National News Sep 16

By: AP
By: AP
Chicago teachers union delegates could end strike... Superbug kills 7th person at Md. NIH hospital... Good Samaritan helps Ohio man twice, 8 years apart...

In this photo taken Aug. 21, 2012, Dr. Tara Palmore, deputy hospital epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, left, and Dr. Julie Segre, a geneticist with the National Human Genome Research Institute, pose at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md. Last year a deadly superbug spread through the nation's leading research hospital, killing six patients before it could be stopped. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Md., scrubbed with bleach, locked down patients and even ripped out plumbing. In the end, it took gene detectives analyzing the germ's DNA to trace it to its source. It came from a New York City patient who was admitted for a medical study. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Teachers Union delegates will meet Sunday to review a proposed contract and vote on whether to suspend a week-old strike.
Delegates say the meeting will be held at 3 p.m. If the majority of the almost 800 delegates agree with the proposed pact, 350,000 students will return to the classroom on Monday.
Officials from the union and school district met until late Saturday to work out the exact language of a contract after announcing Friday that they had reached the "framework" of an agreement.
Sticking points included job security, pay and teacher evaluations.
Thousands of teachers and allies rallied Saturday in a Chicago park in a boisterous show of force and solidarity. More than 25,000 teachers walked off the job last Monday for the first time in 25 years.

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- A deadly germ untreatable by most antibiotics has killed a seventh person at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Maryland.
The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/OPQOYb) reported the death Friday. NIH officials told the paper that the boy from Minnesota died Sept. 7. NIH says the boy arrived at the research hospital in Bethesda in April and was being treated for complications from a bone marrow transplant when he contracted the bug.
He was the 19th patient at the hospital to contract an antibiotic-resistant strain of KPC, or Klebsiella pneumoniae. The outbreak stemmed from a single patient carrying the superbug who arrived at the hospital last summer.
The paper reported the Minnesota boy's case marked the first new infection of this superbug at NIH since January.

CLEVELAND (AP) -- An Ohio man is thankful for the intervention of a Good Samaritan -- the same one who helped him once before, eight years ago.
Gerald Gronowski had a flat tire east of Cleveland recently when a man named Christopher Manacci stopped to help. During the encounter, Gronowski began talking about another stranger eight years before who had helped him pull out a hook that got stuck in his hand while he was fishing.
They then figured out that Manacci was that same man. He had been kayaking nearby.
Gronowski tells The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer that he feels it's now his job to help someone else.
He also offered to take Manacci fishing, but Manacci says that considering the bad luck Gronowski has had fishing, they should go bowling instead.


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