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This deathcare startup is shaking up the funeral industry by decomposing bodies

This deathcare startup is shaking up the funeral industry by decomposing bodies 1Not content with a burial or a cremation?

The startup Recompose is creating a new model of deathcare that converts human bodies into soil through a process called natural organic reduction.

Getting off the ground was not easy.

Recompose’s founder Katrina Spade spent 7 years lobbying the state of Washington for a legal alternative to burial or cremation.

When the bill passed late last year, she was prepping an 18.5k-sq.-ft. warehouse in Sodo, Washington. At the location, bodies were to be placed in a “special mix of wood chips, alfalfa, and straw” that would decompose into usable soil in a matter of weeks.

Then the pandemic hit.

Source: This deathcare startup is shaking up the funeral industry by decomposing bodies

Virginia Gov. Northam also a possible target of Whitmer kidnapping plotters, FBI agent tells court – The Washington Post

Virginia Gov. Northam also a possible target of Whitmer kidnapping plotters, FBI agent tells court - The Washington Post 2GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Accused conspirators charged in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also discussed “taking” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, an FBI agent testified at a court hearing Tuesday.

During the hearing here in Grand Rapids to discuss the charges filed last week against members of a self-proclaimed militia accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic governor, FBI Special Agent Richard Trask revealed that months ago some of the suspects met in Dublin, Ohio, where Northam, also a Democrat, was discussed as a potential target.

“At this meeting they discussed possible targets, taking a sitting governor, specifically issues with the governors of Michigan and Virginia, based upon the lockdown orders,” Trask told the court, referring to state-mandated restrictions implemented to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Source: Virginia Gov. Northam also a possible target of Whitmer kidnapping plotters, FBI agent tells court – The Washington Post

Joint Chiefs officers in isolation after Coast Guard admiral tests positive for coronavirus, Pentagon says – The Washington Post

Members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are in isolation after the Coast Guard’s No. 2 officer tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Pentagon said Tuesday in a statement.

Adm. Charles W. Ray, the vice commandant of the Coast Guard, first tested positive for the virus on Monday, said Rear Admiral Jon Hickey, a service spokesman. It is not clear when or where the admiral was infected, but his travels in recent days include attending a Sept. 27 event at the White House recognizing Gold Star military families and a meeting at the Pentagon on Friday with the military’s top generals.

Hickey said that after Ray experienced mild symptoms over the weekend, he sought a test.

“Although he is experiencing mild symptoms, he is in good spirits,” Hickey said. “In accordance with established Coast Guard COVID policies, he will be quarantining from home for the required 14-day timeframe, where he will continue to perform his duties as Vice Commandant.”

Source: Joint Chiefs officers in isolation after Coast Guard admiral tests positive for coronavirus, Pentagon says – The Washington Post

Live updates: Trump hospitalized after positive coronavirus test – The Washington Post

Live updates: Trump hospitalized after positive coronavirus test - The Washington Post 3President Trump has received two experimental coronavirus treatments, according to his physician: an “antibody cocktail” and remdesivir.

Other lowlights:

  • “Going welI, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!” Trump tweeted from the hospital shortly before midnight. His physician said in a statement late Friday that “the President is doing very well” and “is not requiring any supplemental oxygen.”
  • Kellyanne Conway, a former senior adviser to Trump, said Friday that she tested positive for the virus, just days after attending a Rose Garden event announcing Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. At least a half-dozen people who were at the event have confirmed infections, including Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and University of Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins.
  • Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and top White House aide Hope Hicks have also tested positive for the virus.
  • Vice President Pence, who has tested negative for the virus, will lead a White House coronavirus task force conference call on Saturday afternoon, according to his office.
  • Trump has no public events scheduled on Saturday; he will spend several days at Walter Reed “out of an abundance of caution,” the White House said.
  • Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, noting that both Lee and Tillis are members of the Judiciary Committee that is scheduled to hold a hearing on the Barrett nomination, asked that the confirmation hearing be delayed.

Source: Live updates: Trump hospitalized after positive coronavirus test – The Washington Post

Parscale steps away from Trump campaign as wife denies physical abuse – POLITICO

Parscale steps away from Trump campaign as wife denies physical abuse - POLITICO 4Brad Parscale, a senior adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign who was involuntarily detained by police this weekend, said he is stepping away from the reelection effort and seeking help for what he called “overwhelming stress” on him and his family.

In a statement provided to POLITICO on Wednesday, Parscale’s wife, Candice, also denied that Parscale physically abused her, despite a police report in which said she told authorities the contrary.

Source: Parscale steps away from Trump campaign as wife denies physical abuse – POLITICO

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