Rich Milz likes Lola the performing donkey!

Rich Milz likes Lola the performing donkey!

(Reuters) – Belgian police have demanded that Lola, a theatre-starring donkey, be removed from the balcony of a cultural center in Brussels after neighbors complained about her braying.

Lola is staying on the first-floor balcony while she performs in a play at the Arab Cultural Center, located in the same building in the Belgian capital. Staff had laid out straw and a bucket of water so she could get some fresh air.

But police ordered Lola’s keeper to move her indoors after receiving complaints about the donkey making too much noise.

Despite the police demands, Lola was still outside on Friday, and the director of the cultural center was angrily berating her neighbors for interfering.

“I say to the neighbors, well done. What does it matter to you?” Hawa Djabili shouted to reporters and passersby. Asked why the donkey was out, she replied Lola “needed to breathe.”

A spokesman for the Brussels police said they would return with animal welfare officers to remove Lola if the center did not comply with the order to keep the donkey indoors.

The animal is appearing in a play called “The Palestinian” at the Arab Cultural Center that runs until Saturday.

(Reporting By Ben Deighton; Editing by Philip Blenkinsop and Raissa Kasolowsky)


Richard Milz Favorite Swim up bars!

Richard Milz Favorite Swim up bars!

From Richard Milz via Trip Advisor…


Couples Tower Isle

Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Caribbean
Swim-up bar – super fun, great staff, seems like they had games there every afternoon. read more
Photo by emanthony

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Maui, Hawaii, United States
It’s a nice beautiful infinity pool with whirlpools, swim-up bar and no kids… read more
Photo by Rock-Subculture

East Winds Inn

St. Lucia, Caribbean
Swim-up self-serve bar with fantastic alcohol choices including all of the mixers… read more
Photo by markeleven

Lots of pools with pool bars throughout the resort which also serve snacks… read more
Photo by The7starSnob

Hotel Mountain Paradise

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
The atmosphere was amazing, lush gardens… Pool area clean with a swim-up bar… read more
Photo by aacgy

Mantra Samui Resort

Koh Samui, Thailand
Daily yoga sessions, a stunning infinity pool (where you can swim up to the bar)… read more
Photo by golf91

Cape Panwa Hotel

Phuket, Thailand
The resort has a hot tub, for those interested, two pools, one deep with a swim-up bar… read more
Photo by txgerman1

Hotel Punta Islita

Playa Samara, Costa Rica
It is a breathtaking place on top of the mountain with a swim-up bar in the infinity pool… read more
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Room Mate Grace

New York City, New York, United States
During the weekend they organize parties on the swimming pool and the bar is really cool. read more
Photo by YYZAC

InterContinental Resort Tahiti

Tahiti, French Polynesia
There is an adult pool with a swim-up bar… There is also a family pool and a lagoonarium. read more
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Richard Milz Likes New Check Please Host

Richard Milz Likes New Check Please Host

The “Check, Please!” tease is over: Catherine De Orio is the new host of WTTW’s popular restaurant-review show.

The Elmwood Park native will replace longtime host Alpana Singh at the head of the table when the series starts filming its 13th season June 26.


The hunt for a new host has been a long, exhaustive process — one that included video applications from more than 900 hopefuls. “Check, Please!” creator and executive producer David Manilow pared back the field to 17 finalists, whose final stage of auditions had them hosting a mock show while the cameras rolled.

“That was the capper,” Manilow said. “She pops off the screen. She’s engaging, lively, smart, quick-witted.”

De Orio’s unconventional career background turned out to be good training for the gig. Public speaking isn’t a problem for the former litigation attorney, who graduated from Chicago’s Loyola University law school in 2½ years. When the legal profession was no longer fulfilling, she started studying culinary arts at Kendall College on nights and weekends while continuing to work as a lawyer to pay the bills.

“There were some days I’d rush out of work and change into my chef clothes in my car,” said De Orio, who lives in a West Loop loft with her lawyer husband and pet pug.


Food has always played a central role in her big Italian-Lithuanian family, where Nana routinely presided over homemade dinners on Sundays. When De Orio moved away from her tight-knit family to study and work in Europe, completely alone, “food was a way to relate to people,” she said. “I’d throw parties and have people over for dinner.”

