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(Photo: Elaine Thompson) The pair previously worked in online marketing in San Diego, and Spaits has a master's in business administration. Their most recent startup is skyfu.com, which helps restaurants monitor what people are saying about them on social media. Spaits, 39, also helps judge business plan competitions and believes his skills are perfectly honed to run a successful pot store. He and Miller, 38, who has also worked as a bartender, are excited about Washington's grand experiment. They sought advice from friends who operate medical dispensaries in California to help draw up a revenue model. They're seeking a retail license in Kirkland, east of Seattle. THE PATH FROM ADDICTION It started with small doses that eased the aches of restaurant work. But over time, Yevgeniy "Eugene" Frid found himself addicted to prescription painkillers. "It completely envelops your whole life." Yevgeniy "Eugene" Frid, general manager of A Greener Today, is a former drug addict turned pot entrepreneur. (Photo: Elaine Thompson) He tried to quit many times, and when he finally did, he says, cannabis played a huge role displacing the opiates with a substance much gentler on the body. Frid, 28, quit his job doing business management and marketing for a video game company when a friend asked him to help start a medical marijuana dispensary.
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Minutes after Carrasco dropped the liquid in his nose, he began having a bad reaction, police reports say. Carrasco froze up and began flailing in the complex's parking lot until Bell took him upstairs and called a friend of Carrasco's to pick him up, the reports say. The friend drove Carrasco to a parking lot where he tried to let Carrasco "sleep it off," according to the reports. By the time Carrasco's friend realized he was in need of medical attention, Carrasco was dead. The medical examiner's report lists the cause of death as "acute 25I-NBOMe (bath salt) poisoning." Scottsdale police conducted interviews with witnesses and Carrasco's friends, according to police records, but by the time they received a toxicology report in May confirming the toxic presence of NBOMe, investigators were looking at another death linked to the synthetic acid. While Carrasco and Bell were casual acquaintances at best, Carlson and Bell were good friends, lived in the same Arizona State University dormitory for a period of time, and saw each other almost daily, police reports say. Carlson was at a party at a Scottsdale condo in May when he took a vial of the synthetic drug out of his pocket and put a few drops up his nose, according to at least one witness. Others told police Carlson had taken the drug earlier in the evening. Carlson was walking out of the condo with friends when he became rigid and would not move, reports say. His friends walked him back inside and put him in the shower to try to calm him down. When that didn't work, Carlson's friends put him into an SUV and drove him to the hospital. Bell and others who arrived to the party with Carlson left the scene. Carlson died the next day. Within hours of Carlson's death, Scottsdale police determined they were working a homicide investigation.
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The Deepwater Horizon explosion killed 11 workers and spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. From a public relations standpoint, the camera-feed of oil gushing from the unplugged well into the blue waters of the Gulf was a constant reminder of the environmental damage caused by the accident. From a legal standpoint, BP was on the hook for billions of dollars. The accident left a heavy toll on the companys stock. By June of 2010, it lost half its value, plunging from about $60 to $27. Three-and-a-half years later, it has only recovered about half its share price. Other companies endured similar depressions to their stock price when confronted with massive legal liabilities. Merck's Merck's troubles, for instance, began in September, 2004, when it pulled its popular painkiller Vioxx off the market. A wave of individual suits and class actions followed as media reports of these trials dominated the pharmaceuticals news coverage over the next few years.
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Pierre, executive director of NORML, a group that backs marijuana legalization. And if things go well, he said, This is largely the beginning of the end of cannabis prohibition. Opponents arent giving up. They, too, see the start of legal markets as a turning point, one that will confirm warnings about ill effects and dash promises of new revenues. They plan to highlight missteps and problems that arise as legalization becomes a reality. I dont accept that marijuana legalization is inevitable, said David Evans of the Drug Free America Foundation, which opposes legalization. The states that have legalized it are going to serve as an example of what not to do. Already, opponents have seized on anecdotal evidence of increasing use among young people as chronicled by The Denver Post last week for example in the 20 states plus the District of Columbia that allow medical marijuana. Supporters balk at the connection, saying marijuana use among teens is hardly a new phenomenon. They also point to areas where medical marijuana businesses exist that havent seen new crime waves or other side effects. Legal or not, young adults continue to experiment: An annual survey shows 18.7 percent of young adults ages 18 to 25 used marijuana in 2012, compared to 16.1 percent in 2004. Both Colorado and Washington set 21 as the age for legal marijuana use.
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But recent reports that the National Security Agency secretly broke into communications on Yahoo and Google overseas have technology companies, privacy advocates and even national security proponents calling for a re-examination of Reagans order and other intelligence laws. More business news Danielle Douglas Responsibility for WaMus liabilities has been debated since JPMorgan took bank out of receivership in 2008. More business news Experts suggest a legislative update is long overdue to clear up what Electronic Frontier Foundation legal director Cindy Cohn calls lots of big gray areas. With the cooperation of foreign allies, the NSA is potentially gaining access to every email sent or received abroad, or between people abroad, from Google and Yahoos email services, as well as anything in Google Docs, Maps or Voice, according to a series of articles in the Washington Post. Its impossible to know how many of Google and Yahoos collective 1.8 billion accounts are affected, but in a single 30-day period last year, field collectors processed and warehoused more than 180 million new records ranging from metadata, which would indicate who sent or received emails and when, to content such as text, audio and video, the Post reported. The NSA and its British counterpart, the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters, have intercepted and tapped into data funneled by Google and Yahoo through fiber optic cables, routing information in an NSA operation called Muscular, the Post reported. The information was provided to the newspaper by former NSA contract employee Edward Snowden, who is being sought by the U.S. for leaking classified information. Had the NSA done the same warrantless tapping at Googles Mountain View, California, headquarters, theres no doubt they would be violating the law, said Cohn, whose San Francisco-based non-profit fights for digital freedoms. Theyre doing this abroad because they want that fig leaf of legality. The NSA, in an online statement, says its collection operations comply with federal laws and orders. Reagans 1981 Executive Order 12333 for the first time in a public, written record allowed foreign covert action to be conducted from inside the U.S.
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The RXC doesn't just walk the walk, though, and the wing isn't there for show; this car can pull its weight. As a matter of fact it can produce its own weight, that's 900kg, of downforce at certain speeds. The standard unit can go from zero to 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds, with a top speed of 175 mph. It means business, and costs just a fraction under 100,000. We visited the Peterborough outfit at the end of the RXC's track development, and were just in time to witness its first ever drive on public roads. Marketing manager Roger Green, who has raced Radicals for many years, and assisted in the car's development, took us for a drive. I had assumed we would talk more about the RXC en route, however, it soon became clear that sound deadening hadn't been on the top of Radical's list when trying to make it go faster round the track. What I did find astonishing, though, was the ride. Looking at the RXC, I had braced myself for a broken back, but even before we'd taken it on the road, Radical had seemingly found a pretty fair balance; I was genuinely comfortable for the few hours I rode in it.
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6 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Google scores key legal victory in books lawsuit Scott Martin, USA TODAY 5:09 p.m. EST November 14, 2013 A Google sign at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP) Story Highlights Guild was seeking $750 for each book copied Google has scanned 20 million books for the project Google hailed ruling as "major victory" SHARE 173 CONNECT 93 TWEET 6 COMMENTEMAILMORE SAN FRANCISCO Google on Thursday landed a key legal victory against the publishing industry in what could pave the way for the search giant to continue its quest to scan the world's books. A New York federal judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit from book authors against the Mountain View, Calif., company. The long-simmering battle stems from a suit brought by the Authors Guild, which sued Google in 2005 in Manhattan federal court, claiming copyright infringement. The Authors Guild charged Google's online library was in violation of "fair use" of copyrighted works by providing snippets of works. The Authors Guild guild was seeking $750 for each copyrighted book made digital, a huge sum considering that the Internet search company had scanned more than 20 million books. "This is a huge victory for Google, which had previously tried to resolve legal issues regarding Google Books by class-action settlement," says Mark McKenna, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame. Circuit Judge Denny Chin found Google's book-scanning project did not run afoul of fair use of the content under copyright law. The judge said that the Google service contributes to new audiences that offer new sources of income for authors and publishers.
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Last month when the Council passed Bill 2491 over the objections of the mayor, who pleaded for a one-month delay to review the resource legal nightmare the bills passage might conjure, it was not the final word. The mayor had a legal right to weigh in. Two weeks later, after the Office of the Kauai County Attorney analyzed the bill, calling it a legal mess, the mayor vetoed the measure. That set off shock waves among anti-GMO activists, who were outraged that he would follow the advice of his legal council. They launched a personal and vicious witch hunt like campaign marked by death threats, targeting the mayor and bill opponents , which prompted the county to institute extraordinary safety measures during court sessions. The situation went downhill from that very low level. The original measure passed 6-1. But under Kauai law, the mayor could block any legislation. After hearing from the countrys legal staff and discussing the bills implications with Hawaii state officials, he decided the bill could be unenforceable even if it should survive a legal gauntlet.
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"It makes her out not to be an angel. She got drunk and stoned and drove and crashed her car. But that's not a death-penalty offense," he said. WAFER AND MCBRIDE McBride's father, Walter Ray Simmons , referred to the defendant as "Mr. Wafer" when he talked to reporters Friday. He then stopped: "I don't even know why I'm saying 'Mr. Wafer.' This monster who killed my daughter." Earlier Friday, at his arraignment, Wafer stood in a Dearborn Heights courtroom and listened as Carpenter argued for a lesser bail amount. Carpenter described Wafer as a steadily employed high school graduate who spent a year at Northern Michigan University and whose only run-ins with the law involved a couple of decades-old drunken driving cases. Wafer cares for his 81-year-old mother, Carpenter said. Fellow defense lawyer Cheryl Carpenter said her client has been affected by the case. "You could see it is weighing on him, and he realizes the extent of what happened that night," she said outside of court. "This is part of the problem with this case. There's been so much prejudgment and so much speculation," Cheryl Carpenter said.
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Legal worries a distraction in tough 2013, says McIlroy





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Credit: Reuters/Mike Blake DUBAI (Reuters) - Legal problems were a distraction which affected his golf this year, former world number one Rory McIlroy said on Tuesday as he prepared to defend the World Tour Championship title he won in sizzling style last year. The 24-year-old from Northern Ireland birdied the final five holes in Dubai 12 months ago to claim his second tour title of the year and finish top of both the European and U.S. money lists. In a barren 2013, however, he has tumbled to sixth in the world rankings. That slump followed McIlroy's sponsorship switch to Nike in January, which prompted a former sponsor, American sportswear company Oakley, to launch legal action against him. In September he terminated his contract with Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management to form his own management company and the acrimonious split has now reached the courts. "It's something that I don't really think any athlete or anyone should ever go through," McIlroy told reporters. "I've seen more lawyers' offices and more lawyers this year than I care to see in my entire life. It's not something I ever want to go through again and I'm making sure that I won't ever go through it again." The twice major winner said his legal worries did not directly result in him hitting specific bad shots. "But as a golfer you want your mind as clear as possible, and it's obviously hard for that to happen if you've got other things that are going on that, firstly, you don't want to happen, and secondly you don't feel should be happening. It's been a distraction," McIlroy said. He is ranked a lowly 46th in the Race to Dubai - the European Order of Merit - and has no chance of topping the money list for a second year, but the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 U.S.
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6 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Google scores key legal victory in books lawsuit Scott Martin, USA TODAY 5:09 p.m. EST November 14, 2013 A Google sign at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP) Story Highlights Guild was seeking $750 for each book copied Google has scanned 20 million books for the project Google hailed ruling as "major victory" SHARE 173 CONNECT 93 TWEET 6 COMMENTEMAILMORE SAN FRANCISCO Google on Thursday landed a key legal victory against the publishing industry in what could pave the way for the search giant to continue its quest to scan the world's books. A New York federal judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit from book authors against the Mountain View, Calif., company. The long-simmering battle stems from a suit brought by the Authors Guild, which sued Google in 2005 in Manhattan federal court, claiming copyright infringement. The Authors Guild charged Google's online library was in violation of "fair use" of copyrighted works by providing snippets of works. The Authors Guild guild was seeking $750 for each copyrighted book made digital, a huge sum considering that the Internet search company had scanned more than 20 million books. "This is a huge victory for Google, which had previously tried to resolve legal issues regarding Google Books by class-action settlement," says Mark McKenna, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame. Circuit Judge Denny Chin found Google's book-scanning project did not run afoul of fair use of the content under copyright law. The judge said that the Google service contributes to new audiences that offer new sources of income for authors and publishers. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/11/14/google-digital-library/3534511/" rel="nofollow">http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/11/14/google-digital-library/3534511/</a></p>





