Cop who dragged nurse for refusing order under investigation

A Salt Lake City police officer who arrested a nurse when she refused to draw blood from an unconscious patient now faces a criminal investigation.

Alex Wubbels was rushed by an officer, handcuffed and taken into custody at University of Utah hospital in late July after following a hospital policy that police wanted to violate.

Body camera footage of her confrontation shows the former athlete screaming after Detective Jeff Payne targeted her for refusing to draw blood from a car accident victim who could not give consent.

Police condemned the incident after Wubbels and her legal team showed the video to the public on Thursday, and said that Payne had been suspended from the blood draw program.

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He was later place on paid administrative leave, with Salt Lake Mayor Jackie Biskupski saying in a statement that the police department for Salt Lake County had agreed to investigate the city department.

The probe will look at Payne as well as the other officers involved in the arrest, according to the district attorney’s chief deputy.

“It’s a criminal probe into the legality of the arrest and other conduct by law enforcement,” Jeff Hall told the Daily News.

Police said earlier that officers would receive further training for similar situations.

Nurse Alex Wubbels was taken into custody for refusing a cop

Nurse Alex Wubbels was taken into custody for refusing a cop’s order to take blood from an unconscious patient.

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It was not immediately clear what charges could stem from the incident.

“You’re assaulting me. Stop. Stop. I’ve done nothing wrong,” Wubbels said as she was pressed up against a wall.

Wubbels, a former Olympic skier in the 1998 Nagano and 2002 Salt Lake City games, has not sued the department but said that she may. 

“People need to know that this is out there,” she said Thursday.

The patient that officers wanted blood from was William Gray, a truck driver who was hit while driver Marco Torres, who died in the crash, was fleeing from police.

Police in Rigby, Idaho, said Friday that Gray is a reserve officer for their force, and commended Wubbels for “protecting Officer Gray’s rights as a patient and victim.”

Gray is still at the University of Utah’s burn unit continuing his recovery from severe injuries, according to the Rigby Police.

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Smash Mouth's Steve Harwell Rushed to Hospital, Concert Cancelled

Smash Mouth’s Steve HarwellRushed to HospitalConcert Cancelled

9/1/2017 7:15 AM PDT

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Smash Mouth’s scheduled concert Thursday was abruptly cancelled after lead singer Steve Harwell was rushed to the hospital … TMZ has learned.

Steve tells TMZ the group was doing sound check at the venue when he had trouble breathing and told the tour manager he couldn’t perform.  The 50-year-old got in an Uber and told the driver to get to the hospital, STAT.

He says doctors told him he was suffering the effects of cardiomyopathy … a condition he’s had for 2 years.  Cardiomyopathy is a form of heart disease where the heart muscle becomes enlarged and weak, making it difficult to pump blood.

Steve says he’s been feeling bad for 4 days but he was able to perform until last night.  He tells us he has been on oxygen and IVs since being admitted.  Doctors also gave him steroids and inhalers. 

The condition often flares up because of a virus or drinking.  Steve says he was not drinking.

He plans to get out of the hospital around noon Friday and says he’ll be good to perform tonight.

Hopefully, he gave the Uber driver 5 stars. 


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EU delaying in hope Westminster MPs will derail Brexit, MEP tells RT (VIDEO)

Officials in Brussels are hoping pro-Remain MPs will overturn the outcome of last year’s EU referendum, according to a UK Independence Party (UKIP) MEP.

Gerard Batten debunked claims by Brexit secretary David Davis that “concrete progress” has been made in Brexit negotiations, and said: “I can’t see the prospect of anything happening very much, because the EU hopes that the quislings in the British Parliament will find a way of overturning this, and all they are doing is delaying the process for as long as possible.”

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European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt © Yves Herman

The MEP blasted the government for adopting what he deems to be too soft an approach, saying: “We’re going about it completely the wrong way, we shouldn’t be asking them about how we should leave, we should leave and then explain to them how it’s going to work.”

Batten said that would force the EU to accept Britain’s terms as it would not have an alternative.

The MEP’s remarks echo the EU assertion that “no decisive progress” has been made as it attempts to hammer out the terms for the UK’s withdrawal.

The two sides have mainly found themselves at loggerheads over the ‘divorce bill’ that the UK will pay once it withdraws from the bloc.

