Hidden FDA Reports Detail Harm Caused By Scores Of Medical Devices Kaiser Health News
The Food and Drug Administration has let medical device companies file reports of injuries and malfunctions outside a widely scrutinized public database, leaving doctors and medical sleuths in the dark.
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James L.S. Bowdish TV interview with Diamond Litty, Public Defender, 9/4/2018
Below is a video of the TV interview on September 4, 2018, with Public Defender of the 19th Judicial Circuit, Diamond Litty, concerning my participation during 1969 and 1970 in the first of the My Lai Massacre courts-martial trials. Diamond Litty’s TV interview lasted about a half-hour. I joined the Army JAG Corps in July, 1969 and was honorably discharged in 1973 and joined the Crary law firm at that time.
When assigned to the case in October of 1969, I was a 25-year-old greenhorn attorney Captain in the US Army JAG (Judge Advocate General’s Corps), one of about 6 attorneys in the office of the Staff Judge Advocate of the First Armored Division at Ft. Hood, Texas. This was in the middle years of the Vietnam War.
The JAG Corps recently published a series of articles in the March 2018 issue of the Army Lawyer magazine covering the My Lai incident, one of which dealt with my experience as defense counsel in U.S. v. Mitchell which went to trial by a general court-martial in the fall of 1970. He was acquitted by the court-martial panel of officers, all of which were Vietnam combat veterans. The link is below.
The My Lai incident occurred in Quang Gnai province in South Vietnam on March 16, 1968, 50 years ago, only 2 months after the famous Tet Offensive. It was a very unfortunate and tragic event in the history of the U.S. Army’s conduct of the Vietnam War.
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The Lyric League, including Linda Weiksnar, is photographed on the front page of Luminaries regarding the 2018 Youth Arts Celebration.
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Crary Buchanan is recognized for their constant contributions to the foundation. Also pictured, Larry and Judi Crary at the first Corporate Partners Recognition Reception.
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Safe blood supplies are a scarce commodity – especially in developing countries. World Blood Donor Day is an occasion to raise awareness of the problem and thank donors worldwide. It is held anually on June 14.
What Do People Do? Many events are held around the world on June 14 to mark World Blood Donor Day. These include football matches, concerts and mobile blood donation clinics. In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) called upon communities world-wide to symbolically “paint the world red” by coloring, covering or lighting monuments and landmarks.
Public Life World Blood Donor Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.
Background Despite about 92 million yearly blood donations worldwide, safe blood is constantly on high demand, especially in developing countries.
World Blood Donor Day falls on the birthday of Karl Landsteiner (June 14, 1868). He created the ABO blood group system, which is still used today to ensure the safety of blood transfusions.
Linda Weiksnar speaks about “Impact 100 Martin” and its members meeting their goals. January 22, 2018
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Indian River wins best writing and three other statewide awards
FORT PIERCE – Indian River Magazine won the best overall writing award during the Florida Magazine Association’s annual Charlie Awards presentation held over the weekend at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples.
“The stories in this publication were compelling and provided a deep appreciation for the area and the people,” the FMA judges wrote in bestowing the award. “The stories were very well researched and presented in the most interesting ways — reflecting excellence in storytelling and writing.”
The magazine beat out second- and third-place competitors Sarasota Magazine, Gainesville Magazine and all other entrants in the under 20,000-circulation category. The award cited the Indian River Magazine staff who produced the summer 2016, holiday 2016 and winter 2017 editions.
“This award is a tribute to our outstanding staff,” Indian River Magazine Publisher Gregory Enns said. “We often boast that our magazine features the best writers on the Treasure Coast, and now we can say they are among the best in Florida.”
To read about Indian River Magazine’s award-winning staff, click here.
The magazine also received three other awards for editorial excellence. Rick and Donna Crary, Alison O’Leary
Writers Rick Crary, Donna Crary and Alison O’Leary won a silver best writing award for stories appearing in the magazine’s Living History department. Cited in the award were Rick Crary’s Epic Tale of Survival, a story on Jonathan Dickinson shipwreck survivor Robert Barrow, Donna Crary’s story on cracker cowgirl Iris Wall and Alison O’Leary’s Hunting Grounds story on German U-boats patrolling off the Treasure Coast during World War II. Judith Collins
Associate Editor Judith Collins also won a silver award for best feature headline writing. Headlines cited were Adventures on a Treasured Island, Hooked on Bass, and A Brush with Space. Michelle Moore-Burney
Design Editor Michelle Moore-Burney won a bronze award in the under 20,000-circulation category for best feature design for the Hooked on Bass design she did for Christina Tascon’s story on bass fishing on Blue Cypress Lake.
Indian River, the largest general-interest magazine in the region, was founded in 2006 by Treasure Coast natives Gregory Enns and Allen Osteen and has grown to include a portfolio that includes Port St. Lucie Magazine, Fort Pierce Magazine, the St. Lucie Travel Guide and program guides for the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce and Emerson Center in Vero Beach.
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If you are injured by a Uber or Lyft driver in Florida, you need to know your rights.
The Florida House and Senate passed a Bill concerning Uber and Lyft, (HB 221) which was signed by Governor Scott and went into effect on July, 2017.
Uber and Lyft drivers are now subject to state-wide law regarding who controls their right to operate in the state. Before, some local governments, like Miami-Dade County were trying to limit these drivers from operating in their jurisdictions.
The new law is Section 627.748 Florida Statutes (2017).
Uber and Lyft drivers are not common carriers, unlike taxis, buses, ambulances and limousines.
What’s the difference? Common carriers owe a higher duty of care to their customers. Uber and Lyft only owe you an ordinary duty off care, like your neighbor would if they gave you a ride.
Uber and Lyft drivers are “independent contractors” which means you can’t sue the company if the driver injures you. (Some restrictions apply – Uber or Lyft has to have a written agreement with the driver).
Uber and Lyft drivers are required to carry insurance as follows: (Uber and Lyft provided these coverage amounts before the law went into effect, so this is not a legislative initiative)
$0 when the driver is not logged in.
$50,000/$100,000 bodily injury and $25,000 property damage when the driver is logged in.
$1,000,000 when the driver is logged in and has accepted a ride request.
The new law requires background checks for drivers, but Uber and Lyft both state they have been doing this for years, so it’s not a legislative initiative. This distinction is important because it shows you who is driving the legislation: Uber and Lyft are calling the shots. If the state lawmakers and governor were seriously concerned about protecting people injured by a Uber or Lyft driver, they would be telling the companies what the law is going to be, not the other way around.
So, what do you do if you get injured by an Uber or Lyft driver, either as a passenger, pedestrian, cyclist or if you are in another vehicle?
You need to consult with a lawyer who knows the law.
Call the injury lawyers at Crary, Buchanan where we have been serving the needs of our clients since 1927.
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