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Boil or bite, fed panel dismisses $50M inmate suit

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — It doesn't matter whether a former western Pennsylvania county jail inmate had a boil or a spider bite, his injuries — and allegations that he wasn't given proper medical treatment — aren't worth $50 million.

The (Somerset) Daily American says a 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel has refused to reverse a federal judge's decision to dismiss Ronald Sever's lawsuit against the Somerset County Jail.

The 50-year-old claimed he suffered fever and terrible pain from a spider bite while an inmate in April 2010, before he was transferred to a Virginia lockup on charges in that state.

U.S. Magistrate Keith Pesto recommended the case be thrown out last year, noting Sever was properly treated for a boil while in jail — but that even if it was a spider bite, it resolved quickly with minimal care.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Man-in-undies statue at Mass. college causes stir

WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — A lifelike outdoor statue of a man sleepwalking in nothing but his underpants at Wellesley College is causing a stir at the prestigious women's school from some students who say it's frightening.

The statue of a man in an eyes closed, zombie-like trance is part of an exhibit by sculptor Tony Matelli at a college museum.

The Boston Globe reports that its placement in a busy area of campus on Monday prompted more than 100 students to sign an online petition to have it removed.

The statue is a "source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault" for many, according to the petition started by junior Zoe Magid.

Museum director Lisa Fischman wrote on the school website that the sculpture has succeeded in its goal of provoking discussion.

Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com 

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