De Orio thought she’d become a caterer but ended up starting her own consulting company, Culinary Curator. She’s served as spokeswoman for various brands — Sara Lee, Hillshire Farm — and writes a dining column for and Vegas magazine. She’s had plenty of on-air experience helming food-related segments on TV shows, such as “Today,” where a piece she did on New Year’s Eve parties resulted in Savannah Guthrie accidentally smashing a brandy snifter with a spoon full of whipped cream.

“I’ve done a lot of on-camera work but it’s all been live for the most part,” said De Orio, who noted (correctly) that the weakest part of her “Check, Please!” audition was when she read off the Teleprompter, somewhat stiffly. Scenes from that try-out were shown in a recent “Check, Please!” special, along with clips from fellow finalists Senam Amegashie, Donny de Castro, Ina Pinkney and Sarah Levy.

De Orio’s strengths shine through in unscripted moments. She’s able to keep the conversation flowing naturally — a necessity for a TV show that features regular folks reviewing their favorite restaurants.

It’s a show she’s already familiar with, having watched it since the beginning, when Amanda Puck was host.

Said De Orio: “I remember telling my boyfriend — now husband — at the time, ‘I want that job.’ ”

Richard Milz Memorial Day 2013

Richard Milz Memorial Day 2013

From Richard Milz via Fox news

Americans gathered at memorials, museums and monuments and the president laid  a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen service members on  Memorial Day, as combat in Afghanistan approaches 12 years and the ranks of  World War II veterans dwindle.

“Let us not forget as we gather here today that our nation is still at war,”  President Barack Obama said after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the  Unknowns.

“When they give their lives, they are still being laid to rest in cemeteries  in quiet corners across our country, including here in Arlington,” he said. He  told the stories of three soldiers who had died. Each had been devoted to their  mission and were praised by others for saving lives.

Earlier in the morning, he and first lady Michelle Obama hosted a breakfast  at the White House with “Gold Star” families of service members who have been  killed.

Another wreath-laying ceremony was at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms  Park on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in New York City. The park is a  tribute to President Roosevelt’s famous speech calling for all people to enjoy  freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from  fear.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined military leaders and others at the Soldiers’  and Sailors’ Monument in Manhattan. He later encouraged New Yorkers to celebrate  the day and the good weather but also “remember the sacrifice that was made so  that we could be here.”

At the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, about 20 bicyclists  clustered around veteran and museum volunteer Tom Blakey. The paratrooper in the  82nd Airborne Division jumped at Normandy on D-Day — June 6, 1944 — and in May  1945 helped liberate the work camp at Wobbelin in northwest Germany.

“Most of us wondered why we were there, killing people and being killed,” he  said. “We didn’t do anything to deserve it. When we got to that camp and saw  what was there, the lights came on.”

The cycling group makes regular weekend training runs, and on Monday started  a Memorial Day ride about seven miles away at the national cemetery in  Chalmette, where the Battle of New Orleans — the last in the War of 1812 — was  fought.

“I’m glad I took this ride to hear a personal story,” Scott Gumina, 41, said.  “Hearing one man’s account of his personal experience was pretty impressive to  me.”

In South Sioux City, Neb., a statue honoring a Navy dog handler was unveiled  in his hometown. The statue of John Douangdara (dwung-DEHR’-ah) and his dog,  Bart, is part of a five-acre dog park that’s named for Douangdara. Petty Officer  1st Class Douangdara died along with 29 other Americans in August 2011 when a  military helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.

Across much of New England, several days of heavy rain gave way to sunny  skies for parades in towns large and small.

In Portland, Maine, kids and even pets displayed the Stars and Stripes as  veterans, youth groups law enforcement officials and civic organizations paraded  to Monument Square to the tunes of a marching band, sirens from a police car and  the rumble of motorcycles.

“It’s a very important day, not only for the Veteran of Foreign Wars but  every veteran organization, every branch of the service, and every patriot in  general — every American. This day is hugely significant and should never be  forgotten,” said David Olson, 66, of Portland, the VFW’s state senior vice  commander.

For some veterans, it was a somber event.

Richard Traiser, a Marine injured when his tank came under attack in Vietnam,  helped deliver a three-volley salute with the Marine Corps League.

Memorial Day gives those who served an opportunity to get together and  remember friends who didn’t make it.

“I think about them a lot, especially the people I lost in my platoon,”  Traiser said. “I don’t dwell on it in a morbid way, but it’s on your mind.”

In Connecticut, a Waterford man who was killed in the Vietnam War was honored  with a hometown park area named for him. Arnold E. Holm Jr., nicknamed “Dusty,”  was killed when his helicopter was shot down on June 11, 1972.

