Saturday, April 18, 2020
Austin 'You Can't Close America Rally'
Pride and Prejudice?
San Marcos police officer killed, 2 others wounded in ambush; shooter also dead
A San Marcos police officer was killed and two other officers were injured Saturday night after being ambushed by a shooter, city officials said.
The officers responded at 6:05 p.m. to an assault/domestic disturbance at the Twin Lake Villas Apartments, 2917 Hunter Road. There, the officers were ambushed by a man with a rifle.
Police said the man died after apparently shooting himself.
The two surviving officers were taken to Ascension Seton Hays in Kyle where they have undergone surgery, city officials said.
Social distancing 40% less prevalent in Trump country, Rice University study shows
WASHINGTON — People in parts of the country that voted for President Donald Trump have worried less about COVID-19, especially as the new coronavirus was first emerging in the U.S., a new study out of Rice University found.
The study comes as Trump pushes to reopen the economy, with the backing of Texas Republicans, including Gov. Greg Abbott, who took preliminary steps to reopen some businesses on Friday, while extending school closures.
The findings suggest that the new coronavirus — and efforts to curb its spread — have fallen into the partisan divide, something that appears to be the case in Texas, where a group of conservatives, including an influential Texas activist, penned an open letter to Trump this week, calling stay-at-home orders “tyranny.”
Bill Gates, at Odds With Trump on Virus, Becomes a Right-Wing Target
The Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist has been attacked with falsehoods that he created the coronavirus and wants to profit from it.
In a 2015 speech, Bill Gates warned that the greatest risk to humanity was not nuclear war but an infectious virus that could threaten the lives of millions of people.
That speech has resurfaced in recent weeks with 25 million new views on YouTube — but not in the way that Mr. Gates probably intended. Anti-vaccinators, members of the conspiracy group QAnon and right-wing pundits have instead seized on the video as evidence that one of the world’s richest men planned to use a pandemic to wrest control of the global health system.