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Talk of replacing Nebraska's 'Good Life' slogan creates Facebook, Twitter backlash

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The Nebraska Tourism Commission is in the final stages of a study to come up with a new state slogan and symbol to better promote and “brand” the state for visitors.
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Nebraska Tourism Commission considering getting rid of Nebraska's unofficial slogan, "The Good Life." Huge social media response against a change.

 

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Fitbit Data Now Being Used In The Courtroom

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WearablIn a first known case, a woman is using data from her fitness tracker in a personal injury claim. Lawyers say the same data could be used against clients too.

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Interesting use of wearable technology to help establish the nature and extent of a person's injuries. In this particular case, the injured person will wear a Fitbit to track their activity in hopes that it will show that her activity is lower than someone of her same age and profession.

 

While this is a good way to help show the effects of a personal injury, the potential is that for the data to be exploited by prosecutors and insurance companies.

 

As stated by Matthew Pearn, "Wearable devices could become a 'black box' for the human body. This may have some re-think their use of wearable devices as well as the laws governing the release and usage of data from them.

 

Story by Parmy Olson via Forbes

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“Till now we’ve always had to rely on clinical interpretation,” Muller says from his office in Calgary. “Now we’re looking at longer periods of time though the course of a day, and we have hard data.” His plaintiff will share her Fitbit data with Vivametrica for several months as part of an assessment period.

“We’re expecting the results to show that her activity level is less and compromised as a result of her injury.”

What’s intriguing (and a little creepy) is that cases like Muller’s could open the door to wearable device data being used not just in personal injury claims but in prosecutions. “Insurers will want it as much as plaintiffs will,” says Muller, for assessing sketchy claims.

Insurers wouldn’t be able to force claimants to wear Fitbits as part of an “assessment period,” like Muller’s client, but they could request a formal court order from whoever holds the data to release it to them, says Dr. Rick Hu, co-founder and CEO of Vivametrica. “We would not release the information,” he adds. Insurers could instead request it from a law firm or even from Fitbit directly.

“It’s always evolving with technology,” says Muller. “A number of years ago we saw courts requisition Facebook [for] information. If you’ve been wearing the Fitbit monitors it’s likely you’ll see court applications to compel disclosure of that data.”

Data from wearables is poised to become even more insightful for courts as their sensors become ever more sophisticated: tracking not only steps, but continuous heart beat and temperature data.

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'Dating Naked' cast member sues after crotch-blur fail

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VH1 looked more like the Playboy Channel when they accidentally aired an uncensored crotch shot during an episode of the reality show “Dating Naked,” a star of the show claims in a new lawsuit. Jes...
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Legitimate lawsuit or publicity stunt?

 

Jessie Nizewitz, a "star" on VH1's "Dating Naked" reality show, filed a $10 million lawsuit against the show and other entities for showing an uncensored crotch shot during an episode that aired on July 31. Ms. Nizewitz claims that she was repeatedly told that her private parts would be "blurred out." 

 

VH1's website describes the show:

"These days we’re supposed to be more “connected” than ever, but it’s actually harder than ever to truly connect. Online dates, blind dates, and the latest in ridiculous dating apps all make it hard to see people for who they really are. 

A new social experiment provides daters with a radical dating experience where before they bare their souls they bare everything else first. Each week on a primitive island resort, far from the masks of modern society, daters will go on exotic dates and be naked every step of the way. 

We will follow along as two primitive daters each go on a total of three naked dates, including their first date with each other. At the end of this experience they’ll choose which of their naked dates they would like to continue dating back home. Clothing will of course be optional. 

Naked daters will bare their soul and a whole lot more in this groundbreaking dating experiment."

 

After the episode aired she received a lot of messages on social media about the "crotch shot." Also, she claims the show cost her a “budding relationship” with a man she had been seeing for a month. 

 

In an interview with the New York Post, Nizewitz said, "My grandma saw it. I saw her this week and she didn’t have much to say to me. She’s probably mad. My parents are just annoyed. ... I think they owe me a huge apology." 

