PRIMA RiskWatch
Dec. 30, 2010

Meet 8-year-old Mikey: US has him on watch list
The New York Times
Jan. 21, 2010 issue: "Meet Mikey Hicks," said Najlah Feanny Hicks, introducing her 8-year-old son, a New Jersey Cub Scout and frequent traveler who has seldom boarded a plane without a hassle because he shares the name of a suspicious person. Michael Winston Hicks's mother initially sensed trouble when he was a baby and she could not get a seat for him on their flight to Florida at an airport kiosk; airline officials explained that his name "was on the list," she recalled.More

Whooping cough now epidemic in California
MedPage Today via ABC News
June 24, 2010 issue: California is facing what could be the state's biggest outbreak of pertussis since 1958, according to its top public health official. This contagious disease is more commonly known as whooping cough due the distinctive whoop that occurs when sufferers cough and gasp for breath.More

Woman who turned in cop killer left homeless
Jan. 21, 2010 issue: Nearly two months ago Chrisceda Clemmons turned her nephew, cop killer Maurice Clemmons, in to police in Seattle, Wash. But now her house and the ground it sits on is still contaminated. Seattle Police fired an unprecedented 75 canisters of tear gas into the home. All the possessions have been put in storage. The home is toxic, unlivable.More

Minneapolis police cash in on bar beat
City Pages
July 1, 2010 issue: Every weekend, paper envelopes thick with stacks of 20s appear in a wooden mailbox inside the Minneapolis Police Department's first precinct. When business is slow, the cash totals around $390, but sometimes it's as much as three and a half grand.More

Appeals court overturns $1 million Providence, R.I., liability in telephone call recordings
The Providence Journal
Feb. 25, 2010 issue: A federal appeals court in Boston overturned a jury verdict that held the City of Providence, R.I., and two of its former employees liable for more than $1 million in damages and attorneys' fees for illegally recording hundreds of thousands of phone calls at the city's Public Safety Complex.More

Missouri VA hospital may have infected 1,800 veterans with HIV
July 1, 2010 issue: A Missouri VA hospital is under fire because it may have exposed more than 1,800 veterans to life-threatening diseases such as hepatitis and HIV. John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis has recently mailed letters to 1,812 veterans telling them they could contract hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) after visiting the medical center for dental work, said U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan.More

France unusually rattled as reports of Europe terror plots emerge
The Christian Science Monitor
Sept. 30, 2010 issue: In what is being described as a "commando-style" attack akin to the 2008 Mumbai massacre, Al Qaeda militants reportedly had planned to carry out spectacular strikes on cities in Britain, France and Germany, according to European security officials.More

Clinton says cyber attacks merit 'consequences'
Jan. 21, 2010 issue: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for consequences and condemnation for those who carry out cyber attacks, in excerpts of a speech expected to address Google Inc.'s concerns about China.More

What's lurking in your stadium food?
Aug. 5, 2010 issue: Health department inspection reports from all 107 stadiums used by the MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL show vast differences in how food is prepared and served. It's often not exactly appetizing.More

Was Obama's rebuke helpful to the US intelligence community?
Jan. 7, 2010 issue: The head of the intelligence services in the United States has vowed to make amends after stinging criticism from President Obama that they failed to stop last month's attempt to bomb an American airliner.More