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    I thought I read it was three patients who were given the high dose, not thirteen. At any rate, I really hope they will be okay.

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    Biggest Celebrity Meltdowns

    I found this list on Forbes; The Year's Biggest Celebrity Meltdowns. I had no problem guessing who was no. 1...

    The Year's Biggest Celebrity Meltdowns
    Forbes.com staff 11.15.07, 12:04 PM ET

    From Lindsay Lohan to Britney Spears, Hollywood teems with stars and their dust-ups. But today’s Tinseltown may not have more scandal, just more cameras.

    The reality is this: Hollywood has long been home to mishaps from drugs to marital affairs, but its stars never before faced the kind of media scrutiny they do today. With six celebrity weeklies, five national nightly entertainment shows and a blogosphere heavy on celebrity content, the roller coaster lives of the A-list have morphed into a can’t-miss soap opera for a massive audience.

    Harvey Levin, managing editor of Time Warner's (nyse: TWX - news - people ) entertainment news Web site, TMZ.com, says Hollywood is basically the same as it was 50 years ago when it comes to scandal. He says the difference between then and now is that before nobody was really paying attention.

    “For so long, people never got a glimpse of stars in real life,” he says of a media that largely steered clear of life outside of award shows and press junkets. “It looked as though these stars basically lived in limos and on red carpets, and it was almost unreal to see them outside of their perfectly manufactured pose or scene.”

    That’s hardly so anymore. In today’s celebrity media, stars are just as likely to be photographed at a gas station as they are the red carpet. And it’s this sort of access that enables their audience to follow celebrities’ lives as if they were neighbors. Says Sarah Ivens, editor in chief of OK! Magazine: "We now have that same kind of intimacy, or we think we do, with A-listers."

    The result: The wall between what is public and private is gone for today’s stars. According to veteran publicist Howard Bragman, who most recently mopped up the mess of Grey's Anatomy cast-off Isaiah Washington, celebrities must know and accept that the concept of privacy is not guaranteed anymore.

    But rather than fault the pesky paparazzi and the outlets that publish their work, Eric Dezenhall, a Washington, D.C.-based crisis management specialist and author of Damage Control, points a finger at the attention-seeking stars. The way he sees it, the paparazzi doesn't chase them, they chase the paparazzi.

    "You don't get the kind of coverage Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton get if you don't want it," he says of the tabloid fixtures whose past year include DUIs (Lohan) and a jail term (Hilton). "These antics are designed to get media attention."

    And no one got more attention in 2007 than Lohan, Hilton and Spears.

    A former Mouseketeer, Spears filled her year with heavy partying, questionable mothering and a slew of courtroom battles ( and head shaving, and a live meltdown on MTV and attacking the paparazzi, etc.). In spite of it all, the troubled starlet, who lost both her kids and much of her credibility, still churns out chart-topping tunes.

    Hilton violated the terms of her drunk-driving probation, and was sentenced to a 45-day jail term, later cut in half for good behavior. With much fanfare surrounding her entrance and exit, the celebutant served the sentence this past spring at a Los Angeles County jail. For her part, she claimed she was not aware her license had been suspended.

    After rising to stardom with lead roles in Freaky Friday and Mean Girls, struggling starlet Lohan now grabs more headlines for her hard partying ways than her box office performances. Her year included a couple of DUI charges and two stints in rehab. Still, she managed to remain working and will appear in 2008’s Dare to Love Me, a biopic about tango legend Carlos Gardel.

    For these and other stars, it’s not simply a matter of what they're doing--be it drinking, driving or doing drugs--but also where they’re doing it. Rather than move away from the flashbulbs of Los Angeles, they continue to turn up in and around Hollywood hot spots where their picture is bound to be snapped.

    The good news for the troubled set: Hollywood is a very forgiving place. With few exceptions, the media and its audience are willing to forgive and forget if a star offers an apology--and talent.

    Let disgraced stars of the past serve as proof: Eddie Murphy was once found with a transvestite prostitute; Winona Ryder was once caught shoplifting; and Russell Crowe was once charged with assault when he threw a phone at a hotel concierge.

    The way Ivens, a veteran of several U.K. publications, including Tatler, Daily Mail and the British OK!, sees it, America--unlike her native British audience--loves a comeback story. While British readers have more of a "build people up to knock them down" mentality and react better to a negative slant, she says cover stories with happy endings work best in the U.S. market.

