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Why we need resilient building materials

April’s massive five-alarm fire at an apartment complex under construction in College Park left the building at risk of collapse and came on the heels of another fire in Fort Washington that injured four people, including a firefighter, and displaced ...

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Tech Tuesday: Moneyball for businesses (access required)

Made famous by the movie “Moneyball,” sabermetrics refers to the use of statistical analysis to formulate a high-quality sports team at a minimum cost. The concept has similar applications to employers outside the sports realm. A growing number of companies ...

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The Hyperloop is doomed for the worst reason (access required)

When Elon Musk tweeted that he had “verbal govt approval” to build a Hyperloop to carry passengers from New York to Washington in half an hour, everyone with a lick of sense about transportation rolled their eyes. It was obviously ...

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The threat of violence in health care settings (access required)

Health care workers are at an increased risk for workplace violence. Eighty percent of violent incidents in hospitals are by patients on staff. Incidents of serious workplace violence (requiring days off work) are four times more common in health care ...

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How one state handles virtual law firms (access required)

Cloud computing — where electronic data is stored off-site on servers owned and maintained by a third party — is quite common in 2017. The proliferation of mobile devices, which are essentially useless in the absence of cloud computing, has ...

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Commentary: Getting to yes in mediation – just not today (access required)

The mediator’s bible, “Getting to Yes,” by Roger Fisher and William Ury, provides neutrals with a methodology for bringing mediation negotiations to a successful conclusion. Its mantras to “separate the people from the problem”; “focus on interests, not positions”; and ...

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Stevenson v. Rochkind: Out of the Frye-ing pan (access required)

The Maryland Court of Appeals’ recent opinion in Rochkind v. Stevenson raises a not-so obvious, but legitimate question: When, if ever, should a trial court apply the Frye-Reed test? Under the analytical framework set forth in Rochkind, the answer would ...

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Cyber insurance, security work in tandem to limit risk

As businesses fortify their data and networks against the next cyberattack, some business owners might be considering cyber insurance to limit their exposure to the uncertain and evolving risk of a network or data breach that could disrupt operations. But ...

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