The Common Good
November-December 1998

Briefly Noted

by Jim Rice | November-December 1998

The former owners of a nuclear processing plant in Pennsylvania were ordered by a federal jury to pay $36.5 million in damages for a rash of cancer cases near the plant.

  • The former owners of a nuclear processing plant in Pennsylvania were ordered by a federal jury to pay $36.5 million in damages for a rash of cancer cases near the plant. More than 350 of the 1,895 people in the town had some type of cancer, compared with just 28 cases in a larger town a few miles away.
  • Rev. Kay Ward of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was elected this summer the world’s first woman bishop in the Moravian Church. The church first called for the ordination of women in 1957.
  • The Mennonite Central Committee sent a delegation in early September to visit churches in Cuba and to "understand firsthand the reality of life in Cuba and how people are affected by U.S. policies."
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