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You can drink yourself to death if that's what you want to do. But why do you insist on driving and risking the lives of others?

New Mexico judge Michael Vigil, sentencing 21-time DWI offender Joe Leonard Rael to a prison term of 3 1/2 years.

Sort of like a bowling alley approach.

American Airlines dispatcher telling the crew of AA flight 1420 to expedite its landing at the Little Rock, Ark., airport in hopes of beating powerful thunderstorms approaching to the left and to the right of the runway. The MD-80 skidded off a runway with 145 people aboard on June 1, 1999. It hit a bank of runway lights, then crashed into a steel walkway near the Arkansas River. The plane broke apart and burst into flames, killing the pilot and 10 others.

Maybe it is my karma to dismantle the corruption in the San Diego judicial system.

New Age author, lecturer, and guru Deepak Chopra, after a jury dismissed the spiritual entrepreneur's lawsuit against an ex-employee he claimed was blackmailing him. Mr. Chopra vows to fight on.

Never iron clothes while they are being worn.

Warning label selected as the winner of the third annual "Wacky Warning Label Contest," sponsored by Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch. Bonnie Hay of Plano, Texas, discovered the label on an iron. "Wacky warning labels are a sign of our lawsuit-happy times," said M-LAW president Robert Dorigo Jones. "Until the courts start throwing out junk lawsuits, we'll see more and more of these wacky labels."

It's just further evidence that suing someone has become the preferred means of solving disputes.

Robert Pambianco of the Washington Legal Foundation, commenting on the news that the top 10 jury awards in 1999 totalled almost $9 billion. According to Lawyers Weekly USA, last year's total was $8.9 billion. In 1998, it was $2.8 billion and in 1997 the top 10 jury awards amounted to $750 million. LW publisher Thomas Harrison commented happily that the lottery-sized litigation jackpots show that modern juries are feeling "empowered."