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April 2017

Child backpack carriers being recalled by Osprey due to fall hazard

Osprey is recalling about 82,000 Poco child carriers in the United States and about 5,732 in Canada. A child seated in the carrier can slip through the leg openings, posing a fall hazard to children. Osprey has received four reports of children falling through the carrier leg openings, resulting in... Read more →


Take back your prescription drugs on Saturday, April 29

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Medications in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning. If you’ve stopped taking a prescription or it’s expired, it’s time to dispose of it. In addition, if you leave unused prescription drugs in your bathroom cabinet, teens or others may steal... Read more →


In first 100 days, Trump kills record-breaking number of public protections in secret in huge corporate giveaways

One 100 days into his administration, President Donald Trump’s biggest accomplishment is having escalated the corrupt insider dealing he campaigned against. Trump, with the help of congressional Republicans, has used an obscure law called the Congressional Review Act to reward the GOP’s corporate backers with more than a dozen deregulatory... Read more →


April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

My sister has Parkinson’s disease, so my family knows how devastating it can be. Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder that is chronic and progressive. It affects people throughout the world. Nearly 1 million Americans are living with Parkinson’s. About 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, and... Read more →


Subprime mortgage giant Ocwen charged with botching mortgage services

Ocwen Financial Corp., one of the country’s largest nonbank mortgage loan servicers, is being sued for failing borrowers at every stage of the mortgage servicing process. Ocwen’s years of widespread errors, shortcuts, and runarounds cost some borrowers money and others their homes, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Thursday. Ocwen... Read more →


RipStik motorized caster boards recalled by Razor due to fall hazard

Razor is recalling about 158,000 RipStik motorized caster boards. The rear wheel can stop rotating and lock up while in use, posing a fall hazard. Razor has received more than 700 reports of the rear wheel malfunction, resulting in four injuries, including one loose tooth and three scrapes and bruises.... Read more →


Enjoy free, reduced cost items for Earth Day 2017

Established in 1970, Saturday, April 22, is the 47th anniversary of Earth Day. This year, the theme is Environmental and Climate Literacy. With the focus on education, Teach-Ins are being offered around the world, as well as a March for Science on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and in... Read more →


Ways to help the earth on Earth Day and throughout the year

This year is the 47th Anniversary of Earth Day. I remember when Earth Day was created. More was being learned about harmful environmental practices after years of unabated development and pollution. As young people, we had hope that things would turn around and humans could learn to live in more... Read more →