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Clarence Thomas shuts down challenge to CDC transportation mask mandate

Justice Clarence Thomas shut down an appeal to the Supreme Court challenging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s mandate requiring masks on public transportation.

In an order handed down Tuesday evening, Thomas rejected the request for an injunction without referring the case to the rest of the court. Thomas’s decision came a week after Lucas Wall, a frequent flyer from Washington, D.C., asked the court to halt the mandate in a complaint leveled against the CDC, President Joe Biden, and a slew of other federal agencies.

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After Thomas rejected his case, Wall acknowledged that the appeal was a “long shot,” especially since he is still awaiting a trial before a district court in Orlando, Florida.

“Of course it’s still disappointing Justice Thomas did not take a more in-depth look at the illegal and unconstitutional mask requirement,” Wall said.

Wall brought the case forward after he was ejected from the Orlando International Airport in early June for not wearing a mask. In his complaint, he claimed that a generalized anxiety disorder made it impossible for him to follow the “improper, illegal, and unconstitutional” mandate. Most states at that point had already removed mask mandates, if they had them in the first place.

When Wall appealed to the Supreme Court, he said that a narrow decision in favor of the CDC’s eviction moratorium, which is set to expire at the end of July, signaled that the justices were open to striking down pandemic-era orders.

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And even though Thomas shut down his appeal, Wall said he still believes he will win his case against the agency eventually.

“For now, the federal government has prevailed in muzzling all travelers and banning tens of millions of Americans including myself who can’t tolerate having their face covered from using any form of public transportation,” he said.

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UPDATED: Five hospitalized after eight vehicle crash shuts down U.S. 158 at Kitty Hawk Road

Crews working to right the truck that overturned in the crash on U.S. 158 in Kitty Hawk on July 1, 2021. [NCDOT image]

Five people were hospitalized following a crash that involved eight vehicles shut down U.S. 158 in Kitty Hawk Thursday morning that led to major backups in the milepost 4 area through midday.

Kitty Hawk Police Chief Joel Johnson said in a statement their investigation points to a tanker truck traveling north on Croatan Highway that moved into the right turn lane to avoid several vehicles in both main travel lanes.

The vehicle then swerved and entered the intersection at a high rate of speed after running a red light, struck a car traveling west on Kitty Hawk Road and then subsequently overturned, sliding into the southbound travel lanes.

The vehicle that started the crash then hit five additional vehicles, including another commercial vehicle that were stopped for the red light.

Four motorists were taken by Dare County EMS to the Outer Banks Hospital. One was flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital by Dare MedFlight with serious injuries.

“The investigation continues and charges will be forthcoming. Impairment does not appear to be a factor in the investigation,” Johnson said.

Kitty Hawk Police and Fire, Dare County EMS, Kill Devil Hills Fire and Police, Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Duck Police Department and N.C. Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Enforcement responded to the scene.

“We would also like to thank Seto’s and Bayside Towing for their quick response and assistance in getting the road clear,” Johnson said.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story was updated to reflect new information provided by the Kitty Hawk Police Department.