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‘It’s so disheartening’ – Mistreatment of nurses around the Ozarks on the rise



‘It’s so disheartening’ – Mistreatment of nurses around the Ozarks on the rise

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers were praised as heroes, but now that seems to have changed. Healthcare workers around the Ozarks say over the last few months they’ve experienced yelling and even threats.

“We were being talked about as healthcare heroes and now for whatever reason, we’ve become the whipping post of healthcare,” said Tracy Hill, a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital. “Part of it is just disbelief on our part. We do not understand why we are being treated the way that we are being treated. We’re challenged with providing care to extremely sick patients. I would never go into a store and have the conversations patients are trying to have with us. I’m in a position to help them and provide care.”

Hill became a bedside nurse two years ago. She says most nurses have faced bad treatment when a patient calls them into their room. Sometimes that leads to cursing and yelling, which gets so loud to the point that other nurses are coming into the room to figure out what’s wrong.

“One particular time I said, ‘Hi I’m Tracy I’m your nurse I’ll be taking care of you,’ and the patient literally screamed at me to get out of their room,” Hill said. “That is nicely putting what this patient said to me.”

Hill and other nurses have witnessed or been victims of verbal abuse several times.

“We’ve walked out together and shared tears,” Hill said. “You to start to wonder, ‘Is this something that I really want to continue to do?’ Your heart really has to be in it day after day to continue to come in and suffer that type of abuse.”

In the past year at CoxHealth locations, system chief nursing officer Beth Polivka says there have been 4,127 reported incidents of aggression or violence towards hospital staff.

“We’ve had staff spit on,” Polivka said. “I was talking with an employee just three weeks ago who had bruising underneath her eye who had taken a punch. It’s hitting, it’s kicking, it’s biting.”

Of those reported incidents, 637 cases were assaults. More than 320 situations resulted in a staff member getting hurt. Polivka says it’s gotten to the point where almost one employee a day is not only assaulted but injured.

“It’s disheartening at times,” Polivka said.

With all of this going on, Mercy and CoxHealth have a request for patients: Be better.

“I would just ask that people just be empathetic with us as well,” Mercy nurse Tracy Hill said. “We’re making a choice to be here to support you.”

Hill says her team deserves more respect, especially because they put themselves in danger to help others. She says her team is working to pick up the slack and continue to help patients who aren’t even theirs. Hill says people never know what is happening in the room next door to them. Often times, it’s a patient who is as sick, or sicker than them.

She encourages people to keep that in mind the next time they visit with a healthcare worker.

“We deserve even more empathy and respect for continuing to serve in this community,” Hill said. “Show us your grace. I promise you we are providing the best care to everyone that we can.”

Beth Polivka with CoxHealth says it all comes down to just being a nice human. Polivka wants people to know her staff is working as hard and fast as they can to give patients the best care possible.

“I think just being patient and being kind,” Polivka said. “I think that’s a good message for all of humanity whether you’re in a hospital setting or you’re not.”

However, despite the sudden negativity being thrown at healthcare workers, there are heartwarming moments like this that make it a little easier:


Ginni Thomas’ emails deepen her involvement in 2020 election



Ginni Thomas’ emails deepen her involvement in 2020 election

WASHINGTON — Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and a conservative political activist, urged Republican lawmakers in Arizona after the 2020 presidential election to choose their own slate of electors, arguing that results giving Joe Biden a victory in the state were marred by fraud.

The revelations first published by The Washington Post on Friday show that Thomas was more involved than previously known in efforts, based on unsubstantiated claims of fraud, to overturn Biden’s victory and keep then-President Donald Trump in office.

In the days after The Associated Press and other news organizations called the presidential election for Biden, Thomas emailed two lawmakers in Arizona to urge them to choose “a clean slate of Electors” and “stand strong in the face of political and media pressure.” The AP obtained the emails under the state’s open records law.

Thomas also had written to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in the weeks following the election encouraging him to work to overturn Biden’s victory and keep Trump in office, according to text messages first reported by the Post and CBS News.

Thomas was a staunch Trump supporter who acknowledged she attended the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally on the Ellipse but left before Trump spoke and his supporters later stormed the Capitol.

She has been critical of the ongoing congressional investigation into the Jan. 6 violence, including signing onto a letter to House Republicans calling for the expulsion of Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois from the GOP conference for joining the Jan. 6 congressional committee.

Justice Thomas, meanwhile, has taken part in the court’s consideration of lawsuits challenging the election results. The court turned away every challenge without a hearing, though Thomas was among three conservative justices who said cases from Pennsylvania should be heard. In February 2021, Thomas called the cases an “ideal opportunity” to address an important question whether state lawmakers or state courts get the last word about the manner in which federal elections are carried out.

In January, Thomas was the lone member of the court who supported a bid by Trump to withhold documents from the Jan 6. committee. The documents were held by the National Archives and Records Administration and included presidential diaries, visitor logs, speech drafts and handwritten notes dealing with Jan. 6 from Meadows’ files.

Thomas did not immediately respond to a request for comment, made to the court Friday.

Democratic lawmakers have called on Thomas to step aside from election-related cases, but he has given no indication he intends to do so.

The latest disclosure comes at a time when Chief Justice John Roberts has ordered an internal investigation into the leaking of a draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, in one of the court’s most prominent cases in decades, and opinion polls have shown a loss of public confidence in the institution.

