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Taking Spin Out of Report That Made Bad Into Good Health

By ROBERT PEAR
New York Times

Published: February 22, 2004

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 — The Bush administration says it improperly altered a report documenting large racial and ethnic disparities in health care, but it will soon publish the full, unexpurgated document.

"There was a mistake made," Tommy G. Thompson, the secretary of health and human services, told Congress last week. "It's going to be rectified."

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Eviction Threat Can Loom for Independent Elderly

By MOTOKO RICH

Published: February 15, 2004

The New York Times

BOSTON — Since a stroke four years ago, Esther Hurwitz, an 83-year-old retired bookkeeper, has difficulty reading, telling time and making change. Several times, her neighbors say, she has appeared at the front desk of her co-op apartment building after misplacing her false teeth or several hundred dollars in cash.

Family members concede it would be easier if their Aunt Ette was to move to an assisted-living community. But Ms. Hurwitz wants to stay in the home where she has lived for 35 years.

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