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The Illinois Tort Immunity Act and the Death of Michael Langford, Jr.

2010-09-30
The Illinois Tort Immunity Act shields local governments and employees of government agencies from liability for ordinary negligence committed in the course of their duties. But the shield is not a blank check for wrongdoing. Government agencies and their employees can be held liable for any act or omission that constitutes willful and wanton misconduct. The death of 5-year-old Michael Langford, Jr., in May raises the issue of willful and wanton misconduct in a very compelling way. On Mother's Day 2010, Kathie La Fond worked a double shift, getting off of work at approximately ...

Judging Corrupt Judges in Georgia

2010-09-30
At the heart of the American justice system are the concepts of fairness and impartiality, especially on the part of juries and judges. Judges generally have reputations for knowing the law and applying it justly to the situations and defendants before them. So, what happens when the judges are the ones acting inappropriately? Following a string of scandals and corrupt practices involving multiple judges in Georgia, the way people in the state view judges is currently under careful review. A Very Thin Line There seems to be a very thin line between the judge's ...

HP Lawsuit Filed Against Former CEO Will Meet Significant Obstacles

2010-09-30
Former Hewlett-Packard (HP) Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd has made national headlines once again with the announcement that, after his firing from HP, he will join Oracle Corp., the world's second largest software company, as a president and board member. This announcement comes just a month after Hurd's public departure from HP following allegations that he violated standards of business conduct. As Business Week reports, this is an excellent move for both Hurd and Oracle. Oracle is shifting its focus from software to hardware, and Hurd has experience with both. ...

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: What It Means For You

2010-09-30
The recent financial meltdown revealed problems within the financial system, especially for consumers, which is why Congress passed new legislation intended to safeguard financial transactions and stabilize the entire industry. The Frank-Dodd Act creates an entirely new federal agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is designed to protect consumers from shady or fraudulent transactions and will oversee all financial companies, including banks, credit unions and private mortgage firms that do business with the public. The act will create or improve rules ...

New DUI Law Allows for 10 Year Revocations for Repeat Offenders

2010-09-30
William Scott Simon, of Belmont, was sent to prison late last year after being convicted for his eighth DUI, stemming from a January 2009 incident. Mr. Simon previously had his license suspended in 2004 after his seventh DUI conviction, but his license was eventually reinstated. While considered an extreme case, it prompted state Assemblyman Jerry Hill to author Assembly Bill 1601, which would allow judges to revoke the licenses of habitual DUI offenders for 10 years. This new law would apply to people who have three or more convictions within a 10 year period. Current ...

Dog Owners Feel The Bite Of Higher Insurance Costs

2010-09-30
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year in the United States 4.7 million people are victims of dog bites. Of those people attacked about 900,000 are forced to seek medical attention. In this unfortunate situation, the responsibility for the attack falls squarely on the dog's owner. If found responsible, the owner could be required to pay for the victim's medical costs and lost wages. Insurance Companies pay the majority of these claims, and are passing the increased costs to their policyholders, and limiting coverage. Insurance companies ...

Pseudotumor Cerebri: An Often Misdiagnosed Illness

2010-09-30
Pseudotumor cerebri (pronounced SOO-doh-too-mur SER-uh-bry) is an illness that can cause serious long term health consequences. Symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri mimic those of a brain tumor; however, no tumor is present. In fact, pseudotumor cerebri literally means "false brain tumor." Although pseudotumor cerebri can lead to severe complications, it is often reversible, especially if correctly diagnosed at an early stage. What is Known About Pseudotumor Cerebri Pseudotumor cerebri occurs when pressure inside the skull increases. There is often no obvious reason for ...

Safety First: School Bus and Van Safety

2010-09-30
There are 1.5 million children transported on Pennsylvania roads each day, across more than 346 million miles annually, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles. And every year, children are severely injured or killed by drivers disobeying Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law. The law requires drivers to stop for any stopped school bus with red signal lights flashing when meeting or overtaking the bus on the road. Vehicles must be stopped at least ten feet away from the bus and remain stopped until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop ...

Old-Fashioned Distractions Are Just as Deadly Behind the Wheel

2010-09-30
A Charlotte family is still reeling from the distracted-driving death of a loving wife and mother who was struck and killed while walking on a sidewalk along Craig Avenue. The victim, 33-year-old Susan Karabulut, was taking a Sunday-morning walk on August 22 with a fellow nurse when a car driven by 19-year-old Leah Ann Walton jumped the curb and struck her, pinning her body and dragging her for a short distance. Mrs. Karabulut died at the scene. The other victim, 47-year-old Lisa McIe, was critically injured. Ms. Walton told police that she took her eyes off the road ...

