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Monthly Archives:' November 2016

Donald Trump Agrees to Pay $25 Million in Trump University Settlement

By: Steve Eder, Source: NY Times, Originally Published: 11.18.16

Donald J. Trump has reversed course and agreed on Friday to pay $25 million to settle a series of lawsuits stemming from his defunct for-profit education venture, Trump University, finally putting to rest fraud allegations by former students, which have dogged him for years and hampered his presidential campaign.

The settlement was announced by the New York attorney general just 10 days before one of the cases, a federal class-action lawsuit in San Diego, was set to be heard by a jury. The deal averts a potentially embarrassing and highly unusual predicament: a president-elect on trial, and possibly even taking the stand in his own defense, while scrambling to build his incoming administration.

It was a remarkable concession from a real estate mogul who derides legal settlements and has mocked fellow businessmen who agree to them.

Multitasking Makes Drivers Feel Confident, Is Killing a Historic Number of Them

By: Drake Baer, Source: Science of Us, Originally Published: November 16, 2016

Just a few weeks ago in Tampa, Florida, 22-year-old Pablo Cortes III was speeding down a highway in his Volkswagen Golf when he lost control, jumped the median, and slammed head-on into a minivan, which caught fire, twisted, and struck two other vehicles. Cortes, his passenger, and three others died in the crash. Before the crash, his passenger, 19-year-old Jolie Bartolome, recorded a Snapchat video with the speedometer filter, reading 115 miles an hour.

Alabama Governor declares 'State of Emergency' after deadly pipeline explosion

By: WTVC & AP, Source: News Channel 9, ABC, Originally Published: November 1, 2016

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley declared a State of Emergency Tuesday afternoon following Monday’s deadly Colonial Pipeline explosion.

LATEST: State of Emergency declared following @Colpipeexplosion, to prevent disruption of fuel transport. DETAILS: 

Bentley’s website says “The State of Emergency will facilitate the granting of a waiver from the U.S. Department of Transportation – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This waiver is needed to lift the federal government’s limitation on the hours a driver can transport gasoline. The State of Emergency is effective November 1, 2016 through December 1, 2016 unless sooner terminated.”

Roy Moore, Alabama Chief Justice, Suspended Over Gay Marriage Order

By: Campbell Robertson, Source: The New York Times, Originally Published: 9.30.16

Nine months after instructing Alabama’s probate judges to defy federal court orders on same-sex marriage, Roy S. Moore, the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, was suspended on Friday for the remainder of his term for violating the state’s canon of judicial ethics.

It was the second time in his contentious career that Judge Moore, an outspoken conservative, was removed as chief justice, and it followed his most recent star turn in the nation’s culture wars.

Rejecting Voodoo Science in the Courtroom

The U.S. has relied on flawed forensic-evidence techniques for decades, falsely convicting many.

By: Alex Kozinski, Source: The Wall Street Journal, Originally Published: 9.19.16

The White House will release a report Tuesday that will fundamentally change the way many criminal trials are conducted. The new study from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) examines the scientific validity of forensic-evidence techniques—DNA, fingerprint, bitemark, firearm, footwear and hair analysis. It concludes that virtually all of these methods are flawed, some irredeemably so.

Americans have long had an abiding faith in science, including forensic science. Popular TV shows like “CSI” and “Forensic Files” stoke this confidence. Yet the PCAST report will likely upend many people’s beliefs, as it should. Why trust a justice system that imprisons and even executes people based on junk science?

A jury awarded a family $2 million in damages for the death of a woman at Spartanburg Medical Center.

By: Kim Kimzeykim, Source: GoUpstate.comOriginally Published: 8.19.14

A jury awarded a family $2 million in damages for the death of a woman at Spartanburg Medical Center.

Jurors reached the verdict Monday — seven days after the civil trial began.

Dr. Raja Paladugu was among four co-defendants in a lawsuit filed by the family of Janice G. Easler. The Spartanburg County woman was hospitalized in July 2009 with nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. She died a couple of weeks after her hospitalization.

Spartanburg Medical Center, a radiologist and a medical group that provides diagnostic and interventional radiology services in Spartanburg and surrounding communities also were named in the suit. Paladugu was the only co-defendant who did not settle out of court. Paladugu is not a hospital employee, but was on the hospital’s medical staff as of last week, according to hospital spokeswoman Jenny Connell.

Motor Vehicle Fatalities Up 9%; No Sign of a Decrease in 2016, says National Safety Council

The upward trend began in late 2014 and shows no signs of decreasing. Last winter, the National Safety Council issued its largest year-over-year percentage increase in 50 years, when it estimated fatalities had jumped 8% in 2015 compared to 2014. The continued rise in fatalities is prompting the Council to issue its highest fatality estimate for the Labor Day holiday period since 2008. NSC estimates 438 people will be killed during the three-day holiday weekend.[ii]

Car crash deaths climb despite better auto safety

By: Kimiya Manoochehri, Source: USA Today, Originally Published: 8.26.16

Despite more safety equipment in cars, car crash deaths are rising — and Labor Day weekend could prove to be the deadliest since 2008, the National Safety Council says.

Based on recent crash death rates, which have been on the rise since 2014, the council predicts that this Labor Day will result in 438 people being  killed during the three-day holiday weekend.

The biggest increases in car crash deaths have been in Florida, where there has been a 43% increase since 2014. Then comes Georgia (34%), Indiana (33%), California (31%), North Carolina (26%), Illinois (24%) and Kentucky (24%), according to the council.