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Motorhome Company Winnebago Releases New Line Of RVs Including New Revel

Motorhome company Winnebago Industries Inc. revealed on Tuesday, September 19 its newest model of RV — the Revel. The compact, 4×4 RV hosts a 140-cubic foot gear garage, a full galley, diesel-powered heating, and standard solar power system.

“The Revel is a true 4×4 RV designed to take you to places no other Winnebago motorhome has gone before,” said Director of Product Management Russ Garfin to Forbes. “The amenities and features of the coach allow for comfortable exploration of remote places.”

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Have You Been Improperly Brushing Your Teeth? This Dentist Believes So

Dental hygiene is important. It has a major impact on the overall health of the body, and making sure that you clean your teeth often and properly is one of the cornerstones of dental hygiene. It’s also one of the easiest and most widely known ways to keep teeth healthy. However, despite this, more than 40% of children have cavities by the time they reach kindergarten. And the reason might be that we’re all brushing our teeth completely wrong.

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Storage Industry Growth Makes Margate, FL Consider Ban On Facilities

At a City Commission workshop in Margate, FL, attendees discussed having the city confine all new storage facilities to the industrial zone, but officials were not happy about that solution. They don’t want any more facilities opening, period.

“We have nine in nine square miles,” said Vice Mayor Arlene Schwartz. “I think we have enough.”

This comes after several years of facilities appearing in their city, and mostly for individuals that don’t live within the city limits. The decision to ban all new storage facilities comes after the city commission had extended a moratorium on new facility applications.

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Welsh Man Becomes First Person to Survive Swimming Across Hoover Dam

One Welsh man is dam lucky.

Aaron Huges was in Las Vegas for a bachelor party when he decided to do something risky — swim across the Hoover Dam. Just how risky was this maneuver? He is the first person believed to have swum the dam and survived to tell the tale, but his celebration didn’t last long. A $330 fine was waiting for him once he reached the other side of the river.
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Outbreak Of Hand, Foot, And Mouth Disease Confirmed At Harvard University

Up to 99.7% of American adults believe in the social importance of a healthy smile. Unfortunately, for those at Harvard University, an illness making its way through campus is making it difficult to maintain a healthy smile.

According to The Harvard Crimson the university’s Health Services confirmed on Monday, September 11 that the campus had seen a number of isolated cases of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease.

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Girl, 9, Charged By Police For Creating a False-Alarm At School

False-alarms are one of the most annoying aspects of law enforcement and other emergency response teams; it’s why most of the time those that cause one are handed fines and other punishments. Every false-alarm is wasted time spent handling a prank or a non-issue, while a real issue could be occurring somewhere else. And with each alarm requiring 20 minutes and two officers to investigate? That is a serious waste of resources.

In some cases, triggering a false-alarm can result in being labeled a criminal. Something that a nine-year old girl found out the hard way just recently. The little girl had made multiple calls from her elementary school bus stating that there was a person with a gun at the Spruce Mountain Middle School. Naturally, this is a case that the police simply couldn’t ignore.

The calls that the little girl made forced three Jay schools in the region to shut down or go into lockdown, said the police. Upon arrival at the scene, the little girl was discovered to have been giving a false-alarm, and she was arrested and charged.

The case, according to Police Chief Richard Caton, will be taken to the juvenile court system. Creating a false-alarm is a class D crime, the police chief said. Despite the young age of the suspect, it can’t be ignored.

The reason why the little girl, a fourth-grader at the Spruce Mountain Elementary School, made the calls is currently not clear. Caton doesn’t dismiss the possibility that the girl did not fully understand her actions.

“At this point, it’s still undetermined,” he said. “I don’t think she fully understands what she did and the aftermath of what she has done. … I don’t think was clear at the time of talking to her.”

Chief Caton said that this is the first time his department has ever had to deal with someone so young and that likely the court system will recommend counseling for the girl. It is incredibly unlikely that the court system will rule to have someone so young put into a facility.

School superintendent Kenneth Healey said that the police received the call around 8:30 a.m, and that the district immediately took action. The school’s safety committee has been very proactive in making plans and practicing for what needs to be done in such emergencies.

“We’ve practiced this quite a bit,” Healey said. “In fact, the first day for teachers (Aug. 28), we had trained for an active-shooter situation, so it’s fresh in their minds. The professionalism of everyone involved I’m very proud of, especially the outside agencies that supported us.”

The fate of the girl will be decided at a court case in the future, though the date is unknown. She is currently looking at a “Class D” criminal charge.

This Chilling Car Seat Story Is a Painful Warning for Parents

Most parents understand how important it is to thoroughly check all products they buy for their children, especially when they’re intended for safety. If not, this unfortunate incident should serve as a wake-up call to parents across the globe: even companies with good reputations can make mistakes, and children can sometimes end up suffering the heartbreaking consequences.

It all started about 18 months ago, when Nichola Griffith’s son Max, two years old at the time, began fussing whenever being put into his car seat and taken for a ride. Max would repeatedly kick, cry, and struggle, and even make himself sick.

Mother-of-six Nichola and her husband, Nigel, originally thought the fussing stemmed from severe car sickness. They went to a pharmacy in search of medication to soothe him.

“They said he was too young to be able to take anything so we just had to put up with it really,” Nichola, 42, told The Daily Mail.

But the problem wasn’t car sickness.

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Meat and Livestock Australia Ad Causes Outrage in Hindu Population

Meat is one of the most commonly consumed food groups in the world, and the global meat industry generates hundreds of billions of dollars each year. The “big four” livestock, the ones that are most consumed, are cows, chickens, pigs, and sheep. But while a great many people eat meat, a lot of people don’t. In fact, even some gods don’t.

That’s a lesson one Australian organization is learning the hard way. The group Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) aired an ad featuring the Hindu God Lord Ganesha consuming lamb. The commercial’s subject matter, how meat can bring people together no matter their religious beliefs, nationalities, or differences, was overshadowed by who was at the table.

Sitting at the table in the commercial are Gods like Zeus, Lord Ganesha, Dionysus, and even Jesus Christ. They represent billions of believers, with the only thing in common being the lamb they’re eating. And that’s the problem — Lord Ganesha doesn’t eat meat.

The advertisement led to the Indian government filing a formal complaint with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Communication and Arts and the Department of Agriculture over the offensive lamb advertisement. The complaint stated that the way Lord Ganesha was used for the ad was considered by the Indian community to be “offensive and hurting their religious sentiments.”

“The Consulate General of India in Sydney has taken up the matter directly with Meat
and Livestock Australia and urged them to withdraw the advertisement,” noted the complaint. And while the ad’s original intention may have been to show unity and inclusivity through the act of eating meat, it appears to have done the opposite. Hindus all over the world are threatening to boycott the meat industry in Australia over the offensive commercial.

The president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed, condemned the clip and called for an apology.

“With ads like this playing with the sentiments of communities worldwide resulting in boycotts, how long Australia would keep its position as one of the largest exporters of red meat,” he said.

A spokesman of the MLA, Andrew Howie, said that the ad was the result of “extensive research and consultation.”

“Our intent is never to offend, but rather acknowledge that lamb is a meat consumed by a wide variety of cultures and capture how the world could look if people left their differing views at the door and came to the table with open arms, and minds. No matter your beliefs, background or persuasion, the one thing we can all come together and unite over, is lamb,” he said.