Book Review: Doctored

Jun 23, 2015

“Doctored,” meaning restored to good condition, comes from the world of medicine, though it’s commonly used today to mean being made impure, in order to trick or deceive, as in “doctoring the evidence.” In his new medical memoir, Doctored, Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, a cardiologist who directs the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, plays on both senses of the word.

Hartford Hospital and fifteen other medical centers in Connecticut said Wednesday they’re going to lay off more than 400 employees over the next few weeks.

The parent company of the hospitals blamed them on a combination of tax increases and funding cuts to Medicaid in the budget lawmakers sent to Governor Dannel Malloy.

This week, Yale-New Haven Hospital also said it would close clinics in Branford and East Haven in response to the budget

Bellone Introduces 'Innovation Zone' Plan

Jun 17, 2015

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has announced a $350 million plan to upgrade the county's infrastructure to attract and keep more young people on Long Island. The plan is called the Long Island Innovation Zone.

It includes money for affordable housing in the downtown areas of Ronkonkoma, Patchouge, and Yaphank. Bellone said the plan also includes increased Long Island Railroad service between those downtowns and universities and research centers.

The New York State Board of Regents has approved a new teacher evaluation system.  The board had until the end of the month to come up with a new system that relies more heavily on state standardized tests.

Tuesday they voted to increase the weight of state tests from 20 percent to 25 percent of a teacher’s evaluation. Governor Andrew Cuomo had proposed raising it to as much as 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation.

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Last summer, a team of scholars and scientists called the Lazarus Project started examining a map of the world made in Italy in 1491. It’s called the Martellus Map, named after its maker, Henricus Martellus Germanus, a German living in Florence. Martellus filled his map of the world with descriptions of what, then, were far-off places like Africa and Asia. Those words faded away centuries ago, but this team believed they could use an imaging technique to read them. What they’ve found may give historians cause to look at European history a little differently.