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High-Heel Injuries on the Rise, University of Alabama Study Finds

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in National News | 0 comments

American women love wearing high heels, but new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests that the habit is taking a greater toll than ever. “High-heeled shoes might be stylish,” lead researcher Gerald McGwin, vice chair of the UAB school of public health’s epidemiology department, said in a news release. “[But] from a health standpoint, it would be worthwhile for those interested in wearing high-heeled shoes to understand the risks and the potential harm that precarious activities in high-heeled shoes can cause.” Some of the risks of wearing high-heeled shoes are common and relatively innocuous, such as ingrown toenails (a full 20% of patients who see their general practitioner complaining of foot problems have ingrown toenails). But others are far more serious, including irreversible damage to the tendons of the foot and ankle. That, in turn, can...

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Caesars Entertainment to File Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Amid Pressure From Creditors

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in National News | 0 comments

In 2013 — the most recent year with available data — 8,980 Chapter 11 bankruptcies were filed throughout the U.S. And 2015 is already shaping up to be a similar year, with news of casino empire Caesars Entertainment Corp.’s largest division filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the coming days. According to a January 13 Wall Street Journal article, the division, Caesars Entertainment Operating Co., which runs the famed Caesars Palace casino in Las Vegas, was last expected to file its own Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition on or around January 15. This news comes despite the fact that Caesars’ bondholders filed papers in a Delaware court seeking to push the company into an involuntary bankruptcy filing. With its bankruptcy filing, Caesars is hoping to restructure its crushing amount of debt — $18.4 billion — and create a more feasible repayment...

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Beer and Coffee Connoisseurs Join Forces to Create Unique Beverages

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in National News | 0 comments

It’s tough to know which group takes their craft beverages more seriously: coffee or beer aficionados. But more and more, these groups are literally combining their passions into coffee beers that are uppers and downers all in one. At the heart of this scene is a culture of experimentation and curiosity, Brett Smith told The Boston Globe for a Nov. 19 article. “The cultures are one of experimentation with the product, trying to push the limits with the products and look for nuances,” he said. Smith is the co-founder of Counter Culture Coffee in Durham, N.C., which just collaborated with Sierra Nevada on a new coffee beer. Letting the Flavors Shine Coffee beers have traditionally been dark stouts and porters combined with bold, dark-roast coffees. That’s probably because of the flavor affinities that already exist between these products. “For longtime drinkers...

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Alabama-esque Winters in Store for New Yorkers by 2050? Hopefully Tornadoes Aren’t Part of the Package

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in National News | 0 comments

Many regions in the U.S. were flooded with rainstorms throughout this past summer — quite literally, entire towns of homeowners discovered flooded basements on more than one occasion — but it doesn’t seem like Mother Nature has any intention of easing up. According to reports from CNN and The Weather Channel, inclement weather conditions set upon the southeast region of the country on Monday, October 13th, and put about 32 million people at risk. Within 48 hours, more than 12 tornadoes had been recorded and two lives had been taken — one in Alabama, and one in Arkansas. This isn’t just the first big storm of the fall tornado season; it’s the first time since 2009 that tornadoes in the U.S. have caused deaths during October. By Wednesday, October 15th, severe storms in southern areas had subsided and begun...

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How Technology Continues To Play A Role In The Hiring Process

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in National News | 0 comments

It’s taking longer and getting harder for job seekers to hear “You’re hired.” These sweet words seem harder and harder to come by in the digital age.Statistics indicate that employers in the United States are taking an average of 25 days to fill vacant positions, which is much longer than in the past. In fact, it’s a 13 year high, according to the Dice-DFH Vacancy Measure, which is an index created by Chicago economist Steven Davis of the University of Chicago.Companies with 5,000 employees or more take even longer than the 25 day average, and sit comfortably at 58.1 work days. According to this specific index, any day between Monday through Saturday is considered a work day.Both employers and economists state there is definitive answer the slow hiring process, but perhaps the lag is representative of lack of confidence in the economy. However, though the...

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Defense Department Employees File Class-Action Lawsuit Against Auto Shipping Contractor

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in National News | 0 comments

Both former and current Defense Department employees have filed a class-action lawsuit against the vehicle shipping contractor, International Auto Logistics, currently in use by the U.S. Government. The lawsuit alleges that the employees have not seen their vehicles in over two months, and have met resistance on the part of the company in determining where, exactly, their cars are.A total of six employees say that International Auto Logistics took hold of their cars within the first two weeks of June, but has yet to deliver the cars to their owners, or give information about where they are. If the six win the case, the award would be distributed to anyone who has been negatively impacted by the company’s actions. Damages, if won, are estimated to be worth over $5 million.The government contract with the agency requires that it meets a...

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