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Blog Posts in May, 2014

  • Petco in Florida, nationwide to stop selling Chinese pet treats

    Last fall, we discussed reports of contaminated pet jerky treats made in China. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been investigating Chinese jerky pet treats for seven years now to determine whether the treats are behind a range of canine illnesses, including kidney failure. Although it has not so far been able to determine what ingredient may be causing the illnesses and has not recalled ...
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  • Disabled Floridians may face discrimination from doctors

    Floridians with disabilities have to deal with ignorance and discrimination on a regular basis. However, it seems that medical professionals would be more understanding and knowledgeable about disabilities. Sadly and surprisingly, that does not seem to be the case. This is not just the perception of people with mental and physical disabilities and their families. It is borne out by multiple ...
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  • Miami FiveFingers wearers may get a refund thanks to settlement

    Our readers who are tired of the proliferation of webbed sports shoes on their favorite Miami running route may be seeing fewer of them in the future. The company FiveFingers barefoot sports shoes has settled a class-action suit involving allegations that it made misleading claims about their benefits. Moreover, podiatrists suggest they may actually cause harm to the wearer. Vibram USA, which ...
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  • Auto Industry Recalls Reach Highest Level In Decade

    This week, General Motors added to their list of recalls another 2.4 million cars and trucks, increasing the total number of industry recalls in the United States to 22.4 million, a record setting number for automotive recalls. Not since 2004 has the number of recalls been higher, and GM has recalled 15 million care globally this year. The company is facing multiple probes over its slow recall of ...
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  • Wrongful death suit filed in Miami-area Lamborghini crash

    A South Florida man is facing a DUI manslaughter charge and now a wrongful death suit for an accident last month that killed a doctor-turned-vodka maker. The accident occurred as the two were crossing the Miami Beach's MacArthur Causeway in the defendant's Lamborghini. The 53-year-old defendant who was driving the car owns a company that does printing and graphics and lives in a ...
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  • Used and rented cars on Florida roads may pose safety issues

    Many Floridians assume that if they purchase or rent a vehicle that was part of a recall due to a defect, that problem has been fixed. However, that is not always the case. In fact, rental car companies and car dealers are not required to have the the vehicle fixed or even to disclose to customers that a vehicle was recalled. The idea that recall repairs of defective products should be mandated ...
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  • New details emerge on beef recall that impacted Florida consumers

    Earlier this year we talked about a large beef recall by Rancho Feeding Corp. The meat, as we noted, was distributed to four states, including Florida. According to the United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, it had not been fully inspected and reportedly came from unhealthy and in fact diseased animals. Now a CNN investigation has discovered even more ...
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  • Florida couple files wrongful death suit after toddlers' drowning

    Here in South Florida where swimming pools abound, responsible parents try to ensure that their children do not go into a pool area unattended. However, anyone who has raised or cared for children knows that they can be unbelievably clever and quick when the urge to roam takes over. Sometimes the results of these adventures are tragic. That's the case for a couple whose young twin daughters got ...
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  • Popular Miami Radio Personality Involved In Fatal Boating Accident

    A 23-year old was killed Sunday after attempting the free a boat that was stuck in a sandbar off the coast of Key Biscayne. The driver of the boat was Lazaro Mendez, also known as DJ Laz, one of the most popular radio personalities in Miami. DJ Laz was promoting Voli Vodka at the time of the accident. Witnesses, say there were about 20 boats at the party and alcohol was freely flowing. Witnesses ...
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  • Driver charged in Miami crash that killed 3, including 2 teens

    Miami-Dade police have arrested the driver who allegedly struck and killed two 17-year-old girls and the Good Samaritan who stopped to help them after they were involved in a collision. They have charged the 30-year-old man with DUI and vehicular manslaughter, serious bodily injury and causing property damage in the April 13 early-morning auto accident . The defendant reportedly registered a blood ...
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  • Florida parents should be aware of potential dangers of codeine

    A new study shows that despite the potential risks of giving children medications containing codeine and serious questions about its benefits to young patients, the use of these medications to treat children in emergency rooms has decreased only slightly. The study, which was just published on the website Pediatrics, states that "hundreds of thousands of kids are still being prescribed codeine ...
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