Transgender interior designer Felycya Harris shot to death in Georgia park / LGBTQ Nation

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A 33-year-old transgender interior designer was found shot to death this past Saturday in Augusta, Georgia.

Felycya Harris’s body was found after 1 p.m. at a city park with one gunshot wound. An autopsy on Monday classified her death as a homicide.

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“I went outside and we were just sitting in the car, laughing and talking and jiving on each other” before her death, her friend Ricola Collier told WRDW.

She is the 31st known transgender or non-binary person killed this year in the U.S., according to HRC, in what has become one of the most violent years on record for transgender people. The number is believed to be higher as many murders are not reported in the media and many victims who are transgender or non-binary are misgendered in media reports.

Most of the victims this year have been Black and latina transgender women.

“With news of the death of Felycya Harris, we have hit a grim milestone: we have now matched the highest number of transgender or gender non-conforming people who were victims of fatal violence in one year – and there are three more months left in the year,” said HRC President Alphonso David.

According to the organization, Harris ran her own interior decorating business and said she could do “just about anything with decorating” to make people feel better in their living spaces. She also worked at a furniture store and taught dance.

Her friends said they will remember her “laugh. The smile – the smiles. The talks. The arguments. The attitudes. Everybody is going to remember who Felycya Harris is.”

According to the Augusta Chronicle, friends and family are sharing “Justice for Felycya” posts on Facebook. Police have not yet said if they have a suspect.

At least two other transgender women were murdered in the past two weeks. Mia Green, 29, of Philadelphia, Louisiana was found shot in the neck on September 28 and later died at the hospital.

Abdullah Ibn El-Amin Jaamia, in whose car Green’s body was found, has been arrested in connection to her death.

In Los Angeles, 42-year-old Daniela Hernandez was stabbed in the throat Sunday night after she was surrounded by a group of men in a park who told her “something to the effect of, ‘We don’t want gays in the park,’” according to LAPD.

“We don’t know exactly why, but we know it was simply because she’s trans,” said TransLatina Coalition President and CEO Bamby Salcedo.

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Thousands to honor Ginsburg in DC today; House passes bill to avert shutdown; 4 MLB teams clinch | Nation

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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Let’s get caught up.

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: Thousands are expected to pay their respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court; the House passed stopgap funding aimed at averting a shutdown; and four MLB teams clinched playoff spots.

Read on for these stories, other top headlines, celebrity birthdays and more.

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Supreme Court Ginsburg

A memorial to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg includes a photograph of the late Justice, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, outside the Harvard Law School library at Langdell Hall, on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. 

Thousands expected to honor Ginsburg at Supreme Court

Thousands of people are expected to pay their respects at the Supreme Court to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the women’s rights champion, leader of the court’s liberal bloc and feminist icon who died last week.

Even with the court closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic and Washington already consumed with talk of Ginsburg’s replacement, the justice’s former colleagues, family, close friends and the public will have the chance Wednesday and Thursday to pass by the casket of the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

The sad occasion is expected to bring together the remaining eight justices for the first time since the building was closed in March and they resorted to meetings by telephone. The latest coverage:

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Plant Nation Rides the Ghost-Kitchen Wave

While dine-in options might permanently suffer from the coronavirus pandemic, the ghost-kitchen trend has sprung to life. This is hardly news for food platform C3, which had already championed off-premises concepts before the pandemic. Virtual brand Plant Nation is only the latest addition to the company’s ghost-kitchen artillery, this time targeting regular consumers of the plant-based segment.

C3 conceptualized the idea for Plant Nation last year, but chief culinary officer Martin Heierling says it wasn’t supposed to launch until later in 2020. When the pandemic highlighted such strong demand for healthy delivery options, the brand went online two months earlier than scheduled.

“As soon as [the country] shut down, we really went to work instead of not knowing what to do,” Heierling says. “People right now want healthy options. We must make this available to them.”

The brand started operating out of ghost kitchens on the West Coast, where a high demand for plant-based products already existed. And while early sales confirmed the popularity of vegan and strictly plant-based choices, Heierling didn’t want to label Plant Nation under umbrella terms like “vegan” or “vegetarian,” which carry a stigma for some.

“When you call a vegan out, you just lost the interest of a lot of people that would’ve actually entertained [getting the food],” Heierling says. “When I eat this, it doesn’t matter whether it is vegan or not.”

He is instead interested in forming Plant Nation around tenets of wellness and sustainability, down to its eco-friendly packaging.

The brand’s holistic identity starts from its plant-based menu. It sells tried-and-true bowls and salads to satisfy the quintessential green eater, but it’s less-orthodox options are also grabbing attention. Customers can order plant-based sandwiches and pizza, with pasta offerings on the horizon.

