Articles by Lilly Fowler

Lead exposure in older homes means children “pay with their lives”

Q&A: Authors say toll from the toxic metal still plagues U.S.
April 12, 2013

Lead poisoning has been recognized as a major health problem in this country since at least the 1930s, but it continues to threaten many Americans, particularly children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines last week estimating that roughly 535,000 youngsters may have unsafe levels of the toxic metal in their blood.


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After Sandy Hook massacre, people ‘simply cannot walk away’

In a Q&A, gun violence researcher Dr. Garen Wintemute says new rules on firearms sales could happen this time
March 13, 2013

Dr. Garen Wintemute, an emergency physician and director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis, is a pioneer in the study of gun violence as a public health issue. In his latest report, he argues that background checks should be required for the 40 percent of firearms sales made by private parties, rather than licensed dealers.


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Southern California warehouse operator faces new charges of workplace retaliation

October 18, 2012

Posted with permission from FairWarning.org: Months after settling complaints of unfair labor practices, a big warehouse operator in Southern California is facing new charges accusing it of illegally firing or reducing the hours of workers who took part in a strike and protest march.


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Obama election-year pullbacks on safety, environment dismay advocates

May 22, 2012

Two summers ago, Wyatt Whitebread drowned in corn at the age of 14. It happened on a hot July morning, while he was working at a grain handling operation in Mount Carroll, Ill. Soon after Whitebread climbed inside a storage bin to help empty it, equipment whirring nearby created a downward force, essentially turning the corn beneath the boy’s feet into quicksand.


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State investigators, workers cite labor abuses in warehouse empire

March 5, 2012

As a warehouse worker in the Inland Empire region of Southern California, the nation’s biggest distribution hub for consumer goods, Jorge Soto handles shipments for retail giant Walmart every day.


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