Bassist MonoNeon released a new eight-track album on Wednesday, Living The Best And Worst Life At The Same Damn Time!Related: MonoNeon Joins Charles Cornell For Auto-Tuned Remix Of Cardi B’s Swisher Sweets Uggs VideoThe quirky project hears MonoNeon (real name, Dwayne Thomas Jr) playing a captivating and loose mix of space-funk on his bass and other instruments with additional contributions from Amber Baker (drums), Sam Porter (drums, keyboards), Nina Gnewd (vocals), and Jelani Brooks (tenor saxophone). Tracks on the album include “Don’t Get Drunk, Just Believe In Yourself”, “Your Life Is Wild, Keep Smiling”, “Can We Start Over? Unblock My Number”, and the previously-released “MYPA (Masturbate Your Problems Away)“.The arrival of Living The Best And Worst Life At The Same Damn Time! on Wednesday marks the second album from the funk-rock bassist so far this year, as he released the nine-track My Feelings Be Peeling back in January.MonoNeon has been with his Ghost-Note bandmates throughout most of the summer as part of the band’s 2019 world tour, which continues into the fall months. The next scheduled performances will see the band team up with The New Mastersounds for a three-show run throughout Colorado in mid-October. Head to the band’s website for tickets and tour info.Scroll down to stream MonoNeon’s new album in full.MonoNeon – Living The Best And Worst Life At The Same Damn Time! – Full Album<a href=”http://dywanethomasjr.bandcamp.com/album/living-the-best-and-worst-life-at-the-same-damn-time”>Living The Best And Worst Life At The Same Damn Time! by MonoNeon</a>[Audio: MonoNeon Bandcamp]
Teenage guitar phenom Brandon “Taz” Niederauer is gearing up for his upcoming run of shows throughout the fall months starting with a headlining performance at The Mint LA in Los Angeles, CA later this week.Related: D’Angelico Guitars Releases Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Atlantic Signature Model GuitarThe 12-date fall tour will begin at the intimate Los Angeles venue on Thursday, October 10th. Niederauer’s headlining fall tour will continue with scheduled performances in California including Phil Lesh‘s Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael (10/11) and the Felton Music Hall in Felton (10/12). From there, Niederauer and his band will head east for his previously-announced appearance at Live Oak, FL’s Suwannee Hulaween (10/25), followed by shows at XL Live in Harrisburg, PA (11/2); Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY (11/13); The Middle East in Cambridge, MA (11/22); and wrapping with a show at the Atlanta Pop anniversary event in Atlanta, GA (12/6).“Taz” kept a busy performance scheduled throughout the summer with appearances at a mix of notable festivals including Summer Camp Music Festival, Mountain Jam, Great South Bay Music Festival, The Peach Music Festival, and Roots Rock Revival to name a few. He and his band also made their way out west for their first headlining show in Colorado with a debut at Denver’s Bluebird Theater back on August 11th.Scroll down for the full listing of Niederauer’s upcoming fall tour. Tickets for select shows on are now on sale here.
Austrian bike specialists showed a few pretty eye catching new 700c disc-brake bikes at Eurobike, marking their 50th anniversary. The standout was probably their cross bike mainly because of its blaze orange matte paint job. All of the new bikes in their road disc series were developed together for this year and share a bunch of tech features and nice detailing. Follow past the break for a breakdown of the details and a look at the whole series… The all-new €2900 Revelator Sky is a disc-brake version of their popular road race bike, but with more laid back geometry better suited as an endurance or gran fondo road bikeThe €3700 Ultegra Di2 version of the Revelator Sky has a much more stealthy build. The series uses a semi-sloping top tube design with an internal expander wedge seatpost clamp to leave a lot of 27.2 post hanging out to add a little ride comfort. Long for road, short for cross stays mean plenty of tire clearance and hit the bottom bracket junction in a wide, flat profile for drivetrain stiffness and all day comfort. All cable routing is internal, and for cross this might be a bit of an issue as is makes for a small mud shelf right where the internally routed front derailleur wire comes out, but at least KTM has though to include a rummer grommet. All bikes feature PressfitBBs and really have some great paint jobs , with amazing detailing. Each of the road disc series incorporates a tapered 1.25-1.125″ front-end and thru-axles front and rear using the 100/15 and 142/12 that thankfully are solidifying as industry standards. The thru-axles make for very lightweight and strong carbon dropouts with continuous fibers looped from seatstay to chainstay. They also pair well with the Shimano Flat Mount disc tabs on both the new frames and forks. For now that means the bikes get adapters, but its a sign of lower-profile disc calipers to come.Check our coverage of their mountain bikes here.KTM-bikes.at The standout €3000 carbon framed KTM Canic CXC cyclocross bike comes spec’d with a hydraulic Ultegra kit. An aluminum version with the same frame features is also available with 105 for €1500.
