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Midweek storm? The chances just went from slim to doomsday

Midweek storm? The chances just went from slim to doomsday | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
A midweek Nor'easter that seemed unlikely just the other day has morphed into a possible blockbuster, with one weather service anticipating a "crippling" snowstorm Wednesday night and Thursday.
Gladys Wiles's insight:

From "Slim to Doomsday"! Another winter storm is gearing up for this week! I don't know about you, but I've had enough of this snow. Be sure to drive carefully and maintain a very safe distance with the cars ahead of you to allow much needed stopping distance.  Here's 10 Tips to Survive a Blizzard. http://www.snyderwileslaw.com/blog.php?id=29

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2 killed as cars collide on Schuylkill County road

2 killed as cars collide on Schuylkill County road | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
Two people were killed Friday afternoon when their car spun out of control and crashed into an oncoming car on a Schuylkill County road, police said.
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2 Killed in Schuylkill County head-on collision on Friday. The one car veered off the right shoulder and back onto the road spininning counterclockwise into the westbound land directly into the path of oncoming traffic causing a head-on collission with the other car. The accident is currently under investigation, but could have been caused by a number of factors, such as: distrated driving, texting while driving, DUI or slippery road conditions. #LehighValleyInjuryAttorney 

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Report: 17-year-old behind malware used in Target hack

Report: 17-year-old behind malware used in Target hack | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
Security firm IntelCrawler says it has identified a Russian teenager as the author of the malware probably used in the cyberattacks against Target and Neiman Marcus, and that it expects more retailers to acknowledge that their systems were breached.
Gladys Wiles's insight:

17-year-old Russian Teenager created the malware used to hack Target and Neiman Marcus recently. While this teenager didn't perpetrate the hacks, he was the author of the code. Reports state that he sold at least 60 versions of the software to cybercriminals in Eastern Europe. I suspect we will be hearing from many more retailers that their systems were hacked. Make sure you use all caution when using your credit card. Imagine what this kid could do if he used his genius for good things.

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Legal impairment limit for marijuana not expected any time soon in New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Legal impairment limit for marijuana not expected any time soon in New Jersey, Pennsylvania | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
Many are watching closely as Colorado enacts a limit for how much THC, a chemical in marijuana, can be in a driver's bloodstream before they're deemed impaired.
Gladys Wiles's insight:

Should Pennsylvania institute a legal impairment limit for marijuana? Currently, there is a legal limit (.08) for alcohol. But alcohol is legal for those 21 years old and older. But marijuana is not legal in PA as of yet. Impaired driving is impaired driving. 

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an article by RI Criminal lawyer David Slepkow 401-437-1100
excerpt:


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He is also honored to be a member of The United States Supreme Court Bar. East Providence Personal Injury Lawyer, David Slepkow will do everything he can to get you the best settlement possible to compensate you. No Fee Unless Successful.


He is also a longtime  member of the Federal Court Bar for the District of Rhode Island (RI).  Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney, David is a partner and owner of Slepkow Slepkow & Associates, Inc. which is located in East Providence. SS&A  has an over 80 year history of effective and aggressive legal representation.

1)   What should I do if I am injured in a Rhode Island Car Accident?

You need to stop at the scene of the Rhode Island Auto Accident. You must call the local police and notify them of the Rhode Island Car Accident.  You should obtain all the pertinent information from the other driver. If you are injured, make sure you obtain medical treatment for your personal injury. Obtain all information concerning witnesses to the motor vehicle accident. Take a cell phone pictures or videos of the vehicles involved in the accident and the scene of the accident. Take pictures of any bruises or physical conditions.


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Steadier snow expected late afternoon; below zero wind chills Friday

Steadier snow expected late afternoon; below zero wind chills Friday | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
Snow will fall at varying rates throughout the night before tapering off Friday morning.
Links: Hour by Hour Forecast | Local Radar
Gladys Wiles's insight:

Not only are we getting significant accumulations of snow, but weather reports are calling for a blast of artic air. Temperatures will significantly drop. If you know someone elderly, please check on them to insure that they have heat and are warm. Be a good neighbor and help those that may lose power due to downed lines, offer them a warm place to rest. 

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Did you use a card shopping at Target? What to do after the breach

Did you use a card shopping at Target? What to do after the breach | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
Here are some answers to the most common questions about the theft.
Gladys Wiles's insight:

If you've shopped at Target between 11/27 and 12/15, your credit card information may have been hacked. Here's some tips on what to do.

