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WXYZ) – A video that shows a former Comerica Park food services employee spitting on pizza intended for customers has gone viral.
Officials say the employee is in police custody and could face charges.
The video was posted to Instagram on Saturday and shows an employee spitting on the pizza, then rubbing the sauce in it.
“As soon as we became aware through social media of potential food tampering Friday night, we immediately closed that food stand and disposed of all the product. Food safety is our top priority and we will take any appropriate action necessary to protect our guests,” Detroit Sportservice said.
Quinelle May, the person that posted the video, said the worker was “mad and having a bad day” and also claimed to have done it in the past.
May said after he recorded the video, he went to the bathroom looking around to tell people about the video, but couldn’t find anybody. He said his managers got mad at him and shut him down when they tried to tell them.
“Every time I tried to talk, they told me to shut up,” May said.
He said he was told to leave and threatened with prosecution if he didn’t take the post down.
A spokesperson for Detroit Sport-service says May has not been fired but was suspended. They released the following statement:
The employee who filmed and posted the video was sent home from the game Friday evening on an unrelated uniform violation prior to us learning about the food tampering via the video being posted on social media. Our only subsequent communication with that employee was to let him know that he would not be working Saturday or Sunday. No one acting in an official work capacity asked him to remove the video. We referred information regarding the video to the Detroit Police Department and they have told us it is an active investigation.
March 1, 2010
University of California – Berkeley
The herbicide atrazine, one of the world’s most widely used pesticides, wreaks havoc with the sex lives of adult male frogs, emasculating three-quarters of them and turning one in 10 into females, according to a new study. These changes occur at atrazine levels below what the EPA considers safe for drinking water. The changes skew sex ratios in the frog population and could be a major cause of amphibian decline worldwide.
An atrazine-induced female frog (a genetic male) is shown (bottom) copulating with an unexposed male sibling. This union produced viable eggs and larvae that survived to metamorphosis and adulthood. Yet, because both animals were genetic males, the offspring were all males.
Credit: Tyrone Hayes photo
Atrazine, one of the world’s most widely used pesticides, wreaks havoc with the sex lives of adult male frogs, emasculating three-quarters of them and turning one in 10 into females, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, biologists.
The 75 percent that are chemically castrated are essentially “dead” because of their inability to reproduce in the wild, reports UC Berkeley’s Tyrone B. Hayes, professor of integrative biology.
“These male frogs are missing testosterone and all the things that testosterone controls, including sperm. So their fertility is as low as 10 percent in some cases, and that is only if we isolate those animals and pair them with females,” he said. “In an environment where they are competing with unexposed animals, they have zero chance of reproducing.”
The 10 percent or more that turn from males into females ‑ something not known to occur under natural conditions in amphibians ‑ can successfully mate with male frogs but, because they are genetically male, all their offspring are male.
“When we grow these guys up, depending on the family, we will get anywhere from 10 to 50 percent females,” Hayes said. “In a population, the genetically male females can decrease or wipe out a population just because they skew sex ratios so badly.”
Though the experiments were performed on a common laboratory frog, the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis), field studies indicate that atrazine, a potent endocrine disruptor, similarly affects frogs in the wild, and could possibly be one of the causes of amphibian declines around the globe, Hayes said.
Hayes and his UC Berkeley colleagues report their results in this week’s online early edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Last week, Hayes and colleagues published a review of pesticide’s effects on amphibians in the Journal of Experimental Biology, concluding that atrazine is a likely contributor to worldwide amphibian declines.
“These kinds of problems, like sex-reversing animals skewing sex ratios, are much more dangerous than any chemical that would kill off a population of frogs,” he said. “In exposed populations, it looks like there are frogs breeding but, in fact, the population is being very slowly degraded by the introduction of these altered animals.”
Some 80 million pounds of the herbicide atrazine are applied annually in the United States on corn and sorghum to control weeds and increase crop yield, but such widespread use also makes atrazine the most common pesticide contaminant of ground and surface water, according to various studies.
More and more research, however, is showing that atrazine interferes with endocrine hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone — in fish, amphibians, birds, reptiles, laboratory rodents and even human cell lines at levels of parts per billion. Recent studies also found a possible link between human birth defects and low birth weight and atrazine exposure in the womb.
As a result of these studies, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reviewing its regulations on use of the pesticide. Several states are considering banning atrazine, and six class action lawsuits have been filed seeking to eliminate its use. The European Union already bars the use of atrazine.
