Broward County School District Joins Lawsuit Against Vaping Companies

first_imgIf you are concerned about vaping among children, you’re not alone.The Broward School Board has announced that it is joining more than 100 government entities nationwide in a federal lawsuit demanding compensation for resources that have to be spent on counselors, monitoring and programming to curb youth use of vaping products.Broward is one of six school districts taking the lead on the case as “bellweathers” to represent the rest, according to school district lawyer Eugene Pettis, of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm in Fort Lauderdale.More than five million middle and high school students across the country use e-cigarettes, the lawsuit states. “Consistent with this national trend, youth in The School Board of Broward County, Florida … are using e-cigarettes at high rates — rates which continue to climb.”It explains that vaping flavors such as mint and mango are among the methods that companies use to lure teens into vaping.Some plaintiff’s firm is going to make tens of millions (or more) in contingency fees in a lawsuit against Juul given all the medical evidence coming out about vaping.— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) August 29, 2019 The defendants in the case are JUUL Laboratories and Altria, the parent company of Philip Morris USA and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company.Pettis says the lawsuit is not be funded with taxpayer money. If the complaint is successful, attorneys would be paid from the proceeds of the lawsuit, which seeks an unspecified amount.“There have been tons of studies that show e-cigarettes are addictive and that a large percentage of users go on to be smokers,” Pettis adds. “They create a societal movement that shows it’s cool to vape, but they don’t tell you about the damage that’s done in the long run.”In total, nearly a dozen Florida districts are involved, including Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties. More than 30 California school districts are also part of the suit.The “bellweather” districts are Broward and Escambia counties in Florida, the Three Village Central School District on Long Island in New York, the Central Bucks County School District in Pennsylvania, the Tucson Unified School District in Arizona and The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, east of San Francisco in California.JUUL announced last November that it would no longer be marketing its mint-flavored products, after the results of two national surveys on e-cigarette use among teenagers. Altria stopped making e-cigarettes two years ago, although it still owns a minority share of JUUL Labs.last_img read more

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Alvin Kamara refused to remove nose ring while meeting team GM ahead of NFL Draft

first_imgSaints running back Alvin Kamara isn’t going to change his style for anyone, not even an NFL general manager.In an interview with Uninterrupted, the former Tennessee Volunteers back relayed a story in which he met an interested team ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft. Before he interviewed with the GM, a team official gave him advice on his nose ring. MORE: Kamara: ‘I’m in the top percentile’ of running backs”I had a team, before I went into the meeting, one of the guys came up to me and was like, ‘Well you’re about to go in with the GM, so, you know, he doesn’t really understand the nose rings and things like that, so you might want to — can you take ’em out or tuck ’em?’ I was like, ‘No.'”Basically, if you don’t understand it or you don’t like it, then you don’t need to draft me. It wouldn’t be a good choice to draft me. I was just like, ‘If you’re uncomfortable in your work environment, you’re not going to be able to do what you’ve got to do.'” Always be true to yourself @alvinkamara • • • • • @saints #NFL #NFLDraft #NFLnews #NFLRumors #AlvinKamara #Saints #NewOrleans #WhoDat #whodatnation⚜️ #neworleanssaints #AlvinKamaraA post shared by Sporting News (@sportingnews) on Jun 27, 2019 at 9:06am PDTIt’s refreshing to see Kamara had the self-confidence, even while he was still a draft prospect, not to change his style or presentation, especially considering how crazy some of the questions team asks players can be. (One of many such examples is when Ohio State prospect Eli Apple was asked if he was gay.)If anyone with the Saints had reservations about Kamara’s nose ring ahead of the draft, they shouldn’t anymore. He has become a key cog in the Saints’ high-powered offense, putting up a combined 3,146 yards from scrimmage and 31 touchdowns in just two years in New Orleans.And yes, with his nose ring still in.center_img View this post on Instagramlast_img read more

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Five things we learned from the Premier League

