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Famous holistic Lyme MD who battled the government dies in accident

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of Dr John Greg Hoffmann, a well known Lyme MD from Wisconsin who allegedly died from injuries in a car accident as has just been announced publicly.

Here is a post from one of his verified patients on their Facebook account. I started receiving letters this morning from his patients and thus far all who wrote me are questioning the manner of his death, though for all I know it could be accidental.

Passport

EU residents in panic, number of UK passport applications jump ahead of Brexit

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The number of EU residents applying for British citizenship has jumped by more than a third in the last year, with people seeking to retain the right to live and work in a post-Brexit Britain.

According to figures from the Passport Office, more than 13,000 people have applied for a British passport in the last year, up 35 percent from 2015.

The figures, released to the Financial Times through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, show that France is the country where the most EU citizens have applied for British passports, with 2,369 people applying last year, a 28 percent surge from 2015.

There was also a 60 percent rise in Germany, where 2,140 applications have been submitted. The surge was particularly noticeable in the month following the EU referendum in July.

Hearts

Grieving husband slept beside dead wife for 6 nights

© Russell Davison / Facebook
A grieving man has revealed how he slept beside the body of his dead wife for six days after she died, and is encouraging other families who lose loved ones to follow his example.

Wendy Davison, 50, died at home in Derbyshire last month after losing a 10-year battle with cervical cancer. Her widower, Russell, 51, says he could not bear to see her taken away immediately, so he slept by her side for almost a week and invited relatives to visit and talk to her.

He described the experience as an "emotional decompression chamber" that gave his family, including his wife's two sons and his own two sons, more time to grieve.

Star of David

Israel sued by family of 18 month old Palestinian toddler burned alive by Israeli settlers

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Ali Dawabsha
Relatives of an 18-month-old Palestinian toddler who was burned alive along with his parents in an arson attack carried out by an Israeli extremists in 2015 are now suing Israel for "criminal negligence".

The attack took place in the village of Kafr Duma near the West Bank city of Nablus in July 2015. Settlers set fire to the Dawabsha family home and eighteen-month-old Ali Saad was killed almost instantly while his parents were seriously injured in the blaze and died in hospital months later.

The only surviving member of the family was Ali's 4-year-old brother, Ahmed. The boy had to undergo months of treatment for serious burns.

Relatives of the Dawabsha family filed a lawsuit against the State of Israel at the Nazareth District Court on Monday.

The decision to file the suit was not about the money, but to hold Israel accountable for the crimes against the Palestinian family, Hassan Khatib, the lawyer representing the family said. The arsonists left inscriptions on the wall, saying "Long live the Messiah" and "Revenge" on the wall of the house, alongside a Star of David.

Sheriff

Class-action lawsuit alleges Mississippi county sheriff's department put black residents in 'permanent state of siege'

© Jim Young / Reuters
A class-action lawsuit against the wealthiest county in Mississippi describes racially-motivated policing by the local sheriff's department that often results in violent terrorization of black residents, placing them in a "permanent state of siege."

The federal lawsuit alleges that the Madison County Sheriff's Department (MCSD) runs unconstitutional policing operations - including an aggressive "checkpoint" regime - disproportionately directed at the black population in the highly-segregated county near the state's capital, Jackson. The suit was filed by the ACLU of Mississippi and others on Monday against the MCSD, Sheriff Randall Tucker and the county itself.

The MCSD "implements a coordinated top-down program of methodically targeting Black individuals for suspicionless searches and seizure" while in their cars, walking in their neighborhoods or while in their own homes, the complaint says. Unjustified and excessive force are routine occurrences during MCSD policing actions during these searches and seizures, the lawsuit added.

The county's population is 38 percent black - as opposed to about 60 percent white - yet 73 percent of arrests made by MCSD from May to September 2016 were of black individuals, the complaint says. It added that Tucker, who took office five years ago, has ceased keeping track of civilian complaints of his department regarding racially-motivated policing.

