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The trade group representing nurses is pledging to put the equity of its 23,000 members behind a push to impose statutory nursetopatient ratios, but hospital officials are decrying the proposal as running counter to the trend toward a health care system where providers are reimbursed based on the quality of care they deliver and patient satisfaction.

The proposal calls for one nurse for every four patients in medical/surgical units. In emergency departments, nurses could care for between one and three patients depending on patient conditions. Nurses in critical care units would have between one and a maximum of two patients based on the needs of those patients. Hospitals would face a $25,000 per day fine if they do not meet staffing standards. to Massachusetts Hospital Association President Lynn Nicholas, the initiative petition appears to be a of an arcane idea that has no merit. law requiring a fixed staffing formula contradicts the very principle of patientcentered care, Nicholas said in a statement reacting to the ballot plan. patient care decisions on the political stage is never a good idea. Care focused on the needs of each and every patient means making care decisions at the patient bedside by nurses, physicians, and other members of a professional caregiving team. Patients want decisions about their care made at the bedside, not at the ballot box. nurses are turning to the ballot box after failing to pass staffing legislation over the past 15 years. They say industry consolidation has led to reductions in staff and claim Massachusetts hospitals were among the most heavily penalized by Medicare last year for preventable readmission of patients. to Nicholas, mandated nurse staffing ratios are to the movement towards integrated care models under which payments are based on quality of care and patient satisfaction. That movement was emphasized in the 2012 state law aimed at controlling the growth of health care costs.

hospitals core objection to mandated nurse staffing ratios is that patient care is best determined by the caregiving team at the bedside, not by a governmentset fixed formula, she said. care staffing decisions should always be based on the best interest of the patient not a number. Nurses don treat numbers, they treat people. Hospitals shouldn be required to staff by numbers, either.

The trade group representing nurses is pledging to put the equity of its 23,000 members behind a push to impose statutory nursetopatient ratios, but hospital officials are decrying the proposal as running counter to the trend toward a health care system where providers are reimbursed based on the quality of care they deliver and patient satisfaction.

The proposal calls for one nurse for every four patients in medical/surgical units. In emergency departments, nurses could care for between one and three patients depending on patient conditions. Nurses in critical care units would have between one and a maximum of two patients based on the needs of those patients. Hospitals would face a $25,000 per day fine if they do not meet staffing standards.

According to Massachusetts Hospital Association President Lynn Nicholas, the initiative petition appears to be a of an arcane idea that has no merit.

law requiring a fixed staffing formula contradicts the very principle of patientcentered care, Nicholas said in a statement reacting to the ballot plan. patient care decisions on the political stage is never a good idea. Care focused on the needs of each and every patient means making care decisions at the patient bedside by nurses, physicians, and other members of a professional caregiving team. Patients want decisions about their care made at the bedside, not at the ballot box.

The nurses are turning to the ballot box after failing to pass staffing legislation over the past 15 years. They say industry consolidation has led to reductions in staff and claim Massachusetts hospitals were among the most heavily penalized by Medicare last year for preventable readmission of patients.

According to Nicholas, mandated nurse staffing ratios are to the movement towards integrated care models under which payments are based on quality of care and patient satisfaction. That movement was emphasized in the 2012 state law aimed at controlling the growth of health care costs.

hospitals core objection to mandated nurse staffing ratios is that patient care is best determined by the caregiving team at the bedside, not by a governmentset fixed formula, she said. care staffing decisions should always be based on the best interest of the patient not a number. Nurses don treat numbers, they treat people. Hospitals shouldn be required to staff by numbers, either.

While the hospital association notes that only one state, California, has prescribed staffing by fiat, the nurses association says dozens of studies underscore the need for limits on the number of patients assigned to nurses in order to avoid mistakes in patient care and preventable readmissions.

research is clear and unequivocal, the most important factor contributing to the health and safety of patients while they are in the hospital is the number of patients your nurse is assigned to care for during his or her shift, explained Donna KellyWilliams, president of the MNA/NNU and one of the 10 original signers of the petition to establish the ballot initiative. fact is patients in our hospitals are at greater risk because they are being forced to share their nurse with too many other patients at the same time.