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United spoiled Manchester City’s title party in style by roaring back from 2-0 down in Saturday’s derby to win 3-2 and keep their local rivals waiting to win the Premier League.City still boast a 13-point lead at the top of the table and behind them the race for the top four also looks over as Chelsea stumbled again in a 1-1 home draw with West Ham United.At the other end of the table, defeats for Southampton and Stoke edged them closer to joining the seemingly doomed West Brom in the Championship next season, but Newcastle now look safe.Here are five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend:Pogba and Sanchez finally clickFor 45 minutes Manchester United were living a nightmare at the Etihad, with local rivals City seemingly storming towards the title in the sweetest of fashions.Paul Pogba claimed watching City celebrate would have been “like a death” for United fans.And after so much criticism this season, it was the Frenchman who went about resurrecting United with two goals in as many minutes early in the second half.Pogba’s second was created by Alexis Sanchez and the Chilean’s free-kick also teed up Chris Smalling’s winner as United’s two landmark signings of the Jose Mourinho era clicked together for the first time.“It’s good that they’ve been able to link in together,” said Smalling. “It’s a great, great turnaround.”Hazard sparkles but Chelsea splutterWith Chelsea desperately hoping to keep alive their slender top-four hopes, Eden Hazard did everything in his power with one of his best performances of an inconsistent season for the Belgian playmaker.Unfortunately for Chelsea, it wasn’t enough as their lack of killer instinct came back to haunt them in a 1-1 draw against West Ham at Stamford Bridge.Hazard was majestic at times, leaving the West Ham defence bewildered by his sublime passing and clever movement.Yet Chelsea couldn’t make the most of the chances he created and a late equaliser by Javier Hernandez left Antonio Conte’s fifth-placed side lagging 10 points behind Tottenham and Liverpool with only six games left. Eriksen makes Spurs tick Harry Kane will always hog the headlines with his goal-scoring exploits, but Christian Eriksen showed in Tottenham’s 2-1 win at Stoke that the driving force of Mauricio Pochettino’s team is the dynamic Dane.Kane was making his first start since March after returning from an ankle injury, but it was the sublimely gifted Eriksen who pulled the strings as Tottenham cemented their hold on a top-four berth.Eriksen opened the scoring with a clinical finish and then whipped in a free-kick that looped straight into the net for the winner despite Kane’s claims he got a touch.Karius keeps Everton waitingWith Liverpool shorn of the prolific Mohamed Salah through injury and keeping Roberto Firmino among others in reserve for Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final, second leg at Manchester City, Everton will rarely get a better chance to end their long wait for a win in the Merseyside derby.That eight-year drought now stands at 17 games as Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius showed more signs of his growing status in a 0-0 draw at Goodison.The German made a wonderful stop from Yannick Bolasie’s curling effort that was destined for the top corner to record his 13th clean sheet in 24 appearances this season.Benitez works black and white magicLiverpool could make it back to the Champions League semi-finals this week for the first time since Rafael Benitez was in charge at Anfield a decade ago.In a far cry from his illustrious past, for the past few seasons Benitez has been working to get and keep Newcastle out of the Championship rather than in the Champions League.That target looks to have been achieved for this season after a 2-1 win at Leicester on Saturday took the Magpies up to 10th and 10 points clear of the relegation zone.The Spaniard has defied a lack of investment from Mike Ashley to keep Newcastle afloat, but holding onto him for another campaign without a change in ownership may be their most onerous task this summer. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JANUARY 22, 2016

