Myriad is the only company who performs the genetic testing. The cost is about $4,000 according to their information and insurance, including Obama care DOES pay for it so women have little, if any, out of pocket cost according to what Myriad spokesperson says. Doesn't mention women without insurance but maybe Obama care still covers. According to what Ms. Jolie said her breast cancer risk was 87% (post surgery 5% or less) but that leaves the 50% chance of Ovarian cancer which her mother died from. Wonder if she will opt to have her ovaries removed at some point to eliminate that risk as well. Ovarian cancer is a difficult cancer to detect early, much like pancreatic cancer. Wish a cure could be found for all of them.posted @ Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 17:31
This couple sounds old and confused...I'd take a look at the son too - he is able to bring medications but not ensure his folks are properly cared for or in a safe place? Wonder if he is skimming from them too..maybe not but come on..anyone with any common sense and decency would be able to see, literally, this couple is unable to care for themselves. Though the wife is removed the husband in still in this environment and the maid is still going to come around..sounds like they may be a bit afraid of her as well.posted @ Monday, March 4, 2013 - 17:37
Most people know the difference between abuse and discipline...I don't know the details of this story nor have I seen the video but I will venture to say this..as someone who is child-free I do not think it's cute to see a parent sit their child on a counter (diapered or in pants) in any store, nor do I think its cute or acceptable to a child of any age to run around a store, scream, yell, rough house or play loud video games at a table. I don't dislike/hate children and I certainly don't think they should be beat/abused but I do think that a parent needs to have control over their child and realize that manners do matter and respecting other peoples property (this includes restaurants property), personal space and not leaving a huge mess for the wait staff to clean up (they are not servants) and keeping your child from hanging over a booth seat should be a given. If a parent allows their kid to scream/yell/play during dinner time at home that's up to them, but when in public, be civilized and respectful. As far as the child in this story..any child that is comfortable showing his/her @$$ like this story states and thinks nothing for throwing something at an adult has a lot more problems than just getting spanked by this employee. As others have said, can only imagine what this kid does at home. If you can't control your child please, stay home or at least leave them at home. Life isn't all Jerry Springer.posted @ Monday, February 4, 2013 - 17:22
Karma can be a real b****....
ZERO sympathy for this thug. Black.white, green, purple..who cares - sometimes an @$$ whipping is the only thing someone can understand - like it or not.
There is nothing "fun" about intentionally running over/hitting an animal. Any human that has a need to feel "dominant" to the point of behavior like described here...well I can only imagine what else they do to other defenseless animals or people. Just sick.posted @ Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 16:35
@EbbTide2: He looks like he is from Whoville...Thought of the Grinch as soon as I saw him.posted @ Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 12:04
@monkey_of_shame: The Medical Board will review his license status (which right now is suspended) after the criminal charges are completed. Anyone can check a doctors license anytime online - there are also copies attached to the complaints against him on the licensing board web site on him. Anytime a doctor has settled a suit/been sued etc it's suppose to be listed on the license check for the public to see as well.
I agree w/you that his actions were less than professional however I agree w/other posters that this is not a case of rape - it's a case of a pi$$ed off woman and an affair that went bad. Even if he does get to keep his license and practice again I can't imagine anyone with any brains around Athens going to him if they know about this situation.
Athens makes Atlanta look like Disney World these days...thugs have way too much control around here..like others have said, they know nothing will happen to them if arrested in Clarkeposted @ Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 19:38
And I gotta ask..where were the kids when all this was taking place and who was watching them??posted @ Monday, November 12, 2012 - 17:28
Jerry Springer needs to move his show to Athens...geez.posted @ Monday, November 12, 2012 - 17:27
Has anyone spoke to Big Bird to see what he may know about this? Maybe Romney was onto something when he wanted to get these Muppet types off gov't assistance........posted @ Monday, November 12, 2012 - 17:23
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I agree Yellowjournalsim...and Delta recently posted a little over a Billion (yes, that's with a "B" dollar profit. Their monetary loss is nothing compared to the tens of thousands of others who are facing far worse times personally and economically. Delta has the rep for being a greedy airline - now insensitive can be added to the list.posted @ Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 06:45
"All this for a damn flag" according to Michele Obama...just another reason I am voting for Romney....posted @ Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 06:36
I'm sure I will get bashed for this but..not everyone thinks breastfeeding is beautiful or appropriate for public display - I happen to be one of "those" people. MANY mothers who breast feed pump the milk and are able to take it with them in a bottle to feed the child when necessary which is much more classy and appropriate, than breastfeeding in public. Just as I am one of "those" people who does not think its cute for a child to run around a store, sit on a counter in a store (or table) or for a parent to leave a mess for the wait staff to clean up because they are too lazy or self focused to clean up after their own child. AND, since I'm gong to get clobbered I might as well go all the way here...not everyone likes babies/kids (I know, audible gasps I'm sure)..and women who insist on an "in your face" feeding or allow children to run/scream/yell/ make messes then leave them in public places do not help their cause. Now, before anyone accuses me of being a baby hater..the truth is kids are not an interest of mine but that does not mean I hate them it simply means that parents need to recognize not everyone thinks Junior hung the moon or that his running in a store is "just a kid being a kid" - no more than I am going to assume all people like dogs and therefore allow my dog to jump on someone or not clean up after him when taking him for a walk. As hard as it is for people to accept, the restaurant has the right to set the ground rules for patrons - like wearing shirts, pants etc. and they are there to serve all - not just her.posted @ Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 12:13
