To Russell Westbrook’s defense, here is even further proof of his previous interactions with Utah Jazz fans. In this video, @russwest44 is called a “boy” by a Jazz fan ahead of Game 4 of OKC’s first-round playoff series against Utah on April 23, 2018 at Vivint Arena. pic.twitter.com/lc6slA7fTo— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) March 13, 2019Westbrook responded, “Don’t call me boy.” When the man used the word again, Westbrook notified security.The Deseret News report did not identify the fan who has been banned, but a source told the paper, “The Jazz aren’t taking these matters lightly.” Related News Jazz owner Gail Miller addresses Russell Westbrook incident This development follows a high-profile incident Monday night when a Jazz fan, Shane Keisel, taunted Westbrook in the second quarter, allegedly saying, “Get on your knees like you’re used to.” Westbrook responded by telling Keisel and his wife, “I’ll f— you up.” The Utah Jazz have banned a second fan for “degrading and offensive” language aimed at Thunder star Russell Westbrook before a 2018 playoff game in Salt Lake City, the Deseret News reported Friday.According to the report, and video of the incident, a fan called Westbrook “boy” before the Jazz and Thunder met in Game 4 of their first-round series April 23. Jazz fan banned for life after ‘inappropriate interaction’ with Russell Westbrook The Jazz announced Tuesday they had permanently banned Keisel from Vivint Smart Home Arena. The NBA fined Westbrook $25,000 “for directing profanity and threatening language to a fan.”That incident prompted debate about the behavior of Jazz fans toward African-American players. Before Thursday’s Jazz-Timberwolves game at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Jazz owner Gail Miller addressed the crowd, saying, “This should never happen. We are not a racist community.”
A 22-year-old Floridian is $800,000 richer after winning on a scratch-off lottery ticket.Kylee Davis claimed the top prize in the $1,000 A Week for Life game this week.She chose to get her winnings all at once, in a lump-sum payment of $810,000.The store owner will get a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket.
Investigators say that some of the people who drove to the park to watch the fight were adults.The 16-year-old has been charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Florida authorities have charged a 16-year-old girl with stabbing two other teens during a fight that investigators say was arranged on social media.According to reports, several carloads of people arrived at a Deltona park on Friday night to follow the conflict, which had started earlier in the day at University High School.Volusia County deputies say the girl stabbed a 17-year-old student in the hip and a 15-year-old in the chest. The girl admitted that she attacked the other teens, as the entire incident was captured on video.
A dance teacher from Tennessee has plead guilty to statutory rape and exposing a teen to HIV after he had unprotected sex with the teen on several occasions and failed to inform the teen of his HIV positive status.John Conner III appeared in court earlier this week where he plead guilty to felony charges of criminal exposure to HIV, statutory rape by an authority figure, and solicitation of a minor.According to the report, Conner who was 26 at the time, engaged in a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy he met online in 2015. Despite being diagnosed with HIV in 2012, Conner failed to inform the teen of his sexual status and had unprotected sex with the teen on several occasions in his vehicle.The teen eventually joined Conner’s dance team, the Infamous Dancerettes, which were featured on the the Lifetime reality TV dance show “Bring It.”During the teen’s time on the dance team, he and Conner continued to send each other explicit photos, and speak about their sexual exploits.In August of 2016, the teen found out Conner’s sexual status and informed his parents of his relationship with the teacher and so they could take him to get tested.According to prosecutors, the teen tested positive for HIV.Officials say Conner has two similar cases pending.
