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2012-02-14T00:00:00Z Around the nationFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
February 14, 2012 12:00 am  • 


Sealant with coal tar called risk to kids

CHICAGO - Children living next to driveways or parking lots coated with coal tar are exposed to significantly higher doses of cancer-causing chemicals than those living near untreated asphalt, according to a study that raises new questions about commonly used pavement sealants.

Researchers from Baylor University and the U.S. Geological Survey also found that children living near areas treated with coal-tar-based sealants ingest twice as many polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from contaminated dust tracked into their homes as they do from food.

The peer-reviewed study, and other new research documenting how coal-tar sealants emit high levels of troublesome chemicals into the air, comes as several cities in the Midwest, South and East are trying to ban the products' use on playgrounds, parking lots and driveways. Some major retailers have pulled the products from their shelves, but coal-tar sealants remain widely available elsewhere.

North Dakota

Panel will sue to block Fighting Sioux name

BISMARCK - North Dakota's Board of Higher Education voted Monday to sue to block a state law requiring the University of North Dakota's athletics teams to be called the Fighting Sioux.

The board approved the lawsuit after meeting by telephone with state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who said he was confident the law violates the state Constitution.

The university has been trying to retire the nickname and a separate logo that shows an American Indian warrior's square-jawed profile. The NCAA has imposed sanctions on the university for using the nickname and logo.


Fake-degree lawsuit vs. Yale can proceed

HARTFORD - A federal judge has rejected a second bid by Yale University to throw out all the allegations in a lawsuit filed by a South Korean university that claims it lost tens of millions of dollars after Yale damaged its reputation.

Dongguk University claims in the 2008 lawsuit that it hired an art history professor after Yale wrongly confirmed the professor earned a doctorate at the New Haven school. Court papers say the professor, Shin Jeong-ah, later had a scandalous love affair with an aide to South Korea's president.

Dongguk, a Buddhist-affiliated university in Seoul, is suing Yale for more than $50 million, saying it lost that amount in government grants, alumni donations and costs of building a law school the government later refused to approve because of the scandal.

Rhode Island

$336M Powerball ticket sold at market

CRANSTON - The winning ticket in Saturday's $336.4 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a Stop & Shop supermarket in Newport, but no one has come forward to claim the prize, Rhode Island lottery officials said Monday.

The lump sum cash payout will be $210 million, which is the highest ever for Powerball, officials said.

The jackpot was the third-largest in Powerball history and the sixth-largest in U.S. history, lottery spokeswoman Melissa Juhnowski said.

The top jackpot was a $390 million Mega Millions prize won in March 2007, she said.


Chemical spill sends over dozen to hospital

MONTEREY - A hazardous materials spill at a Monterey, Calif., hotel sent more than a dozen workers to the hospital and led to the evacuation of about 200 guests.

City spokeswoman Anne McGrath said the spill occurred around 9 a.m. Monday in the laundry room of the Portola Hotel in downtown Monterey.

The spill apparently occurred when chlorine mixed with other chemicals in the laundry room. City officials are still investigating.

Wire reports

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