Joel Greenberg pleads guilty to sex trafficking as banner flown above court reads ‘tick tock Matt Gaetz’
A plane has flown a banner above US District Court in Orlando, Florida reading “Tick Tock Matt Gaetz” as the GOP congressman’s ally Joel Greenberg pleaded guilty to sex trafficking a minor, among other charges, potentially aiding prosecutors in a related investigation involving the Republican congressman. Mr Greenberg, a former Florida tax collector, appeared in court on Monday after admitting to introducing a “minor to other adult men, who engaged in commercial sex acts” with her, according to a lengthy plea agreement filed on 14 May. The other men were not named. Mr Gaetz was not named in court documents filed in US District Court on Friday.
Since 1886, people have trusted Coca-Cola to be a brand that delivers quality drinks they can depend on. But with other massive beverage brands like PepsiCo providing serious competition, Coca-Cola has had to repeatedly reinvent itself over the years with new products. Not all of Coke’s new products become fan favorites, however, and the company is no stranger to failed experiments—like New Coke, which was pulled from shelves completely in 2002. Now, cola drinkers will have to say goodbye to another beverage. One Coke product is disappearing from shelves forever, as the company has announced that it is being discontinued. Read on to find out which Coke product you won’t be able to find in the near future.RELATED: This Beloved Summer Food Is Disappearing From Stores and Restaurants. Coca-Cola is discontinuing Coke Energy in the U.S. Coca-Cola announced on May 14 that they are discontinuing Coke Energy—the company’s only energy drink—in North America, per The Wall Street Journal. The drink was introduced to break Coca-Cola into the energy-drink market dominated by Red Bull and Monster. However, the beverage failed to do that. According to Beverage Digest, Coca-Cola Energy only accounted for 0.7 percent of U.S. energy-drink sales by the end of 2020. The product will be discontinued in the U.S. and Canada by the end of 2021, the WSJ reported. This decision comes less than two years after it was introduced. Coke Energy hasn’t exactly been a fixture for the U.S. branch of Coca-Cola, however. According to CNN, the company first introduced the drink in the U.S. in Jan. 2020 with four different varieties: Coke Energy, Coke Energy Zero Sugar, Coke Energy Cherry, and Coke Energy Cherry Zero Sugar. Before coming to the U.S., the energy drink was originally launched internationally—and it will continue to be sold in these international markets, per the WSJ. RELATED: For more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter. The company says it is focusing on new drinks that are selling well instead. According to CNN, Coca-Cola is turning its focus to new drinks that are selling well for the company—like AHA and Coca-Cola with Coffee, which were both introduced in the last two years like Coke Energy. AHA is the company’s sparkling water brand that was launched in March 2020, and Coca-Cola with Coffee was just introduced in the U.S. on Jan. 25. “An important component to this strategy is the consistent and constant evaluation of what’s performing and what’s not,” the company said in a statement, per CNN. This isn’t the first time the company has taken a product off shelves during the pandemic. Coke Energy is just the latest example of the company’s downsizing. In Oct. 2020, Coca-Cola announced it was removing half of its portfolio of drink brands, which is about 200 brands. According to Business Insider, at that time, the company had already announced it would discontinue drinks like Tab, Zico, and Odwalla, as just a few of the company’s brands rack in most of its profits. CEO James Quincy has said that Coca-Cola’s revenue is dominated by its biggest brands like Coke, Sprite, and Fanta, while more than half of the company’s brands collectively only generate around 2 percent of its revenue.RELATED: This One Thing Is Disappearing From Walmarts Nationwide.
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A 14-year-old driver died after an early morning crash in a stolen vehicle Friday, according to Stockton police. Stockton police tried to pull over the stolen vehicle Friday around 12:41 a.m. near El Dorado Street and Fremont Street. Police said the 14-year-old driver did not pull over and led officers on a 2-minute chase before crashing into a tree at El Dorado Street and East Stadium Street. The juvenile female passenger was detained and not hurt, police said. The 14-year-old boy was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died, police said Saturday. Detectives are still investigating. No other details were released.
