Inmate dies of heart attack after being pepper sprayed in his cell

first_imgiStock/Siberian Photographer(NEW YORK) — BY: LUKE BARRAn inmate died Wednesday after being pepper sprayed while in his cell at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, the Bureau of Prisons announced.A source familiar with the investigation told ABC News that the inmate died of a heart attack. The bureau said that the death is not COVID-19 related.The inmate, Jamel Floyd, was being “disruptive and potentially harmful to himself and others” after he barricaded himself inside his cell and broke the cell-door window with a metal object, the BOP said.That is when staff pepper sprayed the inmate, according to the bureau.“Per protocol, institution medical staff immediately responded to assess the inmate, found Mr. Floyd to be unresponsive, and instantly initiated life-saving measures. Staff requested Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and life-saving efforts continued. Mr. Floyd was transported by EMS to a local hospital and subsequently pronounced dead by hospital staff. There is no indication that this death was related to COVID-19,” a statement released by the bureau said.A source familiar with the investigation told ABC News that Floyd was “ripping apart” the cell.The source said that a use-of-force team was put together, and that before going into the cell they tried commands from different individuals from a captain to the psychology department. The source said that they checked the inmate’s medical history to make sure he wasn’t allergic to the spray before proceeding.Officers spray inmates so that they don’t have to go inside the cell and extract him and risk injury, the source said.The incident is now the subject of a Department of Justice inspector general investigation.“In conducting the investigation, we will coordinate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which initially responded to the incident according to standard protocol and with which the DOJ OIG frequently works on incidents in BOP facilities,” DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz said. “Consistent with DOJ OIG and Department of Justice policy, we will be unable to provide further information until the investigation is complete, at which time we will publicly disclose our findings to the greatest extent possible, consistent with applicable laws.”The New York medical examiner said in a statement that she is conducting the autopsy.“We are in the process of investigating the death of Jamel Floyd on June 3, 2020. Mr. Floyd was an incarcerated individual at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn (a federal facility), and the investigation of his death falls under the jurisdiction of our office as outlined in the New York City Charter. We will complete a thorough, independent investigation firmly rooted in science and medicine,” Dr. Barbara Sampson said.“If requested by the decedent’s family, we will permit a licensed pathologist to observe any autopsy performed, a long-standing practice of this office,” she added. “As is also our standard practice, we will release our official findings to the public directly.”In September, the DOJ’s inspector general found that MDC, which left 1,700 inmates in below-freezing temperatures after a fire last year, had “longstanding” problems with its heating system, according to the results of the review.“We determined that heating issues had been a longstanding problem at the jail that existed before, during, and after the fire and power outage and were unrelated to these events,” said Horowitz, adding, “Rather, they were the result of the facility’s lack of proper equipment to continuously monitor temperatures, which the BOP (Bureau of Prisons) was aware of and had not addressed,” Horowitz said.ABC News’ Aaron Katersky contributed to this report. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Read Our Birthday Tribute To Comedian Harris Wittels And An Email Where He Details Why Phish Is Great

