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Gifford, Morse, and White on Newsmakers

The effort to curb medical malpractice liability in Rhode Island -- a cause backed by Governor Carcieri -- certainly wasn't helped by revelations this week about the latest wrong-site medical error at Rhode Island Hospital. According to our federal government, in fact, medical errors kill more than 40,000 people a year. Dr. David Gifford, director of the state Department of Health, appears on WNAC/WPRI-TV's Newsmakers to discuss the Rhode Island Hospital case and other health issues.

Also joining the show are Lieutenant Michael Morse, firefighter, author, and blogger extraordinaire, and Channel 12 investigative reporter Tim White, who discuss the problem of non-emergency calls to 911. Newsmakers is broadcast Sunday, at 5:30 am on Channel 12 and at 10 am on Fox Providence.

Morse, whose book, Rescuing Providence, recently hit the shelves, also talks about the arson problem posed by the foreclosure crisis. According to White, four Providence firefighters were recently injured while battling suspicous fires at troubled properties on Veazie Street.

Speaking of White, he had a good piece this week about the high-rated football team at St. Raphael's in Pawtucket, the alma mater of Mayor James Doyle and some other local and statwide pols, is getting preference for a public field in the city. A girl's soccer team from a public school has been edged out:

This fight has come up before, and now some public school parents are looking to file a lawsuit against the city of Pawtucket. They are saying putting a private school over the rights of a public school is a violation of basic consitutional rights.

St. Raphael's football team could very well be, the best in the state this year. So far, undefeated they could credit their success to practice. Practice on the city owned Dennis O'Brien field.

Public school parent Maggie Rogers says the girls soccer team at nearby public Jenks Middle School was told by the city they can't play there because St. Rays football practices on the field.

O'Brien field was renovated with tax money and is maintained by the city's Public Works department.

Head of the parks department, William Mulholland, wouldn't go on camera, but says St. Ray's does not pay for the field. But after decades of use, their permit is "grandfathered" in.

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