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November 19 2013

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Toxic Waste Declines In Southern California Ocean Area

Southern Utah Surrenders 75-47 Decision to California

In response to the discovery, the EPA halted its cleanup plan and ordered a new round of tests to be completed during the next year. Researchers began collecting samples from the seafloor last month. "The precipitous drop needs to be explained," EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld told the newspaper. "The question we're answering is: Is the DDT still there?" Millions of pounds of the pesticide were dumped into county sewers from the late 1940s to the early 1970s. Wastewater, also contaminated with PCBs from industrial sites, emptied into the ocean and settled on the ocean floor. The area was declared an EPA Superfund site in 1996. A legal battle over the pollution ended in 2000 with Montrose Chemical Corp, other manufacturers and the county sanitation agency paying $140 million in settlements. Scientists have several theories about what's happening to the toxic chemicals.. The chemicals could be escaping into the water or covered by clean sediment deposited by the Palos Verdes Peninsula's landslide-prone coastline. EPA officials are nearly certain some of the polluted material is being swept off the shelf into waters more than 3,000 feet deep. They also say the compounds are shedding chlorine to become less toxic.
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Southern California 67, Northern Arizona 63

Wesley made all seven of his field goal attempts in the first half and finished 11-for-16 for USC with nine rebounds. Nikola Jovanovic added nine points for the Trojans (2-1). Aaseem Dixon and Quinton Upshur scored in double figures for the third straight game for Northern Arizona (1-2). Dixon finished with 20 points and Upshur had 18, while Max Jacobsen added 16. Northern Arizona opened up a 40-30 halftime lead despite shooting 38.2 percent from the floor to USCs 41.9. Wesley had 16 points at the half, while the rest of the Trojans shot 6-for-24 in the opening 20 minutes. Jacobsen made a layup in the first minute of the second half as the Lumberjacks matched their biggest lead of the game 42-30, but the Trojans began chipping away and retook the lead 48-46 on Jovanovics layup with 9:51 left. USC stretched the lead to seven but the Lumberjacks didnt go away, retaking the lead twice more in the final minutes before the Trojans finished the game on 6-0 run GAME NOTEBOOK: USC coach Andy Enfield used his third different starting lineup, moving freshman Roschon Prince and Chass Bryan back to the bench in favor of PeShon Howard and Jovanovic. J.T. Terrell, the top returning scorer for the Trojans, did not start for the second consecutive game because of poor classroom performance and finished with two points on 0-for-6 shooting. Northern Arizona committed just two first half turnovers and had six for the game. Tweet this
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Southern California student earns rare perfect score on AP Calculus exam

Solomon finished with a season-high 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots while Wallace had 15 points and four rebounds. The two combined with David Kravish to score 15 points during a 24-3 run in the second half when Cal pushed its lead to 38. A.J. Hess scored 14 points for Southern Utah. The Thunderbirds (1-2) shot just 29.3 percent. The Bears had just two players in double figures but led comfortably the entire way in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The game matched Cal coach Mike Montgomery against one of his former players. Southern Utah coach Nick Robinson, in his second year with the Thunderbirds, spent three seasons at Stanford when Montgomery coached the Cardinal before making the jump to the NBA. Montgomery returned to the college ranks in 2008 and has turned Cal from an also-ran to a perennial contender in the Pac-12. The win over Southern Utah raised the Bears record to 37-6 at home against non-conference opponents during Montgomery's tenure. This time, the teacher got the upper hand with a little help from Solomon, who helped the Bears dominate in the low post. Solomon got the Bears going early then provided another boost when he scored eight of Cal's first 14 points coming out of halftime. Wallace later made a 3-pointer and followed with a three-point play to push Cal's lead to 68-30.
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Southern California ports: New interim leader in L.A., October volume boost in Long Beach

Moore has served as the Los Angeles city engineer for the past decade, overseeing an annual operating budget of $149 million and 400 active projects totaling $2.9 billion. He previously was general manager of Los Angeles' Bureau of Engineering, where he was responsible for public infrastructure network. "Gary is a trusted public servant, with a 28-year track record with the city," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in a press release. "His leadership will be critical in our efforts to grow and maximize the port's economic impact while minimizing environmental concerns in harbor-area neighborhoods and the entire Los Angeles region." Moore's first order of business will be a trip to Japan, where he will meet with Japanese customers and port officials, Port of Los Angeles officials said. Port officials also reported that total October volume dipped 4.8 percent on a year-over-year basis to 684,207 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs). Imports dropped 5.1 percent to 346,138 TEUs, exports fell 5.7 percent to 169,568 TEUs, total loaded container volume decreased 5.3 percent to 515,706 TEUs and empty container volume declined 3 percent to 168,501 TEUs. The Port of Long Beach , Calif., reported that October volume climbed 8.7 percent to 576,502 TEUs as its annual three-month peak season for imports drew to a close. Imports rose 7.8 percent to 298,271 TEUs, exports increased 6 percent to 141,457 TEUs and empties jumped 13.9 percent to 136,774 TEUs. Total volume from August through October was up 14.4 percent versus the same 2012 period as U.S retailers stocked shelves ahead of the holiday shopping season, Long Beach port officials said in a traffic summary. More news from 11/18/2013
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Junior forward Cal Hanks added a free throw in the closing moments of the half and Southern Utah went into the break down 39-20. The Thunderbirds started the second period with five quick points as Hess knocked down his second three and Kennedy got behind the defense for a one-handled slam that brought the score to 42-25. The two sides then traded baskets before Cal ran off nine unanswered to extend the advantage to 53-27. Hess heated up in the closing minutes, hitting two more threes to bring his scoring total to a team-high 14 points, but the Bears continued to pull away and came out on top by a final count of 75-47. A.J. made some plays for us in the second half, made some shots which is good, commented Robinson. I thought Jayson had a lot of energy tonight, a couple of big-time offensive rebounds. Kennedy added another eight points for the Thunderbirds while Cheesman, Oliverson and Juwan Major each grabbed seven rebounds. Wallace led California with 15 points and Richard Solomon added another 14.
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California cruises past Southern Utah 75-47

18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- LiveU's video uplink solutions have been deployed by the University redirected of Southern California ( USC) athletic department, it was announced today, to power the school's Tunnel Vision live programming from Memorial Coliseum, coverage from road games, and stream full-length, live games online. Since the start of the 2013 football season, The Trojans have leveraged the LiveU solution to transmit pre-game and post-game live shows from the field branded as "Tunnel Vision." Coverage includes live feeds of players running onto the field for warm ups via the tunnel, Trojans Walk-by with fans down the 50 yard line seats, team prayer, cheerleader drills, Trojans mascot riding on to the field on horseback, and interviews with coaches and the Athletic Director by talent Katie Boggs in the 60 minute countdown to the game, and after the game. The show also mixes in b-roll taken earlier in the day such as players getting off the team bus, and more. USC also uses LiveU technology for other events throughout the week and the season including press conferences and banquets. Memorial Coliseum has hosted world-class sporting events ranging from Super Bowls to Olympic games. USC fans now get a new perspective of this landmark venue. "With LiveU, we can offer new unique types of very appealing content for fans, and a lot more of it," said Rich Rodriguez, USCTrojans.com Executive Producer. "This is extremely important given the length restrictions on actual game highlights we can post on our website.
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University Of Southern California To Deploy LiveU For Tunnel Vision: Live Video Coverage Of Trojans Athletics

Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Southern Utah 1-0, California 3-0. Away Record: Southern Utah 0-1, California 0-1. Neutral Record: Southern Utah 0-0, California 0-0. Conference Record: Southern Utah 0-0, California 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting. GAMES NOTES: The California Golden Bears will finish up a season-opening four- game homestand on Monday when they host the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in non- conference action at Haas Pavilion. It has been an even split for Southern Utah through the first two games of the season. After beginning the year with an 85-78 win over NAIA foe Arizona Christian, the Thunderbirds went on the road for the first time but came away with a 90-57 loss to Utah State. Playing well on the road was not a strength for the Thunderbirds last year when they managed just two wins in 14 trips away from home.
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Southern Utah (1-1) at California (3-0) (ET)

Only 11 got a perfect score. Southern California 17-year-old Nathan Chou is one of them. The Arcadia High School senior learned of the rare achievement earlier this month from the College Board, the nonprofit group that oversees the AP tests. Chou tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/IcpLYA ) he spent about four hours total studying for the calculus exam, with help from class-made study guides and practice tests. He says during the test he nearly ran out of time on the multiple-choice section. Nathan has maintained straight A's in high school and plays the violin and piano in the school's symphony orchestra. Chou's father says the family will visit one of Nathan's favorite restaurants to celebrate the accomplishment. ------
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November 17 2013

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Both Va. Attorney General Candidates Act Like Victors

NH county attorney loses bid for reinstatement

Suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams waits for the start of his hearing to get his job back in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, N.H. Thursday Nov. 14, 2013. Reams was stripped of his authority to prosecute and ordered out of his office. Reams lost his first bid for reinstatement  Thursday. Photo: Jim Cole, AP / AP Obenshain said in a news conference Wednesday it is "premature" to consider requesting a recount. "With a historically narrow margin, and the vote tally yet to be completed, the responsible thing to do is to prepare for a potential transition.'' Local electoral boards finished certifying the vote Tuesday, giving Herring a margin of 0.007%. The state Board of Election is to certify the vote Nov. 25. Since Virginia law does not provide for automatic recounts, Obenshain would have to ask for one. If Herring prevails, Democrats will hold all five statewide offices in Virginia for the first time since 1990. "We will get back to putting ideology and partisanship aside, and putting the law and Virginians first,'' Herring said in a statement Wednesday. "It's a close race but we believe we've prevailed and his chances of prevailing are extraordinarily slim,'' Herring spokeswoman Ellen Qualls said. "We think we have an extraordinarily larger shot at this so we're assuming that Mark Herring is the attorney general-elect.'' State Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, a candidate for attorney general, speaks during a new conference Nov.
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DC attorney general wants federal judge to review documents sought in corruption probe

epa03942587 A visitor walks between lamps and mirrors during the exposition Thompson, who has not been charged with a crime, is suspected of funneling $653,000 in illicit funds into Mayor Vincent Grays 2010 campaign. While he is not named in court documents as the suspected source of the funds, he has been identified in open court and by attorneys for his associates. Several of his associates have pleaded guilty to felonies some for their involvement in what prosecutors called the shadow campaign for Gray; others for making straw contributions on Thompsons behalf to candidates for local and federal office. In April 2011, less than four months after Gray took office, Thompson informed the citys Department of Health Care Finance that his firm had not been adequately reimbursed for the rates it was paying to childrens dental providers. The department reviewed the claim and determined that the rates were too high, director Wayne Turnage said. Thompson agreed to settle for $7.5 million and drop a pending lawsuit. Nathan, who was appointed by Gray, said in a letter to Machen that his office has already produced nearly 20,000 documents related to the federal investigation of Grays 2010 campaign. He said there was no wrongdoing in the settlement with Thompsons now-defunct firm, D.C. Chartered Health Plan, and that the documents Machen is seeking are routine communications that are protected by attorney-client and other legal privileges.
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Attorney: Witnesses back Winston

The resolution was introduced by Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, who claims Holder has committed the offenses of lying to Congress, refusing to comply with a subpoena, and failing to fulfill his oath of office. Olson cites Holders unwillingness to cooperate during the investigation into the botched Operation Fast and Furious, his refusal to prosecute those involved IRS targeting of conservative groups, his failure to enforce laws including the Defense of Marriage Act, and his false testimony about the DOJs monitoring of Fox News journalist James Rosen as articles that are grounds for impeachment. For nearly five years, Attorney General Holder has systematically deceived Congress and destroyed the credibility of the Justice Department in the eyes of the American people, Olson said in a statement. Olson was joined by 19 other Republican representatives in the resolution. One House Democrat spoke out against the resolution before it was introduced Thursday, calling it the most fundamental abuse of the impeachment power. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a former federal prosecutor who led the Senate in the impeachment of a federal judge in 2010, said the articles of impeachment in the resolution are simply a list of debunked conspiracy theories. It is the height of irresponsibility to use the Congress's power to impeach office holders a power that has been used very rarely and judiciously to settle political scores, Schiff said. The House Republican Leadership should disavow this misguided effort immediately; it is far more damaging to Congress and its impeachment authority than to anyone in the administration. The DOJ did not respond to requests for comment from Fox News. FOX NEWS FIRST NEWSLETTER
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Explosion Reported Near District Attorney's Office In Oregon

attorney general should hand over e-mails By Editorial Board , U.S. ATTORNEY Ronald C. Machen Jr. has come under increasing criticism for the pace of his investigation into the 2010 campaign of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D). We, too, would like to see a resolution of these troubling questions. But federal prosecutors have faced considerable obstacles in getting needed information. The latest example of a speed bump is the refusal by D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan to give prosecutors e-mails and other documents related to the payment of millions of dollars to a city contractor who is at the center of the probe. Federal prosecutors, The Posts Ann E.
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D.C. attorney general should hand over e-mails

"I think that it's safe to assume that had this bomb went off as it was intended to, it would have most likely destroyed most of the building, and we believe that was the intent of the suspect," Budreau told the Medford Mail Tribune (http://bit.ly/1aTtdUX ). Budreau said the device included what appeared to be a propane tank that was found burning in front of the district attorney's office after the explosion was reported about 4:30 a.m. The device didn't fully detonate, he said, leaving the tank as a valuable clue for investigators. "But it did catch fire and emitted a large flame until it eventually burned out," he said. Budreau says police are searching for a man who ran from an officer several blocks away. "We're not sure if that is going to be related to this case or if it's going to be unrelated," he said. The resulting fire from the blast did not spread to nearby buildings. The office is part of a cluster of government offices in downtown Medford.
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Reams has lost his first bid for reinstatement. Photo: Jim Cole, AP Suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams, right, and his... Font Page 1 of 1 CONCORD, N.H. (AP) Veteran Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams suspended last week at the outset of a state and federal investigation into his office has lost his first bid for reinstatement. Reams and his lawyer argued in Merrimack County Superior Court on Thursday that the attorney general did not have the authority to strip him of prosecutorial authority because no criminal charges had been filed against Reams. Judge Richard McNamara the judge who granted Attorney General Joseph Foster 's Nov. 8 request to replace Reams pending the outcome of the investigation said Reams must file a separate motion to challenge Foster's authority. Attorney Michael Ramsdell argued that Foster acted unconstitutionally when he suspend Reams, who is an elected, constitutional officer. Reams has held the country's top law enforcement spot since 1998. Ramsdell said Reams is being paid during his suspension. Reams' attorney, Michael Ramsdell, said the only other time a county attorney has been removed from office was in 1975 and only after criminal charges were filed. "I don't dispute that the attorney general has the authority to suspend a county attorney," Ramsdell told McNamara.
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House Republicans introduce resolution to impeach Attorney General Holder

"Mr. Meggs' office hopefully will do a thorough and independent investigation and Mr. Winston will be exonerated as soon as possible." Chief Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman said her office has communicated with the complainant and her aunt, an attorney who is representing her. Winston practiced with the second-ranked Seminoles (9-0) on Thursday and is preparing to start Saturday's game against Syracuse. "He's been great," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "He went out and practiced well and played well and eliminated, as far as I can understand, the distractions, and practiced well." Fisher would not comment about the specifics of the case. Winston is considered one of the front-runners for the Heisman Trophy. The redshirt freshman has passed for 2,661 yards and 26 touchdowns in his first season as a starter. Florida State president Eric Barron urged caution until more details are known. "The only thing we say is, 'Let's not prejudge.' From any sort of legal basis, the university is hands off," Barron said. "We have to wait for the professionals to do their job and make their ruling." Florida State police released a report on Thursday that indicates a woman called university police at 3:22 a.m. on Dec.
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November 15 2013

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Lawyer Of Bernie Ecclestone's Ex-wife Briefly Suspected F1 Chief Had Orchestrated Robbery At His Home

Lawyer for Goldman's Tourre to join Kramer Levin

Jets superfan and convicted killer Kurt Paschke, plus Pats supporters Amanda MacDowell, Jaclyn Nugent, and David James Sacco, were charged with charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct. However, a second video apparently shows more of the altercation. According to the Bergen Record , "The new footage was screened privately Wednesday night inside East Rutherfords municipal court for the attorneys of four people charged in the fight. Taken from security cameras inside MetLife Stadium, the video revealed for the first time in court contains an additional eight to 10 seconds of the melee." Unsurprisingly, lawyers for the defendants all claimed the new footage cleared their clients! Lawyer Warren E. Sutnick said, What we saw on this video is very similar to what you saw on YouTube, and its consistent with Amanda MacDowells argument that Mr. Paschke was the aggressor." And Joseph Cataldo, whose client Jaclyn Nugent was seen getting punched by Paschke, said, "I dont think theres any dispute in this case that Mr. Paschke is the aggressor." However, NJ State Police claim that MacDowell and Nugent kicked Paschke first . Paschke's lawyer Aida Leisenring said, "Theres not much there that changes our position. Its basically absurd that this case is being prosecuted. They should all have a beer together and go home." Because nothing brings greater peace and harmony to belligerent sports fans than alcohol. There's no trial date yet.
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Lawyer Wants To Snoop Through Private Messages

