VA offers no answers on Phoenix allegations Apr 24, 2014 07:54PM

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Legion officials met with a top Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) official in Washington on April 24 to address allegations made against the VA medical center in Phoenix, and how the department is responding to them.

Specifically, CNN reported April 23 that the Phoenix facility has been keeping a secret list of patients long-overdue for medical exams, which has been linked to at least 40 preventable deaths at the facility. The report also said the list was kept secret to conceal appointment delays.

Thomas G. Lynch, M.D., VA's assistant deputy under secretary for health for clinical operations, responded to questions posed by Peter Gaytan, the Legion's executive director; Jacob Gadd, the Legion's deputy director for health; and other attendees.

Lynch offered no useful answers. When asked about the Phoenix facility's secret list, he said it was created because some VA employees didn't use electronic wait-list software correctly.

"Answers like that don't increase our confidence that VA understands the terrible problems in Phoenix," said Daniel M. Dellinger, the Legion's national commander. "The fact that this secret list was maintained for quite some time, and that VA's Central Office knew nothing about it, is bad enough. But for Dr. Lynch to mask it as some kind of human error with software is inexcusable."

On April 24, the Washington Free Beacon reported that the Phoenix facility's director, Sharon Helman, received a $9,345 bonus last year, in addition to her base salary of $169,000.

When Helman's name came up at the meeting, it was explained that she had only been at her job for 18 months and, since her arrival, the current average wait-time for appointments at the VA facility had reportedly fallen to 55 days – down from more than 100 days, but still far from VA's goal of 10-14 days.

"Again, VA dodged the question," Dellinger said. "Dr. Lynch needed to tell us why a VA administrator deserves any kind of bonus – or a job, for that matter – when she is the person who authorized the use of a secret list that is linked to the deaths of at least 40 patients."

According to internal emails obtained by CNN, Helman was aware of the secret list and even defended its use.

Preventable deaths at the Phoenix VA facility and its secret list have caught the attention of Capitol Hill. Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake have asked the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs to conduct a hearing on allegations of patient neglect at the Phoenix medical center.

The committee's chair, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., responded on April 24, announcing that a hearing will be held after VA's Office of Inspector General completes its own independent investigation, which is under way.

Contacts: Marty Callaghan: 202-263-5758/202-215-8644,

SOURCE The American Legion

Van Horn Law Group Attorney Named to City of Coral Springs Planning and Zoning Board Apr 24, 2014 07:53PM

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Van Horn Law Group, P.A., a leading South Florida corporate and personal bankruptcy firm, has announced Associate Attorney Daniel A. Velasquez, Esq., M.B.A. has been appointed to the City of Coral Springs Planning and Zoning Board.

Through his role with the Planning and Zoning Board, Velasquez will utilize his expertise to act in an advisory capacity to the City Commission. He and other board members will conduct investigations and hold public hearings on all proposals to change land use and land development regulations, as well as variances and exceptions to the City of Coral Springs Land Development Code relating to signage and other matters. The board also carries on a continual study of zoning, zoning techniques, and any pertinent parts of any plan for the orderly growth of the City of Coral Springs.

"Daniel possesses insight into both business and law, making him uniquely qualified to serve the City of Coral Springs," said Chad T. Van Horn, Esq., founding partner of Van Horn Law Group. "He is resilient in his commitment to serving the community and I am confident that the City of Coral Springs Planning and Zoning Board will be improved through his service."

Following graduation from Stetson University, Velasquez expanded upon his undergraduate studies and received a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Real Estate Development, and his Juris Doctorate Degree from Nova Southeastern University. Upon graduation from the Shepard Broad Law Center, he was awarded Nova Southeastern University's distinguished Larry S. Kalevitch Award for the Student Showing Outstanding Promise in the areas of Business and Bankruptcy Law.

Since becoming a member of the Florida Bar, Velasquez has devoted his practice to bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Additionally, he is admitted to practice in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

About Van Horn Law Group, P.A.Van Horn Law Group is a leading South Florida-based corporate and personal bankruptcy firm known for successfully guiding individual and corporate clients through their debt relief, bankruptcy, and foreclosure process. Founding attorney Chad T. Van Horn, Esq., a recipient of the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, established the firm to better serve the South Florida community in matters dealing with the pressures of financial loss regardless of how complex their cases may be. For more information on Van Horn Law Group, P.A. visit,

SOURCE Van Horn Law Group, P.A.

2013 Senior PGA Champion Kohki Idoki Takes a "Shot at the Inn" for Local Charity Apr 24, 2014 07:53PM

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kohki Idoki, of Osaka, Japan, participated today in a golf shot from the roof of the new Inn at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich., to a target green more than 200 yards away. The event was part of media day activities for the upcoming 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, May 22-25 at Harbor Shores. The day also included a golf outing and a fireside chat with the Champion, hosted by Julius Mason, senior director of communications for The PGA of America. As a result of Kohki's "Shot at the Inn," 1,000 tickets to the Championship were donated to local area youth organizations.

