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E-Cig Vape Facepalm

Today: Video of Vape Battery Explosion Interview with Victim

June 18, 2018: The Today Show interviewed Kevin Kings, who is one of the latest victims of exploding vape batteries.   Kevin was pulling into his driveway, when suddenly the e-cig battery  exploded in his pocket and burst into flames.   He jumped out of his car, with his pants and leg on fire.  The fire then caused… Read More

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PG&E Equipment Caused North Bay Wildfires

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has finished their investigations into the cause of the  North Bay Wildfires that occurred in October 2017.  They have concluded that 12 fires were caused by electrical and distribution lines owned by PG&E, as well as power pole failures. The October fires combined to burn… Read More

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Woman waiting for Uber on street with phone in hand (David Preston)

Uber Says this Time will be Different Regarding Rideshare Assault and Safety

Uber sent an email to its users alerting them of new safety features available in the Uber app, as well as reiterating their plan to improve safety.  This comes only after a CNN investigation into public court documents revealed over 100 cases of passengers assaulted and sexually assaulted by Uber drivers. Uber’s Belated Concern for… Read More

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Uber Lyft Ride Share

Uber Hires Thousands of Criminals as Drivers

June 1, 2018:  Uber failed to institute thorough background checks and hired thousands of convicts as drivers. The company is under fire for failing to institute full background checks, misleading statements about the strength of background checks, and for failing to protect passengers from sexual assault. Uber has previously settled with District Attorneys from Los Angeles… Read More

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Uber App on iPhone

Uber’s New 911 Feature No Replacement for Thorough Background Checks

May 30, 2018:  Uber announced last month it would add a new “911” emergency feature to it’s app, the feature is now live in their app in the United States. Within the Uber app is a new “safety center” menu. The menu contains multiple items including: 911 calling Driver screening information Insurance information Community guidelines… Read More

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