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Quick Picks: An FDA Miss on Syringes and a Lobbying Boom for Climate Change

Quick Picks focuses on a select few of the day's stories from "Breaking on the Web."

  • The FDA began receiving complaints about contaminated syringes from a North Carolina plant in 2005 but didn't recall them until December 2007, around the time that five people died and a hundred more were sickened by them, reports the News & Observer. An FDA spokeswoman told the paper that inspectors visited the plant at least six times between 1999 and 2007. But court documents show "flagrant violation[s]" at the plant, including a "chief microbiologist" who was a teenage dropout.
  • Climate change lobbyists are multiplying like bunnies in anticipation of a major overhaul of climate change legislation. According to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity, the number of lobbyists focused on climate change -- "special interests that seek to derail, blunt, or tailor any new climate policy to their narrow agendas" – has increased by more than 300 percent in just five years.

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