New England Compounding Center Meningitis Lawsuits

Meningitis Lawsuit Filed As Outbreak Threatens 14,000 Lives

New England Compounding Center Meningitis Lawsuits

Mixing Meningitis: 14,000 Potential Exposures

The first meningitis lawsuit has been filed against the New England Compounding Center, the manufacturer of the contaminated steroid that has caused 14 deaths, 185 serious ailments, and could potentially afflict the more the 14,000 people who have received the contaminated steroid shot.

The First Meningitis Lawsuit:  More to Follow!

The first meningitis lawsuit has been filed by a woman in Minnesota named Barbe Pura who received the contaminated steroid.  The lawsuit names New England Compounding Center, the company that produced the tainted steroid shots.

Barbe Pura took the steroid injection for neck pain and is currently uncertain of her status.

Like Pura, many patients take this steroid to alieve neck and back pain.  While there are already 14 confirmed deaths, and more than 180 people suffering from the tainted shot, the number of people afflicted could escalate dramatically.  There are currently 14,000 people who have received these pain-relieving steroid shots who may be at risk of contracting meningitis.

The company named in the lawsuit, New England Compounding Center, distributed their contaminated vials to more than 75 hospitals and clinics within 23 states.   The company has suspended operations and recalled more than 17 thousand doses of the steroid.

This may just be the tip of the iceberg as meningitis is known to remain dormant for quite some time.    Surely, this lawsuit will be the first of many as more and more people fall prey to these contaminated doses.

First Meningitis Lawsuit Filed:  Video

Meningitis Lawsuit:  News From Around the Web

There are many stories on the web regarding this terrible meningitis outbreak.  We have linked to the most important ones below:

As meningitis cases rise, first lawsuit filed
As the number of people infected with meningitis continues to rise, a class-action lawsuit has been filed in Minnesota against the company identified as the source of a spinal steroid that has caused 14 deaths in 185 cases. (read more)

Possible Meningitis Outbreak Lawsuit in Minnesota
A Minnesota woman sued the New England Compounding Center this week after receiving a steroid injection that may be one in the batch of tainted vials blamed for a fungal meningitis outbreak , the Associated Press (AP) reported . The federal lawsuit may be the first in response to the outbreak. The woman claims she experienced headaches and nausea after receiving methylprednisolone acetate … (read more)

Meningitis outbreak: Savage woman files federal lawsuit against tainted steroid’s maker
A Savage woman filed a lawsuit in federal court on Thursday, Oct. 11, against the New England pharmacy implicated in a nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis. (read more)

Lawsuit filed in meningitis outbreak
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Minnesota woman is apparently the first to file a lawsuit in connection with the meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroid shots. (read more)

First Lawsuit Filed Over Major Meningitis Outbreak
One of 14,000 patients who was administered potentially tainted steroid has filed first lawsuit over outbreak CDC: 14,000 People at Risk of Meningitis Amid Call for Criminal Probe (read more)

Lawsuit: Man died from tainted 2002 shot from company now blamed in meningitis outbreak
Long before the current rash of fungal meningitis, the compounding pharmacy suspected in the outbreak settled a lawsuit alleging it produced a tainted shot that caused a man’s death in 2004. (read more)

Meningitis outbreak: Minnesota woman files 1st lawsuit
A first lawsuit has been filed in connection with a meningitis outbreak that’s killed 14 people. (read more)

First lawsuit filed in meningitis outbreak
CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — A Minnesota woman is the first to file a federal lawsuit over the contaminated steroid injections fueling a meningitis outbreak that has hospitalized scores of people and killed more than a dozen, CBS News reports. The lawsuit was filed by Barbe Puro against the New England Compounding Center, the compounding pharmacy that produced the shots. The company pulled the … (read more)

Lawsuit alleges firm linked to meningitis outbreak provided tainted meds in 2002, man died
Long before the current rash of fungal meningitis, the compounding pharmacy suspected in the outbreak settled a lawsuit alleging it produced a tainted shot that caused a man’s death in 2004. (read more)

Lawsuit filed over meningitis outbreak
The first lawsuit has been filed over a national meningitis outbreak. A Minnesota woman filed her suit in Federal Court on Friday. (read more)

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Teacher of the Year Sex Scandal

Teacher of the Year Sex Scandal!

