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Times chronicles opioid addicts’ journey to recovery

Addiction was once something that happened to other people. But opioids have changed that. Drugs once prescribed to treat pain have turned patients into addicts, forcing them to the extremes to feed their habit. Hundreds of thousands of people from all demographics have become caught up in the grip of the nation’s opioid epidemic. Last year, more than 49,000 people died from opioid overdose. Last month, The New York Times published a moving overview of the opioid crisis called “A Visual Journey Through Addiction,” that chronicles how these drugs can “hijack the brain” and make the average person an addict. ... Read More

Lion Air co-pilot’s family sues Boeing over ‘avoidable tragedy’

The family of the co-pilot of Lion Air Flight 610 that plunged into the Java Sea between the Indonesian Islands in October killing all 189 people on board, is suing Boeing in Illinois state court. The lawsuit alleges the Boeing 737 Max 8’s sensors were defective and caused the plane to crash, according to Law360. The plane was new and had been delivered to Lion Air in Indonesia in August. On Oct. 29, 2018, not long before takeoff, the pilot radioed air control and requested permission to return to the airport because he was having difficulty controlling the aircraft. Ten ... Read More

E-Cigarette Explosion in Canadian Man’s Mouth Triggers Lawsuit

E-cigarettes have exploded in popularity since they first hit the market in the mid-2000s, and they continue to literally explode in the hands, mouths, pockets, and purses of unfortunate vapers everywhere, causing serious injury and property damage. The Vancouver Sun reports that Shelby Hare, a resident of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, is suing the two local e-cigarette retailers and two international manufacturing and distribution companies after his e-cigarette exploded in his mouth on Dec. 30, 2016. Mr. Hare alleged that a defect in his e-cigarette caused the blast, leaving him with severe injuries that included a broken jaw, shattered teeth, ... Read More

SEC Moves To Cap Whistleblower Awards

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will propose to a rule that would slash awards to whistleblowers in some of the biggest cases of securities-law violations – a move that raises concerns such a rule could weaken incentives for individuals to report fraud and other wrongdoing. Currently, whistleblowers who tip off the SEC to securities violations receive between 10 and 30 percent of the total sanctions levied against the violating firm, as long as the sanctions amount to at least $1 million. The Wall Street Journal notes that the narrow majority of awards doled out under the SEC’s whistleblower program ... Read More

Second lawsuit filed in deadly school bus accident

A second lawsuit has been filed in a Dec. 5, 2018, crash involving an Indiana school bus and a flatbed truck that took the life of a 13-year-old student. The accident occurred when the driver of the school bus, 54-year-old Cheryl Warner, stopped the bus at a railroad crossing, as required by law. A flatbed truck driven by 26-year-old Tylor Perry rear-ended the bus as the bus began to accelerate across the railroad crossing. The accident visibly crushed the back, left side of the vehicle, killing Owen Abbott, who was seated in the back of the bus. The bus from ... Read More

Bernie Sanders’ former campaign staffers request meeting to discuss sexual harassment

More than two dozen men and women — all former staffers from Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign for president — signed a letter asking to meet with the Vermont senator to discuss sexual misconduct among staffers. They say they would like to set up policies and discuss the hiring of diverse leadership “to pre-empt the possibility of replicating the predatory culture from the first presidential campaign.” Those who signed the letter ranged from former organizers to top officials within the campaign, some of whom intend to join Sanders’ 2020 campaign should he choose to run. The letter referenced an “untenable ... Read More

Public works mechanic run over by tractor-trailer

A 22-year veteran of Rhode Island’s public works department was killed last month after a tractor-trailer truck ran over his chest. Police responded to a workplace accident at the Westerly Town Highway Garage, and found Angelo Turano, 53, chief mechanic for the Department of Public Works, on the ground in front of the rear tires of an 18-wheeler. It appeared the truck had run over Turano’s chest. He was immediately transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to a preliminary investigation report, the driver of the tractor-trailer was having a problem with the truck’s brakes and was ... Read More

Bayer to lay off 12,000 employees, including a third in Monsanto division

Agra Pharma giant Bayer AG, which acquired Monsanto in June 2018, will lay off about 12,000 employees in the New Year, most of which will take place in Germany where the company is based. A third of those layoffs are expected to be in the Monsanto plant science division. The announcement was made in late November, just months after a California jury awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper who sued Monsanto alleging exposure to the company’s Roundup weed killer contributed to his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis. The award was later reduced to $78 million. Since then, Bayer’s stock has tumbled. ... Read More

Teens almost twice as likely to suffer on-the-job injuries

Nonfatal injury rates for teenagers in Massachusetts is nearly twice that of workers who are at least 25 years old, and nearly half of teen workers who were injured on the job from 2011 to 2015 did not receive health and safety training from their employers, according to a report by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. For more than 25 years, the Young Workers: Injury Surveillance and Prevention Project at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has tracked work-related injuries to teens under age 18, and has collaborated with partners on a variety of initiatives to prevent injuries to ... Read More

App gives ‘safe place’ for employees to report sexual harassment

The #MeToo movement has spawned a mobile app that helps employees document workplace sexual harassment and gives them options when it comes to reporting these incidents to their human resources departments. Vault uses blockchain technology that gives employees a safe space to record harassment. The evidence is stored in a private “vault.” At any time, the worker can choose if or when to send that information directly to his or her HR department. “Think about this like a digital diary or journal that you may have,” says Neta Meidav, CEO of Vault. “If you’ve experienced sexual harassment you can create a ... Read More