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Bus drivers may be charged for causing Pittsburgh Port Authority bus crash

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Two Pittsburgh Port Authority bus drivers are will likely face criminal charges for causing a bus crash last month that destroyed one the of the vehicles and left one driver critically injured. The Port Authority of Allegheny County bus drivers were allegedly “goofing off” and speeding alongside each other on Interstate 279 Sept. 22 before one the vehicles bumped the other one, sending it through a guardrail. The bus tumbled down a steep embankment onto a residential street below. A Port Authority spokesman said that video surveillance from one of the buses showed the drivers gesturing to each other playfully as ... Read More

Pittsburgh bus drivers reportedly “goofing off” before rollover crash

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Pittsburgh authorities are investigating two Port Authority of Allegheny County bus drivers after one of the port’s buses careened off Interstate 279 and tumbled down a steep hillside onto a residential street, critically injuring the driver Monday afternoon. According to WTAE Pittsburgh, “the transit agency said the drivers were ‘gesturing’ to each other and swerving while goofing off just before the crash …” The Port Authority also said the drivers were driving “in a reckless manner” when the crash occurred. The bus driver who did not crash pulled over and got out of his bus when he saw the other ... Read More

Degenerative brain disease found in former NFL players who suffered head trauma

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The murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher last week came just days before a team of researchers announced that 34 of the 35 brains of former NFL players donated for a special study were found to have Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated hits to the head. It is unknown at this point if Belcher suffered from CTE, but his behavior suggests he may have suffered from the disease.  The study, conducted by researchers at Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, is the largest case series study of CTE to ... Read More

More sleep may protect teens from developing type 2 diabetes

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It’s no secret that teenagers like to sleep. Now a new study suggests that allowing teens to indulge this luxury may help reduce their insulin resistance and prevent the future onset of type 2 diabetes. Studies have already linked sleep deficits in teens to learning difficulties, irritability, skin problems and weight gain. A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry says it can also increase a person’s resistance to insulin, which can increase the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The study, which appears this month in the journal SLEEP tracked the sleep duration ... Read More

Oakland Raiders Heyward-Bay resting after play-stopping neck injury

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CASTRO VALLEY, CAL–Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bay has been released from a Bay Area hospital after a head and neck injury left him unconscious during Sunday night’s game against Pittsburgh. Mr. Heyward-Bey was taken to Eden Medical Center in Alameda County during the Raider’s winning game against Pittsburgh in Oakland. He was running across the end zone in an attempt to catch a pass when two Steelers defenders collided with him simultaneously. Mr. Heyward-Bey took a brutal hit on his facemask from Pittsburgh safety Ryan Mundy’s helmet, causing him to lay motionless with eyes closed for about 10 minutes ... Read More

Study: Diabetics more likely to suffer mental decline

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People who suffer from diabetes may be at greater risk for mental decline, according to a new study published in the Archives of Neurology. For the study, researchers analyzed data from 3,069 people participating a long-term study of older adults living in Pittsburgh and Tennessee. Over the course of 10 years, participants were given repeated cognitive tests that evaluated memorization skills, dexterity, coordination and overall mental health. Researchers found that during a 10-year period, older people with diabetes had much lower cognitive test scores than people of the same age who were not diabetic. People diagnosed with type 2 diabetes ... Read More

Unnecessary surgeries were performed for profit and promotion, whistleblower lawsuit alleges

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A whistleblower lawsuit filed against The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) Hamot campus under the False Claims Act accuses the hospital and five cardiologists of defrauding Medicare and a number of patients by participating in a kickback scheme from 2001 to 2005 that involved performing unneeded heart operations. According to Pennsylvania’s Erie Times-News, “The suit claims the doctors, part of Medicor Associates Inc., performed unnecessary surgical procedures to make more money for themselves and Hamot and to promote the development of a cardiovascular surgery program at Hamot.” The lawsuit also contends that “Hamot overbilled Medicare in exchange for referrals ... Read More

Hawaii helicopter crash kills pilot and four passengers

A Blue Hawaiian Helicopter carrying a honeymooning couple from Pennsylvania and two Canadian travelers on a scenic tour crashed into a ridge and exploded on the island of Molokai Thursday afternoon, killing all five people aboard, including the pilot. The helicopter, a Eurocopter EC-130 piloted by Nathan Cline, 30, was taking the passengers on a one-hour aerial tour of West Maui and Moloka’i when it suddenly lost altitude and crashed into a ridge behind Kilohana elementary school. Witnesses reported a storm front moving across the island appeared to have caught the helicopter. Some witnesses reported the helicopter had been making ... Read More

Trucker hits and destroys a Pennsylvania bridge … again

A report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette demonstrates the considerable costs to society when commercial trucking companies fail to take industry rules and regulations seriously. On Thursday, the paper reported that a driver who ignored a sign on Interstate 70 just south of Pittsburgh and struck a bridge had a similar crash two years ago. The Post-Gazette reports that Tony D. Kyle, 49, of Cleveland, Texas, was driving west on I-70 in Washington County and failed to follow the directions of his Pennsylvania Department of Transportation-issued Special Hauling Permit, which instructed him to exit the interstate before the McIlvaine Bridge and ... Read More

Pennsylvania natural gas well suspended amid safety concerns

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) have taken emergency action to suspend natural gas drilling operations at the Marcellus Shale Wells near Pittsburgh. A June 3 gas well blowout caused polluted drilling water to spew 75 feet in the air, triggering the evacuation of state park visitors and nearby residents. Government regulators have grown increasingly concerned about the safety of the Marcellus Shale operations since the blowout, which occurred when well operator EOG Resources and contractor C.C. Forbes LLC were performing post-fracturing cleanout activities. The state fined EOG $353,400 ... Read More