Safer Cars Does Not Mean Safer Roads

These days, it is pretty standard for cars to include top of the line safety features. These range from rear-view cameras, lane departure warnings, Traction control and even blind spot detection.

Driving a safe vehicle can also mean more money in your pocket as drivers can save on car insurance cost. A car insurance company is generally able to provide more affordable car insurance if your vehicle has safety features. However, safer cars do not needlessly mean safer roads across the country.

From January to June, approximately 18,720 people have died on US roads. As a result of a growing economy, people are driving more divided compared to recession level data. Less unemployment means more cars are on the road getting people to and from work and more money for leisure activities. In 2017, Americans traveled 3.22 trillion miles according to the Federal Highway Administration.

Factor in more miles driven along with speeding, drug and alcohol impaired driving and distracted driving and the fatality rate is at an all-time high.

South Carolina leads the nation in traffic fatality rates per miles traveled. In 2017, the state had 1.88 deaths per 100 million miles traveled, which is almost two times the national average. Illinois reported 1,090 traffic deaths.

This trend prompted Governor Rauner to declare August 17 as Traffic Fatality Awareness Day at the Illinois State Fair through a partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Health, Illinois Secretary of State and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

States across the country have launched similar awareness efforts like Vision Zero. Vision Zero's goal is to strategically eliminate traffic injuries and injuries while increasing safe, healthy and equitable mobility for everyone.

Reducing speed is perhaps the most effective way to reduce the fatalities. Speed ​​increases the distance it takes a car to come to a complete stop. The speed of impact is also directly correlated to the risk of death. The higher the speed of impact, the higher the probability of a passenger dying becomes.

Even with lower speeds, it is hard for police officers to enforce these lower limits. Automated cameras are already unpopular and adding more would also be costly.

Every year, an estimated 40,000 Americans die on the road. With effective legislation and commitment, we can all work together to reduce that statistic.

According to the research by the Overseas Development Institute and the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, one way to make progress is to treat traffic fatalities and road safety as a public health issue. The public has to stop blaming drivers for collisions and look to policymakers for ways to help prevent them.

Three countries Criminal law History of Florida

As a follower and writer of criminal law, the author often reported about the strange stories the criminal law of the State of Florida. Here are some of my favorite old stories that I would like to share with the rest of the world.

Orange County. Florida: Day weekend Veteran, 2010, the Department of Orange County Sheriff became a national laughingstock when it became known that the sheriff deputies and members of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation conducted a series of warrantless raids against the local hairdresser Orlando, who made history by arresting 35 people on charges of offense "shaving without a license," after having spent several months exploring this question. A record check revealed that in the last ten years, only three people in the whole state of Florida was dpravleny imprisoned on such charges. In the case of instantaneous, many of trawls without a warrant entail employee teem hairdressers, had a child inside and put in handcuffs and a hairdresser "criminal move" their police cars. At least one arrest was made cloak when one of the raids netted barber from unlicensed gun. We learn further that all were African-American and Latino barbershops blocks.

This surprising report raises questions with & # 39 is known, these areas because pockets of "criminal shave?"

New Port Richey, FL: It's an amazing story, too, in 2010, as many of you know, "Four Loko» with & # 39 is a caffeinated alcoholic beverage. New Port Richey man drank four bottles, and then went on a naked excitement. Police say 21-year-old man ran barefoot from the back of his house to the house a few blocks away, broken sliding glass door and searched the house. Then he took off his clothes, defecate on the floor and ripped the door off its hinges, according to deputies in Pasco & # 39; e County. In another house, a woman came home to find a naked man lubricates the blood, sleeping on the couch. She called 911. According to the report, when deputies arrived, the man allegedly said, "Why arrest me, I have not stolen anything?". He was before the & # 39; revealed by the prosecution on two counts burglary.

The title of this little story could be read: «Loko Gone Loco". It's probably best to stay away from this dangerous product.

Hernando Jail, Florida: 2011. Strange things happen in prison. Prison Inmate in Hernando enough honeybuns, to pay off a gambling debt, and was repaid with a punch in the face. The prisoner confessed that he lost a football bet with fellow prisoner. The loser of the bet, said he went to put the winner of the cage to give him a bear's claws, it has to him, but he was a short four honeybuns. The winner of the pair was not happy to be thrown on the bet and lost hit so hard that he had to be hospitalized. So, the winner bets and punch. He was arrested on a single battery charge.