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Last month when the Council passed Bill 2491 over the objections of the mayor, who pleaded for a one-month delay to review the <a href="http://socallawsupport.com/kern-county/">resource</a> legal nightmare the bills passage might conjure, it was not the final word. The mayor had a legal right to weigh in. Two weeks later, after the Office of the Kauai County Attorney analyzed the bill, calling it a legal mess, the mayor vetoed the measure. That set off shock waves among anti-GMO activists, who were outraged that he would follow the advice of his legal council. They launched a personal and vicious witch hunt like campaign marked by death threats, targeting the mayor and bill opponents , which prompted the county to institute extraordinary safety measures during court sessions. The situation went downhill from that very low level. The original measure passed 6-1. But under Kauai law, the mayor could block any legislation. After hearing from the countrys legal staff and discussing the bills implications with Hawaii state officials, he decided the bill could be unenforceable even if it should survive a legal gauntlet. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonentine/2013/11/15/the-fix-is-in-on-anti-gmo-bill-as-kauai-goes-rogue-setting-hawaii-county-on-path-to-legal-conflagration/" rel="nofollow">http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonentine/2013/11/15/the-fix-is-in-on-anti-gmo-bill-as-kauai-goes-rogue-setting-hawaii-county-on-path-to-legal-conflagration/</a></p>





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"It makes her out not to be an angel. She got drunk and stoned and drove and crashed her car. But that's not a death-penalty offense," he said. WAFER AND MCBRIDE McBride's father, Walter Ray Simmons , referred to the defendant as "Mr. Wafer" when he talked to reporters Friday. He then stopped: "I don't even know why I'm saying 'Mr. Wafer.' This monster who killed my daughter." Earlier Friday, at his arraignment, Wafer stood in a Dearborn Heights courtroom and listened as Carpenter argued for a lesser bail amount. Carpenter described Wafer as a steadily employed high school graduate who spent a year at Northern Michigan University and whose only run-ins with the law involved a couple of decades-old drunken driving cases. Wafer cares for his 81-year-old mother, Carpenter said. Fellow defense lawyer Cheryl Carpenter said her client has been affected by the case. "You could see it is weighing on him, and he realizes the extent of what happened that night," she said outside of court. "This is part of the problem with this case. There's been so much prejudgment and so much speculation," Cheryl Carpenter said. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Legal-wrangling-ahead-in-Mich-porch-shooting-case-4987280.php" rel="nofollow">http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Legal-wrangling-ahead-in-Mich-porch-shooting-case-4987280.php</a></p>





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Credit: Reuters/Mike Blake DUBAI (Reuters) - Legal problems were a distraction which affected his golf this year, former world number one Rory McIlroy said on Tuesday as he prepared to defend the World Tour Championship title he won in sizzling style last year. The 24-year-old from Northern Ireland birdied the final five holes in Dubai 12 months ago to claim his second tour title of the year and finish top of both the European and U.S. money lists. In a barren 2013, however, he has tumbled to sixth in the world rankings. That slump followed McIlroy's sponsorship switch to Nike in January, which prompted a former sponsor, American sportswear company Oakley, to launch legal action against him. In September he terminated his contract with Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management to form his own management company and the acrimonious split has now reached the courts. "It's something that I don't really think any athlete or anyone should ever go through," McIlroy told reporters. "I've seen more lawyers' offices and more lawyers this year than I care to see in my entire life. It's not something I ever want to go through again and I'm making sure that I won't ever go through it again." The twice major winner said his legal worries did not directly result in him hitting specific bad shots. "But as a golfer you want your mind as clear as possible, and it's obviously hard for that to happen if you've got other things that are going on that, firstly, you don't want to happen, and secondly you don't feel should be happening. It's been a distraction," McIlroy said. He is ranked a lowly 46th in the Race to Dubai - the European Order of Merit - and has no chance of topping the money list for a second year, but the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 U.S. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/12/us-golf-european-mcilroy-idUSBRE9AB0WN20131112" rel="nofollow">http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/12/us-golf-european-mcilroy-idUSBRE9AB0WN20131112</a></p>





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"All of these people work in Philadelphia. They are really contributing significantly." (CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer/File) Travel Deals Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2013, 2:02 AM Leaders of law firms have long argued that the legal industry has a huge - and often underappreciated - economic impact on Philadelphia. Now they have the data to back up that claim. A report commissioned by the Philadelphia Bar Association concludes the legal-services industry, from law firms to e-discovery consultants, to court reporters and everything in between, contributes $5 billion annually to the city's economy. The report by the Center City economic and policy consulting firm Econsult Solutions Inc. says the industry is responsible for more than 31,400 jobs. Total tax revenues to the city are $160 million. "This report is the first of its kind to highlight the economic impact of the profession to the region," said Kathleen Wilkinson, chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association. "All of these people work in Philadelphia. They are really contributing significantly." Wilkinson said the bar association and its large-firm management committee hope the study will reinforce the impression with city leaders that the industry is central to the regional economy. She added that the city taxes affecting law firms can serve as a disincentive for firms to locate or expand in Philadelphia. The report divides legal employment into four sectors. The legal industry itself employs 17,300 people, Econsult says, including lawyers, paralegals, administrative staff, and others employed directly by law firms. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20131117_Legal_industry_is_economic_force.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20131117_Legal_industry_is_economic_force.html</a></p>





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A proposed settlement not only involved a complicated set of compensation rules for authors, it also had sections dealing with unaddressed copyright issues like "orphan works." But Chin rejected the settlement in 2011, saying it wasn't fair. Fundamentally, it was just too big issues like orphan works were best left to Congress, not to a class-action lawsuit. In the long term, the failure to settle may result in more scanning, not less. If Chin's ruling stands on appeal, a clean fair-use ruling will make it easier for competitors to start businesses or projects based on scanning booksincluding companies that don't have the resources, legal or otherwise, that Google has. "This has been a long road and we are absolutely delighted with todays judgment," said a Googlespokesperson. "As we have long said., Google Books is in compliance with copyright law and acts like a card catalog for the digital age, giving users the ability to find books to buy or borrow." Authors' Guild Executive Director Paul Aiken expressed his disappointment with the ruling, saying that Google's book-scanning project is a "fundamental challenge" to copyright. "Google made unauthorized digital editions of nearly all of the world's valuable copyright-protected literature and profits from displaying those works," said Aiken. "In our view, such mass digitization and exploitation far exceeds the bounds of the fair use defense." The Guild is going to appeal, he added. That means the issue will end up at the New York-based US Court of Appeal for the 2nd Circuit. That appeals court has decided several key legal battles between content and technology companies in recent years, including the Cablevision decision. That ruling legalized remote-DVR services, which has aided other tech companies, including Aereo. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit <a href="http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/11/google-books-ruled-legal-in-massive-win-for-fair-use/" rel="nofollow">http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/11/google-books-ruled-legal-in-massive-win-for-fair-use/</a></p>





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Recently, there has been a movement to eliminate permanent alimony and establish guidelines for the amount and duration of alimony awards. As of now, the bill is still under review, however it could become the law sooner rather than later. This is information you should be concerned about if you are going through a divorce presently or if you receive alimony at this time. Alimony is supposed to be paid to the lesser-earning ex-spouse based on his or her financial need, in addition to other factors. One factor that would change as a result of the new law would be consideration given for the length of marriage. Highlights as to the duration component of the proposed new law would alter the current law as follows: If the duration of the marriage or civil union is five years or less, the term of alimony would be a maximum of one-half the number of months of the marriage or civil union. If the duration of the marriage or civil union is 10 years or less but greater than five years, the term of alimony would be a maximum of 60-percent of the number of months of the marriage or civil union. If the duration of the marriage or civil union is 15 years or less but greater than 10 years, the term of alimony would be a maximum of 70-percent of the number of months of the marriage or civil union. If the duration of the marriage is 20 years or less but greater than 15, the term of alimony would be a maximum of 80-percent of the number of months of the marriage or civil union. If the duration of the marriage or civil union is greater than 20 years, the court would have discretion to award alimony for an indefinite length of time. Your attorney would still be able to argue for a lesser or a greater amount than the assigned limits and it would be up to the court to make findings of fact based on these arguments. If you are already divorced, check with your attorney in order to make sure the language in your property settlement agreement protects what has already been negotiated and executed in your existing property settlement agreement. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit <a href="http://www.nj.com/south-jersey-voices/index.ssf/2013/11/your_legal_corner_alimony_refo.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.nj.com/south-jersey-voices/index.ssf/2013/11/your_legal_corner_alimony_refo.html</a></p>





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"She's my child and it is my duty to take care of her," Majzlik said, standing in front of a cannabis plant in his garden. "I do what I have to and I will continue doing so. I have no other option." Medical marijuana is legal in a number of European countries, Israel and 20 U.S. states as well the District of Columbia. Advocates say it gives patients relief from the debilitating symptoms of illnesses including cancer, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, where more conventional treatment fails. The Czech Republic's parliament legalized medical marijuana this year by an overwhelming majority, with the law becoming effective April 1. But some 20,000 patients who are estimated to be eligible for cannabis treatment have no chance to get it legally although so far police have largely ignored renegade growers such as Majzlik who technically would face prison. Patients and medical experts blame interference by the Health Ministry, which has long fiercely opposed legalizing medical marijuana. "There's a very consistent effort from the Ministry of Health not to make the law really enforced," said Dr. Tomas Zabransky, a U.N and EU adviser on drug issues. The ministry denies deliberately blocking access to medical marijuana, but few question that its policies have raised steep barriers for patients to access pot legally. The Health Ministry and its State Institute for Drug Control, the nation's drug agency, banned health insurance companies from covering the cost of medical marijuana, and set the maximum amount patients are allowed at 30 grams (1.1 ounces) per month, an amount Zabransky says often falls woefully short of providing effective relief. The government also banned treatment for those under 18 and allowed imports of just four types of cannabis that can be obtained only from the Netherlands at a cost of about $10 per gram prohibitive for most patients in a nation where the average monthly salary is $1,300 and the average pension is $500. The government said it restricted legal use to these four types from the Dutch marijuana monopoly to ensure quality. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/czechs-quandary-legal-medical-marijuana-20897004" rel="nofollow">http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/czechs-quandary-legal-medical-marijuana-20897004</a></p>





