Albuquerque Gives Panhandlers Day Jobs, Not Tickets

The van initiative is part of a larger effort in Albuquerque to reduce homelessness and panhandling. In May, the city started posting blue and white signs at intersections that list a 311 phone number and a website. Panhandlers can call the number to connect with services. At the same time, motorists can visit the website, managed by the United Way of Central New Mexico, to donate to a local shelter, food bank or an employment fund to pay panhandlers’ wages.

Branded “There’s a Better Way,” the point of the campaign is to encourage more effective charitable giving to help the homeless. Not only does the van provide some income to panhandlers, but it drops them off at the end of the day at St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, a nonprofit that connects people with housing, employment and mental health services…

Thinking of you, Tyler Sash

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former NFL and Iowa safety Tyler Sash died from an accidental overdose after mixing two powerful pain medications, and a history of painful injuries was a contributing factor, a medical examiner said Tuesday…

Sash, a standout safety at Iowa who won a Super Bowl during his rookie season with the New York Giants in 2012, was found dead at his home in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Sept. 8…

The autopsy determined the cause and manner of death was an “accidental mixed drug toxicity involving methadone and hydrocodone,” the office said Tuesday. Both are legal narcotics used to relieve severe pain, but are also highly addictive.

The medical examiner said that a recent shoulder dislocation and a history of chronic shoulder pain suffered by Sash were also “significant conditions” in the death.

Oskaloosa Police Chief Jake McGee said investigators learned that Sash had a doctor’s prescription for hydrocodone but are not sure about how he obtained methadone…

Wave At A Cop Today

During the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, you can find police officers on most of the major intersections surrounding the field. This one was at the front of the lot where Balloon Chasers and their crews parked for the fiesta. When I walked past the gate to take close-up pictures of the balloons, I heard the cop’s┬ávoice (through a bullhorn?) saying┬ásomething to the effect that we were not allowed past the concrete barrier. (Party pooper.)

But you can also see law enforcement represented in the sky:

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And if you look closely enough, you can see a cop wearing sunglasses in the clouds:

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His hat is in the top right hand corner, and under that, his sunglasses, nose, mouth… He looks like the cop in Terminator: Judgment Day. Can you see him?

The drug war has caused a lot of friction between law enforcement and the communities they serve, and if we want to move forward, citizens need to stop treating the police as the enemy. And the police need to stop looking at us like criminals. So, wave at a cop today, okay?

No, I didn’t wave at the┬ápolice officer in the featured photo, but I plan to wave at a cop sometime in the future. Of course, that’s easy for me to say, I’m white, and cops are less suspicious of white people waving at them.

Warning:  Do not wave at a cop if you have drugs or a lot of cash in your vehicle.

Florida chain agrees to pay $70 million for ‘improper relationships’

There is a good chance that your once-independent doctor is now employed by a hospital…

Last month, Broward Health agreed to pay $70 million to settle allegations that it engaged in “improper financial relationships” with doctors under laws prohibiting kickbacks in return for patient referrals.

Giving doctors incentives to generate medical revenue is widely deemed unethical because it tempts them to order unneeded treatment or send patients to lower-quality providers. Physicians with a financial interest in a medical facility tend to prescribe more procedures than those who don’t, studies show…

Although Broward Health paid an enormous sum to settle allegations of wrongdoing, it did not admit those allegations, which is typical in such cases. Nask retired last year. Nobody in the system has been charged with criminal wrongdoing…

What should patients do? Ask their doctor who he or she works for, Reilly added. If the doctor is employed by the hospital and recommends surgery or some other expensive treatment, he said, “research the indications for the procedure” and “consider a second opinion” from an independent practitioner.