While there is no set figure yet, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said it could amount to €60 billion (US$ 70 billion). Unconfirmed reports, however, say the UK might have to pay up to €100 billion.

But Batten said “we don’t owe them anything,” and that both the House of Lords Committee and Constitutional Affairs Committee of the EU Parliament have verified that is the case.

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The third round of Negotiation on 'Brexit' talks at the EU Commission in Brussels on August 31, 2017 © Olivier Hoslet

Davis should tell his EU counterparts that all the UK intends to hand over is a “big fat zero,” Batten quipped, adding that “a lot of things are in their interest to solve with us.”

Davis and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, met for the third round of Brexit talks this week.

Their meeting clashed, however, with that of Juncker and former Prime Minister Tony Blair, a staunch Remainer who has previously called on Brexit to be derailed.

Asked if Blair’s attempt to hinder Brexit would be supported by the public, the MEP said: “Who is Tony Blair? He is not elected to anything and by going off and talking to the EU he is obeying the instructions of his international pay masters,” who, the MEP claimed, want the UK to stay in the EU.

Saying that the public is still paying for the consequences of Blair’s government, Batten added he was “surprised” Juncker would “waste” his time on meeting the former leader.

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NYC agency to probe Nazi symbols in Queens lobby

The city Human Rights Commission is launching an investigation into a Queens condo building that decked out its lobby with a bizarre display featuring Nazi and Confederate symbols.

Investigators will probe whether there’s illegal harassment going on at the Sunnyside building run by manager Neal Milano, according to the commission and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Queens).

“There are people in the building who believe a hostile environment has been created,” Van Bramer said. “If there are people in the building who fear retaliation and in some cases fear violence from him, clearly their rights are being violated.”

The building’s off the wall decorations include photos of dictators Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Joseph Stalin. There’s a World War II poster featuring a swastika, several pictures of guns, alongside other posters of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mount Rushmore.

It’s illegal under city human rights law to harass or create a hostile environment for tenants on the basis of race, religion or immigration status.

“Discrimination and harassment will not be tolerated in New York City and the NYC Commission on Human Rights is cracking down on anyone who thinks they are above the Law,” said Human Rights Commission deputy commissioner Hollis Pfitsch. “Despite hostile rhetoric on the national level, no one in New York City has permission to harass or threaten another person because of who they are, what they believe, or what they look like.”

Milano did not return a call for comment. His lawyer has said the displays are intended as a history lesson, not propaganda.

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Michael Phelps: I Knocked Up My Wife Again!

Michael PhelpsI Knocked Up My Wife Again!

8/29/2017 9:34 AM PDT

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Swimmers gonna swim. 

Michael Phelps just announced his wife, Nicole, is pregnant with baby #2 — a little over a year after she gave birth to their first kid.

“Number 2 on the way,” the Olympic legend said … “So excited! Wonder if it’s a boy or a girl.”

Michael and Nicole got married in a secret ceremony back in June, right after their 1st son Boomer was born. 

Now, they’re adding to their brood … and once again, doing it faster than Ryan Lochte

Congrats! 


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New Tory youth group targeted by full-on social media #meme assault

A new Tory grassroots campaign which aims to copy the success of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s Momentum by luring young people into Conservatism has been met with a wave of social media sarcasm and derision.

Activate_uk_net, which has now rebranded to Activate UK in a bid to make its Twitter handle catchier for a young audience, aims to “engage young people with conservatism”.

It launched on Twitter with a picture of Corbyn alongside the iconic “it’s a trap” catchphrase of ‘Star Wars’ character Admiral Ackbar.  The first tweet also literally included the term ‘#meme’.  But Activate’s attempt at using social media backfired.

Others called into question the efficacy of the meme and said:

Comments include one user describing the Activate campaign as so hilarious he has not laughed so much since the death of ‘Maggie’- a reference to former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Activates initial Twitter description read:

We are tories and we love memes.“Have you seen Grumpy Cat?”

“Oh wow, that’s funny. Please show this “twitter” to all your young friends that don’t wear hoodies.”

But it has now changed its bio to a simple bullet-point description calling on people to join and get in touch.

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Although the group is supported by senior party activists and chaired by Gary Markwell, a former Tory campaign manager and councillor in West Sussex, a Conservative spokesman told the Guardian that Activate is “not officially linked to the Conservatives and it receives no party funding.” Activate, however, still expects its followers to be Tory members.

