Pennsylvania EMT Killed in Crash

first_imgMCCALMONT TOWNSHIP, PA (WeAreCentralPA.com) — A 37-year-old man who formerly worked for the DuBois Ambulance Service was killed Monday morning when his SUV left the road. William Duffield of Ridgway died when his SUV crashed near Wayne Storage around 7:45 a.m. Monday morning. Police say he lost control when trying to make a left turn. He hit an embankment and his SUV rolled multiple times.last_img

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Neighbors say they heard as many as 30 shots fired during domestic disturbance near 95th and Nall

first_imgResidents of the neighborhood surrounding the Nall Hills Shopping Center at 95th Street and Nall Avenue awoke to the sound of gunfire early Sunday as a man involved in an argument with his girlfriend discharged a gun.KSHB reports that the gun used in the incident was a semi-automatic rifle and that neighbors heard as many as 30 rounds fired..Overland Park police say they responded to the call in the 9600 block of Outlook Drive around 2 a.m. Sunday.“Upon officer’s arrival, it was discovered a male was discharging a firearm,” reads the department’s media release on the incident.Police found bullet holes “in and around the residence.” The alleged shooter exited the apartment and surrendered to police and was taken into custody. The apartment complex where the shooting took place is three blocks west of Trailwood Elementary School and a short distance to the northeast from Indian Woods Middle School.last_img read more

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Panel offers guidance to bring lawyers’ Web sites into compliance

