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City, Developer Clash Over Demolition Of Collapsed Hotel

NEW ORLEANS — Plans to demolish the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, which partially collapsed in October, remain in limbo as the city and developers disagree over how to safely bring down the structure. The hotel developer, 1031 Canal …

Feds Review Hurricane Irma Invoices From 3 Florida Cities

MIAMI — Three South Florida cities are being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General for “questionable invoices” and other documents submitted by consultants for reimbursement of debris cleanup from Hurricane Irma. The Federal Emergency Management …

City Paid for Neglect After Leaving Water System Vulnerable

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Eight years after shrinking its staff, Fort Lauderdale still doesn’t have the workers it needs to be sure a water line failure doesn’t leave the city dry the way it did last month. A contractor’s mistake …

Fraud Plagues Disaster Relief Efforts

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — As the scale and frequency of major disasters escalate, millions of dollars in federal, state and insurance payments intended for recovery efforts are being stolen by fraudsters taking advantage of chaos and the pipeline of aid …

Customs Says Hack Exposed Traveler, License Plate Images

Customs and Border Protection said Monday that photos of travelers and license plates collected at a single U.S. border point have been exposed in a malicious cyberattack in what a leading congressman called a “major privacy breach.” The federal agency …

‘Additional Insured Endorsements’ Can Shift Risk to Parties not at Fault: Viewpoint

“Additional insured” clauses most often start with a contract requiring the first party to name the second party as an additional insured under the first party’s insurance policy. This is often found with or near a contract clause requiring the …

Family of Massachusetts Woman Killed by Manhole Cover Sues Contractors, State

The family of a Massachusetts woman killed on her way to work when a 200-pound manhole cover flew up and crashed through her vehicle’s windshield has sued the state Transportation Department and two contractors. The wrongful death suit filed by …

Contractor Fined in New York College Blast

A contract worker has been sentenced to a fine and community service for an explosion at a suburban New York college that hurt eight people. The Journal News says Douglas Walker of South Nyack pleaded guilty to a violation Monday …

Firm to Get $4.7M to Clean Up New Jersey Boardwalk Fire

Two New Jersey shore towns affected by a massive fire that destroyed parts of their boardwalks and dozens of businesses last month have jointly hired a contractor to do demolition and cleanup work. Seaside Park and Seaside Heights officials agreed …

New York City Sued for Lost Dirt Digger

A contractor is suing New York City for allegedly moving – and later losing – his $130,000 dirt digger. Jeff Clemente says in his lawsuit that the John Deere hydraulic excavator was “lawfully” parked when it went missing last October. …