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Baltimore Hospital Probes Release of Thinly Clad Patient in Cold

The woman appears disoriented and does not speak, waving her hands and screaming when asked if she needs help.

(Reuters) — A Baltimore hospital has opened an investigation into why a patient was discharged on a freezing night this week and left outside wearing only a thin medical gown, after a video of the incident posted on Facebook attracted wide attention.


The video taken by a bystander shows what appear to be security guards, one with a wheelchair, walking away from a woman at a bus stop outside the University of Maryland Medical Center midtown hospital on Tuesday.

The woman is dressed in a gown and socks with a hospital mask around her neck, and her belongings are packed in bags placed at the bus stop. The woman appears disoriented and does not speak, waving her hands and screaming when asked if she needs help.

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The bystander called an ambulance, which picked up the woman.

"We share the shock and disappointment of many who have viewed the video showing the discharge of a patient from the Emergency Department," the hospital said in a statement on Wednesday. "We are taking this matter very seriously, conducting a thorough review, and are evaluating the appropriate response, including the possibility of personnel action."

The hospital did not identify the woman, give her condition or say why she had been released.

The National Weather Service said the overnight temperature in Baltimore on Tuesday fell to the 20s Fahrenheit (minus 1 to minus 6 Celsius).

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Senate Panel To Hold Hearing On Sexual Abuse Of Olympic Athletes

The scandal prompted the entire board of directors at USA Gymnastics and the president and athletic director of Michigan State University to resign. It also spawned lawsuits and criminal and civil investigations.

(Reuters) — The U.S. Senate will hold a hearing next week into how the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and other sports organizations handled sexual misconduct allegations.

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Actors' Union Calls for End to Meetings in Private Hotel Rooms

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement posted on the union's website, "We are committed to addressing the scenario that has allowed predators to exploit performers behind closed doors under the guise of a professional meeting."

(Reuters) — The United States' largest actors' union on Thursday called for an end to auditions and professional meetings in private hotel rooms and residences to protect its members from "potential harassment or exploitation."

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Stephens Serves Up Tennis to Inner City Youth

"We have to go into communities that are underprivileged and under-served and introduce tennis to them," Stephens said.

(Reuters) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens on Thursday unveiled refurbished tennis courts at a school in impoverished Compton, Calif., the latest in an ongoing effort by the African American player to expand the reach of the sport to minorities.

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Why Jay-Z Told David Letterman Some Good Has Come from the Trump Presidency

Duo tackles effect of administration in an episode of Letterman's Netflix series.

Hip-hop icon and businessman Jay-Z sat down with former late night host David Letterman where he referred to the presidency as "actually a great thing."

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White Candidate for State House: ‘I’m a Member of the African American Community’

"I've eaten at many a fish fry held by my 'brothers' and 'sisters,' 'aunts' and 'uncles' in that community," Shipman said in his defense. "I was born a poor Black child," said Steve Martin in "The Jerk."

A Democrat hailing from North Carolina hoping to join the state House claims that he is a part of the African American community.

"I'm a member of the African American community," said Gary Shipman on Sunday. "I've been where you are. I've been in your communities."

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