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Archive for February, 2009

Southport officials, business leaders worry about ferry cuts

Friday, February 6th, 2009

To many business owners in Southport, cutting the ferry services this summer is like pouring water on a sinking boat.

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Update: Autopsy reveals victims were beaten to death

Friday, February 6th, 2009

A 33-year-old convict facing two first-degree murder charges in the fatal beating of his mother and her husband at an Ogden house was denied bond during his first court appearance Friday.

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Women’s prison in danger of closing as state mulls steep cuts

Friday, February 6th, 2009

The gray-and blue-painted warehouse-looking building on Darlington Avenue is more than a women’s prison. It’s where women learn to live after they’ve served time.

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Stricter testing for children’s products on the horizon

Friday, February 6th, 2009

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Last year, the federal government approved a new law that would require stricter testing for kid’s products, but some business owners are worried a new child product safety law could put them out of business.

Elena Cazeault helps runs Whale of a Sale, a semi-annual children’s consignment event. This year she decided to move up the date of one of the sales, to be sure it would comply with lead testing standards for children’s products.

“We would never ever want to harm children we always check the CPS website to see if things are safe. If things have been recalled we would never sell something that we know has been recalled,” Cazeault said.

Cazeault is worried a new law requiring lead testing for all children’s products made here and abroad will put her out of business. And she’s not alone.

Catherine Sawyer makes kids products. “I think you buy something at a place like this, you realize it’s handmade, you realize that you’re going to look at it and make sure it’s right for your child.”

The law was scheduled to take effect February tenth, but won’t be enforced until next year in an effort to give manufacturers more time to comply. When it does take effect, manufacturers will have to have their products tested by an approved third party.

June Dickinson has her own children’s clothing line called Boojou, that’s already in compliance with the new law. “We’re buying from the same people over and over again, so we have a working relationship instead of just buying odds and ends from craft stores here and there.”

For people that sell handmade children’s products, this law mean’s they’re going to have to make sure each part of the item is tested for lead contamination. Luckily one of the vendors at Whale of a Sale told me some companies that make items like buttons and zippers are already testing.

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videoLast year, the federal government approved a new law that would require stricter testing for kid’s products, but some business owners are worried a new child product safety law could put them out of business.

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MySpace hopes Facebook will follow suit as they clean their network

Friday, February 6th, 2009

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Earlier this week, WWAY told you MySpace found 90,000 convicted sex offenders on it’s social networking site. Those criminals got the boot, but many more may have slipped through the cracks.

MySpace originally refused to comply with a subpoena from Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. Blumenthal ordered MySpace to raise safety standards.

After MySpace gave in, and supposedly “cleaned house”, the company issued a statement portraying itself as a social-networking leader.

The company said it is “the first social-networking site to use state-of-the art technology to remove registered sex offenders from its site”, and hopes Facebook follows in its footsteps.

MySpace used a technology called Sentinel Safe to catch the registered sex offenders.

According to ABC, Facebook has been issued a subpoena as well, but has not yet responded.

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Earlier this week, WWAY told you MySpace found 90,000 convicted sex offenders on it’s social networking site. Those criminals got the boot, but many more may have slipped through the cracks.

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