|The Property Rights Newsletter|
December 16, 2011 - Issue #642
"Common sense is not so common."
US calls for ban on in-car phone use ... even with Bluetooth.
The government's transportation safety experts recommended Tuesday to
ban all American drivers from using portable electronic devices —
including cell phones, even if you use a hands-free device. "No call,
no text, no update, is worth a human life," Deborah Hersman, chairwoman
of the National Transportation Safety Board, said at a news conference
in Washington. Besides calling for government action, the NTSB also
urged consumer electronics manufacturers to figure out a way to "disable
the functions of portable electronic devices within reach of the driver
when a vehicle is in motion" while at the same time being able to turn
themselves back on in an emergency. - But similar studies linking
cellphone use to poor driving have been challenged, most recently by
researchers at Wayne State University in Detroit, who concluded last
month that some earlier studies were seriously flawed.
Seneca cigarette dealer files for bankruptcy. One of the biggest movers of Native American-made cigarettes has filed for federal bankruptcy protection, a month after a court said the wholesaler is responsible for potentially tens of millions of dollars in federal tobacco assessments. The Chapter 11 reorganization filing by Arthur Montour, owner of Native Wholesale Supply on the Seneca Indian Nation’s Cattaraugus Reservation, lists more than $50 million in liabilities by the businessman who has become wealthy by moving billions of cigarettes made on an Ontario reservation to other tribes across the United States.
California couple enlists churchmember to beat their teen for smoking. Paul Kim, 39, of Chino Hills, is facing felony child cruelty charges after cops say he hammered the unidentified high schooler about a dozen times with an inch-thick pipe at the boy's parents request. San Bernardino County Sheriff's department is asking any other victims and witnesses to come forward.
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