If it was a casino gambling on rates set by lost could: I'll see your one bear paw and raise you four honeybuns …

Florida Phosphate Mining buffer zones

Extraction strip phosphates are known to cause serious & # 39; landscape serious disruptions. plans for mitigation and ultimate reclamation of land from the & # 39 are required to be "allowed" to strip the central Florida land for phosphate ore. Strip mining deemed to create the worst man-made ground breaking famous said Department of Environmental Protection. Phosphates, production as a whole band creates serious & # 39; serious environmental consequences for Central Florida watershed, including river manat, the Myakka River and River World, to name a few.

Central Florida & # 39; watersheds to produce enough drinking water annual support nearly 6 million people and continues to grow. You can imagine how important it is Central Florida & # 39; s watersheds produce public drinking water quality and quantity. In other words, water is absorbed and retained landscape. Water flows into the ground, sometimes for years, before returning to the surface, all the while moving through the subsurface "seep" (clean) water for everyone to enjoy.

All of the above, of course, contained freshwater considered a valuable natural resource of all in central Florida. Most of Florida & # 39; s freshwater resources are consumed for drinking, livestock, irrigation and other public purposes. Consumption of water is usually recycled by natural processes, such as evaporation and rainwater.

However, in Florida & # 39; with phosphate industry located in central Florida west over consumes water, which can not be discharged back into the environment because the water of 39 & # is extremely toxic. During consumption of the phosphate industry, water is mixed with the toxic accumulation of liquid acids containing radioactive materials and other toxic waste byproducts from phosphate fertilizer production. Once the water is consumed by the phosphate industry, it can not be released back into the environment, but it seems to find its way. You can see some of the benefits of building "buffer" zones to mitigate the toxic effects on the environment caused by the production of phosphate-based fertilizers.

Buffer surrounding phosphate mining operations seem to offer empirical evidence in the reduction of phosphorus in clay siege area (CSA) highly compacted soils. Compacted soil phosphate poor water pipes to create a surface absorption buffer zones ecologically important for the millions of acres of watershed and phosphate resources together in central Florida.

"In search of economic solutions to environmental problems, we discover the ways in which the purpose of regulation, rather than a process of paramount importance." Schlesinger, Dean, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University. Buffer zones are of paramount importance, if not required, means the surrounding phosphate to reduce certain environmental damage of phosphate production in whole band.

Buffer (1) provide a method for the toxins being absorbed (absorption) when landing terrain Flora, which is based on the type of toxins soften. Buffer zones with & # 39 are the environmental benefits, because they create a bar & # 39; EASURES between toxic and nontoxic plots of land. Buffer zones are created by planting specific herbs, bushes and trees, absorption (absorbing) specific toxins.

EXAMPLE three landing ring buffer. Outside the ring buffer zone (far from the toxic source) planted particular herbs known specific absorption of toxins. Then specific undergrowth (middle ring) planted inside herbaceous ring which surrounds the ring closer to toxic sources where trees planted to maximize absorption of toxins. Tree or ring inside the ring, with the buffer zone can be planted eucalyptus, because this type of wood, is known to absorb phosphorus (1). Phosphate funds can mitigate the destruction of the surrounding environment on the basis of a lot of rational engineering practices, such as the construction of buffer zones of engineering.

Engineered phosphate buffers need industry to reduce damage greatly disturbed landscapes. CSA & # 39; s to 39 & # are an excellent example where buffer zones will reduce greatly disturbed landscapes for absorption of phosphorus. Eucalyptus apparently thrives on phosphorus absorption produces high yields for untreated wood used for construction and other purposes. Interestingly, all the technologies mentioned above are known to produce positive results, but in Florida & # 39; Mayo phosphate industry does not want to suffer from the profit value of civil engineering phosphate buffer zones around on the & # 39 objects.

phosphorus uptake eucalyptus wood around of phosphate about 39 & # objects constructed using buffers are known to reduce nutrients phosphorus (pollutants) which are transmitted through the soil outside the buffer zone, including the water (2) areas as well. Techniques such as buffer zones in the real world, the successful application of engineered soil, grasses and wood for maximum absorption of toxic soil.

1. Understanding the science behind the coastal forest buffer: Effects … –
2. NCSU group of water quality. –

Prairie Style Architecture – DeKalb, Illinois

I have already discussed DeKalb, Illinois' most obvious example of Prairie style architecture, the oft-mistaken for a Frank Lloyd Wright work AO Anderson House. While prominent it is not the only example of the style in the city. In fact, there are other examples of the style by architects much more well-known than John S. Van Bergen. Augusta Avenue is a good place to start, within a block of the Anderson House are two examples of architecture by a key Prairie architect.