Teacher of the Year Sex Scandal

Erica DePalo, Teacher of the Year, Accused of Rape

A former “teacher of the year”, Erica DePalo, has been accused of having sex with one of her students.  DePalo, who won the New Jersey Teacher of the Year Award, is now faced with charges of first-degree aggravated assault. But, is this assault?

To any mothers out there, this story certainly is offensive.  “Someone has violated my little boy,” would certainly be their pervasive sentiment.  And, to make matters worse, this teacher is in a trusted position of authority.  She has abused this trust and physically assaulted a little boy.

For men, the first question that comes to mind is:  “Is she hot?”  So, let’s take a look at photos of the teacher, Erica DePalo, to determine just how abused the child was.

Photos of Erica DePalo:  The Teacher Accused of Having Sex With Her Student

Here are several photos of Erica DePalo, in good times, receiving her teacher of the year award, and bad times, posing for a mugshot.

Eric Depalo Teacher Of The Year

Eric Depalo Receiving Her Teacher of the Year Award

Erica DePalo Speaking

Erica DePalo Speaking

Erica DePalo Smiling

A Once Happy Erica DePalo Smiling

Erica DePalo Mugshot

Erica DePalo Mugshot

Is This Really Abuse By A Teacher?

Certainly, when an older male teacher has relations with a young female student, we consider this abuse.  However, men and women age differently.  While a 15 year old girl is light years away from her true peak, a 15 year old boy is in the midst of transformation.  If men peak at 18, a 15 year old is well within the sphere of his sexual peak.

So, when a female teacher has sex with a 15 year old male student, is it abuse?

I remember my high school days, when I was a boy of 15.  I had a few female teachers and I spent nearly the whole class fantasizing about them, even the not-so-attractive ones.

So, what if these teachers would have approached me?  Would I have accepted?  Are you kidding?

I remember the “teacher abuse” involving Debra Lafave, seen in the photos below:

Photos of Debra Lafave

Debra Lafave Posing

Debra Lafave Posing

Debra Lafave Bikini

Debra Lafave Bikini

Debra Lafave In Court

Debra Lafave In Court

So, this is abuse?  Or, are we confusing abuse with good fortune?  While married men certainly would not admit this to their spouses, they see photos of Debra Lafave and think “that lucky little…”.

Sadly, not all teens, or teachers for that matter, are created equal.

If I would have been blessed with Debra Lafave advances at 15, I would have kept silent, enjoyed every moment of it, walked about school with a knowing grin from ear-to-ear, and been imbued with a sexual confidence not found in many 15 year olds.  However, other students might have mistaken her advances for love and ended up confused and feeling, in the end, abused.

The teacher, as well, may take a relationship out of context.  While one may want a romp in the hay with 15 year old boy, the other may want a lasting relationship, and heaven forbid, get pregnant, like in the case of Mary Kay Letourneau.

I suppose this is why we have laws–to protect the minority sentiment.  However, one of my favorite philosophers when speaking of laws, says “for every foot a different shoe”, meaning that we should look at each case independently.

I think lawyers and judges should interview the students.  Perhaps, they should ask them:  “How do you feel about Debra Lafave?”

When they see the ear-to-ear grin, they have their answer:  case dismissed!


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James Holmes on Adult FriendFinder

James Holmes: Massacre Suspect Sought Women On Adult Website

James Holmes on Adult FriendFinder

James Holmes Profile on Adult FriendFinder

New details are emerging about Colorado massacre suspect James Holmes’ life. Among them, he was not near as smart as some say and he unsuccessfully sought the company of women via adult websites.

