Missouri Corporate Whistleblower Center Now Urges an Employee of a Company in Missouri That Is Overbilling the Federal Government or a Federal Agency to Call About Rewards

We are urging an employee of a Missouri based company that is providing any type of imaginable service to the federal government or any federal agency to call us anytime”

— Missouri Corporate Whistleblower Center

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, October 5, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Missouri Corporate Whistleblower Center says, “We are urging an employee of a Missouri based company that is providing any type of imaginable service to the federal government or any federal agency to call us anytime at 866-714-6466 if their employer is involved in significant overbilling, fraud or if the company is out of compliance with their federal contract. As we would like to discuss the rewards for this type of information can be substantial.” http://Missouri.CorporateWhistleblower.Com

The Missouri Corporate Whistleblower Center is especially interested in hearing from an employee with proof their Missouri based employer is overbilling the US federal government for the following types of services:

* A Missouri based company providing transportation or logistics services to the US Department of Defense or any other federal agency.
* A Missouri based company providing any type of food, fuel or security services to the US Department of Defense.
* A Missouri based road builder or construction company providing services to the Department of Transportation or any other federal agency.
* A Missouri based company providing housing services to the Department of Defense, HUD or GSA
* A company in Missouri overbilling the US General Services Administration on a contract or out of compliance with a GSA contract.
* A Missouri based food distribution company that is overbilling the Department of Agriculture for school lunch programs, or any other type of food service.
* A Missouri based environmental contractor that is overbilling the EPA for work being done at a Super Fund site or anywhere in Missouri.
* Special note the business could be located anywhere in California including Kansas City, St. Louis, Independence, Columbia, Lee’s Summit, O’Fallon, or St. Joseph.

According to the Missouri Corporate Whistleblower Center, “If you can prove your Missouri based employer has overbilled the US Government and the amount of overbilling is at least a million dollars please call us anytime at 866-714-6466 and let’s discuss how the whistleblower reward program works. Why sit on a potentially winning lotto ticket without ever knowing what it might have been worth?” http://Missouri.CorporateWhistleblower.Com

Simple rules for a whistleblower from the Missouri Corporate Whistleblower Center: Do not go to the government first if you are a potential whistleblower with substantial proof of wrongdoing. The Missouri Corporate Whistleblower Center says, “Major whistleblowers frequently go to the government thinking they will help. It’s a huge mistake. Do not go to the news media with your whistleblower information. Public revelation of a whistleblower’s information could destroy any prospect for a reward. Do not try to force a company/employer or individual to come clean about significant Medicare fraud, overbilling the federal government for services never rendered, multi-million-dollar state or federal tax evasion, or a Missouri based company falsely claiming to be a minority owned business to get preferential treatment on federal or state projects. Come to us first, tell us what type of information you have, and if we think it’s sufficient, we will help you with a focus on you getting rewarded.”

Unlike any group in the US the Corporate Whistleblower Center can assist a potential whistleblower with packaging or building out their information to potentially increase the reward potential. They will also provide the whistleblower with access to some of the most skilled whistleblower attorneys in the nation. For more information a possible whistleblower with substantial proof of wrongdoing in Missouri can contact the Whistleblower Center at 866-714-6466 or contact them via their website at http://Missouri.CorporateWhistleBlower.Com.

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Whitney Museum Unveils Plans for David Hammons Artwork in the Hudson

During the comment portion of the committee meeting, a few residents questioned whether garbage would collect in the water around the artwork’s poles — the Whitney said it would evaluate that — and whether there would be information on site about the history of the pier (the Whitney said it would provide material through signage and an app).

The committee, which handles parks and waterfront issues, agreed to make sure the artwork would not impinge on the pier’s parkland. The plan will now go before the full board later this month.

One resident, who said he’d lived on Gansevoort Street since 1969, likened it to a “resurrection” of the old Pier 52, which was used in the shipping industry before becoming a sanitation and parking facility.

Jane Crawford, Matta-Clark’s widow, who attended Wednesday’s meeting, said in an interview afterward: “It’s very poetic, so beautiful. I’m so honored, as I know Gordon would be were he here. I’m hoping it is fulfilled.”

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Manhattan’s Pier 52 shown in a photograph taken by the artist Gordon Matta-Clark, who sliced openings in the shed there to create his own artwork called “Day’s End.” Credit Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

It was Mr. Hammons himself who proposed the project, said Adam Weinberg, the Whitney’s director, as he made a presentation to the committee. The museum had not been seeking an installation, but after Mr. Hammons toured its new building and looked out over the Hudson, he sent the museum a sketch of his proposed sculpture.

