Ticketmaster pays up in $397M ticket fee settlement

Eddie Vedder must be smiling: Ticketmaster is settling a decades-old legal battle over ticket fees.Eddie Vedder must be smiling: Ticketmaster is settling a decades-old legal battle over ticket fees.

On Sunday, Ticketmaster alerted its customers it would be issuing vouchers in response to a class action lawsuit settlement.

Any customer who purchased a ticket through Ticketmaster’s website between Oct. 21, 1999 and Feb. 27, 2013 will receive online codes for discounts on ticket purchases, discounts on ticket shipping and vouchers for tickets.

The class action suit filed in 2003 claimed that Ticketmaster, purchased by Live Nation in 2009, violated California law by charging order-processing fees that overstated the cost of processing orders, along with fees on UPS-handled tickets that exceeded delivery charges.

Source: Ticketmaster pays up in $397M ticket fee settlement

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Addiction treatment centers eye New Kensington properties | TribLIVE

 

New Kensington residents may be seeing double soon in two of their community’s vacant buildings — and many are not happy about it.

A pair of proposed drug and alcohol treatment centers, both on the same downtown block, were on the city planning commission’s agenda Tuesday, but no hearings were held.

Karen Mandak, 62, of the city’s Parnassus area was one of 21 residents who attended the meeting. She said she wants to see the downtown area revitalized and questions whether two new drug treatment centers should be part of that.

“This goes against the efforts of the idea behind building a better block and bringing business to the area,” she said. “There are already treatment centers in New Kensington, so I think if we continue to go along that path, there will be no growth.”

Mark Ponko of Axiom Family Counseling Inc. has requested to locate a facility at 3 Kensington Square, off Fourth Avenue.

Source: Addiction treatment centers eye New Kensington properties | TribLIVE

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Star Trek Star Anton Yelchin Is Dead at 27 | Vanity Fair

The actor’s publicist says he was killed in a fatal traffic collision.

Anton Yelchin, an up-and-comer best known for playing Chekov in the latest round of Star Trek movies, died Sunday morning. The Associated Press reports that the actor was killed in a “fatal traffic collision,” according to his publicist. Yelchin was 27.

According to TMZ, which first reported the news, Yelchin was found in the driveway of his San Fernando Valley home, pinned between his car and a brick mailbox. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Yelchin’s car was still running when his body was discovered.

Source: Star Trek Star Anton Yelchin Is Dead at 27 | Vanity Fair

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Avoid jihad, sharia, umma in counter-terror discourse: DHS | The Financial Express

It also urged greater private sector cooperation, including with Muslim communities, to counter what is described as a “new generation of threats to the Homeland related to the threat of violent extremism.” (Reuters)

US government agencies should avoid using religiously-charged terms like ‘jihad’, ‘sharia’, ‘umma’ and instead employ “plain-meaning” American English in their counter-terrorism discourse, a report by the Department of Homeland Security has recommended.

The Homeland Security Advisory Council report also recommended that the department focus on American milliennials by allocating up to $ 100 million in new funding.

It also urged greater private sector cooperation, including with Muslim communities, to counter what is described as a “new generation of threats to the Homeland related to the threat of violent extremism.”

 

Source: Avoid jihad, sharia, umma in counter-terror discourse: DHS | The Financial Express

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Concussions often go untreated, study says – The Washington Post

As many as 2 million concussions from sports or play activities occur among U.S. children and teenagers each year, and many receive no treatment, a new study suggests.

The estimate is based on 2013 data from emergency room visits, hospitalizations, doctor visits, concussion reports made to high school athletic trainers, and information from previous concussion studies.

But the researchers say the numbers are not as precise as they should be, highlighting the need for a concussion surveillance system as recommended by the Institute of Medicine, a nonprofit group that advises the government on public health issues.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to create a system to track concussion rates and trends in children and adults. In addition to getting a better picture of the size of the concussion problem nationwide, the system may help identify which sports and activities are riskiest for kids.

Source: Concussions often go untreated, study says – The Washington Post

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