Mullens was subsequently lent 15 million by Ecclestone's ex-wife Slavica, who he was assisting in divorce proceedings at the time, in order to beef up his security. Recounting the robbery on Thursday at the High Court, where Mullens and Ecclestone are co-defendants in a $140 million damages claim brought by German media firm Constantin Medien, Mullens said that he was ready to "change my life, give up my practice and leave the country", so traumatised was he by the experience which happened in April 2009. Mullens was a legal advisor and trustee of Bambino Holdings, the Ecclestone family trust, for whom he was the appointed director on the Formula One board, but fell out with Ecclestone in early 2008 after taking Mrs Ecclestone's side in the divorce. Asked by Philip Marshall QC, for the plaintiff Constantin Medien, whether he felt "personally threatened" by Ecclestone at that time, Mullens paused before replying: "I don't think Mr Ecclestone was entirely happy." Related Articles 11 Nov 2013 Marshall then asked Mullens whether he suspected that Ecclestone had "orchestrated" the robbery. "It crossed my mind that he may have," Mullens said. "It also crossed my mind that a very large number of other people who I had dealings with professionally and personally may have been involved. "That's what happens when you have been subjected to an horrific trauma. You try to understand why." Asked in a separate exchange on Wednesday whether he had ever felt physically threatened by Ecclestone, Mullens said: "No." "Didn't you consider that there was some break-in to one of your properties which were linked to him?" Marshall continued. "It went through my mind for one second and then went straight out." It emerged that in the months following the robbery, Mullens was lent 15m by Slavica Ecclestone to spend on security after threatening to leave the country.
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Bernie Ecclestone suspected of organising Coffey, 57, was co-lead counsel at trial for Tourre, a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc vice president who the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accused of misleading investors in a mortgage investment called Abacus 2007-AC1. A federal jury in New York found Tourre liable on six of the seven charges against him in August. His lawyers have asked for a new trial. Coffey, a former federal prosecutor, joined the Tourre case shortly after the closure of a company he had co-founded in 2011 called BlackRobe Capital Partners that had aimed to provide financing for complex litigation. Prior to setting up BlackRobe, Coffey had run unsuccessfully as a candidate in the 2010 Democratic primary race to succeed then-New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. He joined the race after leaving the New York plaintiffs law firm Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann in 2009. He made his mark at the firm obtaining $6.1 billion in settlements for investors in WorldCom Inc, which filed for bankruptcy in 2002. "The Fabrice Tourre trial this summer reminded people I like to try complicated cases, and a bunch of firms reached out," Coffey said Wednesday. Barry Berke, co-chairman of Kramer Levin's litigation group, said Coffey's arrival will expand the firm's ability to file lawsuits for institutional clients, who he said are increasingly interested in bringing cases. Berke added, though, that the 375-lawyer firm is not going to compete with litigation boutiques that have made a specialty of suing banks on behalf of financial clients. "We're not going to sue banks or accounting firms," Berke said. Coffey is not the only lawyer from Tourre's trial to land a law firm job.
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Serial killer facing execution in Mo.; lawyer says he's changed

joseph paul franklin A link has been sent to your friend's email address. 3 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Serial killer facing execution in Mo.; lawyer says he's changed AP 3:35 p.m. EST November 15, 2013 Joseph Paul Franklin sits in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court at the start of his murder trial in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1998. (Photo: Al Behrman, AP) Joseph Paul Franklin is scheduled to be put to death at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday His lawyer says Franklin thinks he should stay alive to help others overcome racism His crime spree lasted several years and traversed the country SHARE 11 CONNECT 21 TWEET 3 COMMENTEMAILMORE ST. LOUIS (AP) No one knows exactly how many atrocities Joseph Paul Franklin committed as he crossed the country more than three decades ago, fueled by hatred of blacks and Jews. Along the way he bombed a synagogue, robbed banks, shot and wounded a porn icon and killed, by his own account, nearly two dozen people. Even among the hard-core criminals on Missouri's death row, Franklin is perhaps the most notorious, a cunning killer who picked out victims at random, using marksman skills to murder and maim from a hidden spot in a vacant building, a grassy field and a highway overpass. "All of his acts were kind of cowardly," said St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch, whose prosecution sent Franklin to death row. "He just hid in the weeds and shot people." Franklin, 63, is scheduled to be put to death at 12:01 a.m.
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Lawyer For Jets Fan Who Brawled With Patriots Fans: 'They Should All Have A Beer Together'

2013_10_jetsfanpunch.jpg Bulgers lawyer J.W. Carney said Wednesday that his client had offered to plead guilty to all charges in exchange for leniency for his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. The trial, for some, was one more burden on a city still coping with the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings . But in her statement, Casper referred to these complaints, eloquently quashing Bulgers ego and dispensing forever, she hopes, his role in Boston history. This year, 2013, with all thats happened in this city, the city of Boston, both tragic and triumphant, you and the horrible things that were recounted by your cohorts during the course of this trial do not and should not represent this city," she said. "If anything represents this city, from this trial, its that after an orderly proceeding in which both parties were very well represented by counsel, a jury did the hard work that jurors do and rendered a fair and just verdict that reflected careful review of the evidence and application of the law. Many of the family members who spoke Wednesday said they hoped to finally put this decades-long ordeal behind them. Theres never really closure, but at least you can put it behind you. I do feel good today, said Patricia Donahue outside court on Wednesday.
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'Whitey' Bulger sentenced to life; lawyer says he will appeal

Georgia Cappleman, chief assistant state attorney, said Thursday she could not speak to why there was a delay in prosecutors receiving the case. She also said there is no timeline for a decision on how to proceed with the case, though no decision is expected within the next few days. Typically, a delay can result from a lack of evidence in a case, or a lack of cooperation from the accuser. Florida State released a statement Wednesday saying that Winston's status with the team has not changed, and he is expected to start Saturday against Syracuse . Winston and the Seminoles practiced again Thursday, and coach Jimbo Fisher said the QB "took every snap, every rep, practiced extremely well this week." "He's been great," Fisher said. "He went out and practiced well and played well and eliminated, as far as I can understand, the distractions, and practiced well." Fisher had no comment when asked why he thought the case was being brought website up again or how long Florida State has known about the incident. He did say players have rallied around each other this week. "We've had a lot of adversity," he said. "There's a lot more behind the scenes than goes on at football practice. We've dealt with different issues that go on during the season. Our guys have dealt with adversity and we'll handle it. "Success brings a lot of clutter from other things, and there are always things that go on. You have to learn to separate on the field and off the field, and our guys are doing a nice job of that." Florida State is 9-0 and second in the BCS standings.
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Lawyer: Two back QB's account

His soft-spoken courtroom manner conceals a steely will to fight the government at every turnnot because hes a dissident, exactly, but because he believes with a fundamentalists fervor in the adversary system. He won an acquittal in the Ruby Ridge case of 1993, in which his client was accused of murdering a deputy U.S. marshal during a North Idaho standoff. In other cases, Nevin has defended neo-Nazis and a mother who helped her 14-year-old son buy a handgun he used to kill a policeman. The 2004 trial I watched closely involved Sami al-Hussayen, a Saudi computer science doctoral student at the University of Idaho accused of providing technical assistance to Muslim charities that allegedly promoted violence and applauded attacks on the U.S. Persuaded by Nevin that al-Hussayen may have held offensive ideas but didnt constitute an imminent threat, the jury rejected the governments contention that the young man provided material support to terrorists. After studying all the evidence, I had to agree with the not-guilty verdict, even though I didnt share Nevins admiration for his client, a visitor who used a lot of his time in this country aiding venomous extremists. (In the end, as I wrote in a book called American Islam , a certain measure of rough justice was done; the U.S. deported al-Hussayen because of immigration violations.) Khalid Sheik Mohammed is different. I understand, in theory, why Nevin and his partner, Scott McKay, volunteered to take the case. They believe that the militarys version of a trial doesnt meet constitutional muster. This is not a system that is set up to deliver justice, Nevin told CBSs Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes. He criticized government eavesdropping on his communication with his client.
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The Lawyer Representing the 9/11 Defendant Who Killed My Friend

-- People fighting a drug rehab are laughing and shaking their heads watching an exclusive CBS 12 interview. It's all about controversial letters sent to Juno Beach residents telling them that lawyers are coming after their personal emails, phone records, and computers. The lawyer who sent the letters is breaking his silence about what some neighbors are calling scare tactics. At first James Green, the attorney for the drug rehab, didn't want to comment about these letters. Now he's defending the letters that go way too far according to some families here in Juno Beach. "I'm protecting my children, if they don't like it bring it," said resident Lori Ramirez. Lori is raising two energetic boys. Finishing homework and dinner are the battles any mother expects to fight. But ever since the drug rehab moved in right across the street, Lori says protecting her family's future is getting complicated. She said, "They want it right in front of my children and everybody's families." The battle to legally operate a drug rehab on Venus Drive hasn't been easy for Recovery Resources. Families opposing the rehab recently scored a big win when the town council voted down a plan that would have kept the rehab in the neighborhood for another 10 years. The letters came next, telling the families to save private emails, call records and more because the lawyer for the drug rehab plans on coming after all of it. The attorney for the drug rehab James Green says he's serious about that threat. "I might not be able to get them for another six, twelve, eighteen months, but I'll get them," said Green. He's accusing the neighbors and town officials of discriminating against disabled people, he says that includes people going through rehab. Green said, "It's not a tactic, I'm going to get the evidence, I've got a right to the evidence and they can't go around destroying evidence." "Destroy what evidence?" asked Lori, "That's ridiculous, what does he think we're doing? We shared Green's interview with Lori Thursday night, and she says the letter didn't scare her and this doesn't either. "I have nothing to hide, none of us have anything to hide," said Lori.
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November 14 2013

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Stanford-southern Cal Preview

Southern California McDonald's Kicks Off Annual Ronald McDonald House Charities 'Give A Hand' Fundraiser To Raise Money For Families In Need

5 Cardinal look to put themselves on the cusp of playing for a second straight conference title by beating the host Trojans for a fifth consecutive time Saturday night. Stanford (8-1, 6-1) stunned Oregon on Nov. 7, scoring the first 26 points of a 26-20 win to drop the Ducks from the ranks of the unbeaten. The Cardinal lead the North Division by a half-game on No. 6 Oregon, so wins in their two remaining conference games would assure them of reaching - and possibly hosting - the Pac-12 title game on Dec. 7 for the second year in a row. After facing the Trojans (7-3, 4-2), Stanford will host last-place California next weekend. It concludes the regular season with a visit from Notre Dame on Nov.
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4 Marines killed in Southern California training accident

I really believe that if our guys play that hard night in and night out were going to win our share of basketball games. The announced attendance was 4,116, although there were plenty of empty seats for Enfields first home game, typical of the attendance for basketball games at the football-dominated school. As long as were winning, were going to attract more people, Oraby said. Everyone is excited about the new coaching staff and new style of play. Trailing by 11 at halftime, the Matadors whittled their deficit down to 58-54 on two free throws by Greene. From there, the Trojans took over with a 26-7 run, including nine straight points, which pushed their lead to 84-61 with just over five minutes left. Oraby scored seven of their nine points during one stretch in which the Trojans kept feeding him down low. J.T. Terrell added eight points in the spurt. Were still trying to figure out everybodys roles on the team, but as you can see were pretty deep, Wesley said. Terrell didnt start the game because of what Enfield said was academic reasons. PeShon Howard and Strahinja Gavriolovic also were benched, with two freshmen and a sophomore replacing the trio. My teammates did a great job finding me in the post, Oraby said. I feel very comfortable. I worked a lot in the offseason on my conditioning to fit into an up-tempo offense. The Trojans lost 78-65 at Utah State in their season opener last Friday, Enfields debut after leaving Florida Gulf Coast, where he took the tiny school on a surprising run to the final 16 of the NCAA tournament in March.
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Agholor, Southern California pound Cal 62-28

2013-11-9 usc ed orgeron javorius allen "I think most of the time I've had bad luck on my birthday," Dykes said. "I'm not sure why." GALLERY: THE BEST ACTION FROM WEEK 11 Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams is tackled by Wyoming safety Chad Reese and nose guard Patrick Mertens during the first quarter at War Memorial Stadium. Troy Babbitt, USA TODAY Sports Southern Miss Golden Eagles running back Tyre Bracken runs toward Louisiana Tech Bulldogs linebacker Daniel Cobb during the second quarter at Joe Aillet Stadium. Chuck Cook, USA TODAY Sports Notre Dame tight end Ben Koyack makes a catch past Pittsburgh defensive back Ray Vinopal during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Kevin Norwood catches a touchdown pass in front of LSU Tigers cornerback Jalen Mills during the second quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. John David Mercer, USA TODAY Sports Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Ben Koyack catches a pass over Pittsburgh Panthers safety Ray Vinopal in the second quarter at Heinz Field. Matt Cashore, USA TODAY Sports Texas Longhorns defensive end Cedric Reed celebrates after recovering a fumble in the second quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Milan Puskar Stadium. Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports Illinois Fighting Illini running back Josh Ferguson runs the ball against Indiana Hoosiers safety Brandon Grubbe during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium. Pat Lovell, USA TODAY Sports Syracuse Orange quarterback Terrel Hunt gains yardage against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium. Mitch Stringer, USA TODAY Sports Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs runs for a touchdown against Nevada in the fourth quarter at Hughes Stadium. Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports TCU Horned Frogs receiver David Porter is tackled by the Iowa State Cyclones cornerback Sam Richardon. Reese Strickland, USA TODAY Sports Syracuse Orange halfback Brisly Estime stiff arms Maryland Terrapins defensive back A.J. Hendy. Mitch Stringer, USA TODAY Sports Nevada Wolf Pack linebacker Jordan Dobrich hits Colorado State Rams running back Donnell Alexander during the first quarter. Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports North Carolina Tar Heels defensive back Dominique Green intercepts a pass and returns it for a touchdown against the Virginia Cavaliers. Bob Donnan, USA TODAY Sports USC Trojans tailback Silas Redd hurdles California Golden Bears cornerback Cedric Dozier. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports SMU Mustangs quarterback Garrett Gilbert's stretch for a touchdown was nullified by a holding penalty during the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats. Rob Leifheit, USA TODAY Sports Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Brandon Felder tries to catch a pass during the third quarter against the Minnesota Gophers. Brad Rempel, USA TODAY Sports Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Ameer Abdullah is tackled by Michigan Wolverines defenders during the first quarter. Rick Osentoski, USA TODAY Sports Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Kevin Peterson intercepts a ball intended for Kansas Jayhawks running back Tony Pierson. Richard Rowe, USA TODAY Sports Utah Utes quarterback Travis Wilson tries to get away from Arizona State Sun Devils defensive end Davon Coleman during the first quarter. Chris Nicoll, USA TODAY Sports Navy Midshipmen quarterback Keenan Reynolds throws the ball during the first quarter against the Hawaii Warriors. Tommy Gilligan, USA TODAY Sports Navy Midshipmen long snapper Joe Cardona strips the ball from Hawaii Warriors wide receiver Donnie King Jr. during the first quarter. Tommy Gilligan, USA TODAY Sports Wisconsin Badgers cornerback Darius Hillary breaks up a second-quarter pass intended for BYU Cougars wide receiver Cody Hoffman. Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Reggie Davis makes a second-half catch over Appalachian State Mountaineers defensive back Dante Blackmon. Dale Zanine, USA TODAY Sports Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive back Jamerson Love intercepts a first-quarter pass intended for Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Derel Walker. Thomas Campbell, USA TODAY Sports Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Darian Claiborne tackles Mississippi State Bulldogs running back LaDarius Perkins during the first quarter. Thomas Campbell, USA TODAY Sports Texas A&M Aggies safety Sam Moeller blocks Mississippi State Bulldogs kicker Devon Bell's punt for a safety during the first quarter. Thomas Campbell, USA TODAY Sports Western Kentucky Hilltoppers wide receiver Willie McNeal scores a touchdown against the Army Black Knights. Danny Wild, USA TODAY Sports Army Black Knights running back Terry Baggett reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Danny Wild, USA TODAY Sports North Carolina Tar Heels defensive back Justin Fieulleteau tries to block the second-quarter punt of Virginia Cavaliers punter Alec Vozenilek. Bob Donnan, USA TODAY Sports North Carolina Tar Heels running back Romar Morris runs the ball against during the second quarter against the Virginia Cavaliers. Bob Donnan, USA TODAY Sports Ole Miss Rebels kicker Andrew Ritter kicks a field goal during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks. Spruce Derden, USA TODAY Sports Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver Julian Horton reaches out for a pass while defended by Ole Miss Rebels defensive back Trae Elston. Spruce Derden, USA TODAY Sports Ole Miss Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace advances the ball during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks. Spruce Derden, USA TODAY Sports SMU Mustangs quarterback Garrett Gilbert throws a pass during the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats. Rob Leifheit, USA TODAY Sports Western Kentucky Hilltoppers wide receiver Nicholas Norris catches a pass during the first half against the Army Black Knights. Danny Wild, USA TODAY Sports Missouri Tigers wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham catches a touchdown pass while defended by Kentucky Wildcats cornerback Rodney Cox. Mark Zerof, USA TODAY Sports Auburn Tigers running back Tre Mason runs for a third-quarter touchdown against the Tennessee Volunteers. Randy Sartin, USA TODAY Sports Vanderbilt Commodores quarterback Patton Robinette runs the ball in for a touchdown during the second quarter. Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Georgia Bulldogs kicker Marshall Morgan tackles Appalachian State Mountaineers wide receiver Tony Washington after a second-quarter kickoff. Dale Zanine, USA TODAY Sports Florida State Seminoles linebacker Christian Jones hits Wake Forest Demon Deacons quarterback Tanner Price during the first quarter. Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY Sports Florida Gators defensive back Marcus Roberson returns a second-quarter punt against the Vanderbilt Commodores. Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Florida Gators defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III defends Vanderbilt Commodores wide receiver Jordan Matthews during the second quarter. Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Appalachian State Mountaineers quarterback Kameron Bryant is tackled during the first quarter by Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Ramik Wilson. Dale Zanine, USA TODAY Sports Georgia Bulldogs running back Brendan Douglas (22) and wide receiver James Eunice mishandle a kickoff during the first quarter against Appalachian State. Dale Zanine, USA TODAY Sports Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall is sacked by Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Cameron Sutton. Randy Sartin, USA TODAY Sports Tennessee Volunteers running back Rajion Neal runs for a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers. Randy Sartin, USA TODAY Sports Florida Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy throws the ball to running back Valdez Showers (right) while pressured by Vanderbilt Commodores linebacker Karl Butler. Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Minnesota Gophers running back David Cobb catches a pass from quarterback Philip Nelson during the first quarter. Brad Rempel, USA TODAY Sports Auburn Tigers tight end C.J. Uzomah catches a first-half touchdown while defended by Tennessee Volunteers linebacker Dontavis Sapp. Jim Brown, USA TODAY Sports Louisville Cardinals cornerback Terell Floyd makes the interception and returns the ball for a touchdown against the Connecticut Huskies in the second half at Rentschler Field. David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports Louisville Cardinals cornerback Charles Gaines intercepts a pass intended for Connecticut Huskies wide receiver Shakim Phillips in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports New Mexico's Jeric Magnant celebrates his touchdown catch against Air Force with teammate Crusoe Gongbay in the first half in Albuquerque, N.M. Ross D.
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Southern California mobilizes for Philippine disaster relief

