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D.C. asks court to appoint guardian to look after habitual 911 caller

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Officials in Washington, D.C., are asking a court to declare a frequent 911 caller incompetent and place her under a guardianship.

The city says 58-year-old Martha Rigsby has called the emergency phone service 226 times in the past year and been taken by ambulance to a hospital 117 times.

She’s made thousands of calls since her first, in 1977, and Rigsby is so notorious that a group of city officials met to discuss her case earlier this year.

The Department of Behavioral Health filed a court petition in April arguing that Rigsby has bipolar and borderline personality disorders and lacks the mental capacity to handle her own medical affairs.

It’s the first known attempt by a city to seek guardianship for a serial 911 caller, and if successful, would allow a court-appointed guardian to hire a home health aide, fill prescriptions and propose a different living environment.

Although Rigsby has had various medical insurance plans over the years, she still owes the city more than $61,000 for ambulance trips, which cost an average of $478 each.

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Rigsby opposes the city’s efforts, and her court-appointed attorney argues that she’s able to care for herself and has no malicious intent in making the calls.

In fact, she doesn’t always make the calls herself.

According to court testimony, passersby usually make the calls after Rigsby faints and collapses outside.

First responders are not permitted to deny care to any patient who calls for help

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The case won’t be decided until after January, when Rigsby is expected to have a neuropsychological examination.

[Image” Ambulance driver via Shutterstock]

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‘Black students don’t tip’: Texas restaurant says forcing African-American kids to pay gratuity is not racist

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A restaurant in Cypress, Texas has come under fire after an employee allegedly said that black students "don't tip."

Brittany Blakney told KPRC that she and her friends went to Locatelli’s restaurant to celebrate graduating from Prairie View A&M University.

Blakney said that she was surprised to find out that the server had already added a 15% gratuity to her check.

“He said, 'Black students from Prairie View don’t tip,'” she recalled.

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Supreme Court rejects Virginia GOP’s last-ditch attempt to block fair legislative elections

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On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down their decision in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, shutting down the Virginia GOP's last ditch effort to rig the upcoming state legislative election taking place this November.

In 5-4 decision, the justices held that the House of Delegates has no standing to appeal the decision made by the lower court. The vote broke along unusual lines, with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg writing for a majority with Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch, and Justice Samuel Alito writing a dissent joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer and Brett Kavanaugh.

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Gun-loving Parkland teen loses admission to Harvard over racist texts

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A pro-gun Parkland school shooting survivor has lost his admission to Harvard University over recently revealed racist remarks.

Kyle Kashuv broke with many of his classmates on gun safety laws after a February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, and he was accepted to attend the Ivy League university after working as a conservative activist.

However, the 18-year-old Kashuv announced Monday, that admission was rescinded after texts and other derogatory comments he made nearly two years ago were reported.

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