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CDC finds no link between drywall, deaths

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in a report provided to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has found no evidence linking exposure to “problem” drywall and 11 deaths.

The CDC Review summarizes investigations by state public health authorities of the available medical records of 11 people who died and had previously lived in or visited homes reported to contain tainted or toxic drywall. State public health authorities concluded that the drywall was not a factor in the deaths. The CDC review was limited to the 11 deceased individuals. 

The CPSC is in the final stages of completing its scientific investigation into problem drywall. As part of this process, CPSC has requested that the CDC consider undertaking a comprehensive study of any possible long-term health effects.

The CPSC has received approximately 3,794 reports from residents in 42 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa and Puerto Rico, who believe their health symptoms or the corrosion of certain metal components in their homes are related to drywall that was either imported from China or, in some cases, manufactured in the United States. State and local authorities have also received similar reports.

For additional findings from the Interagency Drywall Task Force’s investigation, visit DrywallResponse.gov.

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Readers Respond: The right man for the job?

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Home Channel News asked readers if they agreed with the selection of Jeffrey Immelt to lead the President’s Council on Jobs and Effectiveness. Here’s what we heard.

"I think Jeff Immelt is a terrible choice to head Obama’s jobs council  He has been an outspoken advocate for a new ‘partnership’ between the U.S. government and industry.  As the Wall Street Journal said in a recent editorial on this subject, ‘he is promoting policies and subsidies in green energy in which GE is heavily invested.’ This is not my vision of the ‘American way.’ United States business has always been the innovator instead of our government picking winners and losers with ‘partnerships’ using taxpayer dollars."
— Buddy Klumb
Klumb Lumber Co.
Fairhope, Ala.

"Mr. Immelt represents everything that is wrong with our current economy and governmental train of thought toward business.  His presence merely reinforces the pay-for-play system inside the beltway. What is needed is someone who understands the current predicament of our country, not someone who reinforces it." 
— Richard Freund

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Shoplifter of the Month, again

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Good news for the Southwestern retail industry: A prolific shoplifter has been arrested.


Albuquerque, N.M., police have arrested a man accused of shoplifting tools from a Lowe’s store on Jan. 20 and then trying to sell them to undercover officers 15 minutes later, according to an article in the Albuquerque Journal. 


Oliver Martinez, 39, is a chronic shoplifter who has been arrested 45 times, according to police. He allegedly approached two undercover police detectives on the street and asked if they would like to buy some tools. The officers, who suspected the goods were stolen property, later confirmed that the tools had been shoplifted from a nearby Lowe’s store just 15 minutes prior, authorities said.


A police sergeant told a reporter for KOAT-TV that Martinez had 45 previous shoplifting arrests: 25 in Albuquerque and 20 outside the city’s jurisdiction.


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