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Family Sues NY Funeral Home for $88M, Says Wrong Body Was Buried

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  • A family is suing a Long Island funeral home for burying the wrong body in their mother’s plot.
  • CBS New York reported that the 11 siblings are seeking $88 million. 
  • Two of the siblings said they told the funeral director that the body wasn’t their mother’s. 

A family is suing a funeral home in Long Island, New York, for reportedly burying the wrong body in their mother’s plot.

CBS New York reported that the 11 children of Sadie Williams, who died August 17, are seeking $88 million from the Joseph A. Slinger-Hasgill Funeral Home in Amityville.

The lawsuit was filed on Thursday in Queens. 

Two of the siblings told the outlet they made it very clear to the funeral director that the body they were shown was not their mother. “I said, ‘Those aren’t my mother’s nails. Her burn mark is not on her arm,'” Salimah Lee said.

“When I first walked in, I said, ‘That’s not Mom.’ … He insisted that it was,” Lee’s brother said. “I just kept picking out different things,” he added. 

He continued: “And he stood at the top of the steps of the funeral home, laughing, going, ‘Oh, I hear that all the time. They tell me. People say that all the time. The embalming fluid smooths them out.'”

The Joseph A. Slinger-Hasgill Funeral Home did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. 

Three days after the service for 87-year-old Williams, Lee said he received a phone call from the funeral director who said they were right all along.

“Every single time I think about it, all I can see is my mother on that cold slab, naked … and he showed no concern when he opened that door and I saw her, just stark naked on the table, just sitting there, like she was waiting for me to find her,” Lee said, per the outlet. 

According to CBS New York, Williams’ body was supposed to be buried within 72 hours, in accordance with Muslim tradition. The burial has now turned into 22 days. 

Burial mistakes have also made headlines in the UK. This month, a family was angered and horrified after their parents grave was dug up by mistake and then used to bury another body, Yorkshire Post reported.

In August 2020, hospital bosses in Carlisle, England, launched an investigation after a mix-up with bodies meant a family unknowingly held a funeral service for the wrong person, News and Star reported

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Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani release date February 10 2023 teaser BTS video

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Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh's 'Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani' to release on THIS date; watch BTS video
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Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh’s ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’ to release on THIS date; watch BTS video

The makers of ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’ starring Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh have finally announced the release date of the film. Taking to Instagram on Monday afternoon, ace filmmaker Karan Johar shared the good news and informed that the film will release on February 10, 2023 in theatres. Alongside the first BTS video, Johar wrote in the caption, “After 7 long years, it gives me such joy and gratitude to be here and announcing that my next #RockyAurRaniKiPremKahani, a love story at its heart with the soul of family values – is releasing on 10th February, 2023. See you in cinemas with an abundance of entertainment that we are getting ready for you!” 

Alia also shared the same and wrote, “Loading it up with music, dance, an ensemble cast, a dash of drama and a whole lot of love just for you! #RockyAurRaniKiPremKahani releasing in cinemas on 10th February, 2023! See you there to make this kahani complete.” While Ranveer posted,”Isse kehte hai full entertainment ka dhamaka! We’re coming to you with love in our hearts blessed with parivaar ke sanskaar. #RockyAurRaniKiPremKahani releasing in cinemas on 10th February, 2023! #RRKPK.”

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From the past few days, pictures of the trio shooting in Delhi have been going viral on the internet. A day ago, Ranveer and Alia were spotted at Qutub Minar, where they reportedly filmed a song from the film. Several pictures from the shoot have been doing the rounds on the internet. In the images, Ranveer can be seen wearing a white shirt, while Alia looks gorgeous in a white saree.

Even Karan shared a set of pictures on his Instagram handle featuring the team of the film. He shared a post and anounced that the release date of the film will be out on Monday. Sharing a selfie, Karan wrote, “We announce our release tomorrow !!!! #rockyaurranikipremkahani ! Watch this space so excited ! @ranveersingh @aliaabhatt.”

Apart from Alia and Ranveer, the film also stars– Shabana Azmi, Dharmendra, and Jaya Bachchan. Also, Saif Ali Khan’s son Ibrahim is working as an assistant director on the film.