While state lawmakers have been reluctant to order a solution to the dispute between nurses and hospitals, the nurses association says voters have supported their measure in previous public opinion polls.

As news of the developing ballot fight spread this week, the Massachusetts Medical Societyon Monday results of a phone survey of 417 Massachusetts adults conducted in May by Anderson Robbins Research. The survey measures satisfaction with and access to health care services. Findings include:

Three quarters reported that accessing the care they need is not difficult;

Nearly six in 10 residents 56 percent said they were very satisfied with the health care they received last year while 28 percent said they were somewhat satisfied. The medial society reported those numbers remained highly stable for the past eight years.

Residents continue to rely on primary care physicians for opinions about where to go for care, with less than a third having used data available online about health care quality and cost and most residents unaware that such data is available online;

Nearly nine in 10 residents have seen their primary care physician in the past year;

Two thirds of respondents indicated they would rather see a medical doctor than a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant, although two thirds of respondents also indicated they were very or somewhat likely to make an appointment with a nurse practitioner or physician assistant in the future, especially if they are likely to have a shorter wait time. A new state law allows nurse practitioners and physician assistants to serve as primary care providers.

Three in 10 residents reported visiting a hospital emergency department in the past year, up from one quarter in 2012. The survey found younger residents and those with governmentbacked insurance were more likely than others to use the emergency department. One third of those who used the emergency room said a major factor behind their decision was that it was the place to get care.

More than six in 10 residents were unable to offer an opinion of accountable care organizations after hearing a brief, generic description. Reactions to limited and tiered health plans remained unfavorable.

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Mom says teen driver distraught over fatal pedestrian crash

Mom says teen driver distraught over fatal pedestrian crash

He pulled off right away, he jumped out. He called 911, the 911 operator answered. He said, Should I perform CPR? She said, Yes, so he started performing CPR until the policemen got there, the drivers mother told Channel 4 Action News Kelly Brennan.

The boy was driving on Howes Run Road in Fawn Township, Allegheny County, when police said he hit and killed 62yearold John Walters. The boy was being followed by his father in another vehicle.

Police said its believed that Walters stumbled onto the road when he was struck. The boys mother said her family has reached out to the Walters family.

Its going to be real tough for them, as it is for our family, too. This is such a small community. A lot of people know everybody, so that will be a big challenge. We did reach out to the other family already to offer our condolences, and hopefully they can get through this OK, too, she said.

She also told Brennan her son spent the afternoon at Allegheny County police headquarters to take a blood alcohol test and to have investigators review his cell phone. She said her son was not texting at the time of the crash.

The Third Visit to Tuna Still Yields a Profusion of Delights

The Third Visit to Tuna Still Yields a Profusion of Delights

Joe Sears left as Aunt Pearl Burras and Jaston Williams as Vera Carp.

The old home town looks the same, croons Tom Jones in The Green, Green Grass of Home, and as I once again set foot inside the city limits of the humble village of Tuna, Texas, I know just how ol Tom feels. The set for Red, White, and Tuna, the third visit to Texas third smallest community, is familiar from the series earlier installments: Theres the panoramic view of some Texas grassland plains framed within a silhouette of the Alamo; the vintage cabinet radio set against it, its dark polished wood setting off the illuminated dial with the warm, lighted matchorange glow; the kitschy kitchen furniture of bygone days the chrome legs and Formica tops and vinyl seats with metal studs suggesting long service in a home that hasnt had much use for fashion in the last, oh, three or four decades. Whether or not this is the very set that the Greater Tuna Corporation uses for its productions of Greater Tuna and A Tuna Christmas, it certainly appears to be that set; it has all the trademark elements scenic designer Kevin Rupnik used in those shows. So it feels like Tuna. Like home.

