Monday, March 29, 2010

Fair warning

Myron Levin, the esteemed former investigative reporter for the L.A. Times, has just launched a new non-profit online publication, "Fair Warning" (, which provides indepth investigative coverage of important product and environmental hazard issues.

The current edition addresses ATV hazards and the industry's obstructionist tactics toward regulatory countermeasures; the continuing harm being done by fire-prone GM CK pickup truck fuel tank designs, and numerous other issues of importance.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Looks like a fun Marathon. Very pretty area

Pretzel City Sports Newsletter
New Marathon and Half Marathon in Reading on June 13th
Fast and Fairly Flat, travels along trout stream for much of race
Same site as Grings Mill raceearly entry price break ends March 31


Expect to have a lot of fitness stored up from all that training you did for the Kutztown Fools Run, the Lehigh Valley Half, Broad Street, The Garden Spot Village Half & Marathon or the Bob Potts Marathon??? Well, why let it go to waste afterwards by using it on just 5k's?? That's not very smart!. There's a brand new half marathon and full marathon schedule dfor June 13th on one of the prettiest courses in Eastern PA; Grings Mill Park right here in Reading. The event is held by a new race directing company in Reading, with Pretzel City Sports timing the race. Race director and experienced racer Stephan Weiss did a GREAT job heading last year's Blues Cruise 50k for the Pagoda Pacers and I expect him to bring the same level of professionalism to this event as well. An added bonus is that both he and his wife are recognized German Chefs and you will LOVE the grub at the end of this event! The early bird price ends on March 31 so even if you have started training yet, enter now! Here's more on the event from Stephan:

"½ Sauer ½ Kraut "
Marathon & Half Marathon, Reading PA
SUNDAY, June 13th 2010 8:00 A.M, Limit 750 Runners
Proudly supports Toys for Tots

"No need to run this race in Lederhosen to enjoy the German food at the post race party"

This year some big city Marathons will cost you more than $150 to enter. You probably have to fork over another $200 to get a hotel room that is within 10 miles of the start at best.By setting your alarm clock to 2:00 AM you get a shot at a parking spot somewhat close to the start and you get to "warm up" for another 3 hours until you finally get out of line for the Porta John's.

The ½ Sauer ½ Kraut offers a somewhat different experience. You can park right at the Start/Finish and pick up your number on race day. You will be running on a mostly shaded, flat compacted cinder trail alongside the beautiful Tulpehocken Creek and the Schuylkill River. You will be supported by 13 aid stations (5 for the half), including the Strudelhaus aid station (german pastries) & the Oktoberfest Aid station (alternative energy drinks). Zenzi, the Bavarian waitress will hand out gels at the 12 & 20 mile mark, and you will be fed by 2 professional chefs at the post race festivities, while "Hans" will entertain you with his accordion. A portion of your entry fee will be used to purchase toys for the Toys for Tots organization, but we will also collect new toys donated by Runners on race day.

REGISTRATION/ENTRY Grings Mill Recreation Area, 2083 Tulpehocken Rd, Wyomissing, PA 19610. Reg. opens at 7:00 a.m.,

Race starts: 8:00 (approx.). Fee is $50 ($38 for half) by 3/31, $60 ($45 for half) by 5/31, $70 ($55 for half) after 5/31 and on race day. Please no mail in apps after 5/31, day of race or online registration only.

For more in-depth info on our event, go to

YOU GET: Tech. shirt with no advertising, finisher medal, post race food prepared by 2 professional chefs, live music at post race party, accurate wheel measured course, almost no traffic (course is 90% off public roads), 13 (5 for the half) super motivated aid stations, EMT on location , free parking right at start/finish area.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Product Liability Lawsuits Credited with Many Safety Improvements

Product Liability Lawsuits Credited with Many Safety Improvements

The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday on the history of automotive product liability litigation. Tracing the beginnings of the story to the legendary and precedent setting case of McPherson v. Buick Motor Company in 1911, the Times writes that
“lawsuits over the last half-century are credited with such innovations as impact absorbing dashboards and steering columns, and gas tanks that won’t explode on impact.”
The article debunks the right-wing “tort reform” claims, showing the vast safety improvements resulting from product liability cases.
Read the entire L.A. Times Story