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27 Year Old Recently Married Gay Man Dies In Horrific Manhattan Skyscraper Fire

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A 27-year old man who had just recently married his 32-year old husband died yesterday while trying to escape a horrific fire in a Manhattan skyscraper. Daniel McClung (image, left) died of smoke inhalation trying to exit his thirty-second floor apartment after a fire broke out on the twentieth floor of the Strand, a luxury Hell’s Kitchen apartment building on Tenth Avenue and West 43rd Street.

McClung’s husband, 32-year old TV producer Michael Cohen, also suffered smoke inhalation injuries and is hospitalized.

The couple had married just months ago, in July, and had just purchased and moved into their condo.

UPDATE: Faulty Christmas Tree Extension Cord Blamed For Gay Man’s Death In NYC Fire

The Daily News reports that McClung “was found in the 31st-floor stairwell,” and “died at Roosevelt Hospital.” His Facebook page points to his website, which says he was “a playwright and fiction writer based in Manhattan.”

“They were a really sweet couple. They are both great guys,” a friend, Tim Curran, told the Daily News.

“My heart goes out to him (Michael),” Curran added. “It’s just an unbelievably huge loss. To lose the guy you just married and been with for years, it’s heartbreaking and really difficult.”

The News adds that a “working number for building management couldn’t be located and it was unclear if anyone had notified residents about the fire or told them to stay in their units.”

 

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On a personal note, this fire happened on our block. Our hearts go out to Mr. Cohen, his family and friends, and those of Mr. McClung’s as well.

UPDATE: Fund Created To Help Man Whose Husband Died In NYC Apartment Fire

Image of Daniel McClung and Michael Cohen via Michael Cohen’s Facebook page

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Tucker Carlson’s Lead Writer Has a History of Racist, Homophobic, Misogynist Social Media Posts

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Blake Neff, the lead writer of The Tucker Carlson Show on FOX News, resigned on Friday after CNN uncovered a trove of disgustingly racist, homophobic and misogynist social media posts that Blake published under the handle “CharlesXII” on AutoAdmit (aka. XOXOhth), a largely unmoderated message board used by lawyers and law school students.

Among Neff’s most telling posts are a reference to “foodie faggots,” a comment stating, “Black doods staying inside playing Call of Duty is probably one of the biggest factors keeping crime down,” and another comment stating that Democratic U.S. House Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, all women of color, want to “MAKE YOUR COUNTRY A DUMPING GROUND FOR PEOPLE FROM THIRD WORLD SHITHOLES.”

Neff also maintained a 5-year-thread, running from 2015 to last month, where he used degrading and misogynist language while commenting about social media posts made by a random 30-something-year-old woman he described as an “Azn megashrew.” He entitled another comment thread about a woman who sought to freeze her eggs during the pandemic “Disaster: WuFlu outbreak endangers aging shrew’s quest to freeze eggs.”

“On June 26, Neff wrote that the only people who care about changing the name of the NFL’s Washington Redskins are ‘white libs and their university-‘educated’ pets,'” CNN reports.

This is all especially disturbing as The Tucker Carlson Show has the highest-rated show in the history of cable news and regularly influences President Donald Trump and other extremists with its racist and inflammatory comments.

“His show has long appealed to extremists who agree with his hardline views on immigration, his emphasis on the preservation of Western culture, and his commentary on topics of race,” CNN writes. On his show, Carlson has called white supremacy a “hoax” and claimed that Black Lives Matters protestors will come after the show’s conservative, and presumably white, viewers.

Carlson has called Neff a “wonderful writer.” In his 2018 book, Ship of Fools, Carlson said Neff and others “work on and greatly improve our nightly show on Fox.” Neff also wrote for The Daily Caller, the right-wing site co-founded by Carlson. Neff deleted his Twitter and LinkedIn accounts shortly after CNN exposed his past posts.

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Texas GOP Sues Houston to Host 6,000-Person Convention in COVID-19 Hotspot

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The Texas Republican Party was all set to hold a 6,000-person convention in Houston this next week even though the city is located in Harris County, the Texas county with the highest overall number of coronavirus cases. But because the county has averaged around 950 new COVID-19 cases each day over the last week, Houston’s Democratic Mayor Sylvester Turner effectively canceled the event on July 8.

But now the Texas GOP is suing for the right to hold the event anyway as the convention’s preliminary meetings were set to start next Monday. This last Thursday, a district court judge rejected the state GOP’s request, so now the state GOP has appealed to the Texas State Supreme Court which will hear arguments on Saturday.

The state GOP’s argument is essentially that Turner allowed thousands of racial justice protesters to congregate in the city over the last month,  so why not a bunch of Republicans?

“[Turner] didn’t say a word when 60,000 people protested in the streets of Houston,” Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick recently said on Fox News. “Many of these people [are] now in the hospitals that are causing the spike.” But that’s a lie, as a thorough June 24 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) found no evidence that racial justice protests caused an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Meanwhile, health officials in Tulsa, Oklahoma believe a recent spike in COVID-19 cases there were caused by President Donald Trump’s June 20 rally, which packed several thousand people into an indoor arena.

It’s telling that Patrick, Texas’ Republican Governor Greg Abbott, and other state GOP leaders all planned to skip the Texas GOP convention in person, opting instead to deliver their speeches by video. Even the state’s Republican-led Supreme Court won’t hear arguments about the convention in person, opting instead for virtual video conferencing.

Houston Health Authority David Persse has called the GOP convention “a clear and present danger to the health and well-being of convention attendees, workers, local hotel and restaurant owners and Houstonians.”

Convention organizers pledged to conduct temperature checks, deeply clean all public spaces, maintain social distancing and offer free face masks and hand sanitizer stations throughout the convention. But Republican Texas U.S. House Representative Dan Crenshaw also approved Mayor Turner’s decision, calling it “a prudent move for public health.”

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It’s Done: Trump Quietly Commutes Roger Stone’s 40 Month Prison Sentence

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President Donald Trump Friday evening commuted the prison sentence of his longtime friend and former advisor, Roger Stone. Stone was found guilty by a jury on all seven felony charges, which included lying to Congress, obstruction, and witness tampering.

Some experts weigh in:

Related: Trump Expected to Commute Roger Stone’s Sentence as Soon as Friday – Stone Warns He Was ‘Under Enormous Pressure to Turn on Him’

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