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With brief, occasional, italicized and sometimes gratuitous commentary…

•  From the Associated Press:

"The number of Americans applying for jobless benefits jumped last week, but not enough to raise concern about the consistently strong US labor market.

"US applications for unemployment benefits rose by 21,000 to 248,000 for the week ending August 5, from 227,000 the week before, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That’s the most in five weeks.

"The four-week moving average of claims, a less volatile reading, ticked up by 2,750 to 228,250."

•  Fox Business reports that "a New Hampshire woman and her husband have taken legal action against Eataly Boston LLC for an ankle injury that she says she suffered from slipping on a piece of meat in the Italian market.

"In the Friday lawsuit, Alice and Ronald Cohen allege a count of negligence and a count of loss of consortium in connection to the wife suffering a fracture that they say resulted from her slipping on prosciutto on Eataly Boston’s floor. The prosciutto-related fall occurred roughly 10 months ago as they visited the market, according to the complaint."

According to the story, "In the lawsuit, the Cohens request damages 'sufficient to compensate them fully and fairly for all the injuries and damages, including physical and emotional pain and suffering, and loss of consortium.' They also want 'interest costs and such further relief as the Court may deem proper,' according to the complaint."

Is it wrong that my first thought when reading the story was that it would've been a better story if she'd slipped on a banana peel in the produce department?

I hate these kinds of stories.  I feel bad if the woman got hurt, but mostly it just illustrates to me how litigious our culture has gotten.  There had to be a better way to resolve this issue in the courts.