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Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron thinks Astros should be banned ‘for life’ after sign-stealing scandal

Baseball legend and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron thinks the league got its handling of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal wrong, saying in an interview Thursday that all the players involved should be banned for “the rest of their life.”

Speaking on NBC’s “Today” show, Aaron said he was surprised to hear that an investigation led by MLB found that the Astros used the video feed from a center field camera to see and decode the opposing catcher’s signs in 2017 and 2018.

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“I was surprised,” he said before adding that while sign-stealing was prevalent in the game when he played, “they didn’t steal them that way.”

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Former Manager AJ Hinch #14 of the Houston Astros looks on from the dugout prior to Game 5 of the ALCS between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Friday, October 18, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow and Manager AJ Hinch were suspended, then fired, in the aftermath but no players on the team during that time frame faced any repercussions aside from public fallout.

The team was fined $5 million and forced to forfeit its first- and second-round draft picks for the 2020 and 2021 drafts.

When asked if he thought the league handed out punishments appropriately, Aaron said: “No, I don’t.”

“I think whoever did that should be out of baseball the rest of their life,” he continued.

While sign-stealing with the naked eye is legal, the league prohibits any use of technology. In its investigation, MLB found that once they decoded the opposing catcher’s signs, players would bang on a trash can to signal to batters what was coming, believing it would improve the batter’s odds of getting a hit.

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The player-driven scheme started in 2017 and continued throughout the 2018 season. Houston won the franchise’s first championship three years ago, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series. It made it to the AL Championship Series in 2018.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘The Party Has Become a Cult’: Joe Walsh Suspends Republican Presidential Campaign

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It’s not? Apparently you forgot this:

On November 8th, I’m voting for Trump.

On November 9th, if Trump loses, I’m grabbing my musket.

You in?

Or how about…

Trump, Walsh wrote in a New York Times op-ed earlier this month, is not a good leader, but a “racial arsonist who encourages bigotry and xenophobia.”

Walsh should know.

The one-term former House member from Chicago, who now hosts a radio talk show, has a long history of making racist and incendiary comments, particularly about Barack Obama. He falsely accused the former president of being a secret Muslim who hates Israel and regularly questioned his birthplace ― a conspiracy theory also embraced by the current occupant of the Oval Office. Obama, Walsh further argued, only won the 2008 election because he is a “black man who was articulate.”

In 2016, after a police shooting in Dallas, Walsh promised “war” and warned Obama to “watch out,” alleging that he helped get “cops killed.” After the 2015 domestic terror attack in San Bernardino, California, he urged people to “do whatever we can to defeat Islam.” He was also briefly kicked off the air for using racial and ethnic slurs on his radio show.

Seems like this WAS your party… Until you realized that Trump had hijacked the controls you and your cohorts spent decades installing in the Republican base to get the results you want…

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Woman uses foot to call 911 after she gets her hands trapped while changing a flat tire

A Charlotte, N.C., woman changing a flat tire had to use her feet to dial 911 after her car fell off its jack and trapped her hands.

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(Colleton County Fire-Rescue)

Colleton County Fire-Rescue says the woman, whose identity was not released, was parked on the shoulder of I-95 and installing the spare when the jack slipped and both of her hands got trapped between the tire and the fender. Photos indicate the corner of the car she was working on was parked on the grass siding rather than paved asphalt.

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(Colleton County Fire-Rescue)

Unable to free her hands, after about 35 minutes she’d managed to remove a shoe and use her toes to get her cell phone and dial 911.

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Rescue crews were able to get one of her hands out with a prybar, but had to use a hydraulic spreader to lift the car so she could remove the other hand.

The entire ordeal lasted 45 minutes, according to the official report, and the woman suffered severe damage to both hands and all of her fingers, requiring treatment at a local trauma center.

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5 ways to save your iPhone battery life

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Many people use their iPhones for a number of different tasks, including reading emails, news, playing games and more. But all of those tasks can eat up the phone’s battery, making it all the more important to know how to save the battery life.

On average, people spend three hours and 15 minutes on their phones every day and that jumps to four and a half hours if you’re in the top 20 percent, according to research done by RescueTime.