first_imgJockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SADLER HAPPY WITH DRAW IN CLOCKERS’ CORNERTrainer John Sadler is looking forward to Sunday’s $75,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes at about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf, in which he has entered Bench Warrant for the Doubledown Stables of Chicago’s Richard Templer.“The horse is kind of a specialist,” Sadler said. “He runs well down the hill every time. He was kind of unlucky in the Daytona last out on Dec. 26. When you look at the chart and where he came from and how far he got beat, it was a pretty good race.“We got a good draw, so we’re looking forward to it.”The Clockers’ Corner: Rocket Heat, Edwin Maldonado, 7-2; Holy Lute, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Cape Wolfe, Flavien Prat, 10-1; County Lineman, Alonso Quinonez, 8-1; Fleet Eagle, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; Silentio, Mike Smith, 8-1; Coastline, Tyler Baze, 4-1; Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 4-1; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Santiago Gonazlez, 8-1; and Bench Warrant, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1. Peter Miller4063215%28%$207,380 Tyler Baze80613118%38%$343,382 SANTA MONICA AN OPEN RACE SANS SUNDAY RULESESPINOZA PUTS KIBOSH ON RETIREMENT REPORTSSPECIALIST BENCH WARRANT IN CLOCKERS’ CORNERDORTMUND IN BULLET DRILL FOR RICH SAN ANTONIO Vladimir Cerin941244%78%$111,050 (Current Through Monday, Jan. 18) SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Drayden Van Dyke3955513%38%$304,214 Joseph Talamo6489613%36%$396,588 Gary Stevens2042020%30%$491,780 SANTA MONICA FIELD GROWS WITHOUT BIG FAVORITESaturday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes drew nine entrants, thanks in no small part to the unexpected absence of Sunday Rules, who would have been the odds-on favorite in the seven furlong test for older fillies and mares.One horse entered that had been on the fence is Kyriaki, a 6-year-old Scat Daddy mare coming off a head victory in the mud at Delta Downs.“That’s why there’s such a big field,” said Peter Eurton, trainer of Kyriaki. “We fooled around with Kyriaki on the turf for 12 starts, but she’s been on dirt and won three and she’s gotten better with age.“I’m not 100 percent sure sprinting is her best gig. I think she wants a mile, but seven-eighths is not so bad.”Also set for the Santa Monica is Ben’s Duchess, fourth in the Grade I La Brea at seven furlongs on Dec. 26.“She had her prep Monday morning at 6:30 with Joe Talamo up,” trainer John Sadler said. “She went perfect. Hopefully, we’re going to rebound from her fourth-place finish in the La Brea. She missed getting a prep race for that race, but now she’s had a race and trained steadily with two good works going into the Santa Monica.”Ben’s Duchess worked five furlongs Monday in 1:00.20.Sunday Rules was not entered due to a skin infection in a hock, but it was minor and the front-running Tribal Rule mare will be pointed to the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint at about 6 ½ furlongs a week from tomorrow, on Jan. 30.“It was just a two-day deal,” said Phil D’Amato, atop the trainer standings through 16 days with eight victories. “She’s back training full force. It was just one of those things that happen, and now we’re looking to run in the Cal Cup.”The Santa Monica: Prize Exhibit, Santiago Gonzalez, 4-1; Ben’s Duchess, Joe Talamo, 5-2; Kiss At Midnight, Gary Stevens, 12-1; Lost Bus, Fernando Perez, 20-1; Tara’s Tango, Mike Smith, 6-1; Room for Me, Martin Garcia, 3-1; Living The Life, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Kyriaki, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; and Finest City, Corey Nakatani, 10-1. Mario Gutierrez67813612%40%$416,764 Mike Smith3642311%25%$416,200 David Lopez571141019%44%$332,028 Fernando Perez60741112%37%$296,716 Bob Baffert3474821%56%$437,120 Kristin Mulhall1442129%50%$150,350 Flavien Prat58841214%41%$427,408 VICTOR ESPINOZA NOT READY TO RETIREReports of Victor Espinoza’s retirement have been greatly exaggerated.In fact, the Triple Crown-winning jockey, just back from an awards ceremony in London, said at Clockers’ Corner Friday morning that contrary to a recent news report, he is not retiring, and a few hours later, his agent, Brian Beach, confirmed that.“There’s nothing to it,” Beach said. “People have to understand that after a grueling last six months and actually, the last two years, it takes a mental toll and it wears you down.“Victor is working a horse tomorrow morning at 6:30. He’s as hungry as ever. He’s not ready to retire.”Espinoza was in London where he participated in Longines World’s Best Racehorse ceremony at which American Pharoah was honored. “I got there Monday and left Wednesday,” said Espinoza, who is named to ride 6-1 chance Aguacate for Vladmir Cerin in today’s fifth race. “It was great. They gave me the best watch ever.“Longines designed it with the words ‘Triple Crown No. 5’ engraved on the back. That was American Pharoah’s saddle cloth number in the Belmont Stakes.”center_img FINISH LINES: Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, prepping for the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 6, worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday in 1:12 under regular rider Martin Garcia. Dortmund’s fractional times were 23.80, 35.60, 47.80 and 1:00.40, according to clocker Dane Nelson . . . Trainer Doug O’Neill has unbeaten Eclipse champion Nyquist set to work Sunday towards his three-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 15 . . . San Pasqual Stakes runner-up Imperative, also ticketed for the San Antonio, went four furlongs with Mario Gutierrez up for Richard Baltas Thursday in a bullet 46.40, fastest of 43 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 48.90. “It was a great work,” said Baltas, who has a busy weekend, with two horses entered today, five on Saturday and one on Sunday . . . David Jacobson, who has two horses entered today in quest of his first win this meet, is happy to date with the transition from the East Coast to California. “Everything’s great,” said Jacobson, who has 6-1 morning line chance You Know I Know in the third and 7-2 Caldera in the eighth. Jacobson also has entered horses at Golden Gate Fields in the Bay Area. “Wherever I think I can win a race,” he said, “I’ll go there.” Jacobson started 646 horses last year, winning with 128, a respectable 20 percent average . . . Geoff Shackelford, horse player and writer for Golf World & Golf Digest, and track announcer Michael Wrona, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Saturday and Sunday respectively in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. . . . Agent Vince DeGregory has Tiago Pereira booked to ride Power Foot for Neil Drysdale in the Grade III John B. Connolly Turf Cup at 1 ½ miles at Sam Houston Jan. 30 . . . Santa Anita, home to America’s biggest winter betting pools, is currently handling on average more than $920,000 in its weekend Late Pick Four pools and more than $570,000 in the weekday Late Pick Four. Peter Eurton28410414%64%$194,700 Martin Pedroza3542111%20%$83,490 Edwin Maldonado57104718%37%$324,670 Abel Lezcano2231114%23%$122,120 Alex Solis830238%63%$174,384 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mark Glatt2842114%25%$130,880 Martin Garcia3755714%46%$341,824 Richard Baltas3674319%39%$446,854 Rafael Bejarano751614821%51%$810,130 Jeff Bonde1242033%50%$94,260 Santiago Gonzalez901912921%44%$692,908 Doug O’Neill5949127%42%$276,832 Philip D’Amato4087920%60%$485,210 Alonso Quinonez3037110%37%$154,920 William Spawr1353038%62%$130,274 Kent Desormeaux323759%47%$302,970last_img read more

