June 14, 2021

Former Principal at Schools in Pasadena, Inglewood Accused of Stealing Public Funds

first_imgPublic Safety Former Principal at Schools in Pasadena, Inglewood Accused of Stealing Public Funds By BRIAN DAY Published on Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 1:07 pm CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Kyle Douglas, pictured upon his appointment as principal of Wilson Middle School in Pasadena in October of 2017. (Credit: Pasadena Unified School District)A man accused of stealing $67,000 in public funds while working as a principal at schools in Pasadena and Inglewood over the past four years pleaded not guilty to criminal charges on Thursday.Kyle Douglas, 50, denied counts of grand theft, misappropriation of public funds and forgery during an arraignment hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.The case was first filed Feb. 22, district attorney’s office spokesman Greg Risling said in a written statement.The alleged crime took place while Douglas was principal at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Pasadena, where he was hired in October of 2017, as well as Inglewood High School, where he worked immediately before, according to prosecutors and the Pasadena Unified School District.During his time as principal in Pasadena, “Douglas is accused of collecting about $10,000 for a student trip to China and never paying the company that he hired to organize the trip,” according to Risling.While working in Inglewood, “The defendant is accused of negotiating a contract with a company for private use of the school’s parking lot,” Risling said. “He allegedly did not receive authorization and profited about $57,000 from the deal.”L.A. County District Attorney George Gascón said Douglas abused the trust the community had placed in him.“Betraying students, their parents and school administrators is the ultimate failure for those who are the face and voice of a school,” he said.Prior to joining Inglewood High School in 2015, Douglas worked as an assistant principal in the Alhambra Unified School District between 2009 and 2012, as well as dean of activities in the Temple City Unified School District between 2007 and 2009, according to a PUSD statement. Prior to that, he taught at Rose City High School and Marshall Fundamental School between 1996 and 2007.Douglas was scheduled to return to court on April 23 for a hearing in his case, officials said.He was not being held in custody Thursday, according to county booking records.“Although the district cannot comment specifically because of employee rights, any allegation of misconduct is taken very seriously and acted upon promptly,” a district statement reads. “As soon as the District learned about the allegations against Mr. Douglas, he was immediately placed on a leave of absence. We fully cooperated with law enforcement in this investigation.”Mr. Douglas was hired as principal of Woodrow Wilson Middle school in October 2017. He was placed on leave June 27, 2019 and was released from service June 30, 2020. Community News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 25 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News last_img read more

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Prakash Singh Case: Amicus Sr Adv Raju Ramachandran Moves SC Seeking Measures For Speedy Implementation Of Police Reforms [Read Application]

first_imgTop StoriesPrakash Singh Case: Amicus Sr Adv Raju Ramachandran Moves SC Seeking Measures For Speedy Implementation Of Police Reforms [Read Application] Akshita Saxena14 July 2020 12:11 AMShare This – xAn application has been filed before the Supreme Court, suggesting measures for speedy and effective implementation of the directions given it in Prakash Singh & Ors. v. Union of India & Ors., (2006) 8 SCC 1, for systemic police reforms. In the said case, the Top Court had directed the state Governments to set up Police Complaints Authorities (PAC), with some…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAn application has been filed before the Supreme Court, suggesting measures for speedy and effective implementation of the directions given it in Prakash Singh & Ors. v. Union of India & Ors., (2006) 8 SCC 1, for systemic police reforms. In the said case, the Top Court had directed the state Governments to set up Police Complaints Authorities (PAC), with some independent members overseeing the functioning of the authority, till framing of appropriate legislations. These suggestions however, either have not been implemented by the state governments or the state legislations pertaining to it are under challenge before the Supreme Court. Amicus Curiae, Senior Advocate Raju Ramachandran, has thus moved the Top Court suggesting the following: The jurisdictional High Courts constitute dedicated Benches to determine the extent to which compliance by executive orders has been made by the concerned States/UTs. For this purpose, the High Courts would have to take the assistance of an Amicus Curiae and also appoint Expert Committees to verify compliance at the ground level. The High Courts may be requested to complete the exercise of determining compliance within a period of six months.Individual applications pertaining to the States/UTs concerned may be dealt with by the said Benches in keeping with the letter and spirit of the directions given by this Hon’ble Court in its judgment dated 22.9.2006. Further he has requested the Court to fix an “early and actual date of hearing” for the adjudication by itself of: Writ Petition no. 286/2013 in which the question of the constitutional validity of the concerned State legislations is involved, andContempt Petition No. 235/2014 in the present Writ Petition in which the validity of the relevant provisions of the IPS (Cadre) Amendment Rules 2014 is involved. In the case of Prakash Singh, besides directing all the states to set up Police Establishment Boards, the Supreme Court had fixed tenure for DGPs, and recommended constitution of State Security Commission and Police Complaints Authorities at state and district levels, to inquire into allegations of serious misconduct and abuse of power by police personnel. As mentioned in amicus’ application, “The Court’s directions in the judgment are unimplemented/ not fully implemented. A final determination by this Hon’ble Court with regard to compliance with the directions contained in the main judgment is yet to take place.” As on date, the validity of the 17 state legislations, which have since been passed, is under consideration before the Supreme Court in a petition moved by Senior Advocate and Amicus Curiae, Harish Salve. In the said petitions, the Supreme Court is considering the issue of whether the said legislations conform to the essential principles laid down in its judgment in the Prakash Singh case. In addition to the above legislations, the Central Government had issued the IPS (Cadre) Amendment Rules 2014. The same is also pending challenge before the Supreme Court. The application has been filed through AoR Archana Pathak Dave.Click Here To Download ApplicationRead Application Next Storylast_img read more

