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Curley: Sotomayor COVID lie is natural result of media fibs

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Curley: Sotomayor COVID lie is natural result of media fibs

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this past week challenging the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate, and a comment from Justice Sonia Sotomayor raised eyebrows across the country.

While discussing young people who have fallen ill from COVID-19, the Justice said, “We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition, many on ventilators.”

Her statement was patently untrue.

Even the left-leaning outlet PolitiFact couldn’t ignore this whopper and rated the statement as false. The website explained, “At the time she made this comment, federal data showed that fewer than 5,000 coronavirus-positive children were in the hospital. In fact, fewer than 83,000 children have been hospitalized for COVID-19 — cumulatively — since August 2020.”

The backlash was quick.

Some users on social media were stunned that a Supreme Court justice could be this grossly misinformed on COVID-19 data. Why would a brilliant liberal spread misinformation? Surely she follows “The Science,” right?

Right-wing critics pounced, seized and weaponized on Sotomayor’s lie.

“It’s good our Wise Latina SCOTUS justice apparently got her legal expertise and degree from MSNBC University,” tweeted popular columnist Stephen Miller.

Turns out that Sotomayor isn’t the only justice who is enrolled at Peacock U: Justice Stephen Breyer appears to be a student as well.

Breyer argued that OSHA’s emergency temporary standard, which requires private employers with 100 or more employees to mandate vaccinations or weekly testing, was necessary.

At one point, he asserted that “750 million new cases” of coronavirus had been reported in the United States on Thursday. This is a stunning claim, especially considering the population in the United States is a little over 332 million.

Can people contract more than one case of COVID-19 at a time? Does Dr. Fauci know about this? Someone call over to the set of Morning Joe and let him know ASAP.

And here I thought our liberal elites were trying to combat disinformation — not shout it from the highest court. Perhaps lying about COVID-19 is like partying without wearing a mask: It’s only a dangerous act when committed by a Republican.

Earlier this week, President Biden appeared at his fake White House set to sit in front of his green screen windows and deliver another debunked claim to the American people.

Reading from his trusty teleprompter the 79-year-old huffed, “This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

Where is the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler when we need him? Millions of people who are fully vaccinated and boosted are getting breakthrough infections of COVID-19. Even the thrice-vaccinated Fauci groupies like Nicole Wallace are realizing that contracting the virus is no longer considered a moral failing.

In November, an epidemiologist named Gunter Kampf wrote about vaccinated individuals and their relevant role in transmission.

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Enbridge says it has stopped groundwater leak caused by punctured aquifer during Line 3 construction

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Enbridge says it has stopped groundwater leak caused by punctured aquifer during Line 3 construction

Enbridge Energy said it has stopped the flow of spilled artesian groundwater that began a year ago when workers installing the Line 3 oil pipeline in northwestern Minnesota punctured an aquifer.

The spill near Enbridge’s terminal in Clearbrook was one of the worst environmental accidents during construction of the 340-mile pipeline in Minnesota. Workers dug too deeply into the ground and the rupture resulted in a 24 million gallon groundwater leak.

The company told the state Department of Natural Resources that it stopped the uncontrolled leak on Tuesday. The DNR said it will monitor the repair and the investigation remains ongoing. The agency is looking at further restoration, mitigation and penalties.

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe and other pipeline opponents have been doing their own investigation, including drone footage, to check for further water impacts. They are calling for more accountability and details about the incident.

State regulators ordered Enbridge to pay $3.3 million and fix the damage. The company missed a deadline in October and paid an additional $40,000.

Line 3 starts in Alberta, Canada, and clips a corner of North Dakota before crossing Minnesota en route to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. The project was pronounced complete in September.

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High school roundup: Berg’s goal in OT lifts Gentry Academy past Lakeville North in boys hockey

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High school roundup: Burnsville gets OT winner over Eastview in girls hockey

Wes Berg scored seven minutes into overtime to lift Gentry Academy 2-1 over Lakeville North.

Berg scored both goals on Thursday for Gentry Academy (12-3-0) and has netted 14 goals in 15 games this season. He scored with 5:55 remaining in the second period, tying the game after Lakeville North’s Kyle Doll initially gave the Panthers (11-3-0) the lead five minutes into the second period.

White Bear Lake 6, Woodbury 1: White Bear Lake (8-6-0) scored six unanswered goals, including three in a row by Tyler Bishop to close out the game over Woodbury (9-7-0).

Woodbury’s Ethan Hansen broke the scoreless tie 49 seconds into the second period, but White Bear Lake responded with three goals in the second period. Bishop then scored three goals, all in the third period, to secure the win.

Other scores: Roseville tied Park of Cottage Grove 2-2; Cretin-Derham Hall defeated Forest Lake 6-2; Prior Lake defeated Farmington 8-5; Mounds View defeated East Ridge 6-1.

