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Female Chicago Police Officer Gunned Down in the Street Only Months after Giving Birth

Two Chicago polices officers were shot Saturday — one, a female officer and new mother, was killed.

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Two Chicago polices officers were shot Saturday — one, a female officer and new mother, was killed — amid two mass shootings and several triple shootings as Chicago descended into violence for the first weekend in August.

With the arrival of hot August temperatures, a wave of violence once again washed over some of the Windy City’s most violent neighborhoods. A disturbing 45 people were shot between Friday afternoon and Saturday evening, bringing the August death count to a sickening 23 killed in only seven days, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Saturday evening brought the death of Chicago Police officer Ella French who was gunned down by the occupants of a car that the officer and her partner had pulled over at around 9 p.m., the CPD reported.

The officers were fired upon from the vehicle and returned fire, wounding one of the auto’s occupants. Officer French was struck during the shootout. Two suspects were taken into custody, but a third escaped and is on the loose.

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Officer French, 29, had only recently joined the department, having signed on in 2018, and she had just returned from several months of maternity leave. The officer
leaves behind
a husband and a two-month-old child, the Daily Mail reported.

“They go out here and do their jobs thanklessly,” Eric Carter, Chicago police first deputy superintendent, said, describing the rank and file of the CPD.

“They do it without asking for anything. They do it because it’s something that’s a higher calling for them. And they do it because it’s the right thing to do,” he continued.

Officer French is the first police officer killed in the line of duty since 2018 and the first since Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot took office in 2019.

“This is a very tragic and sad day for our city, and pray for officers, the men and women of this department,” Lightfoot said during an evening press conference.

“They deserve our prayers every single day that they can return home safely to their families; unfortunately, that didn’t happen tonight,” she added.

Still, the mayor quickly politicized the officer’s death by raising calls for gun control.

Dozens of CPD officers arrived at the shooting scene to pay their respects to the fallen officer.

So far this year, the city has suffered 464 people shot and killed, and an incredible 2,249 shot and wounded. Despite claims by city officials that they are working to address the death rate, the numbers have not been significantly reduced year-over-year. In August 2020, for instance, 66 were killed; in 2019, 51 died; in 2018, 60 were sent to their deaths. Thus far, 24 have already died only seven days into the month this year.

Finally, Chicago’s high number of deaths and shootings cannot be blamed on the CPD. Thus far, out of the 2,249 people wounded in Chicago this year, eight of those were shot by police officers. Further, there have only been four police-involved deaths in all of 2021 so far.

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SEE IT: Amtrak Train Derails in Montana, Killing Several and Injuring Dozens

Investigators still don’t know what caused the derailment.

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In a cruel twist of irony, the end of Rail Safety Week was marred by tragedy in Montana on Saturday, as an Amtrak passenger train careened of the tracks in Montana, perplexing investigators.

The incident caused a vast majority of the 10-car train to derail, injuring dozens and killing at least three people.

Amtrak joined federal safety officials Sunday to investigate a Montana train derailment that left at least three people dead, seven people hospitalized and rural communities scrambling to provide food and shelter to the stunned survivors.

The westbound Empire Builder train with 141 passengers and 17 crew members derailed Saturday afternoon near Joplin, a town of less than 200 people a few miles from the Canadian border in Liberty County. The tragedy occurred as Amtrak was closing out its nationwide, annual Rail Safety Week.

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“The NTSB is launching a go-team to investigate Saturday’s derailment of Amtrak’s Empire Builder train,” the National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter, adding that the team would be based in Great Falls, Montana.

Images of the carnage were soon trending on social media.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those involved.

In a cruel twist of irony, the end of Rail Safety Week was marred by tragedy in Montana on Saturday, as an Amtrak passenger train careened of the tracks in Montana, perplexing investigators. The incident caused a vast majority of the 10-car train to derail, injuring dozens and killing at least three people. Amtrak joined federal safety officials Sunday to investigate a Montana train derailment that left at least three people dead, seven people hospitalized and rural communities scrambling to provide food and shelter to the stunned survivors. The westbound Empire Builder train with 141 passengers and 17 crew members derailed Saturday afternoon near Joplin, a town of less than 200 people a few miles from the Canadian border in Liberty County. The tragedy occurred as Amtrak was closing out its nationwide, annual Rail Safety Week. “The NTSB is launching a go-team to investigate Saturday’s derailment of Amtrak’s Empire Builder train,” the National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter, adding that the team would be based in Great Falls, Montana. Images of the carnage were soon trending on social media. https://twitter.com/newsbyjessica/status/1441904036437954563?s=20 https://twitter.com/AP/status/1441942622449192961?s=20 https://twitter.com/ThisIsMarietta/status/1441946955781869569?s=20 https://twitter.com/IntelPointAlert/status/1441941735026876418?s=20 Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those involved.

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Vaccine Mandate Cold Cause Healthcare Worker Shortage in Major City

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With the number of Americans concerned about the potential side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine remaining steady, establishments that are now dealing in vaccine mandates are in for a rude awakening.

For months now, the vaccination rate has remained steady here in the United States, despite full FDA approval for some of the inoculations, and a steady stream of pressure from the Biden administration.  The issue is that, of all the folks who want to receive a vaccine, nearly all have.  Those remaining unvaccinated are doing so by choice.

And that’s why a coming vaccine mandate could wreak havoc on the New York City healthcare worker population.

New York state officials are bracing for staffing shortages when the state’s health care worker vaccination mandate takes effect on Monday, and could be looking to the National Guard — as well as medical professionals from other states and countries — to help address them.

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Gov. Kathy Hochul released a plan on Saturday, outlining the steps she could take to increase the workforce in the event that large numbers of hospital and nursing home employees do not meet the state’s deadline.

“We are still in a battle against COVID to protect our loved ones, and we need to fight with every tool at our disposal,” she said.

That could mean declaring a state of emergency to allow health care professionals licensed outside of New York, as well as recent graduates and retirees, to practice there. Other options include deploying medically trained National Guard members, partnering with the federal government to send Disaster Medical Assistance Teams to local health and medical systems and “exploring ways to expedite visa requests for medical professionals.”

And, to make matters worse, those who find themselves terminated for their choice to remain unvaccinated will not be eligible for unemployment benefits, further infuriating those who believe that waive their cache to receive an inoculation are being discriminated against.

With the number of Americans concerned about the potential side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine remaining steady, establishments that are now dealing in vaccine mandates are in for a rude awakening. For months now, the vaccination rate has remained steady here in the United States, despite full FDA approval for some of the inoculations, and a steady stream of pressure from the Biden administration.  The issue is that, of all the folks who want to receive a vaccine, nearly all have.  Those remaining unvaccinated are doing so by choice. And that’s why a coming vaccine mandate could wreak havoc on the New York City healthcare worker population. New York state officials are bracing for staffing shortages when the state’s health care worker vaccination mandate takes effect on Monday, and could be looking to the National Guard — as well as medical professionals from other states and countries — to help address them. Gov. Kathy Hochul released a plan on Saturday, outlining the steps she could take to increase the workforce in the event that large numbers of hospital and nursing home employees do not meet the state’s deadline. “We are still in a battle against COVID to protect our loved ones, and we need to fight with every tool at our disposal,” she said. That could mean declaring a state of emergency to allow health care professionals licensed outside of New York, as well as recent graduates and retirees, to practice there. Other options include deploying medically trained National Guard members, partnering with the federal government to send Disaster Medical Assistance Teams to local health and medical systems and “exploring ways to expedite visa requests for medical professionals.” And, to make matters worse, those who find themselves terminated for their choice to remain unvaccinated will not be eligible for unemployment benefits,…

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