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Digital Budget for Thursday, April 24, 2014


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^Afghan officer kills 3 U.S. doctors<


The shooting occurred at Cure International Hospital of Kabul, a 100-bed hospital that specializes in surgery and maternal and child health and treats 37,000 patients annually, the vast majority of them Afghans. The facility is run by Cure, a Christian medical charity that runs hospitals and health programs in 29 countries.

350 by Hashmat Baktash in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Shashank Bengali in Mumbai, India. MOVED


^Some generic drugs have had eye-popping price spikes<

GENERICDRUGS-BIZPLUS:FT _ Pharmacist Larry Cowan can flip through his records and spot the generic drugs that have taken big price jumps in the past year or so.

There's digoxin, a heart medicine that he used to buy for pennies a pill.

"Now the price is close to 10 times that," said Cowan, owner of Glenview Professional Pharmacy in Richland Hills, Texas.

There's doxycycline, a decades-old antibiotic that went on the Food and Drug Administration's shortage list in 2012 and became the poster child for generic price spikes. Cowan said a tablet of doxycycline went from about 6 cents in late 2012 to $3.65 in late 2013, about a 6,000 percent increase.

Another drug, captopril, a high blood pressure medication, went from 2 cents to 79 cents each in the same period, he said.

Factors behind the unusual price spikes, experts say, include a wave of industry mergers and decisions by some manufacturers to stop making certain drugs.

1100 (with trims) by Jim Fuquay. MOVED


^Faithful to brother's memory for decades, while grave marker goes missing<

FAM-MISSING-GRAVE:PH _ The last thing 73-year-old John DeVos wanted was to be thrown out of a graveyard. But he crouched onto his knees a week ago at Greenmount Cemetery, at the very patch of grass where he had watched them bury his 11-year-old brother in 1948. And with a screwdriver and small spade, he began to poke and dig.

A flat granite slab with the inscription "MICHEL DEVOS" had gone missing. And if anyone could swear it had been there, in that exact spot, for decades, it was younger brother John. Because for eight years, every Sunday after church, starting at age 7, John had walked a mile from home to Michel's grave and left flowers. His shattered mother had insisted on it.

For decades after, John had shepherded his parents to his brother's final resting place in North Philadelphia, each time squiring them to the marker of tragedy.

Last week, DeVos rooted around in the dirt, mildly obsessed. He had to find the grave. It was his familial duty.

1100 (with trim) by Maria Panaritis in Philadelphia. MOVED


^Upon further review, baseball's new replay system is praised despite sour reaction to ball transfer rule<


"We've had really very little controversy overall," commissioner Bud Selig said last week at the MLB Diversity Business Summit. "Everything in life will have a little glitch here and there when you do something new.

"Are our guys on top of that? You bet."

There could be adjustments soon. reported MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association are discussing clarifications to the transfer and home-plate standards.

The transfer call is the biggest of the glitches. It is reminiscent of 1988, when MLB ordered umpires to be more vigorous in calling balks, and the aborted move to more high strikes in the early 1990s. Bureaucracy has affected the balance of the game.

1050 by Gerry Fraley in Dallas. MOVED




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