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By now, you’ve heard that eating less meat is healthier for you, your family, and the planet. Meanwhile, the last year’s lockdown probably saw you ordering more takeout and delivery than ever. Unfortunately, these two trends conflict in a way you might want to know about. With pizza as the most-ordered food this past year, advocates are calling out America’s biggest pizza brand for inhumane treatment of the animals that become our food.Late Friday, animal advocacy group The Humane League contacted Eat This, Not That! editors with a report that may warrant awareness. In the report, entitled “The Price of a Slice,” the organization states that 200 food companies have willingly committed to a new chicken welfare policy that eliminates the cruelest factory farming practices from their supply chains. Those companies that have committed to good for chickens include well known brands like Chipotle, Burger King, Popeyes, Papa John’s, Starbucks, Subway, Denny’s, and more.RELATED: This Is the Best Supermarket in America, New Survey SaysWhile a lot of fast food brands, family restaurants, and manufacturers like General Mills and Kraft Heinz appear on the list of companies that have committed to kinder chicken welfare, the number of pizza chains leaves plenty to be desired. The Humane League says big pizza brands have failed to commit to the same animal welfare supply chain practices. The list of these chains includes Domino’s—which is the top-selling pizza in America—along with Pizza Hut, Little Caesar’s, Sbarro, Marco’s Pizza, and many more.Shown is the Humane League’s list of pizza chains they’re calling on for better animal welfare practices:The Humane League says these pizza chains commit inhumane practices in their treatment of chickens in particular. Here’s what they detail:Crowded by the tens of thousands into sheds with no room to move around. Standing in their own waste because their sheds are almost never cleaned during their lifetime. Bred to grow so heavy, at such a rapid rate, that many can’t even stand up. Killed using a brutal system called “live-shackle slaughter,” leaving half a million chickens boiled alive each year.These pizza restaurants allow this to go on every day. They have refused to ban these practices from their supply chains, and they have never released a public statement about their standards for chicken welfare.We all know that making the healthier, more conscious transition to eating less meat products takes sacrifice, intention, and commitment. But the insights we gain from reports like this might better inform where we want to order from next time the house has a craving for barbecue chicken pizza, wings, or chicken tenders. Catch up on the big popcorn brand that’s been recalled in 16 states, and keep reading:Burger King Brings Back These Beloved Chicken Nuggets After 10 YearsStudy Finds Harmful Chemicals in Breast MilkThe Easy Homemade Pet Treat Everyone Is Trying
Dementia can come in many forms—from vascular dementia to frontotemporal dementia to Alzheimer’s disease—and each can affect the brain differently. And while all of the various types cause memory loss and changes in personality, each may also display its own signs and symptoms that can clue you or a caregiver into what’s going on.Researchers have found that one of these types, frontotemporal dementia (FTD), has a distinct symptom that may serve as an early warning sign. They say that individuals with this type of dementia “show a marked change in food preferences,” including a particular desire for one particular type of food. Read on to find out which craving may tip you off to a dementia diagnosis—and what other symptoms to look out for.RELATED: Doing This for 12 Minutes Each Day Slashes Your Dementia Risk, Study Says. Craving sweets can be a sign of dementia. According to Andrew E. Budson, MD, associate director for research at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center and a professor of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, craving sweets can be an early sign of FTD. He explained to Psychology Today that this particular form of dementia “often exhibits changes in food preferences, such as the desire to eat sweet foods.”Budson recounted a story he heard in a support group for the caregivers of dementia patients, which included this strange symptom. “He began to eat things—like a tub of ice cream or a whole box of cookies—in bed while I was trying to sleep,” one woman told the group of her husband, who was later diagnosed with FTD. She also shared that he would eat “a box of cake mix, a tin of frosting,” and other sweet items that would not typically appeal to him. A 2016 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that patients with FTD eat more sugar and carbohydrates—and are more likely to experience rapid weight gain—than those without neurodegeneration.For more health news sent directly to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter. You may notice symptoms at a younger age than most forms of dementia. While most people with Alzheimer’s disease are diagnosed in their mid-60s, signs of frontotemporal dementia regularly appear significantly earlier.”Most people with frontotemporal dementia start to show symptoms between the ages of 45 and 65, although in about one-quarter of individuals the disease is first detected after age 65,” Budson explains.RELATED: Doing This When You Drive Could Be an Early Sign of Dementia, Study Says. You may also notice pronounced shifts in your personality. In addition to craving