Monday, February 17, 2003
by Lenka Reznicek [permalink] 
Duck (Tape) and Cover, Part 2: Update

Revision to the last post: we had reported that photos of the interior of the Epitome nightclub in Chicago were posted on Onesti Entertainment's website. Since we made that post at 10:00am, the images have been removed, and the website has a disclaimer that reads:
"Onesti Entertainment Corp. does not own or manage The Epitome Nightclub nor have promoted or had any dealings with The Epitome Nightclub in over a year. The Family and Friends of the those effected by this tragedy remain in the thoughts and prayers of The Onesti Entertainment Corp.
However, my impertinent question is: why did Onesti keep photos and a listing of Epitome on their website as one of their holdings when they "had not been connected with them for over a year"? Sounds a little fishy to me. Perhaps the fact that fire marshals estimate that over 1500 people were in the club at the time of the tragedy, and the club's stated capacity was only 1000 - making it 50% overloaded?

On a side note, ABC News.com reports that military technology has inspired a new product that may save the lives of firefighters and other rescue personnel responding to a potential terrorist strike - the HazMat Smart Strip: "The baseball card-sized Smart Strip can detect chlorine, pH, fluoride, nerve agents, oxidizers, arsenic, sulfides and cyanide in liquid or aerosol form at minute levels." The Smart Strip will cost approximately $15.00, no word on if and when it will be available at retail. Sounds like a good accessory for anyone's "duck-taping" shelf.