Arizona Sheriff Who Refused to Enforce Lockdown Restrictions Has COVID-19


A Republican sheriff in Arizona who said he would not enforce the state’s emergency coronavirus orders has come down with COVID-19.

Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb announced on Facebook on Wednesday that he had tested positive, likely from attending a campaign event on Saturday. He says he found out when he was called on Tuesday to meet with President Trump at the White House and was screened for the virus.

“Unfortunately, as a law enforcement official and elected leader, we do not have the luxury of staying home,” Lamb wrote. “This line of work is inherently dangerous, and that is a risk we take when we sign up for the job. Today, that risk is the COVID-19 virus. On Saturday, I held a campaign event, where it is likely I came into contact with an infected individual.”

Transcribe Anti-Slavery Letters to Help Historians

This is a really interesting project if you have some time on your hands and would like to spend it productively. (I transcribed a few letters earlier and probably will do more later)

The Boston Public Library has a collection of letters that were sent to and from anti-slavery activists in the 19th century. The only problem: They’re handwritten, which makes them hard to read and impossible to search. This is where you come in.

The library is looking for volunteers to help transcribe the letters in its Anti-Slavery Manuscripts project. When you sign in, you’ll see a letter, with lines of script underlined (or, if you are the first to transcribe this document, you’ll underline them yourself). Click and you can either type what that line of the document seems to say, or you can agree with a previous volunteer’s transcription. With multiple people working on each document, you’re each checking each other’s work.