Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge Joins AG Hill In Leading 20-State Brief Filed With U.S. Supreme CourtAttorney General Curtis Hill on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a Louisiana law requiring all ambulatory surgical centers, including abortion clinics, to hold admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Abortion providers have challenged the law, claiming it interferes with abortion access.“This commonsense measure to protect women’s health is entirely compatible with the Constitution,” Attorney General Hill said. “There is no good reason to exempt abortion clinics from the same health and safety standards applied to other medical facilities.”In trial testimony, even abortion doctors opposed to Louisiana’s law have conceded that admitting privileges at local hospitals carry distinct benefits. One abortion doctor testified that he used his own admitting privileges to get a patient to surgery after he accidentally punctured her uterus during an abortion.“Advocates for the abortion industry often claim to care about women’s reproductive health,” Attorney General Hill said. “Debate over this law, however, has demonstrated that many of them care a lot more about the abortion industry’s profits.”In challenging Louisiana’s law, attorneys for abortion providers have asserted the rights of hypothetical abortion patients who would purchase their services. Indiana’s experience with abortion clinics, however, has shown that abortion providers often follow practices that run counter to the interests of the patients they serve.In the brief filed Thursday, Attorney General Hill cites the example of Indiana’s recent investigation into the late Dr. Ulrich Klopfer. In 2016, Dr. Klopfer lost his Indiana medical license after investigators uncovered repeated violations at his clinics in Fort Wayne, Gary and South Bend. Violations included such offenses as failing to report abortions on patients as young as 13, as required by Indiana law, and failing to provide appropriate anesthesia to patients. After Dr. Klopfer’s death, investigators discovered the medically preserved remains of 2,411 human fetuses among his personal belongings.“We are asking the Supreme Court to rule that abortion practitioners cannot assert the rights of hypothetical abortion patients in legal proceedings,” Attorney General Hill said. “In the interest of justice and transparency, these businesses should be required to stand on their own substantive merits or lack thereof.”Attorney General Hill joined Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is leading the 20-state brief filed Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court. “Women deserve to know all medical procedures are performed in the safest way possible,” Attorney General Rutledge said.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Ween continued their good vibes comeback tour last night, as they kicked off a three-night run at the beloved Port Chester, NY venue, the Capitol Theater. The band performed a multi-night run at Terminal 5 back in the spring, but that venue doesn’t come close to the special place that The Cap holds in fans hearts. Needless to say, fans were pumped for this weekend to arrive. A holiday run in the friendly confines of The Cap seems to be just what the doctor ordered, as Ween delivered on night one, turning in a career-spanning setlist that showcased their deep catalog and musical diversity.The band started things off with a fitting pair of openers, “Exactly Where I’m At” and “Flutes of Chi” from White Pepper. “Spinal Meningitis” followed, before the weirdness of “Happy Colored Marbles” took over the room. “Nan”, from their classic GodWeenSatan: The Oneness was up next, and the band kept things going at an almost ferocious pace from then on. “Roses Are Free” made a fun mid-set appearance, and Ween peppered “Boys Club”, “Tender Situation”, “I’ll Be Your Johnny On The Spot”, “What Deaner Was Talkin’ About” and more throughout the twenty-six song setlist. The set ended with keyboardist Glenn McLelland on tambourine, as Gene Ween took over keyboard duties for a memorable run through “Demon Sweat”.Watch “What Deaner Was Talkin’ About” into “I’ll Be your Johnny On The Spot” from The Capitol Theater, courtesy of YouTube user LazyLightning55aThe band closed things out with a one-two-punch encore of”Don’t Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy)” and “I’m Dancing In The Show Tonight” that left fans satisfied as they exited the venue, excited for what’s in store the rest of the weekend. In total, the band drew from twelve different studio albums, showing off the many different sides of Ween’s diverse catalog. Ween will return to the Capitol Theater tonight for the second show of their three-night run.
