by John Dankosky – No big surprises out of Joe Lieberman in Stamford today, he’ll step down after 2012. I talked about his decision on Talk of the Nation’s “Political Junkie” segment today, expressing profound displeasure that we’re already covering another Senate race. Colin McEnroe was on The Takeaway this morning, offering his thoughts as one of the nation’s leading “Liebermanologists.” He’s also got a take on his blog over at Your Public Media, and spoke with another leading Lieberman researcher, Paul Bass on today’s Colin McEnroe Show.
ProPublica writes that their “Dollars for Docs” investigation has forced changes at at least one medical center:
The University of Colorado Denver and its affiliated teaching hospitals have launched an overhaul of conflict of interest policies after aProPublica database revealed extensive ties between its faculty and pharmaceutical companies.
At a meeting of the faculty senate last week, Dr. Richard Krugman, vice chancellor for health affairs, said he hoped members would soon consider a policy to clearly ban faculty from delivering talks for drug companies.
We featured the ProPublica report as part of our “Dubious Docs” program in December.
Where We Live also followed up on our interview with two Connecticut Divers who claim to have discovered the shipwrecked USS Revenge. The interview prompted this letter from listener and Historical Geographer Bill Keegan:
I heard your show this morning about Oliver Perry’s Revenge. A couple of very important facts were not mentioned by you or, naturally, your guests.
First, it actually has not been lost for quite some time: the Army Corps of Engineers identified its location in the 1880s. The National Park Service has a public web page discussing where it is, which has been up for a while. (We first used it in 2005.) So, your guests claiming to have “discovered” it is very questionable.
Second, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Long Island Sound Program has it in its inventory of shipwrecks, and has had it since we compiled the database a few years ago.
Third, all Naval vessels are still considered property of the United States Government and are protected, by law, from interference by unauthorized parties. It is extremely disturbing that your guests not only dove to the wreck and disturbed it, but stole items from it and then talked about it in public. These wrecks are protected maritime archaeological sites, and depending on the circumstances are also considered to be burial sites.
We wanted to get the record straight on these issues of “disturbance” at a shipwreck site, so we talked to the knowledgeable, and vastly entertaining state archeologist Nick Bellantoni. He says the divers did nothing wrong, as long as they didn’t take anything from the site itself.