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October 31, 2012

Air travel tips after Hurricane Sandy

As in many previous storm situations, the airlines have announced they will refund and will allow you to re-book without penalties or fees, but you have to act quickly. All major airlines have posted rebooking rules, and they all have deadlines and cut-offs on their kindness, some as early as this week.

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October 25, 2012

Re-examining a misguided in-flight electronics ban

There has never been an accident or crash attributed to the interference of electronic devices. I applaud the FAA for re-examining the use of PEDs during flight, but I believe the study should include the use of cell phones in-flight. Modern aircraft wiring and instruments are required to be properly shielded from errant electric signals, pulses, arcing and static and lightning strikes.

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October 19, 2012

Death after dialysis

While dialysis can be a lifesaver for those with kidney impairment, Fresenius Medical Care allegedly made the process more harmful than helpful for thousands of people. Unfortunately, we now know that two of the company’s products, GranuFlo® Powder and NaturaLyte® Liquid acid concentrate, may increase the risk for sudden, even fatal, heart attacks and other heart problems.

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October 11, 2012

Silence is not golden

Despite decades of awareness, legislation and litigation, there are some in positions of authority—in our churches, schools, summer camps and scout troops—who chose to shirk their responsibility as mandatory reporters and look the other way when they suspect child sex abuse. Such acts of concealment not only condone the continued abuse of children today but also help perpetuate such abuse against other children tomorrow.

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October 3, 2012

Sheet metal workers standing strong

by: Motley Rice

Walking into the Sheet Metal Air, Rail and Transportation Workers International Association’s Business Agents annual meeting feels a bit like diving head-first into a glass half-full. The products sheet metal workers make possible – HVAC systems, airplanes, elevators, skyscrapers, etc. – are all around us, but most Americans have no idea how dangerous and challenging the life of a sheet metal worker can be.

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September 26, 2012

Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2012

Mesothelioma Awareness Day is not only an opportunity to remember the parents, children, siblings and friends who have been claimed by this ongoing epidemic, but it is also an opportunity to reflect on significant developments in the United States and around the world regarding asbestos, mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

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September 19, 2012

Justice is international

Although asbestos civil litigation has been around since the 70s, not a single asbestos manufacturer, supplier, distributer or premises owner has been criminally prosecuted in the U.S.

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September 11, 2012

A day of remembrance

On the 11th memorial of 9/11, as we enter a new decade after the most deadly attack on American soil in history, I am struck by how different this day may seem compared with the 10th anniversary that drew so much national and international attention last year.

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August 27, 2012

How not to repeat history

The TSA has thwarted many attempted crimes, but they now have a documented case of saving a life in Florida. On July 5, 2012, two Miami TSA agents took notice of a young woman wearing a scarf over her face as she attempted to go through the security check at Miami International Airport (MIA).

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August 22, 2012

SEC awards first whistleblower $50,000

The SEC announced Tuesday that it will pay its first award under a new whistleblower program created under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act authorized the whistleblower program to reward people who offer high-quality, original information that leads to an SEC enforcement action in which more than $1 million in sanctions is ordered.

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August 18, 2012

Navigating toy store aisles

As the father of a toddler, I am beginning to recognize the many dangers that child products can present and how challenging it can be for parents to keep their children safe. While many seem fun, innovative and, on the surface, safe, unfortunately, many of them are very dangerous for children.

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August 15, 2012

Outsourcing phantom debt collectors

by: Motley Rice

Recent charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission show that technology has allowed criminals to hide behind phones and computer screens in places such as Pakistan and India, badgering Americans to pay up on an overdue debt. Many of the debt agencies looking to collect do not exist. And neither do the debts. Criminals scour the internet looking for personal information, or looking to steal it, and then attempt to trick victims into paying money they do not owe.

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July 30, 2012

Putting your trust in asbestos trusts

Asbestos Trusts are there for those people and their families suffering from or hurt by the effects of an asbestos-related disease. They are set up to give those suffering from the malfeasance of bankrupt companies access to funds that might lessen their and their family’s suffering. They can be the only way to get paid by a bankrupt company. If you qualify, it is often worth pursing your claims.

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July 12, 2012

Exposing the dangers of lead paint

If you live in a home built before 1978, it is reasonable to assume that your house may be contaminated with lead paint, a known toxin that can lead to lead poisoning. Lead is a heavy metal that, when absorbed, is stored in the body’s tissues and bones, and can act as a neurotoxin to the brain.

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