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Ball State students and members of the local community have brought vintage style into their lives.

Long mirror? Check. Phone? Check. Outfit of the day? Check. Everything was ready to go. 

Patrick Phillips posed in front of the mirror, snapped a photo and uploaded the day’s “fit check” with its signature swirl and star emojis to their social media. These emojis are Phillips’ favorites. They said that the swirl reminds them of the ’80s and ’90s, and the star is a representation of aesthetics and good fortune.

They first started posting “fit checks” for personal enjoyment, saying they like to show people what they’re wearing, but Phillips also wants to encourage others to embrace being different and express themselves. 

“I like helping people and motivating people,” Phillips said. “I remember one time I was in North [Dining], and somebody came up to me and was like, ‘Yo, look at this shirt. You’re the reason why I’m wearing this. You gave me the confidence to wear this shirt.’ And I felt really good. I’m like, ‘That’s what my intentions are. I want you to feel comfortable being yourself.’”

Phillips, a second-year fashion major, first got into vintage fashion back in their senior year of high school after dressing up for Throwback Thursday with their friend in ’80s outfits.

“I remember that day, I looked in the mirror, and I was like, ‘I’m really digging this style,’” Phillips said.


Second year fashion major Patrick Phillips, poses wearing vintage baggy jeans with an 80s era Mickey Mouse crewneck for a photo Nov. 27 at Park Hall. Andrew Berger, DN

Beginning to wear vintage clothing was a gradual process for them, and it wasn’t until the COVID-19 pandemic hit that they began to do a lot of research on the style. After that, Phillips began wearing ’80s and ’90s outfits all the time, thrifting the majority of their clothes.


Here’s what happens when a for-profit company takes over your local ER | Clayton Dalton

Earlier this year, I stood outside the hospital in New Mexico where I worked as an emergency physician. I was, for the first time, picketing. The next day I would be fired, another first. At least I wasn’t the only one – all of my colleagues would also be terminated.

Why would a hospital fire an entire department of doctors?

The hospital, it turns out, had decided to outsource us.

The emergency room at the hospital, Presbyterian Santa Fe medical center, would be taken over by a company called Sound Physicians. Sound is a contract management group, or CMG. It’s a for-profit corporation, owned in part by a private equity firm.

Private equity-backed CMGs now operate a quarter of all ERs in the US. The rise of the CMG reflects growing private equity investment in healthcare generally, up more than 20-fold since 2000.

The pitch is that CMGs can bring business savvy and financial resources to a struggling clinic or department. They argue that this is exactly what American healthcare needs: seasoned investors bringing an infusion of capital and business acumen.

Last fall, a local newspaper published a story about Presbyterian’s plan. An administrator stated that Sound was brought in to “consistently provide physician coverage” so that the “community has access to care when they need it most”.

“I literally laughed when I read that,” John Wagner told me. Wagner has worked in private equity and investment banking for over 20 years. I reached out to him after he published a letter in the Santa Fe New Mexican criticizing the privatization.

Private equity investors often expect a several hundred per cent return on their investment, Wagner explained in his letter. “Where do you think those earnings come from, tip jars?” he wrote. “Nope. They’re extracted from overextended doctors,

With thousands of N.W.T. evacuees in Alberta, local experts fear impact of toxic drug crisis

A small group of health-care workers in Alberta is working to inform wildfire evacuees from the Northwest Territories about where to access common medications for opioid-use disorder in Calgary and Edmonton.

Missing even a day of medications causes withdrawal symptoms, while several days without increases the risk of relapsing for otherwise stable patients — which means more people at risk of dying from the toxic street drug supply, says Dr. Kate Colizza, an addiction medicine and internal medicine physician in Calgary.

“It’s not the type of medication where a lot of people can plan ahead or have extras available,” said Colizza, who created fliers listing opioid agonist therapy (OAT) clinics and programs in the two cities.

“The issue with a lot of these medications — like Suboxone, methadone, Kadian — is that … you have to go to the pharmacy every day to pick up and take your medication.”

Thousands of people have fled Yellowknife and surrounding First Nations since last week, filling evacuation centres in Calgary, Edmonton, and surrounding areas. In the middle of a toxic drug crisis that killed at least 7,328 people across Canada last year, experts and advocates fear displacement due to wildfires could lead to more toxic drug poisonings and deaths. 

Colizza and her colleagues began putting together information for the fliers as soon as they heard evacuees would be arriving in Alberta. The goal is to make it easier for people to access care when they do not have an Alberta health plan and physicians cannot access their health records. 

After she shared the information on social media, Colizza said advocates on the ground started printing out the fliers and distributing them at evacuee reception centres. 

Petra Schulz, co-founder of Moms Stop the Harm, said the

Adriana LaGrange: Local decision-making key to reforming Alberta’s health care

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Last week, I received my mandate letter from Premier Danielle Smith. It is clear we have work to do in our health-care system, but I truly believe by working with our frontline health-care professionals and providers we will be able to solve many of these extremely complex problems.

The past few years have highlighted the pressures faced by health professionals in delivering care to Albertans. Over the last several years, Alberta’s government undertook significant engagement in order to fully understand these pressures as well as possible solutions.

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Some local hospital ER closures ‘likely’ this summer in Grey-Bruce

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Temporary emergency department closures are “likely in the coming months” due to hospital staff shortages in Grey-Bruce, a joint statement from the three area hospital corporations said.

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“Local hospital CEOs and leadership are working together to ensure an emergency department will be open and available within a reasonable distance at all times,” the statement said.