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Authorities are investigating whether the paintings, prints and drawings were misappropriated. But a spokesman for Augsburg prosecutors, who are handling the case, acknowledged that Germanys 30-year statute of limitations for most criminal prosecutions could make a legal pursuit of the art difficult. I never said we will give back the pictures to all those who suffered injustice back then, prosecutor Matthias Nikolai said. We need to examine who can make what claims. To put it very carefully, there is a possibility in Germanys criminal code to hand seized objects back to victims. Experts say the governments best option could be to appeal to Gurlitts sense of ethics and negotiate resolutions about the art instead of heading to court. Theres some precedent for that. Two years ago, Gurlitt sold a work by German expressionist painter Max Beckmann titled The Lion Tamer for 864,000 euros ($1.16 million), which he shared with the heirs of a Jewish collector who once owned the picture. It was all a matter of goodwill, said Karl-Sax Feddersen, a legal adviser for the Cologne auction house Lempertz. The heirs wouldnt have been able to get a German court to help them. The elder Gurlitt, who died in 1956, was one of four art dealers commissioned by the Nazis to sell what is known as degenerate art items seized from museums because they were deemed a corrupting influence on the German people. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/claims-on-german-art-trove-face-legal-hurdles/2013/11/14/8808c194-4d87-11e3-9890-a1e0997fb0c0_story.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/claims-on-german-art-trove-face-legal-hurdles/2013/11/14/8808c194-4d87-11e3-9890-a1e0997fb0c0_story.html</a></p>





I was able to raise $5,000 in a few hours for typhoon victims, said Gina Alexander, CEO and fashion bag designer of Gina Alexander Inc. and an avid donorr to Luzon based orphanages. People want something they believe in and make sure part of what they spend goes to a cause that helps them or others. On the ground, FilAms went for a five-kilometer walk fundraiser in Van Nuys, California, organized by the Philippine Disaster Relief Organization. Filipino American artists are holding a prayer rally and concert benefit for Yolanda victims on Friday, Nov. 15 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Los Angeles. United Methodist Churches in Los Angeles County are gathering funds for the calamity. We are concerned about acts of justice, such as a sustainable livelihood. The poor cannot afford to build strong houses and live in a safer environment, said, Rev. Nestor Gerente of Grace United Methodist Church in Long Beach. Home town organizations are organizing relief efforts, especially those who have been greatly effected, stated Maria Hellen M.
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Kaiser Permanente Southern California Launches My Health Manager en Español







McMahon added the manner of death appears to be homicide, and it doesn't appear the family ever went to Mexico after they disappeared. Investigators earlier said they thought they spotted the McStays crossing the border on grainy surveillance video. Investigators wrapped up a three-day excavation in barren scrubland near heavily traveled Interstate 15 on Wednesday after an off-road motorcyclist reported finding bones there. Additional skeletal remains were found near the graves, and the coroner's investigators later confirmed they were human. Authorities said the remains had been in the desert for an extended period. Autopsies were still being completed, and the cause of death has not been released. The McStays' disappearance launched what San Diego County sheriff's investigators called their most extensive missing-persons search ever. Joseph McStay's brother, Michael McStay, said it's been a "hard road" for the family not knowing where the couple and their sons were. "It's not really the outcome we were looking for, but it gives us courage to know that they're together and they're in a better place," said a tearful Michael McStay. There were no signs of forced entry at the family's home in Fallbrook, about 55 miles north of San Diego, or in their SUV parked near the border. Authorities found rotten eggs on the kitchen counter of the home and two dogs in the backyard. Neither Joseph nor Summer had told family or friends they were leaving, and tens of thousands of dollars left in business bank accounts were never claimed. Investigators pursued hundreds of tips and eventually came to believe the family left voluntarily for Mexico. Investigators were convinced that four people seen on a dimly lit surveillance video walking into Tijuana, Mexico, were the McStays.
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Sheriff: Bodies in California desert graves believed to be missing San Diego-area family of 4







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 http://socallawsupport.com/orange-county/ 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.
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Truck fire shuts down Southern California freeway







Authorities say the tractor-trailer's cab caught fire shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday on State Route 60 in Hacienda Heights east of Los Angeles. LA County fire Inspector Scott Miller says the driver escaped and told authorities the truck was hauling potentially explosive cylinders of compressed hydrogen. Firefighters doused the visible flames quickly but had to spray the truck for hours to cool the tanks down. Surrounding residents were told to stay indoors for several hours before the order was lifted. The entire freeway was closed for about five hours. After seven hours all but one eastbound lane had been reopened.
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California to Las Vegas 'Party Train' Hits Snag







The company painted a grim picture in its filing, though it insisted the project remains viable. Railway Express said it still needs to raise $1 million for the California-Vegas route and added, "there is no assurance such funding will be available on terms acceptable to the company, or at all." Railway Express CEO Michael Barron declined comment through a spokeswoman. As recently as June, X Train backers had said they planned to start service on New Year's Eve. The train was supposed to offer cocktails, big TVs, recliners and two lounges for the five-hour trip. Tickets were going to cost $99 each way and include a meal and beverage, with plenty more alcohol available for purchase. Tourists currently can't get from Southern California to Las Vegas by rail alone. Barron's company wasn't the first to try and fix that.
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Southern California McDonald's Kicks Off Annual Ronald McDonald House Charities 'Give A Hand' Fundraiser To Raise Money For Families In Need







The award-winning website makes it easy and convenient for members to connect with their health information and their care providers 24/7. "Our own studies have confirmed that our members have better health outcomes, higher satisfaction, and higher re-enrollment because of My Health Manager, said John Mattison, MD, Assistant Medical Director, and Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Kaiser Permanente Southern California. "Translating these convenient services for our Spanish-speaking members is certain to both enhance their experience and support their personal efforts to thrive with our care. The Spanish version of My Health Manager translates pages on kp.org that enable members to view their medical record, view lab test results, schedule appointments and email physicians. Personal health information will remain in English. Latinos make up 40 percent of Kaiser Permanente Southern Californias membership, making the move to a Spanish translation of the popular tool a natural step for the organization. In addition to the My Health Manager Spanish translation, Kaiser Permanente also expanded the Spanish content available on kp.org for all Kaiser Permanente regions, including all primary pages and key functionality like registration, sign on and navigation. Go to www.kp.org and click the Espanol link in the upper right hand corner of the page to view the new kp.org Spanish experience. The public has been able to access thousands of pages of Spanish health content on kp.org for years, said Christine Paige, senior vice president for marketing and Internet services. Launching a Spanish translation of My Health Manager in Southern California is an important next step in our plan to tailor our digital experiences to members preferences. Kaiser Permanente plans to launch Spanish My Health Manager in other regions and will continue to personalize kp.org based on member needs.
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Agholor, Southern California pound Cal 62-28







Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Agholor, Southern California pound Cal 62-28 The Associated Press 8:02 p.m. EST November 9, 2013 Southern California coach Ed Orgeron (right) and tailback Javorius Allen (37) celebrate after the Trojans routed California. (Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Nelson Agholor had two of Southern California's NCAA-record tying three punt returns for TDs Javorius Allen scored three times USC (7-3, 4-2) has defeated California 10 times in a row SHARE 3 CONNECT 2 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) As soon as Nelson Agholor raced through the California punt coverage unit for a touchdown the first time Southern California touched the ball, he knew the Trojans would have a shot at another return touchdown. They got two more, in fact, on a record-tying day by the USC special teams. TURNAROUND: Orgeron learns from mistakes "The best thing about getting that first return is it gave the rest of the guys confidence that they know they could block the same way," Agholor said. "They knew we were going to return another one. That's how I felt. We returned one and they were like, 'Let's do it again.' Everybody wants to do it." Agholor started the scoring for USC (7-3, 4-2 Pac-12) with a 75-yard return and added a 93-yarder late in the second quarter to help USC win for the fourth time in five games under interim coach Ed Orgeron. Josh Shaw also returned a blocked punt 14 yards for a score earlier in the second quarter for the Trojans, who tied the record last achieved by Oklahoma against UCLA in 2003 when Antonio Perkins returned three punts for scores.
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Body of Marine killed in Southern California http://socallawsupport.com/riverside-county/ crash returns to Sullivan County







Pete Raimondi / CBS News Marine biologist Pete Raimondi showed CBS News the tide pools along California's Monterey Bay. Thousands of bright sea stars usually line these shores. In less than two months, they've vanished. Raimondi said the mystery of what is happening to the sea stars is "immense." "I mean, that's probably, from a scientific point of view, one of the most intriguing things," he said. "We have no obvious culprit." His University of California Santa Cruz research team is finding sick sea stars underwater, their limbs falling off, their bodies disintegrating. Thousands of bright sea stars usually line these shores. In less than two months, they've vanished. / CBS News "Sea stars can go from perfectly health to completely decomposed overnight," Raimondi said. A timelapse video shows a sea star infected with white lesions. One by one, it loses each of its arms. It happens in just seven hours. This wasting disease is typically caused by bacteria.
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New earthquake jolts Southern California







Geological Survey told NBC News. Earthquakes of this size dont cause a lot of damage. The Orange County quake struck at 9:33 a.m. PT this morning. The night before, at 11:23 p.m., a 4.4-magnitude quake rattled the Yorba Linda area. At 11:25 p.m., a quake estimated at magnitude 2.7 struck in the same area, centeredtwo miles from Yorba Linda. The third temblor -- a magnitude 1.2 -- struck at about 11:41 p.m. and was centered one mile from Yorba Linda. For more, visit NBCLosAngeles.com The Orange County quake'sepicenter waslocatedfive miles from Placentia, six miles from Chino Hills, and eight miles from Orange.
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In some places, 95 percent of the sea star population has died, causing changes to coastal ecosystems.

The chief has proven to be the most recognized and most accurately documented direct lineal descendant of former natives of the Kizh/Gabrieleno Villages. Through the oral history of his elders to documentation gathered by Kizh members, the Kizh Nation was not immune to mistreatment. From the time the Spaniards landed in the 1500s through the development of the missions, the Mexican government and the early California government, atrocities were a common occurrence. Tribes up and down California were subjected to slavery, loss of land, loss of family, loss of language, forced Christianity, and in some extremes, loss of identity and loss of life. To resolve the Indian Problem, a bounty was placed on Indian scalps. In a few incidents, tribes were ambushed to near annihilation. This information will never be taught in our fourth-grade California history classes. The Kizh Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians is one of two tribes recognized by the state of California.
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Stanford-Southern Cal Preview







SULLIVAN COUNTY, N.Y. -- A tribute to a fallen Marine as his body was brought back home to the Hudson Valley Stephen Gagnon, 24, was involved in a car accident in Southern California Saturday evening. His body was flown into the area from the West Coast and a motorcade escorted his body to Monticello. The public safety director for Kiryas Joel says this a tough time for the community and it's important to stand together. "When a tragedy happens, we all jump into action and anyway we can help out, we do. We all helped out, try to ease the pain," said Moses Witriol, Kiryas Joel Public Safety Director. "It's an honor to take care of our veterans, unfortunate when it's people this age, it's harder hit on you," said funeral director Blake Starner. Gagnon's funeral is being planned for next week at the Van Inwegen-Kenny Funeral Home.
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Southern California Indians had own Trail of Tears: Letters to the Editor







The Trojans will have to hope their offense can perform as well at home Saturday as it has on the road the past two weeks. USC totaled 988 total yards - 498 rushing - over the last two games, and put up 41 first-half points last week in a 62-28 rout of Cal. Special teams also played a vital role. Nelson Agholor returned two punts for touchdowns, including a 93-yarder in the second quarter - just over three minutes after Josh Shaw returned a blocked punt 14 yards for a score. Cody Kessler has sparked USC during its winning streak by completing 74.3 percent of his passes for 9.24 yards per attempt with four TDs and one interception. He's been helped greatly by sophomore tailback Javorius Allen, who has gained 268 yards on 22 carries with five touchdowns in November wins at Oregon State and Cal. Getting that type of production against Stanford seems unlikely.
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Southern California homebuying sees October uptick





