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Costs of Police Misconduct Rise

The costs of police misconduct have risen over the last several years, according to a study by The Wall Street Journal. From 2010 to 2014, the 10 cities with the largest police departments collectively paid out $1.02 billion for police misconduct, which included alleged beatings, shootings, deaths and wrongful imprisonment. In 2014, these departments paid…

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Honda Expands Airbag Recall to Newer Vehicles

In a sign that the ongoing issues with Takata airbags could get worse before they get better, Honda has expanded its airbag recall to newer vehicles. While a majority of the vehicles recalled over the airbags were manufactured in the early 2000s, Honda recently recalled 4.5 million vehicles made between 2007-2011. None of the vehicles…

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California Sees First Death from Faulty Airbag

I am sad to report that the carnage from the defective Takata airbags, which are currently the subject of a massive recall, has reached California. Jewel Brangman, who was only 26, was killed when the airbag of a rented Honda Civic she was driving exploded, cutting the left side of her neck and causing severe…

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Defending Agricultural Workers

One issue that has long been important to me is defending agricultural workers’ rights. These marginalized workers, some of whom have the added vulnerability of being undocumented, frequently face tough or even dangerous working conditions. That’s why I was so pleased to see that CAL-OSHA (California’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration) has agreed to ramp…

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How Safe Are Our Cars?

In the latest round of what seems to have become a weekly barrage of auto recalls, Honda is adding more than one million vehicles to its recall of defective air bags that can explode when deployed. The expansion comes at the insistence of U.S. safety regulators, who demanded Honda expand its recall. Previously, the auto…

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