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Monday, June 11, 2007
Mostly sunny today and tomorrow. Highs in the mid 80s. Tonight, partly cloudy. Low around 60.
One UI presidential candidate withdraws; two more to be named today
One of five finalists for the position of president of The University of Iowa, whose name remains confidential, has withdrawn from consideration, according to David Johnsen, DDS, chair of the UI Presidential Search Committee and dean of the UI College of Dentistry. On Friday, the first two candidates were announced: Philip Furmanski, executive vice president for academic affairs at Rutgers; and Mark P. Becker, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina. The names of the two other finalists will be announced today.
Bush: Immigration bill will work
President Bush said his stalled immigration overhaul will be revived and his embattled attorney general won’t fall under a Senate vote of no-confidence. “I believe we can get it done,” Bush said of the immigration bill that has run into trouble on Capitol Hill. “I’ll see you at the bill signing.” He also dismissed a planned vote against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as purely political.
“The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.” —Harry Emerson Fosdick
Three U.S. soldiers killed in suicide attack
Three American soldiers were killed and six wounded late yesterday when a suicide bomb blast caused a highway overpass to collapse on them near Mahmoudiya, south of Baghdad, the U.S. military said today. Thirty-one U.S. troops have died in Iraq so far this month.
Sports cream caused teen’s death, official says
A 17-year-old’s death is blamed on the use of too much muscle cream, the kind used to soothe aching legs after exercise. Arielle Newman, a cross-country runner at Notre Dame Academy on Staten Island, died after her body absorbed high levels of methyl salicylate, an anti-inflammatory found in sports creams such as Bengay and Icy Hot, the New York City medical examiner said.
Crews exchange greetings after shuttle docks successfully
The crews of Atlantis and the International Space Station greeted each other yesterday after the space shuttle arrived at the orbiting outpost. However, questions remained about a section of peeled-back thermal blanket on the shuttle, which may have been hit by debris during launch.
Roller coaster scare leaves riders hanging
A dozen roller coaster riders spent part of their evening hanging upside down—150 feet above the ground—after a blown fuse shut down the X-Coaster at Arkansas’ Springs & Crystal Falls amusement park. It took about 30 minutes for the fire department to rescue the riders Saturday.
Making-faces charge dropped in Vermont
A prosecutor won’t proceed with charges against a woman who was arrested for staring and making faces at a police dog. After all, the prosecutor reasoned, the four-legged witness can’t testify. Jayna Hutchinson, 33, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, was facing trial this week on charges of cruelty to a police animal and resisting arrest, but the case was dropped.
Ocean’s Thirteen steals No. 1 spot
Sorry, Jack Sparrow. You’ve been robbed of your crown. Johnny Depp and his pals in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End were no match for George Clooney and his con men colleagues as Ocean’s Thirteen easily swiped the top spot at the box office, earning $37.1 million.
Spurs dominate, take 2-0 series lead
Tony Parker scored 30 points, Manu Ginobili had 25, and Tim Duncan added 23 as the San Antonio Spurs schooled Cleveland in championship basketball last night, overpowering the Cavaliers 103-92 in Game 2 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS: An open meeting for patients, their families, visitors, and hospital staff will be held at 8 tonight, Conference Room G, 7 JCP. NEW SAFETY LANCETS: Inservicing on a new safety lancet used for fingersticks on adult patients is being conducted hospital-wide tomorrow thorough Thursday. Questions? Contact Jeana DeRoos at 356-2465. CLOSED FOR INVENTORY: The Volunteer Gift Shop and Cradle & All will be closed tomorrow for inventory. Cradle & All will reopen at 4 p.m. and the Gift Shop will reopen at 7 a.m. Wednesday. FOURTH FLOOR SALON: Aveda Day is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Pappajohn Pavilion Lobby. Ten percent off Aveda products. The Aveda distributor will also be available to answer product questions. Sign up for door prizes. Proceeds benefit programs supporting patients and their families. MASSAGE-A-THON: University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and UI Dance Marathon will host a massage-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the Pappajohn Pavilion Lobby. Staff charge will be available. Chair or table massages available at $1 per minute, with a five-minute minimum and a 25-minute maximum. Proceeds benefit the UI Dance Marathon Massage Program. Massages may be covered under your flex spending with a doctor’s note. SWEET SOUNDS OF SUMMER: Join the Heartbeats hospital choir and guests for a summer concert and indulge in a gourmet dessert from noon to 2 p.m. Friday in the Colloton Pavilion Atrium. For a donation to the Patient Support Funds through the Departments of Social Service and Patient Representative Program, you get a sweet treat, sweet music, and most importantly, sweet rewards by helping patients. The “Sweet Sounds of Summer” concert kicks off the Heartbeats’ new Choir for Hire program. For more information, contact email@example.com. LIVING WITH HEART FAILURE: Join UI Heart Care experts—including cardiologists John Chase, MD, and Frances Johnson, MD; cardiothoracic surgeon David Helman, MD; and registered dietitian Marti Bradbury, RD, LD—as they discuss the keys to living with heart failure and promising new treatments at the Living with Heart Failure Symposium (rescheduled from February), 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Coralville. Light refreshments will be served. Register for this free program by calling 384-8442 or 800-777-8442. RESEARCH STUDY: Healthy adults between 21 and 45 years of age are invited to participate in a research study on decision making, driving, and substance use. Participants must have no history of neurological disease and recreationally use ecstasy (MDMA). Participants will be tested using computerized and pencil-and-paper tasks. The study also involves a drive in a driving simulator. Compensation provided. For details, contact 353-6968 or firstname.lastname@example.org. RESPECT PATIENTS AND VISITORS: Lobby areas, chairs in corridors, and patient waiting rooms are reserved for patients and visitors. Staff members are welcome to use Colloton Commons, the Boyd Tower lounge, and the dining rooms and cafeterias for rest and meal breaks. Staff members are asked not to use lobby areas for breaks in consideration of our patients and visitors. STUDIES: Interested in volunteering for a research study? To view some of the most recent study announcements, visit www.uihealthcare.com/infofor/volunteers/researchstudies.html. UI EMPLOYEE VANPOOL OPENINGS: The following vans have seats available: Ainsworth, Columbus Junction, Keota, Lone Tree, Marengo, North English, Riverside, Solon, Tipton, Washington, Washington/Ainsworth, Wayland/Olds, Wellman, Wellman/Kalona, and Wilton. If interested, visit www.uiowa.edu/~commprog/vanpool_home.html for a complete listing of available vans or contact Commuter Programs at 353-5770. VOLUNTEERS INVITED: The Department of Radiology is recruiting healthy adult men and women subjects for a project assessing the effect of bowel prep on the quality of the abdominal ultrasound examination. If you wish to participate, call the ultrasound department at 384-9219 or 356-7637. No compensation is available. However, you will receive abdominal ultrasound examinations at no charge. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: Nonsmoking adults age 18 and older with no history of cardiac, respiratory, neurological, or psychiatric disease are invited to participate in a study of cognitive function sponsored by the Department of Neurology and the General Clinical Research Center. Compensation provided. For details, call Sahib at 384-5088.
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