1908 – Dr. FN Rowan House

At 250 Augusta Avenue is the Dr. FN Rowan House, a Tudor Revival influenced structure designed by Oak Park, Illinois architect EE Roberts, though it is clearly not full-blown Tudor Revival. The curvilinear dormer seen here was a trademark of his Prairie style work. In fact, if you look, you can see other Prairie influences on the house, the broad, flat roof of the large porch, the porch itself, the overhanging eaves, all elements of Prairie style. Hipped roof are not a requirement. The half timbering, though, screams Tudor Revival. Roberts was an important architect who designed hundreds of homes in Oak Park alone. While Roberts is considered a Prairie architect, he never had any working association with his near rival Frank Lloyd Wright and always kept to his own vision of Prairie style architecture. The Rowan House was built in 1908.

1904 – Etna J. Wiswall House

Across the street from the Rowan House, but still facing Augusta, is the EJ Wiswall House. The Wiswall House is another example of Roberts' work in DeKalb, this one showing more of a Prairie tilt. While Roberts' credit for the home is not a 100 percent certainty it very closely resembles a Roberts designed home in Oak Park and he is generally credited with having won the Wiswall commission. The house is clad entirely in stucco, features a large, pillar-supported porch, and hipped roofs with broad overhanging eaves; all hallmarks of Prairie style architecture. The house is believed to have been constructed in 1904.

Seemelessly blended with nature, the front door just is not where you'd think it should be. C. 1895 Rankin House.

Of the early Prairie style works in DeKalb the Rankin House at 200 W. Locust Street was, sometimes, done by the most pre-eminent architect of the group. The stucco clad, two-story Rankin House may well indeed be the work of architect George W. Maher. Maher was a noted Chicago Prairie style architect whose John C. Farson House (better known as Pleasant Home) in Oak Park has been declared a National Historic Landmark. The Rankin House has a front door that just is not where you would expect it. The home was built c. 1895.

The door is along the east side, along with a large chimney.

It's unknown when the house was designed by Maher for sure, there are other candidates for its design, it is very similar, along with another DeKalb house at 594 W. Lincoln Hwy, to other Maher missions.

The layout of the chimney and portico is reminiscent of John S. Van Bergen's work. 1924 – 115 N. First St ..

Another DeKalb Prairie style house is located at 115 N. First Street. This is another example of a home without a known architect, more research is needed. The tall rectangular chimney located on the front of the north facade, near the portico (wiki), is found in the same layout in a 1910 John S. Van Bergen designed apartment complex in Oak Park. Possible evidence of his hand? Hard to say.

The main entrance is located along the north facade, not the front (east facade).

The house is a nice Prairie example, broad, overhanging hip roofs, a large, pillar supported front porch, and a main entrance moved to side in lieu of a lot of glass, allowing the natural light to pour into the structure. The building also appears to hug the ground, an appearance that is enhanced by the building being set into a hillside.

Both sides feature porticos and the home has a Prairie-style horizontal emphasis.

Both the north and south facades feature porticos, and the north facade's (seen two images above) layout reinforces the horizontal emphasis of the home. The Prairie style house on First Street, with the green tile roof, dates from about 1924.

You can get more detail about all of these houses in the articles linked below. The Wikipedia entries that are linked (mostly by me, for you) will give you information about the architects and other information mentioned in this post. Enjoy.

Online Resources

* FN Rowan House: 2004 Daily Chronicle article

* FN Rowan House: Old Photo – 1970s photograph

* EJ Wiswall House: 2005 Daily Chronicle article

* EJ Wiswall House: Old Photo – 1970s photo

* Rankin House: 2005 Daily Chronicle article, another 2005 article

* Rankin House: Old Photos – Oldest known photo; 1970s – 1, 2

* 115 N. First Street: 2005 Daily Chronicle article

* Wikipedia: John S. Van Bergen, EE Roberts, John C. Farson House (all by me), George W. Maher (not by me)

A keen eye will spot other examples of Prairie architecture in DeKalb, something we will explore at a later date. Tomorrow, follow me to the tiny village of Esmond, Illinois.

