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Rep. John Katko becomes first House Republican to back Trump impeachment - syracuse.com
House Democrats plan Wednesday vote to impeach President Trump.
Washington U.S. Rep. John Katko said today he will vote to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting a riot last week at the U.S. Capitol. Katko, R-Camillus, is the first House Republican to acknowledge that he will join at least 218 House Democrats who signed onto an impeachment resolution. A vote is expected Wednesday, a week before President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office. Katko said he felt compelled to uphold his oath of office and defend the Constitution by impeaching Trump. To allow the president of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy, Katko said in a statement. For that reason, I cannot sit by without taking action. I will vote to impeach this president. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, is the only other GOP House member who has signaled he would support an effort to remove Trump from office. But he has not specifically said he would vote for impeachment. Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking House Republican, told GOP members in a conference call Monday that their impeachment decision is a vote of conscience and not a political vote, The Associated Press reported. About an hour after Katko shared his decision with syracuse.com, Cheney said she too will vote to impeach Trump. The president of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack, Cheney said in a statement. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the president...There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. As of Tuesday afternoon, no other House Republican had said they will break with the GOP to impeach Trump for incitement of insurrection. Katko said he considered the question of impeachment through his lens as a former federal prosecutor by reviewing the facts of what happened last week. It cannot be ignored that President Trump encouraged this insurrection both on social media ahead of January 6th, and in his speech that day, Katko said. By deliberately promoting baseless theories suggesting the election was somehow stolen, the president created a combustible environment of misinformation, disenfranchisement, and division. When this manifested in violent acts on January 6th, he refused to promptly and forcefully call it off, putting countless lives in danger. Katko was among hundreds of members of Congress locked down in the Capitol for hours on Wednesday waiting for rioters to be cleared out of the building and for Trump to call off his supporters. The House impeachment resolution seeks to remove Trump from the presidency and prevent him from ever again holding federal elected office. Katko, who co-chairs the Tuesday Group caucus of moderate Republicans, is expected to be among fewer than a dozen House Republicans to break ranks in Wednesdays vote. Read John Katkos full statement about impeaching President Trump Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, said today he will support a bill to censure Trump and an effort to ban him from holding federal office in the future. But Reed said impeachment was too big a step, and could further fan the flames of division without accomplishing anything. For Katko, his decision to support impeachment caps a rapid reversal of his support for Trump since the attack on the Capitol. Katko endorsed Trump in the 2020 presidential election. He joined a unanimous House Republican conference in a vote against impeaching the president in December 2019. After an angry mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol last week, Katko said the president lost his support. The violence left one Capitol police officer and four rioters dead. If I knew back then what I saw yesterday, I clearly wouldnt have supported him, and I cant support him going forward, Katko said Thursday when asked about Trump. Hindsight is 20-20. Even before the attack on the Capitol, Katko had rebuked the president for making baseless claims about widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Katko refused to join the GOP House majority that objected Wednesday to certifying the Electoral College vote for Biden. Trump, in comments to reporters today, criticized the effort to impeach him for a second time in 13 months. Trump said the impeachment resolution is a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. He called for no violence but said this impeachment is causing tremendous anger. Before voting on the impeachment resolution Wednesday, House Democrats plan to vote tonight on a measure that formally calls for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and strip Trump of his duties. Katko said he plans to vote against the resolution tonight. Vice President Pence has made clear he will not do this, and believes elected representatives should be tasked with this effort, not acting and remaining cabinet members, Katko said. Accordingly, I will not support this effort. Any impeachment trial in the Senate likely would not start until Jan. 19 when senators are due back in Washington, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY., the Democratic leader, said he may try to use emergency powers to move up the start of the trial. Got a tip, comment or story idea? Contact Mark Weiner anytime by: Email | Twitter | Facebook | 571-970-3751
Syracuse man appears as ‘person of interest’ in FBI, D.C. police investigation of U.S. Capitol riot - syracuse.com
Albert Ciarpelli, 65, was seen in a surveillance photo distributed by the FBI and Washington, D.C. police.