An opera singer led high speed police chase outside President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort hours before the President’s arrival at PBIA.Police say 30-year-old Hannah Roemhild, drove a black SUV thru two of Mar-a-Lago’s security checkpoints.Secret service and sheriff’s deputies opened fire, hitting the vehicle. But the driver sped off. Police say Roemhild then managed to pick up a passenger, before a Florida State Trooper located her bullet-riddled SUV. This is the latest of of several trespassing incidents since President Trump took office.Over the weekend, Roemhild accused of plowing through two security checkpoints at President Trump’s Florida resort refused to appear before a judge.She was expected to appear before Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Ted Booras on Saturday morning but refused, the Palm Beach Post reported.The judge rescheduled her bail hearing for Monday morning. Roemhild is charged with assaulting an officer, fleeing police, and resisting arrest, according to records.A Florida Highway Patrol trooper encountered Roemhild at The Breakers resort Friday morning when the officer responded to a call about a woman “doing some kind of dance” on top of a car.Roemhild refused to speak with the responding trooper, who pounded on the window of her rented SUV to get her attention before smashing it to try and stop her from fleeing, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said. Roemhild had no criminal history in Connecticut, where her driver’s license is from. She was in Palm Beach for a Jan. 28 performance, according to her Instagram page.Trump was not in Palm Beach at the time of the incident but arrived later in the day. Roemhild is an opera singer…listen to her here.
When President Trump mentioned protecting gun rights, Guttenberg apparently yelled ‘what about the victims of gun violence, like my daughter.’Florida Democratic Congressman Ted Deutch tweeted that Guttenberg deserves an answer, and it’s shameful that the President is doing nothing about gun violence.Guttenberg was led out of the House of Representatives, receiving some applause from Democratic lawmakers on his way. Guttenberg has been pushing lawmakers to support background checks for buying bullets. pic.twitter.com/6SmYlrFjZw— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) February 5, 2020 Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter in the 2018 shooting a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, was ejected from last night’s State of the Union address after an outburst.(2,2) That said, I should not have yelled out. I am thankful for the overwhelming support that I am receiving. However, I do owe my family and friends an apology. I have tried to conduct myself with dignity throughout this process and I will do better as I pursue gun safety.— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) February 5, 2020 He was invited to the speech by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
(New York, NY) — One time movie mogul and now convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein is reportedly not living the dream behind bars on Rikers Island, after falling and hitting his head Sunday.His spokesman says Weinstein is having a hard time walking around the jail without his walker. His spokesman says Weinstein is in one of the jail’s infirmaries, sharing a cell with two older men.The 67-year-old was ordered held without bail after being found guilty in February for raping a hair stylist and forcing himself on a production assistant. Weinstein’s sentencing his set for Wednesday, March 11th and he faces 29 years in prison after being found guilty of rape.
An NRA spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but its representatives have previously dismissed any concerns about financial mismanagement within the organization.“The NRA has full confidence in its accounting practices and commitment to good governance,” NRA outside counsel William Brewer said in a statement last year, responding to prior allegations related to the group’s finances. “The association’s financials are audited and its tax filings are verified by one of the most reputable firms in the world. Internally, the association has an appropriate conflict of interest policy, which provides that all potential conflicts are reviewed and scrutinized by the audit committee.”The NRA has been a major force in Republican Party politics for decades and, more recently, has emerged as a key source of support for President Donald Trump. In the 2016 election, various arms of the NRA were responsible for directing more than $50 million into political campaigns, including $30 million to back then-candidate Trump, according the federal election data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.Thursday’s filing is the culmination of a 17-month investigation into the organization’s finances and its nonprofit status launched in April 2019 in the wake of revelations about questionable spending practices inside the NRA that were further detailed in an anonymous leak of internal documents.In April, the NRA sued its longtime ad agency Ackerman McQueen, the contractor behind NRATV, raising questions about the firm’s relationship with then-NRA President retired Lt. Col. Oliver North. Days later, The New Yorker published an investigation by Mike Spies of the nonprofit journalism outlet The Trace that claimed “memos created by a senior N.R.A. employee describe a workplace distinguished by secrecy, self-dealing, and greed, whose leaders have encouraged disastrous business ventures and questionable partnerships, and have marginalized those who object.”Later that same month, The New York Times reported that in a letter sent to NRA board members, LaPierre accused North of extorting him, threatening to release damaging information about the NRA unless