Hayes’s studies in the early 2000s were the first to show that the hormonal effects of atrazine disrupt sexual development in amphibians. Working with the African clawed frog, Hayes and his colleagues showed in 2002 that tadpoles raised in atrazine-contaminated water become hermaphrodites — they develop both female (ovaries) and male (testes) gonads. This occurred at atrazine levels as low as 0.1 parts per billion (ppb), 30 times lower than levels allowed in drinking water by the EPA (3 ppb).
Subsequent studies showed that native leopard frogs (Rana pipiens) collected from atrazine-contaminated streams in the Midwest, including from areas up to 1,000 miles from where atrazine is applied, often had eggs in their testes. And many males had lower testosterone levels than normal females and smaller than normal voice boxes, presumably limiting their ability to call mates.
Hayes’ research also established that many frogs in Midwestern streams contaminated by atrazine and other pesticides have compromised immune systems, leading to increased mortality from bacterial disease.
Those early studies were hampered by the inability to easily distinguish genetically male from genetically female frogs. Male frogs have two identical sex chromosomes (ZZ) while females have both a Z and a W — the opposite of XX female and XY male humans. But because all frog chromosomes look the same under a light microscope, it’s not simple to distinguish male from female.
To overcome this, Hayes’ colleague Roger Liu developed a line of all-male frogs so that the genetics would be unequivocal.
“Before, we knew we got fewer males than we should have, and we got hermaphrodites. Now, we have clearly shown that many of these animals are sex-reversed males,” Hayes said. “We have animals that are females, in the sense that they behave like females: They have estrogen, lay eggs, they mate with other males. Atrazine has caused a hormonal imbalance that has made them develop into the wrong sex, in terms of their genetic constitution.”
Coincidentally, another lab in 2008 discovered a sex-linked genetic marker in Xenopus, which has allowed Hayes to confirm the genetic sex of his frogs.
In Hayes’ study, where 40 frogs lived for about three years after hatching in water with 2.5 ppb atrazine, about 10 percent of the frogs appeared to be resistant to the effects of the pesticide. In ongoing studies, Hayes is investigating whether this apparent resistance is inherited, as well as whether the sex-reversed males have more susceptible offspring.
Syngenta, which manufactures atrazine, disputes many of these studies, including Hayes’, that show adverse effects of the presticide. But Hayes said that “when you have studies all over the world showing problems with atrazine in every vertebrate that has been looked at — fish, frogs, reptiles, birds, mammals — all of them can’t be wrong.”
“What people have to realize is that, just as with taking pharmaceuticals, they have to decide whether the benefits outweigh the costs,” he said. “Not every frog or every human will be affected by atrazine, but do you want to take a chance, what with all the other things that we know atrazine does, not just to humans but to rodents and frogs and fish?”
Hayes’ long-term studies of the effects of atrazine on frogs have been assisted by many UC Berkeley undergraduate students, including co-authors on the current paper: Vicky Khoury, Anne Narayan, Mariam Nazir, Andrew Park, Lillian Adame, Elton Chan, and graduate students Travis Brown, Daniel Buchholz, Sherrie Gallipeau and Theresa Stueve.
The work was funded by the Park Water Co., Mitch Kapor, Freada Klein, the Mitch Kapor Foundation, the David Foundation, the Cornell-Douglas Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, the UC Berkeley Class of ’43 endowed chair and the Howard Hughes Biology Fellows Program.
1 Tyrone B. Hayes, Vicky Khoury, Anne Narayan, Mariam Nazir, Andrew Park, Travis Brown, Lillian Adame, Elton Chan, Daniel Buchholz, Theresa Stueve, and Sherrie Gallipeau. Atrazine induces complete feminization and chemical castration in male African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis). PNAS, March 1, 2010 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0909519107
2 Hayes et al. The cause of global amphibian declines: a developmental endocrinologist’s perspective. Journal of Experimental Biology, 2010; 213 (6): 921 DOI: 10.1242/jeb.040865
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New Ben Garrison Cartoon, “Bowling For Justice”
President Trump has demanded release and declassification of the FISA documents, and the Deep State is terrified.
They know fraudulent evidence was used to illegally obtain the FISA warrant that allowed them to spy on Trump and his campaign. It also led to Mueller’s ‘Russia collusion’ witch-hunt. There is no Russian collusion by Trump. Now even many on the left are realizing it was bunk all along.
