- - Thursday, September 8, 2011


Millions lose power near border

SAN DIEGO — More than 2 million people on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border were left without power Thursday after a major outage that extended from Arizona to Southern California, including San Diego, the eighth-largest U.S. city.

Mike Niggli, chief operating officer of San Diego Gas & Electric Co. ruled out terrorism but said the cause is unclear.

“To my knowledge this is the first time we’ve lost an entire system,” he said at a news conference.

The outage that started shortly before 4 p.m. PDT extended from southern parts of Orange County to San Diego to Yuma, Ariz. It also is affecting cities south of the border across much of the state of northern Baja.

All outgoing flights from San Diego’s Lindbergh Field were grounded and police stations were using generators to accept emergency calls across San Diego County.

Charles Coleman, a spokesman from Southern California Edison, said the two reactors at the San Onofre nuclear power plant went offline at 3:38 p.m. as they are programmed to do when there is a disturbance in the power grid, but there was no danger to the public or to workers there.


Sherwin-Williams wins lead-paint appeal

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has thrown out a $7 million verdict against the Sherwin-Williams Co., which had argued it was not liable for the illnesses of a boy who might have eaten lead-contaminated paint chips.

A Jefferson County jury in 2009 awarded the damages in a lawsuit filed on behalf of Trellvion Gaines and his mother, Shermeker Pollard, of Fayette.

The Supreme Court said in throwing out the verdict on Thursday that the testimony from plaintiffs’ experts was unreliable and inadmissible. The trial judge erred in not issuing a verdict for Sherwin-Williams.

The family claimed Trellvion ingested lead-paint chips while staying in the house where his grandmother lived since the 1970s.


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