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  • To many of us, every day is pepperoni pizza day, but on the calendar of official “food days,” Wednesday is National Pepperoni Pizza Day. With pepperoni as the most ordered topping on pizza, you are going to want to celebrate, right? Who wouldn’t? Here are some some National Pepperoni Day (and other day) deals. Chuck E. Cheese: Chuck E. is offering a crispy pepperoni pizza Wednesday and Thursday when you buy any large regularly-priced pizza. Use coupon code #5485. >> Read more trending news Domino’s: You can get a free pepperoni (or any kind) in a buy one/get one deal. The BOGO is good through Sept. 24. Marco’s Pizza: Get an extra-large, 1-topping pizza for $8.99. Papa John’s: Get a free large 1-topping pizza when you buy any pizza using Visa Checkout. Order the pizza online, then you will get an email with a code for the free pizza. Papa Murphy’s: Get a large pepperoni pizza for $6 when you donate $4.25 or more to the Children’s Miracle Hospitals. Order online. Pizza Hut: Get a large pepperoni pizza for $1 when you buy a large pizza at menu price online. Use the code: PEPPEREONI1 at checkout.
  • A massive magnitude-7.1 earthquake in Mexico City has killed more than 200 people as of Wednesday morning. >> Read more trending news Volunteer rescue workers, along with officials and other ordinary citizens, dug through the debris of collapsed buildings, including a three-story primary and secondary school, where they found students dead after Tuesday’s quake. “We can hear small noises, but we don’t know if they’re coming from above or below, from the walls above (crumbling), or someone below calling for help,” volunteer rescue worker Dr. Pedro Serrano told the Associated Press. >> Related: Buildings damaged following large earthquake in Mexico City Tuesday’s earthquake is the deadliest in Mexico since the 1985 quake, which took place on the same date and left thousands dead. It is also the second devastating earthquake to hit the region in less than two weeks. A week and a half ago, a magnitude-8.1 quake killed about 90 people. Here’s how to help Mexico and those affected by the earthquake: 1. Donate clothes, water and food If you’re nearby the tragedy, donate canned goods to relief or collection centers listed here at Elfinanciero.com. You can also donate goods to nonprofits on the ground, including UNICEF Mexico, Red Cross Mexico, Save the Children Mexico, Oxfam Mexico, La Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico or Project Paz. 2. Make a monetary donation Consider donating to those nonprofits listed above (UNICEF Mexico, Red Cross Mexico, Save the Children Mexico, Oxfam Mexico, La Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico or Project Paz). Topos Mexico, a Mexican rescue brigade, is also accepting PayPal donations.  3. Use social media to spread awareness A simple retweet could get the right person where they need to be or the right information where it needs to go. While you’re on social media, consider retweeting aid accounts or locals to connect them to the appropriate resources. For example, Topos Mexico has been sharing lists of areas where they need professional medical care. Locals are also tweeting photos of areas where help is needed. Here, someone calls for help on Twitter for a collapsed building in Coquimbo, where many were trapped. Some have even tweeted about open hospitals and where victims can receive free treatment, such as the emergency room at Hospital Ángeles Pedregal below. There is also a Google spreadsheet of rescued individuals that’s being shared on social media.  4. If you’re around, volunteer Mexico City officials have put together a volunteer coordination site, asking those interested to head to the Emergency Rescue Squad (ERUM) building in Chimalpopoca. But officials warn volunteers to stick to their nearest disaster zones and avoid entering other zones.
  • Mayor Curry joined a clean up crew from the city’s public works department to join in on the clean up efforts going on around Jacksonville. Its part of the mayor’s plan to clean up quickly and efficiently following Hurricane Irma.  “I want the people of Jacksonville to know, we have an aggressive plan to get this city cleaned up.” Mayor Curry says. The Mayor says the city has already supplied 38 trucks to start getting the bigger storm debris out from your neighborhoods. He says it will take about 45 days for the first pass of the bigger items to take place and then another 15 days for a second pass.   “So 60 days of aggressive moving.” The Mayor says.  The city has supplied its own tips for storm clean up in Jacksonville. Regularly scheduled yard waste pick up will be limited to yard trash in bags and containers. The Five-cubic yard rule is still in effect.  Loose debris will be picked up by storm recovery crews and there is no volume limit. You should leave the debris loose and plied up by the curb even the stuff you would normally put in a container. Storm debris such as leaves, tree branches, and limbs should be separated from construction and demolition debris. The city says failure to do so may prevent workers from collecting your trash.  Make sure you place your yard trash at least 3 feet away from utility boxes, power poles, mailboxes, and any other obstacles that could prevent pick up.  Its prohibited to burn yard trash in the City of Jacksonville because it violates the city’s year round burn ban. The city says if you see this you can call 630-CITY or go to 630city.coj.net to report it.  “We know you want your neighborhoods cleaned up, these guys [public works employees] are working hard doing their jobs everyday” Mayor Curry says. 
