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Swartz Creek man convicted of shooting death at nightclub

FLINT, Mich. (WNEM) – On Tuesday, a jury found a Swartz Creek man guilty in the 2019 shooting death of a 23-year-old Flint woman, according to Genesee County District Attorney David Leyton.

Delano Deshawn Cummings, 33, was convicted of second degree murder, two firearms charges and felon in possession of a firearm for the murder of Shalaycia Miles during a fight at the exterior of a nightclub.

According to testimonies and investigators, Miles had gone out on June 15, 2019, with family and friends to celebrate a family member’s birthday. The night took them to What’s Next, a former nightclub, near the corner of Pasadena Avenue and Clio Road in Flint.

Investigators say that’s when Miles and his group got into a fight with others in the parking lot, which started with punches and ended with guns being drawn and resounding shots. Miles was struck twice in the back and once in the forearm.

After the gunfire stopped, prosecutor David Leyton said Miles’ boyfriend and others took her to Hurley Medical Center, but her boyfriend was going too fast as he took a sharp turn and the vehicle rolled and ejected Miles.

Miles and her boyfriend were eventually taken by a passerby to McLaren Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

“What was supposed to be a fun night to celebrate a birthday turned into a horribly tragic and senseless incident that left a young woman dead and will now put another person

behind bars for a very long time,” Leyton said. “While no criminal trial is ever as straightforward as it appears on television, this case presented particularly difficult logistical and witness hurdles for my staff and police to overcome and, I would like to thank all the world for their tenacity in bringing justice to the victim, her family and friends, and our community.

Cummings is expected to be sentenced on April 26.

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‘I am heartbroken’: Owner of Third Ward nightclub where 5 men were shot responds to city lawsuit

HOUSTON –The owner of the popular Third Ward nightclub where five people were injured following a shooting last week has responded to the lawsuit filed by the City of Houston.

Nightclub owner Eric Spivey was surrounded by several people from the community at the afternoon press conference.

Along with Spivey, several people spoke about what the club means to the community and how it has become a fixture in the neighborhood.

“Spitey is a special breed. He didn’t just invest in a club, he invested in this community. He invested in this city and he invested outside of this state. He has invested in more than the fun of the nightlife, but he has invested in our children and the elderly,” said a community member.

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On Thursday, February 17, police were called to Spivey’s Famous Bistro located at 3000 Blodgett Street in response to a shooting.

Investigators said a fight broke out inside the club 10 minutes before the shooting. A club bouncer and four other people were shot dead.

Days after the shooting, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that the City of Houston had filed a common nuisance lawsuit under Chapter 125 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code seeking a temporary and permanent injunction against the owners of Spivey’s Bar. and Lounge located at 3000 Blodgett St., the owner of the property and the property itself.

The lawsuit was filed after Turner joined the MacGregor Super Neighborhood and Riverside Civic Association as they expressed concern over increased crime in their community.

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The lawsuit alleges that Spivey’s and the owner allow aggravated assault and shootings to habitually occur on the premises and fail to take reasonable steps to curtail such criminal activity. The lawsuit is part of Mayor Turner’s commitment to fighting crime and protecting neighborhoods, as outlined in his A Safe Houston plan.

“The City will be aggressive in telling irresponsible businesses and others that they have a responsibility to make sure they protect their customers and neighbors,” Mayor Turner said. “We will take all necessary measures to shut down unsafe businesses.”

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In response to the lawsuit, nightclub owner Eric Spivey hired a lawyer to defend the club against the request for a temporary and permanent injunction.

“Eric Spivey is not only a Houston success story, but he’s also an American success story! He dedicated his life to his community and that must be taken into consideration here. He was never arrested and he was never given anything. Everything Mr. Spivey has, he has earned to the extent that he has built a successful business in the same community to which he has dedicated his life,” Spivey’s attorney, attorney Durrell Holt, told about his client.

Spivey’s Uptown released the following public statement regarding the incident:

“Spveys Uptown’s Top Priorities [are] promote and maintain the safety and security of our employees and customers. We are truly dedicated to this [community and business] and will make every effort to ensure that we maintain the safest possible environment in or around our facility. We will reinforce our police presence and our security team inside and outside our establishment. You are all our guests and we want your experience here to be positive and joyful. [People of Houston and Third Ward] Please know that you are appreciated and without your continued support and love we could not be. Know that the [February 18, 2022′s] the incident was not at all indicative of who we are and what we stand for. We would like to thank our staff and security team for doing everything in their power to prevent this incident from happening. Unfortunately, the unexpected happened outside our establishment. This incident touched us in a way that left us in shock and disbelief. We are not advocating this (emphasis added). Spivey’s was installed in our community to not only provide a positive venue for entertainment and enjoyment, but also to give back. We’re proud to offer free food, clothing, shoes, and back-to-school orders for a community. We also provide a place where entrepreneurs can come on weekends to promote and sell their items and services. We are here to provide safety and promote positive change within our community. Please stay with us as we recover from this unfortunate event.

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Restaurants encouraging customers to place their orders as soon as possible for the Super Bowl

ROANOKE, Va. – The big game is just days away, and restaurants in Southwest Virginia are telling customers to place food orders now if they plan on getting takeout for the Super Bowl. Whether you’re ordering wings, burgers, fries, or anything else for your party, the sooner you order, the better.

All Sports Café said it has been taking Super Bowl orders for the past two weeks. The restaurant only has a certain number of wings and once they are gone they cannot take any more orders.

“We will sell approximately 7,000 to 12,000 wings,” said Julie Atkins, president of All Sports Café.

Atkins said it’s a process to cook so many wings, so they’ll start cooking at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

“Every sauce we sell here, we make by hand. So all of that needs to be done and we’re talking gallons of it,” Atkins said.

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Cast Plates & Pints ​​in Roanoke said this Super Bowl will be different because it will also celebrate Valentine’s Day, which means they will be very busy this weekend.

They smoke all their wings in advance and have a limited supply. Owner Jeff Tate recommends ordering them by Friday.

“Pre-orders are going to have first availability for the wings and we’re just going to run until we drop,” Tate said.

Uncle D’s Take-Out has announced that it will be offering chicken tenders, lasagna platters, meatballs and a long list of other items perfect for your Super Bowl party. Dan Curtis, the owner of Uncle D’s, says you need to have your orders by the end of the day on Friday to ensure you have all the big game food you’ll need.

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Los Angeles Spec House with nightclub, vodka tasting room asks for $139 million

The hills above Los Angeles are filled with glass box-style homes with hot tubs, gyms and home theaters, products of an arms race spawned by oversupply of speculative development in recent years. But a newly built Bel-Air mansion run by a spec-home gaming veteran takes add-ons to the extreme. The asking price? $139 million.

The enormous Bel-Air house has a vodka tasting room kept at sub-zero temperatures and outfitted with faux fur stoles to keep its occupants warm, according to listing agents Jon Grauman and Adam Rosenfeld of The Agency. . A glass-enclosed wine cellar houses a custom Murano glass art installation inspired by a dress once worn by former first lady Jacqueline Onassis. The house also has a nightclub with swirling crystal light fixtures and a rotating elevator for designer cars.

The seller is real estate investor and Los Angeles physician Joseph Englanoff. A limited company run by Dr. Englanoff bought the home site for $5 million in 2014, records show.

Dr. Englanoff has been involved in the construction and sale of several large Los Angeles homes and served as a lender on The One, a home that was once believed to be the most expensive in Los Angeles history. That house is now set to go up for auction later this month after its developer, mega-mansion king Nile Niami, clashed with lenders, including Dr Englanoff, amid cost overruns and delays.

Dr. Englanoff named the property La Fin, which means “the end” in French. Agents said the name was designed to signify that there is nothing bigger than this house, which buyers have come to the top.

The property has 12 bedrooms and more than 16 bathrooms, and agents estimate the home to be between 30,000 and 40,000 square feet. A 44-foot chandelier made from some 50,000 individual crystals drops down the center of the grand spiral staircase that connects the three floors of the house. The master bedroom has floor-to-ceiling walls clad in Italian oak, a marble fireplace imported from Portugal, and a wrap-around terrace with views from downtown Los Angeles to Century City. Its en-suite bathroom features 24 slabs of golden Calacatta marble on the walls, as well as showroom-style walk-in closets.

Other flashy amenities in the house include a ventilated cigar room, a home theater with motorized seats in imported Belgian leather, and a fitness center with a rock-climbing wall and several Peloton bikes. Outside, the pool features a 23-foot movie screen that rises on hydraulics and a bar with lighted swings instead of bar stools.

Mr. Grauman predicted that the house would appeal to an overseas buyer. “There’s definitely a level of opulence that you don’t encounter every day,” he said. “That might not necessarily be appreciated by the domestic buyer.”

In developing specific homes, “the name of the game is differentiation,” he said. “A club with a rotating car lift? These are things no one else does. »

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Chicago restaurants at Fulton Market call on government to increase funding

CHICAGO (WLS) — January is already tough in the restaurant industry, and some Chicago restaurants say more help from the federal government is urgently needed.

“Restaurants that haven’t received subsidies, those restaurants are on the verge of closing now,” said Roger Romanelli of the Chicago Restaurants Coalition and the US Restaurants Coalution.

“There are so many wonderful communities where all you could have is a McDonald’s. What happened to the neighborhood restaurant?” said Anthony Waller, Catering Out the Box.

On Monday, several local restaurant owners urged Congress and President Joe Biden to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. They said restaurants followed federal and local government COVID guidelines to keep the public safe, and now businesses that didn’t get help in the first round may not make it.

And for these merchants, it’s personal: the staff who have been supporting them for years depend on the restaurant’s income.

“You have all these employees, general managers, who don’t work for tips,” said Len DeFranco, Hawkeye’s Bar & Grill. “You have service people working for tips, and those people are being asked to sacrifice not directly but indirectly.”

“I’m not looking for a vacation, I’m looking to keep the staff together and keep the business going,” said Joel Nickson of Wishbone Restaurant.

A spokesman for Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said he favored adding additional funds, but Republicans opposed it.

“Senator Durbin believes restaurants are the lifeblood of our communities. When they struggle, our cities struggle. Congress needs to do its part to give them a helping hand as we continue to deal with this pandemic,” said a spokesperson said in a statement.

“I fully support the replenishment of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, and will continue to work to help ensure these small businesses continue to get the federal support they need as soon as possible,” said the Illinois senator. Tammy Duckworth in a statement.

The restaurant coalition calls for action by February 11.

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What is Mexican cuisine? A Nevada court has the delicate task of deciding

A Las Vegas mall owner asks a judge to rule on a culinary conundrum between two restaurants: What is Mexican food?

The dishes in question are from the salad chain Chop Stop, which has a location at the mall. There’s the Viva Mexico Chop salad, topped with black beans, jalapeños, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, chicken, and tortilla strips, and the Santa Fe Chop, with avocados, roasted corn, and Pepper Jack cheese. . Also in question is the Chopurrito, a bowl with rice, beans, salsa and up to six toppings.

Cafe Rio, a nearby fast-casual Mexican chain, argued in court that Chop Stop’s offers violate a provision in its lease that says no other restaurant in the same mall can earn more than 10% of its sales at from Mexican or Tex-Mex products. food. Chop Stop responded that its menu items are generic offerings that do not belong to any culinary category.

