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One Person Dead in Florida Casino Shuttle Boat Fire

Authorities in Pasco County, Florida, are investigating a casino shuttle boat that caught fire Sunday afternoon off the Florida coast near Tampa, killing one woman and injuring several others. The casino shuttle boat was taking about 50 passengers to the Tropical Breeze casino boat about three miles offshore in international waters when the fire broke out for unknown reasons. The casino shuttle boat was in a canal in Port Richey, Florida, and about 100 feet from the nearest shore when the crew discovered heavy smoke and the captain turned the boat back to port. Video taken by witnesses shows the ... Read More

In Florida, a Push To Toughen State’s Abysmal Distracted Driving Laws

A coalition pushing for safer streets for pedestrians and bicyclists in Lee County, Florida, is urging Florida to get tough on distracted driving and improve the safety of Florida roads for all users. Based in Lee County, Florida, BikeWalkLee says in a Fort Myers News-Press opinion that its top legislative priority for the past five years has been to advocate for better road-safety laws statewide, with particular aim at Florida’s weak “texting while driving” law. Although texting while driving has been banned in Florida since 2012, it is a secondary offense, meaning law enforcement authorities can’t pull people over solely ... Read More

Mammogram center’s certification pulled, patients advised to have images rechecked

Patients who have had mammograms at Palm Beach Broward Medical Imaging Center in Deerfield Beach, Florida on or before April 2, 2016, are being alerted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about possible problems with the quality of their mammograms. This does not mean that the results of the mammograms were inaccurate, just that patients and their doctors should consider having their mammograms re-evaluated at a Mammography Qualified Standards Act (MQSA) certified facility to determine if a repeat mammogram or additional medical follow-up is needed. The agency issued the Safety Communication following an annual MQSA inspection at the facility ... Read More

150 Train Crashes, Hundreds of Deaths Preventable With Speed Control

Railroad data obtained by the Associated Press shows that nearly 300 people have been killed and several thousand maimed in 150 U.S. train crashes that could have been prevented had rail companies installed the speed-control technology that federal safety investigators have been advocating for decades. According to the AP, National Transportation Board (NTSB) investigators first pushed for “automatic train control” in 1969, after two Penn Central commuter trains crashed into each other in Darien, Connecticut, killing four people and injuring 43. Since that crash, there have been 298 deaths, 6,763 injuries, and $385 million in property damages in train crashes ... Read More

Amtrak Train Derails in Savannah Station

An Amtrak train hauling more than 300 passengers and crew from Miami to New York City derailed at the Savannah, Georgia, station Wednesday night. Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams told the Associated Press that the derailment occurred as the Silver Meteor train #98 was backing into the Savannah station. The last three cars of the train – a baggage car and two sleeper cars – left the tracks but remained fully upright. No injuries were reported. The derailment occurred as a historic snowstorm was pummeling the Savannah area and other parts of the Eastern Seaboard. Passenger Joel Potischman, who was traveling ... Read More

Christmas Eve Plane Crash Kills Five Near Lakeland, Florida

Federal authorities are investigating a Christmas Eve private plane crash in Bartow, Florida, that killed all five people aboard. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told reporters that the Cessna 340 crashed about 7:15 a.m. as it was taking off from Bartow Municipal Airport, just south of Lakeland, Florida. The plane was headed to Key West for a Christmas Eve day trip. The plane crash killed Lakeland lawyer John Shannon, 70, who was piloting the plane, his daughters Victoria Shannon, 26, and Olivia, 24, Victoria’s husband Peter Worthington Jr., 27, and family friend Krista Clayton, a 32-year-old schoolteacher and mother of ... Read More

T. Marzetti Recalls Frozen Biscuits Over Listeria Concerns

T. Marzetti Company, the manufacturer of biscuits and other baked goods sold under various brand names, said on Tuesday that it is recalling a number of products because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. So far no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled products, which are not ready to eat and require cooking, which reduces the risk of causing illness. Still, if the baking instructions are not properly followed or the product is mishandled, the risk of contracting listeriosis remains. Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause serious and sometimes fatal illness in young children, elderly people, and others with ... Read More

Alabama Pilot Killed in Florida Plane Crash

An Alabama pilot who was flying to Florida to visit his son for Christmas was killed when his plane crashed about 50 miles west of Gainesville, Florida, Wednesday, Dec. 20. William “Bill” Greenhaw, 78, departed from Alabama’s Guntersville Municipal Airport around 2:00 Wednesday afternoon in a Beechcraft BE-35. He was bound for Orlando Melbourne International Airport to see his son, who lives in Melbourne, Florida. Bob Martin, the manager of Guntersville Municipal Airport, where Mr. Greenhaw worked, told Huntsville, Alabama’s WHNT Channel 19 that Mr. Greenhaw had made the trip many times before. “He left here two o’clock time frame. ... Read More

Drug maker warned about unapproved Rx topical products

Prescription tattoo spray, acne suspension and other topical products sold by Florida-based AIG Technologies were never approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the sale of such products is in violation of federal law, the FDA said in a warning letter to the pharmaceutical company. The prescription products in question include Sodium Sulfacetamide 10% and Sulfur 5% lotion, emollient cream, and suspension products indicated for acne, acne rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis; 45 % Urea Nail Gel for the treatment of debridgement and promotion of normal healing of hyperkeratotic surface lesions “particularly where healing is retarded by local infection, ... Read More

Preventing Christmas Tree Fires in 10 Steps

This holiday season, Christmas tree fires have destroyed homes from California to Florida, Illinois to Arizona, and every place in between, turning the most wonderful time of the year into a nightmare for some families. Christmas tree fires are not uncommon, but they are preventable. This time of year, fire departments from coast to coast are urging those who celebrate Christmas to be mindful of safety when putting up their tree. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, there are 10 steps you can take to avoid an accidental Christmas tree fire this year. When choosing a real Christmas tree, ... Read More