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NASA Scientists: Smart Aliens Are On Earth, Hiding In Plain Sight



NASA says intelligence aliens may have already visited Earth

Smart aliens might have currently seen our earth and also are presently concealing in ordinary view, according to NASA researcher Silvano P. Colombano.

” I merely wish to explain the reality that the knowledge we may locate which may select to locate us (if it hasn’t currently) may not go to all be created by carbon-based microorganisms like us,” Colombano, a computer system researcher at NASA Ames Proving Ground, created in a brand-new term paper released December 4. records: The researcher supposes that our entire strategy to looking for extraterrestrial smart life might really be holding us back from finding it, including that we should ” review also our most treasured presumptions.”

Rather than restricting ourselves to present presuppositions based upon what we believe we understand regarding deep space, Colombano rather suggests a much more free-form, blue skies assuming strategy as, ‘life’ might not constantly adapt our present version, it might currently have actually seen us in types past our understanding, trying to connect with us utilizing modern technology past the world of our present clinical understanding.

Colombano urges the clinical neighborhood to widen its perspectives when trying to find aliens, proposing that the present human life expectancy might no more be a trouble in the future as technical innovations remain to substantially boost both the high quality and also size of our lives, managing us a various assumption of interstellar traveling while doing so.

He approves that the rate of light and also interstellar traveling might verify to be “a solid obstacle, over periods of countless years,” however that we should not run under an instantly constricted collection of opportunities.

He says that modern technology as we understand it just started growth about 10,000 years earlier, with much of the basic clinical methods whereupon our present understanding of deep space is based emerging in the past 500 years or two.

” We can assume that we may have an actual trouble in anticipating technical development also for the following thousand years, not to mention 6 Million times that amount!” he clarifies. With this in mind, he promotes for a much more ” speculative strategy” to physics.

According to his LinkedIn account, Colombano holds a PhD in Biophysics, and also is an expert in Expert system, Bio-Inspired calculation and also Robotics. He is obviously understood for “conceptualizing concepts and also creating both technological and also thoughtful product” particularly within the world of ” Self-reliant Robotic Equipments.”

The specialist wraps up the paper by contacting engineers to discover ” Evolvable Robotic Equipments” while additionally beseeching the clinical neighborhood to look much deeper right into existing records of UFOs and also extraterrestrial sensations consisting of, however not restricted to, a close exam of “130,000 web pages of declassified United States Flying force records, National UFO Coverage Facility Data source and also numerous various other global data sources.”

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Google celebrates Michiyo Tsujimura and her breakthrough research on green tea with a Doodle



Google celebrates Michiyo Tsujimura and her breakthrough research on green tea with a Doodle

The new Google Doodle today celebrates the life of the late biochemist Michiyo Tsujimura, Japan’s first woman doctor of agriculture whose groundbreaking research of green tea explains its bitter taste. 

The illustration shows Tsujimura conducting research surrounded by a steaming cup of green tea and tea leaves. Today marks her 133rd birthday. 

About Tsujimura: Born on Sept. 17, 1888 in Okegawa, Japan, Tsujimura began her career as a science teacher before later pursuing her dream to become a scientific researcher, according to Google

  • In 1920, she began working at Hokkaido Imperial University where she researched Japanese silkworms. 
  • She began her research of green tea with Dr. Umetaro Suzuki when she transferred to Tokyo Imperial University a few years later. Dr. Umetaro is credited with the discovery of Vitamin B1. 
  • Together, their research found that green tea contained Vitamin C. 
  • She’d later go on to discover more molecular compounds of green tea, including catechin and tannin which give the tea its bitter taste. 
  • Her research would later comprise her thesis, “On the Chemical Components of Green Tea” when she became the first woman to earn a doctoral degree in agriculture Japan in 1932 from Tokyo Imperial University, according to CNet
  • In 1956, she was awarded the Japan Prize of Agricultural Science for her research of green tea, before passing away in 1969 at 81 years old.
  • A stone memorial lies in honor of her at her birthplace of Okegawa City.

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Boston’s famous Skinny House sells for a nice fat price



Boston’s famous Skinny House sells for a nice fat price

Boston’s famous Skinny House has sold for a nice fat price.

The home in the city’s North End hit the market in August for $1.2 million, and the deal was closed Thursday for $1.25 million, according to Zillow.

The home “received multiple offers and went under agreement for over list price in less than one week,” real estate agency CL Properties posted on Facebook.