The result was a great confrontation about the nature of salad food, culture and ingredients – or what chef and food consultant Sofia Sada Cervantes called “the deconstructed symbolism of the Mexican salad.”

Chop Stop and Cafe Rio in Las Vegas.

The legal battle began in 2020 after Cafe Rio invoked a lease clause to cut its rent in half for up to a year if the 10% stipulation was breached and neither the restaurant with the allegedly Mexican dishes nor the landlord took action. Court records show Cafe Rio began withholding 50% of its rent for its 2,800 square foot space in September 2020.

The restaurants‘ owner, Dynamic Town Square Las Vegas LLC, filed the case, formally known as a complaint for declaratory judgment, in December 2020, after months of discussions between the parties. A lawyer for the landlord, Jeffrey Adelman, refused to disclose the amount of the rent.

In November of that year, according to a Dynamic Town Square filing, Chop Stop “made some changes to its menu and provided Cafe Rio with documentation indicating that the only” two potentially questionable salads…represent less than 10% of its sales.” “The court filing does not detail the menu changes. Cafe Rio continued to argue that the salad shop violated its lease.

Hector Carbajal, lawyer for Chop Stop, declined to comment on the case. A lawyer for Cafe Rio did not respond to requests for comment.

Mr Adelman said the owner was only a spectator in the dispute.

“I don’t know and frankly I don’t know who knows what legally defines Mexican food,” he said. “They can fight.”

Chefs and culinary researchers say defining Mexican cuisine, or any other ethnic cuisine, is a challenge, but the answer often lies in the ingredients.

The Viva Mexico Chop salad.

For Ms. Sada, an assistant professor at the Culinary Institute of America, a potential consideration in the Viva Mexico Chop is the use of cheddar cheese. “We don’t even have cheddar cheese,” said Ms. Sada, who was born and raised in Mexico. “It’s not something you find in Mexican cuisine.”

Just having Mexican ingredients in a dish doesn’t make it Mexican either, she added. “For me, it’s not just because someone takes a jalapeño or a tortilla,” Ms. Sada said. “It’s just creating a dish using Mexican ingredients.”

Gustavo Arellano, author of ‘Taco USA: How Mexican Food Took America Away’ who wrote about the case for the Los Angeles Times, tried the Viva Mexico salad and found nothing particularly Mexican or tasty about it. this subject. As for the case, “two fairly well-funded companies are battling the impossible task of deciding what Mexican food is,” he said. “It’s a comedy of errors. I just wish it tasted better.

A lawyer for Chop Stop said in legal documents last year that their salad offerings did not violate the lease. “The Santa Fe Chop is a salad offering that is neither Mexican nor Tex-Mex,” a filing said. The Viva Mexico Chop also wouldn’t count, the restaurant’s attorney wrote, because only a taco salad would violate Cafe Rio’s lease. That would mean having a corn or flour tortilla base, which the Viva Mexico doesn’t.

The Santa Fe Chop salad.

As for the Chopurrito — now called the Blazin’ Bowl in Las Vegas — Chop Stop’s attorney wrote that it was a burrito bowl at best.

“Burrito bowls weren’t created in Mexico or Texas as traditional Mexican or Tex-Mex food,” Chop Stop explained. “They were created by Chipotle over the past 15 years in Colorado and are actually a Southwestern food that Cafe Rio doesn’t have an exclusive for.”

Chipotle Mexican Grill did not respond to requests for comment on whether and where it invented the burrito bowl.

How to categorize the foods featured in a similar dispute involving a Panera Bread trying to stop a Qdoba Mexican Eats restaurant from setting up shop in the same mall in Shrewsbury, Mass. In this 2006 case, a Massachusetts judge had to decide whether burritos, tacos and quesadillas were sandwiches.

The decision cited a dictionary definition describing a sandwich as “two thin pieces of bread, usually buttered, with a layer of line (such as meat, cheese, or savory mixture) spread between them” to deny the coffee’s request. prevent Qdoba from becoming its neighbour.

“Under this definition and consistent with common sense, this court finds that the term ‘sandwich’ is not commonly understood to include burritos, tacos, and quesadillas, which are typically prepared with a single tortilla and stuffed with a garnish of choice of meat, rice, and beans,” the ruling reads.

In Las Vegas, the trial is scheduled for August. According to Mr Adelman, which restaurant could reimburse the rent depends on the decision.

“At the end of the day, we’re going to collect from someone,” he said.

Write to Alicia A. Caldwell at [email protected]

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Restaurants open in West Hartford after winter storm Bobby | Connecticut News

WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Some restaurants in West Hartford have decided to open their doors on Saturday evening.

Saturdays are usually crowded in downtown West Hartford.

This is not the case on Saturday evening.

The sidewalks have been cleared and some businesses have decided to open.

As the snow from Winter Storm Bobby subsided, crews quickly got to work, clearing driveways and shoveling.

Many restaurants in the area remained closed on Saturday night due to winter weather.

Some, like Barcelona Wine Bar, open at 4 p.m.

The restaurant says it strives to be a place where people can go no matter what.

“Especially in times like this, being there for people no matter what. It’s still uncertain in COVID. Being open and unopened. We want to make sure we’re as open as possible whenever we can,” said Barcelona beverage manager Lisa Teitelbaun.

“I’m from Minneapolis, I grew up in western Massachusetts. I am a snow person. T-shirt hat kind of guy in the snow so I think it’s great,” said Barcelona bartender Chris Ru. “Great opportunity for the neighborhood if you don’t want to cook or are just tired of being around the house.”

You can expect more restaurants to be open on Sunday as more people continue to emerge from winter storm Bobby.

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Primos Cafe sold to Flowood-based group

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – After more than 90 years in business, the Primos family has sold its popular restaurants to Flowood-based MMI Hospitality Group.

No sale price has been communicated. The deal was completed in early December, according to Micajah Sturdivant, president of MMI.

“It was truly an honor,” Sturdivant said of the opportunity to take ownership of the established Primos brand that has fed Jacksonians since Angelo “Pop” Primos opened a bakery on Capitol Street in 1930.

Sturdivant says former Primos owner Don Primos continues to be involved as an advisor. Primos’ daughter, Mary Claire, now works for MMI and will continue to oversee Primos’ marketing efforts.

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“We are honored to continue the cafe concept and are especially excited to do so with a member of the Primos family who continues to be involved,” Sturdivant said in a prepared statement.

Sturdivant says no immediate changes are expected but that MMI will seek expansion opportunities in the metro area. Primos cafes are currently located in Flowood, Ridgeland and Madison. Sturdivant says the restaurants employ more than 170 people.

Kenya Parks, which has overseen restaurant operations under the ownership of the Primos family, will continue in this role on all three Primos cafes for MMI.

“I am confident in the future knowing that Kenya and our store teams have access to the breadth and depth of resources provided by MMI,” Don Primos said in the statement provided by MMI. “I am pleased to partner with another family business to drive the brand forward and with whom I know it will embody the values ​​essential to quality service in our community.”

MMI was founded in Jackson in 1956. Its first property was a Holiday Inn in Meridian. Its hotel division now has a dozen hotels in the Southeast. Its Dining Systems division provides catering services to facilities in five states, according to its website.

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Cat café ‘Crumbs and Whiskers’ asks President Biden to have a kitten

The owners of the business recommended that the first family adopt a homeless cat that was once in danger of being euthanized.

“Our black and white 9 month old baby with the cutest face. Mr. Sweetie loves to play with toys, and if you start to give him affection, he will melt in your arms! (Courtesy of Crumbs & Whiskers)

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Our 6 month old orange and white tabby.  He is incredibly affectionate and will give you head butt to convince you to stroke him.  He even loves to turn around and let you touch his stomach.

“Our 6 month old orange and white tabby. He is incredibly affectionate and will give you head butt to convince you to stroke him. He even loves to turn around and let you touch his stomach. (Courtesy of Crumbs & Whiskers)

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Our very playful 1 year and 4 month old tabby cat.  He especially likes chasing the sparkler or playing cuckoo!  Whenever he is sleepy he tries to snuggle up to everyone!

“Our very playful 1 year and 4 month tabby. He especially likes chasing the sparkler or playing cuckoo! Whenever he is sleepy he tries to snuggle up to everyone! (Courtesy of Crumbs & Whiskers)

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9 months old and loves to stretch out more than anything.  He is very playful most of the day but will absolutely love the scratched neck!

“9 months old and loves to stretch out more than anything. He is very playful most of the day but will absolutely love the scratched neck! (Courtesy of Crumbs & Whiskers)

Courtesy of Crumbs & Whiskers

President Biden has had a new German Shepherd puppy named Commander, but the folks who run Georgetown’s “Crumbs and Whiskers” cat and cat cafe are having a little fun welcoming a new feline friend to the House. White.

The owners of the business recommended that the first family adopt a homeless cat that was once in danger of being euthanized.



The cafe said it has a number of cats to choose from, including Mr. Sweetie, a 9 month old black and white baby, a few tabby cats named Mario and Walter, or a black cat named Inky.

“There are rumors that the new First Dog, Commander, is looking for a feline friend to keep him company in the White House,” a Crumbs and Whiskers spokesperson told WTOP.

The cafe, a short walk from the White House, said it would like to see one of its adopted kittens – America’s First Family Kitten (KOTUS).

“We would love President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden to come meet the ‘perfect’ presidential kitten to complete their family of pets,” said Kanchan, owner of Crumbs & Kitten Cafes & Cafes. Whiskers in DC and Los Angeles, California.

Crumbs & Whiskers is partnering with Homeward Trails, a cat rescue nonprofit, to prevent euthanasia of cats and provide ‘comfortable, clean and free’ environments. The organization currently has around 25 cats and kittens in DC ready for adoption.

Editor’s Note: For the sake of balance, WTOP would like to remind you that there are several pets, including cats, available for adoption in the DC area. Previous reporting on PupOTUS Commander joining Biden’s White House should not be construed as biased towards any particular puppy or kitten. The OMCP has not contacted the White House for comment on KOTUS.

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Mobile home park residents concerned for their safety after another shootout at a nearby nightclub


Residents of a Fort Lauderdale mobile home park are on edge after gunfire broke out at a nearby nightclub, killing one person.

This is at least the fourth time this year that a shooting has been reported at the Take 1 Lounge.

Those who live next to the club say they have had enough.

The rapid gunfire shook people in bed Sunday morning at the Cypress Creek Mobile Home Country Club.

“Very worried,” said a resident who did not want to be identified, but said the neighbors lived in fear. “Terrorized. My parents live here. You know, stray bullets don’t discriminate against anyone.

Police said Bernie Jean, 37, was shot and killed in the shooting, while another was also injured.

James Manoli, owner of Cypress Creek, is deeply concerned.

“We told them time and time again that someone would lose their life,” Manoli said.

In May, we showed you video of gunshots heard on nearby surveillance cameras and a woman sleeping on her floor to feel more secure in the event of gunfire.

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A Local 10 investigation found there had been more than 150 calls for service from April 2020 to May 2021.

Police continue to search for the gunman and people living nearby are hoping for a resolution.

