- Associated Press - Thursday, October 4, 2012



More illnesses expected from steroid injections

A Maryland health official says more illnesses are expected from injections of a steroid thought to be tainted.

Dr. Lucy Wilson, chief of the state’s Center for Surveillance, Infection Prevention and Outbreak Response, said Thursday that hundreds of Maryland residents may have been injected with the product.

Dr. Wilson said those cases are under investigation.

She said more illnesses are expected because the incubation period is from one to four weeks and that it is important for people who have received the steroid injection in the spinal area who experience fever or worsening headaches to notify their health care providers. Dr. Wilson also notes that the illness is treatable.

One person in Maryland has died as a result, and at least another person is ill.

— Associated Press


Mall pool drained after algae invasion

The National Park Service once again has drained the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial to clean up an algae buildup that formed after a $34 million overhaul.

Park service spokeswoman Carol Johnson said the pool was drained and was being cleaned Thursday. It will remain empty for at least a week.

Algae and scum have been covering parts of the pool since it reopened. It was closed for a two-year renovation and was re-engineered to draw river water from the Tidal Basin instead of city drinking water. The system is supposed to filter and circulate the water.

The park service says the system that fills the pool is being recalibrated to neutralize nutrients that feed algae.

— Associated Press

Judge to rule on anti-jihad Metro ads

A federal judge will issue a ruling soon on whether the D.C. transit system must be forced to allow a pro-Israel ad that equates Muslim radicals with savages.

The Metro system has delayed posting the ads because of the violent reaction in the Middle East to the video “Innocence of Muslims,” which denigrated the Prophet Muhammad. The system says it wants to protect the safety of its riders and employees.

The group behind the ads, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, argued at a hearing Thursday that the Metro system’s decision violated the First Amendment. The group is seeking an injunction ordering the system to display the ads.

Judge Rosemary M. Collyer didn’t rule from the bench. She said she would issue a ruling “as quickly as I can.”

— Associated Press

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