Bottom Dollar to mark 1 year in area
Bottom Dollar Food Stores will celebrate its first anniversary to mark its establishment in both the Pittsburgh and Youngstown markets.
The Bottom Dollar at 890 E. Midlothian Blvd. will have “first birthday” activities throughout the day Thursday. The event will feature in-store giveaways, community donations and more.
Report: Fracking waste up 570%
A new report by researchers at Kent State and Duke universities shows that fracking waste generated in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia has increased by 570 percent since 2004.
The study warns of a marked increase in waste in the coming years, as well. In 2011, 12.8 million barrels of wastewater were dumped underground in Ohio at disposal sites known as injection wells, according to the report.
The report found that more than half that waste comes from drilling sites in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, where drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation has been more extensive.
Fracking uses water, chemicals and sand to fracture shale rock formations so that oil and gas deposits can be released deep below the earth during the drilling process. At issue in recent years has been what to do with leftover wastewater, also known as brine water, after the process is completed.
The Mahoning- Youngstown Community Action Partnership’s Minority Business Assistance Center announced Friday that it has aided 40 businesses throughout Mahoning County and areas nearby.
As a result, the center, which has been open only for a short time, is encouraging other businesses to take advantage of its services. It is located at 1325 Fifth Ave., with hours Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.my-cap.org.
Trial starts in J&J hip-implant suit
A lawsuit brought by a man whose hip implant caused metal poisoning accuses medical giant Johnson & Johnson of knowingly marketing the faulty implant, which left thousands of people with crippling problems or in need of replacement surgeries.
A California jury heard opening statements Friday in the fraud and negligence suit — the first of thousands of similar suits to reach trial in the United States that involve an all-metal ball-and-socket hip joint that was pulled from the market two years ago.
A lawyer for plaintiff Loren Kransky showed jurors pictures from a surgery in which black material could be seen in the patient’s hip socket.
Attorney Michael Kelly said the material was from pieces of metal that had flaked off of the implant.
Vindicator staff/wire reports