South Carolina teens facing charges over anthrax hoax

Monday, May 3, 2010 @ 8:02pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Two South Carolina high school students are facing possible expulsion and charges following a prank that involved a suspicious package found at St. James High School in Horry County.
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English ricin plot teen found guilty

Monday, May 3, 2010 @ 8:03pm by Nick Rees

The son of an English right wing extremist found to be in possession of ricin has been found guilty of taking part in a plot to kill multiple groups of elasticities.
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EPA's role in BioWatch significantly reduced

Monday, May 3, 2010 @ 8:14pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The role of the Environmental Protection Agency in the BioWatch program has been significantly reduced by the agency's Office of Inspector General following a recent review.
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Security network in the cards for Midtown Manhattan

Monday, May 3, 2010 @ 8:15pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A high-tech security network is in the works for Midtown Manhattan that will utilize surveillance cameras, license plate readers and chemical sensors.
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Rhode Island simulates bioevent

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 @ 8:28pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Cranston, Rhode Island will be inundated with soldiers in hazmat suits this week as part of a simulation to practice response to biological, chemical, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive events as well as natural disasters.
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Some experts worry about focus on bioweapons research

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 @ 8:29pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Instead of focusing on research that could benefit the public, The National Institute of Health has since 9/11 focused a disproportionate amount of its efforts - and funding - on bioweapons research, several authorities told the Atlantic Free Press.
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New anthrax discovery could aid in treating infection

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 @ 8:34pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A new study published in Microbiology suggests that anthrax-causing bacteria can be designed to reveal themselves, making it easier for immune systems to fight the bacteria.
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ATF purchases biodetection equipment

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 @ 8:34pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has entered a purchase order for Universal Detection Technology's 5-agent detection kits and training equipment that will be used to instruct agents in the proper use of the kits.
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South Carolina to host bioevent simulation

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 @ 7:26pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Upstate South Carolina emergency management personnel will gather in June to prepare for various scenarios in the event of terrorist attacks and will be joined by officials from the FBI, FEMA and other SC state agencies.
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Supreme Court shuts main doors to stop bioterror threats

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 @ 7:26pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

In an effort in part to protect against the possibility of biological and chemical terrorist plots, the U.S. Supreme Court has cordoned off its famous front entrance to the public.
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Two teens charged in S.C. anthrax hoax

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 @ 7:32pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Two South Carolina teens were charged with disturbing schools after a
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Britain probes chemical attack claims

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 @ 7:32pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Claims that Britain used illegal chemical weapons that are reportedly linked to an upswing of child deformity cases in Iraq are being investigated by the British Ministry of Defense, sources have said.
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New anthrax case reported in Scotland outbreak

Thursday, May 6, 2010 @ 8:17pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A second drug user in the Lothians has been infected following a recent outbreak of anthrax poisoning, Scottish officials recently announced.
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Institute for Homeland Security director calls for increase in bioterror response

Thursday, May 6, 2010 @ 8:17pm by Nick Rees

Randy Larsen, director of the Institute for Homeland Security and national security advisor at the Center for Biosecurity, addressed how the government intended to improve its rapid response to prevent biological attacks during the BioDefense 2010 confere
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Colorado University researchers developing new measles vaccine

Thursday, May 6, 2010 @ 8:21pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A University of Colorado professor and his team of researchers are in the process of developing a new dry measles vaccine that could potentially prevent the deaths of thousands of children in undeveloped countries.
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House Republican Whip says new administration policy endangers lives

Thursday, May 6, 2010 @ 8:26pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

In a speech delivered this week at The Heritage Foundation's President's Club meeting, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor touched on national security policy issues that included recent changes to the United States' nuclear policy that he said endangers Am
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Burning of mustard agents at Umatilla Chemical Depot begins

Thursday, May 6, 2010 @ 8:28pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Now that several safety issues have been resolved at the Umatilla Chemical Depot, a trial burn of mustard agent chemical weapons has begun, the Tri-City (Wash.) Herald reports.
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New finding about anthrax proteins could aid in fighting the biothreat

Friday, May 7, 2010 @ 7:26pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A team of New York University microbiologists have discovered that bacterial spores carry an extra coating of protection that has been previously undetected by researchers, opening the door for new anthrax eradication techniques.
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Congress mulls clear protective shield to guard against attacks

Friday, May 7, 2010 @ 8:14pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

In an effort to prevent sudden terrorist attacks, including biological or chemical attacks, against legislators and staff, House officials in Washington, D.C., may place a clear protective shield around viewing galleries above the chamber floor.
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Colorado man charged for anthrax hoaxes

Friday, May 7, 2010 @ 8:16pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A Colorado man who allegedly mailed threatening letters containing bogus anthrax to three Alabama members of Congress has been charged, the Associated Press reports.
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