In suburban Boston, veterans gathered in a park to mark Memorial Day this  year rather than hold a parade because of failing health and dwindling numbers.  The city of Beverly called off its parade because so few veterans would be able  to march. The parade has been a fixture in the town since the Civil War.

In Atlanta, a dedication of the History Center’s redone Veterans Park was  scheduled for early evening. Soil from major battlefields will be scattered by  veterans around the park’s flagpole.

The holiday weekend also marked the traditional start of the U.S. vacation  season. AAA, one of the nation’s largest leisure travel agencies, expected 31.2  million Americans to hit the road over the weekend, virtually the same number as  last year. Gas prices were about the same as last year, up 1 cent to a national  average of $3.65 a gallon Friday.

At the American Airpower Museum on Long Island, N.Y., a program honored Women  Air Service Pilots, or WASPs, who tested and ferried completed aircraft from  factories to bases during World War II. Thirty-eight died during the war,  including Alice Lovejoy of Scarsdale, N.Y., who was killed on Sept. 13, 1944, in  a midair collision over Texas.

“It’s very important that we recognize not only their contribution to  American history, but women’s history,” said Julia Lauria-Blum, curator of the  WASP exhibit at the museum. “These women really blazed a path; they were  pioneers for women’s aviation. And most important, they gave their lives serving  their country and must be honored like anyone else on Memorial Day.”

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Rich Milz most anticipated Chicago restaurants!

Rich Milz most anticipated Chicago restaurants!

From Richard Milz via eater Chicago

Spring is underway and many restaurants are putting the finishing touches on as they prepare for their grand openings. We’ve got everything you need to know about the most anticipated spots in Eater’s Spring Opening Report.

Address: 534 N. Clark
NAHA chef/owner Carrie Nahabedian’s newest project Brindille is set to open on April 22. The 50-seat restaurant will be open for dinner only and the menu will be based on Nahabedian’s love of French cuisine, with a la carte entrees ranging from mid-$30’s to $50’s. Longtime NAHA sous chef Ali Ratcliffe Bauer will lead the kitchen while Craig Harzewski will head up the desserts.

Address: 952 W. Lake
Shin Thompson’s Japanese brasserie is set to open very soon featuring American food with Japanese influence and French technique. Hoping to be accessible to all diners, the menu will be divided into raw, small, medium and large sections and also include signature Bonsoiree dishes. The raw bar will feature the shellfish mélange, a seafood tower, while the shabu shabu of prime rib will allow guests to cook their meats tableside in a hot pot.

Parson’s Chicken & Fish
Address: 2952 W. Armitage
The latest project from Land & Sea Dept., the team behind Longman & Eagle, will open later this spring and feature “elevated shack food” out of a 1,000 square-feet small brick building. The food will be Southern staples like fried chicken, hush puppies and raw oysters from executive chef Hunter Moore (Girl & the Goat, Lula, Nightwood). They’re also planning for a giant outdoor patio that can seat 150.

Address: 2638 N. Lincoln
Jason Chan and B.K. Park’s joint spot will open in May and feature contemporary Japanese, focused on seafood with 70 percent sushi and sashimi. There will be five seasonally rotating cocktails as well as a small beer menu highlighting Japanese beers and white ales.

Mott Street
Address: 1401 N. Ashland
The team behind Ruxbin’s latest venture will feature late-night street-food-style snacks as well as a beverage program centered on cocktails, beers and possibly wine. The restaurant will house 65 seats along with 40 on the patio, and they hope to turn the parking lot and surrounding outdoor space into a farmers market, vegetable garden and a place to host picnics and movies.

Address: 354 W. Hubbard
Brendan Sodikoff’s Dillman’s will replace the departed Steve’s Deli but keep the deli spirit alive. Expect housemade bagels and the traditional Jewish deli trimmings like pickled herring, gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, corned beef, pastrami pickles, in-house smoked meats, housemade cream cheese, housemade caraway rye bread. At night it will turn into a full restaurant and bar with 120 total seats.

Address: Taylor St.
Michael Kornick’s small, 28-seat BBQ joint will feature more chef-driven seasonal fare than the usual spots. Smoked lamb shanks and veal breasts, Texas-style brisket and Kansas City-style spare ribs will offered and brown whiskeys and draft beers will comprise the drinks program. Look for it in late spring.

