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Dog bite disaster: How to avoid a bite this summer

Dog bites are often thought to only come from aggressive, territorial or injured animals, but the reality is that any dog can bite or attack when threatened, hurt, sick or otherwise inclined to do so. Even an excited family pet can nip or bite in the wrong circumstances.

You don't want to have to deal with a bite, so it's a good idea to learn how to recognize when a dog may become aggressive and how to avoid a bite completely. Here are three tips that may help.

What caused the opioid epidemic?

Opioids come in one of two forms: legal prescription drugs and illicit drugs. Prescription opioids are used to treat pain and to help patients who are recovering from injuries. Illegal opiates include drugs such as heroin, which are said to have no medical value.

Some common prescription opioids include hydrocodone, morphine and methadone. Each has the potential for being abused. Similarly, illegal drugs, like heroin, are also addictive with the potential for abuse.

Mental health can be impacted by a personal injury

A personal injury can have an immediate effect on your life, and it can change you in many ways. People often think about the physical impact of personal injuries, but injuries can cause mental strain and impact as well.

After suffering from a personal injury, you may feel down, depressed or anxious. If you do, don't feel like you're alone. Mental health struggles are common after traumatic incidents.

Get the protection you need with a restraining order

People who want to get a protective or restraining order often worry that either order will not work. After all, how can a simple piece of paper or two actually guarantee your safety?

They can't -- but that doesn't mean that getting an order won't help, though. The threat of going to jail or facing a judge is enough to keep many people from violating court orders. In family law matters, knowing that violating the order could threaten custody rights could also make a parent listen to the order carefully.

Why do people get addicted to heroin?

There are many drugs that are illegal, and they are not able to be in your possession or used by you without specific permissions from the government (clinical trials, for instance, or laboratory use). For example, heroin is illegal and has no known medical use in the United States. However, it used to be used to manage pain before it was discovered to be extremely addictive. As a result, people today may be prescribed pain medications in the form of opiates. That doesn't mean that heroin can be used or that it should be used by anyone since the risks are too high.

What is the major risk of heroin?

Teen who caused hit-and-run death to face trial

If you have followed the news of a teen accused of a fatal hit-and-run collision in Hartford, an update was released on Feb. 5. The teen's trial is coming up soon, during which he will be facing charges for the hit-and-run collision, which resulted in the victim suffering double amputations before her eventual death.

The original story tells how the teen took the lives of two people, one of which was killed when the teen shot them. The other was the victim of the hit-and-run crash.

Get to know the prenuptial agreement: Reasons not to sign

Most people discuss how important a prenuptial agreement is, and it can be a vital document in a divorce. However, if you're approached with a prenuptial agreement before marriage, you should wait before you decide if you want to sign it.

There are a few times when you won't want to sign a prenuptial agreement. For example, if it is obviously unfair, then you're unlikely to want to sign it. You also don't want to sign under duress or because you are too close to your wedding to let it stop you from getting married.

What are some things to do to protect yourself in court?

A good criminal defense makes a world of difference in a criminal case. As someone who is accused of a crime, a defense is important. While it's not your responsibility to prove your innocence, a defense does help you counteract anything the prosecution tries to use against you.

Along with an intelligent argument against the charges, there are a few things you can do to appear as an upstanding individual in court. Here are three additional considerations you should keep in mind.

Dog bite results in hospital visit for Connecticut man

When you're walking with a dog, you generally keep it on a short leash. Why? If it decides it wants to lunge at another person, it gives you a chance to retract the leash and protect the other person from your dog's attack.

Unfortunately, not all people consider the possibility of a pet attacking someone. Take for example this dog-bite incident in Connecticut. A man reported that he was bitten by a dog while he was jogging. He had been on a sidewalk adjacent to another person and their dog.

1 dead, 1 injured in Hubbard Park crash

A motorcyclist was killed and a driver was injured in another tragic incident in Connecticut. According to a report from Dec. 10, the police were called at around 5:13 p.m. on Sunday. There was a report that a motorcyclist and SUV had been involved in a collision.

Like with many other motorcycle crashes, this one also involved a motorcyclist striking the SUV's side. This time, the motorcyclist, a 53-year-old man, was heading west on West Main Street when an SUV started to make a left-hand turn into Hubbard Park's entrance.

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