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Mother's Lawsuit Seeks Release of Son From Mental Facility
The mother of a 31-year-old mentally ill man from Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit alleging that the correctional facility which keeps her son has overused seclusion and physical restraints. The lawsuit alleges that the facility has illegally secluded the plaintiff's son and kept him strapped down for days or weeks at a time. According to the lawsuit, the man's "psychological condition has substantially deteriorated as a result of his prolonged isolation and placement in a correction facility." The lawsuit seeks to have the man released from the correctional facility.
Michael Rezendes, Boston Globe 03/31/2014
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Man Files Malpractice Suit Against His Attorney
A Michigan man who spent seven years in prison before his sexual assault conviction was overturned has filed a malpractice lawsuit against his attorney and the Michigan Supreme Court says they will not intervene. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was convicted after a 53-minute trial in which his attorney didn’t ask for a jury or make an opening statement. The plaintiff was released from prison in 2012 after the Supreme Court ruled that the attorney violated the plaintiff’s constitutional rights to an adequate defense.
Wire Report, Detroit Free Press 03/30/2014
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U.S. Agency Knew About G.M. Flaw but Did Not Act
Federal regulators decided not to open an inquiry on the ignitions of Chevrolet Cobalts and other cars even after their own investigators reported in 2007 that they knew of four fatal crashes, 29 complaints and 14 other reports that showed the problem disabled air bags, according to a memo released by a House subcommittee on Sunday. Then in 2010, the safety agency came to the same decision after receiving more reports that air bags were not deploying.
Matthew Wald, The New York Times 03/31/2014
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Why Did GM Take So Long to Respond to Deadly Defect?
GM’s failure to alert customers sooner could end up costing the automaker hundreds of millions of dollars in fines and much more in reputational damage. It has already cost the lives of the drivers. With so much at stake, why didn’t GM act sooner? The answer, according to many people familiar with the automaker, is a corporate culture reluctant to pass along bad news. When GM was struggling to cut costs and buff its image, a recall of its popular small cars would have been a terrible setback.
Michael A. Fletcher and Steven Mufson, The Washington Post 03/31/2014
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Many Still Wary of Water Months After W.Va. Spill
On Jan. 9, an industrial storage container spilled around 10,000 gallons of crude MCHM, a chemical used in coal production, a half mile above a drinking water intake in the river. The drinking ban was lifted Jan. 13, when authorities said levels of the chemical MCHM had dropped below a federal safety threshold of 1 part per million. President Jeff McIntyre of the water supplier West Virginia American Water even sipped a glass of the water in front of journalists soon after. But many residents have remained wary. Since state and federal funds for water distribution stopped last month, many grassroots organizations have stepped in to help distribute clean water, alleviating the expense for many residents still distrustful of the tap.
SARAH PLUMMER, AP, Yahoo News 03/31/2014
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Texas Landowners Fear the Worst With Keystone XL Pipeline
While the debate rages over the northern part of the project, the $2.6 billion southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline is already pumping crude 487 miles to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. The part of the pipeline that began operating in January was fast-tracked by President Barack Obama and has been called an economic boon, a job creator, a way to help the U.S. become more energy independent — and one of the “safest” pipelines built to date. But some who live along the path of the TransCanada pipeline say they fear the day a leak occurs and the contamination it could unleash on Texas land and waterways.
Anna M. Tinsley, Star Telegram 03/31/2014
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Experts: Galveston Bay Spill Never Should Have Happened
Documents, data about the ships involved and interviews with captains and government officials suggest that multiple factors likely increased dangers on the day of the accident in an area already considered one of the busiest and most hazardous shipping intersections in the world.
Lise Olsen, Houston Chronicle 03/31/2014
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