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    President Obama picks Dr. Regina Benjamin as Surgeon General

    Monday, July 13, 2009, 7:42 PM [General]

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Alabama family doctor who twice resurrected her clinic in a rural Alabama fishing village after it was devastated by hurricanes will be nominated to be the new U.S. surgeon general, an administration official said on Monday.

    ...Benjamin won a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant in 2008 for her work founding the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic to serve a Gulf Coast fishing community of 2,500 people in 1990. It was devastated twice, by Hurricanes Georges in 1998 and Katrina in 2005, according to a biography by the MacArthur Foundation.

    "Despite scarce resources, Benjamin has painstakingly rebuilt her clinic after each disaster and set up networks to maintain contact with patients scattered across multiple evacuation sites," the foundation's biography reads.

    "She has established a family practice that allows her to treat all incoming patients, many of whom are uninsured, and frequently travels by pickup truck to care for the most isolated and immobile in her region."

    The Obama administration is trying to usher a comprehensive healthcare reform package through Congress, with the aim of both cutting costs and covering more Americans. An estimated 46 million Americans lack health insurance coverage.

    The surgeon general, who leads the uniformed Public Health Services Commissioned Corps, usually sets a broad tone for public health policy, by issuing advice on smoking, for example, or obesity and exercise.

    Benjamin appears to have hands-on experience in some of the changes the Obama administration advocates.

    "Benjamin is skilled, as well, in translating research on preventive health measures into accessible, community-based interventions to decrease the disease burdens of her diverse patient base, which includes immigrants from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, who comprise a third of Bayou La Batre's population," the MacArthur Foundation said.

    (Reporting by Steve Holland and Maggie Fox; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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    Michael Jackson Dies at 50

    Thursday, June 25, 2009, 11:26 PM [General]

    We've just learned Michael Jackson has died. He was 50

    Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him. We're told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back.

    A source tells us Jackson was dead when paramedics arrived. A cardiologist at UCLA tells TMZ Jackson died of cardiac arrest.

    Once at the hospital, the staff tried to resuscitate him but he was completely unresponsive.

    We're told one of the staff members at Jackson's home called 911.

    La Toya ran in the hospital sobbing after Jackson was pronounced dead.

    Michael is survived by three children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince "Blanket" Michael Jackson II.

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