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Jeff Benedict

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The Next E. Coli Outbreak

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The New York Times
Published: June 4, 2011
By: Jeff Benedict

THE E. coli outbreak sweeping Europe is the deadliest on record: 18 people have died and there are almost 2,000 reported cases in nine countries.

While Americans have been following the disaster through news reports, few of us feel threatened. After all, we took steps to protect consumers against E. coli poisoning after the infamous 1993 Jack in the Box outbreak that sickened 750 children and killed four. We haven’t had a comparable outbreak since.

But it would be a big mistake to assume that all is well when it comes to the American food supply and E. coli. On the contrary, the precarious situation we are in today recalls our mind-set just before the 1993 outbreak: naïve complacency.

A Gamble in the Hamptons

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The New York TimesPublished:  June 27, 2004
By Jeff Benedict

A Las Vegas style casino in the Hamptons? The Shinnecock Indian Nation thinks it's a good idea and started clearing land in Hampton Bays last year in preparation for construction. Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and the Town of Southampton sued, winning a federal court injunction that has stopped the tribe's casino plan for now.

Gambling Foes Try to Curb Growth of Connecticut's 2 Casino Giants

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New York Times,

Published: September 4, 2003

By Jeff Benedict

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn., Sept. 3— After battling successfully to block newly recognized Indian tribes from building casinos in Connecticut, opponents of the gambling industry are now turning their attention to the two giant casinos that already exist in the state, trying to limit their ability to grow even larger.

The first battle is taking place here in the towns around the sprawling Foxwoods Resort Casino on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation.



Athletes and Accusations

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The New York Times
Published: August 5, 2003  
By Jeff Benedict

 Kobe Bryant, who appeared in court last week on charges of sexual assault, is the latest of a long lineup of sports stars who have been charged with crimes against women. The list includes many athletes prominent in their communities as well as nationally famous figures like the baseball Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett and the former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson.

Felons Don’t Belong in the N.F.L.

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The New York Times 

Published:November 4, 1998

By Jeff Benedict

Newton, Mass.
Leonard Little, a St. Louis Rams linebacker, was charged last week with involuntary manslaughter after he slammed his sports utility vehicle into a car.  The other driver died, and tests showed that Little’s blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit.
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Jeff Benedict is a special features writer for Sports Illustrated and a bestselling author of twelve books, including  the New York Times bestseller The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football.  He is also a frequent public speaker and lecturer.  To book him email: info@jeffbenedict.com

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