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Queen Elizabeth II's costs rising

Thatcher on mend, out of the hospital

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher returned home Monday following a two-week stay in hospital after she fell and broke her left arm. Thatcher, 83, who suffers from dementia, waved to reporters with her right arm while the left was in a sling beneath a pink cardigan. She made no comments before being escorted inside. Thatcher was hospitalized June 12 after falling inside her home. A week later, doctors inserted a pin into the bone of her upper left arm.

47,000 hurt despite their canes, walkers

Health officials say more than 47,000 elderly Americans end up in emergency rooms each year from falls involving walkers and canes. That's almost 3 percent of all falls among people 65 and older. Researchers came up with the estimate by looking at six years of ER records. Nearly 9 out of 10 of the injuries involved walkers. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday their study shows that doctors should better fit patients with walking aids and teach how to use them safely.

Another Detroit politician is out

Just months after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees to oust former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, the beleaguered city of Detroit was spared another round Monday when City Councilwoman Monica Conyers resigned her seat without a fight. Conyers, 44, the wife of powerful and respected Democratic congressman John Conyers, quietly had a staffer bring the City Clerk's office a one-paragraph letter announcing her resignation three days after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery for her vote on a sludge hauling contract. Prosecutors said John Conyers has been cleared of involvement in the bribery case. Councilwoman Sheila Cockrel called Conyers' resignation "the best solution" and said it saves taxpayers money that would have been spent on ousting her. "It's the best thing for Detroit," she said.

The office of Queen Elizabeth II has released a report on how much public money the royal family spends. Some highlights:

$68.6M total public funds spent in the 12 months ending March 31. Security is not included in this total.

$2.48M increase from previous year

$10.76M spent on travel

$661,302 spent to relaunch the royal Web site

$496,000 spent cleaning royal homes

$827,209 spent on food

$661,302 spent on garden parties

$1.14 cost to the average British taxpayer, up 5 cents.

The office of Queen Elizabeth II has released a report on how much public money the royal family spends. Some highlights:

$68.6M total public funds spent in the 12 months ending March 31. Security is not included in this total.

$2.48M increase from previous year

$10.76M spent on travel

$661,302 spent to relaunch the royal Web site

$496,000 spent cleaning royal homes

$827,209 spent on food

$661,302 spent on garden parties

$1.14 cost to the average British taxpayer, up 5 cents.

Queen Elizabeth II's costs rising 06/29/09 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:50pm]
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