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Thursday, November 20, 2014

This week in Florida Walmart: one in Tampa sold a steak tainted with LSD to a family four, all of whom ended up in the hospital after becoming ill and suffering hallucinations, according to the Tampa Police Dept.
The Walmart says that it has no idea how it ended up selling a piece of steak infused with a psychedelic drug. read more

Thursday, September 25, 2014

An online sale of sex toys could give Kansas a boost of revenue. The sale is being held so the owner of five adult stores can pay off a tax debt to the state. The state Department of Revenue gave the seized toys back to the company -- operated by United Outlets LLC, under the name Bang -- so it could auction them and pay $163,000 in taxes to the state. Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, used the auction to make a dig at Gov. Sam Brownback, saying the Republican leader was "so desperate to fill the massive hole in the state budget caused by his reckless income tax cuts that the state of Kansas is now in the porn business." read more


The company says design changes were made to enhance performance of the ET-Plus and not to save money.
This is the lynch pin of the discussion.
If Trinity can prove that the change they made to the end treatment did not lessen the effectiveness of it then they have a chance of winning.
Before the ET terminal came into use, the Texas turn down was the predominant guardrail end treatment approved for highway use. Vehicles hit the ramped guardrail section that was bolted to the ground on one end and then clipped to a post on the other end.
Larger vehicles would hit the guardrail, flatten out the rail and hit the post left standing to absorb impact and slow the vehicle down with no injuries. . It was a satisfactory guardrail system, but it had a tendency to launch small cars into the air when they hit the ramped guardrail section .
This is why it's use was discontinued.
The ET was an approved replacement. When hit on the end the ET terminal is supposed to flatten the guard rail section and extruded out the back side of the head. This action absorbs the energy of the crash, slows the vehicle down and brings it to safe stop
. Any system that is designed to move and bend steel to absorb energy in a high speed crash is going to have some less than desirable outcomes.. Trying to create a guardrail system that is pliable enough to not kill the occupants of a Dodge Neon that hits it and at the same time strong enough to keep a fully loaded tractor trailer from going through it is challenging engineering.

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