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How to control your anger (so it doesn't control you)

We're living in some fairly stressful times, so it's important to learn methods to manage your anger and stress. You never want to get into a bad situation and explode in front of your spouse and children.

Here are some tips to keep your temper under control before your temper takes control of you, courtesy of the Mayo Clinic:

Alabama prisons continue to be notorious hotbeds of violence

Alabama has a prison problem. Not a crime problem, but the problems that come from warehousing too many inmates in too few prisons without adequate personnel, health care, access to social programs and other necessities.

In 2019, the United States Department of Justice issued a report that detailed horrific conditions inside Alabama's prisons, where inmate-on-inmate violence was the norm, not the exception. Stabbings, sexual assaults and suicides have been on the climb for the last decade.

Defenses to drug trafficking charges

Drug trafficking charges are incredibly serious. Generally speaking, drug trafficking is both a felony and a federal crime -- and that means that prosecutors usually seek significant prison time for those convicted of their charges.

As scary as your situation may be, there are valid defenses available when you're charged with trafficking. Some of the most common include:

The truth about distracted driving

A car is a complex, powerful machine that always carries the potential risk for catastrophic injuries and even death. However, since use is so common in the United States, it is easy for drivers to overlook these risks and the dangers they face. Driving becomes, rather than a dangerous and thrilling activity, something mundane and boring.

This mindset often leads to distracted driving. It's easy for your mind to wander when you're bored. Maybe you even actively look for distraction, trying anything to feel more active and engaged -- though not with driving. If people would step back and think about the risks, the dangers and the complexities of driving, they'd focus on the task at hand, but the reality is that most people lose sight of this fairly quickly after getting a license.

What are possible defenses to a domestic violence charge?

You've been charged with a domestic violence charge. What comes next?

Well, first you need to determine what possible defenses you may have to the charges against you. In general, several different defenses are possible, including:

Could you be caught making a drug deal on camera?

Cameras are everywhere these days. Almost everyone seems to have a powerful little camera and recording device right in their pockets now that cellular phones are pretty much standard equipment for anybody leaving their home. However, the surveillence of your life may be more prevalent than you realize.

Especially in Birmingham, Alabama. According to Captain Thurmond of the Birmingham Police Department, video cameras designed to curtail crime in the area have been a success. Homicides, for example, are down 23% in the west precinct since cameras were installed as part of a $3 million initiative started toward the end of 2018. Now that the program has seen some success, it is likely to be expanded.

Should you submit to a Breathalyzer in Alabama?

Just to be clear: Drinking and driving puts your life -- and the lives of others -- at risk. It's always safer to take an Uber, call a friend or stay put until you're sober as an alternative.

If you do get behind the wheel after having a drink or two, you may be understandably nervous about being asked to blow into a Breathalyzer if you're stopped by the police. Even if you don't think that you're intoxicated, you may know that Breathalyzers aren't always accurate and can provide incriminating evidence against you.

What causes adults to fall outside?

Falls are a significant source of injury, disability and death to older adults -- and by "older" we mean pretty much anybody 45 years of age or older. Younger people and kids simply tend to endure better -- and heal faster -- when they fall than people who have reached midlife or later.

Here's the thing: Research has long indicated that the majority of falls taken by adults out-of-doors are entirely preventable through just a little bit of environmental management. So what contributes to many falls in adults when they're out and about?

  1. Uneven curbs, sidewalks and streets: The vast majority of falls outside -- around 70% -- occur on a hard surface like asphalt or concrete. Most people were simply walking along when they fell -- essentially losing their balance on uneven or damaged ground.
  2. Badly-designed parking garages: A large number of people who fall outside do so in a parking deck or garage. Most of the time, they're tripping over the short curbs that are placed in and around spaces as guides for vehicles. This indicates that parking garages aren't being designed with human beings in mind so much as being designed simply to store vehicles.
  3. Objects on the ground: Naturally, objects on the ground that shouldn't be there are also a significant source of falls and injuries. Far too often, debris is allowed to accumulate in a parking lot or on a store's floor -- and that's a prescription for trouble when there are shoppers around.

How to know if nursing home neglect impacts your loved one's care

Placing a loved one in an assisted living facility is typically a decision people make when they worry that they cannot provide an adequate standard of care on their own and that their loved one can not live safely without daily support.

For some people, the issue is a result of a busy lifestyle, including work obligations or the need to care for their children, making the care of parents or siblings impossible to provide. For others, there may not be availability issues so much as there is an issue with their ability to provide the kind of care that their loved one needs. The more care and assistance older adults need, the harder it is for their family members to manage the care without help.

Want to avoid a holiday drunk driving charge? Use this guide

According to government statistics, about 40% of all traffic fatalities during Christmas and New Year's are related to drunk driving. That's a big jump from the 28% of fatalities attributed to that cause during the rest of the year.

You can be sure that the Alabama police will be on the lookout for drunk drivers this Christmas and New Year's once again. They'll also be looking for drivers who are just "buzzed" -- or anybody else who might have had a drink or two before hitting the road.

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