LaPierre resigned from his post as chief executive officer. Ultimately, however, it was North who would step down as president, losing the apparent power struggle.Then, in May, a trove of what appeared to be internal NRA documents were anonymously posted online, raising more questions about LaPierre’s leadership amid mounting allegations of financial mismanagement within the gun lobby.The leaked documents included letters that appeared to show that North had raised serious concerns with the organization’s audit committee about $24 million in legal fees paid to the firm of outside counsel William Brewer over the previous year. ABC News was not been able to verify the authenticity of the documents, but NRA officials did not dispute that they were real, instead calling the leak “pathetic.”Those fees, estimated in one letter to cost the organization nearly $100,000 per day, “are draining NRA cash at mindboggling speed,” wrote North and NRA Vice President Richard Childress on April 18 as they urged the committee to authorize an independent review.“Invoices of this size for 12 months of work appear to be excessive and pose an existential threat to the financial stability of the NRA,” the letter reads. “This is a fiscal emergency.”The leaked documents also included purported letters to LaPierre from Ackerman McQueen’s chief financial officer William Winkler seeking more information about $274,965.03 in wardrobe expenses made at Zegna in Beverly Hills and $267,460.53 of other personal expenses — primarily travel to the Bahamas, Palm Beach, New York, Los Angeles, Reno, Budapest and Italy — apparently for LaPierre but charged to Ackerman McQueen.That latter total also includes $13,804.84 for an apartment in Fairfax, Virginia that, according to the letter, LaPierre “required we rent” and “billed to the NRA” for a young woman who, according to LinkedIn, was then an intern at the organization.In response to questions, however, top NRA officials have continued to express their support of LaPierre.“This is stale news – being recycled by those with personal agendas,” said Carolyn Meadows, the NRA’s current president, last year. “In any event, the entire board is fully aware of these issues. We have full confidence in Wayne LaPierre and the work he’s doing in support of the NRA and its members. It is troubling and a bit pathetic that some people would resort to leaking information to advance their agendas. This has no bearing on the board’s support of Wayne – and the work the NRA does to protect America’s constitutional freedoms.”As NRA in-fighting spilled into public view, other investigators sought to open similar probes. A Democratic lawmaker asked the Internal Revenue Service to “investigate recent reports of possible wrongdoing” at the NRA, and the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia issued subpoenas as part of “an investigation into whether these entities violated the District’s Nonprofit Act.”The investigation that resulted in Thursday’s lawsuit was led by the New York Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, which “supervises the activity of foundations and other charities to ensure that their funds and other property devoted to charitable purposes are properly used,” according to the bureau’s website. Thursday’s lawsuit seeks restitution for NRA members who were allegedly defrauded and additional penalties worth millions of dollars.The New York charities bureau is the same team that forced the Trump Foundation to dissolve in 2018 for alleged misappropriations of charitable funds to service Trump’s business and political interest.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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DNY59/iStockBy AARON KATERSKY, MATTHEW MOSK and PETE MADDEN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The New York Attorney General is filing a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association, seeking to dissolve the powerful gun lobby for a multitude of alleged violations of state law governing charities.Attorney General Letitia James is accusing the NRA of an array of “illegal conduct,” according to a press release describing the suit, including “[the] diversion of millions of dollars away from the charitable mission of the organization for personal use by senior leadership, awarding contracts to the financial gain of close associates and family, and appearing to dole out lucrative no-show contracts to former employees in order to buy their silence and continued loyalty.”The civil lawsuit, expected to be filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday, also names as defendants longtime NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and three other NRA executives – John Frazier, Woody Phillips and Joshua Powell – and seeks their removal from their current positions and prohibition from their future service on any other New York-based nonprofit board.Those four executives “failed to fulfill their fiduciary duty to the NRA,” James is alleging, “and used millions upon millions from NRA reserves for personal use, including trips for them and their families to the Bahamas, private jets, expensive meals, and other private travel.”But James is demanding more than a change in leadership. The problems within the organization, she argues, are pervasive, as senior leaders “blatantly ignored” internal policies, while the board’s audit committee was “negligent” in providing oversight.James wants to see the entire nearly 150-year-old organization, which is chartered in New York, “shuttering its doors.”“The NRA’s influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets,” said Attorney General James in a statement, according to the release. “The NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse, which is why, today, we seek to dissolve the NRA, because no organization is above the law.”