 

It is hard to believe that she could complain about being shown naked when the show itself is about naked dating. Another major problem with her lawsuit is an alleged statement from her on Cosmopolitan, "I'm extremely comfortable in my own skin. Honestly, being naked to me means absolutely nothing." (http://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/tv/g4213/all-the-butts-of-dating-naked-so-far/?slide=4).

 

This could all just be a publicity stunt because of the media attention she has drawn about her lawsuit and people trying to find the episode. 

 

Source: Jamie Schram and Amber Sutherland / New York Post: ‘Dating Naked’ cast member sues after crotch-blur fail

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She goes on a show called "Dating Naked" and is suing over nudity?!?

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30 Things You Can Do With A Law Degree

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Not everyone who goes to law school, gets a law degree and even passes the bar wants to practice law. Some do it for the education and the skills law school can teach you for many other types of jobs.
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30 Jobs To Do With A Law Degree [Infographic]

 

While not a totally comprehensive list, it does list a large number of jobs in which a law degree is either a necessity or very beneficial.

The infographic was created by Bahman Eslamboly. I helped come up with many of the professions.

 

A larger version of the Infographic can be found on Bahman Eslamboly's LawGuru site: http://www.lawguru.com/articles/tips/30-things-you-can-do-with-a-law-degree

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http://www.eastprovidencepersonalinjurylaw.com/

an article by RI Personal Injury lawyer David Slepkow 401-437-1100
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Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney, David Slepkow has 15 years experience representing clients in Personal Injury and Car Accident Cases.  David Slepkow is a Partner and Owner of Slepkow, Slepkow & Associates, Inc. in East Providence Rhode Island. Slepkow Slepkow & Associates Inc was established in 1932 and will be celebrating our 80th anniversary this year!


David Slepkow is committed to helping clients concerning their Personal Injury claims, Auto / Car Accident, Truck Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents and Slip and Fall claims in Rhode Island (RI) and Massachusetts (MA).


Please contact East Providence, Rhode Island Personal Injury Lawyer, David Slepkow.  David Slepkow will do everything in his power to help you get the best settlement possible to compensate you for your pain and suffering.


David Slepkow, has authored hundreds of expert in depth and informative RI Law articles which can be found on David’s numerous Rhode Island Law Blogs. David is not just an experienced litigator.  He has recently represented clients at the Rhode Island Supreme Court. David recently appealed a case to the RI Supreme Court and overturned a decision of a RI Judge in a 5-0 decision in favor of his client.


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David Slepkow's curator insight, January 6, 1:33 AM

Not everyone who goes to law school, gets a law degree and even passes the bar wants to practice law. Some do it for the education and the skills law school can teach you for many other types of jobs. Jeffrey Lapin, an attorney in Lincoln, Nebraska and myself put together an InfoGraphic with a list of what we think are the top 30 jobs you can do with a law degree. Some of my favorite are Lawyer, Judge, FBI Agent, Lobbyist, News Commentator and Political Adviser.


What would you pick?


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Nebraska is only the 19th-flattest state in the nation — well, that's a relief

Nebraska is only the 19th-flattest state in the nation — well, that's a relief | Nebraska and National Legal and Other News | Scoop.it
All those folks from the coasts who think Nebraska is as flat as a pool table, it turns out, are just wrong.
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Contrary to belief, Nebraska is only the 19th flattest state according to a recent study by Dr. Jerome Dobson and Joshua Campbell.


The top 5 flattest states in the continental United States are:

1. Florida
2. Illinois
3. North Dakota
4. Louisiana
5. Minnesota

 

The bottom 5 are:

 

44. Vermont 

45. New Hampshire 
46. Kentucky 
47. Pennsylvania 
48. West Virginia

 

Article by: Michael Kelly / World-Herald

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President's Day 2014

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Washington's Birthday aka Presidents' Day Today, February 17, 2014, is Presidents’ Day. It was originally established in 1885, and was held on February 22, to honor and recognize George Washington’s birthday. Abraham Lincoln also had a February birthday. Although it is still officially called
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Today, February 17, 2014, is “Washington’s Birthday, ”which is more commonly known as “Presidents’ Day.” Although it originally was on Washington’s actual birthday, February 22, it was changed in 1971 to the third Monday in February. In addition, it is generally viewed as a day to celebrate all United States presidents.

