Chicago woman who sued sheriff to receive methadone treatment in jail loses court fight but could still get her meds
CHICAGO — A federal judge has thrown out a Chicago woman’s request to receive an addiction-fighting medication during a jail stint that begins Thursday, but the practical effect of the decision remains unclear. Christine Finnigan, 53, has been on methadone for two years to treat her opioid use disorder. Prior to her recovery, in 2016, she was caught driving under the influence of alcohol, an offense that was only recently resolved with a guilty plea and a sentence of 30 days in the DuPage County Jail. She sought the assurance of DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick that she could continue to r...
Former US Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to Larry Nassar faces human trafficking, racketeering charges
DETROIT — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday filed human trafficking, sexual assault and racketeering charges against a Lansing-area gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar. The 24 charges against John Geddert include 20 counts of human trafficking of a minor, and one count each of first-degree criminal sexual assault, second-degree criminal sexual assault, racketeering and lying to a police officer, according to Eaton County District Court records. Geddert, 63,coached the gold medal-winning 2012 U.S. women's gymnastics team at the London Olym...
The Detroit News
2021 NFL mock draft: Three rounds
I never do trades in my mock drafts. Bless the analysts who do, but my spidey sense is tingling. There could be a lot of wheeling and dealing come late April. Especially with so many teams in the market for a quarterback. The hot spots I'll be watching the rest of the way: The draft really begins with the Jets and the No. 2 overall pick. Sticking with Sam Darnold would allow them to auction it off to the most quarterback-needy team willing to meet their demands.The Dolphins will have to include the No. 3 and 18 picks in a package (amongst other assets) if they want Deshaun Watson.It would make...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
COVID-19 led to a drop in heart surgery, with grim consequences
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, heart surgeons warned that fewer people were coming in for bypass operations, valve replacements, and other cardiac procedures, in some cases dying as a result. In a new nationwide analysis, researchers determined that the consequences may have been even worse than many realized — particularly in hard-hit hot spots in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. During April, the number of heart surgeries plunged by 71% in those three states and by 53% in the country as a whole, when compared with monthly averages in 2019. And those who did undergo heart surge...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Health care groups, lobbyists padded Cuomo campaign coffers amid virus crisis, immunity push
ALBANY, N.Y. — Health care groups and lobbyists tied to nursing homes flooded Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign coffers with cash last year as the state shielded hospitals and long-term care facilities from the threat of lawsuits stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. Lawmakers and critics are raising questions about the donations and ties as the governor and his administration are embroiled in a ballooning controversy over Cuomo’s office admitting it failed to make the total death toll of nursing home residents killed by COVID public due to a federal probe. According to campaign finance records, ...
New York Daily News
Top 10 ZIP codes for Kansas City residents getting COVID-19 vaccine are mostly white
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The largest numbers of Kansas City residents who have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine live in ZIP codes that are overwhelmingly white, according to city health department numbers and census data. That’s despite widespread knowledge that people of color are disproportionately harmed by the virus because of existing social inequities. The ZIP code with the highest number of Kansas City residents who have been vaccinated — at 4,497 — is the 64114 ZIP code, according to the latest figures from the Kansas City Health Department. The area is 82% white, while the city as a whole is about...
The Kansas City Star
Planned Parenthood gets another temporary reprieve from Medicaid ouster
AUSTIN, Texas — A Travis County judge on Thursday extended a temporary order blocking Texas from ousting Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid health care provider for another 14 days. State District Judge Lora Livingston of Travis County said the extension will give her time to determine whether Texas can remove the organization now or whether Planned Parenthood can continue serving low-income patients while it pursues other appeals. "I just need some time to wade through the mountain of paper that you have given me," Livingston said at the close of a two-hour hearing, conducted online via Zoom. T...
Dellin Betances feels like he has something to prove to Mets fans
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Dellin Betances is not the reliever he once was, when he consistently avoided injuries and put up All-Star numbers for the Yankees from 2014-18. In the past two years alone he’s struggled with Achilles, shoulder and lat injuries that significantly impacted his velocity and overall performance on the mound. Really, Mets fans haven’t even seen a flash of the dominant Betances that brought down the house in the Bronx. This season, as Betances said he feels “tremendously better” than last year when he was still recovering from a partial tear of his left Achilles, he feels li...
New York Daily News
Bills to block mandatory worker vaccines falter in the states
Lawmakers in at least 23 states, often encouraged by vaccine skeptics, have proposed banning employers from requiring workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or other infectious diseases. Most bills are sponsored by Republicans, who say employees shouldn’t have to choose between getting a shot and staying employed. “I just kind of like the idea of personal freedom, and that’s one of my biggest things as a legislator,” said Republican state Sen. Dennis Kruse, who sponsored one such bill in Indiana. Although vaccines protect individuals and communities from disease outbreaks, online disinform...
Kelly Price turns to faith, music after enduring heartbreak in 2020
ATLANTA — Kelly Price endured immense heartache in 2020 but also a creative spurt that helped her maintain her faith and sanity. "Last year was a doozy," she said. "It was the longest, blurriest year ever. I can tell you how I made it through, but I can't at the same time. I happily told 2020 to kick rocks." The COVID-19 crisis entered her personal life when her grandfather, Jerome Norman Jr., former pastor at the Full Gospel Mission, Church of God in Christ in Queens, New York, was lost to the virus in April. Six months later, her beloved mother, Claudia Price-North, the former musical direct...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution