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Texas Honors Boston Strangler—wait, what?

Quite a few websites ascribe ridiculous laws in Houston, Texas that do not exist at all. However, it is true that at one point, legislators in Texas considered giving honor to Albert de Salvo, more commonly known as the Boston Strangler. The Texas House of Representatives passed a resolution sponsored by Waco Rep. Tom Moore, Jr. in 1971 that aimed to commend de Salvo for his “activities and unconventional techniques involving population control and applied psychology.”

The Boston Strangler murdered thirteen single women living in Boston between June 14, 1962, and January 4, 1964. They had been sexually assaulted in their own homes before being strangled with their own clothing. They were anywhere between the ages of 19 and 85.

Criminal investigators were doing their best to find the perpetrator but it was slow going. It was not until Albert de Salvo, charged in the fall of 1964 with the rape of several women in different areas of Massachusetts and known as the “Green Man” or the “Measuring Man,” confessed to the crimes that there was a break in the case. There were inconsistencies in his confession, however, so to this day there are doubts about whether he was the Boston Strangler or not. He probably figured in for a penny, in for a pound. At any rate, he was definitely guilty of the rapes.

None of this explains why Moore would sponsor a bill to honor him, until you remember that even politicians have a sense of humor. He knew that his co-representatives regularly passed resolutions without giving them a good once-over, and he sponsored the resolution as a prank. When it passed unanimously, Moore pulled the plug on the joke, explaining what he had done. He thus earned a place in Texas legislative history and the ire of his fellow representatives. Luckily, Houston and the rest of Texas don’t in truth appreciate or celebrate these kinds of crimes.

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What Goes Around Comes Around…to the Source

The only PCB producer in North America is feeling the heat from decades of improper disposal management. Thousands of individuals have filed personal injury lawsuits, claiming that PCBs were the direct cause of their health problems.

PCBs are polychlorinated biphenyls, a group of synthetic organic compounds of chlorine and benzene. It is a product that is resistant to heat and degradation, making it the ideal coolant or insulator in many electrical and electronic products. Its main use is to keep transformers and capacitors cool and electrical components insulated. The problem is it is a persistent organic pollutant. It gets into the air, the soil, and the water, and it does not easily degrade. It has been widely used everywhere, and because it was not properly disposed of, it is now an unwanted part of the ecology.

Monsanto Company was the sole producer of PBCs in North America. PCB production was in its Anniston facility from 1935 to 1971, and in Sauget from the late 1960s to 1977. Records show that the company routinely dumped production wastes into nearby rivers, such as Snow Creek in Anniston. Residents in and around the plants had no idea that they were being regularly exposed to a carcinogenic agent until years later when people who developed certain cancers and persistent skin problems were found to have large amounts of PCBs in their systems.

Monsanto and other companies have attempted to settle these complaints without admitting to any wrongdoing. However, settling personal injury lawsuits is just one part of the equation. The bigger question is who is going to clean up the mess?

According to the article found at http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2015/03/17/san-diego-sues-monsanto-over-pcb-pollution.html, Monsanto and its associates are liable for damages caused by PCBs in San Diego Bay. The claim pointed out that they were the only producers of PCB in the country and that “[d]espite growing evidence of PCBs infiltration of every level of the global ecology, Monsanto remained steadfast in its production of Aroclors and other PCBs.” The City of San Diego is suing the company for cleanup costs, loss of natural resources, and punitive damages.

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Why Use a Self Storage Unit?

Did you know that some comic books from the 1890s to the 1930s, if proven to be authentic and in decent condition, can be valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars – or even millions of dollars, as is the case of Action Comics 1. This comic book of thirteen pages, first published in 1938, featuring Superman and Lois Lane was the most expensive auctioned off comic book as of 2013, amounting to $2.89 million.

Not all your worldly belongings can be measured in monetary value. Sometimes, there are just some keepsakes that mean the world without costing it, such as heirlooms that may date generations back. There are some people who own another vehicle or maybe even a boat or a large RV and simply do not have the space to stock such luxury within their homes but do not have the space to store it. Perhaps they are in between homes. These situations are pretty common in the United States, as of the most recent years, and that is why there has been a demand for self-storage facilities.

These facilities have different kinds of units that are suited, depending on the need of the person renting it. It can be air-conditioned or not, it can be rather spacious or perhaps you don’t have that much stuff to store. Everyone’s situation is different, which is why it is important that you research what kind of storage it is that you will require. Some units are even climate controlled, so as to better protect your belongings from the uncontrollable natural elements. They operate as a kind of warehouse where you can stock your things for a certain period of time. They are also affordable and some facilities may even offer a payment plan that allows you to pay monthly or for a longer lease of time.

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Breaking the Bankruptcy Cliché

Let’s assume you’re trying to find the possible situation to be free from your debts. Just about everyone will be faced with overwhelming debt at some point in their lives. This could stem from an accident that demands medical expenses, or maybe student loans; mortgages on houses are also a definite origin of overwhelming debt. For every person who is experiencing financial difficulties, there are always different options and paths to take. If you are, however, in debt that leaves you very stressed to the point of panic and sleeplessness, there is an option for you that might help ease your worries – it’s called filing for bankruptcy.

Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “That’s crazy talk!” And there is no blaming for you; there has been a significant amount of stigma against the term. Most people think bankruptcy is hitting rock bottom into poverty and utter defeat. This is simply not the case at all and is a common misconception.

A Waco bankruptcy lawyer can tell you that filing for bankruptcy could even save your credit score and give you that fresh slate you’ve been wishing for. As a matter of fact, some of the best bankruptcy lawyers, paralegals, and any other sort of law practitioner who specializes in bankruptcy law have been on the other side of the bench too! These are the lawyers you will want to represent you in a case like this as it is further comfort and reassurance that you are being represented by people who don’t only understand just the law but also understand what it is like to be in your shoes.

Bankruptcy can only mean that you’re dealing with hard financial times and that’s okay – most Americans will end up facing these same problems, under different circumstances, just the same. There are different solutions for every case. Want to find out if filing for bankruptcy can help your case or hinder it? Well, you can consult with a legal expert and have them look into your individual case in order to find out what best route to take!

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The Importance of Reliable Witness Testimony

In car accidents, it is important to establish fault and negligence in order to have legal right for an injury or insurance claim. One thing that can help validate a claim after a car accident is testimonies that witnesses can provide. These testimonies can help provide support for the claim as well as provide insight on how the accident occurred. There are many ways a witness’ testimony can help a plaintiff, and here are some of them:

  • In an event of a car accident, witness testimonies can provide support for the plaintiff’s claims of innocence. In states where the plaintiff’s compensation award may be lowered or forfeited, if it was proved that they have contributed to the accident, witness testimonies can prove the innocence of the plaintiff and validate their claim.
  • Witness testimonies can provide the claims of injury that the plaintiff presents in court. Through the information given by the witnesses, the judge or jury can determine if the injuries that the plaintiff reports is due to the accident or not. Furthermore, they may validate the extent of the injury and through the actions and attitude of the plaintiff following the accident.
  • In the event that the plaintiff has contributed to the accident or was actually the one who caused the accident, then witnesses can verify how the accident occurred and how much fault the plaintiff contributed. Witnesses recounting the accident can verify whether the plaintiff may have contributed or is at-fault for the accident.
  • Just as with discrediting an injured party’s claim of innocence, witness testimonies can also discredit claims of injury. Witness can verify the claimant’s truthfulness regarding their injuries, whether it is really caused by the accident, or if the injury is really severe or not.

It is important to take into consideration the witness’ trustworthiness and demeanor, since it can greatly affect the outcome of the case.