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USCG Medevacs Russian Sailor

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USCG Medevacs Russian Sailor View post tag: Navy View post tag: Medevacs View post tag: Naval View post tag: Sailor The U.S. Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a Russian man Sunday, who was coughing up blood and had difficulty breathing while his ship was anchored about 11 miles south of Cameron, Louisiana. View post tag: USCG View post tag: News by topiccenter_img June 9, 2014 The crew of the cargo ship Saimaagracht contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston watchstanders at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, reporting that the chief mate was having problems. A flight surgeon determined a speedy medevac by helicopter was the best option for him. The Coast Guard launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston, including a rescue swimmer on his first response since reporting from Alaska.“He definitely needed help,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Edward Richardson, the rescue swimmer aboard the helicopter. “He would have gone down hill for sure.”Richardson noted that with a significant lack of blood a person can go into shock and possibly die. Richardson was standing watch for the first time this weekend since reporting to the air station a little more than a month ago.They landed at Chennault International Airport at about 4 p.m. on Sunday, where they were met by an ambulance which took him to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.The man is reported to be in stable condition.[mappress]Press Release, June 9, 2014; Image: USCG USCG Medevacs Russian Sailor Share this article View post tag: Russian Training & Educationlast_img read more

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School Officials Hear Parents’ Concerns About Hybrid Learning

