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State-sponsored hackers have been monitoring emails at the US Treasury Department and another American federal agency for months, according to the Reuters news agency.

The US intelligence community is reportedly concerned that the hackers who targeted the Treasury and an agency of the Commerce Department may have been spying on other agencies too.

People familiar with the matter cited by The Washington Post claimed that it is believed the hackers were working for Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the SVR.

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Officials are said to believe the SVR, which has its headquarters in Moscow, was behind the attacks

“This is a much bigger story than one single agency,” one person familiar with the matter told Reuters. “This is a huge cyber espionage campaign targeting the US government and its interests.”

The incident led to a National Security Council meeting at the White House on Saturday, Reuters added.

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) has confirmed the breach, stating: “We have been working closely with our agency partners regarding recently discovered activity on government networks.

“CISA is providing technical assistance to affected entities as they work to identify and mitigate any potential compromises,” it added.

Sources said that staff emails at the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), were being monitored for months after the hackers broke into Microsoft’s Office 365.

The “highly sophisticated” hackers were able to trick Microsoft’s authentication controls, one person familiar with the incident told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Microsoft has not responded to requests for comment.

“The United States government is aware of these reports and we are taking all necessary steps to identify and remedy any possible issues related to this situation,” said National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot.

The Post had previously linked the SVR to a successful attack on cyber security firm FireEye.



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COVID-19 gave this Ohio family a ‘sucker punch.’ Powerful family emails show how tragedy unfolded.


AKRON, Ohio – The day Frank Malinowski was admitted to the hospital for treatment of COVID-19, his 36-year-old son, Frank “Keith” Malinowski, began to write.

Over three weeks in October and November, the virus became a plague on the Malinowski family. It delivered “cheap shots.” It took hostages. And it left them with pain and grief.

For Keith Malinowski, an avid deer hunter from Canal Fulton, Ohio, who works in railroad construction, his emails were his way of coping in a time of high stress. But they also had a specific purpose: to update family members, most of whom live out-of-state, about his immediate family, including his father, a 59-year-old train engineer and Pittsburgh Steelers fan; his mother, Jody, 58; and his 34-year-old sister, Jamie, who lived together in Doylestown. He also writes about his wife, Brandy, a nursing home worker, and his 15-year-old stepdaughter, Maddy.

The Malinowski family at the wedding of Frank “Keith” Malinowski, second from right, including his father Frank, on right, sister Jamie, and mother Jody.

The family has granted the Akron Beacon Journal, part of the USA TODAY Network, permission to print those emails, which have been lightly edited for clarity and length, in the hopes they can convince others to take the virus seriously as cases and hospitalizations continue to surge.

They show, in real time, the reality of the virus that has caused more than 290,000 deaths in the United States, yet still has its skeptics and naysayers.

They also show a family clinging to joy, wherever they can find it.

Oct. 15, 4:12 p.m.: ‘Dad was tested for COVID yesterday evening’

All,

Dad was tested for COVID yesterday evening at Barberton Hospital after being admitted for symptoms he thought were related to other preexisting health conditions. Unfortunately, each symptom he exhibited directly correlated with COVID. While in good spirits, he called me and confirmed that he indeed tested positive. Our conversation was short and sweet as he had to contact his employer, I had to shut down my operation and Brandy hers at the nursing facility.

Dad and I spent this past Sunday hunting together on an unseasonably warm day here in Ohio. Although we don’t sit side by side while hunting, we rode together, walked together and enjoyed a nice afternoon lunch. During our lunch, I noticed he was developing a slight cough. After progressively getting worse throughout Monday and Tuesday he finally went to the hospital Wednesday afternoon.

Currently, Dad is feeling “ok” and receiving Remdesivir. He mentioned being eligible for this medicine due to his preexisting conditions and not all symptomatic COVID patients receive this medication. As of this afternoon, he will be admitted for at least 5 days while seeking treatment.

Brandy and I immediately scheduled COVID tests at the local CVS and were completed at 11:30 this morning. Brandy took great delight in swabbing my nose in the romantic setting of a CVS drive through on our wedding anniversary. Yes, it’s been four years! We should receive the results in the next 2-3 days. Maddy was already at school as this all unfolded and hasn’t been tested at this point.

Thanks for all your prayers and I will do my best to keep everyone updated.

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Oct. 18, 8:54 a.m.: ‘He sounded like he was running a marathon’

Dad’s COVID battle continued to decline yesterday as he was battling lowering oxygen levels. I talked to him personally around noon and he was maintaining his oxygen level around 88%. He was struggling to breathe but didn’t seem too concerned. Around 4 p.m., he called and stated they were moving him to ICU as a precaution because his levels were continuing to decline. He sounded like he was running a marathon. Around 6 p.m., mom received a call from the ICU doctor and was told his oxygen level dropped to 70% and was being closely monitored with a ventilator on standby.

The doctor stated he is in “very critical condition and has a long road ahead of him.” Once put on the vent, he’s on it for 5-10 days as his lungs begin (not try–happy thoughts) to heal.

Brandy and I both received our COVID test results and tested NEGATIVE. However, I’m on a mandated quarantine due to direct contact exposure with Dad, and Brandy is out of work for 2 weeks due to extreme caution with her nursing home facility. In accordance to Ohio’s guidelines for school, Maddy is able to return to school due to no direct contact exposure with a known positive COVID case, however, we are evaluating our personal preference.

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Oct. 18, 10:49 a.m.: Treatments ‘improving his condition’

Mom received a promising call from Dad this morning. He is on a CPAP machine receiving breathing treatments and this is improving his condition. Also, he received donor plasma with COVID antibodies to help fight the virus. So far, no further discussion on the ventilator. At the end of the conversation he let a strong and pronounced GO STEELERS! For those of you who don’t know, the Steelers play the Browns today in a big rivalry game.

Oct. 19, 7:43 a.m.: ‘2020 is going to be a grind to the end’

Yesterday started out better than expected after both Mom and I had a chance to talk to Dad; however, his no-nonsense, straight-shooter doctor called and fully explained his condition in great detail to me. I was more than appreciative of the 20-plus minutes he took to explain everything in a tactful manner. Amongst the doctor’s COVID patients he has seen since the pandemic started, Dad’s condition is “moderately severe leaning towards more severe.” However, the good news is that the medical field has learned a great deal since the beginning and Dad’s chances of survival are much better than earlier severely sick patients. The doctor mentioned that if Dad were this sick from COVID 6 months ago he would be gone by now.

At 5:06, the call came. Dr. (Matt) Chandler stated although Dad was fighting to maintain his oxygen levels where needed, they didn’t have a choice but to place him on the vent because he would eventually become too fatigued.

Currently, Dad is sedated and resting peacefully on a ventilator. They will gently bring him out of sedation every morning to examine his eyes and cognitive abilities to be certain he is doing well.

