February 4, 2014

Charles Oliver: Hospital staff misses allergic reaction

• A British coroner’s inquest found that Susan Hammond died at Lincoln County Hospital from an allergic reaction to penicillin. Her hospital files noted that she was allergic to penicillin. In fact, the inquest found that hospital staff ignored or missed seven different warnings about her allergy. The United Lincolnshire Hospitals National Health Service Trust apologized to the family for the error. But neither the doctor who prescribed the penicillin nor the nurse who administered it were referred to their professional bodies. Nor did the prosecutors press charges against them.

• Chloe Stirling was making about $200 a month baking and selling cupcakes, not bad for an 11-year-old working after school and on weekends. She’d planned to save her money for a car when she was old enough. But the Madison County, Mo., health department stomped all over that dream. They forced her to shut down, saying it’s illegal to sell home-baked goods. Officials said Chloe would need to buy a bakery or at least build a separate kitchen that would only be used for her business if she wanted to keep making and selling cupcakes.

• Officials at Brooklyn’s Public School 139 say diversity matters more than challenging students. They have closed all gifted programs to new students because they are not diverse enough. Two-thirds of the school’s overall student body is black and Hispanic. But the gifted programs are reportedly largely made up of Asians and whites. Officials say that from now on all classes will be grouped to reflect the diversity of the school and the community it serves.

• Former Newark, N.J., police officer Johnathan Taylor has been sentenced to three years probation and 200 hours of community service after pleading guilty to third-degree insurance fraud. Taylor set fire to an SUV he owned and then filed an insurance claim on the vehicle.

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  • We must do better

    The numbers tell a sad tale.
    Registered voters: 36,843.
    Cards cast: 5,307.
    That means the turnout for Tuesday’s runoffs in Whitfield County was a measly 14.4 percent, according to unofficial results from the Whitfield County elections office.

    July 23, 2014

  • Letter: Control immigration

    Thousands are starting to pour into our country, and things are getting personal. Why would we end up the bad guys if we turn away children who aren’t ours? How does it make us better people to let one man steal from our children and stand by and do nothing?

    July 23, 2014

  • Helping with Book Blast betters the community

    The school test results are in, and students in Whitfield and Murray counties mostly improved from a year ago, mirroring or exceeding average scores of their peers.

    July 23, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Guns are already everywhere

    Though it happened over 30 years ago, the image is still vivid.

    July 22, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Former officer works overtime improperly

    Stephen F. Hall has pleaded guilty to theft by deception and falsifying a government record.

    July 22, 2014

  • Dalton council should seek answers

    Judicial elections in this area are usually pretty staid. In fact, they are generally nonexistent, since most judges run unopposed.

    July 21, 2014

  • Letter: Something to think about

    It has been better than four months now since Malaysia Flight 370 went missing. During that time we have heard all kinds of speculation, conjecture and opinions as to what happened to it. The only certainties to emerge are that the Malaysians fumbled the ball early on and there are some understandably distressed loved ones left to deal with their losses.

    July 21, 2014

  • Don’t forget the runoff

    Most folks are either getting ready for or still recovering from their summer vacations. So it’s easy to forget that Tuesday is an election day. A runoff election day to be precise.

    July 20, 2014

  • Be excited about a new grocery store, but stay loyal to the Green Spot

    The Daily Citizen reported on the front page of the July 15 newspaper that Dalton could get a new grocery store.

    July 19, 2014

  • John O. Schwenn: Making college completion easier

    There are, within the state of Georgia, an estimated 1.1 million adults who started a college degree program and never finished.

    July 19, 2014