first_imgIn a Guardian article that came out in 2017 week, well-known comedians and friends like Aziz Anzari, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Alan Yang, and Louis C. K. as well as family all spoke about their experiences with Harris Wittels, recalling both joyful memories of the late comedian as well as his descent into addiction as a high-functioning opiate addict, which eventually killed him in 2015. Silverman says in the interview, “The smartest thing I ever did was hire Harris, and the second smartest thing I did was realize how much I had to learn from him, even though he was 14 years younger than me. . . . He taught me to just write the stuff you love and appeal to the people who love that, and not worry about the rest.”That carefree and hilarious spirit was a hallmark of his work, with his charming, breezy nature carrying him far, even through the toughest conversation. In 2014, on the heels of a stint in rehab, Harris Wittels appeared on Pete Holmes’ podcast You Made It Weird for the second time. In it, Harris and Holmes earnestly talk about huge existential topics, including a long surreal segment where Harris details how he got started on heroin, simultaneously acknowledging the ridiculous and tragic nature of his experiences while somehow keeping lighthearted tone throughout. The powerful episode has continued to stick with me, even years after I first heard it, and I know that many folks who also never met Harris Wittels feel the same way. A friend of mine told me that listening to that episode during a drive across the country with a sibling is what opened up the conversation about his own drug addiction, more or less starting the process to seek treatment.There’s a sincerity to Harris’ work that resonates with listeners, and by all accounts from those who were close to him, that was a true extension of who he was. Even after his death, his life continues to impact people for the better, whether it be revisiting his ridiculous “Foam Corner” on Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Bang Bang, segments in which Harris workshops “pre-Twitter” one-liners he’s written offhandedly (“Wheat Thins? Call me when they’re Wheat THICKS! … Gimme that wheat!”), or opening the door for harder conversations, ones that his death ultimately highlight the necessity for. Anyway, this post is on his birthday and not meant to be a downer; as he once said to Aukerman as to his comedic philosophy, “I just think motherfuckers wanna laugh.”Many of us found Harris Wittels through his love of Phish, and perhaps that’s why we’re particularly endeared to him, relating to his shameless defense of a love of a jamband that a good chunk of the population might not “get.” Last year, on his birthday, Steven Hyden also released a previously unpublished email from Harris Wittels answering two questions: 1) Why do you think Phish is so despised by “outsiders”? and 2) What makes Phish a great band? Harris’s responses are below. Rest in peace, Harris. We love you.here are my thoughts on your questions:1) I think we live in a culture in which group mind rules all. We also live in a very stubborn culture and once the group decides its opinion about certain things, it’s hard to reverse course. Britney Spears will always be crazy. Dane Cook will always be a hacky jock comedian. The short-lived show Outsourced will always be racist. But if you look at those things closely, Britney is kinda good again. Dane Cook has some very funny jokes and Outsourced wasn’t as bad as people wanted it to be.“Phish is a dirty hippy band.” It’s an easy sentence to say to someone at a party to establish common ground. People want to fit in. And to fit in to the cool hipster community, that is the opinion you must have on Phish. But those same people would like Phish if they let their guard down. Those same cool hipsters like Velvet Underground and The Talking Heads and the Beatles. Phish not only pulls its influences from those very bands, but literally plays those bands’ songs on a nightly basis. Personally, I don’t give a shit if Phish gets mainstream acceptance. In fact, I hope it never happens; it’s hard enough to get tickets to shows as is. I would hate to see what would happen if a million more people tried to get in to shows. Luckily it will never happen. People are too stubborn, too cool, too blah. It’s their loss. Phish is a great band to go see with your friends and get fucked up (or stay sober) and dance like an idiot and have the time of your life without judgement.Also, The Dead had the privilege of living in a time before music blogs, before ravenous internet group-think.2) Why is Phish the greatest band? For me, Phish is the most fun band on the planet to be obsessed with. They fill that part of the brain that most people reserve for sports stats or Star Wars knowledge. They have a never-ending mythology that you can spend your whole life learning about. They have played a different setlist every show for 30 years, which you can study like a mathematician or methodical serial killer.Musically, they are four virtuosos who came together against all probability. It’s so insane that these particular four men found each other in 1982 (Page a couple years later). All with their own skillset and taste in music. They combined to form a band that has something for everyone. You like funk? Listen to “Ghost” (I suggest 11-17-97). You want rock? Listen to Carini (I suggest 6-14-00). You want a catchy pop song? listen to “Bouncin around the Room.” Or do you want all of those genres combined? Listen to pretty much any “Fluffhead” or “Harry Hood.”Phish is a band that anyone can and should be into. They have mastered their instruments and mastered every genre you can possibly play with those instruments.There is no greater feeling on earth than the lights going down at a Phish show. Because you have no idea what the fuck you are in for. Maybe they’ll play an 8 hour set until sunrise like 12-31-99. Or maybe they’ll play Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon like they did on 11-2-98. Or maybe they’ll fly over the crowd in a giant hot dog like they have done on two occasions.Once the lights go down, you’re hoping that this will be “the perfect show.” But truth is, they’re all perfect, because they are all a piece in the gigantic, ever-expanding puzzle that is… Phish[originally published 4/20/17] Today would have been Harris Wittels’ birthday. Wittels was a hilarious and beloved comedian, serving as a brilliant writer, executive producer, and actor (as an animal control guy named Harris) on the show Parks & Recreation. For many Live For Live Music followers, he was our favorite tour guide through the cosmos (sorry), cohosting Analyze Phish with Scott Aukerman, a hilarious podcast with noted-phan Harris trying to convince Aukerman throughout the duration of its run to like the band Phish, or at least hate it slightly less. As those unfamiliar begin to dig into his body of work, there’s a sense of familiarity coursing throughout his comedy, with his objectively funny one-liners, casual tone, and ability to bask in the bizarre having won him many fans throughout the course of his short career.last_img read more