Yes, this is all tough news but Dad is a fighter! Undoubtedly, it will be a long road home but through Dad’s hard work and your thoughts and prayers he can beat this! We can beat this!

2020 is going to be a grind to the end.

Oct. 20, 10:35 a.m.: ‘Mom tested POSITIVE’

Being stubborn and unable to wait around for an overnight update, I contacted the ICU this morning and spoke directly with Dad’s nurse, Nurse Abby. She freaked a little when I stated I was Frank Malinowski “her patient” rather than Frank “Keith” Malinowski, his son. Oops, my bad. Overnight, they had to sedate him more heavily and provide him with more oxygen because he is trying to fight the vent and breathe on his own. A good sign, however, the purpose for being on the vent is to rest, not fight. Again, Dad’s a fighter!!

In an unfortunate turn of events but expected, Mom tested POSITIVE for COVID while Jamie has, so far, tested NEGATIVE. After some frantic afternoon phone calls, Jamie and I have a plan in place in case Mom’s condition deteriorates. Thus far, mom is exhibiting a cough but nothing serious. I spoke with her this morning and she is feeling fatigued, overwhelmed and upset; all expected considering the circumstances.

Brandy has been more than helpful with providing Mom and Jamie with meals, groceries, medicine, disinfectant wipes and nursing advice as they battle through this. I will forever be indebted to her for her patience and gracefulness.

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Oct. 21, 12:47 p.m.: Mom’s ‘COVID symptoms continued to get worse’

Dad is still heavily sedated, positioned on his stomach (COVID research has shown this helps) and hooked to the ventilator. The medical staff also administered a paralytic to provide temporary paralysis to allow him to rest. The paralytic changes their approach to waking him up daily to check his cognitive ability. As I understand it, they could still bring him out of sedation to check his well-being but it’s unfair for the patient to experience paralysis. Thus, they won’t be waking him.

Last night was rough for Mom as her COVID symptoms continued to get worse. Finally, after much back and forth discussion, it was decided Mom should go to the hospital for evaluation. Through lung imagery and blood work, the doctor determined she wasn’t severe enough to be admitted. He sent her home with some anti-nausea medication and advice on how to cope with the symptoms.

Many have asked the million-dollar question: Where did he come in contact with the virus? Nobody knows but please understand since the onset of the pandemic Dad has taken every CDC precaution very seriously to avoid this deadly virus. He was strictly warned by his doctor this wasn’t anything he wanted to come in contact with. In fact, he was off work for weeks as he avoided exposure. Dad avoided large crowds, practiced social distancing, always wore a mask and washed his hands routinely.

It’s hard to accept the fact that even with all these precautions he still came into contact with the virus. It just doesn’t seem fair. In my Dad’s words, during his last conversation with his brother Ed, “Don’t f*** with this virus. It’s real–Not a hoax.” Please spread this message to other family, friends, neighbors, co-workers or random strangers. It could save someone like Dad.

Oct. 22, 11:41 a.m.: ‘Dad’s vitals are good.’ Mom ‘sounded strong’

Today’s nurse, Nurse Amy, stated Dad’s vitals are good, he is positioned on his belly and his health is continuing to trend in the right direction.

After a nice conversation with Mom this morning, we agreed last night was the best night’s sleep any of us have had since Dad was admitted. She sounded strong and hopeful as she repeated, “I’m kicking COVID’s butt!” Dad is doing the same! My heart certainly goes out to all those families who are experiencing loss and unable to comfort their loved ones. So many lives are being lost in such an unfair manner.

Oct. 23, 11:25 a.m.: Mom and Dad’s health ‘in the right direction,’ Jamie has a test scheduled

Dad has Nurse Amy again today and his health continues to head in the right direction. I’m getting much better at my morning interrogations and the nurse seemed very prepared for the questions I had to ask. They will continue the daily breathing exercises and look forward to him lasting a little longer each time. He doesn’t have a fever, his vitals are good and he is showing no other signs of infection.

Mom continues to show signs of improvement and Jamie has a COVID test scheduled for this afternoon. She is exhibiting a cough and fatigue but doesn’t sound too serious at this point. It’s a beautiful day here in Ohio and if the weather holds up, I plan on putting Maddy to work in Mom and Dad’s yard this afternoon.

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Oct. 25, 8:27 a.m.: ‘A few minor setbacks’

Apparently, Friday night Dad became agitated and tried pulling the vent out. This kind of created a few minor setbacks. They had to increase his sedation to keep him more unconscious and they decided not to conduct a breathing trial as a result. Saturday was spent strictly resting.

Mom feels weak but continues to keep a positive attitude. She is trying to eat enough to barely keep “a bird” alive. Jamie remains weak and patiently waiting for her second COVID test results.

Friday evening, Brandy helped me rake leaves, clean the bird bath and mow at Mom and Dad’s. We had the yard looking beautiful just in time for dark. At which point a cold front moved in with tornadic-force winds. Ever feel like you just can’t win?

I spent Saturday hunting and harvested the most unique buck of my life. It was a bittersweet moment and I could sense Dad’s enthusiasm the entire time.

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Oct. 26, 12:43 p.m.: ‘Decision will be made day by day’

I was able to email the nurse a picture of my deer and asked her to tack it up on Dad’s wall or set it bedside to look at once he is able. Surely it will shift his focus and lift his spirits; not so sure about his nurse’s. I’m certain he will call for “deer talk” once he is in better condition.

Frank "Keith" Malinowski shows the buck he hunted in October while his dad was in the hospital fighting COVID-19. Malinowski was able to have the nurses print this photo to hang in his father's room in intensive care to lift his spirits.
Frank “Keith” Malinowski shows the buck he hunted in October while his dad was in the hospital fighting COVID-19. Malinowski was able to have the nurses print this photo to hang in his father’s room in intensive care to lift his spirits.

A new ICU doctor is on rotation this week and come to find out is the brother of Dr. Chandler with whom I spoke to last Sunday as they were prepping Dad for the vent. Each doctor sounds identical and both seem to have the same positive attitudes towards patients and their families. The BIG FOCUS this week is to wean Dad off the sedation and vent. They want to be as certain as possible before they take this next big step. This decision will be made day by day.

Mom is continuing to recover from her bout with COVID and Jamie confirmed, this morning, what we all suspected. She tested POSITIVE for COVID and is feeling terrible. They are both hunkering down and battling it out.

Brandy and I are both nearing the end of our quarantine and tested again this morning to be sure we each remain negative before returning back to work later this week. We aren’t suffering from any symptoms and should have our results Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

Oct. 27, 11:32 a.m.: ‘Mom and Jamie are totally fatigued’

Dad is fighting a bacterial infection from the vent tube, which is a common occurrence for those on a ventilator for prolonged periods of time. They anticipated this and are treating it with antibiotics.

Dad remains the only patient currently on a vent in the ICU but the floor is filling up quickly with COVID patients who may be in need of vents soon. They assured me there are plenty of vents – at the moment.

