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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

Black Hawk Defects Caused Deadly Maryland Crash, Lawsuit Claims

The widow of an Army specialist who died in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Maryland last year and two other servicemen who were critically injured in the same crash are suing Sikorsky Aircraft and its parent company Lockheed Martin, alleging a defect in the helicopter’s tail rotor caused the aircraft to spin out of control and plummet to the ground. Spc. Jeremy Tomlin, 22, of Chapel Hill, Tennessee, was killed in the Black Hawk UH-60 helicopter crash. Capt. Terikazu Onoda, the pilot, and Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Nicholas were critically injured and continue to suffer from permanent physical and ... Read More

Family sues MGM after daughter was electrocuted by illuminated handrail

The family of a 6-year-old girl who suffered brain damage after being electrocuted by an illuminated handrail bordering a fountain at MGM National Harbor Hotel in Oxon Hill, Maryland, has filed a lawsuit against the resort. On the evening of June 26, Zynae Green touched the lighted handrail, which sent 120 volts of electricity through her body – 10 times what the railing needed to stay lit, according to the complaint. When her mother, Rydicka Rosier, and a security guard tried to pull her away from the railing, they also were electrocuted. The jolt caused Green to go into immediate ... Read More

Worker trench collapse death nets contractor $275,000 fine

A Maryland company’s negligence is to blame for a 20-year-old contractor’s on-the-job death while working to clear a clogged water line from a Baltimore city pool, according to the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MOSH), which slapped the company, R.F. Warder Inc., with $275,000 in penalties. The fatality occurred June 5 during an “urgent” repair to a draining line running from the city pool in Northeast Baltimore in advance of the pool’s opening later that month. Warder was assigned the contract by the city to maintain sewer lines and heating and chilled water systems – contracts that were later ... Read More

Funeral directors stocking up on opioid antidote

The National Funeral Directors Association is recommending its funeral directors recognize the symptoms of drug overdose and stock the opioid antidote naloxone in order to protect embalmers from exposure to highly potent pain killers like fentanyl and carfentanyl. The medications can be deadly in even the smallest quantities when inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Protecting funeral home employees is yet another aspect of the opioid epidemic. Funeral directors are calling themselves “last responders” in the opioid crisis, and have been seeing overdose victims in record numbers in recent years. Opioids have become more potent, killing users and putting those ... Read More

Listeria Outbreak Linked to Recalled Ham Kills One

A multistate outbreak of Listeria infections linked to ham, including one death, has triggered Johnston County Hams of Smithfield, North Carolina, to recall nearly 90,000 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products. Federal and state health officials say the outbreak of listeriosis has sickened at least three people in North Carolina and Virginia and has been linked to one death in Virginia. Ongoing investigations of the outbreak are being led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, and health officials in the affected states. Listeria illnesses are relatively rare ... Read More

Two Risperdal cases allowed to seek punitive damages

Two boys can seek punitive damages from Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals on their claims that the company failed to warn them that its antipsychotic Risperdal could cause them to develop female-like breasts, a Pennsylvania judge ruled. The cases were a part of a mass tort program in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, where about 6,700 cases are pending. In May 2014, Judge New had issued a global order for the Risperdal mass tort program that because of Janssen’s business ties to New Jersey, the company could fall under that state’s law, which protects drug companies against punitive damages ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Kosher Chicken Kills One, Sickens Several Others

An outbreak of Salmonella illness that caused one death and at sent at least 17 others to the hospital for treatment has been linked to raw chicken products packaged and sold by Empire Kosher brand, federal health authorities announced. Although the outbreak of Salmonella illnesses linked to the chicken started nearly a year ago, health officials investigating the outbreak only recently discovered that those sickened had eaten kosher chicken. When asked what brand of chicken they had consumed, the patients reported eating Empire Kosher brand. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said its Food Safety and Inspection Service arm ... Read More

Maryland Natural Gas Explosion Victims Waiting for Answers

More than two years after a natural gas explosion destroyed a Maryland apartment building, killing seven people and injuring dozens more, residents are still waiting for the results of a federal investigation. Residents of the Flower Branch Apartment complex in Silver Spring, Maryland, complained repeatedly about the smell of natural gas on the premises before one of the buildings exploded just before midnight on Aug. 10, 2016. The natural gas explosion leveled much of the building, killing Saeda Ibrahim, 41; Augusto Jimenez Sr., 62; Maria Auxiliadorai Castellon-Martinez, 53; Aseged Mekonen, 34; Deibi “David” Samir Lainez Morales, 8; Fernando Josue Hernandez ... Read More

Giant Hogweed Plant Leaves Virginia Teen With Third-Degree Facial Burns

A Virginia teen is recovering from third-degree burn injuries he developed after coming in contact with a Giant Hogweed plant while working a landscaping job. Alex Childress, 17, of Spotsylvania, was clearing vegetation on the job July 12 when he thought he was feeling the effects of a sunburn on his face. He continued working throughout the day, not realizing the actual danger he was in, Newsweek reports. When he returned home, he took a shower and found the skin on his face and arm was peeling away, much like it would after a severe sunburn. His mother, a nurse ... Read More