 

We have listed some inspirational quotes from George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, two of our most famous presidents and both who had February birthdays.

 

Read the full post by Jeffrey Lapin on Lapin Law Offices’ website blog: Presidents’ Day 2014 (http://lapinlawoffices.com/lapin-law-offices-blog/presidents-day-2014)

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SID 2014 - Safer Internet Day

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Today is the 11th annual Safer Internet Day (SID 2014).

This year's theme is: "Let's create a better internet together."

SaferInternetDay's webpage states, "We hope that, once again, all stakeholders – be they children and young people, parents and carers, teachers and educators, or industry and politicians – will join with us in marking the day and working together to build a better internet for all, but particularly children and young people.”

You can learn more about SID 2014 on the Safer Internet Day website: http://www.saferinternetday.org/web/guest/sid-2014

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Kansas Lawmaker Wants Deadlines On Courts Issuing Decisions

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" Kansas Senate Vice President Jeff King has offered Senate Bill 289 that, if passed and enacted, would impose time deadlines for most Kansas courts to have to issue decisions in cases. ...

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Possible Kansas Deadlines For Court Decisions

 

A Kansas lawmaker has offered a bill that would limit the time period in which most Kansas courts have to issue decisions in cases. This bill seemingly has problems with both enforcement and the separation of powers between the legislative and judicial branches of government.

 

A hearing on the bill is set before the Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee today.

 

Read the full post by Jeffrey Lapin on Lapin Law Offices’ blog: Kansas Lawmaker Wants Deadlines On Courts Issuing Decisions (http://lapinlawoffices.com/lapin-law-offices-blog/kansas-lawmaker-wants-deadlines-on-courts-issuing-decisions)

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Possible Kansas Deadlines For Court Decisions

 

A Kansas lawmaker has offered a bill that would limit the time period in which most Kansas courts have to issue decisions in cases. This bill seemingly has problems with both enforcement and the separation of powers between the legislative and judicial branches of government.

 

A hearing on the bill is set before the Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee today.

 

Read the full post by Jeffrey Lapin on Lapin Law Offices’ blog: Kansas Lawmaker Wants Deadlines On Courts Issuing Decisions (http://lapinlawoffices.com/lapin-law-offices-blog/kansas-lawmaker-wants-deadlines-on-courts-issuing-decisions)

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Essentially, district courts would have 120 days to render a decision or notify the parties when a decision will be entered. The court of appeals and Kansas Supreme Court would have 180 days. There is nothing in the Bill that imposes any “punishment” if a judge or court fails to abide by a deadline.


Representative Jan Pauls, a lawyer and member of the Kansas House Judiciary Committee noted the possible separation of powers issues in the legislature ordering courts when to issue court opinions. However, he noted, “We certainly make changes in the civil procedure, and you can regard this as perhaps a change in civil procedure.”

With regard to the lack of enforcement within the Bill, King noted that it would be up “to the public to decide what should be the recourse, such as how voters decide in retention elections for judges or pushing legislators to enact more measures to put teeth in the time limits.”


The bill is set for a hearing before the Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee for February 5, 2014. You can track the progress of SB 289 on the Kansas Legislature’s website: Bills and Laws.


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20 or so apply to be newest member of Nebraska's federal bench

20 or so apply to be newest member of Nebraska's federal bench | Nebraska and National Legal and Other News | Scoop.it
It will probably be months before Johanns and Fischer submit their recommendations.
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About 20 lawyers have applied to be Nebraska's newest federal judge. 

 

Article by: Joseph Morton / Omaha World-Herald

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2014 | Lapin Law Offices

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2014 | Lapin Law Offices | Nebraska and National Legal and Other News | Scoop.it
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - 2014

Some Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes that are of special significance to lawyers:

“A right delayed is a right denied.”