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gubernatorial candidate Joey Gilbert fights Nevada Bar reprimand | New policies


By SAM METZ, AP / Report for America

CARSON CITY, Nevada (AP) – On billboards across northern Nevada, Republican gubernatorial candidate Joey Gilbert can be seen with closed fists and a pledge: “Joey Gilbert Law, Fighting for Nevada” .

Now Gilbert is fighting efforts to reprimand him by the Nevada State Bar. Gilbert has yet to be sanctioned, but a selection committee that reviewed his work sent him a draft letter of reprimand in August, alleging that he had injured a client and violated the bar’s rules of conduct.

“Your misconduct actually hurt your client, but not in a substantial way, as they did not have an official deadline to file the claim. Your misconduct has also undermined the integrity of the profession, ”wrote Richard Williamson, chairman of a disciplinary panel convened by the bar, in the August 27 letter to Gilbert.

Gilbert is a lawyer and former professional boxer who last year became one of Nevada’s foremost voices questioning the 2020 election results and denouncing the coronavirus vaccines. He was in Washington, DC, during the Jan.6 uprising, but said he did not enter Capitol Hill. Gilbert shows up in a primary field crowded with Republicans hoping to topple Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak in 2022.

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The letter obtained by the Associated Press has been confirmed as authentic by the State Bar of Nevada.

The Nevada Bar appoints three-member panels to assess grievances filed by clients seeking damages against its attorneys. After deliberation, panels can impose penalties, reprimand a lawyer, or dismiss the allegations. If the panel chooses sanctions or a reprimand, it must give the lawyer the opportunity to review the allegations and file an objection within 14 days.

Gilbert filed a motion to dismiss the letter, which the disciplinary panel dismissed on December 1, according to documents provided by his lawyer, Dominic Gentile.

Gentile said Gilbert denied all of the allegations in the letter and planned to continue fighting the bar over its process and findings. He said the draft letter was not on public record and the state bar should not have commented on it at this point.

“There is no final decision as to the validity of a grievance against Mr. Gilbert. A lawyer has the right to a live hearing in which witnesses must be called to testify and be subjected to cross-examination, ”he said.

Bar attorney Daniel Hooge said the letter was unofficial and Gilbert would not be formally sanctioned until the panel held another hearing.

“While the Nevada Supreme Court retains ultimate authority to regulate the legal profession, the Office of the Bar Council serves as an arm of the court to investigate and prosecute allegations that a lawyer has broken professional conduct rules. Our main goal is to protect the public, ”said Hooge.

The panel’s review comes as Gilbert campaigns across Nevada ahead of the governor’s Republican primary next June and files headline lawsuits challenging the vaccine and mask warrants.

To voters, Gilbert cites his legal work as proof that he is the best fit to be Nevada’s next governor and that he is committed to fighting for the state.

In the strain speeches he gave across the state and shared on his Facebook page, he says the legal work he has done throughout the pandemic proves his willingness to be “in the trenches, to fight, ”referring to cases such as the continuing challenges of Calvary Chapel Lone Mountain in Nevada’s coronavirus-related capacity cap for religious gatherings.

Gilbert is on the legal team representing this church in Las Vegas, which, along with another in rural Nevada, won an appeal contesting a statewide capacity cap for religious gatherings. The U.S. 9th Circuit of Appeal ruled in favor of the church after the governor rolled back the restrictions.

The letter from the state bar claims that Gilbert’s firm allowed employees who were not licensed lawyers to handle a case without supervision – a violation of professional standards and bar requirements. He alleges that a law student, who was supposed to be under Gilbert’s supervision under bar rules, falsely suggested to a client that a petition had been filed in court when it was not .

Although Gilbert’s client had paid a retainer of $ 3,500 four months previously, the firm subsequently abandoned him as a client and returned the deposit. The draft letter also berates Gilbert for breaking a rule of “diligence” by not promptly warning the client that he did not want to represent him.

Gentile said Gilbert denied the allegations.

After speaking to the employees mentioned in the letter, Gentile said he believed the disciplinary panel had not sufficiently investigated the incident. He said he was confident the reprimand would be dismissed.

“What Joey Gilbert is doing here is standing up for his integrity,” said Gentile.

The Nevada State Bar said it has about 9,000 active members and prosecutes about 200 to 300 grievances per year. In 2021, it issued 24 reprimands, nine suspended suspensions and 15 effective suspensions. A lawyer has been struck off the bar.

Associated Press writer Scott Sonner contributed reporting for Reno. Metz is a member of the Associated Press / Report for America Statehouse News Initiative body. Report for America is a national, nonprofit service program that places reporters in local newsrooms to cover undercover issues.

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Woman accused of murder conspiracy for hire or reward to remain behind bars “until further notice”


JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – A Pelahatchie woman accused in a murder conspiracy must remain behind bars until further notice.

An arraignment arose Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi for Jessica Leeann Sledge, a woman accused of attempting to hire a hitman to kill her husband online.

Magistrate Keith Ball has set a date for Sledge’s trial at 9 a.m. on January 24, before District Court Judge Carlton Reeves.

Ball rejected defense attorney John Colette’s request to post bail on Sledge, despite new evidence the attorney planned to present.

Sledge is currently being held in Madison County Jail and is in the custody of the US Marshals Office.

However, the judge said he would be prepared to grant a second detention hearing for the 39-year-old if a petition was filed.

“You are certainly free to petition for a detention hearing and I can very well grant one,” he said.

Sledge was arrested in November after a month-long investigation revealed she had taken to the dark web to hire a hitman to kill her husband.

Court records also show that she paid an anonymous person $ 10,000 in Bitcoin to carry out the coup and used WhatsApp to provide undercover agents with “multiple photos” of her husband and his vehicle.

The judge refused bail in a detention hearing on November 8, despite Colette’s request to allow Sledge to live with her mother, wear a surveillance device, avoid internet use and respect a curfew.

At the time, Ball said his mother would not be able to watch Sledge around the clock and that he believed “non-appearance is still a problem.”

On Thursday, Colette was ready to provide further testimony from Sledge’s mother and grandmother and was ready to grab a letter from her employer. He said the new information should help alleviate the judge’s previous concerns.

A government lawyer opposed the request, saying he would need more time to prepare a rebuttal.

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Restaurants partner with CASA to help children in need


BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (WLOX) – For the seventh year in a row, CASA is partnering with The Blind Tiger and Marina Cantina to help children in need. The restaurants have just launched their end-of-year challenge.

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. The organization trains community volunteers to be the voice of children in the foster care system.

For the past few years, The Blind Tiger has supported Hancock County CASA. This year, they expanded their scope to include neighboring counties of Harrison, Stone, and Jackson.

“It is very humbling to see this mission being heard. Our voice being heard so that the community comes together to help these children. Our national CASA motto is to change a child’s story and that’s exactly what CASA does, ”said Frances Allsup of Jackson County CASA.

“The money we can help them raise supports children who find themselves in very difficult situations,” said Thomas Genin, owner of The Blind Tiger.

“I just want to thank Thomas and Amy for their continued support of our work and the priority they place on child safety,” said Cynthia Chauvin of Hancock County CASA.

Businesses will match every donation received dollar for dollar, up to $ 15,000. Donations will help more than 300 children in southern Mississippi.

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“Stand firm” petition filed in fatal shooting in front of St. Augustine bar


ST. AUGUSTIN, Florida. – A “stand up” request has been filed in the murderous shooting of Adam Amoia, a man who, according to investigators, was killed in an altercation outside Dos Gatos in St. Augustine.

Luis Casado is charged with manslaughter and carrying a concealed firearm during the shooting in May.

In the petition, Patrick Canan, Casado’s lawyer, states that Amoia and another man “suddenly and in concert started attacking” Casado “for no apparent reason.”

Casado was seen chatting with several of Amoia’s friends outside the bar, a conversation which the petition said “had no real meaning and certainly nothing threatening.” The petition says “Amoia, drunk and leaning against the wall, suddenly turned aggressive and insisted that Mr. Casado leave immediately”, even though Casado “did nothing to incite rudeness or violence”.

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The petition says that before Casado had a chance to “make sense of Mr. Amoia’s bizarre request,” Amoia shoved him, then punched him in the face, knocking off his glasses, making Casado legally blind. He indicates that the other man then hit Casado and that Amoia followed that up by hitting Casado four more times in the face, when Casado “found himself pressed against a wall”.

The petition says that after Amoia hit Casado twice more, “he was afraid for his life and shot his gun to avoid serious bodily injury or even death.”

The petition points out that the footage lasted 15 seconds and was caught on surveillance video. Casado’s lawyer notes that his client does not have a criminal history, but that Amoia and the other man do.

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The petition also includes the toxicology report on Amoïa’s body from the medical examiner. Amoia’s blood alcohol level was 0.266, more than three times the legal limit for driving in Florida. The report revealed that he also had hydrocodone and marijuana in his system.

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State, Shady’s Bar and Grill settle pandemic lawsuits


(KNSI) – Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced Friday his office has settled the lawsuit against Shady’s Bar and Grill and another business that violated or threatened to violate executive orders during the COVID-19 emergency in time of peace.

Gov. Tim Walz has closed all bars and restaurants for in-person dining, and Shady’s owner Kris Schiffler has said he won’t be doing so much longer if he can’t open his doors. He had planned to open his location in Albany, but Ellison applied for and received a temporary restraining order prohibiting him from opening the doors. A GoFundMe page had been set up to help Shady’s and other bar and restaurant owners pay legal fees. In a few days, more than $ 200,000 was raised.

Under the terms of a consent judgment filed in Stearns County, Shady’s will pay the state $ 30,000. All funds received under this settlement go to the State of Minnesota General Fund, not the Attorney General’s office.

According to a press release, the settlement comes after more than a year of litigation. The press release says Shady’s has filed counterclaims against the governor and other state officials who were removed from office following opposition from the attorney general’s office. In August 2021, the attorney general’s office obtained summary judgment on his claims and was allowed to seek fees for his litigation costs.

Boardwalk Bar and Grill in East Grand Forks was also ordered to pay $ 25,000 for violating emergency orders.

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Crackdown ahead for more than a dozen bars, restaurants and cafes in Miami Beach – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports


MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Restaurants on Ocean Drive and others elsewhere are struggling after Miami Beach struggled to clean up a noisy entertainment district.

“Repeat offenders, repeat offenders. It kills me. It’s embarrassing, ”said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber.

In a few days, they will no longer be allowed to operate the sidewalk café part of their business.

Some restaurants in violation are accused of being shady.

“Scam! Stay away from this place,” said one of dozens of reviews on Yelp of a penalized Ocean Drive location. Another reviewer called it a “nightmare of the experience of the”. hell “.

“We don’t expect our restaurants to rip off the people who eat there,” Gelber said. “We don’t expect them to try to grab them and sit them in their seats when people go by. We expect a certain level of conduct.

In a letter to commissioners on Tuesday, the Miami Beach city manager wrote: “The city has identified 13 sidewalk café operators whose sidewalk café permits were denied for 21/22. Two (2) sidewalk café operators are located on Espanola Way, two (2) sidewalk café operators are located on Lincoln Road and nine (9) sidewalk café operators are located on Ocean Drive.

“Restaurants have lost their coffee tables that don’t follow these rules,” Gelber said.

