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Florida punk show will offer discounted tickets to COVID-19 vaccinated fans

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Florida punk show will offer discounted tickets to COVID-19 vaccinated fans

Tickets to a June 26 punk rock show in St. Petersburg will cost $18 for people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 — and $999.99 for those who aren’t.

“If you do not care about the discount, tickets are available for a flat rate of $999.99,” the concert promoter said.

Paul Williams of Leadfoot Promotions in Tampa Bay hopes the huge price disparity will incentivize young people to immunize their way into the mosh pit, after more than a year of not attending shows, according to ABC News.

“I also wanted it to be a vaccine drive to get the fence-sitters off the fence,” Williams told the network. “I wanted to get the kids that want to go to shows to go out and get their shots.”

So far no deep-pocketed punk fans have ponied up for the nearly four-figure tickets, Williams said.

“We’re all vaccinated. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated so we can see you in the pit,” Teenage Bottlerocket co-frontman Ray Carlisle told an ABC affiliate.

The response to the pricing has been “overwhelmingly positive,” but the stunt struck a sour note with some members of the local music scene, who have been flooding William’s phone with anti-vaccination spam, the promoter told the outlet.

“To care about people being safe is very bad apparently,” Williams said sarcastically, according to the report.

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Los Angeles dentist charged with sexually abusing female patients

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A Los Angeles dentist is accused of sexually abusing nine female patients at his office over the course of several years, officials announced Monday.

Emad Fathy Moawad, 50, was arrested and charged with over a dozen counts of sexual battery by restraint for allegedly molesting the women during procedures from 2013 to 2018, prosecutors said.

The victims ranged in age from 27 to 73.

“This case is especially concerning because its victims are low-income people and immigrants who are less likely to report crimes due to fear,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.

Moawad was jailed on nearly $2 million bail.

The charges come after Moawad was sued in 2019 by a patient who alleged he molested her while she was under anesthesia two years earlier, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Moawad’s alleged attacks stopped in December 2018 after a dental assistant recorded one of them, according to the suit.

With Post wires

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Chuck Schumer apologizes for using ‘retarded’ to describe disabled children

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Chuck Schumer apologizes for using 'retarded' to describe disabled children

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) apologized Monday for using the word “retarded” to describe disabled children during a podcast appearance over the weekend.

Schumer was a guest Sunday on the “1 NYCHA” podcast, which examines public housing and related issues, when the topic turned to historic opposition to low-income and other forms of public housing.

“When I first was an assemblyman, they wanted to build a congregate living place for retarded children,” recalled Schumer, who represented parts of Brooklyn in Albany between 1975 and 1980. “The whole neighborhood was against it! These are harmless kids. They just needed some help.

“We got it done,” Schumer added. “Took a while.”

Video of the podcast was posted on the “1 NYCHA” Facebook page with the word “retarded” deleted from the closed captioning.

“For decades, Sen. Schumer has been an ardent champion for enlightened policy and full funding of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” Schumer spokesman Angelo Roefaro told the Post.

“He used an inappropriate and outdated word in his description of an effort he supported that was led by the AHRC to build a group home in his Brooklyn district decades ago to provide housing and services to children with developmental disabilities,” Roefaro added. “He is sincerely sorry for his use of the outdated and hurtful language.”

AHRC refers to the organization formerly known as the Association for the Help of Retarded Children. Since the period referenced by Schumer, the organization has dropped its name and only goes by the acronym.

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Vacationer dies snorkeling in Florida Keys

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A 25-year-old woman vacationing in the Florida keys died while snorkeling on Sunday, authorities said.

Katherine Boukharov was pulled to shore and given CPR after she was spotted face down and motionless in the water at Bahia Honda State Park, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said.

Autopsy results are pending but foul play isn’t suspected, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Two other people have died while snorkeling elsewhere in the Florida Keys since April, the Miami Herald reported.

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