Wednesday. The donation number will be 818-821-1080. The fundraising effort got a big boost from The Walt Disney Co., which announced it was donating $500,000 to the American Red Cross and Save the Children to assist relief efforts in the Philippines. The company said it will also match any donations made by its employees. An estimated 10,000 are feared dead as a result of the typhoon, which unleashed winds upwards of 200 miles per hour and wreaked havoc in the central Philippines late Friday and early Saturday. Experts say it is one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. I did see an overwhelming expression of support from our community, at least in Southern California, Hellen Barber De La Vega, consul general for the Philippines in Los Angeles told the Los Angeles Times. In the last two days, with the images of whats happening in the Philippines, we have already received so many queries. The Filipino Christian Church in Westlake held a rummage sale over the weekend and plans on hosting another one on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 301 N. Union Ave., with all proceeds benefiting typhoon victims. Donations can also be made through the churchs website at www.fdccla.org . Monetary contributions are also being coordinated by the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles, and information is updated regularly on that website, www.philippineconsulatela.org . In Long Beach, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, known as NAFCON, held a press conference Tuesday announcing it will host fundraising efforts throughout the week on its website, nafconusa.org, as well as a vigil Friday in partnership with the Filipino Migrant Center, where donations would be accepted.
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Henry Pedregon, Hacienda Heights Why does Pasadena have the highest pension costs? I wonder if anyone else noticed the Oct. 30 Wall Street Journal article listing Pasadena as having 43 percent of the citys general fund being required for pension costs? Thats the highest in the country, above number two San Jose at 30.9 percent, and astronomically above a 250 U.S. city median of 10 percent, based on 2012 public filings. Even Oakland shows only 28.9 percent and they were close to bankruptcy at last report. Sounds like Pasadenas politicians have some explaining to do. Bill Warren, Pasadena A party of contradictions The Republican Party is full of contradictions. They are opposed to big government while they deny a womans right to choose.
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Southern California beats CS Northridge 95-79 in matchup of new coaches Enfield and Theus

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 12:  Workers start removing pieces of scaffolding on the Washington Monument after repairing the damage caused by the earthquake in 2011, on November 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. The National Park Service estimated repairs would cost roughly $15 million to repair large cracks in the structure.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California McDonald's restaurants launched the annual Ronald McDonald House Charities "GiveA Hand" fundraiser to help raise meaningful funds for its "Charity of Choice." Ronald McDonald House Charities creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. From now until Nov. 20, 2013, supporters will be able to give a hand to families in need by purchasing a paper hand at all participating McDonald's restaurants in Southern California. Each donation, available in $1, $3 or $5 denominations, supports Ronald McDonald House Charities family-centered programs in the U.S., such as Ronald McDonald Houses, that enable families with sick children to stay together during their treatment, helping them cope better and heal faster. The more hands sold, the more families are helped. In addition to the "Give A Hand" fundraiser, McDonald's supports Ronald McDonald House Charities year-round through donations from Happy Meal or Mighty Kids Meal sales, in-restaurant Ronald McDonald House Charities Donation Boxes and various local initiatives. The local chapter, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, operates six Ronald McDonald Houses, two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a Community Grants Board and four scholarship programs. "For nearly 35 years, local McDonald's restaurants have been supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, and because of it, so many local families in need have been able to heal together and find the vital resources they need to help their children reach their full potential," said Clay Paschen III, McDonald's owner/operator and president of the McDonald's Operators' Association of Southern California (MOASC). "Southern California McDonald's are proud to again support the 'Give A Hand' fundraiser, and encourage residents to make a donation during their next visit." New this year, McDonald's has partnered with Snapfish by HP to strengthen the annual fundraiser by celebrating customers who donate through a Family Togetherness Photo Contest . The Family Togetherness Photo Contest invites families to upload a photo that demonstrates what family togetherness means to them. Families who enter will have the chance to win prizes including a family vacation, prizes from Snapfish by HP, and more. Join this year's Ronald McDonald House Charities "Give A Hand" conversation online by following @McDonalds_SoCal and @RMHC_SoCal and using #GiveAHand. About McDonald's MOASC is comprised of more than 600 franchised and company-owned McDonald's restaurants in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Visit us online at www.McDonaldsSoCal.com , or follow us on Twitter: @McDonalds_SoCal . About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California For more than 35 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California (RMHCSC) programs have been committed to providing comfort, care and support to children and families across Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. RMHCSC operates six Ronald McDonald Houses in Bakersfield, Loma Linda, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Orange and Pasadena and two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, which help seriously-ill children and their families stay together during difficult times.
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Southern California Indians had own Trail of Tears: Letters to the Editor

The accident happened at 11 a.m. during a range maintenance operation at the San Diego County coastal base. Officials were investigating the cause and provided no further details on the training or the accident. The identities of the dead were being withheld pending notification of relatives. "We offer our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the families of the Marines lost today in this tragic accident," said Brig. Gen. John W. Bullard, commanding general of Marine Corps Installations West at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. "Our first priority is to provide the families with the support they need during this difficult time." The deaths come about eight months after a mortar explosion killed seven Marines during a live-fire training exercise in Nevada. A military investigation determined human error was to blame for that accident.
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November 10 2013

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Exclusive: Mob Attorney Bruce Cutler Punches Man At Swanky Manhattan Steakhouse: Cops

Porter House The combative Cutler, 65, was handcuffed Thursday night after punching a 38-year-old lawyer inside the Porter House at Columbus Circle (pictured), sources say. RELATED: JUDGE RUBS OUT MOB COP VERDICT. OVERTURNS CONVICTIONS DUE TO TIME TECHNICALITY One of his friends thought he recognized the lawyer and Googled Cutler to confirm it, he said. Aiello, a married father of two, lives in Dyker Heights, where hes known as a nice guy. Hes aces always pleasant, gets along with everyone, everyone likes him, said one neighbor. Hes a professional, suit and tie, works lots of hours. Cutler would not comment directly on what happened, but he was on his best behavior during his cameo on the CBS drama Blue Bloods Friday night. Julia Xanthos/New York Daily News A restaurant employee says Cutler, who was sitting with some judges, was annoyed at the noise level in the busy eatery. Sporting a light blue suit, Cutler saved a Russian gangster and an art dealer from getting grilled in a police precinct interrogation room. You going to charge him with anything? he asks Donnie Wahlbergs detective character.
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Attorney for Jonathan Martin says tackle endured harassment from Dolphins teammates

The people who work there are very close to me. The broken-hearted Cutler fared better than diner John Aiello who suffered a black eye when, police say, Cutler whacked him Thursday night. Aiello, 38, of Brooklyn is a bit of legal heavyweight himself. RELATED: VICTORIA GOTTI IN HOSPITAL AFTER STROKE The Georgetown law school graduate spent eight years as a Goldman Sachs vice president before moving to private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg last year. Cutler said hed received a large number of positive calls after news of the Thursday night punch spread. porterhousenewyork.com Lawyer Bruce Cutler fought with a fellow diner at the Porter House restaurant (pictured) at Columbus Circle in New York City. Its overwhelming how supportive people seem to be for this kind of alleged infraction, said Cutler, speaking like a lawyer even when hes the defendant. He appeared Friday night on the CBS series Blue Bloods, playing himself without throwing a punch. RELATED: VICTORIA GOTTI LIMITED BY PARALYSIS AFTER STROKE Cutler was dining at the steakhouse with several judges when he complained about the noise from the table where Aiello was sitting with another man and two women.
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Maryland candidates for attorney general seek to set themselves apart at law school forum

A clearer statewide picture is likely to emerge after Nov. 12, when the state board of elections will begin reviewing local totals. Once we pass that Wednesday deadline, we enter a phase where significant changes to the margin between the candidates are unlikely, Wasserman said. ( QUIZ: Do you know the news: 2013 election results edition ) Then the board has until Nov. 25 to certify the results. At that point, the loser may request a recount if the margin is within 1 percent. In 2005, Republican and now-Gov. Bob McDonnell picked up 37 votes in a recount for attorney general over Democrat Creigh Deeds, winning the election by 360 votes. Both candidates camps have said they believe theyll pull ahead, deferring the question of whether they are certain to ask for a recount if theyre on the losing end come Nov.
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Virginia attorney general: ?Anyone?s race?

Mark Obenshain (left) and Mark Herring are shown. | AP Photos Joshua Gene Macaroni, of Quitman, Ga., made a brief appearance before a Wake County judge Friday on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of felony assault on a juvenile with a deadly weapon. He is free on a $225,000 secured bond. Macaroni, 32, is the second man arrested after the Vortex ride spun into motion last month as people were trying to get out, flinging people through the air before they crashed down onto the steel decking. Dan Boyce, Macaroni's lawyer, said his client plans to plead not guilty. "We have been given no factual basis for Josh to be charged with crimes but we assume it is an ongoing investigation," Boyce said Friday. "We respect the fact that the district attorney and the sheriff have the right at this time to withhold evidence, but eventually the state will be required to reveal the basis for the charges." Macaroni was not present at the time of the mishap. Three people remain hospitalized at WakeMed in Raleigh, including a 14 year old who has not been identified by authorities. Two other people were treated and released. Investigators say the ride had been tampered with to bypass critical safety equipment that was supposed to keep it from moving unless the riders were secured.
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Porter ready for school board attorney post

''For the entire season and a half that he was with the Dolphins, he attempted to befriend the same teammates who subjected him to the abuse with the hope that doing so would end the harassment,'' the statement said. ''This is a textbook reaction of victims of bullying. Despite these efforts, the taunting continued. Beyond the well-publicized voice mail with its racial epithet, Jonathan endured a malicious physical attack on him by a teammate, and daily vulgar comments. ... ''Eventually, Jonathan made a difficult choice. Despite his love for football, Jonathan left the Dolphins. Jonathan looks forward to getting back to playing football. In the meantime, he will cooperate fully with the NFL investigation.'' The Dolphins and Incognito's agent didn't respond to requests for comment on Cornwell's statement. Some say Martin, a Stanford graduate who went about his business quietly, handled the situation well.
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Attorney says Martin was attacked

Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin Frosh touted not only his work in the legislature, but also high-profile endorsements he has received from former governors Harry R. Hughes (D) and Parris N. Glendening (D), as well as former attorneys general Stephen H. Sachs (D) and J. Joseph Curran (D). They know that I would be the peoples lawyer, Frosh said. They know that I would fight for justice. Frick, a second-term delegate who shares a legislative district with Frosh, portrayed his lack of support from the party establishment as a virtue, arguing that hes not afraid to be an underdog. I am someone, who if you look at my record, has fought the battles that need to be fought, whether it was for marriage equality or for Wall Street reform, Frick said. I am someone who would wake up every day with this office and use these powers to make this a more just world. Frick cited several examples of the kind of advocates he would emulate, including former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. Cardin, a three-term delegate who chairs a House elections law subcommittee, argued that he was best-suited to modernize the role of the attorney general. Maryland has been blessed with some fantastic attorneys general, Cardin said.
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Former Gotti attorney has feelings hurt by restaurant staff after punching man

The NFL is investigating whether Incognito harassed or bullied Martin, and whether their teammates and the organization mishandled the matter. Cornwell is a lawyer who has represented the NFL and several prominent players, including Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He also was a candidate in 2009 to become executive director of the NFLPA, a job that went to DeMaurice Smith. Cornwell's statement alleges an unidentified Dolphins player threatened Martin's sister in vulgar fashion. The attorney said the facts "are not in dispute." "For the entire season and a half that he was with the Dolphins, he attempted to befriend the same teammates who subjected him to the abuse with the hope that doing so would end the harassment," the statement said. "This is a textbook reaction of victims of bullying. Despite these efforts, the taunting continued. ... "Eventually, Jonathan made a difficult choice. Despite his love for football, Jonathan left the Dolphins. Jonathan looks forward to getting back to playing football. In the meantime, he will cooperate fully with the NFL investigation." The Dolphins and Incognito's agent didn't respond to requests for comment on Cornwell's statement. Some say Martin, a Stanford graduate who went about his business quietly, handled the situation well.
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Dane County district attorney joins state attorney general race

Porter had his first meeting as Hillsborough County School Board attorney Tuesday, followed by a nearly three-hour workshop about school district policies. I thought it went really well, he said. I tried to sit back and listen and, when it was appropriate, interject. The board officially hired 49-year-old Porter, who works for local law firm Adams and Reese, on Oct. 22. He previously spent 14 years working for the Hillsborough County Attorneys Office. For the time being, Porter will make $8,000 a month as the school boards attorney. The position previously was held by Tom Gonzalez, who announced in April 2012 that he wanted to only represent the school district. The Tribune caught up with Porter on Thursday for a question-and-answer session: Q: Where are you from? A: Im originally from a tiny town in Ohio called Shady Side.
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Attorney for NC Fair Ride Owner Puzzled by Charges

Ozanne, in his statement, played up his experience as a prosecutor, which is certain to be an issue in a campaign against Richards, who has been in the Legislature for the past 15 years. "The people of Wisconsin want an attorney general who is an experienced front-line prosecutor with a deep commitment to working on behalf of all the people of Wisconsin in order to enforce the law, protect and uphold the constitution, and protect our shared values," Ozanne said in the email. "That is who I am and that is what I will bring to the attorney general's office." Richards referred calls to his campaign spokesman, who issued a statement from Richards. "We need a serious effort to take partisanship out of the attorney general's office, and I've got the proven record to get that done," Richards said in the statement. "I'm looking forward to the campaign over the next year and to being Wisconsin's next attorney general." Republicans blasted Ozanne. "Ismael Ozanne is an extreme partisan with a long record of putting politics over public safety and the well-being of Wisconsin families," said Wisconsin Republican Party executive director Joe Fadness. "As a leader in the Department of Corrections, Ozanne helped implement the failed early release program, which put hundreds of dangerous criminals back on the streets. Wisconsin can't afford Ismael Ozanne as its top cop." Ozanne worked at the Department of Corrections between 2008 and 2010, serving a year as executive http://socallawsupport.com/the-southern-california-lawyer-directory.html assistant and one year as deputy secretary, the second-highest position. During that time he helped implement Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle's program designed to lower costs by allowing some low-level offenders to be let out early. In 2010, Doyle appointed Ozanne as district attorney in Dane County, the second-largest county in the state. He was unopposed for re-election last year. It was in his position as district attorney that Ozanne brought a lawsuit in 2011 challenging Walker's law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers. Ozanne argued that the Legislature violated the state open meetings law in passing the proposal.
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November 08 2013

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Canonical ?abused Trademark Law? To Target A Site Critical Of Ubuntu Privacy

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While Ubuntu's code is open source and free to everyone, Canonical obviously hasn't given up its right to enforce its trademarks. Lee argued that the company's stance against his website "isn't very much in the spirit of open source," though. The code for Fixubuntu.com is also open sourceLee invited Canonical to "submit a patch" if it decides to help out "in a more productive way." The EFF has already sent a response to Canonical, in a letter from EFF Staff Attorney Daniel Nazer. "While we appreciate the polite tone of your letter, we must inform you that your request is not supported by trademark law and interferes with protected speech," the letter says. "The website criticizes Canonical Limited for certain features of Ubuntu that Mr. Lee believes undermine user privacy and teaches users how to fix these problems. It is well-settled that the First Amendment fully protects the use of trademarked terms and logos in non-commercial websites that criticize and comment upon corporations and products. Mr. Lee's site is a clear example of such protected speech.
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Abortion Case Dropped as High Court Leaves Law Voided

