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N.Y. snow melts as it fell: quickly

By TIMES WIRES
Published October 15, 2006


BUFFALO, N.Y. - A flood watch was posted Saturday as temperatures reached the 40s and the region's record snowfall melted, but some 350,000 homes and businesses still had no electricity.

More than a day after nearly 2 feet of snow buried western New York, travel bans were lifted Saturday, the airport was open, stores reopened and the evening's Buffalo Sabres hockey game was on.

However, National Grid still had more than 229,000 customers without power at noon Saturday and New York State Electric & Gas reported 120,800 customers still in the dark.

"This is going to be the worst (outage) we ever had in western New York," said National Grid spokesman Steve Brady.

Buffalo's two snowiest October days on record claimed three lives, two in traffic accidents and one person killed by a falling tree limb while shoveling snow.

Indiana hospital makes another dosage mistake

INDIANAPOLIS - A hospital that gave lethal doses of a drug to three premature babies has made another medication mistake, giving a new mother a painkiller 10 times faster than intended and making her temporarily unable to walk.

Amber Baise, 18, of Indianapolis, who received the painkiller during childbirth, has regained some movement in her legs as she recovers from what Methodist Hospital on Friday called a doctor's mistake.

Baise delivered a healthy girl.

The doctor who made the error works for an anesthesia practice that contracts with Methodist. The doctor has decades of experience and a good record, said Bill Stephan, a spokesman for Clarian Health Partners, which operates Methodist and Indiana University's hospitals. He did not release the doctor's name.

133 protesters arrested at university for the deaf

WASHINGTON - Police arrested 133 protesting students Friday night at the nation's only liberal arts university for the deaf and hearing-impaired, a Washington police spokeswoman said.

Gallaudet University had been virtually shut down since Wednesday, when students formed human chains at the gates into campus as they demanded the resignation of Jane K. Fernandes, who was appointed in the spring to succeed outgoing president I. King Jordan in January. Students continued to block the main gate Saturday.

Those opposed to Fernandes' presidency say she isn't open to different points of view and that the selection process did not reflect the student body's diversity. Fernandes, however, has said some people do not consider her "deaf enough." She was born deaf but grew up speaking.

[Last modified October 15, 2006, 01:57:50]


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