    "They love to follow the soap opera,” she says of American readers, “but at the end of the day, they want a happy ending." How lucky for Lohan, Spears and their meltdown-tarred cohorts.
    The Year's Biggest Celebrity Meltdowns - Forbes.com

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    Re: Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    Quote Originally Posted by Margaritaville;2684449;
    While all of the above is true, my heart goes out to the nurse that made the error. In most professions you are allowed a mistake here or there - we are all human - however, this is a field where no mistake is an "oops, sorry - I'll fix it". Very sad, I hope for the sake of not only the families affected, but the health professionals involved that everyone is able to recover.
    While I'm sure she is hearsick over her error, there can really be no excuse for this. If you're going into this line of work, you need to be on your toes at all times. Even if the instructions given to her were in error, she needs to be informed enough to question a dosage that is so obviously wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bewty;2689192;
    While I'm sure she is hearsick over her error, there can really be no excuse for this. If you're going into this line of work, you need to be on your toes at all times. Even if the instructions given to her were in error, she needs to be informed enough to question a dosage that is so obviously wrong.
    I wish someone that works in a hospital would describe what working conditions are like nowadays and why mistakes get made.

    I feel for these kids and their parents, but unfortunately, we are willing to forgive mistakes in other fields but not in medicine. As long as there are humans working in hospitals and in medicine, there will be mistakes. It can never be perfect because humans are not perfect. Unfortunately this is an area where mistakes are often the most costly (in terms of life). Most doctors and nurses and other health care people do the best they can, but they have bad days too or they get distracted caring for multiple patients, etc.

    It's so easy to say that she should have known better or they should have had more supervision and double checking, but human error unfortunately occurs and its just that this profession tends to hear about it more because of what happens when mistakes are made.
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    You know, it could have been a brain fart, it could have been too much "good times" the night before, it could be stress in her personal life, it could have been too many work hours....it could have been attributed to any number of reasons. This was not a malicious act. There is no sense in dwelling over what "it could have been". It happened; fortunately, no one died this time. No one is asking themselves more questions than that nurse is now.

    I read that they are undertaking a massive retraining of all of their nurses, a prudent response to this error. Here's hoping everything is uphill from here. This is one mistake that this nurse will never make again.
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    Re: Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    OUCH!

    Hulk Hogan's Wife Seeks Divorce
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    Posted: 2007-11-24 13:22:51
    Filed Under: Celebrity Splitsville, TV News
    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Linda Hogan has filed for divorce from her wrestler husband Hulk Hogan, a newspaper reported Friday.

    Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, told the St. Petersburg Times that he had no idea his wife had filed for divorce. He was informed by a reporter that Pinellas County court records showed that the paperwork was submitted Tuesday.

    Linda Hogan filed for divorce from Hulk Hogan, born Terrence Gene Bollea, on Nov. 20. The legendary wrestler got the news from a reporter.
    "Thank you for the great information," he told the reporter.

    Family spokesman Adam Handelsman referred calls to another spokesman, who did not immediately respond Friday night.

    "My wife has been in California for about three weeks. ... Holy smokes," Bollea later told the newspaper. "Wow, you just knocked the bottom out of me."

    The couple star in the VH1 reality TV series "Hogan Knows Best," with their two children. Recent episodes show the normally close couple attending marital counseling, but they eventually reconcile.

    On Nov. 7, Hogan's son, 17-year-old Nick Bollea, was arrested on reckless-driving charges after a car crash. Clearwater police said Bollea crashed his 1998 Toyota Supra on Aug. 26 while street racing against a silver Dodge Viper driven by a friend. A report said Bollea was driving faster than 60 mph in a 40 mph zone.

    Bollea's passenger, John Graziano, was not wearing a seat belt and was critically injured. Bollea, who was wearing a seat belt, was not seriously injured.

    The Hogans moved to a $12 million bayfront estate on Miami Beach in 2006 so their children, Brooke and Nick, could pursue singing and acting careers. They had previously lived in Clearwater, near Tampa.

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    That's a serious OUCH! He had to find out from a reporter? Wow.

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    Man, that's harsh. You know, marriages don't work out, but be at least some sort of decent person and tell your spouse yourself, instead of letting them find out like that.
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    That just further shows how dysfunctional the Hogan family is. I don't feel any sympathy for anyone in that family.

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    Goes to show you that most of these 'reality' folks would be better off keeping their private lives private. This family (and their dirt) was existing under the radar and chugging along just fine. But throw in cameras, flashy cars, and 'suggested' plot lines and right away they start believing their own publicity in their swollen little heads and it goes to hell in a handbasket!
    Every bit of this show/story/family shown is sad.
    My most sincere condolences to all involved with this family.
    It is apparent that their real lives have never been shown on camera.

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