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The value of college: Will we be able to get a job after graduation?

Alex Lockwood

October 24, 2012

The barbecue was quite tasty, but that wasn’t the most memorable part of lunch. On a Sunday afternoon this summer, I sat down to share a meal with my family in a restaurant back home in Chattanooga. As often happens when I’m with my brother in public, he struck up a conversation with someone he’d...

A case of ‘Popcorn Lung’: why civil liability is working just fine

Alex Lockwood

October 10, 2012

Two weeks ago, a Colorado man won a $7.2 million verdict against microwave popcorn company Gilster Mary-Lee Corp., as well as food distributors the Kroger Co. and Dillon Companies Inc., to compensate him for rare health problems caused by his consumption of popcorn. After eating two bags of popcorn each...

Cast a ballot, earn a voice

Alex Lockwood

August 29, 2012

Around this time 4 years ago, several Hollywood heavy hitters - including the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio Jennifer Aniston, and Ellen DeGeneres - joined forces to create a public service announcement that used reverse psychology to convince our generation to engage in politics and vote. They began by...

A case of kidney compensation, potential monetary rewards for organ donations

Alex Lockwood

August 15, 2012

While paying the tab during my most recent visit to Francar’s, I happened to notice a small stack of business cards that proclaimed, “Clarence Walker Needs a Kidney.”  I picked one up as I left and read more.  Says Mr. Walker, “I am a married father of 3 beautiful young ladies.  Also, I have...

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