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Dentist accused of unnecessary dental procedures on children to defraud Medicaid

Girl whose teeth were removed by Florida dentist
Florida dentist is accused of unnecessarily pulling children's teeth and ripping off Medicaid for millions of dollars.

Protests have raged for three weeks outside the Jacksonville offices of Dr. Howard Schneider after he was served with 58 notices of intent to sue — which the dentist threw to the ground and fled in his vehicle after trying to grab a journalist's camera.

Former patients have accused the 78-year-old Schneider of performing unwanted and unneeded dental procedures — and the Florida Attorney General's Office has opened a Medicaid fraud investigation of claims that date back decades, reported WTVR-TV.

The lawsuits and investigations were launched after Brandi Motley posted a photo of her 6-year-old daughter on Facebook in May accusing the dentist of pulling seven teeth from the girl's mouth after ordering her from the examination room.

"The nurse suggested that it's best, that kids act better when parents aren't in the room, so they said, 'We don't like parents back here for the procedures," Motley said.


Milestone space mission to blast off from Russian launch pad - 500th manned flight

The Soyuz-FG rocket carrying the Soyuz TMA-18M manned transport spacecraft on Launch Pad №1 (Gagarin's Start) at Baikonur Cosmodrome
Alexey Filippov / RIA Novosti

Preparations are underway at the Baikonur Cosmodrome to launch the 500th manned space rocket into orbit. The International Space Station will welcome three new crew members for months of hard work. But there will be time for some fun, too.

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The Soyuz rocket is scheduled to blast off on Wednesday, with Russian (Sergey Volkov) and Kazakh (Aidyn Aimbetov) cosmonauts, and the first Danish astronaut (Andreas Mogensen) aboard.

It was still dark at Baikonur when the Soyuz rocket was rolled out of its hangar and began its short, yet unhurried journey towards the launch pad. There it was erected on the firing platform, reports RT's Ilya Petrenko, who traveled to the Cosmodrome to see if everything's ready for the landmark lift-off.

A huge railway flatcar carrying the rocket moved smoothly so as not to disturb a single element of the space vehicle.

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It was decided that the 500th manned launch will be made from the same pad that Yury Gagarin's original Soyuz blasted off from on April 12, 1961.

Three backup cosmonauts were present at the ceremony of the rocket's last land journey. Although the men aren't going to space this time, the RT crew was told not to get close to the backups so they don't catch some kind of flu - just in case.

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College rape culture: Survey finds 5 percent of University of Kentucky students sexually assaulted last year

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Nearly 5 percent of University of Kentucky students were raped or were the victims of attempted rape during the last school year, a new survey has found. The incidents were vastly underreported and most of the attackers were fellow students.

The university conducted a campus-wide poll during the spring semester, asking students about unwanted sexual experiences during the 2014-2015 academic year. The preliminary results found that 4.9 percent of the roughly 21,500 Kentucky students who answered the question had been sexually assaulted during that time.

Only 30 sexual assault cases were reported to either campus or Lexington police officers during the last academic year, while 114 were reported to other university agencies. The survey found that 1,053 sexual assaults occurred, meaning only 13.7 percent of the incidents were reported.

Nearly 75 percent of the sexual assault victims said they were attacked by a fellow student, while 3.1 percent were assaulted by a university employee, including faculty, staff and resident and teaching assistants. Nearly two-thirds (62.5 percent) of the incidents occurred off-campus, while more than a quarter (27.3 percent) occurred in university housing.
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Lying informant sends SWAT team to raid young mans home which results in his death for $2 worth of marijuana

Jason Westcott
A Florida family seeks justice after their son, Jason Westcott, was killed by members of a SWAT team during a "drug raid" on his house which yielded only $2.00 worth of marijuana.

An 'internal investigation' absolved officers of any wrongdoing though police only found .02 grams of marijuana in Westcott's home.

"They have IA, they have internal investigations but when you police yourself, you have that veil of concern by the outsider," said attorney T.J. Grimaldi.

On Tuesday, attorney T.J. Grimaldi, representing the family of Westcott, informed the city that family would be filing a lawsuit, after finding numerous "glaring inconsistencies" in police statements in the aftermath of the killing.

"We have developed and seen what we view to be significant inconsistencies with the way that the police department portrayed this case from the get-go all the way to its conclusion," he said. "We have put the city and the police department on notice that we are going to be filing a lawsuit," Grimaldi said.

Comment: These kinds of incidents are becoming all too common in our militarized police state. It would seem that a just a cursory investigation into the truth of the informant's claims would have been a reasonable course of action, prior to sending in a SWAT team. This psychopathic 'shoot first and ask questions later' mentality has resulted in countless cases of needless violence, injury, and death—for both subjects of raids and the officers themselves.

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After paltry wage increases, WalMart bites back by cutting work hours

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., in the midst of spending $1 billion to raise employees' wages and give them extra training, has been cutting the number of hours some of them work in a bid to keep costs in check.

Regional executives told store managers at the retailer's annual holiday planning meeting this month to rein in expenses by cutting worker hours they've added beyond those allocated to them based on sales projections.