“Is this a provocation? Is it a proposal? Is it a gift?” Mr. Weinberg recalled wondering at the time. “We got in touch with David and his manager and said, ‘We’d love to talk to you about this.’”

Whitney officials worked over the last year on conceiving and evaluating the project with Guy Nordenson, a structural engineer.

Although the museum would raise money to support the installation’s construction and maintenance — costs that have yet to be determined — the Whitney does not own the land and would not own the artwork.

Instead, the installation would belong to Hudson River Park Trust, which would maintain it with Whitney funds. The two have yet to forge a formal agreement, though the trust has approved the project in principle.

It was important to the Whitney to brief local residents about the project first, Mr. Weinberg said — although the news leaked in advance — given the opposition faced by another project in the river, Barry Diller’s proposed island at Pier 55, which was scuttled last month.

Indeed, Mr. Weinberg’s presentation had all the oomph and charm of a salesman trying to avoid the pitfalls of the Diller project, which was opposed largely on environmental grounds. Mr. Weinberg stressed that the Hammons project’s poles would be made of “the thinnest possible material” (eight inches in diameter, he said) and that the installation’s impact on the area would be “the lightest touch possible.”

“There are essentially no shadows, it’s completely open to the light, to the air,” he said, adding: “It is a kind of ghost monument. You have a sense that this is something that was always there, yet it sort of disappears.”

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A sketch by Mr. Hammons for “Day’s End.” Credit David Hammons

Mr. Weinberg compared the sculpture to the work of Alexander Calder, whose mobiles are currently on view at the museum. “Calder worked with wire, he was drawing in space,” Mr. Weinberg said. “In many ways, this is a drawing in space that has an evanescent quality.”

“It will not impose on any uses of the Gansevoort Peninsula — you can still have baseball fields, you can still have park,” he added. “It’s one of the biggest public sculptures in New York, yet takes up almost no mass whatsoever.”

Given that the Whitney was founded by an artist — Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney — and that so many artists live in the neighborhood, Mr. Weinberg said the Hammons project is also symbolic of the museum’s close relationship with artists.

Mr. Hammons, 74, has lived in New York for some 40 years, and “worked his way through the art world at a time when it was not so easy for an African-American artist to make his career,” Mr. Weinberg said. Showing slides of Mr. Hammons work, Mr. Weinberg described him as “one of the greatest living American artists.”

Mr. Hammons himself did not attend Wednesday’s meeting, though his manager, Lois Plehn, was present. The artist is famously private — he rarely talks to the press — and independent. He is not represented by a commercial gallery and often turns down invitations from major museums interested in mounting exhibitions of his work.

The project would rest on 12 pilings spaced 65 feet apart — five of them on the peninsula, with a sixth out at the end and another six in the water. It would not be lit at night.

“At the end of the day,” Mr. Weinberg said, “the piece disappears into the darkness.”

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Top 4 (5) Places to Book a Flight (Vacation) with Bitcoin

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SCOTTSDALE , AZ , UNITED STATES, October 4, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Various companies all over the world have started to accept bitcoin payments as of late. Particularly the travel industry seems to be warming up to bitcoin and cryptocurrency payments. Booking a flight or hotel with bitcoin has become significantly easier. We looked at some of the companies making this all possible.

5. TRIPWITZ

Although this list was initially 4 (see source) we felt compelled to add TripWitz because they just started taking Bitcoins for not only flights but vacations as well (must do both) and we believe the original author may have added it possibly higher. TripWitz is an Online Travel Agency that has a master license agreement with public company Cache Elite, Inc. and trades under OTC: PK (ILUS) their uniqueness is proprietary software attached to designated travel specialist that makes Hawaii (up to 25% off) travel a high priority. You still can “do it yourself” on the website but immediately after you do your quote (with your real email) you are assigned a travel specialist to help from the beginning, during and after your vacation at no extra charge. I’m sure travelers that got hit with some inclement weather as of late could have used this service. It looks like TripWitz may be the travel business of the future. A highly functional sophisticated website is similar to our number one company Expedia (EXPE), but with a human factor.

4. DESTINIA

The name Destinia will ring a bell for quite a lot of people. On their website, it is possible to book flights and accommodations for nearly any location one can think of. Destinia also accepts bitcoin payments, which makes them one of the front runners to do so. Over the years, a lot of bitcoin users made use of Destinia’s services, which is a positive trend to take note of.

