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News Round-Up (02/03/10)

February 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Jessica Mulligan
Connecticut College

It has now been three weeks since the earthquake in Haiti. The coverage of dramatic rescues is giving way to efforts to treat the injured, the struggle to obtain food, the grief of burying the dead, and plans for rebuilding.  This news round-up highlights several trends in the news coverage that are relevant to the themes of ACCESS DENIED.

Our most recent post on ACCESS DENIED by Heide Castañeda responded to reports that medical flights from Haiti to Florida had ceased due to disputes over who would pay the hospital bills for evacuees.  By Monday, the NYT reported that flights were resumed.  Florida governor Charlie Crist claimed the dispute was over the capacity of hospitals to handle the influx of patients and was not a fight over payment. Read more…

What do Haitian Earthquake Survivors and the Super Bowl Have in Common? – Heide Castañeda

January 30, 2010 1 comment

Heide Castañeda
University of South Florida

What do Haitian earthquake survivors and the Super Bowl have in common? They both need the city of Miami.

This week Florida Governor Charlie Crist, in a letter to Kathleen Sebelius, head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, claimed that the state could not take on any more Haitian medical evacuees without straining services. The governor has asked for an end to emergency airlifts, following two flights that delivered additional earthquake victims to Tampa hospitals this week. Currently, about 500 Haitian survivors are being treated in the state’s hospitals, primarily in the Miami area. The “strain on services” comes as the city prepares for “upcoming events such as might result from the large crowds at the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl,” according to a spokesman for the US Army Southern Command.

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