Monday, January 17, 2022

Sisters of the Valley ‘Weed nuns’ praise study stating pot can prevent COVID-19

From New York Post:

A group of self-described “weed nuns” cheered a study that found cannabis may help prevent COVID-19 infections.

“We are, naturally, pleased that science is catching up with ancient wisdom,” Sister Kate of the Sisters of the Valley told The Sun.

An Oregon State University study, released last week, found two compounds in marijuana may bind to the COVID-19 spike protein, preventing its entry to healthy cells.

California "weed nun" Christine Meeusen, 57, (R), and India Delgado, who goes by the name Sister Eevee, smoke a joint at Sisters of the Valley near Merced, California, U.S., April 18, 2017.
Sisters of the Valley “weed nuns” are praising a new Oregon State University study stating weed can prevent COVID-19.
REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

“It’s wonderful progress to have the scientific community say ‘we’re already determined that there are compounds in hemp that can prevent infection’, so now, we can just get on to studying dosage,” said the nun, whose legal name is Christine Meeusen said. “That’s progress.”

California "weed nun" Christine Meeusen, 57, who goes by the name Sister Kate (R), Desiree Calderon, who goes by the name Sister Freya, and India Delgado, who goes by the name Sister Eevee, check hemp that is drying at Sisters of the Valley near Merced, California, U.S., April 18, 2017. Picture taken April 18, 2017.
The Sisters of the Valley, which is not related to the Catholic Church — grows its own pot and smokes it.
REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Dr. Richard van Breeman, of OSU’s Global Hemp Innovation Center, said that the two compounds, cannabigerolic and cannabidiolic acids, could help prevent and treat COVID-19.

“They are not controlled substances like THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and have a good safety profile in humans,” he added.

Meeusen’s northern-California-based feminist collective — the Sisters of the Valley, which is unsurprisingly not affiliated with the Catholic Church — grows its own pot, which it uses to create holistic health products. It started with just 12 plants, but grew to over $1 million in annual revenue before the pandemic.

“So we created something that is nonreligious, but it’s spiritual — and it’s very eco-feminist in nature.”

The "weed nuns" cheered an Oregon State University study that found cannabis may help prevent COVID-19 infections.
The “weed nuns” cheered an Oregon State University study that found cannabis may help prevent COVID-19 infections.
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From JSOnline:

An 8-year-old girl was killed Saturday afternoon and a 47-year-old Milwaukee man has been arrested in what Milwaukee police are investigating as a homicide.

The incident occurred in the 1800 block of West Highland Avenue.

The suspect was handling a firearm that discharged, according to a police news release. The gunfire struck the girl, who was taken to a hospital and died.

Marquette University police joined Milwaukee police in responding to the incident. The university is several blocks south of where it occurred.

Late Saturday afternoon, evidence markers could be seen at the back porch of a residence and on West Highland Avenue. A group of about 10 people stood near the scene, consoling a woman overcome with emotion.

“The death of an 8-year old Milwaukee girl this afternoon is heartbreaking," Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson said in a statement. "Mistaken gunfire has extinguished another innocent life. I offer my condolences to her family."

Criminal charges will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the upcoming days, the police release said. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office.

“Please, put down the guns," the mayor said. "If you have a gun in your home, secure it with a trigger lock or in a safe. Never, never handle a gun near children.”


Packers, 49ers at Lambeau Saturday on FOX6

From Fox6Now:

The Green Bay Packers will face the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional playoff at Lambeau Field. Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. It's a matchup you'll see ONLY ON FOX6! 

Deebo Samuel and the San Francisco 49ers have started another playoff run after hanging on in a frantic wild-card finish against Dallas.

Dak Prescott and the Cowboys will have to keep waiting for that elusive deep trip in the postseason.

San Francisco's versatile receiver ran 26 yards for a touchdown the play after an interception by Prescott, and the 49ers held on for a 23-17 victory over the Cowboys on Sunday.

The Cowboys had a final chance with 32 seconds remaining and were at the San Francisco 41 with 14 seconds to go when Prescott took off up the middle intending to slide and spike the ball for a final play.

But Dallas didn’t get the snap off from the 24 until after the clock hit 0:00. After a brief delay, referee Alex Kemp announced the game was over.

The 49ers overcame an interception by Jimmy Garoppolo when they led by 13 in the fourth quarter. Prescott ran for a touchdown to get within a score, and had a chance to drive Dallas to a go-ahead score. But the 49ers got a stop at midfield when Prescott's desperation fourth-down pass was just out of the receiver Cedrick Wilson's reach.

After a 14th penalty from the NFL's most-penalized team in the regular season that helped San Francisco run out most of the clock — and the frantic final seconds as Dallas tried for the win — the 49ers (11-7) clinched their first playoff victory at the Cowboys in a storied postseason rivalry.

Now they head to Green Bay for a divisional game, looking for another trip to the NFC championship game.

"It was like the whole day, it really was," Garoppolo said of the final sequence. "It was a dogfight, hell of an atmosphere out here. I mean, the fans were nuts. It was everything we thought it was going to be. It was fun."

