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Month: January 2018

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OSHA Fines Four Gas Companies Following Explosion Death

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined four Colorado-based companies for infractions that lead to an explosion last May which injured three workers and killed one. The four energy firms were fined a total of $70,711 for allowing accumulated vapors in a crude oil tank pipeline to explode while the affected employees were busy merging two batteries owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Oscar Lopez Velasquez of Greeley, Colorado died in the explosion. His three coworkers were rushed to the hospital with third-degree burns. OSHA's investigation found three separate hazardous violations including inadequate inspection of the worksite, failure to isolate vapors, and introducing flames into an area that had exposed flammable gas. In the wake of t...
Third Annual Event Provides Free Dental Care to Thousands of Locals
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Third Annual Event Provides Free Dental Care to Thousands of Locals

Updated 1/5/21 Your smile is one of the first features people see when you meet them. Imagine not being able to receive dental treatment because it is not in your budget. Fortunately, through a benevolent event called the Mid-South Mission of Mercy, individuals are provided with affordable teeth care - super affordable because it is FREE! All dental services include an array of procedures; geared towards improving the patient's quality of life. Too many older people suffer from oral health issues, as they are most likely on a fixed income and Medicare does not cover dental problems, so more than likely, they will not bother to go see a dental practitioner. This neglect can lead to ill-fitting dentures, tooth loss, and gum infections. Since participants of Mid-South Mission of Mercy ...
#JusticeForPizzaGirl: A Social Media Rally for a Righteous Cause?
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#JusticeForPizzaGirl: A Social Media Rally for a Righteous Cause?

Usually, in stories like this, you hear about something incredibly stupid some poor digital soul said, did, or posted on social media that got them fired from their job. Today, a single inappropriate Tweet or Facebook post can result in a digital mob and public shaming that results in an unceremonious firing. In this case, social media rallied behind an employee who got fired over something that has people a bit conflicted. Earlier in December, a mother gave her two sons--ages 12 and 15--her credit card (brave woman) to order a pizza online. The boys ordered from Pizza Hut and in the special requests field, they naturally asked for a joke written on the inside of the pizza box (a popular request for delivery food). You can faintly hear the two lads giggling to each other as they confirm...
Sugar Rotting Drastic Numbers of Teeth Among UK Children
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Sugar Rotting Drastic Numbers of Teeth Among UK Children

Recent data shows that throughout England and Wales, 170 children and teenagers are having operations to remove teeth that have been rotted by sugar every day. According to an analysis of NHS statistics by the Local Government Association, there were 42,911 multiple tooth extraction operations on patients below the age of 18 during 2016 and 2017. Dental health officials said ministers should be ashamed of these figures and that the sugar addiction in the area is out of control. These cases are being handled in hospitals because they get to the point of being too complex for a dentist to safely handle. “These statistics are a badge of dishonour for health ministers, who have failed to confront a wholly preventable disease,” stated Mick Armstrong, British Dental Association (BDA)...
Global Coal Industry Reacts to International Changes
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Global Coal Industry Reacts to International Changes

There is a lot of uncertainty within the global coal industry -- with major differences in certain countries. The coal industry in the United States has been an integral part of the country's economy but has seen some significant changes in recent years. In 2015, for example, coal-fired power plants supplied roughly 33% of all the electric power utilized across the United States. According to Business Insider, an independent energy agency rejected the current administration's plan to support coal-fired power plants, despite President Donald Trump's continued bolstering of the struggling coal sector. Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp., called the action by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) a "bureaucratic cop-out." "While FERC commissioners sit on th...
Vacationers React to Hawaiian Missile Alert
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Vacationers React to Hawaiian Missile Alert

An emergency missile alert accidentally went out to everyone in Hawaii over the weekend, causing a panic across the island for nearly 40 minutes. Hawaiians weren't the only ones trying to figure out what was going on during those frightful moments, as Hawaii is constantly one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. Roughly 52% of global survey respondents expect to vacation at the beach at some point over the next 12 months, and many plan to visit O’ahu, the third largest and most populated of the Hawaiian Islands. Yet, some of those vacationers might think twice about visiting Hawaii after all that confusion. The emergency alert message read: "BALLISTIC MISSLE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL." Terrifying. One f...
Alzheimer’s Researchers Focusing On Both Care and Emphasizing Exercise
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Alzheimer’s Researchers Focusing On Both Care and Emphasizing Exercise

Currently, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease. Unfortunately, that number is projected to rise to 16 million by 2050. Additionally, over the next few years there will be a major shortage of doctors who can provide services to mental illness patients. In fact, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the entire nation will be short more than 90,000 physicians over the next two years and a significant 130,000 physicians by 2025. There is no known cure for Alzheimer's and those in the medical community are even unsure of what exactly causes this degenerative brain disease. Although much more research is needed, the focus will have to turn to care -- no matter how many physicians are practicing. "The way to end this is throu...
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Why Radon Testing Is So Important

For homeowners and business owners, keeping their employees, family, and friends safe is a major concern. Along with various other health concerns, one of the most dangerous threats is radon poisoning. Radon is a radioactive gas that can seep out of the ground in the form of carcinogen. The United States Environment Protection Agency says that radon can cause cancer, allergies, and other respiratory illnesses. According to the Jamestown Sun, the gas may be the same, but the way radon is treated differs depending on the location. If the gas is found in a home, it is treated differently from how it would be treated in a business space. About 90% of new homes in the United States have a ducted heating and cooling system. Often times, businesses will have the ducted systems as we...
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Policewoman Braves Ammonia Attack To Fight Gang Members

A policewoman was caught up in ammonia-based gang violence in Northampton, England while trying to rescue innocent victims. Bodycam footage reveals the unnamed officer rushing to aid a young woman who was affected by the reckless chemical attack. As a consequence of her bravery, she too got ammonia in her eyes and mouth but continued on to protect and serve innocent bystanders. The three gang members responsible for this atrocity faced justice soon after, as the group plead guilty to 'administering a poison or noxious substance with intent to injure'. Over the last century, there have been nearly 60,000 attacks on police officers each year according to government data. This is a staggering number, and it reflects the omnipresent state of conflict between officers of the law ...
Federal Reserve Expected to Increase Car Loan Rates Three Times in 2018
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Federal Reserve Expected to Increase Car Loan Rates Three Times in 2018

With the Federal Reserve expected to make more interest-rate hikes, more customers are expected to be forced to buy a used car over a new car. The Fed raised rates a quarter percent in December, which was the third rate hike of 2017. It's now broadcasting at least three more increases this year. Potential buyers with excellent credit, the impact of these rate hikes is barely noticeable. However, 43% of people choose to finance their vehicle, and not all of them have great credit. According to Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist for Cox Automotive, those potential buyers with subprime credit scores of around 600 or lower are now settling for used cars. Even just last year, subprime buyers got significantly better rates. The average subprime rate jumped to 16.84% from a rate of 5.91%...