Activate acknowledges on its website that it is a reproduction of Momentum, whose young members played a crucial role in Corbyn’s unexpectedly strong showing during the general election last June. In fact, a YouGov poll revealed that among first-time voters (18-19 year olds), Labour was 47 percentage points ahead in the polls.

A Momentum source said they are “flattered” that the Tories used it as a model to engage young voters, but said they would not be surprised if Activate’s “rookie errors” would cause it to “deactivate” soon.

“If they had really learned lessons from our viral social media content they would know they don’t have to use the hashtags #meme and #retweet with every graphic they share,” the source said, according to the Guardian.

“And if they are as committed to a ‘modern’ Conservative party as they say, maybe they shouldn’t have picked an all-male national committee. We wouldn’t be surprised if Activate deactivates in the near future.”

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Joel Osteen slammed for closing megachurch in aftermath of Harvey

It was easier to pass through the eye of a needle than it was to get inside Joel Osteen’s megachurch in Houston to shelter from the worst of Hurricane Harvey.

On Monday, the $ 50 million preacher — who spreads the word of God from a 17,000-seat former NBA stadium — was pelted with criticism when his church remained closed.

As the displaced population hit 30,000 and city officials searched for facilities to house the homeless, Osteen told detractors his Lakewood Church was unreachable due to floods.

Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.

Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.

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But it didn’t take long for videos and pictures to pop up online that showed staff arriving at the former Houston Rockets stadium — with no floodwater in sight.

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Amid the barrage of bad press, Osteen’s compassion was born again.

“We have never closed our doors. We will continue to be a distribution center to those in need. We are prepared to house people once shelters reach capacity. Lakewood will be a value to the community in the aftermath of this storm,” he said in a statement to “Good Morning America” late in the day, as pictures of church staff putting blowup mattresses on the floor circulated. 

Osteen had shut down the venue over the weekend and posted a notice on his website asking his followers to donate or volunteer.

“Our hearts break as we see the damage and destruction in our city. Please join us in helping Houston recover,” Osteen tweeted, with a link to his website.

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Some Osteen followers posted pictures they said were from inside the church that showed extensive water damage, but it didn’t help quell the online outrage. 

“#Houston’s Joel Osteen has a net worth over $ 50m and a church that holds 16,800 but this is all he’s offering,” tweeted Mark Elliott, with a link to a picture of the preacher’s packed Lakewood Church.

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Katy Perry Sued After Stagehand Loses Toe on Prismatic Tour

Katy Perry Stagehand Sues …Thanks to You, I Only Got 9 Toes

8/29/2017 1:00 AM PDT

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Katy Perry is in a toe jam, after a woman claims she lost one of hers while working on the singer’s tour.

Christina Fish claims in a lawsuit she was hired as a stagehand for Katy’s Prismatic World Tour in 2014.

On the night of Katy’s Raleigh, NC concert she was asked to help move a wall … when it got stuck and then rolled across her foot. She says she felt her shoe fill with blood.

She says she was offered ice but no one called for an ambulance, so she had to call a friend to pick her up and take her to the ER.

Christina says her right toe became gangrenous, and eventually needed to be amputated. She says she wasn’t able to use her foot for months.

She also says she suffered great emotional distress, because orthopedic doctors instructed her to keep her “dead toe” on as long as possible before the eventual amputation.

Christina says she had a passion for yoga and that’s now a distant memory without a toe.  

She’s suing Katy, Live Nation and a bunch of stage production companies for a whole lot of money.


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Katrina, Rita survivor recalls 'unnerving' comparison to Harvey

Katrina and Rita got her good. But all Harvey got was her roof.

Johna Reiss was one of thousands who made the Texas refuge their new home after fleeing the storm-ravaged New Orleans.

She has spent three days — with only seven hours of sleep — hunkered in her southeast Houston townhouse with her teen sister, a former colleague and her two pups, Oso and Simon. She is now unable to bypass the flooded roads surrounding her home.

To make matters worse, a persistent leak caused her bathroom roof to cave in Sunday.

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Johna Reiss heard a noise upstairs while waiting out the storm and realized her roof had collapsed into her bathroom.