Building a new home – the first steps in the development of plans in Florida, and in other areas

Building in Miami or any part of South Florida's completely different from any other building in the area of ​​the country. While most of the east coast of the United States and much of the rest of the country, the building of houses with wooden frame and finished with brick or wood siding, South Florida building of concrete blocks and concrete.

Quality vs. price

Due to the structure of the wind storm in this area should be very strong. Where the rest of the country looks at us, because they are used only in a concrete block foundations, for my money, I really like concrete and block construction. Concrete blocks are not getting termites and rot. Thus, a particular block structure during the last 100 years or more with little or no maintenance. Unfortunately, the vast majority of homes in Miami have wooden rafters with plywood sheathing roofing, roofing material and then either gravel or concrete tiles on top. This type of design is not particularly good to resist hurricane conditions. Although the Florida Building Code protested his best to increase the requirements for the installation of the roof sheathing and finishing the roof, it can not begin to compare with the strength of the roof would have if the concrete slab was used for the roof structure.

So why, when we know that it is not we build a concrete slab roof? Cost – the only reason worth. It is much more expensive, how to design and install a concrete roof panels, especially on the side to take concrete tile covering.

Therefore, one of the first things a homeowner should be set at the beginning of the design process for a new home as the owner wants to spend on the construction. There is a cheap way to build a house and expensive way. This is an issue that will come many times in the process of design and construction.


But in order to determine the budget, the landlord must first install the new square foot home. Establish the total area in square feet, it will have to create a program for the home. A program is a list of numbers with their respective dimensions.

See an example of the list is as follows:

Living room of 240 square feet
Dining room of 120 square feet
Kitchen 170 square feet
Family Room 240 sq ft
The master bedroom is 240 square feet
Master bathroom 64 square feet
Bedroom number 2 216 square feet
Bedroom number 3192-square-foot
Bath № 2 36 square feet
Laundry 100 square feet
Linen closet 9 square feet
A / C Case 9 square feet

Total square feet = 1636

Circulation and walls is 20% = 1634 square feet = 327 square feet

Total = 1634 + 327 = 1,961 square feet

So now we have a general idea of ​​the main spaces of the house, and about how many square feet of total homeowner need for the house.

In addition, it is a good time to decide whether any open space, such as a covered terrace or gazebo. In Florida, they are particularly well added to interior spaces. With excellent temperatures in winter there is no reason to spend all the time in the air-conditioned interior spaces.


So there will be a house that just under 2,000 square feet worth in South Florida? There's no magic formula to determine this. Value of the home depends on many things related to the design, such as the type of roof, ceiling height (s), design complexity, finishing, whether it's going to be a septic tank or sewage system, as well as the type of foundation. Then there are those costs that have nothing to do with the design, as the location of the house is occupied, with the & # 39 are contractors in the area, as a well-known and reliable contractor, etc. Despite the fact that the price of the house may be different from each other because of all the elements described above, at this time the range of $ 150 to $ 250 per square foot can be used for a house that is not too much detail with the standard design. So that when we return to the example. 2,000-square-foot building will cost between $ 300,000 and $ 500,000 excluding land.

project team

The building department of Miami-Dade County does not require plans for a family & # 39; and residence must be signed and sealed by the architect or engineer. This is not true for all the municipalities of the region. For example, Coral Gables requires all plans must be signed and sealed by an architect. But for all practical purposes about & # 39; the amount of information that must be included in a set of plans in any jurisdiction in Miami-Dade County, most of the time, there is a need to hire more specialists: architect, engineer, MEP software, and engineering. LEAP stands for mechanical, electrical and plumbing. Mechanical engineer develops air conditioning, electrical engineer develops electric, including lighting and plumbing engineer designs the plumbing. structural engineer designs the structure and provides the necessary structural calculations for the building shell. The architect designs the house and coordinates of all & # 39; s work. Coordination of all the students, probably, the architect and # 39; s most important role, as without the consent can not be real conflicts during the construction phase. Despite the fact that it is legal to make plans for yourself in some parts of the country, it would be an impossible task to produce construction drawings for the permit (if the homeowner does not have experience in the construction of the actual experience and knowledge of the Florida building codes and local codes zoning).

These design services are a homeowner? In addition, they are very different, but there are also a number of good among established professionals. This range will be between 6% and 10% of construction costs for the plans for the resolution of all disciplines. Services during the construction phase, usually paid for separately on an hourly basis, or in a separate package.

house style

Another important decision to be made at an early stage with the & # 39 is the style of the house. There are three basic styles are popular for home design in South Florida – Modern, Mediterranean and Key West.

