Court ruling disputed

Residents object to a U.S. District magistrate judge’s recent ruling that denies them the ability to intervene in court over EPA’s ongoing cleanup of lead- and arsenic-contaminated properties. Judge Paul Cherry argued residents failed to file in a timely manner despite having had sufficient notice of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's cleanup plan in 2012 and the subsequent consent decree filed between EPA and the companies responsible for the pollution two years later.

Quote: "Indeed, blasting a 'fact' sheet to the community, issuing a press release subject to the whim of reporter and resident reading habits, and resorting to notices in the Federal Register are not adequate or realistic ways to inform under-resourced individuals about the specific level and extent of contamination tainting their properties," attorneys wrote in the May 16 objection filing.

The Times

CHICAGO — Jurors have convicted a Dolton man in the 2010 killing of his ex-girlfriend who was to testify against him for trying to kill her in an earlier attack.

The Chicago Tribune reports that 41-year-old Terrence Coulter was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder in the beating and strangulation of 35-year-old Dana Hayes. Her decomposed body was found in a field in the southern Chicago suburb of Thornton in March 2010.

Prosecutors have said Hayes met with Coulter willingly in January 2010, when he beat her, strangled her and slashed her throat. Prosecutors say Coulter then moved Hayes' body to the field. She was identified through DNA testing.

Court records show Coulter was accused of stabbing Hayes more than a dozen times in a 2007 case.

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