A total of 20,150 houses and condominiums were sold in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties in October, up 5.4 percent from a month earlier, DataQuick reported. However, sales were down 4.4 percent from October 2012, and they were 14.4 percent lower than the October sales average, the San Diego-based company said. Southern California hasn't topped average sales in any month in more than seven years. The median price paid for Southern California homesmeaning half the homes sold for more and half for lesswas $383,750. That was a half-percent increase from September. It was the fourth month in a row that the median price "more or less moved sideways," although it was up nearly 22 percent from October of last year, DataQuick said. "Our read on the market is that after playing some rapid catch-up, home prices hit a bit of a midsummer wall," DataQuick President John Walsh said. "It took a very specific set of circumstances to trigger price gains of 20 percent or more over the course of a year. We had a pitifully low number of homes for sale, incredibly low mortgage rates and unusually high levels of investor purchases. In recent months, each of those drivers has reversed somewhat." Sales of middle- and high-priced homes continued to outpace those of lower-cost ones. The number of homes sold for less than $200,000 dropped nearly 40 percent in October compared with the same month a year earlier, while sales of homes for $800,000 or more rose nearly 33 percent, DataQuick reported. "Low-end deals have been relatively weak largely because of an inadequate supply of homes for sale," DataQuick said in a statement. "Many owners still can't afford to sell their homes because they owe more than they are worth, and lenders aren't foreclosing on as many properties, further limiting supply."
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4 Marines killed in Southern California training accident







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. According to the probe's findings, a Marine operating a 60 mm mortar tube and ammunition did not follow correct procedures, resulting in the detonation of a high explosive round at the mortar position. The investigation also determined that the mortar team involved in the accident had not conducted "appropriate preparatory training."
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Legal fight ahead if abortion ban passes





Antiesha Brown honored by MW

They said her mother had been arguing with her husband over http://www.thesocallawblog.com/ the affair. Willis told "Inside Edition" that she didn't believe MacNeill killed for her. Prosecutors differed in their closing arguments. "This is swapping out Michele for Gypsy on Martin's terms: 'I'm not going to pay alimony, give up the house, pay child support, or be discovered as an adulterer and hypocrite. I'm going to switch out Michele for Gypsy on my terms,'" Deputy Utah County Attorney Jared Perkins had said. Randy Spencer , MacNeill's chief defense lawyer, said that MacNeill had "an abundance of reasonable doubt" working in his favor but seemed resigned to his fate. "Obviously, it wasn't the result he had hoped for, and we're very disappointed with the result, too," Spencer said Monday. "But Martin recognized whether he was convicted or acquitted, he didn't have a lot to look forward to. He lost his family and his livelihood." MacNeill gave up his medical license. Spencer said that he was certain an appeal of MacNeill's conviction would be filed but that he would leave that to another lawyer. Prosecutors were first to admit they faced an uphill battle convicting MacNeill because of the lack of evidence. Instead, they presented a "mountain of motive" that was hard to ignore. The jury found one of MacNeill's daughters, Alexis Somers , a doctor herself, "extremely credible," said Chad Grunander , the chief prosecutor in the case. Somers testified that she believed her father killed her mother and that she caught him giving his wife too much medication days before her death.
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Legal services founder and director to retire after 37 years







We had to find locations for 200 staff members, he says. We had to rebuild our computer network, rebuild our phone network, work without case files. Within days of the storm, the group conferred with legal-service providers on the Gulf Coast, who shared what they learned after Hurricane Katrina. Now New York Legal Assistance Group is passing it forward, holding webinars for legal-services groups after deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma and after devastating flooding in Colorado. Holding online training makes it easier for pro bono lawyers, representatives from the bar association, and others to attend. We actually offered to go out there, but I think theyre facing what we were facing, says Ms. Dibble. They themselves are physically displaced or physically challenged. The nonprofit doesnt see a quick end to its work helping Sandy victims.
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Legal Education in Republican and Maoist China







Goldstein said he wants SCOTUSblog to be treated like any other news organization. "We ought to be given the same benefits and be subject to the same restrictions as members of the press corps." Yet he also acknowledged that his peculiar status means that he and the blog sometimes do not act the way other organizations would, including notifying the court when it inadvertently posts orders or opinions online before they are officially released. "My thinking is, I have an ethical obligation as an officer of the court that supersedes any other ethical obligation," he said. That caution is in contrast to Goldstein's penchant for taking risks on other fronts. He forecast that Elena Kagan would replace John Paul Stevens well before Stevens announced his retirement. But he also incorrectly predicted the demise of the health care overhaul in 2012. "I would say the administration is probably not going to have the best June," Goldstein told Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show". Perhaps his biggest gamble was his effort to build a Supreme Court practice from scratch. Many lawyers who argue regularly at the Supreme Court attended an Ivy League law school, served as a justice's law clerk and worked in the Justice Department's Office of the Solicitor General. Goldstein had none of those advantages when he set out to build a law practice focused on the Supreme Court. Instead, he looked systematically for cases in which lower courts disagreed about a legal issue, a situation more likely to draw the Supreme Court's attention.
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Funding for legal aid could rise: Indranee







(2/2) Abortion ballot question confuses voters ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A proposed ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy has drawn a lot of attention and votes in Albuquerque with a little more than a week to go before election day. City clerk Amy Bailey says if voters approve the measure, it would be on the books in early December. But before that could happen, there would likely be a legal fight. "We will file a lawsuit as soon as we can were this ballot measure to pass," said Micah McCoy, a spokesperson for the ACLU of New Mexico. McCoy says similar laws in other states have been stricken down as unconstitutional and he believes Albuquerque's proposal wouldn't be found constitutional either. While that legal fight was underway, it's likely a judge would halt the law from taking effect. Either way, McCoy says Albuquerque taxpayers would be on the hook for a big bill in order for the city to defend the law in court. But Elisa Martinez with Protect ABQ Women and Children, a group backing the proposed ordinance, says a 20-week abortion ban is on the books in 13 states and in many cases has remained unchallenged. She believes it is constitutional. "As far as it [surviving] legal challenges, that's up for the courts to decide, not the ACLU," Martinez said. Even if the ban did survive a court fight, there's another major unanswered question: Enforceability.
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Seniors in need of legal aid can turn to students at Pitt's Elder Law Clinic





Pitt law professor Martha Mannix and student Lea Lach Pitt law professor Martha Mannix, right, reviews a case with law student Lea Lach at the University of Pittsburgh Elder Law Clinic.

"I was overwhelmed with the paperwork that accumulated," she said. Despite her modest means, Mrs. Gray, 78, had a legal team already familiar with her case, which helped her navigate the unfamiliar legal territory. That's because when her husband suffered a heart attack several months earlier, an adviser with the Allegheny County ombudsman's office had pointed her to the Elder Law Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh law school, where students work with low-income elderly clients on civil legal matters under the guidance of practicing attorneys. The students helped Mrs. Gray figure out several pressing financial matters, so she had funds available when her husband was ill. They also helped her determine what she owed -- and to whom -- for his care. "If not for them, I probably would have lost my house," she said. She did not have to make the trip to the Oakland clinic, since the students came to her home. And she received weekly updates about the status of her case. It's no secret that Allegheny County has one of the oldest populations in the country. According to 2012 census figures, 16 percent of the county's residents are over 65. The clinical education program at Pitt fits not only demographically, but also aligns with the school's community service mission, the law school's dean, William Carter, said. A recent $1 million anonymous gift will allow the clinic to not only help elderly residents, but also give law students entering a historically difficult job market needed expertise, he said.
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The groups claim Ottawa is exposing wild salmon to sea lice, disease, toxic chemicals and concentrated waste. Environment Canada wrote the commission last month, arguing a continuation of the complaint would interfere with two legal cases that are currently underway. The commission has now written back asking for further explanation within 30 working days and has a set final deadline of Dec. 17. According to their submission, the complainants want the commission to write what's known as a factual record on the issue. "The submitters may be able to use that to press the government to make changes in the way they enforce the law," said Hugh Benevides, legal officer for the commission in Montreal. Chief Bob Chamberlin of the Kwikwasu'tinuxw Haxwa'mis First Nation in Alert Bay, B.C., said a factual record would also put the issue on the record. "The NAFTA agreement ... has some teeth, some validity between the governments, and it's important for us because what we're doing is we want to raise the awareness about what we see the impact at an international level, and that's what the NAFTA agreement provides us," said Chamberlin. He said the majority of product that comes out of his territory goes to the United States. Also listed as complainants are Jeff Miller of the Center for Biological Diversity in San Francisco, Calif.; Alexandra Morton of the Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society in Sointula, B.C.; Zeke Grader of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations in San Francisco; and Prof.
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Nonprofit legal aid helps sort the tangles of superstorm Sandy







This was revealed by Senior Minister of State for Law Indranee Rajah on Tuesday, while she was replying to a question by Mountbatten MP Lim Biow Chuan on legal aid for criminal cases. "We've decided the Government should do more in the provision of legal aid compared to the position hitherto...(but) while we make this move we need to be careful of how we do this as monies come from finite pool," she said. To that end, Singapore should learn from the experiences of other countries to develop a system that is sustainable, she added. Citing Britain, where the government spent two billion pounds (S$4 billion) on legal aid - half of which went towards criminal cases - Ms Indranee said that some countries had found "costs prohibitive and outcome not entirely satisfactory". Details of the scheme being considered by the Ministry of Law are still being worked out with groups like the Singapore Law Academy and the Law Society, she added. The Law Society runs the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme, under which lawyers work pro bono to defend accused persons charged under 15 qualifying statutes. The society gets an average of 1,000 applications for criminal legal aid each year, of which about 200 to 300 cases eventually get help.
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Legal blog seeks recognition from high court





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Shes participated in policy that helps students not just here in Chapel Hill, but in North Carolina. She interacts with the community a lot. Crescenzo said Bernholzs role is multifaceted and involves communicating with UNC, law enforcement, town officials and other lawyers. (She) doesnt wait till a problem happens. She jumps in and steers things in students best interests, Crescenzo said. Bernholz said with a smile that in addition to her role at CSLS, she now serves on the very bar she sued in order to establish CSLS. The offices Board of Directors, which includes Student Government members, has started a national search for a new director. Bernholz said she hopes her replacement will be somebody who understands how town policies impact students and does something about them. With almost four decades spent serving the students of UNC, Crescenzo said co-workers often teased Bernholz about having to be dragged out feet first. She spent, essentially, her entire legal career dedicated to the students at UNC, he said. It will be difficult for her to step away from that. But Bernholz said she has no regrets. I just got totally addicted, Bernholz said. I really like what I do, and I cant tell you the number of my colleagues that want to do what I do. With all her fondness for Carolina and its students, she said she was ready to retire, finish the three books shes working on and start studying neuroscience.
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Legal issues holding up fish-farming complaint to environmental commission