With all that time spent, here are five ways to make your Apple smartphone run longer.

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Dim your display and set to dark mode

Dimming your display is an oft-repeated suggestion, but that’s because it can have a huge impact on battery life. In fact, the display uses more energy than any single hardware component. So, try to keep the brightness at least under 70 percent. The lower you can tolerate, the better.

If you have one of the newer iPhones, such as the iPhone X, iPhone XS, or iPhone 11, these phones come with an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display and you can set your iPhone to dark mode. OLED displays turn off black pixels, saving battery life.

Both of these settings can be accessed under Settings > Display and Brightness.

Low Power Mode 

If you don’t have access to a power source and your battery is running low, switch on Low Power Mode (LPM) manually.  LPM reduces or disables things like automatic downloads and background app refresh.

This can be accessed under Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode.

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Fewer notifications 

If your screen is constantly lit up with notifications, your battery life is going to suffer. Try to turn off notifications for apps that frequently wake your display.

This can be accessed under Settings > Notifications.

Use Wi-Fi instead of cellular to connect

There are user forums filled with debates over which uses more power, Wi-Fi or cellular. Some independent testing says it’s a wash, but Apple says Wi-Fi uses less power. “When you use your device to access data, a Wi‑Fi connection uses less power than a cellular network,” the tech giant said on its website.

When you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network at home or work, you might try turning off the cellular connection, especially if it’s a weak signal, and turning on “Wi-Fi Calling.” Your mileage may vary but it could save battery life.

This can be accessed under Settings > Cellular or Settings > W-Fi.

Similarly, you should turn off Bluetooth if you’re not using it.

Turn off Siri

Apple’s virtual assistant is constantly listening for those two magic words, “Hey Siri,” so it is a needless use of the battery if you don’t use it much. Besides, you may want to disable it out of privacy concerns.

This can be accessed under Settings > Siri & Search.

As an extra gratuitous suggestion, check yourself when you get the urge to grab your phone every five minutes. A smartphone addiction can have a profound impact on battery life.

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Airbus A350 cockpits must have liquid-free ‘zones’ after spills keep causing engine issues: EU authority

Don’t even think about setting that coffee on the center console, Airbus pilots!

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued a directive declaring a “liquid prohibited zone” within the cockpits of Airbus A350 planes after multiple reported instances of cockpit crew members spilling their drinks on the instruments.

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According to EASA, there have been two “in-service occurrences” of “inadvertent liquid spillage” on the sensitive control panels located on the cockpits’ center pedestals, both of which resulted in the shut-down of an engine.

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According to EASA, there have been two “in-service occurrences” of “inadvertent liquid spillage” on the sensitive control panels located on the A350 cockpits’ center pedestals, both of which resulted in the shut-down of an engine. (iStock)

“Subsequent engine relight attempts were not successful. In both events, the flight crew performed a diversion and landed the aeroplane safely,” EASA wrote in an Emergency Airworthiness Directive issued Friday.

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To prevent further engine malfunctions, as well as “damage to the aeroplane and injury to occupants,” EASA has made a temporary revision to the Airbus A350 flight manual (of both the A350-941 and A350-1041) designating a “liquid prohibited zone” in the cockpit. They have also published practices to follow in the case of inadvertent spillage.

“Airbus also published the [Flight Operators Transmission], reminding operators about the standard practices for handling liquids in the cockpit to reduce the probability of hazards,” EASA confirmed.

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A representative for EASA was not immediately available to confirm whether pilots were still allowed to have beverages in the cockpit in designated spaces, or whether liquids were banned from the cockpit altogether.

A representative for the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) told Fox News on Friday that it was reviewing EASA’s airworthiness directive when asked if the FAA plans to take similar steps.

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The FAA told Fox News on Friday that it was reviewing EASA’s airworthiness directive when asked if the FAA plans to take similar steps. (iStock)

EASA’s directive reportedly comes following two recent incidents of crew members spilling coffee or tea on an A350 control panel, according to Travel Pulse: one which resulted in a Delta flight being diverted, and the other involving South Korean carrier Asiana, which was diverted after tea was spilled on the console.

