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KENNEBUNK, Maine -- A decision to release the names of alleged prostitution clients without any ages or addresses caused big problems for men with the same names as the accused, until a judge deemed more information should be public.
On Monday, authorities released the first batch of names out of more than 150 men accused of paying a Zumba fitness instructor for sex.
The addresses, ages and other identifying information of the johns were withheld after a judge ruled that state law required them to be kept confidential because the alleged sexual encounters may have been videotaped, making the men potential victims of privacy invasion.
On Tuesday, Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren reversed his decision, ruling in favor of a request from The Portland Press Herald newspaper that sought the release of the addresses and other information.
Kennebunk police re-issued the names with the added details. The revised list included former South Portland Mayor James Soule and suspects from more than a dozen towns in Maine, as well as one from Boston and another from New Hampshire. The men ranged in age from 34 to 65 and also included a lawyer, a forester and a real estate appraiser.
BOSTON -- Two members of Congress have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether a specialty pharmacy linked to a nationwide meningitis outbreak violated any federal laws or regulations.
The number of illnesses associated with contaminated steroid shots distributed by New England Compounding Center climbed to 233 in 15 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday. Fifteen people have died.
Criminal investigators from the Food and Drug Administration were at the Framingham company Tuesday, company spokesman Andrew Paven said. FDA spokesman Steven Immergut said the investigators were there as part of the broad investigation by several state and federal agencies into the outbreak. Boston U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz confirmed that her office is part of the investigation.
SAN DIEGO -- A U.S. official says the daughter of one of the world's most sought-after drug lords didn't share information that might lead to her father's capture after she was held in San Diego on an immigration violation.
The official said Tuesday that the arrest of Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar has been "a dead end" in the search for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the elusive leader of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel.
The 31-year-old woman was charged Monday with fraud and misuse of visas, three days after authorities arrested her at San Diego's San Ysidro port of entry, the nation's busiest border crossing.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The chief diversity officer at the nation's leading university for the deaf and hard of hearing is fighting for her job after signing a petition to put same-sex marriage on the ballot next month.
Gallaudet University officials placed Angela McCaskill on leave. President T. Allan Hurwitz said Tuesday that her signing of the petition left many at the university "concerned and confused."
Speaking publicly for the first time Tuesday, Ms. McCaskill said she signed the petition to give Maryland residents a chance to vote on same-sex marriage and to spur a campuswide dialogue on the issue.
In his statement, Mr. Hurwitz said the Washington, D.C.-based university wants to work with Ms. McCaskill and that he believes a resolution can be reached that would enable her to continue in her job.
-- Compiled from news services
First Published October 17, 2012 12:00 am