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  • Utah cop who dragged screaming nurse fired from police department

    10/11/2017 11:21:01 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    FOX News ^ | 10-11-2017 | Staff
    A Utah detective who was filmed handcuffing and dragging a nurse in July has been fired. Jeff Payne, a detective with the Salt Lake City Police Department, was fired Tuesday following an investigation, Chief Mike Brown said Tuesday. In a video filmed July 26, Payne, who was working as a part-time paramedic, asked University Hospital Nurse Alex Wubbels to draw blood from an unconscious patient, which she refused to do, citing company policy. The detective had support from his supervisor, Lt. James Tracy, who said Wubbels could be arrested if she didn't allow the blood draw. Payne eventually told Wubbels...
  • Utah police officer who dragged screaming nurse is fired

    10/10/2017 4:23:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 106 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 10, 2017 | Jacqueline Thomsen
    The Utah police officer who was filmed forcibly arresting a nurse who refused to let officers take a blood sample from an unconscious patient has been fired, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. A Salt Lake City Police spokesman told the AP that police chief Mike Brown decided to fire the officer on Tuesday after an investigation into the incident. The officer, Detective Jeff Payne, was seen on film dragging a crying nurse out of the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City after she prevented law enforcement from taking blood from an unconscious patient. The nurse, Alex...
  • Salt Lake County DA requests FBI assistance in Nurse Alex Wubbels investigation

    09/07/2017 1:18:03 PM PDT · by Ken H · 57 replies
    Fox 13 ^ | Sept 07, 2017 | Mark Green
    SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has requested the FBI’s assistance in the investigation into the arrest of a Utah nurse who refused to allow a blood draw from an unconscious patient without following proper procedure. In a statement released Thursday, Gill said his office officially requested the FBI investigate: “any and all individuals involved in the chain of conduct arising from the incident at the University of Utah Hospital on July 26, 2017 for any Civil Rights Violations under the color of authority.” Gill said he requested the FBI’s help due to events beyond...
  • 3 deaths in 3 days: Agonized parents watch as their children die one-by-one

    09/26/2017 11:54:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 111 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 26, 2017 | By Lindsey Bever
    Years of suffering - and months of struggling with the decision to end it - had brought them here: To a bright white living room where three of their children lay side by side by side, waiting to die. Les and Celeste Chappell loved the children, of course, and the thought of letting them go was excruciating, but holding on was just as painful. The children - Christopher, 20; Elizabeth, 19; and James, 15 - had been ravaged by a ruthless neurological disorder that, over the years, had stolen their ability to see and to swallow, to move and to...
  • Brigham Young University ends ban on caffeinated soda sales

    09/22/2017 8:47:07 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9-21-2017
    Mormon church-owned Brigham Young University ended a six-decade ban Thursday on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks on campus, surprising students by posting a picture of a can of Coca-Cola on Twitter and just two words: "It's happening." The move sparked social media celebrations from current and former students, with many recalling how they had hauled their own 2-liter bottles of caffeinated sodas in their backpacks to keep awake for long study sessions. "I drank a lot of caffeinated beverages while I was here but none of them was purchased on campus," said Christopher Jones, 34, a visiting BYU history...
  • ‘Battle of Bunkerville’ BLM agent no longer works for the agency

    09/20/2017 12:55:08 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    guns.com ^ | 9/20/17 | Brian Seay
    Daniel Love, a former special agent for the Bureau of Land Management, gives a radio interview during Burning Man in 2015. (Photo: BLM Nevada/Flickr) A federal agent who had a key role in the armed 2014 ‘Battle of Bunkerville’ standoff no longer works for the Bureau of Land Management. Daniel Love had been serving as special agent in charge for BLM in Utah and Nevada in recent years, but is no longer with the agency, according to the Associated Press. Love still worked there on Aug. 24, when the feds released a report that said he’d handed out valuable rocks...
  • Rob Wasinger: “Trump Movement Should Make Romney Senate Defeat ‘Top Priority’”

    09/20/2017 5:55:47 AM PDT · by davikkm · 16 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | Lucian Wintrich
    In a newly penned op-ed for Breitbart, veteran political commentator Rob Wasinger has called for Mitt Romney to finally “walk off into the sunset” after his repeated failures and “decisive rejections” within the party. Currently, Romney has been teasing a potential Senate run; he has propagated this rumor in conservative outlets such as the Daily Caller and more mainstream outlets such as NYMag. Wassinger is having none of it, commenting on the apparent lack of political awareness by Romney, he says: Evidently, Romney’s last electoral humiliation—the embarrassing rout by a weakened and vulnerable President Obama in 2012—was not enough to...
  • Night of the Living Mitt — Wasinger: Trump Movement Should Make Romney Senate Defeat ‘Top Priority’