With any tragedy such as this, news sources quickly provide us as much information as they can. With James Holmes, the portrayal that surfaced was one of a polite, intelligent, loner who’s friends could never imagine how this happened. However, as time passes, we are seeing a different James Holmes, one who was not quite as intelligent as first reported and one who frequented adult web sites in the hope of female companionship.

James Holmes on Adult Friend Finder

Above in the photo, we see the profile of Colorado massacre suspect James Holmes on Adult Friend Finder, a site that reportedly connects adults who are looking for physical encounters. By all reports, James Holmes was not successful in pursuit of women via this site.

Holmes’ profile on the website has reportedly already been taken down but his profile is reportedly real. In a TMZ report, we read of the authenticity of the profile and that the byline on the profile eerily read: “Will you visit me in prison?”

His account was accessed just days before the massacre.

James Holmes: Not The Brilliant Student

While it has been continulously reported that James Holmes was nearly brilliant, new reports are certainly contrasting that report.

A gentlemen named John Jacobson, who led the internship program at the University of California’s prestigious Salk Institute in San Diego, called Holmes “thickheaded, uncommunicative and irresponsible.”

Jacobson added that Holmes should not have been accepted into the program in the first place because his grades were not worthy. His erroneous acceptance into the program was based on supposed computer programmings skills he had acquired.

In the end, Jacobson summarized his times with Holmes simply: “My experience with him was quite bad”.

James Holmes Video: A Brief Profile of James Holmes

James Holmes: Articles on Adult Website Profile

Here is some further reading that you may wish to do about James Holmes and his adult dating escapades:

Colorado Shooter James Holmes — Rejected By 3 Women Before Massacre
James Holmes struck out with three different women on an adult sex website in the days before he shot 70 people in Colorado … TMZ has learned. We broke the story … Holmes was an active member on … and now we’ve learned he… (read more)

‘Will you visit me in prison?’ Asks James Holmes on Adult Sex Profile
While an online search for mass-murder suspect James Holmes across the usual social networks such as Facebook and Twitter has come up empty, TMZ is reporting Holmes’s identity on a different kind of social network — AdultFriendFinder. (read more)

James Holmes Wanted Casual Sex, Hinted At Crime
(CBS News) CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Alleged Colorado theater gunman James Holmes was in solitary confinement in the Arapahoe County Jail awaiting his first court appearance Monday. (read more)

Sex website probed in Colorado shooting probe
Law enforcement authorities are investigating a sex website, Adult Friend Finder, which had an account of a person who resembled Colorado movie-theater shooting suspect James E. Holmes. (read more)


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Batman Shooting

Mass Shooting at Batman Premiere in Colorado: : 12 Dead, 38 Wounded

Batman Shooting

Massacre at Batman Premiere

Last night, there was a shooting at the premiere of the latest Batman movie that killed 12 people and injured at least 38 people.  It was the deadliest mass shooting on American soil in recent years.

The suspect, a 24 year old named James Homes, entered the cinema through the exit door at about 12:30 as the latest Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises” was set to premiere.  The perpetrator then discharged a gas canister and opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring dozens more.  At first, many movie goers thought this was a promotional tool for the Batman franchise but they quickly learned otherwise and began flooding 911 with phone calls.

The police arrested James Homes, apparently without resistance, and began what will surely be a thorough investigation of the man behind this horrific act.

Mass Shooting At Batman Premiere in Aurora:  Video

In this video from CBS News, we get a sense of the chaotic scene of the shooting at the Batman Premiere.

The Suspect:  More About James Homes

The Colorado Batman Shooting:  News From Around The Globe

Of course, this incident is being talked about all over the world.  Below, we will share with you some of the lead stories about the tragic killings and injuries at the Batman premiere.

