Girl killed as pickup crashes

by bil | August 27th, 2007

In another tragic California drunk driving accident, one girl was killed and two others were seriously injured in a car wreck over the weekend.

The car was driven by an 18-year-old girl who was arrested after the accident under suspicion of drunk driving. All three passengers were thrown from the vehicle, which then flipped and rolled several times. It appears none of the passengers were wearing their seatbelts. The female driver was pronounced dead at the scene and the two boys riding with her were both taken to the hospital with broken bones.

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Santa Barbara Firefighting Costs Top $54 Million

by bil | August 24th, 2007

The California fire, known as the Zaca Fire in Santa Barbara, has devoured almost 100,000 acres. The fire started when sparks from a ranch laborer’s grinder caught ablaze and rapidly spread to the surrounding forest.

The tremendous cost of fighting this California fire is the result of the heavy use of aircraft in combating the inferno. Thankfully, not a single California burn injury has been reported, but the man responsible for starting the fire may not feel the same, as he will be presented with the final bill (already up to $54 million) when the fire is finally put out.

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2 pedestrians killed by hit-run drivers

by bil | August 22nd, 2007

Two people were killed by two different drivers in hit-and-run crashes this past weekend in California. The California hit-and-run accidents occurred in San Francisco, and claimed the lives of a Canadian navy lieutenant and a retired AAA inspector, who was struck near his home.

California auto accidents happen all the time, but hit-and-run incidents are a serious crime. Investigators are still looking for the negligent drivers.

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California Approves Use of Web-based Training to Comply with Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

by bil | August 17th, 2007

News out of San Francisco, California this morning may bode well for the rest of the nation. The law AB 1825, passed by the California state legislature in 2004, became effective this morning on August 17, 2007.

The law requires all California supervisors to complete two hours of sexual harassment prevention training every two years. The Web-based training is now considered official; several years ago, however, laws in place did not specify whether or not training done online counted as compliant.

Online sexual harassment training makes it easier for both small and large businesses to comply with all regulations set forth by the state of California, and will hopefully decrease incidents of California sexual harassment in the years to come.

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More than 18 million toys recalled globally

by bil | August 15th, 2007

Mattel Inc. has recently recalled 18.2 million toys which may either contain lead paint or small magnets that harm children if accidentally ingested. The toys were produced between May 2003 and November 2006 and may be very dangerous, especially for small children whose brains are especially susceptible to the harmful effects of lead.

California defective product lawyers may file suit, depending on how many toys have reached the public and the detriment to public safety has been more accurately gauged.

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Zicam Suits Still Being Filed

by bil | August 13th, 2007

Zicam, an over-the-counter treatment for colds meant to diminish cold symptoms, was linked to a diminished loss of smell in some users several years ago. Since then, lawsuits have been filed across the country, and several well-respected doctors have voiced their concerns about the product, including the director of the University of California San Diego Nasal Dysfunction Clinic.

More than 400 lawsuits have been filed in courts across the country against the manufacturer of Zicam nasal gel, Matrixx Initiatives.

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Medicaid managed healthcare in California increases chance of neonatal death, low birth weight

by bil | August 10th, 2007

A study in the Review of Economics and Statistics has found that Medicaid in California has “reduced the quality of prenatal care for pregnant women and increased the risk of low birth weight, premature birth, and neonatal death.” California birth injuries and hospital care for mother are extremely important issues, and this study shows large declines in the quality of care for Medicaid mothers.

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California Motorcycle Accident Results in Death

by bil | August 6th, 2007

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a woman was killed yesterday afternoon when a motorcycle she was a passenger on crashed into another motorcycle in Alameda County. The woman was thrown from the motorcycle when the other motorcyclist was trying to pass a vehicle in oncoming traffic. The collision is still under investigation.

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Child Killed After Being Hit by Car

by bil | August 3rd, 2007

A small child was killed Thursday night around 8 p.m. when a new model grey Chrysler backed over the 1 year-old toddler, Johathan Kennon. This tragic California death, as reported by California Highway Patrol, may have been prevented if the driver had been paying more attention.

The child was rushed to the hospital, where he died a little over an hour later at 9 p.m.

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Transplant surgeon surrenders, accused of speeding up local man’s death

by bil | August 1st, 2007

A surgeon, believed to have expedited the death of a man in California, has just turned himself in to local authorities. The surgeon is accused of prescribing excessive amount of drugs to a man whose organs were going to be used for transplantation into candidates who needed emergency transplants.

The surgeon believed responsible for the California wrongful death could face up to 8 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

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