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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  • Misty Watson: When blood sugar drops, anger rises

    It wouldn’t have taken 107 married couples and 21 days to figure out that being hungry makes people angry.

    April 15, 2014

  • Working for the man

    You may be one of the many Americans who will rush to file their income taxes today. But you may not yet have earned enough money to pay all of the taxes that will be imposed on you this year.

    April 15, 2014

  • Letter: The glib tongue, the fake smile

    A recent Daily Citizen column by Walter Williams will both awaken and frighten any thinking person who claims even a smidgen of knowledge about — or belief in —  either the Bible, world history or current events.

    April 15, 2014

  • College soccer team would bring local talent together

    Dreams of combining the best soccer players from all local high schools into one team finally could come true.

    April 13, 2014

  • Letter: Primaries feature many choices

    Many people are confused this year about the May 20 Election Day. Unfortunately, very few voters in Whitfield County actually go to the polls for a primary election. But this means any increase in participation can have a significant impact.

    April 12, 2014

  • Letter: Hooper for Murray chief magistrate

    Thanks to all the wonderful people and friends who backed me for District 1 Murray County Board of Education. You sure showed a lot of support. Sorry I had to step down due to my and my wife’s health. I am a lot better now.

    April 12, 2014

  • Judicial dispute could have been avoided

    Judicial elections in Whitfield and Murray counties tend to be low key. In fact, we can’t recall the last time an incumbent judge on the Conasauga Superior Court, which cover the two counties, has even faced a challenger.

    April 12, 2014

  • Citizen of the Week: Jonathan Rose

    Running for exercise is a popular hobby among many local residents, but at least one racing enthusiast plans to take his fun a step further today.

    April 11, 2014

  • Community champions make world a better place

    We sometimes think a good community is one with attractive buildings, well-kept homes and beautiful parks. But buildings, homes and parks, no matter how attractive, don’t make a community. People do.

    April 10, 2014

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