Address: 802 W. Randolph
Former Saigon Sistsrs chef Matt Eversman will open his new place in the West Loop focused on contemporary American influenced by Southeast Asian cuisine. He will bejoined by Tony Cournia, former general manager at Girl & The Goat.

Address: 1539 E. 53rd
The new restaurant, bar and concert venue in Hyde Park is the brainchild of Longman & Eagle owners Bruce Finkelman (Empty Bottle, Bite Cafe) and Craig Golden (Evanston’s Space and Union Pizza), with Longman chef Jared Wentworth leading the way. Details are sparse but expect a “hearth-driven kitchen.”

Address: 118 W. Grand
Celeb chef and restaurateur Gaston Acurio will be bringing his Peruvian fare to Chicago in the spring. His growing empire already has 32 restaurants around the world serving staples like anticuchos, ceviche, causas and more.

Tre Soldi
Address: 212 E. Ohio
The new 100-seat pizzeria and trattoria in Streeterville will focus on the Lazio region of Italy. Expect Roman-style pizzas and traditional Lazio dishes with a twist such as green paparadelle with fava beans and lamb ragu; lamb chops with artichoke and pancetta; and a lighter version of eggplant parmesan with goat cheese ricotta. It will also feature in-house ice creams, sorbets and desserts as well as a large wine program with over 20 wines by the glass.

Lao 18
Address: 18 W. Hubbard
A couple of months behind schedule now, Lao 18 will focus on dim sum lunch and a menu of Tony Hu favorites like Tony’s Special Chicken, Crispy Shrimp and Szechuan Smoked Tea Duck. It’ll be the first of two downtown restaurants Hu plans to open this year.

New Rebozo
Address: 46 E. Superior
Oak Park Mexican eatery New Rebozo has just opened a Chicago downtown location. Owner Reena Lopez says the new spot features a “very different menu” from the original location but has a selection of mole, their signature pomegranate special and other popular entrees. The bar will serve agave margaritas and the same drink specials.

Dryhop Brewers
Address: 3155 N. Broadway
The Lakeview brewpub is on track to open in May and will encompass 3,000 square-feet and seat 70. The six house taps will offer seasonal beers by head brewer Brant Dubovick while Pete Repak, a Charlie Trotter’s alum, will be in charge of the small plates, beer-friendly menu.

Ferris & Jack
Address: 166 E. Superior
The casual restaurant/marketplace inside the MileNorth Hotel will soon replace the recently shuttered C-House on May 1. It will seat 60 plus an outdoor patio, with a “Ferris wheel-inspired sliding glass door,” and be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu will have a classic Chicago theme and include a sausage trio, Chicago-style hot dog, and beer flight pairings with Goose Island, Bell’s Oberon and Wizen Barn Biere. The marketplace will feature a Starbucks, to-go foods and public bookshelves.

Real Comfort American Kitchen
Address: 1045 W. Madison
For those always on the run with no time to cook, Real Comfort American Kitchen will serve prepared meals to go based on American comfort food. Selections will include 4-5 gourmet mac and cheese creations, 4-5 soups, meatloaf sandwiches, take-home dinners for groups and “interesting plays on things” like a surf & turf sandwich. Look for it open some time between May and June.

Address: 5009 N. Clark
Underrepresented Nepalese cuisine will welcome Ne:Wa, an eatery focused on a segment of Nepalese called the Newars. Dishes will include mo;mo, steamed Newari-style dumplings stuffed with buffalo meat; hakku chhoilaa, smoked and charred meat dish in mustard oil; and bara, a lentil patty topped with spicy potato salad. It’s targeting a mid-June opening.

Address: 1924 W. Division
Putting a slight twist on typical Asian restaurants, MAK’s menu will feature fast-casual “healthier and modernized” Chinese dishes. Look for Chinese wraps, quinoa bowls, “MAK chicken and beef,” and a “grab and go” steam table. There will also be Japanese and Korean-influenced items. An opening date is expected soon.

The Avenue
Address: 1144 Wilmette
Wilmette will soon get an enormous new 9,000 square-feet concept by restaurateur Mitch Dulin in May. The 60-seat dining room will be more upscale and include entrees like fresh seafood, pastas, salads and sandwiches around the $14 range. A 30-seat bar will serve craft beers, small-batch bourbon, single malt scotch and a wine list with $6-8 pours, while a front lounge with coffee tables and recliners will provide customers a place to relax.

