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Update: ‘Sociopath’ Surgeon Duntsch Facing Criminal Charges for Botched Surgeries

Christopher Duntsch, the Plano neurosurgeon whose deadly surgical mishaps became a case study in how Texas law allows even the most dangerous doctors to keep practicing, is facing criminal charges—and this time it’s for more than stolen pants.

On Tuesday a Dallas County grand jury indicted Duntsch on six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The victims: his patients. The weapons: “hands and surgical tools,” according to the indictments.

Five patients are named in the indictments, including three—Jeff Glidewell, Mary Efurd and Floella Brown—who were featured in Saul Elbein’s 2013 report for the Observer. Elbein’s piece detailed how Duntsch left some of his patients injured, paralyzed or dead, sometimes for minor procedures.

As the tragedies mounted, Duntsch’s peers tried unsuccessfully to prevent his return to the operating room. Duntsch easily moved from hospital to hospital. The Texas Medical Board took nearly a year to suspend his license after receiving the first complaint against Duntsch.

Read more: http://www.texasobserver.org/sociopath-surgeon-duntsch-facing-criminal-charges-for-botched-surgeries/

Related threads:

Update: Cocaine-using ‘Sociopath’ Neurosurgeon Duntsch Arrested for Shoplifting Pants May 2015
Greg Abbott Defends Sociopathic Surgeon Over Victims of Botched Spinal Surgeries Aug 2014
Greg Abbott Intervenes In Suit Involving "Sociopathic Neurosurgeon" Mar 2014
Plano’s Baylor hospital faces hard questions after claims against former neurosurgeon Mar 2014
Federal suit: Baylor failed to stop cocaine-using surgeon from harming patients Jan 2014
Dr. Christopher Duntsch, Plano Surgeon Suspended for Killing Patients, Gets Sued for Malpractice Jun 2013

UT alumni document bike trip Pedal South from Alaska to Argentina

After cycling 4,000 miles to Alaska five years ago, UT alumnus Dyar Bentz challenged himself to go further — bike the 18,000 mile Pan-American Highway and document it along the way.

Bentz began planning his project, Pedal South, after completing his trip with Texas 4000, a charity bicycle ride. He assembled a team in 2013, recruiting UT alumni Ricardo Palomares, Riley Engemoen and Thomas Allison to film and photograph their route as they travel from Alaska to Argentina. In June 2014, the group set out for their first stop in Deadhorse, Alaska.

Along the way, the group has been collecting stories from the locals they meet, taking pictures and video, and writing short stories they publish to the group’s site. The members plan to release a documentary film of their trip once they return.

Although they originally planned to focus on nonprofits, Palomares said they eventually began writing stories about topics ranging from strangers they encounter to local businesses.

Read more: http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2015/07/25/ut-alumni-document-bike-trip-pedal-south-from-alaska-to-argentina

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.

UT alumni document bike trip Pedal South from Alaska to Argentina

After cycling 4,000 miles to Alaska five years ago, UT alumnus Dyar Bentz challenged himself to go further — bike the 18,000 mile Pan-American Highway and document it along the way.

Bentz began planning his project, Pedal South, after completing his trip with Texas 4000, a charity bicycle ride. He assembled a team in 2013, recruiting UT alumni Ricardo Palomares, Riley Engemoen and Thomas Allison to film and photograph their route as they travel from Alaska to Argentina. In June 2014, the group set out for their first stop in Deadhorse, Alaska.

Along the way, the group has been collecting stories from the locals they meet, taking pictures and video, and writing short stories they publish to the group’s site. The members plan to release a documentary film of their trip once they return.

Although they originally planned to focus on nonprofits, Palomares said they eventually began writing stories about topics ranging from strangers they encounter to local businesses.

Read more: http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2015/07/25/ut-alumni-document-bike-trip-pedal-south-from-alaska-to-argentina

Cross-posted in the Bicycling Group.

$50M in cuts for disabled children opposed by lawmakers

AUSTIN >> The El Paso legislative delegation is calling on state health officials to scrap a plan that would cut $50 million a year in payments to professionals who help disabled, poor children.

To meet a mandate from the Legislature to cut spending, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission proposes cutting certain reimbursements to developmental therapists between 25 percent to 90 percent starting in September.

Critics say the proposal is penny-wise and pound- foolish. They say the cuts would mean the state would pass up $100 million a year in federal matching funds and deny critical services to children — thus dooming them to making more demands on the state in the future.

In a letter, state Sen. José Rodríguez and state Reps. Joe Pickett, Marisa Márquez, Joe Moody, Mary González and César Blanco — all Democrats — urged the commission to abandon the proposal to slash reimbursements under Medicaid, the health program for the poor.

Read more: http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_28538201/50m-cuts-disabled-children-opposed-by-ep-lawmakers

North Texas family may flee ranch after venomous copperhead snake invasion



A Weatherford family is considering fleeing their ranch due to the throngs of venomous copperhead snakes that have seemingly taken over the place.

James and Vicki Barnett have killed around 100 snakes at their North Texas home since last year, including 30 snakes last weekend alone, according to NBCDFW.