  • After social media posts surface showing Naval Hospital Jacksonville staff members inappropriately handling newborns, the Navy Surgeon General is taking action. WOKV first told you about the social media posts yesterday- in one, a staff member appears to make a baby dance to rap music. In another, an employee is flipping off a newborn, saying it’s how she feels about “these mini Satans”. Naval Hospital Jacksonville posted on their Facebook page on behalf of their Commanding Officer, saying the posts were “outrageous, unacceptable, incredibly unprofessional, and cannot be tolerated”. At that time, they also confirmed the staff members involved had been removed from patient care and could face legal and military consequences.  Now, Navy Surgeon General Vice Admiral Forrest Faison has sent a message to Navy Medicine commanders worldwide, directing “immediate mandatory all-hands stand downs” at all commands, in order to review the oaths, pledges, and reasons for serving in Navy Medicine. There will also be a review of policy regarding use of personal phones and recording devices, and in the meantime person cell phones have now been prohibited in patient care areas.  “In an age where information can be shared instantly, what we say and post online must reflect the highest standards of character and conduct, in both our personal and professional lives. As health care professionals, we are entrusted with the lives and well-being of all those who have volunteered to defend our freedom, including their families. We owe them the best care and compassion our nation can offer. We owe them our unqualified respect,” says Faison’s statement.  Faison calls the social media posts “highly offensive”, saying it’s inconsistent with Navy Medicine’s core values and medical ethics.  “At every level of the enterprise, we must send a clear message that Navy and Navy Medicine leadership take every allegation of offensive and unacceptable online conduct seriously and will hold responsible individuals accountable for their actions,” the statement says.  All commanding officers have now also been instructed to ensure there are no additional patient photos on social media and to personally contact mothers and expectant mothers planning to deliver at one of their facilities to address any concerns.  Faison further commended those who brought forward the social media posts, instead of staying silent.  “This is what I expect of every member of the Navy Medicine team- from the deck plate to our senior leaders. Honor, service, caring and compassion- that is what the Navy Medicine team represents. Because of that, American families rest well at night knowing we have the watch and are committed to the best care for their loved ones. We cannot compromise the trust that has been placed in our hands. Our Sailors, Marines and their families deserve our best,” he says.  The two staff members involved have not been identified at this time, but Naval Hospital Jacksonville says they are not nurses.
  • Operators of a Florida nursing home where eight seniors died last week called Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s cell phone four times after Hurricane Irma knocked out the facility’s air conditioning, Scott’s office confirmed Tuesday — but the governor’s office said managers never indicated patients were in danger or needed to be evacuated. >> Read more trending news Every call from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills to Scott’s phone was returned by a state official, said the governor’s office, which said nursing home managers were “advised by the state multiple times to call 911 if they had any reason to believe that any lives were in danger – something they failed to do.” Scott’s office late Tuesday released 159 pages of phone logs, emails and other records related to the state’s interaction with the facility, which is under criminal investigation for the deaths. A ninth victim died Monday, the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office reported. The nursing home has blamed state officials and Florida Power & Light for the deaths and released its own timeline last week of calls to FP&L and state agencies. FP&L last week released a statement, saying it is “limited in what we can say” because of the investigation but adding that “there was a hospital with power across the parking lot from this facility and that the nursing home was required to have a permanently installed, operational generator…we urge our customers who have electricity dependent medical needs, and who don’t have power to call 911, if it is a life-threatening situation.” >> Related: Owner of nursing home where 8 died linked to Medicare fraud case With Republican Scott expected to challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson next year, Democrats have intensified efforts to link the governor to the nursing home deaths. Nelson, in a Senate floor speech Monday, mentioned the nursing home deaths and “all the phone calls that had been made that were not answered, both to the government as well as to the power company.” The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Tuesday accused Scott of a “failure to respond” to requests for help from the nursing home’s administrators. Scott is pushing back hard against his critics. “No amount of finger pointing by the Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Facility and Larkin Community Hospital Behavioral Health Services will hide the fact that this healthcare facility failed to do their basic duty to protect life,” Scott said in a statement released Tuesday night. “This facility is failing to take responsibility for the fact that they delayed calling 911 and made the decision to not evacuate their patients to one of the largest hospitals in Florida, which is directly across the street.” Scott’s office said the governor gave a personal cell phone number before the hurricane to “mayors, sheriffs, police chiefs, county and city officials, nursing homes, ALFs and fuel and utility providers.” After Irma passed through Broward County on Sunday, Sept. 10, and knocked out the nursing home’s air conditioning, an aide to the governor retrieved a voice mail message at 7:35 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11 from Natasha Anderson, the CEO of Larkin Community Hospital Behavioral Health Services, which is associated with the nursing home. The call was returned about about 9:50 p.m. by Department of Health Chief of Staff Alexis Lambert, the governor’s office said. “Chief Lambert advised Anderson to call 911 if there was any reason to believe that the health or safety of patients was at risk. The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills reported issues involving air conditioning but did not, at any time during the call, report or indicate that conditions had become dangerous or that the health and safety of their patients was at risk,” Scott’s office said. According to the nursing home’s timeline, on Monday night “the building was still cool and the spot coolers were in place maintaining required temperatures.” >> Related: After Irma: Sixty-four Florida nursing homes still without power The next day, Sept. 12, callers from the Rehabilitation Center left two voice mail messages on Scott’s cell phone that were retrieved at 10:25 a.m. Another voice mail was retrieved at 12:50 p.m., according to the governor’s office timeline. According to the nursing home’s timeline, it received additional spot coolers from Memorial Regional Hospital at 3:15 p.m. on Sept. 12. An Agency for Health Care Administration official returned one call to nursing home administrator Jorge Carballo at 4:17 p.m., the governor’s office said. Another AHCA official called Anderson at 4:41 p.m. Both Carballo and Anderson said the nursing home’s “chiller” wasn’t working but that spot coolers and fans were in place, according to the governor’s office, which said neither nursing home official indicated patients were in danger. About nine hours later, at 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 13, the nursing home says the first victim experienced an elevated heart rate and was taken to the hospital.

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