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In briefs: Neighbors beat suspected rapist

Wed., June 3, 2009

Philadelphia – An angry mob beat a man described by Philadelphia police as a person of interest in the rape of an 11-year-old girl on Tuesday after neighborhood residents recognized him from a photo distributed by police.

“We were all standing on the corner and we saw him coming down the street. We knew who he was,” said Hyking Brisbon, who was among the crowd. “We grabbed him and started roughing him up and held him down and the cops came.”

It was unclear Tuesday night whether anyone would be charged in the beating. Police Lt. Frank Vanore said he was sure police will “look at it.”

The 26-year-old man was arrested on an unrelated warrant and was not immediately charged in the rape.

BPA ban clears California Senate

Sacramento, Calif. – Despite a fierce lobbying effort by the U.S. chemical industry, the California Senate narrowly approved a proposal Tuesday that would ban the use of a substance in baby bottles, toddler cups and food containers that independent scientists say is a threat to childhood development.

The bill prohibiting the use of bisphenol A – more commonly dubbed BPA – will go to the Assembly, where it is expected to face a wall of resistance from manufacturers of infant products that contain the controversial chemical.

Researchers from the chemical industry say the public health threat has been vastly overblown, and manufacturers of BPA argue that it has passed muster with nearly a dozen regulatory agencies in Europe and the U.S.


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