Educator is NYC’s first swine-flu death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York City school principal suffering from swine flu died on Sunday, becoming the city’s first death due to H1N1 flu, medical officials said.

Mitchell Wiener, 55, died after being admitted to Flushing Hospital Medical Center several days ago with the H1N1 flu virus, said Dr. Andrew Rubin, a hospital spokesman. A city Health Department spokeswoman also confirmed a death, but could not confirm the victim’s identity.

It was the first death in New York City, where many of the U.S. cases have been reported but with mostly mild symptoms.

Wiener had been in and out of consciousness and was being treated with an experimental drug, but family members had said as recently as Saturday that he was making some progress.

Mr Wiener was the Assistant Principal of Intermediate School 236 in Queens, which was closed along with several others after staff members reported sick.

Three additional schools in Queens will be closed beginning tomorrow, as health officials have documented growing flu levels.

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Happy Birthday SeeDubya

It was one year ago that SeeDubya hit rock bottom. He found himself flat busted, alone and scared, feeling both hopeless and powerless in a time and place that is familiar to anyone who has walked the twelve steps of Bill Wilson.

It’s a scary place to be. And at the time, it seems like the end of the road.

After a while, we come to realize that isn’t the end of the road, just a crossroads. And with perfect 20-20 hindsight, we can also see that every bit of the pain we experienced was absolutely necessary to bring us to that crossroads, called Step One.

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.

SeeDubya reached Step One a year ago. And after 365 days and a thousand nights, by the grace of The Almighty, he has achieved one year of sobriety.

He couldn’t be happier.

And neither could I.

Happy Birthday SeeDubya!

GTT – a new chapter is being written

One of the phrases that I recall from Mississippi history class, all those years ago, was the phrase “Gone to Texas.” In the era known as “Reconstruction,” thousands of Mississippians migrated to Texas for a new beginning, often leaving the letters “GTT” scrawled on the door of their abandoned homes.

Steve Campbell, writing in the Star-Telegram, tells of the newest wave headed for the Lone Star State…

Across the nation, unemployment is sky-high, the housing market is sucking wind and recessionary fears have frozen Americans in place.

Just don’t tell that to a stream of new residents who are “voting with their feet” that Texas is the safest place to ride out the storm and the place to be when the economy recovers.

Even in the midst of a recession, economists, demographers and relocation experts believe the Lone Star State is on the cusp of becoming The New California.

Or maybe it already is..

Or as Chris Rea would say, …. She said, “What?” I said, “Texas!”

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