It’s important to teach your children to love and appreciate animals. It is also crucial for parents to make their children know to be cautious around dogs. Even safe dogs that your kids already know can cause devastating physical injuries and emotional trauma if they attack because they feel threatened or scared.

Teaching your children to be safe and careful around any dog is the first step to preventing dog bite injuries. Here are a few tips all kids should know:
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A 53-year-old Lake Worth man suffered serious injuries when his moped was rear-ended by a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in The Sun Sentinel, the hit-and-run accident occurred on West Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach. Witnesses say the 52-year-old female driver tailgated the moped driver and struck him. He suffered serious injuries and was put on life support. She was told to return to the crash site by the witness, but instead fled the scene. She was arrested later that day in Lake Worth for leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injuries.

In Florida, drivers who are aware that they have been involved in an accident must remain at the scene. Under Florida Statute 316.061, drivers are not allowed to leave a crash site without first providing the name, address, registration information and driver’s license. Under Statute 316.027, drivers involved in an injury accident must stop immediately, exchange information and render reasonable assistance to the injured victim.
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Auto Accident LawyerThe summer is a wonderful time to pack up your things and go for an adventure. However, before you hit the road, you may want to make sure your vehicle is up for the challenge. If your vehicle can’t handle a long trip, you may want to rent a car from a company that allows unlimited mileage. This way, you won’t have to worry about putting miles on your vehicle.

Now that you are ready to go, here are a few driving safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Always use a navigator. It is advisable to have someone in the front passenger seat at all times who is awake with the driver. The navigator can give directions so that the driver can focus on the roadway. The front seat passenger can also make sure the driver is alert and not suffering from fatigue.

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A 68-year-old Ocala man was killed in a Florida car accident that involved a driver who failed to yield the right of way. According to a news report in The Ocala Star Banner, the fatal crash occurred on East SR 40 near Southeast 12th Terrace in Ocala. Officials say the victim was in a 2000 silver Honda Accord with his 9-year-old grandson when a 1999 Toyota Camry turned right at the intersection and struck them. The Accord veered from the road and hit a wall. The man was killed and his grandson was injured.

The 21-year-old woman behind the wheel of the Toyota was not injured, but she has been cited with failing to yield the right of way at an intersection. This traffic fatality is the second in Ocala this year. There were four people killed in Ocala traffic accidents all of last year.
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Decks, porches, and balconies are perfect for hosting events and relaxing outdoors. However, when they are not properly designed, installed and maintained, they can collapse. If you have an outdoor deck or porch, you could be held accountable if anyone is ever injured in a collapse or falling accident.

According to a recent study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 224,000 people were injured over a five-year period in deck or porch related incidents. Approximately 15 percent of those injuries were the result of a structural failure or collapse. According to a 2007 study by Morse Technologies, deck collapses are increasing about 21 percent annually.

The injuries suffered in deck collapse accidents vary from minor to severe. Serious injuries suffered in deck and porch accidents can include head trauma, bone factures, concussions, neck and back injuries, spinal cord injuries, and paralysis. Many of these types of injuries can be prevented if the property owner hires someone to perform a deck inspection.
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Florida Truck CrashA major Jacksonville highway was shut down because of a fiery, fatal crash between a tractor-trailer and an SUV. According to an ABC News report, the fatal Jacksonville truck accident occurred on the Buckman Bridge segment of Interstate 295 south of Jacksonville. Officials say a tractor-trailer slammed into the SUV from behind resulting in the death of two adults and two children inside the smaller vehicle. Another SUV was damaged in the crash as well resulting in injuries to three of the occupants. The driver of the truck survived the crash.
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Previous research has shown that higher levels of testosterone can reduce the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. However, a new study shows that testosterone can worsen certain symptoms once someone has Alzheimer’s. According to the University of North Texas Health Science Center, testosterone is directly linked with aggression, behavioral issues, and hallucinations for men with the disease. Agitation and delusions occur in at least 70 percent of Alzheimer’s patients.

This new study raises a number of concerns regarding testosterone-replacement therapy. It is becoming very common for older men to take testosterone-replacement drugs. If they develop Alzheimer’s while still taking testosterone pills, it could have a number of negative and unintended consequences. Therefore, this study could have a direct impact on when older men are put on testosterone-replacement drugs and when the drugs should be avoided.
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Florida officers regularly conduct sting operations in an attempt to apprehend adults who are attempting to engage in illegal sexual conduct with minors. Over the years, many have questioned the tactics officers use to catch these alleged sexual predators. According to a recent investigation, officers in Florida routinely entrap innocent victims. In some cases, police officers even stole property from potential suspects.

Station 10 Investigates in Tampa found that the Central Florida Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force spent hours on predator sting operations. They violated arrest rules to inflate their arrest totals and took property from the alleged perpetrators. Furthermore, many of the suspects who were arrested were publicly shamed in press conferences in a manner that could easily ruin their reputation and future employment opportunities. And all of this occurring before they were given a chance to fight the charges in court.

According to RT.com, 1,200 men have been arrested since the task force began in 2008. It is a well-funded task force that often garners press and support. Some of the arrests involved predators who were attempting to break the law, but a significant number of men were arrested even when they showed little to no interest in the underage decoy. The study found that some of these men had property seized by officers even when they were not officially charged with a crime. Some believe this was the use of entrapment with the intention of stealing. For example, in a January 2014 sting, the Clearwater Police and the County Sheriff’s Office arrested 35 men over a single weekend and seized 19 vehicles.
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On December 17 Circuit Judge Dale Cohen dissolved the marriage of a Vermont couple, now residing in Florida. The two were united in a 2002 civil union, but were unable to obtain a divorce in Florida for five years, since their relationship ended. It was questionable whether a Florida judge could issue a divorce, since the license was issued in Vermont. However Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi said she would not immediately stand in the way of the case, allowing Judge Cohen to proceed.

The woman who filed for divorce stated that it was the greatest “holiday gift” she could ever receive, and said it was “like an emotional weight being lifted off” off her shoulders. Curiously, her partner did not take part in the proceedings, as she had not been seen for several years, with a private detective also unable to locate her.
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Investigators are still looking for answers following a hit-and-run accident that left a St. Augustine woman in the hospital and one man in police custody. The trouble began Saturday morning just after 2 a.m. in the Krystal parking lot on U.S. 1 South. St. John’s County Sheriff reports that a man driving a blue truck was involved in a fight at a restaurant near the parking lot. Apparently, to avoid further trouble, the man got into a truck, accelerated rapidly in reverse and struck a pedestrian as well as a parked car in the process. The individual then fled the scene.
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