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Check snowfall totals across Pennsylvania: map - Penn Live

Check snowfall totals across Pennsylvania: map - Penn Live | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
Check snowfall totals across Pennsylvania: map
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Check snowfall totals across Pennsylvania: map. Screen Shot 2013-12-15 at 8.15.47 AM.png. The National Weather Service has a snowfall-totals map, compiled from reports around the state.
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How much snow did you get in your area? Allentown received over 6 inches of snow.

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Typhoon Haiyan pushed the limit, but bigger storms are coming - NBC News.com

Typhoon Haiyan pushed the limit, but bigger storms are coming - NBC News.com | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
Experts say Typhoon Haiyan was about as strong as it could theoretically get when it swept through the Philippines, killing thousands of...
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It's frieghtening to think that they are predicting storms larger than this Supertyphone, which was slated as "as big as it gets"!  

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Shocking Video Reveals Photoshop Trickery

Shocking Video Reveals Photoshop Trickery | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
Just how crazy unrealistic can photo retouching be? Crazy enough to make a perfectly average-pretty woman into an unrecognizable, mannequin-like version of herself.
Gladys Wiles's insight:

The next time you compare your self image to a person on T.V. or in a magazine, remember this video because nothing is at it seems. Unfortunatley, we are conditioning our young girls to believe that society preferes a certain look, one depicted in a magazine. However, these are fabricated and manipulated images used for the sole purpose of getting you to buy something.

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Gansler says breaking up teen party was not his job

Gansler says breaking up teen party was not his job | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
When Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler arrived at a house party of teenagers in June, he pushed through the crowd, past youngsters dancing on a table and a smattering of red plastic cups.
Gladys Wiles's insight:

What would you do if you walked on an underage drinking party? Maryland Attorney General said it was not his responsibility to break up this party at a beach house where his underage son and friends were having a drinking party. Turning a blind eye, and saying it's not up to you, is the root cause of these problems. That's my humble opinion. 

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YWCA of Bethlehem - Breaking the Glass Ceiling Gala

YWCA of Bethlehem - Breaking the Glass Ceiling Gala | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
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Lilly Ledbetter will be in town Saturday night for the YWCA's Annual Breaking the Glass Ceiling Gala.

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Slatington man charged in crash that killed his mother, another woman and her son, prosecutors say

Slatington man charged in crash that killed his mother, another woman and her son, prosecutors say | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
Police say John Mayer was driving his pickup truck at 86 mph in a construction zone when he ran a red light at MacArthur and Eberhart roads in Whitehall Township.
Gladys Wiles's insight:

3 counts of vehiclur homicide for a Slatington man who caused a fatal accident when he was doing 86 mph in construction zone and ran a red light. The victims were the mother of the man charged, another women and her son. A sad lesson again revealing the tragic consequences of speeding and reckless driving.  Please be safe when driving. #AllentownInjuryAttorney 

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Human trafficking gets life term in drive on slavery

Human trafficking gets life term in drive on slavery | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it

A maximum life sentence for the worst cases of human trafficking and exploitation is to be introduced.

It comes after Home Secretary Theresa May said tougher sanctions would be brought in to tackle modern-day slavery earlier this year.

The number of cases discovered in the UK has risen by 25% in the last year, according to new government figures.

Trafficking from Albania, Poland and Lithuania has seen a big rise.

Ministers are planning new legislation to simplify the law on slavery, and make it easier to bring prosecutions.

Victims are often targeted for sexual exploitation, construction work or begging gangs.

A new report by the inter-departmental ministerial group on human trafficking has revealed that 1,186 victims were referred to the authorities in 2012, compared with 946 victims in 2011.

The report revealed the largest number of victims were from Nigeria, Vietnam, Albania, Romania and China.


There has been a 300% increase in Albanian trafficking, a 171% increase in victims from Lithuania, and 148% more from Poland since 2011, the report indicated.

But trafficking from Romania and China had fallen, according to the figures.

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Public policy often involves a modest amount of 'branding' and Theresa May no doubt had this in mind during her party conference speech when she highlighted the push against 'modern-day slavery'.

It's a description covering a multitude of sins, but there is a common thread. The victims are usually promised, in advance, a happy, comfortable and free life in Britain, but arrive to discover misery, squalor and varying degrees of imprisonment.

Because there are so many different models of slavery, it is a problem that can only be tackled through a wide range of agencies working together. The Home Office has to create laws that can be used; prosecutors have to use them. The police have to understand the often subtle coercion implicit in trafficking. They must co-ordinate linked investigations across Britain.

The new National Crime Agency must get to grips with the organised gangs, charities such as the Salvation Army need to focus on helping - and crucially identifying - the victims.

But perhaps the biggest problem of all is that no-one really knows how big this problem is. How many 'modern day slaves' there are hidden in flats in our inner cities, unable physically or mentally to escape.

Victims brought to the UK are forced to do anything from work as house slaves to labour in cannabis farms.

Eastern European women are most likely to be used as prostitutes, according to the report. Men are most likely to be used for construction work.

There is also a trend towards forced begging, and benefit fraud - gangmasters take all the proceeds, returning very little to victims.

Those targeted are often lured to the UK with the promise of free travel, a job and accommodation, sometimes by members of their own family. An alternative is so-called 'debt bonds' where money owed must be repaid by working in the UK.

Klara Skrivankova, from the Anti-Slavery International group, wants greater protection for victims - including the right to stay in the UK.

"Tougher penalties and longer sentences alone do not suffice," she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"Unless the protection of victims is put on a statutory footing, we're unlikely to see more prosecutions."

Kristy Adams, a Conservative councillor who runs the Bedfordshire Against Modern Slavery group, told Today: "We've got organised groups but also individuals being lured to the UK. They think they're being led to a lovely new life with new opportunities, but they're actually being led to a life of horror and despair."

Chief constable Shaun Sawyer of the Association of Chief Police Officers said "the national approach is very much about the protection of the victim", but he added: "I agree that the signposting and signalling could be clearer".

"A lot of people are prosecuted for GBH, rape, violence against the individual - it's far easier to bring the perpetrator to justice this way. This Bill will make it easier to prosecute for trafficking."

In her Tory party conference speech, Mrs May said an order banning someone convicted of trafficking from being a gangmaster after their release from prison would form a key part of the new bill.

Gladys Wiles's insight:

Slavery, alive and well, but now it's called "human trafficking". New legislation would impose a maximum life-sentance for those convicted of human trafficking and exploitation. This type of slavery is on the rise. Is this penalty enough? Is a life-sentence enough of a deterant? Not in my opinion, it is not!

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Trucking industry needs to be forced to make things safer

Trucking industry needs to be forced to make things safer | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
The U.S. trucking industry raked in around $610 billion in 2013, and those riches are expected to nearly double by the end of next year, according to the legal profession's Legalinfo. com website.
Gladys Wiles's insight:

DOT reports that more than 4,000 people were killed in 2011 in crashes involving large trucks and buses, and more than 94 percent of those fatalities were occupants of small passenger vehicles. This particular crash occured on I-78 recently when the Trucker nodded off behind the wheel, causing his truck to hit the jersey barrier than catapolting on top of another car at the Toll Plaza, causing the vehicles to be engolfed in flames, killing the occupant. #LehighValleyInjuryAttorney 


The Trucking Industry needs to consider all fo these accidents and take an active role in preventing further death. It's no surprise that the trucker has a higher chance of survival than any occupant of a smaller car involved in a collision.

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David Slepkow's curator insight, October 28, 2014 4:14 AM

For more information concerning Rhode Island Truck Accident lawyer please visit:

http://www.ripersonalinjurylaw.com/truck-accident-regs-q-a-with-top-la-injury-attorney-michael-ehline/


an article by RI Truck Accident lawyer David Slepkow 401-437-1100
excerpt:


Q: Are these Truck Accident Rules sensible data driven changes or just arbitrary government overregulation?


A: In my opinion, these regulations, along with the other major tax increases, forced govt healthcare, and increases in costs of fuel, food, etc., that these are crushing regulations,that will force many drivers out of work, and their replacements will be younger, with less experience, and still be forced to find ways of making up for diminishing income when weighted against costs of living.


Q: Are these rules ripe for Fraud and Misrepresentation? After all, who can really know whether a trucker istaking a break or actually resting / sleeping?


A: Based upon where this is headed, the rules appear to have the effect of making reasonable people into criminals. It appears that is what the government is actually seeking. Control over your very body by use of taxpayer funded administrative agencies. It could be argued that once the government regulates when you can sleep, it will only be a matter of time before it can regulate how much they will be able to pay your doctor for care they are providing, or whether an adult gets precedence over a child in receiving a transplant, who is more, or less valuable to society, etc. So the answer to the question is more of a question back to the questioner. Is it moral and right that the servants who are supposed to be “bound by the chains of the constitution“, are now rapidly becoming our masters? No one can guarantee that the sleep of the trucker will happen, that it will be a good rest, etc. It is all the writings of intellectual bureaucrats who “know better” than us little people that actually make the economy work. Our forefathers rebelled against their tyrannical king for less.