first_imgOcean City Board of Education members listen to parents during a meeting Wednesday night. (Photo courtesy of Martin Fiedler, Just Right TV Productions) Jen Bowman, also an Ocean City parent, said that the community needs to come together.“If any community can come together to properly educate our students and make happiness happen for them it’s this community,” Bowman said. “We have the volunteers, the outdoor resources, and a mayor who is alumni and very supportive of our schools. We need strong leadership.”She said Dr. Taylor has the years of experience leading the district, but that there needs to be a better game plan.Bowman added, “Dr. Taylor, you have the best team possible … use all of us to our fullest potential.”While some people voiced concern over how hybrid and virtual learning was being offered, Dr. Jason Chew spoke of the importance of bringing the children back to school full time. He and his wife, Suzanne, have two children, Kai, who is in the Intermediate School, and Cove, who is a Primary School student.“We want to make sure that with all of this stuff, we are not hurting more than we are helping and right now, not having the kids in the school five days a week, it is hurting,” Dr. Chew said.He added that an idea brought up by another resident, Sean Scarborough, to provide more space so more students could go to school could be an idea to discuss.“Maybe we could have tents outside,” Dr. Chew said. “We have to push toward live instruction.” By MADDY VITALEOcean City school officials reassured parents that they are doing all they can to navigate through the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, but acknowledged it has been a struggle to balance virtual learning and in-person instruction.“We know that the school year has been difficult, to say the least,” School Board President Joseph Clark said at the start of Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting.The Ocean City district closed on March 16 at the beginning of the pandemic. It was a day before Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order to shut down schools statewide.The following day, Ocean City schools offered the hybrid learning model, which combines virtual and in-person instruction for students.During the public portion of the meeting, a host of parents spoke about their problems and concerns with the hybrid learning model. They also asked why there isn’t concurrent instruction for both virtual and in-person students. Some parents made emotional pleas to the board to provide better education for the students.“We truly understand the frustrations. In the past couple of months, we have heard concerns over the spectrum,” Clark said. “There is no magic solution.”Clark explained that some families said they wanted the hybrid instruction, while others wanted all in-person instruction and still others didn’t know what they wanted.There was also discussion about the inability to livestream for virtual and in-person instruction concurrently, which is due to connectivity issues from the service provider.Just this week, parents were asked to send in a survey giving their feedback about this year and how their children felt about hybrid instruction.“Your feedback is needed,” Clark said, adding that everyone in the district is in unchartered territory amid the pandemic. “Our administration is reviewing the survey results and will share them when they are available.”He added, “Never have our decisions carried more weight affecting every single student in every family.”Clark said the district remains flexible.Ocean City Board of Education President Joseph Clark, center, says the school district wants to hear feedback from the public.Both Clark and Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor have said from the beginning of the pandemic that the course of teaching may need to change.Schools may go all virtual if there is an uptick in COVID-19 cases. Recently, the district began posting weekly COVID-19 figures to provide as much information as possible to families in the school system, officials said.Curt Nath, director of academic services, explained some of the problems with connectivity for the district, specifically, the inability at this time to provide concurrent teaching. While that would allow livestreaming, it is not possible at this time.Amy Godfrey, an Ocean City parent, said she stopped working to stay at home with her children ages 10 and 12  to help with their education.She said that concurrent teaching would help improve the education of all of the students who are learning from home.“It is important for the teachers to know the quality of the education the children are receiving,” Godfrey said.Alisabeth Fleming, another parent, asked if the school officials, as leaders, could consider how difficult it has been for everyone involved.“Why are the parents and teachers still feeling spread too thin? You are our leaders. Please consider reflecting on the last few months,” Fleming said. “It has been really hard on them. Let us create more effective feedback. We can improve.”She continued, “Let’s create an environment of open communication with more effective feedback. We need our leaders to help us improve, excel and level up. You are our leaders.”last_img read more

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Co-op Xmas sarnies to help fund young carer service

first_imgA donation from each sale of The Co-operative Group’s new Christmas sandwich range will go towards helping young carers in the UK.The new own-brand range features a traditional Turkey, Stuffing, Bacon & Cranberry variety, Wiltshire Ham & Braised Red Cabbage and a Christmas Dinner Triple, which includes prawn cocktail, turkey & stuffing and cheddar cheese & chutney variants. The Co-operative will donate 10p from each sandwich sold (priced at £2.50) to online support service YCNet – part of the The Princess Royal Trust for Carers. YCNet is the only dedicated website and online support service for children and young people under the age of 18, who help to look after someone in their family with an illness, disability, drug/alcohol addiction or mental health problem.“The young carers’ online service – YCNet – provides a much-needed lifeline for many of these brave and inspiring young people across the country,” commented Helen Shaw, sandwich buyer at The Co-operative.“We’re proud to be raising both money and awareness for this vital service, and this initiative is a great example of The Co-operative’s ongoing commitment to young people.”The three Christmas sandwiches will launch on 10 November.last_img read more

