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The Pawtucket Red Sox Play on Natural Grass*

From Ryan Young, blogging at The American Spectator:

Here's one for the annals of overreaction: Fields made of artificial turf are being investigated as major health hazards because some of them contain lead.

Now, fans and players alike have hated artificial turf for years. Purists don't like the fake-looking fields. Old-fashioned grass stains on a player's jersey from a diving catch or a hard tackle are badges of honor, worn with pride. But lead poisoning? That's a new one.

There's a good reason we haven't heard about this problem before. There is no evidence of synthetic fields causing lead poisoning in even a single athlete. Anywhere. Ever.

In other leadigation news, the indispensable Rhode Island blogger Jane Genova has a new post up at Law and More, contemplating "RI Lead Paint III - That's What Smart Money Is Betting."
Since both the defendants and the plaintiff claim errors by the trial court, a sweet compromise would be a new trial. In that new trial, the plaintiff could play it more conservative and request compensatory damages vs. abatement. In its brief, the state makes a persuasive argument, rooted in liberal ideology, why state agencies should be reimbursed for the millions plowed into diagnosing, treating and preventing childhood lead poisoning. In addition, the private counsel hired on a contingency basis - Motley Rice - will finally get paid - something. The 16-something percent the firm would derive from the compensation damages is better than nothing.
She reports the scuttlebutt that the defendants have set aside funds anticipating yet another trial round.

* McCoy Stadium, also known for its expansive foul territory.

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