- - Monday, August 8, 2011


Clinic fined $3.2 million for nonordered CT scans

DENVER — A Denver clinic accused of conducting CT scans on patients without orders from a licensed doctor has been fined nearly $3.2 million, Colorado health officials said Monday.

About 150 people per week were getting scans at Heart Check America and were exposed to “potentially unnecessary radiation doses without a doctor’s involvement,” said Brian Vamvakias, X-ray certification unit leader at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The health department said the fine is the largest ever imposed by the state’s radiation program inspectors.

Officials said the company abruptly closed its Denver clinic in May, a month after the state began investigating. State health officials said the clinic stopped returning calls and when department representatives went to the clinic’s office May 5, three days after getting a notice of violation, the office was empty.

The state health department said Heart Check America also operates or operated clinics in Nevada, Illinois, New York, South Carolina, California and Washington, D.C.


Imam seeks identity of terrorism case informant

MIAMI — The attorney for a Florida Muslim cleric accused of supporting terrorists wants to learn the identity of a key FBI informant in the case.

Evidence shows the informant recorded numerous conversations with the cleric, Hafiz Khan, 76. Mr. Khan’s attorney says in court papers that learning the informant’s identity is critical in preparing his defense. The informant drove Mr. Khan to appointments and assisted him in dealing with government programs such as Medicare.

The FBI recordings form the backbone of the U.S. case against Mr. Khan and his two sons. Each is charged with four terrorism support-related crimes and have pleaded not guilty. The charges each carry potential 15-year sentences. Three others are still at large in Pakistan.

Prosecutors say they funneled at least $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban terrorist group.


Civil war veteran finally gets tombstone

CLEVELAND — A civil war veteran finally has a tombstone to mark his Ohio grave, 87 years after his death.

The family of Henry C. Thompson Sr. paid to install the marker provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Thompson’s great-great-great-grandchildren were among those who attended a graveside ceremony Sunday at Cleveland’s Lake View Cemetery.

The Akron Beacon Journal reported that Thompson’s family does not know why the grave was not marked when he died in 1924. A great-grandson sought the stone after seeing a news report about one provided for another Civil War veteran.

A researcher says Thompson was only 17 but claimed to be 19 so he could enlist in the Union Army in 1861.

He was honorably discharged in 1862 after suffering sunstroke.


Rhode Island last state to commemorate V-J Day

PAWTUCKET — Rhode Island is commemorating the anniversary of the U.S. victory over Japan in World War II.

The Ocean State is the last to formally observe V-J Day, or Victory over Japan Day. Government offices were closed and public buses operated on a holiday schedule.

Japan surrendered Aug. 14, 1945, and formally signed surrender papers Sept. 2. The surrender ended the war, which was over in Europe in May 1945 when Germany surrendered.

Rhode Island observes Victory Day on the second Monday in August.

East Providence resident Charles Smith was among nearly 100 people commemorating the holiday Monday at a ceremony in Pawtucket. The 89-year-old veteran served on a naval destroyer during the war. He says more people should remember the end of the war.

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