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April 2018 Archives

What would convince teens not to drive distracted? Maybe money

Over half of American teens admit they text and drive, according to an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. It's a significant public health issue. Today, drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 are more likely than any other demographic group to be killed in traffic crashes caused by cellphone distraction.

City council passes Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act

The New York City Council has sent a package of bills called the "Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act" to Mayor Bill de Blasio's desk. The legislation, which if signed would go into effect next April, notably contains an anti-sexual harassment training mandate aimed at supervisors and managers in private companies with 15 or more employees.

What can you do to avoid a dog bite?

This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which is held each year to educate people about how to prevent dog bites. There are approximately 70 million dogs living in American households and, unfortunately, any one of them can bite under the right circumstances. Whether you own a dog, see dogs every day, or only encounter them on occasion, you have a role to play in preventing the serious and traumatic injuries dog bites can cause.

Minority workers still facing discrimination in STEM fields

There are over 17 million workers employed in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations, with jobs quadrupling since 1990. STEM jobs offer higher pay, about two thirds more than non-STEM jobs. The racial and gender earning gaps are narrower in STEM occupations.

AP finds African-Americans still excluded from high-wage jobs

It has been 50 years since the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- and longer still since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 promised to end to workplace discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion or sex. While it is certain that the situation has improved for many people of color in America, we still have a long way to go.

Self-driving vehicle technology is coming to many new cars

Although fully autonomous vehicles may still be some time away, a number of automakers are beginning to integrate similar technology into ordinary cars, trucks and SUVs. Since federal data indicates that some 94 percent of motor vehicle wrecks are caused by human error, these technologies hold great promise.

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