Thats one of the many pleasant sensations that awaits fans of the Tuna comedies upon this return visit to the third smallest town in Texas: It feels like home. In the crackle of station OKKK as it hits the airwaves with all 275 watts of power, in the companionable concord of broadcasters Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie It is. It is, it is., even in just the image of Aunt Pearls ample bosom, hanging low and full as a harvest moon, theres the comfort of the familiar. We know these things, and know them in such a way that when we encounter them again after a time away, the recognition of them gladdens our hearts, reassures us, sparks some sense of belonging. And as weve come to know it so well, Tuna has become, at least as much as Thornton Wilders Grovers Corners, our town.

That alone makes Red, White, and Tuna worth the visit. It allows us another cruise round the town square, another chance to check in with the old gang. Theres Pearl oh, look at her fitted out for the Fourth in a Lady Liberty hat; with all those spikes over that killer glare, she looks more like some hayseed Hecuba, a Midland Medusa. And theres Didi Snaveley, still hawkin used weapons and takin the Lords own good time every time she snarls out a good God. dam! That is one trigger finger in serious need of some calamine lotion. And theres Petey Fisk, on another one of his critter crusades, and even though its hottern Satans armpit, he insists on wearin that huntin cap with the earflaps down. With his droopy eyes, it makes him look for all the world like a suicidal basset hound.

All the Tuna regulars pass through in this new edition, and they are entertaining as ever. Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, who collaborated on the previous two Tuna comedies, have lost none of their ear for the sentiments so specific to smalltown Texas or the colorful phraseology that blooms there, and they stuff the script with picturesque remarks. Speaking for every rural Texan whos ever sought liquid relief from a Lone Star summer, Arles Struvie declares, God bless whoever came up with instant tea. To let us know just how seriously a certain fellow gets her steam table sizzling, a lustful Inita Goodwin chirps, Id run a busload of nuns off the road to get to him. And Vera Carp, whose tongue is the only thing sharper than the points of her catseye glasses, contemplating her impending coronation as Tuna High Reunion Queen, gleefully says of a rival, Shell be so upset shell be chasin cars and bitin at the tires. You can get a brain cramp trying to grab and hang onto all the memorable lines.

Of course, so much of the pleasure here has to do not only with how the lines are written but how they are delivered. Since Mssrs. Sears and Williams are once again embodying all the characters who inhabit Tuna, they naturally bring to this new production all the richness of expression and gesture that so distinguished these figures in the previous shows and imprinted them on our funny bones. Once more, Williams makes Didi Snavely the most hilarious misanthrope on the planet; shuffling across the stage like a drugged zombie, croaking out her lines in that deep death rattle of a voice, her eyes narrow slits and her mouth tilting dangerously to the right echoing her politics, shes a crank soldier in her own Private Idaho. Shes a hoot to be reacquainted with, as are Williams Helen Bedd, whose mousy squeak and excitable leg always popping up are a portrait of Hormones in Action, and his Arles Struvie, whose devotion to his new beau, Bertha Bumiller, puts the good in good ol boy. For his part, Sears reminds us again through his portrayal of Bertha how full that character is, of humor and pathos and surprises. He plants her on stage in one of those Bertha stances weve come to know so well left arm cocked on hip, right hand poised delicately on her breast, just over her heart, eyes cast upward, beyond that implacable globe of hair, mouth strung like a hightension wire and we see every martyred mother figure ever to be stung by a thankless child. And the accuracy of it makes us howl. But when the character is within real reach of romance, Sears portrayal of her tentativeness, her fragile hope alternating with a sense of her own unworthiness, takes on a deeply personal air, and it brushes against our heart. Every scene with her is a delight. But then, to be fair, that can be said of every one of Sears creations, and Williams as well. The fact of the matter is, these men are so accomplished as actors, with such an elegant understanding of and flair for comedy, and they have invested so much in these characters for so long almost 17 years! that their Tuna is all delights, a grand harvest of humor, joy upon joy upon joy without end, a cornucopia of mirth.

Still, this spin around the old hometown is more than just another helping of laughs from the usual suspects. While the creators allow us to wallow in the familiarity of it all, to enjoy the unchanging nature of Tuna something that we value highly in small towns their real agenda in Red, White, and Tuna is change, the kind of change that affects even the third smallest town in the state, and the people in it.