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Last February, a Condor Airlines flight was also diverted after a pilot reportedly spilled coffee from a lidless cup on a center console, resulting in a malfunction that affected radio transmissions and the PA system.

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EXCLUSIVE: Chicago subway video captures man being attacked by 11 teens

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CHICAGO — The brutal beating of a 68-year-old man by 11 teens on a passenger train here Monday was captured in a disturbing, graphic video obtained by Fox News.

The Chicago Police Department told Fox News the beating is under investigation, but no one is in custody because the victim “was unable to identify his attacker(s) due to his injuries.” A police source told Fox that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office “wouldn’t touch” the case if the victim can’t identify those accused or is unable to cooperate.

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When reached about prosecuting the case, state’s attorney’s office responded: “We are unable to comment.”

The footage shows one of the female teens first trying to pickpocket the victim while he’s asleep. The man awakens, tries to fend off the teens, but the woman drags and beats the man.

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She then appears to run to another car, and returns with a group of teens including five men and two women. They surround the man seated on the train.

One man pummels the victim, even lifting himself up on the train’s bars to repeatedly kick him in the upper body and face.

The video also appears to show many bystanders failing to intervene.

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Police documents indicate the 68-year-old man was left to bleed on Chicago’s red line train. Train workers helped the man off at the Argyle station and authorities were able to interview him.

He told police he fell asleep, then woke up to a group of teens surrounding him trying to pickpocket him. The victim said he told them, “don’t even think about it.” The victim said he feared for his safety and swung at one of the teens, but missed then was beaten with “closed fists and foot strikes.”

He was rushed to the hospital and treated for lacerations to the head and body soreness. Police documents indicate he suffered blunt force trauma.

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Police later picked up a group of teens near the Argyle train station, detained them and took reports. The teens were returned home.

The Argyle station is on Chicago’s north side in the Uptown neighborhood, which is a few city blocks west of Chicago’s famed Montrose Beach. The station is nestled between notable nearby communities like Andersonville and Wrigleyville.

A single witness is listed on the police report. Fox News has reached out to the witness and has not received comment.

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‘I would rather have a socialist in the White House than Donald Trump,’ says Republican Joe Walsh

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Reading Joe Walsh talk about the pure delusion of Trump supporters is disheartening and validating (even if he’s still pretty horrible for other reasons).

I asked dozens of people a very simple, straightforward question: “Has President Trump ever told a lie to the American people?” And every single person said, “No.” Never mind that thousands of his misstatements have been meticulously documented. No, they said, he’s never lied.

I brought up his years-old claims that, unlike President Barack Obama, if Trump ever became president, he’d be too busy to play golf. Most people responded by saying they don’t care whether Trump golfs. But three people said that Trump has never golfed since he’s been president. No one said that they thought he did anything wrong with Ukraine. No one knew that our annual deficits just blew past $1 trillion. Everyone believed hundreds of miles of new wall had been built. (Fact check: False!) When I asked whether they thought Mexico was paying for the wall, most people said yes but were at a loss to explain how. On and on it went: CNN was the enemy and Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), along with the rest of the congressional Democrats, were lying traitors.

I also phone-banked this week, calling potential Republican caucus-goers throughout Iowa. I always knew it when I got a strong Trump supporter on the line by the language they used and the tone that they took: They’d say no president has been attacked like Trump has or no president has had to deal with such hatred and opposition. (Again: Not true!) They’d get defensive and throw out more lies and half-truths: China is paying for the tariffs, Joe Biden was covering up for his son, and Russia didn’t do anything in the 2016 election were all popular. On and on it went: I ended my two hours of phone time each day pretty bummed out by the mis- and disinformation I’d heard.

I realized once and for all that nobody can beat Trump in a Republican primary. Not just because it’s become his party, but because it has become a cult, and he’s a cult leader. He doesn’t have supporters; he has followers. And in their eyes, he can do no wrong.

They’re being spoon-fed a daily dose of B.S. from “conservative” media. They don’t know what the truth is and — more importantly — they don’t care. There’s nothing that any Republican challenger can do to break them out of this spell. (Thanks, Hannity.)

