Extra Extra : June 2011

FDA’s failure to respond causes millions to be exposed to deadly bacterium.

The story of tainted medical wipes and other disposable medical supplies in our hospitals first caught the media’s attention when a child from Houston, TX apparently died from the bacterium Bacillus cereus, a cousin to Bacillus antracis, or anthrax.  However, with deeper investigations done, it turns out the FDA was aware that the plant, owned by Triad Group and sister company H&P Industries (one of the nation's largest disposable medical supplies facility) has had numerous sanitary and safety violations dating back almost a decade. Here are links to coverage from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and MSNBC.com: http ... Read more ...

Workforce employees create list of illegal immigrants

CSB offers top dollar for director with little experience

This report by The News Leader reveals that the Valley Community Services Board offered top dollar to a job candidate with no mental health experience. The board was facing a $1.8 million budget gap, though still wanted to pay $162,000 to hire an executive director. The proposed salary is just slightly less than "the head of the state's biggest community services board," as revealed through a Freedom of Information Act request. The VCSB chairwoman, who is married to Waynesboro Mayor Frank Lucente, recommended the new executive director. The community of Waynesboro also "contributes to Valley CSB's ... Read more ...

SDPD faces multiple charges of officer misconduct

State ethics commission makes questionable decision

Dale Russell, investigative reporter for Fox 5 in Atlanta, reveals the latest information regarding the Georgia state ethics commission. Two top staffers of the commission have found themselves out of a job after a recent commission decision. The same two staffers are conducting an investigation on the campaign of Governor Nathan Deal. Ethics commissioners say that a "tight budget" was the reason for cutting one position and drastically cutting the salary of another, not the fact that the staff members were involved in the investigation.

Hospital negligence responsible for another death.

Tim Darragh, of The Morning Call reports that in January of this year, a patient at Lehigh Valley Hospital was have thought to have extremely high blood sugar, when it fact it was 100 times lower than the targeted range. As a result, the patient was given over 10 hours of insulin drip before bedside nurses discovered the testing strips had malfunctioned. The patient, who had undergone a kidney transplant and had complications including a urinary tract infection, swelling on the brain and respiratory failure, later on the morning of Jan. 3 was found in an "unresponsive coma" as a ... Read more ...

Residents near Lake Taneycomo, MO urge victims to rethink taking small business disaster loans.

Despite transparency laws, many New Orleans court officials spend millions behind the public's back.

Haitian earthquake relief reaches impasse

This report by the Haiti Grassroots Watch and two students from the "Laboratoire de Journalisme at the State University of Haiti," seeks to identify why reconstruction has not started in downtown Port-au-Prince, the location hit hardest by the earthquake in 2010. Numerous meetings and discussions have been held, but no plan of actions seems to have been enforced. The journalists found a "lack of transparency, lack of coordination, rivalry and sometimes even outright disagreement," which has resulted in thousands of families still living under tarps and in terrible conditions.

Department of Juvenile Justice psychiatrists possess troubled pasts

In the latest installment of the series "Drugging Delinquents," by the Palm Beach Post, reporter Michael LaForgia reveals that several doctors who counsel and medicate minors in state custody have their own troubled pasts. Psychiatrists with various legal transgressions have been hired by Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice and work directly with jailed children. Dr. Gold Smith Dorval was hired in 2007 and had pleaded "no contest" to a felony theft charge in 2004. Another doctor, who worked for the DJJ from 2008-2011, was disciplined in 2002 for over-prescribing medication that eventually led to a patient's death.