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Daily Talker: Study Says Summer Means More Road Rage

Summer officially starts on Saturday — which means warmer weather, vacations, and according to one study, more road rage.

Safeco Insurance found that about 3 in 10 drivers say they are more likely to tailgate, use the horn, yell, or gesture at other drivers in the summer. Those figures go up to around 40 percent on Friday afternoons and during holiday travel weekends like Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.



Daily Talker: Union Challenging MBTA Cell Phone Ban For Drivers

The union that represents MBTA drivers says it will go to court over the T’s new policy on cell phones.

The Boston Carmen’s Union says firing drivers just for carrying a cell phone on the job presumes they are guilty, and makes management the sole judge and jury.



Daily Talker: Move To All-Electronic Tolling Means No More Free Ride

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is moving towards all electronic toll collection on bridges, tunnels, and the Mass Pike. That means some drivers who got a free ride, won’t anymore.

The WBZ I-Team has learned a toll of at least 40 cents will soon be added to the ramps at the West Newton interchange of the Mass Pike. Currently, drivers could get on at exit 16, then get off at exit 17 in Newton for free.



Daily Talker: Uber Says New Rules Would Shut Down Service In Cambridge

Tuesday night, the Cambridge License Commission will vote on a series of regulations that could shut down ride-sharing services like UberX and Lyft.

According to a blog post from Uber, the new rules would include a $50 minimum price for any non-taxi car ride no matter the distance or time of the ride, a ban on requesting rides on-demand from anything other than a taxi, and prohibit the use of devices like phones and tablets in calculating fares.



Daily Talker: Should The Federal Government Regulate Smartphone Map Apps?

More and more people are using mapping programs on smartphones to help them get around and to avoid traffic jams. Now federal regulators say they want some oversight over these apps.

According to the New York Times, the Transportation Department is asking Congress for this authority, saying it already has authority over navigation aids. Language in a new transportation bill would allow the government to set restrictions on apps, and order changes if regulators determine they are unsafe, in the same way mechanical features are regulated.



Daily Talker: How Should The US Help Iraq?

The situation in Iraq is spiraling out of control, pushing the country to the brink of civil war.

Islamic extremists have taken control of several major cities, and are threatening to move toward Baghdad. They want Iraq to be run by strict Islamic law, and seem to be better equipped and organized than ever.



Daily Talker: Should Smoking Be Banned At The Beach?

Starting next week, smoking will be banned at six beaches at Cape Cod National Seashore.

Coast Guard Beach and Nauset Light Beach in Eastham, Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, Race Point Beach and Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown, and Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro will all prohibit smoking in guarded areas.



Daily Talker: Native American Tribe Airs Anti-Redskins Ad

The debate over whether the Washington Redskins should change its name went before basketball fans Tuesday night.

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation of Northern California purchased a 60 second ad during game 3 of the NBA finals in select cities across the country. Boston was not one of those cities.



Daily Talker: Senators Call For Criminal Investigation Into VA Scandal

A group of 21 Senators from both political parties are calling for the Attorney General to launch a criminal investigation into medical care delays at VA hospitals around the country.

“Evidence of secret waiting times, falsification of records, destruction of documents, and other potential criminal wrongdoing has appalled and angered the nation, and imperiled trust and confidence in the Veterans Health Administration,” said the letter authored by Sens. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), and signed by another 10 Democrats and 9 Republicans.



Daily Talker: Did School Go Too Far In Banning Parent Who Showed Gun License?

The father of an student at Stratton Elementary School in Arlington has been ordered to stay away from the campus for the rest of the year, after officials say he threatened the principal by showing his gun license.

“He apparently had no recourse other than to say I threatened his life, which i did not, said Robert Gordon. He says the principal was upset about some drawings his son made, claiming one looked like a male’s private body parts. Gordon says the picture was meant to be a ping pong gun shown in the movie “Despicable Me”.