A few days ago, celebrity designer Manish Malhotra treated us with a priceless picture of veteran stars Dharmendra and Shabana Azmi from the sets of ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’ in the capital. In the image, Manish can be seen taking a selfie with the two of them. Shabana Azmi can be seen wearing a blue checked saree while sitting next to Dharmendra who sported a navy blue jacket and a scarf. “Selfie Time With all the favourites today,” Manish captioned the post.

 

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Ties that bind: Missouri Senate candidate hopes Trump notices neckwear | Missouri

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Senate candidates endorsed by Donald Trump have struggled of late, from Sean Parnell’s withdrawal in Pennsylvania while denying allegations of domestic abuse to the former NFL star Herschel Walker angering party leaders with his run in Georgia.

But to one candidate for the Republican nomination in Missouri, Congressman Billy Long, the former president’s endorsement still carries the ultimate weight.

“If he endorses in this race,” the 66-year-old told Politico, “I don’t care who he endorses, it’s over … And that’s what I’m trying to impress upon him is that, you know, ‘You need to get involved in this race and put an end to it.’”

Long said he would tell the former president: “You’re looking at the guy that was with you from day one.’ Never ever left. I mean, look at this tie.”

The former auctioneer duly showed off his neckwear, a gold striped number signed, apparently in his signature Sharpie marker, by Trump himself.

Long said Trump signed the $37 tie in Nevada in 2016, when Long spoke on his behalf. Long has had – and auctioned off – other ties signed by the president, including a striking example featuring flags and caricatures which Long wore to the State of the Union in 2019.

Trump’s own ties played a prominent role in the 2016 election and its aftermath.

In 2015, Macy’s made news when it dropped Trump’s menswear line – many headlines said the retail giant was “cutting ties” – over his racist remarks about Mexicans at his campaign launch.

In 2019, the former New Jersey governor and Trump ally Chris Christie revealed that Trump advised him to wear longer ties in order to look slimmer.

Politico described Long as “built like a lineman” and said he spoke with a “thick ‘Missoura’ twang”. In Missoura’, whose other sitting senator is the Trump-supporting controversialist Josh Hawley, a large field is jostling to replace the retiring Roy Blunt.

One candidate, Mark McCloskey, rose to fame in 2020 when he and his wife pointed guns at protesters for racial justice near their home in St Louis. Both pleaded guilty to misdemeanours. Another, Eric Greitens, resigned as governor in 2018, amid scandals over sex and campaign finance. Criminal charges were dropped.

Long wears a tie signed by Trump at a White House ceremony for the St Louis Blues hockey team.
Long wears a tie signed by Trump at a White House ceremony for the St Louis Blues hockey team. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Speaking to Politico, Long called Greitens “Chuck Schumer’s candidate”, a reference to the Democratic leader who will defend control of the Senate next year, hoping to face weak or controversial Republicans in key states.

A spokesperson for Greitens told Politico: “Billy Long is a much better comedian than he is a Senate candidate.”

Observers including Blunt said Long, who also has a habit of handing out fake money with Trump’s face on it, had a chance of winning Trump’s endorsement.

But though Long voted to object to electoral college results in 2020 he has also recognised Joe Biden as president, thereby failing a key test in a party in Trump’s grip.

Long told Politico he would not follow his leader in the House, Kevin McCarthy, to Florida to worship the party’s golden idol.

“I have people say: ‘Call him, call him every day. Go sit at Mar-a-Lago and tell him you’re not leaving till he endorses,’” Long said. “I’m smart enough to know that’s not going to win favour with Donald Trump.”

Others might say that it would.

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From symptoms to precautions, what you need to know about Omicron — Covid’s latest horror

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Omicron patients reported extreme tiredness, mild muscle aches, a scratchy throat and dry cough.


Omicron patients reported extreme tiredness, mild muscle aches, a scratchy throat and dry cough. | Representative image&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspiStock Images

Key Highlights

  • The new variant of SARS-CoV-2 — Omicron — has been classified as a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization.

  • A South African doctor said that the Omicron patients she treated had “unfamiliar symptoms”.

