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Man who fell from car struggled with parasite (CAUTION: Pix on thread may be unappetizing)
East Valley Tribune ^ | December 10, 2004 | Irene Hsiao

Posted on 12/10/2004 5:13:28 AM PST by NCjim

A man who either fell or jumped off the roof of his moving Mercedes-Benz in Scottsdale has been identified as an acclaimed chief financial officer for Phoenix whose struggles with a parasite might have caused his behavior Wednesday. Kevin Keogh, 55, died about 3 p.m. after he climbed onto the roof of the car he was driving east on Camelback Road with arms outstretched, similar to actor Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie “Titanic.”

Police haven't determined if the death was suicide or accidental, Scottsdale detective Sam Bailey said.

Keogh contracted the illness a couple of years ago while on vacation in Mexico and his wife, Karlene, told city officials "she believes the parasite impaired his frontal lobe inhibition, said Toni Maccarone, a Phoenix spokeswoman.

The specifics of Keogh's illness were unavailable, but he had been receiving treatment, city officials said.

Will Humble, bureau chief for disease control for the Arizona Department of Health Services, said that in general, tapeworms can invade brain tissue and cause brain damage. People can get tapeworms from eating undercooked pork in Mexico or pig feces on vegetables, he said.

"Usually, it's someone who’s from Mexico who comes up here as a migrant or someone who is binational that goes back and forth a lot. Very seldom is it a tourist who goes shopping and has a street taco or something," Humble said.

The worms have long incubation periods, ranging from weeks to 10 years, he said.

Autopsy results won't be available for a couple of months, Bailey said. Keogh, who had worked for Phoenix since 1976, made $164,000 a year and supervised 300 employees and part of the city’s $1 billion budget, Maccarone said.

“There is nothing we can do to replace Kevin,” City Manager Frank Fairbanks said at a news conference. “Kevin was more than a professional; he was a person.”

Bailey was not aware of any notes or documents Keogh left behind.

Witnesses told police the car was going about 40 mph when he got on the roof. Wednesday, police said the car was traveling 50 mph.

Police found his body on a sidewalk near 68th Street and Camelback Road, about 300 yards from where his car crashed into another, Bailey said.

Outside of work, he was known to be a patron of the arts and for his work with charities.

Keogh and his wife started the Arnold Keogh Health Foundation, which provided health insurance to mostly working-class women and their children.

“Kevin is very, very community minded," said Phoenix Vice Mayor Peggy Bilsten. “It’s sad for me for a number of reasons. They were a beautiful, beautiful couple, just a great example of what a good couple should be."

Bilsten is a member of the foundation board and a friend who had worked with Keogh for 10 years.

Keogh was reserved and noted for his sense of humor, co-workers said. He had no children.

"He made Phoenix a better place to live," Fairbanks said.

City and State magazine named Keogh one of the top 11 financial innovators in the country in 1993. The magazine selected Keogh the best finance director in the nation in 1987.

He held a bachelor's degree in philosophy and political science from Iona College in New York and a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University.

Jeff DeWitt, the assistant finance director, will serve as the interim chief financial officer, Maccarone said.

“He’s probably one of most intelligent, very professional, very, very good finance directors. I learned a great deal from him in 10 years," said DeWitt, who called Keogh his mentor and worked with him daily.

Kevin Randolph, 25, a counselor intern at Brophy College Preparatory School who lives in Phoenix, suffered minor injuries after Keogh’s car plowed into the back of his 2000 Plymouth Neon.

He recalled thinking, "I've been hit, but there’s nobody in the car.” Randolph was stopped at a red light waiting for a man to cross Camelback on a bicycle.

The man later told Randolph he was grateful Randolph's car blocked him from the runaway Mercedes.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: badtaco; health; kevinkeogh; mentalhealth; mexico; parasites; stunedbeeber; tacobad; thirdworld; worms
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To: Revelation 911

LOL--you're too funny!


101 posted on 12/10/2004 6:26:10 AM PST by Pharmboy (Listen...you can still hear the old media sobbing.)
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To: Pharmboy

Yes hehe true. Aside from tacos...btw didn't a Mexican man get arrested for grinding up dead bodies in his tamales?


