Sustained Outrage

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Sustained Outrage. In case you’re looking for a little reading to help you digest some of that turkey, here are some stories we enjoyed this week:

There were four survivors in the Aug. 9 plane crash that killed former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and four others in Alaska. In a harrowing account, the Washington Post tells the story of their 18-hour wait, wondering if rescuers would find them before the Alaskan wilderness claimed even more lives. The site of another crash 12 days later in the same region was never located, even after searches spent 15 days covering more than 60,000 air miles as they combed the area looking in vain for survivors.

Efforts to regulate “pill mills” in Florida have been derailed, temporarily at least, by new cost saving legislation requiring legislative approval for regulation that costs more than $1 million over five years, the Miami Herald reported. The prescription pain medication law was intended to curb doctor-shopping by unmonitored pill seekers and allowed for unannounced inspections of pain clinics.

Because of a plume of groundwater contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical hexavalent chromium, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is interested in buying 100 properties in Hinkley, Calif., according to the Los Angeles Times. The utility reached a $333 million settlement with 660 residents of the town in 1997, but the plume of tainted water, which stretched 2 1/2 miles long and one mile wide, has moved about 1,800 feet beyond a containment boundary set by the company in 2008.