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“There’s a reason why people move here from up north down here in winter, and it’s not for days like this. This is kind of unique.”

ILLINOIS

Daley says Chicago dealt well with major storm

CHICAGO | Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley said the city responded well overall to this week’s blizzard and defended the decision to close Lake Shore Drive.

Mr. Daley said during a Thursday news conference that emergency officials “appropriately” closed the roadway where motorists were stranded for up to 12 hours in the third worst snowstorm in Chicago history. Hundreds of vehicles were abandoned and had to be dug out the next day.

Mr. Daley called that situation a “crisis.”

He said he wouldn’t have done anything different in the city’s storm response.

IOWA

Hospital workers penalized in breach of athletes’ privacy

IOWA CITY | The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will fire three employees and hand two others unpaid five-day suspensions after an investigation confirmed they inappropriately breached the medical records of hospitalized football players, a spokesman said Thursday.

UI spokesman Tom Moore told the Associated Press that the move “is an indication of our commitment to patient privacy.” He said the breaches have been reported to federal regulators, who can decide whether to seek additional fines and jail time against those involved.

Mr. Moore said the hospital will not release the names of the employees involved or their positions. He said the school was “in the process” of seeking terminations and issuing the suspensions, but he would not elaborate.

The hospital said last week that it was launching an investigation into suspicions about a breach of privacy involving the medical records of 13 Iowa football players who were hospitalized with a rare muscle disorder. Mr. Moore said the investigation confirmed that five people were responsible for the breaches and that the student athletes affected had been notified.

OHIO

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