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Stuart Silverstein is assistant editor at FairWarning.

Consumer Protection

They Say ‘Drink Responsibly,’ But What Does It Mean?

Liquor and beer ads typically urge consumers to drink responsibly, but the message often is in small text that's easy to miss. In this image, the responsibility message is highlighted and we've added the larger type on the side. (By Michelle Ziomek for FairWarning) The “drink responsibly” or [...]

Consumer Protection

Green Light for Effort to Prevent Storefront Car Crashes

March, 2011 crash at a 7-Eleven store in Midland, Texas. (Photo by Roger Primera). Almost every day, somewhere in the U.S., a car jumps over a curb and smashes into a convenience store, coffee shop or restaurant. Some of these crashes hurt or kill innocent bystanders, while also [...]

Consumer Protection

FDA Panels Vote to Keep ‘Black Box’ Warning on Stop Smoking Drug Chantix

On every package of the quit-smoking drug Chantix, a warning label alerts doctors and consumers that some people taking the tablets have reported “serious neuropsychiatric events.” As FairWarning has reported, Chantix’s so-called black box warning – the government’s strongest alert – was first imposed in 2009 after thousands of claims [...]

Labor

Latino Workers Dying at Higher Rates in Job Accidents, Report Shows

Zach Roberts was killed in a July 2013 cell tower accident in North Dakota. (Photo courtesy Linda McCardle) Note to reader: See update at the bottom of the story. As Latino workers take on more and more of the nation’s toughest and dirtiest jobs, they increasingly are paying [...]

Labor

Investigation of Pay Practices Targets Two More Major League Teams, the Orioles and A’s

A federal investigation of pay practices in Major League Baseball has been expanded to include two more teams—the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland A’s—bringing to four the number of clubs that have come under scrutiny for possible violations of U.S. wage standards. The Baltimore Orioles and Oakland A's are now [...]

Transportation Safety

Obama Administration Heeds Industry Call to Ease Rail Safety Rules

The Obama administration will scale back federal rail safety rules spurred by a Southern California train wreck in 2008 that killed 25 people and hurt 135 others. The administration will slash by 10,000 miles the amount of railroad track that needs to be covered by systems that can override human error and automatically put the brakes on trains about to collide or derail.

Consumer Protection

As Rail Tragedies Fade From Memory, Resistance to Safety Rule Gains Steam

Less than four years after a California train disaster spurred passage of major safety legislation, railroad companies are pushing hard to water down the law. They have won over key lawmakers in their bid to scale back and delay a system to prevent crashes such as the head-on collision that caused 25 deaths and 135 injuries in Chatsworth, Calif. The industry is bolstered by a political climate that is hostile to federal dictates. And as political currents have shifted and the issue has fallen out of the spotlight, the rule has fewer forceful advocates.

Warning Wire

Despite Fire and Flooding, Officials Say Nuke Plants Are Safe

Mother Nature is wreaking havoc around nuclear sites in two states, but authorities dismiss any risk of a radiation release. In northern New Mexico, as the Associated Press reports, firefighters are battling a wildfire in the mountains above Los Alamos, home to the government nuclear laboratory that produced the first [...]