Once a homeowner decides which style he wants, it is very important to convey the style and detail to the architect. The best way to explain the architect that he wants to or through the images from magazines or actual photos of other homes.

architect's choice

Now that you have the basic elements together, the next step is to select your architect. This is very important as it is the person with whom you will be working very closely over the next year.

Take a survey of the existing land of the time you are closed on the mortgage. If you lose it, or & # 39; too old or inaccurate, the architect arranges for you to get it done to upgrade or have a new one.

Ask to see pictures of his / her work. Ask for references. Asking questions. Ask him / her how he would approach the project. It begins to make sense if it was someone you could work. as the preferred style of the architect & # 39 You work? Have his / her work appeal to you? Ask about this process. Ask what you should expect in the way of his / her services. Ask him to show you the plans for a similar project.

People with & # 39 are the face, and each is unique. I remember how many people have hired me because I liked my "Mediterranean" or "Spanish" style or my modern or post-modern style. One person told me that she hired me because I returned her phone calls quickly. Chemistry between people it makes sense. Nha devalue first impressions.

construction documents

As a rule, construction documents entail several parts: the drawings, specifications, instructions to bidders, and its addendum. Usually, when the architect handles the construction phase rate for the owner, he selects the type of contract owner will have with the contractor. This document is also a & # 39 is part of the construction documents.

Drawings & # 39 are a major part of the work that the specifications serve as a guide step by step to the contractor for use during construction. Sometimes in large workplaces, specifications are contained in a separate book and the guidelines of the project. In most residential projects, the specification is usually covered in the form of notes right in the drawings. For complex inter & # 39; erav separate package is an architect and paid for separately.

Construction documents are generated in phases from the general to the detailed. I would like to divide their projects into 4 stages: pre-design, design development, construction documents 50% and 100% of the construction documents. Each phase is based on the preliminary phase, until the architect Sun feels that all drawings are coordinated between the different disciplines and is ready to provide for the resolution.

With careful planning and communication with your architect, his drawings, and good coordination and careful selection of a reputable contractor, your new home project should proceed without any problems. Although frequently change orders due to unforeseen changes in conditions or the owner wants to carry out, most of the issues to be resolved before the start of construction.

For more information about the role of the architect in the construction process, see my article on the role of the architect in the construction process, is published here.

Ashelford Hall – Esmond, Illinois

There are more than 90,000 listings on the National Register of Historic Places. Not all of them are well-kept, I have come across a fair share of dilapidated properties, one of them here in DeKalb County. While far from falling down, Ashelford Hall in the small village of Esmond, Illinois is, to put it lightly, in a state of disrepair.

1925 – Ashelford Hall

Ashelford Hall was built in 1925 by William Henry Ashelford and it immediately became the social center of the tiny village near the DeKalb-Ogle County line. Medicine shows, vaudeville shows and entertainment of all types appeared at the venue. In 1928, a local men's club began meeting in the hall, this on the heels of the South Grove Grange meeting at the location from its 1925 opening.

Ashelford Hall has a unique wedge shape

The building is constructed from concrete block, popular from about 1905-1930, and has a unique wedge shape. This was probably to accommodate the lot it stands on. A train depot was once located to its south as were diagonally-laid railroad tracks. The depot and tracks are now gone, as are the buildings that once surrounded the area, but the wedge shaped Ashelford Hall remains.

The wedge shape is the result of angled railroad tracks that once faced this side of the building.

The 1995 National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form states that Ashelford Hall's current function is a "work in progress". When I visited last year it appeared that not much progress had been made. The interior seemed to be serving as a storage area, and there was debris about the grounds as well as broken windows. Alas, historic preservation is an expensive endeavor, at least it's still standing. If you look at the photos linked at the end of the page, you will see there is not much difference between the building's 1995 and 2007 appearance. A good thing, depending on how you look at it I suppose.

The interior was serving as a garage as of early 2007.

As a credit, the nomination form, which is linked below, is nearly encyclopedic in its coverage of the building and the history of Esmond. Hope to see this building put to some good use and receive the restoration it describes. It would be nice to see music or theater once again echo through Ashelford Hall.

Online Resources

* Wikipedia: Ashelford Hall, Esmond, Illinois (both by me, for you)

* Ashelford Hall: National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form

* Ashelford Hall: Old Photos (NRHP archives) – 1995: 1, 2, 3; Detail 1, Detail 2

Tomorrow we begin a journey into architectural history with the first of an eight part series looking at some of the important sites in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois.

