Army Staff Sgt. Darrell Griffin Jr. was killed in March 2007 in Iraq by a sniper.
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Darrell Griffin Sr. visits his son grave twice a month. The ritual is always the same: He lights two sticks of his son's favorite incense and adds a fresh bouquet of sunflowers.
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After his son died, Griffin traveled to Baghdad and then by Black Hawk helicopter to Camp Striker where his son's unit was located.
It's been more than four years since Army Staff Sgt. Darrell Griffin Jr. was killed while serving in Iraq. When he died, he had been collaborating with his father on a book about the war.
Standing next to his son's grave, Darrell Griffin Sr. translates the abbreviated carvings of the headstone. Etched in the white marble, they remind you of an ancient language. First are the letters B-S-M-V.
"What that stands for is bronze star metal with valor," he says. "And PH is Purple Heart, KIA is killed in action."
On this week's podcast we chat about results from a national survey that found more than two-thirds of U.S. doctors say they've seen other physicians' behavior disrupt patient care or collegial relationships at least once a month. More than 1 in 10 say they see it every day.
Hand washing at California's Pacific Hospital, especially in the ICU, is now so routine that nurses complain their hands are chapped.
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Posters of a Pacific Hospital doctor remind staff about keeping themselves, their patients, and their hospitals clean.
What's worse: Losing face or losing money?
Under laws in more than two dozen states and new Medicare rules that went into effect earlier this year, hospitals are required to report infections — risking their reputations as sterile sanctuaries — or pay a penalty. That's left hospital administrators weighing the cost of 'fessing up against the cost of fines.
Robert Joss has his tickets ready for this year's Indy 500 — as he has every year since Harry Truman was president.
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Robert Joss was introduced to the Indy 500 by his Uncle Floyd back in 1947. Last year, his companion was his grandson (above), accompanied by the traditional turkey leg.
The Indianapolis 500, billed as the "greatest spectacle in racing," celebrates its 100th birthday on Sunday.
It's also a big day for Robert Joss. The 82-year-old has attended every Indy 500 since 1947.
Joss, who lives in Indianapolis, got his first ticket from his Uncle Floyd back when Harry Truman was president. Fresh out of Howe Military School, Joss says, he wasn't particularly fresh that first race day.
Marijuana buds for sale at the Sunset Junction medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, Calif.
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A client enters Sunset Junction medical marijuana dispensary on May 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
From California to Arizona, Colorado to Maine, states across the country are legalizing the sale of medical marijuana. Recent warnings from U.S. attorneys, however, are making local governments rethink their plans.
Seth Bock stands in what's supposed to be one of Rhode Island's first medical marijuana stores. His group was going to install grow lights and a ventilation system this week, but not anymore.
"We can't really invest any money into the carpentry and the building process until we know that this will go on," he says.