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Doc pictured flouting social distancing at anti-lockdown rally is targeted by vigilantes and barred from seeing patients – The Sun

A DOCTOR caught defying COVID-19 social distancing guidelines during an anti-lockdown rally will not be allowed to see patients for the "foreseeable future."

Cardiologist David Murdock was slapped with the punishment after he was called out on social media for his behavior at a recent Open Wisconsin Now protest.

Murdock was seen with his arm around a priest as they flashed a sign reading, "we are an essential service," according to The New York Times.

Kevin Rusch saw the photo on Facebook and shared it, cautioning people to go to the hospital where Murdock worked "at your own risk."

“His picture popped up, and when I saw it, I was furious,” Rusch told The Times.

“I thought, this guy is out here hugging people and rubbing elbows without PPE on and he’s actively seeing patients.”

Dr Murdock was blasted on social media, and was placed on leave for one week by the Aspirus medical group.

"While we respect Dr Murdock's constitutional right to free speech and assembly, we do not condone his violation of the governor's order and Aspirus policies," the medical group wrote in a statement.

"We have referred this matter to Aspirus medical group leadership for investigation, review and appropriate action."

The 68-year-old Murdock told the Wausau Daily Herald that "I was in the back, observing, trying to maintain social distancing."

"And I was able to observe at a distance. I had my sister take a picture to show that I was practicing social distancing."

He told the newspaper he wanted to see "what this virus was doing to the community."

"I wanted to see and talk to people, from a distance, ask them why are you here. … There were so many sad stories."

The doctor wrote on Facebook that "I felt my minimal exposure risk was no more than what I experienced on my trips to the grocery store or essential errands."

Murdock said he attended the protest so he could get material for his memoirs.

The backlash against him on social media was severe, and feces were scattered on the front steps of his home, he said.

The vandalism led him to file a police report.

"They also mocked Christianity," he wrote on Facebook.

"Nobody should have to put up with this evil. No human has the right to inflict this pain on others."

He said he was placed on leave for violating the hospital's policy, and that he volunteered to take another week off by taking some vacation time.

"During this time, I have been assessing my future plans, together with my wife and family," he wrote.

He said he was in "FULL agreement" with the governor’s first Safer at Home order that was scheduled to end on April 24, but says extending it was a mistake.

The forced lockdown has caused "severe adverse health consequences" and "severe economic damage," the cardiologist wrote on Facebook.

"I would recommend that we look at areas regionally," he told the Daily Herald, and "not to treat the whole state in the same way."

Democratic Wisconsin Gov Tony Evers declared a public health emergency on March 12, and called for the shutdown of businesses later that month.

A lawsuit by state Republican lawmakers aims to reverse the Safer at Home order.

The state's highest court is expected to rule on the complaint.

There have been 8,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Wisconsin, including 340 deaths.

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Doc Antle Accused of Widespread Abuse, Forcing Assistant to Get Breast Implants

If you’re one of the millions of viewers who was captivated by the insanity of Tiger King when the docu-series debuted on Netflix in March, then you’re no doubt familiar with the larger-than-life character known as Baghavad “Doc” Antle.

Joe Exotic describes Antle as a mentor, noting that he looked up to the zoo proprietor both for his skill with animals and his polyamorous lifestyle.

While Antle has distanced himself from Exotic in recent years, he shares Joe’s belief that Carole Baskin killed her second husband.

Antle has served as mentor to many a big cat enthusiast over the years, most of them young woman.

And one of his former proteges who told her story in Tiger King has now doubled down on her accusations in a shocking new interview.

Barbara Fisher began working at Antle’s Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.) at Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina immediately after high school, and she says she became suspicious of her new boss from the very beginning.

“It didn’t seem quite as advertised,” she tells UK tabloid The Sun.

“I remember there were beautiful women walking tigers right when we got there, which was very appealing.”

Her father accompanied her on the job interview, which was apparently an awkward ordeal that served as sign of things to come.

“A woman was sitting on Bhagavan’s lap the whole time,” she tells Sun Online.

“My dad was kind of creeped out about it all.”

Fisher says Antle allowed his female staff no freedom and worked them mercilessly from morning till night.

“It was kind of like being a child,” Barbara says.

“When he’s controlling absolutely everything — who we can see, where we are living, our money, everything — that’s problematic,” she adds.

“I knew it was going to be intense,” Fisher continues.

“On the website he’d said an average day was going to be from eight in the morning till one in the morning, and I was going to get $100.”

