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Police Brutality

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The men and women who serve on the police forces across the U.S. are sworn to protect and defend the citizens in their state and cities. It is uncommon for a policeman or policewoman to exercise brutality against a citizen, but it has been known to happen from time to time.

Police officers are permitted by law to use force when necessary. Not all force used by a police officer is considered brutality. The definition of police brutality is the use of excessive force, either physical, verbal, or psychological.

Types of Police Brutality

The best-known cases of personal injury caused by police brutality in the mid-90’s were against individuals of minority backgrounds. Recently, police brutality has extended toward homosexuals and illegal aliens, as well as minority citizens. Brutality is not restricted to excessive physical force, but can also include:

Apple Files Papers With Copyright Office To Stop Jailbreaking Hackers – iPhone A Matter of National Security

Apple Files Papers With Copyright Office To Stop Jailbreaking Hackers – A Matter of National Security

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(Best Syndication News) In a last-ditch effort to force iPhone users to use only Apple authorized software, the company has filed a comment with the U.S. Copyright Office in response to a request for exemption from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Apple says that allowing users to Jailbreak their device could be a risk to national security.

Jailbreaking involves removing protections that Apple has incorporated into their phone to prevent users from downloading software that Apple does not sell through their app store. Apple’s attitude has raised concerns after the removal of Google’s Voice application from their marketplace.

Disability.gov Website - Redesigned with User Feedback in Mind

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[Best Syndication News] The US government renamed the disabilityinfo.gov website to disability.gov to better serve over 50 million US citizens that are affected with a disability or are a caregiver to a person with a disability. The website is there for family members, veterans, employers, educators, and anyone that want to access disability related information. The new website combines information from 22 federal government agencies. The Labor Department is overseeing the website.

The new disability.gov website has social media tools that help users offer feedback and they can participate in online discussions as well as make suggestions for resources for the website. Users can subscribe to their Twitter feed, the RSS feed, and can add it to their social website such as Facebook or Myspace. The have a newsletter that can be signed up for as well as keep posted of new updates via email. There is also a blog as well to keep informed of anything new with the website or related agencies that would relate to disabilities.

Lawsuit filed against Pizza Hut in Missisippi after 19 get Sick eating Chicken

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[Best Syndication News] A lawsuit was filed against the company that owns Pizza Hut in Greenwood, Mississippi after a group of 19 customers, all from the same church, became ill after eating the chicken that was prepared by the restaurant.

The lawsuit was filed in Leflore County Circuit Court and was originally with two plaintiffs, but now has grown to a total of 15 claiming the restaurant did not exercise reasonable care in making and storing the food and that they did not properly train the employees working there at the time.

According to news wires reports, a total of 19 people were hospitalized after eating the food from Pizza Hut on January 18th of this year. The had symptoms of vomiting and nausea and were treated and released.

Denny's Restaurant gets Sued for High Sodium Content in their Food

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[Best Syndication News] A Class Action Lawsuit was filed in Superior Court of New Jersey in Middlesex County against Denny's to force sodium content disclosure on each of its meal and put a warning notice of the high sodium content next to the meal that contains high levels. While most Americans with high blood pressure should have no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day, some of Denny's menu items have over 4,000 to 5,000 milligrams of sodium.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is working alongside New Jersey firms of Galex Wolf, LLC and Williams Cuker Berezofsky to get Denny's to alert customers of the sodium content in their meals.

Diets that have high sodium levels are known to promote high blood pressure, which further increases a person's chance of developing heart disease or stroke. Heart disease is the leading cause of the death in the United States, and stroke is the third leading cause of death.

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