Mom and Jamie are totally fatigued, exhausted and have no appetite. I monitor them a few times a day by calling and making sure their symptoms aren’t becoming any more severe. It hurts to call because they are typically resting but it must be done.

Oct. 28, 12:14 p.m.: Dad’s recovery as ‘unpredictable’ as the illness

As they planned, Dad was taken off the vent shortly before 9 this morning and is responding well to the oxygen being provided through the nasal cannula. They really want to take things slow. As the nurse put it, “Your dad just survived life support for 10 days.” I guess he isn’t quite ready for deer hunting.

Once taken off the vent, Nurse Heather stated Dad tried talking in a very faint whisper. She leaned her ear to his mouth and could hear him asking how Mom was doing. I asked her to assure him that Mom and Jamie are staying strong and look forward to speaking with him when ready. It could be a few hours or days before Dad is well enough to have a conversation. As unpredictable as the virus is, so is the recovery.

As mentioned, the first step in the recovery process will be the speech/swallow evaluation. This will determine what kind of diet and speech therapy he will need after not talking or eating for 10 days. The next step will be a physical and occupational therapy assessment to determine what level of therapy is needed to regain motor skills.

Dad has gained quite the following over the past few weeks. So much so, I’m sure he will be embarrassed. Dad has always lived his life avoiding attention, being respectful, working hard and being there. This quiet unassuming man, who at all costs avoids the spotlight, means so much more to us than I think he ever realized. Let’s continue to show him!

Oct. 29, 9:39 p.m.: ‘Today started with smiles then ended with tears’

Today started with smiles then ended with tears.

Dad is doing remarkably well as he recovers and I spoke to him for about 20 seconds today. However, we need to focus our attention on another battle that lies ahead.

While I was at work early this afternoon, Mom called and said Jamie wasn’t doing well and may need to go to the doctor. Jamie wasn’t responding to Mom’s voice or touch. After I asked Mom to violently shake her and put the phone to Jamie’s face so I could talk to her, we still couldn’t elicit a response. I then asked Mom to hold Jamie’s hand and ask her to squeeze – nothing. The rest was a blur. I frantically told Mom to call 9-1-1 and I would be at the house in 10 minutes. I arrived just in time to assist the paramedics with carrying Jamie out of the house and into the ambulance while asking if she had a pulse. They confirmed she had a pulse and was breathing but had to move. I yelled to Mom I would update her as I peeled out behind the squad.

Jamie was rushed to the same hospital as Dad and immediately put on a ventilator. Her oxygen was down to 72% and had Mom not checked on Jamie when she did, it’s doubtful she would had made it through the night. Mom is a HERO! Moments ago, I spoke with Dr. (Mike) Chandler, who I have become all too familiar with. Although I trust his care, the news isn’t any easier to swallow. Jamie is currently in the ICU, sedated and on vent. They are pushing Remdesivir, COVID antibody plasma, steroids and blood thinner to begin her treatments.

Unfortunately, Jamie is a little behind where Dad was when he was admitted to the ICU. Remember, he was admitted into the hospital for observation for a few days before he was transferred to the ICU. They were planning on his decline. They are reacting to Jamie’s.

Dr. Chandler will update me through the night as her condition changes. She is critical but stable.

I have so much more to say but I’m exhausted and numb.

Please keep the thoughts and prayers coming.

Oct. 30, 9:08 p.m.: Jamie ‘sacrificed her health’ to help Mom

“Your dad is winning the horse race but your sister is gaining ground.” – Dr. Chandler

Dr. Chandler called this morning and gave me an update on both Dad and Jamie. As we know, Jamie was very critical while being admitted to the ICU but after being stabilized her vitals were surprisingly good. Youthfulness is on her side.

Please understand Jamie’s rapidly deteriorating condition was nobody’s fault. Jamie selflessly sacrificed her health and well-being by helping Mom during her most severe COVID symptoms and Mom was there for Jamie. They both rolled up their sleeves, dug in and planned to grind this virus out until the end. Jamie was experiencing fatigue, weakness, headaches, body aches and loss of appetite but never exhibited any indication of respiratory failure. While Jamie slept throughout the day, with Mom resting in the neighboring room, the virus crept into her lungs and began to silently kill her. If not for Mom’s motherly instinct, we likely would have lost Jamie in her sleep overnight. This is the virus; this is how it works and this is how it kills!

Dad has called Mom on a few occasions today and has a strong steady voice. Especially while proclaiming his displeasure for JELL-O. Dad spends his day watching tv while not knowing what time of day it is because his room doesn’t have a window. He is receiving a steady diet of macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes to begin replacing the 45 lbs. he lost. All is well.

Nov. 1, 9:02 a.m.: ‘Last man standing’

“Are you experiencing any fever or COVID symptoms? After all, you seem to be the last man standing.” – Dr. Chandler

Jamie is still sedated and paralyzed but they are hopeful they will be able to wean her off the vent Sunday/Monday. Her vitals, kidney function and blood pressure are all good! She is still critical but Dr. Chandler has a good track record and Jamie continues to fight towards good health.

Dad called me on his cell phone and we made small talk about deer hunting and his condition. He said it was everything two nurses and himself could do to get him up out of bed and sitting in a chair. He seemed excited to be in a chair but it was also a terrible struggle to maintain his posture and hold the phone to his ear. He gave me instructions to get working on a rehab center so he can get started. However, it’s not so simple. For starters, he is still considered “COVID positive” so that limits the centers willing to accept him. Also, his condition from good to bad or bad to good could change so sudden that this also plays a pivotal role in the type of facility acceptable for his care.

Obviously, yesterday was Halloween and Maddy’s favorite holiday. She and Brandy spent the morning gathering Halloween candy from Sam’s Club. While there, they also picked up food for a family in Canal Fulton who is beginning their COVID battle and dropped it off. Fortunately, only the mom has mild symptoms, at the moment, but the entire family (husband and few kids) are quarantined and put out a plea for help.

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After returning home, Maddy hustled into her Plague Doctor costume and we were off to Doylestown for trick-or-treat from 2-3:30. I must assure you that Maddy was the same character last Halloween and this was by chance – not calculation and design. We parked in Mom and Dad’s driveway and sat near the end with the candy bowl on a table about 10 feet away where we could keep our social distancing. Mom had enough energy and took great delight at standing near the front door to watch the trick-or-treaters come and go. Too bad the trick-or-treaters didn’t appreciate our true Halloween display. Mom in the house quarantined, while the Plague Doctor vigilantly sat at the end of the driveway. I can’t make this stuff up!

Nov. 2, 8:17 p.m.: Jamie’s condition ‘continued to progress as expected’

Jamie had Nurse Caleb on Sunday and her condition continued to progress as expected. They flipped her onto her back Sunday evening into Monday and she maintained her oxygen levels. They gave her a dose of Tylenol to aid in reducing her 103-degree temp and they are also scheduling a breathing exercise Tuesday morning. Prayers that she does well and gets another step closer to being freed from the ventilator!

