News briefs:April 26, 2006
Audio Wikinews transcript – 26 April 2006 – 0038 UTC
The time is 00:38 UTC on 26 April 2006, and this is Wikinews Audio News Briefs.
Others named in lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal
More named in the lawsuit against the Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal. According to official court documents, there are more defendants than previously thought. Documents state that not only Buffalo's Common Council and Planning Board are named in the lawsuit, but also the Mayor of Buffalo, Byron W. Brown, Savarino Construction Services Corporation, Hans J. Mobius and his son Hans S. Mobius owners of the properties at stake, Pano Georgiadis, owner of Pano's Restaurant on Elmwood, and Cendant Corporation, the parent company of Wyndham Hotels are also named in the suit
Study claims recreational ecstasy use and depression unrelated
In other news... A new study published in the May 2006 issue of the Journal of Psychopharmacology and conducted at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette finds no significant link between the use of Ecstasy and depression. Ecstasy is believed to increase the levels of serotonin, because of its effects on mood. Research in lab animals has provided evidence that it causes long-term post use serotonin depletion. A common hypothesis among many researchers is that the reduction in serotonin levels below normal could be detected by a corresponding decline in mood. This study seems to go against the consensus that Ecstacy reduces serotonin levels.
Egypt:Twin suicide bombings hit Sinai
Just days after the bombings in the Egyptian resort town of Dahab, two more suicide bombers struck a Multinational Peacekeeping Forces base near the Gaza border. The attack occurred at around 1300 GMT. The number of casualties is not known at this time with the spokesperson for the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) and Egyptian security forces giving conflicting reports.
Alabama postal workers and customers become ill, suspicious substance found
Six workers in the post office in Hueytown, Alabama developed breathing problems and 23 were sent to the hospital after a chemical used in the manufacture of fishing lures leaked from a package. The post office was evacuated, and Hueytown firefighters in hazardous materials attire inspected the chemical. The chemical was found to have leaked from an inadequately designed package, evaporated quickly leaving a garlicky scent, and discolored the flooring tile. Workers complained of symptoms ranging from breathing difficulties to vomiting to burning in the throat.
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