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SAN DIEGO — The Navy has been cited for workplace-safety violations that exposed hundreds of employees at an aircraft hangar in Coronado, Calif., to toxic materials, such as lead, cadmium and beryllium, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday.
OSHA inspectors found widespread contamination at the Coronado aircraft-maintenance facility, including in areas where the 350 employees stored and consumed food, said Jay Vicory, director of the agency’s office in San Diego. The facility is a part of the Navy’s Fleet Readiness Center Southwest and works on repairing F-18 fighter jets.
The Navy was cited for 21 serious violations stemming from three OSHA inspections conducted in 2011. OSHA said a serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. Mr. Vicory said OSHA closely checked the facility after receiving complaints from employees.
He said he did not know if any had fallen ill, but OSHA plans to recommend an assessment be done by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, which is part of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Wife of convicted Ponzi schemer charged
FORT LAUDERDALE — The wife of an imprisoned Ponzi schemer is accused of concealing more than $1 million in jewelry.
Prosecutors filed money laundering and other charges Thursday against Kim Rothstein, 38, and four other people. Court documents say the group conspired to hide and sell jewelry purchased with ill-gotten gains.
An attorney for Mrs. Rothstein didn’t return an email seeking comment. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison.
Prosecutors are seeking forfeiture of jewelry, including two diamond rings weighing more than 12 carats each. Other items include 10 valuable watches, gold and platinum necklaces and bracelets, earrings, gold coins and gold bars.
Her husband, Scott Rothstein, is serving a 50-year prison sentence for fraud involving fake legal settlements.
Judge: Fort Hood suspect must be clean-shaven
FORT HOOD — The Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage must be clean-shaven or will be forcibly shaved before his murder trial, a military judge ordered Thursday.
Col. Gregory Gross issued the official order after a hearing to determine whether a federal religious-freedom law applied to Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s case, and triggered another delay in all proceedings related to Maj. Hasan’s trial because his attorneys plan to appeal.
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