A partial list of stores involved in the 1.8 million pound ground beef recall linked to an E.coli outbreak that has sickened at least 11 people in four states has been published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS). It’s a small list for a big recall, but the agency is not permitted to list restaurants, only retail stores, and the list may not yet include all locations.
So far, here are the retail locations that are part of the recall. Gordon Food Service Marketplace Stores in FL, IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, PA, TN, and WI.; Surf N Turf Market in Sebring, Florida; Giorgio’s Italian Deli in Stuart, Florida; M Sixty Six General Store in Orleans, Michigan and Buchtel Food Mart on Buchtel, Ohio.
Confirmed E. Coli Case in Mass Prompts National Beef Recall
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Monday confirmed that a Western Massachusetts resident has E. coli, according to MassLive. That case, along with others across the country, has prompted Wolverine Packing Company and the US Department of Agriculture to recall 1.8 million pounds of beef.
The beef produced between March 31 and April 18 and distributed for use in restaurants in Ohio, Michigan, Missouri and Massachusetts. The recall notice notes that none of the beef in question was distributed to the Department of Defense, the National School Lunch Program or for catalog or internet sales.
Products that are subject to are marked with the number “EST. 2574B” and will have a production date code in the format “Packing Nos: MM DD 14” between “03 31 14” and “04 18 14.”
The recall was ordered after the Massachusetts resident, along with five Michiganders, four Ohioans and a Missourian became ill with E. coli
It is always noteworthy when a lawmaker breaks what seems to be the “Cardinal Rule” against speaking out against one’s own party, particularly when it regards the party’s signature accomplishment. The Obama administration cannot possibly be pleased with the assertions made by Representative Stephen Lynch (shown, D-Mass.) about the healthcare law, which stand in direct opposition to statements made by the president about the very same law.
On April 17, readers may recall, President Obama announced during a White House news conference that the healthcare law “is working.” Yet during an interview with the Boston Herald, Lynch did not hesitate to criticize the law when he said the worst of the Affordable Care Act has yet to be seen.
“There are parts of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, that were postponed because they are unpalatable,” he told the Herald. “As these provisions come into effect, the administration thus far is saying, ‘Gee, we really can’t handle this right now so we’re going to delay it.’”
Sorry Bieber, you’re not boyfriend material, according to girls’ funny ‘boyfriend rules’
Jessica DukesTODAY contributor
When a mom from Sudbury, Massachusetts, tweeted her daughters’ list of “boyfriend rules,” the Internet paid attention. Equal parts wise (he should “make you laugh”) and hilarious (“don’t pick your nose”), the list was inspired by none other than Justin Bieber, according to mom Gabrielle, who asked that her family’s last name not be used to protect their privacy.
Blaire (age 6) is “Bieber-obsessed,” according to mom, but older sister Brooke (age 9) is always reminding her that Biebs is not boyfriend material. “I suggested that Brooke make a list of the qualities that she thinks may be important in a FUTURE boyfriend — I joke with them that they aren’t allowed to have boyfriends until they are 25,” Gabrielle told TODAY Moms.
The Earth Policy Institute listed the Cape Wind project as one of three possibilities for the first offshore wind farm in the U.S., and a recent agreement makes that even more likely.
Siemens signed a contract before New Year’s that will allow the German company to supply the $2.6 billion Cape Wind farm with 130 turbines for a potential output of 468 megawatts (MW), according to My Wind Power System. That amount is enough to power 75 percent of Cape Cod and the Islands.
In addition to the 3.6-MW turbines, Siemens will also provide an offshore electric service platform (ESP), maintenance and service for the first 15 years of commercial operation.
An artist’s rendering of the Cape Wind Farm and a boat tour of the farm. Photo credit: Cape Wind
“This is a significant milestone for this project and we’re excited about it,” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said. “Massachusetts will be a pioneer in the emerging offshore wind industry, which brings with it both clean energy and good jobs.”
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the nation’s coastal regions have the potential to host more than 4.1 million MW. Shallow waters along the eastern seaboard alone could host could host 530,000 MW, capable of covering more than 40 percent of the country’s electricity generation.
Cape Wind received local, state and federal permitting in 2009 and 2010. The project was granted the first U.S. commercial offshore wind lease in October 2010. Power purchase agreements were met with National Grid and NSTAR between 2010 and 2012.
Siemens will subcontract the ESP to Cianbro, which will fabricate it at its Maine facility. The ESP will be located in the middle of the offshore wind farm site on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound. It will transform the voltage of the power produced by Siemens’ turbines.
