A weatherworn home in Huntington, W.Va., epitomizes the devastation brought to the area by drugs. “Hopelessness is the disease,” Huntington Mayor Steve Williams says. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post) Florida cuts off oxy: Death, devastation follow by Pat BeallThe Palm Beach Post Hard-luck neighborhoods bordering Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital regularly send locals to the emergency room. As a medical student, Dr. Hansel Tookes had a pretty good idea of which ones were on the needle. “Here in Miami, we have a lot of career injection drug users,” said Tookes, now an assistant professor at the University of Miami. “People who have injected for 20 years.” They were older. They were poorer. They were the usual suspects for injection-drug illnesses: skin and heart infections, hepatitis C, HIV. Until, in late 2011, they suddenly weren’t. That year, Tookes and his colleagues started seeing a different kind of heroin user. … [Read more...] about Florida cuts off oxycodone: Death, devastation follow
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The Kendall-based dealership with 750+ employees is honored for its company-wide commitment to wellness. What started as an effort to share information about health and nutrition with employees four years ago has evolved into a shift in company culture. The South Florida Business Journal recently named the Bean Automotive Group a finalist in this year’s “Healthiest Companies”, in the “Large Companies” category. The honor has placed them in the top-10 among thousands of South Florida area businesses that applied, and more importantly, has led to an increase in engagement and work productivity, and a significantly reduced absentee rate. “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: what two great qualities to work with,” says Bean Automotive Group Group Dealer Principal Lori Bean. Fitness classes, blood pressure and “Maintain Don’t Gain” challenges are in, pastelitos, croquetas, and doughnuts as treats and snacks are out. Monthly birthday … [Read more...] about South Florida Business Journal names Bean Automotive Group a ‘Healthiest Employer’
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American consumers are buying bigger vehicles, and apparently, they don’t mind paying the heftier price.Truck sales have been outpacing car sales for more than five years. But now, truck sales are nearly two times that of cars, according to AutoNation, the country’s largest seller of vehicles. The trend is generally the same in South Florida.“You have this shift going on under way where the consumer is selecting a vehicle that, on average, is $6,000 more than a passenger car,” CEO Mike Jackson told analysts on AutoNation’s first-quarter results conference call on May 1.Truck sales have been steadily rising from 51 percent of the mix in 2013 to 64.5 percent in 2017, according to AutoNation. Car sales have been declining, from nearly 50 percent of the mix in 2013 to 35.5 percent in 2017.Consumers are choosing trucks because they like to sit high as they drive, there’s more interior room, they’re designed now for better gas mileage, and they have … [Read more...] about Pricier trucks, including SUVs, outpace most cars in sales, dealers say
When the feds started scrutinizing two men accused of running a massive $23 million auto insurance fraud at chiropractic clinics in South Florida, their defense attorneys say investigators had a theory the ringleaders were part of the Russian mob.The two men, arrested this month, had much in common – they emigrated from Ukraine and became U.S. citizens more than 20 years ago, settling into South Florida’s Orthodox Jewish community.Felix Filenger was the flashy one who drove a Bentley, bought a $64,000 watch and carried a black suitcase stuffed with cash he doled out as kickbacks, according to the feds.Andrew Rubinstein, aka Andrei Rubinsteyn, was the quiet one, and so far, little information has emerged about him. His attorney said Rubinstein is a widower who is raising his 15-year-old daughter alone since his wife died from a stroke a year ago.Prosecutors did not charge either man with being involved in the Russian mob. They’ve never even hinted publicly that it had … [Read more...] about Massive $23 million auto insurance fraud was an intricate operation