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Coronavirus outbreak: Passengers stranded on Japan cruise plead for help from Trump, say situation is ‘desperate’

Passengers Milena Basso and her husband Gaetano Cerullo are calling for help from President Trump after being trapped on a Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan with at least 61 positive cases of coronavirus.

The newlyweds — on their honeymoon — are two of more than 2,000 passengers who have been held on the ship since Tuesday.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with host Ed Henry, the couple said that while their physical health is “pretty good,” mentally they are “not so great.”

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Additionally, the pair told Henry they were disheartened to learn that updates were coming faster from their parents and news outlets than from those on the ship itself.

“So, basically, I know what’s going on before they even tell us from our parents at home…and, they update us but it’s always been very lagged,” said Cerullo.

“It’s been vague up until maybe today — not, like, thorough as it should be. So, we were a little concerned about that,” Basso interjected.

The two reported they were already experiencing trouble getting food and water on the ship, which Basso guestimated produces around 22,000 meals per day and has five dining halls.

“I don’t know how many people have been on a cruise, but you can eat a lot of food pretty fast. Once the quarantine happened, what we could eat basically went downhill,” said Cerullo.

“The first day when we asked for two bottles of water it took four hours and the next day we got two cups,” he added.

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The cruise ship Diamond Princess is anchored at Yokohama Port for supplies replenished in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. The 3,700 people on board faced a two-week quarantine in their cabins. Health workers said 10 more people from the Diamond Princess were confirmed sickened with the virus, in addition to 10 others who tested positive on Wednesday. The 10 will be dropped off as the ship docks and transferred to nearby hospitals for further test and treatment. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Kyodo News via AP)

The infections on the Diamond Princess reportedly originated from one passenger who got on the ship in Yokohama on Jan. 20 and disembarked in Hong Kong on Jan. 25, according to the cruise line statement. Princess Cruises said he didn’t visit the ship’s medical center to report any symptoms or illness.

Officials began screening guests on Monday with what the couple said was an ear thermometer without a disposable tip.

The Diamond Princess ship is part of the Princess Cruises line, which is owned by British-American Carnival Corporation.

“Guests will continue to be provided complimentary internet and telephone to use in order to stay in contact with their family and loved ones, and the ship’s crew is working to keep all guests comfortable, a Wednesday statement read.

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There are 31,427 cases of coronavirus over 25 countries worldwide. There have been at least 638 deaths recorded.

“We are kind of worried because we’ve still got two weeks on here assuming that works out in our favor and we still have to get onto American soil,” Cerullo explained. “And, if Donald Trump could help us in any way…”

“We need help. We are in a desperate, desperate state,” Basso pleaded.

Fox News’ David Aaro contributed to this report.

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Plane carrying American coronavirus evacuees lands in California, another en route to Texas

One of two State Department-chartered flights carrying additional American evacuees from Wuhan, China — the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak – has landed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego Calif., after sources said it was briefly held in Vancouver over “persons of interest” who had possibly developed symptoms of the illness.

Another flight, which according to the same sources, was previously being held at Travis Air Force Base in California over the same concerns, is still en route to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, where some passengers will disembark before it leaves again to drop off the remaining Americans at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska.

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The two U.S. officials close to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told Fox News on Friday that the “persons of interest” were one passenger on each flight. An update on their status was not immediately given.

On Thursday, an official with the federal department told Fox News that the two flights carrying some 300 Americans that were scheduled to arrive in the U.S. on Friday would likely be the last State Department-chartered flights out of the city.

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The plane carrying additional American evacuees landed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego Calif., after sources said it was briefly held in Vancouver over “persons of interest” who had possibly developed symptoms of the illness.

“At this time, we do not anticipate staging additional flights beyond those planned to depart February 6,” the spokesperson said, adding any additional U.S. citizens still in China “should attempt to depart by commercial means.”

Some 638 people have died from the pneumonia-like illness, while more than 30,000 people have been sickened worldwide, according to Friday estimates. There are 12 confirmed cases of the novel virus in the U.S., the first of which occurred in a Washington State man who has since been released from the hospital.