Thomas was referencing the leaked opinion at a conference in Dallas last week when he talked about the damage to the court. “I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them.”

Ginni Thomas has said she and the justice keep their work separate. “Like so many married couples, we share many of the same ideals, principles, and aspirations for America. But we have our own separate careers, and our own ideas and opinions too. Clarence doesn’t discuss his work with me, and I don’t involve him in my work,” Thomas told the Washington Free Beacon in an interview published in March.

Thomas sent emails to Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers and Rep. Shawnna Bolick, who this year is running for Arizona secretary of state. That would make her the top elections administrator in Arizona.

She wrote them again on Dec. 13, the day before electors met in state capitols around the country to formally cast their votes for president.

“As state lawmakers, you have the Constitutional power and authority to protect the integrity of our elections — and we need you to exercise that power now!” the email said. “Never before in our nation’s history have our elections been so threatened by fraud and unconstitutional procedures.”

Bowers dismissed the idea of replacing Arizona’s electors shortly after the election. The following year, Bolick introduced a bill that would have allowed the Legislature to overturn any presidential election results for any reason, and replace the electors.

Bolick has said her legislation would have made the process more bipartisan by requiring a two-thirds vote, but the text of the proposal calls for a simple majority. In any event, Bowers essentially killed the legislation before it ever came to a vote.


Associated Press writer Bob Christie contributed to this report from Phoenix. Cooper also reported from Phoenix.

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Who Is Sophie In The Staircase



Who Is Sophie In The Staircase

The latest episode of The Staircase left the audience dangling with many questions, one of the “what is justice?”. Episode put forward a character that has been in the limelight since the start, and she was a definitive figure to put forward the jury’s questions like justice, fate, and liberty of the audience. You already know whom we are talking about, silver-haired mystery Sophie Brunet.

HBO Max’s The Staircase is based on real-life occurrences circling the death of Kathleen Peterson in 2001. Colin Firth (Michael Peterson) finds his life in turmoil when he finds his wife, Toni Collette (Kathleen), unconscious at the base of the stairs. Turns out she’s dead, and Michael is the sole suspect. The show revolves around Michael’s relationship with his wife and how media engulfs his life, despite his pleas for purity and innocence.

Who is Sophie?

Juliette Binoche is playing the character of Sophie Brunet. It was in the 4th episode when their true identity of Sophie came to light. We see Sophie Brunet is connected to the true-crime documentary on which this show is based. She operated as an editor on the 2004 original documentary on the case. You can find her name on the IMDb site under people who worked on the film.

She was introduced in the first episode, and she is the only one in the present timeline with Michael Peterson as there is no clue if other Petersons are in contact with their father or not, or so it looks like. We got to know more about her enigmatic aura when she was put in front of Jean’s camera for an interview.

According to her IMDb, she has worked on other projects such as Blue is the Warmest Colour, Call My Agent and Jeuxd’ influence.

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Are Michael And Sophie Related?

We saw Sophie writing the letter to Michael, behind bars, at the end of episode 4. And it came to light that they exchanged many letters while her working on the documentary, and Michael was making rounds to courts and prisons.

They were in a relationship for 12 long years, but in 2019, the couple split because Michael was too old to move to French with Sophie and start a new life. It was also not easy for Sophie to move as they wanted to stay close to each other and their families.

 Where To Watch The Staircase?

It is streaming exclusively on HBO Max. The first 3 episodes debuted on 5th May, and the following episodes will be released weekly on Thursdays till 9th June.

 Total Episodes & Runtime

The miniseries have 8 episodes, and each of them is 60 mins long.

 Docuseries 2004 Version

Netflix has the Documentary version of The Staircase, 2004. It has 13 episodes and features the case very closely, including original courtroom interviews, video footage, and more. This 2004 documentary inspired the 2022 new miniseries.

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DT Travis Jones is second in Ravens’ 2022 draft class to sign rookie contract



DT Travis Jones is second in Ravens’ 2022 draft class to sign rookie contract

Ravens defensive tackle Travis Jones has signed his rookie contract, the team announced Friday.

Jones, a third-round pick, and running back Tyler Badie, a sixth-round pick, are the only players in the Ravens’ 11-man draft class who have signed. The projected value of Jones’ deal, according to salary cap website Spotrac, is $5.3 million, including a $1 million signing bonus.

The 6-foot-4, 327-pound Jones had 47 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks in 11 games for Connecticut last season before impressing at the Senior Bowl and NFL scouting combine.

“He’s a bigger guy,” Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said after taking Jones No. 76 overall last month. “When you guys see him, he’s going to kind of harken back to some of the guys we’ve had come through here, some of the big guys we’ve had. He’s a legit 335-pound guy — carries his weight very well. And saying that, he’s got unusual quickness for his size. There’s a lot of development that can take place and will take place with our coaches.”

Still unsigned are safety Kyle Hamilton (first round), center Tyler Linderbaum (first), outside linebacker David Ojabo (second), offensive tackle Daniel Faalele (fourth), cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis (fourth), tight end Charlie Kolar (fourth), punter Jordan Stout (fourth), tight end Isaiah Likely (fourth) and cornerback Damarion Williams (fourth).


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