Wrapped In Plastic

Her family members don't believe her, and no doctors can help her. After alleged exposure to black mold at her apartment five years ago, Karen Noseff has endured unexplained illnesses forcing her to dispose of her belongings, wrap her furniture and clothes in saran wrap, and face the ridicule of a society that deems her a whiner, a money-grubber, and psychologically impaired. Now, Noseff and filmmaker boyfriend Michael Williams are fighting back, taking their case to (where else?) the big screen.

Black Mold Exposure, a feature-length documentary chronicling Noseff's and Williams' odyssey into the controversial and volatile arena of mold exposure, debuts April 18 with a "black carpet" premiere at the Landmark's Magnolia theater in Dallas. Unable to work or attend school due to their mold-induced illnesses, Williams nevertheless was able to produce the film using his winnings from playing online poker. Noseff, meanwhile, developed the Fortune Denim jean line "adorned by many Hollywood celebrities" and was a recent winner of D magazine's 10 most beautiful women in Dallas. So could things be all that bad?

Chalk it up to the blurred line between reality and docu-drama?either that or an uncaring, unflinching, unresponsive society. Just make sure you check it out for yourself by watching the trailer.

Cell Blocked Out

In a case of extreme NIMBYism, residents in West Concord, Mass., are fighting the development of 20 affordable housing units by the Concord Housing Development Corp. and the Walden Woods Project, an organization founded by ex-Eagles front man Don Henley to support woodland preservation. Instead, dug-in residents seem to prefer the current tenant and owner of the property-the State Department of Corrections.

Neighbors against the proposal cite the usual litany of concerns, including environmental, population, and traffic impacts. "This is a sudden revelation and has generated a few concerns," neighborhood spokesman Peter Fulton told the Concord Globe.

We're not sure if it's property values or what, but apparently, living next to a prison has its benefits, too. Come to think of it, there might be a point to that traffic thing. Just keep an eye on those laundry trucks.

Dog Deeds

Bailey, a 7-year-old black lab in Warsaw, Ind., had a promising future in public service as a seeing-eye dog, but things came to a screeching halt. "He flunked out because of his distraction to cats," Warsaw Fire Marshall Michael Wilson tells the WISH news service.

That's why, today, Bailey is assisting fire investigators to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed the Cosmopolitan on the Canal apartment complex. One of only 72 ATF-certified accelerant detection canines in the country, Bailey can quickly sniff out any criminal evidence pointing towards arson in the event of apartment fires. Bailey works approximately 60 fire scenes per year, and will typically sit and wag his tail when he gets a whiff of mischief.

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