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October 2018 Archives

Toxic metal cadmium found in chain store jewelry again

Testing done for the nonprofit Center for Environmental Health found that some jewelry sold as included accessories for women's shirts and dresses sold at Ross, Papaya and Nordstrom Rack was made almost entirely of cadmium. The metal is known to cause both kidney, bone and reproductive issues, including cancer, after prolonged exposure.

EEOC reports 12-percent increase in sexual harassment charges

Just a year ago, the first #MeToo complaints in relation to Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein hit the presses. Although the movement itself has been around for several years, it was likely the Weinstein accusations that initiated a deluge of sexual harassment and misconduct complaints against men in the media, politics and other fields. Thanks to survivors standing up and speaking out with credible allegations, a number of wrongdoers lost their positions of power. Some have even faced criminal charges.

Limo company failures, unsafe intersection may be factors in crash

New York is still reeling after the recent crash of a stretch limousine in upstate New York that resulted in the death of 18 occupants, including the driver and 17 people headed to a birthday party, and two pedestrians. A 2001 Ford Excursion that had been modified into a limo reportedly blew through the stop sign at a T-junction intersection, then struck a parked SUV and the two pedestrians. The limo was operated by Prestige Limousine Chauffeur Service.

Your role in preventing motorcycle collisions

When it comes to roadway safety, every person in every type of vehicle can contribute to the safety of others on the road. Whether you drive on two, three, four or 18 wheels, your awareness and behavior on the roads affects the safety of everyone else near you.

Is IBM 'cutting old heads' by targeting layoffs at those over 40?

According to the independent newsroom ProPublica, since 2012, IBM has laid off at least 20,000 employees age 40 and over. In fact, in the past 5 years alone, about 60 percent of IBM's total U.S. job cuts have involved people 40 and over.

Why don't commercial trucks have crash-avoidance technology?

According to federal data, the number of fatal accidents involving tractor-trailers and other commercial trucks is up 28 percent since 2009. In 2016, 4,300 people were killed in trucking accidents in the United States.

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