The wait for Dallas (12-6) to get that far in the playoffs will reach at least 27 years after another first-game flameout in the postseason for Prescott, the second in three trips over six seasons for the star quarterback. It was his first playoff game since signing a $40-million-a-year contract in the offseason.

The 49ers were in control in the fourth quarter, but not leaning on the running game they figured could carry them to a win when Garoppolo threw an interception to Anthony Brown that set up Prescott's 7-yard scoring run.

Garoppolo's mistake wasn't long after Prescott was picked off at the Dallas 26 by K'Waun Williams and Samuel ran untouched on a cutback up the middle to the end zone on the next play for a 23-7 lead.

San Francisco lost star pass rusher Nick Bosa to a concussion just before halftime when he was crunched in the head and neck area by teammate D.J. Jones. But the 49ers kept enough pressure on Prescott, finishing with five sacks while holding the NFL's No. 1 offense to 307 yards.

"Guys just stepping up big in big key situations, that’s really what it was all day," Garoppolo said. "Early on, we got it rolling with the offense and the defense just throughout the entire day. We got some dogs on our defense, man. It’s fun."

San Francisco scored on its first four possessions, but three times settled for field goals from Robbie Gould to help keep the Cowboys close.

The Cowboys had all three timeouts after Prescott's desperate pass to Wilson fell incomplete.

The 49ers got a first down on the second holding penalty by a Dallas defensive lineman on a running play, and Samuel got all but a few inches needed for a first on a third-and-11 run with a minute remaining.

San Francisco planned to finish off the victory with a fourth-down play, but a false start penalty led to a punt instead.

The Cowboys started at their 20 with 32 seconds to go. Wilson pitched to CeeDee Lamb on a hook-and-ladder play for 20 yards, and tight end Dalton Schultz gained 9 yards before getting out of bounds with 14 seconds remaining.

When Prescott slid at the end of a 17-yard run, there were eight seconds to go. The snap didn't beat the clock.

San Francisco rookie Elijah Mitchell ran for 96 yards and the game's first points on a 4-yard run. Samuel had 72 yards on 10 carries and three catches for 38 yards.

As was the case most of the season, Dallas couldn't get the running game going with Ezekiel Elliott. The two-time rushing champion had 31 yards on 12 carries as the Cowboys were outgained 169-77 on the ground.

Prescott was 23 of 43 for 254 yards. Garoppolo, who doesn't know when his last game with the 49ers will be with rookie Trey Lance waiting his turn, was 16 of 25 for 172 yards.


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Mount Pleasant settles with property owners to purchase land near Foxconn, ending years of litigation

From JSOnline:

After years of litigation, the Village of Mount Pleasant has agreed to buy one of the last pieces of private property sought near the Foxconn Technology Group development.  

Mount Pleasant will pay Rodney and Catherine Jensen $569,300 for 2.92 acres of property and $226,700 for relocation costs for the Jensens and the businesses they operated at the site. However, $100,000 will be held back by the village to settle a lawsuit the Jensens are involved in with Kenosha County and to pay for any cleanup costs for the property.  

If the $100,000 is not enough to cover the litigation and cleanup, the additional costs will be paid for by the Jensens, the settlement agreement says. Any leftover money held back to pay to settle litigation and cleanup will be paid to the Jensens once they leave the property.  

Also, according to the settlement agreement, the Jensen will pay $126,700 to Eminent Domain Services, LLC, attorneys they hired to represent them in lawsuits against the village, and settle any liens against the property. 

When the village first approached the Jensens to purchase their property, the Foxconn project was proposed to be a Generation 10.5 LCD manufacuting facility but in 2019 it was scaled back to a Generation 6 facility, which is much smaller.

Foxconn originally planned to invest $10 billion and hire up to 13,000 workers in multiple cities around the state, but the project has changed dramatically to 1,454 jobs and and $672.8 million in investment.

The Jensens have until May 15 to vacate the property.  

On Monday, the Mount Pleasant Village Board voted unanimously to accept the agreement. 

“As it has since the beginning of the Foxconn project, the Village has endeavored to reach voluntary agreements with all property owners to acquire the property necessary for public infrastructure improvements. We are pleased to reach a mutually agreeable settlement with Rodney and Catherine Jensen," Chris Smith, an attorney for the village, said in a statement.

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Two arrested for vandalizing headstones in Racine

From TMJ4:

Photo by: Racine PD
Posted at 11:11 AM, Jan 14, 2022
and last updated 12:18 PM, Jan 14, 2022

RACINE — The Racine Police Department said two people have been arrested for vandalizing headstones at a Racine cemetery.

Kaitlyn B. Armstrong, 20, and Brandon S. Pfiefer, 20, have both been arrested and charged with criminal damage to religious property - party to a crime.

Police say on July 31, 2021, they damaged several headstones and grave sites at Mound Cemetery, 1144 West Blvd. At the time of the incident, investigators collected fingerprints from the affected sites but found no matches.

However, in late 2021 Armstrong was cited and his fingerprints were taken, connecting him to the July crime. Officials said this and some other investigative leads led police to both him and Pfiefer.

