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Baltimore housing authority says it won't pay millions in lead poisoning judgments
Baltimore housing authority says it won't pay millions in lead poisoning judgments

Antonio Fulgham can barely read or write. The 21-year-old from West Baltimore has been deemed "mentally retarded," with bleak job prospects. He blames his plight on lead poisoning he suffered as a toddler while growing up amid flaking paint in two Baltimore public housing units. Last fall a city jury agreed, and ordered the Housing Authority of Baltimore City to pay him damages that amount to $1.27 million. Although nothing can undo his brain damage, Fulgham says the money will mean "a better change in my life." But the housing authority says it has no intention of paying Fulgham – or anyone else who has won similar judgments for the harm caused by living in the...

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