4 dead in Texas crash involving alleged smuggling operation

Suspected human smugglers reportedly led authorities on a high-speed chase that ended with a fatal crash Thursday in the same Texas city where the infamous migrant death truck passed through an immigration checkpoint earlier in the week. A vehicle believed to be carrying migrants was being chased by Border Patrol agents when it veered out … Read more

Designated driver shot dead by Philly bar patron: cops

A young woman who “didn’t go out often” but was acting as a designated driver for her friends was fatally shot by a stray bullet at a Philadelphia bar, police and relatives said Wednesday. The victim, Jailene Holton, 21, was killed late Tuesday at Philly Bar and Restaurant in Northeast Philadelphia, where she went with … Read more

5-year-old Texas boy dies in hot car as temperatures reached 100 degrees

A 5-year-old boy died inside a sweet car in Texas Monday while his family was preparing for his older sibling’s birthday celebration later that day. The child was mistakenly left in the vehicle outside the family’s Harris County home for multiple hours, the local sheriff said, as temperatures outside climbed to 100 degrees. The boy’s … Read more

Family killed by fugitive Gonzalo Lopez remembered by loved ones

The 66-year-old man and four of his grandsons killed Thursday by an escaped Texas prison inmate at their family ranch were remembered as an “amazing” and “close-knit” family. Mark Collins, 66; Wayne Collins, 18; Carson Collins, 16; Hudson Collins, 11; and Bryson Collins, 11 were allegedly slain by Gonzalo Lopez — who who was serving … Read more

AB.4 and BA.5 Variants, Pandemic Fatigue, and Waning Immunity: A Toxic Mix 

Few individuals in the United States are currently wearing masks, and many are continuing to engage in risky behavior. This may well be a toxic mix, and healthcare facilities and infection preventionists need to prepare for another possible surge in cases. In the beginning of the Omicron surge, the COVID-19 deniers were stating that no … Read more

Nearly 15 million people died in first two years of COVID-19 pandemic, new WHO study finds

A health worker conducts a COVID-19 test on the third consecutive day of mass testing in Beijing, on May 5.Mark Schiefelbein/The Associated Press The first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic has killed nearly 15 million people around the world, a new detailed estimate from the World Health Organization has found. The latest estimate, focusing … Read more

Kingston’s COVID-19 deaths in April surpass any previous month – Kingston

The 13 COVID-related deaths in the Kingston area in April exceeded the pandemic death count from any other month since the beginning. “What changed was Omicron, and then ultimately, these relaxations and reductions in public health protections that occurred through the spring at the same time we were facing Omicron,” says Infectious Disease Expert Dr. … Read more