It’s going to be another sticky, steamy and sweltering day. Saturday will bring another round of 90s to the Boston area as the heat wave continues. A Heat Advisory has been posted for most of Mass, excluding the South Coast, Cape and Islands, for the likelihood of heat indices 100 degrees or higher. Boston, MetroWest, the Merrimack Valley, North Shore, South Shore and CT River Valley will reach 90 around noon and teeter in the low-mid 90s through the afternoon. Add dew points around 70 degrees and it will feel 10 degrees hotter! It can become dangerous if you’re not drinking enough water and passing the time in a well ventilated space. Sunscreen in a must! The rip current risk is low this weekend but the UV Index is VERY HIGH. You will burn if you skip the sun protection. The water will feel nice with ocean temps 64-69 degrees. Beach winds: W/SE 10-15 mph. The Cape will see sunshine and highs in the low-mid 80s. The humidity will be high there too. If you plan to be outside Saturday evening, be ready for low and mid 80s at 8 PM. It’s definitely a short sleeve and bug spray kinda night. A few chances will take place Sunday. Highs will still reach the lower 90s, but t-storm chances increase slightly. The mostly likely placement for t-storm development will be north and west of Boston. There will be a 40- to 50-percent chance in western and central Mass into southwestern NH. The Boston area, southeastern NH and North Shore have a 30-percent chance of rain/storm Sunday. Then chances fall across southeastern Mass where I expect it will stay dry. The Cape only has a 10-percent chance of a Sunday storm. How ever you want to spin it, I don’t expect widespread severe weather. With the isolated storms that do develop tomorrow, we’ll have to watch for the potential of heavy downpours that result in locally heavy rain over a short amount of time.
Heat wave in Massachusetts brings ‘tropical’ conditions
SPRINGFIELD – Swimmers try to stay cool at Five Mile Pond in Springfield Saturday, as temperatures were again over 90 degrees. Staff photo by Mark Murray
SPRINGFIELD – Local residents sought various methods of relief from “tropical heat” that persisted today with 90-plus temperatures that felt like 100-plus temperatures due to the humidity, according to CBS3 meteorologist Nick Morganelli.
Air-conditioned shopping malls and public lakes saw a spike in activity today as everyone tried to beat the heat.
Eastern Massachusetts enters fourth day of heat wave
07/06/2013 6:37 PM
By Nikita Lalwani, Globe Correspondent
Hot tropical air continues to blow upward from the Gulf of Mexico, making today the fourth consecutive day of over-90 degree weather — and the fourth day of the season’s second heat wave.
Most of Eastern Massachusetts, including Boston, will see a high in the lower 90s today, said Charles Foley, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, and a heat advisory for the region remains in effect. The dewpoint, which measures moisture in the air, is roughly 70 degrees.
“That means the heat is oppressive,” Foley said. “Since the air already has a lot of moisture, it won’t evaporate your sweat. Around the area, it’s going to feel like New Orleans or Cuba or Miami.”
There will be some relief on the south coast and Cape Cod, he said, where temperatures will likely peak in the 80s or, in some cases, the high 70s. Elsewhere, the heat wave is expected to continue into Sunday, he said, though there will be a higher chance of rain and temperatures may not be quite as high.
Ever since Boston police identified the Boston Marathon bombing suspects as Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, authorities have been digging into the brothers’ pasts to learn why they wanted to hurt people at the finish line of the marathon. In addition to finding out that over $100,000 in government assistance has gone to the Tsarnaev family, authorities found female DNA on bomb parts recovered at the scene of the bombings.
Now, The New York Times is reporting that Dzhokhar has revealed some of the bombing plot to the F.B.I. From his hospital bed, the alleged bomber told police that he and Tamerlan had originally planned to plant their bombs on the Fourth of July. Their bomb-making proceeded more quickly than planned, and the Boston Marathon was chosen as the target. Dzhokhar also reportedly stated that the bombings were partly motivated by the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that he and his brother had viewed online sermons from Anwar al-Awlaki, an American cleric.
WASHINGTON — The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings told F.B.I. interrogators that he and his brother considered suicide attacks and striking on the Fourth of July as they plotted their deadly assault, according to two law enforcement officials.
Stew Milne/Associated Press
Katherine Russell, Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s wife.
But the suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, told investigators that he and his brother,Tamerlan, 26, who was killed in a shootout with the police, ultimately decided to use pressure-cooker bombs and other homemade explosive devices, the officials said.
The brothers finished building the bombs in Tamerlan’s apartment in Cambridge, Mass., faster than they had anticipated, and so decided to accelerate their attack to the Boston Marathon on April 15, Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts, according to the account that Dzhokhar provided to authorities. They picked the finish line of the marathon after driving around the Boston area looking for alternative sites, according to this account.