Barbara says she was forced to live in a “terrible, terrible travel trailer tucked behind a bunch of cages” and was later moved to a horse stall which was “crawling with cockroaches.”

She adds that despite her youth, Antle behaved in a sexually inappropriate fashion from the start of her time at the zoo.

“He never made an ultimatum like: ‘You must sleep with me or else you’re not going to get these perks,’ or anything like that,” she says.

“But he definitely was sleeping with many people that had started out as apprentices.”

Fisher alleges that it wasn’t long before Antle began pressuring her to get breast implants.

“I remember from the time he was dressing me to get in my Renaissance fair outfit, he said at that point: ‘You need bigger boobs’,” she says.

“After that, they kept bringing up the boobs until I did it.”

Fisher recalls another incident in which a bearcat nearly bit her finger off.

Antle was wary of outside attention due to the many illegal practices taking place with in his zoo.

As a result, injured staff were often discouraged from seeking medical attention.

“So we usually just soaked things in epsom salts and taped them together and took some animal antibiotics.”

“He agreed to let me go as long as I said I was too drunk to remember what happened. And that’s what I did.”

“So we usually just soaked things in epsom salts and taped them together and took some animal antibiotics.”

“I don’t think he’s intentionally hurtful most of the time, I just think he doesn’t feel empathy.

“That’s very dangerous, and it’s very important to keep him out of being in control of people, but I can’t blame him for being what he was made to be.”

Antle has spoken out against Fisher’s claims, dismissing her account of life on the zoo as “a complete fabrication.”

“She seems not satisfied with her lot in life, and therefore is looking for her 15 minutes of fame, or an atonement to a past that somehow does not fit her present,” Antle tells The Sun

“All statements she made in Netflix Tiger King about mysteriously getting her boobs done is a flat-out lie,” he adds.

Yet another series of nauseating allegations in the seemingly endless saga of Tiger King.

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Top doc Fauci tests negative for coronavirus and explains why he doesn’t wear a mask – The Sun

TOP doctor Anthony Fauci revealed he has tested negative for coronavirus, as he explained why he himself does not wear a face mask.

The infectious disease expert's revelation came just a day after the White House said all people in close proximity to the President and Vice President would need to be tested for the deadly virus.

"Why am I not wearing a face mask now? There are a couple of reasons," Fauci responded when a reporter questioned why he doesn't wear the covering at a Sunday press conference.

"One of them is part of the, in fact the major reason to wear a face mask is to protect you from infecting you," he said, as he pointed to people in the gallery of the room.

"I had my test and it's negative," he added.

Just the day before, White House spokesperson Judd Deere announced people "in close proximity" to Donald Trump or Mike Pence "will be administered a COVID-19 test to evaluate for pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic carriers status to limit inadvertent transmission."

Trump took a second coronavirus test last Thursday, once again getting a negative result.

The President was tested the first time after he came into contact with multiple people who tested positive for the virus.

Pence and virus expert Dr. Deborah Birx also have tested negative for COVID-19.

Fauci's revelation came just days after the CDC updated guidelines to recommend everyone wear a face covering in public settings where it is difficult to maintain social distancing measures, and where there is "significant community-based transmission" to help slow virus spread.

Dr. Fauci warned that this will be a "bad week" in America for coronavirus, as he admitted the nation is "struggling to get coronavirus under control."

"I will not say we have it under control, that would be a false statement," he told CBS' Face The Nation.

As of Monday, U.S. COVID-19 cases surpassed 337,000 in the U.S., with more than 9,600 deaths.

"We are struggling to get it under control and that's the issue that's at hand right now."

He added: "We [have] got to get through this week that's coming up because it is going to be a bad week."

Fauci warned that even if virus cases slow as the curve begins to flatten, death tolls will lag by "one or two weeks more," and the full extent will not be seen until then.

As experts rush to find a treatment and vaccine for COVID-19, Trump halted Fauci at the press conference from answering questions about an anti-malaria drug that is being tested against the virus.

"There are signs that it works on this [coronavirus]," Trump said as he cut off Fauci from answering a question about the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine.

He cited "strong and powerful signs" it worked.

"It’s been around a long time," Trump said.

"I’m not acting as a doctor, I'm saying 'do what you want,' but there some good signs."

"If it doesn’t work, nothing is lost by doing it," he added. "I want to save lives – I don’t wanna be in a lab for the next year-and-a-half.

Trump has touted the anti-malarial drug – combined with azithromycin – as a treatment for COVID-19, as the drugs were given emergency use authorization by the FDA on a compassionate use or trial basis.

