- The Washington Times - Friday, March 9, 2007

Store reiterates ‘morning-after’ policy

ATLANTA — Kroger Co. said yesterday it was reiterating its drug policies to all of its pharmacists after a Georgia woman claimed she was denied the so-called “morning after” pill at one of the company’s stores.

The Cincinnati-based grocery chain said if its pharmacists object to fulfilling a request, the store must “make accommodations to have that prescription filled for our customer.”

“We believe that medication is a private patient matter,” said Meghan Glynn, a Kroger spokeswoman. “Our role as a pharmacy operator is to furnish medication in accordance with the doctor’s prescription or as requested by a patient.”

Carrie Baker said a Kroger pharmacist in her hometown of Rome, Ga., refused to supply her with the contraceptive. The 42-year-old married mother of two said she asked the store’s manager in December to order the contraceptive but was told that the pharmacist refused, even though the decision contradicted company policy.

“I believe this was a responsible decision and the best way to care for my family and myself,” she said. “But Kroger doesn’t care.”

Seventh person dies after bus crash

ATLANTA — A college baseball player pulled from the wreckage of his team’s charter bus died of his injuries yesterday, raising the death toll from last week’s crash to seven.

Zach Arend, 18, had been in critical condition since the bus went off a highway overpass before dawn on March 2.

He died about 6 a.m., said Grady Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Denise Simpson.

Four of Mr. Arend’s Bluffton University teammates, the bus driver and the driver’s wife were killed when the bus plowed off an overpass in Atlanta and crashed onto the Interstate 75 pavement below. More than two dozen others aboard were injured.

Brown’s body to be placed in crypt today

ATLANTA — James Brown can finally rest in peace — at least for now. The body of the late “Godfather of Soul” will be placed in a crypt today at the Beech Island, S.C., home of one of his daughters, four persons close to the family told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution yesterday.

Today’s service for Mr. Brown, who died Christmas Day in an Atlanta hospital, will be at the home of Deanna Brown Thomas, one of several grown children born to the legendary entertainer.

Mr. Brown’s body has been in a funeral home since his heirs had it moved from the singer’s Beech Island estate in mid-January. The embalmed body has been kept in a refrigerated room since that time at an undisclosed location.

Mr. Brown’s body will be moved again when a mausoleum is built for him.

Lead singer of Boston dies

ATKINSON, N.H. — Brad Delp, the lead singer for the band Boston, was found dead yesterday in his home in southern New Hampshire. He was 55.

Atkinson police responded to a call for help at 1:20 p.m. and found Mr. Delp dead. Police Lt. William Baldwin said the death was “untimely” but there was no indication of foul play.

Mr. Delp apparently was alone at the time of his death, Lt. Baldwin said.

The cause of his death remained under investigation by the Atkinson police and the New Hampshire medical examiner’s office. Police said an incident report would not be available until Monday.

Mr. Delp sang vocals on Boston’s 1976 hits “More than a Feeling” and “Longtime.” He also sang on Boston’s most recent album, “Corporate America,” released in 2002.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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