sweets, those with frontotemporal dementia will typically have other “prominent symptoms,” including notable changes in personality and behavior. “Friends and family members of individuals with frontotemporal dementia frequently describe them as behaving like ‘different people,'” Budson explains.”They often show socially inappropriate behaviors, have poor manners, make impulsive decisions, and engage in careless actions,” as well as displaying a pronounced lack of either sympathy or empathy, says Budson. It may also affect your ability to complete everyday tasks. The woman from the support group Budson described shared that while there were many signs that something was wrong with her husband, she didn’t think to consult a doctor until it began affecting his ability to work. “Loss of interest, drive, and motivation to do anything is very common,” Budson says. This sense of “apathy” or “inertia,” as Budson describes it, may impact one’s ability to hold a job or fulfill their everyday responsibilities.However, the neurologist warns that while the individual’s habits may change drastically, they are almost always unaware of the changes themselves. “It is family or friends who bring the abnormal behavior to medical attention,” Budson says.RELATED: If You’re Over 65, Doing This Can Reduce Your Alzheimer’s Risk, Study Finds.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that fully vaccinated people can go without masks in most scenarios. The sudden shift in mask guidance sent shockwaves through everyone who had been carefully abiding CDC directives. While many people shed their masks for the first time this weekend, others remained cautious and opted to continue wearing a face covering. But there’s one group of people the CDC has warned should keep their masks on, even once they’re fully vaccinated: People taking immunosuppressive medications for autoimmune diseases may need to continue wearing a mask.RELATED: Dr. Fauci Says This Is What Happens If You Combine the Moderna&Pfizer Shots.On May 13, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated people “can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying six feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” However, the CDC noted that people who have an autoimmune condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system should talk to a doctor before going without their mask.”If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated,” the CDC guidance reads. “Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking all precautions.” The CDC says its researchers are still learning about how well the vaccines protect people with weakened immune systems, either from certain conditions or medications they’re taking.Studies have shown that people with an autoimmune disease who take medications that suppress their immune systems may have a weakened response to the vaccine. A pre-peer-reviewed study shared on medRxiv on March 29 found that regular infusions of infliximab (Remicade) can make the first dose of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines less effective. Remicade is commonly used to treat autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, plaque psoriasis, and ulcerative colitis. While many patients’ immune response improved with the second dose, some never gained sufficient immunity. RELATED: For more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter. The researchers noted that reduced efficacy of the vaccine is likely not only limited to Remicade. The study hypothesized that people prescribed other medications to stop inflammation could also have a diminished immune response to the vaccine. Besides Remicade, other commonly prescribed tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors include Enbrel (etanercept), Humira (adalimumab), Cimzia (certolizumab pegol), and Simponi (golimumab). Humira and Enbrel are two of the world’s top-selling medications, according to ARY News.CDC director Rochelle Walensky, MD, expanded on the guidance over the weekend. During an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press on May 16, Walensky said, “We know that—and there are emerging data to suggest—that if you don’t have a fully competent immune system from chemotherapy, from transplants, from other immune-modulating agents, that the vaccine may not have worked as well for you. So, please, before you take off your mask, consult your physician.”Walensky also pointed out that just because the guidelines changed doesn’t mean that everyone’s behavior has to shift immediately. You should factor in your risk and how comfortable you feel going maskless. “Not everybody has to rip off their mask because our guidance changed on Thursday,” Walensky said on CNN’s State of the Union on May 16.RELATED: Dr. Fauci Reveals the Key Difference With Vaccinated People Who Get COVID.
The 82-year-old U.S. congresswoman detailed a death threat she received, in which a caller referred to her as the n-word and said she deserved to be “hung by a rope for treason.” Congresswoman Maxine Waters is weighing a lawsuit against Fox News after the conservative news outlet reported that she requested and utilized federal law enforcement for security during her travels to and from Minnesota where she attended a Black Lives Matter demonstration last month. In a report published on Friday, Fox News claimed Rep. Waters (D-Calif.) used government resources to be accompanied by two armed Capitol Police officers and two U.S. Secret Service agents and that she requested two air marshals and two more marshals to escort her in the airport.
