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Two NYC Girls Die After Being Severely Burned By Steam Radiator

Two young sisters died after being severely burned Dec. 7 when a steam radiator in the South Bronx apartment where they were living apparently malfunctioned and blasted steam into their room. New York Fire officials said Ibanez Ambrose, 2, and Scylee Vayoh Ambrose, 1, were found unconscious when emergency workers arrived at the temporary housing apartment for homeless on Hunts Point Avenue. In a Dec. 8 press conference, N.Y. Fire Department deputy assistant chief Michael F. Gala said the girls had gone into cardiac arrest. They were taken to Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center where they were pronounced dead. ... Read More

Grand Central Camera Captures Exploding E-Cigarette Severely Injuring Man

An employee of a wine shop in Grand Central Station suffered from severe burn injuries when an e-cigarette exploded in his pocket at work Nov. 23. Otis Gooding, 31, of Jamaica, Queens, is seen on a high-definition surveillance video talking with two other employees of the Central Cellar wine shop inside Grand Central Terminal in New York City when flames and sparks begin to blast from his pants. The incident sent the employees and a customer who had been signing a receipt at the time running for safety. The same video shows firefighters and rescue workers removing Mr. Gooding from the ... Read More

Investigators Look At Mechanical Failures, Engineer Health In Deadly NJ Transit Train Crash

The NJ Transit commuter train that crashed inside the Hoboken terminal in September, killing one and injuring more than 100 others, had faulty brakes and multiple other safety defects in the months before the crash, maintenance records show. In January, railroad inspectors found that a “hand brake gear pin” on one of the train cars was “completely out,” New York City’s Pix11 reported. Three months later, inspectors found brake damage and at more than a dozen other safety defects. In April, another hand brake was found to be in disrepair. Federal investigators are still working to determine why the Pascack ... Read More

Facing Retaliation, Ad Exec Whistleblower Seeks Injunction Against J. Walter Thompson

Lawyers for a whistleblower whose lawsuit led to the ouster of ad giant J. Walter Thompson’s (JWT) global CEO have asked a judge to consider a possible injunction against the company to bar it from “unlawful conduct” in its treatment of the whistleblower, who has returned to work. Erin Johnson, the worldwide PR Chief for New York City-based JWT, sued the ad agency and its former CEO and chairman Gustavo Martinez in March, alleging he displayed discriminatory behavior, anti-Semitic statements, and violent threats of rape in front of her co-workers. Mr. Martinez resigned a week after the Johnson suit was ... Read More

N.Y. Authorities Bust Operators of Medicaid Fraud Scheme

A Long Island man and a Brooklyn couple were arrested Friday and charged with Medicaid fraud for their alleged involvement in a scheme that forced residents of a public housing program to attend drug treatment therapy sessions that they didn’t need. According to New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Garden City attorney Anthony Cornachio, 74, who owns NRI Group LLC and Carnarsie A.W.A.R.E. Inc., which are Medicaid-enrolled drug treatment programs, was arrested for orchestrating the kickback scheme. Mr. Cornachio is also the attorney for the Village of Island Park, N.Y., and a Nassau Community College trustee. Yury Baumblit, 66, ... Read More

Colonial Pipeline Reopens East Coast Line After Deadly Blast

Colonial Pipeline said it expects it will take several days to restore the fuel delivery supply chain to normal after reopening the underground fuel line that exploded Oct. 31, killing one worker and injuring five others. The pipeline owner said that it reopened the pipeline at 5:45 in the morning Sunday after crews replaced the segment that was destroyed in the blast. The pipeline moves 1.3 million barrels (56.4 million gallons) of refined gasoline from Houston, Texas, to New York City every day, with several distribution points and supply offshoots along the way. It’s considered the largest gas pipeline in ... Read More

Alabama Declares State of Emergency In Wake of Colonial Pipeline Blast

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency Tuesday in response to a deadly Colonial Pipeline blast that occurred in Shelby County Monday, crippling the East Coast’s major fuel artery. The state of emergency is primarily intended to offset fuel shortages posed by the shuttered pipeline by relaxing federal hours-of-service safety rules that restrict commercial truck drivers’ operating hours. Easing the regulations will expedite surface transportation fuel shipments, allowing commercial truckers to drive longer hours without violating the anti-fatigue rules. In addition to Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina have also declared a state of emergency. Other southern states are ... Read More

Colonial Pipeline Explosion Kills One, Severely Burns Several Others In Alabama

One worker is dead and at least five others were severely burned when Colonial Pipeline’s major gasoline conduit exploded Monday afternoon in Shelby County, Ala., about five miles from where a break in the same pipeline triggered a short-lived fuel crisis in the South. Colonial Pipeline said that a crew working for contractor L.E. Bell Construction company were to drain a stretch of the 36-inch pipeline of gasoline. Around 2 p.m., a trackhoe used for digging earth hit the pipeline and triggered the explosion, creating a giant plume of fire and black smoke visible for miles. Shelby County Sheriff John ... Read More

North Hempstead Considering Law Banning E-Cigarette Sales to Customers Younger than 21

North Hempstead, N.Y., is considering the proposal to pass a law prohibiting e-cigarette sales to customers younger than 21. The proposed law is sponsored by Judi Bosworth, Town Supervisor, and will be discussed at a Nov. 15 public hearing. According to Bosworth, it is an ideal solution to the problem of protecting the youth of North Hempstead from the negative health effects of smoking. “By restricting the sale itself, instead of just regulating the ads, we will protect the health of our children,” Bosworth told the town officials at a recent board meeting. “Regardless of the location of the store selling cigarettes ... Read More

Hospital patients at risk for C.diff infections when prior bed occupant used antibiotics

Hospital-acquired infections, especially ones that are resistant to most antibiotics, are a primary concern in health care settings. A new study raises new concerns about how some infections may be spread. According to a report published in JAMA Internal Medicine, hospital patients who used the same beds a previous patients treated with antibiotics had a 22 percent relative increased risk of contracting Clostridium difficile infection, also known as C.diff or CDI. C.diff infections are caused by a disruption of normal healthy bacteria in the colon, often due to antibiotic use. It can cause symptoms including diarrhea, which can be bloody, ... Read More