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Month: September 2014

Woman Goes After Whole Foods Company After Slip and Fall Accident
Business

Woman Goes After Whole Foods Company After Slip and Fall Accident

A Louisiana woman has filed suit against a grocery store after allegedly suffering serious injuries as the result of a slip and fall accident inside the business. According to the Louisiana Record, Donnea Collins is suing Whole Foods Company Inc. and their insurance company after suffering a slip and fall at the 3420 Veterans Blvd. location in Metairie. According to Collins, she was in the produce section when she slipped and fell in a liquid on the uncleaned floor. She allegedly suffered severe injuries to the muscles, joints, and bones of her ankle, foot, and leg. She says that Whole Foods should have recognized the hazard and cleaned the area accordingly before she slipped and fell. Collins is suing for pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of li...
Need to Break Up With Your Ad Agency? There’s an App For That
Business

Need to Break Up With Your Ad Agency? There’s an App For That

Is your relationship with your advertising agency over, and you're never, ever getting back together? Are you looking to spark a connection with a new one? Or, are you generally satisfied but just want to check out the playing field and sample the merchandise? Well, you're in luck. There's now an app for that. A newly released Tinder-like "dating" app allows clients to peruse profiles of the some of best advertising agencies in Amsterdam. The app, Pitcher, is available for both iOS and Android phones. Similar to dating apps, clients have the ability to specify criteria such as brand category and campaign type. From there, clients can browse through a selection of Amsterdam's crème de la crème of advertising agencies. Each profile provides a company overview and portfolio of their latest ...
In Lawsuit, Employee Claims Supervisor Pushed Her Down Stairs
Business

In Lawsuit, Employee Claims Supervisor Pushed Her Down Stairs

A Santa Fe County worker has recently sued her employer, citing sexual orientation, gender discrimination, harassment and an incident in which her supervisor intentionally pushed her down a flight of stairs. According to a September 16 KOAT 7 Albuquerque article, Jayla Ortiz, who has since been let go from her job because she physically couldn't make it to work, says that she broke several bones and had damaged discs in her neck after the stair incident. "I enjoyed my job, but I didn't enjoy the part of getting harassed every day by (my) supervisor -- that was hard," Ortiz, who worked for the county clerk for about 10 years, said. In Ortiz's lawsuit, she stated that her supervisor, Esther Artino, would regularly make comments about Ortiz being gay -- and also claims Artino said Ortiz "l...
Mother Arrested for Attempted International Burglary After Trying to Fly Son to Beijing
World

Mother Arrested for Attempted International Burglary After Trying to Fly Son to Beijing

A routine flight out of Virginia's Dulles Airport on Sept. 4 turned into an international kidnapping case instead. United Airlines Flight 897, a Boeing 777 with 180 passengers, was on its way to Beijing when it was ordered back to Dulles by the FBI. A woman on board, Wenjing "Linda" Liu, was on the flight with her 4-year-old son. But the problem stemmed from the specifics of the incident: Liu and her husband had separated and, through an attorney for child custody disputes, had reached an agreement that prohibited either partner from taking their son outside of the country. The boy's father, fearing that Liu was taking their son to China permanently, alerted authorities to the incident. The flight, which had departed at 12:39 p.m., was in Canadian airspace when the call was mad...
Brides-to-Be Head to Botox Clinics for This Surprising Treatment
Lifestyle

Brides-to-Be Head to Botox Clinics for This Surprising Treatment

Brides-to-be are busy preparing for their big day in a surprising way: with fat fillers, laser treatments and Botox injections... in their hands. Botox clinics in Auckland, New Zealand, have begun to report an increase in business, especially when it comes to middle-aged brides-to-be. Patients also spend up to $300 NZD (approx. $246 USD) to have fat injected into their fingers and hands to give them a fuller, younger appearance. Women who visit these clinics are also having age spots and marks caused by sun exposure removed from their skin with laser procedures. The reason for these treatments? As more couples use professional photographers to chronicle the wedding day, brides are taking more steps to ensure everything is perfect -- including those close-up photographs of the bride and ...
Light Therapy for Skin Lesions May be More Effective than Freezing, Says Study
Lifestyle

