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DHL Delivery Truck Crash Injures Four Hayneville Football Players

HAYNEVILLE, ALA. – Four Lowndes Academy football players were injured Thursday afternoon when the pickup truck they were traveling in was broadsided by a delivery truck near downtown Hayneville in what may be a case of distracted driving. According to WSFA Montgomery, Lowndes Academy was not able to begin its new football season Friday because of the injured players, identified as Trevor Johnson, Zig Cannon, Christian Barkley, and Wesley Barber. Their school was scheduled to play Macon-East Friday evening. Johnson was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, where he remains in critical condition with a traumatic brain injury. Lowndes Academy ... Read More

Two Dead, Several Missing After Giant Explosion Levels Maryland Apartment Building

Two people are dead and several missing after a massive explosion rocked a Silver Spring, Md., apartment building late Wednesday night. Montgomery County officials responding to the blast said Thursday that the blast and fire that consumed the building injured 31 residents, many with smoke inhalation, burn injuries, and broken bones. Three firefighters were also injured fighting the flames. At least seven people remain unaccounted for. Authorities said there were men, women, and children among the missing but they did not disclose their identities Thursday. The explosion occurred about 11:50 p.m. in one of the Flower Branch Apartment buildings on ... Read More

DOJ prosecutes sports nutrition execs over adulterated dietary supplements

Two sports nutrition industry executives are being prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice for conspiracy to illegally sell steroids. John Wesley Houser IV and Beny Mesika, founders of Durcaps Labs, Active Sports Nutrition and Adrenaline Nutrition Supplements, face steep fines and prison terms if convicted. The indictment, filed on June 21, 2016, in the U.S. District Court in Atlanta, claims that Adrenaline manufactured dietary supplements Mass Destruction and Mutant Plexx for Blunt Force Nutrition and Alpha Male Formulations (AMF), respectively, and that the products contained methasterone, a schedule II controlled substance. In December 2013, the Food and Drug Administration ... Read More

Another physician warns against talc connection to ovarian cancer

In a column featured in the Montgomery Advertiser, physician Jefferson Underwood, III, M.D. explained the relationship between talc and ovarian cancer. The opinion piece reaches out to readers who likely have questions after hearing about the jury verdicts earlier this year against Johnson and Johnson in talc-related litigation. The first verdict awarded $72 million in damages to the family of a Birmingham, Ala., woman who died of ovarian cancer just a few months before the February trial. According to a Bloomberg article, in a deposition before her death Jacqueline Fox said of her lifelong talc use, “I was raised up ... Read More

NTSB: Failure To De-Ice Caused Deadly Maryland Airplane Crash That Killed Six

Pilot error was the root cause of a horrific 2014 airplane crash in Gaithersburg, Md., that killed six people, including a mother and her two young sons on the ground. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the pilot of the airplane, Dr. Michael Rosenberg, who was the president and CEO of Durham, N.C.-based Health Decisions, failed to de-ice the airplane on its approach to Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg. An accumulation of ice on the wings caused the airplane to stall and it was flying too low at that point to recover, the NTSB said. “The pilot did not use the ... Read More

Deadly crashes in Alabama on U.S. 82 underscore importance of wearing seat belts, using child safety seats

Law enforcement authorities in Chilton County, Ala., continue to investigate the deadly crash of an SUV and a log-hauling tractor trailer that killed two women and two children on a U.S. highway June 8. Officials said that a Nissan Pathfinder driven by Destini Monique Davis, 21, of Montgomery, struck a 2004 Mack tractor trailer with such force that it toppled the truck. The impact killed Ms. Davis and her passenger Tarlanda Davenport, 22. Two children, an infant younger than 1 year old and a toddler younger than 2 years old, were also killed. All four were pronounced dead at the scene. ... Read More

Alabama Explosion Severely Burns Man, Destroys Three Buildings

An Alabama man severely injured in an explosion that leveled part of downtown Headland, Ala., Thursday morning is undergoing treatments for burn injuries in an Atlanta hospital. Spencer Wells received skin grafts at a burn-treatment center in Atlanta Friday, June 3, Headland Chief of Police Mark Jones told reporters. Mr. Wells sustained severe burns to nearly 60 percent of his body when a blast of unknown origin occurred shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday, destroying a Headland home and two businesses. Headland is a community just north of Dothan in the southeastern corner of Alabama. The explosion remains under investigation, but ... Read More

Lack of Dam Safety Program Puts Alabamians At Risk of Injury, Death, Property Damage

May 31 is National Dam Safety Awareness Day, making it the ideal day to call attention to the fact that Alabama is one of just five states with more than 2,000 dams, yet the only state in the nation without a dam safety program. Dams are an important part of Alabama’s infrastructure, providing water for drinking, irrigation, industrial use, recreation, power, and flood control. Yet the same dams that serve the daily needs of Alabamians so well may also be putting them and their property at risk of catastrophe because the state doesn’t know precisely where or how many dams ... Read More

Rheem Recalls “Performance Platinum” Water Heaters For Fire Risk

Rheem Sales Company Inc. of Montgomery, Ala., is recalling Rheem-brand “Performance Platinum” electric water heaters sold exclusively at Home Depot stores because the control panel on the front of the units can overheat, posing a risk of fire and burn injuries. Rheem says the affected water heaters are gray and have the Rheem and Performance Platinum logo on a decal on the front above the electronic thermostat control panel. The potentially defective water heaters are sold in 40-, 50-, and 80-gallon capacities. The manufacturer says it has received 296 reports of the control panels overheating, including one incident that caused ... Read More

Birmingham Plumbing Contractor Fined For Endangering Workers At Montgomery Excavation Site

Federal safety regulators hit a Birmingham, Ala.-based plumbing contractor with nearly $44,000 in fines for violations, saying the company “deliberately ignores OSHA safety standards, exposing its workers to trench cave-in hazards.” Stephens Plumbing Inc., a commercial and residential plumbing contracting company, was performing trenching and excavation work on the Eastern Boulevard in Montgomery when an Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) inspector from the agency’s regional office in Mobile visited the work site. OSHA initiated the inspection as part of its National Emphasis Program on trenching and excavation work – a national effort to drive down the number of worksite ... Read More