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

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Group weighs ditching bar exam

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Graduates of Iowa's two law schools could begin practicing law in the state soon after graduation rather than waiting until they pass the bar exam, under a proposal before the Iowa Supreme Court.
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A committee from the Iowa Bar Association is asking the Iowa Supreme Court to adopt an "In-State Diploma System" that would permit graduates of Iowa's two law schools to practice law in Iowa without having to take the state's Bar Examination. Wisconsin is currently the only state that uses this type of system.

 

Backers of the proposal argue that it could lessen the debt of these law students as there is a 4.5 month gap between graduation and when bar examination takers learn that whether they passed. In addition, that from 2008 to 2013, only 6.8% of Iowa’s 996 law school graduates did not pass the exam on their first try.

 

Those against the proposal note that bar examinations are still the preferred tool for licensing lawyers by the American Bar Association. In addition, that the general knowledge tested on the bar examination is important for lawyers to know.

 

The Iowa Supreme Court is expected to consider the proposal this summer.

 

Story by: Grant Rodgers via Des Moines Register

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Judge Rules that The City of Fresno CA May Be Liable for A Boy's Death In An Alleged Dangerous Crosswalk

Judge Rules that The City of Fresno CA May Be Liable for A Boy's Death In An Alleged Dangerous Crosswalk | Nebraska and National Legal and Other News | Scoop.it
“A Superior Court judge has ruled that the city of Fresno will remain a defendant in a lawsuit filed by the family of 7-year-old Donovan Maldonado, who was killed by a drunken driver while in a crosswalk near Woodward Park.”
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What do people want in a lawyer? -AVVO Report Hot off the Press;

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Consumers want a lawyer who is confident and realistic, but reality show fans want...

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Clients want a confident lawyer. Good read. robbinslaw.com Atlanta
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USA v. Daniel Gatson, et. al.

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New Jersey United States District Court judge upholds police creation of a fake Instagram account to gain access to accused's Instagram's photos.

 

From Court's Opinion (page 31):

"As part of their investigation into Gatson and other co-conspirators, law enforcement officers used an undercover account to become Instagram "friends" with Gatson. Gatson accepted the request to become friends. As a result, law enforcement officers were able to view photos and other information Gatson posted to his Instagram account. No search warrant is required for the consensual sharing of this type of information."

 

Case: USA v. Daniel Gatson, et. al. (U.S. Distrct Court for the District of New Jersey - Criminal No 13-705)

(https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1384077-njd-11909423342.html)

 

Do you agree that this should be a lawful police tactic? My view is that should be lawful. The details of the fake Instagram account are not provided. Presumably, the police were not impersonating someone that the defendant knows. Also, different than other social media sites, Instagram's Terms of Use do not require a person to use their real identity.

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California Businesses Liable For Limiting Negative Reviews

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California will become the first state that will impose civil penalties for businesses that include non-disparagement clauses, which are those that limit or prohibit negative reviews by customers. The law also goes farther and punishes businesses that “otherwise penalize” consumers for negative
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California will become the first state that will impose civil penalties for businesses that attempt to limit or penalize consumers for negative reviews.

 

Read the full post on Lapin Law Offices’ Website Blog: California Businesses Liable For Limiting Negative Reviews

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California Businesses Liable For Limiting Negative Reviews

 

Soon, California will make businesses civilly liable, up to $10,000, for limiting consumers from making negative reviews. California is the first state to prevent businesses from including non-disparagement in their contracts or otherwise prevent consumers from criticizing a business. However, there are questions that the statute does not answer about what a business can do about false reviews.

 

 

Read the full post by Jeffrey Lapin of Lapin Law Offices on Lapin Law Offices’ Website Blog: California Businesses Liable For Limiting Negative Reviews (http://lapinlawoffices.com/lapin-law-offices-blog/california-businesses-liable-for-limiting-negative-reviews)

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Lance Armstrong loses bid to have lawsuit dismissed

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A federal judge has denied Lance Armstrong's request to dismiss a $100 million fraud lawsuit filed against him last year by the U.S. government.
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The federal government's, on behalf of the U.S. Postal Service, lawsuit seeking nearly $100 million will proceed against Lance Armstrong as judge denies Armstrong's motion to dismiss on statute of limitations and that the USPS knew or should have known of his doping.