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Six other cases have been confirmed in California, as well as one in Wisconsin, one in Arizona, one in Massachusetts and two in Illinois. No deaths have been reported in the U.S., and the large majority of cases still remain in China.

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Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.

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Widespread Outcry in China Over Death of Coronavirus Doctor

They posted videos of the Les Misérables song, “Do You Hear the People Sing.” They invoked article No. 35 of China’s Constitution, which stipulates freedom of speech. They tweeted a phrase from the poem “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”

The Chinese public have staged what amounts to an online revolt after the death of a doctor, Li Wenliang, who tried to warn of a mysterious virus that has since killed hundreds of people in China, infected tens of thousands and forced the government to corral many of the country’s 1.4 billion people.

Since late Thursday, people from different backgrounds, including government officials, prominent business figures and ordinary online users, have posted numerous messages expressing their grief at the doctor’s death and their anger over his silencing by the police after sharing his knowledge about the new coronavirus. It has prompted a nationwide soul-searching under an authoritarian government that allows for little dissent.

“I haven’t seen my WeChat timeline filled with so much forlornness and outrage,” Xu Danei, founder of a social media analytics company, wrote on the messaging platform WeChat.

“Tonight is a monumental moment for our collective conscience,” he wrote in a later post.

Though there are some outspoken dissidents in China, their numbers have dwindled as the Communist Party under the leader Xi Jinping has cracked down repeatedly on lawyers, journalists and businesspeople over the past seven years.

In this highly censored society, it’s rare for ordinary people to make demands and openly express anger toward the government. It’s even more rare for officials and heads of big corporations to show emotions that can be interpreted as discontent with the state.

After speculation of Mr. Li’s death began swirling online Thursday evening, the Communist Party’s propaganda machine went into full gear, trying to control the message. But it didn’t seem as effective as it had in the past.

The outpouring of messages online from sad, infuriated and grieving people was too much for the censors. The government even seemed to recognize the enormity of the country’s emotion, dispatching a team to investigate what it called “issues related to Dr. Li Wenliang that were reported by the public,” though without specifics.

For many people in China,the doctor’s death shook loose pent-up anger and frustration at how the government mishandled the situation by not sharing information earlier and by silencing whistle-blowers. It also seemed, to those online, that the government hadn’t learned lessons from previous crises, continuing to quash online criticism and investigative reports that provide vital information.

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Some users of Weibo, China’s Twitter-like social media platform, are saying the doctor’s death resonated because he was an ordinary person who was forced to admit to wrongdoing for doing the right thing.

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An illustration of Mr. Li shared widely on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform.Credit…Kuang Biao

Dr. Li was reprimanded by the police after he shared concerns about the virus in a social messaging app with medical school classmates on Dec. 30.

Three days later, the police compelled him to sign a statement that his warning constituted “illegal behavior.”

The doctor eventually went public with his experiences and gave interviews to help the public better understand the unfolding epidemic. (The New York Times interviewed Dr. Li days before his death.)

“He didn’t want to become a hero but for those of us in 2020, he had reached the upper limit of what we can imagine a hero would do,” one Weibo post read. The post is one of many that users say they wrote out of shame and guilt for not standing up to an authoritarian government, like Dr. Li did.

Many people posted a variation of a quote: “He who holds the firewood for the masses is the one who freezes to death in wind and snow.” The original version of the saying came from the Chinese writer Murong Xuecun about seven years ago when he and some friends were raising money for the families of political prisoners.

It was written as a reminder to people that it was in their interest to support those who dared to stand up to authority. Many of those people had frozen to death, figuratively speaking, as fewer people were willing to publicly support these dissenting figures.

The atmosphere was very different on Thursday evening. As confusion mounted about Dr. Li’s fate, people accused the authorities of trying to delay announcing his death.

The grief was so widespread that it appeared in unlikely corners.

“Refusing to listen to your ‘whistling,’ your country has stopped ticking, and your heart has stopped beating,” Hong Bing, the Shanghai bureau chief of the Communist Party’s official newspaper, People’s Daily, wrote on her timeline on WeChat, an instant-messaging platform. “How big a price do we have to pay to make you and your whistling sound louder, to reach every corner of the East?”

