Firefighter's family gets $12 million in his death

Jurors awarded $12 million Tuesday to a St. Louis firefighter's family and will consider additional damages against the maker of breathing equipment they said killed him while fighting a blaze in 2002.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

When C Was for Cookie

About two years ago, I started collecting art. Nothing too elaborate, thank you very much, but just enough that I could point to a few pieces on the wall, proclaim their pedigree, and seem very self-important.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

EMS, Politics and the Great Urban Sprawl

It s July in Daytona Beach, and there are a lot of hot issues out there for us locals. One is the heat itself, more oppressive this summer than the last.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Cult of the Individual, Part 2

Last week, I described how my experience aboard a floating casino started me thinking about the need to get past the prejudice of seeing only individuals in health care and the need to see them, occasionally, as numbers.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Cult of the Individual, Part 1

Recently, I went on a gambling boat. It wasn't that the student loans had gone into default, or that I owed money and liked having kneecaps. The occasion was the Annual Banquet for the Environmental Health Department at the Volusia County Health Department.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Potshots

I get all kinds of mail at the Volusia County Health Department. Most of it is quite pleasant to read. There are letters that flatter me personally and the department as a whole. I also see the thank you notes from grateful community partners. But every now and then something comes across my desk that is truly bizarre.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Thin Line Between Fragile Rationality and Primal Drive

My recent article about events in Iraq brought forth a host of letters. They were eloquent statements of shared fear and common horror, of the need to seek solace in the small while striving toward the grand. I truly cannot do justice to them, so I won't even try. Res ipsa loquitor let them speak for themselves.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ammonia Inhalants

A book called The Music of the Primes recently crossed my reading table. It s the tale of how millennia of mathematicians have tried to unravel the mysteries of prime numbers. I m not a math guy whatsoever, but the book was interesting in that it showed how mathematicians think and that many of them are just plain nuts.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Monsters

This past week I had nearly finished a new set of writings for the JEMS Web site. The pieces started out describing an evening on a gambling boat and led to a discussion of why both casinos and EMS managers need to think of people as numbers. It seemed a decent concept as it came to life on my computer, and someday it still may be.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007






 

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