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November 2010 Archives

Florida Authorities Investigate Fatal Boating Accident

Motor vehicle accidents do not always involve cars, nor do they always occur on land. Especially in Florida, accidents can occur on the water. Many people enjoy being out on the water and if they are not careful, they could collide with another boat.

U.S. Green Card Lottery Sets Record For Entries

The United States launched the green card lottery in 1990 to promote diversity in the immigrant population. The program has grown each year since its inception. Green card lottery winners, which are limited to 50,000 each year, eventually qualify for U.S. citizenship.

Helpful Safety Tips for Safely Deep Frying a Turkey

It's the holiday season and the first holiday on the list is Thanksgiving. For many families, Thanksgiving tradition is marked by family get-togethers that involve lots of food. The traditional Thanksgiving meal is a turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, and vegetables.

Product Defect Prompts National Recall of Baby Cribs

Manufacturers of baby products know that parents are very concerned about their child's safety. Many of these products are regulated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in order to decrease the number of product related injuries.

Military Spouse Amendment to Immigration Law Under Consideration

The Japanese widow of an American serviceman killed in Iraq hopes to gain citizenship from a new law that is making its way through Congress. The woman met a U.S. Marine when he was stationed in Okinawa. The Marine was deployed to duty in Iraq. The couple was expecting a child and married over the telephone in July 2008.

State Laws on Immigration Creating Strains Across U.S. Borders

This blog recently reported on the potential introduction of an immigration bill in Florida similar to that passed in Arizona. The Arizona law was presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council on November 5. Ecuador Ambassador Luis Gallegos says they are concerned the law will increase stereotyping of immigrants whether the immigrants are legally or illegally in the country.

Woman Sustains Injury on Stranded Carnival Cruise Ship

For one soon-to-be married couple, a cruise and destination wedding probably seemed like a great idea. But they, along with 3200 or so other passengers soon became national news when their cruise ship was stuck at sea for three days.

Justice Department Settles I-9 Compliance Case

The Justice Department recently made an investigation into the I-9 compliance practices of Hoover, Inc. a manufacturer of vacuum and carpet cleaning equipment. The agency found that the manufacturer treated holders of green cards differently than U.S. citizen workers.

Teenagers at Risk for Car Accidents Caused by Drowsy Driving

Car accidents are the number one cause of fatalities among teenagers in the United States. As new drivers, they have less experience on the road. There are a number of things that contribute to the high rate of motor vehicle accident fatalities among young people, such as when teenagers drink and drive.

ICE Secure Communities Program Draws Fire

Last month U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said a record number of foreign nationals were deported in the 12-month period ending September 30. She credits the federal program, Secure Communities, in part, for the record number of immigrant removals. Florida counties participate in the program.

Beachgoers are Being Run Over in Florida

Most people go the beach to relax, soak up some sun, and enjoy quality time with family and friends. But being on a beach does not necessarily mean peace and calm. Often beachgoers need to stay on the lookout for flying Frisbees, footballs, and children running with pails and shovels. One thing that most beachgoers do not expect is getting hit by a motor vehicle.

Florida Immigration Bill to be Introduced in May

Earlier this week, this blog reported on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling regarding Arizona's immigration law. Florida is not controlled under the 9th Circuit. Now the TC Palm reports that a proposed Florida immigration bill has received backing from the Republican Executive Committee. The measure is expected to be introduced in the Florida legislature next session.

Suspect Kills Florida Man, Flees Scene of Pedestrian Accident

The death of a loved one is difficult for anyone, especially if the death was unexpected. For the family of a Florida man who was killed in a pedestrian accident, their grief was burdened by the knowledge that someone had hit him with a car and then left him lying in the road.

Can a State Enact a Law to Enforce Federal Immigration Law?

A federal appeals court heard argument today on the controversial Arizona immigration law signed into effect earlier this year. After Arizona placed the law on its books, other states, including Florida have considered similar measures. The law would allow state officials to inquire into a person's status for the purpose of determining the admissibility or removal of a noncitizen under U.S. immigration law.

Fatal Florida Train Accident Kills Woman and Injures Child

A typical Saturday morning turned into a nightmare for several people who witnessed a tragic train accident in Daytona Beach, FL. A woman and a child were hit by a freight train. The woman died at the scene of the accident, but the injured child was taken to a local medical center.

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