FAA OKs Tablet, E-Reader Use for Entire Flight

Oct 31, 2013, 12:49 pm EST
FAA OKs Tablet, E-Reader Use for Entire Flight

The Federal Aviation Administration gave the OK for passengers to use their smartphones and tablets during flights, but are still restricting taking on phones.

The much-anticipated (and expected) ruling sets the stage for device usage in the coming months, but use will be set by the individual airlines, so times could vary.

From the Associated Press: Read 

NYC Tries to Raise Tobacco-Buying Age to 21

Oct 31, 2013, 10:36 am EST

The New York City Council, voted on Wednesday, to pass a bill that will increase the tobacco-buying age to 21.

The bill will make New York City the largest city to increase its tobacco buying age to 21. New York City currently allows tobacco products to be sold to people 18 years of age and older. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is a strong supporter of strict smoking restrictions, has 30 days to sign the bill and make it a law. The changes made by the bill will take effect 180 days after it has been made a law. New York City already has restrictions against smoking at parks, beaches and restaurants. Another anti-smoking bill that would require stores to not keep cigarettes in sight of customers was shelved before the buying-age bill passed on Wednesday. A similar bill is expected to be up for vote in Hawaii later this year, reports the Associated Press.

The New York City Council approved the bill with a 35 to 10 vote. Read 

Eternal Flame Restored at JFK Gravesite

Oct 30, 2013, 2:53 pm EST

The eternal flame located at former President John F. Kennedy’s memorial has been restored after undergoing repairs.

ABC News reports that the flame was moved back into its permanent eternal flame spot on Tuesday after spending six months in a temporary location until the old one was restored. The original icon commemorating our 35th president was moved in April because it needed new gas and air lines after 40 years of use. Workers also added a new burner assembly line and new drainage lines below the flame to restore it.

The project was supposed to be done by May but it took longer than it expected and it is finally back to its original spot. Read 

Hackers Attack Barack Obama’s Twitter, Facebook Accounts

Oct 30, 2013, 11:49 am EST

It seems that not even the President of the United States is safe from online mischief.

A group of hackers, calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army, gained limited access to the Facebook (FB) and Twitter accounts controlled Barack Obama’s political activism group Organizing for America (OFA) for several hours. The hackers altered links on the webpages and tweets to send viewers to propaganda videos posted by the Syrian group on Google’s (GOOG) YouTube, Reuters noted.

The president’s personal Twitter account, which is managed by OFA, was not compromised, according to a representative from Twitter. Read 

Battle for ‘I Heart Boobies’ Bracelets Heads to Supreme Court

Oct 30, 2013, 11:42 am EST

Two Pennsylvania school girls are trying to overturn the ban on “I (heart) Boobies” bracelets after the items were banned in 2010 when the girls were 12 and 13.

The Associated Press reports that the board of the Easton Area School District voted 7-1 Tuesday night to appeal a federal court’s decision that rejected the idea of the bracelets being lewd. The controversy started when the ban occurred three years ago because of the double-entendre message on the bracelets.

Students Brianna Hawk and Kayla Martinez were suspended for defying the ban on bracelets on their school’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day. They said that all they were trying to do was promote awareness of breast cancer at their school. Read 

OSHA Fines Fashion Designer $77,000 for Messy Office

Oct 30, 2013, 11:29 am EST

New York designer Rebecca Minkoff has received a citation from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration over potentially hazardous conditions in her Manhattan offices and showroom after workers complained about the clutter.

The agency said it found “serious violations of workplace safety” in Minkoff’s premises, which were “congested with boxes, rolling racks, workstations, chairs, equipment, storage and other materials.” According OSHA routes to emergency exits were blocked or inaccessible, endangering worker safety.

Minkoff’s company faces $77,000 in fines over the hazardous conditions. “Management knew of the hazard of compromised emergency exit access, yet allowed the hazard to continue. Because of that, we are proposing the maximum fines allowable for the willful and serious violations,” an OSHA spokesperson said. Read 

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