Thursday, September 15, 2005

Is Michael Crichton in the house? 

This is the kind of story I'd prefer to read in pulp form, sitting on the beach, rather than in the Newark Star-Ledger:

Lab loses track of three mice that had plague

Three lab mice carrying deadly strains of plague have turned up missing from separate cages at a bioterror research facility in Newark, sparking a hushed, intensive investigation by federal and state authorities.

Officials said the animals could have been stolen from the center or simply misplaced in a colossal accounting error at one of the top-level bio-containment labs in the state.

This is the kind of thing that, one of these days, will get us into real trouble.


By Blogger Josh, at Thu Sep 15, 12:26:00 PM:

A colossal accounting error? That's more like "Oops, I put too many zeroes in the 'credit' column," not losing plague carrying rodents.  

By Blogger Counter Trey, at Thu Sep 15, 03:56:00 PM:

The money that UMDNJ was to use to "account" for the mice was spent in other ways. Remember this?

McGreevey backer's $75,000 deal (gay guv's political corruption unbound)

Posted on 03/06/2005 3:57:40 AM PST by Liz

Power broker from Philadelphia hired by UMDNJ to serve on governor's transition team

Two days after James E. McGreevey was elected governor in 2001, one of his top fund-raisers was hired by the state-owned health care university and then paid $75,000 over the next three months as a liaison to the gubernatorial transition team.

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's contract with Philadelphia power broker Ronald White was not approved by UMDNJ's board of directors, and school officials last week said they have no records to show anywork was done for the money.

The contract came to light in the past two weeks after one of UMDNJ's checks was entered into evidence in a Philadelphia corruption trial. White was to be a defendant in that trial but died last year of cancer.

White had close ties with McGreevey's top campaign officials and was a business partner of Robert Feldman, the former governor's No.1 fund-raiser. His company, International Brokerage Concepts Inc., received three checks worth $25,000 each from UMDNJ, according to documents released last week by the university.  

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