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May 2017 Archives

Parasite linked to swimming pools and water parks on the rise

Next week is the CDC's Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, and their theme this year is the Cryptosporidium parasite -- or 'Crypto' for short. The parasite is commonly transmitted through fecal matter in public swimming pools and water parks, and outbreaks across the country have doubled last year compared to 2014.

U.S. Justice Department calls for tougher criminal prosecution

During the Obama administration, the United States Justice Department advised that its prosecutors across the country limit jail time and mandatory sentencing for lower level, non-violent crimes. This made it easier for those charged with minor crimes, such as marijuana possession, to receive a more favorable sentence in their case. But some argued that it also led to a rise in criminal activity.

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