By Dialogo April 06, 2011 ISAF and Afghan forces are finding and removing more insurgent weapons from the battlefield now than ever before, operational reports from front-line units in Afghanistan indicate. Officials say the proliferation of insurgent cache finds is partly intuitive: the addition of roughly 110,000 more coalition and Afghan forces over the last year has created more opportunities to find illicit weapons, bomb-making materials and drugs. Another development boosting the trend – one that lends support to the long-term goal of having Afghans provide their own security – is a marked increase in tips from Afghan civilians who are more fed-up with than fearful of insurgents. After remaining relatively flat for a year, reports of found weapons and other insurgent material jumped dramatically in November. Of the roughly 2,700 cache discoveries reported between January 2010 and January 2011, more than half were found in the last four months, according to International Security Assistance Force figures. Yet ISAF officials remain cautious about the significance of the numbers despite what they say is an obvious upward trend. Data anomalies resulting from inconsistent reporting of caches in the past have prevented analysts from making many direct comparisons to previous years. Uncertainties about how many weapons are in Afghanistan and insurgents’ ability to acquire replacements for their lost arms further cloud the picture. Anecdotally, however, there is no doubt that the volume of weapons taken off the battlefield and tips from locals are significant and will hinder insurgents as they try to regroup for a spring offensive. During one of the slowest weeks in February, coalition and Afghan forces found 71 caches, seizing 36 AK-47 rifles, 60 mortars, 60 rockets, more than 900 pounds of homemade explosives, more than 23,000 rounds of ammunition, and hundreds of other weapons and weapons parts. Then on March 1, an Afghan-led operation in Kandahar snatched the biggest cache in months. Among the weapons found were 17 heavy anti-aircraft machine guns, 200 recoilless rifle rounds, 200 mortar rounds, three ready-to-go improvised explosive devices and a car bomb rigged with 350 pounds of explosives. Also recovered in the operation were more than a thousand rounds of heavy machine gun ammunition, more than 1,000 pounds of other explosives and explosive-making materials and scores of other weapons and bomb-making parts. Three days later in Parwan province, a tip to ISAF troops by a local civilian led to a cache of 57 rocket propelled grenades, 21 rockets, 15 boxes of small arms ammunition and 10 recoilless rifle rounds. Such tips have, in recent months, become significant in degrading insurgent capabilities. Across Afghanistan there were 226 tips and weapons turn-ins between January 2010 and January 2011, accounting for roughly 8 percent of cache finds. Similar tips and turn-ins are nearly routine in some villages where coalition forces regularly operate. In one village in Uruzgan province, locals have tipped U.S. Special Forces troops off to significant caches four times in a little more than a month. On March 6 alone, Afghan civilians twice alerted U.S. Special Forces patrols – one in Uruzgan and one in Kandahar – to the presence of insurgent weapons. “The more weapons caches discovered prior to fighting season, the less effective the fighters will be once they return to retrieve and eventually employ them,” a U.S. Special Forces team member said after a local led his patrol to a cache in Uruzgan in early February. It remains to be seen how significantly the uptick in weapons seizures will impact insurgent operations, which are expected to rebound this month from a winter lull. Yet ISAF is cautiously optimistic that large numbers of militants returning from their winter safe havens will find their weapons gone, hampering their ability to carry out attacks against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition forces. Insurgents “coming back from their hideouts in Pakistan are going to find a very different and difficult environment,” Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz, an ISAF spokesman, told reporters.
By Dialogo December 18, 2012 The Bolivian police seized 121 kilos of liquid cocaine wrapped in condoms and stored in cans of hearts of palm that were to be shipped to Africa and Europe, after passing through Chile, a prosecutor reported on December 14. Counter narcotics prosecutor Miguel Trigo Rocha, told local TV channels that operations were carried out in Cochabamba, 560 miles east of La Paz, where they found empty boxes of condoms that were used to wrap the drugs in a private home. “We found several empty boxes of condoms, which were placed (with the drugs) inside cans of hearts of palm, and sealed afterwards,” said the prosecutor, who also confirmed that a counter drug authority had said in previous versions that the liquid drug amounted to 121 kilos. The drugs were canned in Cochabamba and taken to Oruro, near Chile. Regional anti-drug commander Colonel Iván Tapia, stated that the substance found on December 16 “was inside 1,499 cans of hearts of palm” on a busy road northbound to Chile. Prior investigations by the prosecutor’s office showed that the drugs were destined for Africa, before being sent to Europe. According to the United Nations, Bolivia is the third largest cocaine producer, after Peru and Colombia.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lisa Ferkovich allegedly scammed a man for $500,000, authorities said.A woman with three aliases who allegedly stole approximately half a million dollars from an elderly North Babylon man she befriended while out on bond in a separate identity theft case will be arraigned Monday on new charges, authorities said.Lisa Ferkovich, who was arrested outside her current address in Bay Shore on Nov. 27, was charged with grand larceny as a hate crime. The current indictment will be unsealed Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.Suffolk County prosecutors said Ferkovich became friends with an 83-year-old man in a North Babylon supermarket during the summer and gained his trust.The man’s bank accounts were “drained” during the alleged scam, Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota said in a statement, adding that his mutual fund holdings were also improperly accessed. Ferkovich allegedly “rolled up $35,000 in bills using his credit cards,” Spota added.Approximately $500,000 was allegedly stolen from the elderly man, authorities said.Ferkovich has also been charged in a separate case in which she allegedly prayed on another elderly man by stealing his identity and using his identification to buy three vehicles, including a Mercedes, Spota said.The district attorney said four elderly men in the metropolitan area may have had their identities compromised during the alleged scam, which continued for two years prior to Ferkovich’s arrest.Authorities said Ferkovich, who is believed to be 47 years old, also goes by the names Ruby Mithcell, Lisa Sideris and Lisa Brown. Her criminal history, authorities said, shows four different birthdays.