Woman assaulted over pizza slice
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Authorities have arrested a woman in Florida who they say tried to attack another woman with a knife when she was denied a slice of pizza. The St. Augustine Record reports 22-year-old De’Erica Cooks is accused of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said Cooks became angry after another woman denied her a pizza slice when she asked for one. An offense report says Cooks told the woman “I’m going to cut you” with a steak knife in her hand, and then tried to attack her. Deputies say a man in the house was able to take the knife away from Cooks. Cooks told investigators she did not remember much.
Co-stars say Huffman remorseful
LOS ANGELES — Felicity Huffman’s co-stars in a new Netflix movie say they found her remorseful about her role in a college admissions scandal. Actress Angela Bassett said Huffman appears ready to take whatever steps are necessary in her case. Patricia Arquette said she believes Huffman feels terrible about her participation in the case. Huffman didn’t meet reporters to promote the film “Otherhood.” She pleaded guilty in May to paying $15,000 to a college admissions consultant to have a proctor correct her daughter’s answers on the SAT. “Nobody is perfect in this world,” Arquette said. “And I do think she’s genuinely sorry.” In the movie, “Otherhood,” producer Cathy Schulman noted that there are ties binding Huffman’s character to the real-life actress. She said Huffman plays a flawed character, a mother who believes that her own actions can make anything possible for her child. “The Felicity that I know and love and worked with is a person who has had a hard year experiencing a flaw,” Schulman said. “And we wish you the best. And we don’t feel that it overshadows our film in any way, shape or form because mothering is complicated and we do what we need to do.” The movie premieres on Netflix on Aug. 2.
Short-term funding for Blackjewel
CASPER, Wyo. — A U.S. judge has approved funding to allow a bankrupt coal company to maintain basic operations for a few days. U.S. District Judge Frank Volk in West Virginia approved $2.9 million in debtor-in-possession financing Friday from two lenders to Milton, West Virginia-based Blackjewel LLC. The money in part will allow Blackjewel to pay about 140 employees who remain at work in West Virginia, Wyoming and elsewhere. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the move will give the company a bit more time to find additional financing. Without a longer-term solution, the company may be forced to sell properties, including its closed Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines in Wyoming.
Feeling pain of dental cuts
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Budget vetoes by Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy eliminated Medicaid dental coverage for adults — a $27 million cut that is having an impact. KTUU reports that Michael Shelden had plans to get dentures after having all his teeth pulled following years of dental pain. The plan fell through after the governor’s veto, and Shelden said he can’t afford the $2,000 down payment to proceed with his plan. “I cried,” he said. “I wake up and I cry at night.” Now, he is only eating soft food such as soup and baked potatoes. The Alaska Dental Society calls the budget cut disappointing, saying the coverage aims to treat problems before they reach costly proportions. “By treating cavities and gum disease early Medicaid recipients are able to avoid more costly treatment or if the cavity reaches the stage of causing an infection possibly a trip to an ER,” the group said. While announcing his budget vetoes in June, Dunleavy said his goal of restoring a full dividend payment to Alaskans from the Alaska Permanent Fund could help them pay for some affected services. “This budget touches practically every Alaskan,” he said at the time. “It’s not necessarily going to be easy, we never said it would be, but we do believe that in some of these cases a full statutory PFD could mitigate some of the issues.” Shelden said he was already counting on a full dividend to help pay for rent, food and other expenses.