@LeglEgl: Offered because not everyone can take a TB test or Hep B vaccine..depends on a persons medical history and allergies..some people cannot take either so alternatives are offered, such as a chest xray for TB check - which is why most employers cannot make either mandatory.....also, a positive TB test does NOT mean a person has active TB, just as going through the Hep B series does not mean a person will end up w/the antibodies to protect themselves. Education is the key - not panic.posted @ Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 19:45
The cruelty is the fault of the sick POS who did this..the regulators are not at these places 24/7 and yes, they have a responsibility but the fact is there are some sick, vile humans in this world...if this is how they behave at work I can only imagine what they would be capable of in their private lives. Hoping they are prosecuted. There is no excuse for this type of behavior. None.posted @ Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 13:22
Strange...I just went back and re-read the God's "Top Ten" - still don't see anything on there about same sex marriage being a "sin" (please, please, any and all Bible beaters out there don't get on here quoting scripture - I'm talking about God's law - not mans)..anyway,,I figure if gay marriage was THAT big of a deal HE would've put it on the tablet...wonder how many people in line at chik-fil-a today are stealing from their jobs, beating their kids or cheating on their spouses...in my humble opinion there are FAR more important/pressing issues facing this country and the world than two consenting adults spending their life together - like hypocrisy, war, unemployment, crime, child molestation, Gov't and big corporate greed, famine..to name a few.posted @ Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 18:46
Is he married and has a girlfriend or is the girlfriend being referred to as his wife? Either way, the fact he is still running and seems to think he has a chance shows complete lack of judgement and some reality based issues. He is an idiot on so many levels.posted @ Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 06:09
Neuter himposted @ Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 19:25
@AthenianDawg: The Deputies in OC don't have badge numbers...given allllll your knowledge of how the dept is run, money spent etc. I'm shocked you would not know this.........also, I wonder if Mr. Downs is given a spending account or stipend for expenses related to his position in Snellville..I have no idea about Snellville but I do know several depts in the area do provide reimbursement for clothing, etc that are required as part of the job...and if you really want Mr. Downs to win this..your attacking attitude and focus on $40 bills is definitely not helping him...are people with your attitude the type he would surround himself with? Like the blow hard that was at the first forum? No thanks...posted @ Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 15:09
@bobbidiboo: You could've stopped reading my post at anytime..your attention span or lack there of is of no interest to meposted @ Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 14:52
@tarabula: There ARE oversights...read the article again, call the finance dept for the county, google how the oversight is done at city/county/state and federal level and stop w/the knee jerk reaction - regardless of who you are voting for - get your facts straight so you can make an informed and educated decision before casting your vote.
And as someone else has posted already, most gov't officials have gov't credit cards, cars etc. This isn't anything new or covert.
The information posted also included at least one deputies personal home address information..so the irresponsible behavior of Mr. Downs extends beyond the credit card info. - it puts not only businesses and the Sheriff's office at risk financially but also places employees of the dept. potentially in harms way.
Mr. Downs has consistently shown himself to not have the maturity, common sense and experience needed to be in a leadership position such as the Sheriff - in Oconee co or elsewhere.
There are going to be people who, regardless of Mr Downs demeanor at the forums, his negativity in his campaign, will vote for him, but one should ask themselves if he loves Oconee Co so much, why has he never served/ worked in the county? Why has he worked at at least 3 different dept. in a short, relatively short, law enforcement career, and within those dept. changed roles multiple times?
I don't think it's any secret, nor does it have to be, where much of Mr. Downs funding for this campaign is coming from, or rather who is most likely his biggest supporter - the Zaxby owners, The Townley's - who everyone knows they have been upset since a member of their family was arrested for DUI. Ok, big deal they support him, yet he is critical of contributions the current Sheriff has received...why? Anyone, as others have posted here, can file open records request for the same information he did..anyone can ask about expenses. It's not convert, not corruption, not the big deal Mr. Downs is inferring.
Anyone paying attention has to admit - voting for Mr. Downs or not, that statements like " I will be there with you and for you" make no sense, posting quotes from former Presidents etc and posting laws and Ga Section codes on his FB page are fine and dandy but everything else is negative focus on what he thinks or believes are the deficiencies in the current Sheriff -instead of highlighting his definitive plans should he have been elected. There is nothing concrete. And just because his family has been in OC for decades means little. LOTS of people have family in the county for as long and some longer so big deal. Mr. Downs references finding outside sources to generate money to help support the budget yet turns right around and says he will not rent out jail space...does he not understand this DOES generate additional funding that has allowed those employed to keep their insurance rates affordable?
I previously posted in a past article that I had kept an open mind about who to vote for, not because I do not like the current Sheriff, but because I think ALL voters should be informed before making their final selection, however after the antics I saw at the forums and at the Watkinsville City Council meeting, the "fluff" that is posted on his site and then the posting of the cc and personal information, I cast my vote today and it was not for Mr. Downs. I can only hope that he does not investigate the cases he is assigned with the same condescending tone and carelessness he has brought to this campaign..if he does, his bosses in Snellville should be concerned for sure.
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