesday night’s liftoff. Surpassing the International Space Station by 100 miles (160 kilometers), the passengers savored views of Earth through a big bubble-shaped window added to the top of the capsule.

The four streaked back through the atmosphere early Saturday evening, the first space travelers to end their flight in the Atlantic since Apollo 9 in 1969. SpaceX’s two previous crew splashdowns — carrying astronauts for NASA — were in the Gulf of Mexico.

Within a few minutes, a pair of SpaceX boats pulled up alongside the bobbing capsule. When the hatch was opened on the recovery ship, health care worker Hayley Arceneaux was the first one out, flashing a big smile and thumbs up.

All appeared well and happy.

Next up: A helicopter ride back to shore for a reunion with their families at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, scene of their launch Wednesday night.

This time, NASA was little more than an encouraging bystander, its only tie being the Kennedy launch pad once used for the Apollo moonshots and shuttle crews, but now leased by SpaceX.

Isaacman, 38, an entrepreneur and accomplished pilot, aimed to raise $200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Donating $100 million himself, he held a lottery for one of the four seats. He also held a competition for clients of his Allentown, Pennsylvania payment-processing business, Shift4 Payments.

Joining him on the flight were Arceneaux, 29, a St. Jude physician assistant who was treated at the Memphis, Tennessee hospital nearly two decades ago for bone cancer, and contest winners Chris Sembroski, 42, a data engineer in Everett, Washington, and Sian Proctor, 51, a community college educator, scientist and artist from Tempe, Arizona.

Strangers until March, they spent six months training and preparing for potential emergencies during the flight, dubbed Inspiration4. Most everything appeared to go well, leaving them time to chat with St. Jude patients, conduct medical tests on themselves, ring the closing bell for the New York Stock Exchange, and do some drawing and ukulele playing.

Arceneaux, the youngest American in space and the first with a prosthesis, assured her patients, “I was a little girl going through cancer treatment just like a lot of you, and if I can do this, you can do this.”

They also took calls from Tom Cruise, interested in his own SpaceX flight to the space station for filming, and the rock band U2′s Bono.

Even their space menu wasn’t typical: Cold pizza and sandwiches, but also pasta Bolognese and Mediterranean lamb.

Before beginning descent, Sembroski was so calm that he was seen in the capsule watching the 1987 Mel Brooks’ film “Spaceballs” on his tablet.

Aside from trouble with a toilet fan and a bad temperature sensor, the flight went exceedingly well, officials said

“A very clean mission from start to finish,” said Benji Reed, a SpaceX senior director.

Nearly 600 people have reached space — a scorecard that began 60 years ago and is expected to soon skyrocket as space tourism heats up.

Congratulations streamed in, including from the Association of Space Explorers to its four newest members.

Reed anticipates as many as six private flights a year for SpaceX, sandwiched between astronaut launches for NASA. Four SpaceX flights are already booked to carry paying customers to the space station, accompanied by former NASA astronauts. The first is targeted for early next year with three businessmen paying $55 million apiece. Russia also plans to take up an actor and film director for filming next month and a Japanese tycoon in December.

Customers interested in quick space trips are turning to Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. The two rode their own rockets to the fringes of space in July to spur ticket sales; their flights lasted 10 to 15 minutes.

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Albany County coronavirus update, September 18

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany County Executive Dan McCoy provided the latest report on the county’s progress on vaccinations and controlling the spread of the coronavirus. 

As of Friday, it is reported that 70.7% of all Albany County residents have received at least the first dose of the vaccine, and 64.9% have been fully vaccinated. The first dose vaccination rate for the county’s 18+ population is now up to 81.7%. More information on vaccination rates can be found at the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker at the link here.

County Executive McCoy announced that the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County is now at 27,875 to date, with 104 new positive cases identified since Friday. The county’s five-day average of new daily positive cases is now up to 87.4. Albany County’s most recent seven-day average of percent positive rates is still 4.6%, and the Capital Region’s average rate is now down to 4.2%.

Among the new daily cases of COVID identified in the county, 32 reportedly had close contacts to positive cases, 64 did not have clear sources of infection at this time, five reported traveling out of state and seven are healthcare workers or residents of congregate living settings.

Health officials say there are now 555 active cases in the county, up from 498 Friday. The number of people under mandatory quarantine increased to 1170 from 977. So far 87,397 people have completed quarantine to date. Of those who completed quarantine, 27,320 of them had tested positive and recovered – an increase of 43 additional recoveries.

The County Executive reported that there were three new hospitalizations since Friday, and 35 county residents are now hospitalized with the virus. There are currently seven patients in ICU’s, unchanged from yesterday. There are no new COVID deaths to report, and the death toll for Albany County still stands at 400 since the outbreak began.

“We’ve reported triple digit increases in new positive cases for three days in a row and are hospitalizations for the last week have remained at our highest levels since March,” said County Executive McCoy. “Albany County continues to offer COVID-19 vaccination clinics at our health department and with partners at community events to get more people vaccinated and to help curb the spread. Getting a vaccine shot is your best protection against serious illness should you become infected with the virus in the future.”

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Trickle of protesters at DC rally outnumbered by media, police

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WASHINGTON (AP) — In the shadow of a fortified Capitol, a few hundred demonstrators turned up Saturday for a rally to support those charged in January’s riot, but were vastly outnumbered by the media and a heavy police presence.

U.S. Capitol Police were taking no chances, with hundreds of officers brought into Washington in an effort to avoid a repeat of the pre-inauguration attack. The fence around the Capitol was put back up, the city police force was fully activated and Capitol Police requested assistance from the National Guard.

There were a few scuffles as the rally started and one person was arrested for carrying a knife, police said, but no major incidents were reported early on. Still, law enforcement officials remained on edge, concerned about the possibility of violent protesters and counterprotesters. Police were also preparing for the possibility that some demonstrators may arrive with weapons, though backpacks were allowed into the area and there were no checkpoints.

The rally was ringed by heavy dump trucks and took place in fields far from the Capitol building. Law enforcement officers geared up at a staging areas and metal barricades were placed around the streets. Inside the Capitol, police riot shields were placed near doors and windows, a stark difference from January, when officers inside were left without riot equipment and quickly overwhelmed as the crowd stormed inside.

Dozens of dump trucks form a barrier around an area where the rally attendees were expected to gather. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Persistent attempts to rewrite the narrative of the violence and panic of Jan. 6, and the increasing volatility behind the lie that the 2020 election was stolen, have made it impossible to predict what may happen this weekend. After all, law enforcement was only expecting a free speech protest the day Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an effort to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s victory.

Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said at a news conference Friday it was difficult to say whether threats of violence at the event were credible, but “chatter” online and elsewhere has been similar to intelligence that was missed in January.

The rally, organized by former Trump campaign staffer Matt Braynard, is aimed at supporting people who were detained after the Jan. 6 insurrection — about 63 people held behind bars out of the more than 600 charged in the deadly riot. It’s just the latest attempt to downplay and deny the January violence. In an MSNBC interview, he downplayed the low numbers in attendance, saying instead the media coverage of the event helped get the message out.

Intelligence collected before the rally suggested that extremist groups such as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers will turn up. But some prominent members of the groups have sworn they aren’t going and have told others not to attend. Far-right online chatter has been generally tame, and Republican lawmakers are downplaying the event.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved a request for about 100 members of the D.C. National Guard to be stationed at a city armory near the Capitol, to be called if needed as backup. They’ll be without firearms, but will be equipped with batons and protective vests for self-defense.

Congress is out of session and no lawmakers were expected to be in the building Saturday. Biden was in Delaware for the weekend.

Many commenters on online platforms like Telegram that are popular with the far right disavowed the rally, saying they believed law enforcement was promoting the event to entrap Trump supporters. Some urged their followers not to attend an event they said was secretly organized by the FBI.

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There were a few scuffles as the rally started and one person was arrested for carrying a knife, police said, but no major incidents were reported early on. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

At the same time, however, some commenters continued to promote rallies planned in cities and state capitals across the country.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump was still using his platform as the most popular leader in the GOP to express sympathy for those who were arrested and continue spreading election misinformation, ratcheting up his attacks as the week wore on.

The Associated Press reviewed hundreds of court and jail records for the Capitol riot defendants to uncover how many were being detained and found roughly 63 held in federal custody awaiting trial or sentencing hearings. Federal officials are still looking for other suspects who could also wind up behind bars.

At least 30 are jailed in Washington. The rest are locked up in facilities across the country. They have said they are being treated unfairly, and one defendant said he was beaten.

Federal authorities have identified several of those detained as extremist group leaders, members or associates, including nine defendants linked to the Proud Boys and three connected to the antigovernment Oath Keepers. Dozens are charged with conspiring to mount coordinated attacks on the Capitol to block Congress from certifying the 2020 Electoral College vote, among the most serious of the charges.

Some jailed defendants are charged with assaulting police officers, others with making violent threats. A few were freed after their arrests but subsequently detained again, accused of violating release conditions.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has set standards for judges to apply in deciding whether to jail a Capitol riot defendant. A three-judge panel of the appeals court ruled in March that rioters accused of assaulting officers, breaking through windows, doors and barricades, or playing leadership roles in the attack were in “a different category of dangerousness” than those who merely cheered on the violence or entered the building after it was breached.

But it’s unclear how the cases for the majority of those charged will end. On Friday, a California woman who joined the mob avoided a prison term when a federal judge sentenced her to probation, an outcome fitting an early pattern in the Jan. 6 riot prosecutions.

