Two doctors suspended for alleged surgical error
NEW YORK (AP) -- A hospital suspended two doctors for allegedly participating in surgery on the wrong side of a man's brain.
Another procedure was performed to remove a potentially fatal blood clot, and the patient was listed in stable condition.
His CT scan was reportedly placed backward on the viewing screen before the original surgery.
Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn and the New York State Health Department are investigating.
Drs. Rene Kotzen and Mike W. Chou are accused of mistakenly operating on the left side of Kevin Walsh's brain last Tuesday. The second surgery was performed on the right side of Walsh's brain.
The doctors were suspended Wednesday.
Neither doctor was reported to have any recent record of medical miscues.
Record number of seals stranded on Long Island
RIVERHEAD (AP) -- Seals are stranding themselves in record numbers on Long Island this year.
Fifty-one of the furry mammals have washed ashore in just the first two months of this year, reflecting a pace far ahead of the 65 strandings recorded during all of 2000.
"We're having a very busy season," said Kim Durham, director of the marine mammal rescue program at the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation. "We currently have 32 seals in our hospital."
Durham said there is no obvious explanation for the increase in seal strandings. The washed-up mammals are suffering from various ailments, including chest colds, gastrointestinal ailments, bacterial infections and bites from other seals, she said.
Once rescued by the Riverhead Foundation, the seals are nursed back to health at a cost of $1,000 a week.
Club security guard says 'Puffy' did not have a gun
NEW YORK (AP) -- A Times Square nightclub security guard testified Monday that at no time did she see Sean "Puffy" Combs with a gun after she heard shots fired in the crowded club 14 months ago.
But Sharise Myers said she did see the music mogul's protege, Jamal "Shyne" Barrow, with a gun during the melee in Club New York in the early morning hours of Dec. 27, 1999.
"I saw him firing a gun," she said of Barrow. "I went down to the floor. I fell on top of Mr. Combs, and other people fell on top of me. His (Comb's) face looked shocked. His hands were on the floor like the rest of his body."
Asked by defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran, "Did (Combs) have a gun in his hands at any time?" Myers replied, "No, he did not."
Combs and his bodyguard, Anthony "Wolf" Jones, are charged with two counts of gun possession. Barrow, a rapper, is charged with attempted murder.
Combs also is charged with bribery for allegedly offering his driver $50,000 to take the gun rap for him. The criminal trial is being heard by Justice Charles Solomon in Manhattan State Supreme Court.
Strike may idle buses to Manhattan, the Bronx
YONKERS (AP) -- Drivers and mechanics for Westchester County's Bee-Line buses and for Liberty Lines express buses to the Bronx and Manhattan have voted to authorize a strike that could disrupt service as early as Thursday.
More than 400 of the 700 members of Local 100 of the Transport Workers Union voted Sunday to approve any strike call if there is no new contract by 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Negotiations toward a new contract were continuing.
The Bee-Line buses, which are operated for the county by Liberty Lines, carry about 55,000 riders a day, most of them low-income residents who have no other way to get to work, said county spokeswoman Susan Tolchin.
Union Vice President George Jennings said Liberty Lines had offered a 2.5 percent wage increase. Drivers make $20 an hour after three years, mechanics $21.