When new wheels were spotted under triathlete Andreas Raelert at Ironman Austria, the lack of hiding them suggested an imminent release. Well, here they are, along with a whole lot more. Not only have the 55mm EC90 Aero wheels been completely redesigned, the road line up gets a boost with new hubs, tubeless compatibility, wide rims, and more freehub selections!Ratchet past the break for more details… While most of the new developments are wrapped up in the all new EC90 Aero 55, other wheels in the line up benefit from the technology trickling down. Called the Single Wheelset Arsenal, the new Aero 55 seems to have all the bases covered – they’re light, aero, clincher, tubular, and tubeless, and have much improved hubs.A big part of the new design is the Fantom rim – a much wider rim that improved drastically over the previous shape which is now found on all EC90 wheels. Now 21mm wide, and 19mm internally, the rim is 6mm wider than the previous EC90 Aero 56, while 1mm shallower.At least according to Easton’s data, the Fantom is radically better than the 2012 Ec90 Aero, while also appearing to be quite a bit better at yaw angles of 12.5 degrees than the competitors. Due to the blunt nose of the Fantom rim, it is also more stable in cross winds – something that becomes more important the more aero you go. The result is a more rideable, aerodynamic wheel for all conditions.In addition to tubular rims, the Aero 55 will be offered in a tubeless clincher version as well. Using Easton’s Eyelet Nipple system, the nipples thread into the eyelets allowing for a sealed rim bed, therefore tubeless. Certified for Road Tubeless even without sealant, the Aero 55 is one of the first carbon tubeless road wheels on the market.Along with the rim, big changes have been made to the hubs as well with the introduction of the all new Echo system. While the performance of the previous R4 system wasn’t exactly stellar, the Echo looks to address all of the previous issues with an intriguing design and a host of improvements. The biggest of which would be the positioning of the bearings which resulted in an all new freehub design.On the R4 hubs, the load bearings were located in the center of the hub far from the dropout which created a lot of leverage on them which is bad for bearing life. The Echo system places the load bearings as far apart as possible which should drastically improve bearing life. This design required a new freehub though, so Easton rethought the design and the pawls now reside in the hub body instead of the freehub body. Taking things a step further, the two center bearings are now angular contact bearings as well, further increasing durability. All of the new road wheels are compatible with Campy, Shimano, and Sram 9/10/11.Part of the cassette body redesign resulted in the engagement increasing from 12 to 7° for improved efficiency especially out of corners. Since the straight pull spoke flanges are separated from the bearing bores, bearing performance can be kept consistent regardless of spoke tension. The hubs also include an improved QR skewer with an internal cam mechanism. If you haven’t caught on, the focus for the new wheels across the line is durability, decreased maintenance, and improved power transfer.EC90 Aero 55 wheels will be available this fall for $2,400 for the 1330g tubular set and $2,800 for the 1580g tubeless clincher.As mentioned, Echo and Tubeless Road technology also makes their way into the aluminum wheel line like the new EA90 SLX. At 1400g, the tubeless road wheelset looks good with a 22mm external width and 17.5mm internal. Built with the same Echo hubset as the Aero 55s (also found on all other EA90 and EC90 wheels), the EA90 SLX feature 16/20 ft/rr spoking with double butted straight pull spokes. EA90 SLX wheels will retail for $1200.Currently Echo hubsets and tubeless rims can be found on the EC90 Aero 55 clincher and tubular, and EA90 SLX and SL wheelsets, with another tubeless option in the EA90 XD cross wheelset. Wider rims are found across the board, all the way down to the new 22mm wide EA70 and EA70 SL wheels. For more information check out Easton Cycling.
