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DEA in Miami warns of synthetic drug field mass overdose events in Florida

DEA in Miami warns of synthetic drug field mass overdose events in Florida

MIAMI, Fla. — The Miami field office of the Drug Enforcement Administration warned Florida communities there had been an increase in mass-overdose events across the Sunshine State related to drug supplies laced with a synthetic opioid.

The DEA said synthetic opioids like fentanyl are inexpensive to produce, highly addictive and are being mixed with other illicit drugs to drive addiction and create repeat buyers. The DEA and other experts have said a dosage as small as 2 milligrams is enough fentanyl to be deadly for some adults.

According to the DEA, there have been synthetic opioid mass-overdose events (3 or more overdoses occurring close in time and at the same location) in at least three Florida counties over the last two weeks. Those events have resulted in hospitalizations and deaths.


Mass-overdose events typically occur when criminals market drugs like cocaine, meth, or heroin when the drug is actually a synthetic opioid like fentanyl or when drug dealers sell fake prescription pills that look legitimate but actually are laced with fentanyl, the DEA said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the signs to look for with a fentanyl overdose include:

  • small, constricted ‘pinpoint pupils’
  • falling asleep or losing consciousness
  • slow, weak, or no breathing
  • choking or gurgling sounds
  • limp body
  • cold and/or clammy skin
  • discolored skin (especially in lips and nails)

If you think someone is overdosing, even if you’re not sure, the CDC said to take the following steps:

  1. Call 911
  2. Administer naloxone (NARCAN), if available
  3. Try to keep the person awake and breathing
  4. Lay the person on their side to prevent choking
  5. Stay with the person until emergency assistance arrives

Naloxone/Narcan is available over the counter at pharmacies across Florida. It’s also available in every county in the state of Florida. A full list of locations can be found here.

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What to know about the track and field world championships

What to know about the track and field world championships

The track and field world championships, the sport’s largest stage outside of the Olympics, are about to be contested in North America for the first time. Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., the spiritual home of track and field in the United States, will host the planet’s fastest runners, longest throwers and highest fliers over 10 days starting Friday.

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Queer Field Trip is a new Vernon Family Resource Centre Pride Month program – Vernon News

Queer Field Trip is a new Vernon Family Resource Centre Pride Month program - Vernon News

New queer event

The Vernon Family Resource Centre is marking Pride Month with a new event.

June is Pride Month in Canada and the Queer Field Trip is the brainchild of the Vernon Family Resource Centre’s returning summer student Sara Goddu.

Queer Field Trip is a drop-in group that introduces people ages 13-18 to queer-friendly and inclusive spaces in Vernon. Those interested can follow @queerfieldtrip on Instagram and get in touch through direct messaging.

The group is free and does not require registration, just be at the right place at the right time.

“We believe that everyone should have access to places where they feel safe, seen, respected and represented. We want to introduce you to those places,” said Goddu.

The inaugural Queer Field Trip welcomed more than 15 attendees. The next event is planned for mid-July, with details posted to the Queer Field Trip Instagram page.

The VFRC is also re-launching Queer Family Game Night — an event founded prior to the COVID-19 pandemic that will now return this summer.

The event welcomes adults, families and allies to enjoy an evening of games and conversation. The drop-in event takes place every third Thursday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Boarding House Cafe, 3101 B 31 Ave.

The VFRC is also sharing resources and information on the history of Pride Month, topics relating to the LGBTQ+ community and how best to be an ally.

The VFRC is a charitable, non-profit with the mission of “building a resilient community by empowering one child, one individual, one family at a time.”

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D. Johnson in first LIV field; Phil not on initial list

D. Johnson in first LIV field; Phil not on initial list

COLUMBUS, Ohio — More than a dozen PGA Tour players, including two-time major champion Dustin Johnson, are included in the field for the first LIV Golf Invitational Series event, which will be played next month outside of London.

The list of 42 players was released by LIV Golf on Tuesday night. It also includes longtime PGA Tour players Sergio Garcia, Kevin Na, Louis Oosthuizen, Ian Poulter, Charl Schwartzel and Lee Westwood.

Six-time major champion Phil Mickelson was not included on the list of players released on Tuesday. LIV Golf had previously said its events would include 48 players competing in 12 teams of four players. The final six spots will consist of players invited by CEO Greg Norman and qualifiers from an Asian Tour event, LIV Golf said in a release.

Mickelson, who skipped the Masters and PGA Championship, an event he won last year, was among the players who requested a release from the PGA Tour to compete in the first LIV Golf event, scheduled June 9-11 at Centurion Golf Club outside London. Mickelson hasn’t played on the PGA Tour since missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in late January.

Among the other PGA Tour players who will defy the PGA Tour by playing in the LIV Golf Invitational Series — which is being fronted by Norman, the two-time Open winner and former No. 1 player, and financed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund — are Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford. Brooks Koepka‘s brother, Chase, also is among the LIV participants.