Overall, the law reduced borrowing costs by 2.8 percent of average daily balances. For customers with lower credit scores, who paid the most on their cards previously, the savings jumped to more than 10 percent of average daily balances. Thats generally in line with findings of an October report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which calculated an overall decline of about 2 percent and a savings of 5.5 percent for deep subprime customers. The report found that credit cards, which had been highly profitable, did produce less income for banks after the law was enacted. Revenue fell from 25 percent of the average balance down to 20 percent, a reduction that wasnt fully offset by reduced costs . Card profit fell 18 percentage points for borrowers with FICO scores below 620, 9 percentage points for borrowers with a FICO score between 620 and 660, and 3 percentage points or less for borrowers with scores above 660. Finally, the report directly dismissed two major criticisms that the industry has about the law. The researchers found that the law did not cause credit card issuers to jack up interest rates to compensate for lost fee revenue. They hypothesize that this is because the card issuers had to compete on interest rates when they market to borrowers. They also found that the law did not constrict the availability of credit. During all implementation phases of the CARD Act, we observe a steady increase in the number of accounts, they wrote.
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Competition law vs intellectual property in the ICT Arena

Intellectual property law, on the other hand, confers exclusive intellectual proprietary rights ('IPRs') in the creative and innovative products of intellectual innovative endeavour. IPRs (primarily patents and copyright) play an integral role in the ICT sector. For example, copyright affords the computer programmer exclusive rights over software written by him/her (expressed as source code) theoretically putting her in a monopoly position as it relates to this software. The operative element of IPRs in this regard is the monopoly conferred by the rights which put their owners in a position to charge a price for permission (that is, a licence) to use the proprietary innovation in question. So at first look, intellectual property law and competition law appear to be fundamentally conflicted. IPRs are concerned with granting monopoly rights entitling the rights holder to exclude others (including her competitors) from using the material to which the rights relate and to charge whatever prices he can command for permitting such use. On the other hand, competition law seeks to maintain a level playing field between and among competitors preventing abusive conduct by an entity or entities with significant market power. The key to reconciling the two lies with their mutually central objective of promoting commercial innovation. In the US, this objective is reflected in the constitutional roots of IPR (Article I, Section 8, of the US Constitution,) which grants Congress the power "to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writing and discoveries". In Europe, this objective is reflected in the EC's Digital Agenda which advocates that the evolution of copyright law regarding the online world of digital contents will propel the development of the information society.
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Credit: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh CAIRO (Reuters) - A hardline Egyptian Islamist group has said it will rally in defiance of a new law designed to regulate protests that the government is expected to pass next week. official website The interim government is studying the draft law and is expected to ratify it next week before a state of emergency, imposed by the army after it ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on July 3, expires on November 14. International rights groups say it will effectively ban demonstrations. "We will protest against the law as soon as soon as it is ratified and we will be on the lookout," said Alaa Abu al-Nasr, secretary general of Islamist group al-Gamaa al-Islamiya's political wing, the Building and Development Party. "This is a law to replace the state of emergency because they cannot live without oppressive laws that restrict freedom," state newspaper al-Ahram quoted him as saying. Al-Gamaa al-Islamiya, an ally of Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood, was once an armed group, blamed for the murder of at least 58 tourists in an attack in Luxor in 1997. The group later gave up violence. Since Mursi's ouster, the authorities have repeatedly used force to break up demonstrations by Islamists. Hundreds of people have been killed in the violence and many others were arrested in a security crackdown. A pro-Mursi Islamist alliance plans to rally on Friday to protest against what it calls violations against female protesters. It has called on all Egyptians to protest next week in support of detainees who have been arrested in the crackdown. Street protests have been a strong driver for government change in Egypt.
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Law Enforcement Unfamiliar With DHS Nominee

Ted Cruz (R., Texas) led the effort to defund the law known as Obamacare, resulting in a partial government shutdown last month. Opponents of Medicaid expansion say it would eventually cost states too much, although the federal government would cover almost all of the costs in the initial years. The president arrived in Dallas still facing a steady drumbeat of criticism about the troubled rollout of the online insurance marketplace. He told the crowd that he has not been happy with the first month of the enrollment period but pledged that the problem-plagued HealthCare.gov would be fixed. Nothing drives me more crazy than the fact that right now theres great insurance to be had out there . except too many folks havent been able to get through the website, he said. During the last week, the president has been on defense, trying to square his repeated promise that if you like your health-care plan, you can keep your health-care plan with the fact that thousands of Americans now are receiving cancellation notices for their plans. He has added caveats in recent days, but in Dallas, he made no mention of the pledge. The president spoke at Dallass Temple Emanu-El before appearing at two fundraisers Wednesday evening. Before departing Washington Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Obama met with more than a dozen Democratic senators who are up for re-election in 2014, fielding their complaints about the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov. Sen.
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Yale Law School receives $25M gift that will bring back dorm living for students

Supreme Courts 1992 decision, Planned Parenthood v. Casey. In that case, the court said states cant place an undue burden on a womans right to end a pregnancy before the fetus would be able to live outside the womb. Texas Case In the Texas case, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said last week that the states law could go into effect even though a trial judge had concluded it was unconstitutional. The appeals court ruling prompted womens clinics in five cities to stop providing abortions. Planned Parenthood today told the nations highest court that the law would have an unprecedented and devastating effect on womens ability to obtain an abortion. Scalia, who handles emergency matters from the New Orleans-based appeals court, told state officials to respond to todays filing by Nov. 12. At that point, Scalia can either act on the Planned Parenthood request himself or refer the matter to the full nine-member court.
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The Law That Saved Credit Card Borrowers $20.8 Billion a Year

By Friday afternoon, the White House had made its candidate available to some of the police executives for phone calls. And letters of support were promised two weeks after Obama announced his pick to run the cabinet-level department. Getting this law enforcement support was critical for the White House, because the Homeland Security Department needs their cooperation for its mission to be carried out effectively. The Homeland Security Department houses a large number of the federal government's law enforcement officers. Not only does it dole out billions of dollars in first-responder grants to states each year, but members of the department also work side-by-side on a daily basis with state and local law enforcement on counternarcotics, counterterrorism, immigration, border security and cybersecurity issues. "You cannot secure America from inside the Beltway, and a Washington-based mindset and a Washington-centric operation can't do the job that needs to be done," said Tom Ridge, the department's first secretary and a former congressman and governor from Pennsylvania. "I think it's absolutely critical to have them not only supportive of his nomination, but also very involved in the process." Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said he and other members of the Major Cities Chiefs Association spoke Friday with Johnson, whom he didn't know before the phone call. After speaking with Johnson, Ramsey said the chiefs' concerns, including those about immigration and grant funding, were allayed. They were ready to publicly support the president's nominee. "We've had great relationships with previous secretaries and we want to continue that," Ramsey said. Since Obama announced his pick, law enforcement associations were anxious to meet with Johnson to understand what he knows about the department and homeland security issues.
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Egyptian Islamist group to rally against protest law

A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shouts slogans outside the police academy, where Mursi Baker will be used to secure and renovate a building for student living space, the Ivy League school said. Plans call for the law school to acquire the building from the Connecticut university in 2018, with renovations beginning later that year. Spaces once used to house students in the Sterling Law Building are now used for other purposes. The 137,000-square-foot, four-story building will be renamed Robert C. and Christina Baker Hall at Yale Law School. "Residential life was central to the Yale Law School experience up until a few years ago," said Yale University President Peter Salovey. "Robert Baker's commitment to making on-campus living once again possible for law students is generous and visionary, and will allow future generations to know the benefits of a community where living and learning are closely connected." Robert Baker, a graduate of Yale College in 1956 and Yale Law School in 1959, is the founder, chairman, and CEO of National Realty & Development Corp., one of the country's largest private development and ownership firms.
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November 07 2013

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Walmart Workers Walk Off Job In Southern California

Wife bets on Packers against husband, who tazes her when Bears win 6 (UPI) -- A Walmart spokesman said striking workers in southern California had not disrupted business Wednesday. "Customers are shopping and associates are working and that's the thing we're seeing all around LA County," said Kory Lundberg, a spokesman for the discount retailer. Activists said strikes were under way as part of a series of protests planned before the holiday shopping season, the Huffington Post reported. OUR-Walmart, a non-union workers group said it decided to conduct the work stoppage in Southern California following a successful strike action in Florida, Salon online reported. The group, which is affiliated with the United Food & Commercial Workers union, said it would also hold a rally in downtown Los Angeles Thursday and has called for a Black Friday strike, as well. Workers complaints included wages, scheduling and alleged retaliation by the company, which reportedly fired 20 workers who took part in a work stoppage in June, Salon said. "When the customers come out and join us on this picket line, Walmart will get the message that the customers aren't happy," said Martha Sellers, a Walmart employee in Paramount. "We are so understaffed that people are just leaving their baskets and walking out, because the lines are so long." OUR-Walmart said a strike of 80 workers in Hialeah, Fla., pushed the retailer to allow workers who wanted them 40-hour work weeks and granted workers expecting raises of 40 cents per hour, raises of 50 cents per hour, instead. The strike also forced the store to transfer a manager and granted workers pay for the hours they had been on strike, OUR-Walmart said. Walmart did not respond to a request to comment on OUR-Walmart's claims, Salon said. 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
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Southern California insurance broker sentenced to 27 months for overcharging Tom Hanks, wife

- A man plunged to his death Tuesday from a helicopter he hired to take a scenic tour of the Southern California coast, and investigators are trying to determine whether he committed suicide, authorities and the pilot's father said. The man was the only passenger in a helicopter flying about 150 metres above the ocean in the early afternoon when he opened the door, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. Gregory McFadden, 61, of West Covina fell into the water near the Balboa Pier in Orange County and was taken to shore by lifeguards. Despite lifesaving efforts, he died at a hospital from injuries he received in the fall, Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. Chuck Street, a longtime helicopter pilot and local traffic reporter, told the Los Angeles Times that his son, Corbin, was flying the helicopter. He said the man apparently booked a 30-minute tour for two people but showed up alone. Street told KCAL-TV that his son grew suspicious when McFadden kept asking him to fly higher and higher. When the helicopter neared the pier, McFadden took his seat belt off and began to open the door.
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Man plunges to his death from helicopter off Southern California

San Bernardino schools police Chief Joseph Paulino says the alleged bully was arrested for investigation of battery on the grounds of Cajon High School. Paulino says the boy probably would have gotten away with it if he hadn't posted the video Friday on Facebook. Now he faces expulsion. The victim was pushed and punched but not seriously injured. The video, which was captioned how to "deal with a kid with a big mouth," shows the victim continually walking away from the bully. Paulino says the student who took the video was disciplined. Cajon High is in the city of San Bernardino, 60 miles east of Los Angeles.
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Southern California high school bully brags on video, arrested

- A Southern California insurance broker who overcharged Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, hundreds of thousands of dollars has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison. City News Service says Jerry Goldman received a 27-month sentence Monday. He also was ordered to pay about $840,000 in restitution. Prosecutors claimed that between 1998 and 2011, Goldman inflated premiums by as much as 600 per cent and created phoney invoices to hide the scam. The original indictment claimed that Goldman also bilked others including Andy Summers, the former guitarist for The Police. The 60-year-old Thousand Oaks man pleaded guilty in April to mail fraud involving Hanks and Wilson. Crime & Justice
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Congregation Emanu El is oldest Jewish congregation in Southern California

Before moving to Redlands, the congregation was located for 50 years at 35th and E streets in San Bernardino. Having first broken ground in Redlands in September 2011, Congregation Emanu El held its first Shabbat services at its new 15,000-square-foot synagogue at 1495 Ford St. this year on Jan. 11. The building includes a sanctuary and social hall, several multipurpose rooms, a kitchen and an office. Rabbi Douglas Kohn called the building a blessing. This is a gift to the Jewish people. This is the oldest congregation in Southern California and the newest synagogue.
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Southern Company bolsters renewable energy portfolio with subsidiary's second California solar plant

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) November 06, 2013 Over 74,000 Orange County kids caught in a family crisis have turned for generations to the Orangewood Children's Foundation for help. Today, First Team Real Estate has announced that it is forming the First Team $20,000 Challenge for the next 30 days through December 1 in a bid to raise $40,000 to help Orangewood fulfill its incredible mission of caring. First Team is providing a guaranteed $20,000 match to Orangewood and engaging its sales network and all of Orange County in an effort to raise an additional $20,000. "First Team was founded in Orange County and this community is in the DNA of our company and our founder Cameron Merage," said Rick Brotherton, Vice President, Marketing for First Team Real Estate. "Helping kids and organizations like Orangewood that support them is always a corporate and personal goal of ours." Orangewood Children's Foundation has helped over 74,000 children in 32 years of service, providing safe transitional housing, mentor programs, daily life skills workshops, and financial and tuition assistance for kids growing into adulthood. "We've raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years for children's charities and Orange County's families through our agents and real estate professionals," stated Rick Brotherton. "With this gift we are encouraging our agents to engage their professional contacts in the community to get involved as well so that Orangewood can benefit from those new relationships for years to come." To give to the Orangewood Children Foundation's First Team $20,000 Challenge or for more information, go here: http://ow.ly/qkaUP ABOUT FIRST TEAM REAL ESTATE Growing from a single office in Huntington Beach, CA in 1976, First Team Real Estate is now Southern California's largest and most trusted private real estate agency with offices across California. In 2011, 2012, and 2013 First Team was recognized as Best Real Estate Company by the annual Orange County Register survey of 100,000 Southern California households. We can be reached at (888) 236-1943. For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/11/prweb11301841.htm Main menu
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Arrest made in 1990 death of Southern California baby

Southern California authorities have arrested a woman on suspicion of killing a 5-month-old baby nearly a quarter of a century ago. Forty-nine-year-old Chris Tilghman of Riverside was arrested last week and remains jailed Tuesday on suspicion of murder. Tilghman is suspected of killing Cole Terpack, who died at a hospital in August of 1990. Paramedics called to a San Bernardino home found the child unconscious and not breathing. Authorities say the infant was starved and had numerous broken bones. The case went cold but it was revisited this year by cold-case investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Authorities won't say what led them to Tilghman but they say she wasn't related to the baby.
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Southern California Real Estate Leader First Team Real Estate Announces $20,000 Matching Grant to Orangewood Children's Foundation

Southern Company and its subsidiaries are leading the nation's nuclear renaissance through the construction of the first new nuclear units to be built in a generation of Americans and are demonstrating their commitment to energy innovation through the development of a state-of-the-art coal gasification plant. Southern Company has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer and listed by DiversityInc as a top company for Blacks. The company received the 2012 Edison Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its leadership in new nuclear development, was named Electric Light & Power magazine's Utility of the Year for 2012 and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at www.southerncompany.com . Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: Certain information contained in this release is forward-looking information based on current expectations and plans that involve risks and uncertainties.
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November 05 2013

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Liability For School Bullying In Colorado

Liability for School Bullying in Coloradomore+Embed  To embed, copy and paste the code into your website or blog:In a 2011 student survey released by the Centers for Disease Control, one-fifth of all respondents reported that they had been bullied on school property. Bullying undermines a school?s ability to provide a safe, effective learning environment, and incidents of bullying tend to increase school truancy rates, intensify levels and incidents of school violence, and result in more depression, anxiety, and drug and alcohol abuse among students.Colorado?s anti-bullying lawIn 2011, Colorado?s state legislature passed an anti-bullying law . This law defines bullying as verbal, written or electronically transmitted expressions, physical acts and signs that are intended to intimidate or cause physical or psychological harm to a student.Colorado?s anti-bullying law requires schools to:

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Follow up on bullying complaints by punishing bullies or through other meansReport acts of bullyingProvide details of actions taken by school administrators to address complaints of bullyingInstitute proper procedures for reporting bullying activityEstablishing a liability claim for bullyingIf a school does not uphold its obligations under the anti-bullying law and fails to exercise reasonable care in protecting its students from physical and emotional harm, parents and students clicking here may be able to collect damages based on the harm suffered. Damages may include compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills and therapy, in addition to punitive damages if the incident involved intentional or reckless misconduct by the school.
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Attorney General Holder On J&j Risperdal Agreement

Attorney: Defendant's statements in North Shore slaying case should be thrown out

Suburban Chicago arrest photos 4 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at a news conference about the agreement between the Justice Department and Johnson & Johnson resolving criminal and civil probes into the marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal and other medicines. The company and three of its subsidiaries will pay more than $2.2 billion to settle the investigations. Associate Attorney General Tony West, Assistant Attorney General Stuart Delery, Carmen Ortiz, U.S. attorney for the district of Massachusetts, and Zane Memeger, U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Pennsylania, also speak. (Source: Bloomberg)
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Feds: Pa. Attorney Stole $3M From 8 Clients