Syracuse, NY A Syracuse resident appears on persons of interest posters circulated by law enforcement following the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in Washington D.C. The face of Albert Ciarpelli, 65, is included in a surveillance photo released Thursday by the FBI and the Metropolitan Police Department in the nations capital. SEEKING INFORMATION: VIOLENCE AT THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL reads the FBI poster, distributed on Twitter and other public settings. Ciarpellis picture is one of dozens released by federal agents. Legal experts say prosecutors will consider a range of charges from trespassing to vandalism to sedition, according to the Washington Post. The photos of Ciarpelli released by police and taken by news photographers do not show him destroying property or committing any acts of violence. Ciarpelli is a longtime Central New York resident who owns real estate in the Syracuse area, according to public records. His dormant Twitter account features references to President Trump and a Make America Great Again hat. Reached on the phone Friday, Ciarpelli was asked about his presence at the Capitol protests. Yes, yes, he replied. Can you hold on? The line went dead. About 30 seconds later, his lawyer, William Sullivan, called the Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard reporter back. Sullivan confirmed that Ciarpelli was at the protest, but provided no specifics and maintained that his client had done nothing illegal. As far as I know, there is no warrant for him, Sullivan told Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard. He attended a rally. Sullivan said he had no further comment, adding he needed to talk to his client. At the lawyers request, Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard sent him two pictures of Ciarpelli, taken inside the Capitol. Both photos appear to depict different angles of Ciarpelli and others, in the hallway near the Senate chamber. Protesters, including Syracuse resident Albert Ciarpelli (right-middle, gray hair, pointing a finger) walk as U.S. Capitol Police officers watch in a hallway near the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, near the Ohio Clock. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)AP The Associated Press photo shows Ciarpelli pointing and speaking to Capitol security. The second photo, released by the FBI and police (at top), shows Ciarpelli head-on, apparently engaged in the same interaction. The law enforcement photo was released to the public Thursday, by the FBI on a Seeking Information poster. An FBI wanted poster includes an image of Central New York resident Albert Ciarpelli (circled) as one of the people wanted following the Jan. 6, 2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol.FBI He was also included in a slideshow titled, Persons of Interest in Unrest-Related Offenses on January 6, 2021. (Slide number 10. Next to the image, D.C. police wrote: Federal Charges Pending due to Insurrection at the US Capitol January 6, 2021. Approximately 1:30 pm U.S Capitol Grounds 100 block of First Street, NW. After receiving copies of the photos, Sullivan confirmed again that he had no comment. Syracuse resident Albert Ciarpelli (far left, with phone) during the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Do you know any Central New Yorkers who were inside the Capitol on Wednesday? Contact staff writer Douglass Dowty at [email protected] or 315-470-6070. Here are the photos by the FBI and the Metropolitan Police Department.
Video: Trump concedes election to Biden, condemns violence at Capitol - syracuse.com
Trump called the storming of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters a “heinous attack” that left him “outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem.”
President Donald Trump is conceding to President-elect Joe Biden and condemning the violent supporters who stormed the nations Capitol Wednesday. In a new video message, Trump says that now that Congress has certified the results, the new administration will be inaugurated on January 20 and his focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. He is also speaking out against the violence, calling it a heinous attack that left him outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem. Trump did not address his role in inciting the violence. But he is telling his supporters that, while he knows they are disappointed, he wants them to know our incredible journey is only just beginning.
Bills defense took it personal when JuJu Smith-Schuster danced on Buffalo’s logo - syracuse.com
Smith-Schuster posted video of himself dancing on Bills logo before the game on TikTok before kickoff.
