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Noah's Ark closed until further notice after two employees test positive for COVID-19

Noah's Ark Waterpark, which fired its general manager last month after he called COVID-19 a "phantom China virus" and a proposed mask requirement unconstitutional, closed until further notice Saturday after two employees tested positive for the virus.

The popular Wisconsin Dells attraction announced the decision on its website at www.noahsarkwaterpark.com and said it will be working closely with the Sauk County Health Department and other experts on how to move forward.

"The first and foremost priority of Noah’s Ark is the health and safety of our Guests and Team Members," the statement said.

The closure came as a statewide mask mandate took effect Saturday and state health officials reported 1,062 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 13 coronavirus-related deaths.

Read more: https://www.postcrescent.com/story/news/2020/08/01/noahs-ark-closed-until-further-notice-after-two-employees-test-positive-covid-19/5562897002/
(Appleton Post-Crescent)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Aug 3, 2020, 06:33 AM (4 replies)

Delray Beach addiction treatment doctor arrested in $681M fraud case

A Delray Beach doctor who once tried to distance himself from a sober home that federal investigators said preyed on young addicts and scammed insurers out of tens of millions of dollars is now facing charges that he was deeply involved in such schemes at 50 addiction treatment facilities — on a scale that reached $681 million.

In what appears to be the largest such case to date, Dr. Michael J. Ligotti has been arrested and charged with conspiring to commit health care fraud and wire fraud for his alleged role in a nine-year scheme to fraudulently bill for tests and treatments of vulnerable patients seeking a path out of drug and alcohol addiction, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

“As is always the case with any criminal matter, the burden of proof rests entirely with the government. And in this instance, we do not believe the U.S. Department of Justice’s claims — and that is exactly what they are at this point, just one-sided claims — will reconcile with actual evidence at a future trial,” said Ligotti’s attorney Ben Curtis. “Dr. Ligotti thus looks forward to establishing his innocence.”

According to federal documents, Ligotti has been a licensed osteopathic physician since 2003, and two years later, at the age of 31, opened a private clinic at 402 SE 6th Ave. in Delray Beach called Whole Health.

Read more: https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20200731/delray-beach-addiction-treatment-doctor-arrested-in-681m-fraud-case
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Aug 3, 2020, 06:06 AM (1 replies)

Homeowner falsely accuses state House candidate of stealing mail while delivering campaign

Homeowner falsely accuses state House candidate of stealing mail while delivering campaign literature

A Pinellas County homeowner accused Florida House District 70 candidate Mark Oliver of stealing mail when he was captured on a Ring camera delivering campaign flyers recently.

Oliver’s campaign believes the young Black candidate was the subject of racial profiling.

The candidate runs miles every day to deliver campaign literature to constituents in the district, which includes southern Pinellas County as well as parts of Hillsborough and Manatee counties. As part of his campaign, he has been posting videos with the caption “I’m running for office, literally.”

“My efforts to connect with voters safely during COVID by running masked, door to door, unfortunately, have been subject to scrutiny,” Oliver said. “However this gives our community a platform to discuss some important racial disparities still happening, today.”

Read more: https://floridapolitics.com/archives/354313-homeowner-falsely-accuses-candidate-mark-oliver-of-stealing-mail-while-delivering-campaign-literature
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Aug 3, 2020, 05:42 AM (1 replies)

A group of FL sheriffs without face masks stand by as President Trump spews insults on people and

A group of FL sheriffs without face masks stand by as President Trump spews insults on people and groups

Standing without face masks behind President Donald Trump in Tampa on Friday, several Florida sheriffs endorsing the president stood by as Trump streamed numerous insults on people and groups.

Trump called U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – second in succession to the presidency – “Crazy Nancy Pelosi.”

Trump referenced the news media as “those people” – “a couple of good ones, mostly bad ones.”

At least twice, Trump used the term “China virus,” to describe COVID-19. The term used by Trump is considered by some people as racist.

Read more: https://www.floridaphoenix.com/2020/08/01/a-group-of-fl-sheriffs-without-face-masks-stand-by-as-president-trump-spew-insults-on-people-and-groups/

Workers protest end of $600 unemployment supplement; jobless in Florida stuck with lowest benefit in

Workers protest end of $600 unemployment supplement; jobless in FL stuck with lowest benefit in nation

Workers in Miami protested Friday against losing federal Unemployment Insurance benefits of $600 weekly that jobless people were receiving in the pandemic economy due to massive job losses.

The four-month-old supplement ended Friday, with partisan fighting in Congress failing to create a replacement. The U.S. Department of Labor reports nearly 32 million Americans are out of work.

The loss of the $600 weekly supplement leaves Florida workers made jobless by the pandemic reliant on a $275 weekly state benefit that includes only 12 weeks of unemployment pay — the lowest total benefit in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. (The base number of weeks does not reflect the 13-week extension authorized nationwide by Congress for COVID-19 relief.)

