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Dawn Allen


Alabama may add nitrogen gas as an execution option

Alabama May Add Nitrogen Gas As An Execution Option
Dr. Helfmann is sued over patient information disclosure (HIPAA violation), countersues

Doctor Counter-Sues After Being Sued For HIPAA Violation
Image of a Quaker Oats Oatmeal Label

Yet another lawsuit has been filed over allegations of age discrimination. This time the lawsuit was filed against the popular oatmeal and cereal company, Quaker Oats, by a former employee, Calvin M. Brown. But what sort of age discrimination did Mr. Brown experience? How long had he been working at Quaker Oats before the alleged discrimination?
Lois Lerner takes part in a House oversight committee meeting.

Remember ancient history, all the way back in 2013, when the world was a much simpler place and the news of the day was that the IRS had supposedly “singled out” Tea Party organizations for further scrutiny before allowing them tax-exempt 501(c)(4) status? It's been a while, but those events are still shaking out in the legal system.
Transgender man Evan Michael Minton is denied reassignment surgery

Hospital denies transgender patient reassignment surgery.
mom videotapes her autistic son's arrest

Mom videotaped her autistic son's arrest who is taken into handcuffs for assault.
Donald Trump looks at the camera

On Friday, President Trump told Dreamers to ‘rest easy,’ reaffirming his administration’s commitment to target criminals for deportation rather than children brought to the...
Image of Fox News posters displayed on the News Corp. headquarters building in Midtown Manhattan

The racial discrimination lawsuit against Fox News is growing. It started when two African American women spoke out against the discrimination at the network, and now, just last week, seven other African American Fox News employees intend to join in on the lawsuit, according to New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman. But what happened to warrant such a lawsuit?
Image of the Recalled Jalapeno Flavored Chips

Salmonella is back in the news, this time resulting in a voluntary recall of some Frito-Lay chip varieties. Why the recall? Well, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that there is a “potential presence of salmonella in the seasoning,” and though there have been no reported illnesses in relation to the recall as of yet, it’s best for consumers to err on the side of caution.
Image of Naomi Larsen

Two years have passed since 16-year-old Naomi Larsen was “fatally struck by a taxicab near Dockweiler State Beach” while “crossing Vista Del Mar with her friends,” but now her family has been granted some closure. Just last Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council agreed to pay $9.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the teenager’s parents, Stacey Larsen and Steven Potovsky, who “argued that the death of their daughter was a “foreseeable tragedy” because the city had failed to ensure safe ways for pedestrians to cross from the beach to their parked vehicles on the street.” According to the lawsuit, the highway was “hazardous to pedestrians, but the city did nothing to fix the problem.”
Image of the exterior of the Florida Keys Children's Shelter

A settlement has been reached between the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter, two other Monroe County nonprofits, and a 17-year-old girl who was sold into sex trafficking after the agencies failed to protect her, according to the lawsuit. Additionally, Our Kids of Miami/Monroe and Wesley House Family Services was also “named in the suit” that was filed by the girl back in March of 2016 in U.S. District Court in Miami.
The sign for GEO Group's Karnes County Residential Center

A top operator of private prisons is requesting the Texas legislature to license its facilities to hold children due for deportation alongside their parents. Citing...
Exxon-Mobile gas station with sunset in the background.

A group of 11 Republican attorneys general are objecting to an investigation into whether or not oil giant Exxon-Mobil violating consumer protection laws by...
Aerial image of Dartmouth College.

At long last, a settlement has been reached between Dartmouth College and the family of Richard and Debbie Higgins who claim, according to a lawsuit, that they “suffered health problems from drinking well water contaminated by runoff from a site where the college once dumped animals used in scientific experiments.” According to a statement issued by the college, Dartmouth and the family “have reached a negotiated settlement of all claims related to contamination of the drinking water well at 9 Rennie Road.” The settlement, according to the college, will allow the Higgins family to “move on with their lives in a new location.”
A desert guide walks away from us, his footprints blurred in the shifting sands of a dune.

Since Earth Day is tomorrow, it's worth considering a couple old, bold examples of what humans can do right – and wrong. Surprisingly, two of the most contrary landscapes on the face of the planet may both have been created by people. What can we learn from the stark difference between the Sahara and the Amazon?