Dad is progressing remarkably well! So well that Sunday evening Dad was moved from the ICU to a general observation room. The ICU nurses hated to see him go because they finally had an opportunity to see who the man Dad is rather than the man he was on the vent. Nurse Heather seemed especially excited to see Dad continuing on from the first night she cared for him on the vent. Her voice seemed to indicate maybe he was far worse off than we feared those first few days.

Mom packed Dad a bag with clothes for his inpatient rehab but Brandy is on the hunt for something that may fit more appropriately after learning he has lost so much weight. I’m slipping in some deer pictures and hunting magazines. Although, Dad has been increasingly asked why his sole possession is a dead deer picture and not one of family. I promise I’m trying – I really am!!

I’m looking forward to my conference call tomorrow morning and finding out how well Jamie did during her breathing exercise. The medical staff sounds optimistic but we must never let our guard down to this terrible unforgiving virus.

Nov. 3, 8:17 p.m.: ‘What a relief!’ – Hopes for good news

“Oh, it’s you again. Let me get the nurse.” – ICU desk operator

After driving to Monaca, PA., re-railing a derailed hazardous materials rail car and participating in a practice emergency plant evacuation drill, I was able to call the ICU at 10:22. Their tone seemed to be more concerned for my late call than Jamie’s condition. I understood why once Nurse Amy informed me that Jamie was off the ventilator, following commands, talking and looking great! What a relief! She is currently on high flow oxygen but they will begin to wean her off that as the day/week progresses.

As I traveled back home on the PA turnpike, I pulled off into a service plaza and began making frantic phone calls to Mom, Dad’s nurse, doctor, case manager and social worker. I needed to find out soon how his overall condition was for the day and if he could handle the news of Jamie’s condition. After all, if Jamie was well enough to be talking to the nurse, I was afraid she may call Dad from her ICU room. What a mess that would be! After many calls and thoughtful consideration, Mom and I decided it was time I tell Dad. Dad took the news much better than I expected and conceded that he was worried so much about his situation that worrying about Jamie wouldn’t have helped matters. I’m so glad we no longer have to hide Jamie’s condition.

Dad may get moved into Select Specialty in Canton tomorrow. I dropped a bag off at the hospital this evening and called him from the parking lot to let him know a “small duffle bag” was on the way via wheelchair to his room. I feel bad for the poor soul who has to lug that boat anchor around! It contained more comfortable clothes, slippers, hygiene items, newspapers, hunting magazines, snacks and family pictures to raise his spirits. While notifying Dad of his bag arrival, he mentioned talking briefly with Jamie through the hospital phone.

Tomorrow, I’m looking forward to Dad being transferred to the rehab facility and hearing Jamie’s voice. We still have a long road ahead but good news continues to come our way.

Nov. 4, 7:47 p.m.: ‘Only time will tell but she is progressing well’

Jamie had Nurse Amy again today and is awake and alert. Now, it’s back to the waiting game that we have become all too familiar with. Each individual’s response to the virus and ventilator treatment is unique. Only time will tell but she is progressing well.

Dad is becoming restless in his room. He has read through the entire email thread and most of the local newspapers we provided him in his duffel bag. He was told this morning he was going to get transferred into a rehab facility but the call to pack it up never came. Nevertheless, he did his own rehab throughout his small room by doing arm raises, walking in place and reading while sitting up with his head and neck aligned. All exercises he couldn’t do just a few days ago.

Mom is doing well and sounds great! I have to look into whether or not she might be able to visit Dad, once in the rehab facility, after testing positive for COVID. We know Dad is allowed one visitor per day but don’t know what the restrictions are for those visitors who have tested positive within the past few weeks. More homework for another day.

Nov. 5, 8 p.m.: ‘One day at a time’

Shortly after a “follow up” phone call with Dad’s case worker this morning he received a call from Select Specialty stating they were ready to receive him. I’m not sure I had any pull, but… Tadaaa!! He was moved into the facility early this afternoon and has settled into his two-bed room. Fortunately, he is the only one in the room at the moment and will begin his rehab tomorrow morning with a physical therapist. He sounded fantastic and indicated his oxygen was reduced from 4 liters to 2 liters overnight. So low he was afraid it wasn’t working and summoned a nurse to turn it on. After gearing up in her face mask, oxygen tank, gloves, booties and hazmat suit she indicated to him it WAS ON. Perhaps this helped speed up his process for release?

This afternoon, Jamie was moved from the ICU to the fourth floor. The same floor Dad was on. In fact, his nurse stated she would wheel him past her room so he could peek in and say hi but transport wheeled him the other way and off the floor before Dad understood where he was. He didn’t speak up as he was relieved to be finally moving to a rehab facility. Mom spoke to Jamie on a few occasions and she seems to be improving. My morning conference call with her ICU nurse confirmed the same. One day at a time.

Nov. 7, 9:02 a.m.: ‘A great step in our family’s COVID recovery process’

Yesterday was a great step in our family’s COVID recovery process! Of course, I had to be in a tree stand over two hours away when Mom called and said Jamie was ready for release. I drove home, changed, picked Jamie up a set of clothes and a grocery list from Mom, purchased groceries then finally made it to the hospital. The main lobby allowed me up to the 4th floor and I was greeted with celebrity status. Dad must have been a big hit as each nurse who passed by stopped to ask how he was progressing. I was overwhelmed to see faces to the voices I had been receiving updates from for so long. If only I could have made it up to the ICU where lives are being saved.

I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was startling to see Jamie clutching a bottle of oxygen in her lap as she was pushed in a wheel chair out the front entrance of hospital. I was relieved when she said “Hi Keith” like everything was back to normal and it wasn’t a big deal. True Jamie fashion but I was scared. However, after only a few moments in the car I realized it was my sister Jamie, maybe a little worse for wear but remembering, talking and relieved to be alive. After her life-or-death bout with COVID, I think she was most disappointed in missing her favorite holiday: Halloween. Don’t worry Jamie, I will ask the Plague Doctor, who I suspect will be more than happy to parade you around town next year as a coronavirus survivor.

Nov. 22, 7:29 p.m.: After two weeks, a ‘sucker punch’

I apologize for the two-week hiatus in daily updates but I’m sure you can all understand. It has taken me a while to gather my thoughts and I wasn’t sure I could do this. However, Mom and Dad asked me to send an update on their positive progress. Please bear with me.

On November 8, 2020 at 4:29 p.m., the virus hit our family with the cheapest of cheap shots. A sucker punch, after the whistle blow when we were vulnerable with our backs turned and our guard down.