The play takes place during a high school reunion, one of those events that lead people to measure who they are today against who they were in their teens. Among the previously seen characters, some have undergone significant changes. of Greater Tuna, has transformed into a turquoisewearing, Birkenstockshod, Santa Fe artist. Hes still surly, but hes social. Meanwhile, sister Charlene, a whiny wallflower in the earlier plays, has finally found love and how to make it shes in the family way when we see her here. Two new characters, a couple of Tuna expatriates who venture back for the reunion, are fixated on change. In high school they were Fern and Berniece, but after leaving repressive, regressive Tuna for the more enlightened environs of Lubbock, they became Amber Windchime and Star Birdfeather. Decked out in industrial strength Deadhead tie dye and projecting major mellowness, the pair make for an extravagant contrast to the redneck ambience of Tuna and allow Williams and Sears the opportunity to get Austin choking on its granola. As the usual Tuna shenanigans are taking place, characters are also wrestling with what time has done to them, is doing to them, has in store for them. Late in the play, Aunt Pearl speaks of her own death. To hear steely, give em hell Pearl contemplate mortality is to catch a glimpse of something vulnerable in her, and in the smalltown types she and the other Tuna characters represent. Change comes to us all eventually. And what will we do with that?

Such an intimate question for such a funny play. But Howard and Williams and Sears have made room for intimacy in Tuna. In the closing moments of A Tuna Christmas, the dance between Bertha and Arles was handled with a quiet, private grace. In Red, White, and Tuna, as Arles and Bertha inch toward matrimony, they share anxieties and woes in a similar fashion. Their tentative romance blossoms into one of the finest aspects of the Tuna trilogy: a love portrayed in all its folly and its tenderness.

But perhaps the most tender moment of all in Red, White, and Tuna and the one that brings together characters and story with play and actors and audience comes before the final scene. Williams and Sears are about to change characters, but instead of taking their usual stroll offstage that glorious Stroll they make as they head toward all their costume changes, so leisurely, so relaxed that it seems impossible it could lead to a complete change of clothes and alteration of character no, instead of strolling offstage, each walks to a hatrack at the back of one side of the stage, and they make the final change to Arles and Bertha in full view of the audience. Its a remarkable moment, a gift to us as they bring this saga to a close, Sears and Williams acknowledging their art and our place in it before saying farewell. It is a gesture that gives the final scene something more personal than the resolution of a story we have followed for years. It acknowledges us as neighbors, as family, in Tuna.

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Tech Support and Conclusion

Tech Support and Conclusion

Corsair SP2500 2.1 Speaker System ReviewCorsair continues to expand its product line with products every year that are basic to the needs of the computer hardware enthusiast. The speakers have a two year warranty. In the past, we have used Corsair RMA process to return memory and an H50 water cooling unit. Each time we had a painless experience. We have confidence that our readers would not have any problems either with other purchases. It is rare in the PC industry to find companies that still accept calls for technical issues.

We spent some time this month with a competitors speakers and it is difficult to decide which companys set is better. Corsairs control pod is intuitive and versatile, but its speakers are housed in hard plastic. The competitors are made of anodized aluminum, but their version of a speaker control pod is terrible.

Many users in our forums remain loyal to Klipsch and its 2.1 Promedia set of speakers. The Klipsch set was descent for its time, but the control pod, dynamic range, and overall sound reproduction of the SP2500 speakers are clearly superior.

For a 2.1 set, you will be hard pressed to find a better neutral listening experience and wide soundstage as good as Corsairs. Music playback was exceptional and gaming was phenomenal; the numerous DSP modes of the SP2500 are an excellent bonus.

If you are a music lover, these speakers will fulfill your PC listening needs. The sound separation is fantastic. The bass does not overpower vocals or any instrument. It highlights many instruments we occasionally do not notice on weaker speakers.

Gaming was exemplary as well. If you are a gamer and prefer speakers to headphones, these are an excellent choice. Pairing these speakers with a good gaming sound card is absolutely essential. If your input source is of high quality, your output will be the best it can be as well.

