April 15, 2020 /Sports News – Local South Sevier Girls Basketball Coach Announces Resignation From Position Brad James Written by Tags: Stuart Hepworth FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMONROE, Utah-Tuesday evening, longtime South Sevier girls basketball head coach Stuart Hepworth confirmed, via his Facebook account, that he is resigning from his current position.Hepworth, who led the Rams to a state title in February against Judge Memorial, has been a head coach or assistant for four state titles on the sidelines for South Sevier, commencing his head coaching career in 2009-10.Hepworth stated, that with “mixed emotions,” he has stepped down from this position and will accept a new job at the high school as vice principal.Hepworth cited his rich experiences as the Rams’ head coach in engaging with “great kids” and confirmed that while he will still have those opportunities, the interactions will change.In closing, Hepworth said he has been lucky to have a proverbial storybook ending to his coaching career with the dramatic win against Judge in the 3-A state title game at Salt Lake Community College.This was his first state title as the Rams’ head coach.Hepworth concludes his coaching career with a combined record of 45-7 (.865) over the course of the past two seasons and an all-time record of 145-114 (.559).
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Three Long Island medics were among 13 suspects arrested Friday for alleged roles in a scheme to bilk Medicaid and Medicare by having patients undergo unnecessary tests in exchange for painkillers, authorities said.Valley Stream residents Dr. Paul McClung and Reynat Glaz, a physical therapist, as well as Marie Nazaire, a physician assistant from Melville, were among those charged in a pair of federal indictments, authorities said. The arrests stemmed from a probe of three Brooklyn-based pill mills—doctors’ offices that overlook patients’ signs of addictions when prescribing painkillers.“Prescriptions for oxycodone were treated as a commodity and patients were a means to an end—the end being money,” said Bridget Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor. “Patients endured unnecessary procedures knowing they would receive a monthly prescription for the most sought after narcotic on the black market. The fusion of pill mill and Medicaid mill harmed countless people throughout the region.”Prosecutors said the 13 suspects are facing a combined 477 charges, including conspiracy, criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance, health care fraud, falsifying business records, money laundering and scheme to defraud by unlawfully selling prescriptions.Their arrests were the result of a joint investigation between the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York State authorities, Nassau County police, Suffolk County police, Port Washington village police and Rockville Centre village police. Officials dubbed the four-year investigation “Operation Avalanche.”The case began to unravel when agents in the DEA’s Long Island District Office identified a group of so-called doctor shoppers—people that rack up prescriptions for painkiller that they then abuse or sell—who frequented two Brooklyn clinics, authorities said.The DEA estimated that six million Oxycodone that the doctor shoppers got from the pill mills were sold on the black market, where they are believed to have a combined street value of up to $100 million. In return for the tests that the pill mills required the doctor shoppers to take, the clinics received $24.6 million in Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements, authorities said.The alleged ringleader, Dr. Lazar Feygin, hired McClung and others in 2012 to orchestrate the pills-for-tests scheme, but the following year McClung and others opened their own practice, where they replicated the conspiracy, authorities said. Nazaire and Glaz also worked for Feygin, where they allegedly had supporting roles in the scam.
“We are tired of your (expletive) and I (expletive) personally have a militia that is going to come down to your Islamic Society of Pinellas County and firebomb you and shoot whoever is there in the head,” a man said in a voicemail left for Islamic Center of St. Petersburg in Florida. “I don’t care if they are (expletive) 2 years old or 100.” It’s that same fear of reprisal—for merely adhering to a religion that extremists have bastardized to justify unfathomable bloodshed—which Muslims have dreaded since 9/11. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York More than two weeks have passed since explosions and gunfire erupted in the streets of Paris, and the world remains transfixed on how gun-toting extremists were able to evade dragnet security before wreaking havoc on the City of Lights, killing 130 people.In the United States, the threat of terror has dominated the nation’s politics in an already bitter presidential campaign season. Presidential hopefuls seeking the GOP nod are flexing their muscles at the self-declared Islamic State in Iraq as well as at war-weary Syrian refugees fleeing the very same apocalyptic extremists these bellicose White House aspirants have pledged to defeat.Those vying for the nomination have chastised President Obama for failing to do enough to weaken ISIS. Driven by fear of the unknown, politicians have publicly come out against Obama’s plan to welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country, despite the already rigorous, multi-layered screening process that already exists. Meanwhile, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said the United States should adopt a “religious test” so only Christian refugees would be permitted