Huge interest in Sunland Group’s $210 million Mermaid Beach tower

first_imgSunland Group’s 272 Hedges Avenue.BUYERS with an appetite for luxury high-rise living on the Gold Coast’s Millionaire’s Row have spent $100 million on apartments in seven days.Property giant Sunland, developers of Palazzo Versace and the landmark Q1 tower, officially launched their $210 million 44-storey tower on Hedges Ave in Mermaid Beach on Thursday night.Buyers have spent $100 million on apartments in seven days.The tower, which includes 96 apartments priced from $1.835 million, is across the road from beachfront Pratten Park and is the developer’s first Gold Coast high-rise in more than a decade.More than 50 residences have sold with construction set to kick off in September.“272 Hedges Avenue will be our legacy,” Sunland founder Soheil Abedian said.“It is the culmination of decades of refined design thinking and craftsmanship and there is nothing like it in all of Australia.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoLuxury at every turn.“It is fitting that, as we celebrate our 35-year anniversary and a history of creating vibrant communities, we also celebrate the unveiling of the finest residential form we have ever conceived.”There is a selection of two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments, sub-penthouses, and penthouses.Resident facilities include a dedicated concierge service, residents’ lounge, boardroom, function room, pool, spa, gym, sauna and steam room, and treatment rooms.Sunland Group’s 272 Hedges Avenue.Each apartment features balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, travertine floors and bespoke bathroom designs.Sunland Group paid $13.4 million for the 1821sq m site last year.last_img read more

Gyan undergoes scan after thigh problem

first_imgAsamoah Gyan did not train on Friday with the group as he underwent a scan on a thigh problem.The Ghana captain suffered the problem during Thursday’s test game with second-tier side, Asokwa Deportivo at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.The results of the scan would determine Gyan’s subsequent participation with the team ahead of Sunday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Sudan.last_img

Cinderella season for Junior Bombers

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsAt the beginning of the season LVR coach Val Gibson wondered if the Bombers would ever win a game.The squad did more than just snap out of a losing streak.LVR completed the Cinderella run by defeating Grand Forks Wolves 31-23 in the final to claim the West Kootenay Junior Girl’s Basketball Championship last week at the J. Lloyd Crowe gym in Trail.“It was an incredible high to end the season,” said Gibson after the surprising victory.LVR entered the tournament ranked third. And it didn’t look good for the Bombers playing the top-ranked Wolves.But Gibson employed a zone press picked up from former coach Lorne Wuori that totally frustrated the Wolves, allowing LVR to build a 23-7 first half lead.“Defence always wins games,” Gibson exclaimed.“The Wolves fought their way back in again the Bomber’s more inexperienced players, but the LVR team would not give up,” Gibson added.The Big Three for LVR, Devyn Parker, Jayden Roch and Lynnea Carr led the way with eight and six points, respectively.Kyley Mirva added five for LVR.LVR opened the tournament by stopping Stanley Humphries Rockers 42-19. Roch scored 12 points to pace LVR while Mirva and Carr each had 10.The win advanced the Bombers to the semi final where LVR held off a pesky Rossland Royals team to win 38-31.The teams combined for 40 fouls in the tough, hard-fought game. Carr had a breakout game with 16 points while Parker had nine.OVERTIME: The Big Three, Devyn Parker, Jayden Roch and Lynnea Carr, were busy last week. Not only did the trio pace LVR to the Junior title, but the three players also traveled to Grand Forks Friday to help the Senior Bombers at the Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Zone Basketball Tournament. Parker, Roch and Carr were all in the lineup for LVR against Prince Charles Comets, helping the Bombers to an easy [email protected]last_img read more