Restaurants that break the rules have helped create a Bourbon Street vibe in the area, the mayor said.

“Insanely huge drinks that really don’t do anything other than get everyone to drink and then we end up with the misconduct that we observed,” Gelber said.

The city passed an ordinance in 2019, removing sticky and deceptive sidewalk cafe signs. They also established a code of conduct.

More than two years later, those accused of breaking this code are on the verge of suffering the consequences.

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Several bar break-ins and thefts in southern Illinois target slot machines


MCLEANSBORO, Ill. (KFVS) – Southern Illinois bar owners want answers after a spate of break-ins and thefts.

According to the police, there is a common theme. Most thieves go directly to slot machines for money.

“We knew it would be a matter of time before they probably tried to break into ours,” said Lynn Bouseman.

Bouseman said her phone rang around 4:30 a.m. and she immediately knew thieves broke into her bar, The Liquor Hut.

“And then I looked at my cameras on my phone, and I could see the only guy in the playroom tearing up the machines,” she said.

His Mcleansboro bar is the latest target in a wave of bar thefts in southern Illinois.

“You just feel like you’ve been raped, because we work, we work hard to grow our business and we take pride in what we do. So why are you trying to rob us, ”Bouseman said.

“You still think it’s okay and will be okay, and it’s just kind of a sense of security that you don’t have anymore,” said Diana Robinson.

Robinson’s bar in Whittington, The Barn Bar, was hit on October 11.

“They have just been destroyed,” she said.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Kyle Bacon said they were investigating what happened.

According to Bacon, authorities are investigating several recent incidents in surrounding counties, and the majority of them involve bars with slot machines.

“I think someone knows something, and maybe someone will speak up, because so many of us have been affected,” Bouseman said.

“You’re scared if you’ve been hit, because they’ve been back to the same place a few times, or if you haven’t been hit, it’s kind of like who’s going to be next,” Robinson said.

Robinson said she doesn’t let anyone work alone at night now. If you have information on the break-ins, call Hamilton County Sheriff’s or Franklin County Sheriff’s Services.

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Restaurants are creative in keeping menu prices low for customers


FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) – Restaurant owners across the country are facing higher food and labor costs, but increasing menu prices isn’t an option many want to consider .

“I know restaurants change their menus every week and raise the prices a bit here, a bit there, but to be price-friendly and price-conscious you have to be flexible on your menu,” says Vino Grille & Spirits co. – Owner Chuck Van Fleet.

He says the changes to his menu have come at no cost to customers, adding that “the fillets have gone up by over $ 10 a pound. When we looked at the price we were going to have to charge, we said we weren’t going to use nets anymore, so we went to New York. “

With supply chain shortages, many foods and everyday products used by restaurants are much more expensive.

Van Fleet says: “The price of lemons and limes per case has doubled. Due to the drought and the lack of water, we get an inferior product. Cooking oil has also doubled in price.

Delivery delays also have an impact on restaurants.

“It’s hard to get Italian, French, Spanish wine, but you also look at wineries that can’t get the glass to put the juice in,” Van Fleet said.

Restaurants like Vino Grille and Spirits are taking advantage of the addition of outdoor dining areas and hosting banquets to equalize costs, but that brings up another problem: finding employees.

While the future is uncertain about restaurant overhead costs in the coming months, there are programs to help them recover from the pandemic.

Earlier this month, California decided to expand the sale of take-out cocktails and maintain alcohol service for alfresco dining in parklets.

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The restaurant industry faces labor and supply shortages


MADISON, Wisconsin (WMTV) – New data from the National Restaurant Association shows restaurant sales in Wisconsin have improved since the start of the pandemic, but business operations remain far from normal.

Based on a survey of 4,000 restaurants nationwide, 70% of operators believe it will take more than a year before everything is back to normal and 11% say conditions will never return to what they were before the pandemic.

So what is driving these statistics? Labor and supply shortages.

For Tom Marks – a restaurant industry veteran and front desk manager at Hop Haus – the past 13 months have been some of the toughest in his 25-year career.

“I’m used to having stacks of applications, 30, 40 and I can’t even get people to apply for positions right now,” Marks says.

He says the problems started to escalate last September, when the brewing company opened its second site in Fitchburg at the height of the pandemic. Opening up to 25% capacity was a challenge, but when capacity limits increased, the problems increased as well; namely, a lack of staff to meet the demand.

“There is definitely a labor shortage; we definitely experience it, ”says Marks. “We have a wonderful rooftop terrace at the top and half the time I can’t even open it. it’s just unfortunate.

Kristine Hillmer, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, said restaurant owners don’t expect things to get back to normal anytime soon. In fact, she says, 38% of operators statewide say their trading conditions are worse now than they were three months ago.

This is because the labor shortage comes with supply shortages.

“You have a shortage of truck drivers to deliver not only to port manufacturers or suppliers, but then suppliers to restaurants, so we are seeing huge disruptions, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon,” said Hillmer.

For Hop Haus, this resulted in difficulties obtaining building materials for the second location and cans for their in-house breweries.

It may take a while for things to improve. In the meantime, Brands and Hillmer ask customers to be patient and kind.

“I just want people to go into a small business like ours and support us for sure,” Marks says.

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Diamond Bar: Residents ordered to leave after 150 condos in the resort were marked in red or yellow


DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (KABC) – Residents of this Diamond Bar resort have been ordered to leave their homes after all 150 condos were marked in red or yellow.

“They announced that we had to leave by October 18,” said one resident who does not want to be identified. “At the moment we don’t know anything. I’m a little blind because this just happened and we don’t know what to do or why it happened.”

The city of Diamond Bar released the notice last Thursday after the homeowners association hired an engineering firm to inspect the property, according to a city spokesperson. The results concluded that the entire complex should be cleaned up.

In a statement, the city said some of the reasons are “structural risks in all buildings on the property, including deteriorated or inadequate foundations. Defective materials in all buildings on the property caused by failure … to maintain building materials in good and safe condition. “

There is a lot of termite damage at the complex, according to the city. The statement also said residents should seek help from their owners.

“Under the California Health and Safety Code, they are entitled to lease benefits to the landlord. These benefits include two months of fair market rent for the area and an amount to cover utility deposits,” according to the communicated.

Residents who own and live in their condominium are encouraged to review their home insurance policy or contact their insurance company to find out if their coverage includes assistance with covering the costs of term living.

We contacted the law firm representing the HOA but received no response.

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Death Cafe, where you eat snacks and talk about mortality | Montana News

By ALEX MILLER, Daily Column of Bozeman

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) – White paper panels provided a sort of breadcrumb trail to the second floor of the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts. In a room next to a dark rehearsal space, Mariana Olsen and her husband Will Bernard were busy making coffee and snacks.

On a small table next to Oreos and other goodies was a plastic skull that Bernard named Edward wearing a flat-brimmed hat, silently welcoming visitors to the city’s very first Death Café.

The point of a Death Café is not to focus on the gruesome or horrific aspects of death. Rather, it serves as a common space where people can discuss everything related to death, from the immediate feelings of losing a loved one to funeral expenses and the administrative aspect of death, all while enjoying coffee, tea and coffee. snacks.

The idea to bring a Death Café here came to Olsen after two deaths that she experienced firsthand last year. She euthanized her cat in April 2020, and went down to a rabbit hole to better understand how to discuss and explain this death to her daughter.

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Then, in September 2020, her father passed away. She was in the room when her father perished, but in the days leading up to his death she feared she would not see him due to COVID-19 protocols. She had devised a plan to break in by scaling the walls of the hospital to see him – a plan she didn’t need after hospital staff gave her permission to be in the room. .

The research she had conducted on death over the previous months had prepared her for this moment, but she was quickly faced with the reality that death is a taboo that few people want – or know how – Talk.

“When my dad died it was really isolating,” Olsen told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. “I really didn’t have anyone to talk to, I didn’t know what to say, no one really knew what to say to me. And I just realized there’s a bit of that really awkward space when it comes to talking about death.

Bernard Crettaz, Swiss sociologist, created the first version of Death Café in 2004, naming it Café Mortels. The model of this first meeting was used by an English duo in 2011 to influence what Death Cafés are today: a meeting intended to allow a fluid, confidential and non-judgmental dialogue about death.

Although Olsen and Bernard’s cafe was the first of its kind in Livingston, there have been over 13,000 Death Cafés in 80 countries over the past decade.

This meeting was small and intimate, with only three people in attendance to discuss their experiences with death. Due to the personal nature of their stories, participants asked not to be named.

One person had been to at least three or four Death Cafés before. The other coffee lovers had heard of them and, after seeing the Olsen Facebook event, wanted to come and experience the space where they could share and listen to experiences with death.

There was no real structure to the conversations outside of some icebreakers that Olsen and Bernard had prepared, but there were tears, laughter and nods of agreement over the difficulty of the topic at hand. study.

One question was about how they viewed their own death.

One participant said she recently became a mother and reflected on how it changed her view of death. Previously, she had come to terms with her own mortality, but having a child put life in a different perspective.

“It’s easier to come to terms with your own death than the eventual death of your child,” she said.

Another wanted to live long enough to see her son turn 18.

“When he was 18, I was like ‘Yes! I did it, ”she said.

Death Cafés are nonprofit “social franchises”, Olsen said. They are not mission or goal oriented, and they are not trying to sell anything. But Olsen hoped that this coffee and others like it would plant a seed in people’s minds to view death in more real terms.

“I think we need to humanize death again by talking about it, putting a face on it and making it okay to talk about it, allowing people to cry about it, and even making it so. ‘It’s okay to laugh about it,’ she said.

In the 18 months since the start of the pandemic, death has become all too familiar and, to some extent, impersonal. In County Gallatin, 69 people have died from complications from COVID-19.

Although survival rates for COVID-19 are high but can vary based on age, medical conditions and other factors, Olsen said it is the dehumanization of the smaller percentage of those who die from the virus , and the way people perceive it, that worries him.

“We depersonalized it because we think in numbers, and it became political,” Olsen said. “And it’s really, really scary because the cost is something a lot of people won’t see until it’s too late.”

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Puff Bar has overtaken Juul as teenage favorite electronic cigarette


Disposable vaporizers are now the most popular type of e-cigarette among middle school and high school students, overtaking reusable devices like Juul, according to new federal data. And the most commonly used brand — Puff Bar — is the one that has remained on the market despite a Food and Drug Administration order last year to halt sales in the United States.

About 11% of American high school students – about 1.7 million children – reported using e-cigarettes at least once in the past 30 days. The data is based on a national survey conducted online between January 18 and March 21.

Last year, about 20% of U.S. high school students, or roughly three million, reported using e-cigarettes at least once in the past 30 days. The annual study is conducted by the FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said changes in methodology this year due to the pandemic made it difficult to compare with previous years.

The flavors most commonly used among young people were fruits, candies and desserts, mint and menthol, according to the survey. More than half of young e-cigarette users reported using disposable devices. Some 26% of high school vapers reported using the disposable Puff Bar brand, followed in popularity by Reynolds American Inc.’s refillable brand Vuse at 11%, Smok at 10% and Juul at 6%. Among college e-cigarette users, 30% said their usual brand was Puff Bar.

