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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Clean Up on Aisle...errr..Parking Lot
Thursday, May 21 2020

An Ohio woman is suing supermarket giant The Kroger Co. for injuries sustained when she fell in the parking lot.

Darla Gonzales claims she was pushing a loaded grocery cart in the parking lot when the front wheels dropped into a water-filled gap in the asphalt, causing the cart to flip over its front wheels and Gonzales to land on the cart, injuring her back, shoulder and wrist. The lawsuit charges that there were no signs to give warning to Gonzales of the approaching hazard, and the hazard was not open and obvious.

According to news reports, there had been a significant amount of rain that day.

Source: advertiser-tribune.com

A Swing and a Miss
Wednesday, May 13 2020

A Connecticut town is suing its own board of appeals and a local cancer charity over brick pavers.

According to news reports, John Ellis, a former Major League Baseball player, created the nonprofit Connecticut Cancer Foundation to provide economic assistance and financial aid to cancer patients and their families. As part of the construction of the facility, a local landscaping company donated $35,000 in materials and labor to install a baseball diamond-shaped patio that features bricks engraved with names of those battling cancer.

In the original plans, the diamond was supposed to be grass. The foundation asked for, but was denied, a special exception because the pavers did not meet the zoning commission's regulations.

"They do not consider it landscaping, that’s part of the problem. So, grass is landscaping, pavers are not," said Jane Ellis, the foundation’s executive director.

The foundation appealed the zoning commission’s decision to the Zoning Board of Appeals and a special exception was granted. Yet, the city claims the board did not have the authority to give the approval.

"Now the town, the zoning commission, is suing their own board of appeals and a charity for pavers," Ellis said. She said the commission is telling them to dig the bricks up and remove them.

"I am not afraid of a little fight, and this is minor to me compared to the families that I see all the time and the children battling cancer. This is ridiculous, and I feel sorry for these people who voted no. I really do… And I was really hopeful that the five people sitting on that commission…if they had ever experienced cancer, or knows someone who has gone through this battle, that I didn’t understand how they could not vote to approve. I really was so disheartened when they decided 4-1 to deny," Ellis added.

Source: wtnh.com

It Had to Get to This?
Wednesday, May 06 2020

A South Florida family had to resort to the court system to get a condo association to allow a healthcare aide into the building.

According to news reports, 73-year-old Eva Markman suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and has had an aide working with her regularly for four years to help her get dressed, cook, bathe and use the restroom. Since early April, Markman’s condo association has denied the healthcare aide access to the building because its COVID-19 rules precluded people from entering the building who did not live there.

The Markman family sued, which caught the attention of news media, and the City of Sunny Isles Beach reopened its investigation in the matter, ultimately causing the condo association to walk back its order.

“I rest easily and go about my daily life knowing that my mom is taken care of on a daily basis, which is a huge relief," said Eugene Markman.

“It just seemed ridiculous that it had to get this far,” said the family's attorney, Matthew Dietz.

Markman and her family want the condo association to undergo disability training.

Source: WSVN.com

Roaring Into Court
Wednesday, April 29 2020

The star of the popular Netflix documentary series "Tiger King" is suing the federal government, claiming he was set up and his imprisonment is wrong.

Known as "Joe Exotic," Joseph Maldonado-Passage is seeking $94 million in restitution for what he says is false imprisonment, false arrest, discrimination, perjury and entrapment. Maldonado-Passage is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the assistant U.S. attorney who handled the prosecution, several witnesses, and his “former partner,” Jeffrey Lowe.

The big cat breeder was arrested and is serving time for allegedly hiring someone to kill Carol Baskin  his nemesis who runs a big cat rescue in South Florida  along with, among other charges, and violations of the Endangered Species Act.

Source: trofire.com

Show-Me State Sees China as Liable
Wednesday, April 22 2020

The state of Missouri is suing the Chinese government for its mishandling of COVID-19.

According to news reports, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has filed a federal lawsuit in a U.S. court, seeking to hold China accountable for the COVID-19 pandemic. Missouri claims China did little to stop the spread of the virus and “lied to the world about the danger and contagious nature of COVID-19.”

Missouri is demanding economic compensation from China on the grounds that Missouri residents may have suffered tens of billions of dollars in economic damages.

At press time, the state of Mississippi is considering a similar lawsuit.

Legal experts predict the lawsuits face uphill battles as China is protected by sovereign immunity.

Source: CNN.com



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Which one of the following was the first 20th century presidential candidate to call for a Presidential Debate?
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