Report: Warriors ‘a big threat’ to sign Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo

first_imgKevin Durant may have left town, but the Warriors might not be done “ruining the NBA,” according to an ESPN report.Should Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo become a free agent in 2021, the Warriors are “a big threat” to sign the NBA’s most recent MVP and create another super team, Ramona Shelbourne said Monday on “The Jump.”Milwaukee has said it will offer the super max (five years, $247 million) to Antetokounmpo as a means of keeping the three-time All-Star who just led the Bucks to the …last_img read more

Gap Between Origin-of-Life Research and Simplest Life Grows

first_imgEvolutionists are celebrating experiments that allegedly showed RNA chains can assemble in water – given nucleotides to start with (see Science Daily).  The suggestive steps over the gap from nonlife to life should be tempered with other discoveries that life is anything but simple.    New Scientist reported today that a “‘Simple’ bacterium shows surprising complexity.”  A species of Mycoplasma, an obligate parasite, should represent a stripped-down life form that can be considered a minimal living cell.  Researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory uncovered “uncanny flexibility and sophistication, allowing it to react fast to changes in its diet and environment,” even with just 689 genes (compared to 4000 in most other bacteria).  Peter Bork said, “There were a lot of surprises.  Although it’s a very tiny genome, it’s much more complicated than we thought.”  Among the cell’s tricks are the ability to use antisense strands of DNA as molecular switches, the ability to employ operons in sequence rather than simultaneously, and ability of cellular components to do multitasking.    Another report on Science Daily described the highly-choreographed dance of the chromosomes during meiosis.  Scientists at UC Berkeley found that “the cytoskeleton appears to encourage the dance of the chromosomes around the nuclear membrane as they search for their partners, and help make sure they have the right partner before meiosis continues.”  The cytoskeleton does this by means of teams of molecular motors called dyneins.  “Our work teaches us about the fundamental mechanisms of genome organization, about how cells execute processes in precise ways, monitor their own mistakes and correct or eliminate them.”    A cell is so smart, it can even employ mistakes on purpose.  Science Daily reported that some cells cause their own mutations for protection.  By making proteins with mistakes (the wrong amino acid inserted here or there), they employ a “non-genetic strategy used in cells to create a bodyguard for proteins.”  As a result, “this way the cells can always ensure that a subset of these proteins is somewhat less sensitive to the extra hits” caused by invading viruses, chemicals or other bacteria.  It “sounds chaotic and doesn’t make a lot of sense according to the textbook,” but the net result is that the organism gains protection from reactive oxygen species when under stress by means of “regulated errors.”  The organism must have ways of recovering from these errors after the stress is relieved, else the population would mutate itself out of existence.    Interestingly, human designers might employ a similar strategy to ward off computer viruses.  New Scientist reported that a company in the UK is patenting a strategy to insert “dumb code” into file headers to defeat any computer virus instantly.  “A key feature of the scheme is that no knowledge of the virus itself is needed, so it can deal with new, unrecognised ‘zero day’ viruses as well as older ones,” the company claims.  It remains to be seen whether human programmers will be as successful at defensive strategies as cells are.If cells are so well designed they can even regulate errors to maintain their genetic integrity, how could life evolve?  This might be a defeater for neo-Darwinism.  And if even the most minimal life is so complex it surprises scientists, how can origin-of-life researchers keep up hope?  Their simple experiments are like baby steps on the beach with an ocean to cross, and no motivation for the baby to go in that direction.Details, details.  They sure get in the way of a good myth.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

