Wednesday, November 24, 1999

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  • Labor Department Outlines New Health and Safety Standards for Ergonomics

    The Labor Department this week unveiled proposals aimed at making the workplace safer for employees engaged in heavy lifting or repetitive motion, which is a major cause of workplace injuries known as musculo-skeletal disorders (MSD’s). The injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome and chronic back injuries, caused by activities like typing or working on an assembly line.

  • Tulsa Race Riot Commission Plans Excavation in Search of Mass Graves

    In Tulsa, Oklahoma, a commission investigating one of the nation’s worst acts of racial violence is seeking the city’s permission to dig in a cemetery in search of mass graves.

  • New York’s War On the Homeless

    Last week in New York City, after an office worker was left in critical condition by a random attack that may have been committed by a homeless person, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced a crackdown on people who live and sleep in the streets. "Streets do not exist in civilized societies for the purpose of people sleeping there," the mayor said. "Bedrooms are for sleeping." Police Commissioner Howard Safir added that if homeless people sleeping on the sidewalks refuse help from the police and then "don’t obey, we’re going to arrest them."

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