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2008-10-07 09:00:33

By ERIC DEGGANS By Eric Deggans St. Petersburg Times WHEN FILM ACTRESS Angela Bassett was considering a substantial role on NBC's long-running medical drama, "ER," she particularly remembers one actor encouraging her to make the move: castmate Mekhi Phifer. So imagine Bassett's surprise when she arrived for her first day of work as County General Hospital's new chief, Dr. Catherine Banfield, only to see her colleagues in mourning, having just filmed the scene where Phifer's Dr. Pratt...

2008-10-06 21:00:31

By Rajiv Sharma Mumbai: There was high drama at the JJ Hospital campus on Friday night when a rabies patient escaped from the isolation ward. Staff members faced a tough time in tackling the situation . Hospital sources said that the patient was admitted earlier last week after being bitten by a rabid dog. "It is not known how the patient managed to get out of the ward, but some of us saw him jump from the open window onto the parapet and then to the ground floor," a senior doctor said....

2008-10-06 15:00:23

U.S. actress Anne Hathaway says she's glad people like her performance in "Rachel Getting Married," but thinks it's too early for Oscar talk. Hathaway's portrayal of a recovering drug addict who returns home and wreaks havoc on her sister's wedding has been generating awards-season buzz since the movie screened last month at the Toronto and Venice film festivals. "I don't wake up every morning and go, 'Buzz!' It's not like it's present, but when I do press people ask about it, so then I do...

2008-10-03 06:00:15

By Claudia Puig Rachel Getting Married is a bit of a misnomer. Though the story is structured around the marriage of Rachel, the movie is all about Kym, a neurotic recovering addict and prodigal daughter, played powerfully by Anne Hathaway. It is a humorous and moving family drama, interspersed with plenty of stark realism and a bit of artificiality. Kym comes home from rehab for the wedding of her sister Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt) and destabilizes the family dynamic, dredging up buried...

2008-09-24 21:00:21

By Chuck Barney In 1994, the year "ER" came racing down the hallway and bursting onto our television screens, Hillary Clinton was the first lady. Gas sold for just over a dollar a gallon. No one had an iPod wired to their ears. And George Clooney had yet to sprout that very weird beard. The times indeed have changed. And perhaps no other mega-hit show has ever weathered change as well as "ER," which launches its 15th and final season on NBC tonight. One by one they departed Chicago's...

2008-09-24 00:00:19

By TIM WALKER Hit & Run... Prepare yourselves for what could be the greatest comeback in television history. Forget Lazarus-like Dirty Den, or Bobby Ewing - or even Harold from Neighbours. The producers of ER have claimed that they are "optimistic" about persuading George Clooney's character, Dr Doug Ross, to hop on a plane from Seattle, where he and Hathaway having been building boats and raising their kids (now in third grade) ever since season six. ER, set to return for its 15th...

2008-09-22 09:00:58

By Jeanne Phillips Dear Abby: I work in a doctor's office where some of our elderly patients are dropped off by a transportation company. These patients often have no one with them or meeting them in the office. If the person is coherent, it's not a problem. But when the patient isn't, then he or she is unable to fill out the forms or give us insurance information. Sometimes the people may not even know why they are in our office. Of course, this means they are unable to discuss their...

2008-09-10 00:00:25

By Emily Henry It doesn't take an advanced degree to figure out that many Americans have better access to TV than to health care. But a team of four M.D.s is trying to make the most of the troubling situation. A new show from the producers of "Dr. Phil," premiering this morning on KCAL, aims to help solve the health mysteries plaguing the minds of America through the powerful medium of daytime television. "The Doctors" features four of Dr. Phil's medical experts -- an ER physician, an...

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2008-09-05 07:00:00

By GREG HERNANDEZ This sounds like a dream come true for any television show: Angela Bassett is checking into NBC's "ER" this fall for what is expected to be the long-running medical drama's last season. Angela, the Oscar-nominated star of "What's Love Got to Do with It" and such films as "Waiting to Exhale,""How Stella Got Her Groove Back,""Strange Days," and this year's "Meet the Browns," had two good reasons for accepting her first regular series gig: son Slater Josiah and daughter...

2008-08-28 06:01:09

By SHAN ROSS A GP who gave sleeping pills to a suicidal patient will be allowed to retain his practice, health officials ruled last night. But Dr Iain Kerr, 61, was suspended from practising medicine for six months after prescribing the tablets to a retired businesswoman considering suicide. The doctor was found guilty of misconduct following a hearing by the General Medical Council (GMC) last month and faced having the contract for his Glasgow practice terminated. NHS Greater...


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  • A spider.
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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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