Announces Phone Number And Email Address For Use By Anyone With Possible Connections To RemainsAttorney General Curtis Hill said Friday that his office will transport the remains of 2,246 fetuses back to Indiana after they were discovered earlier this month at the Illinois home of the late Dr. Ulrich Klopfer. A preliminary investigation indicates all the fetuses were aborted by Dr. Klopfer at Indiana clinics located in Fort Wayne, Gary and South Bend.“We are going to continue this matter to determine as best we can exactly what happened here,” Attorney General Hill said at a press conference. “But in the meantime, I can tell you that we are going to bring our babies home and make sure they are treated with the proper dignity and respect deserving of anyone.”Following Dr. Klopfer’s Sept. 3 death, Illinois authorities on Sept. 12 learned that family members going through his belongings found the preserved fetal remains stored at his residence. Since learning the fetuses are from Indiana, Illinois officials have turned over information and evidence to the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. The preliminary investigation has revealed that the fetuses were aborted from the years 2000 to 2002.Besides ensuring that the remains receive appropriate disposition under Indiana law, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General is also working to preserve and protect thousands of medical records found both at Dr. Klopfer’s Illinois residence and at his abandoned Indiana abortion clinics. On Thursday, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General executed search warrants at the Indiana locations and took possession of records left at those properties. No additional fetal remains were discovered in Indiana.“We have a concern about the abandoned records,” Attorney General Hill said. “Folks who use these clinics have a high degree of expectation of privacy and confidentiality. . . . It’s deplorable now that folks who went into this procedure, no matter how you feel about this procedure, have to relive that moment” with such uncertainty about the final disposition of the aborted fetus.Attorney General Hill expressed gratitude for the cooperation of multiple other offices and agencies, including Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul; the coroner’s office and law enforcement in Will County, Illinois; prosecutors in Allen, Lake and St. Joseph counties; the Hobart, Fort Wayne and South Bend police departments; and the Indiana State Police. In addition, he acknowledged Indiana legislators who have urged Attorney General Hill to investigate the matter.At the press conference, Attorney General Hill also announced that his office has set up a phone number and email address for the specific use of anyone with possible connections to the fetal remains who may wish to inquire. The email address is [email protected], and the phone number is (317) 234-6663.In 2016, the Indiana General Assembly passed a law requiring that medical facilities either bury or cremate fetal remains following abortions. This year, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law. The disturbing chain of events surrounding Dr. Klopfer’s actions demonstrates the need for state laws regulating the final disposition of fetal remains, Attorney General Hill said.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
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The Saint Mary’s Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) is raising awareness about violence against women, particularly domestic violence, as part of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness month.BAVO member and senior Payton Moore said the office held its first event Thursday, a prayer vigil to support victims and create awareness about domestic violence.Emilie Kefalas “We all know the statistics [that] one in four women are victims of sexual assault,” she said. “That one in four women are sexually assaulted in their college years … We at SMC want to show that one is too many.”BAVO and Campus Ministry co-hosted the vigil for those impacted by violence so that the community could come together to address and acknowledge the issue, Moore said.“The one-in-four statistic represents the fact that one in four women are victims of domestic violence, and one in four college-aged women are victims of sexual assault,” she said. “This was a vigil for both statistics.”Although scheduled to be held outside, the vigil was moved indoors due to weather conditions.“While I prefer the event being outside, the vigil still was nice indoors,” she said. “Having it indoors created a sense of intimacy.”BAVO also teamed up with the Saint Mary’s volleyball team for an awareness event Friday during one of the Belles’ home games.“We thought it would be a great way to come together to raise awareness for an important issue,” she said. “This year we decided to continue the effort.”Senior Paige DeRouin and Moore helped organize the coalition after BAVO and the team decided to plan an awareness event last year.“Paige DeRouin and myself are co-chairs on the Awareness and Outreach Committee for BAVO,” Moore said. “The domestic violence awareness volleyball game is an event listed under our committee. After seeing the turnout at the game, I say we did a pretty good job.”The entire game was a “purple out,” complete with purple desserts for those who donated and purple “one is too many” buttons for those who donated a dollar, Moore said. All of the proceeds will benefit the Young Women’s Christian Association.“The volleyball game is a fun way to create awareness and to help a local organization,” Moore said. “Purple is the color of domestic violence, so everything in the gym will be that color, from decorations to the desserts.”BAVO hopes to become a larger presence on social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to further show students the resources and events it promotes.“Seeing a BAVO event happen is rewarding in every aspect,” Moore said. “We plan these events months ahead of time and pour a lot of hard work into them. Seeing students come to an event is rewarding in every way. It shows that our efforts reach the student body, and it shows that our students care about these issues.”By educating the Saint Mary’s student body, the awareness-month events have the potential to benefit students beyond their college careers, Moore said.“I would just like to reiterate to students that these issues will probably impact your life at some point, whether it be you, a friend or a family member who goes through it,” she said. “Furthermore, in all likeliness, you probably already know someone who has gone through this experience, but you just don’t know about it. People tend to see this statistic and think it can’t happen to them or someone they know, but it can, and it does.”Tags: Awareness and Outreach Committee, BAVO, domestic violence, prayer vigil, Saint Mary’s Belles Against Violence Office, sexual assault, SMC volleyball team