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Childhood abuse linked to sleep disturbances in pregnancy

first_img Read Full Story A history of childhood abuse is associated with increased odds of stress-related sleep disturbances for women during pregnancy, according to researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and colleagues. The study is believed to be the first to associate abuse during childhood to poor sleep quality in pregnant women.The study is published in the October 2015 issue of the Sleep Medicine.“Our study shows pregnant women who have experienced abuse as children may be at increased risk of developing poor sleep quality and stress-related sleep disturbances in pregnancy. This is irrespective of adulthood experiences of trauma, demonstrating the long-lasting detrimental effects of childhood abuse,”said lead author Bizu Gelaye, research scientist in epidemiology at Harvard Chan School. “There is ample evidence that sleep disturbances are associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes. Our study now adds new evidence to the intergenerational effects of early trauma.”“We hope our findings, if replicated, might be used to help develop antenatal [prenatal and pregnancy] care programs that recognize and respond to the effects of childhood trauma,” said senior author Michelle Williams, Steven B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health, chair of the Department of Epidemiology, and director of the Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities and Population Health Research Programs.last_img read more

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ESPN sues Notre Dame for records

first_imgSusan Zhu ESPN filed a lawsuit against Notre Dame earlier this month claiming the University’s refusal to release campus police records violates Indiana’s public records law, according to a report Wednesday in the South Bend Tribune.The case, filed Jan. 15 in St. Joseph Superior Court, alleges that Notre Dame officials violated Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act when they refused to release Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) records requested by ESPN reporter Paula Lavigne, the Tribune reported.In September and November 2014, Lavigne formally requested police incident reports and logs related to Notre Dame student athletes but was turned down both times, according to the Tribune. She filed  complaints with Indiana Public Access Counselor Luke Britt in October and December, according to documents available on the Public Access Counselor website. Britt is an attorney appointed by the governor to advise on public access matters.“As we have previously said, our practices are in full accord with the Access to Public Records Act and consistent with multiple advisory opinions that have addressed this matter over the past 12 years,” University spokesman Dennis Brown said in an email Wednesday afternoon. “We are confident that our position will be affirmed in court.”ESPN submitted two written opinions by Britt as evidence in the lawsuit, the Tribune reported. Britt’s recent written opinions departed from that of previous public access counselors, who had written that professional police departments at Indiana private universities did not meet the definition of public agencies and so were exempt from the state’s public records law. Britt’s opinion is not compulsory and does not carry the force of law, but the superior court decision will.Britt’s Oct. 31 opinion put Notre Dame on notice that his office considers NDSP a public law enforcement agency after ESPN and the South Bend Tribune filed complaints against the department.“The Notre Dame law enforcement agency is clearly operating under the color of the law, enforcing Indiana criminal code and not mere campus policy or disciplinary procedures,” he wrote. “They also have the authority to police the surrounding community. They even have a 911 dispatch.“If a law enforcement agency has police powers, then they should be subject to the typical scrutiny given to traditional police forces.”Britt’s opinion was based on the premise that police powers come from the state and “do not spring forth organically.”“This may be inconsistent with previous Public Access Counselors’ opinions but I do not believe it is inconsistent with the spirit of the Access to Public Records Act,” he wrote. “… The ultimate test is from where their power is derived. The police forced is established by the governing body of a private institution, but their powers are not inherent nor are they derived from Notre Dame University.“I am not comfortable saying an organization can hide behind the cloak of secrecy when they have the power to arrest and create criminal records and exercise the State’s police powers.”In his October opinion, Britt said NDSP had been operating under prior public access counselors’ opinions and therefore couldn’t be held instantly accountable for its response to Lavigne’s original request. However, in his Jan. 5 opinion responding to Lavigne’s later complaint, he wrote that now that the University was on notice that they were considered a public law agency, his “expectation is that they release records accordingly and comply fully with the Access to Public Records Act.”“The reversal of course was not taken lightly or without regard to the impact on private university police forces,” Britt wrote. “It is the Opinion of the Public Access Counselor that if the Notre Dame Security Police Department has documentation regarding any suspected crimes, accidents or complaints involving the individuals named in your request and has not released that particular documetation, then they hae violated the Access to Public Records Act.”According to the Tribune, ESPN is asking the court to order Notre Dame to release the requested records for inspection and copying and to order NDSP to pay a civil penalty and court fees. No hearing date has been set yet.Tags: ESPN, lawsuit, NDSP, police reports, public access, St. Joseph County Superior Courtlast_img read more