On Friday morning, federal agents, state troopers and local law enforcement officers fanned out to search areas in the vicinity of Dartmouth, Mass., as part of their continuing investigation into the bombings, an F.B.I. spokesman, Jason J. Pack, said.
It was not immediately clear what they were searching for, but the officials said that there was no immediate threat to public safety. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, attended the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Two of his classmates from the college were charged this week with throwing out evidence that officials said could have linked Mr. Tsarnaev to the attacks.
In addition, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has told authorities that he and his brother viewed the Internet sermons of Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical American cleric who moved to Yemen and was killed in September 2011 by an American drone strike. There is no indication that the brothers communicated with Mr. Awlaki.
Mr. Tsarnaev made his admission on April 21 — two days after he was captured while hiding in a boat in a nearby backyard — to specially trained F.B.I. agents who had been waiting outside his hospital room for him to regain consciousness.
After he woke up, they questioned him, invoking what is known as the public safety exception to the Miranda Rule, a procedure authorized by a 1984 Supreme Court decision which in certain circumstances allows interrogation after an arrest without notifying a prisoner of the right to remain silent.
The new details of what Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has told authorities emerged as the F.B.I. moved forward on Thursday with trying to determine how the brothers were radicalized and the role that Tamerlan’s wife, Katherine Russell, may have played in the plot or in helping the brothers evade the authorities after the attacks.
As part of those efforts, the authorities have sought to determine whether fingerprints and DNA found on bomb fragments were from Ms. Russell. According to two other law enforcement officials, Ms. Russell’s fingerprints and DNA do not match those found on the fragments. All of the law enforcement officials were granted anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a continuing investigation.
Federal authorities are skeptical of Ms. Russell’s insistence that she played no role in the attack or in helping the brothers elude the authorities after the F.B.I. released photographs of them. That skepticism has been stoked by Ms. Russell’s decision in recent days to stop cooperating with the authorities.
Official: Boston bomb plot had been set for July 4th
Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY12:07 a.m. EDT May 3, 2013
The suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing had originally planned to strike on July 4, but chose the race because it coincided with the time they had finished assembling the explosives, a law enforcement official said Thursday.
According to hospital interviews with surviving suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev shortly after he was captured, the suspects apparently finished constructing the explosives well before they had originally planned and chose to act sooner rather than wait, said the official who is not authorized to comment publicly.
It was not immediately clear, however, whether the suspects had identified a specific July 4 target that corresponded with a later completion time, the official said. But the suspects allegedly settled on the marathon after noticing preparations for the race shortly before the event.
Boston hosts one of the premiere July 4 celebrations in the U.S., featuring the Boston Pops and a spectacular fireworks display on the banks of the Charles River.
Tsarnaev has been charged with detonating one of the pressure-cooker devices, while brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a confrontation with police in the days after the attacks.
Meanwhile, investigators in the Boston bombing case want to find out what Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his wife discussed when he phoned her a few hours after the FBI released photos of him and his brother as suspects in the deadly attack, a separate law enforcement official said Thursday.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died not long after the conversation during a shootout with police that left his 19-year-old brother, Dzhokhar, seriously injured.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured a few hours later while hiding in a boat in a backyard in Watertown, Mass. He is currently being held at a prison medical center.
That same evening, police say, three classmates of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth allegedly concluded that he was one of the suspects, went to his dorm room and removed his backpack and laptop. A federal complaint charges that they took the items to try to keep Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from getting into trouble over the bombings.
The content of the phone conversation between Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his wife, Katherine Russell, has not been disclosed, but authorities want to discuss it with her, the law enforcement official said.
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Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. The body of Tamerlan will be claimed by his family, says an uncle.
By:Michelle R. Smith and Eric TuckerThe Associated Press, Published on Wed May 01 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Relatives of the dead suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing will claim his body now that his wife has agreed to release it, an uncle said as officials in both Washington and Russia deepened their investigations into him and his ties.
The body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, has been at the medical examiner’s office in Massachusetts since he died after a gunfight with authorities more than a week ago.
Tamerlan and brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, both Russian natives who lived for several years in the U.S., are accused of using a weapon of mass destruction during the April 15 marathon. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line.
Amato DeLuca, the attorney for Tamerlan’s widow, Katherine Russell, said Tuesday that his client had just learned that the medical examiner was ready to release Tsarnaev’s body and that she wants it released to his side of the family.
Police said Tsarnaev ran out of ammunition before 19-year-old Dzhokhar dragged his body under a vehicle while fleeing the scene. His cause of death has been determined but will not be made public until his remains are claimed.
“Of course, family members will take possession of the body,” uncle Ruslan Tsarni of Maryland told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. “We’ll do it. We will do it. A family is a family.”
