Wednesday, April 18, 2018

“They’re going to squeeze him like a grape. I think in the end he’ll pop unless Trump pardons him.”

From Politico:

"President Donald Trump and his outside advisers are increasingly worried that his longtime personal attorney might be susceptible to cooperating with federal prosecutors."

Sunday, April 15, 2018

"Christian Holmes recruited several of his fraternity brothers from Duke to join Theranos, forming a clique with an outsized status in the corporate hierarchy that other employees called 'the Frat Pack.''”

That's my favorite part of a Stat article about  Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, about the "once fabulously rich blood-testing company" Theranos.

Think you've heard about every possible medical scam? Think again.

From the New York Times:

Jerri Plummer was at home in Arkansas, watching television with her three children, when a stranger called to warn that her life was in danger.

The caller identified herself only as Yolanda. She told Ms. Plummer that the vaginal mesh implant supporting her bladder was defective and needed to be removed. If Ms. Plummer didn’t act quickly, the caller urged, she might die.

Ms. Plummer, 49, didn’t ask many questions. Her implant was causing her discomfort, and she was impressed by how much Yolanda knew about her medical history. She was scared. “It was like I had a ticking time bomb inside of me,” she said. Yolanda assured Ms. Plummer that all her expenses would be covered and that she would be set up with a lawyer to help her sue the mesh manufacturer, Boston Scientific.

Days later, court records show, Ms. Plummer was lying on an operating table in a medical office in a shopping mall in Orlando, Fla.

Just like that, she had stumbled into a growing industry that makes money by coaxing women into having surgery — sometimes unnecessarily — so that they are more lucrative plaintiffs in lawsuits against medical device manufacturers.

There is even a Minneapolis connection.

A Wall Street billionaire made a donation to the public high school he attended in the 1960s

A few strings were attached to the gift, according to the New York Times.

For starters, the public school should be renamed in his honor. A portrait of him should be displayed prominently in the building. Spaces at the school should be named for his twin brothers. He should have the right to review the project’s contractors and to sign off on a new school logo.

Of course, the school officials said yes. 

That's when the trouble began.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

The U spent $43,000 investigating a 2007 sexual harassment claim against Regent Darrin Rosha

And they came up with nothing. 

But look on the bright side. It cost $30,000 less than the futile, ill-conceived investigation that the Regents launched last year.

"Right now if I wrote you a check for $250,000 would you take it?"

The AP reports:

A sexual assault victim of former sports doctor Larry Nassar confronted Michigan State University officials on Friday, alleging the school's interim leader pressured her to accept a payoff to settle her lawsuit without her attorney present.

But the best part came at a meeting of the board of trustees:

The atmosphere inside the board meeting quickly drew tension as Engler attempted to steer focus toward celebrating milestones of the university but was usurped by boos and jeers from a crowd clad in teal shirts with the phrase, "I stand with the sister survivors #MeTooMSU." Some Nassar victims wrapped their mouths with black bands that had the phrase "Silenced" scrawled over them.

Victims and students dominated the second half of the meeting and castigated the board for how it handled the public fallout over the past few months.

"You sponsored my assault," dancer Morgan McCaul, a Nassar victim, said. "Your time is up. Resign."

As McCaul's testimony concluded, the crowd joined her in chanting, "Shame on you," at the board.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Chief of surgery resigns after complaints that he "made a crude gesture with an amputated toe"

Actually, that's only the least of it. Consider this, from the Toronto Star:

Six nurses interviewed by the Star provided complaints to the hospital that detailed what one called a “sickening” atmosphere in the hospital’s operating room and halls, where they said they had seen Smyth hit or kick nurses as he walked by.

One nurse said that as he prepared for an operation, Smyth made “honking sounds” with his hands towards her breasts. Another said he sent a novice nurse get a “pedonga” dilator — a device that does not exist. The complainant explained that Smyth uses “pedonga” as slang for vagina and when the nurse returned empty-handed, he and the other doctors were laughing.

Another nurse complained that she felt unsafe when, while she was alone in a room, Smyth came in an stared at her until she blushed. She complained that Smyth called in another doctor and laughed, pointing out how he had made her “get red for Big Daddy.”

As to the allegation involving the toe, the nurses said Smyth explained to them it is a ritual for him. Following a toe amputation — sometimes required for complications related to diabetes — Smyth would take the toe and stick it between his fingers in a “f--- you” gesture, the nurses said.

But don't worry. Dr. Smyth is going to pay, big-time. He has to take instruction in an "ethics and boundaries program” and undergo counselling sessions with an “expert communications coach.” So there.