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Suit claims band laid waste on ship Chicago (AP)�The state of Illinois sued the Dave Matthews Band last week for allegedly dumping up to 800 pounds of liquid human waste from a bus into the Chicago River, dousing a tour boat filled with passengers. The lawsuit accuses the band and one of its bus drivers of violating state water pollution and public nuisance laws. It seeks $70,000 in civil penalties. “Our driver has stated that he was not involved in this incident,” band spokesman John Vlautin said in a statement. He said the band “will continue to be cooperative in this investigation.” According to the lawsuit, on Aug. 8 a bus leased by the band was heading to a downtown hotel where members were staying. As the bus crossed the Kinzie Street bridge, the driver allegedly emptied the contents of the septic tank through the bridge’s metal grating into the river below. More than 100 people on an architecture tour were showered with foul-smelling waste. The Illinois attorney general’s office said no one was seriously injured. “This incident may be unique, but that does not lessen the environmental or public health risks posed by the release of at least 800 pounds of liquid human waste into a busy waterway and onto a crowded tour boat,” Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in a statement. After the incident, the boat’s captain turned the vessel around and took passengers back to the dock. Everyone received refunds, and the boat was cleaned with disinfectant. Nightmare house Austin, Texas (AP)-Actress Sandra Bullock has been cheated out of her dream home and millions of dollars by shoddy construction and fraudulent billing, her attorney claims. The star of the Speed movies and romantic comedies such as Miss Congeniality has been locked in a years-long legal battle with the builder of a $6.5 million lakefront home she has never moved into. The builder and architect, M.B. “Benny” Daneshjou, said Bullock and her father John Bullock still owe him money for the house on Lake Austin and that it’s not the unlivable disaster she claims it is. “This is a story of broken promises and broken dreams,” Bullock’s attorney, Walter Mizell, said in Aug. 20 opening statements of a civil trial expected to last more than a month. Bullock, who continues to pay taxes on the property, is expected to testify. Daneshjou originally filed suit against Bullock and she countersued. Bullock is seeking damages to cover $4 million she said is needed for repairs and millions more already paid to Daneshjou. Mizell said expert testimony will reveal myriad problems, including a leaky and structurally unsound roof and problems with the windows and the stone used on the outside of the 10,000-square-foot chateau-style mansion. Bullock claims that Daneshjou schemed to defraud her of millions of dollars during construction. Daneshjou’s attorney said he billed honestly for the work and that the costs of building the home were legitimate. Daneshjou claims any poor construction should be blamed on the project manager, who, under contract, assumed responsibility for the job. Daneshjou’s attorney, Robert MacInnes, implored the jury not to be sucked in by Bullock’s celebrity. “We had some concerns about a well-known person versus a not-so-well-known person,” MacInnes said. “This is a dispute between two people which has made the press only because of the people involved.” The small courtroom was crowded with onlookers, and television news cameras hovered in the hallways to get a glimpse of Bullock. Judge Paul Davis has barred cameras from the courtroom.

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