U.S. District Court Judge Sterling Johnson, sitting in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 25 named two attorneys, including a former federal corruption prosecutor, to probe continuing graft allegations against two key operating engineers’ locals in New York City. The appointment of George A. Stamboulidis follows a 2008 consent decree with Locals 14 and 14B that settled civil racketeering charges against union officials that included mob influence in hiring, particularly for crane operating positions. The decree noted anticorruption steps the locals had taken, but union officials also agreed to take additional measures.
The former Soviet nation of Kazakhstan is ramping up completion of EXPO 2017—a futuristic megaproject estimated to cost between $3 and $5 billion that will showcase global energy efficiency and boost the host’s global profile
Cover photo by Neelam Mathews in Astana, Kazakhstan