My favorite Farm Science Review memory

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel PenhorwoodMy favorite FSR memory beings with the doldrums of school that start in September.Pretty much one thing kept my attention — that special day when Dad would keep me home and instead of going to school, we would head to Farm Science Review.We got up early (which never seemed to be a problem on this day in particular, though every other was a struggle) and headed to London. We made sure to leave enough time to stop at the same restaurant every year, the now-defunct Amish Kitchen, a Der Dutchman style restaurant where we would have the breakfast buffet. For some reason, it always tasted better than any other breakfast I had.We sat in the same area by the same fireplace and had the same conversation — things we were looking forward to seeing during the day ahead.I always preferred seeing all the exhibits and ending up lugging around about 50 pounds worth of freebies by the time the day was through. Dad liked to for us to venture out to the field demonstrations and to check out the Gwynne Conservation Area. Now that I’m older, those field demos and the Gwynne have grown on me. It’s nice to walk around there, even today, thinking of my time with Dad at the Review.Dad has always spent quite a bit of time with my two older brothers and I. As the youngest though, it wasn’t always the easiest thing to find one-on-one time. Farm Science Review was that special day. It was just Dad and me doing something together.He sat there with me in the Small Farms Center when I was hoping to learn more about raising chickens or trying to get a hobby farm intro. Encouragement wasn’t hard to find.And every few years, Mom would tag along as well to make it an extra special day.Then maybe, (most likely!), we would stop by Der Dutchman on the way home.Thanks Dad for taking off that day of work every year and busting me out of school to spend quality time together. You’ll never know how much it meant to me.Farm Science Review will always be riddled with fond memories for my family. What are yours? As Farm Science Review comes to a close for another year, we encourage you to share your favorite Farm Science Review memories on social media with #FSR18. Maybe you made a new favorite memory this year? Maybe it was your first year coming? Tell us! Do it by the end of the day on Friday and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a YETI cooler, valued at $200.last_img read more

2019 Youth Capital Challenge nominations due Oct. 26

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentExceptional community citizenship is one of the values that makes FFA, 4-H and Farm Bureau such successful organizations. These groups are partnering again for the 2019 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge, giving teens the chance to get involved and have a hands-on experience that will enable them to make their communities a better place.Up to 40 delegates will be selected for the 2019 Challenge. Delegates will travel to an all-expense paid advocacy training in Columbus for Phase One of the challenge and meet with Ohio legislators. Delegates will work in their assigned delegate teams during the following months to develop a public policy issue and proposed solution and prepare a presentation for public hearing. Delegate teams then will come together in Columbus in early spring 2019 to present their proposed policy. Finalist teams will be invited to compete at the Ohio State Fair for scholarship dollars in late summer 2019.Read about the 2018 teams and projects.Meet the 2018 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge winning team.Who can be nominated or apply? Delegates must be in at least the ninth grade and between the ages of 14 and 18 during the 2018-2019 school year. Delegates are expected to have concern for local community issues and a desire to be more involved in advocating for their community. Cost to youth is $30 upon selection as a delegate. Students can be nominated by county Farm Bureau boards of trustees, or local teachers, or students can self-nominate.Delegate nominations must be received by Oct. 26, 2018.Delegate applications must be received by Nov. 30, 2018.2019 Challenge Brochure2019 Delegate Nomination Information and Link2019 Delegate Application Link Photo caption: 2018 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge participants  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Best Young Farmers/Ranchers-2