“The use of Vuse products by young people is unacceptable, and we will continue to investigate how young people access our products,” said a spokesperson for Reynolds. Vuse is intended for adults and remains “an important option for adult smokers looking for an alternative to smoking,” she said.

Juul Labs Inc. in 2018 landed in the sights of regulators when its sleek, USB-stick-shaped vaporizers became a status symbol for teens. It is the most used brand of electronic cigarettes by American high school students over the past three years. Under pressure from regulators and facing investigations into its marketing practices, Juul halted most of its advertising in the United States, closed its Facebook and Instagram accounts, and stopped selling all of its flavors in the United States except tobacco and menthol. It remains the best-selling brand of electronic cigarettes in the United States, but has lost market share to Vuse and others.

Joe Murillo, chief regulatory officer for Juul, said the company has undertaken a reset. “While millions of adult smokers have converted to our products from cigarettes, we will only be trusted to provide alternatives to adult smokers if we continue to fight underage consumption,” he said. .

Puff Bar sales surged in early 2020 when federal restrictions banned the sale of sweet and fruity e-cigarette refill pods like those from industry leader Juul Labs Inc. not be met, the original FDA flavor restrictions did not apply. for them. Underage vaping fell after these restrictions were implemented, but the use of disposable e-cigarettes among children and teens jumped.

In July last year, the FDA ordered the company to halt sales, saying its products had not been authorized by the agency.

The brand stopped sales on its website, but continued to sell in retail stores with flavors such as Watermelon, Blue Razz, and Lemon Ice. Puff Bar resumed sales on its website in February this year, claiming it had changed its ingredients and now used nicotine that was not derived from tobacco. The change could allow it to bypass the FDA.

Since last year, the FDA has been concerned about the popularity of Puff Bar among young people, a spokesperson for the agency said. She added that the agency was considering how to treat Puff Bar and a number of other brands claiming that their products contain synthetic nicotine and therefore fall outside the jurisdiction of the FDA.

We don’t know who owns the brand. Puff Bar did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.

This year’s investigation was the first to be fully conducted during the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to changes in the way the survey was conducted this year, the results are not comparable to the findings of previous surveys. This year, students answered questions through an online survey in their classrooms, at home or elsewhere. Before the pandemic, the investigation was conducted in person in classrooms.

Health officials said a significant number of young people have vaped this year despite many learning remotely and may have less access to e-cigarettes from friends or classmates. Some 2.8% of middle school students, or about 320,000, said they had used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days.

“These data highlight the fact that flavored electronic cigarettes are still extremely popular with children,” said Mitch Zeller, director of the Center for Tobacco Products at the FDA.

The findings could inform the FDA’s pending decisions on which e-cigarette products it will allow to remain in the US market. Some lawmakers and public health groups have called on the agency to ban all flavors of e-cigarettes other than tobacco.

Among the FDA’s decisions so far, the agency has removed more than a million flavored products from the market, including vaping liquids with flavors such as apple crumble, cola and cereal. cinnamon, claiming that the manufacturers had not provided sufficient evidence that their products benefited from it. adult smokers to an extent that outweighed their potential appeal to young people.

In 2017, Juul catapulted to the top of the e-cigarette market. But the company’s valuation fell just as quickly, as a series of crises led to hundreds of lawsuits alleging the company marketed its products to teenagers. Photographic illustration: Jacob Reynolds / WSJ

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Queen’s Vegan Cafe keeps it healthy without sacrificing good flavor

ROANOKE, Virginia – In our two years of doing Tasty Tuesday, we’ve never visited a place that focuses solely on vegan food. We try it out with the woman who knows how to do it best in the Roanoke Valley.

Shaqueena Snyder, aka Chef Queen, is the owner of Queen’s Vegan Cafe. She says going vegan a few years ago boiled down to two things.

“Make sure I’m a better human being for my little one. Hearing about the things they put in our food kind of put me off.

As she changed her lifestyle, she found that it had many other layers. A professional chef, she launched Queen’s Vegan Cafe and made sure she never sacrificed flavor. She also teaches people: “Holistic remedies that you can make at home and still be tasty. “

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She adds, “That’s all my thing. We don’t want to be vegan and miserable. Basically what I do is season my food like it’s not vegan. Knowing that I personally appreciate this and share it with Roanoke, I was like… they’re going to appreciate it, you know?

It really is quite the creative process. On her menu, she offers nuggets, fillets and Chick and waffles. The Chick is often a substitute for fungus. Put it in a wet and dry paste, cook it in oil and voila!

You can dip it in four of his homemade sauces or put it on a sandwich, just like you would with his King’s Ransom Burger. She says for a “Patty or something, I could make a black bean patty.”

The colors of each dish are obvious to you as well, which makes it all the more appetizing. Snyder says one of the cool things about his experience is that 80% of his customers are not vegans.

Beginners will usually say something like, “I didn’t know it wasn’t meat. They are literally flabbergasted. “

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Make sure to follow ‘The Queen’ on Facebook or Instagram to see where she appears next. Snyder goes to festivals around the Roanoke Valley and in the past has done a lot of education on how to go vegan without giving up good taste.

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Maui man with 77 previous arrests back behind bars for reckless driving, DUI


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A Maui man with a long rap sheet has been arrested again following a chain of events over the weekend.

Marcus Ruggiero, 56, of Wailuku, Maui, is now behind bars, this time charged with negligent injuries, impaired driving, reckless endangerment and more.

According to Maui Police, early Saturday morning he was seen driving recklessly on the Lahaina Bypass. Officers were unable to stop her and called off a pursuit in the interest of public safety.

Just before 6 p.m., he was again seen driving in Wailuku town. There, an officer on leave saw Ruggiero colliding with a pedestrian jogging along the Honoapiilani highway. The officer stopped to assist the man from Waikapu, 27, as Ruggiero walked away without rescuing.

Maui Police said the jogger suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

The chain of events continued as Ruggiero made his way to Paia via Hana Highway, and was later found in the Makena area.

In the parking lot at La Pérouse Bay, police said he struck another parked vehicle. It was then that the police were able to surround him and take him into custody. At the time, police said Ruggiero allegedly showed signs of impairment.

He was charged with 12 additional offenses as a result of the series of events. Police examined his file and found that he had made 77 arrests and 58 convictions. Of these, 15 concerned felonies, 24 misdemeanors and 19 minor misdemeanors.

During his most recent arrest, MPD said he was on bail for attempted murder, driving without a license, reckless driving and resisting stop orders.

His bond has been revoked and is now set at $ 264,000. He is still being held at the Wailuku Police Station.

“Mr. Ruggiero’s arrest was a collaborative effort of all the Patrol Districts, Lahaina, Wailuku and Kihei. The fact that no one has been killed by Mr. Ruggiero yet is nothing short of a miracle, ”said Lieutenant Hankins, MPD traffic commander.

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Vowinckel man sentenced to two years in prison for indecent assault :: exploreClarion.com


CLARION CO., Pennsylvania (EYT) – A man from Vowinckel has been sentenced to up to two years in prison for an incident in Farmington Township last year.

On Wednesday, September 22, Presiding Judge Sara J. Seidle-Patton sentenced a 43-year-old man Brian Patrick Desjardins to a minimum of one year less a day to a maximum of two years less a day of imprisonment for a second degree felony, strangling county and two years of probation for a second degree felony of indecent assault , the penalties being consecutive.

Desjardin was given credit for 239 days of sentence served and ordered to register as a level 1 sex offender, which requires 15 years of registration.

Desjardin pleaded guilty to the above counts on Wednesday, June 2.

As a result of the plea agreement, the following charges were dismissed:

– Criminal attempt – Forced coercion of rape, crime 1
– Criminal attempt – Indecent assault aggravated without consent, Crime 2
– Simple assault, offense 2
– Harassment – Subject other than physical contact, Summary

The charges stem from an incident at a residence on Fulmer Drive in Farmington Township, Clarion County, in May 2020.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, Corporal Yoder and Private Snyder and Smith, of PSP Marienville, responded to a report of an ongoing domestic incident at the location described above at approximately 7:42 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2020.

When the officers arrived at the scene, Brian Desjardin was attempting to get into a vehicle and leave the property. He was handcuffed after refusing to obey orders to get away from the vehicle, according to the complaint.

The known victim was then interviewed.

She reported that Desjardin started calling her earlier in the morning and then attempted to have sex with her without her consent. The victim reported that Desjardin then attempted to attack him, and she fled up the stairs to get away from him and attempted to call a family member, according to the complaint.

The victim said the altercation continued when she came back down the steps, and Desjardins forcibly threw her onto the mattress and attempted to have sex with her. Desjardin then placed his right hand around her neck with her thumb applying pressure to her throat, preventing her from breathing. The victim said Desjardin then placed a pillow over her face and performed a sexual act on himself while he was on top of her, according to the complaint.

The complaint states that the victim did not consent to any of Desjardins’ sexual acts.

The victim then moved away from Desjardins and tried again to call a member of his family. She told police Desjardin then hit her on the head near her left ear with a closed backhand, causing swelling in the area, according to the complaint.

The victim also suffered two scratches to his chest during the altercation.

On the call to Clarion County 9-1-1, Desjardin picked up the victim’s phone and ended the call. 9-1-1 then called back and spoke to Desjardins. At this point, the operator could hear the victim in the background say that she needed an ambulance.

The Clarion Hospital ambulance responded to the scene and confirmed that the victim’s injuries were recent.

The victim also reported that when she tried to call a family member again, Desjardins took her phone and took it apart, the complaint notes.

Desjardin was arraigned before Judge Schill at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28.

EDITOR’S NOTE 1: Extreme graphic detail was not included due to the sexual nature of the alleged crimes.

EDITOR’S NOTE 2: Several details have been removed from this article to help protect the identity of the victim.

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The commissioner explains the only “no” to the battle for alcohol licenses in nightclubs in Africa


FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – We hear more tonight from the city commissioner who had the only dissenting vote on Monday afternoon in the months-long battle for a Fargo bar to keep its doors open.

Fargo commissioners voted to demand that the Africa Bar and Nightclub sell its liquor license within the next 30 days or revoke it. If the owners do not sell their permit on time, or if the person they sell it to does not pass a background check, the permit automatically returns to the city.

Commissioner Tony Gehrig said he voted “no” because he wanted the business license revoked immediately, rather than granting another grace period.

“Instead of losing their license, they can sell it for a huge profit. A $ 100,000 license that can be sold on the open market for over $ 500,000 is a gift! This is not the way it should work. It’s not a commodity, ”Gehrig said.

At Monday’s meeting, Mballu Brown, the company’s proposed new owner and wife of former owner Francis Brown, made an emotional appeal asking for a second chance.

“I’m not a bad guy. Why don’t you give me a chance she said Monday night.

However, Gehrig said he didn’t believe that would be the case.

“They need new leadership, they need new direction. They have to fix a lot of things that are broken. 30 more days will not solve the problem. 60 more days will not be enough, ”Gehrig said on Tuesday afternoon. “She has owned this bar since 2019. She was just not acting as the owner as it was basically fraudulent documents. They said she was the owner, but she wasn’t.

When asked how soon other Fargo companies could soon face a similar fate with the City Commission and the Liquor Control Board, Gehrig replied that it would not be “soon enough”.

