Dressed in a black suit and red shirt, with chains draped over his body, Imanuel Reed looks more like the Rev. Al Sharpton than an environmental consultant. Invited by Mayor Ruby Cook, he is here to tell Brooklyn, Ill., village trustees his findings. He suspects 1993 floodwaters that ran through a railroad yard in this Mississippi River town have left deadly residue. He tells them he has taken soil samples and that what he's found doesn't look good: Lead. Barium.... More >>>
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By Jennifer Silverberg
Attorney Charles Douglas continues advising the village board, even though he hasn't been paid in four months: "I would put it as a notch on my gun barrel Â— a big notch Â— if I can help this board make this city a straight city, operating properly in accordance with the law."