A recent National Public Radio report detailed American shortcomings in recalling tainted food, which is taking too long to be removed from store shelves, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. During a review, federal investigators found that food companies took a shocking average of 57 days to recall items after the FDA was informed of the potential danger. Read the rest »
We see people engaging in distracted driving on the road every day, and at this point, we’re almost numb to it. Fortunately, April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, giving us the opportunity to acknowledge the distracted driving behaviors we have all exhibited at one time or another. Read the rest »
In early February 2018, a New Jersey police officer was criminally charged after being accused of domestic violence and harassment two days in a row.
The 27-year-old officer reportedly burst into a woman’s home and slapped a man in the face after refusing to leave the residence. A day later, he harassed a woman at a restaurant and then followed her home. The officer was charged with fourth-degree trespassing and misdemeanor counts of harassment and simple assault. Read the rest »
In 2014, approximately 62 million vehicles were recalled in the United States, making it a record-breaking year for recalls. That number is equivalent to four years’ worth of cars sold, or about one out of every four cars on the road today.
Malfunctions that led to a recall in 2014 ranged from minor issues to faulty parts that made cars unsafe to drive, and led to injuries or worse. Defective ignition switches in General Motors cars were linked to 50 deaths, and faulty Takata airbags were linked to five deaths and 64 injuries. Read the rest »
Most of us have preconceived ideas about the personalities of our canine companions. And for good reason: a dog’s breed can tell us a lot about it without us ever having to meet it. One stereotype that many people have wrong, however, is that large breeds are the only dogs that can be vicious.
In reality, a dog’s size doesn’t always determine its bite—and small dogs can be just as dangerous as large ones. Read the rest »
As of February 2018, 108 people have already been shot and killed by police, an average of 3 people per day
. In a news conference in January, the family of Tommy Le, a high school student shot three times by police last year, announced that they have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against King County, Washington, where he was killed.
Although officers on the scene claimed that Tommy had a knife and lunged at them, evidence proves that he had a pen, not a knife, and that he was moving away from the officers at the time he was shot. Stories like Le’s are becoming all too familiar in the American media, and make many people rightfully question police officers’ use of excessive, unnecessary force. Read the rest »
In 2017, the United States saw an alarming rise in pedestrian deaths. So did Texas. According to the Los Angeles Daily News
, there were 6,000 pedestrian fatalities, marking an 11% increase from the year before. Pedestrians now account for the largest proportion of traffic deaths in a quarter-century. Read the rest »
“Don’t drink and drive.” You’ve heard it over and over again for years, and you are aware of the strong stigma attached to drinking and driving.
But have you ever heard “don’t take your prescription medication and drive?” It’s not quite as catchy. It is, however, just as important of a message. Read the rest »
It’s the most romantic time of the year…right? Unfortunately, not everyone on the road feels the St. Valentine’s Day spirit. As much as we worry about car accidents caused by distracted driving, unfortunately, injuries can be caused intentionally by drivers’ rage. Read the rest »
Although Hurricane Harvey made landfall months ago, the storm is still fresh on Texas residents’ minds, especially those living in areas still feeling Harvey’s effects. ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight reported that the storm was one of the most damaging natural disasters in U.S. history. Harvey has cost the United States billions of dollars, set a record for tropical rainfall in any one place in the U.S. over the past 50 years, and taken a toll on the oil and gas industries. Read the rest »
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