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Football helmet warnings are tougher, but may not change behavior

As high school and college football players in Orange County and throughout the country start practicing for the upcoming season, the issue of safety is once again at the forefront of many conversations. An increasing cause of concern and litigation has been the incidence of brain injury caused by playing football. While advances in helmet construction have nearly eliminated skull fractures, they have had far less success in preventing concussions and other head injuries. Helmet...
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L.A. City Council seeks further Venice Boardwalk safeguards

Just days after a driver plowed through a crowd of pedestrians in Venice, California, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to instruct city officials to come up with safety measures for the iconic beachfront promenade. Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the area, called for barriers at Ocean Front Walk's most hazardous intersections to help protect pedestrians until a permanent solution is developed. The driver of the car, a 38-year-old man from Colorado, injured 16...
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California bicyclist charged with felony vehicular manslaughter

In a historic case, a San Francisco man has pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter for killing a pedestrian whom he hit with his bicycle. The bicyclist struck a 71-year-old man who was crossing the street in the city's Castro District. The pedestrian died from his injuries several days later. According to San Francisco District Attorney George Gasc?n, this is the first time a bicyclist has been convicted of felony vehicular manslaughter in the United...
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Water Contamination: Hinkley Residents Sue PG&E Over Chemicals

July 22, 2013 by Janet ZimmermanHinkley residents have filed a class action lawsuit against Pacific Gas & Electric for contamination of the water supply in the Mojave Desert town with hexavalent chromium and other chemicals, their attorney, Daniel Callahan, said.During the 1950s and '60s, PG&E used hexavalent chromium, also known as Chromium-6, to kill algae and protect the metal at its natural gas pumping station in Hinkley. The plume of contaminated groundwater has been growing...
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Wife of driver in Bay Area limo fire says he was distracted

The estranged wife of the limo driver who was behind the wheel when the vehicle became engulfed in a massive blaze earlier this year has spoken publicly about her husband's actions and state of mind just before the tragic incident. She told a local news station that they were arguing on the phone just prior to the May 4 fire that killed five passengers in the stretch limousine traveling on the San Mateo Bridge in...
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