Orchard Park, N.Y. Before the Sunday Night Football matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers, receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster recorded a video of himself dancing on the charging buffalo logo at midfield at Bills Stadium. Bills players noticed what he was doing and that he posted the video to his TikTok account before the game. Buffalo defensive backs Jordan Poyer and Levi Wallace said the Bills defense didnt take too kindly to the antics. With seven minutes left in the game, some Bills players started dancing themselves with the game almost over. Poyer said it was just great energy on the sidelines. We felt the momentum of the game swing, Poyer said. And I aint going to lie. Seeing them dancing on our logo pre-game and seeing all that, that turns you up a little bit. It kind of gives you a little second itch to come out and play with some extra fire. We were hyped up on the sideline, we had a big win. And we were just having fun. The Bills beat a Pittsburgh team quarterbacked by Ben Roethlisberger for the first time in the 38-year-olds career. The Steelers went into Sunday nights game averaging over 27 points and 345 yards of total offense per game. Against Buffalo the Steelers only had 15 points and 224 total yards. Buffalo continues to force turnovers, intercepting Roethlisberger twice, including a pick-six by Taron Johnson right before halftime that completely changed the momentum in the game. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said after the game that the pick-six was a momentum-changing play. We made a few plays in the first half, Tomlin said. Defensively, they made a few plays and their plays were more significant than ours. That pick-six was the significant play. So you have to give them credit. READ MORE ON THE BILLS Bills win over Steelers shows team is legit Super Bowl contender (Week 14 report card) Stefon Diggs takes over on SNF stage, leads Bills to win over AFC rival Steelers (Instant observations) Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills: Live updates from Week 14
Cuomo orders orange zone coronavirus rules for parts of Onondaga County, yellow zone expanded - syracuse.com
Orange zone rules include mandatory closure of schools and certain businesses.
New York Parts of Onondaga County are now a coronavirus orange zone, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today. Schools in orange zones must switch to remote learning, although they can restart in-person classes after meeting testing requirements. Certain businesses in orange zones are also required to close. The new orange zone includes parts of Syracuse, Solvay, DeWitt and Lyncourt, Cuomo said during a press conference in New York City. The countys yellow zone, which has been in place since earlier this month and surrounds the new orange zone, has also been expanded: A map shows the new coronavirus orange and yellow zones in Onondaga County.Image courtesy of Onondaga County An exact list of which towns and school districts are now in each zone was not immediately available. You can check your address online, but the states search tool hasnt been updated with the new maps yet. Full orange zone rules include:
- House of worship limited to 33% of their total capacity, down from 50%, and 25 people maximum
- Gatherings are limited to 10 people indoors and outdoors
- High-risk nonessential businesses are closed, including gyms and personal care providers like barbers and salons
- Dining is limited to outdoors only with a maximum of four people per table, a switch from indoor and outdoor dining being allowed
- Schools close for in-person classes and switch to remote learning
- Houses of worship limited to 50% of their total capacity, the same as they are outside a cluster zone
- Mass gatherings limited to 25 people indoors and outdoors, down from 50
- Indoor and outdoor dining limited to a maximum of four people per table, down from 10
Steve Barnes of Cellino & Barnes killed in Upstate NY plane crash with niece - syracuse.com
Barnes, a prominent personal injury attorney, was the pilot.
Prominent personal injury attorney Steve Barnes is dead, his longtime law partner at Cellino & Barnes confirmed Friday. Barnes and his niece, Elizabeth Barnes, were killed in a small plane crash in Upstate New York, Ross Cellino Jr. said. Barnes, a registered pilot, was flying a single-engine Socata TBM 700 from Manchester, New Hampshire, to Buffalo when it crashed in the woods in Corfu, near Pembroke, N.Y., around 11:45 a.m. Friday. Neighbors described the plane making a loud, whining noise, then dropping into a wooded area and exploding, according to Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron. No other passengers were onboard the aircraft, owned by Barnes and registered with the FAA at an address that matches Cellino and Barnes' Western New York office. Stephen Barnes and Ross Cellino Jr. operated a law firm for nearly three decades with offices in Buffalo, Rochester, New York City, Long Island, and California. Their catchy commercial jingle with the phone number 800-888-8888 (Dont Wait, Call 8) was well known across New York state and inspired Saturday Night Live skits, other late-night TV jokes and an online Cellino & Barnes Challenge. His passing is a significant loss for the legal community, Barnes' law partner Ross Cellino said. He was always a fearless advocate for his clients. All of us at Cellino & Barnes are deeply saddened." Cellino and Barnes had battled in court in recent years, and officially split this summer to form two separate firms: Cellino Law and The Barnes Firm. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we acknowledge the loss of Steve Barnes and his niece Elizabeth Barnes following a tragic accident earlier today, The Barnes Firm said in a statement. Steve was a friend, colleague, partner, and mentor to so many people across our firm, in NewYork, California, and beyond. He was a legal industry giant, proud Marine, and loving father. Steve and Elizabeth will be sorely missed by many. Our utmost condolences go out to his family and closest loved ones during this very difficult and unfortunate time. Steve Barnes is survived by his longtime partner, fellow attorney Ellen Sturm, and three children, Josiah, Rachel, and Julia. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash. The Associated Press reports the NTSB is expected to release its initial report within seven to 10 days.
Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes challenges Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen to throwing contest over Madden 21 rating - syracuse.com
Mahomes and Allen have both been onboard with the throw-off idea in the past.
If Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen challenge each other to throw-offs enough perhaps it will finally happen. Mahomes threw out the latest challenge on a SportsCenter Madden NFL 21 special after being asked about trailing the Buffalo Bills QB in throw power. The EA Sports game gave Allen a 99 rating while Mahomes was given a 97. Mahomes acknowledged Allens strong arm, but once again proposed a throw-off to settle the argument once and for all. Dude, obviously Josh has an extremely strong arm, but Ive yet to see someone have a stronger arm than me, Mahomes said. Maybe we can line up... I know we talked about maybe having a throw-off and then we can prove who really has the strongest arm. When asked if he would win, Mahomes said he was confident in his ability to throw the ball at least 80-85 yards. I have the ultimate belief in myself. I mean he does have a strong arm, but if I put it out there like 80-85 yards... If he beats that he beats it. Mahomes and Allen have talked about a potential throwing contest since last season. Barstool Sports Pardon My Take asked Allen in February of 2019 who could throw a ball further. The quarterback simply responded, We can find out. Mahomes was quick to respond in 2019. Much like he said on Friday night, Mahomes believes it would take a throw of at least 85 yards to defeat him. Josh is a great dude but no one that Ive known has been able to throw a ball farther than me, Mahomes said on a potential throw-off in 2019. Ive never seen Josh throw in person but maybe next offseason we can set something up (to see who can throw further). Hopefully I can get him to come down to Kansas City, and we can do something for charity. Its going to take at least 85 yards to win (the throw-off). A throw-off in-season is unlikely, but Bills and Chiefs fans will be able to see the two quarterback duel this season when Buffalo hosts Kansas City on Thursday Night Football on October 15. READ MORE ON THE BILLS Buffalo Bills flash briefing (7/17/20): First stadium bid shut down Mark Poloncarz wipes out TUSHY as potential Buffalo Bills stadium name bidder Is Cody Ford the answer at right tackle? (Buffalo Bills 2020 OL training camp preview) Lorenzo Alexander: If Bills dont compete for AFC title in 2020, seasons a disappointment
What’s the greatest health risk in coronavirus era: Kids at school or at home? - syracuse.com
Experts say mental and physical health suffer when children are stuck at home.
Syracuse, N.Y. Should school children return to classrooms this fall, even amid a pandemic that might roll on for a year or more? Yes, pediatricians and educators say. Recent research indicates that children dont appear to be at high risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, they say, and there could be more harm to kids to keep them at home than to bring them back to school. I do believe we should open schools for children for the benefits they derive: Its social, its emotional, its meals, its a safety net, said Dr. Jana Shaw, a pediatric infectious disease doctor at Upstate Medical University. There are a number of benefits students derive from attending school, and theyre important regardless of race and income. Shaw said recent research suggests that children are less likely to get Covid-19, less likely to get sick, and less likely to pass it on than adults are. She cites a flood of recent studies that show children arent driving the epidemic. The data is suggestive, though, and most of it has been conducted in other countries. The virus emerged in Asia in December, and many American schools closed in March, so there have been no studies of transmission in schools here. Not all doctors embrace the idea that children are less likely to pass along the virus. Dr. Ted Triana, a family physician who is also the medical director for the Syracuse City School District, says the science isnt settled. He says some of the studies have serious shortcomings, and that we know children can get the disease without symptoms. If you put four scientists in a room, youre going to have four different answers, Triana said. I think (children) could be silent transmitters. The calculus in deciding to reopen schools is similar to that for reopening the economy: Are the effects of a continued school lockout worse than the potential spread of the virus? The largest group of child doctors in the country thinks so. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges states to reopen schools in the fall because students learn better and form important social bonds in classrooms than online. A lot of kids are struggling with trying to learn from home, said Dr. Ed Lewis, a Rochester pediatrician who is president of the academys Upstate New York chapter. Home is not school. There are kids who need their routines. There are kids who really need the structure. Children arent able to see their friends and live a normal life now, Lewis said, and that has long-term consequences. Many low-income students depend on schools for breakfast and lunch, and for health care and counseling from school nurses and psychologists. Online learning exacerbates societys inequalities; low-income and rural families, for example, often lack the necessary internet connections. Teachers who suspect their students have mental health problems, or are being abused at home, can seek help. We have caught medical conditions in the school setting that would otherwise have gone unrecognized, said Triana, whose staff in the school district includes 48 nurses and 22 health aides. In-person school teaches more than just academics, and students stuck at home arent learning how to interact with others, said Jeremy Belfiel, superintendent of the rural, 800-student LaFayette Central School District. In a small family dynamic there isnt as much opportunity for kids to learn how to make friends, build relationships, build rapport, learn how to resolve disputes, Belfiel said. I think thats a very critical skill. Dr. Geoffrey Hopkins, a psychiatrist at St. Josephs Health Hospital, said hes already seen increased anxiety in his child patients caused by the closure of schools in March. That could get worse if theyre kept home in the fall, he said. For kids who do have underlying mental health conditions, Covid-19 and social isolation have magnified their symptoms, said Hopkins, medical director of the hospitals Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program. When I ask them what do you think about going to school in the fall, they say, I miss my friends so much. The social and emotional protection and support that schools provide cant be overstated. School also serves as day care for working parents; if kids are stuck at home, parents cant go to work, hampering the earning power of families and the ability for the economy to recover. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued guidelines for schools to open again, including encouraging mask-wearing and disinfecting classrooms. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says hell issue guidance today and approve final plans in early August. Schools in New York and around the country were abruptly shuttered in March after the first confirmed cases of the coronavirus, called SARS-CoV-2. Governors saw classrooms as hotbeds of coronavirus transmission: dozens of kids close together, breathing on each other, not washing their hands frequently. Thats true for the seasonal flu, which affects children and which they easily transmit to others. It was also true in 2009, when the H1N1 virus, also called the swine flu, broke out in the United States. Children were hardest hit because they had no immunity, while older people had some immunity because they had been exposed to an older form of H1N1. We assumed that SARS-CoV-2 would do the same and we wanted to be cautious and close schools down, Shaw said. Recent science suggests, however, that kids arent very efficient at spreading the new coronavirus. We know children are rarely the source of the infection of others, Shaw said. It is the adults that are primarily driving the transmission to others. Children get infected from adults. Therefore school closure is likely to have minimal impact on transmission and should be balanced with the benefit of keeping schools open. One study conducted in six Asian and European countries found that children and teens were half as likely as adults to be infected with the virus. That study also found that nearly 70% of people age 70 or older showed symptoms, but just 20% of 10-to 19-year-olds did. That could be a key reason children dont transmit the virus as easily: If youre not coughing and sneezing, Shaw noted, youre not spreading the virus as readily. One review of over 700 studies, done by researchers in Sweden and New York, concluded that children had lower levels of the virus in their bodies than adults did, and were rarely the source of an outbreak in households. Children also came in contact mostly with other children and parents, not with the older people who are more vulnerable to the disease and its effects. Children are unlikely to be the main drivers of the pandemic, the study concluded. Opening up schools and kindergartens is unlikely to impact COVID-19 mortality rates in older people. According to The Child is Not To Blame, an article in the academys journal, Pediatrics, several studies indicate children dont transmit the virus easily
- A 9-year-old boy in France with the virus exposed 80 classmates, but none of them contracted the virus.
- In Australia, nine students and nine staff members infected with the virus had close contact with 735 students and 128 staff members. Only two additional people were infected.
- In a hospital in China, 65 of 68 children with Covid-19 were likely infected by adults in their households, not the other way around.
Buffalo Bills defender could be worthy of Patrick Mahomes contract, says NFL writer - syracuse.com
CBS Sports' Will Brinson laid out an argument for the Bills to lock down this cornerstone player for 10 years.
