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August 2017 Archives

In her own words: She is glad now that she applied for SSDI

A recent newspaper op-ed speaks directly to the many difficult issues people face as they wrestle with the possibility that serious medical issues will prevent them from continuing to work. The op-ed was written by a woman who has struggled with autoimmune diseases since childhood.

Drunk driver accused in crash that killed two Charlotte teens

A University of North Carolina student and her boyfriend were on their way to their home in Charlotte after visiting their families in the Wilmington area. The pair of 18-year-olds were going west on U.S. 74 in a Ford Focus on the night of the Super Bowl.

Workplace exposure to fumes, dust linked to lung disease

One of the things that make Charlotte such an attractive place to live is the ease with which we can escape urban life and enjoy hiking, boating, camping and many other outdoor activities in which we get plenty of sun and fresh air.

Report: Social Security Disability fund healthier than expected

The good news is that the Social Security Disability trust fund is a little healthier than expected. The bad news is that the fund is healthier, in part, because of the increasing backlog in the SSDI approval process.

Two North Carolina girls killed in high-speed crash

If you drive northeast of Charlotte for a little less than three hours, you arrive in Person County. The rural area is a quieter, sadder place than it was two years ago. Two little Person County girls were killed in a car crash in June 2015 while they were on vacation with their family in Myrtle Beach.

More than earned: A warrior's fight for SSDI benefits

The young Army lieutenant did not want to listen to combat-tested veterans in his platoon, so he ordered the group to use the road in Afghanistan rather than a less obvious route to their destination. The result was that an improvised explosive device buried in the road detonated and tore the left leg off of one of the soldiers. The explosion also shattered the soldier's left arm and severely damaged his left ear.

Shining a light on a media darling with workplace safety issues

It is safe to say that Elon Musk is a media darling. The billionaire founder of electric car manufacturer Tesla is riding a wave of public and media adoration on the heels of the unveiling of the Model 3 Tesla. The recent offering is widely touted as the first affordable -- and attractive and cool -- electric car.

North Carolina man sentenced in bicycle accident hit-and-run

A 22-year-old North Carolina man was bicycling home from work late one November night last year. The front and rear of his bicycle were equipped with blinking red lights, as required by law, and he wore a helmet. Unfortunately, his precautions were not enough to save him from a careless, speeding SUV driver who struck him from behind with such force that the bicyclist was knocked out of his shoes, newspaper reports said.

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