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Sep 19, 2014

Baltimore judge weighs $190 million accord on secret gynecological photos

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – A $190 million settlement to compensate thousands of women who were secretly photographed by a now-deceased Johns Hopkins Hospital gynecologist during exams will go before a Baltimore judge on Friday.

The hospital and former patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, who had worked there for 25 years, reached a preliminary settlement deal in July to resolve accusations that the doctor secretly filmed and took photos of up to 9,500 women, often using a spy pen.

Sep 18, 2014

Washington D.C. voters back legal pot by 2-1 margin: poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – District of Columbia voters back legalized marijuana by a nearly two-to-one margin less than seven weeks before a referendum on the issue, according to a poll released on Thursday.

If voters approve Initiative 71 on Nov. 4, the U.S. capital would follow Colorado and Washington state into experimenting with legal pot.

Sep 18, 2014

U.S. panel puts off decision on designs for troubled Eisenhower Memorial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A decision on the design of Washington’s troubled Eisenhower Memorial was delayed on Wednesday as the panel overseeing its construction failed to muster a quorum in its first meeting in 15 months.

The meeting of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission had been seen as a chance to find a way forward for the monument to the 34th president and World War Two general after years of delays. The panel was to choose between alternatives to a contentious design by celebrity architect Frank Gehry.

Sep 17, 2014

U.S. panel weighs new designs for troubled Eisenhower Memorial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The troubled Eisenhower Memorial reaches a crossroads on Wednesday as the panel overseeing its construction weighs alternatives to the original contentious design by celebrity architect Frank Gehry.

The memorial to the 34th U.S. president and World War Two Allied commander has been on the drawing board for 15 years. The proposed monument at the base of Capitol Hill has already cost taxpayers $41 million with no design in place, plagued by rising costs and delays.

Sep 17, 2014

U.S. needs better end-of-life care, which might cut costs -study

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The United States needs to
improve its medical care for people nearing death, a move that
might cut rising healthcare costs, an Institute of Medicine
(IOM) study said on Wednesday.

The 507-page “Dying in America” study is aimed at opening a
debate on how the U.S. healthcare system treats Americans
nearing death and urges comprehensive care to improve the
quality of life in their final days.

Sep 15, 2014

Senate holds hearing on District of Columbia statehood

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate committee will consider statehood for the District of Columbia on Monday, the first hearing on the matter by Congress in two decades, but there is practically no chance for the U.S. capital to become the 51st state.

The bill before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee would give Washington and its roughly 650,000 residents a vote in Congress by carving a state, New Columbia, out of the current District of Columbia.

Sep 12, 2014

Hawks general manager takes leave of absence after making racial comments

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry, under fire for making racially charged remarks, has taken an indefinite leave of absence, the NBA team said on Friday.

Ferry’s move follows an announcement on Sunday by majority owner Bruce Levenson that he would sell his controlling interest because he had sent a racially insensitive email. The incidents have raised concerns about racial attitudes in the franchise’s front office.

Sep 11, 2014

Pesticides a concern for aquatic life in most U.S. urban streams : study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The proportion of urban streams in the United States with potentially worrisome levels of pesticides for aquatic life has surged to 90 percent, a two-decade government study said on Thursday.

Some of the more than 500 million pounds (220 million kg) of pesticides used yearly in the United States are concentrated at levels that pose a concern for fish and water-dwelling insects, the U.S. Geological Survey report on pesticides from 1992 to 2011 said. The levels seldom topped human health standards.

Sep 8, 2014

Former Virginia political candidate indicted in three killings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An eccentric former Virginia political candidate was indicted on Monday in three killings that had sparked fears a serial killer could be loose in the Washington area.

A grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, charged Charles Severance with 10 counts, including murder and firearms charges, the commonwealth attorney’s office said in a statement.

Sep 6, 2014

Feature – College football’s big question: Where are the game-day fans?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the 2014 U.S. college football season kicks off, athletic departments face one big worry – that fans of one of the nation’s most popular sports are watching it from sofas or bars, rather than filling stadiums.

Even as the value of television contracts and merchandise sales soars for top teams, university administrators sweat the empty seats, given that ticket sales are still the top revenue generator for college sports.

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      "Ian Simpson covers Italian equities from Milan with a focus on banks. In a 30-year career, he has been based in Dallas, Kansas City, New York, Washington, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Portugal and Italy. He has reported from more than 20 countries."
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