102 posted on 12/10/2004 6:27:22 AM PST by cyborg (http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/flamelily.html)
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To: All

pingaling


103 posted on 12/10/2004 6:31:23 AM PST by KoRn
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To: Aquinasfan
The victim (and tapeworm) would be starved for a period of time. Several people would hold down the victim while some pungent food was placed in front of the victim's mouth. Eventually, the tapeworm would emerge to take the bait...

Hmmmm, the solution I'm familier with involved 6 hard boiled eggs, 5 lemon cookies and a ball peen hammer.

104 posted on 12/10/2004 6:31:43 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: cyborg
Yes...I remember that one from last year.

Tastes like chicken...

[;-D

105 posted on 12/10/2004 6:32:37 AM PST by Pharmboy (Listen...you can still hear the old media sobbing.)
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To: marktwain
That may not add up to a billion,

My point. A billion is a lot of garbage pickup. However, salaries at $164k for city workers indicate that someone is getting a good ride out or the taxpayers. Atlanta is even worse - has about twice the number of city workers as DC for about the same size city.

107 posted on 12/10/2004 6:33:00 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy, and Bush is no conservative)
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To: TC Rider

Ugh. Thanks for clearing that up.

Women used to intentionally take tapeworm pills to lose weight.


108 posted on 12/10/2004 6:35:09 AM PST by Nataku X (For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?)
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To: Pharmboy

What about commercial farms?

I'm now worried about the rare steak I ate yesterday.

Can you get it from bacon? I like my bacon juicier than others.


109 posted on 12/10/2004 6:37:43 AM PST by Nataku X (For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?)
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To: Recovering Hermit

I think this is probably when pig manure is used to
fertilize fields where vegetables are grown. - Gee,
this may also tweak us to consider really washing
vegetables and fruits which might be imported from
Mexico and other places. - Dadgum, in some places they
used to use human feces as fertilizer and that can also
harbor parasites.

Folks, we just simply need to wash our food real good
for starters.


110 posted on 12/10/2004 6:39:32 AM PST by Twinkie
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To: Pharmboy

Well forget that Honey Baked Ham I was considering for Christmas.


111 posted on 12/10/2004 6:40:11 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Nakatu X

Come on, I'm waiting for the question so I can finish the joke...


112 posted on 12/10/2004 6:40:30 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: magslinger

Ah, no. It is from the The Wall.


113 posted on 12/10/2004 6:40:50 AM PST by deadrock
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To: Avalon66
"I'm trying to remember where those lines are from but my mind has hit a wall."

It's from Pink Floyd on "The Wall" cd...I can't remember the name of the song though.

Notice the last word in my sentence?

114 posted on 12/10/2004 6:45:16 AM PST by deadrock
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To: DEADROCK; magslinger
Ah, no. It is from the The Wall.

"The evidence before the court is incontravertible. There’s no need for the jury to retire."

115 posted on 12/10/2004 6:46:04 AM PST by Recovering Hermit
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To: magslinger

BZZZZzzzt! The line is from "Hey You" from The Wall. I believe the worm reference started showing up in their lyrics before The Wall, but I cannot remember the song that had it in it. Anyway, Brain Damage is not it.


116 posted on 12/10/2004 6:50:05 AM PST by bigcheese ("They pray alot, but they still prey...")
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To: Pharmboy

Eewww!


117 posted on 12/10/2004 6:56:00 AM PST by ELS
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To: Nakatu X; Pharmboy
I'm now worried about the rare steak I ate yesterday.

dont be - commercial beef if largely free of the tapeworm

Can you get it from bacon? I like my bacon juicier than others.

most bacon is salt cured - but commercial pork is largely free from trichinae worm as well - time was you'd earn a sleepless night for eating a chop with a pink bone......nowadays - a chop with a tinge of pink juice is ok -

I would not eat private pork (sounds like a porn film) like this though

Aside, my great uncle died from ingesting rare lamb in Italy as a child - They only discovered the parasite at his postmortem - eighty years later

Soooo - whats for lunch?........spaghetti ?

interesting article

118 posted on 12/10/2004 6:57:21 AM PST by Revelation 911 (Quisque comoedus est)
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To: martin_fierro

Now you are saying it is Rummy's fault!!!