3. WEBJET EXCLUSIVES

This Australian travel agency made quite some media headlines in 2015 when they announced the acceptance of bitcoin payments. Although this is only applicable to the Webjet Exclusives part of the website, users can still book flights and cruises with bitcoin without much effort. This is quite a significant deal, as Webjets exclusives is offering travel to all parts of the world.

To enable bitcoin payments, the Webjet online travel agency partnered with BitPOS to allow for cryptocurrency payments. The company sees bitcoin as an innovative addition to their existing payment solutions. It is possible the bitcoin payment option will be expanded to other products in the future, although Webjet has not confirmed such a move at this time.

2. CHEAPAIR

CheapAir is one of the first travel agencies in the world to accept bitcoin payments. That in itself makes the company quite valuable to the cryptocurrency ecosystem, as more use cases for bitcoin are always welcome. Over the years, the company has seen quite a significant interest from bitcoin users, which goes to show booking flights with bitcoin has quickly become a trend.

Earlier this week, CheapAir announced the company has seen a 74% increase in bitcoin sales. This change can mostly be attributed to the bitcoin price rally, which started in the second half of 2016. As the price per BTC goes up, consumers spend less bitcoin to pay the same amount. This creates a valid reason to spend some cryptocurrency, rather than hoard it.

1. EXPEDIA

When one of the world’s largest travel agencies accepts bitcoin payments, one knows exciting things are bound to happen sooner or later. Expedia is one of the world’s best-known travel agencies, and they started accepting bitcoin payments several years ago. It is unclear how many bookings are paid with bitcoin through the Expedia platform. As long as the company keeps accepting bitcoin, the decision must be paying off, which is what matters most.

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African American History and Culture Forever Stamp Available Nationwide on Friday, Oct. 13. 2017

After being open for only a year, The National Museum of African American History and Culture has been honored by The U.S. Postal Service

Black history represents a large portion of America’s history. The issuing of the stamp constitutes for a well respected and well acknowledged understanding of the black experience. The National Museum of African American History and Culture became the 19th Smithsonian museum and the only national museum dedicated solely to African American life, art, history and culture.

The stamp art is based on a photograph of the museum showing a view of the northwest corner of the building. The text in the upper-left corner of the stamp reads “National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The museum was described as a place that seeks to understand African American History through the lens of the “African American Experience.”

The museum was established in 2003 by President George W. Bush. It wasn’t until civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis pushed, for 15 years straight, in introducing bills for such a museum in each session of Congress.

“The idea for a museum dedicated to African Americans was first put forward by black veterans of the Civil War,” Obama said. “And years later, the call was picked up by members of the civil rights generation — by men and women who knew how to fight for what was right and strive for what is just.”

According to Linn’s Stamps News, The National Museum of African American History and Culture has collected close to 37,000 historical artifacts, including documents and other media.

Its doors are open to all who hope to learn more about African American culture, and to explore “what it means to be an American and share how American values like resiliency, optimism, and spirituality are reflected in African American history and culture.”

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture Architectural Photrography
First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the Celebrating African American History and Culture Forever stamp will take place Friday October 13th, 2017 at

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Heritage Hall
1400 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20560

This stamp will be on sale at the ceremony and available nationwide on the same day.

Sources: Lori Lakin Hutcherson (Good Black News), USPS 

Renowned civil rights lawyer Thelton Henderson to mentor at Berkeley Law

Judge Thelton Henderson — a renowned civil rights lawyer who spent nearly 40 years as a federal judge — is returning to his alma mater, Berkeley Law, this time as a mentor, teacher and adviser.

Thelton Henderson

Thelton Henderson is returning to Berkeley Law, this time as a mentor. (Berkeley Law photo)

Henderson, who graduated from Berkeley Law in 1962 and retired from the bench last month, says his new position on campus is a natural transition. “It fits perfectly with what I’m passionate about: working with students and helping young people find their path… Mentorship is important to me because it was important for me.”

Henderson’s legacy is far-reaching and his accomplishments diverse. He was the first African American lawyer at the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division in the early 1960s. He’s been instrumental in outlawing sexual harassment in California. His ruling led to the state adopting restrictions in its use of solitary confinement and creating a better health care system for inmates. His environmental rulings have saved dolphins from tuna industry and are credited with making the Bay Area the only place in the country that meets the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

Two decades ago, Berkeley Law opened the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice in response to the passage of Proposition 209, the 1996 state ballot measure that barred affirmative action in public universities. The center serves to ensure that “conversations about power, privilege, race, gender and class are always part of life and learning at Berkeley Law.”

Savala Trepcyznski

Savala Trepcyznski is the executive director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley.

