- - Sunday, January 9, 2011

GEORGIA

Report: Too much fluoride in water

ATLANTA | Fluoride in drinking water — credited with dramatically cutting cavities and tooth decay — may now be too much of a good thing. Getting too much of it causes spots on some children’s teeth.

A reported increase in the spotting problem is one reason the federal government said Friday it plans to lower the recommended levels for fluoride in water supplies — the first such change in nearly 50 years.

About two of five adolescents have tooth streaking or spottiness because of too much fluoride, a surprising government study found recently. In some extreme cases, teeth can even be pitted by the mineral, though many cases are so mild only dentists notice it. The problem is generally considered cosmetic.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proposing changing the recommended fluoride level to 0.7 milligrams per liter of water. And the Environmental Protection Agency will review whether the maximum cutoff of 4 milligrams per liter is too high. The standard since 1962 has been a range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter.

MAINE

Bailey maintains Simpson’s innocence

YARMOUTH | Former O.J. Simpson defense lawyer F. Lee Bailey is defending Simpson’s 1995 acquittal on charges of murdering his ex-wife and her friend.

In his first written account of the trial, Mr. Bailey has posted a 46-page paper on his website in which he presents evidence he says proves Simpson’s innocence. Mr. Bailey told the Portland Press Herald that the document, called “The Simpson Verdict,” is an effort to reveal evidence not heard before and to explain why he has maintained Simpson’s innocence.

Mr. Bailey was part of Simpson’s defense team when the former football star was found not guilty in the 1994 slayings of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. Simpson was later found liable for the deaths in a civil court and is now serving a lengthy jail term in a robbery.

MISSISSIPPI

South prepares for possible snow

JACKSON | A blast of winter weather pushed across the South on Sunday, coating bridges and roads with snow, sleet and freezing rain and causing hundreds of flight cancelations.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Alabama Gov. Bob Riley issued emergency declarations. Mr. Riley said workers had readied snow and salt trucks to help clear icy roads, and he asked all residents to stay home Sunday night and Monday unless it was necessary to venture out.

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