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Doctor Recovers From Ebola, Leaves NYC Hospital

by Associated Press, Colleen Long, Jennifer Peltz
Bellevue Hospital

Jim.henderson, wikimedia

An emergency room physician who has recovered from Ebola said Tuesday as he left the hospital that he was living proof that early detection and isolation can stop the spread of the deadly virus, and he called for a better focus at the center of the outbreak in West Africa.

Probe Finds Poor Security at New York City's Rikers Island

by Associated Press
Rikers Island

satanslaundromat, Flickr 

Water bottles filled with vodka that go uninspected. Lunch boxes packed with drugs allowed to bypass X-ray machines. Razor blades and other objects waved on through, even when they set off metal detectors.

   Gaping security holes at the city's Rikers Island jail allowed guards and other staffers to easily smuggle in all manner of contraband - including heroin, marijuana, booze and weapons - to the inmates they are supposed to be watching, city investigators found.

Morning Brief: October 31

by Kris Venezia
Candy House.

Moyan Brenn, Flickr

Halloween gives everyone an excuse to enjoy some delicious candy and dress up in fun costumes. While New York City may not offer some of the traditional trick-or-treating that suburbs do, there are still great places to go to take the kids for candy. [AM NY]

Weather 

Today, partly cloudy with a high of 58, and tonight, cloudy with a chance of rain late, low of 49. [Full Forecast]

New York Program Will Support Ebola Medical Volunteers

by Associated Press
Ebola Medical Staff.

Army Medicine, Flickr 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan Thursday to encourage health care professionals to travel to West Africa to treat Ebola patients by guaranteeing that they won't lose their jobs or benefits while they are overseas.

   De Blasio said it's incumbent on New York to play "a lead role in recruiting and supporting medical professionals" because the city and state are home to so many top-rated hospitals and medical schools.

   The initiative is modeled on benefits provided to military reservists.

Ebola Case in NYC Brings Demand for Quarantines

by Associated Press, Marilynn Marchione, Mike Stobbe
Ebola Ward

Ebola ward in Nigeria, CDC/flickr

The case of the U.S. doctor stricken with Ebola left lawmakers on Capitol Hill, scientists and ordinary New Yorkers wondering why he was out on the town after his return from West Africa - and why stronger steps aren't being taken to quarantine medical workers.

In NYC Ebola Plan, a Campaign to Tamper Down Panic

by Associated Press
NYC skyline.

Chris Isherwood, Flickr 

Deserted subways and buses. Kids being kept home from school. Harassment of West African immigrants.

   These are some of the scenarios New York City officials are trying to anticipate as they seek to tamp down the hysteria as well as the virus in the event Ebola hits the nation's most populous, densely packed metropolis.

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