The week that was for the week of Jan. 12-18


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911 emergency

A mixed-bag report by the American College of Emergency Physicians has Pennsylvania riding the middle of the pack in terms of emergency care. The report gives the state an overall grade of C+. The state scored an A grade for its level of quality and patient safety environment, earning a third-place ranking for the category. However, an F in medical liability environment and a C- for public health and injury prevention pulled the overall grade down. The state's overall ranking for supporting emergency care improved to sixth in the nation due to the strength of health care access and quality of care.

Safer workdays

In 2012, workplace fatalities in Pennsylvania dropped to the lowest levels since 1992 with 163 reported, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The year's overall death rate for workers of 2.7 per 100,000 workers was far below the national rate of 3.2 deaths for every 100,000. In the industrial sector, 35 people died, down from 62 the previous year.

Target for fraud

Shoppers caught up in the massive December security breach at Target have been pursued by Internet scammers hoping to cash in on their distress. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane warned of cyberattacks disguised as legitimate Target pages or emails. Ms. Kane cautioned people who have been compromised by the breach to seek help directly from the retailer or to contact her toll-free consumer protection line at 1-800-441-2555. At least 70 million people were affected by the security breach.

Fishing for a new home

Not ready to let go of the iconic electric goldfish that has advertised Wholey's Fish Market in the Strip District for 25 years, Jim Wholey said the sign may find a new home on or near the water. The president of Robert Wholey & Co. said the fish could be mounted on a barge or boat, or could find a home dangling from one of the city's bridges. "You'd be surprised how many people suggested it, whether it be on a boat or the 16th Street Bridge," he said. "If a duck is that important to Pittsburgh, think what a smiling fish could do."


Deborah M. Todd: dtodd@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1652.

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