Paging Baltimore Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot on the Meadowbrook Aquatic Center And the Death of Louis Lowenthal

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A teenager, Louis Lowenthal, died avoidably last October in a public pool in Baltimore last October: the Meadowbrook Aquatic Center, home of Michael Phelps’ North Baltimore Aquatic Club. The pool, owned by Hall of Fame coach Murray Stephens — who departed as club head coach/CEO after being accused of sex abuse — broke the law by filing its incident report on the Lowenthal drowning days late. The report also ignores, fudges, or lies about key facts.

And the responsible public officials don’t seem to give a quart of chlorine. The latest is the Baltimore commissioner of health, Dr. Oxiris Barbot. According to the state health department, which doesn’t seem to care that Meadowbrook thumbed its nose at public reporting requirements in a death incident, regulation of Baltimore pools is a city problem. According to the city health department, Commissioner Barbot was out of town last week but would address our questions this week. But, so far, she has not.

While we await further word, perhaps by carrier pigeon, below are complete links to Concussion Inc.’s coverage of the Lowenthal death:

 

Irv Muchnick
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Michael Phelps’ North Baltimore Aquatic Club Deals With New Challenge: 14-Year-Old’s Death

Published November 3rd, 2012
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What’s Known So Far About the Death of Louis Lowenthal, 14-Year-Old Swimmer at Michael Phelps and Bob Bowman’s North Baltimore Aquatic Club

Published November 4th, 2012
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Key Details Still Elusive Following Yesterday’s Funeral of North Baltimore Aquatic Club Swimmer Louis Lowenthal (Which Michael Phelps and Bob Bowman Do Not Appear to Have Attended)

Published November 7th, 2012
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Anonymous Poster: Michael Phelps WAS at Lowenthal Memorial

Published November 9th, 2012
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In Community Silence on Circumstances of Baltimore Swimmer’s Death, Look to Pending Autopsy

Published November 14th, 2012
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Medical Examiner: Baltimore Swimmer Louis Lowenthal’s Death From ‘Complications of Near-Drowning’

Published January 14th, 2013
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North Baltimore Aquatic Club Fights ‘Shallow Water Blackout Syndrome’ (Otherwise Known As Drowning)

Published January 18th, 2013
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Louis Lowenthal Autopsy Details

Published February 13th, 2013
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Full Text of Maryland Statute on Public Pool Lifeguard Requirements

Published February 13th, 2013
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Baltimore Sun Does the Louis Lowenthal Autopsy Once Over Lightly

Published February 14th, 2013
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Tony Austin: ‘Drowning Is Not a “Peaceful” Way to Pass’

Published February 14th, 2013
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Baltimore Mailbag 2: ‘Louis Lowenthal Underwater 15-20 Minutes’

Published February 14th, 2013
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Murmurs of Misinformation in the Baltimore Swim Cult’s — Uh, Club’s — Version of Louis Lowenthal Death

Published February 14th, 2013
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EXCLUSIVE: Baltimore Pool’s Report on Lowenthal Death Was Filed Late With Health Department and Seems to Claim Three Lifeguards Were Present

Published February 18th, 2013
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Concussion Inc. - Author Irvin Muchnick