  • The Omicron patients have shown extreme tiredness, mild muscle aches, scratchy throat and dry cough, with a few reporting slightly high temperature.

The new variant of SARS-CoV-2 — Omicron — has been classified as a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization (WHO) on November 26, 2021. The variant, belonging to a lineage named B.1.1.529, is possibly even more transmissible than the highly infectious Delta variant as per early indications. The experts opine that the current vaccines may be less effective against it. While a lot of things about the variant are still unclear even to the epidemiologists, preliminary data has some revelations.

How infectious is Omicron

From what is known currently through preliminary analysis, this variant is highly infectious. The Network for Genomics Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA) has said that South Africa has reported a four-fold increase in new cases, coinciding with the emergence of Omicron over the last two weeks. Further, the NGS-SA added that the rapid and consistent rise in the number of cases is most likely fuelled by cluster outbreaks. The Omicron cases have shown a marked increase in Gauteng province, which includes Johannesburg and Pretoria, and the NGS-SA speculates that the variant has already travelled to most other provinces as well. WHO has maintained that epidemiologic studies are underway to understand if the increased number of cases is because of Omicron or whether there are other factors.  

What are the symptoms

Coming to the symptoms, there is currently no information to suggest that symptoms associated with Omicron are different from those from other variants, according to the WHO.  The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) of South Africa maintains the same, saying that currently, “no unusual symptoms” have been reported following infection with the Omicron variant, though highlighting that some individuals who tested positive are asymptomatic, as the case with other infectious variants such as Delta.

However, a South African doctor who raised the alarm over this new variant has revealed that the patients she treated had mild but unfamiliar symptoms, according to an AFP report. Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association, said that she had seen around 30 patients over the past 10 days who tested positive for Covid-19 but had unfamiliar symptoms. The symptoms included mild muscle aches, a “scratchy throat” and dry cough, and only a few had a slightly high temperature, she said adding that these very mild symptoms were different to other variants. 

Do the patients require hospitalisation

On the hospitalisation requirement, WHO said that there are increasing rates of hospitalisation in South Africa in the clusters where the variant seems to have been reported most widely. However, the health body is quick to add that the increasing rates may be due to increasing overall numbers of people becoming infected. Coetzee confirms the same and adds that her patients recovered fully without hospitalisation.

What is the vulnerable group

What was concerning, however, was the age group that showed an increased vulnerability to Omicron. Of the 30-odd patients that Coetzee treated, most were men under the age of 40. Less than half of them were vaccinated. It is very much possible that they could be of the same cluster. Initially, the reported infections were among university students — younger individuals who tend to have milder forms of the disease. However, WHO stresses that understanding the level of severity and the vulnerable targets will take days to several weeks.   

What about re-infection

According to WHO, preliminary evidence suggests there may be an increased risk of reinfection with Omicron, meaning that people who have previously had COVID-19 could be re-infected more easily with Omicron, as compared to other variants of concern. However, the information is limited and cannot be taken as absolutely certain.

Do the existing vaccinations help

Well, that’s another grey area. According to preliminary studies, vaccines are 40 per cent less effective on this variant — thanks to the 32 mutations in the spike protein. The currently available vaccines trigger the body to recognise the version of the spike from older versions of the virus. However, since the spike protein looks so different on Omicron, the body’s immune system may not be able to recognise and fight it off.

Further, of the 32, three mutations — H655Y, N679K and P681H — help the virus penetrate the body’s cells more easily, and two mutations — R203K and G204R — help the virus replicate faster. The mutations P681H and N679K which are “rarely seen together” could make Omicron is more resistant to vaccines, according to British scientists as per a report in Daily Mail.

However real-time data shows that high vaccination rates significantly reduce the stress that Omicron causes on health systems. Experts have stressed that vaccination remains crucial to protect groups at high risk of hospitalisation and death.

How to prevent it

The same protocol that has been put in place since the outbreak of the pandemic — Covid-appropriate behaviour including wearing masks, social distancing, good ventilation in shared spaces, and sanitising hands and surfaces regularly. As WHO puts it, the pandemic is far from over and the emergence of the new variant establishes that for certain.

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