Out to Lunch

Some inspectors fail inspection

Since the 1981 Hyatt Regency Hotel walkway collapse in Kansas City, nearly $50 million in damages has been paid to survivors and to families of the 114 who died. In addition, Hallmark Card Inc., whose subsidiary owns the hotel, has agreed to give $6.5 million to local charities and $3.5 million more to plaintiffs. But new damage to the city's sense of security was inflicted last week when the Kansas City Star published an exposé of the department of public works. After a two-month investigation, a team of Star reporters who...

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