Both the Chinese- and English-language Twitter accounts of People’s Daily tweeted that Mr. Li’s death had prompted “national grief.” Both accounts deleted those messages before replacing them with more neutral, official-sounding posts.

The Weibo account of Shandong Province’s law enforcement body posted a portrait of Mr. Li with two sentences that have been circulating online: “Heroes don’t fall from the sky. They’re just ordinary people who stepped forward.”

Wang Gaofei, the chief executive of Weibo, which carries out many of the orders passed down from China’s censors, pondered what lessons China should learn from Dr. Li’s death. “We should be more tolerant of people who post ‘untruthful information’ that aren’t malicious,” he said in a post. “If we’re only allowed to speak what we can guarantee is fact, we’re going to pay prices.”

Even the official WeChat account of a quantum physics blog wrote a post headlined, “Li Wenliang, you only went to the ‘parallel universe.’”

On social media, many people urged the government to make Dr. Li a martyr and hold a state funeral attended by the nation’s leaders.

“It’s the first time my screen is full of one person’s name,” wrote Zheng Wenxin, a lawyer. “It’s the first time this nation held a state funeral for a doctor.”

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Dr. Li being treated at the Wuhan Central Hospital last month.

“RIP our hero,” Fan Bao, a prominent tech investor, posted on his WeChat timeline.

For some, it was a lesson about the importance of free speech, one the government didn’t understand. Beijing has increased its censorship over investigative reports that have exposed missteps by officials who underestimated and played down the threat from the coronavirus. China’s top leaders stepped up efforts to make the news coverage focus more on positive developments in the battle against the epidemic.

The hashtag #wewantfreedomofspeech# was created on Weibo at 2 a.m. on Friday morning and had over two million views and over 5,500 posts by 7 a.m. It was deleted by censors, along with related topics, such as ones saying the Wuhan government owed Dr. Li an apology.

“I love my country deeply,” read one post under that topic. “But I don’t like the current system and the ruling style of my country. It covered my eyes, my ears and my mouth.”

The writer of the post complained about not being able to gain access to the internet beyond the Great Firewall. “I’ve been holding back for a long time. I feel we’ve all been holding back for a long time. It erupted today.”

Talking about freedom of speech on the Chinese internet is taboo, even though it’s written into the Constitution. So it’s a small miracle that the freedom of speech hashtag survived for over five hours.

The country’s high-powered executives have been less blunt, but have echoed the same sentiments online.

“It’s time to reflect on the deeply-rooted, stability-trumps-everything thinking that’s hurt everyone,” Wang Ran, chairman of the investment bank CEC Capital, wrote on Weibo. “We all want stability,” he asked. “Will you be more stable if you cover the others’ mouths while walking on a tightrope?

Gao Xiaosong, an Alibaba executive, posted on his Weibo account that he hopes China will enact a whistle-blower protection act, seemingly in reference to the American law, so that more people could speak out. “RIP. Our hero. Thank you,” he wrote of Dr. Li.

Some proposed that people in China sound their car horns at 9:30 p.m. on Friday in the doctor’s memory. While it’s not clear whether that happened, many around the country blew whistles at 9 p.m. and posted photos of candles on their social media timelines 30 minutes later.

They have also urged the simultaneous posting of a hashtag of the two questions the police asked Dr. Li to answer in a statement: “Can you stop your illegal behavior?” and “Do you understand you’ll be punished if you don’t stop such behavior?”

Dr. Li had been forced to respond in writing: “I can” and “I understand” — putting his red thumbprint on top of them.

It’s too early to tell whether the online anger and frustration will amount to much. There was palpable public outrage in a few past tragedies, including a 2008 earthquake in Sichuan Province and a train accident in 2011. But it faded in those instances.

Some people in China are more hopeful this time. In those past tragedies, many people could stay out of them, said Hou Zhihui, a commentator who has been detained twice for his online speeches. “But this time, nobody can stay out of it. It’s impossible.”

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