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‘Somebody Is Trying to Kill Me’: Bisexual Teen Found Dead After Frantic Phone Call to Mother

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Police Arrest Person of Interest in Murder of 19-Year-Old Nicholas Hawkins

An Alabama teenager who was bisexual was found shot to death in a rural area Tuesday night, three days after making a frantic phone call to his mother in which he said someone was trying to kill him. 

The body of 19-year-old Nicholas Hawkins was found wrapped in a bloody blanket at an illegal dumpsite near Dora, 25 miles northwest of Birmingham. 

Hawkins was returning from a beauty pageant when he phoned his mother at about 8 p.m. Saturday and said Joshua Adam Reese was trying to kill him, but gave no further details before the call cut off, AL.com reports. 

Hours before Hawkins’ body was found, authorities arrested the 21-year-old Reese on an outstanding unrelated warrant and identified him as a person of interest in Hawkins’ murder.

Reese had been free on $50,000 bail after being charged with attempted murder in 2013, when he was accused of hitting a man over the head with a gun and trying to shoot him, according to AL.com. Reese has not yet been charged in connection with Hawkins’ death, and it’s unclear whether the teen’s sexual orientation was a motive for the murder. 

Hawkins came out as bisexual in high school, according to BuzzFeed News, but later dropped out due to bullying, AL.com reported. He was weeks from earning his GED and planned to pursue a career in cosmetology. 

“I know anybody who met him knows the person that he was, the bubbly personality he had,” Hawkins’ brother, Jacob, said at a candlelight vigil Wednesday night, according to AL.com.

“Walk in and he just, I don’t want to say life of the party but, you know, he stole the show. He definitely stole the show,” Jacob Hawkins said. “Who would want to kill this kid? I mean, he was 19. So young, so fragile and innocent and sweet. … I hope we get swift, severe justice. From what I was told it was a horrible, horrible death.”

Nicholas Hawkins and Reese reportedly knew each other and had spent time together. But Jacob Hawkins said he’d only met Reese once and it “didn’t go good.” 

“I was ready to leave and I told my brother we needed to leave,” Jacob Hawkins told ABC Channel 33. 

Ginger Doss, who’d worked with Hawkins at a McDonald’s in Dora, told AL.com that Reese was “not a good person.” 

Watch video reports above and below.

 

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Watch: Florida Dems Walk Out After DeSantis’ Surgeon General Refuses to Say if Vaccines Work

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Democrats on a Florida state Senate committee walked out of the confirmation hearing of Governor Ron DeSantis’ Surgeon General nominee, Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a far right-wing anti-science extremist after he refused to answer if vaccines are safe and effective, and why the Dept. of Health has stopped publicly posting COVID data.

Ladapo, who has been in the position for months, has ties to an infamous conspiracy theorist doctor who talks about alien DNA, demon sperm, and pushes hydroxychloroquine as a COVID cure.

Asked if the COVID vaccines are effective, Ladapo refused to say “yes” or “no.” The Tallahassee Democrat reported Ladapo’s answers were “long-winded, indirect,” and that he “gave murky answers about his criticism of the Biden administration and his ability to work with the federal government, and whether he had a plan for ending the pandemic in Florida.”

“I would say that, that the, the question is a scientific one and it’s one that is answered with data. So, so, the, the question, the question is informed by data on specific outcomes and specific, specific therapies. So that’s a that’s the, that’s the scientific question.”

The Senator, polite but frustrated, pushed back: “Just a yes or no. Do vaccines work? In fighting against COVID-19? Yes or no?”

Related: DeSantis Vows to Fight FDA After COVID Treatment His Top Donor Invested in Is Found to Not Fight Omicron

“Senator,” replied Ladapo, an anti-vaxxer who opposes testing for the deadly coronavirus. “I just, I as a scientist, you know, I I, I am compelled to answer the scientific question, and I’d be happy to answer any specific scientific question that you have related to vaccines and COVID-19.”

So she tried again.

“Scientifically, does the, do the vaccines work against preventing COVID-19? Yes or no?”

“So, yes or no questions are not that easy to find in science,” Ladapo obfuscated. “So, I will I understand I think I have better clarity about your your question at this point. So what I would say is that the most commonly used vaccines in the United States, which would be the the Pfizer product and the product that was was developed by Moderna have been shown to have relatively high effectiveness for the prevention of hospitalization.”

Later, he was asked why the state has stopped publicly releasing COVID data. He again obfuscated.

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SCOTUS Justice Breyer Retiring

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, 83, is retiring at the end of the Court’s term. Breyer, nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, is one of just three liberals left on the nation’s highest court.

Progressives have been working to convince Breyer to retire while President Joe Biden still has a Democratic majority in the Senate.

NBC News’ Pete Williams broke the news. He notes President Biden committed to nominating the first Black woman to the Supreme Court.

 

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21ST CENTURY VERSION OF A BOOK BURNING

Mayor Who Promotes His City’s ‘Progressive Leadership’ Blocks Taxpayer Funds Over Library’s ‘Homosexual Materials’

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Last March, Ridgeland, Mississippi Mayor Gene McGee spent time reading books to students at a local elementary school in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ Read Across America Week.

In September Mayor McGee signed a proclamation promoting Constitution Week, celebrating the 234th anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution.

Mayor McGee, who says his city of Ridgeland “attracts new businesses and new residents because of its vibrant businesses, progressive leadership, excellent schools and welcoming neighborhoods,” this week is refusing to release $110,000 in already appropriated funds to the local library because it has “homosexual materials” that he claims violate his Christian beliefs.

McGee “told me that the library can serve whoever we wanted, but that he only serves the great Lord above,” Tonja Johnson, executive director for the Madison County Library System told the Mississippi Free Press.

The counsel for the library board, Bob Sanders, was asked at a Tuesday meeting of the Ridgeland Library’s board if the mayor has legal authority to block the funds.

“Uh, no.” Sanders responded.

Mississippi Free Press reporter Nick Judin adds that “the mayor’s action may well violate basic constitutional rights, based on earlier court cases on the subject of LGBTQ book bans, including Sund v. City of Wichita Falls.

On Twitter, Judin adds more details:

Judin also offers this plea: “if you are sharing this story to make a point about Mississippi, I encourage you to remember that Mississippi is not just Gene McGee. Mississippi is also Tonja Johnson and the library board who voted unanimously to ignore his demands.”

No word yet on if the funds will be released.

 

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