Morning Security Brief: Hospital Back-Up Power, Hurricane Sandy By State, Employee Tracking, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►During Hurricane Sandy, NYU’s Langone Medical Center had to evacuate all 215 of its patients when the facility lost power and both back-up systems failed. ProPublica investigates why hospital back-up generators continue to fail.

►The Associated Press put together a state-by-state roundup of Hurricane Sandy’s effects. The storm killed 92 people and knocked out power for 8.5 million, the AP reports.

►An employee-tracking program at a Canadian law firm is drawing fire from employees who say it’s being used inappropriately. After getting complaints about employees taking three-hour lunch breaks, McCague Borlack LLP deployed fingerprint-scanning technology to monitor when people come and go from the office. Founding partner Howard Borlack says the program’s main purpose is access control and enhanced security, however a group of employees at the firm say the program doesn’t address any security concerns and targets copy room and secretary staff, as lawyers are exempt from participating.

►In 2007, inmate Ashley Smith strangled herself to death after experiencing abuse from corrections staff and extended solitary confinement. After a legal battle, an inmate rights group has finally secured video showing abuse of Ashley Smith in custody.

►In other news, Atlanta police are investigating the area near the CNN Center after receiving a call about a chemical bomb. And video has emerged of what activists say are executions of Syrian soldiers by rebels.


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