119 posted on 12/10/2004 6:59:15 AM PST by JustAnotherOkie
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To: Nakatu X

Only if you buy your bacon from a private farmer that doesn't sell commercially. In point of fact, the US commercial farm industry is closely regulated (I have no personal experience with pig farming, but I have spent some time on dairy farms in the northeast). Trichinosis and cystericosis are not found here because they are looked for...Oscar Meyer or other commercial brands should pose no threat, but cook your pork well, anyway!

And steak? No problem...the only beef problem we've had here is due to E. coli in hamburger. Cook them medium well, but continue to enjoy your steaks rare.


120 posted on 12/10/2004 7:01:50 AM PST by Pharmboy (Listen...you can still hear the old media sobbing.)
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To: William Terrell

lol


121 posted on 12/10/2004 7:07:55 AM PST by miliantnutcase
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To: Pharmboy
And steak? No problem...the only beef problem we've had here is due to E. coli in hamburger. Cook them medium well, but continue to enjoy your steaks rare.

chicken tar tar is the real problem

ok ok ....Im done

122 posted on 12/10/2004 7:08:48 AM PST by Revelation 911 (Quisque comoedus est)
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To: mdhunter

Cruise control (slaps forehead)...Thanks, I was scratching my head over that one! hee


123 posted on 12/10/2004 7:13:14 AM PST by lsee
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To: Revelation 911

Thank you for the information. :o) I guess I can sleep easy. :o)

Lunch's always Cheez-its. Healthy, huh?


124 posted on 12/10/2004 7:15:36 AM PST by Nataku X (For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?)
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To: Critical Bill

OK. I'm revolted. BYE


125 posted on 12/10/2004 7:16:59 AM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: NCjim

A man goes to the doctor and is diagnosed with a tapeworm. The doctor recommends a powerful drug with serious side effects.

The man is nervous about the drug and asks if there is any other cure.

The doctor tells him to return the next day with a hard boiled egg and a lemon cookie.

The next day he returns, the doctor inserts the hard boiled egg in the man’s butt, followed by the lemon cookie.

This continues for 4 more days when the doctor tells him to bring another egg and a ball peen hammer the next day.

On the 6th day, the doctor places the man on the table and inserts the hard boiled egg, but no cookie.

A few minutes pass.

A few more minutes pass.

After about 10 minutes, the tapeworms head emerges and asks, “Where’s my cookie?”

The doctor then hits it with the ball peen hammer.


126 posted on 12/10/2004 7:17:22 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: All

A coworker of mine claims the same thing happened to a relative of hers. He bought a pork burrito from one of those ubiquitious Mexicans who sell from carts on the streets of Southern California.


127 posted on 12/10/2004 7:18:26 AM PST by Nea Wood (I considered atheism but there weren't enough holidays.)
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To: Pharmboy

Thanks... so it's either getting a bellyful of growth hormones or a bellyful of parasites... but, of course, I guess the latter's worse than the former. :-)

I'll sleep easier now. :-)


128 posted on 12/10/2004 7:18:30 AM PST by Nataku X (For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?)
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To: TC Rider

*NX's dense like lead, apparently...*


129 posted on 12/10/2004 7:19:40 AM PST by Nataku X (For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?)
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To: MarkL

"...The worms play peanuckle on your snout..."

I believe that would be "pinochle."

YMMV


130 posted on 12/10/2004 7:23:29 AM PST by moonhawk (Democrats are to "Diversity and Tolerance" as Islam is to "Peace.")
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To: martin_fierro
No, I think certain types can spread to cause Cysticerci in the brain

The first episode of the Fox Medical drama House was about this subject.

131 posted on 12/10/2004 7:29:29 AM PST by Stentor
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To: IonInsights
There was a more scary one then The Tingler, as I recall, also a 50's movie, with more realistic brain/spinal-column creatures. However, the name escapes me.

"Fiend Without a Face"!!! One of the great, freaky 50's horror movies that scared the crap out of me as a kid on late night TV in the 60's-70's ("The Fly" and "The Thing" were the other two).

IIRC, some nuclear mishap causes people to die, and their brain and spinal cords come back to life, and fly around and strangle you, then feast on your flesh. A family is holed up in a house and these things are trying to bust in, flying through the boarded-up windows, down the chimney, etc. Serious nightmare stuff.

Everybody's killing them left and right, with axes, guns... the effects are surprisingly gory and gross for the 50's. Recommended!

132 posted on 12/10/2004 7:29:39 AM PST by Jhensy
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To: NCjim

"Kevin was more than a professional; he was a person.”