“If you don’t run the bar properly, you lose your license. I don’t care if it makes you sad or not. It sounds heartless, but I’m sorry, that’s not what we’re here for. We are here for the safety of the public, ”he said.

The Africa Nightclub management declined to speak to our press team today.

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Local restaurant affected by SEMO district fair


CAP GIRARDEAU, Missouri (KFVS) – The comeback of the SEMO District Fair was a success, but have questions from local restaurants contributed to the company’s bottom line.

Orders have returned to Raul Nieves, manager of El Torero Mexican Grill in Cape Girardeau, since the SEMO District Fair ended on Saturday.

Nieves said customer attendance had not been the same since the pandemic and the return from the fair had reduced their customers by almost 30%

“Maybe 200 people would come in and we’re used to seeing at least 4 or 500 people,” Nieves said.

He said that every time they see fewer people, their employees see less tips.

“We had to cut some of our employees and that can really affect them too because it means they have less income for them,” Nieves said.

Dustin Fornkohl, a local resident, said he was delighted he and his family were enjoying a meal in downtown Cape Girardeau.

“I like the one from Brussard. After she ate at the fair and everything, I was like, “Let’s go to Brussard,” Fornkohl said.

However, he said the fair allows eating in one place. He thinks other families feel the same way.

“Because we’re going there anyway, so you might as well eat while we’re at it and the kids can get on the rides and just grab a bite to eat while we’re at it,” Fornkohl said.

Despite the drop in clientele due to the fair, El Torero sees the numbers returning to where they were before.

It wasn’t all bad news, Nieves says they’re seeing new customers from out of town, due to the SEMO District Fair.

“It was right for us, but I know of other places where it has not been so fair,” said Nieves.

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Whiskey Bear bar expands and moves to new location


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Another small business is leaving The Barn Food Hall at the Summit at Fritz Farm.

Whiskey Bear will be open until October 3. The owners will expand into their new location in Beaumont, with the goal of opening early next year.

The bar is The Barn’s last original tenant.

When Daniel Marlowe and his wife opened Whiskey Bear in the barn four years ago, they planned to stay put for a while.

“We definitely planned to be here for over 4 years. That was definitely the goal, ”said Marlowe. “We were hoping, maybe if the concept worked, we could develop new locations while keeping this one. “

The pandemic has changed everything. Whiskey Bear continued to lose neighbors in the dining room.

“It was a long time coming for the last 18 months or so,” Marlowe said. “When The Barn closed due to COVID-19, we saw the writing on the wall knowing that at some point the owner would eventually free up the great space that was The Barn. At this point we would probably be hard pressed to claim this patio, and I think the patio is a big part of our concept that wants to be able to enjoy the beautiful evenings and days we have, especially in the spring and fall. “

Marlowe said he and his wife pivoted, knowing they needed to set up a patio and other COVID-friendly business practices.

“We also wanted to be able to really involve families and kids in the fold and in doing so, create a concept like Addie’s, as a quick, casual concept for people who want a quick lunch or dinner,” , said Marlowe.

He said Addie’s would serve homemade pizza. He and his wife take their pizza and pandemic-proof cocktails to Beaumont. The bar will be located near J Render’s. Marlowe said it would feature a large patio that would be designed to resemble an oasis.

Marlowe said he plans to reopen Whiskey Bear between early and mid-February 2022.

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Hank investigates abandoned restaurants – Boston News, Weather, Sports


BOSTON (WHDH) – More than 100,000 bars and restaurants across the United States have closed since the start of the pandemic. Many others struggled to stay open and were promised government money to help them. But they never got that money! Hank Phillippi Ryan is investigating.

The door to the District 7 tavern has been closed since the start of the pandemic.

Inside, the bar is empty. The pool table is covered. The televisions and the jukebox are turned off.

“It’s been a struggle to keep the lights on,” says co-owner Arianne Waldron. “We are in debt. We are drowning. The Roxbury pub is struggling to find the money to reopen.

The bills are piling up in a very overwhelming way ”, Ariane says, “How are we going to get out of this?” “

Earlier this year, she and her business partner applied for a grant from the federal “Restaurant Revitalization Fund”.

The fund had $ 28 billion that Congress set aside to help businesses like Arianne’s that have been hit hard by COVID.

“It was like, okay, this was going to be our lifeline” said Ariane.

District 7 received an email from the Small Business Administration with good news: “Congratulations, award approved. ”

“We were delighted” said Ariane.

The email promised that a grant of $ 100,000 would be in the restaurant’s bank account in “3-7 business days.”

This money was going to save us. This money would allow us to reopen, to allow us to rehire our workers, and to be able to provide for the needs of their families ”, said Ariane.

Arianne and her partner used the email – and the promise of that money – to get a bank loan.

They began repairs, bought employee uniforms and rehired their manager.

But two weeks later, they got another email that said:

“We regret to inform you that due to recent court decisions the US Small Business Administration will not be able to disburse your Restaurant Revitalization Fund award.”

“I immediately had a stomach ache” said Ariane.

We found that the same shocking notice had been sent to almost 3,000 bars and restaurants across the country. The money they had been promised was not coming!

Their immediate reaction was terror, despair, grief, confusion, ”said Erika Polmar, co-founder and executive director of the Independent Restaurant Coalition.

What happened? When Congress established the fund, lawmakers prioritized applications from businesses owned by women, veterans, or those who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

But then some companies took federal action to challenge that. And the judges agreed with them.

“It’s especially devastating when you think you have the price and it’s taken away from you,” Erika says.

The Independent Restaurant Coalition has been inundated with calls from business owners who have also already spent the money they were promised.

“I spoke to people who were rightly hysterical. I had never in this role called crisis counselors on the phone with people, it was just as serious and it still is, ”says Erika.

The fund then had to reconsider all outstanding requests on a first come, first serve basis and quickly ran out of money!

We found that only 36% of businesses that applied for money were ultimately approved.

And now, over 100,000 restaurants and bars – including District 7 – are still waiting for help.

“That sudden hit of that rug under our feet really left us out,” says Arianne.

There are currently bills in Congress calling for more money to be given to restaurants and bars to stay afloat. Industry experts tell 7-Investigates that if something isn’t done soon, more businesses will close and more people will lose their jobs.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Coalition of independent restaurants and additional resources

Video published by the Coalition of Independent Restaurants

National Association of Restaurateurs

Boston Black Hospitality Coalition

Here are links to some of the bills pending in Congress to replenish the fund and other laws to help restaurants, bars and other food and beverage businesses:

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act, 2021

Entry law

Information from the Small Business Administration on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Companies that have received money from the fund

The Small Business Administration (SBA) recounts 7 surveys:

As of June 30, 2021, the RRF program has received over 278,000 eligible submitted applications representing over $ 72.2 billion in requested funds, and approximately 101,000 applicants have been approved for restaurants, bars and other businesses in restaurant type.

Underserved populations received approximately $ 18 billion in grants, including:

  • Women-owned businesses ~ $ 7.5 billion
  • Veteran-owned businesses ~ $ 1 billion
  • Socially and economically disadvantaged businesses ~ $ 6.7 billion
  • Businesses owned by representatives of several underserved populations ~ $ 2.8 billion

The remainder of the $ 28.6 billion was awarded to eligible applicants not identified as part of an underserved group.

Additional economic relief is available: The SBA still administers programs such as economic disaster loans [EIDL], Advanced Targeted EIDL Programs, and Additional Targeted Advanced EIDL Programs. SBA administrator Guzman has increased the maximum amount small businesses can borrow through the EIDL program.

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Man brandished a gun at the bouncer at the bar in the banks


CINCINNATI (WXIX) – A man faces charges after Cincinnati police said they saw him brandish a gun at a bouncer at a Banks bar.

Wesley Robbins, 22, of Covington has been arrested on two counts of felony, carrying a concealed weapon and receiving stolen property, court records show.

The 9mm handgun he had with him at the time of his arrest has been confirmed stolen in Kentucky, police wrote in a criminal complaint.

He was booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center at 4:40 a.m. Saturday and left later that day at 3:30 p.m., court assistants said.

Robbins arrived at jail too late to be scheduled for Saturday morning arraignment, they say. Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Josh Berkowitz set his bond after the arrays ended.

Court records show it was set at $ 20,000 in total, or $ 10,000 on each charge, according to court records.

Robbins was able to tie up after posting 10 percent, or roughly $ 2,000. according to the documents.

He is due to appear for his arraignment on Monday at 9 a.m.

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Maui County to Begin Requiring COVID Vaccine Cards for Dining Indoors at Restaurants


MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) – Starting next week, vaccination cards will be required for dining inside restaurants on Maui.

“Customers will need to present a vaccination, vaccination card or some sort of verification. And those who don’t, if they have outdoor seating, are allowed to sit outside and / or take out, ”Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino said at the time. of a press conference on Friday.

Victorino said his request had already been approved by Governor David Ige and would go into effect on September 15.

It’s similar to Honolulu’s Safe Access Oahu program that goes into effect on September 13.

Victorino has not yet mentioned whether other businesses besides restaurants will be required to check vaccination cards. He said more details will be released on Tuesday.

“We feel like they’re just handcuffing us,” said Aaron Placourakis.

Placourakis has four restaurants in Maui: Nick’s Fishmarket, Son’z Steakhouse, Manoli’s Pizza Company, and Koho’s.

He says he understands the need to limit the spread of COVID in his community, but wonders why the requirement is only for restaurants.

“We don’t mind being team players, but we don’t think we should be the only ones to suffer the consequences. Are they talking to the airlines? What are they doing that is different? Said Placourakis.

Maui County has the lowest COVID vaccination rate in the state at just 57%.

Some Maui residents say the new rule won’t encourage people to get vaccinated, it will only hurt restaurants even more.

“People just won’t go,” said a Maui resident who asked not to be named.

“It’s not very fair to restaurants and there are so many other businesses that don’t have this restriction and restaurants have been through so much already and they are already struggling to stay in business”, a- she declared.

It is still unclear how the new vaccination card program will be implemented.

“We have to self-monitor,” Placourakis said. “So all of a sudden we have to be experts on what’s on the inside, what’s on the outside, who’s vaccinated, who isn’t? Is vaccination a legitimate thing? … Will we now have to compare it to a driver’s license to be sure? “

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WVABCA encourages people to get vaccinated to keep bars and restaurants open


MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV) – The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration recently released a public service announcement encouraging people to get vaccinated.

The organization shared that to keep bars and restaurants open, people need to get vaccinated to reduce the spread of the virus.

Classic’s Restaurant, Pub & Hot Spot owner Louis Scotchel said there had been a lot of changes since Monongalia County bars reopened in October 2020 after being closed for weeks.

Scotchel said Classic’s was fortunate to have the support of the community. However, he added that this was a challenge as not all customers realized how COVID-19 had affected businesses.

“Since we closed our doors now, when we reopen, we are understaffed. There are a lot of impatient people. We have learned to adapt to this. You also have to somehow keep your graces. You kind of have to keep riding with it, ”he explained.

Scotchel added that the bar portion of their business has been pretty consistent since they reopened. However, the restaurant had taken a hit.

He said they had to make adjustments if necessary.