New Jersey Senators Push Bill to Expand the State's DNA Database

2010-09-30
Senator Nicholas Sacco and Senator John Girgenti, Chairman of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee, have proposed a law that would expand New Jersey's criminal DNA database. If enacted, the law could have a significant impact on people suspected of committing certain violent crimes, such as murder and aggravated assault . DNA is a powerful piece of evidence used to identify alleged perpetrators of crimes and also to exonerate individuals who are wrongfully accused or convicted. DNA is present in almost every cell in the human body and is unique to each person, ...

Protect Yourself from Drunk Drivers

2010-09-30
More people these days are drinking and driving. This is especially scary if you are one of the 4 in 5 people that view drunk driving as a serious threat to the safety of yourself and family. A new study conducted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has found that 1 in 5 drivers admit to driving within two hours of drinking. It also estimated the number of drunken driving trips taken by drivers in the past month to be 85.5 million, up from 73.7 million in 2004. In addition, the study found that young adult drivers are drinking more. The 16 to ...

Uninsured Motorist Claims in Pennsylvania and Judicial Corruption

2010-09-30
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently reinstated a controversial ruling that had been issued by corrupt former Luzerne County judge Michael Conahan. The new ruling was issued in the Forester Vanderhoff v. Harleysville Insurance case, and it restored a 2004 decision by Conahan that allowed the case to be brought to arbitration. The case involved claims of a so-called "phantom vehicle" causing a car crash when a truck driver rear-ended a car in Hanover Township. This is one of many uninsured or underinsured motorist arbitration rulings that are part of the federal government's ...

New Jersey Murder Conviction Overturned Due to Polygraph Evidence Ruling

2010-09-30
A New Jersey man recently obtained a reversal of his conviction for a 2002 homicide after he successfully petitioned for post-conviction relief. Aswad Charles, who was serving forty five (45) years to life in jail, will remain in prison pending the state's appeal of the Superior Court judge's decision. At issue is the prosecution's reference to the results of a so-called "lie detector" test when Charles was tried for murder in Union County in 2004. Prosecutors claimed that Charles fired a single shot from a vehicle occupied by three men, killing an intended victim who ...

Estate Tax Changes for 2011: What to Expect and How to Plan

2010-09-30
Between the unanticipated expiration of the federal estate tax in 2010 and its abrupt resumption in 2011, many clients are revisiting their estate plans to take into account all implications of the legal fluctuations over recent years. A decade of incremental benefits for million-dollar-plus estates is scheduled to come to a screeching halt at the end of the year. Congress began to pare back the estate tax in 2001 by increasing the amount of an estate's value that was exempted from taxation. In 2001, that figure stood at $1 million, and by 2009 it had risen to $3.5 million. ...

Defendant in 2009 PA Supreme Court Case Faces New Child Porn Charges

2010-09-30
A Delaware County man whose 2005 conviction on thirty counts of Sexual Abuse of Children and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility was upheld in a major 2009 Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision now faces new sex crimes charges. Anthony Diodoro of Folsom has been charged again with a similar array of criminal offenses after a probation officer allegedly found 72 child porn videos on Diodoro's laptop computer. If convicted, prosecutors say he faces a mandatory minimum 25-year prison sentence. Diodoro was released on probation late last year after spending several months ...

Pumpkin Festival Stone Mountain Park Hotel Offers Nearby Lodging to Guests Attending the Event

Pumpkin Festival Stone Mountain Park Hotel Offers Nearby Lodging to Guests Attending the Event
2010-09-30
The Holiday Inn Express Atlanta North Perimeter Hotel & Suites near Dunwoody, GA offers nearby accommodations to guests attending the 8th Annual Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park. The Festival is being held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the month of October. On Saturday evenings, guests at the park can also enjoy the Lasershow at 8:00pm. This festival is a favorite family event, with something for all ages. Some of the featured activities include: - Kids Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt - Great Pumpkin Puppet Parade - Children's Costume Contest - ...

Regional South Carolina Koi and Goldfish Show Hotel in Simpsonville Offers Nearby Accommodations to Attendees

Regional South Carolina Koi and Goldfish Show Hotel in Simpsonville Offers Nearby Accommodations to Attendees
2010-09-30
Holiday Inn Express Simpsonville Hotel has been selected as recommended lodging for attendees at the 2010 Regional South Carolina Koi and Goldfish Show. The Show will take place on October 1 - 3 at Heritage Park in Simpsonville, SC. This 3rd annual event is presented by the South Carolina Koi and Water Garden Society. South Carolina has seen a continuous increase in interest in Koi keeping and water gardening. This year's Koi and Goldfish Show is expected to have entrants from across the Eastern Seaboard. It is open to the public and provides an opportunity for members ...