The four-story home built in 1862, according to a plaque on the facade, is about 1,165 square feet — even though it is about 10 feet wide at its widest point and narrows in the back to about 9.25 feet.

It has two bedrooms and one bathroom and includes a private deck with a view of Boston Harbor. The home does not have a front door. Instead, residents enter through a side door.

It was last sold in 2017 for $900,000.

It is also known as the Spite House, according to the plaque. According to local lore, two brothers inherited some land. When one of them joined the Army, the other built a large house that took up most of the land. When the soldier brother returned, he built the Skinny House to block his brother’s view and sunlight.


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2nd suspect linked to quadruple homicide investigation turns himself in



2nd suspect linked to quadruple homicide investigation turns himself in

The second suspect in a quadruple homicide investigation turned himself into police in Arizona on Friday.

Antoine Darnique Suggs, 38, was living in the Phoenix area before recently traveling back to Minnesota, said Dunn County, Wis., Sheriff Kevin Bygd.

Antoine Darnique Suggs (Courtesy of the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office)

“At this time, it’s unknown how Suggs traveled back to Arizona this week,” Bygd said in a Friday statement. “Suggs has not been interviewed yet so we have no new information to release at this time.”

On Sunday afternoon, a farmer in the Town of Sheridan, Wis., found an abandoned vehicle in a cornfield. Inside were the bodies of Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, of St. Paul; her brother, Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26, of St. Paul; her boyfriend, Loyace Foreman III, 35, of St. Paul, and her lifelong friend, Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30, of Stillwater.

The last known contact anyone had with the four was at 2:08 a.m. Sunday, when they were seen leaving a St. Paul bar, according to criminal complaints filed against Suggs and his father, Darren Lee Osborne, 56, of St. Paul.

They are both charged with four counts of hiding a corpse, as a party to a crime, in Dunn County. More serious charges could be brought against one or both men in Wisconsin or Minnesota when it’s determined where the four people were killed, Bygd said Thursday.

Flug-Presley and Suggs were seen together at the White Squirrel Bar on West Seventh Street near Randolph Avenue late Saturday night into early Sunday morning.

He would fly in from Arizona and see Flug-Presley, an aunt of the woman told a sheriff’s office investigator. Flug-Presley’s mother reported to another investigator that she knew her daughter was recently with a man named Antoine.


Word of Suggs’ arrest brought a sense of relief to Flug-Presley’s father, Damone Presley Sr.

“It feels like I’m finally able to take a breath,” he said Friday. “It’s a beginning to some closure, but it is never going to be total closure.”

Suggs, whose address is listed as Scottsdale, Ariz., surrendered at the Gilbert, Ariz., police headquarters, a suburb of Phoenix, about 11 a.m. Friday. Police said they took him into custody without incident.

He will be held in the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix awaiting extradition to Wisconsin, according to the Dunn County sheriff’s office, which said the investigation is ongoing.

Warrants for Suggs and Osborne’s arrests were issued Wednesday.

The Dunn County complaint against Suggs says he qualifies as a repeat offender under Wisconsin law, which could bring a longer sentence, and references a 2019 felony conviction in Arizona. Court records show Suggs was found guilty of aggravated assault domestic violence — impede breathing, and was put on probation for three years.


A witness told law enforcement that she last saw Flug-Presley, Sturm and Pettus near an unknown St. Paul bar early Sunday. They got in a black sport-utility vehicle that a male was driving.

When the bodies were found in a black 2008 Mercedes-Benz, Flug-Presley’s was in the front passenger seat and her friends’ were in the back seats. They each sustained at least one gunshot wound to the head, according to the complaints.

The motive for the killings is “still quite a mystery,” Bygd said Thursday.

Law enforcement found Suggs’ Arizona photo identification card in the Mercedes, which the vehicle’s co-owner reported giving to Suggs.

Surveillance footage from a nearby gas station in Wisconsin showed a Nissan at 12:07 p.m. Sunday. A black Mercedes pulled next to the Nissan, and the drivers appeared to exchange something. The Mercedes drove away, followed by the Nissan.

The abandoned Mercedes was found in a cornfield and reported to the sheriff’s office at 2:18 p.m. Sunday.

A brother of Suggs’ identified the man driving the Nissan as his biological father, Osborne, based on a surveillance photo from the gas station. St. Paul police arrested Osborne in St. Paul on Wednesday night.

Attorneys for the men weren’t listed in Dunn County court records.

