A fourth person has died in what the New York City Health Department is describing as an “unusual” spike in Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx, officials said Saturday.
Sixty-five cases of the disease, a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia spread through the air, have been reported in the south Bronx since July 10, city officials said. The four patients who died had underlying health conditions, authorities said.
Jermaine Mitter was among 45 people killed in July, the deadliest month in the city in at least 45 years. July’s total surpassed the 42 homicides in May and tied the previous record monthly homicide count inAugust 1972, when the city had about 275,000 more residents.
As the month drew to a close Friday, police also announced the death of Donte Dixon, 29, a popular local rapper known as “G-Rock,” who was shot Thursday night in the 4500 block of Edmondson Ave.
“We are doing anything we can to expose these extremists so they have less power and can’t hide and sneak around so easily,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood. “We’re working to change the culture of shame and abuse and harassment of women who are seeking reproductive health care, abortion or otherwise.”
The strategy won’t be enough to stop Senate Republicans from voting to defund Planned Parenthood, which they are set to do next week. Likewise, it won’t upend congressional hearings that are likely to happen after the August recess. But Planned Parenthood has already reaped one benefit of the controversy: According to Laguens, fundraising has spiked in the wake of attacks on the group.
Talk Radio News Service White House correspondent Victoria Jones talks to Gary Baumgarten for the Paltalk News Network about President Obama’s push for support for the Iran deal, why Donald Trump is leading the GOP pack and Zimbabwe’s request to the U.S. to extradite the lion-killing dentist.
WHITE HOUSE – Thursday evening, President Obama spoke by phone with thousands of people affiliated with liberal activist groups. “As big of a bully pulpit as I have, it’s not enough,” he said. He noted that Democratic lawmakers don’t buy opponents’ arguments, but some are wavering under pressure that’s “fierce, well-financed and relentless.”
Asked at a news conference if the Democrats could sustain a promised veto of the Republicans’ expected disapproval of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) didn’t hesitate. “Yes,” she replied. “So where does my confidence spring from? First of all, from the quality of the agreement.” A “diplomatic masterpiece,” she said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) slammed Obama on Thursday, suggesting that it’s unacceptable that the admin hasn’t turned over agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency. McConnell, as well as Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), wrote to Obama earlier this month demanding the “side” agreements. Administration officials have said they don’t have the IAEA-Iran deals. Meanwhile, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters information on the deals wasn’t given to lawmakers during classified briefings on Capitol Hill. Earnest added that lawmakers will get additional classified briefings on “what exactly the IAEA is seeking.”
In a boost to the Obama administration, Rep Dan Kildee (D-Mich) said, “It’s very clear to me that the agreement is the best path forward.” One of Kildee’s constituents, Amir Mirza Hekmati, is a Marine veteran who has been imprisoned in Iran for longer than any other American.