Consumers and retailers alike are still trying to figure out what Americans will want to wear as they head back out into the world after a year at home, in sweatpants.Why it matters: The choices people make about their post-pandemic wardrobes will help define what, exactly, our “new normal” is. They’ll indicate how both work and socializing have changed, and will tell the story of how people expressed themselves in the aftermath of a year of massive transformation.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.What we’re watching: As sales begin to tick back up, both men and women seem to be moving on from their lockdown looks, but aren’t simply snapping back to their pre-pandemic tastes.Handbag designers, for example, are still making compartments for hand sanitizer, and will probably continue to, said Lainie Schreiber of Latico Leathers. “We made sure to include pockets for the new essentials,” she said.What’s trending: “Not a lot of suits and almost anything without a zipper or buttons,” said Camille Wright of Style Consortium, a multi-line apparel showroom.“They cannot get enough dresses,” she said. “Everyone wants to wear a dress right now. They want to be pretty.”Anything soft and flowing, especially in block prints or bright colors — pink, turquoise, lavender — is in. Men’s purchases also suggest a lot of them are heading back to the office: They’re buying a ton of tops but fewer button ups. “Everything is kind of comfortable and kind of stretchy,” says Christine Alcalay, owner and operator of Kiwi, a women’s store, and Fig, a men’s retailer.“People have enough sweatpants, but they’re still in their COVID bodies so they want really pretty things that aren’t too boxy but comfortable,” Alcalay said.Denim, therefore, has taken a dip.Between the lines: Businesses have been “extraordinarily cautious” about their inventory, and are now trying to pin down the post-pandemic market at a time when they can’t afford much experimentation.”We just didn’t know what was going to happen,” Lisa Bobb of Squash Blossom, a women’s clothing boutique in Georgia, told Axios. “Was there going to be another wave? Were people going to be gathering for events or opting for smaller outings, where they’d be more casually dressed?”Retail clothing store sales dropped 5% month-over-month in April. And some specific categories have seen steep declines — women’s dresses and men’s suits saw prices fall 14% and 17%, respectively, from the start of 2020 to March 2021.But overall apparel prices are now on the rise, and retail employment has improved over the past few months, too.The bottom line: “After the pandemic, people want to be happy and so I think that is what is translating into what people have been wearing,” Wright said.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
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“Preventative medicine” has been a buzzword for decades, and there are many science-backed regimens that can help protect you from serious disease. But taking a daily multivitamin isn’t necessarily one of them. Some of the ingredients in those supplements can lead to health problems. Here are five of the dangers you might encounter when taking multivitamins—always know what you’re taking, and it’s a good idea to consult your healthcare provider about what supplements you’re taking in conjunction with other medications. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn’t Know It. 1 You’ll Waste Your Money If you’re interested in taking multivitamins for protection against serious disease, you should know that science doesn’t quite support that decision. In 2018, researchers from Johns Hopkins analyzed studies involving almost half a million people and determined that taking multivitamins doesn’t lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, cognitive decline, or early death. Their advice: Don’t waste your money on multivitamins; get the vitamins and minerals you need from food. Increased Cancer Risk If you choose to take a multivitamin, be wary of the amount of biotin it contains. Kathryn Boling, MD, a family medicine doctor with Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, recommends her patients take no more than 1 mg (1,000 mcg) of biotin daily. The reason: One study showed that men had an increased risk of lung cancer after taking megadoses of biotin (5 mg to 10 mg daily). Excessive Bleeding Another potentially dangerous multivitamin ingredient—and one that warrants a conversation with your doctor—is vitamin E. “Unless you have a reason to take vitamin E, you shouldn’t be taking it as a random supplement,” says Boling. “We used to think it was good to take because it’s an antioxidant, but actually it turns out that the risk is higher than the benefit.” That risk: Vitamin E thins the blood, which could turn minor injuries into serious bleeding episodes. 4 Liver Failure No supplement you take should contain the plant extract kava. “Kava, which people have taken to help them with sleep, can cause liver failure,” says Boling. “I tell patients it’s not safe to take orally.”RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say Experts 5 Neurological Problems Any multivitamin that contains tryptophan should be avoided. “Tryptophan is also something you can take to help you sleep, but it’s linked to a disorder that’s called EMS, which is a neurological condition that includes fatigue, intense muscle pain and nerve pain,” says Boling. Tryptophan is naturally present in small amounts in food, such as turkey and milk, “and that’s not a problem,” she adds. “But you should not take a tryptophan supplement.” 6 Drug Interactions St. John’s Wort, a super-trendy supplement a few years ago, is a prime example of how over-the-counter herbal remedies can interact with prescription medication. “You shouldn’t take it along with antidepressants, and it may interfere with birth control,” says Boling. And to get through life at your healthiest, don’t miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.