The field also includes former Clemson star Turk Pettit, the 2021 NCAA individual champion, and former Michigan State star James Piot, who won the 2021 U.S. Amateur.

Johnson, whose 24 PGA Tour victories include wins at the 2016 U.S. Open and 2020 Masters, was the biggest surprise in the LIV field. On Feb. 20, shortly after Mickelson’s controversial comments about the PGA Tour’s “obnoxious greed” and the Saudi Arabian monarchy caused a firestorm, Johnson issued a statement, in which he said he was committed to the PGA Tour.

“I feel it is now time to put such speculation to rest. I am fully committed to the PGA Tour,” Johnson said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to play on the best tour in the world and for all it has provided me and my family.”

His agent, David Winkle, issued a statement on Tuesday.

“Dustin has been contemplating the opportunity off-and-on for the past couple of years,” Winkle wrote. “Ultimately, he decided it was in his and his family’s best interest to pursue it. Dustin has never had an issue with the PGA Tour and is grateful for all it has given him, but in the end, felt this was too compelling to pass up.”

Norman said in a statement that “Free agency has finally come to golf.”

“This is an opportunity to start a movement that will change the course of history by bringing new and open competition to the sport we all love. The desire shown by the players to participate in LIV Golf demonstrates their emphatic belief in our model and confidence in what we’re building for the future,” he said. “We couldn’t be happier at the diversity of our field, featuring players from around the world including major champions and those making their debut with us competing in their first professional event.”

However, the initial LIV field isn’t as strong as Norman and his team had envisioned. Several top PGA Tour players, including Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Bryson DeChambeau and others, pledged their loyalty to the tour.

“I came away from the U.S. PGA and literally couldn’t care less about how much I made that week,” England’s Matt Fitzpatrick said Tuesday. “I was just gutted that I didn’t win. I had a chance and I didn’t take it, and that kind of said a lot to myself about myself that that’s all I’m bothered about out here.

“You want to have records, I want to win tournaments, and for me, that’s why for now, the sort of LIV Golf doesn’t interest me. In five years, if all of a sudden that becomes the main tour, then obviously you sort of rethink your options. But for now I’m out here wanting to make sure I’m giving myself the best chance of winning tournaments, winning majors and going about my career like that.”

On May 10, the PGA Tour denied conflicting-event releases for its players to compete in the London event, which coincides with the Canadian Open in Ontario that week. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has told players that they will face discipline, including potential suspensions and/or lifetime bans, by competing in the breakaway tour.

“We have notified those who have applied that their request has been declined in accordance with the PGA Tour Tournament Regulations,” the PGA Tour said in a memo to its players. “As such, Tour members are not authorized to participate in the Saudi Golf League’s London event under our regulations. As a membership organization, we believe this decision is in the best interest of the PGA Tour and its players.”

Norman called the PGA Tour’s decision not to grant releases to its players “anti-golfer, anti-fan, and anti-competitive.” The DP World Tour, formerly the European Tour, has also denied releases to its players.

Norman has argued that professional golfers are independent contractors and should be allowed to play wherever they want. He said his legal team was ready to challenge the PGA Tour’s position in court if needed.

“Sadly, the PGA Tour seems intent on denying professional golfers their right to play golf, unless it’s exclusively in a PGA Tour tournament,” Norman said in a statement. “But no matter what obstacles the PGA Tour puts in our way, we will not be stopped. We will continue to give players options that promote the great game of golf globally.”

The eight-event LIV series will feature five tournaments played in the United States. It will include seven regular-season events and a team championship match play finale at Trump Doral in Miami from Oct. 28 to 30. The second LIV event is scheduled for July 1-3 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Portland, Oregon.

The LIV Golf Invitational Series will consist of 54-hole events, no cuts and shotgun starts “to ensure a faster and more exciting pace.” There will be a maximum of 48 players on 12 four-man teams at each event, and rosters will be determined by a draft the week of the tournament.

Total prize money for the eight events will be $255 million, according to LIV Golf Investments, and the seven regular-season tournaments will have total purses of $25 million, which would be the richest in professional golf, with $20 million in individual prizes and $5 million for the top three teams. The top three individuals after the seven regular-season events will also share a $30 million bonus.

The season-ending team match-play championship will provide another $50 million in prizes.

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UPDATED: Friday’s state track and field events postponed due to weather conditions

UPDATED: Friday's state track and field events postponed due to weather conditions

As CHSAA officials continued to monitor the weather, the cold front moved in earlier than expected. Therefore, today’s track and field state championships has been postponed due to the weather conditions and in the interest of the athletes’ safety.

