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CNN’s Drew Griffin Talks About Tonight’s ‘Hired Guns’ Special Investigative Report

newHiredGuns_promoPart one of CNN’s special investigative report “Hired Guns” premiers tonight at 8 pm ET during Anderson Cooper 360. The two-part series will conclude tomorrow night, also during AC360. The special report is the result of a yearlong investigation by CNN and The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) that found armed security guards are often a threat to public safety due to a combination of lax laws, minimal oversight and a lack of accountability.

During tonight’s special, CNN’s Drew Griffin investigates the case of an armed guard with a history of alcohol abuse who is charged with murder in the shooting death outside a Miami nightclub.

“Amid all the discussion on the use of excessive force concerning our trained and sworn officers of the law, I think the average person will be stunned at the absolute lack of training that it takes to carry a gun as an armed guard in this country,” Griffin told TVNewser in an exclusive interview. ”In one state you can simply become an armed guard by putting on a uniform, buying a badge and a gun and calling yourself one”  Read more

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Aidan Cassidy on Social Media Posting for New Parents

More than 92% of babies have some sort of online presence according to a study by Internet Security Firm, IVG.

That stat is striking, but it checks out when you give it some thought. For those of us with several online friends in their mid-twenties to thirties, this stat especially rings true. Everybody’s having babies it seems, and they (understandably) want to share the amazing news. We consulted with Social Media Expert Aidan J. Cassidy to better understand the landscape.

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What the Current Ebola Outbreak Can Teach Us About Preparedness: Food4Patriots Offers Tips for Keeping Your Family Safe

With well over 1,900 casualties accounted for, the Ebola Outbreak continues to rage on, as the best minds in modern medicine continue to try and crack the code for a cure, and isolate the heartless disease.

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Cardiologist Dr. Cesar Yepes: Tips for Managing Stress at Work

As cardiologist Dr. Cesar Yepes recently reflected, stress management remains an integral component of any professional’s life. The adverse health effects of poor stress management can manifest in a variety of negative ways for a person’s health. In some cases, these stress-related health problems can become increasingly serious.

According to Dr. Yepes, “Stress management is very important because, sooner or later, the mental energy generated by stress can produce different somatic syndromes, including potential angina in patients with underlying coronary artery disease.”

Beyond adverse health issues, stress can also manifest within office productivity itself. In many cases, poorly managed stress will directly – and negatively – impact a professional’s work performance.

“Lack of concentration in a stressful situation or environment can affect productivity not only at work but also in other aspects of the individual social environment and family relationships,” Dr. Yepes continued.

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Holiday Cruise Line Sees Cruise Industry Growing

If you want to enjoy lovely weather and see wonderful things on your vacation, the staff of Holiday Cruise Line has the perfect suggestion: take a cruise! Cruises have become an incredibly popular way to travel in recent years. In fact, since 1970, the industry has grown by more than 2,000 percent, according to Cruise Lines International Association, Inc.

The Seattle Times reports that more than 21.3 million people took a cruise in 2013, and that number is expected to go up to 21.7 million this year.

It’s easy to see why. Most cruises take you to astoundingly beautiful locations, such as the Bahamas. There’s ample opportunity to take a cruise, too. For example, Holiday Cruise Line sends clients on cruises every other day, on board the Bahamas Celebration. Some people enjoy cruising so much that they plan on two or more trips per year. In the case of one couple, all of those cruises really add up.

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Smart Payment Plan Looks at How Building Vehicle Equity Can Get You Ahead

As the experts at Smart Payment Plan advise, building equity in a vehicle should be a top priority for all car owners. Negative equity can put you in an unfortunate financial situation when the time comes to sell your vehicle. But if you take proper steps to build equity, you will improve your financial prospects.
Some car owners don’t understand the importance of avoiding negative equity, even though many consumers find themselves in this position. Negative equity means that you owe more on your car than it is worth. More and more Americans are facing this problem because of high interest rates, diminishing vehicle value, and poorly-designed payment plans.
In fact, 30 percent of consumers had negative equity on their vehicles in 2007, according to On average, people owed $3,600 on their old cars when they proceeded to trade them in for newer ones. It’s an unfortunate reality that many people owe thousands of dollars on vehicles that they no longer own. In many cases, negative equity situations can be attributed to lengthy finance contracts that make monthly costs lower but force up the price of the car due to interest. Read more

TEDx Event and Benjamin Navarro Bring Great Ideas To Charleston

Held in April, the second annual TedxCharleston featured a total of 14 speakers, among them Benjamin Navarro, the CEO of Sherman Financial Group. Navarro’s company founded the Meeting Street Academy, a college preparation program for low income students.

The theme of this year’s TedxCharleston event was “Ripple Effect.” Speakers at the conference focused on topics that seem small in scope but that can have a tremendous impact. Along with Benjamin Navarro, speakers at the conference included Laura Ball, a musician who founded UNED!TED Interdisciplinary Arts Concert Series, and Heather Collins, a cognitive neuroscientist who is dedicated to bringing scientific thought to the public. Topics at this year’s Tedx ran the gamut from healthcare to education. Read more

Prashant Modi Examines Government and Politics in the Economy

Executives and international commerce professionals such as Prashant Modi often hear all sorts of information thrown about relating to government and the economy. Some people think that the economy should be left on its own with no government involvement; others believe that the economy is a direct component of government and politics.

While the story still is out regarding whether the government should get more or less involved in economic affairs, most scholars and economists agree on one component: the inextricable tie these two aspects of a country’s operations have to each other. Read more

What You Need to Know About the Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger: Insights From Steven Korn

The announcement by Comcast that the cable, Internet, and media giant plans to purchase competitor Time Warner Cable (TWC) has media industry veterans such as Steven W. Korn, former Vice Chairman of CNN, sitting up and take notice. The merger will increase Comcast’s subscriber base by 50% (from 22 million to 33 million).
Consumers, regulators, and competitors are concerned about the $45.2 billion merger, too. Will the merged company have monopoly power? Will streaming content still be available? Will consumer’s cable and Internet bills be affected? A merger of this size and complexity will have many effects, almost all of which derive from the size of the merged company. Read more

GCI Solar: U.S.-China Solar Trade War Will Only Hurt Renewable Energy Access

The U.S. and China have been locked in a trade war over solar panels since 2012, and residential solar power company GCI Solar says a continued trade spat will only hurt advancements in solar energy – an important renewable resource.

The U.S. first placed tariffs on solar panels imported from China in 2012, ranging from 24 to 36 percent. The goal was to level the playing field for solar panel manufacturers in other countries, as China began dominating the market.

“The trade case stemmed from a legal filing [in 2011] by a coalition of manufacturers, led by SolarWorld, a German company with considerable manufacturing in the United States,” The New York Times reports. “The coalition contended that Chinese companies, which dominate global sales with a two-thirds market share, were competing unfairly in the American market.”

Additionally, Chinese solar companies received subsidies from the Chinese government, allowing them to sell products well below market value in the United States, which The New York Times refers to as “dumping.” Read more