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Embattled Papa John’s Pizza founder John Schnatter resigns amid backlash over racial slur

Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 11:11 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 11:11 PM

Papa John’s Founder Apologizes After Using Racial Slur On Conference Call

The embattled founder and chairman of Papa John’s Pizza, John Schnatter, has resigned amid a backlash over his use of a racial slur in a conference call in May.

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The company issued a brief statement on its website confirming Schnatter stepped down late Wednesday.

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“Papa John’s International, Inc. today announced that the independent directors of the company have accepted the resignation of John H. Schnatter as Chairman of the Board.”

The statement also said the third largest pizza company in the U.S. will appoint a new chairman of the board “in the coming weeks.”

Schanatter has been embroiled in a public relations disaster since reports of his use of a racial slur during a company training call a few months ago surfaced. 

He apologized Wednesday after admitting he did use the n-word during the call and said “racism has no place in our society.”

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John Schnatter, the founder and ex-CEO of Papa John’s Pizza, has publicly apologized for using the N-word during a conference call in May.

He also resigned from the University of Louisville board of trustees, the university announced Wednesday.

 

Forbes reported Schnatter used the racial slur while participating in a role-playing exercise with a marketing company in May.

The conversation was meant to help train him for a public relations crisis.

“Colonel Sanders called blacks N---s,” Schnatter said.

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The comment was an apparent attempt to downplay statements he made about NFL players kneeling in protest of racial injustice, in which he blamed the NFL for slowing sales of Papa John’s Pizza. 

After making the statement, Schnatter went on to complain that Sanders never faced public backlash for using the N-word.

On Wednesday, Schnatter publicly apologized in a statement to CNN.

“News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true. Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society,” Schnatter said.

The marketing company, Laundry Service, declined to comment on Schnatter’s statement. 

Forbes reported that Wasserman Media Group, Laundry Service’s parent company, moved to end its contract with Papa John's after the call.

Schnatter founded Papa John’s in 1984. He is the public face of the company and its largest shareholder, with a 29 percent share in the company. He stepped down as CEO but remains chairman of the company, CNN reports.

Papa John’s was the exclusive pizza sponsor of the NFL until the partnership ended earlier this year under new CEO, Steve Richie. 

The company is the third largest pizza chain in the United States, behind Domino’s and Pizza Hut.

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Study: Doctors give patients only seconds to explain reason for visit before interrupting

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:48 PM



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Have you ever felt rushed during a doctor’s visit? Most physicians don’t give their patients adequate time to explain the reason for their visit, according to a new study. 

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Researchers from the University of Florida, Gainesville, recently conducted a study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, to explore clinical encounters between doctors and their patients.

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To do so, they assessed the initial few minutes of consultations between 112 patients and their medical practitioners between 2008 and 2015. The encounters they reviewed were videotaped in various clinics in the United States.

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The scientists observed whether doctors invited patients to set the agenda with questions such as “What can I do for you?” They also took notes on whether patients were interrupted while answering questions and in what manner.

After analyzing the results, they found that 36 percent of patients were able to set the agenda. However, they were interrupted 11 seconds on average after beginning their statements. Those who were not interrupted finished speaking after about six seconds. 

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They said primary care doctors allowed more time than specialists as specialists generally know the purpose of a visit. 

“If done respectfully and with the patient’s best interest in mind, interruptions to the patient’s discourse may clarify or focus the conversation, and thus benefit patients,” co-author Singh Ospina said in a statement. “Yet, it seems rather unlikely that an interruption, even to clarify or focus, could be beneficial at the early stage in the encounter.”

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While they are unclear why doctors don’t allow patients to speak longer, they believe time constraints, not enough training on how to communicate with patients and burnout may be factors. 

The scientists now hope to further explore their investigations on the ultimate experience of doctor visits and the outcomes. 

“Our results suggest that we are far from achieving patient-centered care,” she says. 

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Heart doctor for former President H.W. Bush killed in bicycle drive-by shooting 

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Cardiologist for Former President George H.W. Bush Killed in Bicycle Drive-By Shooting

A cardiologist who treated former President George H.W. Bush was shot and killed Friday in a bicycle drive-by shooting near Texas Medical Center in Houston.

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Police said Dr. Mark Hausknecht, 65, was riding his bicycle near Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women just before 9 a.m. on Friday when he was shot by another bicyclist going in the other direction, Houston Police tweeted.

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The man fired two shots at Hausknecht before taking off on his bike, police said.

Hausknecht was on his way to work at the time, KTRK reported. A witness flagged down a private ambulance driving by the scene. Emergency crews rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

Investigators do not know if the shooting was random or targeted, or possibly the result of road rage.

Jim McGrath, spokesperson for former President H.W. Bush, 94, issued a statement on Twitter.

“Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man,” President Bush said in the statement. “I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care. His family is in our prayers.”

The suspect in the shooting is still at large, CNN reports. He is described as a 30-year-old white or Hispanic man, wearing a tan baseball cap, grey jacket, khaki shorts and riding a light-colored mountain bicycle. 

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Drunken man tries to punch Memphis officer on Beale Street, police say

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 10:10 AM

Joseph Pszczola. (Photo: Memphis Police Department)
Joseph Pszczola. (Photo: Memphis Police Department)

A man was arrested for trying to hit a Memphis police officer on Beale Street, court records said. 

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According to the arrest affidavit FOX13 obtained, Joseph Pszczola was yelling in a popular restaurant just before 11 p.m. on Thursday. 

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Employees of the business flagged down officers for help. When police arrived, they asked Pszczola to leave. Yet, he continued to scream, employees said. One of the officers said the suspect was slurring his speech and also smelled of alcohol. 

The confrontation spilled out into the street and escalated when Pszczola pushed an officer and tried to punch him, court records said

The officer then struck the suspect in the face, and Pszczola fell to the ground, according to court records. 

The suspect and the officer were transported to area hospitals and are expected to be OK. 

Pszczola was charged with misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. 

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Officer killed by suspected drunken driver during funeral escort, Dallas police say

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:20 PM



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A 32-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department died early Saturday after he was hit by a suspected drunken driver during a funeral escort, authorities said.

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Senior Cpl. Earl “Jamie” Givens died early Saturday while he and other officers were escorting the body of Senior Cpl. Tyrone Andrews from Laurel Land Funeral Home to East Texas, police said. Andrews died of cancer, The Dallas Morning News reported.

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Givens was stopped Saturday morning with his motorcycle’s emergency lights on when he was struck by a fast-moving Kia Sportage, authorities said. Givens, who was assigned to DPD’s traffic unit in 2012, was blocking traffic to an Interstate 20 on-ramp when he was hit, according to police. 

Givens’ fellow officers rendered aid to him before the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department arrived at the scene. However, police said, he was pronounced dead after he was taken to the Baylor University Medical Center.

The driver of the Kia Sportage, whose name was not released, struck a concrete divider and stopped, according to officials. The 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Authorities continue to investigate the incident.

Dallas police Chief Renee Hall asked for the public’s prayers Saturday during a news conference.

“Keep the Givens family in your prayers,” she said. “Keep the Dallas Police Department in your prayers. Keep the city of Dallas in your prayers.”

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