Tiffert provides an overview of modern legal education in China. 11/18/2013 2:30PM - 4:00PM UC Irvine School of Law, Law 3500 Address: 401 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine, CA 92697 Website: www.law.uci.edu/events/business-law/long-lecture-series/2013-tiffert.html At least three times in the last century, China has fundamentally reconstructed its legal system, and in each of those instances legal education led the way. Legal education anointed and produced new sources of authority, new doctrines, disciplinary conceptions and forms of knowledge, and new standards and mechanisms for training and credentialing the various categories of personnel required to staff the legal system. Time and again, China's legal education has faced existential crises over the quantity, quality and employability of its graduates, and their role in Chinese modernization. And repeatedly it has illustrated the dynamics of legal transplantation, globalization and indigenization, and served as an arena for fierce debates over the condition and future of Chinese legal reform at large. This talk will provide an overview of modern legal education in China from the waning days of the Qing to the Cultural Revolution, focusing on the themes above, and connecting them to present controversies in the PRC. Register for the event About the Speaker Glenn Tiffert is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on 21st-century China, particularly the transformations the Chinese legal system experienced across the late Imperial, Republican and PRC eras. His dissertation, Courting Revolution: The Birth of the PRC Judicial System (1949-1958), investigates the Republican-PRC transition and the contentious pursuit of revolution through the courts and law schools of Beijing. He has published scholarly works on the drafting of the 1954 PRC Constitution, the selection and training regimes for the Republican judiciary, and the institutional development of the Republican court system, as well as shorter pieces on issues in contemporary Chinese legal reform. The Long Institute Lecture Series on Chinese Law, Business and Society
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We took the pragmatic, legal approach on pension 'spiking'







On top of that, the unfair practice of pension spiking that remained in place for two decades inflated costs and violated our basic sense of fairness. To protect taxpayers and the pension system, we took action. First, we asked the voters to approve a set of sweeping pension reforms that, among other things, require new employees to contribute half the cost of their pension and dedicate roughly 15 percent of their salaries towards their retirement. Voters passed the measures by overwhelming margins. As a result, the city and taxpayers will save an estimated $600 million in pension expenses over the course of the next 25 years. We are putting the pension system on track to be 100 percent funded. Next, we set out to end pension "spiking" a practice that allows some to receive lifetime payments from unused sick and vacation time as well as cellphone and car allowances. Spiking occurs in many cities and states across the country, and their taxpayers suffer as a result.
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Report: NFL deems low hit on Peyton Manning legal







The Associated Press reported Monday that the MRI did not show any further damage to Manning's right ankle. But one issue lingers: Will the NFL punish Chargers defensive lineman Corey Liuget for the low hit that re-aggravated the high-ankle sprain that has bothered Manning for much of the season? Del Rio has asked the league to review the play but the Denver Post 's Mike Klis reports that the NFL has ruled the tackle was within the rules "...because Liuget initially made contact with his helmet to Manning's thigh area. Liuget wrapped his arms below the knee, but it was the initial contact above the knee that made it legal." You can see in the screen shots above that Liuget initially contacted Manning above his knee. Still, we've seen flags thrown for lesser (but still legal) offenses. Put another way: You think Tom Brady or Drew Brees get that call? And this isn't about some quarterbacks getting flags while others don't.
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Lawyer: MLB pursued Alex Rodriguez 'at all costs'





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responsible for oil contamination in a Rhode Island-sized swath of the Ecuadoran Amazon. In essence, Kohn's testimony in U.S. District Court in Manhattan described the slow-motion unraveling of his firm's role in the case. From 2003 to 2009, Kohn Swift & Graf P.C., based in Center City, spent more than $6 million financing the lawsuit in Ecuador, and pursued settlement negotiations with Chevron in the United States. Kohn's onetime clients, thousands of indigenous tribesmen and settlers who said oil exploration and drilling had damaged the jungle, won an $18.2 billion judgment in an Ecuadoran court in February 2011. Texaco, which drilled hundreds of wells in the region from 1964 through 1992, was the original target of the litigation. Chevron became the defendant after it merged with Texaco in 2001.
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U.S. sanctions lawyer accused of selling phony tax breaks to NFL players







Rodriguez at all costs in an effort to salvage Mr. Selig's reputation as he heads toward retirement." Siev said Selig "saw this as an opportunity to bring down one of the biggest players in the game." The lawyer recounted some highlights of the lawsuit, including allegations that the league intimidated and offered cash to witnesses, purchased documents and allowed one of its investigators to engage in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a witness. He said the league made sure to leak information about the investigation to the press along the way. Outside court, lawyers declined to comment. The litigation comes after Rodriguez was given a 211-game suspension by the league on Aug. 5 for alleged violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. He also is challenging the suspension. GALLERY: A-ROD THROUGH THE YEARS Posted!
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LAWYER: 14-Year-Old Autistic Boy Whose School Lost Him Was Known To Run Away







20. Ben Van Heuvelen Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the Obama administration have balked at the budding alliance. He said the mayor needs to say what he plans to do himself because when you go left, he goes right. Ford has apologized for his bad behavior but his refusal to resign or take a leave of absence has frustrated both his opponents and allies on Torontos City Council, which has no legal way to force him out unless he is convicted of a crime. The mayor was mobbed by reporters at City Hall on Friday but refused to discuss what his next steps would be. Im dealing with a serious personal issue right now. Please give me this time, he said before walking into an elevator. In another sign of Fords growing isolation, the mayors radio show was taken off the air. NewsTalk 1010 announced Friday that Ford and his brother have mutually determined to conclude broadcasts of The City, ending with last weeks show. Fords influential brother, meanwhile, said he has urged the mayor to go away for a couple of weeks, although he reinforced the familys stance that Ford has no reason to resign. Doug Ford, a city councilor, said his brother needs a vacation and needs to work on his weight. He also suggested that despite the mounting scandal, Rob Ford remains a potent political force ahead of next years mayoral elections. If Rob goes away on a little vacation, a week, two weeks, comes back, loses 50 or 60 pounds, and stays on the straight and narrow ... it will be very tough to beat Rob Ford, Doug Ford told a Toronto radio station. The mayor, a conservative who was elected three years ago on promises to stop the gravy train at City Hall, has vowed to seek re-election.
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Chicago Lawyer Offering Grad Students $1,000 To Go Into Literally Anything Else But Law School







The answer is simple; we currently do not have enough jobs to be able to effectively train the current number of freshly minted lawyers in our profession. To protect the reputation of our profession Willens Law Offices has created this scholarship to persuade undergraduates to pursue another graduate degree for a limited time. AboveTheLaw.com's Elie Mystal agreed with Willens' assessment of the floundering legal job market and wrote Monday the scholarship should be "offered by the ABA. Any organization representing lawyers should be paying people to go away ." Also on HuffPost: Overall score: 392.00 Average income: $99,191.00 9. Computer Systems Overall score: 370.00 Average income: $78,148.00 8. Online Advertising Manager Overall score: 343.00 Average income: $87,255.00 7. Occupational Therapist Overall score: 318.00 Average income: $72,110.00 6. Audiologist Overall score: 311.00 Average income: $67,137.00 5. Financial Planner Overall score: 300.00 Average income: $104,161.00 4.
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An in-house senior trial lawyer at Union Pacific Railroads extensive operations in Roseville is facing serious misconduct accusations that an appellate court has said must be presented to a jury. Brian Wayne Plummer acted as the lawyer for both the railroad and one of its employees, Michael S. Yanez, during Yanezs deposition in a personal-injury damage lawsuit brought against the railroad by another employee, Robert Garcia. In a separate lawsuit brought by Yanez against Plummer and the railroad, Yanez told Plummer just before the deposition on June 17, 2009, that he was worried about his job because his testimony would likely be unfavorable to Union Pacific. He asked who would protect him during the deposition, his lawsuit says. Yanez claims Plummer responded that he was representing both Yanez and Union Pacific for purposes of the deposition and that Plummer reassured Yanez that as long as he told the truth, his job would not be affected. Plummer did not mention that he might have a conflict or that he might challenge any part of Yanezs testimony, according to Yanezs lawsuit. But during the deposition, Plummer attacked Yanezs credibility by seizing on a discrepancy between his deposition testimony and a witness statement he had written nine months earlier. At the deposition, Yanez said he had not witnessed the accident that injured Garcia, though in the earlier statement he said he had. Two months later, Union Pacific fired Yanez for dishonesty, citing the depositions contents as support. Geoffrey C.
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Tom Cruise's Lawyer: Statements Comparing Stardom to War a 'Distortion'







The star's high-powered attorney, Bert Fields, is taking issue with details from a deposition that was made public this week, in which a lawyer for the publisher says Cruise likened his career to being a combat soldier. "The assertions that Tom Cruise likened making a movie to being at war in Afghanistan is a gross distortion of the record," Fields said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. "What Tom said, laughingly, was that sometimes, 'That's what it feels like.' " Cruise's legal team says the quotes made public by their opponents in the $50 million fight are only part of a much longer deposition. They also say an unreleased video made of the proceeding clearly shows that Cruise wasn't being serious. "As the video shows, he and the lawyer were laughing at his answer, and, when asked in the next question if the situations were comparable, Tom said, 'Oh, come on,' meaning of course not," Fields continues. The lawyer adds that the star never intended to disrespectful to the armed forces. Says Fields: "Tom is a staunch supporter of our troops and would never say that making a movie was even remotely comparable to fighting in Afghanistan."
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s lawyer says he’s ‘considering’ entering rehab





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responsible for oil contamination in a Rhode Island-sized swath of the Ecuadoran Amazon. In essence, Kohn's testimony in U.S. District Court in Manhattan described the slow-motion unraveling of his firm's role in the case. From 2003 to 2009, Kohn Swift & Graf P.C., based in Center City, spent more than $6 million financing the lawsuit in Ecuador, and pursued settlement negotiations with Chevron in the United States. Kohn's onetime clients, thousands of indigenous tribesmen and settlers who said oil exploration and drilling had damaged the jungle, won an $18.2 billion judgment in an Ecuadoran court in February 2011. Texaco, which drilled hundreds of wells in the region from 1964 through 1992, was the original target of the litigation. Chevron became the defendant after it merged with Texaco in 2001. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit <a href='http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20131110_Phila__lawyer_tells_how_Ecuador_case_against_Chevron_unraveled.html' rel='nofollow'>http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20131110_Phila__lawyer_tells_how_Ecuador_case_against_Chevron_unraveled.html</a></p>





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Rodriguez at all costs in an effort to salvage Mr. Selig's reputation as he heads toward retirement." Siev said Selig "saw this as an opportunity to bring down one of the biggest players in the game." The lawyer recounted some highlights of the lawsuit, including allegations that the league intimidated and offered cash to witnesses, purchased documents and allowed one of its investigators to engage in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a witness. He said the league made sure to leak information about the investigation to the press along the way. Outside court, lawyers declined to comment. The litigation comes after Rodriguez was given a 211-game suspension by the league on Aug. 5 for alleged violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. He also is challenging the suspension. GALLERY: A-ROD THROUGH THE YEARS Posted! <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit <a href='http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2013/11/07/a-rods-attorneys-mlb-to-appear-in-ny-court/3465047/' rel='nofollow'>http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2013/11/07/a-rods-attorneys-mlb-to-appear-in-ny-court/3465047/</a></p>





<h3 style="clear:both">LAWYER: 14-Year-Old Autistic Boy Whose School Lost Him Was Known To Run Away</h3>