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Police: Man arrested for arson after structure fire in Pittsfield



Police: Man arrested for arson after structure fire in Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD, Mass (NEWS10) – A 43-year-old man was arrested for arson after an investigation of a structure fire in Pittsfield.

On Thursday, September 16, at around 2:17 p.m., the Pittsfield Police Department and Pittsfield Fire Department responded to 8 White Terrace for a structure fire in Pittsfield.

Firefighters were able to put out the fire and the building suffered damage. No injuries were reported.

After investigation, Joseph Stone, 43, of Pittsfield, was taken into custody and charged with one count of arson.

Stone is expected to be arraigned, Friday, September 17 at Pittsfield District Court.

Pittsfield police wanted to note, on Wednesday, September 8, the PPD and PFD responded to a major structure fire at 6 White Terrace. 6 White Terrace and 8 White Terrace are neighboring multi-family apartment buildings located next to one another on the same side of the street.

The investigation into both fires is being conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department, Pittsfield Fire Department, and Fire Marshalls assigned to the Massachusetts State Police. Anyone who witnessed these incidents or wishes to provide additional information is asked to contact the lead investigator, Detective James Losaw, at 413-448-9700, extension 572.

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Valley Park man may face 6-months in prison for role in Capitol riot



Valley Park man may face 6-months in prison for role in Capitol riot

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A Valley Park man could face up to six months in prison after pleading guilty today to his role in the January 6 riot at the US Capitol. Nicholas Reimler admitted to parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the capitol building. He faces a misdemeanor charge. Two other misdemeanor counts were dropped in exchange for the plea.

Reimler will pay $500 in restitution. He could still also face a fine of up to $5,000. He’ll be sentenced in December.

Prosecutors said Reimler’s social media posts helped officers discover his role in the riots. He was also seen on a surveillance camera inside the Capitol.

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50 Colo. Time dealers, Wells are auto fame inductees



50 Colo. Time dealers, Wells are auto fame inductees

With new models across the fence being shined for the Denver Auto Show, more than 600 persons gathered beneath a large tent Tuesday evening on the grounds of the Elitch Gardens to celebrate the induction of the inaugural class for the Colorado Automotive Hall of Fame.

The 12th annual Gala, sponsored by the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (CADA), featured 50 former Time Dealer Award winners from Colorado as inductees, and many family members were in attendance. I, too, was included in the Hall of Fame honors for my many years of automotive coverage.

At the dinner’s conclusion Tuesday night, the gates into Elitch from its parking areas were opened for an early look at the 2021 auto show.

The show, outdoors for the first time since 1919, officially opened on Wednesday, will continue from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and conclude on Sunday, with hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“Dealers consistently and generously contribute to the lives of their communities,” said Tim Jackson, president and CEO of CADA, at the awards dinner, “and we’re very proud to honor these wonderful individuals who have made this industry a driving force in our state.”

Emcees were Ed Greene and Claudia Garofalo, of KUSA9, and presenting the awards were Steve Zeder, CADA chair, of Glenwood Springs, and Anthony Brownlee, auto show chair for the CADA.

Colorado’s 50 Time Dealer Award winners who were inducted into the Hall of Fame are:

Russel Lyons of Boulder, Gene Markley of Fort Collins, Richard Deane of Denver, Vern Hagestad of Lakewood, Charlie Williams of Colorado Springs, Al O’Meara of Denver, Ralph Schomp of Littleton, Gene Wilcoxson of Pueblo, George McCaddon of Boulder, Tony Fortino of Pueblo, Dwight Ghent of Fort Collins, Nate Burt of Denver, Jack Maffeo of Arvada, Don Doenges of Colorado Springs, Florian Barth of Denver, Hugh Tighe Jr. of Denver, Richard Dellenbach of Fort Collins, Joe Luby of Denver, Harry Dowson of Denver, Bob Fisher of Boulder, Robert Markley of Greeley, Doug McDonald of Denver, Jim Suss Sr. of Denver, Roland Purifoy of Fort Lupton, Herrick Garnsey of Greeley, Jim Reilly Sr. of Colorado Springs, Lloyd Chavez of Denver, Fred Emich III of Denver, Kent Stevinson of Lakewood, Dean Dowson of Lakewood, John Schenden of Northglenn, Lee Payne of Golden, Jim Morehart of Durango, Jeff Carlson of Glenwood Springs, Barbara Vidmar of Pueblo, Lisa Schomp of Littleton, Don Hicks of Aurora, John Medved of Golden, Jack TerHar of Broomfield, Doug Moreland of Denver, Mike Shaw of Denver, Jay Cimino of Colorado Springs, Bob Ghent of Greeley, Scott Ehrlich of Greeley, Bob Penkhus of Colorado Springs, Bill Hellman of Delta, Todd Maul of Denver, Mary Pacifico-Valley of Denver, Fletcher Flower of Montrose, Christina Dawkins of Loveland.