Vermont Business Magazine The drawbridge in North Hero is set to be demolished beginning this week. Testing in July by the Agency of Transportation yielded positive results for some lead as well as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which delayed the demolition process.Meanwhile, the temporary bridge on Route 2 is open to two lanes of traffic. Expect intermittent stops and releases of traffic by flaggers to allow for construction vehicles to enter the work zone. The contractor is working 7AM to 6PM, Monday through Thursday, and 7AM to 1PM on Friday.The temporary bridge has a speed limit of 25mph. There are tight curves approaching the temporary bridge, and trucks are advised to reduce speed to 15mph. Bicycles should use caution while crossing the bridge. The work zone speed limit is enforced, and individuals have been ticketed for excessive speeding. Obeying the speed limit is extremely important for everyone’s safety.NOTICE TO MARINERS: The temporary drawbridge is opening on the top of the hour between 8 AM and 8 PM, 7 days per week, until October 15, 2019. An update for this boating season includes a reduction in channel width to 40 feet at the drawbridge location.The existing bridge is left in the open position. Mariners can request drawbridge openings by the bridge tender on Channel 13 or at 802-372-4360. The bridge will not open unless a request is made.Smaller vessels are reminded to be aware of the Coast Guard Safety Zone. It is important not to linger within this zone for your own safety. CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES: Onsite subsurface investigations to classify and profile the soil is complete. The contractor plans to resume demolition activities the week of October 7th. Night work is planned for October 10th.Source: VTrans 10.4.2019
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont)Opening statement on the nomination of Justice Amy Coney BarrettTo Be Associate Justice Of The United States Supreme CourtOctober 12, 2020I have served in the Senate for 46 years, a span that includes 20 Supreme Court nominations and 16 confirmation hearings. None – not one – looked anything like this one.We are less than two weeks removed from Justice Ginsburg being laid to rest. It is true that it is the responsibility of this Committee to consider her replacement on the Supreme Court. But this is not how we should do it. We should not have had a nomination ceremony before Justice Ginsburg was even buried, while the nation was mourning her passing. We should not be holding a hearing just 16 days later, when this Committee has afforded itself three times as long to vet other modern nominees to our nation’s highest court. We should not be holding a hearing three weeks from a presidential election, when millions of Americans have already voted. Not when doing so requires that literally half of the Senate go back on their word, contradicting every argument they made four years ago about the American people needing a voice during election year vacancies. We should not be holding this hearing when it is plainly unsafe to do so. I’d like to place into the record a letter from Senators Booker, Harris and myself to the Chairman, asking that these hearings not proceed without proper testing measures in place. Two members of this Committee are just now emerging from quarantine after testing positive for COVID. Other members have declined to get tested at all. And yet the Chairman has refused to implement a daily testing regime to keep members, staff, and Judge Barrett and her family safe. By ignoring our request to implement daily testing, this Committee is displaying the same disregard for taking basic steps to mitigate the spread of this virus as President Trump. The Senate should also not be holding this hearing while doing nothing to pass a desperately-needed COVID relief bill.Every senator on this Committee knows in her or his heart that this is wrong. More than 214,000 Americans have died due to COVID. Millions more are hurting. The virus is spiking again across the country. Yet President Trump and Senate Republicans feel no urgency to meet the needs of American families in the face of this crisis. This is despite the fact that claims for unemployment benefits have remained above 800,000 every week, since mid-March. This is despite the fact that lines at food banks are at historic levels. Schools are struggling to safely educate our children both in the classroom and remotely. Parents are struggling to find safe and affordable child care. And families are struggling to pay rent at a time when eviction moratoriums have expired. It has now been five months since the House passed the HEROES Act. As a result of Republicans’ stonewalling, Americans now face yet another month without any relief. Instead of working to assist struggling Americans, Senate Republicans are consumed only with this mad rush to fill a Supreme Court vacancy on the eve of a presidential election.And why? The answer, I fear, is painfully clear. With this vacancy, President Trump and Senate Republicans see the potential to wildly swing the balance of the Court and transform our independent courts into