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Royal Caribbean Cancels Five Sailings in Early 2021

January 11, 2020

Royal Caribbean announced that it would cancel five sailings in 2021, leaving thousands of travelers scrambling to make alternate plans. 

The company announced that it would cancel the sailings for the Liberty of the Seas cruise ship during the months of February and March 2021.…

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16-Year-Old Arrested After Crash Involving Tractor Trailer That Left One Man Seriously Injured

January 10, 2020

A passenger vehicle was involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer today, resulting in significant injuries to the driver of the car. 

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Cruise Ship Sexual Assault Results in New York Man Serving Time

January 09, 2020

MassLive.com reports that 45-year-olf Adam Damian Panetta was arrested in 2019 and charged with cruise ship assault after having being accused of severely beating a woman while aboard the ship.

Video evidence showed Panetta pull the woman down the hallway by the hair and strike her in the head twice. He also kicked the woman twice. The attack left the victim unconscious.

The pair reportedly went to the ship’s infirmary sometime later, where the woman was given stitches for a laceration.

Panetta pled guilty to charges stemming from the beating…

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IKEA Settles Furniture Tip-Over Suit for $46 Million

January 08, 2020

In what may be one of the largest child wrongful death verdicts in U.S. history, a jury awarded $46 Million to a U.S. couple whose child died after being injured in a furniture tip-over accident. 

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Craig and Joleen Dudek sued Swedish furniture giant IKEA for the accident that killed their 2-year-old son Jozef in three years ago.…

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If I Suspect Medical Malpractice, What Should I Do?

January 08, 2020

There are several steps you need to take if you suspect medical negligence or malpractice. The first is to go back to the doctor and tell him or her that you still have pain or that the surgery didn’t go well. The second is to get another physician’s opinion, then call an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Learn more from John H. (Jack) Hickey in the video below. 

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Florida Boy Scout Sex Abuse Victims File in Washington, D.C.

January 07, 2020

Recently filed lawsuits reveal that for several years Florida youths were allegedly subjected to sexual abuse by the Boy Scout scoutmaster of their Gainsville troop.

The Miami Herald reports that the alleged abuse occurred during a three-year period starting in 1993 and allegedly occurred in the scoutmaster’s truck and at Boy Scout related…

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Newlyweds Involved in Wave Runner Crash in the Florida Keys - Husband Killed

January 06, 2020

A 27-year-old man was killed, and his wife seriously injured, in a Wave Runner crash in the Florida Keys on Thursday.

The Miami Herald reports that Aakash Putta of Chicago was driving the jet ski, and 25-year-old Sindhura Chilakapati, also of…

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One Dead and Others Injured Following High-Speed Police Chase of Car Theft Suspects

January 05, 2020

A woman was killed and a man was injured during a high-speed police chase in Miami-Dade Friday. 

WSVN.com reports that police were pursuing a stolen vehicle when the crash occurred at the intersection of Opa-Locka Boulevard and Northwest Seventh Avenue at about 8:35 p.m. Friday. 

Surveillance video captured the collision, which occurred as detectives closed in on suspects fleeing in a stolen Mercedes-Benz. The fleeing vehicle slammed into the vehicle of someone not involved in the chase with such force that parts both cars were left in the roadway. …

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Coast Guard Medically Evacuates Second Passenger in Three Days

January 04, 2020

For the second time in three days, the U.S. Coast Guard has evacuated a passenger from a cruise ship.

WAVY.com reports that the Coast Guard’s Air Station Elizabeth City sent a crew to evacuate an 85-year-old passenger…

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Convicted Criminal Polluter Carnival Cruise Line Dumps Waste Water in Port Canaveral

January 03, 2020

Carnival Cruise Line, a convicted criminal polluter, has been caught discharging polluted water into Port Canaveral.

WESH reports that the company confirmed that it had “accidentally” discharged so-called greywater from the Carnival Elation as it was docked at Port Canaveral on December 2, 2019.

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