Florida phosphorus Mines Show adverse effects on the environment

Florida phosphate industry practice of mining show and how "they" have a negative impact on the environmental aspects of the citizens of Florida and # 39; environment for more than two generations and working for three. Currently, the phosphate industry practice of the mining industry "surveys" today & # 39; s proven environmentally safe methods, which causes danger dangerous without security costs for the landscape of Florida as if it is "their" right to do so.

In the past two decades, the Department of & # 39; Merged States Environmental Protection (DEP) studied the effects of radioactive elements found in nature in the landscape of Florida as compared to the highly calculated toxic waste by-product phosphogypsum stacks in west central FL. DEP allows small level of radiation up to 0.7 picocuries.

Toxic elements, mentioned here in the decay chain of Uranium called "Radius" as a solid and the "Radon" as air born toxin. These elements usually associated deep beneath the surface, but a strong phosphate dragline strip them out of the ground fabric, until he removes the phosphate matrix he seeks. Thus radioactive elements are brought to the surface, greatly compressed and stored in giant called highly mounds of phosphogypsum stacks.

Radioactive material in combination with other toxic waste by-products, and piled in stacks of phosphogypsum, some more than two hundred feet in height and can cover more than four acres. This is equivalent to twenty-storey building spanning four hundred acres of radioactive materials. Florida with & # 39 is home to at least twenty-seven radioactive phosphogypsum stacks and each stack toxic continues to grow. The "stack" so toxic, the DEP will not allow the phosphate industry to move phosphogypsum leave the site or sell it.

Florida offices in Lakeland, Florida was built on "recycled" means phosphate reportedly show a higher than normal "radium" presence in groundwater samples taken by DEP. "Radon" gas was also higher than usual in the door, as reported by DEP. The DEP state on their website that any contact with the radium from the soil ingestion or inhalation of radon gas in the air around the phosphate on the & # 39 objects & # 39 is "too" much. You can see that live near or work in the phosphate plant can be harmful to one and # 39; s health.

Areas around the phosphate on the & # 39 facilities in central Florida, as a rule, consist of the cattle ranch and agriculture, with some residential areas as well. Surrounding flora absorbs (absorption) toxic elements caused by phosphate mining, through the root system into sheets with recycled extracted soils. Plants store the cumulative amount of toxins, however toxic substance to pass from the soil into the food chain through cattle breeding and farming to Examples. The amount of toxins stored in flua soon found in the fauna as well. Domested and wild animals are the same tainted food sources, the introduction of toxins into the whole of the local food chain.

In one decade, at least six of phosphogypsum stacks failed in the central part of West Florida. Stack of phosphogypsum sinkhole caused to form at the bottom of the stacks and drained billions of gallons of toxic waste in two million cubic feet of holes caused by the collapse of the surface. The amount of damage to the environment was so intense that DEP could not determine the total loss associated with spills.

In another failure stack 150 feet hole opens under "stack" and 80 million tons of radioactive toxic waste disappeared Floridan aquifer layer comprising (1) about 90 percent of central Florida & # 39;. With drinking water Number of toxic waste overloaded so officials much that the amount of damage to the environment was uncertain. It cost nearly $ 7 million, to fill with concrete karst.

In another phosphate industry induced accident, phosphogypsum stack fails, and about 2 million gallons of radioactive toxic waste flowed over the landscape, and the two cars driving at the plant has been imposed with the flow of toxic waste.

In another stack break worth about 30 million dollars in repair costs for phosphate plant. This mountain of phosphogypsum stack in Riverview, Florida. Florida & # 39; Taxpayers s are responsible for covering the costs of recovery after heavy local impacts on the environment from the Every time the phosphate industry is "accident", "stack" is derived;. water quality, quantity, (2) and air degrade, causing health problems for many Floridians, as well.

Unfortunately, the central Florida & # 39; phosphate industry to find its on the & # 39; sites in the catchment areas where fertilizer manufacturing is the greatest ecological damage the landscape, drinking water, wildlife, and human environment. Phosphate facilities heavily pollute and destroy the terrain on the ground and miles from the mining of phosphate at the expense of the & # 39 facilities built in central Florida and # 39; s watershed. This is because the rivers and lowland pools & # 39 is the nature of & # 39; s method for purifying toxic materials from drinking water resources because water "observed" by the karst rocks Florida & # 39; th aquifer below.

