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  January 23, 2013

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Oregon Jury Awards $1.3 Million in Crash Lawsuit

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A jury in Oregon has awarded $1.3 million to a Vancouver man who was injured in a Hillsboro, Ore., traffic crash in 2001. The man's car was struck by a commercial truck that made an illegal left turn at an intersection. The plaintiff suffered a broken leg, strained neck and fractured knee, the lawsuit stated.
Emily E. Smith, The Oregonian 01/23/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Victim 6 in Sandusky Sex Abuse Case Files Federal Lawsuit

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A young man who testified at the child sex abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky last summer is suing him, a charity he started and the university. The man was called Victim 6 in court papers. He sued Tuesday in federal court in Philadelphia, claiming Sandusky's behavior was "ratified" by The Second Mile charity and Penn State. He's seeking at least $75,000 in damages.
Associated Press, AP Wire 01/23/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Sexual Abuse Files Cast Shadow on Los Angeles Cardinal

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Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, for more than 25 years the savvy shepherd of the Roman Catholic Church in Los Angeles, retired nearly two years ago to a renovated yellow house behind his childhood parish, pledging to stay in the spotlight by continuing to fight for the rights of immigrants. But the cardinal now finds himself in a most unwelcome spotlight, one that he sought for years to avoid. Internal church personnel files released this week as part of a civil court case reveal that he and his top adviser knowingly shielded priests accused of child sexual abuse from law enforcement. In one letter, the cardinal ordered a clergyman to stay in New Mexico, where he had been sent for treatment, to avoid the possibility of being reported to the police in California.
LAURIE GOODSTEIN, The New York Times 01/23/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Rabbi Settles Inappropriate Contact Lawsuit

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A rabbi in Albany, N.Y., has agreed to pay $6,000 to the family of a young boy he had "inappropriate contact with" in 2007. The rabbi also pleaded guilty to a 2010 misdemeanor charge of child endangerment after admitting to the contact. The rabbi admitted to becoming aroused while spending time with the child and one other in a mikvah - a small pool used for spiritual purification.
Robert Gavin, Albany Times Union 01/23/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Arab Woman Profiled on Flight, Suit Says

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An Ohio woman who is half-Jewish and half-Arab has filed a lawsuit against the FBI and other federal agencies over an incident wherein she was "yanked" off an airplane in Detroit on Sept. 11, 2011. The woman said she was targeted, handcuffed, strip-searched and jailed for four hours "because of her ethnic background." The suit accuses the defendants of racial and ethnic profiling.
Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press 01/23/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Dairy Milk Price Fixing Lawsuit Settled

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Dairy farmers in the southeast will receive $159 million as a settlement in an antitrust lawsuit against the Dairy Farmers of America over allegations of price controls. In the lawsuit, farmers claimed that major milk producers conspired together to "drive down the prices they received for milk."
Wire Report, Tennessean 01/23/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Maker Aware of 40% Failure in Hip Implant

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An internal analysis conducted by Johnson & Johnson in 2011 not long after it recalled a troubled hip implant estimated that the all-metal device would fail within five years in nearly 40 percent of patients who received it, newly disclosed court records show. Johnson & Johnson never released those projections for the device, the Articular Surface Replacement, or A.S.R., which the company recalled in mid-2010. But at the same time that the medical products giant was performing that analysis, it was publicly playing down similar findings from a British implant registry about the device’s early failure rate.
BARRY MEIER, The New York Times 01/23/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Taking a Harder Look at Fracking and Health

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A coalition of academic researchers in the United States is preparing to shine a rigorous scientific light on the polarized and often emotional debate over whether using hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas is hazardous to human health. Some five years after the controversial combination of fracking and horizontal drilling in the gas-rich Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and surrounding states got under way, a team of toxicologists from the University of Pennsylvania is leading a national effort to study the health effects of fracking.
JON HURDLE, The New York Times 01/23/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Return Patients Vex Hospitals

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Several studies published online Tuesday in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggest that poor coordination among different providers after patients leave the hospital is largely to blame for many readmissions, and the focus should be on improving that care. Hospitals may fail to identify patients at high risk for complications or new illnesses that may land them back in the hospital, and there is often insufficient help for patients to make the transition from hospital to home.
LAURA LANDRO, Wall Street Journal - $$ Subscription Required 01/23/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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