to enter the country, and Donald Trump has set his sights on Muslims at home, suggesting all Muslims carry IDs and be surveilled at mosques.The billionaire real estate magnate also claimed he saw “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the destruction of the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001—a claim that has been debunked over and over by New Jersey’s elected officials and his fellow Republican challenger, Gov. Chris Christie.Aside from ISIS and Syrian refugees, it’s the millions of Muslim Americans—doctors, lawyers, professors, shop owners—who bear the brunt of rhetoric emanating from the stump, where the truth is often drowned out by grandiose proclamations, fist pumping, and enthusiastic roars from a sympathetic audience—an exercise in democracy that candidates from both parties enjoy. But since the Paris attacks, the backlash against Muslims in America has been swift and disturbing. Yet, in this country, it’s domestic terror that’s shattering lives.On Friday, three people, including a beloved police officer, were killed during a five-hour long siege at a Planned Parenthood healthcare facility in Colorado. The alleged gunman’s motive remains unclear, but multiple news outlets have quoted an unidentified law enforcement source as saying the suspect mentioned “no more baby parts” in an interview with authorities. Law enforcement officials in Colorado have yet to confirm if a reference to fetal tissue was ever made. But Planned Parenthood suggested in a Tweet that the attack was politically motivated, and its supporters have characterized the shooting as an act of domestic terrorism.Similarly, Black Lives Matters protesters in Minnesota said they too were victims of domestic terror, when five people taking part in a demonstration were wounded amid gunfire. In Texas, armed protesters congregated near a mosque under the auspices of stopping the “Islamization of America.”In Pittsburgh last week a Moroccan cab driver was shot after a passenger complained about ISIS.The door of a mosque in Pflugerville, Tx was covered in feces and verses from the Koran were ripped from its spine.In Cincinnati, a woman wearing a hijab was the victim of verbal attacks. Another woman in the same city was called a “terrorist” and nearly run over by an enraged driver before a group of people intervened and pulled her safely onto the sidewalk.In St. Petersburg, Fla. authorities are investigating a profanity-laced threat directed at an Islamic Center.A community forum in Spotsylvania County, Va. devolved into an anti-Muslim shouting match when a local engineer attempted to share designs of a new mosque to residents amid racist condemnations that “every Muslim is a terrorist” and “Muslims is evil!” Tonight, white supremacists attacked the #4thPrecinctShutDown in an act of domestic terrorism. We need you here…Posted by Black Lives Matter Minneapolis on Monday, November 23, 2015 Four men have since been charged in connection with the shooting. Authorities in Minnesota said some of the men were filmed making derogatory comments about blacks and one man’s cell phone contained “racist images.”“They refer to African Americans in derogatory terms, say they are going to do some ‘reverse cultural enriching’ and ‘make the fire rise,’” according to a criminal complaint released in the case. In the video shot before the shooting, one of the men is seen brandishing a handgun and proclaiming: “Stay White.”The most severe terror attack on domestic soil this year was in Charleston, S.C., where a gunman attending Bible study at a historic black church in June gunned down nine God-loving people. Investigators later found photos of the alleged suspect posing with a Confederate flag and wearing South African apartheid-era patches on his clothes. A manifesto purportedly penned by the suspect paints a portrait of a man unhappy with progress made by African Americans over the years.Since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, right-wing extremists have killed more people (48) than radical Jihadists (26), according to terror statistics compiled by Washington D.C.-based New America Foundation.A report released by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to the Terrorism at the University of Maryland in July 2014 found that the chief concern among local authorities across the country was the right-wing “sovereign citizens” movement, not Islamic extremism, which ranked lower.Despite the growing body of data, domestic terror has gone largely unmentioned by Republican contenders on the presidential campaign trail. Talk of potential attacks on US soil has been aimed mostly at Muslim Americans, despite Islamic groups across the country continuing to condemn atrocities in the name of their religion that 1.6 billion people follow around the world. One Muslim leader on Long Island said a week after the attacks that the Islamic State is an “illegal state” and does not represent Islam.Trump recently lamented New York City’s decision to disband NYPD’s so-called Demographics Unit, which spied on Muslims in the five boroughs, New Jersey and on Long Island. When the unit was active, however, it did not open a single terrorism investigation on local Muslims.Muslims groups and their supporters insist that anti-Muslim sentiment and negative comments about Syrian refugees only plays into extremists’ hands.“We as Muslims strongly condemn these un-Islamic actions,” Dr. Isma Chaudry, president of the Islamic Center of Long Island, said one week after the Paris attacks. “This is not Islam. ISIS is not Islam. Muslims are not violent, barbaric people. This is a small group of criminals and we, by dividing ourselves, are making them big.”