Associated Press writers Michael Kunzelman, Mary Clare Jalonick, Jacques Billeaud, David Klepper, Lisa Mascaro, Jake Bleiberg, Amanda Seitz, Ashraf Khalil and Robert Burns contributed to this report.

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Northern Colorado football: UNC falls to Lamar, 17-10, in overtime

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The University of Northern Colorado football team (1-2) faced fellow FCS opponent Lamar (2-1) in its home opener on Saturday afternoon.

It was a defensive showdown at Nottingham Field with neither team able to get into an offensive rhythm and remained tied for more than half the game.

Despite a history-making field goal from junior kicker Ben Raybon in the fourth quarter to break the tie and take a 10-7 lead, the defense couldn’t hold the Cardinals from getting a field goal to send the game into overtime.

Lamar recorded a quick touchdown on its overtime attempt, retaking the lead. The offense, as it did all day, struggled to get anything going in its overtime effort and finished with two quarterback sacks.

Follow along with the Tribune’s scoring summary of the game, presented in reverse chronological order.

Overtime

Overtime: UNC 10 – Lamar 17 — The Cardinals retakes the lead after the UNC defense failed to stop runner Chaz Ward. Kicker Bailey Giffen makes the extra point to take a one touchdown lead.

Fourth Quarter

Fourth quarter (:06): UNC 10 – Lamar 10 — Giffen kicks a 26-yard field goal to tie things up again.

Fourth quarter (2:30): UNC 10 – Lamar 7 — Junior kicker Ben Raybon makes a 57-yard field goal to end the tie. Raybon’s kick was both a school and Nottingham Field record.

Third Quarter

Neither team scored in the third.

Second Quarter

Second quarter (9:30): UNC 7 – Lamar 7 — After freshman running back Gene Sledge Jr. helped UNC get into the red zone, junior quarterback Conner Martin passes to graduate wide receiver Dylan Thomas. Raybon makes the extra point to tie things up.

Second quarter (13:43): UNC 0 – Lamar 7 — Lamar gets on the board first with a 67-yard touchdown by wide receiver Marcellus Johnson. The Cardinals make the extra point.

First Quarter

Neither team scored in the first quarter.

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Cohan: The coronavirus booster shot plan has been a rollercoaster

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The debate over coronavirus booster shots has heated up in recent weeks and is finally hitting a crescendo.

But before getting into the many details of Friday’s FDA panel meeting, during which members voted to authorize booster shots for people 65-plus and high-risk patients, let’s take a step back to last month.

The Biden administration on Aug. 18 announced a plan to begin offering booster shots to all Americans starting on Sept. 20, and patients would become eligible eight months after their second shot.

While President Biden did acknowledge that plan was contingent upon U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers For Disease Control and Prevention approval, the announcement surprised some public health experts as being a bit premature, which it clearly was.

In addition, some health groups such as the World Health Organization had asked countries to pause booster rollout to be able to share vaccine doses with the countries that need it most.

The plan caused concern among members of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, a panel tasked with voting whether to clear vaccines for use in the public before the decision gets passed to a CDC committee.

Dr. Marion Gruber and Dr. Phil Krause, both VRBPAC members, wrote an opinion piece in the medical journal Lancet, saying, “Although the benefits of primary COVID-19 vaccination clearly outweigh the risks, there could be risks if boosters are widely introduced too soon, or too frequently.”

Krause and Gruber plan to step down from the FDA within the next two months, which Gruber acknowledged during Friday’s meeting. She said it would likely be her last advisory committee meeting as an FDA official and thanked committee members.

The booster issues continued to mount during the marathon meeting. Members were tasked to vote on whether to recommend approval of a Pfizer booster dose for everyone 16 and older at least six months after their second dose.

Key data that Pfizer reps relied on from Israel was picked apart by members, as they found out Israel uses a different definition of severe coronavirus than here in the U.S., and current data from the country might be skewed due to the recent high holidays. Israel has already rolled out booster shots.

Krause pointed out that much of the data presented was not peer-reviewed nor reviewed by the FDA.

Members noted how there is absolutely no data on boosters in kids 16 and 17 years old. The safety database of only 300 people was too small, some members said, and overall, the country’s top researchers asked for more data, which CDC officials said would become available soon, but not now.

With many questions left unanswered throughout the course of the nine hour meeting, members overwhelmingly voted against the measure.

VRBPAC member Dr. Melinda Wharton said, “Recommending a third dose for younger people is just not something I’d be comfortable with at this point.”

They went back to the drawing board though, and crafted a new policy question that asked about offering boosters to those 65-plus, high-risk patients and possibly health care workers under emergency use authorization, not full FDA approval.

The vote was a unanimous yes.

The system is clearly working well, and Americans should have confidence in that.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will debate the booster question this week before a plan is ultimately signed by the CDC director and boosters make their way into the public.

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