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July 12, 2020

Doctors at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, are hoping that by sharing one patient's story, it will discourage others from attending "COVID parties."

Dr. Jane Appleby, the hospital's chief medical officer, said that a COVID party is a gathering held by a person who has tested positive for the coronavirus and wants to see if the virus is real and spreads to guests. A 30-year-old patient was recently hospitalized after attending a COVID party, and just before dying, "they looked at their nurse and said, 'I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it's not,'" Appleby said.

Appleby said the rising number of infections is "concerning," with up to 22 percent of tests now coming back positive in San Antonio, compared to about 5 percent of tests a few weeks ago, The Guardian reports. "I don't want to be an alarmist, and we're just trying to share some real world examples to help our community realize that this virus is very serious and can spread easily," she said.

The hospital has seen an increase in critically ill patients in their 20s and 30s, and Appleby is imploring Texans to "please wear a mask, stay at home when you can, avoid groups of people, and sanitize your hands." On Sunday, state health officials reported 8,196 new COVID-19 cases and 80 additional deaths. There are 10,410 Texans hospitalized with the virus. Catherine Garcia

August 19, 2019

Video showing at least 10 members of a Southern California high school water polo team giving a Nazi salute and singing a Nazi marching song appeared on Instagram last week, The Daily Beast reports.

The video featured students from Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, and was shot prior to a banquet last year, The Daily Beast reports. One of the athletes posted the video to his Instagram, as well as lyrics to the song, which was played for German troops right before and during World War II, The Daily Beast reports. The video has since expired from his Instagram account, and he did not return phone calls from The Daily Beast.

A Garden Grove Unified School District spokesperson said Pacifica administrators learned about the incident and video in March, and while "the district cannot comment on student discipline, the school did address this situation with all involved students and families. The district adheres to strong policies about harassment and cultural sensitivity, and we condemn all acts of anti-Semitism and hate in all forms." One current Pacifica student told The Daily Beast that administrators did not talk about the incident, and it's unclear if the participating students were ever suspended.

Peter Simi, a professor on extremism studies at Chapman University, told The Daily Beast that the video is worrisome, as the song is "not something you'd expect somebody to accidentally know about. There's some means by which they acquired knowledge about the song and associated Nazi issues. Are they on websites or web forums or other social media platforms where they're engaging with others informed on these issues?" Catherine Garcia

September 5, 2017

Martin "Pharma Bro" Shkreli is offering $5,000 to anyone who manages to "grab a hair" from Hillary Clinton while she is on tour for her new memoir, What Happened. Posting on Facebook, Shkreli, 34, claimed he needed to "confirm the sequences I have" and said the payment would come "after the sequence matches."

"'I went to jail because Martin Shkreli paid me to pull Hillary Clinton's hair' would be just an intergalactic, epochal self-own," tweeted Fast Company's Joe Berkowitz.

The former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, Shkreli was convicted of securities fraud in August. The court reportedly had some trouble finding a jury for the trial, Harper's Magazine reports, with potential jurors blurting admissions such as "I'm aware of the defendant and I hate him." Jeva Lange

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