At a retirement dinner for Henderson last week, it was announced that a new fellowship, also in his name, will provide summer employment funding each year for Berkeley Law students to engage in otherwise unpaid racial justice work.

“This fellowship keeps faith will all the Henderson Center has stood for since its inception,” said Savala Trepczynski, the center’s executive director. “It serves the greater community, and indeed the nation, as we grapple with racial equity. And it honors Judge Henderson’s legacy as a champion for social justice.”

Trepcyznski, who graduated from Berkeley Law in 2011, says as director, she’s guided by the incredible work of Judge Henderson. “I want the Henderson Center to help every single Berkeley Law student to develop their conviction that social justice is an integral part of the law, and that the law is an integral part of social justice.” She interviewed Henderson for the center’s summer podcast series, Be the Change. (Listen to the interview below.)

During the interview, Henderson, who served as an adviser for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement, recalls a time he saw a different side of King.

“We all know him. That voice — the way he can inspire you… But I saw another side of him that showed me how hard his task really was,” he tells Trepczynski. “He had a big press conference coming up — press from all over the country was there… We were in his room. He was in his undershirt, and he was dead tired… and finally, Andy Young came into the room and said, ‘Okay, Mike’ — he called him Mike — ‘It’s time to go.’ He sort of pulled himself up, went into the bathroom, splashed cold water on his face, put on a shirt. Then he went out there and became the Martin Luther King — the one you always see… Just an incredibly brave man with the leadership that I wish we had today that I think is missing.”

Thelton Henderson

Henderson signs copies of his book, Breaking New Ground, at his retirement party. (UC Berkeley photo by Hulda Nelson)

As a “distinguished visitor” at Berkeley Law, Henderson will hold office hours with students, co-teach parts of classes, act as an adviser on the school’s various social justice projects and assist in writing amicus briefs.

“I really enjoy interacting with law students,” he said. “I tell them, ‘Don’t think I was born into a black robe. There were lots of twists and turns before that happened.’ I like to remind them of the many paths to a gratifying career, and help them find what suits them best.”

Read more about Henderson’s legacy on the Berkeley Law website.

Pathways to Health: Many still need help understanding health insurance

ICHS community advocate Aleksandra Posekova helps connect the community to resources and answers at Bellevue Crossroads Mall. • Photo by Michael B. Maine

Many still need help understanding health insurance. With the Affordable Care Act, more people than ever have the opportunity to access affordable health care. Sadly, many are still not taking full advantage of their entitled health benefits.

“I didn’t even know I could be eligible for health insurance as I’m not a citizen,” said Nina, a young Russian immigrant and mother, who did not wish to share her last name. Nina was recently at the Crossroads Mall in Bellevue asking International Community Health Services’ (ICHS) community advocates about health care and community resources for her family.

According to 2016 data from the National Center for Health Statistics, 25% of Hispanics were uninsured compared to 15% of African-Americans, 8.6% of whites, and 7.5% of Asians. The low reported number of uninsured Asians can be misleading however, because it masks lower enrollment for recent immigrants. A person’s lack of understanding can be costly.

“Many people end up filing for bankruptcy because they lack medical insurance,” said Aleksandra Posekova, ICHS community advocate. “Unfortunately, many immigrants find health insurance complicated and confusing. Deductibles, co-payments, and out-of-pocket maximums are difficult concepts even for those who work in health care. It is understandable they are overwhelming for people new to the marketplace.”

The underlying issue is one of health literacy—the capacity to obtain, communicate, process and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions. Enrollment in a health insurance plan, particularly a government-funded or subsidized plan, is already complex and only made more so through differences in language and culture. An estimated 80 million people in the United States are impacted by a lack of health literacy that results in a lower level of care.

“People get stressed choosing a health insurance plan,” said Posekova. “They have no confidence in their ability to make such an important decision for themselves and their families.”

“We really had no idea on how to go about doing this,” Nina said, shaking her head. “If Aleksandra hadn’t worked with us, we may have never gotten around to it.”

Nina underscores what Posekova and her colleagues at ICHS ultimately seek to stave off—those who choose to avoid enrollment altogether because of a lack of health literacy. Such failures represent potential losses in individual and community health, as well as ultimately undermine the insurance marketplace.

Fortunately, trained, in-person ICHS navigators work in clinics and out in the community to provide in-language, culturally-attuned assistance, and education. They help recent immigrants and others determine eligibility, sift through the choices to compare plans, and complete paperwork and enrollment. They try to make an intimidating, multistep process less scary.

