Home / Articles / News / News / Quicktakes
Print this Article
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005 06:04 pm

Quicktakes

Briefly, what's happening in the capital city

GET THE LEAD OUT
For decades, Doe Run, the nation’s top producer of lead, has exposed its workers and neighbors to unsafe levels of lead and other heavy metals. The St. Louis-based company, controlled by billionaire Ira Rennert, added to its community of victims in the 1990s when it acquired a sprawling lead-smelting operation in La Oroya, Peru. Back in the 1999, a study found that 99.9 percent of the children who lived near the Peruvian operation had blood-lead levels that exceeded internationally recognized health limits. A follow-up study, conducted in August 2005 by scientists at St. Louis University, found that some children in La Oroya have blood-lead levels so high that they cannot be measured. At 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, those scientists will discuss their findings at the Dominican Motherhouse, 1237 W. Monroe St. The Dominicans’ convent in La Oroya served as the coordination center for the environmental study, and Dominicans here have helped lead the fight against Doe Run.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Springfield resident Barbara Schwartz was named the 2005 Public Citizen of the Year by the Illinois chapter of the National Association of Social Workers at the organization’s recent annual statewide conference in Chicago. Since 1998, Schwartz has served as the program coordinator for the Illinois Department on Aging’s Grandparents Raising Children Program.
RUMORS OF SALE DISMISSED
The Los Angeles Times reported recently that ailing newspaper magnate David C. Copley might soon unload his family’s 100-year-old business, Copley Press Inc., which owns 20 papers, including Springfield’s State Journal-Register. However, SJ-R publisher Patrick Coburn dismisses the rumors. “We hear those things constantly,” he says. “There’s nothing to it.”

NEW DIRECTOR OF BALLET
The Springfield Ballet Company has named Lara K. Marsh, who has been dancing since the age of 9 and has studied ballet, jazz, modern dance, and tap, its executive director. Marsh comes to the company from Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Springfield, where she served as information systems/ticket officer manager.
Log in to use your Facebook account with
IllinoisTimes

Login With Facebook Account



Recent Activity on IllinoisTimes

Calendar

  • Mon
    18
  • Tue
    19
  • Wed
    20
  • Thu
    21
  • Fri
    22
  • Sat
    23
  • Sun
    24