Florida & # 39; s phosphate resources are considered DEP, to be the greatest threat to Florida & # 39; s environment, including land and aquatic life. The examples above include a small amount of phosphate on the & # 39 objects suras & # 39; oznyh environmental impacts. Each case display poor environmental medium described above from the environment blind industry.


1. Phosphate Company and EPA & # 39; S toxic emissions. –
2. NCSU group of water quality. Human impact: Wetland loss and degradation. –

Personal Injury Lawsuit Timeline in Chicago, Illinois' First Municipal Division

As a practicing personal injury and insurance claim attorney in Chicago, Illinois, I am often asked by clients and potential clients alike: "What is the exact timeline for recovery?" or more commonly, "When will I get my money after suit is filed?"

If you have recently recently filed a lawsuit in the First Municipal Division in Cook County Illinois or plan to file suit, you may wonder how long it will take before there is a resolution of your case. On February 1, 2011 I attended a roundtable for judges and the presiding judge for the division provided the attorneys with a fairly precise timeline from the moment of service of the defender with the suit papers!

The upshot is, it takes approximately 1 year from the date the defendant is served for your case to get arbitration, a mini trial where your case is evaluated by arbitrators. Let's take a sample case filed on January 1.

1. January 1 suit filed.

After the suit is filed, the defensive must be served with the papers so that s / he has notice that s / he is a party to a lawsuit. It may take a few tries to serve the defender 30, 60, 90 or more than 120 days. For purposes of this timeline, let's assume he is served within 30 days.

2. Defendant served February 1.

When suit is filed it automatically set on a progress call by the court approximately 90 days out to allow for service of the defender.

3. Progress Call April 1.

The first court date is the progress call. At the first progress call, if the defender is serving the court sets an All Discovery Closure or "ADC". Depending on the size of your case, the court will allow 90 or 120 days to complete discovery.

4. All Discovery Closure Date August 1.

During the discovery phase of the case you will answer interrogatories which are written questions about your injury, medical bills and other damages. You will appear for a deposit which is oral questions about your how the accident happened, injury and medical bills.

5. Arbitration October 1.

The arbitration is basically a mini-trial where your case is heard by a panel of three attorney. You must appear along with the at-fault party to testify about the facts of the damages. Based on the testimony and other evidence in a document called a Rule 90 (c) package, a decision will be made by the arbitrators about how much they think your case is worth.

6. Acceptance or Rejection Period October 30.

After the arbitrators enter an award in your favor or the defendant's favor, each side is given 30 days to accept or reject the award of the arbitrators by filing a rejection with the court and filing a fee.

7. Judgment on the Award December 1.

If the award is accepted, at the hearing for the Judgment on Award a sentence is entered and the case is dismissed. If the plaintiffiff was awarded money the process for obtaining a settlement draft will take place, if it has not do so already.

Approximately 50% of cases settle after the arbitration.

If the award is rejected, approximately three weeks later, the matter is set for trial status before a trial judge.

8. December 22, Trial Setting.

If your case does not settle, then the case will be sent to a trial judge approximately three weeks after the Judgment on Award. At the Trial setting your case will be set for trial at a time convenient for the parties and available to the judge.

If you have been injured in an accident, contact us now to find out your rights.

Film Selection 2017 Florida Film Festival

26th Annual Florida Film Festival, made Enzian Theater and performed throughout Central Florida each April, offers about 200 feature-length and short films from countries all over the world, in the annex to the eminent guests, special events, film festival, and parties. This year's festival includes films competing in the narrative features and documentaries, as well as special screenings, food international films, northern, family programming and movies Florida. A small sample of the films is shown below.


Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis star in this sci-fi comedy, in which the effect of shallow party girl back to his hometown after the break with her boyfriend, one way or another, related to the giant monster attacking people in Seoul, South Korea. Match reconnect with a childhood friend of Gloria Elementary School (now the bar owner who hires her as a waitress) helps to identify the origin of this strange supernatural with the & # 39; waking. In the center of Var & # 39; yatstva, Gloria (Hathaway) and Oscar (Sudeikis) each project its own version of the mind: it has a problem with attachments; he has a problem with the units. Together they have a disaster in the heart of the disaster film. Mixing comedy, drama, memoirs and sci-fi effects, this genre mix mixing provides an interesting story with touching analogies potential monsters within each of us. Directed by Nacho Vigalondo. Also stars Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson, Dan Stevens. Operating time: 110 min. MPAA Rating: R (for language). 3.5 / fifth