“Temporary service reductions are being discussed as a last resort. Unfortunately, it is expected that contingency plans will need to be put in place where staffing shortages make it unsafe to keep the doors open.”

Potentially affected hospitals are within Grey Bruce Health Services, which has sites in Lion’s Head, Wiarton, Southampton, Owen Sound, Meaford and Markdale; Hanover & District Hospital; and South Bruce Grey Health Centre sites in Durham, Chesley, where the emergency department already closes at night, Walkerton and Kincardine.

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“Though currently there are no imminent concerns, GBHS has proactively taken the necessary steps to plan for these likely closures,” the regional hospital corporation said in a separate statement in lieu of an interview Friday.

Hanover hospital’s president and CEO, Dana Howes, said her hospital hasn’t had to close its emergency department yet and “in the current state, we are in a good position to be able to do that throughout the summer,” though staffing is “precarious.”

She said the joint statement was issued to show that local hospital leaders are working together

Local Fashion Icons Comrags Are Selling Own Vintage Pieces

There is a timeless quality to Comrags clothing.

The Toronto label designed by Joyce Gunhouse and Judy Cornish will celebrate its 40th anniversary this summer, and ahead of it, they’re launching Comrags: Encore, a curated collection of their own vintage designs from the past four decades. They’re onto something: This week, Tom Ford revealed his fall collection, his final one for the label, which consisted entirely of archival looks.

The pieces are pulled from the Comrags designers’ personal archives, as well as from longtime customers who brought in items from their closets and received a gift certificate in return. We’ll be able to shop the best of the label’s past alongside the current spring/summer collection—some 400 pieces ranging from $30 to $150—at their Dundas Street West boutique as of this Sunday, April 30, and online shortly after. 

“I’ve always been a secondhand and vintage shopper, a scavenger at heart,” says Cornish, who describes early shopping adventures with Gunhouse to scour the thrift shops and fabric stores of Hamilton. “I’m attracted to the randomness of what can be found, and to clothing that is imperfect, especially from wear: fading, holes, bits mended, even sometimes poor alterations.” These things give character to the piece, and suggest a life well lived.

Cornish says her favourite description of the brand was by the late Canadian fashion critic David Livingstone, who said Comrags is “never in fashion, never out of fashion.”


The designers’ inspirations include the house dresses sold at little Portuguese and Italian shops in the west end, slip skirts from the 1930s and ’40s, and uniforms, coveralls and pyjamas. Ideas also come from “people we see on the street,” Gunhouse says. “The haystack skirt was inspired by a woman we saw on her bicycle with her skirt all bunched and twisted up front.”

Apparel swaps build local community and provide sustainable style to Bigger Boston

Zellner said Sustainable Swaps also allows its distributors to promote their wares at “reasonable prices,” but for swaps, the procedures are easy: Both events just have to agree on the trade.

Sustainable Swaps hosts apparel swapping gatherings in the Boston Widespread and at The Foundry in Cambridge. Maya Seri

“When I glance by my closet, I can locate items I really don’t want to put on anymore, but another person may possibly like a thing I have worn also lots of instances. And I may possibly love a thing somebody else has worn too lots of moments,” she claimed.

Zellner’s determination to start out Sustainable Swaps stemmed from her considerations about her influence on the surroundings, and she thinks lots of higher education pupils participating in the organization’s activities feel the very same way. She estimates that between 150 to 300 people today arrive to just about every function to swap apparel, artwork, and add-ons.

Like Zellner, Stefanie Johnson stated she was moved to build her Medford store, SwapIt, right after mastering about the trend industry’s impression on the atmosphere. Johnson opened her brick-and-mortar store in 2018 and fees a $147 once-a-year membership for accessibility to the swap-to-shop inventory delivered by other customers.

Compared with most attire boutiques, SwapIt organizes apparel by garment style, rather than size.

“We did it for the reason that sizing isn’t normal,” Johnson described. “We give so a lot of brand names, from so several diverse yrs and even various nations, that the dimensions on the tag means so minor.”

They also really don’t weigh swaps based on brand, style, or proposed retail price ranges:

State considering action against Astria Toppenish Hospital following closure of maternity center | Local

The Washington Department of Health is considering possible disciplinary action against Astria Toppenish Hospital over the closure of the Family Maternity Center in December.

The issue centers on Astria Health’s certificate of need with the state. The Department of Health requires some health care organizations get approval to build new facilities or offer new services through a certificate of need. The process aims to ensure that facilities and services are needed for quality patient care in a region or community.

Astria Health, then called Regional Health, requested a certificate of need from the state in 2017 when it purchased Toppenish Community Hospital from Community Health Systems. The certificate of need issued to Astria by the state included a condition that required the hospital to provide labor and delivery services and other health care until 2027.

Astria fell out of compliance with the agreement in December when it shut down the Family Maternity Center at its Toppenish hospital without first seeking to have the certificate of need amended, DOH staff said.

“An applicant should apply to have their certificate amended if they feel a condition needs to be changed prior to making that change without approval,” DOH staff said in an email to the Yakima Herald-Republic. “Failing to do so subjects the applicant to potential enforcement action.”

Astria Toppenish Hospital’s certificate of need states that  “Regional Health (now Astria Health) will continue providing the essential services identified in the application for a minimum of ten years.”

The first service listed is perinatal/obstetrical services, including cesarean sections and labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care.

Astria Toppenish stopped a service that is a condition of the certificate of need, DOH staff said in the email.

“Because this process is ongoing, we don’t want to speculate about what action(s) might or might not be

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