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NBA Investigating Danuel House Jr. for Letting Female COVID-19 Tester Into Hotel Room

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Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. faces an NBA probe for allegedly allowing a female COVID-19 testing official into his room. He could possibly be ruled out for the rest of the Rockets’ series against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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  • The NBA probe was originally reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim MacMahon. House sat out Game 3 for what the Rockets listed as “personal reasons”. He is currently under investigation for allegedly allowing a female COVID-19 testing official into his hotel room. House has denied any violation.
  • House will likely not be available for Game 4 of the series. The league is considering a 10-day quarantine for the alleged violation. The Players Association is discussing a resolution with league officials on House’s behalf.
  • The 10-day quarantine is what the league has handed down to other players for breaking the rules. Bruno Caboclo and Richaun Holmes both spent ten days in quarantine for crossing the bubble’s perimeter and Lou Williams also got it for his infamous Magic City pit stop. If the NBA finds House in violation of their protocols, he would likely miss the rest of the second round.
  • House has been a pivotal player in the Rockets rotation for the last two seasons. He entered the league as an undrafted prospect and had to earn his stripes in the G-League. He has carved out an important role with the Rockets as their 6th man, playing solid defense and shooting it well from the three. House has averaged 11.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

The Rockets certainly missed House in their Game 3 loss on Tuesday and they could be without him for the rest of the series. Game 4 between the Lakers and Rockets is on Thursday. The Lakers lead 2-1.

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Sagar is a Digital Intern at UnmutedCo. He graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in Trumpet Performance and Economics. Sagar writes for Black News Alerts and the BNA Daily Podcast.

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Trump Slams Fauci In Campaign Call

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President Trump was heard on a Monday campaign call making rude and baseless claims about Dr. Anthony Fauci and other health officials.

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  • On the call, Trump said that the country is ready to move on from the pandemic, even though 215,000 Americans are now dead and cases are spiking again. He called Fauci and health officials “idiots” and said that his large campaign rallies were no problem.
  • Trump also falsely claimed that “if I listened to him, we’d have 500,000 deaths . . . we’d have 700-800,000 deaths right now.” There’s no way to know how America would be handling the pandemic if Trump had listened to Fauci because this administration has not listened to health officials since day one. The only fact that we do know is that 215,000 people have actually died from coronavirus based on the Trump administration’s response and guidance.
  • Trump also said that Fauci has given bad health advice concerning mask wearing and that he does not want to keep him. “Every time he goes on television, there’s always a bomb, but there’s a bigger bomb if you fire him,” he told campaign employees on the call.

“People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots — these people, these people that have gotten it wrong. Fauci’s a nice guy. He’s been here for 500 years. He called every one of them wrong. And he’s like this wonderful guy, a wonderful sage telling us how.” – President Trump

  • At the same time Trump was blasting Fauci on the campaign call, Fauci was receiving the National Academy of Medicine’s Presidential Citation for Exemplary Leadership. While accepting the honor, Fauci said “We have a lot of challenges ahead of us and I can’t help thinking that we’re really going through a time that’s disturbingly anti-science in certain segments of our society.”
  • Trump held this call two weeks before the election to offer some optimism and shore up the campaign in its final days. Trump told his staff that this is the most excited he’s been and that “we’re going to win”.

He also made the baseless claim that Democrats will be “cheating like crazy because they always cheat” and that “the only way we can lose this election is if they cheat. Okay, that’s the only way.”

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Governor Murphy Extends Temporary Hold on Utility Shutoffs Until March 2021

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Gov. Phil Murphy issued an executive order on Thursday that prolongs the statewide moratorium on utility shutoffs until March 15, 2021.

What We Know:

  • This decision prevents all water, electric, and gas shutoffs for residential and business clients due to nonpayment. Cable providers must allow the same relief for internet and voice services through November 15, 2020. Additionally, if a household has school-age children, their internet connectivity cannot be cut off through at least March 15, 2021.
  • According to the NJ Board of Public Utilities, more than 440,000 New Jersey residents owe gas and electric bills that are at least 90 days overdue. Additionally, almost 43,000 commercial customers are having the same problem with bills costing around $1,300.

  • Murphy advised customers struggling to pay their bills to work with their utility company and the board of public utilities to see if they qualify for a payment assistance program.
  • Despite allowing services to remain on, the moratorium, however, does not wipe away the customer’s owed balance.
  • Board of Public Utilities President Joe Fiordaliso stated:

“Eventually, everyone has to pay their bill; everyone must reach out to the utility companies[your utility], set up a payment plan so that at the end of the moratorium you’re not faced with such a gigantic bill that it becomes overwhelming.”

  • Larry Levine, Senior Attorney at Natural Resources Defense Council, thanked Governor Murphy’s continuous leadership. Due to Governor Murphy’s decision, thousands of New Jerseyans will not have to worry about their water being cut-off or losing power as the winter months approach. He also mentioned that this is an important step that will help relieve much hardship and save lives.
  • Utility businesses like PSEG, JCP&L, and Atlantic City Electric have stated their support for the extension. At least this can give some sort of peace to New Jersey residents.

Both Murphy’s moratorium extension and utility payment plans aim to soften the financial blow for New Jersey residents and businesses.

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Alabama Coach Nick Saban Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Alabama football coach Nick Saban and athletic director Greg Byrne have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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  • Saban says he is asymptomatic and he is overseeing team practices via Zoom. Saban informed his players on Wednesday of his diagnosis and told them to be very cautious about the risk of infection. The football program plans to test everyone Thursday.

“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19. I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis . . . Look, I basically feel like when we’re in our own personal bubble here, everybody is in a much safer place. I think as soon as you travel, you get exposed to a lot more things a lot more people.” – Nick Saban

  • Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will be in charge while Saban is recovering. Saban is hoping he can still have some say in game-time decisions if he has to miss extended time. The NCAA rules do state that there can only be communication between the press box and the team area, so Saban would not be able to communicate with the team during a game if he is quarantined.
  • Saban and Byrne are the only team members to test positive as of now. Several other head coaches have tested positive for COVID-19, including Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin and Florida State’s Mike Norvell.

Alabama is currently ranked second in the country and their next game is against No. 3 Georgia on Saturday.

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