Dallas Anti-Fluoride Cause Now Supported by Web-Savvy Dogs

Schutze is getting some high-powered allies.
The latest salvo in the war to get the city of Dallas to stop adding fluoride to the city's water supply comes from the canines behind dogsagainstfluoridation.com, who are urging the City Council to follow council member Sheffie Kadane's lead on January 28 and vote to end the vicious commie plot.

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Texas School Districts Spent $117,000 on Ebola-Inspired Cleaning

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Records obtained by the Austin American-Statesman show just how far North Texas school districts were willing to go to assuage parents' Ebola fears last fall. Seven DFW districts -- Burleson, Grapevine-Cooley, Garland, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw, Highland Park, Hurst-Euless-Bedford and Royse City -- spent money on various levels of "deep cleaning" for their buildings, despite an October edict from the Dallas County Medical Society urging against the practice.

"There is no evidence to support 'a deep cleaning' or similar actions for schools or school buses related to the current Ebola situation. Such measures also would send the wrong message about the risk of contracting the disease," the society said.

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In the Hours After Ebola Landed in Dallas, No One Knew Who Was In Charge

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All of Vanity Fair reporter Bryan Burrough's portrait of Dallas in the hours, days and weeks after the arrival of Thomas Eric Duncan is worth reading, but we thought it'd be worthwhile to highlight some of the most interesting stuff in his piece for those who can't afford to read 9,000-plus words in the middle of the workday.

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Texas Insists HB2 Promotes Women's Health in 5th Circuit Arguments

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Hey, Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell, surely you remember ... Wendy Davis ... filibuster ... angry women ... all that stuff? No? Maybe you should see a doctor.
The final pre-Supreme Court skirmish over Texas' restrictive abortion legislation known as HB2 kicked off today in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The state, as it has throughout the fight over the law, stuck to the same bullshit.

"Texas adopted HB2 for the purpose of raising the standard of care for abortion patients," Jonathan Mitchell, Texas' solicitor general said.

No. That wasn't the reason Texas' conservative, anti-abortion legislators passed HB2. Whether one loves or hates HB2, this is a simple fact obvious to everyone in Texas at least as smart as a salamander -- or more honest than Texas' solicitor general.

Dr. Daniel Grossman, who authored a study of the initial effects of HB2, told Unfair Park in July that the law does nothing to make women safer. Dr. Hal Lawrence, the executive vice president and CEO of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said that the law is dangerous for women. The ban on abortions performed after 20 weeks does not make women safer. Nor does the requirement that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The requirement that any clinic performing abortions be certified as an ambulatory surgical center -- which faces the stiffest challenge in the current legal fight -- does nothing but increase travel times and impose unnecessary costs.

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Ebola in Dallas: Your End of the Year Update

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The first time any of us in the office considered that Dallas might become the Ebola epidemic's American focal point was Tuesday, September 30. We watched Dallas County Health and Human Services director Zach Thompson brief the Dallas County Commissioners Court about the status of a then unidentified man we would later learn was Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national who arrived in Dallas to reconnect with his family on September 20.

Unfair Park published something about Thompson's comments -- he was careful to note that Texas was "not Africa" in an attempt to assuage any potential fears about the virus -- and pushed Ebola back to where it had been until that day, the back of our mind. Any illusions that that was where Ebola would stay were shattered that afternoon.

See also: Ebola Has Landed in Dallas

Duncan was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control as the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. His care, administered by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was called into question almost immediately.

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As Deaths Mounted, the FDA Dithered in its Probe of Dallas' USPlab's Diet Supplement

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If you want nice arm muscles like this man, you should probably just do some old-fashioned exercise.
It was over four years ago when agents from the Food and Drug Administration began hearing disturbing complaints about USPLabs, the corporation headquartered in Dallas that sells "nutrition" powder, dietary supplements and other products to bros trying to beef up their builds.

Customers complaining of bad reactions included a 16-year-old who had to go to the emergency room after feeling numb and dizzy. So the FDA did what any powerful government agency would do: They showed up to the company's lab on Manana Drive and investigated, er, "inspected" it, according to an FDA search warrant. (Already not a good sign -- inspections are the friendlier, less hostile cousin of investigations).

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University General Hospital, Touted in Dallas' GrowSouth Plan, Is on Life Support

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Oak Cliff's University General Hospital, touted as one of Mayor Mike Rawlings' GrowSouth success stories, is on life support -- or maybe in an induced coma -- while its owners try to sell the 111-bed facility.

Houston-based University General Health Systems Inc., which purchased the former South Hampton Community Hospital two years ago, announced last week that the hospital is up for sale. In the meantime, it has scaled back operations to the minimum required to maintain its license and recently acquired Joint Commission accreditation. The emergency room is still functioning, but not much else. A hundred employees -- the number of new jobs touted on the GrowSouth website -- have been laid off.

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Dallas Woman Pleads Guilty to Faking Being a Nurse at Eight Dallas Hospices

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>Wearing one of these does not make you a nurse.
Jada Antoine has quite the resume for a hospice nurse. From January 2009 to April 2012, she cared for more than 100 patients while employed by eight Dallas hospice companies.

The thing is, Antoine isn't a nurse. She isn't licensed as any kind of healthcare provider. Antoine didn't let that stop her. She found a woman who was a nurse and took her driver's license and Social Security card was employed by the hospices as a registered nurse.

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Presby Would Like the Media to Please Stop Rehashing Its Ebola Crisis

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Emily Mathis
When Texas Health Presbyterian was still in the middle of its Ebola public relations fallout, hospital officials had an ever-shifting series of explanations for why Thomas Eric Duncan was initially misdiagnosed and sent home.

The hospital had at first made a subtle suggestion that the misdiagnosis was a nurse's fault. Though a nurse who saw Duncan in his first visit to Presby was aware that he had traveled to Africa, "regretfully that information was not fully communicated" to the rest of the medical team, Presby said at the time. Shortly after releasing that nurse diss however, the hospital clarified that it was actually the computer's fault. The electronic record system apparently had a "flaw" that caused the doctor to miss a nurse's note that did in fact indicate Duncan had traveled from Africa.

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Bentley the Ebola Dog's Monitoring Cost $27,000

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He's an expensive little bugger.
Of the just more than $155,000 the city of Dallas spent responding to Ebola, almost $27,000 -- just more than 17 percent of the total -- went to caring for Bentley, Nina Pham's King Charles Spaniel. The majority of the Bentley cash, $17,057.46, was spent on getting Grand Prairie Armed Forces Reserve Complex ready for the dog's stay and providing security at the former Naval Air Station.

The single biggest item on the full list, which you can check out below, was the $58,000-plus Dallas Fire and Rescue spent on hazmat response. It cost $18,824 to pay the paramedics subjected to 21-day quarantines after contact with the first diagnosed U.S. Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan.

The city won't bear the full brunt of the bill. It is seeking reimbursement of some costs from the state and about $19,000 of Bentley's burden will be covered by grants and donations.

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