Archives for October 8, 2004

New JibJab cartoon out

This one is much less ‘up’ than the first, and is more of a political junkie’s hallucination. But, I’ll bet they have all the song rights squared away in advance. Heh.

via Code: the WebSocket

Friday Night Lights: Sleepless Review

Friday Night Lights (the movie) has its big theater opening tonight, but last night the good people of the Permian Basin got the Texas Premiere, and Mr. Jones of Sleepless in Midland went to watch. Here’s his review: Sleepless in Midland: “Friday Night Lights.” Saw it. Loved it!

The Last Picture Show meets Any Given Sunday.

Last night at least 900 people paid $100 each for a ticket to see the Texas premiere of Friday Night Lights in Odessa. And, it was a real premiere with limos, a red carpet, tv crews, stars, the director. The only thing missing was Joan Rivers.

Author H. G. “Buzz” Bissinger apparently never really understood the intoxicating effect winning can have. And, in his book he treated the people of Odessa as some sort of curiosity. Forget the book. The movie was the book Buzz Bissinger should have written. Anyone who has ever enjoyed a football game will enjoy this movie. And what a powerful movie it was!

His review is certianly less generic than that of the New York Times. Skip the Times, read the Sleepless review.

Ft. Worth O Closes?

Tonight, working at a friendly-competing hospital, we got word that the Fort Worth Osteopathic Hospital was ‘closed’. ED closings to EMS are commonplace here, so it’s no big deal, and I said so.

“No, I mean they closed the doors, and the EMS computer says they are closed to all traffic. Closed like they are out of business closed”. Woah. Our city’s teaching hospital closed.

I asked one of our nice rotating med students if she’d heard anything about it, and she said “Well, this explains the mandatory meetings this morning for the Residents and the Med Students”.

I have no idea what time will bring, but I really hope they make it back.

AP Wire | 10/08/2004 | Teaching hospital reportedly faced with sale or closure

Posted on Fri, Oct. 08, 2004

Teaching hospital reportedly faced with sale or closure

Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas – Tarrant County’s only private stand-alone general hospital is reportedly losing money and threatened with possible sale or closure.

Directors of the Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas, primary teaching facility for the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, were to consider an offer from one potential purchaser, an official familiar with the negotiations told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Friday’s editions.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said administrators have also been readying for a shutdown if an agreement cannot be reached.

The nonprofit hospital’s directors met Thursday night to determine its fate, said spokeswoman Janet Howe.

Update: Apparently, the med school (TCOM) will stay open, but their primary teaching facility will be closed.