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Month: July 2014

East Hamptons Proposes Drinking Ban to Combat Surge in Rowdy Beach Parties
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East Hamptons Proposes Drinking Ban to Combat Surge in Rowdy Beach Parties

Bad news if you like rowdy beach parties: Officials in one town in the Hamptons, the area of New York state known for its mansions and cocktail parties, are looking to crack down on alcohol-fueled beach parties. Indian Wells Beach, once a family-friendly stretch along the Atlantic Ocean, is now being referred to by disgruntled residents as "Fratster Beach" for the past two summers after out-of-towners started holding spring break-style parties there. As a result, East Hampton lawmakers are close to passing a ban on alcohol at the beach. Residents and officials say that the worst offenders become publicly intoxicated, pulling such antics as stumbling drunkenly into the ocean, using sand dunes as toilets and exposing children and other beachgoers to "unseemly" acts. East Hampton is ...
It Would Take OSHA 100 Years to Properly Inspect All Facilities
Business

It Would Take OSHA 100 Years to Properly Inspect All Facilities

Is OSHA doing the job they're supposed to do? According to data provided by OSHA itself, there's no way for OSHA to effectively do its job based on current budget constraints. This has resulted in many otherwise preventable accidental deaths. Last year, Tim Taylor was killed while working at Central Ready Mix LLC in Middletown, Ohio. Taylor was working with a cone-bottom silo and attempted to break up clumps of fly ash by climbing into the silo without a harness. After several hours of doing this, he became engulfed in the fly ash and asphyxiated, and his death was ruled accidental by the Butler County Coroner's Office. OSHA noted 10 serious violations within the facility, and OSHA area director Bill Wilkerson said in regards to the accident that "employers are responsible for identi...
New Helmet Technology Helps Keep Motorcyclists Safe
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New Helmet Technology Helps Keep Motorcyclists Safe

For many years, car drivers have avoided collisions through the use of an additional, third brake light located in the rear window at eye level. These brake lights have served as an effective warning system, especially in situations where traffic is packed, which makes low-lying taillights hard to see.Motorcycles have not benefited from this innovation, as the entire vehicle of the motorcycle is located closer to the ground. Now, however, a similar safety feature is available. For motorcyclists concerned about safety, it is now possible to have brake lights on the back of one's helmet. The Whistler WHL-80 Helmet safety light has LED lights that can be attached to any helmet. A wireless transmitter allows one's helmet lights to communicate with the motorcycle wiring so that the lights ac...
Pop Up Weddings Take the Stage in Washington, D.C.
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Pop Up Weddings Take the Stage in Washington, D.C.

A new business in Washington, D.C. is hoping to connect couples in a unique way. Considering how popular flash engagements have been online, it's no surprise, really, that someone would think to capitalize on the idea of a pop-up wedding.PopWed Co., which has been in operation since January, helps couples by choosing a creative location, taking photos, performing the wedding ceremony, and procuring the wedding license for interested couples who have to just hope they don't get asked to leave the venues that don't know what they're planning.Pop-up weddings aren't for everyone, of course, but for many people looking for a low-key but memorable way to celebrate, it's an option that might prove ideal. Maggie Winters is the photographer half of PopWed Co., and her boyfriend Steven Gauden is ...
Graphic Design Graduate Turns Resume Into a Drinkable Four-Pack
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Graphic Design Graduate Turns Resume Into a Drinkable Four-Pack

A freshly-printed document of one's career and educational experience on crisp, pristine paper is the standard for applying to jobs everywhere. But Brennan Gleason, who recently graduated with a graphic design degree from the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, wanted to stand out from the applicant crowd. According to a June 30 PSFK.com article, Gleason designed the packaging for a four-pack -- packaging that creatively contained the contents of his resume. Each bottle in the four-pack is labeled with a different portion of Gleason's resume, including examples from his design portfolio, along with a QR code that employers can scan with their smartphones to access his full resume. "One of the best parts of getting involved into graphic design and related areas ...
Chiropractor Lands in Prison for Submitting Fake Records to Insurance Company
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Chiropractor Lands in Prison for Submitting Fake Records to Insurance Company

