Sarah Palin Tests Positive For COVID-19 Before NYT Defamation Trial

Former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has tested positive for COVID-19, delaying the start of her defamation trial against the New York Times that was set to begin Monday.

The news, first reported by Reuters, was announced in court by US District Judge Jed Rakoff of the Southern District of New York.

Palin initially tested positive on a rapid at-home test on Sunday night, the judge said.

“She is, of course, unvaccinated,” Rakoff added, after announcing the results of Palin’s first test.

The judge asked Palin to get retested on Monday. She tested positive again after taking a rapid test at an urgent care center, according to New York Law Journal reporter Jane Wester.

Rakoff delayed the trial until Feb. 3, as long as the former governor is not symptomatic on that date.

Palin, who disclosed that she, along with some of her other family members, had COVID last March, has openly railed against coronavirus vaccines. At a rally for right-wing group Turning Point USA last December, Palin said that she would rather die before getting a COVID vaccine.

“It’ll be over my dead body that I’ll have to get a shot,” she said. “I will not do that. I won’t do it, and they better not touch my kids either.”

On Monday evening, Palin confirmed that she tested positive during an appearance on Fox News, saying her diagnosis had been confirmed that morning.

“It is what it is,” she said. “I feel absolutely normal. Yup.”


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15 Celebrity Couples Who’ve Been Together Since College

From sharing notes to sharing their lives!

A lot of people who go to college don’t just find what they want to do for the rest of their life there — they also find the person they want to spend the rest of their life with.

Here are 15 celebrity couples who’ve been together since college:


While Samuel L. Jackson was studying theater at Morehouse College, he met LaTanya Richardson — who was a theater student at the neighboring Spelman College — in a drama program.

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On their very first day at the University of Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Banks met Max Handelman.

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Rainn Wilson and Holiday Reinhorn started dating a few years after they met in an acting class at the University of Washington.

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Mike “the Situation” Sorrentino and Lauren Pesce met in college, dated for four years, took a long break while he filmed Jersey Shore, then got back together in 2013.

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Stephen Curry and Ayesha Alexander first met as teenagers in their church youth group, but he didn’t ask her out until after he led the Davidson College men’s basketball team to the 2008 March Madness tournament’s Elite 8.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton were assigned to the same dorm hall during their first year at St. Andrews University, moved into an off-campus apartment with friends their second year, and started dating soon after.

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While Ryan Piers Williams was a student at the University of Southern California, he cast America Ferrera in one of his short films.

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Ashley Thompson’s parents’ neighbors introduced her to Peyton Manning the summer before his freshman year at the University of Tennessee.

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His brother, Eli Manning, was a junior at the University of Mississippi when he started dating freshman Abby McGrew.

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Stephen King and Tabitha Spruce were both working at the University of Maine library when they fell in love.

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One week into his first semester at University of California Santa Barbara, Jack Johnson locked eyes with Kim Baker in the dining hall.

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While in line for the bathroom at a frat party, Mark Zuckerberg met fellow Harvard student Priscilla Chan.

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Two years before she graduated from the University of Alabama, Ellie Woods started dating her childhood best friend, Jordan Fisher.

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Timothy Olyphant and Alexis Knief were both students at the University of Southern California when they started dating.

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And finally, when Julia Louis-Dreyfus auditioned for a play that Brad Hall was producing at Northwestern University, she “knew almost immediately” that he was the one for her.

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The Saturday Night Live costars got married in 1987.


‘This is so heartbreaking’: Chick-fil-A security kicks out unhoused man who allegedly paid for his own food and ate it in the corner

A viral TikTok shows a security guard removing a man experiencing homelessness from a Chick-fil-A, sparking debate in the comments.

According to a statement by the MiamiCentral Chick-fil-A, the franchise where the incident occurred, the man had previously “spit on guests” and had been issued a trespass warrant.

In the clip posted by TikToker Pineda Lainez (@pinedalainez884), the man was eating his meal at a table in the corner of the Chick-fil-A when the officer approached him and asked him to leave. The video amassed 344,000 views by Monday. 

“This is so heartbreaking because he even chose to eat in the last seat, far away from everyone,” user @wendyseatingshow wrote, “If I was there I would have spoken up for him.”

“This is so wrong on so many different levels. They should feel ashamed for even doing something like that to a paying customer,” another user said. 

Following the release of the clip, many viewers said they complained about how the incident was handled on Chick-fil-A’s social media pages. The TikTok has been posted several times in comments on the MiamiCentral Chick-fil-A Facebook page. 

Some commenters, however, pointed out that the man may have been asked to leave for reasons separate from his housing situation.

“There must be something else going on. Police can’t take a homeless [person] out of a business unless they commit a crime. Something else is missing here,” user @uzielgomez49 wrote.

“Tell the whole story. Nobody kicks a paying customer out just for being homeless,” another user said. 

According to a statement made on the Chick-fil-A Downtown Miami & MiamiCentral Facebook page, the man in the video was issued a trespass warrant at the restaurant.

“This person has previously spit on guests and is verbally hostile. Our goal is to keep all guests safe, hence the off-duty Miami Police officers we hire to secure our facilities on-site daily (no police were called),” MiamiCentral Chick-fil-A wrote. “We apologize for any misunderstanding and acknowledge that this situation does seem inappropriate out of context.”

The Daily Dot reached out to @pinedalainez884 via TikTok comment and to the Miami Police Department via email.