Surgeries put on hold after vacuum pump catches fire; Thomas Jefferson backed government-run healthcare;

> After a vacuum pump overheated and burst into flames in a sub-basement of St Luke's Boise Medical Center, all surgeries were put on hold, KTVB reports. The pump connects to suction tubes used in the main OR and emergency room. Article

> The average medical cost for treating a gunshot victim was $49,000 in 2007, Fox News reports. Article

> Detroit Medical Center's Sinai-Grace Hospital laid off about 20 workers, the Detroit News reports. The layoff occurred a few weeks after DMC merged with the for-profit Vanguard Health Systems. Article

> President Thomas Jefferson, whom the Tea Party has deified, endorsed government-run healthcare, according to a Washington Post blog post on The Plum Line. Post

> Alabama earned straight "Fs" in an anti-tobacco report released last week by the American Lung Association, the Birmingham News reports. Article

And Finally... Hope she likes the ring tone. Article

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