This past weekend my husband and I went to our place in the mountains for him to ski. We always take Barley, Guinness and our grand dog, Jackson, with us, but this weekend my youngest son didn�t have to work the whole weekend, so he kept the two younger pups.
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On Saturday, February 7th the varsity cheerleaders of Wheeling Park High School won 1st place in the 5A division of the OVAC cheerleading competition. This is the 18th win for Park in this competition. The win was especially significant to this squad as they also won the coveted WV State Championship title in the AAA division back on December 13, 2014 for only the second time in the school�s history.
As we noted last year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB") has been given Congressional authority to trash mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts for financial products and services, such as automobile loans, credit cards and checking accounts. The Act explicitly empowers the CFPB to adopt regulations that "prohibit or impose conditions or limitations" on the use of arbitration agreements if it finds doing so to be "in the public interest and for the protection of consumers." The CFPB is expected to announce the results of the second phase of its study early this year. The second phase of the CFPB's study is expected to address a number of areas, including: whether consumers are satisfied with arbitration; whether consumers are aware of or have read the terms of arbitration clauses and whether arbitration clauses influence consumers' decisions about which consumer products to purchase. Late last year, the CFPB issued its phase one findings, which indicated consumers very rarely invoke arbitration and prefer class-action proceedings. The study further indicated that the use of arbitration agreements was rampant and potentially abusive to consumers.
I went to the Kroger over the weekend and since there were no empty spaces close, I had to park nearly at the end of one aisle. I parked and started walking back toward the store, being careful to stay over to the side of the lane to let cars pass while simultaneously watching for cars with drivers in them backing out so I wouldn�t unintentionally be run over. Not everyone does this. I know this from experience when I have been backing out of a parking space at a busy store. Many times when I thought the way was clear, I have had to slam on my brakes in order to miss hitting someone who decided to walk behind my vehicle. The irony is I usually have to suffer through angry glares and (thankfully) unheard comments from these almost-flattened pedestrians. Most people just expect the driver to see them walking behind their car. This made me start wondering if there were any laws to govern the pedestrian and drivers of a parking lot. So I Binged it and did a little research.
I would like to think in my case it surely was a blessing! When you are first diagnosed with diabetes, you totally think it is the �beginning of the end.� You are overwhelmed, i.e., I have to give myself shots every day, test my blood sugar, watch what I eat, see my doctor every three months or sooner . . . lions and tigers and bears, OH MY!! Yes, I did feel a little like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, but diabetes made me discover exactly how food works with my body. Since my pancreas decided to no longer do what it was supposed to do, I decided I needed to take charge of my health or it would sooner or later take charge of me.
For many working class families with loved ones who served in the Navy, worked in the heating, construction, chemical, coal and other similar trade industries, or simply lived in an older home, the day will unfortunately come when they receive news that a family member has contracted an asbestos-caused disease. Asbestos is a set of six, naturally-occurring silicate minerals that has been used, ubiquitously, throughout the United States since the 1940s, particularly in industrial facilities and in residential homes. For decades, asbestos has been widely used in many industrial products, including electrical wiring, cement, brake linings, gaskets, roof shingles, flooring products, textiles, and insulation. Folks who worked in jobs where they inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers, or household members exposed to asbestos dust brought home from the workplace, are at risk for developing a range of different asbestos-related diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer, or mesothelioma � a terminal cancer of the lining of the lungs, abdominal cavity and heart. Asbestos has been scientifically understood to cause such diseases since the early 20th Century, but, for decades, the truth was concealed from those working in and around it while little, if anything, was done to protect them in the workplace. While the severity of asbestos-related diseases vary widely, the law applies equally to all asbestos claims and for exposed workers, a proper understanding that there are deadlines by which one must file an asbestos claim is critical to protecting a worker's rights and seeking a measure of justice. It is bad enough to receive the news that you or a loved one has contracted an asbestos-related disease, but the most tragic situations occur when a worker waits too long to do anything about it. And unfortunately this situation is far too common, typically for two reasons.
My husband and I are both white. We have three biological children and adopted a beautiful little girl -- she is African American and we are a transracial family. All of us have experienced second looks and some very direct inquiries from time to time; some of which are completely inappropriate and no one�s business, I might add, and some that could be very destructive to our little angel.
While I have never been a fan of sharing the highways with large trucks, recent experiences have left me terrified. Is it me or our roads becoming even more dangerous? My most recent experience was driving to Columbus on Interstate 70 to attend a 4-year-old�s birthday party. It was a rainy, foggy, gray day and the spray from the cars and trucks reduced visibility significantly. I spent a 30- to 40-mile stretch with a large truck playing with me to the point that I eventually took an exit and got gas well before I needed to, simply to get away from this large truck because I feared a collision with more or another driver was inevitable.
This weekend the OVAC Bill Brubaker Swimming Championship will be held at Steubenville High School. My daughter Alexis Causey, who is a 14-year-old freshman at East Richland Christian School, will be competing in the 50 yard and 100 yard freestyle events.
Congratulations to Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio on their election to the Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this month. All four are well-deserving of the honor, but Martinez deserves special mention in my mind. The Pedro Martinez of 1999 was like nothing else I�d ever seen. Twenty-three wins against only 4 losses, an ERA of 2.07, 313 strike outs against 37 walks, 5 complete games, and an opponents� batting average of .205. I was living in Cleveland that summer and I paid way more than I should have just to see Pedro pitch for the Red Sox against the Indians in the middle of the famous Jacobs Field sell-out streak. Pedro had the best fastball in the game, the best curveball in the game, and maybe the best change up of any pitcher ever � all at the same time. Amazing.