1 Feb 2012 England quartet seek elusive American title Four members of the England Squad will attempt to create history by winning a US title that has continually eluded English players. Craig Hinton (The Oxfordshire, BB&O), Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland), Ben Taylor (Walton Heath, Surrey) and Daniel Wasteney (Bondhay, Yorkshire) will fly the flag for England Golf in the Jones Cup Invitational at Ocean Forest Golf Club, Sea Island in Georgia on 3rd – 5th February. A field of 84 top amateurs from the US and around the world, will compete over 54 holes of stroke play for this prestigious title which was inaugurated in 2001 as a biennial event but which is now played annually. Hinton, 23 (picture © Tom Ward), is no stranger to America having spent a short spell at college in Kentucky. He enjoyed a successful 2011 season, finishing tied sixth in the Portuguese Amateur, equal fifth in the Brabazon Trophy and joint ninth in the Welsh Open Stroke Play. Those performances helped him finish ninth on the Titleist/FootJoy EGU Order of Merit, while he also made his full England debut in the Home Internationals in Ireland. Porteous, 22, also made his full England debut in last year’s Home Internationals and there is again an American link as he is studying at the University of Tennessee. A former under 16 and boy cap, he finished runner-up in last year’s Tillman Trophy and tied ninth in the European Amateur Championship. Taylor, 19, was also a debutant in last year’s Home Internationals and came close to victories in the South East of England Links Championship, finishing second, and tied third in the Lagonda Trophy. In 2010, he was the South East Junior Champion and the South of England Boys Champion. A student at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, he is also studying in America. Wasteney, 20, is a former Yorkshire Open Champion and National Association of Public Golf Courses Champion. Last year, as Yorkshire Champion, he finished equal sixth in the County Champions Tournament and represented the EGU in the Costa Ballena Tournament and in the Riverswood Junior Open in the Netherlands.
By John Burton and Joseph SapiaAs parents of some students prepare their children for the return to school, they will have to pack what could be a lifesaver for them – no matter what the cost.EpiPen is an auto-injector that provides an emergency dosage of Epinephrine in cases of severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks. These are administered when time is often of the essence, with these reactions often life-threatening.In recent weeks, however, Mylan, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures the trademarked EpiPen dispenser, announced a colossal price increase that has left many outraged.“It’s really a scam on the part of this company, how they’re taking advantage of people,” said Kathleen Altenburg-Largey of Middletown, a purchaser of the EpiPen.With its increase, the price of a two-pen set is now $608.61. When Mylan acquired the product in 2007 the cost to pharmacies was about $57, according to a drug cost database compiled by Elsevier Clinical Solutions, a health care provider trade association. With the EpiPen, “What you’re really buying is insurance,” Sagall said. Patients hope they will not need it.The pens also have a limited shelf life, “So, they expire within a few months of getting them,” said Altenburg-Largey. “You end up throwing them out, which really adds to the cost even more. It’s a waste.”Bresch has recently announced Mylan would be offering a discount card, which would be available to some based upon a financial needs test that also takes into consideration the patient’s insurance status. The company has also announced it’s planning to market a generic version in the foreseeable future.“I do suggest that people shop around,” Sagall advised. He suggested consumers check out competing pharmacies for the best possible price.There is already an alternative epinephrine auto-injector on the market that Rea suggests to clients. The cost, he said, is about $200 instead of the EpiPen $600-plus. Savings Solutions has been recommending that less expensive alternative for four years, according to Rea. “There are options available to folks,” he said.The debate has spilled over into the political arena, too. U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D- NJ), whose district includes portions of the Two River area and who is the ranking Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee, joined other committee members in sending a letter to Bresch. The committee is seeking information from Mylan justifying the product’s 400 percent price increase since 2007. The committee is hoping to schedule Congressional hearings on the matter sometime this month. Altenburg-Largey has to keep pens available for her own allergic reaction to bee stings and for her 18-year-old son, who suffers from severe food allergies. Thankfully, she explained, her health insurance has a good prescription plan. The pharmacy charged her insurance $1,391 for the pens she needed for the two of them, leaving her a $5 co-pay. “That’s insane,” she said.