 

Source: Brent Schrotenboer / USA Today

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David Slepkow's curator insight, October 17, 2014 5:13 AM

For more information concerning Rhode Island personal injury Law lawyer please visit:

http://www.rhodeislandcriminallawlawyer.com/basics-personal-injury-law-rhode-island/


an article by RI personal injury Law lawyer David Slepkow 401-437-1100
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Most RI Auto Accidents and tort claims are litigated in Superior Court: Nearly all personal injury, semi-truck and pedestrian accident lawsuits are brought in the first instance in Providence, Kent, Washington or Newport County Superior Court.


http://www.rhodeislandcriminallawlawyer.com/ri-personal-injury-car-accident-cases-rarely-filed-in-district-court/


The subject matter jurisdiction for slip and fall and injury litigation in the Superior Court of RI is over $5,000.  Rhode Island Personal injury Lawyers usually reject filing bus accident, car crash and premises liability cases in district court. There are three main reasons why RI Personal Injury Attorneys avoid Providence Sixth Division District Court RI car accidents lawsuits.

1)      The RI District Court has no subject matter jurisdiction for liability claims over $10,000. The Court has concurrent jurisdiction for motorcycle accident injury cases from $5,000 to $10,000

2)       The District Court is a court of no record and appeals are de novo to the Superior Court.  Therefore, a Bike or bicycle wreck injury verdict in District Court becomes a nullity if appealed by the Insurance company negligence defense attorney. Therefore, the injury litigation could be considered a waste of time if an appeal is timely filed.


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David Slepkow's curator insight, January 6, 1:15 AM

Filed under the False Claims Act, the government's suit alleged that the USPS would not have paid $40 million to sponsor the team from 1998 to 2004 if it had known that Armstrong's cycling team was cheating to win races in violation of its sponsorship contract.

In response, Armstrong asked the court to dismiss the case. The government "got exactly what it bargained for" with its sponsorship, Armstrong argued. He also said the government's fraud case is too old to bring under the six-year statute of limitations.

After a hearing of the arguments in November, Wilkins issued his decision Thursday.


The fraud case against Armstrong originally was filed under seal in June 2010 by Floyd Landis, a confessed doper and former teammate of Armstrong's. After more than a decade of false denials, Armstrong finally admitted to doping during a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2013. About a month after that interview, the federal government announced it was joining Landis' suit.


Landis filed a separate, parallel complaint in the case in which he also sued Bay Area businessman Thomas Weisel, who bankrolled the USPS team. Armstrong said he believed "Mr. Weisel was aware of doping by the USPS Team and in professional cycling in general," according to a court filing in the case.


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How to Resolve Conflict - The Lesson Law School Doesn’t Teach Lawyers

How to Resolve Conflict - The Lesson Law School Doesn’t Teach Lawyers | Nebraska and National Legal and Other News | Scoop.it
“ "Good lawyers don’t just try cases; they resolve them.” Our Charleston lawyers explain the best ways to resolve conflict by cooperative problem solving.”
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Military pushes motorcycle safety, two service members died in crashes - Northwest Florida Daily News

Military pushes motorcycle safety, two service members died in crashes  - Northwest Florida Daily News | Nebraska and National Legal and Other News | Scoop.it
Their deaths serve as a reminder of the importance of educating service members about motorcycle safety, a mission military officials have focused on in recent years in an effort to curb the number of fatalities among the ranks.

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Our Military love cycling, but want bikers to use more safety, and have less wrecks.

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One of his soldiers, Staff Sgt. Andrew Koerner, 28, died when his motorcycle crashed into a pick-up truck on State Road 85 on Feb. 8. A Crestview resident also was killed.