    09/19/2017 5:07:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Big Government ^ | 9/19/17 | Robert Wasinger
    How many decisive rejections can a veteran national political figure experience at the hands of voters before that politician takes the hint and walks off into the sunset with some small measure of dignity still intact?Willard “Mitt” Romney seems intent on testing the limits of that proposition by floating the story with friends in the conservative media that he’s toying with the idea of running for the U.S. Senate seat of octogenarian Orrin Hatch of Utah, who is expected to announce his decision to decline a run for yet another term next year. Evidently, Romney’s last electoral humiliation—the embarrassing rout...
  • Colorado’s electricity rates continue to rise

    09/18/2017 8:23:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | September 16, 2017 | Amy Cooke, Grant Mandigora
    In 2001, Colorado electricity consumers enjoyed some of the lowest electric rates in the country. The 15 years since haven’t been so kind to ratepayers. For more than a decade, elected officials, PUC commissioners, industry and advocates have told Colorado ratepayers that they could transform the state’s electricity generation away from coal and toward industrial wind, solar and natural gas with little cost to ratepayers. However, the actual numbers tell a much different story. Colorado electricity rates have risen sharply – 62.1 percent – across residential, commercial and industrial sectors, despite a slight decrease in recent years. Colorado electricity rates...
  • 10 national monuments could be scaled back under draft Ryan Zinke plan

    09/18/2017 6:37:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 18, 2017 | John Siciliano
    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended scaling back 10 of the 27 national monuments under a review directed by President Trump. The scale of the monument changes was disclosed in a draft memorandum obtained by several news services on Sunday night. The White House said in a statement that it does not comment on leaked documents. According to the memo, Zinke would shrink 4 of the monuments on the list, and significantly alter the rules of land use for the remaining six. The memo went to President Trump last month but the administration would not disclose which monuments would be...
  • Agent no longer with BLM following Burning Man probe [ Dan Love ]

    09/17/2017 9:43:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    KSL Broadcasting ^ | Sep 16th, 2017 | Lindsay Whitehurst
    A federal agent who had been scrutinized for his handling of rare evidence and his behavior at the counterculture Burning Man festival is no longer an employee of the Bureau of Land Management, authorities said Friday. Daniel Love, who played a command role in federal agents' 2014 standoff with Nevada rancher and states' rights figure Cliven Bundy, no longer works for the agency. .... Love still worked for the agency on Aug. 24, when a federal investigative report was released saying he handed out valuable stones known as moqui marbles to colleagues and a contractor "like candy,". The rocks are...
  • Revolt over school's 'outrageous' drug and sex quiz

    09/14/2017 12:25:00 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 45 replies
    WND ^ | 09/13/2017 | na
    'It's just bizarre. I told my daughter not to turn it in' Roy High School teacher Candace Thurgood says she has been giving the same “Know Thyself” quiz to students in her “Adult Roles and Financial Literacy” class for years without complaint, but the questionnaire first published in a 1981 Dear Abby column is not playing so well this year. Thurgood was removed from the classroom and placed on leave from Utah’s Weber School District after parents learned of the class exercise where respondents are asked about their sexual histories and drug and alcohol abuse. The 30 questions are scored...
  • It’s Happening (Maybe): Romney Reportedly Set To Run For Senate In Utah — If Orrin Hatch Retires

    09/12/2017 7:57:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/12/2017 | AllahPundit
    Alternate headline: “Orrin Hatch must retire.” And there’s a fair chance that he will! He’s 83 and said in March that he’d be more inclined to step down if he could get a “really outstanding person” to run for his seat. When asked if he had anyone in mind, he said “Mitt Romney would be perfect.” That lit the fuse on RomneyWatch 2018, leading to reports that Romney was thinking about it and had even spoken to Mitch McConnell about running. But then in May the speculation seemed to fizzle: Hatch himself claimed that Romney told him he wouldn’t...
  • Professors told to report students who make campus ‘less inclusive’ to Behavior Assessment Team