Brandy, Maddy and I planned a Sunday afternoon of cleaning gutters and raking leaves at Mom, Dad and Jamie’s house. We arrived around 2 that afternoon and peeked in at Jamie resting on the couch. I reminded her the nurses instructed her to keep trying to move when able to begin gaining her strength back. Little did I know those were the last words I would speak to her.

We went back to raking leaves and about an hour later Brandy frantically found me, screaming Jamie was unconscious and in respiratory failure. We both entered the house to calm Mom and try our best to get Jamie oxygen until the paramedics arrived. Numerous volunteer paramedics were there in minutes and came from everywhere to help her. They were in their shorts and t-shirts probably raking their own leaves and enjoying a beautiful 75 degree fall afternoon. They entered the house with just masks and gloves with no other concerns but to help Jamie. They sacrificed their own safety and well-being to help her. True heroes!

After trying to stabilize her they decided it was best they get moving to the hospital with me following. Everything afterwards became a blur. I won’t go into any further detail other than I was able to hold Jamie’s hand until the end and Dad’s rehab center allowed me in after visitation hours to tell him the news in person. Each a blessing.

The grave of Jamie Malinowski in Doylestown, Ohio.
The grave of Jamie Malinowski in Doylestown, Ohio.

Considering the circumstances, we were able to hold a relatively traditional viewing and burial. Even the weather cooperated. I know Mom and Dad were pleased with how everything was handled and the respect everyone had for each other’s safety. For those of you who couldn’t attend, I have attached some pictures of the picture boards, poem, and 2 framed pictures of Jamie that were in place at the viewing. Please note the pictures were taken in my barn during our small lunch. Next to the commemorative table is a chair dedicated to Jamie that included her Taco Bell cap, favorite Shawn Mendes t-shirt, a ridiculous pink flamingo she loved and pumpkins she was so disappointed in not having the opportunity to carve before Halloween.

A memorial for Jamie Malinowski, who died in November of COVID-19, shows her favorite pink flamingo, the pumpkins she had hoped to carve for Halloween this year and photos of her with her family.
A memorial for Jamie Malinowski, who died in November of COVID-19, shows her favorite pink flamingo, the pumpkins she had hoped to carve for Halloween this year and photos of her with her family.

The shock of Jamie’s death is passing and reality is setting in. The feeling of emptiness at Mom and Dad’s house is hard to accept but they are pushing through. Dad’s strength seems to be increasing by the day. First it was a feat to take a shower, then walk to the end of the driveway, then to the end of the road and now it’s a 1-mile loop around the block! Each time a little faster and with less breaks and use of a cane Brandy had me purchase. This evening he was going to try the 1-mile loop with a heavy jacket and hunting boots to better prepare for the upcoming hunting season. Although he is scaling back on his amount of hunting, he still plans to give it a try.

Jamie Malinowski, 34, died Nov. 8 of COVID-19. She is pictured here at her brother's wedding in 2016. "She kept commenting that day, that's the most beautiful dress she's ever had," Frank "Keith" Malinowski said.
Jamie Malinowski, 34, died Nov. 8 of COVID-19. She is pictured here at her brother’s wedding in 2016. “She kept commenting that day, that’s the most beautiful dress she’s ever had,” Frank “Keith” Malinowski said.

Mom has discomfort in her chest and her strength isn’t coming back as quick as Dad’s. However, she is staying in good spirits by keeping up on the yard/flower beds, organizing things in the house and communicating with family and friends often.

Brandy, Maddy and I are hanging in there. For the time being, Maddy is still in school full-time and I’m back to work as normal. Unfortunately, Brandy’s life is anything but normal. She worked over 75 hours this week, is going to school online full time and is scheduled for surgery on December 4 for torn ligaments in her ankle. Upon returning home from work, she strips in the garage and puts her clothes in a plastic tote, covers in a towel and hobbles to a scalding hot shower. She sprays her car with Lysol and keeps her doors open to let in air out then dumps her clothes in the washer. She has a black and blue ring around her face from the N95 mask she wears 16 hours a day and her ankle is swollen like a grapefruit. She is a true superhero and this is her norm for who knows how long.

‘She was the hero’: Malinowski family grapples with 34-year-old’s death from COVID-19

Frank "Keith" Malinowski, left, visits the grave of his sister, Jamie Malinowski, with parents Frank and Jody Malinowski in Doylestown, Ohio.
Frank “Keith” Malinowski, left, visits the grave of his sister, Jamie Malinowski, with parents Frank and Jody Malinowski in Doylestown, Ohio.

Thank You all for the continued thoughts and prayers. Here is my prayer to you:

As many have prayed for my family over the past month, I now pray for yours. I pray you make smart decisions through the holidays as COVID-19 cases continue to climb. I pray you choose the health and safety of your loved ones, yourself or even strangers over large careless gatherings. I’m not trying to push an agenda nor am I a conspiracy theorist. I’m like many of you. I pray you don’t see your loved one on the couch looking like death. I pray you don’t hear them fight to breathe while on oxygen as they tell you they love you and not to worry. I pray you don’t have to answer the doctor when you are asked for your loved one’s code status as they are being placed on a ventilator. I pray you don’t have to see your sister struggle to breathe then hold her hand as her heart stops. This virus is real. If you don’t believe me or want more details please call or better yet stop by my place. I have a big yard and a fridge full of beer. My mom was adamant that I indicate in my sister’s obituary that she died from COVID. She wanted those who read it to know it’s real and killing even the young. I pray you don’t have to talk to an ICU nurse as she holds back tears while disclosing to you the condition of your dad in one room and your sister in the next. Each fighting for their lives. Above all, I pray for the health care workers who are absolute HEROES!! I pray they stay healthy, don’t get burned out and never have to decide who lives and who dies.

Love,

The Malinowski Family

Follow reporter Jennifer Pignolet on Twitter @JenPignolet

Frank "Keith" Malinowski visits a gravesite in Doylestown, Ohio.
Frank “Keith” Malinowski visits a gravesite in Doylestown, Ohio.

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Seven seeks emails between Australia and India as TV battle goes to court


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Seven is furious that the international calendar for 2020-21 was flipped on its head, with limited overs matches between Australia and India that are exclusive to Foxtel starting the season, rather than the original plan of having the Test series, which Seven shares with Foxtel, kicking off the campaign.

The debt-laden network’s decision to go to court is aimed at gaining access to emails associated with CA’s decision making over fixturing, including correspondence between Australian officials and their counterparts in India, as well as Foxtel executives and state governments.

Seven is unhappy that the Big Bash League will next week start in hubs in Canberra and Tasmania, which it argues may not have been necessary despite state government regulations over COVID-19.

If successful in proving before court that CA breached its $450 million contract with Seven, of which Seven pays $70 million in cash per year, the network could be awarded tens of millions of dollars in damages or look to terminate its deal, which has three years to run. Foxtel’s deal also has three years to run, having paid the bulk of its overall $1.18 billion contract with Seven.

