Ebola Nurse Nina Pham Says Texas Health Failed Her, Then Used Her for PR: Lawsuit

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KXAS via Twitter
Nina Pham
Nina Pham, the Texas Health Presbyterian nurse who became the first person to contract Ebola in the United States, is suing the hospital. Pham was among the first healthcare workers assigned to treat Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian national who was exposed to Ebola in West Africa before being diagnosed after travelling to the United States.

Pham's lawsuit echoes the explosive charges she leveled against the hospital Sunday in an interview with The Dallas Morning News. Texas Health Resources, the parent company of Texas Health Presbyterian, relied on Google to train Pham and others who treated Duncan, she says, and left nurses on the treatment team to fend for themselves.

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The Cedar Hill Cops Make a Pitch Perfect Spoof of Matthew McConaughey Lincoln Ads (Video)

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Lincoln Motor Company via YouTube
Ripe for parody.
Some things are just begging to be made fun of. Texas naked-bongo player in chief Matthew McConaughey's 2014 Rust Cohle-channeling Lincoln ads are one of those things. It's not a hard thing to parody. Still, the officers at the Cedar Hill police department deserve credit. Their spoof is perfect.

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Dallas ISD Trustee Joyce Foreman Got in a Weird and Heated Facebook Fight, then Deleted It

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Dallas Independent School District
Joyce Foreman
Even among the staunchest critics of Dallas ISD superintendent Mike Miles, trustee Joyce Foreman stands out in her relentless pursuit of his head. And lately, her anti-Miles advocacy has targeted the basic needs of schools and schoolchildren: She's voted against things as mundane and necessary approving monthly financial statements and buying new lawnmower blades. She's voted against accepting grant funds and an early childhood home visitation program done in cooperation with the United Way.

Over the weekend, Foreman proved how committed she is to ousting Miles and abandoning all reason and decorum in the process: She spent five hours arguing with anonymous Dallas gadfly Wylie H.

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The Most Scandalous Thing About Mike Miles' "Scandals" Is How They're not Scandals

Categories: Schutze

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DISD's Mike Miles vs. the scandals: It looks painful, but they're actually just Nerf balls -- big, soft things mostly composed of air.
Last week the Dallas school system saw the most appalling example yet of Scandalgate -- the scandalous scandal of skimpy school scandals. Three board members said they wanted to fire the superintendent over a teacher-hiring scandal. But by the end of the week the teacher-hiring scandal had already turned to smoke and blown away.

That's how it is with Scandalgate. The scandal is how crappy these scandals are.

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Saginaw ISD Officials Tell Teacher Her "Female Bleeding" Is Caused By Anxiety, Are Not Doctors

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According to Leviticus, if a woman has an issue, and that "issue in her flesh be blood," then she is unclean. She must present a priest with two turtle doves or young pigeons in order to make things right.

At the Eagle Mountain‐Saginaw Independent School District, if an employee is experiencing "female bleeding," then she is anxious. Before she returns to work, she must sit down with a school-appointed psychiatrist. The approaches are similar, except that Leviticus was written gazillion years ago, before people knew anything, while the latter approach appears to still be in use as Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD's unofficial female bleeding policy.

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Weather Update: Dallas Almost Shut Down by Nominal Amount of Snow

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I believe the scientific term is clusterfuck.
Lest you have any illusions about Dallasites' becoming less car dependent or more adept at driving in winter weather, here's the Google traffic map for the city as of about noon (the red is bad, very, very, bad). And heaven forbid you think about taking an Uber. As of writing, UberX prices in Oak Lawn are running 6.5 times the normal rate.

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The Morning News Got Trounced by the School Board, But You'd Never Know from Their Story

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Dallas School Superintendent Mike Miles said the Morning News' reporters just didn't get what they were writing about.
Wait a minute. The story you're getting from The Dallas Morning News this morning about last night's Dallas school board meeting is flat not what happened. It may be some deft ass-covering by the News' lead DISD beat reporters, but it's not the news.

The paper this morning makes it sound like school Superintendent Mike Miles got blistered by board members, some of whom wanted to fire him, over revelations in a Morning News story last Sunday about a conspiracy to cover up a big over-hiring mistake. That is not what happened at last night's meeting.

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Before a United Tows Driver Killed, Two Others Wrongly Accused Someone of Shooting at Them

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Amy Silverstein
Photographs of Lance Lemons at his parents' home. Lemons was shot and killed by a United Tows truck driver in February.
Lee Lemons still doesn't know the name of the tow truck driver who killed his son, Lance. If he did, he'd want to ask the driver why he used deadly force over something that may have been a misunderstanding. "Why was your initial impression shoot first?" Lee Lemons said in a recent interview at his DeSoto home. "[Why] not show the gun and say, 'Hey, get out of my truck?"

Lance, 27, was shot to death by a United Tows driver while sitting in the cab of the driver's truck on February 5, a little after 3:30 in the morning. Police have not arrested or named the shooter. They say the shooter left his truck idling and then briefly walked away to look for parking violations at the Flats at Five Mile Creek apartment complex in Oak Cliff. It was then that Lemons got inside and took the car in reverse, police say. The shooter wasn't arrested because he have may have been trying to protect his property, police say, a defense commonly referred to as the Castle Doctrine, as we reported this week.

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Why Does the News Have to Make Everybody and His Dog out to Be a Hero?

Categories: Schutze

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Is there a way to be quoted in a natural disaster "act of God" story and not come out looking like this?
A story in The New York Times yesterday about New York's only Ebola patient and how he doesn't want to be a hero got me thinking about hero narratives in the news. For every flood, fire, earthquake, mudslide and measles outbreak, there must be a hero.

Dr. Craig Spencer caught Ebola last year while treating Ebola victims in the West African nation of Guinea. On October 23 of last year after returning to New York he entered Bellevue Hospital and was diagnosed with Ebola. He has written an essay for the current issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, out two days ago, in which he writes: "I was labeled a fraud, a hipster, and a hero. The truth is I am none of those things. I'm just someone who answered a call for help and was lucky enough to survive."

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This Weekend's Dallas Weather Forecast Calls for Snow, Ice, Other Assorted Peril

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Markus Bernet
Dallas on Saturday
As foretold by Saint Delkus the Wise' Monday prophecy, Dallas is going to get some more shitty weather, starting this morning. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of North Texas, including Dallas County, that predicts up to two inches of snow on Friday, then freezing rain and accumulating ice on Saturday.

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