As we look to formulate a plan for how to complete the remaining championship events, CHSAA weather officials will continue to monitor the weather and search for the best possible solution. Based on the weather forecast, the CHSAA is exploring options for resuming state championships competition midday on Saturday once the weather subsides and Jeffco Stadium officials can get the surfaces cleared, and then finishing the meet on Sunday. If the competition surfaces remain unplayable on Saturday, the meet will be pushed to Sunday and Monday.


As we continue to get updates from our weather service, we will provide further updates. Please check and CHSAA’s social media platforms for further updates.

Any decision regarding the status of the meet on Saturday, May 21, will be communicated as soon as possible.

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LSU track and field wins six events at SEC championships; Tiger women take third, men seventh

LSU track and field wins six events at SEC championships; Tiger women take third, men seventh

The LSU women’s track and field team came up just a little short in the race for the team title Saturday night at the Southeastern Conference outdoor championships.

But if coach Dennis Shaver could have somehow squeezed just one more race out of sprint sensation Favour Ofili, the Tigers probably would have come away with the biggest trophy from the meet held in Oxford, Mississippi.

Ofili scorched the Ole Miss track in winning the 100 and 200 meters and ran second leg on the Tigers’ winning 4×100-meter relay.

The sophomore’s gallant effort came up just short, however, when Florida came from just off the pace in the final two events to take the women’s title with 107 points.

Arkansas was third with 103 points and LSU was third with 96½, while Kentucky (85) and Texas A&M (84) rounded out the top five.

Arkansas won the men’s title with 121 points and Alabama was second with 116. Tennessee (84), Florida (78) and Georgia (75) completed the top five. LSU finished seventh with 70.

With Ofili scoring 22½ points by herself, LSU held a scant 1½-point lead over Florida with 19 of 21 events in the books.

But the Gators got a second-place finish from Parker Valby in the 5,000 meters and clinched the title with a fifth-place effort from its 4×400 relay team to hold off Arkansas.

Ofili was one of the big stars when she outdueled Kentucky’s Abby Steiner in the two short sprints and teamed with Alia Armstrong, Tionna Beard-Brown and Thelma Davies to win the 4×100 relay over Kentucky.

After running the second leg on the relay that got the baton around in a season’s-best time of 42.59 seconds, while Kentucky ran a 42.63.

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It was the sixth consecutive win for LSU in the event at the SEC meet.

Ofili later came back to win the 100 in 10.93 seconds while running into a slight headwind. That tied her personal record she set in the LSU Invitational on April 30.

It was the 21st title in the event for the LSU women in 41 SEC championship meets. Steiner was second in 11.02 seconds.

Later, Ofili got the best of Steiner once again in the 200. Ofili, the collegiate record holder at 21.96 seconds, won with a 22.04 while Steiner nearly caught Ofili at the finish line in running a 22.07.

Armstrong provided the fourth win of the day for LSU in the 100-meter hurdles when she won with a slightly wind-aided time of 12.46 seconds.

Rival Grace Stark of Florida, who won the NCAA indoor 60-meter hurdles, fell going over the sixth of 10 hurdles, but Armstrong had a clear lead by then and coasted to the victory.

The men’s team had two wins Saturday as Eric Edwards Jr. made it a sweep for the Tigers in the hurdles and Sean Bodie-Dixon took the triple jump crown.

Edwards won the 110 hurdles with a PR of 13.28 seconds and Bodie-Dixon took the triple jump crown with a best of 53 feet, 8¼ inches.

Teammate Apalos Edwards gave LSU a 1-2 finish in the triple jump when he popped a personal-best 53-3½ on his final attempt to better his old PR by nearly 2½ feet.

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Harding Women Dominate Field Events to Build 40-Point Lead at GAC Meet – Harding University Athletics

Harding Women Dominate Field Events to Build 40-Point Lead at GAC Meet - Harding University Athletics
SHAWNEE, Okla. – Harding’s women used dominant performances in the heptathlon and three field events to build a 40-point lead after two days at the Great American Conference Track and Field Championships, hosted by Oklahoma Baptist.

Harding has 94 points with Oklahoma Baptist second at 54 and Arkansas Tech third with 34.

Freshman Sofie Reitbauer became the fourth consecutive Harding athlete to win the GAC heptathlon with Lauren Shell second, earning the Lady Bisons 18 points.

Harding scored 15 points in the hammer throw with senior Cara Mason winning the event for the second straight year.

The Lady Bisons continued to pile up the points in the triple jump with junior Jenna Akins and sophomore Mariah Miller placing first and second.

The largest point haul came in the javelin, where Harding had six of the scorers, including senior Anna Kay Clark, who won the event for the second straight year and shattered the GAC meet record.

The final day of competition is tomorrow with events beginning at 10 a.m.

Below is a break down of Harding’s performances in each event. Most of the running events Friday were preliminaries with the finals Saturday.