"Kohki is a fine champion and a great international ambassador for the game of golf," said Jeff Hintz, championship director of the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. "It was a thrill for everyone involved to watch Kohki's enthusiasm for the rooftop shot and accuracy from 215 yards."

This was Idoki's first trip back to the U.S. following his victory at the 2013 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. He will return to Harbor Shores this May to defend his Senior PGA Championship title.

The 2014 field includes golf legends such as Tom Watson, Colin Montgomerie, Fred Couples, Kenny Perry and Roger Chapman, the 2012 Senior PGA Champion. This will be the second time Harbor Shores hosts the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. The Championship will return to Harbor Shores again in 2016 and 2018.

Tickets to the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid may be purchased online at or by calling the Championship office at 269-487-3200.

About the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAidStarted in 1937, the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid is the most prestigious major championship in senior golf. It was born on the grounds of one of golf's greatest majors at the invitation of one of the game's greatest players. At the suggestion of renowned amateur Bobby Jones, the inaugural Championship was conducted at Augusta National Golf Club three years after the first Masters Tournament. Many of the game's greatest players have won the Championship's Alfred S. Bourne Trophy – a roster that features Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, and Tom Watson.

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Connect With The Stars At The Inaugural StarLight Festival Apr 24, 2014 07:51PM

(PRWEB) April 24, 2014

Hosted by the AstronomyOutreach network, the inaugural StarLight Festival is a unique celebration of science and astronomy that is set to launch on Memorial Day weekend under the stunning skies of Big Bear Lake, California.

Free and open to the public, this annual event will educate and entertain attendees of all ages in an engaging atmosphere of music and art through hands-on experiences, presentations by a range of world-renowned scientists and space explorers, interactive exhibits and spectacular observing sessions.

"The StarLight Festival was created by the AstronomyOutreach network to introduce astronomy and science to the general public. Astronomy is one of the roots of science, and observational astronomy performed in a public setting allows people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities to gain greater scientific literacy," said Scott Roberts, founder of the AstronomyOutreach network. "When people use their own eyes on a telescope, it opens their minds and hearts to exploring the universe for themselves from a perspective that is rarely experienced."

Although the true stars of the event will be found in the eyepieces of shared telescopes of all designs and sizes, the festival will feature a diverse slate of speakers for its debut year. The list of presenters includes U.S. Astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave; NASA/JPL's Dr. Linda Spilker, who is the Project Scientist for the Cassini Mission to Saturn; Dr. Seth Shostak, who is the Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute; and famed comet discoverer Dr. David Levy.

The event also will feature a STEM zone full of demonstrations and projects that will connect children with science, an exhibit space where major manufacturers will showcase the latest in astronomy and science-related gear, day and night observing opportunities and a wealth of door prizes.

Sponsored by Pepsi, the StarLight Festival is presented in partnership with the 46th Annual Riverside Telescope Makers Conference (RTMC), which will be happening concurrently nearby, and the Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO-NJIT), which will provide exclusive tours during the two-day event.

Established in 2000, the AstronomyOutreach Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting public outreach in astronomy and space science.

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Tetra Tech to Present at Two Investor Conferences in May Apr 24, 2014 07:51PM

PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK) announced today that Dan Batrack, Chairman and CEO, will give a presentation to investors at the following investor conferences in May:

Baird Growth Stock Conference, Chicago, ILThursday, May 8, 2014 at 8:35 a.m. Central Time

Oppenheimer Industrial Growth Conference, New York, NYTuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10:15 a.m. Eastern Time

A copy of the presentation slides will be available under the Investor Relations section on the Company’s website at

About Tetra Tech (

Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, program management, construction management, and technical services. The Company supports government and commercial clients by providing innovative solutions to complex problems focused on water, environment, energy, infrastructure, and natural resources. With more than 14,000 staff worldwide, Tetra Tech’s capabilities span the entire project life cycle.

Any statements made in this release that are not based on historical fact are forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements made in this release represent management’s best judgment as to what may occur in the future. However, Tetra Tech’s actual outcome and results are not guaranteed and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions ("Future Factors"), and may differ materially from what is expressed. For a description of Future Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements, see the discussion under the section "Risk Factors" included in the Company’s Form 10-K and 10-Q filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Tetra Tech, Inc.Jim Wu, Investor RelationsCharlie MacPherson, Media & Public Relations(626) 470-2844

Source: Tetra Tech, Inc.

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