Feds: Pa. Attorney Stole $3M From 8 Clients Attorney Stole $3M From 8 Clients Monday, Nov 4, 2013 | Updated 4:35 PM EST Print advertisement A central Pennsylvania attorney was charged with defrauding eight clients out of more than $3 million since 2007 and has agreed to plead guilty, according to her attorney and federal court records. WATCH: Suspected Gunman's Family 'Shocked and Numbed' The wire fraud charges were announced Monday against Wendy Weikal-Beauchat, 46, whose Gettysburg practice centered on estate and long-term care planning. Weikal-Beauchat allegedly stole her clients' money and hid that by sending clients bogus certificates of deposit and federal tax forms that falsely showed interest the accounts were earning. According to the charges, some of her clients were elderly and at least one was suffering from dementia. Weikal-Beauchat agreed to be disbarred in February, according to Pennsylvania Supreme Court records, and federal court records show she signed an agreement last month to plead guilty to the charges. A court date hasn't been set, though her defense attorney, Joseph Sembrot, said he expects that to occur soon. "She made mistakes, she understands that," Sembrot said. "Her goal is to help, at this point, as best she can those people she hurt: her clients and family members." The plea agreement lists only eight clients, but efforts are ongoing to find other clients whom Weikal-Beauchat might have victimized, Harrisburg-based U.S. Attorney Peter Smith said in a statement. The attorney kept nearly $16.5 million of her clients' money in an account, and had more than 100 clients, according to court papers filed Monday. Alleged victims are identified only by their initials in court papers. Federal prosecutors have identified $6 million that Weikal-Beauchat must forfeit as part of the criminal investigation. "The court has a certain amount of money right now in an account that has been frozen.
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DUI Attorney in Fresno Gregory Fox Announces Newly Expanded Website

CST, November 4, 2013 Statements by one of the three defendants in a North Shore murder case should not be allowed at trial because the 17-year-old should have had a parent or lawyer present when interviewed by police, a defense attorney argued in court today. Philip Vatamaniuc and two co-defendents Benjamin Schenk, 20, and Michael Coffee, 17 are charged with first-degree murder after allegedly meeting with Colin Nutter, 20, of Highland Park, to buy pot from him and then shooting him. Nutters body was found near the Edens Expressway in Wilmette on June 3 with a single gunshot wound to the head. In a brief interview, Robert Ritacca, Vatamaniuc's attorney, said his client was "a witness" but was not involved with the murder. During the hearing, Ritacca argued that Vatamaniuc should have had an attorney or a parent present when interviewed by police after midnight on June 6. Vatamaniuc was also drowsy from prescription medications for a broken jaw that night, the lawyer said. As such, Vatamaniucs statements from that night should not be allowed as evidence in the trial, Ritacca said. He was non-responsive, Ritacca said. In fact, he did not even know where he was. Assistant Lake County States Attorney Reginald Mathews said thats not accurate. Vatamaniuc understood his Miranda Rights, as read to him by police, and willingly cooperated with police, he said. Sure, its after midnight, Mathews said of the police questioning.
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Defense attorney tells jurors man wasn?t in right mind when he shot wife in Akron hospital

wise05cut attorney general suing over mounds of refinery waste Workers handling coal and petroleum coke waste along the Calumet River in Chicago. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune / November 4, 2013) By Michael Hawthorne Tribune reporter 6:29 p.m. CST, November 4, 2013 Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing one of the companies piling up huge mounds of refinery waste on Chicago's Southeast Side, adding new legal pressure to stop black clouds of dust from blowing into surrounding neighborhoods. In a complaint filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, Madigan accused KCBX Terminals of repeatedly violating state law by allowing lung-damaging particulate matter to swirl off piles of petroleum coke and coal along the Calumet River. The lawsuit follows months of complaints from residents in the East Side and South Deering neighborhoods who say the noxious clouds often are so thick they are forced to stay inside with their windows closed. "The piles of refinery waste at this site are growing by the day without the appropriate protections to ensure nearby residents' health and safety," Madigan said in a statement. "It's critical that KCBX quickly installs safeguards to protect the surrounding community." Madigan is asking the court to order KCBX to tamp down the dust immediately. She also is seeking fines of $50,000 for every violation of state law and $10,000 for every day the company continues to violate the law. All of the petroleum coke from a nearby BP refinery is stored by KCBX, a company controlled by the wealthy industrialists Charles and David Koch. KCBX owns two sites along the Calumet River, one along 100th Street just south of the Chicago Skyway bridge and the other along Burley Avenue between 108th and 111th streets.
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Bales of Indianapolis and William E. Spencer of Carmel - were acquitted on all 13 counts against them during a jury trial earlier this year. Brizzi also had an ownership stake in the Elkhart building, but was not charged. U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett announced last month that an investigation into Brizzis involvement in possible criminal activity relating to that case and others would not result in any criminal charges . Pages attorney, Robert Hammerle, told 24-Hour News 8 that Page is extraordinarily relieved by the sentence. Federal prosecutors had sought a 14 month prison sentence in exchange for Pages cooperation with the case. This was always a case where the two agencies who were alleged victims have not been harmed. The state renewed its lease on the (Elkhart) building. The bank lost no money. In fact, it made money. I think the judges decision reflected that. He said - if this man doesnt qualify for probation, no one does, Hammerle said. Hammerle acknowledged that Pages felony conviction will likely result in the suspension of his license to practice law.
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Ill. attorney general suing over mounds of refinery waste

Workers handling coal and petroleum coke waste along the Calumet River in Chicago. In the dashcam video from an O-H-P trooper's cruiser, you can hear the trooper turn on his lights as he follows a suspected drunk driver. Once the truck pulls over, a Miami police officer gets out of her car and approaches Jerry Payne's truck. Payne's attorney, Josh Lee, said her police report doesn't add up with what happens next. "You're going to see where she says the driver immediately got out of his truck. He never gets out of his truck," Lee said. Moments later, the trooper is seen pulling Payne out of the truck. The report says Payne's face was scratched when he was pushed to the ground. Lee, however, believes the driver's injuries came from something else. "That's a state trooper right there. The lady to the left is a Miami police officer and then the other Miami police officer comes from back over here, and this is when he comes running and kicks Mr. Payne right in the face and you see his head snap back pretty good," Lee said. Pictures that Lee said were taken after Payne was arrested and booked into jail show the extent of his injuries. Payne's DUI charges were ultimately dropped after the trooper's video came to light.
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Attorney: Dashcam Video Lead To Suspension Of 3 Miami Police Officers

The report says Payne Markets open in 5 hrs 46 mins DUI Attorney in Fresno Gregory Fox Announces Newly Expanded Website The Law Office of Gregory W. Fox offers experienced and aggressive legal representation to those who have been arrested for DUI, or other similar offenses. Press Release: The Law Office of Gregory W. Fox 14 hours ago Print FRESNO, Calif., Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Today The Law Office of Gregory W. Fox announced their newly expanded website. The website, which was recently added to with in-depth articles, resource portals and DUI information, aims to serve as a comprehensive online resource for those looking for an experienced DUI attorney in Fresno or throughout the Central Valley of California. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131104/MN09546 ) When facing a DUI charge it is important that the matter is taken seriously and consulting an experienced DUI attorney can help. A Fresno DUI Lawyer understands that being convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) can have serious consequences to the personal and professional life of those charged. According to the newly expanded website, Mr. Fox understands that a DUI conviction can lead to life altering changes, such as one's ability to legally operate a vehicle. As a result, people who have been accused of DUI need to work with an attorney who truly understands DUI cases, California DUI laws , with the experience to provide the best representation possible in court and with the DMV.
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Attorney Brian Cunha Secures $325,000 Settlement for Victim in 2010 Teamworks Brawl

4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The final legal chapter has been written in the case of a Fall River resident stabbed at Teamworks in Somerset three years ago. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131104/NE10038 ) (This is reported in the Herald News of Nov.4 http://www.heraldnews.com/newsnow/x529847222/-325K-settlement-in-flag-football-stabbing and also appears on BostonHerald.com - http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/11/somerset_flag_football_stabbing_lawsuit_settled .) James Hilario of Fall River was stabbed in June 2010 at Teamworks when a fight broke out between two flag football teams from Fall River and Taunton. It was eight minutes before the end of the game that the 20-person brawl began. Justin Farland, a member of the Taunton Terror team, came off the sidelines and stabbed Hilario and Steve Rocha both of Fall River. Both Hilario and Rocha were hospitalized. The teams competed at the 50,000 square-foot facility in Somerset designed for various indoor sports. Hilario subsequently retained Fall River attorney Brian Cunha, who brought a lawsuit in Superior Court against Teamworks. Cunha announced last week that a settlement had been reached on the eve of trial for $325,000. "The lawsuit alleged Teamworks was negligent for allowing the attack to take place as the Taunton team members had made a series of violent threats against the Fall River Beavers' team members who had communicated this to the management of Teamworks," Cunha noted.
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Attorney gets probation for real estate fraud

4. In a bedside visit on the third floor of the neurological intensive care unit, he saw a tear run down her cheek, and he snapped, Adamson said. Wise went back home with his son, put a 9 mm handgun in his duffel bag, took a cab alone back to Akron General, entered his wifes room and shot her in the left temple. His only true intent, Adamson assured the jury, was to honor her wishes about not being in a vegetative state. Wises severe physical problems, coupled with schizophrenia, extreme depression and nervousness over his wifes condition created the perfect storm to such an extent that he did not know his actions were wrong, Adamson said to jurors. Assistant Prosecutor Brian LoPrinzi acknowledged to the jury, in the first minute of his remarks, that most of the evidence is uncontested. The dividing line in the case, he said, is what Ohio law demands in an insanity plea. Wise must show he was suffering from a severe mental defect at the time of the shooting and did not know the wrongfulness of his actions, LoPrinzi said. Prosecutors will prove otherwise, he said.
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November 03 2013

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Legalize It: Aclu Names Gavin Newsom To Lead Marijuana Panel

    

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November 02 2013

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Sebelius On Health-care Law Rollout: ?hold Me Accountable For The Debacle. I?m Responsible.

Appeals court lifts injunction on Texas abortion law

Federal appeals court could rule soon on Texas abortion law More health and science news Brady Dennis Residents to vote on Initiative 522, which could force manufacturers to disclose use of genetically altered crops. Lenny Bernstein Sally Jewell says some federal lands should never be open to drilling for oil, gas President Obama, meanwhile, acknowledged for the first time twitter that some Americans will have to switch health plans under the law. But he said these people now have cut-rate plans from bad-apple insurers a situation the health-care law was designed to change. He urged consumers to shop around to get a better deal under the law. The cancellations have become a big issue for Republicans, in part because Obama repeatedly had said that people would be able to keep their plans if they liked them. Obama delivered his remarks Wednesday at Bostons historic Faneuil Hall , where years ago his 2012 Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, signed the state law that became a model for the federal health-care overhaul. During the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, which featured Sebelius as the sole witness, critical Republicans seized on evidence that the administration knew that HealthCare.gov had security flaws days before it went live.
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Law scholar in New Zealand will be Albay?s youngest judge

Jan Brewer in June, House Bill 2305 changes election laws in a number of ways. Among other things, it makes it easier for election officials to take people off the permanent early-voting list and limits who can return a voter's ballot to the polls. The bill was approved along party lines in the waning hours of the last legislative session. For now, the law is on hold. Robbie Sherwood, spokesman for the Protect Your Right to Vote Committee, said the group was overwhelmed by the support it received for the measure to overturn the law. "This is Arizona and 115 degrees every day, and we were out there," he said. "In spite of that we encountered so much enthusiasm, and the majority of our signatures combined a number of independents, Republicans.... It was across party lines and all demographics." Sherwood's group is a coalition of Latino, labor and nonprofit organizations. Barrett Marson, spokesman for Stop Voter Fraud, said HB 2305 doesn't make it harder for people to vote. Instead, he said, it streamlines the system and protects against fraud. He said his group would challenge the opponents' ballot measure in court. "We believe there are significant issues with the signatures that will bump this referendum from the 2014 ballot," Marson said. He suggested that thousands of the signatures were fraudulent and contended that a good portion of the signature-gatherers were not permitted by law to collect names because they were felons or out-of-state residents who hadn't registered with Arizona officials. Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett and other election officials said the ballot measure had 110,770 valid signatures, easily surpassing the 86,405 needed to qualify.
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Texas' Voter ID Law Creates A Problem For Some Women

Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers had sued to block the abortion restrictions, passed by the state Legislature last summer, and convinced U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin that the admitting privileges requirement would force many clinics to close, leaving thousands of women without access to abortion services. In Thursdays order, Owen stressed that the panel was not ruling on the law itself, and acknowledged the possibility that requiring all physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital may increase the cost of accessing an abortion provider and decrease the number of physicians available to perform abortions," noting that "Planned Parenthood has also made a strong showing that their interests would be harmed by staying the injunction." The new restrictions drew national attention this summer when state Sen. Wendy Davis staged a day-long filibuster initially blocking them in June. Davis, a Democrat, is also running for governor, as is Abbott, a Republican. The filibuster forced Republican Gov. Rick Perry , who is retiring, to call a second special legislative session, in which the Republican-controlled legislature eventually passed the law. Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, traveled to Austin during the filibuster and issued a statement Thursday reiterating her opposition to the new law. This restriction clearly violates Texas womens constitutional rights by drastically reducing access to safe and legal abortion statewide. If Texans showed America one thing during the historic protests against this law this summer, we demonstrated that Texans value womens health and that is why we will take every step we can to protect the health of Texas women in the wake of this ruling, said Richards, the daughter of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards. Opponents blocked similar requirements for admitting privileges in Alabama, Mississippi, North Dakota and Wisconsin. State courts in North Dakota and Oklahoma struck down restrictions on medication abortion. Mississippi passed a similar law last year and faced similar legal challenges.
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Prenda Law?s ?hacking? suit that named ISPs ends in total loss

30, 2013. (Photo: Andre J. Jackson, Detroit Free Press) Story Highlights Tiane Brown, a mother of three and third-year law student, was working on her fourth degree Brown had discussed her desire to quell Detroit's violence in a law school article that was to be published this week Police said Brown's body was found inside her SUV and had been shot once in the head SHARE 75 CONNECT 30 TWEET 13 COMMENTEMAILMORE DETROIT -- Aspiring attorney Tiane Brown was no stranger to Detroit's crime . Just weeks before her body was discovered Wednesday in a vacant lot near Detroit's long-shuttered Packard plant, the Wayne State University Law School student discussed the city's pervasive violence and her desire to get rid of it. "We want to help the children growing up in the city. My cousin was killed in Detroit. He was 25. ... Seeing his life taken away makes you realize how short life is," Brown said in a law school article that was to be published this week. " You need to live each day like it's your last. That has helped me keep my focus.
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German Law: Parents of Intersex Kids Can Pick 'Gender Undetermined'

The state's controversial voter ID law is unexpectedly hindering women at the polls. Eric Gay/AP In 2012 a federal court struck down Texas' ID law, ruling it would potentially disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of minority voters. But that federal decision was invalidated when the Supreme Court last year ruled part of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. So now Texas is test-driving its voter ID law one of the most restrictive voter ID laws in the nation. Texas judges are accustomed to a certain level of respect, even deference as they go about their daily business in the Lone Star State. So imagine Judge Sandra Watts' surprise when she went to cast her vote last week and was told there was a problem. "What I have used for voter registration and identification for the last 52 years was not sufficient yesterday when I went to vote," Watts says. Why? Because Watts' name on her driver's license lists her maiden name as her middle name. But on the state voting rolls, her given middle name is there, and that's difference enough to cause a problem. "This is the first time I have ever had a problem voting," she says. "And so why would I want to vote provisional ballot when I've been voting regular ballot for the last 49 years?" Watts stomped out of her polling place and called the local Corpus Christi TV station KIII. Her voting problems became the lead story that night.
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Measure to overturn new Arizona election law qualifies for ballot

Food stamp cuts kick in, affecting about 47 million In the Olympic world these days, conversation inevitably centers on Putin's Law. It's usually one of the first issues put to athletes and officials by journalists and even to the new president of the International Olympic Committee, who himself is now ensnared in the controversy. MORE: Russian athletes quiet about anti-gay law Thomas Bach of Germany, the recently elected IOC president, paid a visit Wednesday to Sochi, where he spoke glowingly of equal rights for athletes and visitors to the Olympic Games, but then refused to meet with Russian gay activists. LGBT Network said in a statement that Bach turned down its invitation to talk, offering to get together instead in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the IOC is headquartered. Had Bach wanted to signal his displeasure with Putin and his law, he would have had the meeting with the activists on Russian soil. Apparently, he couldn't muster the courage to do so. Bach did have some nice things to say in opposition to the law, however, words that should make it easier for Olympic athletes to speak their minds in Sochi in February: "All visitors travelling to Sochi for the Games regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation will be welcomed here equally this has been made very clear by the Russian authorities," Bach told The Associated Press. "The Games themselves are open to all, free of discrimination, and that applies to spectators, officials, media, and, of course, athletes." But apparently not to 143 million Russians. Rather than look Putin in the eye and tell him that being given the gift to host the Olympics comes with certain responsibilities such as not persecuting your own people based on sexual orientation Bach instead opted to follow the IOC's do-nothing playbook from the 2008 Beijing Games, where the organization stood by as China continued to jail dissidents. Putin's Law criminalizes "homosexual propaganda," making public displays that promote gay rights, including hand-holding, punishable by up to two weeks in prison.
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Mom of slain Mich. law student: 'This hurts so much'