Harding points: 18 … freshman Sofie Reitbauer won the event with 4,435 points, and junior Lauren Shell was second with 4,390 points … Reitbauer is the fourth consecutive Harding athlete to win the GAC heptathlon, joining Kaylin Turley (2018), Emily Shell (2019) and Darcy Sanford (2021)

100-meter hurdles (prelims)

Freshman Sofie Reitbauer ran 15.73 and freshman Sydnee Parker ran 17.00 and neither qualified for Saturday’s final

400 meters (prelims)

Senior Anne-Noelle Clerima had the top qualifying time of 56.47 seconds and was one of three Lady Bisons to qualify for the final … senior Kinga Szarzynska qualified fifth with a time of 58.20, and sophomore Alyssa Couey qualified eighth in 59.43 … Harding’s Krisman Eakin and Miah Maples were ninth and 10th respectively and just missed qualification

100 meters (prelims)

Harding did not have a competitor in the 100

800 meters (prelims)

Harding had two athletes qualify in the 800 … senior Kinga Szarzynska qualified fifth in 2:21.73 with senior Celia Stramrood sixth at 2:22.57 … Szarzynska is a two-time GAC champion in the event (2018, 2021)

400 hurdles (prelims)

Senior Anne-Noelle Clerima, Harding’s lone entry in the 400 hurdles, qualified third in 1:03.78 by winning Heat 2 … Harding has never won the 400 hurdles at the GAC meet

200 meters (prelims)

Senior Anne-Noelle Clerima qualified for her third event of the day … Clerima qualified second with a time of 25.04, just .01 seconds off her PR

3,000-meter steeplechase

Harding points: 3 … sophomore Ellie Fantauzzo turned in a PR of 11:44.26 to place sixth and earn Harding three points

Hammer Throw

Harding points: 15 … senior Cara Mason won the hammer throw for the second straight year … her throw of 49.72 meters or 163 feet, 1 inch is the best ever by a Harding athlete at the GAC meet … Mason won by seven inches … Mason’s finishes in the hammer at the GAC meet (5th, 3rd, 1st, 1st) … senior Tessa TeGrootenhuis placed fifth (four points) with a mark of 43.21 meters or 141 feet, 9 inches … she placed sixth in the even in 2021 … junior Tiffany Hildebrandt placed eighth (one point) with a PR of 42.73 meters or 140 feet, 2 inches

Triple Jump

Harding points: 19 … junior Jenna Akins won the event (10 points) with a mark of 11.99 meters or 39 feet, 4 inches on her sixth and final jump … sophomore Mariah Miller placed second (8 points) with an identical mark of 11.99 meters or 39 feet, 4 inches … Akins and Miller topped the next competitor by two centimeters … freshman Grace Carter placed eighth (1 point) with a mark of 10.80 meters or 35 feet, 5.25 inches … Akins won the event for the first time and became the fourth different Harding athlete to win the GAC triple jump, joining Caroline Embry (2016), Emily Shell (2018) and Miller (2021)


Harding points: 33 … Harding had six of the eight scoring athletes … sophomore All-American Anna Kay Clark shattered the previous GAC meet record of 43.74 meters, winning with a toss of 46.66 meters or 153 feet, 1 inch … it was her second consecutive GAC championship … junior Cooper Monn was second (36.01m), sophomore Meghan McElroy was third (35.72m), freshman Sydney Soto was fifth (33.91m), junior Mary Vander Sewell was sixth (32.97m) and junior Lauren Shell was seventh (32.18m)

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Maple Ridge athletes win at SFU track and field event – Maple Ridge News

Maple Ridge athletes win at SFU track and field event - Maple Ridge News

A pair of Maple Ridge leapers had podium finishes for the Simon Fraser University track and field team on Saturday.

The SFU track and field program hosted its High Performance No. 2 meet its final home event of the NCAA season, at the SFU Stadium at Terry Fox Field.

Sophomore Zackary Kuzyk of Maple Ridge won both the high jump and triple jump. He made his collegiate debut in the triple jump, and had a leap of 13.43 meters in his best attempt, ahead of his brother freshman Nickolas Kuzyk (11.35m), who was second.

In the high jump, Zackary Kuzyk cleared 1.82m.

Reid Muller of Pitt Meadows, running for the Sole Experience Running Club, won the mile in a field of 11 runners. He ran a time of 4:07.58

“I wasn’t completely sure I wanted to do this meet but I’m really happy that I did,” said SFU head coach Brit Townsend. “We had so many personal-best performances, especially in the middle-distance, and some of the sprint races. The weather cooperated, I kept pushing it back further and further because I kept looking at the forecast, so we got the best part of the day.”

She said the meet will be a great tune-up for coming events in Oregon and California. The conference championships are also coming, on May 13 and 14 in Ellensburgh, Washington.

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