Address: 703 Church
Farmhouse will open an Evanston outpost in late May in the Hilton Orrington building. The restaurant specializes in “farm-to-tavern” Midwestern food, beer and wine and will have two floors with 160 seats along with an additional 60 patio seats.

Rich Milz with Chicago patios and rooftops

Rich Milz with Chicago patios and rooftops

Richard Milz via the Red Eye…

35+ Chicago patios and rooftops open for the season           

              Looking to enjoy the warm weather with some patio dining or rooftop drinking? These outdoor spaces at these popular bars and restaurants are open for the season, weather permitting.

Rich Milz applaudes these Nurses! Boston Strong!

Rich Milz applaudes these Nurses! Boston Strong!

from Rich Milz via Boston Globe

The 29-year-old trauma nurse was on-call at home, unwinding in front of a “Friends’’ television marathon on a Friday night. She had been ministering to patients horribly injured in the Boston Marathon bombings and craved a distraction. But she couldn’t resist flipping to the news, and as she did, police surrounded Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, cowering and bloody inside a parked pleasure boat.

Then her smartphone rang.

A nursing supervisor told the young woman to hurry into work. She didn’t know it yet, but within hours, she would be one of Tsarnaev’s bedside nurses, soothing the accused terrorist’s pain and healing his wounds — just as she had done for some of his victims.

As she raced to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, that possibility unfolded in her mind. She replayed a conversation she had had with her husband earlier in the week. She wasn’t sure she could nurse a terrorist, she had told him. “You have to do it,’’ she recalled him saying. “You have to do it so we can get answers.’’

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At the hospital, the head nurse sent her to prepare Tsarnaev’s room, ushering her into a confidential fellowship of nine trauma nurses. They were required to show identification and let police search their purses at up to four separate checkpoints to reach Tsarnaev’s heavily guarded room in an intensive care unit where all of the beds but his were eerily empty.

While Boston residents celebrated upon watching Tsarnaev’s capture at about 8:45 p.m. on April 19, the trauma nurses could not exhale. For them — and for the hospital, which also treated 24 bombing victims, some on the same floor — an extraordinarily draining six days were just beginning.

All of the nurses asked by supervisors to care for Tsarnaev agreed, the hospital said. The Globe interviewed seven of them, and all said that the ethical bedrock of their profession requires them to treat patients regardless of their personal history. They are sometimes called upon to nurse drunk drivers, prisoners, gang members, but this assignment was the ultimate test of Florence Nightingale’s founding ideals.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

One of the nurses, who agreed to be identified by her middle name, Marie, arrived on her regular unit about 7 a.m. Saturday. “Don’t put down your bag yet,’’ the nurse in charge said. Marie burst into tears.

She had been locked down at home with her children the previous day during the manhunt for the suspect, and she was already tense. “You don’t have to do this,’’ her supervisor said. “I did it because I’m a nurse and I don’t get to pick and choose my patients,’’ Marie said.

From then on, supervisors called the trauma nurses assigned to Tsarnaev ahead of time so that they could prepare themselves mentally.

The nurses said they were proud of the care they provided the suspected bomber, whose condition steadily improved, and of their role in preparing him to face justice. Tsarnaev is now at the Federal Medical Center Devens at Fort Devens, a former Army post.

Still, many felt ambivalent, especially between shifts. The nurses, who were interviewed in groups at the hospital, did not want to be identified — although some agreed to use middle names. They are afraid of the reaction from some members of the public, particularly after the disruptive protests at a Worcester funeral home that arranged the burial of Tsarnaev’s brother. A few are surprised they feel guilty for doing a good job.

Some drew an emotional line when caring for Tsarnaev that they normally don’t with other patients. One nurse, who usually talks to patients about current events to create a rapport, stuck to medical questions.

While moving Tsarnaev one day, another nurse, Irene, reflexively said: I am really sorry “hon.’’ It’s the sort of thing nurses say dozens of times a day to other patients, but it felt weird with an alleged terrorist, she said.

Afterward she and Marie made a pact. They would alert each other if either used an endearment, so they could stop.

“You see a hurt 19-year-old and you can’t help but feel sorry for him,’’ said Marie, who like other nurses referred to him as a boy. Yet, she said, she “would not be upset if he got the death penalty. There is no way to reconcile the two different feelings.’’

Some nurses said they felt no sympathy for Tsarnaev.

