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Monday, January 27, 2020

NOI 1/24/2020 Wicomico Dwelling Fire Graydon Lane

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Date: January 24, 2020
Time:  4:47 a.m.
Location / Address:  509 Graydon Lane, Fruitland, Wicomico County
Type of Incident:  Fire
Description of Structure / Property: One story wood frame single family dwelling
Owner / Occupants: Tyrone & Virginia Wright
Injuries or Deaths: None
Estimated $ Loss: Structure:  $120,000.00                     Contents: $30,000.00
Smoke Alarm Status: Unknown
Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: n/a
Arrests(s):  None
Primary Responding Fire Department: Fruitland Volunteer Fire Department
# of Alarms: 1      # Of Firefighters: 25
Time to Control: 1 hour
Discovered By:  Passerby
Area of Origin:  Under Investigation
Preliminary Cause: Under Investigation
Additional Information:  Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Lower Eastern Regional Office of the State Fire Marshal at 410-713-3780.

CDC Monitoring 110 People in 26 States for Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. is monitoring 110 people located in 26 states for the coronavirus.

Thirty-two of those have tested negative for the virus, five have tested positive. Tests are pending for 73 cases, the CDC said Monday.

The five who tested positive recently traveled to China. U.S. health officials say there is no sign yet that the virus is spreading inside the U.S. to those who have not traveled to China. But that could change, according to officials.

“We understand that many people in the United States are worried about this virus and how it will affect Americans,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said on a conference call with reporters Monday. “Every day we learn more. Every day we assess to see if our guidance or our response can be improved.”

The virus is novel, meaning it is new and medical scientists still have much to learn about it.


US military plane crashes in Afghanistan with up to nine dead - but Pentagon DENY it was shot down by the Taliban

The Pentagon has denied the Taliban shot down a US military plane over Afghanistan killing everyone on board, despite the terror group claiming responsibility.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the militant group, said that high-ranking American officers were among the dead after the aircraft was brought down in Dih Yak district around 1.10pm local time.

US officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said there were no indications so far that the plane had been brought down by enemy activity.

One of the officials said there were believed to be fewer than 10 people on board the small military plane.


Vitamin C Protects Against Coronavirus

Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, Jan 26, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic can be dramatically slowed, or stopped, with the immediate widespread use of high doses of vitamin C. Physicians have demonstrated the powerful antiviral action of vitamin C for decades. There has been a lack of media coverage of this effective and successful approach against viruses in general, and coronavirus in particular.

It is very important to maximize the body's anti-oxidative capacity and natural immunity to prevent and minimize symptoms when a virus attacks the human body. The host environment is crucial. Preventing is obviously easier than treating severe illness. But treat serious illness seriously. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention. It is not an either-or choice. Vitamin C can be used right along with medicines when they are indicated.

"I have not seen any flu yet that was not cured or markedly ameliorated by massive doses of vitamin C." --Robert F. Cathcart, MD

The physicians of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service and the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine urge a nutrient-based method to prevent or minimize symptoms for future viral infection. The following inexpensive supplemental levels are recommended for adults; for children reduce these in proportion to body weight:

Vitamin C: 3,000 milligrams (or more) daily, in divided doses.

Vitamin D3: 2,000 International Units daily. (Start with 5,000 IU/day for two weeks, then reduce to 2,000)

Magnesium: 400 mg daily (in citrate, malate, chelate, or chloride form)

Zinc: 20 mg daily

Selenium: 100 mcg (micrograms) daily

Vitamin C, Vitamin D, magnesium, zinc, and selenium have been shown to strengthen the immune system against viruses.

The basis for using high doses of vitamin C to prevent and combat virus-caused illness may be traced back to vitamin C's early success against polio, first reported in the late 1940s. Many people are unaware, even surprised, to learn this. Further clinical evidence built up over the decades, leading to an anti-virus protocol published in 1980.

More details and references here

Harris Leads Effort to Acquire Additional H-2B Visas

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) is leading an effort to urge the Administration to grant additional H-2B Visas. Rep. Harris organized a bipartisan letter signed by 151 Members of Congress and 37 Senators, requesting the release of 64,716 additional visas. These guest worker visas provide temporary, seasonal workers to employers who are unable to hire employees locally. The visas are utilized extensively by seafood processors and crab houses, among others, on the Eastern Shore.