Everyone knew Patrick Mahomes was going to break the bank on his contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs, but few were ready for the 10-year contract that can reach $503 million. At the end of the day, Mahomes contract will likely be an outlier in terms of money. Dak Prescott, Deshaun Watson and other quarterbacks looking for big paydays can try to use Mahomes deal to their advantage during negotiations, but it is unlikely that any of them will surpass the money the Chiefs will give Mahomes over the next decade. While no other player will likely surpass Mahomes salary in the near future, the Chiefs could have given an idea to other teams in terms of locking down young cornerstone players long-term. Looking over the Buffalo Bills roster, CBS Sports Will Brinson believes the team has a defender worthy of a Mahomes-like contract in terms of length. Brinson recently appeared on The Bill Barnwell Show podcast and laid out the following criteria that he would use when deciding whether or not to lock up players to decade-long contracts.
- Eligible for an extension
- Really young
- Played in league 3 years
- Franchise cornerstone
Country stars Chase Rice, Chris Janson play packed concerts without masks amid coronavirus - syracuse.com
Reps said capacity was reduced, but no social distancing was apparent.
August Brown | Los Angeles Times As Covid-19 surges throughout the South and West, country music singers Chase Rice and Chris Janson each played to packed concerts on Saturday, where many fans chose to ignore recommended safety measures against spreading and contracting the disease. The two singers performed sets in Tennessee and Idaho, respectively, to crowds who, in video footage of the sets, are seen pressed tightly in front of the stages, singing along to songs, their faces not covered by masks. Rice posted footage of Saturdays concert, at the Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in Petros, Tennessee, to Instagram with the brief caption, We back. The post drew ourcry from fans and the music industry including Kelsea Ballerini, who wrote Imagine being selfish enough to put thousands of peoples health at risk, not to mention the potential ripple effect, and play a NORMAL country concert right now. The footage showed a scene of screaming fans with no face coverings packed against railings, an environment that would likely alarm public health officials. As of Saturday, Tennessee had over 40,000 cases of coronavirus and 584 deaths, and is breaking new state records for confirmed cases. Representatives for Rice, when reached Sunday, declined to comment. A spokesperson for the venue said, in an email, that "All local requirements were abided by for the recent concert, and numerous precautions were taken. We drastically reduced our maximum venue capacity of 10,000 to 4,000 maximum capacity (lower than the state's advisement of 50%) with less than 1,000 in attendance Saturday night providing ample space in the outdoor lawn area for fans to spread out to their own comfort level. All guests were given temperature checks prior to entering the venue and free hand sanitizer was provided to everyone at entry." The representative for Brushy Mountain said the 10,000-capacity venue was operating at 11% capacity for Rices set, its first show post-Covid-19, but that we were unable to further enforce the physical distancing recommended in the signage posted across the property and are looking into future alternative scenarios that further protect the attendees, artists and their crews and our employees. Further shows, including Sawyer Brown's July 18 set, are currently "under review." Tennessee currently allows concert venues to open at below 50% capacity. Rice, who has placed three top-10 singles on Billboard's country songs chart, has a full tour itinerary still posted for this summer on his website, but Ticketmaster links show many of the dates have been canceled as of Sunday. Janson, meanwhile, similarly posted (and later removed) social media posts showing footage from his show at the Hwy 30 Fest in Filer, Idaho. Such a great night! Glad to be back at it, he wrote to one fan who praised his performance, before deleting the message. Footage from the weekend festival shows a crowd of hundreds of fans, with few, if any, wearing face masks or distancing. Idaho currently has 5,319 cases of Covid-19 and 91 deaths. Representatives for Janson, who has placed five singles on Billboard's country songs chart, did not immediately return requests for comment. While some promoters have come under fire in Los Angeles for beginning to host unpermitted concerts, these appear to be some of the first major fully ticketed, permitted concerts since Covid-19 lockdowns began in March. On Sunday, the city of Nashville home to the country music industry announced a mandatory mask policy for all public spaces. Meanwhile, on Friday, the U.S. broke a somber milestone with over 40,000 confirmed daily new cases, with a national death toll of over 125,000. MORE ON CORONAVIRUS Coronavirus in NY: Cases, maps, charts and resources Restarting NY: Can you have a wedding this summer in NY state? Cuomo: NY school reopenings at risk if coronavirus keeps spreading nationally NY State Fair 2020: Deep-fried faith continues for a socially distanced event as cancellations begin Complete coronavirus coverage on syracuse.com