While there is some evidence showing the drug may be beneficial, Fauci – among other experts – however, have been skeptical of the potential use as there is little evidence regarding its full effects as a virus treatment.

One study, published in late March, said data showing the use of hydroxychloroquine and sister drug chloroquine for the coronavirus "are limited and inconclusive."

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'Doc' Antle Claims John Finlay Was Forced to Take His Teeth out for 'Tiger King'

The documentary, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness had many people talk about their relationship with Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage also known as “Joe Exotic.” One of them was John Finlay, who used to be married to him.

Finlay was seen in the series being shirtless and missing teeth. There were a few reasons given for his appearance including Bhagavan ‘Doc’ Antle claiming Finlay was forced to film without teeth.

John Finlay used to be married to Joe Exotic of ‘Tiger King’

Maldonado-Passage has had four husbands. Finlay was one of them and started out working for the zoo owner on his roadshow and zoo. Their relationship then became romantic and eventually they got married in a three-way ceremony with Travis Maldonado.

Maldonado died in 2017 from accidentally shooting him with a gun. Finlay later left Maldonado-Passage for a secretary at the zoo named Stormey Sanders. He is now married to her.

Finlay was shirtless because he was proud of his tattoos

Finlay was shirtless throughout the documentary as he told his story. There was a reason for that according to co-director Rebecca Chaiklin.

“I think he was very proud of his tattoos,” she told Los Angeles Times. “That’s a big thing in that particular culture.” Finlay has over 50 tattoos, which cover most of his upper torso. His tattoos include a tiger on his right forearm, script that reads ‘For My Husband Joe’ on his upper arm, and several intricate tribal tattoos across his chest and stomach.”

Finlay also showed a tattoo on his chest that had Joe’s name along with a tiger. There was a scene of Finlay getting his “PRIVATELY OWNED BY JOE EXOTIC” tattoo on his lower stomach covered up with a new tattoo.

Bhagavan ‘Doc’ Antle claimed Finlay was forced to film without teeth

Carole Baskin isn’t the only one who isn’t happy about how she was portrayed in the series. Antle accused the filmmakers of wanting to show people in a certain light.

“John [Finlay] was forced to take his teeth out for the series,” Antle told Us Weekly. “He had bridgework done, I guess he did a lot of meth as a kid. But the show wanted him portrayed a certain way, so the teeth had to come out. He had a full set of teeth before taping.”

Finlay did post a picture with his wife on Facebook. He captioned it with “Yes I have my teeth fixed. The producers of the Netflix series had video and pictures of this, but chose not to show it.”

Antle went on to say he wasn’t happy about the documentary either. “It took off and just became this huge hit at the perfect time because people are stuck on their Covid couches. It gave bored people something to really sink their teeth into,” he said. “I wish that they would have portrayed it in more of a documentary fashion. My facility was only shown briefly if you notice, and that was for a reason. My facility is first class, much better than Joe or Carole [Baskin’s] backyard overgrown very small so-called sanctuary. Mine is the nicest in the world.”

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Coronavirus doc reveals impossible choice of having to let people die as Italy runs out of oxygen – The Sun

AN ITALIAN doctor on the coronavirus frontline has told of his impossible choice to  have to let patients die as Italy runs out of oxygen.

Dr Michele Boldrini, 33, said Italians are now "dying alone" amid a national hospital bed and oxygen shortage.

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Speaking to from Milan, Dr Boldrini – a Consultant in Urgency and Emergency at the Emergency Department in San Carlo Borromeo Hospital – says he has never faced such tough decisions so frequently as the current coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Boldrini, who has worked in hospitals since 2012, revealed he has to ‘let people go’ each day as the crisis continues.

He said: “I still spend my days deciding who is eligible for intensive care, who to let go, and who to treat with intermediate devices.”

The doctor said he was diagnosing severe cases of pneumonia multiple times a day – a diagnosis he would usually only see “4 times in a year.”

Dr Boldrini also claimed there are simply not enough medical supplies at hand to treat the ever increasing victims of the deadly disease.

He added that if the epidemic continues to spread at its current rate, “the number of oxygen devices and beds is finite: most future deaths will happen because there won’t be enough for everybody."

Only patients with a high fever and who need significant levels of oxygen support are currently hospitalised in Italy, where so far 6,820 have died from the virus that has infected 69,176 people.

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The outbreak is so severe, Italy has now seen double the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths than China – where the virus originated in January.

A large number of those struck down by the deadly disease include the country’s elderly population.