Live blog: Shooting at Batman premiere in Denver
A masked gunman has shot dead at least 12 people and wounded up to 38 others at a premiere showing of the new Batman movie in Colorado.The man, wearing body armour and a gas mask, lobbed tear gas into the cinema before he began shooting during the screening at a mall in the Denver suburb of Aurora.Local man James Holmes, 24, is believed to be responsible for the shooting – which he reportedly … (read more)

President Obama ‘Shocked and Saddened’ Over Batman Shooting
President Obama is “shocked and saddened” by the shooting at the Batman movie premiere in Aurora, Colorado, in which and 50 wounded. (read more)

Batman premiere shooting in Colorado: eyewitness account
Sharon Segura spoke with GlobalPost on what she witnessed during the Batman premiere shooting in Colorado. (read more)

URGENT: Police and FBI are questioning the suspected gunman in a shooting early this morning at a crowded midnight screening of the new Batman movie, ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 people dead and at least 50 wounded — the deadliest shooting in the U.S. since the Ft. Hood massacre in 2009. Witnesses to ‘Batman’ Massacre Thought It Was a Prank | PHOTOS: Colorado Shooting … (read more)

Batman Shooting: Youngest Victim Was 3-months-old
The Batman shooting in Denver Colorado has left 14 people dead including a 3-month-old baby according to Michael Booth a medical writer for the Denver Post Eyewitnesses say the gunman – who was quickly arrested – walked into the screening of The D… (read more)

Is There a Link Between the Batman Film and the Shooting?
With the deadly shooting in Aurora, Colo., inside a packed movie theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises,” questions are being raised as to whether there is any connection between the killings and the movie’s plot and the character of Batman. (read more)

Colorado shooting brings sad end to ‘Batman’ franchise
LOS ANGELES/FORT MYERS – High box office expectations for ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ the final film in Warner Bros’ Batman franchise, were clouded Friday by a shooting at a Colorado midnight screening of the film which killed 12 people and injured 50. (read more)

Colorado shooting brings sad end to Warner Bros ‘Batman’ franchise
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – High box office expectations for “The Dark Knight Rises,” the final film in Warner Bros’ Batman franchise, were clouded Friday by a shooting at a Colorado midnight screening of the film which killed 12 people. The incident, in which a masked gunman opened fire on moviegoers, including children, brings a tragic conclusion to one of Hollywood’s most-enduring franchises, as … (read more)

Batman shooting: 12 killed at ‘Dark Knight Rises’ movie in Colorado
Batman shooting: 12 killed at ‘Dark Knight Rises’ movie in Colorado. (read more)

Batman debut in Paris cancelled after Denver shooting
Filmmaker Christopher Nolan and the cast of The Dark Knight Rises scrapped the Batman film’s Paris premiere on Friday, as news spread about the deadly shooting at an overnight screening in suburban Denver. (read more)

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Learn Spanish in Buenos Aires

Learn Spanish in Buenos Aires ArgentinaIf you would like to learn Spanish in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and you like to have fun, the Spanglish Exchange program is for you!

After spending a couple of years living in Uruguay, I decided to take an extended trip to Buenos Aires because it is such an amazing city. I had been to Buenos Aires a few times because I had to renew my Uruguayan Visa. However, these were just weekend trips and I didn’t have a chance to really know the city. I believe that to really know a city you have to live there and get to know the people and places that are its heart and soul.Read More

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Beyond the iPad: The True Legacy of Steve Jobs

legacy of Steve JobsFor many, the legacy of Steve Jobs may be the device you hold in your hand or the computer on which you are reading this right now. But the true legacy of Steve Jobs is not one of technology, but of life.

In the many accounts of the life of Steve Jobs recently written, we read articles such as how Steve Jobs changed the way we interact with music and how Steve Jobs Told Us What We Needed Before We Knew. Certainly, Steve Jobs will be remembered 100 years from now for the way he created the perfect marriage between art and technology.

But, if we stop there, only acknowledging the great technical products that Steve Jobs bestowed on the world, we miss the greatest lesson that Steve Jobs has given us.Read More

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