Nicholas Choung Lee, 40, a veteran Los Angeles police officer was killed and two others, including his rookie partner, were critically injured in a truck accident when their patrol car collided with a big rig on a Beverly Hills street. According to an Associated Press news report, the fatal truck accident occurred the morning of March 7, 2014.
Lee was training a female rookie officer who was only three months out of the police academy when their cruiser collided with a truck hauling a trash container and carrying a Bobcat loader down a steep roadway – at Robert Lane and Loma Vista Drive. The patrol car was torn apart in the crash. Police say the truck may have lost its brakes on the hill. The driver of the cruiser and the rookie officer were both injured, but are expected to survive.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members, friends and co-workers of Nicholas Choung Lee for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Read the rest »
A new study released this week has found that teens who have tried e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke regular cigarettes. According to a HealthDay report, the study, conducted by the Center for Tobacco Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, found that e-cigarette use was actually associated with increased cigarette smoking among teens contradicting the widely marketed idea by e-cig manufacturers that e-cigarettes actually help people quit smoking.
For this study, researchers analyzed the smoking habits of about 38,000 middle and high school students using data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Youth Tobacco Survey. For years, the CDC has used this survey to glean information about teens’ smoking and tobacco use habits. In 2011 and 2012, they asked about e-cig use as well and found that during that time, the number of adolescents who had ever tried e-cigarettes doubled. Researchers say the use of e-cigarettes among teens is rapidly increasing and that they are not using these devices and smoking cessation aids. Read the rest »
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 51 new cases of Salmonella Heidelberg were reported between mid-January and late February tied to Foster Farms chicken, and that 44 of those new cases were found in California.
According to a news report in the Los Angles Times, CDC officials say they are concerned that the outbreak may not be over. This is a reversal from Jan. 16 when the CDC released an update on the outbreak and suggested that it was ending. But, with the latest cases, a total of 481 people have been sickened nationwide with food poisoning illness since March 2013 with patients ranging in age from 1 to 93. Read the rest »
U.S. safety regulators are demanding that General Motors hand over reams of documents and other data showing that the company knew about a dangerous auto defect involving ignition issues that has been linked to 13 car-crash fatalities.
According to a news report in The Associated Press, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating how GM handled the problem, which led to a global recall of 1.6 million older-model compact cars.
GM has acknowledged that it knew about the ignition problem, which prevented the airbag from deploying during crashes, 10 years ago. But the automaker did not recall the vehicles with defective auto parts until last month.
On Feb. 13, GM announced the recall of Read the rest »
The New York Times this week has an interesting cover story about how e-cigarettes are gaining popularity among adolescents. The article states that the devices are being so cleverly branded and marketed that many kids don’t even know that they are cigarettes.
They are known by a slew of other names such as “e-hookahs” or “vape pipes.” But they all perform the same function as e-cigarettes. They produce nicotine highs, contain unknown chemicals and are totally unregulated. They also come in a rainbow or colors and candy-sweet flavors that are particularly attractive to young consumers – as young as kids in middle school. Read the rest »
While you may get a ticket if you talk on a cell phone or text while driving, you may be let off the hook if you are looking at the map on your cell phone while driving.
According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, that was the conclusion of a California appeals court in Fresno, which for the first time in the state, found that drivers could use maps on their smartphones without risking a hands-free cell phone ticket.
The court’s ruling might elicit a sigh of relief from drivers who have come to rely on cell phone maps and GPS systems. However, this appellate court decision may Read the rest »