a far-right arm of the Republican Party. The potential to accomplish through the courts what they have failed to accomplish in the halls of Congress. At the top of their hit list is the Affordable Care Act. It is no secret, and it is no coincidence, that Republicans are rushing to confirm Judge Barrett before the Supreme Court considers the latest Republican-led lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act on November 10. The President has promised that any judge he nominates will overturn the Affordable Care Act. For her part, Judge Barrett’s writings have made it unequivocally clear that she believes the law is unconstitutional.Overturning the Affordable Care Act has been perhaps the single most important policy objective of the Republican Party over the last decade. If Republicans are now successful, the results will be nothing short of catastrophic for the millions of Americans who depend on its coverage and protections.This is Mary Nadon Scott. She lives in Northfield, Vermont, just over the ridge from my home in Middlesex. In her twenties, Mary was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia, a rare neurological disease that’s a preexisting condition. While Vermont has some protections for those with pre-existing conditions, they apply only to certain insurance plans and wouldn’t protect anyone who moves out of state.Like my wife, Marcelle, Mary worked as a nurse. After her diagnosis she realized she would soon no longer be able to pursue the career she loved. So Mary asked the hospital to rotate her through different specialties so she could help more people, in as many ways as possible. That’s who Mary is. While Mary is now in a wheelchair and can no longer practice nursing, she still does everything for her two kids. I had the pleasure of calling one of her sons on his birthday last spring. Mary attends their soccer games, helps with their remote school, and even brought them to tour the Vermont State House.Mary can do this because of her medications and in-home care paid for by her insurance. But Mary is worried. Even with some state protections, Mary is worried what the Supreme Court case next month will mean for people with preexisting conditions like her. For Mary, her biggest priority is preserving the in-home support that allows her to continue living at home and taking care of her children. Mary is a fighter. But when I think of what the Affordable Care Act means to millions of Americans — and what is on the line with this nomination — I think of people like Mary. I also think of Martha Richards. Martha is another Vermonter who reached out to my office concerned about the fate of the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Martha earns just over the minimum wage in Vermont while working for the Vermont State Parks. She raised two kids on her own. Soon after enrolling in the expanded Medicaid program she began experiencing debilitating pain in her ear and behind her eye. That led to a series of expensive medical tests, including two MRIs that cost $6,000 each. She shudders at the thought of what would have happened without the Medicaid expansion. If it is discarded now — as the Republican Attorneys General have requested in their case before the Supreme Court — millions of Americans like Martha would be on their own.I do not suggest that Judge Barrett personally desires these consequences. But these are the inescapable consequences if her stated views on the law prevail on the Supreme Court. And if Republicans are successful in filling this vacancy prior to November 10, these views will almost certainly prevail.This is what is at stake here. This is what weighs heavily on me as we begin these hearings. It also weighs heavily on the minds of the Vermonters I represent. I have heard from them — both often and loudly — since Justice Ginsburg’s passing. They are scared, Judge Barrett. They are scared that your confirmation would rip from them their most basic healthcare protections. They are scared that the clock will be turned back to a time when women had no right to control their own bodies, and when it was acceptable to discriminate against women in the work place. They are scared that at a time when we are facing the perilous impacts of climate change, bedrock environmental protections will be eviscerated. They are scared that your confirmation would result in the rolling back of voting rights, workers’ rights, and the rights of the LGBTQ community to equal treatment. These are the real life implications of decisions made by the Court. And a majority of Americans, like an overwhelming majority of Vermonters, do not support taking our country in that direction.Republicans first announced their intention to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat just one hour after the announcement of her death. From that moment this process has been nothing but shameful. Worse, it will almost certainly lead to disastrous consequences for Americans.Justice Ginsburg, I am certain, would have dissented. And I will, too — on behalf of Vermonters, on behalf of the integrity of the Senate, and on behalf of the majority of Americans who oppose this process.