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20. Ben Van Heuvelen Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the Obama administration have balked at the budding alliance. He said the mayor needs to say what he plans to do himself because when you go left, he goes right. Ford has apologized for his bad behavior but his refusal to resign or take a leave of absence has frustrated both his opponents and allies on Torontos City Council, which has no legal way to force him out unless he is convicted of a crime. The mayor was mobbed by reporters at City Hall on Friday but refused to discuss what his next steps would be. Im dealing with a serious personal issue right now. Please give me this time, he said before walking into an elevator. In another sign of Fords growing isolation, the mayors radio show was taken off the air. NewsTalk 1010 announced Friday that Ford and his brother have mutually determined to conclude broadcasts of The City, ending with last weeks show. Fords influential brother, meanwhile, said he has urged the mayor to go away for a couple of weeks, although he reinforced the familys stance that Ford has no reason to resign. Doug Ford, a city councilor, said his brother needs a vacation and needs to work on his weight. He also suggested that despite the mounting scandal, Rob Ford remains a potent political force ahead of next years mayoral elections. If Rob goes away on a little vacation, a week, two weeks, comes back, loses 50 or 60 pounds, and stays on the straight and narrow ... it will be very tough to beat Rob Ford, Doug Ford told a Toronto radio station. The mayor, a conservative who was elected three years ago on promises to stop the gravy train at City Hall, has vowed to seek re-election. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit <a href='http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/toronto-mayor-rob-fords-lawyer-says-hes-considering-entering-rehab/2013/11/08/e8cf29c6-48e8-11e3-b87a-e66bd9ff3537_story.html' rel='nofollow'>http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/toronto-mayor-rob-fords-lawyer-says-hes-considering-entering-rehab/2013/11/08/e8cf29c6-48e8-11e3-b87a-e66bd9ff3537_story.html</a></p>





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The answer is simple; we currently do not have enough jobs to be able to effectively train the current number of freshly minted lawyers in our profession. To protect the reputation of our profession Willens Law Offices has created this scholarship to persuade undergraduates to pursue another graduate degree for a limited time. AboveTheLaw.com's Elie Mystal agreed with Willens' assessment of the floundering legal job market and wrote Monday the scholarship should be "offered by the ABA. Any organization representing lawyers should be paying people to go away ." Also on HuffPost: <strong>Overall score:</strong> 392.00 <strong>Average income:</strong> $99,191.00 9. Computer Systems <strong>Overall score:</strong> 370.00 <strong>Average income:</strong> $78,148.00 8. Online Advertising Manager <strong>Overall score:</strong> 343.00 <strong>Average income:</strong> $87,255.00 7. Occupational Therapist <strong>Overall score:</strong> 318.00 <strong>Average income:</strong> $72,110.00 6. Audiologist <strong>Overall score:</strong> 311.00 <strong>Average income:</strong> $67,137.00 5. Financial Planner <strong>Overall score:</strong> 300.00 <strong>Average income:</strong> $104,161.00 4. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit <a href='http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/08/chicago-lawyer-scholarship_n_4241600.html' rel='nofollow'>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/08/chicago-lawyer-scholarship_n_4241600.html</a></p>





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An in-house senior trial lawyer at Union Pacific Railroads extensive operations in Roseville is facing serious misconduct accusations that an appellate court has said must be presented to a jury. Brian Wayne Plummer acted as the lawyer for both the railroad and one of its employees, Michael S. Yanez, during Yanezs deposition in a personal-injury damage lawsuit brought against the railroad by another employee, Robert Garcia. In a separate lawsuit brought by Yanez against Plummer and the railroad, Yanez told Plummer just before the deposition on June 17, 2009, that he was worried about his job because his testimony would likely be unfavorable to Union Pacific. He asked who would protect him during the deposition, his lawsuit says. Yanez claims Plummer responded that he was representing both Yanez and Union Pacific for purposes of the deposition and that Plummer reassured Yanez that as long as he told the truth, his job would not be affected. Plummer did not mention that he might have a conflict or that he might challenge any part of Yanezs testimony, according to Yanezs lawsuit. But during the deposition, Plummer attacked Yanezs credibility by seizing on a discrepancy between his deposition testimony and a witness statement he had written nine months earlier. At the deposition, Yanez said he had not witnessed the accident that injured Garcia, though in the earlier statement he said he had. Two months later, Union Pacific fired Yanez for dishonesty, citing the depositions contents as support. Geoffrey C. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit <a href='http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/08/5894574/union-pacific-lawyer-faces-trial.html' rel='nofollow'>http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/08/5894574/union-pacific-lawyer-faces-trial.html</a></p>





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The star's high-powered attorney, Bert Fields, is taking issue with details from a deposition that was made public this week, in which a lawyer for the publisher says Cruise likened his career to being a combat soldier. "The assertions that Tom Cruise likened making a movie to being at war in Afghanistan is a gross distortion of the record," Fields said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. "What Tom said, laughingly, was that sometimes, 'That's what it feels like.' " Cruise's legal team says the quotes made public by their opponents in the $50 million fight are only part of a much longer deposition. They also say an unreleased video made of the proceeding clearly shows that Cruise wasn't being serious. "As the video shows, he and the lawyer were laughing at his answer, and, when asked in the next question if the situations were comparable, Tom said, 'Oh, come on,' meaning of course not," Fields continues. The lawyer adds that the star never intended to disrespectful to the armed forces. Says Fields: "Tom is a staunch supporter of our troops and would never say that making a movie was even remotely comparable to fighting in Afghanistan." <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit <a href='http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20754246,00.html' rel='nofollow'>http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20754246,00.html</a></p>





<h3 style="clear:both">Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s lawyer says he’s ‘considering’ entering rehab</h3>

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"They knew that he runs away during transitions, yet he managed to get off that line," Perecman said. Perecman has never heard of another case of a New York City school losing a special-needs student. "People lose their keys. People lose their wallet. Losing a child?" <a href='http://socal-lawyers.net/' rel='nofollow'>Southern California Lawyers</a> he said. New York's schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott has said Oquendo's disappearance has prompted a review of emergency-response protocol , The New York Times reported. The search for Oquendo has been massive since his disappearance five weeks ago. The city has been blanketed with posters with Oquendo's picture. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit <a href='http://www.businessinsider.com/how-did-avonte-oquendos-school-lose-him-2013-11' rel='nofollow'>http://www.businessinsider.com/how-did-avonte-oquendos-school-lose-him-2013-11</a></p>





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Gary Stern of Riverwoods, Illinois, agreed to a permanent injunction without admitting any wrongdoing, according a statement from the department. Stern, a lawyer with Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis LLC in Chicago, could not be reached for comment on Friday. Stern will be leaving Stahl Cowen on November 18, said Ronald Damashek, a lawyer at the firm. Damashek said Stern's alleged misconduct occurred before he joined Stahl Cowen. The Justice Department said Stern's clients included current and former National Football League players Kyle Orton, Jevon Kearse, Ray Lewis and several others. In a November 1 complaint, prosecutors accused Stern of funneling certain alternative fuel tax credits to his clients. "Stern created a web of partnerships, companies and other entities to serve as a conduit for sham transactions," the Justice Department said. Created by Congress in 2005 to encourage biomass fuel production, the credits can be legally distributed to individuals in some instances. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit <a href='http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/08/us-usa-tax-football-idUSBRE9A714G20131108' rel='nofollow'>http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/08/us-usa-tax-football-idUSBRE9A714G20131108</a></p>





Residents were reporting a bright ball breaking up as it traveled through very clear skies Wednesday evening. Facebook pages lit up and tweets went around the world mainly from first hand observers from L.A. to San Diego. We were literally dumbfounded when we saw it, said David Jewitt , an astronomer at the University of California, in a statement announcing the objects discovery today. Jewitt is the lead author of a scientific paper published today titled The extraordinary multi-tailed main-belt comet P/2013 P5. Onlookers were quoted by regional NBC stations that they saw a trail of debris consistent with a meteor. Others questioned the fiery ball as a huge firework. Unlike all other known asteroids, which appear simply as tiny points of light, this asteroid, designated P/2013 P5, resembles a rotating lawn sprinkler, reported NASA in a news release today. The asteroid, which is about 240 meters wide, was first spotted by the Pan-STARRS survey telescope in Hawaii at the end of August. Comets are huge, dusty ice balls because they contain ice. This, ball of fire had 6 trails or tails of fire.
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Southern California high school bully brags on video, arrested







Parachute Association, Vernon Maynard, bottom, skydives with instuctor James Perez to celebrate his 100th birthday over Perris, Calif., Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. When Vernon Maynard's friends asked him what he wished he had done in his 100 years of life, the Southern California man said he had always wanted to jump from a plane with a parachute. On Monday, the retired car dealer got the chance to mark his centenarian birthday doing just that. (AP Photo/Skydive Perris/U.S. Parachute Association) Sponsored Links KTVU And AP Wires PERRIS, Calif. When Vernon Maynard's friends asked him what he wished he had done in his 100 years of life, the Southern California man said he had always wanted to jump from a plane with a parachute. The retired car dealer got the chance to mark his centenarian birthday Monday by doing just that.
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Dead Southern California puma would have spread genetic diversity





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As a Los Angeles resident myself, Im sad to report that I wasnt fortunate to witness the alleged large meteor, but there is footage of the event via YouTube (above) that appears to show a stationary vehicles dashcam footage of a fireball (although the location of where the footage was taken is unknown). PHOTOS: Winter Treats for Amateur Astronomers This event has caused a stir on social media networks ( including the inevitable hoaxes ), but it is worth pointing out that our planet is currently being peppered by cometary debris. The debris originates from Comet Encke that is passing through the inner solar system. Its very likely that tonights event is linked to the Taurid meteor shower, caused by Encke, that peaks from Nov. 5 thru Nov. 12, according to SPACE.com . Taurid meteors radiate from the constellation Taurus, hence their name.
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Massive fireball streaks across Southern California [VIDEO]







The AMS, which tracked the flash's trajectory, identified the extraterrestrial stunner as part of the Southern Taurids, an annual shower which peaks in early November. The showers "usually don't offer more than about seven meteors per hour," according to EarthSky News . "The Taurids are, however, well known for having a high percentage of fireballs, or exceptionally bright meteors." KCAL The meteor shower is part of the Southern Taurids, an annual feat that occurs around early November each year.The meteor is seen plummeting to the ground before giving off at least two bright flashes. One video capturing the stunning sight in Los Angeles shows a massive white ball plunging toward the Earth while giving off two large flashes, making it resemble the size of the moon. In Lake Forest, Calif., Karen M. reported to AMS, "I've seen what are called shooting stars, satellites, etc., this was like nothing I've ever seen, much closer and different." RELATED: SEE IT: PHOTOGRAPHER RISKS LIFE TO CAPTURE MOLTEN LAVA FLOWS IN HAWAII In Brenda, Ariz., Brad R. wrote, "This meteor lit up the ground. Distant mountains were briefly visible in 2 distinct blue flashes. We are camped in the Arizona Desert. Spectacular!!" Near Santa Monica, Mary Slosson said she saw it "flare up" over Culver City.
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SEE IT: Massive fireball streaks across Southern California skies in meteor shower





More than 130 people reported seeing the fireball as far north as Salt Lake City and east of Phoenix around 7:55 p.m., according to this map.

