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A Man Dressed As The Grim Reaper Is Visiting Florida’s Beaches To Warn People Of Just How Stupid They Are

Apparently there are thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of people who don’t realize that we are in the middle of a global pandemic and people are dying. Either they don’t know – or they just don’t care.

As the weather has warmed up and people are starting to get a little stir-crazy at home, they’re hitting beaches across the country in droves. In fact, from Florida to California, beaches have been packed with people trading their sweatpants for swimsuits and it just makes absolutely no sense.

A local lawyer has taken to Florida beaches dressed as the grim reaper to make a point that many people seem to be missing.

Even though Death itself is stalking Florida’s beaches, Governor DeSantis announced on Friday that state parks will soon reopen, even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the country. Granted Death came in the form of a local man dressed as the Grim Reaper – but the point remains the same.

Daniel Uhlfelder launched his Florida Grim Reaper tour on Friday protesting beaches being allowed to open. In a tattered black robe and carrying a scythe, the Grim Reaper made an appearance at Miramar Beach in Northern Florida. It had reopened ahead of the Phase 1 reopening giving the green light in some parts of Florida. Those beaches, open to the public, were full Friday after a month of closures.

Just who is this guy dressing up to remind people of the danger they’re putting themselves and the community in?

The Grim Reaper in question is Daniel Uhlfelder, a lawyer and campaigner for public beach access who put on a cowl and wielded a scythe in an attempt to alert Floridians to the dangers of reopening their economy too soon.

Uhlfelder is a staunch advocate for public beach access in the state, even butting heads with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, whose Florida Panhandle home is parked on a private beach. But allowing anyone on the beach during the pandemic is a mistake, he said — one that could endanger the community.

“We aren’t at the point now where we have enough testing, enough data, enough preparation for what’s going to be coming to our state from all over the world from this pandemic,” the lawyer told CNN.

He added: “I know how beautiful and attractive our beaches are. But if we don’t take measures to control things, this virus is going to get really, really out of control.”

Uhlfelder also launched a website, The Florida Grim Reaper Tour, and is attempting to raise $20,000 to support Democrats running for Congress. But the complicated issue of when to reopen each state doesn’t break clearly down party lines. 

Floridians – and to be fair people around the country – are breaking social-distancing requirements despite the U.S. recording its highest death count so far.

According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 1.1m confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the US and more than 65,000 deaths. There have been nearly 35,000 cases in Florida, and just over 1,300 deaths.Advertisement

States across the US are grappling with how and how quickly to reopen their shuttered economies. In general, Republican governors are moving more swiftly to reopen than Democrats.

The United States just had its deadliest day on record due to the coronavirus as states across the country begin to ease restrictions meant to curb the spread of the virus, according to data published by the World Health Organization. 

The U.S. saw 2,909 people die of Covid-19 in 24 hours, according to the data, which was collected as of 4 a.m. ET on Friday. That’s the highest daily Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. yet, based on a CNBC analysis of the WHO’s daily Covid-19 situation reports. 

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Florida Teen Nicole Martinez Who Was Kidnapped By Ex-Con is Found Safe in Virginia

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Florida Teen Nicole Martinez Who Was Kidnapped By Ex-Con is Found Safe in Virginia

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The public has been informed of a happy ending to a story that could have ended tragically. Authorities have revealed that the Florida teen who was abducted by gunpoint on Sunday morning has been found safely in Virginia.

According to police, 18-year-old Nicole Martinez was found unharmed with her kidnapper, 37-year-old Jaddier Sanchez.

Florida authorities revealed that Sanchez abducted Martinez and her parents by gunpoint from their home in Pembroke Pines shortly after midnight on Sunday. He forced Martinez and her parents into their Dodge Ram pickup truck and drove the family around, forcing them to withdraw cash at various ATM machines.

He drove the car to Palm Beach, at which point he told the parents to “get out”. He then drove off with Nicole still in the car, against her will. Martinez’s parents were found wandering at the side of the road by authorities around 5:30 am on Sunday.

The Virginia authorities were able to locate Sanchez around 1 a.m. Monday morning, driving on the Interstate 95 near Springfield in the stolen vehicle.

