Posts by Liz Goodwin
- Liz Goodwin at Yahoo News1 day ago
Thousands of New York City health care workers — from nurses to janitors — learned how to safely put on and take off a full suit of protective equipment to treat a patient with Ebola at an upbeat Centers for Disease Control and Prevention event in Manhattan on Tuesday.
The CDC debuted its new safety standards for health care workers on Monday — recommending that everyone treating an Ebola patient be fully covered and wear two pairs of gloves and a special mask. The agency has been under fire since two nurses in Dallas fell ill with the disease while treating an Ebola-infected Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, who became the first person to die from the deadly disease in the United States.
“All of us are scared,” Arjun Srinivasan, a CDC official, told the New York health care workers. “It’s OK to be afraid.”
Barbara Smith, a nurse at Mount Sinai hospital, practiced putting on and taking off the new safety equipment as her image was magnified on several large screens. Many of the attendees diligently recorded the presentation on their cell phones, while others took notes.
- Liz Goodwin at Yahoo News6 days ago
Now that at least two Dallas nurses who cared for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan have themselves been diagnosed with the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is facing criticism that its initial recommendations to health care workers to protect themselves was inadequate.
The day after Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola, CDC Director Thomas Frieden told the public that it’s “easy” to prevent the spread of the disease if a person uses “gloves and barrier precautions,” because the only way to contract the virus is if an infected person’s body fluids enter the mucous membranes or an open wound of another person. He said health care workers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas were taking “all of the precautions they need” to prevent infection.
Since then, Duncan has died and two of the nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian who cared for him have tested positive for the disease. On Wednesday, Texas officials admitted that more of the 76 hospital workers who had contact with Duncan could be next.
- Liz Goodwin at Yahoo News12 days ago
A few days before the Ebola-infected Thomas Eric Duncan arrived in Dallas-Fort Worth Airport to reunite with his fiancee, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a sternly worded alert to the nation’s hospitals.
“Now is the time to prepare,” the memo said in bolded letters at the beginning of a detailed six-page checklist of steps that hospitals should take to ready themselves for a patient like Duncan. “Every hospital should ensure that it can detect a patient with Ebola.”
As is clear now, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas was not ready to detect Ebola — they sent Duncan home with antibiotics after he showed up with a fever and and abdominal pain, and acknowledged he had recently been in Liberia. He came into contact with dozens of people after that — including schoolchildren — before his disease worsened and he returned to the hospital in an ambulance.
On Wednesday, he died.
- Liz Goodwin at Yahoo News21 days ago
Behind the shocking revelations of incompetence and unprofessionalism that rocked the Secret Service this week is a longtime reporter who has been diligently uncovering the agency's secrets for years.
Carol Leonnig, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist who has worked at The Washington Post for nearly 15 years, has broken almost every single story on the agency, a series of shocking reports that on Wednesday resulted in the abrupt resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson. (Pierson called the resignation “painful.”)
In less than a week, Leonnig uncovered three scandals that pushed the agency’s first female leader out the door. First, she reported that Secret Service agents failed to respond for days when a gunman shot the White House residence seven times with a semi-automatic rifle in 2011, smashing a window while Sasha Obama was home. (At first the agency thought the noise was from a car backfiring; then they believed the bullets were from a gang fight they theorized must have occurred on the White House lawn.)
- Liz Goodwin at Yahoo News21 days ago
Study after study has shown that black men do more time in jail than white men who commit similar crimes — an entrenched racial disparity in the nation’s justice system that Attorney General Eric Holder has decried as “shameful” and unacceptable.
But a new study finds that a previously ignored factor has an even larger impact than race on whether and for how long a person will go to jail: U.S. citizenship.
Immigrants who lack citizenship are four times more likely to be sent to jail than U.S. citizens who committed the same crimes, according to a study of federal sentencing data to be published in the American Sociological Review this month. Once they’re in jail, immigrants serve two to four months longer than the average citizen convicted of the same crime.
Starting in 2012, the leader of the most prominent American anti-gay marriage organization unexpectedly began adding a ton of stamps to his passport.