The H-2B program provides visas for temporary work in seasonal, non-agricultural industries and is subject to an annual cap of 66,000 visas. The FY 2020 Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, passed in December 2019, provides the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, the authority to release an additional 64,716 H-2B visas for FY 2020 should they find that the needs of American businesses cannot be satisfied in fiscal year 2020 with United States workers who are willing, qualified, and able to perform temporary nonagricultural labor.

Rep. Andy Harris made the following statement:

“Today I sent a letter with 188 of my colleagues, both Democrat and Republican, from both the House and Senate, urging the Administration to grant additional H-2B visas. As a member of the Committee on Appropriations, I coauthored the amendment in the FY 2020 Appropriations bill that authorized the additional visas. These guest workers are crucial to the economy of Maryland’s First District, particularly on the Eastern Shore, and support thousands of American jobs. While it is ultimately the responsibility of Congress to provide a long term solution to the chronic shortage of H-2B visas, I strongly urge the administration to use the authority granted to them to release the maximum number of additional visas. The bipartisan support for this program demonstrates how crucial it is for our local employers and the American employees supported by the temporary assistance. This program helps sustain our local economy and crab houses, and I will continue to work as an advocate for employers and employees in the First District and on the Eastern Shore.”

California homeowners hit with $20K bill to clean up homeless camp

Homeowners in Northern California were charged for the cost of clearing a homeless camp after Alameda County revealed that the mess had crossed onto their property lines.

Walsh Property Management, which oversees the homeowners association near the homeless camp in Lakewood, a small subdivision of 75 houses in Castro Valley, was forced to charge each homeowner in the association $300 to cover the bill for the cleanup of trash and waste from a former homeless camp.

The camp had been reported to Alameda County in October 2017. The government cleared out the encampment but notified the residents in August 2019 that they would be responsible for the expense because part of the camp was on Walsh’s property line.


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Maryland and IRS Ready for Today's Start of Tax Season

Comptroller Office's set to assist Maryland taxpayers

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (January 27, 2020) -  Comptroller Peter Franchot said his team of professionals will begin processing personal income tax returns today for Tax Year 2019  which coincides with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) start date. Business tax returns have been accepted for processing since January 7.

“My top priority is to make sure claims are processed promptly and refunds are returned to taxpayers as quickly as possible,” Mr. Franchot said. “My agency has a long-standing reputation as a national leader in efficiently getting taxpayers’ hard-earned money back into their hands. We expect this to be another successful tax season.”

Last year, the Comptroller’s Office processed approximately 3.2 million individual state tax returns with refunds to taxpayers totaling more than $2.8 billion. As in previous years, the Comptroller’s Office will not immediately process a state tax return if W-2 information is not on file with the agency. Employers are required to report wage information to the Comptroller on or before January 31.

The filing deadline for 2019 tax returns is Monday, April 15, 2020.

Taxpayers are encouraged to file their returns electronically for the fastest possible processing and to ensure they receive all eligible refunds. A list of approved vendors for use in filing your electronic return can be found at

Free state tax assistance is available at all of the agency’s 12 taxpayer service offices, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A list of office locations can be found at

For more information on any tax-related matter, please visit the Comptroller’s website at or call 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) or 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland.

Chinese researcher escorted from infectious disease lab amid RCMP investigation

This story was published on July 14, 2019.

A researcher with ties to China was recently escorted out of the National Microbiology Lab (NML) in Winnipeg amid an RCMP investigation into what's being described as a possible "policy breach."

Dr. Xiangguo Qiu, her husband Keding Cheng and an unknown number of her students from China were removed from Canada's only level-4 lab on July 5, CBC News has learned.

A Level 4 virology facility is a lab equipped to work with the most serious and deadly human and animal diseases. That makes the Arlington Street lab one of only a handful in North America capable of handling pathogens requiring the highest level of containment, such as Ebola.


Related: Did China Steal Coronavirus From Canada And Weaponize It?

Salisbury receives largest portion of more than $332,000 awarded to 32 Municipalities Across Maryland for Census Outreach Funding

Iraqis hang effigies of Donald Trump and denounce 'US terrorism' in Baghdad as they demand the expulsion of US troops - but calls for 'million man march' fall flat as just thousands rally

Tens of thousands of Iraqis marched through Baghdad today demanding the expulsion of US troops, some hanging effigies of Donald Trump.

However, populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's calls for a 'million man march' fell well short and the crowds dissipated after a few hours.

It comes after a US drone strike in the Iraqi capital killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani on January 3 and subsequent strikes on Iran-backed shi'ite militia.

Sadr kept his march well away from the US Embassy - which was stormed last month - and Tahrir Square, the scene of ongoing anti-government protests.


Jordan Peterson Educates Climate Activist

Trump questions why NPR exists

President Trump questioned why NPR exists following his secretary of State’s reportedly heated clash with one of the media organization's reporters.

The president on Sunday re-tweeted conservative radio host Mark Levin’s tweet that asked, “Why does NPR still exist?”

“A very good question!” Trump posted with Levin’s tweet.

A very good question!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2020

Levin inquired about the publicly funded but privately owned national radio station, saying there are “thousands” of radio stations in the country and satellite radio.

“Why are we paying for this big-government, Democrat Party propaganda operation,” Levin wrote.


Stuck In Sinus Hell? Common Nasal Sprays May Be Best Option For Relief

Stuffy sinuses making you miserable? Before scheduling a doctor’s appointment, you might want to be more diligent with over-the-counter (OTC) nasal sprays. According to a recent study, regular, consistent use of saline or cortico-steroid nasal sprays can help reduce antibiotic and oral steroid use for symptom flareups.

The medical term for congested sinuses is chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). CRS is to the sinuses what asthma is to the lungs. Those who suffer from the condition experience half or more of the following symptoms: nasal obstruction, nasal drainage, facial pain/pressure and decreased sense of smell — for at least 12 weeks. Though not fatal like asthma, CRS produces a lot of misery along with the mucus.

A team of researchers led by the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine studied 150 patients who were being managed for chronic rhinosinusitis at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. The results of the study showed that OTC saline or cortico-steroid sprays help with symptoms by thinning out mucus and relieving sinus swelling, thus reducing substantially the need for prescription drugs.


CHINA: Coronavirus Could Spread Two Weeks Before Symptoms Show

A Chinese health official reports the Wuhan novel coronavirus could be contagious for up to two weeks before a patient becomes symptomatic. This means people who are not yet showing symptoms of coronavirus-related illness could be spreading the virus to other contacts.

China’s National Health Commission Minister Ma Xiaowei told reporters during a press briefing on Sunday said the incubation period for the novel coronavirus is one to 14 days, Reuters reported. In a shocking continuation, the health commissioner said the virus is contagious during the incubation period — before patients exhibit symptoms of illness.

This is a dramatic difference from the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2002 and 2003 when only patients exhibiting symptoms could spread the disease.

Dr. William Schaffner, an advisor to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told CNN, “This is a game changer.”

More here

Des Moines Register Says Warren Would ‘Treat Truth As Something That Matters’

Ahead of the Iowa caucuses next week, The Des Moines Register endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren, saying she would “treat truth as something that matters.”

Yes, they suggested that Elizabeth Warren, who lied about being a Native American, lied when she promised to serve her full Senate term if re-elected in 2018, lied when she said her children attended public schools, lied when she said her father worked as a janitor, lied when she said she was fired for being “visibly pregnant,” has a knack for being honest.

Warren has a difficult relationship with the truth (to put it mildly). She keeps getting caught stretching the truth, but the Register, along with the New York Times, think she’s the best candidate in the race for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination.

More here


CNN Argues Trump Legal Team is Success, But Too Male and Too White.

Following a swift and decisive round of opening arguments by the Trump legal team in the Senate impeachment trial, members of the GOP and staunch followers of the President were left encouraged. But they were not the only ones. Even oft-antagonistic CNN agreed with the sentiment of a strong performance by Trump’s team.

CNN legal analyst and liberal commentator Jeffrey Toobin shocked viewers when he admitted that the Republicans were “winning” the impeachment trial. Here is what he said.

“Again, I just think the Republicans are winning here. The president is winning here. And as long as they don’t completely fall on their faces, which they’re all competent lawyers, they’re not going to do that, I think that’s fine for them.”