But even then, they told that station that more snakes roam the property at night.

"If one got in the house or in the cars, I would have to move," Vicki Barnett told the station. "I really would."

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/local/texas/article/North-Texas-family-invaded-by-poisonous-6403512.php

Meet The ‘Ex-Gay’ Candidate Running For Missouri Governor



Missouri state Sen. Bob Dixon, a Republican who announced his candidacy for governor this week, lived for five years as a gay man in the 1980s before he claims a religious awakening turned him straight.

And Dixon’s experience with homosexuality led his mother, Jean Dixon, then also a state lawmaker, to rabidly oppose a production of “The Normal Heart” at the Missouri State University in 1999.

Dixon now opposes same-sex marriage, and says he’s unsure whether he would support a statewide ban on anti-LGBT discrimination. He’s been married to his wife, Amanda (above), for 23 years, and they have three children.

Dixon talked about his experience with homosexuality at a Springfield City Council meeting where he spoke on a bias-crimes ordinance in 1991, according to report from The Springfield News-Leader that was reprinted on a blog called busplunge:

Jean Dixon says her son’s guilt almost caused him to commit suicide. Her son says one night in early October 1988 he considered crashing his car off a road.

She says she fought “The Normal Heart,” a play about AIDS and homosexuality produced at Southwest Missouri State University in 1989, because she saw it as affirming the homosexual way of life, which she says is harmful to those who live it.

“I wasn’t just some hard-nosed so-called Christian out here ranting and raving,” says the former lawmaker who was outspoken about her strong Christian beliefes during her two years in office. “It had been a heartache I had to deal with, and it was a tough one.”

Asked is she would oppose the play again, she says, “You bet. I believe it was the right thing to do.”


Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2015/07/ex-gay-missouri-governor/

Microchip helps lost cat in Hawaii reunite with Michigan family

For the past 19 months, a family that used to live in Hawaii thought their cat, Bogie, was gone forever.

That is, until they recently got a call that Bogie was found.

“I found Bogie about six or eight months ago. There’s a number of cats I manage on Ualena Street near the Honolulu airport. Bogie started showing up periodically,” said Bill Antilla.

Antilla volunteers his time feeding stray cats with Hawaii CatFriends, a nonprofit group that spays and neuters feral cats on Oahu.

Read more and watch video at the link:
http://khon2.com/2015/07/24/microchip-helps-lost-cat-in-hawaii-reunite-with-michigan-family/

Call-out to Nadin! Straight Marines Strip Down, Get Homoerotic To Fight PTSD – VIDEO



A group of military service members and veterans is stripping down and getting homoerotic to fight post-traumatic stress disorder.

The group, called the Irreverent Warriors, is using humor and camaraderie to help themselves and others cope with PTSD.

In a video report from ABC 10 in San Diego, they slap each other on the butt, apply sunscreen to each other and even play with each other’s nipples.

Today, the group plans to march — in their Marine “silkies” — 22 kilometers from south Mission Beach to La Jolla. PTSD results in 22 suicides per day.

Read more and watch video: http://www.towleroad.com/2015/07/straight-marines-strip-get-homoerotic-fight-ptsd-video/

[font color=330099]Come on Nadin, this is your home town so we expect coverage of the event. It is a good cause.[/font]

Trump slams Walker as governor leads in Iowa early voting

OSKALOOSA, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump opened up a line of attack Saturday on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, accusing the leader in recent polls in Iowa of running his neighboring state into financial trouble.

It’s the latest broadside against a rival of the outspoken New York billionaire. Last week, Trump went after South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham for calling him a “{filtered word}.” The New York businessman has characterized other candidates as unfit for the office and said the party’s 2008 nominee, Sen. John McCain, was not a war hero in spite of his years as a prisoner in Vietnam.

Spurred on by a raucous audience of more than 1,000 at a central Iowa high school, Trump said Walker has an advantage in Iowa because he’s from a neighboring state but that the edge is undeserved because Walker has mismanaged Wisconsin’s budget.

“He grew up right next door. A little advantage, right?” Trump said. “Except Wisconsin is doing terribly.”

Read more: http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2015-07-25/trump-slams-walker-governor-leads-iowa-early-voting#.VbQ3ivkT-70

Housekeeper slain in Colleyville had $5 million in life insurance

COLLEYVILLE — A $1 million life insurance policy that police believe prompted the slaying of a housekeeper in Colleyville last year was just one of multiple high-dollar policies out on the 69-year-old woman at the time of her death.

Anita Fox had $5 million in life insurance coverage when she was slain Sept. 23 while working in a house she cleaned, according to court documents.

Police have said Bernard “Little Joe” Gorman and his father, Gerard “Joe” Gorman” — both Irish Travellers — stalked and then fatally stabbed Fox, 69, in hopes of collecting on a $1 million policy that Fox didn’t even know existed.

Irish Travellers, a nomadic ethnic group with ties to Tarrant County, often make money by doing questionable home repair work and by taking out huge life insurance policies on one another.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/northeast-tarrant/article28712134.html#storylink=cpy
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