According to police reports, he was arrested “without incident”. A preliminary search of the car turned up crack cocaine as well as a loaded firearm.

Per the police, Martinez was not gravely harmed, but she was nonetheless taken to a Virginia hospital for minor injuries. Authorities are not giving any other update on her physical condition.

In Virgina, Sanchez faced a judge for three weapons charges, a drug charge and a traffic offense. In Florida, he faces a myriad of other legal troubles. Florida police have yet to formally charge Sanchez, but the Florida man is facing charges of armed robbery, three counts of kidnapping, and grand theft of a vehicle.

According to Martinez’s parents, the family was acquainted with the kidnapper through their daughter.

Police have since revealed that 37-year-old Sanchez was in a “romantic relationship” with the 18-year-old. No further details have been given.

Since his arrest, reports have come out the at Sanchez has spent most of his adult life in and out of prison.

According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, since he was 18-years-old, Sanchez has been charged with shoplifting, burglary, larceny, aggravated stalking, trespassing, aggravated battery, armed robbery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, and domestic violence with intent to kill.

Sanchez had been behind bars since 2006, but was released in late 2020. It didn’t take much time for him to get in trouble with the law again, however.

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This Father Son TikTok Duo Are Going Viral For Their Spot On Impersonations That Are A Must Watch

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This Father Son TikTok Duo Are Going Viral For Their Spot On Impersonations That Are A Must Watch

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People are looking to TikTok for pretty much everything these days. And for good reason, you can really find just about anything on the platform. From vegan cooking hacks and DIY crunch wrap videos to fashion trends and dance challenges, TikTok has become a hub for all sorts of incredible content.

Now, it’s also home to these incredible videos from a father son duo that are going viral for their incredible impersonation capabilities. The queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race better watch out, because five-year-old Brice has some serious lip-syncing skills.

A father and son TikTok duo are going viral for their recent impersonations.

Randy Gonzalez and his tiny son Brice go by the enkyboys on TikTok. The account highlights how Gonzalez’s bond with his son is wholesome, fun and transformative. The pair, who are from Texas have amassed a giant social media presence, with more than 7.3 million followers on TikTok and 413,000 on Instagram.

Some of their most popular videos recently have been their lip-syncing of Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan’s character from a scene in Rush Hour 2 and a scene from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air where Brice plays the role of Will Smith. There’s also a video of Randy and Brice lip syncing to Justin Timberlake’s song “Mirrors” as Randy pretends to spank Brice.

But now, their TikTok presence has catapulted them to fame as they get attention from some of the world’s biggest celebrities. Over the weekend, in response to the attack on the Capitol, Brice and his dad Randy recreated the viral “Elizabeth from Knoxville” video – the pro-Trump rioter who was maced in the face after attempting to attack the Capitol.

But it’s this masterpiece right here that has struck gold on the Internet.

After being tweeted at by Ava Duvernay, the video that Brice and his dad Randy did impersonating “Elizabeth from Knoxville” catapulted to the top of the TikTok trending and now has more than 1.2 million likes!

It’s really incredible to watch as five-year-old Brice totally nails the entire mood of that video.

Started making TikTok videos after leaving prison as a way to break stereotypes.

When he launched the TikTok channel, Gonzalez had recently got out of prison and was looking for ways to combat stereotypes –

not just about men who look like him, but those with criminal records. He’s no hardened, scary hustler lurking in the shadows. Gonzalez is funny, vulnerable and loving.

The father told his story in a series of viral clips. When Gonzalez was released from prison he was called a criminal, loser and deadbeat. But he overcame those degrading labels because he loved his children. As a former convict, the dad struggled to get work. That’s when Brice taught him how to use TikTok.

The pair know how to work together for TikTok gold.

@enkyboys

Go fast in the hood the cops should understand right?? 😂 #enkyboy #enkyboys

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The duo have gained the attention of fans and celebrities from all walks of life. In fact, they were recently on Steve Harvey’s Facebook Watch Show Steve on Watch. Harvey especially enjoyed their video where they recreated a scene from the 2012 comedy Think Like a Man.

“I like doing [the videos] because they’re fun and people like me [and] smile,” Brice told Harvey during their interview. “I like being funny. I love TikTok.”

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