Light Therapy for Skin Lesions May be More Effective than Freezing, Says Study

Patients with pre-cancerous skin spots may have more luck with light therapy than with standard freezing therapy, according to a new study. Actinic keratoses are rough, scaly spots that often form on the faces and scalps of fair-complexioned people who have been exposed to a lot of sun. Since they can lead to cancer, removing them quickly and permanently is important. Cryotherapy is the current standard for treatment. In this process, liquid nitrogen is used to freeze spots and remove them before they can become a problem. An alternative is light therapy, also known as photodynamic therapy, which uses a liquid medication that becomes activated and kills the lesion's cells when a doctor shines a special light on the spot. In the new study published in JAMA Dermatology in August, research...
Recovering Addicts Swap Substances For Sweets
Lifestyle

Recovering Addicts Swap Substances For Sweets

A recent study confirms what many recovering addicts already know to be true. The drug recovery process often causes people to gain significant amounts of weight. According to the University of Florida study published in July 2014, "Cessation of drug use often coincides with increased food consumption and weight gain in recovering addicts." Many experts believe that this is largely because rehab programs don't pay much attention to nutrition. "The main focus [of drug recovery programs] was just, 'get them off their substance,' and the rest will take care of itself," explained eating disorder and addiction medicine specialist Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross. Some recovery programs even encourage recovering addicts to eat sugary, and/or fatty foods, touting sugar as a "harmless" replacement for d...
Research Shows Morning Exercise Relieves Symptoms of ADHD in Children
Lifestyle

Research Shows Morning Exercise Relieves Symptoms of ADHD in Children

Could treating or reducing the symptoms of ADHD be as simple as encouraging children to get more exercise? New research suggests this may be the case. A study published Tuesday in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology showed that children who engaged in 30 minutes of moderate or vigorous activity before morning classes showed a marked improvement in their symptoms. The research was conducted by the Michigan State University kinesiology department, in conjunction with the University of Vermont. For the study, 200 Vermont schoolchildren, about half of whom have a high risk of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), participated in the study. The at-risk group was identified based on parent and teacher assessments of typical ADHD symptoms. The children were divided into two tes...
Major League Baseball Steps Into the World of Wine
Sport

Major League Baseball Steps Into the World of Wine

What do baseball and wine have in common? Until recently, not a whole lot; however, a new marketing strategy by Major League Baseball is creating a connection between the two. Not wanting to harm its long lasting relationship with the major beer company Budweiser, which it has exclusive sponsorship rights with, beer bottling was not an option. So instead, the MLB has turned to wine branding for its latest money making scheme. Last week, fans, as well as the media, were invited to a special wine tasting event at the Fan Cave, Major League Baseball's Manhattan event spot. Party goers were able to sample the new collection of wines, which showcases special blends for seven MLB teams. The Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cub...
Heavy Rainstorms Cause Many Phoenix Residents To Reevaluate Their Insurance Policies
Local

Heavy Rainstorms Cause Many Phoenix Residents To Reevaluate Their Insurance Policies

Many Phoenix, AZ residents are still reeling from storm damage caused by multiple heavy rainstorms during the first week of September, but some homeowners are realizing that their frustrations are just beginning. Contrary to popular belief, damage caused by flooding is often not covered by most insurance policies. And while a good rainstorm or two tends to remind homeowners about the importance of having both homeowner or renter and auto insurance, checking up on one's insurance policies after a big storm occurs may result in some unpleasant surprises. As Russ Wiles notes in a recent azcentral.com article, homeowners -- like many Phoenix residents at the moment -- don't realize (or remember) that their insurance policies have complicated rules regarding water damage coverage. A spokespers...