Finn Bullers and his wife Anne, pictured in January.KCUR on Thursday shined the spotlight on the troubling experience Prairie Village resident Finn Bullers has had trying to navigate KanCare, Kansas’s Medicaid administration program.Bullers, a former Kansas City Star reporter who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy, has received round-the-clock in-home medical assistance, helping him adhere to medication regiments, to clean and cloth himself, and to prepare food.But as part of KanCare move to examine costs, several thousand KanCare recipients have had their service levels evaluated. United Healthcare, the company that manages Buller’s Medicaid, told Bullers his attendant care services will be cut by 75 percent. The cuts are scheduled to go into effect Nov. 1.It’s a move that Bullers’ physician told KCUR she finds troubling:Dr. Laurie Fisher, Buller’s doctor for more than ten years, says she was not consulted when United reevaluated Bullers, and she disagrees with the company’s decision.“I understand that there’s concern about people misusing the health system or that certain people get more care than they probably truly need,” says Fisher. “But I really feel like Finn is a very appropriate candidate for 24-hour care and needs it to continue to be able to live.”Read KCUR’s full piece here.And see our previous coverage here and here.
Members of the KC Angels at the sportsmanship banquet. Photo provided.Angels baseball team honored for sportsmanship. The 3&2 Baseball Club of Johnson County chooses five teams each year that exhibit the type of sportsmanship that the organization tries to instill in all of their players, coaches and families. The KC Angels, coached by Prairie Village resident Paul Bertrand, was chosen from among 49 other 7th and 8th grade teams to receive this award. The team was formed four years ago with fifth graders from St Ann Catholic School. Head coach Bertrand said in his remarks, “I’m so proud of these boys for playing the game the right way; they are a joy to coach.” The team received the award at the annual sportsmanship banquet.Mission Coffee with a Cop Tuesday. The Mission Coffee with a Cop series will be held Tuesday (Sept. 27) at the Chick-fil-A at Mission Crossing. The session will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m.Merriam police say no criminal intent in suspicious activity. The Merriam Police Department Saturday evening had issued a notice that a 12-year-old girl coming out of the Walgreens on Johnson Drive had been approached by a while male, 50 to 60 years old, who had told the girl he would give her a ride home. The girl went back inside and called her mother. Police asked for help in identifying the man. Sunday afternoon police said the person of interest was identified and there was no criminal intent in the case.St. Luke’s to operate Overland Park hospital. St. Luke’s Health System has been revealed as the operator of the micro hospital planned for 75th and Marty in Overland Park. St. Luke’s did not confirm any other similar facilities it might operate. Micro hospitals also are planned in Roeland Park and Leawood. [St. Luke’s enters the micro hospital business – The Kansas City Star ]Sidie gets help from national committee. Democrat Jay Sidie has been named a candidate who will get help from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Sidie is included in the Red to Blue program which gives financial, communications and grassroots support to candidates who it believes have a chance at picking up a seat in the November election. Sidie is facing incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder.Roeland Park calls special meeting. The Roeland Park City Council will hold a special called meeting at 7 p.m. tonight to discuss a funding agreement with the Johnson County Parks and Recreation District regarding the dome and equipment at the aquatic center. The meeting was announced Friday.Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.
