City Desk

Weekend in Review: The Menace of Street Racing

More bodies pile up thanks to the scourge that is street racing. This time, the two victims had pulled over to check out a race along I-70 just beyond the Baltimore city line. Last time, eight people were killed in Accokeek.

Not sure if there ever was any grounds for supposing that you'd be safe pulling over along a highway and getting out of your car to watch cars race at blistering speeds. But now that these accidents-waiting-to-happen have happened, there are no grounds whatsoever.

I'll be surprised if the New York Times hasn't shut up the American Medical Association, tort-reformers, and all the others out there who squawk about the problem that lawsuits pose for healt-care costs. The front-pager in today's edition is just a game-changing article, about a long series of medical mistakes in a Philadelphia hospital. The findings are that one unit in this VA hospital bungled 92 of 116 cancer treatments over six years. And that's not even the news. The news is that neither the hospital nor regulators nor other doctors did squat to stop the reign of error. Here's a snippet of about the fallout:

One patient was the Rev. Ricardo Flippin, a 21-year veteran of the Air Force. “I couldn’t walk and I couldn’t stand,” he said, citing rectal pain so severe that he had to remain in bed for six months, losing his church job and his income.

Pastor Flippin first learned of what his doctors called a radiation injury not from the V.A., but from an Ohio hospital where he underwent rectal surgery in 2006 to treat the damage. “There are times when I don’t have control over my bowels,” he said one recent Sunday, after excusing himself during a service at a church in West Virginia where he now preaches.

Post Ombudsman rehashes the story of Bill Turque and Michelle Rhee. Rehashes, you say? Yes, because it's been told before. The D.C. schools chancellor's policy of not speaking to the Post's education beat reporter tells you a lot about this woman—how she's petty, resistant to accountability, stubborn even when she's dead wrong, and needy for attention. Turque is a fine reporter who's never done a damn thing to deserve this treatment. The Post is right to keep him on the beat, and Rhee, in the end, will suffer for this, as she should.

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