Hillary committed serious crimes which were covered up as a ‘matter,’ while the case against Trump was invented out of whole cloth. Deep State players have used this kind of rampant collusion for years. It’s now at a point where they think they are in charge. They actually think they should be able to take down a lawfully elected president. What they’re doing is treason.
If they refuse to release the documents, they should be not only fired, but also arrested. If that doesn’t happen, send in the Marines and clean out the FBI and CIA altogether. Break them up.
Hillary doesn’t even have to pay for her insurance policy—taxpayers do. Over $20 million has been spent so far on Mueller’s witch-hunt. It’s time for it to end.
Lock Them All Up.
A judge sentenced a Carroll County couple to 30 years in prison, stemming from six counts of neglect of their children after authorities found two young children caged in room covered in feces and trash.
Paul Trapani and Melissa Trapani were sentenced to 30 years at the Division of Corrections after being convicted of six counts of neglect of a minor, prosecutors said Friday.
Both defendants had lengthy careers in the Army National Guard, with Paul Trapani retiring as a colonel, prosecutors said. They moved to Westminster in 2008 and lived with their six children ranging in age from 5 to 12, and there were also 11 dogs in the home, officials said.
Child Protective Services investigators and Carroll County Sheriff’s deputies went to the Trapani home on Nov. 7, 2014, after receiving a report that there were two children locked in a room and eating off the floor, according to prosecutors.
Inside the home, there was an overwhelming odor of animal urine and feces mixed with dirt and rotting food. The entire surface of some of the children’s bedroom were covered in trash, rotting food and dirty clothes, according to prosecutors.
Nine of the 11 dogs were inside crates littered with animal feces and urine, officials said. In a room near the kitchen, investigators found two young children, ages 5 and 7, locked inside a room with a half door below wooden bars nailed to the top of the doorway that resembled a cage, officials said.
The two children were peeking through a hole between the door and the bars, officials said. The inside of the door, all the walls, windows and floors of the room were covered in feces, officials said.
There was no furniture in the room and only shreds of blankets and a shriveled hotdog on the floor, officials said. The 7-year-old child was naked with feces matted in her hair, and the 5-year-old boy was wearing only a diaper, according to officials. The children were non-verbal and did not respond to their own names, officials said.
The female child was described to exhibit animal-like behavior, officials said. The children were all removed from the home placed in foster care and some have been adopted by other families, officials said.
At the sentencing hearing, victim impact statements indicated all the children were lacking in basic hygiene and social skills.
“They have been deprived of a substantial portion of their childhood by the actions of their parents (and the children) are trying to learn basic skills like communication,” officials said.
Testimony from the treating child psychologist, Dr. Harper Johnston, said that some of the behavior that she saw of the girl that was confined resembled “animal-like” behavior and resembled that of children that had experienced “institutionalized neglect.”
“I am extremely grateful to our prosecutors, the social workers, medical personnel, and police officers involved with rescuing these six children from such cruel and inhumane conditions,” Carroll County State’s Attorney Brian DeLeonardo said. “The conduct uncovered during the investigation shocked the conscience of everyone involved, including the judge. We are grateful that justice has been served, and the children can move forward and live the life they always deserved in a loving home.”
The investigation and prosecution of this case was the combined effort by the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Department of Social Services, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland State Police and Carroll Hospital Center.
• Amanda Wright, 29, and Besline Joseph, 25, of Maryland, charged with multiple counts of child abuse involving children ages 8, 9 and 10
• Maryland State Police believe since late spring or early summer of 2017, victims endured multiple beatings at the hands of both women
• Joseph and Wright allegedly used their hands, extension cords, belts, sticks and a stun gun-like device to inflict pain on the children
• Victims were reportedly fed a diet of bread, water, oatmeal, and at times forced to eat dog feces, and were locked in closets and a basement
• Wright and Joseph allegedly threatened to kill the children if they told anyone about the abuse
Maryland State Police have arrested a woman and her girlfriend for allegedly beating three young children in their care and force-feeding them dog feces.
A Wednesday news release says investigators determined the victims lived with 29-year-old Amanda Wright and her partner, 25-year-old Besline Joseph, in Mardela Springs.
Police say the victims were reportedly fed a diet of bread, water, oatmeal, and at times forced to eat dog waste.
An investigation revealed the children, ages eight, nine, and 10, also endured physical beatings, were assaulted with an electronic control device similar to a stun gun and that they were reportedly locked in closets and a basement.