“I understand how difficult the process is for people and have even seen the same family up to three times before they have the confidence to select a plan,” said Posekova. “They often ask the same questions and I tell them that they are not alone and most people have similar questions and concerns. It’s great that we have so many navigators speaking Cantonese, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Punjabi, and Somali. It’s much easier to understand in your own language.”

“As soon as we got our social security numbers and work authorization cards we enrolled into health insurance plans,” smiles Nina. “Now, I am working in a daycare and my husband will soon start work. I am so grateful for this help from ICHS.”

November 1 is the start of the fifth open enrollment season—the period under which qualified applicants can sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act—ending on December 15.

“This year, the open enrollment period is only six weeks long, instead of 12 weeks. We are strongly encouraging people to start earlier than in past years,” said Posekova. “Qualified health plan enrollees will automatically be enrolled in a plan that is most similar to past enrollment. However, plans have changed and all people are encouraged to shop for the plan that best fits their health care needs and budget.”

ICHS navigators and in-person assisters are available to help community members at each of ICHS’ clinic locations. For more information, call ICHS at (206) 788-3700.

About ICHS

Founded in 1973, ICHS is a non-profit community health center offering affordable primary medical, vision and dental care, acupuncture, laboratory, pharmacy, behavioral health, WIC and health education services. ICHS’ four full-service medical and dental clinics—located in Seattle’s International District and Holly Park neighborhoods; and in the cities of Bellevue and Shoreline—serve nearly 29,000 patients each year. As the only community health center in Washington primarily serving Asians and Pacific Islanders, ICHS provides care in over 50 languages and dialects annually. ICHS is committed to improving the health of medically-underserved communities by providing affordable and in-language health care. For more information, please visit: www.ichs.com.

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Docs look to make prescribing opioid treatment prescription easier

Despite the escalating problem of opioid abuse and overdoses across North Carolina, there is only one “preferred” addiction treatment under the state Medicaid program.

If a provider would like to treat a Medicaid patient with a treatment other than Suboxone® SL Film, they must go through extra steps that could take as little as a few hours or as much as days to receive approval through the North Carolina Medicaid Program.

North Carolina physicians and counselors are asking a committee that meets under the state Department of Health and Human Services to eliminate the prior authorization requirement for non-preferred drugs so they can provide any medication-assisted treatment to patients immediately.

“Prior authorization comes through quickly sometimes, other times it takes 72 hours,” said John Woodyear, president of the Old North State Medical Society.

“It’s hard to predict how quickly we will get authorization. Many times a patient that comes to the office is going through withdrawal, and they want to start immediately,” Woodyear said.

He compared going through opioid withdrawal with the feeling of drowning. “It’s like telling someone who is drowning, ‘I see you, and I can help. Just wait 72 hours and I’ll send a life raft.’ You have to strike when the iron is hot.”

Woodyear added that providers have many preferred treatment options for diabetes and high blood pressure under the the state’s Medicaid Program. He doesn’t understand the rationale behind only one option to treat addiction.

On behalf of his medical society, which represents African-American physicians, Woodyear sent a letter to Gov. Roy Cooper and DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen asking for the elimination of prior authorization for all buprenorphine/naloxone products for Medicaid patients.

Emergency

“During a public health emergency, providing only a single preferred product to address an epidemic is inadequate,” Woodyear wrote.

“We know that we can do better for our Medicaid patients and seek your leadership to remove these unnecessary barriers that tax our office’s resources and makes access to these life-saving medications more challenging.”

A group of more than 50 counselors and other caregivers in North Carolina also signed a letter addressed to the committee that decides which medications are preferred under Medicaid. They also are asking for the elimination of prior authorizations for addiction treatments.

“As non-physician health care providers serving Medicaid recipients in the state, we respectfully request that this committee take the lead in addressing the opioid crisis by voting to cover all buprenorphine/naloxone products at your next meeting,” reads the letter written on University Psychiatric Associates letterhead.

Asking a patient to wait for prior authorization of a treatment that is best for them is “not practical or fair,” the letter reads.

“These delays endanger patients to relapse, potentially impacting the individual, their family, employer, even the criminal justice system,” the letter continues.

Kelly Haight, DHHS press assistant, said Suboxone is the preferred treatment “because the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, Physicians Advisory Group and Prescription Drug List Review Panel agreed that the naloxone/buprenorphine products in that drug class are equivalent in clinical efficacy and safety.”

“Additionally, an analysis of prior authorization request reported equal access to all three buprenorphine/naloxone products regardless of their status on the Preferred Drug List. After conducting a financial review, the North Carolina Medicaid Pharmacy Program determined that Suboxone provided the best value to beneficiaries and providers,” Haight added.