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Student Recruitment Coordinators create memorable experiences for prospective students on Reilly Spring Visit

first_imgMeenu Selvan The Student Recruitment Coordinators posed for a photo on the football field. These students all attended the Reilly Spring Visit in the past, and they planned the events for this year’s visit.Sophomore Yanik Ariste was a student host, and she emphasized the importance of the weekend to the students invited for the program.“It’s a paid opportunity so students that may not be able to visit otherwise from far places or low-income students can come and explore campus and see what Notre Dame is all about.”Many of the current students involved in Reilly attended the visit themselves and spoke to the positive impact it had on them ultimately choosing Notre Dame.“[The Reilly Spring Visit] was one of the main reasons I decided to come to the school,” Selvan said. Patidar echoed Selvan, and said he would not have chosen the University without the program.“I came here for the [Reilly] program and it wasn’t even the events specifically, it was the people,” Patidar said. “It was the atmosphere, it was seeing this place in person that brought me here.” The events that the Student Recruitment Coordinators planned were aimed at bringing the students closer to one another, giving them the chance to get to know their potential future classmates. The four-day visit commenced with campus tours and a welcome dinner on Thursday, followed by a breakfast and presentations by various colleges on Friday.The itinerary on Friday also included a student panel featuring representatives from different student organizations.“Hopefully the student panel will be able to answer questions that they have honestly without the admissions counselors in the room,” Selvan said. “This is their one-on-one time with us.”  Meenu Selvan Students from various campus organizations held a panel to answer questions on Friday of the Reilly Spring Visit.In addition to the academic and extracurricular aspects of college life, the students were also immersed in the social scene on campus through the hosting system and social activities.“I know the Reilly staff made sure they met a lot of people over the weekend by having different student groups for different activities,” Ariste said in an email. “It worked! Within a couple of hours of being here, the Reilly students were already getting close, making breakfast plans and more.”On Saturday, one of the closing activities was a talent show where the prospective students had the opportunity to perform, which is a long-standing tradition.“This year they’re going to get the band, Africana dance and Humor Artists to perform to kickstart the event. That will hopefully motivate some of the students to go up there,” Selvan said. In addition to these fun events, spiritual experiences are also incorporated to emphasize Notre Dame’s religious identity.“I’ve always been a spiritual person, so when I came here during Reilly I went to mass in Morrissey and it was the best experience of my life. I didn’t realize how invested students were in mass,” Selvan said. To conclude the visit, the coordinators and the prospective students all visit the Grotto together and each of the coordinators tells a candid story about why this place is special to them. Prospective Notre Dame students traveled from far and wide to visit campus this weekend for the Reilly Spring Visit Program. A select group of students were given the opportunity to explore various aspects of campus life free of charge in an immersion program, and current students played a significant role in the planning of the weekend’s events. Junior Noble Patidar and sophomore Meenu Selvan were two of the Student Recruitment Coordinators that helped organize the event this year.“The Reilly Spring Visit is a program run by Notre Dame undergraduate admissions that brings high school seniors of low socioeconomic status and minority backgrounds to campus. These are exceptional kids,” Patidar said. “These are my favorite weekends of the year.” Selvan said the weekend exists to allow prospective students to fully experience Notre Dame.“Our job [as Student Recruitment Coordinators] is to create programs or events to entertain the prospective students and show them what it’s actually like to be involved in this campus,” Selvan said. “We show them the resources, the opportunities and the spaces where they can do what they love to do.”center_img Meenu Selvan Prospective students took a trip to the Grotto on their final night on campus. The Student Recruitment Coordinators shared why Notre Dame is important to them to close out the visit.The Reilly Spring Visit holds a special place in the hearts of the Student Recruitment Coordinators, and this passion manifested itself throughout the weekend, Patidar said.“These kids only have three days here,” Patidar said. “The way you get them to ask the most delicate questions is developing that trust as quickly as possible. When they start asking those questions, you get the best results in that they see Notre Dame the way we do.”Tags: Prospective Students, Reilly Spring Visit, Student Recruitment Coordinatorslast_img read more