“Sometimes it’s a fight. We are now seeing that the cases are increasing. It’s kind of a bit behind. I think people are a little more nervous, ”Scotchel said.

He added that he personally did not agree with a vaccination mandate.

“I have employees who have been fully vaccinated. I have employees who have not been vaccinated. I think it should depend on that person, ”explained Scotchel.

He said that at that time his employees could decide whether or not to wear a mask.

Scotchel said he has a meeting with his staff to discuss the protocol as fall and winter approach.

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Restaurant report card: Get Fruity Café inspection fails; Cubanos ATL gets the perfect 100 | New

COLLEGE PARK, GA (CBS46) – In this week’s restaurant menu, we drive downtown College Park to a little cafe with a big problem.

Get Fruity Café on Main Street failed its last inspection, getting a 56 and a “U” for unsatisfactory. The report says employees have not been properly trained in food safety. He added that an employee did not wash his hands after touching raw chicken. Finally, salmon, chicken, eggs and milk were kept at dangerous temperatures.

We stepped into the restaurant to try to find answers as to what is being done to resolve the issues with the report. No one in the restaurant was willing to discuss the violations. They also failed to post their inspection report on the wall, which is required by law.

Looking at other inspection scores in the area, in Gwinnett County, Krystal on Duluth Highway in Lawrenceville got a 93. In DeKalb County, Lucky China on Chamblee Dunwoody Road got 95 points. Finally, in Cobb County, Zaxby’s on Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta scored 99 points.

But there could only be one winner this week, and that honor goes to Cubanos ATL inside Chattahoochee Food Works in northeast Atlanta. They received a 100 on their last health inspection, making them two perfect scores in a row.

If you like an authentic Cuban sandwich you must try this place. The owner is from Cuba, his mother is from Cuba and if you visit you will have the full experience of Cuban cuisine. They have the El Miami. It contains pork, ham, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles. There is also El Tampa. The only difference is that they throw in salami. So many great options.

Congratulations to Cubanos ATL for winning this week’s Golden Spatula Award. Join us next week for another episode of Restaurant Report Card.

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Equinix, Inc. — Moody’s assigns Baa3 rating to Equinix’s proposed senior unsecured notes

Equinix, Inc. — Moody’s assigns Baa3 rating to Equinix’s proposed senior unsecured notes

Rating Action: Moody’s assigns Baa3 rating to Equinix’s proposed senior unsecured notesGlobal Credit Research – 24 Feb 2021New York, February 24, 2021 — Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) has assigned a Baa3 rating to Equinix, Inc.’s (Equinix) proposed Eurodollar senior unsecured notes expected to be issued in two separate maturity tranches. Net proceeds from the offering will be allocated to a portfolio of eligible green projects including green buildings, renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable water and wastewater management investments. Pending the full allocation of proceeds towards eligible green projects, a portion of the net proceeds is expected to be used to retire existing senior unsecured debt. The Baa3 rating is in line with the existing rating for Equinix’s unsecured debt class. The company’s bank facilities (unrated) are unsecured obligations and rank pari passu with the unsecured notes. All other ratings, including Equinix’s Baa3 rating on the company’s existing senior unsecured notes, are unaffected by the proposed transaction. The outlook is stable.Assignments:..Issuer: Equinix, Inc…..Senior Unsecured Regular Bond/Debenture, Assigned Baa3RATINGS RATIONALEEquinix’s Baa3 senior unsecured rating is supported by Equinix’s position as the leading global independent data center operator offering carrier-neutral data center and interconnection services to large enterprises, content distributors and global internet companies. Equinix benefits from its global competitive position, increasing asset coverage, and more disciplined and balanced debt and equity funding strategy to support organic and M&A-driven business growth and to fund annual cash flow deficits due to high capital spending and steadily rising dividend payments associated with its real estate investment trust (REIT) tax status. Moody’s notes that Equinix’s dividend payout ratio as a percentage of adjusted funds from operations (AFFO), a non-GAAP financial measure commonly used in the REIT industry, has historically been in the mid 40% range which is more conservative relative to many other REITS.The company’s credit profile also incorporates still favorable near-term growth trends for data center services across the world, the company’s stable base of contracted recurring revenue, low churn, scale and strategic real estate holdings in key communications hubs. Equinix’s substantial asset portfolio and qualitative business strengths are supportive of higher leverage tolerance for its rating. These positive factors are offset by significant industry risks as data center business models continue to evolve, intense competition from strategic and financial operators, relatively high capital intensity and a history of opportunistic M&A which could delay more significant deleveraging if primarily debt funded.Equinix has good liquidity for the next 12-18 months. As of December 30, 2020, the company has approximately $1.6 billion of cash on hand and approximately $1.9 billion available under its $2 billion revolver. Moody’s estimates that Equinix will pay around $1 billion in cash dividends during 2021, growing in future periods. Moody’s expects dividends will exceed internally generated cash and capital spending for at least the next two years, and that the company will continue to rely upon a balanced mix of debt and equity capital to finance these annual deficits. Equinix has a $1.5 billion at-the-market (ATM) equity offering program currently available to optimized equity capital raises. Although unlikely, Equinix also has the option of sale leasebacks of its facilities to generate additional liquidity.The stable outlook reflects Moody’s belief that net leverage will fall towards 4.5x (Moody’s adjusted) over the next 12 to 18 months. Moody’s expects Equinix will continue to fund growth and cash flow deficits with a prudent and balanced mix of debt and equity capital.FACTORS THAT COULD LEAD TO AN UPGRADE OR DOWNGRADE OF THE RATINGSMoody’s could upgrade Equinix’s ratings if net leverage is expected to be sustained below 4.5x (Moody’s adjusted), the company continues to use a meaningful amount of equity to fund its annual cash deficits and operating performance is expected to remain strong.Moody’s could downgrade Equinix’s ratings if net leverage is sustained above 5.0x (Moody’s adjusted) for an extended time frame, if liquidity deteriorates or if the company’s operating environment sustainably deteriorates due to competitive or other factors.The principal methodology used in these ratings was Communications Infrastructure Industry published in September 2017 and available at https://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBC_1076924. Alternatively, please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.Headquartered in Redwood City, CA, Equinix, Inc. is the largest publicly traded carrier-neutral data center provider in the world with 227 data centers operating in 63 metro markets across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. With the most networks, clouds and IT services companies on one platform, Equinix connects its more than 9,500 customers to their customers and partners utilizing over 1,800 networks.REGULATORY DISCLOSURESFor further specification of Moody’s key rating assumptions and sensitivity analysis, see the sections Methodology Assumptions and Sensitivity to Assumptions in the disclosure form. 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Vedanta Resources Finance II Plc — Moody’s downgrades Vedanta Resources’ CFR to B2, senior unsecured notes to Caa1; all ratings remain under review for downgrade

Vedanta Resources Finance II Plc — Moody’s downgrades Vedanta Resources’ CFR to B2, senior unsecured notes to Caa1; all ratings remain under review for downgrade

Rating Action: Moody’s downgrades Vedanta Resources’ CFR to B2, senior unsecured notes to Caa1; all ratings remain under review for downgrade

Global Credit Research – 03 Dec 2020

Singapore, December 03, 2020 — Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the corporate family rating (CFR) of Vedanta Resources Limited (VRL) to B2 from B1. Moody’s has also downgraded the ratings on the senior unsecured bonds issued by VRL and those issued by Vedanta Resources Finance II Plc (VRF) and guaranteed by VRL to Caa1 from B3.

All ratings remain under review for further downgrade.

“The downgrade primarily reflects the holding company VRL’s persistently weak liquidity and high refinancing needs amid growing signs of an aggressive risk appetite, with implications for the company’s financial strategy and risk management, a key component of our governance risk assessment framework,” says Kaustubh Chaubal a Moody’s Vice President and Senior Credit Officer.

Today’s rating action also considers the impact of the company’s governance practices on its credit profile, which Moody’s regard as credit negative.

RATINGS RATIONALE

Holdco VRL’s liquidity is severely challenged with $2.8 billion of its debt maturing from January 2021 through June 2022, including intercompany debt maturities of $507 million and a $325 million debt maturity at VRL’s sole shareholder Volcan Investments, which Moody’s expects to be serviced out of VRL group cash flows. Further weakening the holdco’s liquidity is an estimated $470 million of annual interest expense. And following the upstreaming of the intercompany loan from Cairn India Holdings Limited (CIHL) earlier this fiscal year and VDL’s commitment to investors that no further intercompany loans will be extended without approval from the VDL board, cash movement options from operating subsidiaries to the holdcos may be restricted to dividends and a nominal management/branding fee from its operating subsidiaries. However, Moody’s cautions that the group’s complex structure with less than 100% shareholding in key operating and cash rich subsidiaries, restricts the amounts of such dividends.

“VRL’s funding access had been underpinned by continued support from Indian and multinational banks not only at the operating entities, but also at various holding companies,” adds Chaubal, who is also Moody’s Lead Analyst for VRL. “However, VRL had to repay its $425 million debt maturity from one of its relationship banks, as opposed to rolling it over or refinancing it with other long-term debt, a sign of reduced bank support.”

On 20 November, VRL announced it had appointed a top-15 accountancy firm, MHA Maclntyre Hudson as its statutory auditors for the fiscal year ending 31 March 2021 (fiscal 2021) following Ernst & Young’s — the company’s former statutory auditors — decision not to be reappointed as auditors. Ernst & Young were statutory auditors of VRL for the fiscal years 2017 through 2020 and had issued a qualified audit report for fiscal 2020. However, the exiting auditor has confirmed that there were no reasons or matters that need to be brought to the attention of the members/creditors of the company in connection with them ceasing to hold office.

S R Batliboi & Co and other Ernst and Young member firms continue as statutory auditors of VRL’s 50.1% owned subsidiary Vedanta Limited (VDL) and its subsidiaries. However, VDL’s unaudited interim financial statements for fiscal 2021 also contain a qualified conclusion from the auditors pertaining to the $956 million intercompany loan from VDL’s wholly owned subsidiary CIHL to holdco VRL.

Earlier in November, VDL announced that one of its independent directors resigned for personal reasons, marking the fourth senior departure in 2020. Departures in the senior management/board at such frequent intervals can be alarming, especially at a time when the company’s liquidity is weak, statutory auditors opt not to be reelected and are providing qualified reports and qualified conclusions.

Further adding pressure to VRL’s credit profile is an accident in November at one of its mines in Gamsberg, South Africa, where mining activity remains suspended due to a geotechnical failure. The geotechnical failure trapped 10 of the company’s employees, killing two. With 108,000 tons of zinc production in fiscal 2020, the Gamsberg mine is relatively small and the suspension in its mining is unlikely to meaningfully dent VRL’s consolidated earnings or cash flow generation. Even so, the accident underscores social risks, with plausible implications for the company’s globally diversified mining operations.

Meanwhile, VDL’s operations continued to improve steadily with performance in the second quarter of the fiscal year ending March 2021 (Q2 fiscal 2021) significantly higher than Q1 fiscal 2021. More importantly, against consolidated revenues and operating EBITDA of $4.9 billion and $1.6 billion respectively in H1 fiscal 2021, Moody’s expects VDL to achieve consolidated revenues of $9.5 billion – $10.0 billion and consolidated EBITDA of $3.5 billion – $3.6 billion in full year fiscal 2021. With these operating metrics, Moody’s expects VRL’s consolidated adjusted debt/EBITDA leverage at March 2021 to marginally improve to less than 5.0x from around 5.5x in September 2020 and 5.3x in March 2020.