Pizza is perhaps the biggest stronghold for Plant Nation; Heierling calls it the “anchor.” One of its top sellers is the Toscana, a plant-based pizza topped with mozzarella, shiitake mushrooms, and heavy helpings of Impossible Meat. Heierling considers the Toscana’s positive reception a feat, as it demonstrates that consumers can enjoy meat pizzas without the meat.

“From the menu perspective, the pizza segment was a big one, because it’s the easiest introduction to show the brand and then go like, ‘Hey, we’ve got more,’” Heierling says.

But where Plant Nation diverges from other like-minded companies is its flexibility. The brand offers additions like cheese, fish, and chicken if customers choose. These “flexitarian” options cast a wider net, appealing to family-sized groups with the opportunity to eat plant-based in a flexible manner.

Plant Nation prepares its food out of 18 ghost kitchens, mostly concentrated around Los Angeles and San Francisco; C3 has 67 ghost kitchens in total. But Heierling is aware of the different expansion considerations ghost kitchens have compared to your typical brick-and-mortar.

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“With this model, you can’t just do one-offs because it doesn’t lend itself for oversight and quality assurance,” Heierling says.

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Nation Kitchen and Bar Westwood location announces opening date

CINCINNATI — Get ready Westwood. Nation Kitchen and Bar will open its second Cincinnati location in the Queen City on Oct. 1.

“It has been a long road to get to this point, but we are finally ready to break ground and bring Nation Kitchen & Bar to Westwood,” said Andrew Salzbrun, restaurant co-owner, said in a press release earlier this year.

Salzbrun originally hoped to have the new Nation restaurant opened inside the decommissioned Engine 35 fire station located on Junietta Avenue in Westwood by July. The coronavirus pandemic pushed back that timeline.

Cincinnati’s Department of Community and Economic Development announced in June 2018 that Nation had won a bid to redevelop the decommissioned 35 fire station.

Nation Kitchen & Bar opened its first location at 1200 Broadway St. in Pendleton five years ago.

The new location will serve the same menu of beverage and burger options that made it the “best burger in Ohio” according to food website Thrillist.

When Nation Westwood opens it will do so with outdoor seating and carryout window only. Indoor dining will follow shortly thereafter.

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Coronavirus latest: ICYMI: Top takeaways from this week’s “Face the Nation”: Surgeon General on mask messaging

This week on “Face the Nation” as the West Coast struggles to beat back devastating fires in a COVID-complicated world, the candidates enter the final phase of the 2020 campaign. But the White House is forced to play defense as new revelations raise questions on what President Trump knew, and when.

Here’s the big takeaways from Sunday’s episode of “Face the Nation”

1. Kirby on keeping his airline afloat

United CEO: 16,000 layoffs coming without mor…


  • On the cusp of an election and in the midst of a national health crisis, it would not seem good politics to allow mass layoffs of Americans across broad swaths of U.S. industry. Yet Congressional talks to craft any new emergency aid package for jobless benefits or lifelines to troubled industries are stalled. 
  • That means that within the next two weeks or so U.S. air carriers are warning that the plan to cut tens of thousands of jobs by October once the terms of the CARES Act expire. That emergency financial support package cobbled together by Congress set aside $50 billion for the U.S. travel industry and required airlines to keep employees on the payroll. 
  • United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby told us that he plans to cut 16,000 jobs but is working with unions to try to reduce that number. The bottom line is that large parts of the economy cannot recovery until there is vaccine, and in the meantime companies are just hoping to stay afloat. 
  • Kirby warned: “without more government support for the whole economy, there’s going to be more layoffs to come across the economy.” 
  • “And in a business like ours, demand is not going to come back until people feel safe being around other people. And that’s going to take a vaccine. And that’s just the reality. Some businesses can recover earlier, but in aviation and all the industries that we support, it’s going to take longer.”

2. So when will that vaccine be ready? 

Pfizer CEO says company will know if vaccine …


  • Pfizer is investing one and a half billion dollars to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. If its scientists fail then the cost will hit the pharmaceutical giant’s bottom line. Unlike six other vaccine developers, Pfizer declined to accept U.S. taxpayer funding to offset those costs. The company’s CEO Albert Bourla argued that he did so to “liberate” scientists from bureaucracy and thus to be more nimble.
  • What Bourla said: “When you get money from someone that always comes with strings. They want to see how we are going to progress, what type of moves you are going to do. They want reports. I didn’t want to have any of that. I wanted them- basically I gave them an open checkbook so that they can worry only about scientific challenges, not anything else. And also, I wanted to keep Pfizer out of politics, by the way.”
  • How will Americans get the vaccine? “The how I think is going to be very difficult for the government to
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