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What To Include in an 'If I Go Missing' Packet

By Holly South

Finding a missing person can take a while. Procedural delays in investigations can cost precious minutes, hours, and days, making it more difficult as time goes on. As police and searchers hit roadblocks, many wonder if there's a way to provide them with crucial evidence early in the process. After a recent uptick in interest in "true crime" podcasts and documentaries, more and more people are creating "If I Go Missing" packets. These contain physical copies of important identifying information and normal habits that loved ones and authorities can use if you go missing.

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Why Did Bill Cosby Lose in Civil Court but Was Released from Prison?

By Steven Ellison, Esq.

Bill Cosby's reputation is once again in shambles. A California jury found him liable for the 1975 sexual assault of a minor at the Playboy Mansion and awarded the victim $500,000 in compensatory damages. This undermines Cosby's claims of full exoneration after his aggravated indecent assault conviction was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. If you haven't been following the proceedings, you might wonder how it's possible for him to win one case and lose the other. Easy.

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Is Crashing Your Ex's Wedding Illegal?

By Jordan Walker, J.D.

We've all seen a movie where someone storms into a church during a wedding at the last minute in hopes of stopping the one they love from marrying the "wrong" person. The phrase "speak now or forever hold your peace" has long been a part of traditional wedding ceremonies and actually began as a legality to give interested parties the chance to object to the validity of a marriage during the Medieval Age.

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So Bees Are Fish Now?

By Steven Ellison, Esq.

Throw out your dictionaries, folks. According to the Eleventh Edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, a bee is an "insect" that differs from wasps "in the heavier hairier body and in having sucking as well as chewing mouthparts, that feed on pollen and nectar, and that store both and often also honey." Fish are not insects. They do not have hairy bodies. They do not have chewing mouthparts. They most certainly don't feed on pollen and nectar, nor do they store both, let alone honey. Yet, according to one California court, bees are fish.

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How to Have a Gender Reveal Party and Not Get Arrested

By Catherine Hodder, Esq.

Gender reveal parties have become explosive (excuse the pun) ever since they began in 2008. The credited creator, Jenna Karvunidis, thought it would be cute to surprise friends and family when she cut into a cake. The pink icing inside indicated she was expecting a daughter. However, the rise in popularity of these parties and using social media to display them have also caused injuries and deaths. Here are some tips on having a safe gender reveal party.

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How Did the Doctor in Netflix's 'Our Father' Get Off Scot-Free?

By Richard Dahl

The latest "true crime" documentary hit show on the streaming services is a true creep fest. Netflix's "Our Father" tells the tale of an Indianapolis fertility clinic doctor who impregnated nearly 100 of his patients with his own sperm after lying to them that the sources were anonymous donors or their husbands.

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