5 Spradley Barr dealerships sold

Spradley Barr automotive dealerships in Greeley, Fort Collins, and Cheyenne have been sold to Ken Garff Automotive Group, based in Salt Lake City.
The dealerships include Spradley Barr Ford in Greeley, Spradley Barr Ford in Fort Collins, Spradley Barr Ford/Toyota/Hyundai in Cheyenne.
Garff also has acquired two dealerships in Arizona and two in Texas to bring the automotive group’s holdings to 62 in nine states.

The news and editorial staffs of The Denver Post had no role in this post’s preparation.

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BTS is the first K-pop act to ever appear on Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest Songs of All Time’



BTS Dynamite makes Rolling Stone list

Iconic K-pop boy group BTS has made Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” with one of their three English-language songs. 

“Light it up like Dynamite”: Rolling Stone magazine released their list of the top 500 songs for the first time in 17 years on Sept. 15 with BTS making a groundbreaking appearance on it as the first Korean act to ever appear on the ranking.

  • The last time the outlet published the list was in 2004, and since then, many songs have made their mark on the world. The magazine thought it was time to remake the list, writing, “To create the new version of the RS 500 we convened a poll of more than 250 artists, musicians and producers…as well as figures from the music industry and leading critics and journalists.”
  • Among the many songs that made the list of “best songs ever,” BTS’ renowned single “Dynamite,” released in 2020, was one of them, ranking at 346th. 
  • “Dynamite” is one of three BTS’ songs that is completely in English. They have 230 songs in their discography, with 227 songs in Korean.  
  • The song “Dynamite” made waves in the K-pop world in 2020 as being BTS’ first song completely sung in English. The music video currently has 1.2 billion views. This is not their most-viewed music video on YouTube, however, as “Boy With Luv” featuring singer Halsey has 1.35 billion views and “DNA” has 1.34 billion views. Both songs are mostly in Korean. 
  • Rolling Stone’s reasoning for why “Dynamite” was on the list was that the song was “BTS’ first-ever U.S. Number One, as well as their first full English-language song, ‘Dynamite’ was a landmark, hegemony-shattering moment for the world-conquering South Korean group.” 

“Bring the fire”: BTS has said previously in interviews in 2019 that they did not want to put out a full English-language song, according to Vulture

  • In a 2019 interview with Entertainment Weekly, lead singer RM, whose real name is Kim Nam-joon, said, “If we sing suddenly in full English, and change all these other things, then that’s not BTS.” However, BTS has released three songs since then in English: “Dynamite” in 2020, “Butter” and “Permission to Dance” in 2021. 
  • Talking to Billboard in August about the group’s sudden switch to English lyrics, the members said that they didn’t all agree with having songs completely in English. While HYBE, the entertainment agency that BTS belongs to, said the decision was “amicable,” RM told Billboard, “There was no alternative.”
  • Even though all three of the English-language songs were a huge success in the U.S. and in the Western music industry, the boy group believes that they should keep the majority of their lyrics in Korean. “I don’t think we could ever be part of the mainstream in the U.S., and I don’t want that either,” the leader said. “Our ultimate goal is to do a massive stadium tour there. That’s it.” 

“Let it roll”: Due to “Dynamite” being one of their few songs completely in English, and one of the few not written by the members themselves, many fans had mixed feelings about the accomplishment. 

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Eastern Massachusetts high school scores and highlights from Thursday