News and Notes Aaron Thalwitzer of Zies Widerman & Malek of Melbourne was elected as a director of the Young Lawyers Division of the Brevard County Bar Association. Alice Reiter Feld of Boca Raton discussed the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect seniors and boomers at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale. Bridget McNamee of GrayRobinson in Tampa has been named to the board of directors of Voices for Children of Tampa Bay. James M. Gonzalez of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Jacksonville has joined with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network as its Jacksonville affiliate event coordinator. Mike Colodny of Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb in Ft. Lauderdale was elected chair by the Broward Days Board of Directors. Caroline L. Gallina of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association in Doral has become vice president of Save the Strays Foundation, a nonprofit animal rescue organization in South Florida. Bonnie Sockel-Stone of Foster-Morales Sockel-Stone in Miami received the National Council of Jewish Women Greater Miami Section’s Myra Farr Volunteer Service Award. Charles M. Tatelbaum of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected as a member of the board of visitors of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Michael T. Gibson of Orlando was the keynote speaker at the “How to Dominate the Insurance Company in EMC Cases,” a free seminar open to primary care physicians, emergency medical providers, and consumers in Orlando. Rebecca G. DiStefano of Greenberg Traurig has been appointed to JDRF of Greater Palm Beach County Board of Directors. Andrew J. Power of Smith, Thompson, Shaw, Minacci & Colón in Tallahassee presented “Closing the Loan” at The Tallahassee Lenders’ Consortium Homebuyer Workshop at the Tallahassee Board of Realtors Office. Amy D. Ronner, professor at St. Thomas University School of Law, had an article, “Let’s Get the ‘Trans’ and ‘Sex’ Out of It and Free Us All,” published in The Journal of Gender, Race, & Justic e 859 (2013). Ronner also lectured on “Dostoevsky and Mental Capacity Doctrine” at the International Dostoevsky Conference in Moscow. Keith Grossman of Grossman Law & Conflict Management in Ft. Myers gave a breakfast presentation on ways to improve conflict management and negotiation skills by building your peace chest at Larson Education Center in Ft. Myers. Mariano Garcia of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley in West Palm Beach was elected vice president of the American Board of Trial Advocates — Palm Beach Chapter for 2014. Karen Walker of Holland & Knight in Tallahassee has been reappointed as a vice chair of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law, State and Local Division. Dylan Rivers of Ausley McMullen in Tallahassee was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design. Shannon Hartsfield Salimone of Holland & Knight in Tallahassee has been appointed to serve on the ABA’s Health Law Section’s Council. Cathleen Scott of Cathleen Scott & Associates in Jupiter presented at ARC Mediation’s 2013 Annual CME Seminar on “Communication Breakdown: When Mediation Fails and the Court Gets Involved, What Is Confidential and What’s Not?” James B. Davis of Gunster in Ft. Lauderdale has joined the adjunct faculty at the University of Miami School of Law and will teach an estate planning course. Keith Grossman of Grossman Law & Conflict Management in Ft. Myers, shared ways to effectively deal with difficult families as a guardian with the Professional Guardians group. John Miller of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers has been appointed to the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools Board of Directors. Martin Sitler of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Jacksonville has been selected to join the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. Robert L. Dietz of Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe in Orlando was instrumental in bringing about the drafting and adoption of a new constitution and bylaws for the Cooperative Baptist Council. Nexcy De La Rosa-Monroe of Hoffman & Hoffman has been installed as president of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers in Miami. Mary C. Evans of the Law Office of Mary C. Evans, P.A., spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Ft. Myers about what the Lee County Bar Association is and what services it offers to the community. William E. Ruffier of Dellecker Wilson King McKenna Ruffier & Sos in Orlando was honored with the National Eagle Scout Association’s “Outstanding Eagle Scout Award.” Stephen A. Liverpool of Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa was selected to participate in the 2013 Class of the Tampa Bay Public Leadership Institute. Joseph P. Chase of Gunster in West Palm Beach has been named to the 2013-14 board of directors for the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches. Linda Pisani of Riggins Pisani in Ocala has been selected as a member to the Leadership Ocala Marion (LOM) Class XXVII. Philip Diamond of Carlton Fields in Orlando