Gary Cumberland

Gary Cumberland is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute’s mid-career class.

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FDA investigates endoscopes linked to "superbug" infections

Health
by Gary Cumberland
Posted 2/20/15, 03:10 pm

Seven patients have been infected with a drug-resistant “superbug” at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center since last fall. Two patients have died, and public health officials are tracking down an additional 200 who might have been exposed. 

Officials suspect a specialized endoscope, called a duodenoscope, is responsible for the infections. The instrument is used across the United States to open and drain small ducts that empty into the duodenum from the pancreas in patients with cancer or gallstones.

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Hannah Overton free after seven years in jail

Courts
by Gary Cumberland
Posted 12/17/14, 10:50 am

A Texas judge released Hannah Overton from jail yesterday morning, allowing the mother of five from Corpus Christi to hold her children for the first time in seven years.

Overton, 37, was convicted in 2007 of murdering her 4-year-old foster son by force-feeding him salt. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned her conviction in September 2014, but she must go back to court next year to try to convince another jury of her innocence.

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No clues in disappearance of Missouri pro-life leader's wife

Crime
by Gary Cumberland
Posted 12/05/14, 10:05 am

When Lynn Messer disappeared on July 8, was it foul play? The 52-year-old wife of Kerry Messer, a conservative lobbyist and president of the Missouri Family Network, vanished in the middle of the night from her home on a 120-acre farm in Bloomsdale, Mo. She left without her cell phone and other personal items.

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