Compelling physicians to seek prior authorization for Medicaid treatments is not unusual. This past week, North Carolina Medicaid just required physicians to seek prior authorization to prescribe opioids for more than two weeks and above a certain dosage.

Few doctors prescribing treatment

Providing physicians with immediate access to all addiction treatment for their Medicaid patients is only one part of the equation. There also needs to be more doctors who can treat people with addiction.

Woodyear said he is also urging members of his society to become federally certified to treat patients with opioid addiction. Woodyear, who is a family doctor from Troy, N.C., is treating around 275 patients per month with opioid addiction and could be seeing even more.

“There are so many people writing prescriptions of the controlled substance, but very few waivered to provide addiction treatment,” Woodyear said. “There is still a bias in the profession. They don’t want to be involved with ‘those people,’ yet they are contributing to the problem those people have.”

Fewer than 1 percent of North Carolina prescribers are certified to administer medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction.

According to the North Carolina Medical Board, there were 26,295 physicians and 5,788 physician assistants registered with the board in 2016. While they are all licensed to prescribe opioids, only 190 are certified by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency to prescribe addiction treatment medication.

Lawsuit over addiction treatment drugs

Meanwhile, North Carolina and 35 other states have sued the company that makes Suboxone Film, the only North Carolina Medicaid preferred drug to treat opioid addiction.

Last September, then-Attorney General Roy Cooper announced an antitrust lawsuit against Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, now known as Indivior, alleging that the company blocked generic versions of the drug to keep the price unlawfully high.

“Gaming the system to charge higher prices on needed medications is wrong,” Cooper said in a press release at the time. “Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem in North Carolina and those trying to recover from it suffer if artificially high costs make it harder for them to get treatment.”

“The attorneys general allege that their investigation shows consumers and other purchasers such as local law enforcement and emergency medical services paid artificially high prices for Suboxone since late 2009, when generic alternatives would have become available without the illegal interference,” the press release reads. “During that time, annual sales of Suboxone topped $1 billion.”

The lawsuit alleges that the maker of Suboxone conspired with another company to change the drug from a tablet form to a film that dissolves in the mouth. The lawsuit claims that this was done “to prevent or delay generic alternatives and maintain monopoly profits.”

Taylor Knopf joined NC Health News in March 2017 and covers rural and mental health news. She is a 2017-18 regional fellow with the Association of Health Care Journalists.

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Hyundai Commission 2017 – Superflex, review: Exhilarating show awaits the masses

I”ve spent a lot of time in the Turbine Hall in the 17 years since it opened, but I’ve never felt as exhilarated as I did on a swing installed here by Superflex

Travelling fast through the air, legs outstretched and tucked-in beneath, daring oneself to go higher was an innocent, moving thrill in this great space. Tate Modern’s street, as its architects Herzog & de Meuron intended, is now complete with a beautifully designed playground.

And design is a key element of One Two Three Swing! It’s an immaculate sculptural object, with a orange tubular line  zig-zagging its way through the space, on to the bridge, through the wall out on to the landscape, set against a dark cork floor. The swings punctuate it with confectionary colour accents. Then there’s the chromatic spectrum of the carpet, reflected in the swinging mirror ball above. 

What of the underlying political and social message? The carpet, colour-coded according to the hues of British banknotes, and the inexorable movement of the pendulum, are symbols of the potential for apathy; the swings for collective action to fight it. 

In an assembly area at the back of the hall are unattached swings with labels saying “the collective power produced” by using them will “potentially change the trajectory of the planet”.

This is as much a thought experiment as it is a genuine intention, a metaphor for harnessing what unites us to battle a acceptance of the status quo. It’s not a show for a cynic: you have to throw yourself into it.

At the press viewing this morning, it was only partly complete: it needs the huge crowds Tate Modern attracts to activate it. It’s impressive enough without them, but with the energy of the swinging masses,  it might just be magnificent.

One Two Three Swing! is in the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, until April 2 and admission is free

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Interview: Nell Irvin Painter

Until her recent retirement from teaching, Nell Irvin Painter was the Edwards Professor of American History at Princeton University. She was Director of Princeton’s Program in African-American Studies from 1997 to 2000. In addition to her doctorate in history from Harvard University, she has received honorary doctorates from Wesleyan,  Dartmouth, SUNY-New Paltz, and Yale. As a scholar, Professor Painter has published numerous books, articles, reviews, and other essays. Her most recent books are Creating Black Americans and Southern History Across the Color Line. Furthermore, six of her earlier books are still in print. Professor Painter’s prominence has been recognized by her selection to be the President of the Southern Historical Association for 2007 and the President of the Organization of American Historians for 2007-2008.

