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Worker decapitated by helicopter blade

A man working to jumpstart a helicopter at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport in Florida, “died almost immediately,” after being struck in the head by the helicopter’s spinning blade, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. The accident occurred around 3:35 p.m. on Jan. 10. Salvatore Disi, 62, and another man were working near the hangars of the airport to jumpstart a 1993 Bell 230 twin-engine light helicopter, when unexpectedly the spinning rotor blades of the aircraft “suddenly jerked up and then came down.” The blades struck Disi in the head, decapitating him. Fire and rescue workers were initially called ... Read More

Detroit contractor faces stiff consequences for ignoring asbestos removal laws

A Detroit, Michigan-based contractor was permanently banned from city contracts after knowingly demolishing a home that contained asbestos without properly removing it, posing a health risk to workers and those in close proximity, according to the Detroit Free Press Den-Man Contractors had been the subject of a probe by Detroit’s Office of Inspector General, an independent agency that investigates claims of waste and fraud. According to Detroit Building Authority documents, Dave MacDonald, a former employee with Den-Man, directed the demolition of a home in a blighted neighborhood in Detroit despite having received emails from an abatement contractor who urged him ... Read More

Flint Water Crisis Investigation May Reopen Under Democrat-Led House

U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings says he intends to reopen investigative hearings on the Flint water crisis when he takes the helm of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee next month. Rep. Cummings (D-Maryland) has indicated he plans to put outgoing Michigan Governor Rick Snyder back in the hot seat to clarify the extent of his knowledge of the Flint water crisis and an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in the city after state officials changed its water supply from Detroit’s water system to the heavily contaminated Flint River. Gov. Snyder told the committee in previous hearings that he “has no ... Read More

Family Says American Airlines Abandoned Handicapped Woman in Airport

The family of a wheelchair-bound woman who was allegedly abandoned by American Airlines employees overnight in Chicago O’Hare International Airport says the airline needs to “revisit their policies” for dealing with the disabled and elderly. Sixty-seven-year-old Olimpia Warsaw was on her way to Detroit to attend her ex-husband’s funeral. Her son Claude Coltea told CBS News Chicago that he took his mother to the airport and made sure she was checked in for her flight. Mr. Coltea said an AA staff member assured him that the flight was on time and that they would take good care of his mom, ... Read More

Exploding Lithium-Ion Batteries for E-Cig Burn Louisiana Woman

A Louisiana woman is recovering from serious burns after a lithium-ion battery for an e-cigarette exploded in her hand. Kimberly Wright of Downsvile, Louisiana, told NBC 10 News that the lithium-ion battery burn is “the most violent acute pain that I have ever felt” and described the sound of the explosion as “like the combination of a bottle rocket and pipe bomb.” As she was dealing with the burning battery, dragging a burning rug out of her house, a second lithium-ion battery “skyrocketed to the roof and exploded,” NBC 10 reported. “The second battery blew up and it was even ... Read More

Flint Administrator’s Whistleblower Retaliation Suit Revived on Appeal

A former Flint, Michigan city administrator’s whistleblower retaliation complaint against the city has been revived by a federal appeals court. According to Michigan Radio, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals said there’s a key dispute over significant facts in Natasha Henderson’s whistleblower claim that a jury should sort out. “Henderson has mustered sufficient circumstantial evidence of a retaliatory motive to prevent summary judgment,” Circuit Judge Jane B. Stranch wrote in an opinion as part of a three-judge panel, according to MLive. In August 2017, U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox dismissed Ms. Henderson’s complaint against the city of Flint, ... Read More

How the Flint Water Crisis Starred in the Miss America Pageant

Miss America 2019 contestant Emily Sioma used her brief introduction during the pageant Sunday night to call the nation’s attention to the water crisis in Flint and her home state of Michigan. “From the state with 84 percent of the United States’ fresh water but none for its residents to drink, I am Miss Michigan, Emily Sioma,” she said. The words were brief, honest, and unspecific, yet they served as a scathing indictment to the public officials in her home state and their failed leadership that have contributed to “the Flint Water Crisis and the broader issues surrounding unsafe water ... Read More

High Lead Levels Prompt Detroit to Shut All Public School Taps

Dangerously high levels of lead in the Detroit public school system have prompted the city’s Public Schools Superintendent to order the taps in all of the city’s 106 public schools to be closed. Students who started school on Tuesday, Sept. 4, were provided water from coolers and bottled water. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti took over Michigan’s largest school district last year after it had been under state management for years.  He ordered the testing of every water outlet in every public school building in the spring – a decision motivated largely by the water crisis in the neighboring city of Flint ... Read More

Whistleblower Doctor Who Led U.S. to $84.5 Million Settlement ‘Risked Everything’

A neuroscientist whistleblower who witnessed corruption within the Detroit-area hospital system where he worked and took legal action despite the serious risks to his career has helped the U.S. government recover nearly $85 million for the Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE programs. Dr. David Felten filed a False Claims Act lawsuit against William Beaumont Hospitals in 2010 alleging the regional hospital system engaged in improper financial relationships with eight referring physicians, resulting in the submission of false claims to federal health care programs as well as violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law. Dr. Felten, a leading figure in the ... Read More

Top Michigan Health Official faces Manslaughter Charges in Flint water crisis

Michigan’s top medical chief will be tried on three criminal charges related to his handling of the Flint water crisis, including two charges of involuntary manslaughter for the deaths of two elderly men who died from Legionnaires disease amid the water crisis. Nick Lyon, who continues to serve as director of Michigan’s Health and Human Services Department, is the highest-ranking public official to date to be charged in connection to the Flint water crisis. According to the Associated Press, Michigan District Judge David Goggins said Mr. Lyon was “corrupt” in his handling of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that sickened at ... Read More