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Allentown trucker admits nodding off before fatal Interstate 78 toll plaza crash, records say

Allentown trucker admits nodding off before fatal Interstate 78 toll plaza crash, records say | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
Daniel Murphy, 65, of Washington Township, Morris County, was killed in the Jan. 13 wreck.
Gladys Wiles's insight:

Allentown Truck Driver admitted to nodding off just before a fiery crash on I-78 that took the life of another driver at Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge on January 13. The Truck Driver was charged with Homicide by Vehicle, Involuntary Manslaughter, Reckless Endangerment and other offenses. #AllentownInjuryAttorney 

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EDITORIAL: Pa. voter ID fight wins another round, but it's not over

EDITORIAL: Pa. voter ID fight wins another round, but it's not over | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
Commonwealth Court judge finds 2-year-old photo-ID law unconstitutional.
Gladys Wiles's insight:

Absent a compelling reason to combat in-person voter fraud, the law goes out of its way to create obstacles for hundreds of thousands of voters, potentially disenfranchising them and violating the state constitution’s rugged defense of the right to vote, said Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley.


The Judge further noted that the better approach is to concede the obvious: There is no threat to Pennsylvania elections from people showing up at the polls impersonating someone else. The state’s lawyers conceded as much at the start of last year’s trial. To keep pushing for hundreds of thousands of registered voters — mostly elderly, many of them poor — to get unnecessary IDs exposes the Republicans’ lame rationale: “Well, other states are doing it, and the U.S. Supreme Court is letting them.”

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Green Bay Packers down to 1,000 tickets for 49ers game

Green Bay Packers down to 1,000 tickets for 49ers game | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
The Green Bay Packers are getting closer to a sellout for Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Gladys Wiles's insight:

Is it just me, or is this blackout rule just stupid? In order for Packers' fans to be able to stay home where its warm and safe, the team has until 4 p.m. today to sell out the stadium. Temps are focasted to be 20 degrees below zero! Its no wonder people would prefer to stay home and watch. 

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Miller-Keystone Blood Center

Miller-Keystone Blood Center | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
Gladys Wiles's insight:

Given the current snow conditions, several accidents have been reported in the Lehigh Valley. This is our community, our neighbors, our friends who may need blood transfusions. Give the gift of blood! Local supplies are at less than 50% of where they need to be. 

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Attack on trash hauler ends in probation, community service for woman

Attack on trash hauler ends in probation, community service for woman | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
'You drive a garbage truck and I drive a Range Rover,' the Lower Saucon Township woman said before breaking the man's tooth.
Gladys Wiles's insight:

Do you remember this lady? She's the one that said "You're a garbage man, you drive a garbage truck and I drive a Range Rover," earlier this year before hitting the poor trash hauler and breaking his tooth. Today she was sentenced to two years probation. Do you think that's enough?

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The Voice of Business - The Chamber Blog - Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce: YWCA of Bethlehem seeks a Director of Empowerment and Development

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Looking for a job? My fav non-profit is hiring!

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Election Guide 2013: A Q&A on what you need to know for today's general election

Election Guide 2013: A Q&A on what you need to know for today's general election | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
Several races of local importance are on the ballot in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Gladys Wiles's insight:

Election Guide 2013. If you haven't voted yet, there is still time. Here's some info in case you have questions. Thanks Lehighvalleylive.com for providing accurate information.

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Are haunted houses liable for personal injury? - InsideCounsel

Are haunted houses liable for personal injury? - InsideCounsel | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
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To your left is a bloody skeleton. To your right is a gnome whose eyes light up. Straight ahead is darkness.
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I thought this was a fitting post for Halloween night! 

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YWCA of Bethlehem - Breaking the Glass Ceiling Gala

YWCA of Bethlehem - Breaking the Glass Ceiling Gala | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
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Snyder & Wiles, PC is proud to be a sponsor this event! No more Glass Ceilings, Only Blue Skies.

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Lehigh County men face fraud charges over energy contracts scheme, authorities say

Lehigh County men face fraud charges over energy contracts scheme, authorities say | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it
Two Lehigh Valley residents and a Massachusetts man allegedly altered clients' contracts to boost their company's commissions, authorities say.
Gladys Wiles's insight:

Lots of shames out there to liberate you of your money, be careful. Lehigh County men charged with fraud over energy contracts. I bet some of you received these calls, I know I have.

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Estate Planning Awareness Week

Estate Planning Awareness Week | Lehigh Valley News and Information from Snyder & Wiles, PC | Scoop.it

Contact an experienced attorney at the office of Snyder & Wiles, PC in Allentown, Pennsylvania, today to discuss your estate planning, personal injury or other legal matter: 610-391-9500.

Gladys Wiles's insight:

It's Estate Planning Awarness Week. Have you checked your documents lately? In Pennsylvania, if you die without a Will, your entire estate does not go to your surviving spouse, if you have children or children from another marriage. Now that I have your attention! You are doing your family a grave injustice if you are not prepared. http://www.snyderwileslaw.com/articles.php?id=14

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