A Taste of Africa Festival Hotel in Spartanburg South Carolina Offers Convenient Accommodations to the Event

2010-09-30
Hampton Inn Spartanburg - North I-85, a premier Spartanburg hotel, offers convenient lodging accommodations to visitors attending A Taste of Africa Festival. The event will take place throughout the month of October at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in the Multi-Cultural Gallery. The Festival will include: - African food - African music and entertainment - An exhibition of cultural artifacts from Kenya and other African nations "A Taste of Africa celebrates the culture of the African nations," share Dawn Allison, General Manager at the Hampton Inn Spartanburg Hotel. ...

Youth on the MOVE Leaders' Conference Hotel in Morrow Georgia Offers Convenient Accommodations to Participants

2010-09-30
Hampton Inn Southlake Morrow Hotel was selected as recommended lodging for participants attending the Youth on the M.O.V.E. Leaders' Conference at the Morrow Center. The Conference, offering creative and innovating ways to encourage and empower today's youth to get on the M.O.V.E., will take place on October 3-5, 2005. Participants should expect to be Motivated to Obtain Valuable Employment. Youth on the M.O.V.E. Leaders' Conference is presented by The Ringer Center of Excellence, Inc. This is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing employment preparation, ...

National Trust Discovers the UK's Oldest Arctic Tern

2010-09-30
National Trust reports that an Arctic tern discovered off the coast of Northumberland is believed to be more than 30 years-old, making it the oldest known in the UK. Originally ringed on the Farne Islands on 28 June 1980, it was re-trapped on Inner Farne this summer. The bird would have been ringed when a few days old making it now more than 30 years of age. The tern was trapped in 1980 by a team of wardens that included John Walton who is now the National Trust property manager for the islands. John Walton said: "This is a remarkable discovery especially as only ...

Redspottedhanky.com Encourages Christmas Train Travellers to Book Now to Reap Savings of GBP57 Million

2010-09-30
Redspottedhanky.com has revealed that UK travellers expecting to travel by train to see loved ones during Christmas should book their journey now in order to save a combined GBP57 million on rail fares. A new survey has shown almost half (47%) of Christmas* train travellers wait until the last minute to book their train tickets online. This means Britons are spending their precious pounds on their journey instead of gifts for family and friends. Conducted by redspottedhanky.com, the survey revealed more than one in five train journeys (22%) will not be booked until ...

House Of Fraser Launches Dickins & Jones Launches Autumn/Winter 2010 Collection Online

2010-09-30
House of Fraser has announced the launch of the new Dickins & Jones fashion label debut collection for autumn/winter 10, which is being made available exclusively online. A quirky but quintessentially British brand, the Dickins & Jones name was inspired by the much-loved Dickins & Jones department store. The flagship store, which was based on London's Regent Street, was bought by House of Fraser in 1959 and closed its doors in 2006. Dickins & Jones has launched its new autumn/winter 2010 collection through the House of Fraser website. The debut collection comprises ...

Burton Introduce Any Fit Any Wash Jeans

2010-09-30
Burton has introduced a new way of buying jeans on its website by allowing customers to personalise the fit and wash of their new pair of jeans. The new service will be launched on October 1st 2010 and will be available through Burton's website. Customers will have a choice of eight washes and five fits that can be put together to create the perfect pair of jeans for them. The washes that will be available to choose from include light blue wash, dirty mid blue wash, true blue wash, deep blue wash, dirty dark blue wash, slate grey wash, black wash and the fits range ...

M&S Money Warns Insurance Homework Should be a Priority for Today's Students

2010-09-30
A new survey by M&S Money* has revealed that, as thousands of students prepare to head to university, the average student bedroom contains a massive GBP1620 worth of gear - yet only half of students have contents insurance. The poll found that the average student crams into their room almost GBP699 worth of electrical gadgets and appliances, GBP444 worth of clothes, sports equipment valued at GBP246 and textbooks worth GBP231. The huge value of a student's bedroom is not surprising, with over half of students (55%) owning a laptop, 48% possessing a MP3 player and ...

MyPhuketInfo Launches Novel Booking System for Key Thai Tourism Provinces

2010-09-30
MyPhuketInfo.com has recently launched an innovative online booking service, starting first with Phuket and then, by the end of September, to the other destinations for which Phuket is a major hub. In line with what seasoned travelers today expect of an online booking service, MyPhuketInfo.com has contracts in place with major third party suppliers guaranteeing a wide selection of bookable Phuket hotels and resorts. But the really novel aspect of the service capitalizes on the MyPhuketInfo.com team's intimate knowledge of the destinations, together with its presence ...
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