This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which deregulated American freight…
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Happy 40th to the Staggers Rail Act, Which Deregulated and Saved the U.S. Rail Industry

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which deregulated American freight rail and saved it from looming oblivion.

At the time of passage, the U.S. economy muddled along amid ongoing malaise, and our rail industry teetered due to decades of overly bureaucratic sclerosis.  Many other domestic U.S. industries had disappeared, and our railroads faced the same fate.  But by passing the Staggers Rail Act, Congress restored a deregulatory approach that in the 1980s allowed other U.S. industries to thrive.  No longer would government determine what services railroads could offer, their rates or their routes, instead restoring greater authority to the railroads themselves based upon cost-efficiency.

Today, U.S. rail flourishes even amid the coronavirus pandemic…[more]

October 13, 2020 • 11:09 PM

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A California man is suing Starbucks and the maker of its cups and lids claiming that his sex life was ruined by hot tea.

According to news reports, Tommy Piluyev ordered two grande Honey Citrus Mint teas and when the barista passed them to him through the drive-up window one of the lids came off and the cup tipped, pouring hot tea onto the man’s hands, stomach and pelvis. Piluyev says the tea, which allegedly was between 190 and 205 degrees, caused blistering burns on his abdomen, thighs, lap area and buttocks, and he was hospitalized for over a week. Piluyev is seeking monetary damages, saying the accident made sex “painful and awkward” and that he couldn’t walk normally, use a computer, or play the piano for months. Piluyev’s attorney says his client will also need future plastic surgery. 

Starbucks says it is looking into the claim and that “our partners take great pride in ensuring our beverages are crafted with care and delivered to customers safely."


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