DFP 1030_tiane_brown to enforce the country's immigration laws" Civil rights groups call the settlement agreement a victory (CNN) -- Some of the most controversial parts of Alabama's immigration law could soon be off the table for good, according to a settlement deal filed in federal court Tuesday. State officials agreed to block the enforcement of portions of the law, which was described as one of the nation's toughest measures aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration when it passed in 2011. The proposed deal blocks several parts of the law, including a requirement for public schools to collect information on the immigration status of students; a provision that criminalized the solicitation of work by undocumented immigrants; and a section that prohibited giving a ride to undocumented immigrants. The agreement, which must be approved by the court, also says the law does not authorize police to detain someone for the sole purpose of checking immigration status. Civil rights groups that sued the state over the law, known as HB 56, described the settlement deal as a "significant victory." "We warned the legislature when they were debating HB 56 that if they passed this draconian law, we would sue in court and win," said Kristi Graunke, an attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center. "That we have done. Now it is time for our state lawmakers to repeal the remnants of HB 56 and for our congressional delegation to support meaningful immigration reform that will fix our broken system." Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said in a written statement that his office had vigorously defended the law in federal and appellate courts. "The courts have upheld most of the Act but have also made clear that some provisions are invalid. We have a duty to follow the law as set forth by the courts," Strange said. "The filings made today inform the trial court of which claims must be dismissed and which provisions our of law cannot be enforced because of the Supreme Court's and Eleventh Circuit's rulings. It is up to Washington to fulfill its responsibility to enforce the country's immigration laws." As part of the deal, Alabama agrees to pay $350,000 in legal fees and expenses for groups that sued to block the law.
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I will remain the patchwork created by doctors, bruised and scarred." Canadian parents raise 'genderless' baby. An estimated one in 2,000 children born each year is neither boy nor girl -- they are intersex, part of a group of about 60 conditions that fall under the diagnosis of disorders of sexual development, an umbrella term for those with atypical chromosomes, gonads (ovaries or testes), or unusually developed genitalia. Wallis Simpson may have been intersex. Gender identification is still not well understood, but most experts in the United States say that when sex cannot be determined, it's better to use the best available information to assign it then to wait and monitor the child's psychological and physical development before undertaking surgery, if at all. New York City psychiatrist Dr. Jack Drescher, who specializes in issues of gender identification, said the new German law "sounds like a good thing." Intersex children pose ethical dilemma. "Some people have life-endangering conditions that require surgery, but most kids do not," he said.
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Settlement would block controversial parts of Alabama immigration law

As AT&T's lawyer explained to the judge: As elsewhere, Lightspeed and its attorneys would have this Court act as the instrument for its collection activity on a grand scale without regard to whether Lightspeed has asserted any viable claims, and without regard to the substantive and procedural rights of the ISPs or their subscribers Presumably, Lightspeed is merely searching for any sort of relief that could result in the collection of more settlements before any judicial scrutiny and adversarial debate in this Court. Even back then, close Prenda watchers saw a lawsuit against such large targets ending badly. Suing AT&T and Comcast was a "strategic blunder," as Prenda was provoking "sleeping giants" who really didn't have a dog in the fight until that point, noted Ars writer Tim Lee. The move showed signs of backfiring early. The judge quickly agreed to AT&T's request to stay discovery. Meanwhile, by early 2013, Prenda's business was collapsing. The firm was ultimately hit with serious sanctions in a Los Angeles case. With discovery stayed and trouble on the horizon elsewhere, Prenda predictably lost interest in the case. It dismissed the suit in March. That wasn't the end of it, however. In the original complaint, Lightspeed had accused a particular user, Anthony Smith, of hacking its websites. Prenda dropped the case, but Smith's lawyers went on the counterattack. Two weeks after the case was dismissed, Smith filed a motion asking for attorneys' fees. Lightspeed and Prenda had pursued lawsuits as a lark, Smith said, using "unreasonable and vexatious" litigation to simply get the names of people they could threaten. Prenda had "no valid claims to stand behind" and the whole lawsuit was "a pretext for pursuing non-parties" that warranted sanctions.
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Brennan: Russia's anti-gay law hurts Putin, IOC

gay_rights_demonstration_10_31 An oath before Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno herself waits for the 37-year-old Mosatalla, a Masters degree scholar in New Zealands University of Auckland, who will soon be a Regional trial Court (RTC) judge in Albay this November. Mosatalla, a native of Tabaco City in the Bicol region, said in a statement released by the Auckland university that she did not expect to be picked out of 20 applicants vying for the RTC judge post. Such an appointment is very political in the Philippines and I didnt know anyone who could back-up my nomination, she said. In January, the future Albay RTC judge received a New Zealand ASEAN Scholarship Award paving a way for her to take a Masters degree in Public Law at the University of Auckland Faculty of Law. Coming from an average and normal family, Mosatalla was one of the three successful children of retired government employees. My parents are both retired government employees and I come from an average, normal family. My three sisters and I were sent to good schools and taught to work hard one is an executive producer/writer, one is a doctor and the other is a nutritionist/dietician so we have all done well, she said. Though her studies will be interrupted for a time, the statement said Mosatalla will finish her graduate school studies by 2014. When I found Id been short-listed from a field of about 20 applicants, I asked the professor to write a letter to the President for me and he was my main referral. I am very grateful for his support and I rang him straight away when I found out I had been appointed, she said. Mosatallas professor, Warren Brookbanks commented that Joan is a bright and very able student and she will make an excellent judge. But according to her, she was more diligent than bright. Her husband Atty.Neil Canicula, who is also of the same profession specializing in elections and family law, will celebrate with her when she goes back to take her oath in the presence of her family.
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October 31 2013

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No-fault Insurance In New Jersey, The Limitation On Lawsuit Threshold: When Can I Sue?

No-Fault Insurance In New Jersey, The Limitation On Lawsuit Threshold: When Can I Sue?

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more+EmbedTo embed, Accident Injuries Lawyer copy and paste the code into your website or blog:       Generally speaking, carrying insurance with the Limitation on Threshold in New Jersey means you cannot sue for non-economic damages?i.e., pain and suffering?after a car accident, even if the other driver has total responsibility for the accident. The idea behind this regulation was to lower the cost of everyone?s car insurance premiums by limiting the number of frivolous lawsuits seeking non-economic damages for injuries that just weren?t very serious.New Jersey?s no-fault laws make an exception, though, for significant injuries:You can sue if you have ?sustained a bodily injury which results in death; dismemberment; significant disfigurement or significant scarring; displaced fractures; loss of a fetus; or a permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability, other than scarring or disfigurement.?The statute goes on to define ?permanent? as meaning that a body part or organ has not healed and probably will not heal in a way that allows it to function normally. Under these limited circumstances, you can sue the other driver?s insurer or?if you carry uninsured motorist coverage and the other driver had no insurance?your own insurer for compensation for pain and suffering.As you might have guessed, it is not easy to navigate the intricacies involved in pursuing a claim for personal injury subsequent to a motor vehicle accident.  
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October 27 2013

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Is Your Fantasy Basketball League Legal?

West Follow Comments Following Comments Unfollow Comments With the new NBA season beginning on Tuesday, fantasy basketball drafts will be in full blast this weekend. Tuesday brings the start of a new NBA season, as well as a new season of fantasy basketball. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association , nearly six million Americans will draft new fantasybasketball teams this season. Many of them will draft on two large host sites CBS CBS and Yahoo Yahoo ! This year, fantasy basketball participants can enjoy a generally favorable legal environment marked bya recent court decision that denied oneprivate plaintiffs attempt to disgorgethe winnings of a daily fantasy sports contest. Nevertheless, as discussed inmy recent article A Short Treatise on Fantasy Sports and the Law , playing fantasy basketball for moneycontinues to havesome legal risks. Here are high-levelissues that those drafting fantasy basketball teams this weekend should keep in mind: 1.In many cases, playing fantasybasketball formoney is entirely legal under federal law . The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 includes an explicit carve-out for fantasy sports games that meet three criteria: (1) the value of the prizes is not determined by the number of participants or the amount of fees paid; (2) all winning outcomes reflect the relative knowledge and skill of the participants; and (3) the fantasy games result is not based on the final scores of any real-world games. Based on this carve-out, many traditional versions of fantasy basketball (or, at leastmany traditional versionsof fantasybasketball that existed when theact was passed in 2006)seem tocomply with federal regulations. 2. Nevertheless, some states regulations are stricter than federal law and thus participants must be more cautious. A limited number of states disallow pay-to-play contests that involve any chance at all. In these states (known as any chance states), most forms of play-for-cash fantasybasketball wouldviolate the state gambling laws unless they fall under state-specific social gaming or in-house gaming exceptions. Inany chancestates, it is not advisable to play in online play-for-cash fantasy basketball contests, even though federal law may be more lenient. 3. It is not always safe to rely on fantasy contests lists of prohibited states to determine where play-for-cash fantasy basketball is illegal.Although many fantasy basketball hosts sites prohibit cash-game participants in the highest risk states such as Arizona, Louisiana, and Iowa, there are a number of other statesin which play-for-cash fantasy basketball still might be viewed as illegal even though large providers such as Yahoo and CBS Sports are willing totake that risk.Two of these states where there may be risk even though Yahoo and CBS allow their games are Arkansas and Tennessee. In addition, Florida also may present some risk, as a Florida state attorney generaladvisory opinionfrom back in 1991called into doubt the legality offantasysports contests . That advisory opinion remains on the Florida website, even though many large fantasy websites have operated in Florida for years. 4.Finally, certain unique formats of fantasybasketballare more risky under both federal and state law. Even though traditional forms of fantasy basketball are very likely legal inmost states,any format of fantasy basketballthat strays from the traditional skill-to-chance ratio presentgreater risk. For example, fantasy football contests that give points based on the final scores of real-world basketball games are probably not protected by the fantasy sports carve-out to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. In addition, fantasybasketball contests thatinvolve smaller roster sizes andshorter fantasy seasons especially where players are initially allocated by draft seem to involve increased risk based on heightened impact of a single activity of chance on the overall result . With these points in mind, let me wish the Forbes readership a successful fantasy basketball season. ___ ____________________________ Marc Edelman is an Associate Professor of Law at the City University of New Yorks Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business , where he has published more than 20 law review articles on sports law matters, including A Short Treatise on Fantasy Sports and the Law . In addition, he is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, and a legal consultant on sports, antitrust, gaming and intellectual property matters. Nothing contained in this article should be construed as legal advice. Follow me on Twitter here
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Gay marriage is legal in New Jersey, but questions remain about some of the details

epa03916249 A Balinese man walks among the blazing coconut husks during a sacred ritual called Advocates say theyre protected by the U.S. Constitution from having to do so. Q. Will lawmakers still try to override Christies 2012 veto of a bill to allow gay marriage? A. Gay rights leaders and lawmakers who support them are trying to figure this out. They could attempt the override so there would be a law that would clarify the issues that are legally murky, they could try to pass a new bill to deal with some or all of the issues, or they could not have any legislation on the topic. Republicans could balk at overriding Christies veto, something the Legislature has never done to this governor. Q.
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Banks can?t shame defaulters with pictures: Legal experts

"Since publication of photograph of a defaulting borrower or guarantor has the potential of exposing him to irreparable loss, injury and prejudice, such publication cannot be resorted to in the absence of an express power or an agreed term in this behalf. The Kolkata HC verdict by Justice Dipankar Datta said Madras HC view that a bank cannot be prohibited in its performance of a public duty does not appear to be legally sound. He said, "It is not the public duty of a secured creditor to publish photograph of a defaulting borrower.'' Important points The Indian Banks Association had, in October 2003 said genuine borrowers need to be separated from those who willingly and purposely take loans and do not repay them on time Reserve Bank of India in 2007 informed the State Bank officials that there is no provision in the SARFAESI Act which was enacted to help recovery of bank loans without court orders that permits publication of photographs of the borrowers in the newspapers or magazines. Only details and particulars of names and addresses of borrowers and properties can be put on public notice to alert interested parties dealing in the secured property that any such transaction would be subject to the secured creditors right in the property in case of non- payment of dues by the borrowers. Expert speak: Advocate Ashok Paranjpe , MDP: Banks publish photographs of defaulters even before an appeal is decided under the law. What if the borrower wins the appeal, the publication would have already defamed and caused him irreparable loss. The practice has is misconceived the RBI needs to come out with fresh guidelines on defaulting borrowers. What the high courts held: Against the banks May 2013: In Ujjal Kumar Das Vs. State Bank of India and Messrs Allianz Convergence Private Limited vs State Bank of India the Calcutta High Court differed from the decisions given by the Madras and Madhya Pradesh High Court. It held that the Publication of photographs in newspapers, magazines is not permissible under the SARFAESI Act, 2002, and its rules or any other rules or guidelines The threat to publish photographs borders on extra-legal means, not legal means, to recover the dues.
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Jack Daniel's in legal fight with small distiller

Bank of America has been found liable for mortgage fraud. The banks Countrywide unit sold defective mortgages in the lead-up to the housing collapse. A verdict was returned by a New York jury after a monthlong civil trial. The outcome is a victory for government prosecutors who accused the financial firm of urging workers to churn out home loans, accept faulty applications and hide the sharp increase of defaults by borrowers who couldnt make mortgage payments. More legal headaches for JP Morgan Chase. Americas biggest bank may face action from federal authorities suspecting that the bank turned a blind eye to Bernie Madoffs massive Ponzi scheme, reports The New York Times. This case comes right after the bank reached a tentative $13 billion settlement with federal prosecutors over the sale of flawed mortgage products.
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More Legal Headaches from the Mortgage Mess and Bernie Madoff

gty jp morgan kb 131025 16x9 608 More Legal Headaches from the Mortgage Mess and Bernie Madoff So it is with civil rights lawyers and the federal monitor whos been appointed to oversee the NYPDs stop, question and frisk program. A new lawsuit alleges there is a need to reform how police respond to calls involving deranged individuals emotionally disturbed persons, known as EDPs. The case cites the fatal shooting of Mohamed Bah, a Harlem man whose mother called 911 asking for an ambulance. Whether or not the cops handled the Bah situation appropriately, the suit overreaches in seeking a remedy and has the entirely wrong target. The police get 100,000 EDP calls every year, a number of them involving dangerously disturbed people who have fallen through the cracks of the mental health system. Frequently, they have gone off medications prescribed to maintain their stability. Lawyers Randolph McLaughlin and Debra Cohen of Manhattan firm Newman Ferrara should aim their legal papers not at the police responders of last resort but instead at a mental-health system that repeatedly sends deeply troubled people out onto the streets, there to hurt themselves or others and too often forcing the cops into tragic confrontations.
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Jack Daniel's is the flagship brand of Louisville-based Brown-Forman, which sold 11 million cases of Jack Daniel's Black Label Tennessee Whiskey in the fiscal year that ended this past April 30. Jack Daniel's whiskey is produced in Lynchburg, Tenn. Named as defendants are J&M Concepts LLC and Popcorn Sutton Distilling LLC, which operate in Nashville. The defendants did not respond to phone calls and emails seeking comment Friday. The small distillery's website says Popcorn Sutton's white whiskey is currently available in Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas and Georgia. The suit notes what it said are the similarities between the packing for Jack Daniel's and the Popcorn Sutton spirit. Both bottles are square shaped with angled shoulders and beveled corners, with white-on-black labeling color schemes, the suit said. Even the font style of the Popcorn Sutton labeling is reminiscent of the Jack Daniel's label, it said. Except for minor tweaks, the Jack Daniel's packaging has been "a consistent commercial impression" for decades, the suit said. That packaging is part of "one of the oldest, longest-selling and most iconic consumer products" in U.S. history, it said.
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Legal bid to save homeopathy on the NHS

Earlier this year, NHS Lothian caused uproar among many patients when it announced that it will no longer pay for homeopathic services which cost the board around 240,000 a year following a review and consultation. The decision is now set to be challenged in the Court of Session after a patient contacted solicitors with her concerns about the way the review was carried out and its long-term impact on those who use the service. Solicitor Cameron Fyfe, from law firm Drummond Miller, said he is now in the process of securing legal aid for the case, which they were hopeful would be granted so the judicial review process could begin. The outcome could have a significant effect on other boards who may seek to target their spending on homeopathy as part of efforts to manage tightening budgets. Last week figures showed that across Scotland around 12 million was spent on homeopathic services in the past five years. NHS Highland has already stopped funding the services. Homeopathic treatments are based on the theory that like cures like. Substances which in larger quantities would cause symptoms are diluted hundreds or thousands of times in the belief that this will help treat the condition. While many patients say such treatments are the only thing that has been successful in treating their ailments, others in the scientific and medical communities have dismissed them as quackery and nonsense. The legal challenge to the NHS Lothian decision has been brought by a patient, who wishes to remain anonymous, who started receiving homeopathy in 2002 after suffering anxiety and was prescribed the treatment Agaricus. She later went on to receive another treatment Bovista, a type of fungi to help with arthritis. In legal documents, the patient said: Now that support has been withdrawn by Lothian health board I may not have access to these treatments at all. Both the patient and the advocate appointed to provide legal opinion on the case raised questions about the quality of the consultation and review carried out by NHS Lothian.
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Florida?s New Anti-concussion Law

