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December 16th, 2010

Cell phones and GPS devices have led national-park visitors to do "stupid" things, confident that they will be saved from themselves.

(1) Cell phones and GPS devices have led national-park visitors to do "stupid" things, confident that they will be saved from themselves, a Grand Teton National Park spokesperson told The New York Times in August such as the lost, cold hiker who called rangers to ask for hot chocolate or the visitors flummoxed by cold weather who wanted a personal escort back to their campsite. In August, a party of hikers in Illinois called for (and received) three separate rescues in 24 hours. (2) The Milwaukee teachers' union filed an equal-rights lawsuit in August challenging health-insurance cutbacks by the budget-challenged Milwaukee Public Schools. The union was denouncing the elimination of Viagra as discrimination against men.
 
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