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Developer faces mold suit

The developer of Miami's mammoth Four Seasons tower is facing millions of dollars in lawsuits over a mold outbreak at a similar high-end condominium complex in Washington, D.C.

Millennium Partners is wrapping up an extensive clean-up and relocation effort at its new Ritz-Carlton project in Washington, where it says faulty plumbing spawned an outbreak of mold. Residents sued the New York-based developer, saying the black, inky fungus caused health problems and forced them to abandon their luxury units. MORE

Los Fresnos schools address mold problems

LOS FRESNOS — Aspergillus, cladosporium, stachybotrys and chaetomium — scary words for parents who fear mold could endanger their children’s health.

These mold varieties have been identified in Los Fresnos schools, but experts said the mold problems might not be as dire as they seem.

McMahon Gets $7 Mln in Toxic Mold Lawsuit - Report
Wed May 7, 2003 08:54 PM ET

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Entertainer Ed McMahon reaped a $7 million settlement from several companies he sued for allowing toxic mold to overrun his Los Angeles home and kill his beloved dog, a national mold litigation magazine reported on Wednesday. MORE

AAIS To Host Web Seminar on Personal Lines Mold Filings
May 8, 2003

The American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS) will hold a Web-based seminar Wednesday, May 28, concerning new endorsements to allow insurers to limit or exclude personal lines coverage for losses arising from mold and related causes. MORE

Dog Sniffs Out Mold
LAST UPDATE: 5/7/2003 11:43:32 PM
Posted By: Jim Forsyth

Dogs have been trained to sniff out drugs, explosives, and weapons, and now animal technology has gone one step further.

Max, a one year old border collie, is believed to be the first dog in the state trained to sniff out mold. Max will be demonstrated at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine Thursday. MORE

Mold found in Chenequa Village Hall
Kelly Smith, staff writer April 30, 2003

Village of Chenequa ­- Air purification equipment has been temporarily installed as contractors try to remove mold spores from three rooms in the Village Hall.

Village Administrator Robert Douglas said contractors found mold levels unacceptably high in the foyer entrance to the building, the boardroom, and the police and fire training room. MORE

At Ritz Complex, Mold Came to Call On Condo Owners

By Annie Groer
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, May 5, 2003; Page A01

The location was perfect, walking distance to Georgetown, downtown, the Kennedy Center. The amenities were sterling. And for venture capitalist Carol Anderson and her attorney husband, Stanton, price was not an issue.

In January of 2001 they moved into a spacious $1 million retreat at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton in West End. In came an artist to paint a mural in the foyer. Up went the John Singer Sargent watercolor of Venice in the living room. Onto the floor went the $45,000 Persian rug. MORE

Control household mold problems before they control you

A hot topic in housing today is mold. Molds long have been recognized as allergens, but media attention to some extensive mold problems has increased awareness and questions.

There are mold spores everywhere. They come into houses in many ways including on clothing and with air movement. There usually is food and adequate temperatures for them to grow in many parts of the home. Mold spores settle and grow in the presence of moisture.

2 On Your Side: The Fungus Among Us

May 6, 2003

VANCOUVER - One of the wettest April's the Northwest has ever seen has created a major problem for many people.

The problem with mold, it hides in your walls where you can't see it.

But it can be so bad it makes your family sick. MORE

Scientists Crack Genetic Code for Mold
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. - Six Oregon scientists were part of the international effort to crack the genetic code of a common mold that has served as a laboratory workhorse for more than half a century.

The complete genetic blueprint of Neurospora crassa, a harmless pinkish-orange fungus that typically sprouts on bread or bark, will help researchers track down the cause of fungal and congenital diseases in plants and animals. MORE

Mold woes grow in Akron
City orders apartment at Waterford condemned
By Bob Downing and Karalee Miller

The Akron Health Department on Wednesday condemned an apartment off Portage Trail Extension because of severe mold problems.

The mold concentration was so heavy that city inspector John Goold became physically ill while in the unit at Waterford at Portage Trail Apartments, a department spokesman said. MORE

House mold causes problems
Reporter: Chris Williams

Claremont, IL May 3 -- Your home is supposed to be your sanctuary from the world.

But one Tri-State family is fighting a losing battle against mold inside its house.

"For health reasons is the big thing why we're out," Pat Harmon said, and the fact the floors are falling down. We can't do it. We can't live here for safety reasons and health reasons. MORE
Health Officials Investigate Mold Problem In Apartment
Apartment Managers Refuse To Speak With NewsChannel5
POSTED: 5:22 p.m. EDT May 1, 2003

AKRON, Ohio -- Health officials spent part of Thursday investigating whether a severe mold problem at an Akron apartment complex was being taken care of.

NewsChannel5's Tracy Carloss reported that officials have been flooded with phone calls after Live On Five Investigator Jodi Brooks' report on Wednesday.

Smelly, wet carpet was tossed in a trash bin after the appalling conditions were exposed. After revealing on Wednesday black mold all over the walls of an empty apartment, NewsChannel5's cameras captured on Tuesday soaking wet floors, mold on the windows and a moldy utility closet. MORE

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