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May 2, 2008 | Maeve Reston
John McCain's obsession with banishing "wasteful government" spending in the form of "earmarked" projects has long annoyed his colleagues in Congress. But he may have gone a bit too far lately. In New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward last week, McCain startled reporters when he said Congress was partly to blame for the failed response to Hurricane Katrina, because it "funded pork-barrel projects" instead of "projects that were needed here."
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NATIONAL
January 16, 2008 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
Federal investigators announced Tuesday that a "serious design error" was a key factor behind last summer's deadly collapse of a Minnesota bridge, but also said that the mistake would not likely have been discovered during routine state inspections. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark V.
NATIONAL
December 2, 2007 | By P.J. Huffstutter and Times Staff Writer
When the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed last summer, raining concrete and vehicles just steps away from a high-tech University of Minnesota laboratory, radiology professor Bruce Hammer thought he had narrowly escaped the disaster. He, his colleagues and their students and researchers were safe, and more than a million dollars' worth of scientific equipment inside the two-story lab was undamaged.
WORLD
November 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A section of a bridge collapsed under the weight of thousands of survivors of Tropical Cyclone Sidr rushing toward a relief center in Patuakhali district. At least one person died and dozens were injured, officials said. A disaster management official said the stampede was triggered by an offer of rice by a private group that had not alerted local officials of its plans. Meanwhile, the U.S.
WORLD
September 27, 2007 | From the Associated Press
At least 42 workers were killed Wednesday when a bridge under construction across the Hau River in southern Vietnam collapsed, officials said. The bridge, in the southern city of Can Tho, was part of a heavily traveled route that links the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City. Le Van Ut, vice chief of police in Vinh Long province, said 80 people were injured. Rescue teams were digging through the rubble in search of survivors, said Le Viet Hung, vice chief of the Can Tho police.
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September 2, 2007 | John McCormick, Chicago Tribune
Commuting from his downtown job at the Hennepin County Medical Center to his suburban home used to take Oge Alozie about 10 minutes. Now, it is often closer to 45. Like tens of thousands of others, the internal medicine intern crossed the Interstate 35W bridge twice a day before it collapsed one month ago. With the bridge gone, Alozie said life was more stressful as he experiments with side-street routes to get him to his daughter's day care on time in the evening.
NATIONAL
August 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Pounded and strained by heavy traffic and weakened by missing bolts and cracking steel, the failed interstate bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis also faced a less obvious enemy: pigeons. Experts say the corrosive guano deposited all over the Interstate 35W span's frame caused the steel beams to rust faster. Although investigators have yet to identify the cause of the bridge's Aug.
NATIONAL
August 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The remains of the last person missing after an interstate highway bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River in Minneapolis have been found, bringing the official death toll to 13. Gregory Jolstad, 45, was one of 18 construction workers who were resurfacing the bridge when it fell Aug. 1 during the evening rush hour. The other 17 workers survived the collapse. Seven were injured.
NATIONAL
August 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The discovery of two more sets of human remains amid the wreckage of the interstate bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis raised the death toll to 11. Two people remain missing. Navy divers continued to work at the scene, as did a construction crew using cranes to remove debris. "The infrastructure of the bridge is creating problems for them to get into areas and locate other vehicles," dive team spokesman Randy Mitchell said.
WORLD
August 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A bridge under construction in the southern Chinese town of Fenghuang collapsed after scaffolding was removed, killing at least 34 people, injuring 22 and rekindling concern about rushed, shoddy building amid China's torrid economic expansion. About 30 people were missing. Witnesses said they heard a rumble Monday afternoon and saw stones fall from the 140-foot-high, 880-foot-long vehicle and pedestrian bridge across the Tuo River.
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