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You’d Better Read This Before You Let Your Child Swim in Area Lakes

We've seen numerous startling social media photos and posts from Alabama parents whose children have been breaking out in sores and infections after swimming in some area lakes. The painful, open sores are caused by staph infections, and have been popping up from children who have been swimming in Lewis Smith Lake and Lake Logan Martin. Local news reports here and here describe the potential risks and symptoms. You can also check water quality reports at the Logan Martin Lake Protection As...

Firehouse Shelter Serves Vital Need in Birmingham

One of our absolute favorite charities is The Firehouse Shelter located in downtown Birmingham. Shortly after we bought the building which has been our home now for more than 30 years, The Firehouse Shelter opened as a men’s homeless shelter with the primary goal to meet the food, shelter, and clothing needs of homeless men in this metropolitan area. The original mission has been greatly expanded. A community garden has been planted in the Smithfield neighborhood where volunteers plant see...

Time is Critical After Auto Accidents

If you, a loved one or friend are injured in a wreck, please remember that the most important time to begin a thorough investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the wreck is, well, immediately. Let me explain why time is of the essence in wreck investigation. The big insurance companies have teams of investigators and lawyers whose entire lives are spent doing whatever they can to save their companies money. While you are being transported by Ambulance for emergency treatm...

When it Comes to Lawsuits, Fear the Facebook

A daughter cost her father $80,000 when she posted on her Facebook profile that he received a settlement from his former employer. The settlement came with a confidentiality agreement preventing the father and his wife from telling anyone of the settlement. They told their daughter and then she blasted it to her 1,200 Facebook friends, some of whom still worked for the employer. Did the parents violate the agreement? According to the courts, yes. The lesson, besides not violating a conf...

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