FACTORS THAT COULD LEAD TO AN UPGRADE OR DOWNGRADE OF THE RATINGS

Moody’s expects to conclude the review within 90 days. The ratings review will focus on VRL’s ability to refinance its upcoming debt maturities in a timely manner with long-term debt.

An upgrade is unlikely, given the review for downgrade. However, Moody’s could conclude its review for downgrade and confirm all ratings if VRL successfully simplifies its complex group structure and refinances its upcoming debt maturities, in particular its bank loans, with long-term debt and also addresses the $670 million maturity of the June 2021 notes.

The ratings could be downgraded if the company fails to secure a firm refinancing plan, if there are further signs of reduced bank support, or if the company undertakes a large debt-financed acquisition without any immediate and meaningful impact on earnings.

The principal methodology used in these ratings was Mining published in September 2018 and available at https://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBC_1089739. Alternatively, please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

Vedanta Resources Limited, headquartered in London, is a diversified resources company with interests mainly in India. Its main operations are held by Vedanta Ltd, a 50.1%-owned subsidiary. Through Vedanta Resources’ various operating subsidiaries, the group produces oil and gas, zinc, lead, silver, aluminum, iron ore and power.

Delisted from the London Stock Exchange in October 2018, Vedanta Resources is now wholly owned by Volcan Investments Ltd. Founder chairman of Vedanta Resources, Anil Agarwal, and his family, are the key shareholders of Volcan.

For the fiscal year ending 31 March 2020, Vedanta Resources generated revenues of USD11.8 billion and adjusted EBITDA of USD3.4 billion.

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North Phoenix Carl’s Jr. restaurant catches fire | Arizona News


Dozens of firefighters battled a second-alarm blaze at a Carl’s Jr. restaurant on Bell and Cave Creek roads



PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – A fast food restaurant in northern Phoenix caught fire on Tuesday night. A Carl’s Jr./Green Burrito on Bell and Cave Creek Roads caught fire around 9 p.m.

More than 3 dozen fire brigade units are on scene to tackle the second alarm fire. Flames and smoke billowed from the building.

Crews fought the blaze for over an hour, but smoke continued to escape the structure. Firefighters should stay on the scene for hours to clean up hot spots.

It is not yet known what started the fire.

There are no reports of injuries.

This is a developing story. Stay with Arizona’s Family for the latest updates.


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Bond audiences share details of what led to the 2020 Aiken nightclub shooting


AIKEN, SC (WRDW / WAGT) – Bond hearings held today for two suspects charged in a 2020 nightclub shooting in Aiken shared additional details about the violent incident.

Discussions during the bail hearings of Monisha Courtney and Dustin Williamson, two of the five suspects indicted in the shooting, indicate that the incident was a planned act of retaliation.

In the early morning hours of November 28, 2020, deputies from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office were called to the Seventh Parlor in the 1600 block of Richland Avenue East with reference to reports of a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers discovered that at least 10 people had been injured, including Craig Youmans, 30, of North Augusta, who died at the scene after being shot several times.

At Courtney’s hearing this morning, attorney Bill Weeks revealed that Courtney and co-defendant Lasonya Howard were serving as shooters’ lookouts. Phone records showed the pair made phone calls and texted the suspected shooters moments before the violent incident took place. The suspects also met before planning the attack.

Courtney’s defense attorney explained in more detail her involvement in the shooting. That morning, the intended target was a subject who allegedly murdered Courtney’s boyfriend McKenzie Corley Harley, Jr., 21, two weeks earlier. The lawyer said Youmans was not the intended target.

The day after the shooting, Courtney’s brother TyQuan Graham, 34, was murdered in what she believes was an act of retaliation. A day after speaking to police, she fled to Florida out of fear of being killed, Courtney’s attorney said.

Courtney was later arrested in Florida by the West Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office on warrants for murder and conspiracy.

Details shared at Williamson’s hearing further underscored his connection not only to the Seventh Salon shooting, but also to the death of Henrietta Creech, 77, which came hours after the nightclub shooting.

Williamson is said to be the driver of a vehicle involved in a drive-by shootout in Barnwell that struck Creech’s house and another house.

After Williamson was named a suspect, police raided his home and discovered a gun with cartridge cases that matched those found at Barnwell’s crime scene. Authorities also searched his car and found weapons with cartridge cases that matched those found at the Seventh Lounge, Weeks said.

Judge Courtney Clyburn-Pope denied Williamson’s bail. He will continue to be held in the Aiken County Detention Center pending trial.

Courtney has been given a $ 50,000 bond with several conditions including GPS monitoring, regular contact with her lawyer, and she cannot have contact with the victims, their families or other co-defendants in the case.

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Cockroaches invade downtown Miami’s Subway restaurant


MIAMI – A state inspector was on a downtown Miami subway last week on the basis of a complaint and ordered the place to be closed.

Live cockroaches have been found in several places, including inside a box of baked cast iron bags.

The inspectors were also at May Fu Chinese last week on the basis of a complaint.

Cockroach and rodent problems were discovered and May Fu was also ordered to shut down.

Below is a list of locations and some of their violations.

ALL of the locations listed have been authorized to reopen following an orderly clean-up and re-inspection.

***SUBWAY

165 SE 3RD AVENUE

MIAMI DOWNTOWN

CLAIM INSPECTION

CLOSE ORDER 06/28/21

11 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Cockroach activity present as evidenced by live cockroaches found. Observed 1 live roach crawling on a wheeled cart next to the freezer. Observed 1 live roach crawling on the wall under a rack with clean pots near the freezer. Observed 2 live cockroaches crawling on the grills with clean pots and bowls near the freezer. Observed at the front counter: 1 live roach crawling on the counter near the cash register, 1 live roach crawling on the cookie stand with cookies inside, 1 live roach crawling on the floor near the oven next to the wall. Observed on a lower shelf of a prep table next to the rack with a bottle of soda: 3 alive crawling inside a box on baked cast iron sacks, 4 live roaches crawling on a box of trash bags . Observed in the dining room at the entrance to the kitchen: 1 live roach crawling on the wall next to a table with two chairs.

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“Dead cockroaches on the scene. Observed inside the employees’ bathroom: 1 dead roach on the floor under the sink to wash their hands. Observed on the ground under the dry storage shelves: 3 dead cockroaches. Prep table near the rack with soda bottles: 6 dead cockroaches on the floor. Observed over 20 dead cockroaches on the floor near the mop sink and under the bag in the soda rack. Operator 12+ dead cockroaches on the floor under grates with clean pans. Observed in the dining room at the entrance to the kitchen: 1 live roach crawling on the wall next to a tithe table two chairs.

“The manager or responsible person does not have proof of food manager certification. Yanory Chazzanes could not provide proof of manager certification.

“Proof of state-approved employee training required not available for some employees. “

“Gaskets in walk-in refrigerators and walk-in freezers are soiled with a viscous build-up / mold.

*** MAI FU RESTAURANT

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15030 NO 7E AVENUE

NW MAIMI-DADE (GOLD SALARIES ZONE)

COMPLAINT INSPECTION

CLOSE ORDER 29/06/21

15 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed around 12 droppings in the dry storage room in the kitchen and around 6 droppings under the shelves in the hallway leading to the toilet.

“Cockroach activity present as evidenced by live cockroaches found. Observed about 10 live cockroaches under the cooking equipment in the kitchen area.

“Food stored on the floor. Plastic container seen with raw chicken in cooler soil.

“Food debris / soil residue buildup on the hand wash sink. By triple sink.

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MCOE Education Spotlight: Wired Café Provides Lunch and Employee Opportunities – Fresno, CA


Fresno, CA 06/24/2021 4:30:28 PM –

Fresno, Calif. (KFSN) -Segment ABC30, Education Spotlight, Action News anchor Landonberg chats with staff from the Merced County Department of Education (MCOE) on some of the biggest topics in the ‘education.

Local restaurants provide customers with lunch and employee life skills. Landon Burke discovered Wired Café and its mission to provide opportunity.

Descent: Explain what Wired is for those who don’t know.

Cindy: Wired is a learning place owned and operated by the Special Education Department of the Merced County Department of Education. And it provides a safe and comfortable learning space for our students and adults. We have worked with several programs for adults with special needs, but extra time, extra opportunities, more so that the students and adults we work with are ready. Because they need practice, they have the opportunity to come and learn and practice their skills, taking those skills elsewhere.

Descent: What are some of the skills students learn at Wired?

Cindy: Food security is first and foremost. Thus, all students receive a food safety training certificate before they go to the kitchen and start. Once done, you’ll do a lot of hands-on learning, including learning a knife safety book. Not only does this ensure that we are providing safe food, but they also learn about the restaurant industry as a whole and what employers want. We really want students to learn these soft skills because employers want reliable employees and understand that they arrive at work when they expect to work. I am concentrated.

Cindy: And just by saying that they also learn social skills, I would like to add to that. For many students with special needs this is a difficult field for them and they have learned many social skills needed to work in the restaurant and hospitality industries.

Descent: What are the long-term goals of students training at Wired?

Cindy: I think one, and the most important, is to give students self-esteem. In other words, everyone wants to feel needed, and everyone wants to feel useful. Our students also want to contribute. And our long-term goal was to give them the skills to go out, get it done, and get hired. And we teach all the skills that Lori talked about, and they can take them in and apply them, you know, we put them in different “transfer skills” contexts that I call that.

Lori: It is very rewarding for us to work with the students and the adults here. I would love you to join Wired to meet them and see how well they are doing.

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Man hospitalized after car shooting near North Side nightclub, police say


SAN ANTONIOEditor’s note: Police first told us that a security guard shot a man in the chest and he was in critical condition. After receiving a preliminary report from the police, the information changed dramatically.

A man is hospitalized following a drive-by shooting near a North Side nightclub, San Antonio police say.

The incident began around 5 a.m. on Saturday in the parking lot of the Diamonds Showclub, located at 2525 NE Loop 410.

Witnesses told police they were with the 24-year-old, waiting to enter the club, when a brawl broke out and a shooting ensued.

The man and witnesses, three women, hid behind bushes near the gunfire, officials said. He then offered to drive the three women to their car at the nearby apartment complex, police said.

As they drove through the apartment complex, a man and woman were walking down the middle of the driveway when the 24-year-old asked them to move, officials said.

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The couple ran to their car, possibly to get a gun, police said. The man then dropped the women off at their car and he and his friend started to leave the complex.

Police said when the man and the three women left the complex in their vehicles and entered Loop 410, another car exited the complex.

The vehicle headed for the man’s car and began shooting at him for at least a block, authorities said.

One of the bullets hit the man and he went to a Valero gas station on Starcrest and 410 and called for help.

The man was taken by EMS to Brooke Army Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, police said. The suspect is still at large.

In the initial incident in Diamonds, police said a security guard shot a red pickup truck that shot in the air and possibly other people.

Officials said it does not appear that anyone was shot dead in the incident.

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The case is still ongoing.

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