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’ve had a great ride"

    For 60 years, the Green Spot has been a part of Dalton. It survived long after most other locally owned grocery stores in the area had folded to competition from big chain grocery stores and to big box super stores.

    July 29, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Traveler from a district in Columbia?

    Jim Gray was traveling out of Orlando International Airport when a Transportation Security Administration officer tried to stop him from boarding his plane.

    July 29, 2014

  • Letter: Children are not the enemy

    We recently read somewhere that our country is at war, not with another nation but with one another.

    July 29, 2014

  • Ensuring the joy of reading

    They’re little, they’re libraries, and best of all, they’re free.

    July 28, 2014

  • Move carefully, but soon

    No one intended for it to happen. No one had any bad motives.
    But during a period of 40 years or more, quite a few people didn’t do enough planning, didn’t have enough foresight to see what all of the development in Dalton would do.

    July 27, 2014

  • Local school systems must bear costs of federal immigration failure

    No word. No warning. Little help.
    That’s what Dalton Public Schools officials received from the federal government when it dropped 30 Central American students into local classrooms last school year.

    July 26, 2014

  • Sacrifices worth honoring

    Members of the Dalton City Council were recently approached by representatives of the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart with a request to declare Dalton a Purple Heart City. Council members indicated they will approve the request.

    July 24, 2014

  • 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