Saturday News: Dandy, Denied


FOREST MAKES A MOTION TO ALLOW ALL SCHOOLS TO REOPEN FULL-TIME: But Forest’s motion to allow all K-12 public schools to fully reopen was determined to be out of order. The state board and the state Department of Public Instruction have worked with the governor’s office on school reopening issues. Forest’s motion was criticized by Cooper’s campaign, which said Forest has missed 45% of state board meetings over the past seven years. The state board is made up of members who are there because of their position, such as lieutenant governor and state treasurer, and people appointed by the governor. “When you consistently don’t show up for meetings, it’s hard to know how things work,” Liz Doherty, a spokeswoman for Cooper’s campaign, said Friday. “Dan Forest believes schools should re-open with no plan to keep our children safe and healthy and that is dangerous.”

ANOTHER DANGEROUS WHITE DUDE "SAFELY" TAKEN INTO CUSTODY: A wanted man surrendered to the Johnston County Sheriff's Office peacefully on Friday night. Deputies confronted the man at the Super 8 motel in Clayton, which is at the NC Highway 42 and Interstate 40 interchange. Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said his deputies had been at the motel from 6 p.m. until around 10:30 p.m. trying to encourage the man to surrender to custody. The man was wanted by the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, officials said. His identity has not be released to the public, but Bizzell said he had several outstanding warrants for arson, assault on a female, communicating threats and ethnic intimidation. (Pardon the snarkasm, but if you can show such restraint with somebody you know for a fact is violent, why not somebody you pull over for Driving While Black? We all know the answer, and it's why BLM exists)

UNC-ASHEVILLE ON LOCKDOWN AFTER BEING THREATENED TO REMOVE BLM MURAL ON CAMPUS: A North Carolina college campus was placed on lockdown on Friday after several offices received threats involving a Black Lives Matter mural. Offices at the University of North Carolina at Asheville received threatening emails and a demand overnight that the mural on campus be painted over, news outlets reported. The school advised faculty, staff and students to shelter in place, and employees other than essential personnel were told to stay away from campus. The school also canceled in-person classes, practices and activities on campus Friday. UNC Asheville Chancellor Nancy J. Cable said in her announcement that she hopes to reopen the school as soon as possible, but not before Saturday morning. Entrances to the school have been blocked. Approximately 3,600 students are enrolled at UNC Asheville, according to the school's website. Campus communications manager Steve Plever declined to describe the nature of the threats. State and local authorities are investigating.

TRUMP IS LOSING HIS MIND, WANTS BARR TO BRING CHARGES AGAINST VARIOUS DEMOCRATS: President Trump publicly pressured the Justice Department on Friday to move against his political adversaries and complained that Attorney General William P. Barr is not doing enough to deliver results of a probe into how the Obama administration investigated possible collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. The delayed report is “a disgrace,” and Trump’s 2016 Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, should be jailed, Trump said in a rambling radio interview, one day after he argued on Twitter that his current Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, is a criminal who should be barred from running. Three weeks before the election and trailing Biden in polls nationally as well as in key states, Trump is issuing a new torrent of threats and demands for federal action against Democrats, including former president Barack Obama, that go beyond his familiar and often erroneous claims of wrongdoing by his perceived political enemies. The president’s calls for the Justice Department to target his political opposition in the heat of a presidential campaign is a jarring moment without precedent in modern American history. But it is in keeping with Trump’s actions when he has faced adversity, which now includes testing positive for the coronavirus last week after for months minimizing the threat posed by a deadly virus that has killed more than 213,000 Americans. “The behavior would be shocking in a normal presidency, but Trump has literally been doing this for years,” Harvard Law School professor Jack Goldsmith, a Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, said of Trump’s calls to go after Democrats. “So it is reprehensible, but not shocking.” A person familiar with the discussions said Barr understands Trump’s frustration, but the public pressure was “not going to change anything.”

MANY COVID 19 SURVIVORS FACE MONTHS OF REHABILITATION: Even after surviving Covid-19, many patients who were critically ill face long and arduous recoveries, often requiring extensive physical rehabilitation. The problems they encounter are wide ranging. Some patients suffer muscle atrophy, kidney damage or reduced lung capacity, making it difficult for them to leave their homes or get out of bed. Many struggle with cognitive and psychological issues like memory loss, depression and anxiety. Among the most common problems they face are shortness of breath, fatigue, confusion and body aches. Doctors have known for some time that survivors of critical illness can develop long-term physical, cognitive and mental health problems, which can persist for years after they leave intensive care units. The phenomenon is known as post-intensive care syndrome, or PICS, and the risk factors for it are especially common among patients hospitalized with Covid-19: prolonged periods of time on a ventilator, heavy sedation, organ failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome, in which fluid builds up in the lungs, causing low blood oxygen levels. The scale of the coronavirus pandemic, with more than seven million people in the United States infected so far, suggests that a significant number of patients who survive Covid-19 will go on to develop post-intensive care syndrome, said Dr. Michelle Biehl, a pulmonary and critical care specialist at the Cleveland Clinic. A recent report by public health experts at Harvard estimated that millions of Americans could require intensive care by the time the pandemic is over. Another report in the medical journal Heart & Lung suggested that the number of Covid patients needing rehabilitation could become another public health crisis. “A lot of us are still dealing with the initial crisis — the patients in the hospital and the I.C.U.,” Dr. Biehl said. “But as a health care system we need to get better prepared and organized for what is coming, which is going to be a lot of patients needing specialty care.”