Friday, November 5, 1999

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  • Closing Arguments End in Corcoran Prison Brutality Trial

    Closing arguments ended yesterday in the trial of four prison guards accused of setting up the rape of a prisoner in the state’s notorious Corcoran State Prison near Fresno, California. Prosecutors said that the officers put Eddie Dillard, a 118 pound prisoner, in a cell with 6-foot-2, 220 pound Wayne Robertson, a notorious inmate nicknamed "the Booty Bandit" with a long history of raping cellmates. Dillard had listed Robertson as a personal enemy prior to the incident, which took place in 1993. Dillard was left in Robertson’s cell for two days, where he was repeatedly raped. Prosecutors say the guards set up the rape to punish Dillard for kicking a fellow officer.

  • Is Your Cereal Genetically Engineered?

    The North Dakota Grain Inspection Service has started testing seeds and crops to verify they have not been genetically engineered. Consumer pressure has led some major grain-buying companies to offer premiums for non-altered crops, and to segregate the crops they buy.

  • Monopoly of Utility Companies Over Energy Industry and Nuclear Power

    A federal appeals court has allowed nearly 2,000 people to revive lawsuits over health problems they blame on the 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 3rd Circuit court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a lower court judge made an error three years ago when she threw out the cases stemming from the worst nuclear accident in the nation’s history.

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