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Oscar De La Hoya Though ‘ Highly Intoxicated ‘ accused of mistreating workers



Oscar De La Hoya Though ' Highly Intoxicated ' accused of mistreating workers

Oscar De La Hoya is being sued by a prominent former Gold Boy Promotions employee–who says he’ll be called by the boxing star at every hour of the night in order to save him from circumstances in which he is “highly poisoned.” Radio star Tattoo established.

Getty FYI–Tattoo first came out on Power 106 back in 2001 and decided to be a tattoo on his forehead “I slept with Shaq,” in return for Lakers ‘ tickets to the postseason. He had the tattoo removed later.

Nonetheless, in 2010 Gonzalez says that he was approached to work with Oscar’s company via Golden Boy Promotions, mainly marketing work and announcements.

In his case, Gonzalez says things got odd quickly… Gonzalez says that Oscar would call him “all the hour of the night in need of assistance from various compromising situations, and, in the majority of cases, would help De La Hoya to avoid life-threatening situations while he was highly intoxicated, under the influence of various substances.”

Gonzalez says Golden Boy has called to let them know that he couldn’t work, but he was told that he would be shown or killed.

Gonzales first claims he sucked it up and did his job… But the pain became too bearable and it took time off to heal.

Gonzalez says that Golden Boy basically forced Gonzalez to leave.

Today, Gonzalez claims that he has suffered as a result of “serious emotional distress”— emotional exhaustion, stomach pain, sleep loss, impudence, depression and more.

He not only sues for pain and suffering, but also says that Oscar has failed to pay him hundreds of additional hours and other unpaid salaries.

We reached out for feedback to Oscar and Golden Boy. No word back so far.

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Kiszla: Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has taken ownership of Broncos and Drew Lock isn’t getting team back anytime soon



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This is Teddy Bridgewater’s team. He has taken ownership of the Broncos. And Drew Lock isn’t getting them back anytime soon. Not this year. Maybe never.

While Bridgewater produced magic on the field in his debut with Denver, the most significant moment of the team’s season-opening, 27-13 victory against the New York Giants might have taken place on the sideline, when outside linebacker Von Miller congratulated Teddy B on a job well done and declared: “I ain’t felt that in a while, since 18 was here, man.”

For more than five years, Miller and everyone in Broncos Country have been impatiently waiting for a worthy heir to Peyton Manning, who last wore No. 18 for Denver when the team won Super Bowl 50.

“I told Teddy the truth. He definitely has this vibe about him that guys want to play for,” said Miller, when asked about his conversation with Bridgewater. “Guys believe in Teddy. He’s a veteran in this league. He’s sat behind Drew Brees (in New Orleans). He was on track to win MVP with the Minnesota Vikings, so he knows how to do it. He carries himself in a way that people want to play for him, and people believe in him.”

Get a glowing endorsement from the Vonster and you’re golden in the Denver locker room. Despite the claims by coach Vic Fangio that the offseason competition between Bridgewater and Lock was a 50-50 proposition, it seems more apparent every day that maybe there really was never much doubt which quarterback would be the starter.

The truth often leaks in dribs and drabs, until the floodgates open in a moment of candor from Miller. Vonster insisted his kudos for Bridgewater were supposed to be private, despite the fact Miller agreed to suit up with a microphone for the road game against the Giants.

“I kind of forgot that I was mic’d up. I don’t like putting stuff out there. That was a moment for me and Teddy, but it’s out there,” said Miller, who meant no disrespect to Lock.

From the jump, conventional wisdom touted Bridgewater as the safer and wiser choice to open the season as the starter, with the Broncos facing three bad teams (the Giants, Jacksonville and the Jets) that would trot out three unproven NFL QBs (Daniel Jones, Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson) in September.

But barring an injury to Bridgewater, it’s difficult to envision him surrendering the starting job to Lock at any point during this season, especially after demonstrating against the Giants that he can be more than a solid game manager.

Consider Miller officially wowed by Bridgewater’s 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Albert Okwuegbunam that put the Broncos ahead 17-7 in the third quarter.

“It was a fourth down in the game where he kind of like stuttered and stiffed armed a guy and threw it to ‘Albert O.’ That’s just heart. Nobody can draw it up. No coach on our coaching staff or in the NFL can teach you how to do that,” Miller said.

“Teddy had to fight to go out there and win for the football team. Some of the things that he says and some of the things he tells everybody before games …. Me personally, I just believe that, and I’m a hard guy to just believe everything that everybody says. You can definitely feel it with Teddy. I told Teddy, I think that was toward the end of the game. I saw him, and I just told him I’m a firm believer in giving people their flowers while they are still here. Teddy, he definitely deserves the love, for sure.”

Bad quarterback play allows doubt to fester in the one position where there can be no lack of faith by teammates.

For five years, Denver lacked a quarterback that had the full trust of the locker room

After Bridgewater was named the starter, I believed the debate was far from over and not only anticipated a QB controversy at the first sign of trouble, but also fully expected Lock would get a shot to be the leading man in the Denver huddle for at least a half dozen games this season.

