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Thursday, September 3, 2015

 

Should safety regulations be more strictly enforced for municipal vehicles
Shared from Cleveland.com
A child's death in East Cleveland has raised new questions about potential risks to anyone traveling through the insolvent city.
Third-grader Devion Lesure died after he was hit by a city dump truck on April 17. His family quickly sued the city and the truck's 71-year-old driver, Eddie Wilson Jr., in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

They claim that the city negligently allowed Wilson to operate a truck that was clearly unsafe. The city has lodged its own suit against the 9-year-old's family and the school district; it argues that he ran into the truck after as he fled a well-known bully. That dispute has only begun to work its way through the courts. But a state vehicle inspector quickly reached his own conclusions about the truck itself: It was a rolling safety hazard. 

A Plain Dealer investigation raises broader questions about whether the city lacks the money and the coordination to do better. It also indicates that the state appears powerless to force the city to follow safety standards.
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Takata raises funds as scrutiny of recall continues to grow
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Takata Corp. boosted spending on U.S. federal lobbying by 22 percent in the second quarter as it faced increased attention from regulators and lawmakers about faulty airbags behind the auto industry’s largest combined parts recall in history.
 
The Japanese supplier paid $390,000 to Squire Patton Boggs to represent it before Congress, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Department of Transportation on “issues relating to air bag safety,” according to records filed last month with the U.S. Senate.
That compares to $300,000 in the first quarter spent with Squire Patton Boggs and $20,000 a subsidiary called Takata Protection Systems spent with Washington Alliance Group, according to the filings.
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A 1997 liability cap may leave train crash victims in limbo
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A plan to help the victims of the Amtrak Train 188 derailment will be stuck in limbo for weeks - maybe months - as Congress heads to its summer break, leaving open the question of how much money could be available for those who suffered devastating injuries and the families of passengers who were killed.

At issue is a 1997 law that caps the liability in rail accidents at $200 million, an amount that experts say likely will not be enough to cover the damages for the eight people killed and more than 200 injured in the Philadelphia accident.

The Senate moved to address the concern last week, voting to raise the limit to $295 million and making the change retroactive to the May crash. But the House had left for the summer, and the Senate will begin its recess this week, leaving the plan's fate to be decided in the fall, when it is expected to become part of high-stakes negotiations over a sweeping transportation plan.
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Gallup to pay $12 million in auto-dial lawsuit
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Fred Bergen: "A settlement agreement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that alleged Gallup violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by calling cellular telephones using an automatic telephone dialing system (autodialer) without prior express consent. Gallup has agreed to provide a $12 million dollar settlement fund. Gallup denies any violation or that it did anything wrong. The law suit was filed by Kurt Solo on behalf of himself and a class that consists of all persons of the United States to whom Gallup placed a call to that person’s cell phone using an automatic telephone dialing system during the four years prior to the filing of the complaint. Solo alleged that during the month of July 2013, he began receiving unsolicited calls on his cell phone. 
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Thoughts On How Women Can Maintain Ambition Throughout Their Entire Career
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In April, 2004 article in the Harvard Business Review examined whether women lacked “ambition.” According to the article, women generally hate the word “ambition” and associate it with egotism, selfishness, self-aggrandizement or the manipulative use of others for one’s end. As a result, many women refuse to admit that they are ambitious. Take a step back and think back to the time when you were a child. What were your ambitions? To become a famous marine biologist working with dolphins, a famous novelist, an Olympic gold medalist, an astronaut, the President of the United States, a rock star, a famous actress or director? However, what happened to your ambitions when you entered the workplace?
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