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LiLo back in rehab but producers of 'Poor Things' say they'll wait
Lindsay Lohan's latest rehab stint apparently won't impact her work on a dark comedy film about two elderly female con artists who befriend homeless men they murder to collect life insurance payouts.
The movie is based on true events that took place in Los Angeles.
According to Hollywood reports, it also will feature Rosario Dawson and Channing Tatum, with Shirley MacLaine and Olympia Dukakis top-lining.
Police arrested Ms. Lohan, 20, last month on suspicion of driving under the influence after her 2005 Mercedes SL-65 convertible struck a curb on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard.
Ms. Lohan reportedly was set to begin working on "Poor Things" last week, but she entered rehab shortly after her latest auto accident.
Ms. MacLaine and Rob Hickman, "Poor Things" producers, released a statement saying they were trying to rearrange the film's shooting schedule so Ms. Lohan can participate after completing rehabilitation.
Video captures deer hunter in workers comp fraud case
A onetime corrections officer who hunted deer found himself to be the hunted--by investigators tracking his movements in a workers compensation fraud probe.
Dennis Gillan of Monroe, N.Y., was arrested on charges of insurance and workers comp fraud, grand larceny and "offering a false instrument for filing."
The 49-year-old was arrested last month after surveillance video captured him hiking, hunting with a bow and arrow, and even dragging deer carcasses through the woods.
While that is perfectly legal, the New York State Insurance Fund said Mr. Gillan did all that while he also was receiving workers comp benefits for July 2002 injuries he received on the job as a state corrections officer.
He maintained he was unable to work and told a doctor performing an independent medical exam he could not walk more than a block and pain impeded his quality of life, the NYSIF said last week. The state agency said Mr. Gillan collected more than $100,000 in benefits since his accident.
The NYSIF pointed out that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty, but also noted "the potential future savings exceed $280,000."
Trial bar blitz tackles Miss. insurance race
Primary races for insurance commissioners don't usually generate a lot of television ads. In fact, they usually don't generate much hoopla of any sort.
But that's not the case in Mississippi, where Insurance Commissioner George Dale finds himself the target of an advertising campaign that's not even coming from a competitor in the August Democratic primary.
Instead, the campaign is backed by the Scruggs Katrina Group, a group of four law firms that's led by the legendary trial lawyer Dickie Scruggs.
The ads never criticize Mr. Dale by name, but concentrate on a mediation program supported by Mr. Dale as a means of settling claims that arose from Hurricane Katrina. One spot, for example, features a woman whose claim was not resolved despite mediation.
The battle between the trial bar and the insurance industry over Katrina claims has been going on for over a year, and is far from finished. But the effectiveness of the unusual ad campaign may determine a winner in the battle between the trial bar and Mississippi's insurance commissioner in just a matter of weeks.
As they used to say on TV, stay tuned.
Re-Mission arms victims in battle against cancer
While some see video games as harmful to young minds, CIGNA HealthCare is encouraging young cancer patients to play one designed specifically to help them cope with their disease.
CIGNA teamed up with nonprofit HopeLab to create Re-Mission, a video game described as a challenging 3-D experience with 20 levels of game play, in which players control Roxxi the nanobot as she travels through the bodies of fictional cancer patients to destroy cancer cells, battle bacterial infections, and manage side effects associated with cancer and cancer treatments.
In a controlled trial of 375 cancer patients aged 13-29, preliminary results showed that the game helped patients adhere to cancer therapy regimens, and it improved cancer-related knowledge for adolescents and young adults, among other things.
"Teenaged cancer patients present special treatment challenges," Dr. Gary Dahl, pediatric oncologist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University and a principal investigator for the Re-Mission Outcomes Study, said in a statement. "The Re-Mission video game is an important tool to help improve their understanding of cancer, its treatments and effects, which can result in more confidence in their ability to deal with the disease and more consistent compliance with their treatment."
The video game is available free of charge at www.cigna.com/re-mission.
Contributing: Roberto Ceniceros, Mark A. Hofmann, Rupal Parekh