2009-02-11 / Front Page

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Peanuts From Tainted Factory Sent to Schools

The nationwide scandal over contaminated peanut products that have sickened hundreds of people and may have killed at least 8 in 43 states has expanded to include school lunch programs in three states — California, Idaho and Minnesota.

The Department of Agriculture has warned those states to pull off the shelves whatever may remain of 32 truckloads of roasted peanuts and peanut butter that were shipped to the government in 2007 and 2008 by the Peanut Corporation of America. Federal regulators say that the company's plant in Blakely, Ga., shipped peanut products despite 12 positive test results for traces of the salmonella bacteria.

Co-founder of Habitat for Humanity dies

Millard Fuller, 74, died en route to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany on Tuesday. He is known for his work in founding Habitat for Humanity, one of the largest philanthropic charities in the world. Over 300,000 homes have been built through the organization. In 2005, Fuller and wife Linda formed the Fuller Center for Housing after a rift with Habitat, and over 1,000 projects have been completed.

Former President Carter said in a statement, "Millard Fuller was one of the most extraordinary people I have ever known. He used his remarkable gifts as an entrepreneur for the benefit of millions of needy people around the world by providing them with decent housing. As the founder of Habitat for Humanity and later the Fuller Center, he was an inspiration to me, other members of our family, and an untold number of volunteers who worked side-by-side under his leadership."

Source: Albany Herald

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