Health

Long time coming: Indigenous Australians exposed to radiation during Britain's nuclear testing to receive healthcare aid

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Picture taken 03 October 1952 of the test of the british first nuclear bomb, in the Archipelago of Montebello.
Indigenous Australians who were exposed to extreme levels of radiation by British nuclear tests will finally have their healthcare costs covered by their government.

From 1952 to 1963, Britain tested atomic weapons at Maralinga and Emu Fields in South Australia and around Western Australia's Monte Bello Islands, with Australia's permission. The combined force of the weapons set off at Maralinga was double that of the bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in World War Two.

Many indigenous people were forced to move, but some refused to relocate and were subjected to severe levels of radiation. A royal commission has linked the testing to significant injuries and deformities including infertility, lung problems, skin defects, and cancer.

Documents show children born after the nuclear tests had tumors, cerebral palsy, missing bones, and heart disease. One child was reportedly born with no anus, and others with missing vertebrae and had duplicated bowels.

Family

S. Korean Seongju residents demand court injunction to block THAAD deployment

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A group of Seongju residents have submitted a petition to South Korea's Constitutional Court demanding an immediate halt to any further operations and deployment elements of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) in their country.

Some 527 young and old activists, residing next to the site of the American made THAAD system, traveled to Seoul on Monday to ask the court for an injunction that would halt any further delivery of THAAD components to the Seongju stationing site.

Comment: Will anything change about THAAD with S. Korea's new president? North Korea's favored candidate, liberal Moon Jae-in wins South Korea presidential election


Attention

Nanny state hysteria: Middle school student suspended after liking photo of toy gun on Instagram

An entirely new level of the nanny police state has risen in America and it is evident in the latest case out Trenton, Ohio. A middle school student liked a photo on Instagram and subsequently received a 10-day suspension for it.

Seventh grader Zachary Bowlin was not in class at Edgewood Middle School, nor was he even on campus when he scrolled down Instagram and like a photo someone posted. The photo was of a toy airsoft gun with the caption "Ready."

"I don't think I did anything wrong," Zachary said. "[The] next morning, they called me down and, like, patted me down and checked me for weapons. Then, they told me I was getting expelled or suspended or whatever."

Zachary was then sent home with a letter to his parent noting the official cause of suspension: "liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence."


Heart

San Francisco NGO Tipping Point Community pledges $100mn to fight homelessness

© Susan Ragan / Reuters
A poverty-fighting non-profit organization has pledged to raise $100 million to reduce "chronic homelessness" in San Francisco by half over the next five years, saying it's "unacceptable" that thousands are living on the streets in such a prosperous region.

Tipping Point Community, the San Francisco-based organization, said it will use the money to create new housing units, improve aid to vulnerable groups, such as people with mental illness, and enhance the capacity of the public sector.

The group has so far raised $60 million towards achieving this goal. The $100 million challenge will be the largest amount of private money raised to address homelessness in San Francisco's history.

Sheriff

Got off: Evidence tossed in ex-Hawk Scott's drug case

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Hawks’ Mike Scott (center) is congratulated by Al Horford during Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series at Philips Arena on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in Atlanta.
The two-year-old drug case against former Hawks player Mike Scott has all but ended after a Banks County judge suppressed critical evidence against him, writing that county deputies "did not enforce the law in a racially neutral manner."

In a ruling signed Friday, Banks County Superior Court Judge Currie M. Mingledorff found that county sheriffs had no grounds to stop Scott's car, which precipitated the incident, showed no probable cause to arrest Scott and his brother Antonn, who was driving the car, and that the subsequent search of the car was not proper.

"In my 35 years of practicing law, this could be the worst case of racial profiling I have ever seen, and hopefully this will lead to Banks County, Georgia, re-evaluating their policies," Steve Weiner, Scott's attorney, said in a Tuesday email.