Dr Boldrini explained it is in treating the elderly patients where his most difficult decision lies, and many are tragically left to “die alone” due to the country’s isolation laws.

He said: “We have to decide daily whether or not invest resources in some of them based on prognosis and overall starting conditions.”

The doctor said he is having to “let people go”

“This means letting people go, which is part of our job, but it has never been so frequent or conditioned by the scarcity of devices/beds.”

Ventilator makers are under intense pressure to increase their production – navigating around the transport and logistical disruptions caused by the pandemic.

Amid shortages, governments are turning to help from the military, enlisting other manufacturers and even looking to 3D printing in the hopes of mass-producing the life-saving equipment.

On Saturday, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Italy was living through its ‘gravest crisis since World War II’.

Coronavirus patients who can stay at home have been urged to do so, while others requiring intensive care are being flown to other regions or countries by military aircraft, where it is hope they will receive access to much needed ventilators.

The government has shut down all non-essential business until April 3 and the cabinet ids due to meet tonight to tighten the screws still further.

Ministers want to hike fines for people violating the shutdown to up to £3,600 from the  maximum of £180 at present.

A new directive under review, seen by Reuters, would also give the government the option to extend parts of the lockdown to the end of July.

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Doc and Marty! Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox Have a Back to the Future Reunion

Fire up the DeLorean, because Doc and Marty are together again.

Earlier this week, Back to the Future stars Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox posed together at a poker tournament benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, 35 years after the iconic film was released in 1985.

The photos were shared by Lloyd and Fox on their respective Instagram accounts, and fans quickly filled the comments section, calling the two actors “legends” and sharing quotes from Back to the Future.

“Going 88mph for the @michaeljfoxorg Poker Night,” Lloyd, 81, captioned his post, referencing the speed that sent the DeLorean traveling through time.

In his own caption, Fox, 58, wrote, “All in with @mrchristopherlloyd at @michaeljfoxorg Poker Night!”

Fox launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2000 to raise money for research on Parkinson’s disease, a neurological disorder that causes tremors, slowed movement and balance problems. The actor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, and Lloyd often supports his former costar at Michael J. Fox Foundation events.

Lloyd and Fox played Doc Brown and Marty McFly, respectively, in the hit 1985 science fiction movie and its two sequels.

Back in August 2018, Fox and Lloyd, as well as Back to the Future costars Lea Thompson and Thomas Wilson, all reunited at the Fan Expo Boston, where they signed autographs, participated in a panel discussion about the franchise, and posed for photographs together.

Wilson — who played Biff Tannen in the film — captioned a photo from the event: “Wow. This just happened.”

During the panel discussion, the actors also weighed in on whether fans could expect to see another Back to the Future sequel one day.

“Basically, I think America is saying, ‘Come on they’ve wrecked every other franchise with bad sequels, why not this one?’ “ Wilson said at the time, according to

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Disgraced Columbia doc Robert Hadden hit with more sex abuse suits

The disgraced Columbia University gynecologist who was accused of sexually abusing former presidential hopeful Andrew Yang’s wife, Evelyn, was sued Friday by five new accusers, including two who say they were abused as minors.

The women, who were not named in the suit, said they suffered verbal and physical abuse during examinations by Robert Hadden so the convicted sexual abuser could “satisfy his own prurient and deviant sexual desires.”

Hadden allegedly abused one of the women while she was a high school student and “groomed” her to be his victim, according to the suit.

Along with inappropriate touching and unnecessary exams, Hadden chatted with the teen about her virginity, “eliciting intimate and inappropriate details about how close she has gotten to experiencing sexual intercourse with a male,” the suit states.

The other woman who said Hadden abused her as a high school student claimed he quizzed her on a barrage of inappropriate subjects all while “ogling and groping her unclothed body.”

Three other women who were allegedly abused by the perv beginning in the late 1990s described similar actions by the disgraced doctor.

The suit also names medical facilities where the alleged abuse took place — including Columbia University Medical Center and the university itself — for allowing Hadden to continue his predatory behavior unchecked.

Columbia did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The suit is the latest in a string of complaints against Hadden, who was given a slap on the wrist at his sentencing in a 2016 criminal case.

Hadden avoided jail time in the case by agreeing to register as a sex offender and forfeiting his medical license.

The women who filed Friday’s suit are seeking a trial and unspecified damages from Hadden.

The most high profile accuser is Evelyn Yang, who told CNN in a January interview that she was assaulted by Hadden in 2012, saying he groomed her for sexual assault before subjecting her to unnecessary exams and forcible touching.

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