A Los Angeles judge today rejected motions by lawyers for University of California, Los Angeles, chemistry professor Patrick Harran to dismiss his felony charges arising from the 2008 death of lab assistant Sheri Sangji. Details on the motions, and the defense and prosecution arguments for and against them, are available at the Chemical & Engineering News blog, The Safety Zone. Stay tuned for the next court event, which is scheduled for 3 October.

Beryl Lieff Benderly writes from Washington, D.C.