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Gaetz slams media for putting Cuomo on pedestal over COVID response

GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz blasted the media for ​portraying Gov. Andrew Cuomo as an “oracle” in his coronavirus response — after it emerged that his top aide admitted that the administration covered up the number of nursing home deaths.

“The media is absolutely culpable in advancing this mythology of Cuomo that is belied by the facts, and the facts keep getting uglier and uglier, both for the governor of New York and the media,” Gaetz told Fox News‘ Jeanine Pirro on Saturday.

Gaetz said at the same time the media fawned over Cuomo at his daily nationally televised briefings as the “great oracle of response to the coronavirus, they were conducting the flu d’etat against our president, acting as though everything he was doing was causing this virus to be more deadly.”

The Florida Republican said former President Donald Trump put the country on the “path to the fastest, safest vaccine development the world has ever known.”

He said Trump’s efforts are still saving lives even as Cuomo’s nursing home deaths controversy is just beginning to be revealed.

“Here you had Gov. Cuomo potentially destroying records that evidenced this scheme that was a very deadly one. Everybody is familiar with the Times Square game of card hustles. But here they were playing three-card Monte with grandma, moving folks from nursing homes in the hospital and then injecting the virus right back into nursing homes,” Gaetz said.

The Post revealed last week that top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa during a video conference call with state Democratic leaders told them that the governor’s office rejected a legislative request for the numbers because it feared the Trump administration would turn it into a “giant political football.”

“He starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes,” DeRosa said. “He starts going after [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy, starts going after [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom, starts going after [Michigan Gov.] Gretchen Whitmer.”

A number of lawmakers, including former Gov. George Pataki, have called for a probe into the Cuomo administration by President Biden’s Justice Department, state Attorney General Letitia James and the state Legislature.

“This is one of the worst things I have seen in New York State government, and I’ve been following this for a long time,” Pataki said​.

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Police searching for motorcyclist accused of shooting Texas officer

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Texas authorities are searching for a motorcyclist who allegedly shot a police officer during a traffic stop on Sunday night, a report said.

The suspected shooter was identified by authorities as 43-year-old Royce Wood. He allegedly shot a Rhome police officer in the leg near the intersection of Farm-to-Market roads 407 and 2264 in Wise County, NBC DFW reported.

Wood was driving a motorcycle with a female passenger when they were stopped. One of them matched the description of the suspect wanted in a Saturday night home invasion, authorities said.

After the shooting, Wood fled the scene on foot. The female passenger was taken into custody.

The injured officer was hospitalized in stable condition.

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Spectators injured by out-of-control vehicle at Texas mud racing event

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Spectators injured by out-of-control vehicle at Texas mud racing event

Eight people, including spectators, were injured Sunday at a Texas mud racing event after an out-of-control vehicle plowed through a guard rail, a report said.

Three of the victims were critically injured in the crash at a track in Fabens, KTSM reported, citing authorities. The other five people suffered non-life threatening injuries.

It was not immediately known what caused the driver to exit the track and crash. Three other vehicles were also hit, the report said.

A medevac helicopter was spotted at the event, along with several ambulances.

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Over 5,800 USPS workers attacked by dogs last year

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Over 5,800 USPS workers attacked by dogs last year

Over 5,800 USPS workers were attacked by dogs last year, the agency recently announced ahead of a campaign to highlight the issue.

“From nips and bites to vicious attacks, aggressive dog behavior poses a serious threat to postal employees and the general public,” the USPS said in a Thursday press release.

Of all major US cities, Houston last year experienced the most dog attacks on letter carriers — with 73 of them, the service said in its release. Chicago and Los Angeles were second and third on the list, with 59 and 54, respectively.

California, meanwhile, was home to the most dog attacks by state in 2020 with 782.
New York had 295 attacks, which was the fourth most of any state.

As part of the weeklong awareness campaign, which began Saturday, the service is providing guidance to dog owners to help mitigate the problem.

Among the pointers is not letting children in homes with dogs to take mail from the letter carriers, as the animals may view the worker as a threat.

Kansas City letter carrier James Michael Benson was recently attacked after a child answered the door.

“I knocked on a customer’s door to pick up a package and as a young child answered, a dog came bursting out of the door and bit my forearm, knocking me to the ground “ said Benson.

“I was in shock and struggling with the dog, when he lunged and bit me again on my face, under my ear.”

The dog was then restrained by its owner.

“Dogs are instinctive animals that may act to protect their turf and that why it’s important to inform the public about this campaign,” USPS Acting Employee Safety and Health Awareness Manager Jamie Seavello said in a statement.

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