Archives for March 2014

Historic Downtown Des Moines Building Burns Down

Early Saturday morning, the historic Younkers building in downtown Des Moines erupted into a fiery blaze for more than 4.5 hours, damaging the entire structure of the building. The 115-year-old building was a historic landmark for many Iowans and is said to not be salvageable. Adjacent buildings were also severely damaged due to the fire. […]

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Train Derailment in Chicago

Early Monday morning, a train jumped the barrier at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The Blue Line train slammed into the platform and the escalators, injuring about 30 people. Investigators have initially reported that the mechanical system was still intact and the train was not speeding, leading investigators to question the operator. The accident is […]

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Plan for Severe Weather

Finally it seems as though winter is behind us and spring is on its way. In Iowa, this means we may get our share of severe spring weather.   Yesterday marked the annual statewide tornado drill in Iowa, in conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness week. Yesterday, outdoor warning sirens were tested and alerts were broadcasted […]

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Trooper Escapes Near Disaster with Minor Injuries

This near disaster, caught on film by a Johnson County Sheriff’s squad car camera, is a reminder on why drivers need to slow down when approaching accident scenes. A white pickup truck went airborne after getting struck by a semi truck, nearly taking out two deputies and a state trooper on I-80, near Oxford. The […]

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Natural Gas Explosion Causes Collapse

A terrible tragedy this week in New York. Two East Harlem apartment buildings collapsed after a large explosion this past Wednesday. The massive explosion and fire leveled two five-story apartment buildings, killing 7 people and injuring at least 63 people. Nine more people remain missing. Federal safety authorities are launching an investigation to determine if […]

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Stay Safe this St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is known for many things — shamrocks, leprechauns, that pot of gold — but it also carries an unfortunate reputation for being one of the biggest binge drinking holidays of the year. With St. Patrick’s Day just a few days away, The Beattie Law Firm is reminding drivers to not get behind […]

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