The request has resulted in some stores trimming hours from their schedules, asking employees to leave shifts early or telling them to take longer lunches, according to more than three dozen employees from around the U.S. The reductions started in the past several weeks, even as many stores enter the busy back-to-school shopping period.

Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon is trying to balance a desire to improve service -- partly through increased spending on his workforce -- against investors' pressure to keep profit growing. Labor costs, which rose after Wal-Mart increased its minimum wage to $9 an hour in April, have weighed on earnings, which missed analysts' expectations last quarter. At the same time, Wal-Mart is trying to maintain low prices to fend off rivals.

Comment: And this is the crux of the matter, for a conscienceless corporation, productivity and profit overshadow any concerns for the well-being of its impoverished workforce.

Comment: Walmart makes $16 billion a year in profits, by relentlessly squeezing every dollar it can from both suppliers and employees. It has repeatedly come under fire from both workers and labor watchdog groups for paying poverty wages, forcing workers into part-time positions, bullying workers over scheduling issues, retaliating against those who speak out, and even coaching employees to take advantage of government social programs in lieu of worker benefits.


Several injured in racist, anti-peace 'protest' in Kiev - 'No special status for Donbass!'

Bloodied helmet from grenade shrapnel
Dozens are feared to have been injured during clashes in front of the parliament in Kiev, the Ukrainian National Guard said. Crowds of protesters came to oppose amendments to the constitution that would provide for decentralization of the country.

The protest started on Constitution Square in Kiev in front of the parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.

There are conflicting reports about the number of casualties near the Ukrainian parliament. Initial reports said that at least five officers were killed in the clashes.

The Ukrainian National Guard has claimed that "about 50" people sustained injuries.

Kiev police chief Alexander Tereshchuk has claimed that some 100 law enforcement officers have been wounded in the blast, according to 112 Ukraine TV channel. He added that the person who threw the combat grenade into a crowd of officers has been detained.
Demonstrators, who are against a constitutional amendment on decentralization, clash with police outside the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, August 31, 2015. © Valentyn Ogirenko / Reuters

Comment: The 'protesters' (i.e. terrorists) also include Right Sector and Azov members. Fort Russ is reporting over 100 police injured. Right Sector spokesman Aleksei Bvik called the rada's bill a 'coup': "This is an attempt of usurpation of authority. Each deputy who today vote for the laws proposed by Poroshenko is a traitor to the public and must be held accountable." Hardly. The bill doesn't come close to fulfilling the conditions of the Minsk agreements for constitutional reform. But the NED-funded Svoboda party is right about one thing: any implementation of the Minsk agreements will be an utter betrayal of the U.S./Kiev plan to utterly subjugate or utterly destroy Donbass.

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Young man dies in prison after four month incarceration for stealing $5 worth of snacks

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Jamycheal Mitchell
A Virginia family is looking for justice after their 24-year old son's death in prison. Accused of stealing approximately $5 worth of snacks, Jamycheal Mitchell has seen no trial since April as a judge described him as "incompetent" to stay it due to mental issues.

Mitchell was found dead at Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth, VA, on August 19, local WAVY-TV news channel reported. Now Mitchell's family and their attorney have more questions than answers about what happened to Jamycheal.

"I think it's twofold," attorney Mark Krudys said. "It's the death of her son [Mitchell's mother Sonia Adams], obviously, but it's also the circumstance surrounding his death."

The medical examiner's report has been released yet.

Comment: Allowing a mentally ill patient to essentially starve to death is beyond incompetent, it's truly inhumane. Not only are the police routinely acting like thugs on the streets, reports of deaths occurring while in custody are increasing. Many of those imprisoned are poor, mentally ill and drug-addicted, accused mostly of minor violations, and are usually jailed for longer periods given their inability to pay court-ordered fines. All this benefits the private for-profit prison industrial complex which preys on the most vulnerable in society and it is a damning testament to the state of American society.

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Another massive blast rocks chemical factory in China

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A huge explosion at a chemical facility has reportedly occurred in the Chinese province of Shandong.

The People's Daily newspaper said the explosion occurred in an industrial zone in Lijin, Dongying City.

RT said the blast could be seen and heard from a great distance.

The explosion happened at around 11.25pm local time (3.25pm GMT).

It is not yet known if there are any injuries or fatalities.

Earlier this month, a series of chemical explosions in Tianjin, China killed at least 145 people.


Fire breaks out in Malad building, Mumbai

A major fire broke out at a building in Mumbai's Malad area on Monday. Bystanders posted pictures of thick smoke enveloping the apartments on social media.

The fire reportedly broke out at Palm Springs building in Link Road area of Malad, as per social media updates.

Six fire tenders were trying to control the fire, ANI news agency reported.

The fire broke out on the 4th and 5th floors of the commercial building just after noon, a Mumbai-based journalist told IBTimes India.

The Malad building reportedly houses offices and restaurants.


Deadly fire at Aramco complex in Khobar, Saudi Arabia

A fire at a residential complex in Saudi Arabia has left 11 people dead and injured at least 200 others, Saudi officials say.

They said multiple nationalities were among the injured - some critically.

The fire broke out at a site used to house workers for the oil giant Saudi Aramco in the eastern city of Khobar. The cause is unknown.

Some people were reportedly trapped on rooftops as helicopters battled to control the blaze.