Thanksgiving eve should be a warm and fuzzy family night as college students return home and older adult children who live a distance fly back to the nest. More likely, the college kids will dump their bags by the front door and dash out again to catch up with high school chums. While the older 20-something siblings might make it through dinner, they, too, then will head out to a local bar or party. The night before Thanksgiving has become a social scene, a time to see and be seen. But it’s not all fun. Because of excessive drinking, the night has been dubbed Blackout Wednesday — as in blacking out from too many drinks.
If you haven't been under a rock for the past few days, you've undoubtedly heard about the Texas drunk driving case in which a teenager from a wealthy family avoided prison time thanks to his "affluenza" defense.
Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who died on June 3 at age 89 in New York City, was the oldest sitting member of the Senate by a decade - California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, who turns 80 in a few weeks, now takes his place - and the last remaining veteran of World War II. (Here's a Wikipedia list of U.S. Senators by age).
These days, if you're behind the wheel with alcohol on your breath and you get stopped by police, you're in big trouble. Cindy Lightner and the organization she founded in 1980, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), deserve a lot of the credit for that, by raising public awareness of how drunk drivers were causing carnage on the roads and by pressing for tougher laws against driving while intoxicated. But an experimental psychologist, Herbert Moskowitz, should get some of the credit too, because his work made it possible to tell who was too tipsy to drive.
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