Seven has been angered at CA repeatedly issuing force majeure notices when the cricket body has changed the schedule of different competitions and series, the network arguing the game caved in to India’s demands and didn’t need to alter the make-up of the men’s international summer because of COVID-19.

The network argues the fourth Test, in Brisbane from January 15, will be held at a time when many people are back at work and ratings are down.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has told The Age and Sydney Morning Herald that his team needed to return home in late January to prepare for its home series against England.

CA and Seven are awaiting a final call from an independent arbitrator tasked with determining what value Seven’s cricket rights should be worth in a summer of upheaval. But that process is unlikely to bring the two parties together because CA officials have made it clear that the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration does have not jurisdiction over its television contracts. If the expert finds that Seven should pay significantly less, CA is unlikely to agree with it.

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CA has offered Seven a 20 per cent discount on its rights for this summer, which amounts to about $15 million, but the sport wanted those savings split over the rest of the contract, meaning a markdown of $3.75 million a year. Seven rejected this.

On top of being aggrieved about the international changes, Seven executives have cited a clause in the contract that demands that the quality of the season must be at least the equal of the previous summer, arguing the BBL this summer will not measure up. Seven argues that CA cannot use COVID-19 issues as an excuse.

CA chief executive Nick Hockley has insisted his organisation will put up a high-quality summer, and has pointed to strong ratings for Foxtel in the opening two one-day internationals and the Women’s Big Bash League. CA has allowed BBL teams to sign three international players this season, up from the customary two, but the lack of Australian stars continues to hurt.

The issue was set alight in Seven’s annual general meeting in August when Seven’s managing director James Warburton took aim at the competency of the CA executive. The feud has been simmering since, with Warburton’s latest shot coming on Saturday.

“There aren’t many sports that would launch their season behind a paywall. We have got a process we are going through to maximise the season and to be fairly compensated for the value reduction caused by the changes to the schedule and other changes,” Warburton said.

“It’s a shame that the cricket administration have kept their head in the sand. They really don’t value us as a broadcaster, preferring to outperform to the BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India], who they are terrified of.”

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Bulk unsubscribe from marketing emails



For some of us, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are a good time to buy a new TV or a Bluetooth speaker. But for marketers, it’s the best time of the year to spam your inbox.

Because none of them want to be left out of the consumer feeding frenzy, marketers devote untold hours to designing and strategizing their Black Friday emails. And as e-commerce plays a bigger role in our shopping habits, the volume of emails they send keeps increasing. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic means there will be an even bigger mess in your inbox, as marketers trip over themselves to make sure they’re part of the online shopping rush.

But while this might seem like an annoyance, it can also be a gift in disguise. Having your inbox overrun with spam means you also have a chance to easily unsubscribe from all those mailing lists you’ve been on, especially those from major brands that need your support far less than small businesses right now. All it takes is a few minutes of extra effort.

In theory, email marketers should know better than to spam indiscriminately around Black Friday. Paul Hickey, a digital marketing designer and consultant, surveyed e-commerce merchants a few years ago and found that unsubscribe rates spiked by 33% immediately after big sales events. But too often, they can’t help inserting themselves into your inbox and are just asking to get the boot.

I can’t take credit for this tip. Wired‘s Brian Barrett wrote about it last year, and it’s routinely popped up on Reddit as well. Still, it’s worth reiterating in a year when online shopping will reach new heights.

How to unsubscribe

Removing yourself from mailing lists is easier than you might think. Gmail, iOS Mail, and Microsoft’s Outlook app will all automatically detect most marketing emails and offer an “Unsubscribe” button at the top.

Otherwise, you’ll have to look for an “unsubscribe” or “opt-out” link in the email itself. These almost always appear in tiny text at the bottom of the email. (If your email provider cuts off the full email, you’ll have to click the link to view the full message, which should reveal an unsubscribe link at the bottom.) Make sure to double-check the unsubscribe page that opens in your browser as well; some marketers will make you click an additional link or reenter your email address to complete the unsubscribe process.

Alternatively, you can take advantage of bulk unsubscribe tools instead of removing yourself from mailing lists one by one:

  • Leave Me Alone scans your entire inbox for marketing emails and presents a simple menu for unsubscribing to them all. It’s a paid service—starting at $2.50 to unsubscribe from 50 emails—but it’s also a privacy-focused option that doesn’t use your email data for marketing purposes.
  • Unsubscriber doesn’t actually unsubscribe you from mailing lists, but it does find and filter out marketing emails so they don’t reach your inbox. The tool, which is free, effectively serves as an advertisement for the alternative email client Polymail.
  • Newton is an alternative email app that works with most major mail providers and can automatically sort marketing emails into a “Newsletters” folder (similar to Gmail’s “Promotions” tab). From this folder, you can click “Bulk Unsubscribe” to send a batch of opt-out requests. While Newton requires a paid subscription, it includes a 14-day trial with no credit card information, which should be enough time to purge your marketing emails.

Cut down on future emails

Once you’ve purged your inbox of marketing emails, you might consider taking steps to get fewer of these emails in the first place. Masked email services such as Abine Blur, which I wrote about earlier this month, can generate randomized addresses for you to use while signing up for things online. Blur will still forward emails along to your real inbox, but the sender will never see your true address, and you can turn off forwarding to prevent the sender from ever contacting you again.

Just picture it: Hordes of email marketers that never got permission to email you, screaming helplessly into defunct inboxes and wondering why their open and click-through rates are so low. If that doesn’t boost your holiday spirits, I don’t know what will.





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Use with care: Covid makes work emails trickier than ever


Last week a 14-word email landed in my inbox from someone called Greg who did not like a column I had just written about green investments.

“Grass is green,” it said. “You going to invest in that too? What a goofy article.”

There is much to admire in an email like this. It was short. It had a point and its meaning was more or less clear. Alas, it fell down on another measure. It was unpleasant.

This comes with the territory if you are lucky enough to be paid to write for a newspaper. But Greg’s sour words were also a reminder of how tricky ordinary work emails have become in these fraught Covid times, when so much of what we used to say in person is now done by hitting send.

Not long after that email arrived, it emerged that UK climate officials had been looking at research suggesting tonnes of carbon emissions could be cut if something were done about the 64m pointless emails that Brits send each other every day. Worryingly, the two deemed to be most needless said either “thank you” or “thanks”.

I am all in favour of cutting emissions. I know emails rely on laptops and data centres powered by electricity that is currently far from clean. But if the strains of pandemic life have shown anything, it is that we need more civility, not less.

At least three times in the past few months, I have sent off a carefully worded email to ask or answer a work question, and received either a brusque one-word reply (“no”; “possibly”) or no response at all.

It would be one thing if these were people I worked with or knew well, but it is another when they are not.

I tend to forgive the non-responders, having forgotten to answer so many emails myself lately that I have taken to sending calendar reminders about the ones that really need answering.

