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Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Accepting $2.5 Million in Bribes and Kickbacks

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The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Bhaskar Patel, 67, of Windermere, Florida, appeared today in federal district court in Rutland to answer to charges that, while employed by Schneider Electric Building Americas, he unlawfully solicited and accepted $2,536,119.19 in bribes and kickbacks associated with federal energy savings performance contracts (“ESPCs”) issued to Schneider Electric by various federal agencies. The Information filed in the case covers the time-period between June 6, 2011 and April 19, 2016. Chief District Court Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford accepted Patel’s guilty plea to both of the counts charged in the Information and released Patel on conditions. Judge Crawford ordered Patel to be back in U.S. District Court on December 7, 2018 for sentencing.

From Dow’s ‘Dioxin Lawyer’ to Trump’s Choice to Run Superfund

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Dioxin Lawyer


The lawyer nominated to run the Superfund toxic cleanup program is steeped in the complexities of restoring polluted rivers and chemical dumps. He spent more than a decade on one of the nation’s most extensive cleanups, one involving Dow Chemical’s sprawling headquarters in Midland, Mich.

A Contractor Knowingly Sold US Troops Defective Earplugs For Years. Now They’re Paying For It

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Defective Earplugs


A defense contractor has agreed to pay $9.1 million to settle claims that it furnished U.S. service members with earplugs that it knew were defective, the Department of Justice announced on Thursday. The settlement suggests that pure greed may be partly to blame for the military’s “silent epidemic” of hearing loss.

Army Veteran Shot And Killed By Police After Defending Family From Naked Intruder

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Vet Shot


The Colorado man shot and killed by Aurora police was defending his family from a naked stranger who had burst through the front door of their East Montview Boulevard home in the wee hours of Monday morning, grabbing an 11-year-old boy who was sleeping on a couch and attacking him.

The Head Of The Marine Corps’ Premier Fighting Force Is Taking His Talents West

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Taking Talents West


CAMP PENDLETON — A general – credited with an incredible work ethic and team leadership – relinquished command of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, and its some 50,000 Marines and sailors, during a change of command ceremony Monday, July 30, at this seaside base.

The Doctors Are In… Or Are They? Why VA Cannot Hire Enough Physicians

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Dr is In


If you have been to VA for a checkup, surgery, or really any medical concern in your life, you have probably suspected that there were not enough people around to help you, especially at the top. Where is your doctor? Why are there so many patients for such a scant handful of medical professionals?

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