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In the news July 22nd, 2008

Woman goes to the hospital ER only to die while employees look on.

Surveillance video shows a woman lying on the hospital floor for almost an hour before anyone helped her.

Six hospital employees have been fired or suspended as a result after ignoring for more than a hour a woman who collapsed and died in a New York emergency room waiting area. Surveillance video shows a woman lying on the hospital floor for almost an hour before anyone helped her.

The incident happened at Kings County Hospital Center on June 18th.

The surveillance camera video shows the woman rolling off a waiting room chair, landing face-down on the floor and convulsing. Her collapse came at 5:32 a.m. June 19, the NYCLU said, and she stopped moving at 6:07 a.m. During that time, the organization said, workers at the hospital ignored her. At 6:35 a.m., the tape shows a hospital employee approaching and nudging Green with her foot, the group said. Help was summoned three minutes later. Video Watch the surveillance video »

In addition, the organization said, hospital staff falsified Green's records to cover up the time she had lain there without assistance.

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, which oversees the hospital, released a statement Tuesday saying it was "shocked and distressed by this situation. It is clear that some of our employees failed to act based on our compassionate standards of care."


Has the trend moved on or is it a toss up whether to spend our $4 on coffee or gas?

Starbucks Corp. announced it will close 600 company-operated stores in the next year as the faltering U.S. economy hastened the pain caused by the company's own rapid expansion.

Seattle-based Starbucks did not say which stores will be closed, only that they are spread throughout the country. But it did say 70 percent of those slated for closure had opened after the start of 2006.


Chimp on the run.

A 42-year-old chimpanzee who is toilet-trained and can eat with a knife and fork is believed to be at large in a Southern California forest after escaping his cage.

The chimp called Moe disappeared Friday from Jungle Exotics, which trains animals for the entertainment industry. The chimp wandered into a house next door, surprising construction workers who saw him head for a nearby mountain.

Gambler Goes Wild
Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis is being sued by a Las Vegas Strip casino for $2 million in gambling debts from February of last year.

Francis spokesman Ronn Torossian said Tuesday that the man who built the soft porn empire already had satisfied his debt to the Wynn Las Vegas casino through "prior agreements." hhhmmm. In a statement, Francis said he planned to fight the lawsuit.

The resort said in the lawsuit filed Friday in Clark County District Court that it loaned Francis $2.8 million in February 2007 but was repaid only $800,000. The suit seeks the remainder of the loan plus costs.

Francis, 35, also faces federal charges that he claimed more than $20 million in phony tax deductions for 2002 and 2003 and used offshore accounts to conceal income. A federal judge in April ordered Francis' trial on the charges moved to Los Angeles because he and most other witnesses in the case live in Southern

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