Eastern Massachusetts high school scores and highlights from Thursday



East Bridgewater 27, Middleboro 30


Middleboro 21, East Bridgewater 35


Minuteman 16, Keefe Tech 8

Whittier 28, Malden 7


Arlington 4, Dedham 1

Duxbury 3, Weymouth 1

Ipswich 0, Newburyport 0

Lynnfield 6, Rockport 0

Middleboro 7, Mashpee 0

Monomoy 5, Plymouth North 0

North Reading 4, Amesbury 1

Pentucket 2, Manchester-Essex 1


Apponequet 265, Somerset Berkley 287

Bishop Stang 207, Abp. Williams 139

Braintree 100, Weymouth 60

Case 326, Greater New Bedford 374

Dartmouth 100, Durfee 67

Hingham 42, Catholic Memorial 12

Middleboro 92, New Bedford 87

North Reading 130, Newburyport 128

Pembroke 235, Quincy 269

Plymouth North 240, Hanover 270

Quincy 253, Norwood 259

Rising Tide 4, Nantucket 3


Andover 0, Billerica 0

Bridgewater-Raynham 1, Durfee 1

Burke 9, CASH 0

Dennis-Yarmouth 2, Sandwich 2

East Boston 3, O’Bryant 0

Essex Tech 3, Lowell Catholic 0

Hanover 2, Whitman-Hanson 2

Innovation Academy 5, Greater Lawrence 1

Latin Academy 1, Boston International 1

Lowell 2, Lawrence 0

Lynn Tech 5, Mystic Valley 0

Madison Park 9, New Mission 1

Norton 1, Dedham 0

St. John’s Prep 2, St. John’s (S) 1

TechBoston 10, Excel 1

Xaverian 2, Malden Catholic 0


Andover 2, Billerica 2

Austin Prep 6, Latin Academy 0

Bishop Fenwick 0, Danvers 0

Bridgewater-Raynham 9, Durfee 0

Central Catholic 1, Dracut 0

Danvers 0, Bishop Fenwick 0

Greater Lowell 4, Minuteman 0

Monomoy 5, Falmouth 0

Norfolk Aggie 2, Blue Hills 1

North Andover 1, Methuen 0

Notre Dame (H) 8, Ursuline 2

Plymouth North 10, Quincy 0

Revere 4, Lynn English 0

Sandwich 4, Dennis-Yarmouth 1

Saugus 5, East Boston 0


Bishop Feehan 3, Abp. Williams 0

Blue Hills 3, Norfolk Aggie 2

Boston International 3, CASH 2

Braintree 3, Latin Academy 1

Dennis-Yarmouth 3, Nantucket 0

Haverhill 3, Central Catholic 0

Nauset 3, Rising Tide 0

Newburyport 3, Georgetown 1

Rockland 3, Cardinal Spellman 2

Tewksbury 3, Methuen 2

Watertown 3, Winthrop 1




Haley Dwight scored a goal and tacked on an assist for Pentucket (3-0) in a 2-1 victory over Cape Ann League rival Manchester-Essex.

Caroline DiGiovanni scored four goals for Monomoy in a 5-0 victory over nonleague opponent Plymouth North.


Darrell Quist scored with under a minute to go in the game to give Bridgewater-Raynham a 1-1 tie with Durfee in the Southeast Conference.

Ryan Lovasco scored a pair of goals and Josh Berube added three assists as Essex Tech (2-0-1) blanked Lowell Catholic, 3-0, in a nonleague contest.


In the Catholic Central League, Sydney Comeau had a banner day, erupting for six goals to propel Notre Dame (Hingham) past Ursuline 8-2.

Carolina Bettero struck for a hat-trick to bring her career total to 80 goals, as Revere (2-1) defeated Northeastern Conference foe Lynn English 4-0.



Lucy Swanson carried the attack with 12 kills, while Vivian Castro racked up 25 assists to help guide Dennis-Yarmouth (3-0) to a 3-0 sweep of Martha’s Vineyard in the Cape and Islands League.

In a nonleague game, Grace McCarthy recorded 11 aces, 12 kills and 6 blocks while MaryKate Higgins added 22 assists to lead Braintree past Latin Academy, 3-1.


Isabel Brozena earned medalist honors with a 29 as North Reading (4-2) handed Newburyport (5-1) its first loss 130-128 in the Cape Ann League.


Two-time Boston Herald All-Scholastic linebacker Tyler Martin of BB&N announced his commitment to Arizona this afternoon. The 6-foot-3, 238-pounder is rated among the top three prospects in the state and has been on the radar screen since Michigan offered him a scholarship as an eighth-grader. Martin eventually gave a verbal commitment to Michigan, but decommitted earlier this year.

The Boston Public School athletic department announced that, due to a lack of numbers, Charlestown will not field a varsity football team this season. The players who were planning on playing will have the opportunity to compete with South Boston/Burke this fall.

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How the Vikings plan to stop star receiver DeAndre Hopkins



How the Vikings plan to stop star receiver DeAndre Hopkins

As jarring as it sounds on the surface, Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson actually grew up watching current Arizona Cardinals star DeAndre Hopkins.