The curt one-worder is more complicated.

Each time I have received one, I tell myself the sender was busy and distracted, not trying to be deliberately dismissive. Yet a question always lingers.

It never occurred to me that anyone else could be bothered by this sort of thing until a friend confided the other day that he, too, had been sent some abrupt emails at his company that had left him rattled.

He had formed a sensible theory about it. “It’s like a long-distance relationship,” he said. In the absence of physical contact, we parse each fragment of writing with pathetic intensity. In the process, we’re apt to conjure meaning from words that a hapless writer never meant to convey.

He had a point. Although some terse emailers do indeed want to send a terse message, I’m inclined to think most are just dealing with the numberless trials of Covid life.

Does this make their emails forgivable? Probably, though the line must be drawn at any boss who thinks it reasonable to answer a considered email from an underling with that grimmest of one-word replies: “Noted”.

I suspect that, in some inchoate way, we understand that 2020 has upped the value of the polite, swift and considerate email.

This may explain why, at some point after the lockdowns started this year, I found myself signing off work emails differently.

Instead of the bland “best wishes” and “kind regards” I had used for years, I suddenly began to say “all the best” or even “all very best”. Worse, there has been an undeniable rise in my use of exclamation points in emails, a punctuation mark I generally avoid.

Most alarming of all, I have begun to use the emoji. There is something about its direct simplicity that makes it cheering. It started with friends on WhatsApp but has now drifted over to work colleagues. It can only be a matter of time before a yellow thumbs-up is fired off to some unsuspecting FTSE 100 executive, or an unknown reader.

Speaking of which, Greg, if you are reading this, I didn’t have time to get back to you earlier, but now I do: “Noted.”

pilita.clark@ft.com

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Climate change: Can sending fewer emails really save the planet?


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Are you the type of person who always says thank-you? Well, if it’s by email, you should stop, according to UK officials looking at ways to save the environment.

The Financial Times reports that we may all soon be encouraged to send one fewer email a day, cutting out “useless” one-line messages – such as “thanks”.

Doing so “would save a lot of carbon”, one official involved in next year’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow said.

But would it really make a huge difference?

Why do emails produce carbon at all?

Most people tend to think of the internet as a cloud that exists outside their computing hardware. But the reality is when you send an email – or anything else – it goes along a chain of energy-burning electronics.

Your wi-fi router sends the signal along wires to the local exchange – the green box on the street corner – and from there to a telecoms company, and from there to huge data centres operated by the tech giants. Each of those runs on electricity, and it all adds up.

But a single email’s effect on such massive infrastructure is tiny.

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  • Is your Netflix habit bad for the environment?

Are my emails a big environmental problem?

The Financial Times report says the officials promoting this idea referred to a press release from renewable electricity firm Ovo Energy from one year ago.

It claimed that if every British person sent one fewer thank-you email a day, it would save 16,433 tonnes of carbon a year, equivalent to tens of thousands of flights to Europe.

The problem, however, is that even if the sums involved roughly worked out, it would still be a splash in the pond.

The UK’s annual greenhouse gas emissions were 435.2 million tonnes in 2019 – so the amount in question here is about 0.0037% of the national picture. And that’s if every single British person reduced their email output.

UK annual greenhouse gas emissions. Projected millions of tonnes of CO2e.  2019 projections are provisional.

Mike Berners-Lee, a respected professor on the topic whose research was used in the Ovo Energy work, told the Financial Times it was based on “back-of-the-envelope” maths from 2010 – and while useful to start conversations, there were bigger questions.

On top of that, the estimate of how much carbon an email generates “takes into account absolutely everything involved”, according to Chris Preist, professor of sustainability and computer systems at the University of Bristol.

It tries to include the energy used by servers, your home wi-fi, your laptop – even a very small share of the carbon emitted to construct the data centre buildings.

“The reality is that a lot of the system will still have impact, whether or not the email is sent,” Prof Preist explains.

“Your laptop will still be on, your wi-fi will still be on, your home internet connection will still be on, the wider network will still use roughly the same amount of energy even with a reduction in volume.

“There will be a small saving in the data centre hosting the email, particularly if it allows them to use a few less servers. But the carbon saved will be far far less than 1g per email.”

What can make a difference?

Rather than worrying about relatively low-impact emails, some researchers suggest we should turn our attention to services such as game and video-streaming and cloud storage which have a much larger effect.

But the topic is immensely complicated, and there is a debate about how estimates should be calculated – and who should be responsible for it.

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Big tech firms such as Google, for example, are already proudly carbon-neutral: they pay subsidies for environmental projects to offset the carbon they burn providing your emails – and other services like YouTube.

“What really makes a difference is buying less kit, and keeping it for longer,” Prof Preist explains. “But even this is small fry compared with your travel, heating your home, and what you eat.”

He said consumers should focus their “eco-guilt” on things that make a difference – and not sweat the small stuff.

“That is the job of the companies providing the services, who should be designing their systems to deliver services in as energy and resource efficient way as possible.”

His advice on email etiquette and thank-you messages?

“Send an email if you feel that the other person will value it, and don’t if they won’t,” he said.

“The biggest ‘waste’ both from an environmental and personal point of view will be the use of time by both of you.”

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How to Search Emails in Gmail by Specific Time


Learn how to perform a date range search in Gmail and find email messages that were sent or received during a specific date and time

Gmail supports a plethora of search operators to help you instantly find that elusive email message buried in your mailbox. You have size search – like larger_than:5mb – to find the big messages in your account. File search – like has:attachment filename:doc – will locate email messages that contain specific file attachments. This graphic illustrates all the known Gmail search operators that work both on Gmail website and mobile.


Search by Date in Gmail

Date search in Gmail helps you locate emails sent or received during a specific period. Here are some examples:

  • newer_than:7d from:me – Emails sent in the last 7 days
  • after:2020/10/15 before:2020/10/20 from:uber – Emails from Uber received between October 15 and October 20.
  • newer_than:60d older_than:30d – All emails received in the previous 30-day range.

The date in the Gmail search query is specified in the YYYY/MM/DD format.

Search Emails by Specific Time in Gmail

Gmail supports an undocumented time-based search option that lets you find emails sent or received during a specific hour, minute or event second. For instance, you can limit your Gmail search to emails that were received between October 10 8:15 PM and October 10, 2020 8:45 PM.


Gmail Search Date and Time

To get started, convert the date and time to Epoch time and then use the timestamp with the standard after or before search operator of Gmail.

For instance, the Epoch time for October 10 8:30 PM is 1602774000 and that of October 10 8:45 PM is 1602774900. Use the search query after:1602774000 before:1602774900 to:me in Gmail and you’ll get a list of all emails that were received during that 15-minute period.

Epoch time is the number of seconds that have elapsed since January 1, 1970 (UTC). Use the Epoch converter to represent a human readable date and time in Epoch and use that timestamp with the before or after search operator of Gmail to find that elusive email.