      Florida?s New Anti-Concussion Lawmore+EmbedTo embed, copy and paste the code into your website or blog:       A former Florida high school football player sued his high school, alleging that the athletic staff failed to properly protect him from concussions . According to the lawsuit, the student experienced a head injury, following which he vomited, had blurred vision and became disoriented during both games and practices. Despite these symptoms, coaches continued to let him play through this injury as well as additional head injuries.Several months ago, the Florida legislature enacted a law known as HB-291 that bars coaches from making snap decisions to let players back on Personal Injuries Lawyer the field following a head injury.Florida?s new concussion lawHB-291 obligates coaches and medical staff to take various precautionary measures following a youth head injury, including:Requiring coaches to remove youth athletes from practice or competition immediately following the injuryMandating that children may not return to practice or play following a head injury until they receive written permission from a health care professionalStipulating that youth athletes who suffer concussions may not return to practice or games on the same day as the injuryStating that when players returns to practice following a head injury, that they ease back into the routine gradually, first beginning with light and moderate aerobic activity and only later progressing to more intense drills and practice activitiesWhy is avoiding multiple concussions so important?An athlete who returns to full physical activity too quickly runs the risk of having a second concussion . Risks of repeat concussions include serious neurological damage, and in certain cases, even death. These risks can be particularly acute in the case of children and teenagers who tend to be both at a higher risk of concussion than adults and exhibit longer recover times.What are some of the physical symptoms of concussions?Physical symptoms of concussions include:Nausea
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October 25 2013

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Zachary Fardon Takes Over As U.s. Attorney In Chicago

Attorney admits bilking $289K from client

"I spent my formative years as a prosecutor in this office, so I feel like I am back home," Fardon said. "This is a great office, full of smart and passionate people. I look forward to continuing the office's strong traditions of fairness and excellence in the pursuit of justice on behalf of the (district's) 9 million residents." Fardon, the 40th man to hold the post since the 1850s, takes over an office that has made its mark nationally by putting crooked government officials behind bars but faces increasing pressure to do more to help in the fight against Chicago's violent street gangs. After Fitzgerald left in June 2012 to go into private practice, more than 20 lawyers sought the post with its 170 assistant U.S. attorneys and nearly $35 million budget. Fardon grew up in Tennessee and graduated from Vanderbilt Law School. After a stint as a public defender in Nashville, he moved in 1997 to Chicago to work as an assistant U.S.
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After negotiations with NY attorney general, charities agree to speed up Sandy aid spending

WROCLAW, POLAND - OCTOBER 23: Tima Turieva from Russia lifts in Snatch competition woman A death sentence can be imposed only by a jury, so the only discussion points would have been whether the County Attorney's Office would drop the intent to seek the death penalty and whether Arias would waive further appeals. Earlier, Nurmi declined to comment on the settlement conference, as did County Attorney Bill Montgomery. In his regular news conference main page Wednesday, Montgomery explained that he did not attend the settlement conference as he had intended because the "case is no different than any other case," he said. "I don't see it as an important enough case to where I have to be personally involved to where I can't have the prosecutor who's responsible for the case take care of it himself," he said. Arias, 33, was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Alexander in June 2008. Alexander, 30, was found dead in the shower of his Mesa home. His throat was slit, he had been shot in the head and there were nearly 30 stab wounds on his body.
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Cool Dad/Maryland Attorney General Refuses to Bust Teenage Son's Party

The discussions around that dont await the bankruptcy sale. The discussions with the victims actually began within a few weeks of the bankruptcy filing that stemmed from the July 6 disaster, in which an unmanned Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway train slammed into the center of Lac Megantic , Quebec, and exploded, killing 47 people and destroying the center of the town. The engineer and sole crewman aboard the train had followed company procedure and left the train at the end of his shift about an hour before the accident. A company official had suggested that he had possibly failed to set enough train brakes. Investigators continue to probe the causes of the disaster. Keach, whom a U.S. District Court judge appointed to run the company as a trustee during the bankruptcy process, said negotiations could start getting money to the victims within the first six months of next year, with luck and cooperation. Several lawsuits on behalf of the 47 killed and others have been filed in Canada and the U.S. since bankruptcy proceedings began a few months ago. Keach said he did not have an exact number. Several filed in Cook County, Ill., on behalf of victims recently got pushed from state to federal courts, he said. Prior to the accident, Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway employed 109 people in the U.S.
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Children play in a Roma settlement in Farsala, Greece, where the 'Mystery Girl' was found on Saturday, October 19. The case has generated huge interest in Greece. Greek authorities have requested international assistance to help identify the four-year-old girl. A handout photo released by Greek police shows the girl, who was found in central Greece during a crackdown on illegal activities by members of the Roma community. A woman holding her child poses for photos at the camp near Farsala, which lies some 280km (173 miles) north of Athens, Greece, on Sunday, October 20. The lawyer for a Roma couple accused of abducting the blond girl found living with them in Farsala says the pair adopted the child from her biological mother. But the police say they are suspicious of the records the couple have provided for the child and for other children in the couple's care. Panagiotis Pardalis, a spokesman for Smile of the Child, the charity taking care of Maria, said the girl was found amid "bad living conditions, poor hygiene." The Roma village where 'Maria' was found Photos: The Roma village where 'Maria' was found The Roma village where 'Maria' was found The Roma village where 'Maria' was found The Roma village where 'Maria' was found The Roma village where 'Maria' was found The Roma village where 'Maria' was found HIDE CAPTION The Roma village where 'Maria' was found Trying to find mystery girl's family Charity cares for mystery girl in Greece Greek couple claims 14 other kids He conceded that the adoption was "non-legal." But he said he believes the biological mother will be located soon and will verify the couple's claims. "They love her, and they took care as their own child," Katsavos said. Haralambos Dimitriou, head of the local Roma community, said the couple took the girl in because her Bulgarian mother couldn't keep her. He said Maria was raised like a "normal" child. Video provided by the Roma and shown to the media in the Roma settlement near Larissa does appear to show Maria dancing with a woman who is believed to be the same person now charged with abducting her.
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West Texas Attorney Denies Money Was Drug-Related

Skakel's current attorney, Hubert Santos, said he expects to file a motion for bail on Thursday. If a judge approves it, Skakel could then post bond and be released from prison. (AP Photo/The Stamford Advocate, Jason Rearick, Pool, File) HARTFORD, Conn. - Lawyers for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel filed a motion Thursday seeking his release from prison on bond while he awaits a new trial in the 1975 slaying of neighbour Martha Moxley. Skakel's conviction was set aside Wednesday by Connecticut Judge Thomas Bishop, who ruled that Skakel's trial attorney, Michael Sherman, failed to adequately represent him when he was found guilty in 2002 in the golf club bludgeoning of Moxley when they were 15 in wealthy Greenwich. Skakel's current attorney, Hubert Santos, filed a motion Thursday afternoon in court seeking a $500,000 bond. If a judge approves it, Skakel could then post bond and be released from prison. "We're very, very thrilled," Santos said. "I always felt that Michael was innocent." Bridgeport State's Attorney John Smriga said prosecutors will appeal both the decision and the request for bond. He said they remain confident in the jury' verdict. "The state's case relied on Michael Skakel's uncontested connection to the murder weapon, strong evidence of motive, substantial evidence of consciousness of guilt, nearly a dozen incriminating admissions and three unequivocal confessions," Smriga said in a statement. During a state trial in April on the appeal, Skakel took the stand and blasted Sherman's handling of the case, portraying him as an overly confident lawyer having fun and basking in the limelight while making fundamental mistakes from poor jury picks to failing to track down key witnesses. Sherman has said he did all he could to prevent Skakel's conviction and denied he was distracted by media attention in the high-profile case.
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Greece mystery girl: Attorney for Roma couple says they adopted 'Maria'

A handout photo released by Greek police shows the girl, who was found in central Greece during a crackdown on illegal activities by members of the Roma community. We have been dogged about making sure that when they raise money and tell the world they are going to spend it on Sandy recovery, they in fact spend it on Sandy recovery, Schneiderman said. In the past, the Red Cross has drawn criticism from philanthropy experts and other aid groups for gobbling up huge sums of money following catastrophes, even when it had no capacity to spend those funds on the type of relief if traditionally provides, like putting displaced people in hotels or getting them hot meals. In the months after Sandy, the Red Cross took in enough to dedicate $308 million to storm relief efforts. But it began scaling back its storm operations in the spring with much of that money still unspent. Since then, it has redirected a lot of it to programs run by other groups. Not counting the new $6 million in funding, it had about $28 million remaining this month. In separate agreements, three other charities that raised money for hurricane relief efforts agreed to a timetable for spending funds still sitting in the bank on the storms anniversary.
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Attorney hopes Lac-Megantic victims will get compensation next year

Attorney hopes Lac-Megantic victims will get compensation next year In a court filing, Attorney General Pam Bondi challenged a proposed ballot initiative seeking to put the issue of legalizing medical marijuana on a state ballot next year. A petition drive called People United for Medical Marijuana, organized by Florida lawyer John Morgan, is trying to round up the nearly 700,000 voter signatures required by February 1. The Florida Legislature earlier this year refused to take up a statutory change proposing to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana under controlled conditions. Bondi is required by law to ask Florida's Supreme Court to review proposed ballot initiatives, called the medical marijuana initiative deceptive. "The ballot title and summary suggest that the amendment would allow medical marijuana in narrow, defined, circumstances, and only for patients with 'debilitating diseases.' But if the amendment passed, Florida law would allow marijuana in limitless situations," Bondi wrote in a letter filed to the court. "So long as a physician held the opinion that the drug use 'would likely outweigh' the risks, Florida would be powerless to stop it," she said. Ben Pollara, the campaign manager of People United for Medical Marijuana, said Bondi is "out of touch" with the plight of desperately ill patients. "Attorney General Bondi wants to deny Floridians the opportunity to even vote on this issue," Pollara said in a statement. A poll commissioned by People United found support in Florida for medical marijuana at 70 percent. To win approval, constitutional amendments require 60 percent support from voters. Organizers of the campaign so far have 94,541 valid signatures, according to paperwork filed with the court. California was the first state to legalize pot for medical purposes, and nearly 20 other states and the District of Columbia have enacted similar statutes, although marijuana is classified as an illegal narcotic under federal law. Florida's Supreme Court does not endorse or oppose constitutional amendments, but rules on two factors - whether they deal with a single subject and whether the written summaries appearing on the ballot are clear enough to let people know what they are voting on.
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Florida's attorney general challenges medical marijuana initiative

Marco Antonio Delgado also told jurors during the fourth day of his trial that federal agents have lied and misrepresented facts or oversimplified matters in his case. Delgado took the witness stand after prosecutors rested their case earlier Thursday. He's accused of devising a scheme to launder up to $600 million for the now disbanded Milenio cartel from 2007 to 2008. Prosecutors are expected to present rebuttal witnesses before closing arguments, which could come by the end of Friday. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have previously testified that after Delgado was arrested in 2007 with $1 million, he confessed and agreed to cooperate. After his initial arrest, court records show, he confessed the $1 million was part of a "trial run" in what agents say was a money laundering operation. But agents said Delgado continued moving drug money behind his handlers' backs, including a money pickup of $50,000 in Chicago in the summer of 2008. However, Delgado testified he didn't know that any of the money he handled was tainted by drug trafficking and didn't learn about its true origin until after he was rearrested in 2012. "I never discussed a $600 million amount with any ICE agent," he told prosecutors Thursday. "I did not know the funds were drug-related or illegal, neither were the ones from Chicago," he said when questioned by prosecutor Debra Kanof. Delgado told jurors that he believed the $1 million was part of an inheritance from wealthy Mexican citizens who wanted to hide the money from relatives or extortionists. He said the $50,000 was a payment from builders in Mexico who wanted to engage in work in the U.S. Agents previously testified that $45,000 was deposited in Delgado's law firm account.
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Jodi Arias files motions to fire attorney

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 Attorney admits bilking $289K from client Related By Alexis Stevens The Atlanta Journal-Constitution An Atlanta attorney pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing nearly $300,000 from a client and using it for personal use, the Fulton County District Attorney said. Kristen E. Richbourg, 38, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft by taking by fiduciary and two counts of first degree forgery and was sentenced to 15 years, four of which must be served behind bars, DA Paul Howard said. Richbourg also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $289,045.12 to the victim, surrender her law license and submit to random drug testing and counseling, a spokeswoman for Howard said. She may not apply for re-admission to the Bar. Richbourg was arrested in April after a former client reported the theft to Atlanta police. Investigators said at the time of her arrest that Richbourg used the money to pay for her wedding, restaurant meals and clothes. Detectives traced the money to places around town, including the W Hotel, the Pink Pony and Bench Warmers, police previously said. According to the DA, in January 2011, Richbourgs client entrusted her with $535,000 that he intended to be managed in a variety of ways to lessen his tax burden. Richbourg was instructed to deposit the money into a trust fund, a savings account and two certificates of deposit, and the client was to receive quarterly draws on the funds and to be kept apprised of the balances.
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Attorney for Kennedy cousin Skakel seeks $500,000 bond following order for new trial

Associated Press But did he, as Maryland's most powerful legal authority and a candidate for governor, do anything to stop it? Nope. He just found his teenage son, asked him a question, and left. Unfortunately for Maryland's Coolest Dad, someone took the above picture (the Attorney General is behind the two shirtless teenagers, in the white shirt holding the phone) as he passed through the party, and posted it to Instagram. Word spread and now Gansler, who claims he saw no drinking at the party, is on the defensive. "Assume for purposes of discussion that there was widespread drinking at this party," he told the Baltimore Sun , insisting that his son did not drink that night. "How is that relevant to me? The question is, do I have any moral authority over other people's children at beach week in another state? Was I supposed to serve as the police officer? I say no." Others, like the Century Council, a non-profit that works to fight teen drinking for whom Gansler filed a PSA earlier this year, disagree. "Let me pick myself up off the floor here." Century Council's CEO and president Ralph Blackman told the Sun. "You can agree, you can disagree with the legal age," Blackman said, but Gansler was "somehow suggesting that it is OK to break the law.
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October 24 2013

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Settlement Of Personal Injury Claims On Behalf Of Persons Under A Disability

Settlement of Personal Injury Claims On Behalf of Persons Under a Disability more+ Embed To embed, copy and paste the code into your website or blog: In This Paper: - The Current Regime Rules of Civil Procedure - Issues - (c) Recent Judicial Comment on Contingency Fees in the Rule 7 Context - (d) Use of Settlement Funds - (e) The Children's Lawyer - (f) Public Guardian and Trustee - Practice Points - Excerpt from Introduction: This paper reviews the past and current approach to the settlements of claims on behalf of minors and mentally incapable people. In particular, it considers the evidence required to allow the Court to determine if the proposed settlement is in the best interests of the claimant; and the reasonableness of solicitor fees for services. It will suggest best practices for applications under Rule 7 of the Rules of Civil Procedure. While this paper is not a direct response to cases like Marcoccia v. Gill 2 or Lau v. Bloomfield, by necessity, several of the problems identified in these decisions will also be reviewed and discussed here. Please see full paper below for more information.
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October 22 2013

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Florida Attorney Convicted And Sentenced In $300 Million Gambling Operation Seeks New Trial

Attorney: Burial spot found for former Nazi war criminal

Kelly Mathis filed the motion for a new trial late last week. Mathis was convicted of 103 out of 104 counts, including possessing slot machines, helping operate a lottery and racketeering. He could face dozens of years in prison when he is sentenced next February. Mathis says in the motion for a new trial that he was restricted from presenting evidence that his legal advice was sound. The arrest of Mathis and 56 other Allied Veterans defendants led to the resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll and also caused the Florida Legislature to ban so-called Internet cafes earlier this year. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
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Latinos urge California attorney general to probe Herbalife

He said he found several violations at the jail that he listed in a proposed order asking a judge to shut down the work center. Welch said two of the photos show an overcrowded holding cell. "Everybody that I found in those, everyone had been there longer than 24 hours. Many had been there several weeks," Welch said. Welch said he also found poor lighting and broken fixtures that could be turned into weapons. "That particular item right there ( in the photo ) can be used to Attorneys in Southern California make what they call a shank," Welch said. Welch said the jail is a safety hazard for inmates and for employees. He's now asking a judge to close the work center at the facility and remove more than 100 state inmates. "I believe the order will go to the judge for his signature sometime (Tuesday), so we should have an order back by the end of the week or the beginning of next week," Welch said. The Hinds County Board of Supervisors is already facing a court order to repair safety issues, like broken doors at the jail. County Attorney Pieter Teeuwissen said they'll take the new complaint into account.
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Attorney claims he has proof of neglect at Detention Center