Many people who find themselves victims of auto accidents may be wondering whether they should make an appointment with their local chiropractor before seeking a personal injury attorney, but what happens when the victim is the chiropractor? According to Lawrence Herman, it means attempting to submit phony chiropractic records to receive compensation for treating injuries that didn't exist. Herman, a chiropractor in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, had filed an insurance claim in May 2012 requesting thousands of dollars in compensation for injuries he suffered as a result of a car accident the previous August. Herman claimed that he had required chiropractic treatments for lower back and neck injuries after the crash, but it appears that the crash was a "minor, fender-bender type accident" and...
Bankruptcy Proceedings in NJ and Detroit Are Evidence of Continued Economic Failure
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Bankruptcy Proceedings in NJ and Detroit Are Evidence of Continued Economic Failure

Bankruptcy has held a significant, and certainly unfortunate, place in the American economy in recent years. It has affected private homes and large companies alike. And it doesn't seem to be lessening up any time soon. Atlantic City's Revel casino and resort recently filed for its second bankruptcy since its opening in 2012. The casino is staying open and for the time being and appears to have confidence that a court-supervised auctioning of its assets will allow it to remain open. But its future didn't look so bright a few days ago when over 3,000 employees were warned that the casino could permanently shut down as early as August if a viable solution was not found. For these thousands of hotel employees, and hundreds others employed at food and drink companies with whom the casino ha...
Company Releases Drinkable Sunscreen; Should You Use It?
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Company Releases Drinkable Sunscreen; Should You Use It?

A Colorado company claims to have produced the first drinkable sunscreen. The drinkable concoction is reportedly just as strong as SPF 30 sunscreen lotion. "Molecules of the product vibrate on the skin to cancel out 97 per cent of UVA and UVB rays," The Telegraph explains. The product, which is available in tanning and non-tanning varieties, has yet to be sanctioned by dermatologists and/or healthcare professionals. "The development of drinkable SPF comes at a time when standard suncreams are being questioned about the level of protection they provide by consumer watchdogs," The Telegraph continues. As of it stands, there is no scientific fact to support claims about this particular product. Dermatologists advise exercising extreme caution when using drinkable sun protection. Profession...
After Seven-Foot Great White Attacks Swimmer, Manhattan Beach Considers Fishing Ban
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After Seven-Foot Great White Attacks Swimmer, Manhattan Beach Considers Fishing Ban

After Steven Robles, 50, was attacked by a seven-foot juvenile great white shark while swimming off Manhattan Beach, California over July 4th weekend, Manhattan Beach Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Powell and California state wildlife officials are considering a permanent ban on any fishing activity from the beach's popular pier. Many in the Manhattan Beach community are blaming fishing bait for bringing in the shark. Immediately following the attack on Mr. Robles, officials placed a moratorium on fishing from the pier, pending consultation with wildlife experts and a vote by the City Council. The Ban Stands on Faulty Logic Frankly, that Manhattan Beach would consider putting the blame for a natural occurrence on the heads of local fishermen is asinine. Shark attacks are so exceedingly rare that ...
Report: Americans Heading Offshore in Droves to Find Affordable Dental Care
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Report: Americans Heading Offshore in Droves to Find Affordable Dental Care

A new report from ABC Eyewitness News shows that the number of Americans heading overseas to seek out more affordable dental care continues to increase. The report focuses on a young American woman who, after being told it would cost her nearly $70,000 for a full mouth restoration that would give her back a great looking smile, decided to look around for other options. What she found was UCLA-trained dentist Alberto Menza, a cosmetic dentist operating out of Costa Rica. He offered to complete the same procedure for the woman for only $20,000. Rising Costs, Lack of Insurance Leave Many Feeling They Have No Choice This story is not what you'd call unique. As the economy continues to stand on shaky legs and the cost of many dental procedures continue to climb at an astounding rate, many A...