served as a panelist for the American Society of Pension Professionals in Orlando. The event was titled “Fixing the Broken Retirement Plan Through the IRS Correction Program.” Mary Fabre LeVine of Blalock Walters in Bradenton has been elected president of the board of directors for the Port Manatee Propeller Club. Karen M. Gilmartin of Kelley Kronenberg in Miami has been appointed to the Florida Panthers Blueprint Advisory Board. Robert L. Kilbride of Fox, Wackeen, Dungey, Beard, Bush, Goldman, Kilbride, Waters & McCluskey in Stuart was re-appointed by the State of Florida Public Employee Relations Commission as a special magistrate. Jean A. Laws-Scott of Laws-Scott & Gillespie in Stuart was appointed to the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity of Martin County. Christina O’Brien of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers has been elected to the Family Resource Center of Southwest Florida’s Board of Directors. Kenneth A. Tinkler of Carlton Fields in Tampa received the Judy Florence Memorial Outstanding Service Award from The Florida Bar’s Environmental & Land Use Law Section. Edward H. Zebersky of Zebersky Payne in Ft. Lauderdale was a recipient of the Florida Justice Association Lawyer to Legacy EAGLE Legend Award. He also received the Wiedemann & Wysocki Award at this year’s American Association for Justice Annual Meeting. Jason F. Lamoureux of Holland & Lamoureux in Tampa was elected to a two-year term on the Florida Justice Association Board of Directors. C. Daniel Roberts of the Fourth Judicial Circuit Public Defenders Office in Jacksonville has become the investigator representative on the Florida Public Defender Association Board of Directors. Rebecca N. Shwayri of Akerman Senterfitt in Tampa was appointed co-chair of the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Central Florida KnowledgeNet. Adam Rabin of West Palm Beach was appointed to the board of directors for the Kozyak Mentoring Foundation that hosts the Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic at which minority law students are matched with lawyer and judicial mentors. Donna Longhouse of Allen Dell in Tampa served as a panelist on the ABA Trust & Estate Law Webinar, “When Does Fraudulent Transfer Law Trump Estate Planning?” Jorge Espinosa of Espinosa Trueba in Miami spoke on protecting social media users from the pitfalls of legal complications and company policies at a seminar on 21st Century Communications, hosted by the International Council of Shopping Centers. Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida received the “Jurist of the Year Award” from the Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. David W. Singer of Hollywood has been re-appointed to the Nova Southeastern University’s Ambassadors Board. Ann K. Breitinger of Blalock Walters in Bradenton presented “HIPAA Omnibus Rule Countdown: 27 Days (and ways) to Reach Compliancy” at The Breakfast Club Meeting at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center G. Philip Zies of Zies Widerman & Malek in Melbourne was elected as a director of the Brevard County Bar Association. Jennifer Slone Tobin of Shutts & Bowen in Orlando was elected chair of the Municipal Planning Board for the City of Orlando. Elizabeth Baker of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Coral Gables received the Benjamin L. Cardin Public Service Award from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Kenneth A. Knox and David A. Buchsbaum of Fisher & Phillips in Ft. Lauderdale were featured speakers at the HR Florida Conference & Expo in Orlando. Knox presented “OSHA Is Turning Up the Heat on Recordkeeping — Don’t Get Burned” and Buchsbaum spoke about “Avoiding the Violations, Penalties, and Lawsuits — Time to Hunker Down on the Wage and Hour Laws.” Eric Hostetler of Zies Widerman & Malek of Melbourne was elected as a director of the Brevard County Bar Association. October 1, 2013 News and Notes October 1, 2013 News & Notes
Slate: From invisibility to superhuman strength to telekinesis, a wave of emerging technologies promise to give people powers once reserved for comic-book characters. Which raises an important question: If humans become superhuman, will we turn out to be superheroes—or supervillains?…The findings suggest that acquiring a superpower can spark benevolent tendencies. Give someone Superman’s abilities, and she’ll start to behave a little more like Superman. Clinical psychologist Robin Rosenberg, who helped design the experiment, said its outcome supported her hypothesis that people might treat an extraordinary ability as a sort of gift that brings with it a responsibility to help others. That’s an encouraging finding, particularly in light of Lord Acton’s maxim that power corrupts. But wait—what if the researchers had given their subjects a different superpower? Rosenberg’s co-author, Stanford communications professor Jeremy Bailenson, explained that they chose the power of flight partly because it seemed like a classic “do-gooder” sort of ability. “We thought about giving them X-ray vision, but that would have been a little creepy,” he noted.Read the whole story: Slate More of our Members in the Media >