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Pharmacist who would not fill miscarriage prescription is out

PETOSKEY (AP) — A pharmacist accused of refusing to fill a prescription to help a woman complete a miscarriage no longer works for the Meijer retail chain.

Meijer spokeswoman Christina Fecher says the pharmacist last worked in July. She didn't say whether he was fired from the Petoskey store in northern Michigan.

Rachel Peterson last week said the pharmacist refused to fill a prescription for misoprostol in July so she could accelerate a miscarriage and avoid infection. She says he cited his religious beliefs. Misoprostol is sometimes taken as part of a drug combination to induce abortion.

Meijer says the pharmacist should have allowed someone else to fill the prescription. Peterson later got the medication from a Meijer near her home in Ionia, hours away.
Fecher says Meijer apologizes "for any customer experience that does not align with our core values."


Justice Kagan discusses pro bono service with ABA president

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the National Celebration of Pro Bono, American Bar Association President Bob Carlson will meet with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan at Georgetown University Law Center to discuss pro bono service Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

The National Celebration of Pro Bono began in 2009 to showcase pro bono service. Kagan is the honorary chair of the 2018 National Celebration of Pro Bono.

The annual week of service has focused on specific themes in the past four years, including legal services to veterans and homeless youth.

Last year was a record year for natural disasters across the country and Carlson has chosen to highlight pro bono services directed at disaster resiliency as this year’s theme.


MoviePass operations under investigation by New York AG

NEW YORK (AP) — The company that runs the beleaguered MoviePass discount service for theater tickets is being investigated by the New York Attorney General on allegations that it misled investors.

Parent company Helios and Matheson of New York said it is aware of the investigation but believes, “our public disclosures have been complete, timely and truthful and we have not misled investors.”

The investigation was first reported by CNBC.

The company has struggled financially and is facing class action lawsuits filed on behalf of investors claiming the company failed to disclose aspects of a business model that were unsustainable.


‘Brazen Botanist’ sentence to jail for plant thefts

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A man who police dubbed the "Brazen Botanist" after he was captured on a surveillance camera stealing plants from a porch has pleaded guilty.
The Salem News reports Joseph Gardner, 43, was sentenced to one year in jail.

Police say a man was seen on a doorbell camera taking hanging plants from a Salem home during the early morning hours on May 16. Tips to police lead them to Gardner's girlfriend's home where they found two of the three missing plants.

Police recovered the plants and returned them to the owner.Gardner's attorney says he had been working as a landscaper before his arrest.

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