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Judge Rules in Favor of Police Officers' Lawsuit Against Gun Store
A judge has ruled in favor of two Milwaukee, Wis. police officers who filed a lawsuit after they were wounded with guns sold by Badger Guns or its predecessor, Badger Outdoors. On Monday, the judge ruled that the lawsuit would see a trial. Over the last two years, six police officers have been wounded by guns sold to criminals by the gun store.
John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 03/24/2014
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Family Files Lawsuit Over Child's Death in Police Chase
The family of an 11-year-old boy who was killed when he was hit by a car during a chase initiated by the Chicago Police Department has filed a lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges officers disregarded public safety on Dec. 21 as they chased a man in an allegedly stolen vehicle that crashed into an SUV, killing the young boy. According to the lawsuit, the police should not have initiated the chase in a largely congested area in which they ignored traffic signals.
Dan Hinkel, Chicago Tribune 03/24/2014
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Hazing Death of University Student Spurs Lawsuit
The family of a High Point University student who died as a result of a hazing ritual led by the university president's son has filed a lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that the 22-year-old boy was "violently assaulted and battered" during a hazing ritual at the North Carolina school in which the boy died of a drug overdose. The university president's son, the lawsuit claims, was the leader of the incident. The family is seeking damages in excess of $10,000.
Nina Golgowski, New York Daily News 03/24/2014
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Fracking Co. Owner Pleads Guilty to Dumping Waste in Ohio River
The former owner of a Youngstown, Ohio, oil-and-gas drilling business who ordered an employee to pump tens of thousands of gallons of fracking waste into a river pleaded guilty today in federal court in Cleveland, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Benedict Lupo faces up to three years in prison, and payments which could exceed $3 million in restitution and as much as $1 million in fines.
Terry Carter, American Bar Association Journal 03/25/2014
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Jury Awards Johnson County Landowner $1.6M for Pipeline Easement
A Johnson County judge last week last month ordered a pipeline company to pay more than $1.6 million for a property easement that had previously been valued just under $80,000. The easement dated to 2007, and with back interest and expenses the jury's valuation came to $2.1 million.
Jim Fuquay, Star Telegram 03/25/2014
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Selling a Poison by the Barrel: Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes
“E-liquids,” the key ingredients in e-cigarettes, are powerful neurotoxins. Tiny amounts, whether ingested or absorbed through the skin, can cause vomiting and seizures and even be lethal. A teaspoon of even highly diluted e-liquid can kill a small child. But, like e-cigarettes, e-liquids are not regulated by federal authorities. Evidence of the potential dangers is already emerging. Toxicologists warn that e-liquids pose a significant risk to public health, particularly to children, who may be drawn to their bright colors and fragrant flavorings like cherry, chocolate and bubble gum.
MATT RICHTEL, The New York Times 03/25/2014
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Deepwater Horizon Oil Left Tuna, Other Species with Heart Defects
The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill struck at the very heart of fish, a new study says. Exposed to millions of gallons of crude, young tuna and amberjack, some of the speediest predators in the ocean, developed heart defects that are likely to limit their ability to catch food. The findings of the study, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, have grim implications for the future of yellowfin and bluefin tuna, as well as amberjack, that were embryos, larvae or juveniles when the spill occurred during tuna-spawning season in the northern Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.
Darryl Fears, The Washington Post 03/25/2014
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Ship Channel Remains Closed After Oil Spill
The Houston Ship Channel, where up to 168,000 gallons of oil were spilled after a barge and a tanker collided last weekend, will remain closed until Tuesday. The towboat involved in the spill, the M/V Miss Susan, was pushing two barges en route to the Bolivar peninsula from Texas City when the accident occurred in heavy fog, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Government records show the Miss Susan has been involved in a string of 20 accidents and incidents reported to the Coast Guard in the past dozen years, including two other accidents that occurred when the boat was pushing barges containing oil or asphalt. The barges and the Miss Susan are owned by Houston-based Kirby Inland Marine.
Harvey Rice, Anita Hassan, and Lise Olsen, Houston Chronicle 03/24/2014
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