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Nationwide Industries Recall of Pool Gate Latches

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of Nationwide Industries Trident Pool Gate Latches. These defective latches were sold between February and October of 2013. They were manufactured in China for Nationwide Industries, Inc., of Tampa, Florida. These malfunctioning latches were installed by professional fence contractors and sold by dealers and gate manufacturers. They are available in 10″ and 20″ models and sold for $50 to $60.

What Happens During An Arrest?

Thousands of people are arrested every year in Texas, and for most of them, it is the first time they have ever been involved with the criminal justice system. Some arrests are the result of a traffic stop, where a determination is made that the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Other arrests stem from domestic violence altercations where one or both parties are arrested. Other arrests are triggered by a crime, such as, robbery, assault, or theft.

Should The Texas Justice System Be Reformed?

The United States has more people in prison, on a per capita basis, than any other country in the world. According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, as of 2009, the United States incarcerated 743 people for every 100,000 (0.743 percent) of the population. The same study shows that Russia's rate is 0.577 percent, China is 0.120 percent, and Canada is 0.117 percent. Additionally, the United States is the only industrialized country, except for Japan, that continues to enforce the death penalty. It is often argued that such a system makes the citizens safer, is that true?

The Saw Industry Needs To See The Light

The technology to improve the safety of table saws has existed since at least 2002, but most of the large power tool companies refuse to use it. Stephen Gass, who has a doctorate in physics and a law degree, invented a simple system for stopping a table saw blade before it could cause potential injury to the person using it. He built the saw-stopping device with a few parts from his local Radio Shack. His invention works by running a small electrical current through the saw blade. When the saw blade comes into contact with human flesh, the body absorbs the current, which activates a spring, jamming an aluminum wedge into the teeth of the saw blade. This process is so fast that there is very little injury to the human hand.

Super Bug: CRE (Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae)

The media always seem to have a story about the spread of disease and it might be crying wolf, but these tiny bacteria are going to be around for a very long time, causing illness and death. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been tracking the spread of Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) with a great deal of concern, because it is resistant to nearly all antibiotics. These antibiotic-resistant bacteria can also cause other bacteria to become resistant, as well.

Non-GMO Is Starting To Grow

Responding to consumer spending, food giant, General Mills (GIS) announced that it would begin producing its original Cheerios breakfast cereal in the U.S. with no genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Sales of Cheerios were down 7% in 2013 according to the market research firm IRI. Europe has banned some GMOs and requires labeling on any GMO products. Non-GMO Cheerios have been sold in Europe, and General Mills has received criticism for not offering the same product in the U.S.

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