Honky Tonk Heaven: The legend of torn Spoke

This funny documentary about Austin, Texas Honky Tonk celebrates its 50th anniversary of the screens in the program Music Sidebar. Broken Spoke, owned and run by husband and wife team James and Annetta White welcomed the biggest names in country music to perform at his modest stage for both locals and tourists from all over the world. Advocates are quick to point out that a broken spoke entirely cool dance hall, where customers get out or concert hall where people come only to listen. It Honky Tonk, where the musicians begin to play music, so people can dance for hours on end. Known for its authentic Texas atmosphere, long tradition of country music groups exclusively, steak and chicken (using Annetta family recipe), it is well known institution remains unchanged against the background of rapidly developing city around it. Fun film explores the music, the food, something & # 39; w, culture and history of broken Spoke. Directed by Sam Wainwright Douglas and Brenda Mitchell. Star something & # 39; White and dozens of countries and music stars, including Willie Nelson and Dale Watson. Working time: 75 minutes. 3/5.

Kid circus

Actor and director Lorenzo Pisoni looks back on his life growing up in his father's circus, brine Family Circus, in this moving documentary. car & # 39; EPA Lorenzo began at the age of two years old when he wandered in a circle during the performance. From there, he learned clowning by his father, Larry, and for several years they were clowning partners, performing crowd-pleasing Pinocchio-inspired act, where the father wants his puppet to become a real boy. Pickle Family Circus, which included Lorenzo's mother and step-sister, who performed all over the country during the 1970s and 1980s. Now a successful actor in film, television and theater, Lorenzo sees his childhood, and the events preceding the departure of the circus, Larry and family disintegration & # 39; and Pisoni. Kid circus with & # 39 is part of the behind the scenes of show business and part personal essay. Using archival material and current interviews & # 39; nd other former singers Pickle Family Circus, to get the full story, this film offers a few laughs and even a few tearful moments. Directed by Lorenzo Pisoni. Also stars Bill Irwin and Geoff Hoyle. Executive producer Daniel Radcliffe and John Ham. Operating time: 71 minutes. 4/5.

My Entire High School plunging into the sea

In its southeastern Premiere is animated screens particular narrative in the American independent competition. It comes with a warning for those with epilepsy that colorful strobe-like effects can cause seizures. Best suited for viewers in their teens and 20s, is an original creation of mixed media graphic novelist Dash Shaw literally reflects the drama surrounding the entire high school (built on a fault line, and not to the code), dive into the sea after the earthquake. Dash and his best friend Asaf round eccentric assortment of living and try to get to the roof of the building, so that they can be saved. Images of severed limbs and students swept into the sea can be disturbing at times, but the abundance of humor keeps things get too heavy. School policies, first love, and the bonds of friendship with the & # 39 is one of the themes explored briefly amid the chaos in this unusual film (with the support of outstanding vocal talents), where the style gets a higher grade than the substance. Directed by Dash Shaw. Stars voice talents of Jason Schwartzman, Reggie Watts, Lena Dunham, Maya Ruldolph, Susan Sarandon, Alex Karovsky, John Cameron Mitchell. Working time: 75 minutes. MPAA Rating: PG-thirteen 3/5.

Rumble: Indians Who Shook the World

This ambitious documentary traces the Indian influence on rock 'n' roll, blues and folk music. Spanning decades in time and location throughout the country (including some scenes in Toronto, Canada) and is filled with interesting historical information, the film contains profiles of almost a dozen musicians of Indian origin, starting with Link Wray, whose notorious 1958 instrumental hit "Rumble» banned radio -this his perceived ability to incite violence The use of live interviews & # 39;. nd for the film (Stevie Salas, Robbie Robertson, Tony Bennett, Iggy Pop, Slash, Steven Tyler, Buffy Sainte-Marie, the Taj Mahal, Martin Scorsese and Mr. .d.), in addition to archival Institute Turvey & # 39; nd and live footage, the filmmakers provide a broad picture of the evolving music scene and how it relates to Indian history and culture comprehensive on & # 39;. The scope of research and the obvious good intentions to bring the little information known to the general public, make this an important film for all music lovers Director Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana Hours:.. 103 minutes 4/5..

For a complete list of films, or learn more about the festival in Florida film, visit the official website.

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