Kansas mayor resigns amid backlash for supporting mask mandate

first_imgABC NewsBy ALLIE YANG, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Mayor Joyce Warshaw of Dodge City, Kansas, resigned Tuesday after receiving an onslaught of harassment and threats following a mask mandate that she helped pass weeks ago.She told ABC News that stepping down “was a tough decision, but it was the right one,” because she didn’t “feel safe.”“I was afraid. I didn’t want to go to City Hall anymore,” Warshaw told ABC News. “[I was] just worrying about who was going to show up there or who’s going to meet me out in the parking lot.”Warshaw took part in passing the mask ordinance on Nov. 16. Unless the city’s commissioners vote to reverse it, the mandate will be in effect until Feb. 15.The mandate requires Dodge City residents to wear a mask indoors, if 6 feet of distance between people of different households cannot be maintained at all times. Mask wearing would also be enforced while residents are in line waiting to enter a public space, such as a grocery store, and while waiting for and using public transportation, ride-share or livery services.Warshaw said the decision came after a second wave hit the community at the end of October without a mandate from the county level.“It ultimately fell on our shoulders as the city [as] the largest entity in Ford County,” Warshaw said. “We knew that it was time for us to step up to the plate… It was quite a venture leading up to Nov. 16 when we passed the mandate.”She added that two doctors from the city spoke to the commission, and that the leaders also reviewed research from the University of Kansas before they made their decision.“When I looked at the science and I did my own scientific research, there was no doubt in my mind that we as a society have to step up to the plate and do what we could for our fellow citizens,” she said.In the coming weeks, she said she was bombarded with harassing and threatening messages from residents who opposed the ban. She said many were “aggressive” and called her a liar.“Even though it was just verbiage … the state of affairs where we’re at now with the pandemic, with the political unrest, so on and so forth, who’s to say that those words couldn’t ultimately become actions?” she said. “We’ve seen that happen across the nation.”In her resignation letter, she wrote, “[I] am hopeful in removing myself [from] this anger, accusations and abuse will not fall on anyone else and will calm down.”There are exemptions to the mask rule, including children under 5 years old and people with a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask.The city said that those who don’t comply could face a maximum fine of $25.In Warshaw’s letter, she wrote that she has “no regrets” about any of the decisions she made as mayor, and that she believes the mandate was passed in the “best interest of all of you and Dodge City.”The commissioners will have 60 days to pick a new mayor. If they miss the deadline, there may be a special election for the position.As part of the ordinance, the commissioners had agreed to meet at the end of each month to review the mandate. Their next one will be Monday.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


The Disco Biscuits Open Up New Year’s Run at Best Buy

first_imgLast night, The Disco Biscuits opened up their 5-night New Year’s run with the first of four shows at The Best Buy Theater, which will culminate with a fifth and final night at The Theater at Madison Garden.  From the first notes of an unfinished “Abraxas” into an early taste of an unfinished “Hot Air Balloon”, everyone in attendance could tell that this run was going to be started off properly.  It was like having all your family that you haven’t seen in awhile under the same roof again; people were getting down, with smiles from ear to ear.  A dyslexic “Digital Buddha” brought the crowd to a frenzied state as hands were raised high while singing along, before finishing the set with a “Triumph>Rock Candy”.Finishing “Digital Buddha” to begin the second set, the Biscuits jammed into a well received “Pilin’ It Higher”.  They tore through the second set with an unfinished “Portal to an Empty Head”, and finished the show on a high note with a delectable sandwich of “Robots>(inv)Crickets>Robots”.  At some point in the second set, if sounded as if a “Gamma Goblins” jam was thrown in there, but that is unconfirmed.  There was no encore, which left some in the crowd puzzled, but that may have been due to the fact that the second set went a bit over, and the band may have just kept on going instead of taking a break.Tickets to the remaining four shows are still available here, and if last night was any indication of what the rest of the run will bring, we recommend that you get on it, and quickly at that.Set List1. Abraxas (unf) > Hot Air Balloon (unf) > Gangster > Digital Buddha (dys), Triumph > Rock Candy (end)2. Digital Buddha (dys) > Pilin It High > Portal To An Empty Head (unf) > Pilin It High, Save The Robots (beg) > Crickets (inv end/beg/mid) > Save The Robots (mid/end)last_img read more


2019 Africa Games: Coach Danjuma Includes Nnadozie, Duru, 16 Others in Falconets Squad for…

first_imgHead Coach Christopher Danjuma has unveiled his list of 18 players to represent Nigeria at the Women’s Football Tournament of the 12th All-Africa Games scheduled for Rabat, Morocco 17th – 29th August, with Super Falcons’ number one choice, Chiamaka Nnadozie top of the list.There are also Joy Duru, Folashade Ijamilusi, Bashirat Amoo, Akudo Ogbonna and Christiana Obia in the U20 squad that will battle Cameroon, South Africa and Zambia in Group B of the tournament.Host nation Morocco, Equatorial Guinea, Mali and Algeria are in Group A.Nigeria’s women’s team won the gold medal at the Women’s Football Tournament of the 8th All-Africa Games that the country hosted in October 2003, repeating the feat in Algiers four years later. But the girls failed to qualify for the 10th All-Africa Games in Maputo in 2011 before finishing in fourth place in Brazzaville, Congo four years ago.The Falconets and their team officials are scheduled to depart Nigeria on Tuesday, 13th August for Morocco, with their first match against South Africa at the Stade Academie Mohammed VI on Sunday at 8 pm Morocco time (9 pm in Nigeria).They will afterwards keep a date with Cameroon at the same venue and time on Wednesday, 21st August before rounding off their group phase campaign against Zambia at the Stade Boubker Ammar-Sale on Saturday, 24th August starting from 7 pm (8 pm in Nigeria).FULL SQUAD LISTUduakobong PeterIbom AngelsBashirat AmooConfluence QueensJoy DuruNasarawa AmazonsChiamaka NnadozieRivers AngelsGift MondayFC RoboGrace IgboamaluNasarawa AmazonsFolashade IjamilusiFC RoboDooshima TarnumNasarawa AmazonsZainab OlapadeSunshine QueensEsther MomohConfluence QueensAkudo OgbonnaSunshine QueensCatherine KennethRivers AngelsPatricia InnocentSunshine QueensChristiana ObiaOsun BabesCynthia AkuRivers AngelsOmowunmi OshobukolaSunshine QueensPrecious ChristopherConfluence QueensRebecca AjimudaEdo QueensRelatedRivers Angels, Sunshine Queens Top Falconet’s All Africa Games Provisional Squad ListJune 29, 2019In “Africa”2019 Africa Games: Sanusi Charges Flying Eagles, Falconets To Go For GoldAugust 18, 2019In “Nigeria”Falconets Coach Danjuma Unveils World Cup Squad For France 2018July 27, 2018In “Africa”last_img read more