Though the 29-year-old Hopkins is still in his prime, and might be the best receiver in the NFL, the age gap is big enough that the 22-year-old Jefferson looked up to him as a kid.

“I’m a big fan of D-Hop,” Jefferson said. “He has tremendous hands. Just the way he catches the ball, and the body control, he’s phenomenal. He’s a freak of nature in that category.”

That’s something the Vikings will get to experience firsthand this Sunday when they take on the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

After hauling in 6 of 8 targets for 83 yards and a couple of touchdowns at Tennessee last weekend, Hopkins will surely be looking for an even better performance in the home opener this weekend. It’s on Vikings cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Bashaud Breeland, and the rest of the secondary, to slow him down as best they can.

“You rarely see D-Hop drop passes,” said Peterson, who was teammates with Hopkins last season. “He catches all of the contested throws. You just have to make those windows a little bit tighter and be a little bit tighter with coverage. Just try as best as we can to make his day a living hell.”

In the past, Peterson might have shadowed Hopkins in the upcoming matchup. That won’t be the case this weekend as Peterson will patrol his side of the field with Breeland manning the opposite sideline.

“He’s got a big catch radius,” Breeland said. “He’s one of those possession receivers that can catch the ball anyway. You’ve really got to key in on him. He really makes other people go. If we can slow him down, and get everybody else out of the picture, we’ll be good.”

In addition to his incredible hands and his massive catch radius, Hopkins brings a physical presence to his game. While most receivers use their speed and quickness to create separation off the line of scrimmage, trying their best not to get touched, Hopkins invites contact with opposing defenders.

“He uses his size and his physicality to his advantage,” co-defensive coordinator Adam Zimmer said. “He knows how to fight at the line of scrimmage. He definitely knows all the tricks of the trade on how to be physical and get off the press and get by a guy.”

That should create an entertaining matchup between the Vikings and Cardinals this weekend, most notably whenever Peterson and Hopkins are lined up across from each other.

“That’s kind of how I play my game, as well,” Peterson said. “I want to be physical with the receivers and get in their head and have them thinking about me a little bit more. It’s different with D-Hop. He invites that. So, it’s a little bit of a chess match whenever I have my opportunities to go up against him.

“It should be a fun game. It should be a fun matchup whenever we have the opportunity to match up.”

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Nevada man billed $80,000 for lengthy COVID hospital stay



Nevada man billed $80,000 for lengthy COVID hospital stay

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – James Sweeney has insurance, but after spending more than 100 days in the hospital battling COVID, he now faces a bill of more than $80,000.

Sweeney, 63, was unconscious and on a ventilator at St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena Campus in Henderson from November 2020 to February 2021. When he awoke and asked about his bills, he says he was told that insurance was covering it.

“I asked to see a doctor and case manager because I was worried about the bills even then,” recalled Sweeney.

But the actual bill arrived, it showed a long list of out-of-network claims, which his insurance will not cover. Sweeney says he now owes more than $80,000 to providers.

“This week has been really tough,” said Sweeney. “I haven’t slept well any night. I keep waking up every night, trying to figure out how I’m going to cover these bills.”

Sweeney claims the total billed cost of his stay was around $2 million. Sweeney said his insurance company told him that although the hospital was in his network, the doctors that treated him were not.

Insurance broker Patrick Casale specializes in such cases. He said Sweeney is not at fault.

“The doctors know if they are providers or not, so does the hospital, and the facility should definitely send in doctors to coordinate that care better,” said Casale.

Casale said when it comes to critical care involving life or death, insurance is supposed to cover all costs. He said families who find themselves in similar situations can fight such claims.

St. Rose Dominican Sienna Hospital released a statement, acknowledging that health care should be affordable for all people, but that the hospital cannot intervene in a billing matter between the patient and his insurance.

“We recognize how frustrating and concerning an unexpected medical bill is for patients. Dignity Health believes that access to health care is a basic human right that should be available and affordable for all people. We treat all patients seeking medically necessary urgent or emergency care, regardless of their ability to pay. As the billing issue in question is between Sound Intensivists and the patient’s insurance, we are unable to speak to any interaction or discussion between those entities. We have taken steps to bring this issue to the attention of Sound and the insurance company and recommend this issue be revisited.” 

Gordon M. Absher 
External Communications Manager
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals

The Sweeny family is now trying to raise enough money to offset some of those medical bills.

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