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‘LA’s Finest’ Stunt Accident Seriously Injures Show Producer

An accident on the set of the television series LA’s Finest that injured two of the show’s executives last month has resulted in a partial leg amputation. According to Deadline Hollywood, executive co-producer Brandon Sonnier and co-showrunner Brandon Margolis were rushed to Los Angeles area hospitals after a stunt being filmed for a car crash scene in San Pedro, California, resulted in a real crash. A source told Deadline that a stunt car crashed into a cargo crate, which sent the container and the car hurtling into the area behind the crate where the producers and director were watching the ... Read More

European lawmakers allowed to see scientific studies on glyphosate safety

European lawmakers will be given access to scientific studies involving glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used weed killer Roundup, an E.U. court ruled. The studies were used by the European Food and Safety Agency in order to approve the use of glyphosate, but the agency refused to share the studies with lawmakers over concerns that doing so could harm the commercial interests of companies. The safety of glyphosate has been in question around the world for years. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2015 classified the chemical as a probable carcinogen. Last August, ... Read More

Miami bans use of glyphosate-containing weed killers

Miami, Florida, city commissioners have banned the use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used weed killer Roundup, in an effort to improve water quality and protect public health. “Water quality issues are so important to the city of Miami, and we can be one of the worst polluters as a municipality,” said Commissioner Ken Russell, who sponsored the resolution. “We ask for residents to make a change in their habits and that they be conscious of what they put in their gardens, but when I realized the totality of what the city uses at any given time, ... Read More

CDC: Experienced supervisors need for dicey tree felling projects

The death of a 21-year-old tree feller, working from a bucket truck as part of a small tree-felling crew, might have been avoided had the contractor ensured that the crew was led by a person with substantial experience in tree felling, and if crews had been equipped with satellite phones to ensure communication with the supervisor and medical emergency services was readily available, according to an evaluation by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program. The tree-felling crew was charged with taking down an 80- to 90-foot, fire-damaged oak tree located below ... Read More

Rare breast implant-related cancer reported in patient with buttock implants

A woman who received buttock implants developed the same rare form of cancer linked to breast implants, according to a case study published in the journal Aesthetic Surgery Journal. The woman received bilateral textured silicone gluteal implants. A year later, she developed ulceration at the site of the implants and soon after was diagnosed with gluteal implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), according to the case report. “As far as we are aware, this is the first reported case of ALCL that may be associated with textured gluteal implants,” Dr. Joseph Carey, assistant professor of clinical surgery at the Keck ... Read More

Latest Roundup trial currently underway

The first federal trial involving claims that Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup caused cancer is underway in San Francisco, and the outcome may determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits. Edwin Hardeman claims he used Roundup on his 56-acre property in Sonoma County from the 1980s until 2012. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015. He claims that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is carcinogenic and contributed to his non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis. Hardeman’s case is one of about 8,000 filed against Monsanto, and the second to be tried. His trial comes six months after a California jury awarded ... Read More

NTSB Probing Deadly Tesla Underride Crash in Florida

The driver of a 2018 Tesla Model 3 was killed in Delray Beach, Florida, March 1 when the electrical vehicle hit the side of a tractor-trailer turning left. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said that Jeremy Beren Banner, 50, was driving his Tesla southbound on State Road 7 when it struck the side of a tractor-trailer turning left onto the divided highway. The underride crash sheered the roof off the Tesla. Mr. Banner died at the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sent a team of three investigators to look into the crash. The federal agency has taken an ... Read More

Traces of Roundup weed killer found in beer, wine

Glyphosate, the controversial ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, has been found in 19 out of 20 wine and beer brands tested by public interest group U.S. PRIG, including some brands that claim to be organic. “This chemical could prove a true risk to so many Americans’ health, and they should know that it is everywhere – including many of their favorite drinks,” study author and U.S. PRIG Toxic’s Director Kara Cook-Schultz told USA Today. Sutter Home Merlot had the highest concentration of glyphosate – 51.4 parts per billion (ppb). Tsingtao Beer was a close second with 49.7 ppb. WINE ... Read More

Mario Batali partnership in restaurant group dissolved following #MeToo allegations

Mario Batali’s 20-year partnership with the Bastianich family of restaurants was formally dissolved this week, ensuring that that the celebrity chef no longer profits from the restaurants “in any way, shape or form,” said Tanya Bastianich Manuali, the new head of operations at the yet-to-be-named replacement company for Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group. Batali also shares in Eataly, a worldwide chain of luxury Italian supermarkets. The news comes just more than a year after several women accused Batali of sexual harassment. Batali had appeared regularly on popular TV cooking shows including “The Chew,” “Iron Chef America” and “Top Chef.” But ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps U.S. Nab California Urology Chain For Medicare Fraud

A whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit has led to a $1.85 million settlement between Skyline Urology and the U.S. government, resolving allegations that the Torrance, California-based health care company deliberately overbilled Medicare. Federal prosecutors investigated the whistleblower’s claims and alleged that from January 1, 2013, through 2016, Skyline Urology systematically billed Medicare for evaluation and management services in violation of federal rules. Although some exceptions exist, health care providers are not permitted to bill Medicare for evaluation and management services on the same day a related procedure is performed. This is because the cost of evaluating a patient is included ... Read More