He and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, are believed to have planted two bombs that killed three people and injured 265 as spectators cheered runners to the end of the world-renowned race. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a shoot-out with police in Watertown on the night of April 18. With the brother still on the run the next morning, Governor Deval Patrick asked metropolitan Boston residents to hunker down indoors and businesses to close.

When police arrested Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a backyard in Watertown, he was bleeding from gunshot wounds. An ambulance rushed him to Beth Israel Deaconess because it was the closest Level 1 trauma center, Boston Emergency Medical Services said in a statement.

As the ambulance pulled up outside the emergency department on the hospital’s west campus, surrounded by police vehicles, the Norden family watched from a fifth-floor ICU, where Paul Norden, whose right leg had been blown off by one of the bombs, was recovering. Initially, his mother was upset. “I thought, why does he have to come here, where so many of the people who were hurt are,’’ Liz Norden said in an interview.

The hospital anticipated the victims’ families would be distraught, and a number complained about Tsarnaev’s presence on the sixth floor, just down the hall from some of the injured. Liz Norden spoke to a nurse, and a hospital social worker called her at about 3 a.m. to explain that Tsarnaev would not be near her son, but one floor above. Later, one of Paul Norden’s doctors talked with her about the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians that required them to do their best to save any patient’s life, including Tsarnaev’s.

Soon, however, Paul Norden was moved to a sixth-floor trauma unit, where hundreds of get-well cards from American schoolchildren still cover the walls. It was unsettling to walk by the heavily guarded ICU on the way to and from her son’s room, Liz Norden said, but caregivers were exceptionally kind to her family and the medical care was above reproach.

During their shifts, the nurses would have monitored Tsarnaev’s breathing, heart rate, and neurological status every one to two hours. They would have checked his wounds for signs of infection, asked about his pain, and administered medications — all standard ICU care.

Privacy laws prevented the nurses from discussing Tsarnaev’s specific medical treatment during the interviews.

The nurses chatted with FBI agents about baseball (some of the agents were New Yorkers and avid Yankees fans), restaurants, and vacations. The agents, who grew jumpy when monitors tracking Tsarnaev’s vital signs beeped loudly, were stationed in his room, while Boston and State Police guarded the perimeter.

When the nurses left the unit after their 12-hour shifts, they said, they did not talk to anyone about their day — not even spouses. They shielded themselves from news reports — and often from acquaintances and friends — because they did not want to hear the outrage against Tsarnaev and were afraid of unwelcome curiosity about their work.

“When you’re in the room, it’s just a patient. You’re here to . . .  make sure they’re feeling better,’’ said Michele, a 29-year-old nurse who cared for Tsarnaev the first night. “When you step away, you take it in. I am compassionate, that’s what we do. But should I be? The rest of the world hates him right now. The emotions are like one big salad, all tossed around.’’

During the week, social workers held special counseling sessions for the trauma nurses, which all nine nurses attended. “They carried this tremendous weight and responsibility,’’ said Barbara Sarnoff Lee, the hospital’s director of social work and patient and family engagement. “They heard messages from law enforcement and the world: You need to keep this person alive. We need information. We need justice.’’

Beth Israel Deaconess chief executive Dr. Kevin Tabb said that while the unwelcome experience of caring for a suspected terrorist is new to American caregivers, it is more common in Israel. Tabb worked for more than a decade at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. Nurse Julie Benbenishty, director of trauma at the Israeli hospital, said terrorists are not separated from other patients there, even if they are victims.

“Many of the support staff, the cleaners, and families of other patients will say, ‘Why are you giving him pain medication?’ They might be angry at us for turning him and washing him and for doing what we are really supposed to do,’’ she said. “After about a half-hour, I don’t see him as a terrorist anymore.’’

In Israel, she said, caregivers are open about their role, perhaps because they are more toughened to the criticism.

Here, the Beth Israel Deaconess trauma nurses are worried “people are not going to understand what we did,’’ said one. Another wondered, “If any of these people knew what I did [that] weekend, would they hate me, or would they thank me?’’

Even with spouses, the nurses felt reluctant to unburden themselves because of patient privacy rules. The 29-year-old who drove to the hospital Friday night said her husband guessed what was going on, but she warned him, “I can’t talk about it. I can’t say anything.”

The greatest source of solace turned out to be confiding in one another.

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For bombing suspect’s nurses, angst gave way to duty
Globe Staff
The nurses assigned to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at Beth Israel Deaconess did what they had to do, and did it well.
By Liz Kowalczyk