Temecula Valley also offers special filmmaker and crew room rates with 16 hotels to choose from as well as restaurants, catering services, and referrals to local talent and support services. The picturesque, aspiring filming destination is already a popular visitor destination. Recognized for the quality experiences of Downtown Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Wine Country, Pechanga Resort & Casino, and the Temecula Wine Country Golf Trail, Temecula Valley welcomes more than 2 million visitors each year. Temecula Valley filming locations encompass natural landscapes and open space including chaparral, prairie, and oak woodlands; untouched rolling hills and mountain ranges; and lakes ample and small. For genuine wine country scenery, picturesque Temecula Valley vineyards beautifully illustrate the sequence of the seasons throughout the year; wineries feature architecture from the sleek and modern to Tuscan-style and French-style chateau; and winery settings like wine cellars and barrel rooms are appealing and authentic. Real dirt roads lead seemingly to nowhere. Quality, circa 1890 structures include a preserved, stone house built by quarry men and a tall, historic space with venerable, brick walls and excellent acoustics. The hub of Temecula Valley is the 12-block, historic district a Western-themed Old Town, one director acknowledged by saying, Thank you for building this town, just for us! For filming locations, Temecula Valley also offers wooden barns and equestrian ranches; excellently designed golf courses embraced by nature, with expansive views and dramatic elevation changes; and a contemporary mall with a distinctive indoor-outdoor layout. The variety of Temecula Valley filming locations also features modern warehouses of varying expanse with characteristic loading docks and roll-up doors; suburban neighborhoods with late 20th-century and early 21st-century homes; and city parks with large lawns, established shade trees, lit ball fields and soccer fields, old-school play areas, and picnic tables. From feature films to reality television, commercials, and new media on-location in Temecula Valley, filmmakers receive assistance to make the no-fee* film application process as simple and easy as possible; and to secure special filmmaker and crew hotel-room rates. Temecula Valley offers a variety of restaurants from casual buffets, cafes, delicatessens, and diners, to steakhouses, seafood, and other specialty restaurants; and a range of catering services. Referrals are provided to local talent, local crew, and local, technical personnel; support services like equipment and rental; air courier service; lumberyards; and temporary services.
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Southern California’s Most Trusted Real Estate Company Adds Proven Leader To Unlock Value in Luxury Real Estate







SunEdison's solar business develops, finances, installs and operates distributed power plants, delivering predictably priced solar energy and services for its commercial, government and utility customers. Turner Renewable Energy is wholly owned by Ted Turner. Turner Enterprises, Inc., a private company, manages the business interests, land holdings and investments of Ted Turner, including the oversight of 2 million acres in 12 states and in Argentina, and more than 55,000 bison. With 4.4 million customers and nearly 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company ( SO ) is the premier energy company serving the Southeast through its subsidiaries. A leading U.S. producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity, Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for energy innovation, excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average. 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.
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Southern California gas prices near lows for the year







Irvine, CA (PRWEB) November 07, 2013 Fresh from being named the most trusted name in Southern California real estate for the third straight year, First Team Real Estate today announced that it was expanding its ability to serve the fast growing luxury estate home market by naming Julie Kozich as Managing Director of First Team Estates, the companys luxury division. "First Team has been the most trusted brand in real estate for years because of our commitment to unlocking value and serving buyers and sellers," said Chris Pollinger, Senior Vice President, Sales for First Team Real Estate. "Julie has led premium sales efforts in luxury estates across the United States and especially in Orange County for years and her talent will add incredible resources and energy to our team." A recently released long term study of real estate sales showed that on average First Team represented transactions earned home sellers an additional premium equal to more than $40,000 on the sale of a $1 million home. When compared to last year, First Team Estates market share growth grew by 38% over its nearest competitor and over 8 times faster than the other three leading brands combined. "It's great to be part of a team that truly understands how to unlock premium for luxury home owners," said Julie Kozich. "First Team Estates is the leading brand in this market specifically because our agents have the resources and background to unlock great opportunities for buyers and sellers. I look forward to helping grow our success." Prior to joining First Team Estates as the Managing Director, Ms. Kozich led luxury real estate sales and business development for leading brands across the United States, including Orange County, CA; Bainbridge Island, Washington; and North Carolina. Her efforts have helped complete hundreds of millions in transactions and led her to be named one of the Top 50 Up and Coming Real Estate Brokers in the United States by RIS Real Estate Magazine. "First Team has grown into its marketing leading position in luxury estates in part because we continually invest in resources, training, and developing our team," explained Chris Pollinger. "Julie is a great fit for our team and her experience serving the sophisticated buyers and sellers in this market will help extend our leadership in this key market." 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. ABOUT FIRSTTEAM.COM Firstteam.com is the official website of First Team Real Estate, and is used daily by thousands of unique users who trust its property and market analysis data which is updated four times daily on average.
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Southern Company bolsters renewable energy portfolio with subsidiary's second California solar plant







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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Photograph taken in July 2011, courtesy National Park Service. I appreciated that. But what I really meant was, who do you call to understand the magnitude of the loss? Where was the puma coming from and where was it going? What did its DNA say about its ancestry? Fewer than a dozen pumas remain in this cloistered range; every loss here hits hard. I wanted to know what this one meant. Unfortunately, there was no one around to ask. When the lion died, the National Park Service researchers who have been studying the animals for the last 11 years had been furloughed. Now that they're back, we have the answers. And it turns out this death is just about as tragic as it gets for the lions of the Santa Monica Mountains. Seth Riley, an urban wildlife expert who works on the NPS puma study, says that his colleague, Jeff Sikich, was able to access the lion's body shortly after its death and collect samples, which he submitted to genetics labs at the University of California Davis and the University of California Los Angeles. So far the UCLA lab has analyzed 15 "loci" specific positions on chromosomes occupied by "alleles," or DNA sequences. "And of those 15 loci," Riley says, "five had alleles that we never see in the Santa Monica Mountains, and have only seen north of the 101." Had the lion not been struck and killed by a passing motorist just after midnight on October 7, that genetic material might have soon been circulating among the pumas of the Santa Monicas.
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Possible Taurid Fireball Dazzles Southern California







I thought it was lightning, although it seemed strange as there were no clouds in the sky, one commenter said on AMS website. USA Today collected some of the reactions to the meteor on Twitter: Not sure if I saw a meteor or a shooting star but I made a wish just in case,Ireeene_xo tweeted. idk if I saw a meteor or if im just high?Ayem3pineda opined. Either I just saw a meteor over DTLA, or my facebook friend and I are enjoying a shared psychosis,ToMyAssistant added. On October 30, another fireball sparked a social media firestorm. Although the fireball was spotted mainly from the Portland, Oregon area eyewitness reports also flowed in from Washington, British Columbia, Idaho and Montana, according to AMS. The meteor sighting comes on the heels of a recently released study on the Chelyabinsk meteor. According to the BBC News , an international team of researchers estimated that the hit rate of asteroids that are tens of meters in size is between two and 10 times greater than was previously believed. Lead author Professor Peter Brown, from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, told the BBC News that early warning systems are needed to protect Earthlings from large asteroids. Did you see the meteor? Should we be concerned about a lack of early warning systems for meteors? Start a conversation by sharing your thoughts and experiences in the comments section. At least one video of the event has been recorded. Check out the AMS heat map of where the eyewitness reports originated from.
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6 today, falling eight-tenths of a cent to $3.66. The average price has decreased 51 of the past 52 days and is 5 cents less than one week ago, 20.2 cents lower than one month ago and 30.1 cents below one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. The Orange County average price also dropped for the 51th time in the past 52 days, dropping eight-tenths of a cent to $3.629, its lowest amount since Jan. 4. The Orange County average price is 5 cents less than one week ago, 19.5 cents lower than one month ago and 27 cents below one year ago. Los Angeles wholesale fuel prices dipped again to levels not seen since last December in the past week and its conceivable within the next week or two that drivers will be paying less than they were on Jan. 1, the previous low point for 2013 gas prices, Jeffrey Spring of the Automobile Club of Southern California. But even with all these price drops, Southern California drivers as of next Tuesday will have paid an average of $3.50 or higher for 1,000 consecutive days.
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Marco Rubio Wades Into Va. Governor’s Race With Anti-Health Law Plea







"Public health is a common good. Public health is not a partisan issue," Kaplan said. "America needs to be healthy. People need to have access to health care. That's not a controversial statement." Wilcox doesn't believe Hollywood can make the health care law successful. "The Bush White House wouldn't have asked `Law and Order' to do a show defending the Patriot Act, because it wouldn't work," he said. "In my business, there is way too much reliance and investment in the power of creative communication.
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Obama adjusts pitch for healthcare law





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Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye noted that Glass gave misleading information to New York State Bar officials by undercounting the number of articles he fabricated when applying for a law license in that state. New York officials rejected his application to practice law in that state in 2004. Glass' attorney Jon Eisenberg argued that his client had redeemed himself. Eisenberg said Glass has undergone "extensive" mental health counseling and has the backing of nearly two dozen law professors, former editors and current employers among others. "He has impressed a number of people," Eisenberg said. "He impressed people at the New Republic, too," Justice Carol Corrigan tartly replied. Corrigan said she was troubled with Glass' lack of an extensive record of volunteerism and willingness to act as a cautionary tale for aspiring journalists through speaking engagements at colleges and elsewhere. Glass lectured three college classes in 2003, the same year his book was published. "The man has to earn a living," Eisenberg told the court. Eisenberg said Glass works six days a week as a paralegal at a Los Angeles personal injury law firm. Corrigan countered that many people looking to reform and rehabilitate their reputations volunteer at night and on the weekend.
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New voter ID law tested during Texas elections







EST November 5, 2013 The controversial measure says voters must have a valid photo ID with a name that matches voting rolls. State Sen. Wendy Davis departs after voting at the Southside Community Center in East Fort Worth, Texas, on Oct. 18 during early voting. Davis had to initial an affidavit swearing to her identity because the name on her driver's license didn't match her voter information. (Photo: Ron T. Ennis, AP) Story Highlights Law expected to mostly impact poor, black and Hispanic voters Around 5% to 10% of Texas' 13.6 million voters could be affected Texas is one of 34 states that have passed strict voter ID laws SHARE 1988 CONNECT 115 TWEET 355 COMMENTEMAILMORE AUSTIN Texas voters are going to the polls Tuesday to vote on a slew of constitutional and municipal issues, from funding water projects to granting tax breaks to aerospace companies. But a deeper question is how voters adapt to the state's new controversial voter ID law, which was enacted earlier this year and is seeing its first statewide test Tuesday. The law says voters must have a valid photo ID with a name that matches the name on the voting rolls.
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But they say he doesn't want technological troubles he can't control to consume the rest of his agenda. On Tuesday, an administration official told lawmakers that the site's functionality was improving and on track to be running smoothly for most users by the end of the month. Initially, the site, a portal to private insurance plans, was easily overwhelmed by the volume of people trying to register. Now, it can handle 17,000 registrants per hour or five per second "with almost no errors," Marilyn Tavenner , the head of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee. PHOTOS: 2013's memorable political moments The federal website is intended to service the 36 states whose lawmakers refused to set up their own exchanges. Tavenner, whose agency oversaw its construction, said the number of servers had been doubled to meet demand. She rejected calls to redo the site from scratch. "This is weeks, not months, and we are not rewriting the architecture," she said. Such assertions have done little to quiet Republican critics. On Tuesday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, released notes from meetings of the administration's Obamacare "war room" that showed health department officials and contractors scrambling to fix problems in the early days after the website's launch. At one point, staff realized that callers trying to sign up by phone were hearing advertisements for credit checks because one of the healthcare.gov contractors also sells credit reports, according to the notes.
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Wisconsin voter ID law challenge set to go to trial