– Advertisement – Still, the company reminded investors of the ongoing uncertainty as a result of the coronavirus crisis. It said it would continue to evaluate its financial expectations and will provide updates if warranted.Earlier on Monday, the company reported its third-quarter results, topping analysts’ estimates for both its earnings and revenue. McDonald’s U.S. business saw same-store sales return to growth in the quarter, boosted by popular promotions, like its deal on rapper Travis Scott’s favorite order and the limited-time spicy McNuggets.McDonald’s shares were recently up nearly 4% in premarket trading. The stock, which has a market cap of nearly $167 billion, has risen nearly 10% since the start of the year.- Advertisement – McDonald’s incoming U.S. President Chris Kempczinski speaks during a press conference in New York November 17, 2016.Shannon Stapleton | Reuters As the coronavirus pandemic has upended both McDonald’s business and the broader restaurant industry, the company is taking note of how consumer behavior has changed. Its new strategy unveiled to investors on Monday doubles down on such trends, like customers’ preference for core menu items and the surge in drive-thru orders.With its digital sales expected to exceed $10 billion this year, the company is planning to launch “MyMcDonald’s” across its six top markets by the end of next year. The new platform will tie together McDonald’s various tech investments, like its app and digital menu boards, and make it easier for customers to order and pay for their food. McDonald’s will test a loyalty program in the Phoenix area as part of the plan.The company said it plans to take advantage of the strength of its drive-thru lanes by testing automated order taking, drive-thru lanes only for digital orders and a restaurant design without any indoor dining. McDonald’s also said that the “vast majority” of new restaurants in the United States and its International Operated Markets segment, which includs France and the United Kingdowm, will have drive-thru lanes.The pandemic has also pushed McDonald’s customers to return to their classic menu items, like the Big Mac or McNuggets. The company said that its core menu items account for about 70% of its sales. It’s planning on tweaks to improve the taste of its burgers, like toasting the buns golden brown and changing how they’re grilled.But chicken is growing faster than beef. In response, McDonald’s is planning to expand its line of chicken offerings, including the long-awaited launch of its Crispy Chicken Sandwich in the U.S. early next year. The sandwich is meant to rival those of Chick-fil-A and Popeyes.McDonald’s strategy also includes staying relevant for its consumers. Its famous orders promotions, like those with Scott and reggaeton singer J. Balvin, are “just the beginning.”The chain plans to roll out new packaging worldwide and an advertising campaign focused on its values and commitments to workers, suppliers and franchisees.This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.Programming Note: For more on McDonald’s, watch CEO Chris Kempczinski on “Squawk on the Street” at 10 a.m. ET Tuesday. McDonald’s said Monday it’s expecting mid-single digit sales growth in 2021 and 2022 as the fast-food giant plots its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.Its strategy to drive sales growth includes more collaborations with celebrities, adding more chicken to its menu and piloting a loyalty program in the U.S.The company told investors that it’s expecting annual capital expenditures of $2.3 billion, about half of which will be spent building new restaurants. New locations will contribute about 1.5% to 2% to McDonald’s systemwide sales growth in 2022.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Wednesday the Democrats will debate again this time on NBC. The debate comes about one month before Florida’s Presidential Primary on March 17.Voters across the state need to make sure they’re registered to vote ahead of time.The deadline to register to vote or change your party affiliation is Tuesday, Feb 18.In Palm Beach County, 20 municipal elections will be held in conjunction with the Presidential Primary.To register click here.Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden continues to attack his fellow rivals like Bernie Sanders as his campaign spirals downward.Biden says that Sanders has been talking about universal healthcare for 35 years and has done nothing about i.Biden also criticized former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, saying the amount of money he has spent on advertising can’t erase his record. Bloomberg hasn’t yet qualified for Wednesday’s NBC News and MSNBC debate in Las Vegas, but he has through Tuesday to meet the party’s criteria.With that potential clash looming, both Biden and and Sen. Amy Klobuchar criticized Bloomberg in interviews on “Meet the Press” at a time when the former mayor faces increased scrutiny over past comments about race, policing and women at his eponymous company.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityStudents and job-seekers will have an opportunity to connect with a wide range of employers Tuesday, April 8 at the 2014 Career and Internship Fair. The fair, co-sponsored by Saint Martin’s University and The Evergreen State College, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marcus Pavilion on the Saint Martin’s University campus, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE. The fair welcomes students, alumni and the public. Admission is free.This year’s Career and Internship Fair will feature about 100 employers from private industry, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Some will be conducting on-site interviews for full-time, part-time and summer positions. Several colleges and universities will represent their graduate programs at the event.“This is a very valuable event for our surrounding and student communities because it provides a one-stop way to learn about a great variety of exciting career opportunities,” says Ann Adams, associate dean of students and director of career development at Saint Martin’s.Adams recommends that job-seekers come prepared by wearing appropriate business attire, bringing multiple copies of resumes and brushing up on interview skills in advance. A list of employers planning to attend can be found here.Even for those who are not seeking immediate employment, the fair provides a valuable opportunity to gather information, polish their professional image and learn to market themselves more effectively, Adams says.This year’s fair sponsors are the Associated Students of Saint Martin’s University, Saint Martin’s Alumni Association, Bon Appétit and CampusPoint and ResCare Homecare.