The one thing you might want to think about the fact that a proprietary ATX4 connection is used between the subwoofer and the speakers. These are 6 feet / 1.8 meters in length, each. If you are looking to place these further from the subwoofer that what might be considered the norm, you are going to run into an obstacle as you cannot just throw on some extra speak wire between the two in order to remedy this.

The Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 Highpower 2.1PC Speaker System is exceptional and we have absolutely no reservations about recommending these. Assembly was extremely easy, the speakers look great, and performed well in all of our tests. Corsair makes excellent, innovative products and its SP2500 speakers are another reason why the company deserves your hard earned dollar.

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Study of pipestone artifacts overturns a century

Study of pipestone artifacts overturns a century

CHAMPAIGN, lll. In the early 1900s, an archaeologist, William Mills, dug up a treasuretrove of carved stone pipes that had been buried almost 2,000 years earlier. Mills was the first to dig the Native American site, called Tremper Mound, in southern Ohio. And when he inspected the pipes, he made a reasonable but untested assumption. The pipes looked as if they had been carved from local stone, and so he said they were. That assumption, first published in 1916, has been repeated in scientific publications to this day. But according to a new analysis, Mills was wrong.

Illinois State Archaeological Survey director Thomas Emerson and his colleagues discovered that pipestone pipes buried roughly 2,100 years ago in a mound site in southeast Ohio came from stone gathered in northern Illinois. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

In a new study, researchers tested the stone pipes and pipestone from quarries across the upper Midwest and concluded that those who buried the pipes in Tremper Mound got most of their pipestone and perhaps even the finished, carved pipes from Illinois.

The researchers spent nearly a decade on the new research. They first collected the mineralogical signatures of stone found in traditional pipestone quarries in Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio. Then they compared the material found in those quarries to the mineralogical makeup of the artifacts left behind by the people of Tremper Mound.

Less than 20 percent of the 111 Tremper Mound pipes they tested were made from local Ohio stone. About 65 percent were carved from flint clay found only in northern Illinois and 18 percent were made of a stone called catlinite from Minnesota.

The researchers are still puzzling over how most of these materials made it to Ohio from Illinois, and are baffled by another new discovery. Pipes from a site only about 40 miles north of Tremper Mound, an elaborate cluster of immense mounds known as Mound City, were carved almost entirely from local stone. Mound City was inhabited at about the same time or shortly after Tremper Mound, and the pipes found there are stylistically very similar to the Tremper pipes. See a slideshow of some pipes.

The researchers describe their findings in a paper in American Antiquity.

These results should remind archaeologists that things are not as simple as they sometimes appear, said Thomas Emerson, the principal investigator on the study and the director of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey ISAS at the University of Illinois.

is how mythology becomes encased in science, he said.

The study also confirms that the people who produced these pipestone artifacts, known today as members of the Hopewell tradition, were more diverse and varied in their cultural practices than scientists once appreciated, Emerson said. 400, have long been the subject of speculation, as the artifacts they left behind and the manner in which these goods were disposed of are not easily understood. Those living in southeastern Ohio, especially, seemed to be consumers and connoisseurs of the exotic, Emerson said.

The Hopewell people from that area collected assemblages of obsidian from Wyoming, mica from the Appalachians, and caches of elaborately carved pipes, Emerson said. They also collected shells from the Gulf Coast, along with the skulls of exotic animals an alligator, for instance.

animals, strange minerals, strange things were really a focus, he said.

Most of the carved stone pipes from that era have been found in Ohio, where very large caches often containing more than 100 pipes were ritually broken, burned and buried, Emerson said. The same style of pipes are found in Illinois, but many fewer have been uncovered in Illinois to date, he said, and they are dispersed, not heaped together in giant hordes as in Ohio. Watch a video about the Hopewell pipes.

There is evidence of stone carving at the Illinois sources where the stone was gathered, but none at Tremper Mound, suggesting that the Illinois stone was carved into pipes before it was transported to Ohio.

