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Blog Posts in October, 2010

  • U.S. Magistrate Denies Pueblo's Request for Secrecy in Pending Lawsuit

    Magistrate Judge Boyd N. Boland of the U.S. District Court in Colorado ruled October 18, 2010 that certain documents in a lawsuit filed by Renee Huddleson, a Pueblo police officer, against the City of Pueblo cannot be sealed and protected from the public and the press. The lawsuit was filed by officer Huddleson, alleging gender based discrimination and retaliation in connection with the city’s ...
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  • Shouldn't You be Living in Colorado?

    A Harris poll conducted in September says Colorado is the fourth best state in which to live, following California, Hawaii and Florida. 2,620 adults were polled online with the question: “If you could live in any state in the country, except the state you now live in, what state would you choose to live in?” Colorado was favored fourth overall, and second in the 65 and older age group. Not ...
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  • Graco Recalls 2 Million Strollers After Four Infant Deaths

    Graco Children’s Products, Inc. and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission are announcing the voluntary recall of about 2 million MetroLite™ Graco Quattro Tour™ strollers and travel systems. The recall comes following reports of four infant strangulation fatalities involving the strollers. The babies died between 2003 and 2005. The CPSC says it also knows of five reports involving infants who ...
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  • Colorado Victim Advocate Accused of Victimizing Victims

    Brian Maass of CBS4 Denver reports that an Adams County woman has been charged with buying herself cigarettes and food with taxpayer dollars intended for crime victims. The 16-year veteran was the assistant victim advocate coordinator for the Adams County Sheriff’s Department. She has been charged with multiple felonies for using gift cards intended for crime victims to pay for necessities. She ...
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  • Evenflo Maestro Car Seats Recalled After They Fail Consumer Reports Crash Test

    Evenflo Company, Inc., a leading maker of child and baby gear, is recalling over 18,000 Evenflo Maestro child car seats in the US and Canada after the safety seats failed a Consumer Reports crash test. During the simulated 30-mph frontal-impact crash test, Consumer Reports found that two of the seat units’ plastic shell cracked and their harness loosened. No injuries or deaths related to the ...
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  • Daimler and Tesla Motors are Latest Auto Manufacturers to Announce Vehicle Recalls

    Daimler is recalling over 100,000 Mercedes-Benz autos because of a safety issue that can result in power fluid loss. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class autos (2010 – 2011 models) and Mercedes-Benz C-Class vehicles (2010 model) are involved. The recall is a global one. 85,000 of the recalled autos are in the United States. The German automaker is also recalling 9,201 Mercedes-Benz in China over an air ...
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  • Pull Up Your Pants in Memphis or Else!

    It’s a fashion trend popular with much of today’s younger population, not only in Colorado, but nationwide. Like so many previous styles, and surely countless future fashions, it’s also a source of contention between generations. The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, TN reports that a man shot a teenage boy in the buttocks after an altercation over the sagging pants the boy was wearing. The man ...
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  • NHTSAs Enhanced 5-Star Safety Ratings System to Push Auto Manufacturers Toward Making Safer Vehicles

    This week, the US Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rolled out their upgraded 5-Star Safety Ratings System for new autos. According to US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the enhanced ratings system raises the safety bar and they will be tougher to meet. Beginning with the 2011 models, the ratings system will assess the safety of passenger ...
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  • Court Denies Homeowners' Insurance Coverage to Wild West Desperado

    The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a September 22, 2010 opinion, ruled that Colorado law does not require an insurance company to defend or to indemnify a homeowner who is sued for stealing fencing materials, committing the crime of felony menacing by firing an assault weapon near his neighbors, carrying a concealed weapon, and attaching to the partially completed fence bullet-riddled, ...
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  • Intentionally Shooting Shotgun into Victims' Car Not Covered by Insurance Policy

    U.S. District Court Judge Walker D. Miller ruled on September 22, 2010, that an automobile insurance policy that excluded coverage for an insured’s intentional acts was valid and enforceable and not against the public policy of Colorado. The insureds’ young son, who was also a named insured, apparently broke-up with his girlfriend and was emotionally distraught. He drove to the girlfriend’s house ...
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  • Fisher-Price Recalls Over 10 Million Toys, Tricycles, and High Chairs

    Toymaker Fisher-Price is recalling over 10 million products because of the injury hazard to children that they can pose. Parents and guardians should stop their kids from using the recalled items immediately and contact Fisher-Price. RECALLED PRODUCTS: Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles: V4270 Diego Tough Trike T6209 Thomas Tough Trike B8776 Barbie Tough Trike 72644 Girls Tough ...
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