Michael Tomsic http://wwno.org en Case Sheds Light On The Murky World Of Asbestos Litigation http://wwno.org/post/case-sheds-light-murky-world-asbestos-litigation This is a case about a bankrupt company, legal shenanigans, and a rare type of cancer.<p>You may have seen TV commercials about mesothelioma, mainly caused by inhaling asbestos — minerals many companies once used in insulation and other products.<p>According to <a href="http://www.gao.gov/assets/590/585380.pdf">a 2011 report</a> from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, companies have set aside more than $30 billion for mesothelioma victims since the 1980s. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 06:14:52 +0000 Michael Tomsic 54505 at http://wwno.org It's Winner-Take-All In NASCAR's New Chase http://wwno.org/post/its-winner-take-all-nascars-new-chase NASCAR's old point system was a mathematical labyrinth concerned with consistency: Drivers didn't have to actually win a race to make the playoffs, as long as they were in the top 10 often enough.<p>Even NASCAR CEO Brian France has joked that fans needed a computer next to them to figure it out. Take this announcement at a race in Richmond, Va., last year:<p><blockquote><p>"Joey Logano is still barely clinging to that 10th spot in points, but he's 25th two laps down. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Michael Tomsic 54461 at http://wwno.org NASCAR Champ Finds Fans With Beer, Tweets And Bangin' Fenders http://wwno.org/post/nascar-champ-finds-fans-beer-tweets-and-bangin-fenders <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfmZPCP7JhA</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 20:59:05 +0000 Michael Tomsic 29671 at http://wwno.org Closing Courthouse Brought Moonshiners To Justice http://wwno.org/post/closing-courthouse-brought-moonshiners-justice Moonshine used to be big business in the South, an illegal business that also kept the federal courthouses busy. Now one of those facilities, once on the front lines of the war on homemade booze, is shutting down.<p>The Johnson J. Hayes Federal Building is in Wilkesboro, N.C., where distilling corn whiskey in backwoods breweries was once the town's main trade. Sun, 28 Oct 2012 13:03:00 +0000 Michael Tomsic 22375 at http://wwno.org