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Flu Season: What the CDC Advises About Prevention and Treatment

The 2013-2014 flu season is upon us. As of December 21, 2013, the data collected by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta showed that flu activity continues to increase across the nation. High ...
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'Twas The Night Before Christmas...And Not All Packages Were Under The Tree

The Atlanta-based shipping company, UPS, is experiencing a nightmare of a public relations disaster: the packages that it guaranteed customers would arrive by Christmas did not make it under the tree ...
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Sexual Harassment or Political Correctness Out of Control: Part II

In Part One of "Sexual Harassment or Political Correctness out of Control," the case of the seventeen-year-old Georgia student suspended from school for a year for hugging his teacher was ...
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Sexual Harassment or Political Correctness Out of Control?

When is a hug a hug or something more? To Sam McNair, a 17 year old senior at Duluth High School in Georgia, his act of hugging a teacher was simply that: a hug. But to the teacher and the school ...
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Stop and Frisk: The Controversy

There has been much discussion in the news lately about New York City's Stop and Frisk program. Although New York may be more aggressive in implementing Stop and Frisk, all states use Stop and ...
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Assault: Jail or Rehabilitation?

The recent arrest of Grammy-award winner Chris Brown for yet another outburst of violent behavior puts the controversy over what is the appropriate and most effective way of dealing with this kind of ...
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Google Glass: The New Distraction for Drivers?

In the first case of its kind, a woman in California was pulled over on October 29, 2013, for speeding and issued an additional citation for driving while wearing her Google Glass. While Cecilia ...
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Should Parents be Liable for Children's Firearm Use?

On October 21, 2013, a 12 year old student at Sparks Middle School in Nevada allegedly shot and killed a popular math teacher and wounded two classmates before turning the gun on himself. Authorities ...
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Parental Liability for Teen Drinking

Maryland Attorney General and Gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler was among a group of parents who went together to rent a beach house for their sons to celebrate their recent high school graduation. ...
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Social Media and Personal Injury Lawsuits

We've all seen the video by now. Two men and a teenager in a National Park in Utah, laughing and high-fiving each other after one of them topples a huge boulder off its base. The men, David Hall ...
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Motorcycles and Tractor-Trailer Collisions

Sometimes a confluence of events can provide for absolutely horrifying results. Such was the case last month when a motorcyclist was killed when his motorcycle collided with a tractor-trailer. ...
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Holding Parents Responsible for their Children's Conduct: How Far Do We Go?

The idea of parents being held responsible for their children's actions is not a new one. Courts can fine parents--and in extreme cases even jail them--for the truancy of their children. Courts ...
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Road Rage and Aggressive Driving

The motorcycle gang "Hollywood Stuntz" pulled a stunt this past week that went horribly wrong. The whole encounter between the bikers and an SUV was caught by a camera on one of the bikes, ...
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Texting While Driving: The "New Negligence"

By now, every driver knows that texting while behind the wheel is dangerous. So dangerous, in fact, that getting behind the wheel and texting is 23 times more likely to cause accidents than getting ...
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Texting and Driving: Now A Primary Offense

Last week, on September 19th, the Mayor of Athens-Clarke County Nancy Denson declared the day " Don't Text and Drive Day " and coordinated the message with the national " It Can ...
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Premises Liability & Halloween

It is that crazy time of year where people decorate their houses, trees, lawns and even sidewalks all in the hope of creating an authentic Halloween atmosphere. Some homeowners are quite creative, ...
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Work Place Harassment

Have you ever felt uncomfortable at work due to crude jokes based on race? Have you or others been the subject of unwelcome physical advances and/or sexually offensive behavior? Is your work ...
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Athens Mayor Declares "Don't Text and Drive Day"

We are all tempted to do it. We hear the familiar sound on our cell phone indicating a text message has just come through, and we reach for the phone. We are sitting at a traffic light and think we ...
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Drunk Driving

Despite the great work that organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, "MADD," have been doing for 33 years, and the ubiquitous infomercials reminding people who intend to drink while ...
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How Dangerous Are Elevators?

According to a study by the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, between 1992 and 2001 a total of 68 people were killed while riding on an elevator to work. This statistic should really be read as an ...
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Sports Injuries

Hard to believe, but another football season is upon us. Many of us look forward to watching our college and professional teams hit the fields and hit each other. Spectacular hits make for great ...
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College Partying: Binge Drinking

It is the time of year when many students are heading to college, to learn...and to party. Drinking at college is hardly new, but binge drinking, defined as 5 or more drinks in a row by men and 4 or ...
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Wrongful Death Lawsuits

A wrongful death lawsuit is a somewhat confusing name for a not very confusing legal action. In a wrongful death lawsuit, a person or persons are sued in civil court for the death they allegedly ...
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Char-Broil Recalls Nearly 70,000 Grills

Summer time often means grilling out and enjoying a few adult beverages with buddies. It's also a time that can have serious consequences if you're not careful. Sometimes however, even the ...
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Pool Safety Tips

Even as the summer is nearing a close (hard to believe, right?), there's still plenty of time to hit the pool. Pools can be a great place to relax and spend some time, however they are also a ...
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