    09/12/2017 5:59:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 58 replies
    College Fix ^ | September 12, 2016 | Andrew Johnson
    As colleges across the country struggle with questions related to free speech on campuses, some schools have implemented policies that appear to give administrators significant latitude to discipline students for speaking in unpopular ways. Most recently, the dean’s office of Utah Valley University, a public institution located in the north-central part of Utah, distributed a guidance letter to all faculty encouraging them to report to the school’s Behavior Assessment Team any students who use “inappropriate language,” are “argumentative,” or who speak “loudly.”
  • Mitt Romney planning to run for Senate if Orrin Hatch retires

    09/11/2017 9:32:19 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 47 replies
    Utah Policy ^ | September 11, 2017 | Bryan Schott
    Sources tell UtahPolicy.com that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is preparing to run for Senate in 2018 if Sen. Orrin Hatch decides to retire. Sources close to Romney say the two-time presidential candidate will jump into the 2018 Utah Senate scrum if Hatch opts not to. So far, Hatch has not made up his mind as to whether he'll run for an eighth term in 2018. He has previously said he was planning on running as long as his and his wife's health holds up. Dave Hansen, a longtime political advisor to Hatch, told UtahPolicy.com last month that he didn't...
  • After Utah nurse’s violent arrest, local prosecutors ask FBI to help investigate police

    09/08/2017 7:05:02 AM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 91 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/8/17 | Derek Hawkins
    Prosecutors in Salt Lake County, Utah, have asked the FBI to join a criminal probe into the violent arrest of a local nurse who was manhandled by a detective and shoved screaming into a squad car as she tried to protect the legal rights of a patient. In a letter made public Thursday, District Attorney Sim Gill called on FBI agents to investigate whether the arresting officer or anyone else in the chain of command violated nurse Alex Wubbels’s civil rights or broke other laws during the July 26 incident.
  • Utah officer told not to worry about blood sample, chief says

    09/07/2017 10:02:06 AM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 70 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept. 7, 2017 | Dan Simon and Darran Simon
    The officer at the center of controversy over his treatment of a Utah nurse was told not to worry about obtaining blood from an unconscious car crash victim in the hospital, but tried anyway, Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen told CNN Wednesday. Jensen told CNN his department had initially ordered the sample from the man, who was involved in a crash near Logan, Utah in Cache County At the hospital, Payne relayed his difficulty in getting the blood sample to a Logan detective, who was not at the hospital, Jensen said. According to Jensen, the detective then informed Payne the...
  • Utah hospital to cops: Stay away from our nurses

    09/05/2017 9:36:38 PM PDT · by Ken H · 168 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Sept 05, 2017 | Fred Barbash and Derek Hawkins
    The University of Utah Hospital, where a nurse was manhandled and arrested by police as she protected the legal rights of a patient, has imposed new restrictions on law enforcement, including barring officers from patient-care areas and from direct contact with nurses. Margaret Pearce, chief nursing officer for the University of Utah hospital system, said she was “appalled” by the obfficer’s actions and has already implemented changes in hospital protocol to avoid any repetition. She said police will no longer be permitted in patient-care areas, such as the burn unit where Wubbels was the charge nurse on the day of...
  • Utah Detective Who Violently Arrested Nurse In Viral Video Loses Ambulance Job

    09/05/2017 7:40:11 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 94 replies
    RT ^ | 09/05/17
    The Salt Lake City police detective who arrested nurse Alex Wubbels for not allowing police to draw blood from an unconscious patient has been fired from his part-time paramedic job with Gold Cross Ambulance Service. Payne was placed on paid administrative leave from his full-time job as an officer with the Salt Lake City Police Department after a video of the arrest went viral. In a separate video recorded after the arrest, Payne asked another officer how the incident would affect his part-time position with the ambulance company. Payne bragged that he could retaliate against the hospital by only bringing...
  • DREAM Act (first sponsored by Orrin Hatch, who is up for reelection in 2018)

    09/04/2017 5:19:35 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    congress.gov ^ | Orrin Hatch
    Reported to Senate with amendment(s) (06/20/2002) Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act or the DREAM Act - Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to repeal the denial of an unlawful alien's eligibility for higher education benefits based on State residence unless a U.S. national is similarly eligible without regard to such State residence. (Sec. 3) Authorizes the Attorney General to cancel the removal of, and adjust to permanent resident status, an alien who: (1) has attained the age of 12 prior to enactment of this Act; (2) files an application before reaching the...