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Student behind viral tweet grading ex's breakup letter suspended from university

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 5:16 PM

Student Behind Viral Tweet Grading Ex's Breakup Letter Suspended From University

It’s been almost six months since a University of Central Florida student’s tweet showing how he graded his ex-girlfriend’s breakup letter went viral.

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Nicholas Lutz’s tweet included a picture of the letter, complete with red markings fixing the grammar, spelling and syntax errors.

He gave the letter a D minus.

>> Read: College student 'grades' apology letter from ex-girlfriend

The ex-girlfriend doesn’t go to UCF,  and Lutz said he has been suspended from the school.

“Looking back at it now, it’s probably the craziest thing that will ever happen in my life,” he said.

The tweet was retweeted 121,000 times.

“My main goal was never to expose her. It was to show the emphasis on the letter,” said Lutz.

But now, Lutz and his attorney said UCF is using the tweet to suspend him for two semesters and put him on probation.

Lutz’s attorney said it’s a violation of his First Amendment right to free speech.

“That should really, fundamentally, concern people. Not only those who are students, but people who believe in the idea of freedom of expression,” said attorney Jacob Stuart.

At first, the university sent Lutz a letter saying he may have violated the law.

Lutz’s lawyer said the ex-girlfriend has filed a cyberbullying report with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, but prosecutors never pursued the claim.

He then got a letter from UCF saying, instead, Lutz’s action violated two portions of the university’s code of conduct: disruption and cyberbullying.

“If they can do that to me, it can happen to almost anybody. That’s upsetting,” said Lutz.

Lutz is appealing the school’s decision and is standing by his tweet. 

Fake doctor ran clinics in Georgia and across U.S. for 15 years

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 7:25 PM

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Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Mugshot of Isabel Gervais(Shelby County Sheriff's Office)

A woman pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to pretending to be a doctor while running clinics throughout the country during the last 15 years.

Prosecutors said Isabel Kesari Gervais, 60, used multiple aliases while offering naturopathic medicine, which the federal government says uses homeopathic and detoxification methods, among other things, to help patients heal themselves.

She entered her plea in an Alabama federal court and admitted to running clinics in Arkansas and Kansas as well as Georgia. Gervais had “no legitimate medical degrees or training,” according to a news release from federal prosecutors.

The American Medical Association recently said 18 states offer naturopathic medical licences. Georgia is not one of them.

The prosecutors said Gervais — often using variations on the names “Dr. Rose Starr” or “Debra Lynn Goodman” — ran the Chiron Clinic on Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta.

Georgia business records show a “Debrah L. Goodman” registered The Chiron Clinic Atlanta LLC to an office inside Northside Hospital during April 2004. The business dissolved in May 2008.

“At all the clinics, Gervais falsely represented herself as a licensed doctor with extensive experience and various degrees who used naturopathic medicine to cure people of various illnesses, including cancer,” the release said.

To stay out of trouble, authorities said, she abandoned rental properties and changed locations all while adopting new aliases.

According to the indictment, she made charges on the credit cards of Alabama patients totaling about $9,000. She operated that clinic in Hoover out of an herb shop.

“She promised patients, including cancer sufferers, at the Hoover clinic that she could provide various medical services, including DNA tests that she did not have the technology to conduct,” prosecutors said.

She had “Dr. Rose Starr” business cards and advertised with that name online and on the radio in Alabama, the indictment said.

Gervais pleaded guilty to one charge each of wire fraud affecting a financial institution, aggravated identity theft and making false statements.

She faces a maximum of 37 years and fines up to $1.25 million.

She already agreed to forfeit $108,146 she gained from the illegal activity.

Gervais has been in Alabama’s Shelby County Jail since March 24, according to the jail’s online database. Prosecutors said she is set to be sentenced in November.

Want to improve your memory? Have a drink after studying

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 6:19 PM

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If you suffer from a bad memory, there could be a simple solution to help improve it. Just grab a drink after studying something new, because scientists say booze could boost your ability to retain information. 

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A group of scientists from the University of Exeter conducted a study to determine how alcohol consumption can affect the brain. To do so, they randomly split a group of 88 social drinkers into two groups and told them to either drink as much as they wanted or not at all. Then they were each given a word-learning task. 

After analyzing the data, they determined that those who drank alcohol could remember more of what they learned than those who did not. 

“Our research not only showed that those who drank alcohol did better when repeating the word-learning task, but that this effect was stronger among those who drank more,” Celia Morgan, study researcher, said in a release.

While researchers aren’t sure of the cause, they believe alcohol consumption may influence long-term memory. 

“Alcohol blocks the learning of new information and therefore the brain has more resources available to lay down other recently learned information into long-term memory,” Morgan said. “The theory is that the hippocampus -- the brain area really important in memory -- switches to ‘consolidating’ memories, transferring from short into longer-term memory.”

Despite the results, scientists noted that the negative effects of heavy alcohol consumption should be considered. 

Teen allegedly harassed by police for mowing lawns in affluent neighborhood

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 3:54 PM

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While he was mowing lawns and handing out business cards, a black teen said that he was harassed by a Harris County Precinct 1 police officer.

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The teen, identified as Marvin Gibson, 19, captured the incident on video.

The video showed the officer asking Gibson for his identification and an explanation of why he is going door to door. The teen provided his business card and explained that he is giving out his cards to promote a lawn care service.

The officer asked him for his name and date of birth. The young man provided this information but then asked the officer why he is asking him about his personal information.

The officer responded, “I’m investigating what you are doing.”

Gibson is confused by that response since he has already explained that he is providing business cards for a lawn care service.

Seemingly frustrated about being questioned, the officer told the teen that, regardless, he is supposed to provide identification anytime an officer asks for it.

Gibson then asked for the officer’s card.

The officer responded by taking out his handcuffs and indicated that he will just arrest the teen..

Gibson backed away, telling the officer that he is on video.

A second teenager appeared on the video, questioning why they are being stopped. As the camera panned around, it showed a lawnmower, care equipment and the business cards that the teens are using.

As the second teenager explained that they don’t understand why they are being questioned for mowing grass and putting out business cards, the officer said, “Put your hands down,” even though the video does not show either teen with their hands in the air.

At this point, the teens pointed out that they are clearly doing lawn care and told the officer that they believe they have been profiled for being young black males.

From behind the camera, Gibson explained that they are questioning the officer’s behavior, because they are concerned about it happening again to someone else, potentially resulting in someone getting hurt.

The teen returned home. However, officers soon came to his home and continued pressing him, claiming they need identification from Gibson.

At the end of the video, the teens included snapshots of injuries they claimed they received during a raid of their home that followed the incident.

Man wearing flip-flops slips, falls 100 feet to his death 

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 3:54 PM

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A man slipped and fell to his death while taking a picture of a waterfall Saturday, authorities said.

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Robert Durbin, of Montana, was at the Montana’s Glacier National Park when he “lost his footing,” according to the Missoulian. Durbin fell into a creek before being sent over a cliff and falling approximately 100 feet, the Missoulian reported. 

>> Florida man, 20, dies after falling off cliff at national park

“He wasn't wearing the proper shoes for that,” Durbin’s brother, William, told Missoulian. “I was told he had flip-flops on. It was just something silly, but I've done it. My son has done it. It was just an unfortunate accident.”

>> Man falls into hot spring at Yellowstone National Park

The 26-year-old man “passed away doing what he loved,” according to a GoFundMe page his family created to help defray funeral costs.

Read more at the Missoulian.