Professor Painter has also served on numerous editorial boards and as an officer of many other professional organizations, including the American Historical Association, the American Antiquarian Society, the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, and the Association of Black Women Historians. She is currently a Councilor of the prestigious Society of American Historians.

BSN: What inspired you to write an illustrated history of African-Americans?

NP: The idea of my writing a narrative history came from Bruce Borland, a developmental editor. He admired my earlier narrative history, Standing at Armageddon: The United States, 1877-1919 and thought I could do a good job with African-American history. I knew from the beginning of the project that I wanted to use images in a more critical fashion than usual in narrative histories. The more I thought about the project, the more I wanted to use the work of black artists exclusively. Artists portray history with more passion than professional historians, which I thought particularly important for this history. All history implicates identity; with African-American history and identity so often misconstrued, I wanted to bring together my professional approach, which should be balanced and dispassionate, with the artists’ excitement. In addition, I hope artists will encourage readers to broach fundamental questions about the nature and process of visual representation, which is part of the meaning of African-American history in my subtitle.

BSN: Do you have an art background or did you rely on the help of curators in choosing the artwork?

NP: Lacking training in art history, I blundered along pretty much by myself. But I relied upon curators and art historians to make the first cuts for me by deciding what to publish. I picked from material that had already reached print, in biographies, exhibition catalogues, and the International Review of African-American Art.

BSN: How did you decide whether to include a piece?

NP: Because my theme is self-creation, I decided first that I would only use the work of black artists. Then I had to strike a balance between narrative and art histories. I was writing a narrative history, in which the art serves the purposes of narrative history, not the other way around. This means that I left out enormous bodies of work that art histories would need to include, such as work by black artists not on historical themes or not picturing black motifs. I also found early readers reluctant to deal with abstraction, so Creating Black Americans contains almost no abstract pieces. My own taste also played a part, inclining me toward more painterly pieces and away from those that seemed to me too obviously the work of illustrators. I also tended to shy away from artists whose biographies I could not find. On the other hand, I felt that although I wanted to include a range of artists in terms of professionalism and training, and I wanted to represent many different media, painting, sculpture, photography, quilts, graffiti, murals, I definitely needed to include major artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, and William H. Johnson. For the most part, my greatest challenge lay in keeping the total number of illustrations within a limit commensurate with a reasonable book price.

BSN: What do you see as your intended audience? It seems like this is an academic text that could be used by high school and college classes but also a coffee table book that anybody could enjoy.

NP: You have grasped my thinking perfectly. The history in Creating Black Americans is impeccable, and the art is a bonus for readers seeking historical knowledge. But for those readers looking for an entry into black art, the images will pay off handsomely.

BSN: Which period of Black history was the most challenging to research?

NP: The most recent period in Chapter 15 was the toughest because the sources are so scattered, so superficial, and so frequently unreliable. Historians haven’t yet produced a wide range of solid scholarship I could draw upon, not just for the kind of information that only careful research can provide, but also for the most basic facts, such as where and when hip-hop figures were born. For the last thirty or so years, a good deal of the information remains in the realm of marketing rather than serious biography. Chapter 15 also needed information on Black conservatives, which is not yet readily accessible. I had to rely more than I would have preferred on information through the internet, which is notorious for not being reliable. With the passage of time, historians will generate the kind of research I was missing, but they haven’t quite yet.

BSN: Which period affected you the most emotionally as you wrote about it?

NP: I’d say the period following the Second World War broke my heart the most, though a deep immersion in African-American history over the centuries can’t but make one angry. By 1945, Black Americans and our allies had been protesting against discrimination in every possible way, but the response was still so often literal murder. So many Black people died for what should have been their basic citizens’ rights in a democracy!

BSN: What new historical fact were you most surprised to learn while conducting your research for this book?

NP: The recent discovery that one-third of Black Americans’ ancestors came from west-central Africa, more than from any other region of the continent, surprised me most. Like so many others, I had assumed that my forebears came from the Bight of Benin—the now the nations of Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria. This evidently is less likely to be the case than I had thought.

BSN: Which artists and which illustrations in the book are your favorites,
and why?

