Michael D. Drobot Says He Does Not Owe State $125 mil But If He Does Others Should Pay, Too

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Michael D. Drobot
Michael D. Drobot, the Corona del Mar resident accused in a $500 million kickback scheme involving risky spinal surgeries for injured workers, is adamant that he does not owe the State Compensation Insurance Fund $125 million despite the fund's racketeering lawsuit against him that argues otherwise.

But according to a recent filing by Drobot in the matter, if he is found responsible, 22 doctors, health executives, chiropractors and a lawyer he identifies should be on the hook financially with him.

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UC Irvine Student Health Center Doctors Ready to Strike Saturday

Union of American Physicians and Dentists
Unhappy campers (who are doctors).
Doctors at UC Irvine's student health center plan to go on strike Saturday and stay off work until April 15 as part of a labor action by physicians at all 10 University of California campuses, their union recently announced.

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B-Real of Cypress Hill Wants to Bring Dr. Greenthumb to Santa Ana

Willie T/OC Weekly

"Hello, My Name is Dr. Greenthumb. Have you ever had the problem of running out of weed and just can't find some anywhere?"

--B-Real, Cypress Hill, 1998

At about 7 a.m. on March 20, a fire alarm went off inside a nondescript warehouse in the 1100 block of East 17th Street in Santa Ana, near the 5 freeway. It's unclear if someone pulled the alarm or if something else triggered the device, but there was apparently no fire inside the building.

When Orange County Fire Authority units rolled up to the location, sirens blaring, they saw no flames or smoke, just five men jumping into separate vehicles and racing away from the scene. By 10:45 a.m., police had obtained a warrant to search the building, which was locked--even the fire-escape doors had been secured with 3-inch chains. "Had there been an actual fire, nobody would have made it out," remarked police spokesman Corporal Anthony Bertagna. "Those chains were huge."

The mystery of the disappearing men was quickly explained by what police discovered inside the warehouse: more than 1,600 marijuana plants divided into various rooms for different stages of development. The sophisticated grow operation had its own intricate lighting and irrigation systems and was still under construction, although, for obvious reasons, nobody had applied for city permits to do the work. The total worth of the haul, according to a state marijuana-street-value formula cited by Bertagna, was $2.9 million.

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Mike Huckabee Spreads the, uh, Word at the Nixon Library SATURDAY

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Mike Huckabee speaks at the 2014 CPAC Convention.
Possible 2016 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will be at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum Saturday morning to talk about and sign his New York Times bestseller God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy. It'd be a good idea to purchase a copy from the museum bookstore rather than picking one up on a remainder table on the way to Yorba Linda (manners, folks). But you might also want to bring along a copy of the Huckster's 2005 work of fiction, Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork.

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Benny Hinn Finds Himself in Need of a Faith Healer After Suffering Heart Problem

Benny Hinn Ministries
Too bad there was no faith healer around to help Benny Hinn ... wait!
Televangelist Benny Hinn, who is known for laying his hands on the ill faithful and "curing" them with the power of Christ, needed a handjob of his own last week.

The 63-year-old leader of Benny Hinn World Media Center in Aliso Viejo suffered heart problems in Brazil and was admitted to the intensive care unit in an undisclosed Orange County hospital.

But his daughter later reported that Hinn was up, alert and expected to make a full recovery, and the man of God told Charisma News, "This is a challenge, but I'm getting good reports. We don't have all the answers ... as we get older, our bodies need repair."

"In other news, Benny Hinn has a heart," wrote someone in the peanut gallery.

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Pediatric Medical Researchers Blame Disneyland Measles Outbreak on Anti-Vaxxers

Luke McGarry
How could you, Jenny McCarthy!?!
The anti-vaccination movement is likely to blame for the Disneyland measles outbreak of mid-December, according to research published Monday by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics.

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Michael D. Drobot and His Former Pacific Hospital of Long Beach Win a Round in Court

Michael D. Drobot
Corona del Mar resident Michael D. Drobot won another round in court recently as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge threw out conspiracy claims against a group of Southern California hospitals (including Drobot's former Pacific Hospital of Long Beach) accused of having used "counterfeit'' surgical screws on patients. At a Feb. 20 court hearing, Judge Elihu M. Berle was particularly perplexed that plaintiff lawyers made dozens of claims against Drobot and Pacific Hospital when 29 of their 32 cases involve patients who never received treatment from Drobot or his former hospital.

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Medical Board Cites Author-Anesthesiologist Barry L. Friedberg for Negligence, Dishonesty

Categories: Doctor's Orders

Two websites present very different pictures of anesthesiologist Dr. Barry Friedberg.

DrBarryFriedberg.com touts that he has been a board-certified anesthesiologist for more than three decades, the author of Getting Over Going Under: 5 Things you Must Know before Anesthesia and the creator of something known as The Friedberg Method of Goldilocks Anesthesia.

The Medical Board of California website uses such words as "negligence," "incompetence" and "dishonesty" in association with Friedberg.

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Live, Rabid Bat Found in Fullerton Surf City

The old Weekly World News
Batboy in North County Surf City?
UPDATE, FEB. 23, 6 A.M.: A live, rabid bat was found recently in a Huntington Beach shopping center parking lot, confirms the Orange County Health Care Agency. Anyone who came in contact with the bat, which was found on the ground outside Big Lots, 6911 Warner Ave., on Feb. 15, is asked to call OCHCA's epidemiology department at 714.834.8180 or 714.834.7792.

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Half of 20 New Measles Cases in the U.S. Are Connected to the Disneyland Outbreak

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
It even blew in 1963.
UPDATE, FEB. 19, 7:30 A.M.: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday it is adding 20 new measles cases, making the total number 141 so far this year in the U.S. Of the 20 new cases, 10 are tied to the mid-December outbreak at Disneyland, according to the CDC. Cases have now been reported in 17 states and Washington, D.C. Do you want the good news or the bad news health officials have regarding this?

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