The laws came under new scrutiny after the 2012 death of Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin. Police in the central Florida town of Sanford initially declined to arrest shooter George Zimmerman, citing that state's Stand Your Ground law and evidence that the unarmed Martin was getting the better of Zimmerman in a struggle when Zimmerman drew his gun and fired. Martin was black, and Zimmerman is white and Hispanic. Zimmerman was later charged in the shooting death of the unarmed Martin but was acquitted by a jury of second-degree murder. Though the Atlanta suit references Martin's case, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition began preparing its challenge before his death, Patillo said. "We're hoping this will catch on and that there will be similar suits in the other 20-plus states" with Stand Your Ground laws, he said. The suit cites the 2012 death of an African-American man named Chris Johnson, who was unarmed when he was shot to death by a white man in a bar fight in Newnan, Georgia. The alleged shooter was acquitted under Georgia's Stand Your Ground law, the suit said. The lawsuit seeks a temporary court order barring enforcement of the law while the case is pending.
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Lawsuit calls Georgia's 'Stand Your Ground' law unconstitutional







should work to keep our voting system free, fair, and accessible to all Americans," said Penda Hair, a director at the Advancement Project, an organization that helped bring the suits to be heard by the federal court. "Yet we are witnessing the greatest assault on voting rights in decades." RELATED: JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO OPEN NEW FRONT ON VOTING RIGHTS PROTECTION About three dozen U.S. states have passed laws requiring voters to show identification at the polls. Supporters say the measures prevent election fraud while critics contend the laws make it harder for low-income and minority citizens to vote. In August, the U.S. Justice Department sued Texas, accusing state lawmakers of denying racial minorities the right to vote. During the same month, an appellate court blocked Pennsylvania's voter ID law on similar grounds. The Wisconsin measure, passed in 2011 by a Republican-controlled legislature, requires voters to present photo identification such as a driver's license at polling places for federal, state and local elections. Supporters say it prevents voter fraud by requiring would-be voters to prove that they are citizens and are registered to vote.
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Disgraced Ex-Journo Fights for Calif. Law License







Govs Race a Tea Party Referendum As the campaign heads into its final hours, the Affordable Care Acts broken websites and a renewed focus in the media on insurance companies cancelling health care plans have been a boon to Cuccinellis stump speech and, he hopes, to his campaign. And Rubio acknowledged today that a victory in Virginia Tuesday could tip the scales against the health care law in Washington. Although polls show the Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe leading Cuccinelli (a new Quinnipiac University poll out today gave McAuliffe a 46-40 lead) the Republican hopes to ride a wave of disenchantment with Washington to victory Tuesday. Elections are about choices: on the other side is Terry McAuliffe, who didnt think Obamacare went far enough, Cuccinelli said. He thought we should have the full-blown public option. Not only should they be running these websites, but they should be selling you government insurance. You know, because theyre doing such a good job on the website, he added. The Obamacare Six After the government shutdown in October hurt Republicans nationally, and some argue, hurt Cuccinellis campaign in the critical final weeks of the campaign, Republicans hope to extract every possible advantage from the health care laws recent spate of bad press. The law has been the butt of more than its fair share of jokes.
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Suing For Cyclospora-related Illnesses


Suing For Cyclospora-Related Illnesses  EmbedTo embed, copy and paste the code into your website or blog:A recent cyclospora outbreak was found to have infected 372 people in 16 states, including Florida. Cyclospora is a parasite that causes infection in humans who consume food carrying the parasite. News reports this past July confirmed at least 24 cases in Florida, with at least one individual hospitalized following a severe intestinal infection. Florida law source provides the potential for recourse if you are injured by a foodborne pathogen or bacteria such as cyclospora.How is cyclospora spread?Cyclospora is usually spread when a victim ingests water, an uncooked vegetable or fruit contaminated with human fecal matter.What are the effects of cyclospora?Cyclospora attacks victims’ small intestine, causing symptoms including diarrhea, appetite and weight loss, cramps, gas, bloating and tiredness. According to public health officials, these symptoms can be accompanied by headaches, fevers, and flu-like conditions.How can you demonstrate that you were harmed by cyclospora?Like victims of other foodborne pathogens, cyclospora victims must present evidence showing that they were harmed by exposure to contaminated food. This evidence may include expert testimony and scientific testing of the food, as well as empirical evidence showing that other people who ate the same food became ill ? both of which can be time-consuming and expensive.Whom can you sue for cyclospora-related illnesses?Individuals who ingest cyclospora-tainted food can sue a number of parties, including:

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Food producers and growers (e.g. farms)Supermarkets and farmers’ markets
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57 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Tenn. lawyer demands to be called 'Captain Justice' Brian Haas, The Tennessean 9:06 a.m. EDT November 1, 2013 Move in response to prosecutors' motion to references to them as 'the government.' Defense attorney Drew Justice responded to a motion to stop him from referring to prosecutors as 'the government' in a Williamson County, Tenn., court with a demand to be called "Captain Justice." (Photo: The Tennessean) Story Highlights Assistant district attorney got tired of defense attorney Drew Justice calling prosecutors 'the government' Motion to ban Justice from using the term said it was used to make prosecutors seem 'oppressive' Justice said a judge recently dismissed the prosecutor's motion SHARE 19835 CONNECT 412 TWEET 57 COMMENTEMAILMORE NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When prosecutors in Williamson County tried to ban a defense attorney from referring to them as "the government" in court, defense attorney Drew Justice had a demand of his own : From now on, call me "Captain Justice." A war of words broke out in an attempted aggravated burglary case in Williamson County Circuit Court between prosecutors and Justice, who is defending one of two people in the case. In May, fed up with Justice referring to prosecutors as "the government," Assistant District Attorney Tammy Rettig filed a motion to ban Justice from using the term in trial. "The State has noticed in the past few years that it has become commonplace during trials for attorneys for defendants, and especially Mr. Justice, to refer to State's attorneys as 'the Government,' " she wrote in her motion. "The State believes that such a reference is used in a derogatory way and is meant to make the State's attorney seem oppressive and to inflame the jury." Choosing titles Justice fired off his own motion in response. It included conventional references to case law, the First Amendment technical stuff that one would expect in a court filing.
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Ex-lawyer will pay in time and money for defrauding clients







A federal judge in New Mexico last week cleared the way for equine slaughterhouses to resume operating in the U.S., dismissing a lawsuit by the Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection groups against the federal Department of Agriculture over planned plants in New Mexico and Iowa. The groups, along with the state of New Mexico, quickly filed an appeal on Friday as well as an emergency injunction request. Rains Natural Meats, which was preparing to open the plant in Gallatin, could face yet another hurdle; a restriction by a Missouri Department of Natural Resources wastewater disposal permit issued on Oct. 29 that limits Rains to the processing of non-equine animals. "It appears to us that the Missouri wastewater permit effectively doesn't allow Rains to process horses," said Clayton attorney Stephen Jeffery, who represents a Daviess County resident and two horse rescue groups that challenged the state's permitting process in a Jefferson City lawsuit. But Albuquerque attorney Blair Dunn, who represents Rains along with the Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, N.M., said his client was in negotiations with the Missouri DNR and the city of Gallatin, which has provided its own discharge permit that would allow Rains to operate the plant as long as it sends its wastewater to a municipal disposal plant. "There is nothing prohibiting the plant from beginning operations, nor the government from sending in inspectors," Dunn said Monday. Horse slaughterhouses last operated in the U.S. in 2007 before Congress banned the practice by eliminating funding for plant inspections. Federal lawmakers restored those cuts in 2011, but the USDA has home been slow in granting permits, citing the need to re-establish an oversight program.
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Lawyer: Missouri horse slaughter plant to open despite challenges







Like these better? We asked readers to redesign the city logo Memo to City Hall: Just in case youre still on the fence about the new city logo, we want you to know you have other options, thanks to our readers. We put out a call for Kansas Citians to design their own logos to represent the city. Attached are our 20 favorites, chosen by a writer/editor/artist panel from among more than 100 entries. With six CMA nominations, Kacey Musgraves has Nashvilles attention But while she addresses traditional country themes on her new album Same Trailer, Different Park, she does so from a different vantage point. And Nashville has been notoriously unkind or indifferent to those who dont follow its trends. Thats what makes Musgraves six CMA nominations so significant. November 4 The Associated Press ST. LOUIS There is nothing preventing a northwest Missouri horse slaughter plant from opening, a lawyer for the plant's operator said Monday, despite a host of legal challenges and a question about the facility's wastewater disposal permits.
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Lawyer for bin Laden driver talks about case







24, 2001 after dropping his daughter and pregnant wife off at the Pakistan boarder. His second daughter was born while he was detained, and he didnt meet her until he was released years later. During his time as a detainee, he was subject to harsh interrogation, including sexual humiliation and sleep deprivation. He was imprisoned in several facilities, including the notorious Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Hamdan was born in Yemen and orphaned at an early age. He was not extensively educated. Schneider said Hamdans job offer from bin Laden offered a drastically different standard of living than he could have expected otherwise. He was told that if he stayed in Afghanistan, he could work and earn ten times the money he could ever hope to earn in Yemen, Schneider said.
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Lawyer: Mo. horse plant to open despite challenges







Without pleading guilty, Desselle also admitted that he defrauded a friends widow of hundreds of thousands of dollars in an investment scheme. Desselle was an attorney in private practice when he began managing a foundation named after Sam and Lindsey Porter in 2007 and set up a bank account to handle donations to build a playground in their memory. The children, ages 7 and 8, were shot to death in 2004 by their father, Dan Porter, in a case that captured national attention. Their bodies werent discovered for three years. A federal grand jury indicted Desselle in April 2012 for allegedly stealing from three clients, including the Porter fund. The six-count indictment alleged wire fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud and making a false oath in a bankruptcy case. In a plea agreement, Desselle pleaded guilty to two of the six counts and agreed to pay restitution to the widow he defrauded and in the bankruptcy case. Tina Porter, mother of the murdered children, spoke at Desselles hearing on Monday.
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Court drama: Lawyer, judge exchange barbs







4 (UPI) -- A lawyer in Dubai told a court his client did not insult a telecom worker because the f-word is not an insult in his native Canada. Attorney Uday al-Kazwini told the court his client, a 43-year-old man from Canada, admits using the phrase "[expletive] off" when speaking to the 29-year-old client services worker for the Etisalat telecommunications company, but the phrase was not meant to be an insult, Gulf News reported Monday. "My client is a Canadian citizen and [expletive] off is not an insult in Canada ... but [expletive] you is a curse and an insult. [Expletive] off is commonly used when a person expresses themselves metaphorically and asks another person, who angered them, to walk away," the lawyer told Dubai Misdemeanor Court. "The Egyptian claimant alleged that my client told him [expletive] you. Well [expletive] you is a curse but my client did not use that term. The defendant admitted to prosecutors that he said [expletive] off and he meant to ask the claimant to leave him alone and walk away after the two indulged in a heated argument," al-Kazwini said. The defendant told the court he became frustrated with the worker's attitude when he visited the Etisalat counter at Mirdif City Center to complain about not receiving his bills. The trial on the misdemeanor insulting charge is ongoing. 2013 United Press International, Inc.
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Lawyer: Client's f-bomb not an insult because he's Canadian







On Monday, Zargham referred the case to a district and sessions judge, saying that Awan was a friend of his and it would not be appropriate for him to hear the case. When Ahmed appeared before the court, he was told that his petition had been referred to the district and session judge as the additional district and sessions judge did not want to hear his petition. The lawyer got into an argument with the court staff. On hearing the commotion, Judge Zargham personally came to the room and told the lawyer that he could not hear the petition. Ahmed told the judge that he had filed the petition in his court on October 21 and he (the judge) had fixed it for hearing four times and had even sought comments from the Old Anarkali SHO. Why did you not mention earlier that you had a personal relationship with Awan? the lawyer asked accusingly. The lawyer then asked the judge how much money he had accepted from the senator. The judge recited Quranic verses and said he had never accepted a bribe in his career. The judge then pulled out his wallet from his pocket and placed it on the table. He took out Rs1500 from his wallet and told the lawyer that was all money he had. He challenged the lawyers in the courtroom to search his chambers.
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