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.


Target Issues Recall On Popular Easter Toys

With mere days before Easter, Target has issued a recall for their Hatch & Grow Easter eggs and Dino toys due to concerns that they “pose an ingestion hazard that can only be remedied with surgery.” So parents be warned: if you purchased these toys for your children’s easter baskets, it might be time to nix that idea and pick up a new toy. So far about 560,000 of the toys, that “grow up to 600% its original size” when placed in water, have been recalled already.


Trump Organization Settles Lawsuits With Two Celebrity Chefs

At long last, settlements have been reached in separate lawsuits between the Trump Organization and two celebrity chefs, Geoffrey Zakarian and José Andrés. The settlement between the organization and Andrés was agreed upon last Friday, while Zakarian’s was announced on Monday. Both lawsuits arose when the chefs “abandoned plans to set up shop in the Trump International Hotel, in Washington’s Old Post Office building” after President Trump kicked off is campaign back in 2015. As a result, the president sued both chefs.


Kean University Settles Age Discrimination Lawsuit for $375K

A settlement has been reached in yet another age discrimination lawsuit. Kean University has agreed to a $375,000 settlement with Wiliam DeGarcia, a former administrator who “sued the college alleging he was denied a promotion due to age discrimination.” Of that $375,000, $260,000 will go directly to DeGracia.


Dead Bat Found In Bag of Fresh Express Salad In Florida, Prompting Recall

Two people got the shock of their lives when they opened a bag of “Organic Marketside Spring Mix” salad from a Florida Walmart, only to find a dead bat inside. They contacted authorities, which prompted an investigation by “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to see if the animal had rabies.” Additionally, the CDC is also working with the “Florida department of heath and the federal Food and Drug Administration” to find out how a dead bat ended up inside a sealed package of salad.



OSHA Delays New Safety Rule On Silica

A controversial safety rule on silica exposure is being delayed by the Department of Labor, despite the fact that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “lowered the permissible exposure limit to silica dust for construction workers” last year. The new rule, scheduled to go into effect on June 23, is now being delayed for three more months because OSHA has determined that “additional guidance is necessary due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard.”


Settlement Reached in Case Where Four-Year-Old was Stomped to Death

A child’s death is always tragic, but even more so when it is caused by a family member. In the case of Zion McKeown, this is exactly what happened to him. While in his father’s custody, Zion was “allegedly stomped to death.” Now the boy’s grandmother, Maryann Rooney, is awaiting a final approval of a settlement in a lawsuit she filed on behalf of “Zion’s estate and Zion’s sister.” While she originally sought $4 million, the “state legislature is preparing to approve an $875,000 settlement.”


Paralyzed Castle Rock Woman Wins $14.9M In Malpractice Suit

On Thursday, Robbin Smith of Castle Rock, Colorado was awarded “the second-largest medical negligence verdict in Colorado history,” according to an attorney. Just how much did a jury award her, and why? Well, she received “$14.9 million from The Surgery Center at Lone Tree after an injection caused her to be paralyzed from the waist down because of a spinal cord infarction.”


New Safety Standards Proposed for Baby Hammocks and Other Infant Sleep Products

An important new safety alert has been issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for parents who use baby hammocks with their babies. The scrutiny over the hammocks arose after “two newborns died in their sleep,” prompting regulators to propose new safety standards for not only baby hammocks but other products “where newborns sleep in an inclined position.”