A new report from the National Toxicology Program is generating intense media coverage about the possible danger of using bisphenol in plastic bottles or the lining of food containers, particularly those used for infants. Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) called on the FDA to examine the issue more closely, while the American Chemistry Council and the International Formula Council pointed to other scientific studies they say show the chemical is safe.
In other news, Deborah Palfrey, the ‘DC Madam' with high-profile political clientele, was convicted of running prostitution service and now faces jail time of up to 55 years. The prominence of some of her customers led to a flood of media coverage of the legal proceedings leading up to the trial, although well-known clients including Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) and former USAID chief and Eli Lilly CEO Randall Tobias, did not end up testifying.
Events and demonstrations at college campuses around the country marked the one-year anniversary of Virginia Tech shootings.
The Pope's visit gets bogged down in political issues, including the past scandal over priest pedophiles and the Vatican's initial reaction, while some question how key the Catholic demographic in the upcoming Pennsylvania primary?