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Some L.A. County bus drivers say pesticides are making them ill – latimes.com

14 Metropolitan Transportation Authority drivers are pursuing workers' comp claims, and 110 have signed a petition to halt the agency's spraying of the vehicles.

 
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Riders board a Metro Rapid bus. Metropolitan Transportation Authority buses are sprayed quarterly for pests,but severe infestations can require additional applications. (Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times / June 17, 2013)

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Defence Lawyer / Expert Witnesses Claims: Childhood Pesticide Exposure Possibly Linked to | Mental State |College Station Walmart Killer |

Posted: Mon 8:48 AM, Feb 25, 2013 Reporter: Steve Fullhart Updated: Mon 3:53 PM, Feb 25, 2013

Life or Death: Jury Deliberates CS Killer's Punishment – LIVE BLOG

A Brazos County jury has began deliberating the fate of convicted College Station killer Stanley Robertson The final witnesses took the stand Monday morning, the start of the fourth week of Robertson's trial. Instructions to the jury and the closing arguments in the trial started just after 1:00 p.m. Monday. It is the fifteenth day overall of the trial, and the eleventh of the punishment phase following Robertson's February 7 conviction on capital murder charges.

Robertson, 45, was found guilty of the kidnapping and death of Annie Toliver from August 2010. Toliver, the mother of Robertson's ex-girlfriend, was stabbed more than 30 times. It was an attack that started in the College Station Walmart parking lot. Her body was dumped by Robertson in Fort Worth, who then led police on a chase that ended with Robertson crashing his SUV into a patrol car. The back and forth of prosecution and defense witnesses in the punishment phase — and indeed, in the closing arguments Monday afternoon — has focused on the defendant's youth and his mental state. In order for a sentence of death to be rendered, the Brazos County jury must believe unanimously that Robertson presents a danger to others in the future, that there are no mitigating circumstances that would warrant a life sentence over death, and that Robertson is not mentally retarded.

The latter two have been the fronts the defense team has been fighting on. Robertson grew up in extreme poverty living on a farm field his family worked in Alabama. There were regular pesticide sprayings that could have harmed him, his lawyers and expert witnesses contend.

Robertson says he was sexually abused by his brother-in-law, and he was teased regularly in school for not being smart and for being poor. The prosecution's counter: many people experience some or all of the same life experiences as Robertson did, yet not many commit capital murder. Experts have also gone back and forth on Robertson's mental state.

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Bogus Study: Moms pesticide exposure raises risk of infant leukemia. — Environmental Health News

Mom's pesticide exposure raises risk of infant leukemia.

Jan 30, 2013

 

Ferreira, JD, AC Couto, MS Pombo-de-Oliveira, S Koifman and the Brazilian Collaborative Study Group of Infant Acute Leukemia. In utero pesticide exposure and leukemia in Brazilian children less than 2 years of age. Environmental Health Perspective http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1103942.

 

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David Suzuki – EcoJustice -Equiterre — Ban Agricultural and Forestry Pesticides – Could be Linked to Rant

Environmental groups ask for review of pesticide chemicals banned in other countries

By Natalie Stechyson, Postmedia NewsOctober 15, 2012