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Vidant Health & Pantego Creek, LLC have closed Belhaven's Hospital, for now

On April 3, 2014, Vidant Health CEO David Herman, MD spoke at the signing ceremony for the historic mediated settlement that resulted from the North Carolina NAACP's filing of a Title 6 complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice. The complaint had pointed to the disproportionate impact Vidant's takeover and closing of the Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven, NC would have on poor and minority communities, prompting the DoJ to step in.   Continue reading

Mayor O'Neal's 273 mile walk to Washington DC

"Walking Mayor" Adam O'Neal (R) will complete his 273-mile march from his home town of Belhaven, NC to the U.S. Capitol Building in the name of Medicaid expansion, endangered rural hospitals, and the Pungo District Hospital, which closed on July 1 endangering his community.   Continue reading

Hurtful statements add to family's heartache

Just a few days after the death of Portia Gibbs, 48, her husband, Barry, and her children Justin and Ashely shared with us that they were wounded by two assertions that had reached them about Portia's death. They said that these assertions may have originated with Hyde County emergency management officials.    Continue reading

Lawrenceville, VA Rejects Immigrant Children as Diseased and Criminal

This was one of the most disturbing nights of filming I have experienced in America since Oct. 16, 2007 in Prince William County, VA (when, after 12 hours of heated public testimony, the Board of County Supervisors voted to fund a law requiring police to check immigration status based on a "probable cause" standard dangerously close to mandatory racial profiling).   Continue reading

World 's Worst Babysitter

In 1985, at the age of 13, I was offered my first job as a babysitter.  For four hours on a Friday night, I would be responsible for 9-year-old Brian Robertson.I tried the toy cars and other games that had entertained me when my parents had hired sitters for me. But Brian soon got hold of a lighter. Rather than snatching the lighter from his hands, I tried to shame and scold him into handing it to me, reciting the wisdom of a talking bear/forrest ranger I knew from Saturday morning cartoons. Continue reading