Snapchat Speeds Into Lawsuit

Distracted driving is a problem on our roads. We all have seen drivers with their heads buried in a mobile device. In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 3,179 deaths and 431,000 injures due to distracted driving. States have laws on their books for using mobile devices but the issue is enforcement. The majority of states cannot simply stop drivers for…

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When Bullying Looked Like This

Bullying back in the day was limited to the school and playground. Now we also have cyberbullying. Whether we experienced it as kids or are now parents to a kid who is bullied or is bullying, we know the behavior can be destructive and deadly. We tell kids bullying is wrong. As parents, we tell our children not to engage in verbal, social or physical intimidation of their classmates. For the kids on the receiving end, we encourage them to seek help and speak up before it becomes a disruptive cycle.

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Pictures Not Worth 1,000 Words

Cartoonist Ben Garrison in May received significant backlash when he tweeted an image of First Lady, Michelle Obama next to Melania Trump.  The cartoon depicted a masculine angry Michelle Obama next to a feminine smiling Melania Trump. Media outlets and social media went into a tailspin on both sides of the aisle.  The image was condemned as politically incorrect and racist.  The reactions to the image…

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Money Makeover Monday: College Freshman Finance

August marks the start of college for many young adults. A member of the family leaving the nest is a change for the entire family both emotionally and financially.  The cost of a college education is high. According to the College Board reports, the average cost of tuition and fees for 2015–2016 was $32,405 at private colleges, $9,410 for in-state students at public colleges and…

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Money Makeover Monday: Vacation Rental Red Flags

Vacation rentals are increasingly flooding the travel market.  With rental sites like Airbnb and HomeAway offering competitive pricing, they are gaining popularity. Homeowners in big cities to rural areas alike are opening their homes to travelers looking for more personal accommodations when traveling. Rentals are often more spacious than hotel rooms, have full kitchens and washers/dryers.  The amenities may include parking, use of a private patio or…

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Philly’s Soda Tax

On June 16, Philadelphia joined Berkeley, California by adding a tax to soda and other sugary drinks. The Philly tax is 1.5 cents per ounce on regular soda, diet soda, sweetened teas or sports drinks. Sweeten beverages containing less than 50 percent fruit juice will be subject to the new tax. The new law goes into effect January 1, 2017…

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