Archive for the ‘investigation’ Category

Hudson River Aircraft to Feather Identification Lab

January 25, 2009

Clues from the wreckage from US Airways Flight 1549, which crashed in the Hudson River, are going to the best investigators in the world: the black boxes to the National Transportation Safety Board, the engines to the manufacturer’s experts and a bird feather to a Smithsonian museum.

ByMatthew L. Wald
The New York Times
The National Museum of Natural History in Washington may not leap to mind when both engines on a high-tech plane quit at 3,200 feet. But around the corner from the stuffed African elephant that greets the visiting hordes of schoolchildren, down a back hall from the employee bike rack, a staff of four in the Feather Identification Lab took in samples from 4,600 bird-plane collisions, or bird strikes, last year. Arriving mostly in sealed plastic bags, these included birds’ feet, whole feathers or tiny bits of down, and pulverized bird guts, known as snarge.

Correctly identifying the species involved in a bird strike can be important, said Carla J. Dove, the lab’s director. “If people know the cause of a problem, they can do something about it,” she said. “If you have cockroaches, you don’t call an ant exterminator.”


Above: James Whatton and Marcy Heacker, research assistants; Carla Dove, the director; and Faridah Dahlan, a genetics specialist, all work at the Feather Identification Lab at the National Museum of Natural History.  Photo: Andrew Councill for The New York Times

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Bill Richardson Exits Obama Cabinet Under The Cloud of Possible Corruption

January 4, 2009

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says he is withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obamas commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation.

Obama said in a statement Sunday that he accepted Richardson’s withdrawal “with deep regret” but that the governor was putting the nation first to avoid any delay in filling the Cabinet post.

A federal grand jury is investigating how a California company that contributed to Richardson’s political activities won a New Mexico state contract worth more than $1 billion.

Richardson said in a statement issued by Obama’s transition office that the investigation could take weeks or months and he couldn’t ask Obama to delay the Commerce Department’s work. Richardson said the investigation will show that he “acted properly in all matters.”

Richardson’s withdrawal was the first disruption of Obama’s Cabinet process and the second “pay-to-play” investigation that has touched Obama’s transition to the presidency. The president-elect has remained above the fray in both the case of arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the New Mexico case.

–Associated Press

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From The New York Times:
The Richardson withdrawal, first reported Sunday afternoon by NBC News, raises questions about the thoroughness of the Obama team’s vetting process, which had been touted as one of the most stringent ever. Stories about the investigation of the CDR contract and of the donations by David Rubin — the president of CDR and a major Democratic contributor — to the Richardson-linked political action committees have appeared in news reports at least since August.

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US President-elect Barack Obama (L) listens to New Mexico Governor ... 
US President-elect Barack Obama (L) listens to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson after announcing Richardson as his nominee for commerce secretary during a news conference in Chicago December 3, 2008.(John Gress/Reuters)

Vietnam Launches Probe in Bribery Case That Caused Loss Of Japan Loans

December 11, 2008

Vietnamese police have begun a formal investigation into a corruption case that led Japan last week to suspend soft-loan aid to the communist country, state media reported Wednesday.

The ambassador of Japan, the largest bilateral donor to Vietnam, on Friday said official development assistance (ODA) loans would be frozen until Vietnam took “effective and meaningful measures against corruption”.


A shop selling flags and communist signs in central Hanoi. Vietnamese ...
A shop selling flags and communist signs in central Hanoi. Vietnamese police have begun a formal investigation into a corruption case that led Japan last week to suspend soft-loan aid to the communist country, state media have reported.(AFP/File/Hoang Dinh Nam)

Ambassador Mitsuo Sakaba asked for better police co-operation over the case of Tokyo-based Pacific Consultants International (PCI), whose former executives have admitted in a Japanese court to bribing a senior Vietnamese official.

Police in Vietnam have now launched a probe into PCI’s claims against Huynh Ngoc Sy, the Ho Chi Minh City senior transport official named in the Tokyo trial, who was suspended from his post last month, state media reported.

“The Ministry of Public Security‘s police investigators have launched legal proceedings in a case of alleged bribery relating to Huynh Ngoc Sy,” said the state-run Vietnam News Agency.

The report said, “Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has instructed the Vietnamese authorities to work closely alongside relevant Japanese agencies in investigating and handling the case in accordance with Vietnamese law.”

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