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Hanna: US Supreme Court skeptical about Vermont’s physician data mining law

first_imgVermont Law School,Vermont Law School Professor Cheryl Hanna, a Constitutional law expert, offers a post-argument analysis of Sorrell v. IMS Health Inc., which was argued before the US Supreme Court on April 26, 2011. Hanna attended the arguments with several students from her Constitutional law class.A lawyer is only as good as the law that the Legislature hands her, and it was clear after yesterday’s US Supreme Court argument in Sorrell v. IMS Health Inc. that Vermont Assistant Attorney General Bridget Asay had a not-so-good law to defend. The state is fortunate to have an assistant attorney general as skilled as Asay. But nothing she could have said or done would likely have saved Vermont’s physician data mining law from a near certain death.At issue was whether a Vermont law that seeks to ban the sale of physician prescription data to drug companies’which use the information to target their marketing to individual doctors in a practice called “detailing”’violates the First Amendment.Asay was barely a few minutes into her argument when Chief Justice John Roberts challenged the state’s motives in passing the law; he later accused Vermont of censorship of commercial speech. His skepticism was followed by Justice Antonin Scalia’s downright hostility. He insisted the law was intended to impede drug companies from providing information to doctors, not protecting doctors who could simply refuse to see pharmaceutical representatives.Justice Kennedy, often the swing vote in close cases, then accused the state of regulating the use of speech. He asked whether the law would allow the sale of the data for research purposes. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at first seemed open to the state’s ability regulate the sale of the information if that was the only commercial use of the data, but she was then frustrated when it appeared that other commercial sales would be permitted.Even Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was more sympathetic to Vermont’s position that doctors should have some control over the dissemination of their prescription drug patterns, was troubled by the law’s provision that allowed doctors to opt-in to the sale of their records. She instead suggested a scheme that mirrored the Do Not Call policy, which allows consumers to opt-out of telemarketing calls, would be more in line with the First Amendment.Justice Samuel Alito then suggested the Vermont law may have misled the lower court on what transactions could be regulated by the statute. This clearly signaled skepticism not only about the law itself but with the state’s representation of what exactly the statute regulated.The U.S. government, through the Office of the Solicitor General, weighed in on the case in favor of Vermont. Yet Deputy Solicitor General Edwin S. Kneedler had no better luck than Asay in convincing the Court that all the law did was level the playing field between pharmacies and physicians, and that the state was within its power to restrict this information given that prescription drugs are a highly regulated industry.Thomas Goldstein, a highly regarded attorney who is a frequent advocate before the Court, represented the data mining and drug companies. Goldstein seemed to command the Court, more like a professor steering his students than a lawyer pandering to the justices. He opened by having the justices turn to the red brief, which contained the statute. (All briefs before the Court are color-coded to identify the parties.) Even Justice Clarence Thomas, who often merely sits back and listens to the arguments, followed Goldstein’s command, perking up, opening the brief and privately bantering with Justice Stephen Breyer over the law’s language. Goldstein had to be content with the predictable “what-if” hypothetical questions posed by Justice Breyer. To Goldstein’s credit, his argument was not radical, but he urged the justices to seek some balance between free speech and state regulation. The justices took seriously Goldstein’s contention that the law, as written, did not protect doctor privacy, but rather discriminated against the speech of clients who were providing FDA-approved true and accurate information about their drugs to physicians.Perhaps the most compelling part of his argument was when he directed the Court to read the finding made by the Vermont legislature when passing the law. “My favorite,” Goldstein quipped, was the finding that Vermont intended to impact the “marketplace of ideas” because drug companies had more money. (How such a finding ever made it into any legislative record baffles the mind of this Constitutional law professor.) This, Goldstein insisted, the state can not do under the First Amendment.While it’s risky to make conclusive predictions based on oral argument, it is likely that a majority of the Court will vote to strike down Vermont’s law. Less clear is whether the holding will be narrow, focusing only on the defects of the Vermont statute or whether the Court will announce a more sweeping decision that could hinder the states from regulating data mining when it truly implicates consumer privacy. Clearly, some justices, including Sotomayor, Breyer and Ginsburg, seemed to appreciate that restricting the use of private, personal information might be appropriate, but disagreement among the justices over whether to draw that line might likely produce a fractured decision.While the Court could leave room for the Legislature to go back and draw a more narrowly tailored statute that does not impinge upon the free speech rights of corporations, it can’t save it from having to pay for its mistakes. If the state loses this case, it is on the hook for attorney’s fees paid by the data mining and pharmaceutical companies who brought the case. When the state violates a constitutional right of a litigant, even if that litigant is a corporation, the state has to pay the costs that litigant incurred defending its rights. Given the number of attorneys involved in the case, the extremely high caliber of both local and national counsel and the hours involved in preparing a case for the Supreme Court, a loss will likely cost Vermont taxpayers more than $1 million. But that is the price Vermonters have to pay when the legislature goes out on a limb and passes a law that is intended to be progressive but crosses a constitutional line.A decision on the merits of this case is expected by the end of June.Read a transcript of the argument.http://www.vermontlaw.edu/News_and_Events/News/US_Supreme_Court_Skeptica…(link is external) Photos courtesy of VLS: Top, Cheryl Hanna. Bottom, Vermonters, with Sorrell far right.last_img read more