Five day earlier, on Feb. 3, Senior Airman Ignacio Arostegui, a 23-year-old assigned to Eglin Air Force Base, died in a crash on U.S. Highway 98 in Destin.


Since 2008, at least five active-duty service members have been killed in area motorcycle crashes, including the two deaths this month, according to the Daily News library.


Clingerman said service members seem to have a propensity to get on bikes, and in recent years the Department of Defense took note of the number of fatalities.


“A lot of these soldiers, they go for pretty long deployments, save up some money and, especially the younger ones, they like to buy some toys with that money. A lot end up buying a motorcycle,” he said.

After noticing a trend in their traffic fatalities, the Department of Defense implemented more stringent safety requirements for those who choose to ride.


“The crux of our


programs are to protect


our manpower,” Clingerman said. “They are our most precious resource.”


First, all riders must register with the safety office. More than 1,500 area service members are currently registered motorcyclists, according to military safety officials.


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Woman claims lawyers should have told her divorce would end her marriage

Woman claims lawyers should have told her divorce would end her marriage | Nebraska and National Legal and Other News | Scoop.it
A British woman attempted to sue her former lawyers for professional negligence, claiming that, alongside a number of other allegations, they failed to advise that finalising divorce proceedings would inevitably cause her marriage to end.
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A British woman sued her former lawyers for professional negligence alleging, among other things, they failed to advise her that finalizing divorce proceedings would inevitably cause her marriage to end. Woman claimed her lawyers failed to regard her Roman Catholic faith and should have recommended judicial separation as an alternative course of action.

 

Not to any surprise, her case and appeal were dismissed.

 

Story by: Tomas Jivanda (The Independent)

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The lawyers failed to regard her Roman Catholic faith and should have recommended judicial separation - a step down from full divorce - as an alternative course of action, she said.


The allegation was revealed in a subsequent appeal court judgment last month, in which Lord Justice Briggs said: “The most striking of Mrs Mulcahy's many allegations of negligence against her solicitors was that, having regard to her Roman Catholic faith, Mrs Boots had failed to give her the advice which was requisite in view of her firmly held belief in the sanctity of marriage…


“…either in terms of the alternative of judicial separation, or about the impossibility of pursuing divorce proceedings to a clean break settlement, without thereby inevitably bringing about the final termination of her marriage, which she wished to avoid.”


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Credit Card Offer Addressed To 'Lisa Is A Slut McIntire'

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Another Serious "Junk" Mail Error

A Bank of America credit card offer from the Golden Key Honor Society was addressed to “Lisa Is A Slut McIntire." Ms. McIntire is a California-based writer.

Both Bank of America and the Golden Key Honor Society have apologized via Twitter after Ms. McIntire tweeted about the mailing.

Earlier this year, OfficeMax had sent a mailing to Mike Seay with "Daughter Killed in Car Crash" in the address block. OfficeMax blamed the error on the mailing list service it obtained Mr. Seay's name from.

Article by: Kashmir Hill via Forbes

The junk mail world is off to a rough start in 2014. Just weeks after a man in Chicago received an upsetting OfficeMax mailing to "Mike Seay Daughter Killed In Car Crash," a California-based writer got a Bank of America credit card offer from the Golden Key Honor Society for [...]
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Another Serious "Junk" Mail Error

 

A Bank of America credit card offer from the Golden Key Honor Society was addressed to “Lisa Is A Slut McIntire." Ms. McIntire is a California-based writer.

Both Bank of America and the Golden Key Honor Society have apologized via Twitter after Ms. McIntire tweeted about the mailing.

Earlier this year, OfficeMax had sent a mailing to Mike Seay with "Daughter Killed in Car Crash" in the address block. OfficeMax blamed the error on the mailing list service it obtained Mr. Seay's name from.

