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Urgent Cares See Growing Approval From Not Only Patients, But Landlords as Well
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Urgent Cares See Growing Approval From Not Only Patients, But Landlords as Well

People with mild health problems that wish to avoid the expense and long wait of the emergency room, and the difficulty with scheduling an appointment that often occurs with the doctor’s office, aren’t the only ones excited about urgent care locations. As it turns out, landlords are pretty thrilled with the set-up as well.In New York City, over 20 urgent care centers, with various offerings per location, have opened up within the last four years. They’ve proven to be a good staple for retail locations, with centers opening in the Bronx, Queens and Astoria, and on well-known streets including Broad St. and 14th St. According to local brokers, these health centers have started to fill in spaces left by weakening industries. Electronic stores and financial services have had trouble keeping...
Sham Home Renovation Company Scams Money From Elderly Homeowners
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Sham Home Renovation Company Scams Money From Elderly Homeowners

In Sharonville, Ohio, police are looking for a sham home improvement business operator. Instead of providing elderly individuals with upgrades to their homes, Brice Ryan and his accomplices would take their money and run, often scamming them out of hundreds or thousands of dollars.The most recent scam victim was an elderly woman. She says that a group of workers came to her home and told her that her chimney needed repairs. After telling her it would be $25, five guys came and gave her a bill for $1,700. Luckily, her family was able to stop the payment before it went through. "It's really bad when people have to do that to the elderly," said the woman's son, Mark Conry. "She's worked so hard her whole life to save up this amount and get a retirement." Police have linked that case to the...
How to Benefit from National Home Remodeling Month This May
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How to Benefit from National Home Remodeling Month This May

May is National Home Remodeling Month -- and as temperatures finally begin to warm up after a rough winter, now is the best time to think about remodeling or renovating your home. According to a NorthJersey.com article, 2014 is expected to be a solid year for home renovations across the country. The National Association of Home Builders projected that homeowners will spend about $122.8 billion on home improvement and renovation projects this year, a 3.1% increase from 2013. Kitchens will continue to be a popular remodeling subject this season, according to a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) study; about 82% of NARI members identify kitchens as their primary service offering. "In addition to replacing counter tops or cabinets, a terrazzo floor is also a great ...
Second Case of MERS Diagnosed in the States, Following Warnings from UN
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Second Case of MERS Diagnosed in the States, Following Warnings from UN

Following the confirmation of a second diagnosed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in the United States, federal health officials have alerted nearly two-dozen airports to be on the lookout for any sick travelers, posting warnings throughout the travel hubs in order to raise awareness of American citizens on their way to jet-set. MERS is characterized by a laundry list of symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and is confirmed to have killed more than 171 people so far. Why Are Health Officials So Concerned About MERS? Everyone from the United Nations to national governments, like the federal government of the United States, are taking seemingly extreme steps to push for greater awareness and detection of MERS entering different places around the world...
L.A. Elementary School Receives $10,000 Grant from Seeds of Change for Community Garden Initative
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L.A. Elementary School Receives $10,000 Grant from Seeds of Change for Community Garden Initative

Carthay Elementary School, located in Los Angeles, is one of 17 schools to receive a $10,000 grant from Seeds of Change, an organic seed and farming supply company. The grant will go toward the school's Garden of Possibilities, a community garden run by elementary school students and faculty. With the receipt of the funds, the school plans to open up the community garden to area locals, offering workshops on locavore culture, organic farming, cooking, and the benefits of buying and eating locally grown produce. The Project Aims to Improve Access to Nutritious Foods By opening the garden to the public, Carthay Elementary hopes to give increased access to people who have little chance to buy and consume more nutritious food. An estimated 23-million Americans live in so-called "food deser...
New Study Shows That 60% of China’s Groundwater is Polluted
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New Study Shows That 60% of China’s Groundwater is Polluted

A growing number of the Chinese population is finding itself without access to clean, drinkable water, new data shows. According to an April 23 Times of India article, 60% of China's officially-monitored groundwater is too polluted to drink. The clean water shortage is another indicator of China's continuing environmental problems. The Chinese Ministry of Land and Resources, which monitors water quality at 4,778 locations in 203 cities, reported that 43.9% of the country's groundwater was of “relatively poor” quality, and requires treatment before it can be consumed by humans. The Ministry of Land and Resources rated the other 15.7% of monitored groundwater “very poor,” meaning the water is unfit for consumption even after treatment, according to a upi.com article. The decades-lon...
Alaska Joins Other States in its Effort to Protect Hospitals and Physicians During Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
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Alaska Joins Other States in its Effort to Protect Hospitals and Physicians During Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Personal injury lawyers are perhaps one of the busiest in the field, as personal injury claims are one of the most common filings in the U.S. This includes several different types of torts, including worker's compensation, auto accidents, and product liability issues. But medical malpractice has often garnered more coverage because it typically involves major surgical and treatment blunders that could effect anyone. Recently, Alaska's Legislature made headlines when it passed House Bill 250, a law that rejects the use of an official apology as admissible in court during medical malpractice cases. Often called the "I'm Sorry" bill, this legislature is aimed at stopping lawyers from using the admission of a mistake as evidence against a defendant. The bill also prohibits lawyers from ente...
As Investors Abandon Twitter, Will Marketers Do the Same?
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As Investors Abandon Twitter, Will Marketers Do the Same?

Investor faith in Twitter just keeps slipping. Since the beginning of the year, the little bluebird's stock prices have fallen more than 50%. As of today, stock values have slipped another 1%, leaving the company's worth at $32 per share. That's only $6 above what the company was originally valued at during its initial public offering in 2013.What's the problem? Why is Twitter stuck in a free fall? It's all about growth. At the end of Q1 2014, the company was estimated to have approximately 255 million users, well below Facebook's 1.4 billion. Up until recently, the comparison between the two was neither fair nor relevant, as they were completely different services. However, as Twitter continues implementing changes that make it more like Facebook everyday and the difference between platfo...
Federal Government Rejects Detroit’s Bankruptcy Plan
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Federal Government Rejects Detroit’s Bankruptcy Plan

On Monday, May 12, the U.S. government filed an objection to Detroit's debt restructuring plan for dealing with its $18 billion of debt and exiting the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, according to a May 13 Reuters article. According to the article, the federal government's filing addressed several different disputes, both regulatory and monetary, regarding the Michigan metropolis' adjustment plan. For example, while the Environmental Protection Agency sought assurance that Detroit would adhere to its regulations in its plan, the city had failed to specifically state it would in its adjustment plan. The federal government joins several other governmental entities that have filed objections to Detroit's plan, including neighboring Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties, which...
Gender Bias Studies in Internet Marketing: The Surprising Findings of Two Companies
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Gender Bias Studies in Internet Marketing: The Surprising Findings of Two Companies

Moz.com, the website for an SEO and search marketing firm, recently conducted a survey of over 3,700 internet marketing consultants and specialists from across the globe to compare salaries for 2014. One of the most startling findings of this survey revealed a great disparity between the salaries of men and women who work in online marketing, and the breakdown of earnings may point to a disturbing trend when it comes to gender inequality among internet marketers.Moz's survey results stated that the average earnings for anyone working in the internet marketing industry was $65,766, based on their 3,700 respondents. However, men, who had an average salary of $68,785.11, earned significantly more than women, who brought in $57,438.14 annually.This wasn't the only startling fact when it came t...