Date and Time Search with Google Script

Here’s a little snippet that will automate your Gmail search by time using the Gmail API. It will fetch all email messages that were received between 12:15 PM and 1:30 PM.

const emailReceived = () => {
  const secondsSinceEpoch = (date) => Math.floor(date.getTime() / 1000);
  const after = new Date();
  const before = new Date();
  after.setHours(12, 15, 0, 0);
  before.setHours(13, 30, 0, 0);
  const query = `after:${secondsSinceEpoch(after)} before:${secondsSinceEpoch(
    before
  )}`;
  const messages = Gmail.Users.Messages.list('me', {
    q: query,
  });
  Logger.log(messages);
};

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Report: Hunter Biden emails show effort to target high-ranking Democrats



 

 

Screenshot of Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, addressing the virtual Democratic National Convention.(Photo by Handout/DNCC via Getty Images)

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Hunter Biden’s former business partner has said the former vice president’s son tried to bring politically connected officials into his business partnerships.

Tony Bobulinski provided a May 2017 email from Joe Biden’s brother James that was sent to himself, Hunter and others. In the email, Jim made the suggestion to target high profile Democrat politicians as “key domestic contacts” for their U.S.-China joint venture.

Tony Bobulinski speaks to reporters at a hotel in Nashville, Tenn. while holding a phone with alleged evidence of Hunter Biden’s corruption.

These high-profile Democrats included New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-N.Y.).

A number of other Democrat politicians were also mentioned, including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and then San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.). Subsequent emails targeted even more Democrats.

Another email reportedly listed possible foreign contacts for the venture, which included leaders in Columbia, Argentina and Ireland as well as business leaders in India and Mexico.

This came amid reported texts from 2015 that detailed various schemes to bring in former federal officials. The texts stated that political influence was key to their business strategy.

Reports also claimed that once Hunter was brought into the fold, it finally led to productive meetings with high-profile names.

New texts have also suggested the Democrat presidential candidate met with James, Hunter and Bobulinksi in 2017 at the same time Hunter attempted to meet with the founder of a Chinese communist-linked energy company.

In an interview Wednesday, former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who has been working with Rudy Giuliani on Hunter’s laptop, called the evidence against Hunter “overwhelming.”

He noted if an investigation isn’t ongoing, everyone at the FBI and Department of Justice should be fired. Kerik added if anyone doesn’t believe the emails, they should at least believe Bobulinski.

“If you really want to push the Russian disinformation issue, well then the Russians would have had to hypnotize Hunter,” Kerik noted. “And had him take his own hard drive into some store…and not pick it up.”

In an interview Thursday, lawmaker Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said if Biden wins the presidency, he doesn’t see how a special counsel could be avoided. Johnson claimed it would be needed to get to the bottom of the former vice president’s son’s business dealings with Ukraine and China.

Otherwise, he warned the whole situation would be “tucked away” and evidence would be buried, meaning the public would never know what happened.

A recent poll cited around 75 percent of voters said they’ve heard at least a little about the Hunter Biden story. Four in 10 have claimed they think he did something wrong.

According to an additional report, Google searches for how to change one’s vote have spiked in recent days and have coincided with a search for more information on Hunter.

Reports have also indicated that at least one Senate Committee is investigating if Hunter Biden violated federal laws by failing to register as a foreign agent while promoting the interests of foreign business partners in Washington D.C.

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NSW Southern Highlands schools evacuated after more ‘threatening’ emails


Strike Force Rolum has been established to investigate the circumstances and origins of the emails.

Speaking earlier on Wednesday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was confident police would identify the sender of the threatening emails.

Willoughby Girls High was among the schools affected.Credit:Janie Barrett

Sydney schools understood to have received the emails on Tuesday include Willoughby Girls High, Castle Hill High, Thomas Reddall High, Mount Annan High, Elizabeth Macarthur High, Picnic Point High, Baulkham Hills High, Bossley Park High, Ravenswood School for Girls, Crestwood High and Jamison High. Willoughby Public School, next to the high school, was also evacuated.

As the member for Willoughby, Ms Berejiklian told Ben Fordham on 2GB on Wednesday morning she knew the disruption to the community the scam emails had caused.

“I know from my own local school how that affected the local community; it was a stressful time and that happened 20 times across NSW,” she said.

After completing their final year of school amid a range of adverse circumstances – including weeks of remote learning and restricted celebrations due to social distancing requirements – the Premier said she sympathised with the year 12 students affected by the emails, some of whom were unable to complete their legal studies exam.

“It’s a very stressful time, in 2020, to be doing the HSC anyway and the kids didn’t need that,” she said.

The Premier said “it was a very scary thing, but I know police are onto it”, adding it was necessary to evacuate the schools.

“The police have to do the right thing which is assume the threat is real,” she said.

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Speaking on Today, Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said she was “devastated” for the Year 12 students who had their exams disrupted.

“I’m devastated for them and I’m angry,” she said.

“Yesterday, as soon as we knew all of the kids were safe, there was that sense of relief – but I’m really cranky at whoever is behind this.

“It has been tough enough for year 12. It is a disgrace: not a funny prank.”

Ms Mitchell reiterated that students will be able to apply for misadventure provisions if they believe their exams were impacted.

The subjects most likely to have been impacted were legal studies in the morning and visual arts in the afternoon, although Ms Mitchell said most exams had returned to normal after lunch.

“Some schools moved to alternative locations we had as a back-up plan in case there was a COVID impact on a school,” she explained, stressing the varying impacts of the evacuations will be taken into account when exams are marked and “students won’t be disadvantaged in any way”.

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Threatening emails sent to more than 20 Sydney high schools, HSC exams thrown into turmoil


Police have launched an investigation into the origins of threatening emails, which disrupted more than 20 Sydney high schools today.

Students, teachers and staff from the schools were evacuated, and police conducted searches of the schools grounds, but say “no items of interest were found”.

“Unfortunately we’ve had more than 20 schools across Sydney impacted by the emails that were threatening bombs,” Education Minister Sarah Mitchell confirmed to the ABC.

Police said initial inquiries “suggest the threats are linked” and detectives from the cybercrime squad will lead the investigation into tracking down the source of the emails.

Schools across Sydney enacted emergency response plans.(ABC News)

It also interrupted some students who were sitting their Higher School Certificate exams.

“Obviously that’s incredibly distressing for any students who were impacted,” Ms Mitchell said.

“They will be able to apply to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for misadventure provisions, taking into account the fact that there may have been disruption to their exams,” she said.

“It’s a very serious matter and there are very serious penalties for those sort of threats, and police will investigate thoroughly.”

A spokesperson for NESA said the body was working with the school sectors to understand the impact of today’s events on both morning and afternoon HSC exams.

“No student will have to resit an exam,” Ms Mitchell said.



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