Article by: Kashmir Hill via Forbes

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Lawsuit Alleges NASA Is Failing To Investigate Alien Life

Lawsuit Alleges NASA Is Failing To Investigate Alien Life | Nebraska and National Legal and Other News | Scoop.it
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Rhawn Joseph, Ph.D., a self-described scientist and author, filed a Petition for a Request for a Writ of Mandamus against NASA and the NASA's Chief Administrator. A writ of mandamus is an order from a court ordering a public official to perform his or her official duties. The Petition relates to an object that showed up in a some images from the Mars Opportunity Rover. The title of the Petition gives an indication of what Mr. Joseph believes the object is: 

 

In Re RHAWN JOSEPH’S PETITION FOR A WRIT OF MANDAMUS COMPELLING NASA TO PERFORM A DUTY TO THOROUGHLY SCIENTIFICALLY EXAMINE AND INVESTIGATE A PUTATIVE BIOLOGICAL ORGANISM ON MARS IDENTIFIED/DISCOVERED BY PETITIONER AND REFERRED TO BY NASA AS “UNLIKE ANYTHING WE HAVE SEEN BEFORE"

 

Among the things the court to order is: 

 

> NASA must give the petitioner: A) the authority to act as an observer at the rover command facility to insure that the Court’s orders are carried out in good faith, and B) the authority to appoint two NASA astrobiologists to the rover team. 

 

> If the organism is biological, NASA must publicly acknowledge that the discovery was made by the Petitioner and must ensure that Petitioner appears as first author on and has final editorial approval of the first 6 scientific articles published or submitted for publication by NASA employees which discuss and present this discovery. 

 

This Petition was filed by Mr. Joseph himself; he does not have an attorney. 

 

NASA has explained that the item is a most likely a rock that landed where it did either because of a nearby impact or the Rover knocked the rock out of the ground. 

 

Article by: Colin Lecher via Popular Science

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Talk of replacing Nebraska's 'Good Life' slogan creates Facebook, Twitter backlash

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The Nebraska Tourism Commission is in the final stages of a study to come up with a new state slogan and symbol to better promote and “brand” the state for visitors.
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Nebraska Tourism Commission considering getting rid of Nebraska's unofficial slogan, "The Good Life." Huge social media response against a change.

 

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Cell Phone Surveillance Costs Can Change Privacy Protections

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The United States Supreme Court have held that a person does have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their public movements. However, no specific rule has been announced as to when law enforcement surveillance violates this right.
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Cell Phone Surveillance and Privacy Protections

 

A Yale study found that cell phone surveillance by law enforcement can cost as little as $.04 an hour. For manual surveillance, it could cost $250 an hour.

 

Decreasing costs of surveillance should trigger increased police surveillance under the Fourth Amendment otherwise there is too large of balance in favor of law enforcement over an individual’s privacy rights.

 

Read the full post by Jeffrey Lapin on Lapin Law Offices website: Cell Phone Surveillance Costs Can Change Privacy Protections (http://lapinlawoffices.com/lapin-law-offices-blog/cell-phone-surveillance-costs-can-change-privacy-protections

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Cell Phone Surveillance and Privacy Protections

 

A Yale study found that cell phone surveillance by law enforcement can cost as little as $.04 an hour. For manual surveillance, it could cost $250 an hour.

 

Decreasing costs of surveillance should trigger increased police surveillance under the Fourth Amendment otherwise there is too large of balance in favor of law enforcement over an individual’s privacy rights.

 

Read the full post by Jeffrey Lapin on Lapin Law Offices website: Cell Phone Surveillance Costs Can Change Privacy Protections (http://lapinlawoffices.com/lapin-law-offices-blog/cell-phone-surveillance-costs-can-change-privacy-protections

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AP Exclusive: Judge says he broke ethics code - Times Leader

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge says he doesn't deserve to lose his job for commenting that a 14-year-old rape victim appeare...
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Montana District Court Judge G. Todd Baugh, who gave a 30 day prison sentence to a teacher convicted of raping a 14 year-old student and made the comments that the girl was "older than her chronological age" and that she was “as much in control of the situation as the defendant,” admits he violated judicial ethics. He indicated that he deserved to be censured. However, he does not think he should be removed as a judge. The victim killed herself before the trial.

 

Article by Matthew Brown of the Associated Press (via the Times Leader

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