Sunday, November 19, 2006

Mark Foley gives eulogy at father's funeral

ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. --Former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley sobbed Saturday as he delivered a eulogy at his father's grave, alluding to his resignation from Congress amid a sex scandal as disheartening to his dad. "I disappointed him so much," said Foley, surrounded by about 50 friends and family. "But he was so good of a man." Edward Foley, a longtime educator, died Tuesday of complications from cancer. He was 85.

Drug used on troops carries risk of deadly clots

BALTIMORE -- A blood-coagulating drug is being used on critically wounded U.S. troops in Iraq despite evidence it can cause clots that lead to strokes, heart attacks and death in other patients, The (Baltimore) Sun reported for today's editions. Recombinant Activated Factor VII, which is made by Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, is approved in the United States for treating forms of hemophilia. The Food and Drug Administration said in a warning last December that giving Factor VII to patients who don't have the blood disorder could cause strokes and heart attacks. However, the Army medical command considers it a medical breakthrough that gives front-line physicians a way to control deadly bleeding. Physicians in Iraq have injected it into more than 1,000 patients, reported The Sun, which makes its first Sunday edition available Saturday afternoon.

Naval Academy admits delay in drug tests

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Naval Academy officials waited more than two months to give urine tests to five football players who acknowledged early last year that they had used steroids, a disclosure prompting lawmakers to call for a congressional probe into the matter, The Sun reported Saturday. Experts told the newspaper that the delay acknowledged Friday by academy officials would have allowed any trace of the banned drugs to disappear.

Fired Va. man accused of fatal workplace shooting

MILFORD, Va. -- A man fatally shot his former boss at a maintenance shop behind a primary school a day after he was fired, the sheriff's office said Friday. Thomas E. Monroe, 66, argued with former boss David Ganoe, 51, before shooting him several times, the Caroline County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Ganoe was pronounced dead at the scene. Monroe assaulted another person during the incident, which ended in Monroe's surrender, the sheriff's office said. Monroe is charged with first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm while on school grounds and assault and battery. He was being held in jail without bail.

-- From wire reports

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