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.
Arch dams, classically curved monoliths situated in narrow valleys, are not as common as other types of dams, such as embankment dams and gravity dams. ENR takes a look at some of the biggest arch dams in the world, both completed and under construction.