Where to put the remains of the 100-year-old former SS officer had been a heated issue, the Italian news service ANSA reported Monday. Without revealing the location of Priebke's final resting place, attorney Paolo Giachini said "everything is solved." Italian official did not confirm any solution had been found. Giachini said a "small ceremony for his relatives" would be held when the burial occurs. Priebke's remains were moved to a military airport in Rome last week after his funeral at the headquarters of an ultra traditionalist Catholic group was interrupted by clashes between residents and neo-Nazis. Officials in Rome did not want Priebke buried in the city where he was involved in the reprisal killing of 335 men and boys in 1944. His hometown in Germany didn't want to accept the body either. Priebke had wanted to be buried in Argentina next to his wife, but Argentine authorities refused to allow it. Officials were concerned his burial site would become a shrine for neo-Nazis if he were buried in a marked grave. A television journalist found Priebke retired in Argentina in 1994. He was extradited to Italy the next year and imprisoned in 1998. He was released on house arrest in 2003 because of his health.
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Angela Spaccia to testify in Bell corruption trial, attorney says

Dozens of protesters with signs saying "Stop Exploiting Us" stood outside the Los Angeles convention center to urge Kamala Harris, the state's attorney general, and Bob Lee, the Santa Cruz District Attorney, to investigate what they call predatory business practices and review how the $6.7 billion company targets minorities. "We are asking Attorney General Harris to help us protect vulnerable, low income Latinos and other minorities from these schemes that have cost people their life savings," said Angelica Salas, Executive Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. They were meeting nearby the city's convention center where Herbalife was hosting 12,000 Latino distributors at its Extravaganza Latina sales event. Some prominent Wall Street investors as well as certain civil rights groups have accused Herbalife, which relies on thousands of independent distributors to sell its products, of being a pyramid scheme, something the company denies. Pyramid schemes, where operators typically try to make money by recruiting new members who pay fees rather than relying only on the sale of goods, are illegal in California. The Attorney General's office has a section on its Web site alerting people to how they differ from legal multi-level-marketing schemes. Harris' office did not return a call seeking comment. Herbalife spokeswoman Barbara Henderson did not return phone calls or emails seeking comment. The company often woos potential distributors with stories of big paychecks that lead to luxury cars and super-sized mansions and a carefree lifestyle. In reality more than two-thirds of the distributors made no money at all last year, said Brent Wilkes, national executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens.
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Lisa Irwin Update: Attorney for parents of missing Mo. toddler in touch with FBI over girl found in Gypsy camp in Greece

toddler in touch with FBI over girl found in Gypsy camp in Greece By Lisa Irwin in an undated photo. / Personal Photo PICTURES: Baby Lisa Lisa's third birthday is next month and an age-progression photo of her was released earlier this month on the second anniversary of her disappearance, reports the station. The child found in Greece, who goes by the name Maria, was initially believed to be 4-years-old, but a dental exam reportedly indicates she is 5 or 6. While the ages don't seem to match, the possible similar physical appearance between Lisa and Maria means all possibilities must be ruled out, reports KCTV. Lisa was reportedly fair and blue-eyed at the time of her disappearance. John Picerno, an attorney for Lisa's parents, Debbie Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, said Monday night that he has had contact with the FBI about the investigation in Greece, reports KCTV. He reportedly said the FBI is working through the appropriate government channels in Greece as they work to determine the girl's identity. Picerno said he has not been given a timeline for the investigation in Greece, according to the station. "Whenever the authorities in Greece investigate and inform us, we will know," he wrote in an e-mail to KCTV. Police investigating the disappearance of Lisa have reportedly focused on the activities of the child's mother, however the couple has long maintained that they had nothing to do with their daughter's disappearance and suggest she was abducted by someone who sought to raise her.
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Cee Lo Green 'pleased' no rape charge filed, his attorney says

Jonathan Blodgett accepting his award from ADL New England Board of Overseers Chair Jim Rudolph of Marblehead Carole Cohen, Senior Vice President of Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, accepting the 2013 Rudolph Volunteer Award from Jim Rudolph. The following was submitted by Sean Martin: The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) New England Region held its annual North Shore Leadership Award Dinner recently, honoring Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett with the North Shore Leadership Award. Carole Cohen, Senior Vice President of Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, was also honored as the recipient of the 2013 Rudolph Volunteer Award, named after Marblehead resident Jim Rudolph, ADL Board of Overseers Chair. ADL New England Regional DirectorRobert Trestan issued the following statement: Community support is critical to ADL's mission of 'securing justice and fair treatment for all.' District Attorney Blodgett's entire career has been dedicated to this same mission, as evidenced by his efforts to promote internet safety for children and bullying prevention education programs in schools. We are proud to partner with the District Attorney and Carole Cohen, who have selflessly given their time and energy both to the League, and to the betterment of the community. Over 200 attendees joined ADL for the dinner which was held at Kernwood Country Club in Salem, MA. Radio personality Dan Rea of WBZ Radio served as the Keynote Speaker. District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett stated: For the last ten years, I have had the honor to serve in the only position in elective government that I have ever wanted. Being the District Attorney gives me the opportunity to work with communities and organizations, such as the ADL, to promote a better understanding of the law and hopefully encourage people to make good decisions.
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ADL honors Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett

An attorney for Cee Lo Green said Monday her client was "pleased" Los Angeles prosecutors had declined to file a rape charge in what she called "consensual" relations between the singer and a 33-year-old woman last year. But attorney Blair Berk said Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, had no comment on the drug charge he faces in connection with the July 2012 incident. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced Monday that although it would not file the sex assault charges because of insufficient evidence, the singer had been charged with one felony count of providing ecstasy to the woman. DOCUMENT: Complaint against Cee Lo Green Cee Lo had faith that if true facts were known, the district attorney would reject those charges, Berk said of the sex assault case. As it relates to the one charge of furnishing or sharing ecstasy, Mr. Green will responsibly address that matter in a court of law, but not comment on it further out of respect for the process. The Los Angeles Police Department launched an investigation into Green almost a year ago after the woman claimed he put the drug "Molly" in her drink as they dined at a downtown L.A. restaurant. The woman claimed she woke up to find herself naked in the 39-year-old singer's bed. But after two investigations, prosecutors declined to file sex-related charges against Green, citing insufficient evidence. Green has previously denied any wrongdoing. We are pleased that the Los Angeles County district attorney has completed its investigation and concluded that the evidence did not support the false and unfounded claim made over a year ago, Berk said Monday. Mr.
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A protester wearing a giant head representing China Braun told Kennedy that the district attorney had turned down his offer to let prosecutors interview Spaccia without restrictions. But Dep. Dist. Atty. Sean Hassett said that Spaccia invoked her 5th Amendment privilege against self-incrimination when prosecutors tried to question her. Thats why we didnt talk to her, he said. TIMELINE: Bell corruption 'on steroids' Fellow prosecutor Max Huntsman said he never received such an offer. Braun, he told the judge, is not going to let that happen. Its craziness. Meanwhile, prosecutors said they planned to call as a witness Edward Lee, who served for many years as Bells city attorney.
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?the Dictates Of Justice? ? The Key To Seperate

?The dictates of justice? ? the key to seperate more+ Embed To embed, copy and paste the code into your website or blog: [author: Ryan Cable] The Supreme Court of New South Wales in Walsh v Walget Shire Council [2013] NSWSC 1434 recently rejected an application of a defendant to have a separate liability and quantum hearing in a catastrophic injury case. The principal reason being the dictates of justice. Mr Walsh, the plaintiff, dove head first into an empty pool  after dark, striking his head on the bottom of the pool, becoming a tetraplegic requiring 24 hour care. He claimed Walgett Shire Council (Council) was negligent in failing to indicate with adequate signage that a swimming pool was empty, failing to illuminate the area sufficiently to alert the plaintiff that the pool was empty and failing to fence the area to prevent people from entering the area whilst the pool was empty. Council?s defences included dangerous recreational activity, contributory negligence and intoxication. Council submitted there was a genuine dispute as to whether Council was liable to the plaintiff and that separate hearings would save costs in assessing the plaintiff?s catastrophic injuries and future care. The Court acknowledged there are occasions where it is in the interests of justice to have separate hearings, including ?where the investigation of quantum is likely to be lengthy and expensive and the prospects of the plaintiff succeeding on liability are not clear.? Citing Idoport Pty Ltd v National Australia Bank Ltd [2000] NSWSC 1215 , Adamson J held separate hearings may view website be appropriate where it will narrow the field of litigious controversy, where there is a strong possibility that resolution of the separate issue will avoid further litigation and where there is a clear demarcation between that issue and all other issued including credibility of witnesses. The plaintiff opposed Council?s application for separate hearings on the basis that the his right to interest on any quantum judgment would be prejudiced by delay, the material already obtained in support of his quantum claim would become stale and that another judge would need to determine quantum as the defendant intended to raise the credibility of the plaintiff, his wife and son as witnesses. Her Honour ultimately held the degree of injustice that would be suffered by the plaintiff if separate hearings where ordered, would be more significant than any prejudice which the defendant might suffer in the event of a single hearing. This can be compared to another recent Supreme Court of New South Wales matter of Nettleton v Rondeau [2013] NSWSC 1321 in which this time the plaintiff, suffering complete paraplegia, requested a separate hearing so that his damages claim could be heard later, allowing for there to be more certainty in determining his ability to continue working. Again, the Court sought to arrive at the most just outcome. In this instance, given the injury had been suffered so recently, it was decided that the hearing of the quantum claim at a later date would enable a more just assessment of the plaintiff?s future needs.
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October 21 2013

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Conservative Republicans Aren?t Done Fighting The New Health-care Law

Ordinance adds teeth to law against terror

Chronic problems with the online enrollment system which have diminished but not disappeared since its Oct. 1 launch were largely overshadowed by the 16-day fiscal standoff in Washington. Video Key moments from President Obama's speech the morning after Congress passed a deal to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government. Jia Lynn Yang and Tom Hamburger Decades-long ties formed unshakable faith in Boehner, even as the country neared default. Paul Duggan and Leah Binkovitz Across Washington, theres a lot of business to catch up on and money to be earned. But several GOP senators said Thursday that they will work to shine a spotlight on the problems and renew efforts to stop the law, although they did not specify how. I would do anything, and I will continue to do anything, to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare, said Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.), a tea party favorite who said he would not rule out pushing for another government shutdown . House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders announced Thursday that they will hold a hearing Oct. 24 to scrutinize the laws implementation. They also sent Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius a letter, asking her to reconsider the administrations decision not to participate. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who tried unsuccessfully to insert a provision in Wednesdays continuing resolution that would have denied federal health insurance subsidies to lawmakers and their aides, said he will revive the proposal as soon as possible. I guarantee it will be back, Vitter said on Fox News.
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Opponents gear up to fight transgender law

New alimony laws go into effect January 1, 2014. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post) be followed by judges. The guidelines are only an advisory to the courts, a starting point to assist in deciding how much, if any, maintenance should be awarded, and for how long. The final decision still rests with the judge, who must consider such facts as each spouse's income, financial resources and needs, and marital property. Because judges have not begun to rule under the new guidelines, patterns have not yet been established, and so anxiety is high among family-law lawyers. "I'm hearing different rumors from county to county," said Stephen Plog, a co-founder of the family-law practice Plog & Stein in Greenwood Village. "Some judges are saying they are not going to follow it; they'll still do it the old way." Family-law attorney Kevin Massaro has specific advice for high-income earners: "If you're the partner making a lot of money right now and your marriage is on the rocks, you're better off filing this year than next." "The worry we have as practitioners is that people are going to lock up and hold out, thinking there is a pot of gold in the maintenance world," Massaro said.
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Egypt's interim leader: I'll give proposed protest law closer look

Adly Mansour, Egypt People mourn over the bodies of lost relatives on October 6 in Cairo. Morsy supporters run from tear gas along a street in downtown Cairo on October 6. People carry a man near Ramses Square in Cairo. Egyptian security forces detain a suspected Morsy supporter in Cairo on October 6. Bystanders try to comfort a man as he grieves for a relative slain during clashes October 6 in Cairo. Clashes in Egypt Photos: Clashes in Egypt Rights groups have reacted strongly to the proposed measure. "Resorting to the security and police solutions will lead to more failure and worsen the political conflict in Egypt," Gamal Eid, executive director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights, said in a statement. The April 6th movement, an influential political force deeply involved in Egypt's 2011 revolution, equated the draft law with Hosni Mubarak-era repressions, calling it "one of the worst repressive laws constraining freedoms in Third World countries and military dictatorships." Mubarak was removed from power in 2011 during the early days of the Arab Spring movement that swept across North African and Middle East.
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New law changes alimony landscape for divorcing Colorado couples

Attorney Helen Shreves, left, Mercedes Aponte, middle and Brett Zachman They are holding down the fort for a $33 million ad campaign planned for Get Covered Illinois, the new health insurance marketplace that's a cornerstone of the law, also known as "Obamacare," in what is arguably the biggest social media campaign rolled out by the state of Illinois. As the state-contracted agency pivots away from a full-force marketing barrage because of early technical problems with the law's federal website, the social media team has assumed responsibility for educating consumers and tending to their frustrations in Obama's home state. "Application has been pending for days. #gettingimpatient," read one incoming tweet last week, a few days before The Associated Press was given an exclusive peek inside the command center at FleishmanHillard. "We're making sure we're listening and we're supportive and we're there for them when they're having difficulties," said Meg Poulelis, 28, who leads the team and worked previously on social media accounts for Gatorade and Chevrolet. Compared to other states, Illinois is in an unusual spot, with millions to spend on promotion but no control over fixing the federal site's technical glitches. Most of the other 35 states relying on Washington to run their marketplaces are led by Republicans who've been hostile to the law and have done nothing company website to promote it. States promoting the law generally are running their own marketplaces. Months before the rollout of the law's marketplaces, one for every state, Illinois officials envisioned a social media marketing push aimed at uninsured healthy young adults, a key demographic for the law's success.
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Separate police stations will be designated for professional and expeditious investigations of specified crimes and prosecution through federal prosecutors. The measures appear to have been included in the ordinance to help the law-enforcers engaged in the Karachi operation. Under the ordinance, special federal courts shall be designated to render inexpensive justice with promptitude as mandated by Article 37 of the Constitution, along with designated jails to detain hardened criminals. The handout said syndicated crime in all its forms and manifestations would be responded by a proportionate use of state force under the law. However, it cautioned for judicious but effective use of preventive detentions whose period was enhanced to 90 days in cases involving serious crimes by gangs and mafias. Sources said that under the ordinance the law enforcement agencies would be able to enter and search any premises without warrants. The arrested suspects would not be entitled to bail. An ordinance for amendments to the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, was issued on Oct 11, which allowed Pakistan Rangers to shoot criminals with just prior warning. In that ordinance, electronic evidences such as emails, text messages and recorded telephone calls were declared admissible. Preventive detention of up to 90 days was also allowed through the amendments, along with special protection measures for witnesses and the judges hearing cases involving terrorists. Giving justification for the new legislative measures, the official statement said Pakistan and its people had been exposed to undeclared and thankless wars that had proliferated from the countrys neighbourhood since 1979.
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Health Care Law Turns to Social Media in Illinois

And it's not really so simple after all. What if a kid with a penis is standing at the boys' urinal wearing a dress and a pretty hair bow? "That just causes commotion," says Wendy Hill, a state Assembly staffer who helped guide a new transgender-rights law through the Legislature. "It opens up to bullying." A student who looks like a girl, Hill adds, "feels safer going into a stall in the girls' restroom." If you think all of this is silly, you're not alone. That's probably most voters' view. Doesn't Sacramento have more important problems to solve? Maybe not if you're a transgender kid whose gender identity doesn't conform to your sex organs of birth. Admittedly I'm way out of my league here, like most people are on this topic. Let's back up. In July, the Legislature passed AB 1266, by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and participate on sports teams that match the gender they feel identifies them. The measure could not have passed without overwhelming Democratic dominance of the Legislature. It barely cleared the Senate and was approved by a small margin in the Assembly, where the speaker is gay. All the "yes" votes were cast by Democrats. A dozen Democrats simply ducked the vote.
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October 20 2013

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Tv Company Liable For Host?s Defamatory Comments

TV company liable for host?s defamatory comments more+ Embed To embed, copy and paste the code into your website or blog: The Italian Supreme Court held that a TV company was liable for the defamatory comments from the host of one of their TV programs because they did not exercise the requested monitoring activity on him. The Accident Injuries Lawyer case involves an Italian famous host that at the time of the events was a member of the Italian Parliament (MP) and was also running a TV program dedicated to the review of newspapers where however he had made 16 times during a period of over 3 years defamatory comments against an Italian judge which had brough a claim for damages against the TV company rather than the host. The reason why no claim had been brought against the host himself was that under Italian law MPs cannot be challenged for their opinions as this would restrict their freedom in their political activity. However, despite of such circumstance the court held that such exemption did not exclude the liability of the TV company for the conduct performed by the host since the conduct itself still had taken place even if the author could not be convicted for that. Also, Italian law provides for a regime of strict liability for TV companies in relation to the contents published on their channels on which they are obliged to perform a monitoring activity which according to the court had not occurred in the specific circumstances of the case also in the light of the lenght of the challenged conduct. Because of the breach mentioned above, the TV company was convicted to the payment of a fine of EUR 800,000. This is an interesting case as in a context where most of the decisions involve activity performed on the Internet, this case reminds editors that a stricter level of control is required to TV companies on their contents as opposed to Internet service providers for which the general principle set out in the EU E-Commerce Directive 2000/31 is for the lack of any monitoring obligation even if this has been subject to different interpretations by the competent courts. We will see whether courts will try to extend the same principles to the on-line sector.
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