“And there have been times when I didn’t have the insurance and the cost was like, astronomical,” she said, at times forcing her to make tough choices and curtailing other necessary spending. “We only prescribe the pens for the most life-threatening allergic reactions,” noted Michael Marchetti, M.D., an emergency department attending physician at Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel. “It’s serious medicine. It’s not a medicine we prescribe lightly.”But it is a medication that is getting more widely prescribed, which Marchetti attributes to more awareness and education on the part of both doctors and patients. “That’s my perception…people are becoming smarter; doctors are more comfortable.”Marchetti had for the better part of two decades served as medical director for MONOC, the Monmouth Ocean Hospital Service Corporation, where he trained both basic lifesaving (BLS) and advanced lifesaving (ALS) technicians in how to use the EpiPens, among other training. A state law enacted a couple of years ago now allows BLS techs to use the item. Prior to the law only ALS-trained techs were allowed.And that led emergency services to up the number of pens each vehicle carries, creating more of a demand for them, Marchetti pointed out, suspecting that increase could be a contributor to rate hikes.“The EpiPen buys you time,” Marchetti explained. It’s a fast-acting medication “working in seconds instead of minutes or hours,” as other treatments, like steroids. It can help reduce swelling from anaphylactic shock, which can block victims’ air ways and drop blood pressure to dangerously low levels. “Without it, many could die,” he warned.Reuben Campos, Colts Neck, relies on the EpiPen to address his severe allergy to bee stings. Photo by Joseph SapiaReuben Campos, a Colts Neck farmer who works on his family-owned Sugar Loaf Hill Farm, found out about six years ago he was allergic to bee stings. “I found out the hard way. I had a bad reaction to it.”Last year while working he was stung by a bee and delayed using the medication. It was a burning, tingling sensation at first and then progressed to where he felt “awful heat, burning up. Then my throat started closing up, nausea.” He self-injected and was able to drive himself to the hospital where he was treated with steroids. “If I didn’t have the pen I don’t think I would have made it to the hospital,” he said.The last time he bought EpiPens it cost him about $170 for a set of two, with his health insurance helping (though he needs a prescription from a specialist to be covered). But he checked with his local drug store and found it would now cost him $745.“I really don’t have a choice,” he said, realizing, “I’ll have to save for it.”Calls to Mylan’s U.S. corporate communications offices at its headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, were not returned. But Heather Bresch, the company’s chief financial officer, was widely quoted in media outlets as blaming the U.S. health care system, which she said is overly burdensome and complex and incentivizes higher prices all along the supply chain, including higher co-pays and deductibles.Whatever the cause or culprit, “People are concerned about how they’re going to cover the costs,” observed Richard Sagall, M.D. with NeedyMeds.Sagall is a physician and president of NeedyMeds, a national not-for-profit patient assistance program in Gloucester, Massachusetts. “I can tell you the number of calls we’ve been getting about the patient assistance program has gone up since this has all began,” Sagall said, a “significant increase.”“We are hearing a lot of outcry. People are not happy,” with the situation, said Michael Rea, CEO of Savings Solutions, Overland Park, Kansas. Savings Solutions is a national company which helps its clients find cost-saving measures for prescriptions and other medical care. “You can jack up the price 10 times and you know people are not going to say no,” Rea said of the situation for this and other life-sustaining medication. “They’ll do anything possible to afford it,” creating a built-in demand, he explained. On the legal front, this week New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on Tuesday his office has begun an investigation into Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Schneiderman is alleging the company may have inserted anti-competitive language into sales contracts with New York public school districts. If that’s found to be the case, the Attorney General’s Office said, it could be a violation of anti-trust laws.