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Intel Briefing – November 2012

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Over 40,000 vehicles involved in Chrysler recall.
ens of thousands of Chrysler pick-up trucks are involved in a national recall. Chrysler announced nearly 45,000 vehicles could have rear axle problems, the Associated Press reported October 6. 2009-2010 models of the Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota could have a lack of an adhesive, which could cause the rear axle pinion nut to loosen. If that nut does become loose, the axle can lock up, and the driver could lose control and crash. According to Chrysler, there have been 15 reports of axle failure which resulted in 3 minor injuries. The recall involves 44,300 vehicles built between July and November of 2009. Chrysler will notify owners of the recall beginning in November. Dealers will install a retainer to secure the pinion nut free of charge.

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Copper thieves target substations.
Green Mountain Power (GMP) said copper thefts from its electric substations all over Vermont are reaching the point where thieves are threatening the lives of utility workers and the nearby public, WCAX 3 Burlington reported October 7. The utility said that over the past two months four sub-stations have been vandalized by copper thieves. GMP stated at one substation the thieves cut the lock to the gate, which created a public hazard by allowing access to a dangerous facility. Also, power to customers must be cut to make the repairs following the break-ins.

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1 treated in Sitka boiler explosion.
A contractor was hospitalized October 10 when a boiler exploded at the Coast Guard‘s main hangar in Sitka, Alaska. The Coast Guard said in a release it reported the biomass boiler explosion to Sitka authorities. The Daily Sitka Sentinel reported the worker was treated and released from the hospital and back at the air station later in the day. Two other biomass boilers were taken offline as the Coast Guard investigates the cause of the explosion. Biomass boilers burn wood pellets instead of oil. The Coast Guard said Air Station Sitka recently switched to a biomass system, the first for the service in Alaska.

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Hospital cooperation key to reducing rates of infection, study finds.
Based on a new study published October 9 in the journal Health Affairs, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, Harvard University, and the University of California, Irvine, are urging hospitals to share infection-rate data and adopt the practice of isolating patients carrying methicillin- resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria. A University of Pittsburgh associate professor of medicine and biomedical informatics said hospitals share patients extensively with other hospitals in their area, facilitating the spread of MRSA infections. The research model demonstrated that a hospital‘s decision to test patients for MRSA upon admission then isolate those who test positive — a process known as ―contact isolation‖ — can help reduce the prevalence of MRSA not only at that location but in other hospitals.

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