“We are feeling the pain of the pandemic through no fault of our own. There are no jobs for people to find,” said Jeffrey Mitchell, president of the South Florida AFL-CIO and of Transit Workers Union Local 291, who was interviewed by the Phoenix.

Read more: https://www.floridaphoenix.com/2020/07/31/workers-protest-end-of-600-unemployment-supplement-jobless-in-fl-stuck-with-lowest-benefit-in-nation/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Aug 3, 2020, 05:20 AM (3 replies)

150 gather at Connecticut Capitol to protest mask and social distancing mandates

More than three months after Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont enacted a statewide mask mandate, about 150 people gathered in front of the Capitol in protest of mandatory masking, social distancing, contact tracing and other public health responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

True to their cause, the attendees did not wear masks or practice social distancing at Sunday afternoon’s rally. There were several Capitol Police officers at the event, but one said they were only there for standard crowd control.

Standing at the top of the Capitol steps, a handful of speakers railed against Connecticut’s public health measures, which have been put in place in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. Connecticut has so far seen nearly 50,000 coronavirus cases and more than 4,400 coronavirus-related deaths, according to state data updated Friday.

The rally’s main target was the mask mandate, which requires residents to wear face coverings when they can’t or aren’t social distancing.

Read more: https://www.courant.com/coronavirus/hc-news-coronavirus-no-mask-rally-capitol-20200802-pudpn6kqabcozprwxdmiwe3ytm-story.html
((Hartford Courant)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Aug 2, 2020, 09:50 PM (1 replies)

Hopkins School parent banned for heckling graduation speakers on race

NEW HAVEN — The head of a private college preparatory school said a parent has been banned from campus who “repeatedly heckled” commencement speakers as they discussed racial injustice during the school’s drive-in graduation ceremony last week.

Kai Bynum, head of Hopkins School, wrote in a letter to the school community that the parent “who harassed our commencement speakers” during Thursday’s graduation has been banned from the campus.

The announcement came after the Instagram account blackathopkins posted a story claiming a parent “rolled down his window and yelled ‘Get off the stage!’” while a faculty member was giving a speech during the commencement.

The faculty member had said “black people came here against their will and built much of this country against their will,” as part of his commencement address before the parent made the remark, according to the Instagram post.

Read more: https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/Hopkins-School-parent-banned-for-heckling-15452996.php

Students reaction: https://www.instagram.com/p/CDUDrR0pMmO/?utm_source=ig_embed
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Aug 2, 2020, 09:40 PM (0 replies)

Tornado touches down in Sharon

The National Weather Service says it is possible a tornado touched down in Sharon late Sunday afternoon.

The announcement comes after the organization issued a tornado watch for most of the state.

The NWS issued the watch for Fairfield, New Haven, Litchfield, Middlesex, Hartford and Tolland counties. It said the watch is in effect until 10 p.m. Sunday.

The watch was issued as Connecticut prepares for Tropical Storm Isaias to arrive later this week. Isaias is now off the coast of southeastern Florida and is expected to reach the New York City area on Tuesday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Read more: https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/Tornado-watch-issued-for-most-of-CT-15452950.php

Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Aug 2, 2020, 09:24 PM (0 replies)

Lamont Signs Police Accountability Into Law

Gov. Ned Lamont signed the police accountability bill into law Friday, but the work is just beginning.

The bill caused an uproar among police officers in Connecticut, who were concerned with a number of provisions, including changes to qualified immunity. The bill was crafted in the wake of George Floyd’s death to address policing issues here.

“I think at the end of the day we all understand how important it was and what a big step this is,” Lamont said before signing the bill.

Paul Mounds, Lamont’s chief of staff, met with four police unions Thursday. He said, “There’s going to be continuous conversations as it deals with the bill, particularly on the implementation.”

Read more: https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20200731_lamont_signs_police_accountability_into_law/#more

Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Aug 2, 2020, 09:18 PM (1 replies)

After a week of complaints, utility regulators temporarily pull plug on Eversource rate hike

After a tumultuous week filled with legislative outrage, sniping between energy companies, and consumer sticker shock at rising utility bills, state regulators on Friday announced they would temporarily suspend a controversial rate increase for energy company Eversource.

That rate increase went into effect on July 1 and was originally pitched to state regulators as relatively modest: about $5.50 on the average residential customer’s monthly bill.

But COVID-19 made that complicated. Stay-at-home orders drove people away from places of work, days got hotter, residential electricity usage spiked, and an economy-shattering pandemic left many cash-strapped customers reeling at bills compounded by Eversource’s rate increase.

By Friday morning, the utility began to acknowledge the strain.

“I think that our customers are really, really struggling,” said Penni Conner, chief customer officer for Eversource. “Many of them are struggling just to pay their rent, put food on the table. And these energy bills – the timing is just difficult.”

Read more: https://ctmirror.org/2020/07/31/after-a-week-of-complaints-utility-regulators-temporarily-pull-plug-on-eversource-rate-hike/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Aug 2, 2020, 05:51 PM (0 replies)
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