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Briefly: State weighs suing 'Big Dig' contractors

Reuters, The Associated Press

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2006
BOSTON UNITED STATES
 
The attorney general of Massachusetts is demanding that contractors refund $108 million for shoddy work on the "Big Dig," which is the biggest public works project in U.S. history and has been plagued by leaks and delays.
 
Attorney General Tom Reilly plans to sue Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff and other companies if the two sides do not reach an agreement over 200 complaints of poor work in the construction of a highway system under the center of Boston, the Boston Globe reported Saturday. Reilly was said to be seeking $67 million from Bechtel and $41 million from other companies. (Reuters)
 
NEW YORK
 
Poison in a bottle
 
The poison arrived in a plastic bottle from India bearing a label in English and Hindi. "Useful in flu and bodyache," it read. "Two tabs twice a day or as per physician's advice."
 
It did not say that the herbal medicine on sale at a store in Queens contained 2,190 times the amount of mercury considered safe by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. The tablets were among a variety of imported products seized by New York health officials last year in immigrant-rich neighborhoods filled with exotic goods.
 
Other products have included two pesticides banned in the United States because they are dangerous to children: an Asian roach killer nicknamed "Chinese Chalk" and a Latin American rat poison called "Tres Pasitos," or "three little steps," referring to how far a rat can walk before succumbing to the poison. Last spring, the authorities told people to avoid unpasteurized Mexican cheese that had turned up at groceries, saying it may contain a bacterium that causes tuberculosis. (AP)
 
NEWARK, New Jersey: A judge will allow the state's worst serial killer to donate a kidney, but he and his doctors must meet conditions. A Superior Court judge did not say when Charles Cullen might have surgery to transplant one of his kidneys into the relative of a friend. Cullen has admitted killing 29 patients with drug overdoses at nursing homes and hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has been sentenced to 18 life terms. (AP)
 
 
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