As federal judges struck down gay marriage bans left and right at home, National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown appeared at meetings and marches for various anti-gay rights causes in France, Trinidad and Tobago, Russia and Australia — a surprising uptick in travel for the stateside activist. The result: In June, Brown’s group began discussing rebranding itself as the International Organization for Marriage, according to materials from a “March for Marriage” meeting in Washington, D.C.
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, singled out a small sheriff’s department in Oklahoma as an extreme example of the over-militarization of local police forces in a Senate hearing on Tuesday.
“I want to make sure we are clear about how out of control some of this is,” an outraged McCaskill said at the Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on the Pentagon’s 1033 program, which has given billions of dollars of excess military equipment to local police over the past two decades. “In Dr. Coburn’s state, the sheriff’s office has one full-time sworn officer. One. They have gotten two MRAPs since 2011.”
The jarring image of one small-town police officer lording over two enormous Pentagon-provided armored vehicles ended up in news reports on the hearing, perfectly illustrating concerns about the 1033 program that have been raised since police in Ferguson, Missouri, quelled protests with the help of an armored vehicle armed with a machine gun last month. President Barack Obama announced he’d be reviewing the federal programs that arm local police to address concerns that they are turning local cops into soldiers.
But it turns out the data the senator was relying on was wrong.
On a May morning more than two years ago, Rita Lasar and Debra Burlingame waited in silence as the lights dimmed in a movie theater on an Army base deep in Brooklyn, N.Y. The hundreds of seats in the Fort Hamilton theater are, on other occasions, filled with soldiers and their families watching blockbusters. But today, the nearly empty theater has been repurposed to show close family members of 9/11 victims the opening day of the long-awaited trial of the five men accused of masterminding the attacks that killed their loved ones.
Both Lasar and Burlingame lost adored brothers in the Sept. 11 attacks and had waited more than a decade to see the men accused of their murders face justice. Lasar’s brother, Avrame Zelmanowitz, died while waiting for paramedics to rescue his wheelchair-bound co-worker in the North Tower — he didn’t want to leave his friend alone. Burlingame’s brother, Charles Burlingame, was the captain of the American Airlines plane that was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon that morning.
One freezing day last November in the tiny town of Palestine, Ark., a young man named Jamie Hart climbed into the police department’s Humvee, turned it on, and drove off on a joy ride. The 28-year-old spun the military vehicle around in donuts outside his house on Thanksgiving Day, according to a neighbor.
“It never crossed my mind” that anyone would do that, Palestine Police Chief Stanley Barnes said Wednesday of the incident. The Humvee, which the town of fewer than 700 people got for free through a controversial Pentagon program that gives old military equipment to local police departments, doesn’t have keys. But it’s easy to look up how to start one.
The possibility that the 5,000-pound Humvee might be stolen was so far from Barnes’ mind that it took a week before anyone on the small force noticed it was missing from the police station’s parking lot.
Once Barnes noticed it was gone, he sprang into action.
“We just do what police officers do — we find out who done it,” Barnes said. “People talk.”
- Liz Goodwin, Yahoo News at Yahoo News2 mths ago
Police officers responding to protests in a St. Louis suburb Wednesday night were outfitted in fatigues, wore gas masks and body armor, carried military-style rifles, and were backed by tanklike armored vehicles as they sought to clear the streets.
Tear gas, smoke bomb explosions and the pop-pop-pop of nonlethal projectiles added to the picture, as photographs and video from Ferguson, Missouri, depicted a scene more reminiscent of a war zone than a civil rights protest against the police shooting Saturday of an unarmed teen in the largely low-income Midwestern town of about 20,000 people.
The military appearance of the St. Louis County police prompted an outpouring of responses from veterans and policymakers on social media and in statements. Brandon Friedman, a U.S. Army veteran, tweeted a photo of himself deployed in Iraq next to an image of a police officer in Ferguson. “The gentleman on the left has more personal body armor and weaponry than I did while invading Iraq,” Friedman wrote.