Texas aims to crack down on protesters who block traffic: 'That chaos won't be tolerated'

Liz Cheney Calls Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Comments On Mask Mandates ‘Evil Lunacy’

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on Saturday tore into Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s outrageous comments equating mask mandates with directives related to the Holocaust as her Republican colleagues once again remained silent. 

“This is evil lunacy,” Cheney tweeted with a clip of Greene’s interview Friday on “The Water Cooler” podcast with Christian Broadcasting Network host David Brody.

While scads of critics have since blasted Greene’s comments, Cheney has again stepped out ahead of the Republican pack to critique one of the party’s own just as she has done with Donald Trump.

In her interview with Brody, Greene compared House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) mask mandate for those on the floor of the House to Jews being forced to wear a yellow star leading up to and during the Holocaust. 

“We can look back at a time in history when people were told to wear a gold star, and … they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany,” Greene said. “This is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about.”

Among the thousands of responses to Cheney on Twitter were calls for Greene’s ouster — and criticism of other Republicans for staying silent.

Courtney Vandersloot wins assists battle, but Sabrina Ionescu’s Liberty beat Chicago Sky

Courtney Vandersloot dished out more assists. 

Sabrina Ionescu's team still won the game. 

Ionescu posted 19 points and 12 assists — her third time in five games this season with at least 11 — as her New York Liberty (4-1) defeated the Chicago Sky 93-85 Sunday in a WNBA matchup in Chicago. With four victories, the Liberty have already doubled their win total from 2020. 

Vandersloot, meanwhile, dished out 16 assists — two shy of the single-game record she set last season — and added 14 points and four steals in the loss. The Sky point guard entered the young 2021 season averaging six helpers per game, third in the league behind Ionescu, who is now averaging 8.8 assists per game, and the Seattle Storm's Sue Bird (6.5 entering Sunday). 

Vandersloot has the last three WNBA assists titles and set the league record last year with 10 per game.

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Firearms incident: Two found dead at Northland property

Two people have been found dead at a property in Awarua in Northland this morning.

Police received reports of a firearms incident in Mangakahia Rd just after 7am.

Two people were found dead at the property.

Cordons have been set upin Mangakahia Rd.

“An investigation is underway to establish what has occurred,” police said.

“More information will be released later today once further details are known.”

St. Paul Officer Who Let Police Dog Maul Black Man Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced a former St. Paul police officer Friday to six years in prison for kicking a suspect and allowing a police dog to maul him.

Brett Palkowitsch, 33, apologized through tears during the sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright, Minnesota Public Radio reported. He said he would be willing to put himself in front of future officers to make sure “they know right from wrong, and how quick it can happen, and make sure it never happens again.”

A federal jury in 2019 found Palkowitsch, who is white, guilty of kicking Frank Baker, a Black man, and letting a police dog maul him in 2016 after Baker was mistaken for a robbery suspect. Baker suffered seven broken ribs and collapsed lungs.

Baker said he forgives Palkowitsch but wouldn’t accept his apology. He said he still has trouble breathing.

“We’ve got this COVID-19 going on, and my lungs are messed up, so it’s like I’m a prisoner in my own home,” Baker told the radio network. “I can’t go out because I’m primed to catch anything because of my lungs.”

Hayley Miller contributed reporting.

Texas aims to crack down on protesters who block traffic: 'That chaos won't be tolerated'

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A bill that would increase penalties for protestors blocking roads and obstructing emergency vehicles is on the way to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

And the two term GOP governor who’s running for re-election next year says he’ll sign the measure into law.

“I will sign soon,” Abbott tweeted this weekend. “Peaceful protest doesn’t include blocking roadways & preventing emergency vehicle access. That chaos won’t be tolerated in Texas.”

The governor sent his tweet soon after the Texas Senate voted 25-5 to pass the bill, which would toughen penalties and calls for jail time for protestors who purposefully block emergency vehicles from passing through a roadway, or obstruct a hospital entrance. 

The measure, which passed the Texas House a few weeks ago by a 90-55 vote, came in response to last year’s nationwide protests over police brutality that were sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minnesota by now-former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of murder.