However, despite his comments acknowledging the GOP’s success, he was quick to point out the lack of diversity on Trump’s legal team. He further stated that “President Trump has too many white men as lawyers,” needing something negative to spin for CNN viewers.


Inside Wuhan: Daily life in China's coronavirus quarantine zone

Lt. Col. Vindman Facing Calls to Be Court-Martialed

Despite U.S. whistleblower protections and warnings against reprisals, a former Trump and Bush administration advisor believes Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman must be "court-martialed" for speaking out against the president and violating his chain of command.

Christian Whiton tweeted Saturday:

"To protect the military from being seen as political, Vindman must be court-martialed for speaking contemptuously of the President and violating the chain of command. The law isn't optional just because an officer hates his commander in chief."

Whiton is not the first one to call for Vindman answering to his violation of chain of command when he facilitated the whistleblower's complaint against President Donald Trump and subsequently testifying against the president in the House impeachment inquiry.

The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis tweeted in November:

"Vindman was insubordinate, ignored chain of command, leaked, and lied to Congress about not knowing who the whistleblower is, when he clearly knows because he was the whistleblower's primary source.

"He deserves to be court-martialed under the UCMJ."


Sick passenger at BWI didn’t meet coronavirus testing criteria

A passenger on a Southwest flight who recently traveled to China and had flu-like symptoms was taken off the flight at BWI Marshall Airport on Saturday. They were evaluated by state medical officials but did not meet federal criteria for coronavirus testing.

The crew contacted the airport about the passenger ahead of its arrival, according to Fran Phillips, deputy secretary for public health for Maryland’s Department of Health.

“The airport out of abundance of caution notified state authorities and wanted to make certain that this individual was handled properly,” said Phillips.

Phillips said a medical team met the plane and transported the man to a medical facility, where he was examined.


Southwest Airlines removes passenger from plane in Maryland amid coronavirus concerns after display of 'flu-like symptoms' on flight from Las Vegas

Southwest Airlines has removed a passenger from a flight amid concerns over coronavirus because they had recently traveled to Beijing and was displaying 'flu-like symptoms'.

The virus can cause fever, coughing, wheezing and pneumonia. It is a member of the Coronavirus family that's a close cousin to the deadly SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past.

The sick passenger had completed the journey from Las Vegas but was escorted off the plane once it landed at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Saturday afternoon.

In a video from a fellow passenger, a health official is heard explaining the action was 'because of this heightened time, we are just using an abundance of caution'.


Sanctuary City Pays Illegal Alien Cash Settlement Over Immigration Hold

In the latest example of sanctuary madness, a U.S. city is awarding an illegal immigrant with a cash settlement because police detained him for federal authorities after being arrested for driving under the influence.

The 29-year-old perpetrator, Edgar Torres Gutierrez, eventually pled guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving and his pro bono attorneys from a nearby public university sued the city for violating his Constitutional rights as well as a statewide sanctuary law.

Under the agreement, Gutierrez will receive $18,750 from taxpayers in the California coastal municipality where he lives illegally. Local police officers will also be forced to watch a training video involving sanctuary measures for the next two years.

Emboldened by sanctuary policies and open-borders groups that offer free legal representation, a growing number of illegal immigrants are filing lawsuit demanding rights in the U.S.

More here

Sweden And Its Welfare State In Crisis

The Swedish welfare state has often been praised by the left in the United States. After the migration crisis of 2015, however, when Sweden was flooded by Syrian refugee claimants, Sweden is now facing a welfare crisis that threatens the entire Swedish welfare state model.

Sweden had 9.7 million inhabitants in 2015, before it received 162,000 asylum seekers. 70% of those asylum seekers came from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. 70% of those asylum seekers were also men. The migration crisis created an unsustainable financial and social situation that caused the Swedish political establishment to rethink its stance on asylum migration, which, until then, had been extremely liberal.

Asylum migration has continued, nevertheless. Between 2016 and 2018, more than 70,000 additional migrants have applied for asylum in Sweden, and more than 105,000 asylum migrants have been granted asylum.

There is a demographic impact from migration that affects Sweden's national and cultural identity, as well as the crushing economic impact on Sweden's welfare state.


Why won't Hillary Clinton just go away?

Hillary Clinton promised in 2016 that she would make history, and she did.