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FAVORED DRESSED IN HERMES TAKES CHARGE LATE AND WINS $75,000 PASADENA STAKES BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER SMITH; ARMSTRONG’S SAN LUIS REY DOWNS SHIPPER GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:37.71

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2016)–A close third heading into the far turn, favored Dressed in Hermes rallied three-wide turning for home and overhauled pacesetter It’s The Ice a sixteenth of a mile from home en route to a three quarter length win under Mike Smith in Sunday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by San Luis Rey Downs-based Janet Armstrong, Dressed in Hermes got a mile over a turf course labeled “good” in 1:37.71.“We vanned up early yesterday and schooled him in the paddock yesterday afternoon,” said Armstrong. “We weren’t concerned about the soft turf because he ran a good fifth in the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Turf, one mile) at Keeneland last fall against some of the best horses in the world.”A 3-year-old gelding by the Sunday Silence stallion, Hat Trick, Dressed in Hermes was bred in Kentucky by his owner, Budget Stable. Off at 2-5 in a field of six 3-year-olds, Dressed in Hermes, who was a non-threatening fourth on dirt in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 6, paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10. He now has three wins, all on turf, from seven starts and with the winner’s share of $47,700, his earnings are now $219,300.“He really is a nice horse to ride,” said Smith. “He has a little bit of pull, but the kind that you like. He gives you confidence the whole time. He’s a big horse so I was able to make my way out from the rail and down the backstretch, I let him stretch his legs out a little and it worked out great.“He gets a little discombobulated when he switches leads…I think if someone came up to him though, he would have fought back. I had plenty of horse left.”Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, English-bred It’s The Ice was off at 3-1 and paid $2.80 and $2.10.Sorryaboutnothing sat second until deep stretch and ran gamely for third money under Mario Gutierrez, finishing a neck in front of an on-coming Arcature. Off at 24-1, Sorryaboutnothing paid $4.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.40, 48.14, 1:12.78 and 1:25.25.last_img read more

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