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan MillerProgressive Farmer Senior EditorEvery whiskey has a good story. Hayes Kelman tells one about Red Eye Whiskey.His award-winning Boot Hill Distillery’s Red Eye is fermented from the corn and wheat grown on Hayes’s Kelman Farms, in Sublette, Kansas. Red Eye — 51% corn, 49% wheat — is “a beautiful, hand-crafted, trail-aged, frontier-style Kansas whiskey,” he says.Fitting, as Boot Hill Distillery sits atop Boot Hill Cemetery, in Dodge City, Kansas. Its stainless fermentation vats, copper stills and tasting room are housed in a 90-year-old brick building once home to the city’s municipal functions — including the jail. The dirt below it was once the final home for the town’s criminal element. Some felons died so suddenly by well-placed bullets that they died with their boots on, it is said. Thus, Boot Hill.It is also said bodies were removed from Boot Hill during the cold winter of 1879, as the town discovered more valuable uses for its prominent vista.MARKETING MIND-SETThis is the story 27-year-old Kelman tells distributors — those critical linchpins who bring alcoholic products to thirsty consumers. Distributors enjoy the story behind the product. “It’s a good story,” they tell Kelman. “We don’t believe it, but it’s a good story.”There is a short phrase that describes Red Eye’s journey from farm to bottle: “soil to sip.”“We take products from our farm to make whiskey. We turn our corn and wheat primarily into bourbon and vodka,” Kelman says. Dodge City patrons will sip Boot Hill’s first bourbons this year, with drinks served over the distillery’s 116-year-old neoclassical Brunswick bar. Kelman has been marketing his Boot Hill line since 2016.PRODUCTION CHALLENGEKelman Farms raises wheat, sorghum and irrigated corn and soybeans across the prominently flat terrain of Haskell County, Kansas. Most of the family farm was leveled for flood irrigation. Today, irrigation is by center pivot. Corn yields are generally in the low 200s.Water is increasingly a management challenge. The Ogallala Aquifer has been declining for decades. Wells on Kelman Farms are pumping at about half their historic levels. The family has even capped some wells for lack of productivity.Kelman came to believe while still in college that the family farm needed vertical integration on production not so heavily dependent on water. “There has to be something more than just growing the grain, taking it the elevator and then repeating the same process all over again the next season,” he thought. “It’s no secret that we all face the same issues: maximizing production, minimizing inputs. We can bury our heads in the sand and pretend that pressing issues aren’t on the horizon.”Dryland production is not a happy alternative in Kansas’ hot and dry summers. Fed cattle offer some opportunity, but Sublette is nearly submerged in large feedlots.“But, we really enjoy drinking whiskey, so the best idea we could come up with would be to start a distillery,” Kelman says. The distillery multiplies the value of the grain fermented many times over.FOLLOW THE ROOTSThe distillery idea has some root in Kelman family history — that a farm can be more than a farm.In 1921, an earlier generation of Kelmans moved 400 miles from Kansas City to Western Kansas, “with hope to farm new land,” Kelman says. “My grandfather was a businessman. He wasn’t afraid to get into another industry if it made sense for the farm,” he adds.Does Boot Hill fit with Kelman Farms — spirits with beans? “We’re at an odd point. Both the farm and the distillery straddle tradition and technology. We know about seed placement and fertilizer rates. Now, we have the ability to dial those down to certain values,” Kelman explains. “We spend hours in the tractor. But, we also spend hours poring over spreadsheets to understand the efficacy of our methods.”The same is true in the distilling world. “People have been distilling alcohol for thousands of years. The principals have not changed, but our processes have evolved with technology. We use a large amount of ‘distiller’s art’ to produce our spirits — smell and taste. We also use technology to precisely measure sugar and alcohol content,” Kelman says.“In both, we focus on an end goal. We are thoughtful and purposeful about our decisions,” he says. Continuing the family-farm business doesn’t mean Kelman must farm more. The same traditional work ethics and business processes that bring order and financial gain to farming translate well to other business ventures. “Ultimately, I want to see this farm continue. It’s that exact reason I’ve expanded it with a distillery.”**Editor’s Note: This is the second of five profiles of our ninth class of DTN/The Progressive Farmer’s America’s Best Young Farmers and Ranchers. They represent the future of agriculture through their sense of tradition, use of new technology and business acumen.To see videos of all the 2019 winners, and for an application for next year, see https://spotlights.dtnpf.com/…(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more