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Is your boat pilot drunk?

Boating is a popular pastime for many people who live here in Southern California. Spending the day on the water with family and friends and enjoying the good weather seems like a good way to spend some time away from work and daily responsibilities.

As part of these outings, many people drink alcohol. This may not be much of a problem unless the person driving the boat is drunk. Many people either don't know or don't remember that officials could arrest them for drinking and boating. Even though the possible criminal repercussions may be enough to keep you from drinking and boating, the safety issues and potential for serious injuries and fatalities make this activity incredibly dangerous.

Sexual harassment remains a problem in the medical industry

Soap operas are a guilty pleasure for many California residents. Finding out who killed who, who is cheating on who and more keep them watching. These daytime shows often depict numerous doctors and nurses involved in clandestine relationships happening in janitorial closets and empty hospital rooms.

While these shows may be entertaining, they tend to romanticize a significant problem in the health care industry -- sexual harassment. Nurses played by actors might not mind sexually aggressive doctors (and vice versa), but in the real world, it's a problem that needs addressing.

Fighting back against pregnancy discrimination

Carrying a child to term is a miraculous process. You may not realize that all of the changes your body goes through while you are pregnant could harm you if it were not for the life growing inside you. If you are like many expectant mothers, you may not always be happy with the changes happening in your body, but you remain in awe of the whole experience.

The problem is that not everyone has the same awe you do. In fact, some employers fear or resent it because it means you may need accommodations, time off and extended leave after the birth of your child. As such, your superiors may treat you differently simply because you carry a child.

U.S. Supreme Court to hear LGBTQ discrimination cases

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For decades, people across the country, including many here in California, have fought for the right to work in peace -- free from discrimination, harassment and retaliation. One group has yet to receive these protections under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and that group consists of those in the LGBTQ community.

The prohibition of discriminating against someone due to his or her sex has yet to include gender identity and sexual orientation. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear three cases surrounding this issue. If you are a member of this community, you already know that the decisions made by the court in these cases are vital to protecting your rights.

Teen drivers pose risks to everybody on the road

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You may not think it's a fair statement to say that teen drivers pose a risk to everyone on the road, but it is an accurate one. Their inexperience behind the wheel means that they cannot read the traffic the way that more experienced drivers often can. In addition, they are still learning how to control a vehicle, which includes understanding what it can and can't do in certain situations.

Those are only the risks if a teen driver is doing everything right. When distractions, impairment or fatigue comes into the mix, the situation only gets worse. In fact, the leading cause of death for teens in this country is fatal car crashes.

Is flying really safer now than it was just 10 years ago?

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Aviation safety has made great strides in the last 10 years. In fact, the last fatal commercial airplane crash here in the United States took place in 2009. In February of that year, Continental Airlines flight 3407, operated by Colgan Air (now defunct), crashed into a neighborhood and killed 49 on board the aircraft. An individual on the ground also perished.

The plane fell from the sky because it lost speed and stalled. Safety officials believe that the accident resulted from pilot error due to a lack of training and fatigue. This prompted changes that officials say made the skies even safer as evidenced by the lack of fatal plane crashes in the country.

Exploding sunroofs leave many at risk

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You may not be too surprised if a tire blows while you are driving. A flat tire may present an immediate danger if you are going too fast or not paying attention. However, in most cases, a driver can quickly realize what is happening and safely pull the vehicle off the road.

Some vehicle owners are dealing with a different kind of surprise. Since 1995, nearly 900 car owners have filed reports with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because their sunroofs have shattered without warning and seemingly without cause. More than 70% of those reports have come in the past eight years. If you drive a vehicle with a sunroof, you may have concerns that this could happen to you.

Like other aspects of aging, discrimination can sneak up on you

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Life can feel like it moves incredibly fast. One day, you are sending your kids off to school, and the next they are starting their own families. Then, you turned around and realized that you somehow passed a certain age without even realizing it.

However, someone at your workplace realized it and began talking to you about retirement. Perhaps your employer suggested that you take different assignments, or your performance reviews seem to be increasingly more negative than they used to be despite the fact that you still perform your job duties in the same manner as you used to in previous years.

Are chemicals in your city tap water the cause of your cancer?

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Drink more water. You have heard this advice from the time you were a child. More than half of your body is water. Your heart, lungs and skin all need water to remain healthy. If you exercise or do physical work, you need even more H2O. If your goal was to be as healthy as possible, you probably followed this advice and urged your family to do the same.

However, if you live in California, your water may be making you sick. In fact, a recent study suggests that many people in the state can blame their illness on drinking water. If you have recently received a cancer diagnosis, you may want to look at the purity of your water supply.

What can you do if your child suffered a football injury?

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If your child received a head injury on the football field, he might not suffer the full consequences until years later. When that happens, will you be able to seek compensation?

The NCAA is currently tangled in 300 lawsuits related to former football players who allege that the organization mishandled their concussions. As a result, they say they suffered serious brain injuries. However, their futures are uncertain.

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