Saturday, March 6, 2021
RACINE — Downtown Racine Corporation and 17 bars and restaurants will host a St. Patrick's Day pub crawl on March 13 with COVID-19 safety precautions in place.
Marci Bruley owns Marci's on Main in downtown Racine and is helping organize the event. She recalls St. Patrick's Day was the last day before the pandemic forced businesses to close.
"We were all devastated for quite a few months," Bruley said. "So this is just a hope, you know, something to bring stuff back a little bit for us."
Racine health rules allow bars and restaurants to operate at 50 percent capacity. Bruley says they will count and make sure people socially distance and wear masks.
City officials told TMJ4 News people and businesses need to follow and enforce COVID-19 safety precautions. A spokesperson said health officials advise you to wear a mask when you're not drinking, social distance from those not in your group, bring hand sanitizer with you, and wash your hands frequently.
State data shows Racine County has a high case activity level, and over the past seven days, the daily average of new confirmed cases is 17.
State health authorities say people can't let their guard down. Instead, if they want to socialize in person, they say go outside and stand six feet apart with masks.
"We are so close, Wisconsin," said DHS Deputy Health Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk. "And by combining increasing vaccines with strong preventive behaviors, we will reduce the threat of COVID-19 in our state."
The City of Racine Health Department data shows there have been 8,158 total cases and 112 total deaths.
There is no parade this year, but Bruley hopes people can support local businesses in some way.
"For families to come down and shop locally, come in, stop in for great food, eat lunch," Bruley said. "And have so many different locations so so many people aren’t crowded into one spot."
Tasia White opened Taejavu's on Main in October. She says it was her dream to open a restaurant to honor her roots.
"I started at the bottom," White said. "I started at the roughest moment for the restaurant industry, and to see the love and support my community and my city has given to me."
She said growing up her grandmother always made corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day, and she hopes she can share that tradition safely next Saturday.
"It is getting warmer and people are getting vaccines, and things like that, so people are definitely coming out more, so I'm just optimistic that it will be a fun Saturday," White said.
Watch in horror and sadness as moonbattery is mainlined directly into a preschooler’s brain before it has had a chance to form:
If toddlers have to be introduced to homosexuality, let’s inject a little realism. “A” should be for “anal cancer,” “H” for “HIV/AIDS,” “I” for “incontinence,” “P” for “psychiatric problems,” “R” for “rectal prolapse,” et cetera.
On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.
Friday, March 5, 2021
ILLUMINATING HIDDEN TRUTHS
Racine Common Council member
Edwin Santiago charged with felony
Fleeing and Eluding
AKA Fast Eddie
Felony Fleeing and Eluding charges have been filed against Edwin Santiago by the Racine County District Attorney's office.
City of Racine Common Council member Edwin Santiago was charged with Fleeing and Eluding concerning an incident on February 20th. 2021.
The arrest took place in Caledonia and jail records show Santiago posted $5,000 bond on Saturday.
His first time charge of OWI will be handled by the Caledonia municpal court.
For background info, click below:
Another bad choice by Mayor Mason
Criminals within our government should never be tolerated.
BE OUTRAGED, VERY OUTRAGED
Mass shootings in Wisconsin increased to 10 in 2020 from three the year before, while nationally mass shootings jumped nearly 50% during a pandemic with crippling unemployment, violent protests and idle youth.
In 2020, Wisconsin reported 10 mass shootings that killed 11 and injured 42. A year earlier, the state had three mass shootings that killed five and injured 10.
Among Wisconsin's deadliest shootings last year was the Molson Coors shooting Feb. 26, which killed six including the gunman. The state's bloodiest shootings included the shooting at Mayfair mall on Nov. 20, which injured eight.
With COVID-19 cases falling and vaccines rolling out, some criminologists hope a rebounding economy and reopened schools will drive down the national numbers in 2021.
Early results are promising, says Mark Bryant, founder of the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive, which tracks gun incident trends. In the first seven weeks of this year, there have been 63 mass shootings — defined as four or more people injured or killed in one incident — which if continued would show a drop from 2020, he said.
“I’m hoping last year proves to be the anomaly,” said Bryant. “The stresses caused by last year, from jobs to illness, were not just an urban thing or a rural thing. We saw bumps in towns in Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as in Chicago and Philadelphia.”
Other experts warn that reducing mass shootings across the United States will require more than simply putting the pandemic in the rearview mirror.
Foxconn's plan to make robotic coffee kiosks quietly died. It joins the list of products promised but never made.
The first product coming out of the Foxconn Technology Group facility in Mount Pleasant was supposed to be robotic coffee kiosks. But the coffee kiosks — along with ventilators and large LCD screens — join the list of products that were promised for the massive site, but never delivered.
The high-tech coffee machines were announced in September 2019 with considerable fanfare.
Foxconn Industrial Internet, a subsidiary of Foxconn, said it had entered into a partnership with Briggo Coffee to produce its Coffee Haus kiosk, which customers can find at the San Francisco International Airport.
At the time, Kevin Nater, CEO and co-founder of Briggo, said Foxconn Industrial Internet provides the company "the scale and speed necessary to revolutionize the global specialty coffee market."
Then-president of the Foxconn division, Foo-Ming Fu said that "adding Briggo to our customer portfolio, we now have the opportunity to produce a cutting-edge, cloud-based, robotic retail platform through smart manufacturing capabilities needed to support their aggressive growth plans.”
But the deal with Foxconn never came together.
In May 2020, Briggo was bought by Coca-Cola. By then, the Foxconn coffee deal was long dead.
Pharmacy giant Walgreens has closed its 10th store in the San Francisco area, prompting residents to blame rampant shoplifting caused by the city's soft-on-crime policies.
China has made anal COVID-19 swabs mandatory for all foreign travelers arriving in the country, a report said Wednesday.
The government has claimed that such tests provide a higher degree of accuracy than other screening methods for the virus, the Times UK reported.
As part of the new travel requirement, there will be testing hubs in Beijing and Shanghai airports, the outlet reported.
Li Tongzeng, a respiratory disease medic, said the anal swabs are better because virus traces stay in fecal samples longer than they do in the nose or throat, state media reported.
The move comes after Japan asked China to stop performing the exams on its citizens when they enter the country because the swabs cause mental anguish.
“Some Japanese reported to our embassy in China that they received anal swab tests, which caused a great psychological pain,” Katsunobu Kato, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, told a news conference.
|Staff wearing protective masks stand behind a counter at Beijing Capital International Airport on Feb. 2, 2021.|
Yan Cong/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, however, defended the screenings as “science-based.”
The tests are “in accordance with the changes in the epidemic situation as well as relevant laws and regulations,” he said.