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Department of State Changes Passport Rules Based on New Legislation

The U.S. Department of State has issued a final regulation that provides changes and updates to passport rules based on recent legislation. The new enactments that affect passport rules are the International Megan’s Law (IML), which provides for advance notification of traveling sex offenders to prevent the exploitation of children and other sex crimes, and the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation... 

Texas drilling company sued for employment discrimination

A lawsuit has been filed accusing a Texas drilling company of racial discrimination. Andrew Collins filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, alleging that Noble Drilling violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Collins, an African American resident of Harris County, claims that he was subjected to harassment, threats, intimidation, discrimination... 

A Lesson In Arbitration From A Weird College Basketball Story

College basketball coach Billy Gillispie is no stranger to the news.  He’s been the coach at Texas A&M, Kentucky, and Texas Tech, among others.  But this story is a little odd. Having been fired from his last two jobs, Gillispie finds himself the coach of Ranger College, a Texas junior college.  In his first year, Gillispie created quite the turn-around, taking the program from a 2-23... 

Police: Florida Drunk Driver Kills Tow Truck Driver

A 48-year-old tow truck driver was killed recently as he stood on the edge of I-75, shortly after 4 a.m. on a Sunday. Three drivers had been pulled over for engaging in a dangerous race on the highway, and Florida State troopers had responded and successfully shut it down. The drivers were arrested. Several tow truck companies were called to help clear the scene and tow the offenders’ vehicles... 

Be aware of the details on required minimum distributions

It is important for taxpayers to be informed about required minimum distributions (RMDs) from IRAs so that they can plan accordingly for their retirement. In the current year, those persons age 70 ½ or older are required to take a RMD from their traditional IRAs (Individual Retirement Arrangements), SEP (Simplified Employee Pension) IRAs, SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees) IRAs, or... 

Four Dead After Truck Plunges off San Diego Bridge Into Crowd Below

Four people were killed and several others injured after an out-of-control pickup truck plunged off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and nose-dived into a crowd gathered at a festival below. According to reports, the truck driver, a member of the U.S. Navy, lost control of his vehicle, hit a guardrail, and plunged 60 feet off the bridge landing on a vendor’s booth. The injured victims had gathered for... 

Peter Brill weighs in on Trump’s threat to jail Hillary Clinton

New York criminal defense attorney Peter E. Brill of Brill Legal Group appeared in an exclusive interview on WHDT World News with journalist Mark Maxwell about a topic that has sparked debate among the legal community. In the October 11 interview, Brill discusses the ethics and ramifications of Donald Trump’s repeated threats to jail Hillary Clinton. Brill comments on whether there is any legal... 

$1.3 Million Awarded for Shopping Cart Injury

A jury in Northeast Ohio recently awarded $1.3 million to a woman who was injured after being struck by an electronic grocery cart outside a Giant Eagle grocery store. According to The Cleveland Plain Dealer, plaintiff was struck in 2012 when a fellow customer lost control of the cart she was using to get around the store. Plaintiff, then 71-years-old, was hit by the cart and tossed about four feet.... 

Musings on Financial Aid

My oldest child is a senior in high school, and we are filling out the financial aid forms for the first time. There has been a big change in the world of collegiate financial aid. In prior years, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form was released on January 1 and required families to report the income for the prior calendar year. The sooner the FAFSA was filed, the more likely... 

22 Pushup Challenge raises awareness for veteran suicide

Veteran suicide has captured the attention of social media users in a form of viral online activism that mirrors the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014. The goal of the 22 Pushup Challenge is to raise awareness about veteran suicide and programs that support the mental health of former service members and their families. The campaign involves participants doing 22 pushups — or however many they can... 
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