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Howie Carr: The tawdry tales of the Friends of Karyn Polito



Howie Carr: The tawdry tales of the Friends of Karyn Polito

If anybody ever writes a book about the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, they should call it, “The Friends of Karyn Polito.”

That would be a play on the title of the classic George V. Higgins novel and movie “The Friends of Eddie Coyle.” It’s about a small-time career grifter who keeps getting mixed up with sleazy criminals who were always jammed up with the law.

Sound familiar?

This month would be a big chapter in that new book, because right now the Friends of Karyn (FOK’s) are paying the price for their tawdry sticky-fingered misdeeds.

Just check out this photo gallery. All these FOK’s are taking the fall right now.

Let’s start with the former mayor of Fall River, Jasiel Correia. On Monday he’ll be in federal court in Boston for sentencing — the feds want him to do 11 years for running the city of Fall River as a racketeering enterprise, shaking down $600,000 from drug dealers, taking kickbacks from employees, failing to pay income taxes, etc. etc.

In 2016, the woman known to one and all as Pay to Play traveled to Fall River for Jasiel’s first inauguration. She tweeted out multiple pictures of herself with the young Democrat statesman.

“Great to administer the Oath of Office,” she gushed. “Looking forward to working together.”

In 2018, five weeks before his first arrest, Correia endorsed Pay to Play and the failed governor, Charlie Baker, for re-election.

Oddly, Karyn has not written a pre-sentencing letter of support for her pal. But then again, she was also a no-show at last week’s sentencing of another of her FOK’s: ex-Rep. Dave Nangle of Lowell.

Like Correia, Nangle was stealing hot stoves without gloves — and then coming back for the smoke.

When Nangle wasn’t committing wire fraud (10 counts), bank fraud (4 counts), making false statements to a bank (4 counts) and filing false tax returns (5 counts), he was giving $600 to Karyn Polito’s campaign and making TV spots for her re-election effort.

Sadly, Nangle will not be involved in Pay to Play’s next campaign – he’s spending the next 15 months in Club Fed.

Did I mention that in the House, Nangle served as chairman of the Ethics Committee? Of course he did. He’s an FOK.

Have you noticed how much Karyn loves selfies? She used to pose all the time with ex-state trooper Leigha Genduso. Remember her?  Leigha was a gangster’s live-in moll who was Karyn’s BFF because they’re both from Shrewsbury.

Genduso became a Mass. State trooper after committing perjury before a federal grand jury investigating her hoodlum sugar daddy.

Finally, this Friend of Karyn admitted to the G-men that she herself was a drug dealer and abuser, not to mention that she laundered money and evaded income taxes (just like those other FOK’s Correia and Nangle).

After admitting all her felonies, this FOK was hired as a $145,000-a-year state trooper. Another nationwide search!

Check out the many happy Internet photos of Genduso and Polito, often with former state police Lt. Col. Dan Risteen. When Genduso was finally forced off the job, her dear friend Risteen, another FOK, soon, uh, resigned from the MSP with a $161,598 annual pension.

Then Risteen became “director of research and security” for Teamsters Local 25, whose thug boss Sean O’Brien was once suspended from the national organization for threatening dissidents in Rhode Island.

Then there’s Polito’s close ally on the Republican State Committee, Tom “Mount ‘em” Mountain.

Just last weekend, Pay to Play had her picture snapped with the disgraced former GOP vice chairman at the 9/11 commemoration in the city of Newton.

Even after all these other embarrassing photos with all her FOK’s, Pay to Play had no compunction about having her picture taken with Mount ‘em Mountain.

Mount ‘em was in the news a lot this summer. First, he was thundering about how a state committeewoman from western Mass. had to resign because she was “immoral.” What she’d done was express her opposition to gay marriage.

Mountain went holier than thou because he wanted to depose the conservative GOP chairman, Jim Lyons. But then somebody got ahold of what appear to be Mount ‘em’s own social media postings. Yikes.

Now the state committee has a pending resolution at its next meeting Sept. 29 censuring Mount ‘Em Mountain for his scandalous behavior and demanding his resignation. One sure bet: Karyn will be a no-show in her pal’s defense.

By the way, at the top of this column, I mentioned the great novel “The Friends of Eddie Coyle.”

Check out Polito’s financial reports. On July 26, she grabbed $1,000 from a guy at Wayne Roofing Systems in West Roxbury. His name is Eddie Coyle. In 2017, Eddie Coyle gave her another grand.

In other words, Karyn Polito is one of the Friends of Eddie Coyle, and Eddie Coyle is one of the Friends of Karyn Polito.

Truth really is stranger than fiction.

(Listen to Howie 3-7 p.m. weekdays on AM 680 WRKO.)

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Hoang Murphy announces candidacy for MN House of Representatives 67A 



Hoang Murphy announces candidacy for MN House of Representatives 67A 

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



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

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.



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

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.



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.

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



Sonia Chang-Diaz endorses Michelle Wu for mayor

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



Trailblazing tourist trip to orbit ends with splashdown


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



102 new positive cases Albany County’s Sept. 17 COVID report

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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



Trickle of protesters at DC rally outnumbered by media, police

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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