- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 18, 2001

Firm, U.S. reach Medicare settlement
A Florida-based medical-equipment company yesterday agreed to pay the government more than $3 million to resolve accusations that it improperly billed Medicare for home-oxygen equipment, therapeutic ventilators and the respiratory drug albuterol sulfate.
Lincare Inc. and its parent company, Lincare Holdings Inc., agreed to pay $3,150,000 for improper Medicare billings from the firm's centers in Chico and Redding, Calif., 1995 through 1997. Also, a Lincare subsidiary that houses the Chico and Redding centers will be required to ensure continuing compliance with Medicare program requirements.

Lesions removed from Bush's face
President Bush had four lesions removed from his face last week, including two caused by a common skin ailment that can lead to cancer if left untreated. None of the four was cancerous, the White House said yesterday.
Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said the lesions were removed with liquid nitrogen during a brief procedure Friday at the White House. The president had one lesion on each cheek, his forehead and temple.
The two lesions on his cheek were actinic keratoses, a condition caused by exposure to the sun that can develop into cancer, Mr. Fleischer said. The other two lesions were seborrheic keratoses waxy- or scaly-looking growths that are not cancerous and become very common as people age.

Captain: Ship caught on bad day
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The captain removed from the USS John F. Kennedy because of a failed inspection says inspectors showed up immediately after the aircraft carrier returned from a week at sea.
"When you're in command, you're responsible for every aspect of your ship," Capt. Maurice Joyce said in an interview with the Florida Times-Union published Saturday. "No matter what you may have identified or who you may have identified it to, you're still responsible."
Immediately before the inspection, the Kennedy spent a week at sea training new pilots. Some of the problems, including steam leaks that damaged the plane-launching catapults, occurred during that week, Capt. Joyce said.

Trade Center exececutive to write of terror toll
NEW YORK Howard Lutnick, chairman of the bond firm Cantor Fitzgerald, will write a book about his firm's struggle after the deaths of more than 600 employees in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
Mr. Lutnick who lost a brother, Gary, in the attacks said he will contribute all of his royalties to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, established on Sept. 14 to provide financial assistance to the families of Cantor Fitzgerald victims. HarperCollins will publish the book next year.

Rudder problem on jets probed
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating whether a rudder problem caused a United Airlines Boeing 737 to suddenly bank while descending for a landing in Chicago last week. The plane landed safely.
Rudder problems on 737s are suspected in two deadly U.S. air crashes in the early 1990s.
The pilots of Flight 578 Thursday reported the plane's nose suddenly swung to the left and right, an FAA spokesman said yesterday. The pilots disconnected the autopilot and the plane then banked sharply. They had to apply pressure on the rudder pedals to regain control.

Teen sentenced in school plot
ELMIRA, N.Y. A teen-ager who smuggled guns and bombs into his high school for a planned killing spree was sentenced yesterday to 81/2 years in prison under a plea deal.
Jeremy Getman, 19, has admitted that he intended to shoot students and teachers and toss bombs into crowds when he brought weapons to Southside High School on Valentine's Day. He surrendered peacefully after students notified officials that he had passed someone a threatening note.

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