*In what can only be called a jaw-dropping decision, a Pensacola jury has sent a strong message to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco company (and others) by hitting them with a staggering $23.6 billion punitive damages payout in a lawsuit brought by the widow of a chain smoker killed by lung cancer in 1996.
Cynthia Robinson, the widow of Michael Johnson Sr., who died at 36, was given another $16.8 million in compensatory damages Friday, following a four-week trial that left a top Reynolds executive fuming. Continue reading
*Did you know that European eggs are stored on supermarket shelves while American eggs chill in the cold section?
Experts say it is because of the egg production process.
Unlike European eggs, American eggs are washed and sprayed with a sanitizer immediately after collection, then placed into a cooler. Bringing the eggs back to room temperature would increase the chance of bacterial growth, according to the USDA’s egg grading manual. Bottom line: we have to refrigerate our eggs because our egg distributors do. Continue reading
*An Oklahoma mother has concluded that her 1-year-old daughter contracted Herpes from a caretaker at ChildTime Day Care in Oklahoma City, KFOR reports.
And understandably, she is furious!
Apparently, the toddler developed blisters around her mouth, and they started bleeding. Consuela Smith immediately took her child to see a doctor, who diagnosed the child with herpes.
It was not until Smith called the day care to tell operators about her daughter’s condition, that she was informed that a worker there did have the infection. Continue reading
*A police report was filed in the case of the violent arrest of an African American college professor who was walking through streets where construction was taking place on the campus of Arizona State University. You may recall the entire incident was caught on tape by the officer’s dashboard camera in real time. Now, the report has determined that the officer who seemed visibly inappropriate in his actions of throwing ASU professor, Dr. Eursula Ore, down on the car, being rough as he tried to handcuff her, then throwing her on the ground is said to “have done nothing inappropriate” and charges are being pressed against Ore.
But here’s the thing: The public saw the video. We heard the same thing anyone else heard. So even if something happened prior to the recording, it doesn’t erase what we saw. So why is Dr. Ore guilty and the officer, not? Continue reading
*In 2012, “Obie” - a Dachshund who suffered from morbid obesity – had been turned over to a rescue. He had literally been almost “loved to death” by the elderly humans who cared for him, and apparently allowed him to eat any and every thing, with no exercise; causing him to balloon to an unhealthy 55-pounds overweight. Continue reading
*Increasingly, we are shown evidence that suggests authorities of the Caucasian race become quite heavy-handed when it comes to apprehending black women. Now an example of this comes out of Arizona, where a disturbing video was released on Saturday by 3TV showing an encounter between an African American female who turns out to be an Arizona State professor and a white campus police officer.
The woman, named Ersula Ore, was attempting to cross a street on the college campus that was obstructed by construction work; when she was stopped by campus officer Stewart Ferrin, the TV station cites from a police report.
“The reason I’m talking to you right now is because you are walking in the middle of the street,” the officer is heard saying in the video. But the conversation shifted towards nasty after the officer demanded to see Ore’s ID, saying she would be arrested if she failed to produce it. Additionally, Ore is heard telling the officer not to speak to her with such disrespect.
The incident was captured by a police car video recorder, or Dashcam. Continue reading
*According to an NBC News report, thirteen kids have already died this year, as a result of being left in a hot car.
According to me, that’s 13 too many.
Apparently, even if the temperature outside is only 80-degrees, within an hour inside a car with the windows and doors closed, the temperature can rise to as high as 120-degrees.
And a child could smother from the heat.
One father is now in jail, accused of murder, for leaving his 22-month old son in the car for seven hours because, well, according to him…
He forgot. Continue reading