Annie Dookhan was arraigned Thursday in Suffolk Superior Court. Neither she nor her attorney commented after the proceeding.
State Attorney General Martha Coakley contends that Ms. Dookhan fabricated test results and tampered with drug evidence in testing substances for criminal cases. Judges have released about 200 defendants from prison in the past few months and put their cases on hold. The state also is reviewing thousands of cases possibly affected by Ms. Dookhan’s work.
Ms. Dookhan was indicted this week on numerous counts. First arrested in September, she remains free on bail and has a curfew. The judge Thursday extended the hour to 10 p.m.
Post-Katrina hospitalin sight for Big Easy
NEW ORLEANS | New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says construction is about to start on a $130 million hospital in eastern New Orleans. The area has been without a hospital since Hurricane Katrina flooded 80 percent of the city in August 2005.
Mr. Landrieu said in October that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had paved the way for construction by agreeing to insure a $97.6 million loan for the hospital.
His office says the project will revitalize that area’s economy while restoring full-service health care to residents in eastern New Orleans.
Mr. Landrieu, other city officials and Archbishop Gregory Aymond had planned to attend a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday afternoon at the site. However, the mayor’s office announced late in the morning that the ceremony would be postponed until after the holidays.
Officials to assess dock washed up on shore
FORKS — Tsunami debris specialists are setting out to examine a dock that washed ashore on a remote beach in Washington.
David Workman, a spokesman for the state Marine Debris Task Force, said the team left Thursday to try to confirm the dock drifted across the Pacific after the March 2011 tsunami in Japan.
It also will look for any invasive species that may be carried by the debris.
The Coast Guard spotted the dock Tuesday on a wilderness beach in Olympic National Park. Stormy weather has contributed to trouble reaching it.View Entire Story
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