Girls hockey

Lakeville South 2, Prior Lake 0: Lakeville South (19-1-0, 13-0-0) continued its undefeated conference season with a dominant defensive effort over Prior Lake (5-14-1, 3-10-0). The Lakers managed just 10 shots for the night while the Cougars generated 45 shots on goal.

Prior Lake’s goaltender Olivia Hansen held up against most of the Cougars’ offensive attacks, however Claire Enright and Brynn O’Neill were both able to get one past her. Lakeville South has vaulted into the top of the state rankings, sitting at No. 3 in the latest Let’s Play Hockey poll.

Edina 4, Cretin-Derham Hall 0: Cretin-Derham Hall (13-5-2) could not contain Edina (18-1-0) as the Hornets’ high-flying offense generated 45 shots and netted four.

The game was tied midway into the second period before Edina scored three times within three minutes to break the game open. Cretin-Derham Hall generated 24 shots but could not put any past Edina Goaltender Uma Corniea.

Other scores: Burnsville defeated Apple Valley 12-6; Rosemount defeated Eagan 5-0; Eastview defeated Shakopee 4-3.

Boys basketball

South St. Paul 69, Simley 59: A dominant first half propelled South St. Paul (15-0) over Simley (9-3) and kept its unbeaten start to the season.

South St. Paul led by 15 at halftime with strong performances from Devin Newsome and Alonzo Dodd leading the way. Dodd finished with 22 points and Newsome added 19. Kevin Wormer led Simley with 22 points.

Other scores: Liberty Classical defeated St. Paul Washington 104-71; Twin Cities Academy/Great River defeated Central 69-56; Breck defeated St. Paul Academy 79-59.

Nordic skiing

Stillwater swept a Suburban East Conference race at Lake Elmo Park Reserve. The boys placed first with a score of 468 while the girls won with a score of 472.

However, a pair of Forest Lake skiers swept the individual medalists. Ryan Houseman finished at the top of the boys’ division with a time of 17:22. Annabelle Stang won the girls varsity race with a time of 19:06.

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Avalanche escapes Kings to sweep Southern California road trip

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LOS ANGELES — The Avalanche wasn’t nearly at its best but used strong goaltending and timely goals to finish 2-0 on its Southern California road trip.

The Avs capped their SoCal sweep with a 4-1 victory on Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings at Crypto.com Arena. Western Conference-leading Colorado, despite being outplayed through the first two periods, extended its points streak to 11 games (10-0-1).

A night after goalie Pavel Francouz made 34 saves in a 2-0 victory against the Ducks in Anaheim, goalie Darcy Kuemper made 40 saves against the Kings. The Avs got goals from forwards Mikko Rantanen (power play), Kiefer Sherwood and Nicolas Aube-Kubel — the latter seconds after Colorado killed off L.A.’s fifth power play.

Defenseman Devon Toews added an empty-net goal in the waning moments.

The Avs, who finished 1-of-1 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill, took a 3-1 lead at 4:11 of the third period after killing Aube-Kubel’s high-sticking minor. Seconds after Aube-Kubel was released from the penalty box, forward Logan O’Connor gained possession of the puck and spotted Aube-Kubel in the neutral zone. He skated in on a breakaway and beat goalie Jonathan Quick with the wrist shot.

Kuemper improved to 9-0-1 in his last 12 appearances — his new career-long streak without a regulation loss. He is 14-1-1 in his last 19 games.

The Avs, who went 7-1 against the Kings last season, only mustered 15 shots through two periods in their first meeting against L.A. in 2021-22. The Kings had 34 shots to that point and deserved to have the lead. But Colorado was on top 2-1, thanks to Kuemper and goals from Rantanen and Sherwood.

Rantanen redirected a Nathan MacKinnon shot from the point past Quick at 9:43 of the first period, and Sherwood lasered a slap shot past Quick 3:06 into the second.

The Kings, who had lost their two previous games, cut the deficit in half with a power-play goal from captain Anze Kopitar at 8:58 of the middle frame.

Footnotes. Avs defenseman Kurtis MacDermid, who played the last four seasons with the Kings, was honored during the first media timeout. … Colorado’s scratches were forward Valeri Nichushkin (COVID) and defensemen Ryan Murray (injury) and Bo Byram (personal leave). Forward Darren Helm is on injured reserve. … Colorado will take Friday off ahead of Saturday’s late afternoon home game against the Montreal Canadiens. The Avs will take a club-record 14-game winning streak at Ball Arena into that game. … The Avs again donned their dark home uniforms. Either the Ducks or Kings requested to wear their road white sweaters and Colorado was not required to bring both sets.

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