Dallas hospital apology: The Texas hospital where an Ebola patient died and two nurses became infected is apologizing for mistakes made when first confronted with the deadly virus. Dr. Daniel Varga said the hospital mishandled the case of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who was originally sent home from Texas Presbyterian Health Dallas hospital even after he had a fever and said he was from Liberia. “We did not correctly diagnose his symptoms as those of Ebola. We are deeply sorry.” Days after Duncan returned to the hospital, he died from the virus. One of the Texas nurses is being treated in Dallas, the other in Atlanta.
2. MEGACHURCH PASTOR RESIGNS
Leaving his flock: Mark Driscoll is out as pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. The megachurch has 15 satellite locations around the area and a couple of universities. Driscoll’s resignation came as a surprise, according to the church board. In a statement, Mars Hills’ board of overseers said Driscoll hadn’t committed any acts of “immorality, illegality or heresy” – sins that have taken down many a powerful pastor. Instead, the board said, Driscoll was guilty of “arrogance, responding to conflict with a quick temper and harsh speech, and leading the staff and elders in a domineering manner,” prompting some church leaders to flee the congregation.
3. OSCAR HOST
Hitting the trifecta: Neil Patrick Harris will host the Academy Awards in February. The revelation came in a video he blasted across social media yesterday (see it below). These awards shows are becoming old hat for NPH. He’s already hosted the Tonys four times and Emmys twice to rave reviews. The Academy Awards will air February 22.
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