The team used a variety of techniques to analyze the material in the quarries and the artifacts. One method, called Xray diffraction XRD, produces a distinct signal that reflects the proportion of minerals in different types of stone. The stone must be pulverized, however, to subject it to XRD. To analyze the intact pipes, the researchers used a nondestructive portable technology, called PIMA, which illuminates a specimen with shortwavelength infrared radiation and records the refracted unabsorbed wavelengths, allowing investigators to identify the minerals present. They verified the accuracy of the PIMA by comparing its results to those obtained with XRD on quarry specimens and broken pipes.

The new findings should challenge archaeologists to look more carefully at the evidence left behind by the Hopewell people, Emerson said.

study really says to the archaeological community, you need to go back to the drawing board, he said. been telling stories for decades that are based on essentially misinformation.

The research team also included Kenneth Farnsworth, ISAS research associate; Sarah Wisseman, the director of the Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials at ISAS; and Randall Hughes, a senior scientist at the Illinois State Geological Survey.

Sources say Aaron Hernandezs home security system

Sources say Aaron Hernandezs home security system

BOSTON New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez had a connection to a homicide victim found in an industrial park near the athletes home, but family and officials were mum on the nature of their relationship Thursday, two days after police first visited the upscale division.

Media camped out Thursday at Hernandezs home, on the Rhode Island state line not far from the Patriots stadium in Foxborough. A news helicopter followed along as Hernandez drove in a white SUV from his home to the stadium, then got out and went inside.

Patriots spokesman Stacey James said the team had no comment on why Hernandez was there. He said earlier that the team did not anticipate commenting publicly during the police investigation.

The body found about a mile from Hernandezs sprawling home in North Attleborough was that of 27yearold Odin Lloyd, according to a prosecutors office. His cause of death wasnt released.

Lloyd was a semipro football player for the Boston Bandits, and his family said he had a connection to Hernandez, whose home was searched by police.

Hernandez attorney Michael Fee acknowledged media reports about the state police search of Hernandezs home as part of an investigation but said he and the player wouldnt have any comment on it.

Lloyds mother, Ursula Ward, would not say how Lloyd knew Hernandez and did not say whether police told her how her son died. An uncle said Lloyd had a connection to Hernandez but wouldnt elaborate.

My son is a wonderful child, Ward said Wednesday as she cried outside the family home in Bostons Dorchester neighborhood. Hes a family guy. He hasnt done anything to hurt anyone.

Bristol District Attorney Samuel Sutters office said investigators were asking for the publics help to find a silver mirror cover believed to have broken off a car between Boston and North Attleborough.

Two troopers knocked on the door of Hernandezs house Wednesday morning, but no one answered. The night before, police spent hours there as another group of officers searched the industrial park.

Later Wednesday, at least seven state troopers searched both sides of a road just off the street where Hernandez lives. The officers used thin poles to pull back plants and search through undergrowth along the road.

The Patriots drafted Hernandez out of Florida in 2010. Since then, he has combined with Rob Gronkowski to form one of the top tight end duos in the NFL. He missed 10 games last season with an ankle injury and had shoulder surgery in April but is expected to be ready for training camp. Last summer, the Patriots gave him a fiveyear contract worth $40 million.

Sports Illustrated reported that the link between Hernandez and the case was a rented Chevrolet Suburban with Rhode Island plates that police had been searching for. The Associated Press could not independently confirm the report.

Lloyds neighbor Larry Connors said a black Suburban with Rhode Island license plates was towed out of the yard of Lloyds house after his body was found. Lloyd had been driving it for a few days, but Connors had never seen it before that.

Bandits coach Olivier Bustin, who last saw Lloyd on Saturday at a team scrimmage and heard on Tuesday he had been killed, said he never knew him to be in trouble.

He was a personable guy, just a guy who was wellliked by everybody on the team, said the coach, who said Lloyd didnt start but played a big role on defense.

And, you know, its just tough that hes not here, she said. As my mom said, just give us our time to grieve. And I hope that they find out who did it. Continued.2.