State Police launched an investigation into the couple on January 26 after receiving a tip about allegations of child abuse in Wright and Joseph’s household.
Based on the allegations, Child Protective Services officials removed the three children from the couple’s home in the 11000 block of Norris Twilley Road, Mardela Springs.
According to State Police, since late spring or early summer of 2017, the three children in the women’s care endured beatings on multiple occasions from both Joseph and Wright, who used their hands, extension cords, belts, sticks and other objects to inflict pain on the children.
‘The children sustained bloody noses, bruises and cuts,’ the press release stated.
Investigators have learned the children were reportedly locked in closets and a basement for most of the time, and they were said to have been threatened with death if they told anyone about the abuse.
The two women were arrested at their Wicomico County home on Wednesday following a search of the residence, which reportedly turned up a stun gun-like device and other corroborating evidence.
Wright and Joseph were charged with three counts each of first-degree child abuse; second-degree child abuse; first-degree assault; second-degree assault; reckless endangerment; neglect of a minor; stalking; use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure; false imprisonment and one count each of causing ingestion of a bodily fluid; preventing/interfering with report of suspected child abuse or neglect, and conspiracy to commit first-degree child abuse.
Police are not releasing information on the nature of the suspects’ relationship with the victims to protect the children’s privacy.
This case comes less than three weeks after authorities in California rescued 13 children from the filthy home of their parents, Louise and David Turpin, who are accused of starving the siblings and keeping them chained to their beds.
LOS ANGELES — Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to voluntary manslaughter for running over and killing a Compton businessman nearly four years ago and agreed to serve nearly 30 years in prison.
The Death Row Records co-founder entered the plea in Los Angeles Superior Court and has agreed to serve 28 years in prison. The plea came days before jury selection was scheduled to begin in the long-delayed case.
Knight was charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run after fleeing the scene of an altercation in January 2015 outside a Compton burger stand. Knight and Cle “Bone” Sloan, a consultant on the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” were involved in a fistfight that ended with Knight clipping the man with his pickup truck and running over businessman Terry Carter, who died from his injuries.
Knight’s attorneys have said he was acting in self-defense and was fleeing armed attackers when he ran over Carter and Sloan. Sloan has denied he was carrying a gun during the confrontation.
During Thursday’s hearing, Knight answered Judge Ronald Coen’s questions, loudly and quickly saying “no contest” when the judge asked for his plea. He will be formally sentenced on Oct. 4.
The plea deal calls for Knight to serve 22 years in prison on the voluntary manslaughter count, and another six years because it is a third strike violation.
Carter’s daughter, Crystal, sat in the front row of the courtroom and displayed no visible reaction to the proceedings. “I’m surprised he pleaded out,” Crystal Carter said outside court. “Normally he likes the cameras to be on him 24-7.”
Delays, detours and drama marked the run-up to Knight’s trial, which was expected to begin Oct. 1 under tight security and secrecy. Court officials had said that no witness list would be released ahead of the trial, and that some witnesses might not be identified by name during the case.
Knight collapsed during one court hearing, two of his former attorneys were indicted on witness-tampering charges, and his fiancee pleaded no contest to selling video of Knight hitting the two men with his truck.
His attorney Albert DeBlanc Jr., appointed by the court five months ago, was his 16th, and Knight tried to fire him and get yet another lawyer just a day before the deal was reached. DeBlanc declined comment Thursday.
While awaiting trial, Knight was also accused of threatening “Straight Outta Compton” director F. Gary Gray.
Knight would frequently, against the advice of Coen and his attorneys, speak extensively during hearings, complaining about jail conditions, his attorneys and his health issues.
While Coen read legal language about the plea and told Knight he was subject to deportation if he was not a citizen, Knight said “ICE is coming to get me?” to a smattering of laughs.
The 53-year-old was a key player in the gangster rap scene that flourished in the 1990s, and his label once listed Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg among its artists. Knight lost control of the company after it was forced into bankruptcy. He has prior felony convictions for armed robbery and assault with a gun. He pleaded no contest in 1995 and was sentenced to five years’ probation for assaulting two rap entertainers at a Hollywood recording studio in 1992.
He was sentenced in February 1997 to prison for violating terms of that probation by taking part in a fight at a Las Vegas hotel hours before Shakur was fatally wounded in a drive-by attack as he rode in Knight’s car just east of the Las Vegas Strip. Shakur’s slaying remains unsolved.
He had faced life in prison if convicted of murder for killing Carter.