Johna Reiss heard a noise upstairs while waiting out the storm and realized her roof had collapsed into her bathroom.

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“I heard a noise and went upstairs and tried to clean up as much as we could,” Reiss told the Daily News. “I have a roofing company that is pending to come to my home but they can’t get here.”

As the rain briefly broke Sunday, Reiss surveyed the mess left in Harvey’s wake. She found stranded vehicles, toppled power lines and miles of flooded roads.

“It’s very familiar, which is a little bit unnerving,” Reiss said. “This is a little more devastating to watch because with Katrina, the storm passed over. Harvey has just sat over Houston and has not really left.”

“It’s just like, ‘Hey, I’m here to stay,’” Reiss said, as the lingering tropical storm appears poised to regain strength and strike the Texas coast again.

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After Katrina ravaged New Orleans in Aug. 2005, Reiss became one of the estimated 100,000 storm victims that settled in Houston for good. She helped gather an oral history of fellow evacuees called “Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston.”

Reiss fled the city for Houston just before the Category 3 storm struck. Its gusty winds ripped the roof off her lakefront apartment. She returned to find most of her belongings had been destroyed.

Strong winds from Harvey knocked street lights off their poles along Almeda-Genoa Road in southeast Houston.

Strong winds from Harvey knocked street lights off their poles along Almeda-Genoa Road in southeast Houston.

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While recovering from Katrina, she braved the powerful Hurricane Rita in Houston even as it killed more than a hundred people trying to evacuate.

“When Rita hit, me and my family said we’re not running anymore.”

Each storm was equally daunting, but Reiss held out hope that Harvey would not kill as many in its wake. Already 10 people have died compared to more than 1,500 that were killed when the levees failed during Katrina.

Johna Reiss discovered impassable roads near her southeast Houston home on Sunday.

Johna Reiss discovered impassable roads near her southeast Houston home on Sunday.

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“I’m praying there’s not as much loss of life,” Reiss added, commending Houston for not forcing mass evacuations like it did with Rita.

“I’m blessed compared to a lot of people,” Reiss said of her current situation in Houston. “I’m in a place high enough to not be flooded and have power. But that could change at anytime.”

Evacuees fill up cots at the George Brown Convention Center that has been turned into a shelter.

Evacuees fill up cots at the George Brown Convention Center that has been turned into a shelter.

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Reiss said a friend, another Katrina survivor who lives near a Houston dam, did not expect the storm to affect her.

“She’s being evacuated now. She’s petrified because she doesn’t know how to swim,” Reiss said. “That’s devastating, you know. To not only experience it then, but here we go again.”

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Kit Harington to play ancestor Robert Catesby in BBC’s ‘Gunpowder

“Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington will play his ancestor Robert Catesby, the mastermind behind the failed Gunpowder Plot, in “Gunpowder,” an upcoming BBC miniseries.

Catesby was the leader of the 1605 assassination attempt against King James I of England. He and his crew — which included Guy Fawkes — were aiming to blow up London’s House of Lords, but an anonymous letter tipped off authorities, and Fawkes was infamously busted with barrels of gunpowder.

Catesby was shot and killed in the chaos, and his head was put on display outside Parliament.

In 2016, Harington revealed that he was a direct descendant of Robert Catesby on his mother’s side — and that the Catesby and Harington families had previously had a humorous interaction years before Kit’s parents were ever even born.

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Robert Catesby was the mastermind behind the failed Gunpowder Plot.

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“When (Catesby’s) head was marched past the houses of Parliament on a pike, John Harington on my father’s side, who was in the houses of Parliament at the time, looked at him and is quoted as saying, ‘He’s an ugly fellow, isn’t he?” Harington said on The Andrew Marr Show in 2016. “Isn’t that brilliant?”

BBC One teased “Gunpowder” on Monday with a 30-second clip that poked fun at Harington’s role on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

“Autumn is coming…,” the network tweeted, referencing the famous “GoT” line “Winter is coming.”

“My wife is dead, my name disgraced. My friends and family tortured and hanged,” Harington ominously narrates in the clip. “We must strike at the root. Fawkes will light the fuse and I, Robert Catesby, will blow the king and all his men to hell.”

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The three-part drama also stars Liv Tyler as Catesby’s cousin Anne Vaux and “Downton Abbey” actor Tom Cullen as Guy Fawkes.

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