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Tis the Season...of Potholes

TIS THE SEASON…OF POTHOLES Potholes are road imperfections that occur when soil compacted beneath pavement becomes weakened or displaced. Roads are particularly likely to form potholes in ...
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A Global Retrospective

This past weekend, December 8-9th, 2018, was notable for many reasons. In particular, three events occurred in three different countries across the world that at first blush seem to be unconnected. ...
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Taking Care of Our Seniors

MORE SENIORS NEED MORE CARE In 2016, a report was issued that showed chronic understaffing in the nation’s nursing home and assisted living facilities. Also in 2016, Congress passed the Cures ...
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The Predictable--and Preventable--Epidemic

A CIGARETTE BY ANOTHER NAME… New data shows that vaping increased almost 80% among high school students and 50% among middle school students from 2017 to 2018. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 high ...
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The Internet of Cars

CARS AS TRANSPORTATION NO LONGER As an estimated 48 million people prepare to travel the nation’s roadways over this year’s Thanksgiving holiday, the transformation of cars from mere modes ...
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Checks and Balances: The New Defense of Democracy

Below is another installment in our Trends in the Law series. It is Part Two of a blog written about the Supreme Court. Part One was titled “The Highly Partisan High Court” and focused on ...
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A Fatal 72 Hours

A FATAL 72 HOURS What the news referred to as a week really came down a heart-breaking three days. In the space of only 72 hours, tragedy struck repeatedly and the nation mourned yet again. Here are ...
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Beware on Halloween

THE REAL HORROR ON HALLOWEEN During the month of October, many people--adults and children alike--go to haunted houses, watch scary movies, and decorate their homes with ghosts, witches and zombies. ...
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A New Kind of Bullying

WHEN POLITICIANS ARE BULLIES “I’m going to stomp all over [his] face with golf spikes.” “Any guy that can do a body slam—he’s my guy.” These lines were spoken ...
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Older Drivers: Reducing Risk but not Mobility

DRIVING AND INDEPENDENCE Americans have long had a love affair with driving; cars and the open road have been powerful symbols of freedom and independence in this country. It should not be a surprise ...
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The Limousine Loophole

TRAGEDY STRIKES AGAIN On a crisp fall day in Schoharie, New York, 17 people gathered to celebrate the 30th birthday of a friend. The birthday girl and her husband had decided to be safe and rent a ...
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Football: Rule Changes Can Make a Difference

FOOTBALL JUST GOT A LITTLE BIT SAFER There is no denying it: football has been getting a lot of bad press in the last decade. No matter what aspect of the game you look it, or what level of play you ...
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Hazing: Not a Tradition Worth Keeping

NEW SCHOOL YEAR, NEW PLEDGES As a new academic year gets underway at colleges and universities across the country, students arrive on campus seeking to find ways to belong and feel welcome in their ...
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E-Cigarettes: A Bold New Strategy

CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER The rising use of e-cigarettes by America’s youth has reached epidemic proportions, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. A recent report by the Centers for ...
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Hurricane Florence: The Real Story

HURRICANE FLORENCE: THE REAL STORY Florence has rapidly strengthened into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane and is closing in on North and South Carolina, carrying winds and water that ...
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Trends in the Law: The Highly Partisan High Court

This blog is an installment in our Trends in the Law series. PARTISANSHIP IN THE JUDICIARY A very important, historic event in the law is occurring this week. President Trump’s second nominee ...
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Back to School: Bullies Beware

BACK TO SCHOOL: BULLIES BEWARE! As parents get their children ready for another school year, school clothes and supplies are not the only items that should be on the preparation list. Teaching your ...
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Changing the Car Culture: Is this the century of the bicycle?

TOURIST TRAGEDY Tragedy struck the cycling community once again when Australian tourist Madison Jane Lyden, 23, was killed while biking around New York City late Friday afternoon. Lyden was riding her ...
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Profiting from the Dying

WHAT IS HOSPICE CARE? The idea of hospice care started in the early 1980s, and evolved to offer terminally ill patients an alternative to hospital care at the end of their lives. Originally ...
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Trolleys, Tour buses and Traffic: Where tourism meets trouble

TRAGEDY IN MISSOURI The tragic sinking of the duck boat on Table Rock Lake, Missouri, that caused the deaths of 17 people on July 19, 2018 has focused new attention on not only duck boats, but tourism ...
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Privacy Brought into the 21st Century

MOVE OVER, CARPOOL KARAOKE In what may be a sinister twist on the popular series with James Corden known as “Carpool Karaoke,” a driver for the ride share services Uber and Lyft recorded ...
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A Growing Concern: The At-Risk Adult

AT-RISK ADULTS Do you ever worry about the neighbor who looks disheveled and disoriented the few times that he comes out of his home? Do you wonder about the number of caregivers that come and go from ...
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The Orange Barrels are Back

THOSE ORANGE BARRELS ARE BACK We are right in the middle of summer, which means we are right in the middle of orange barrel season. Not only do those barrels signal inconvenience and delays, but they ...
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Hot Summers, Hot Cars

HOT SUMMERS MEAN EXTRA HOT CARS As of July 3, 2018, 80 million people in the United States were under heat advisories. Temperatures across much of the East Coast have been and are expected to continue ...
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Streaming Live Can Kill

MOBILE TECHNOLOGY BECOMES MANSLAUGHTER On June 19, 2018, almost two months to the day after the fatal accident of an Uber self-driving car and a pedestrian in Tempe Arizona, police there released a ...
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