Brianna Smith

Brianna Smith is a freelance writer and editor in Southwest Michigan. A graduate of Grand Valley State University, Brianna has a passion for politics, social issues, education, science, and more. When she’s not writing, she enjoys the simple life with her husband, daughter, and son.


Lawmakers Demand Answers Over NFL’s Prescription Drug Practices

The NFL has been in the news quite a bit lately due to their prescription drug practices. Now they’re in the news again, and not for anything good. Just recently, a few democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have “reached out to the NFL and the Drug Enforcement Administration, demanding an explanation” of the league’s “prescription drug practices.”


UP School District Settles Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

Three families and the University Place School District have settled a lawsuit surrounding allegations of racial discrimination. Filed back in 2015, related court documents claim the plaintiffs, all African American, experienced “racial name-calling, discriminatory grading practices and other forms of harassment” during their time at Curtis High School. When complaints about the harassment were reported, the plaintiff’s parents claimed they were “ignored or rebuffed.”


Lead Exposure Concerns Result In Nabelsi Thyme Recall

We’ve read a lot about listeria and salmonella outbreaks and their related recalls lately, and now it seems that lead poisoning has joined the fray. In Dearborn Heights, Michigan, Aroma Imports Inc. has issued a recall of their “450 g and 4.5 kg packages of Nabelsi brand Thyme” due to excessive levels of lead. How was this problem discovered? Well, the potential issue was discovered when the FDA, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Environmental Health Protection collected samples of the product and found that it contained high levels of lead, measuring at 422 PPM.


Cancer Warning Now Allowed On Monsanto’s Roundup

Last Friday, Fresno County Superior Court Judge, Kristi Kapetan, issued a ruling requiring Monsanto to label it’s Roundup weedkiller “as a possible carcinogen.” The ruling effectively makes California the first state to require such a thing, and it has concerned citizens and environmental activists cheering.


$45K Bloomington Settlement Bound By Gag Order

Does a gag order on a settlement about open government sound a bit silly? You wouldn’t be the first to think so, but that’s exactly what happened as a result of a lawsuit filed back in 2015 by Tony Webster. He sued the “city of Bloomington when it didn’t hand over everything he’d asked for related to a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America.” However, it didn’t take long before news of the lawsuit lost steam, and eventually “faded from view,” according to the StarTribune.


America’s C-Section Rates Are Out Of Control

There’s no denying the C-section rate in America is high, but why? Well, according to Modern Healthcare, the likelihood of entering the world through the birth canal or by cesarean section is not based strictly on clinical factors. Other factors like insurance coverage and the hospital where the birth is occurring play a role in


Chesapeake Schools Settle Over Alleged Child Abuse

Last month, Chesapeake Schools settled a lawsuit with a family that accused the school staff at Southeastern Elementary School of abusing their disabled son by regularly restraining him in a “special chair for the sake of convenience.” So how much did the school system pay up? Well, they won’t say.


Do NFL Doctors Have Athletes’ Best Interests At Heart?

Concerns over how injured NFL players are treated continues to be an issue for the National Football League, especially now that a leading medical ethicist has asked the question: “are physicians looking out for the health of the players, or are they just trying to keep them on the field?” The question was asked amid allegations that NFL doctors often engage in “questionable, and possibly illegal, use of prescription drugs to manage player pain.”


D.C. Restaurant Sues Trump for Unfair Competition

Looks like President Trump might have another lawsuit on his hands. According to NPR, two restaurateurs in Washington, DC have sued the president and the Trump Old Post Office LLC, in a lawsuit filed in D.C. Superior Court for “unfair competition under local law.” The restaurateurs, Khalid Pitts and Diane Gross, who own Cork Wine


Kids II Oball Rattles Recalled Due To Choking Hazard

When parents buy toys for their children from the store, they expect them to be safe. They certainly don’t expect a toy as simple as a rattle to ever be recalled. Well, it happened. A popular infant toy, the Kids II Oball Rattle, has been recalled by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission due to a choking hazard.