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Monday, August 27, 2007
In case you missed it Sunday: restaurant violations, Jon Kingsdale on the hot seat, Dr. Peter Yurchak
A surprising number of Boston's high-end dining rooms -- including such noted venues as Mistral in the South End and the Harvard Club on Commonwealth Avenue -- have been cited for serious health code violations of the sort that can cause food poisoning, according to a Globe review of city inspection reports for 2004, 2005, and 2006. Nearly half of the 50 restaurants whose records were examined had been flagged for major -- and sometimes chronic -- violations.
Jon Kingsdale (right), executive director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, says "people like a plan better if they pick it themselves from a set of choices, rather than if they're just pushed into it -- even if they wind up in the same plan. People like having a sense that they are a little in control of their destiny."
As much a teacher as a physician, Dr. Peter Yurchak (left) received three awards for excellence in teaching from Harvard Medical School, where he was an assistant clinical professor of medicine. He died of pancreatic cancer July 30 in Massachusetts General Hospital, where until last year he was director of the training program in cardiology. Dr. Yurchak was 74 and had lived in Wellesley.