WASHINGTON (AP) — The executions at the end of Donald Trump’s presidency, completed in short windows over a few weeks, likely acted as a superspreader event. That’s according to records reviewed by The Associated Press. It was something health experts had warned could happen when the Justice Department insisted on resuming executions during a pandemic. By the end of 2020, 70% of death row inmates were sick with COVID-19. Guards were ill. Traveling prisons staff on the execution team had the virus. So did media witnesses, who may have unknowingly infected others when they returned home because they were never told about the spreading cases.
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, but Mother Nature isn’t really taking note. The last week or so has been one of the hottest weeks of the season, with the Blue Ridge Mountains fairly baking under high temps. Here’s hoping that September brings some cooler temps so time out on those trails is just a bit more pleasant.Take a listen to this month’s Trail Mix as you wait and watch for these sweltering summer temps to finally go down. As always, Trail Mix has gathered the best that the indie and Americana world has to offer and has served it up, just for you.We lead off this month with a brand new track from Trampled By Turtles, the frenetic, Minnesota based acoustic crew whose music defies description or classification. At one point, I would have described them as bluegrass. No longer, though. Thanks to front man Dave Simonett’s songwriting, Trampled By Turtles simultaneously blends the spirits of Neil Young, Bill Monroe, and The Ramones and deliver their folksy, Appalachian sound with a definite punk rock spirit.If you want to catch Trampled By Turtles live and hear a live rendition of “Western World,” featured on this month’s mix, along with a slew of other tunes off of Wild Animals, the band’s newest record, take a shot at the trivia question down below.Two of Virginia’s finest up and coming artists are featured this month. Check out “These American Hearts,” the title track of the latest record from one of Central Virginia’s finest young songwriters, Bryan Elijah Smith, and “Every Time” from folk rockers The Last Bison.Also featured are tracks from Marco Benevento, Brandon Whyde & The Devil’s Keep, The Fauntleroys, Judah & The Lion, Marc Ford (of Black Crowes fame), Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer, Jesse Winchester, and many more.Remember to stream and download Trail Mix as often as you like. Play it loud. Tell a friend or neighbor an artist you didn’t know about before you turned this mix on the first time. And, of course, get out and buy records from these great bands or go catch them live when they swing through your town.
An investigation is underway into the disappearance of a student who left the university after last semester, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detective Tamar Abraham said.Elgin Stafford, 23, who was last seen on March 20 leaving his home in Carson, was pursuing a graduate degree in public diplomacy. Stafford received his Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.Vice President for Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson said he became aware of Elgin’s disappearance on Monday.Searching · Elgin Stafford has been missing since March 20. – Ani Kolangian | Daily TrojanJackson said the school is working to gather more information about Stafford’s disappearance.“We are trying to figure out what happened,” Jackson said. “Right now, we are all concerned. We hope that he turns up safe.”Stafford, a 5-foot-10 black male who weighs 145 pounds, was last seen in a dark jacket, a black shirt and multi-colored pants.The Dept. of Public Safety is not involved in the investigation, said David Carlisle, DPS captain for training and media relations.“We will certainly assist the Sheriff’s Department in any way that we can,” Carlisle said.Though Abraham said she could not provide details about the investigation, she said that the sheriff’s department is eliciting public assistance.“It’s an ongoing investigation,” Abraham said. “He hasn’t been located. We will take any help we can get.”Anyone with information about Stafford is asked to call the sheriff’s department at (323) 890-5500.