Carter Williams, Who Unshackled Nursing Home Residents, Dies at 97

In journal articles, conferences, congressional hearings and meetings with regulators, Carter Catlett Williams illuminated the miseries of nursing home residents with the sympathetic and descriptive powers of a novelist.

She told stories like that of Miss Cohen, whose restrictive diet prohibited the “warm, fragrant chunk of challah” she had eaten on Friday nights her whole life, causing Miss Cohen to refuse food entirely; and of Mr. Denby, a “courtly, dignified former executive” who underwent “identity loss” after he became “unable to rise to greet or bid farewell to his guest because he is tied to his chair.”

She amassed hundreds of accounts along these lines. They helped Ms. Williams influence the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act, which required skilled nursing facilities to maintain the “physical, mental and psychosocial well-being of each resident.”

The law transformed common practices in nursing homes and strengthened a reform movement, some of whose arguments have

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2 Texas boys, ages 5 and 7, have to fend for themselves for 5 days, after mother collapses and dies at home

Two North Texas boys, ages 5 and 7, had to fend for themselves for nearly a week, after their adoptive mother collapsed and died at home.



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According to the local CBS-affiliate KTVT, teachers in the Forney Independent School District asked police to check on the two boys, who hadn’t been in class since Sept. 21, and whose mother couldn’t be reached.

“They knew something was not right,” Kristen Zastoupil, a spokesperson for the district said about the teachers, according to FOX 4. “They are used to communicating with this parent. And so when they didn’t get a response, they knew something was off,” Zastoupil added.

On Sunday, when officers arrived at their home in Talty, a small town 28 miles west of Dallas, they found the two brothers. They also found their mother, 71-year-old Connie Taylor, dead inside the house.

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79-year-old dies after Beulaville explosion: NC officials

An explosion tore through a North Carolina house, killing a 79-year-old man, officials say.

Lon Record, the only person home at the time of the blast, was airlifted to a burn center in critical condition on Wednesday, a Duplin County spokesperson told McClatchy News. Record later died.

At least 17 animals, including dogs and cats, were inside the home when it exploded, said Elizabeth Stalls, public information officer for Duplin County.

Though news outlets had previously reported that five animals died, officials now say two pets originally presumed dead were later found. Three other missing animals are believed to be alive.

In a post that didn’t directly mention the explosion, Duplin County Animal Services on Wednesday posted photos of injured animals that were getting treatment.

“Due to an unexpected tragedy at a local home in Duplin County, we have received numerous animals,” the post said, “many with medical emergencies incurred

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Teen girl dies in home explosion officials say caused by propane leak

Families in a quiet Oklahoma City neighborhood were left in shock Thursday morning after the home of a family of four exploded, killing a teenage child.



a tent in a forest: A home exploded, killing a teenager that lived there and injuring three others, as seen in an image posted by the Oklahoma City Fire Department to their Twitter account on Sept. 24, 2020 in Oklahoma City, Okla.


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A home exploded, killing a teenager that lived there and injuring three others, as seen in an image posted by the Oklahoma City Fire Department to their Twitter account on Sept. 24, 2020 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

“They are a sweet family — just the nicest people — and I’m heartbroken for them,” Patti Woodard, a neighbor of the family, told ABC News affiliate KOCO.



a group of people in a tent: A home exploded, killing a teenager that lived there and injuring three others, as seen in an image posted by the Oklahoma City Fire Department to their Twitter account on Sept. 24, 2020 in Oklahoma City, Okla.


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A home exploded, killing a teenager that lived there and injuring three others, as seen in an image posted by the Oklahoma City Fire Department to their Twitter account on Sept. 24, 2020 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Investigators say that the cause of the explosion was a propane log lighter inside

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Terence Conran, British tastemaker who popularized modern design, dies at 88

A restless entrepreneur with a sometimes volatile personality, he took his ideas around the world and once owned an empire of 90 stores with annual revenue of more than $2 billion. Calling himself a “hard-working hedonist,” he opened more than 50 restaurants, wrote more than 40 books, ran a design studio and later an architecture and urban planning firm.

All of it was built on the simple idea that good design leads to better living.

“No one has done more to change the way that Britain looks, or the way we look at things,” Deyan Sudjic, the onetime director of London’s Design Museum — another of Mr. Conran’s creations — told the Telegraph newspaper in 2011. “He’s changed the way our living rooms look, what we cook, where we go on holiday, our restaurant habits. . . . His influence has been enormous.”

Mr. Conran died Sept. 12 at Barton

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