He would not elaborate. The brothers’ parents are still in Russia, but other relatives on their side of the family in the U.S., including Tsarni.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lies in a prison hospital after being wounded in the shootout with police as he and his brother made their getaway attempt. He is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, a crime that carries a potential death sentence.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, may be charged by federal prosecutors as early as Sunday, a Department of Justice official told CNN.
Because Tsarnaev is still in serious condition, a judge or magistrate would likely come to the hospital to inform him of the charges, a law enforcement source said. An arraignment would take place at a later date.
Tsarnaev, 19, is currently unable to speak and is under heavy guard.
Tsarnaev was arrested Friday morning when, after 25 minutes of negotiations with the FBI, he crawled out of the boat he was hiding in and surrendered, a law enforcement official with knowledge of how the arrest occurred told CNN.
Authorities have not said publicly what charges will be filed against him, but a Justice Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told CNN he will face federal terrorism charges and possibly state murder charges.
Although Massachusetts does not have the death penalty, prosecutors could seek capital punishment at the federal level, the Justice Department official said.
“Given the facts that I’ve seen, it would be appropriate to use the death penalty in this case and I hope they would apply it in federal court,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” CNN
FACTS & FIGURES
Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon killed at least three people and injured 176 others when two bombs exploded near the race’s finish line. The Hill
The FBI led the investigation of the blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. UPI
Police killed one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombing suspects in a shootout early Friday and pursued a chaotic deadly street-to-street manhunt for his accomplice, officials said. AFP
A doctor involved in treating the Boston Marathon bombing suspect who died in a gunbattle with police said he had injuries head to toe and all limbs intact when he arrived at the hospital. AP
Surviving Boston bomb suspect was identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass. AP
Police said they took the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings into custody Friday night, after a day of intense searching that shut down daily life across a large swath of greater Boston. The Washington Post
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is hospitalized and under heavy guard. Though, according to The Associated Press, he is in too poor a condition to undergo interrogation yet.
Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is likely to be sentenced to death for his part in the plot if he is tried in a federal civilian court, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday. The Hill
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva maintains her younger son is innocent and like so many of the brothers’ acquaintances, claims they were good, courteous kids and model students – especially the younger 19-year-old Dzhokhar. RT
But her biggest suspicion surrounding the case was the constant FBI surveillance she said her family was subjected to over the years. She is surprised that having been so stringent with the entire family, the FBI had no idea the sons were supposedly planning a terrorist act. RT
(CNN) — FBI agents interviewed one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings two years ago, but found no connection with terror groups.
An FBI official said agents interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 at the request of the Russian government.
“The request stated that it was based on information that he was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer, and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups,” the FBI said in a statement.
The FBI said it took a number of investigative steps to check on the request, including looking at his travel history, checking databases for derogatory information and searching for Web postings.
Agents also interviewed Tsarnaev’s family members, the FBI said, but did not detect terrorist activity.
“The FBI did not find any terrorism activity, domestic or foreign, and those results were provided to the foreign government in the summer of 2011,” the FBI’s statement said. “The FBI requested but did not receive more specific or additional information from the foreign government.”
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Friday that information that Tsarnaev had been interviewed by the FBI in the past was disturbing.
“It’s new information to me and it’s very disturbing that he’s on the FBI’s radar screen,” McCaul told CNN’s Erin Burnett.
In October of 2009, Judge Napolitano reveals facts that the US Gov’t has participated in false flag events. Can the government save Boston from a plot of it’s own creation? He had it right back then, and it definitely applies to the Boston Marathon terror perpetrated; or at minimum, assisted by the US Gov’t.
The FBI recruits, trains, funds and supplies terrorists…..so that they can “solve” the crime they actually created themselves. It’s like a firefighter who becomes an arsonist so that he can become the “hero”.
They Were Framed, FBI Knew About Them 4 Years Ago: Mother & Father Of Boston Bombing Suspects Speak Out! Tsarnaev brothers MOTHER of Boston Bombing Suspects said My sons are innocent, this is a setup!!! Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Russia Russian in the Run Boston bombing suspect Manhunt For Second Suspect Of Boston Bomber Boston Shootout Footage – Watertown, MA – April 18 2013 Manhunt For Second Suspect Of Boston Bomber Who’s On The Run: Governor Speaks Out After 1 Officer & 1st Suspect Killed! INSTAGRAM — @dherrera175 https://www.Twitter.com/HerreraVip
Boston bombings suspects are 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who remains at large. His brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnayev, was killed after a police car chase. Their family originates from Russia’s North Caucasus – but settled in the United States more than a decade ago. RT talks to the mother of the two suspects Zubeidat Tsarnaeva – LIVE UPDATES http://on.rt.com/hu3yye
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