NP: Gosh, that’s a hard one. Creating Black Americans contains so many images that please me that it’s really hard to single out particular ones. Let me reconstruct your question and point to three images I especially like because they’re unexpected. Faith Ringgold’s “We Came to America,� [from 1997, found in Chapter 2 on page 20]; Barbara Chase-Riboud’s “Sojourner Truth Monument� model [from 1999, found in Chapter 4 on page 76]; and James A. Porter’s “Soldado Senegales,� [from about 1935, found in Chapter 9 on page 181]. Ringgold’s quilt, one of the many recent works by artists who are only just now facing the horror of the Atlantic slave trade, imagines our ancestors foundering in a sea that is both angry and familiar—familiar by dint of the proximity of the Statue of Liberty, which puts the ancestors somewhere near Coney Island beach. This ship’s fire occurs in American waters. Chase-Riboud usually makes abstract works, but here she applies her classic technique to a figure from African-American history. Her Sojourner Truth appears in the traditional equestrian format usually reserved for white male statesmen, but beside rather than astride her horse. We remember Porter as a pioneering art historian, but he also painted beautifully. After spending time in Paris, as did so many black artists seeking to further their art, he depicted an embodiment of the diasporic dimension of the First World War in this portrait of a soldier from Senegal.

BSN: Who are some of your favorite figures in African-American history?

NP: Once again, there are so many! Having written full-length biographies of Sojourner Truth and Hosea Hudson, I give them special places in my heart. I also like Oprah Winfrey for showing us what freedom for African Americans can mean for Africa: For so many generations, African immigrants and their children could not send home American earnings, as did immigrants from Asia and Europe. Now, though, a generation after the lifting of segregation and three generations after slavery, African descendants can finally contribute to the economic and educational development of Africa. Stokely Carmichael and Charles Hamilton taught me a lot through an immersion in black power. Black power warns Black people against measuring themselves only according to what white people want. This is good advice to keep in mind. You have to preserve a certain distance from the wider American culture in order to preserve sanity.

BSN: Where did you grow up and how do you like living and teaching in Princeton?

NP: I grew up in Oakland, California, and went to college at the University of California, Berkeley. I spent two years in Ghana in the 1960s, which helped preserve my humanity. I enjoyed living and teaching in Princeton—such fine students and such a rich intellectual community, including a library that walks on water. But after many years in Princeton, my husband and I wanted a more diverse community. In 2002 we moved to a terrific neighborhood in Newark that’s one-third black, one-third Latino, and one-third white. That feels good.

BSN: Someone told me that you were working on a history of white people. Is that true?

NP: True. I’m awfully far behind in writing The History of White People, having gotten totally absorbed by Ralph Waldo Emerson, whom I’m calling “The Founding Father of American White Race Theory.� I’m looking forward to the holidays, when I can return to the Adirondacks and burrow back into that material. And soon, I hope, complete the book.

BSN: I once read a blurb of yours on the back of a book by Michael Eric Dyson which I gave a poor review. Did you really read it and like it, or did somebody just write the blurb for you sight unseen?

NP: I write all my own stuff, all of it. I actually liked Dyson’s book on King, because it made King into a real person, an individual. I acknowledge the degree to which each black person is taken as an index of the entire race, but I don’t think we should stop there. It’s a good thing to push readers a little farther, past the zone of familiar comfort, where they need also to see Black people as individuals rather than units of credit-to-the-race.

BSN: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

NP: Take care of your health, mental and physical, because you need both strengths to keep going in the face of likely discouragement. And do keep going; keep reading; keep writing; keep a few good friends who understand you in the way you understand yourself at your best.

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WC Launches Lecture Series on the African American Church this Month

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“The African American Church: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow” Leads Inaugural Series of Events at Washington College.

The public is invited, at no charge, to Washington College’s Institute for Religion, Politics & Culture’s kick off of it’s inaugural series “The African American Church: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.

The two-day series will be held at 6:00 PM on Monday, October 16, in the Hynson Lounge and 6:30 PM on Monday, November 6, in Litrenta Hall, both on the Washington College campus in Chestertown, Maryland.
The October 16 event will feature Reverend Pinkett of Cambridge, Maryland, the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Image Award Recipient, and the Honorable Corey Peck, Talbot County, Maryland, Council member, Sunday school teacher and Lay Leader at the Union Baptist Church in Easton, Maryland.

The November 6 event will feature Reverend Dr. William T. Wallace, Sr., pastor of the Union United Methodist Church in St. Michaels, Maryland.This will be the first in a free series of events to focus on the “African American Church and American Ideals” put on by Washington College’s Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture.

The Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture is dedicated to the rigorous study of religion’s influence on American and world history, as well as its contemporary importance for cultural and political life. The Institute also explores a range of pressing issues facing contemporary society and the enduring value of America’s founding principles.

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