Weekly Daily Brickbats Archive 2009 December 29-31

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Breathe Easy

A British coroner has ruled that gross failures and neglect led to Rosemary McFarlane's death at a Birmingham hospital. McFarlane went in for a routine bronchoscopy to check her lungs and was given a chemical at 10 times the recommended level, which burned her lungs. McFarlane died 10 days later. Coroner Aidan Cotter said it was difficult to imagine a more painful death.


Milwaukee police have cited a teacher at Congress Elementary School for disorderly conduct after she cut off one of the braids of seven-year-old Lamya Cammon. The teacher, who wasn't named in press reports, used a pair of scissors to cut off the braid after warning the girl to stop playing with her hair in class.

Let It Snow

Officials in some Wisconsin areas have found that new energy efficient traffic lights are a little too efficient. The new LED lights don't give off enough heat to melt snow, which leaves them covered after a snow storm. In turn, that has increased crashes at intersections. City crews now have to manually scrape off snow and ice.