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Married doctor who sat on opioid epidemic panel pleads not guilty to attempting to trade Oxycodone for sex with prostitute behind Goodwill store

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A Long Island lawmaker, renowned doctor and anti-opioid activist was arraigned this morning on drug charges after being arrested in a sting operation allegedly trying to trade Oxycodone pills for sex. Dr. William Spencer, a legislator for Suffolk County’s 18th District, pleaded not guilty to third-degree sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance during his arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip, New York, on Wednesday.  Spencer was released on his own recognizance after agreeing to surrender his passport and legally owned firearm.  William Spencer, a legislator for Suffolk County, ENT doctor and minister, leaves court in Central Islip, New York, Wednesday after being arraigned for allegedly trying to trade opioids for sex Spencer was released on his own recognizance after agreeing to surrender his passport and legally owned firearm if convicted of the charges against him, Spencer could face up to nine years in prison 

'Nodding lady' from Trump town hall reveals her employees have been targeted with hate mail urging them to quit and her law firm is getting poor online reviews from opponents of the president

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A woman who became an internet meme after repeatedly nodding and giving a thumbs up at President Trump's town hall last week has revealed she and her employees are being targeted by hate mail and bad reviews.  Mayra Joli, a Miami-based immigration lawyer from the Dominican Republic, became known as the 'Nodding Lady' after sitting in the audience directly behind Trump at the NBC News town hall at Perez Art Museum in Miami on Thursday. She told Fox News that since clips of her nodding in agreement went viral, her employees have been contacted and urged to quit, and she has received a string of criticism to her law firm.  'Nobody can call an employer to fire me,' she said. 'What they're doing is calling my employees so they quit.'   Scroll down for video  Mayra Joli, a Miami-based immigration lawyer from the Dominican Republic, became known as the 'Nodding Lady' after Trump's town hall last week. She says that since she went vital for nodding h

One of the biggest US public pension funds freezes new investments with Apollo Global Management over concerns about founder Leon Black's links to Jeffrey Epstein

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One of the largest public pension funds in the U.S. has frozen new investments with Apollo Global Management over concerns about founder Leon Black's ties to sex predator Jeffrey Epstein. The Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System halted investments with the $414 billion private equity group after reports emerged that Black had paid Epstein $50 million since 2008, when Epstein was convicted of soliciting sex from a minor, Financial Times reported. PSERS told the newspaper that its investment team had informed Apollo last week that it would not consider any new investments until further notice. Apollo said on Wednesday that it and Black have agreed to appoint outside counsel to review his ties with the late financier and convicted sex offender. Jeffrey Epstein , Pepe Fanjul and Leon Black attend a film screening in New York in 2005. Black's ties to Epstein are now under investigation by an outside counsel At a board meeting on Tuesday, Black asked that the

Pastor who has hosted thousands of maskless worshipers at outdoor events in California and Tennessee during pandemic has permit approved to host service for 15,000 people at National Mall in Washington D.C

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A pastor who has hosted thousands of maskless worshipers at outdoor events in California and Tennessee during the pandemic has had a permit approved to host a massive service for 15,000 people in Washington D.C. Evangelical leader Sean Feucht plans to welcome thousands of worshipers to the National Mall for a two-day prayer service starting October 25, marking the grand finale of his 'Let Us Worship' tour across America.   The National Park Service has approved the event and said it encourages - but will not enforce - masks or social distancing, despite the state banning gatherings of more than 50 people.   Feucht's other events have played host to thousands - including Vice President Mike Pence - who held hands, sang, carried out baptisms and didn't social distance.  Health experts warned the latest mass gathering could become a COVID-19 superspreader event and cost many lives. The mall is a stone's throw from the White House where the recent Rose Garden supersprea

Could Tees Valley and Tyneside AVOID Tier Three? Ministers pause talks over cash aid as anti-Covid measures show signs of working after PM sidelines Andy Burham to offer Manchester £60m and South Yorkshire AGREES a deal leaving 7million Brits in lockdown

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What is the row over Tier Three bailouts?   The government has been engaged in brutal haggling with local leaders across swathes of England about the financial package linked to entering Tier Three restrictions. The funding is on top of the government's wider job support scheme for workers put on hold due to lockdown, and business grants.  What did Liverpool City Region get?  The government has said that 'baseline' funding for the top tier includes £8 per head of population to bolster local contact tracing and enforcement. Liverpool received £14million on this strand of funding. And there was another £30million allocated to support businesses affected by the squeeze, around £20 per capita.  Lancashire  Lancashire was the second area into Tier Three lockdown.  It will receive £12million for contact tracing and enforcement, as well as £30m in business support - broadly in line with the Liverpool settlement. Greater Manchester    The contact tracing and enforcement settlement