Morning Briefing Oct 5
Today is October 5 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch.
1-Florida man allegedly requested mail-in ballot for dead wife to test system: report
A Florida man who was charged with a felony after allegedly requesting a vote-by-mail ballot for his dead wife said on Friday he was just testing the state’s voting system, according to a report.
Larry Wiggins, 62, a registered Democrat from Sarasota, Fla., requested the mail-in ballot for his wife this month even though she died in 2018, authorities said. After being released from jail in Manatee County, located about 30 miles south of Tampa, Wiggins told Tampa’s WFLA-TV, “I heard so much about ballots being sent in and people just having found them in different places. I feel like I haven’t done anything wrong.”
Manatee Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett said his staff discovered the alleged fraud during a routine check of the voter roll, which is conducted whenever someone requests a mail-in ballot, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He said that the voter database is also consistently updated with information that includes voters who die.
Bennett said that as soon as officials pulled up the file, it showed that his wife, Ursula Wiggins, was deceased, reports said. Wiggins was booked last Thursday on a charge of requesting a vote by mail ballot on behalf of another elector. He was released on $1,500 bail.
DML: Fake Votes Matter. This crime can result in 5 years in prison. But why do I feel like this won’t be the case, he’ll be back on the street in no time.
2-Chicago violence: 3 dead, 34 shot in weekend
Authorities in Chicago recorded another bloody weekend that included at least three fatalities and 34 people shot, local reports said.
CBS Chicago reported that the first homicide occurred at about 5:45 p.m. on Friday night that included a man, 35, and a 14-year-old girl. The pair was walking on a street when a vehicle pulled up and opened fire.
The teen was struck in the ankle and thigh and the man was hit in the head. She is in good condition and he was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead. The report did not identify their relationship.
Chicago recorded its deadliest September in over 25 years, WTTV.com reported. Authorities reported 81 homicides last month, the report said.
DML: But…but…but I thought black lives matter?
3-Trump continues to improve and could be discharged from the hospital as soon as Monday, physicians say
In his latest press briefing, Dr. Sean Conley said that the president’s health continues to improve since his diagnosis on Friday. Conley and Trump’s other doctors added that he could be discharged from Walter Reed hospital as early as Monday. Trump, who is now receiving steroid treatments including dexamethasone after “two episodes of transient drops in his oxygen saturation”, completed a second dose of antiviral drug remdesivir.
Video via @BBCWorld
DML: It was cool to see the president say hello to the supporters outside the hospital. I love seeing the Dems lose their brains.
4-CNN’s Sanjay Gupta: “I think the President is sicker than the doctors are letting on,” said Sanjay Gupta today on CNN.
DML: What an idiot.
5-USC researchers think THC may be able to treat COVID-19 patients
Researchers at the University of South Carolina think they have found a way to treat COVID-19, and it involves THC.
They said one of the issues with the virus is that it can turn your immune system into a double-edge sword — you want it to respond strongly if you get sick, but in some cases, the immune system goes completely haywire and that can be deadly.
“It is called a cytokine storm,” said Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti, USC’s vice president of research. “That can damage your lungs, as well as all your other organs, and the person will die.”
Nagarkatti said cytokine storms are common among critically ill COVID-19 patients. But Nagarkatti’s team made a discovery that might completely change the game, and it involves THC.
“Mice die within five days — 100% of the mice die — but if you treat those mice with THC that is found in the marijuana plant, then we can pretty much cure all of those mice,” Nagarkatti said. “So, how do we get from mice to people? It’s important to remember that THC is already available for physicians to treat cancer patients … so we know the dose from people who are taking it already so we can try those doses that are being tested in other diseases to see whether that can be tolerated by the COVID-19 patients.”
Nagarkatti is offering THC to doctors in South Carolina as a part of a clinical trial to see if it can help their patients.
DML: Give me a moment please while I pat myself on the back without breaking my arm. I’ve been saying this would be the case for 9 months.