OMAHA, Nebraska. Parents send their kids away to college with the expectation that they will be safe. They may assume that dorm staff, teachers, and other support staff will be there for their children. Parents may expect—reasonably—that they will be contacted if their children are not doing well, or if they need additional support. Yet, a recent article in the New York Times, highlights the fact that some students don’t always receive the support they need, and parents may not always be aware of their children’s risk for suicide and depression. In fact, according to the New York Times, when students seek psychological help or when students are at risk of failing school, parents may not always be informed.
OMAHA, Nebraska. According to the New York Times, the recent romaine lettuce E coli outbreak has been traced to a farm in Yuma, Arizona. The outbreak has affected people in at least 25 states, and killed one person in California. Alarmingly, investigators looking into the source of the E coli contamination have yet to identify the source of the illness.
OMAHA, Nebraska. A Southwest Airlines flight suffered catastrophic engine failure mid-air, leaving one passenger dead, and at least one other passenger experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder. Now, at least one passenger who was on that flight is suing Southwest Airlines for punitive damages as a result of the fateful flight. According to CNN, the passenger who is suing the airline was seated just three rows behind the woman who died. The passenger’s lawyer claims that the woman has been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, distress, and depression, as well as personal injuries.
OMAHA, Nebraska. The New York Times recently reported on an incident that has led to outrage against school officials in a Florida high school. After a young woman suffered a sun burn, she chose to attend school without wearing a bra. Despite the fact that bras are not listed as required attire in the school’s dress code, the young woman was called into the office and forced to put on an undershirt. When school officials determined that this wasn’t sufficient coverage, the girl was asked to cover herself with tape. This humiliating incident has drawn the attention of students, parents, and lawyers across the country. What happens when school dress codes go too far? What can parents do to protect their daughters when a school dress code or its enforcement leads to emotional distress?
OMAHA, Nebraska. Better street design has been known to decrease the number of people injured or killed in car accidents. For example, as part of New York City’s Vision Zero, New York used research to re-design city laws and roads to decrease the number of pedestrian deaths in the city. According to Metro, since the program has been launched, New York City has seen its fatalities drop by 28 percent. Safer street designs, lower speed limits, and better enforcement are all believed to contribute to the decrease in deaths. Yet, in order for cities to make informed decisions, they need data. The question is how they can acquire it. According to Wired, Uber is partnering with local governments to sell them its drop-off and pick-up data, giving governments insights into where people go, where they are getting dropped off, and their traffic patterns.