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Ibex Introduces Lightest Weight Wool Fabric for Outdoor Athletes

first_imgEveryone knows that wool is all the rage in outdoor performance apparel and it is really showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, with the introduction of new companies this year, such as Super.Natural, and a yet-to-be-released wool insulation program from Jansport co-founder Murray McCory, the innovations in wool just continue to improve. Of course, the originators such as SmartWool, Icebreaker and Ibex are also all constantly innovating to develop the most technical Merino wool fabrics for outdoor athletes.For its Spring 2014 “Peak collection” Ibex Outdoor Clothing is introducing the new Weightless Wool — or W2 — it’s lightest weight wool fabric to date. It is perfect for outdoor sports in humid environments such as the Blue Ridge and coastal regions.W2 is a lightweight, durable fabric built for running, hiking, climbing and riding with a foundation of wool and a bit of nylon for structure; and like other products in this category — it is temperature regulating, naturally odor resistant and breathable. This new fabric maintains the same performance benefits athletes have come to expect from Merino wool, knit from a new combination of 18.5 micron Merino wool and nylon. W2 is the lightest weight fabric that Ibex has ever made, weighing in at an impressive 145 g/m2.W2 pieces for Spring ’14 include:Men’s W2 Sport T: This Canadian-made technical tee boasts set-in sleeves and has a semi fit that allows you to flex and bend without compromising comfort. Available in Mountain Blue, Red Pop and Black. $75Men’s W2 Sport Zip: This semi-fit, short sleeve tee as a 12-inch front center zip. Whether you want to zip-up for a bit more warmth, or whether you want the zip down for a bit more airflow, the locking pull on the zipper keeps the zip where you want it. Available in Mountain Blue, Black and Red Pop. Sewn in Canada. $89Men’s W2 L/S Sport Zip: Perfect for those early morning jogs that start cool, and end warm, the semi-fit design of this long sleeve sport top was designed for athletic performance. Features include a 12-inch front locking zipper for maximum heat regulation. Available in Mountain Blue, Red Pop and Black. Sewn in Canada. $110Ibex_Womens_W2_SportTWomen’s W2 Sport T: This no-frills, semi-fit, technical tee has raglan sleeves and flatlock seams that even the most demanding athlete will appreciate. At only 145 grams per square meter, you will not be weighed down no matter how hard you are working. Available in Green Chard, Moon Dust and Orange Pop. Sewn in Canada. $70Women’s W2 Sprint L/S: This technical long-sleeve, semi-fit, half zip jersey that has a 12-inch front zipper with a locking pull. The raglan sleeves and on-seam thumbholes keep it in place. Available in Green Chard, Moon Dust and Orange Pop. Sewn in Canada. $100Founded in 1997 and headquartered in White River Junction, Vermont, Ibex is a designer of year-round Merino wool outdoor clothing and cycling apparel, coupling this natural renewable resource with technical innovation and inspired design to create apparel for a diverse range of outdoor and active pursuits and passions.Men’s and Women’s items are divided into Ride, Base, Zing, Peak and Live categories, and are made from the best Merino wool fabrics sustainably sourced from New Zealand, available online and through outdoor specialty stores.Ibex_W2_LS_Spring14last_img read more

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