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Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 Gazzette
Paul Gordon: In dioxin battle, Fighting for Frederick is fighting for us

Having only studied high school chemistry, terms such as dioxin were not in my vocabulary.

In fact, it was not until about six months ago when the Fighting for Frederick group posed the issue of cancer clusters and hundreds of deaths in the Fort Detrick vicinity did I began to educate myself on dioxin.

The Environmental Protection Administration, I find, has been spending a lot of time...


By Megan Eckstein


The next committee meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 at City Hall.

For more information, visit

The Containment Laboratory Community Advisory Committee's third meeting proved that propping up a new committee can be pretty tough.

After the committee dedicated two hours Tuesday night to electing officers, approving an ethics code and making plans for a big public meeting, the very first audience...


FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA) -- A former Ft. Detrick official says biological products tested on people in Washington are safe.

Norm Covert says he worked at Ft. Detrick for more than 20 years as a historian. He says military scientists would spray biological agents from concealed aerosol devices. He says some were concealed in pens, others in suitcases.

He says sensors would be set up ahead of time to test how far and how fast the biological agents spread.

He says it happened at Reagan National...


By HOWARD ALTMAN | The Tampa Tribune
Jerry Ensminger stood in front of the standing-room-only crowd Saturday in Salon B at Tampa's Marriott Westshore hotel and talked about his nearly 15-year fight to get answers from the U.S. Marine Corps about why his daughter died.

It's a battle that most of the 200 people in the room, many wearing USMC baseball caps, knew firsthand.

In 1985, Ensminger's daughter, Janey, 9, died of leukemia. "Like any parent," he said, "I wanted to know why."


By HOWARD ALTMAN | The Tampa Tribune

In the beginning of 2007, Andrew Przenkop woke up with "a bit of pain" in his back.

A Polk County detention deputy, he shrugged it off as a byproduct of his job.

"I thought it was fatigue," he said. "In jail, you get a lot of hands-on with the inmates. They are always acting up."

Przenkop lived with the pain, but one morning in 2009, he began urinating blood....


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