She lost a winnable election where she enjoyed every conceivable advantage over her opponent, including a roughly 2-to-1 edge in campaign spending. Clinton then went on to become the first failed nominee in modern American history who cannot manage to move on.

John McCain returned to the Senate after his loss in 2008 to Barack Obama. John Kerry similarly went back to work in the Senate after the 2004 election and later joined Obama's administration. Al Gore still complains about losing in 2000 to George W. Bush, but he also found a new calling and made his mark as a (self-appointed) spokesman for the planet. Bob Dole left politics altogether after his defeat in 1996 and went on to star in commercials for Pepsi and Viagra. George H. W. Bush split his time after 1992 between charitable work and his vacation home in Kennebunkport, Maine. Walter Mondale returned to his law firm. Jimmy Carter has Habitat for Humanity.


Maryland Zoo to help Zoos Victoria in Australia wildfire efforts

BALTIMORE —The Maryland Zoo is helping its counterparts in Australia to support wildlife rescue and rehabilitation efforts in response to the Australia wildfires.

The Maryland Zoo is sending $3,000 from its Conservation Emergency Fund, and zoo volunteers will go directly to Zoos Victoria, which is operating three wildlife triage centers on the bushfire front lines.

"The impact of the Australia bushfires on wildlife is devastating," Don Hutchinson, the zoo's president and CEO, said in a statement. "Rescue and rehabilitative efforts will continue for a long time to come, and the needs will certainly grow. Conservation is at the forefront of The Maryland Zoo's mission, and we want to support our conservation colleagues at Zoos Victoria."


FBI reviewing claims Ilhan Omar married her brother

WASHINGTON, DC — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reviewing claims Rep. Ilhan Omar married her brother, The Post has learned.

Two FBI agents held an hours-long meeting in Minnesota in mid-October with a concerned party who handed over a trove of documents regarding Omar’s 2009 marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, a source with knowledge of the event said.

At the meeting, first reported by website The Blaze, the agents discussed concerns the Somali-born Democrat married Elmi, a British citizen rumored to be her brother, so he could obtain a green card and study in America, the source said.


Three rockets hit US embassy in Baghdad

Three rockets slammed into the US embassy in Iraq's capital on Sunday in the first direct hit reported after months of close calls, as thousands of protesters kept up anti-government sit-ins across the country.

The attack marked a dangerous escalation in the spree of rocket attacks in recent months that have targeted the embassy or Iraqi military bases where American troops are deployed.

None of the attacks has been claimed but Washington has repeatedly blamed Iran-backed military factions in Iraq.

On Sunday, one rocket hit an embassy cafeteria at dinner time while two others landed nearby, a security source told AFP.

A senior Iraqi official told AFP at least one person was wounded, but it was not immediately clear how serious the injuries were and whether the person was an American national or an Iraqi staff member working at the mission.


“It Went Right to the Top – What They Did Was So Illegal – Never Been Anything Like This!” – President Trump Accuses Obama of ILLEGAL SPYING on His Campaign

President Trump broke the internet this week with this tweet.

President Donald Trump sat down with Maria Bartiromo this week during his travel to Davos, Switzerland.

Bartiromo ran the interview on Sunday Morning Futures this weekend.

During their conversation President Trump accused Obama of illegal spying on his campaign.


Md. bill would provide access to ballots for eligible voters behind bars

As the primary elections fast approach, a group in Maryland is working to get a bill passed that would help eligible voters behind bars cast their ballots.

Qiana Johnson, executive director of Suitland, Maryland-based Life After Release, was in jail during the last presidential election and said she could vote but did not have the access.

“I definitely would have engaged in that process and there are a lot of people who would engage in that process,” Johnson said.

Her non-profit is one of the organizations, along with the American Civil Liberties Union, that is working to improve access to ballots.


It’s Time to Establish a National Conceal Carry — Now!

If the Constitution guarantees that our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, then it is time to bear those arms in the interest of protecting our families, lives, and orderly society.

If you live in blue-state America you have some common realities with other blue states and cities. Tax and economic policies are predatory. Life is harder for you than red-staters. And crime is on the rise.

There are also less attractive issues you are dealing with as well.

From New York City to Los Angeles, there is literally greater amounts of fecal matter coating your public streets. Homeless people are being more greatly injured—not helped. And crime is on the rise.


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