Wow- that just about says it all.


133 posted on 12/10/2004 7:36:23 AM PST by beebuster2000 (waiting waiting waiting)
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To: Revelation 911

You are correct, sir; I was just focusing on meat on the hoof. But chicken can surely be a source of E. coli as well...


134 posted on 12/10/2004 7:38:49 AM PST by Pharmboy (Listen...you can still hear the old media sobbing.)
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To: IonInsights


More "Fiend Without a Face".

135 posted on 12/10/2004 7:43:40 AM PST by Jhensy
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To: asgardshill; Cloud William; Frank_Discussion; Monkey Face; Rastus; raybbr; Rebelbase; Redcloak; ...


Which type is it? :)




136 posted on 12/10/2004 7:56:35 AM PST by Tealc (Mail me if you want on or off my Jaffa, Kree! ping list)
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To: moonhawk
I believe that would be "pinochle."

I disagree. It was probably canasta (a great old game that deserves a comeback).

137 posted on 12/10/2004 8:01:01 AM PST by asgardshill ("We march by day and read Xenophon by night.")
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To: NCjim
What is this "struggled with a parasite" nonsense? That immediately brought to my mind an image of some guy wrestling with a tapeworm the size of a squid.

Oh, I get it - it's the new politically correct way to say that someone was *infected* with a parasite, but that would be too harsh and callous. So we "struggle" instead. Barf!!!

138 posted on 12/10/2004 8:02:20 AM PST by valkyrieanne (card-carrying South Park Republican)
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To: Tealc
Could be one of Hathor's.


139 posted on 12/10/2004 8:09:13 AM PST by Rebelbase (Who is General Chat?)
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To: nuconvert
"after he climbed onto the roof of the car he was driving" That's dangerous

No easy trick either

140 posted on 12/10/2004 8:12:29 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: TC Rider

Turn your computer off, get up from your cubical, walk over to the elevator, ride down to the first floor and run to get help.


141 posted on 12/10/2004 8:16:38 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: John Valentine

Taeniasis due to Taenia Solium (pork tapeworm) has two forms:
Intestinal form - Normal tapeworm infestation of GI tract

Cysticercosis-larvae of the hatched swallowed eggs can migrate through the surrounding tissues (especially to striated muscles) and form cysts. Sometimes these cysts can form in vital organs such as the eye, heart or CNS. This case sounds like CNS involvement.


142 posted on 12/10/2004 9:01:57 AM PST by antisocial (Texas SCV)
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To: Tealc
he climbed onto the roof of the car he was driving east on Camelback Road with arms outstretched, similar to actor Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie “Titanic.”

"I'm king of this world!"

143 posted on 12/10/2004 9:42:11 AM PST by mikrofon (w/ Merecedes-Benz symbol on his forehead...)
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To: Mr. Lucky
Turn your computer off, get up from your cubical, walk over to the elevator, ride down to the first floor and run to get help.

Don't need help, ball peen hammer worked the first time.

(You should here my cure for crabs, it involves a razor, lighter fluid, a bic and an ice pick)

144 posted on 12/10/2004 9:53:18 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Darn, I gave up drinking, smoking and even red meat ... now I can't even allow myself the pleasure of pig feces on my vegetables. What next?"

Er...armored vegetables?


145 posted on 12/10/2004 10:35:43 AM PST by wildbill
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To: asgardshill

My bad....

I'm hooked on phonics....:-)


146 posted on 12/10/2004 11:54:13 AM PST by moonhawk (Democrats are to "Diversity and Tolerance" as Islam is to "Peace.")
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To: mikrofon

Heru'ur is NOT a god. :)


147 posted on 12/10/2004 2:08:07 PM PST by Tealc (Mail me if you want on or off my Jaffa, Kree! ping list)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

*urp*


148 posted on 12/10/2004 2:09:38 PM PST by Hi Heels (Proud to be a Pajamarazzi.)
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To: Rebelbase

Did I mention that she's appetizing? :)


149 posted on 12/10/2004 4:27:24 PM PST by Tealc (Mail me if you want on or off my Jaffa, Kree! ping list)
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To: bikepacker67
. . . educating people to limit access of pigs to human feces.

This really concerns me. I've been working at it since age 5.

150 posted on 12/10/2004 4:35:24 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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