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Bill would fund Hampton Roads veteran care center

A bill has been introduced in the Virginia state legislature to provide state funding for a new health care center for veterans in Hampton Roads, The facility would supplement the care provided by the Hampton VA Medical Center. The new center has been proposed before, but funding was stalled. Now, a dispute over a new legislative office building may end up benefiting veterans. After Gov. Terry McAuliffe... 

Marijuana Possession, Use and Sale Remain Federally Illegal, Though Enforcement Is Spotty

Each state has its own marijuana laws. If you are arrested, you need to know which laws are applicable to your case. In 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first two states to legalize, regulate and tax recreational possession of cannabis. The laws in those states permit a person 21 years of age to buy up to one ounce of the drug at authorized storefronts. These existing laws are close cousins... 

What happens to you and your car when you run into the back of a truck trailer?

Most truck trailers have underride guards that are supposed to keep your car from running up underneath the trailer in the event of a rear end collision.  However, the design of many of these guards is inadequate to protect us from serious injury or death.  In 2011, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to adopt stricter standards... 

How to Protect A Family Business From Divorce With Prenuptial Agreements

Small businesses in America account for a substantial amount of the workforce and businesses in the U.S. economy.  Many small businesses are family-owned, with many owned together by married spouses with other family members. When the primary owners of a family business go through a divorce, the implications can be tremendous.  Therefore, with so much at stake with a family business, couples who... 

Guest Post: Staying Aware and Safe in the Summer Heat

By Susan Yubas, founder of FYI Senior Living Solutions, Inc. My daughter and I walked into my mother’s apartment the other day and were hit by a wall of warm, humid air.  While my mother was wearing long sleeves and pants, my daughter began to roll up her sleeves due to the heat and I [...]  Read More →

Pinellas Sheriff’s Office settles wrongful death lawsuit for Over One Million Dollars

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has paid $1.15 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit with the estate of a mentally ill woman who died in the Pinellas County jail after refusing medicine and food. The payment has settled all state and federal claims against the jail and its employees. Michael DeGraw filed suit over the death of his wife, Jennifer DeGraw, who was found dead in her cell... 

Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves his Children Zilch…$35Million to his Partner

Phillip Seymour Hoffman died at the young age of 46, with three children, all under the age of 11.  With his estimated $35 million fortune in his estate, he made the bold decision to disinherit his children, leaving the bulk of his $35 million to his partner, Mimi O’Donnell, according to an article on Today.com. So, the question is, why did Phillip Seymour Hoffman ignore his son and his two... 

Help for Victims Injured by Defective Medical Products

We expect the products we purchase to be designed and manufactured in such a manner that they are safe. We also expect that the manufacturer will provide reasonable warnings of product dangers and recalls. Yet, every year thousands of consumers are seriously injured or die as a result of defective or faulty products. When medical device manufacturers fail to properly ensure that their products are... 

Palo Alto Breaks Ground on Innovative Playground for All Children

On June 23, construction began on what is being coined the most innovative and inclusive playground in the United States. The playground will be called “Magical Bridge” and will be located on 1.28 acres of land between Adobe Creek and Mitchell Park’s southern-most tennis courts. The park will have 15 zones that will accommodate the needs of all kinds of children. The intent of the park is to... 

New York’s Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Program to Expand

Effective July 1, 2014, the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program has expanded.  Under the program, tenants who are over the age of 61 and who pay more than a third of their income in a rent-regulated apartment may stabilize their rent. The expansion of the program is expected to add 24,000 older individuals to the 50,000 already enrolled. Community leaders have asked for help in... 
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