Racine police are still interested in any additional information about the crime. If you know anything, call the Crime Stoppers at 262-636-9330 or the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at 262-635-7756.


Racine SWAT team arrests Chicago homicide suspect

From TMJ4:

Photo by: Racine PD
Posted at 12:05 PM, Jan 14, 2022
and last updated 12:05 PM, Jan 14, 2022

RACINE — A suspect wanted for homicide was arrested in Racine early this week, according to the Racine Police Department.

According to a press release from the department, Chicago Police reached out to Racine saying that a 20-year-old man from Chicago who is wanted for a homicide was possibly hiding in Racine.

After investigating the situation for a couple of days, the Racine SWAT team arrested the man inside a home near Erie Street and 3 Mile Road.

Officials are still investigating the situation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers by phone at (262) 636-9330, or through the Crime Stoppers app by using the p3 app.


Browns Lake ATV accident, Burlington man flown to hospital

From Fox6Now:

Racine County Sheriff's Office

A town of Burlington man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after an ATV accident on Browns Lake Friday afternoon, Jan. 14.

The Racine County Sheriff's Office said the accident happened roughly 200 yards west of Cedar Park Beach around 3:45 p.m. It was reported that the man, 63, was lying on the ice unresponsive and turning blue.

Sheriff's deputies arrived and began life-saving attempts. Burlington and Rochester emergency personnel also responded to provide treatment at the scene.

The man was taken to the hospital and then immediately flown to a regional trauma center by Flight for Life.

An initial investigation revealed the ATV's operator lost control and rolled over. Careless operation and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors. The Racine County Sheriff’s Office and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are continuing the investigation.


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From Fox6Now:

Peter Christofferson celebrated his 100th birthday on Thursday, Jan. 13, and the Park View Senior Apartments in Racine held a party to celebrate the World War II veteran.

Christofferson's family said, aside from his U.S. Navy service, he has volunteered and given a lot during his life. He won the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award from Lions Club International for humanitarian services.

So what does Christofferson believe helped him get to 100 years old?

"Take the good with the bad, because sometimes the road gets a little rough, but it smooths out again afterward," he said. "Laugh a lot, laughter is good medicine."

The celebration did not end Thursday. His family is holding another party for him on Saturday.


Absentee ballot drop boxes can't be used in Wisconsin any longer, a Waukesha County judge rules

From JSOnline:

MADISON – A Waukesha County judge ruled Thursday that absentee ballot drop boxes can't be used in Wisconsin, potentially upending aspects of the spring elections and the fall's high-profile contests for governor and U.S. Senate.

After hearing three hours of arguments, Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren determined state law allows absentee ballots to be returned in person or by mail — but not in a ballot drop box.

"It's all good and nice, but there's no authority to do it," Bohren said of the use of drop boxes.

He said he would finalize an injunction in 10 days ordering the state Elections Commission to withdraw long-standing advice to municipal clerks around the state that says they can use absentee ballot drop boxes.

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Applications open to be part of Racine St. Patrick's Day parade

From TMJ4:

Photo by: Racine St. Patrick's Day
Posted at 4:51 PM, Jan 13, 2022
and last updated 4:51 PM, Jan 13, 2022

RACINE — It might just be the middle of January, but the months fly by and before you know it, it will be March. Given that, now is the perfect time to apply to be part of one of downtown Racine's biggest events, the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 19 at noon.

Nearly 2,000 people line the streets to watch this family friendly parade go down the street. That means it's a good way to get eyes on your business too.

You can apply to be part of the parade by clicking this link or pick up an application at the Downtown Racine office at 425 Main Street.

The parade begins at the corner of State and Main streets. It goes down Main Street, turns onto Sixth Street, and end near City Hall.


All Racine Alternative Learning Programs move remote due to staff shortage

From TMJ4:

Photo by: TMJ4
Posted at 9:19 PM, Jan 13, 2022
and last updated 9:20 PM, Jan 13, 2022

RACINE, Wisc. — The Racine Unified School District (RUSD) announced all Racine Alternative Learning Programs will move to remote on Friday due to a staff shortage.

Students should log on to Google Classroom at the normal school start time and teachers will provide remote instruction.

RUSD anticipates Racine Alternative Learning Programs to return to in-person learning on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

RUSD said lunch will be available for pick-up at the Administrative Service Campus at 3109 Mt. Pleasant St. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day that schools are remote.

For further details, click here.


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From TMJ4:

Photo by: TMJ4
Posted at 8:19 AM, Jan 12, 2022
and last updated 12:40 PM, Jan 12, 2022

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has denied a request from Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to block a Dane County judge’s order directing him to sit for a deposition with attorneys for a liberal watchdog group seeking records related to the GOP-ordered investigation into the 2020 election.

The depositions were ordered last week by Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn, who expressed confusion over how so few documents were produced from the first three months of former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman’s ongoing probe. Bailey-Rihn ordered the Rochester Republican to sit for depositions Wednesday.

The state’s high court issued a 4-3 decision Tuesday after Bailey-Rihn denied an attempt by Vos and his staff attorney, Steve Fawcett, to delay the depositions.