first_img Panel offers guidance to bring lawyers’ Web sites into compliance Mark D. Killian Managing EditorThe Bar’s Standing Committee on Advertising on December 29 approved guidelines to help lawyers meet the Supreme Court’s new rules regulating the content of lawyers’ Web sites.Chair Adam Schwartz said the guidelines allow lawyers to use disclaimers to designate parts of their Web sites as “information upon request” zones, which would mean that those sections would not be subject to the lawyer advertising rules.Schwartz said the guidelines were carefully drafted to balance lawyers’ First Amendment rights to advertise their services with the committee’s duty to protect the public.The activity follows a ruling by the Supreme Court in November that all Bar advertising rules, except the requirement they be submitted to the Bar for review, apply to lawyer Web sites.The court’s ruling means several common attributes of attorney Web sites — including testimonials, statements that characterize the quality of work, or information about past results — are not allowed under the revised Web site rule.In December, the Board of Governors voted for a six-month enforcement moratorium on new advertising regulations affecting lawyer Web sites, since the timing of the ruling makes it extremely difficult for lawyers to get their Web sites in compliance by the January 1 implementation date.In reaction to the court’s ruling, the board decided that the Bar will not review attorney Web sites, even if they are voluntarily submitted by lawyers seeking to comply with the rules, since the Web sites can run to hundreds of pages if printed out and can be changed several times a day. The Bar’s ethics and advertising staff will, however, provide guidance to lawyers asking specific compliance questions.Schwartz said the guidelines allow lawyers to use disclaimers to designate parts of their Web site as “information upon request” zones, which would mean that those sections would not be subject to the lawyer advertising rules. But first, the Web site visitor would have to view a disclaimer page that clearly indicates what information will be viewed. That page could include whether all results or client testimonials are provided; that the results or testimonials are not necessarily representative of results obtained by the lawyer or all clients’ experience with the lawyer; and that a prospective client’s individual facts and circumstances may differ from the matter(s) in which the results or testimonial are provided.The page would also state that the information behind the disclaimer is not regulated by Bar advertising rules, although it would be covered by other rules that prohibit the information from being false or misleading.The information would be considered “upon request” only if the lawyer sets up the Web site to block the area containing past results and testimonials from viewers who have not submitted acknowledgement of viewing the disclaimer page, and the testimonials and/or past results would only be shown upon submission of the agreement after viewing the disclaimer page.The guidelines read:“Lawyer and law firm websites must comply with the general lawyer advertising requirements set forth in Rule 4-7.2, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. Although websites must comply with these requirements, they are not required to be filed with The Florida Bar for review. Rule 4-7.8(f), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. The Florida Bar Board of Governors has adopted a policy that The Florida Bar will not accept voluntary filings of the entire contents of a lawyer or law firm website, although staff of the Ethics and Advertising Department will respond to specific questions involving a specific phrase or image to be included on a website. To make such an inquiry, please call the Ethics and Advertising Department at (800) 235-8619.“Many law firm websites may contain information that is prohibited by the lawyer advertising rules, such as testimonials or endorsements from clients and others, past results of the law firm, and statements characterizing the quality of legal services (for example, the firm offers high quality legal services, or excellent legal services).“The Standing Committee on Advertising has determined that a lawyer or law firm can create a portion of the website which contains information that can be provided only at the request of a prospective client, and is, therefore, not subject to the lawyer advertising rules under Rule 4-7.1(f). Testimonials and endorsements, past results, and statements characterizing the quality of legal services may be included in such a section if the information provided is truthful and not misleading, either by itself or in the context in which it is given. If testimonials or past results are provided, sufficient information about the matter also must be provided to allow the consumer to evaluate the testimonials or results. Testimonials and past results may be included only with the informed consent of the client to which the matter relates (see Rule 4-1.6(a), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar). In order to be considered information that is given at the request of a prospective client, the information must be accessible only after viewing a disclaimer page and making an affirmative acceptance that the viewer has received the disclaimers provided below.“The disclaimer page must clearly and prominently indicate the following:• the type of information that will be viewed;• that the information is not reviewed or approved by The Florida Bar.“If past results are provided, the disclaimer page must indicate:• that a prospective client’s facts and circumstances may differ from the matter in which results have been given;• whether all results are provided;• that the results are not necessarily representative of results obtained by the lawyer; and• that every case is different, and each client’s case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits.“If testimonials are provided, the discliamer page must indicate:• that a prospective client’s individual facts and circumstances may differ from the matter(s) in which the testimonials are provided;• whether testimonials of all clients are provided; and• that the testimonials are not necessarily representative of all clients’ experience with the lawyer.“On the disclaimer page, the viewer must acknowledge receipt of the information before being given access to pages with information including past results, testimonials, or statements characterizing the quality of legal services. The lawyer should not require that viewers provide information about themselves in order to access the information.“Lawyers may use a disclaimer page, a pop-up, or any other technological mechanism as long as the above guidelines are followed, and the above information cannot be accessed without viewing the disclaimer page and making an affirmative acknowledgement of receipt of the disclaimer. For example, the website must be set up in such a way that the above information cannot be viewed as a result of a general search engine or site search without displaying the disclaimer page each time.“Alternatively, lawyers may provide a section of the website in which a viewer, at the viewer’s option, may provide contact information and make a specific acknowledgement that the viewer would like to receive specific information about the lawyer or law firm. After receipt of the contact information and acknowledgment, the lawyer or law firm may send the viewer information by either e-mail or regular U.S. Mail, as long as the information is truthful and not misleading, either by itself or in the context in which it is given. The lawyer or law firm must provide the same disclaimers to the recipient and follow the same guidelines noted above.” Sample Disclaimer PageIf you are interested in viewing information about the lawyer/firm’s past results and testimonials about the lawyer/firm, please read and acknowledge the information below. The information in this section contains information about the lawyer/firm’s past results, testimonials about the lawyer/firm, and statements regarding the lawyer/firm’s quality [ Note to Lawyers: you must also list the category of any other information provided that is not otherwise in compliance with Rule 4-7.2 here]. The information has not been reviewed or approved by The Florida Bar. You should know that:The facts and circumstances of your case may differ from the matters in which results and testimonials have been provided. All results of cases handled by the lawyer/firm are not provided and not all clients have given testimonials. The results and testimonials provided are not necessarily representative of results obtained by the lawyer/firm or of the experience of all clients or others with the lawyer/firm. Every case is different, and each client’s case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits. I acknowledge that I have read and understand the above information and would like to view the information. [Hypertext link to the additional information.]I do not want to view the information. [Hypertext link to home page of website.] [Note to Lawyers: the viewer must check each box in order to reach the additional information on the website.] January 15, 2010 Managing Editor Regular Newscenter_img Panel offers guidance to bring lawyers’ Web sites into compliancelast_img read more

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Witnesses confuse innocent and guilty suspects with ‘unfair’ lineups, psychology research shows

first_imgPinterest Share LinkedIn Share on Facebook Emailcenter_img Police lineups in which distinctive individual marks or features are not altered can impair witnesses’ ability to distinguish between innocent and guilty suspects, according to new research in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.The research, conducted by a team of psychology researchers from the University of Warwick in the UK, builds on existing eyewitness identification studies suggesting that so-called “unfair lineups,” in which the police suspect stands out, make witnesses more willing to identify that suspect.“Worse still, it could impair their ability to distinguish between guilty and innocent suspects and distort their ability to judge the trustworthiness of their identification decision,” says Melissa Colloff, lead author on the study. Share on Twitter In contrast to film and TV depictions in which a witness views a police lineup via a one-way mirror, lineups today typically involve the witness looking at and evaluating digital photos. Using digital images gives the police the ability to disguise distinguishing features.Colloff and colleagues examined the three methods currently used by English police forces to manipulate digital images in order to counteract the effect of any distinguishing marks such as black eyes, eyeglasses, and beards. In an online experiment with almost 9,000 participants, the researchers compared the three techniques – pixelating part of the face, hiding part of the face, or manipulating the photos so they contain the same feature (e.g., adding a beard) – with digital lineups that were not manipulated.Participants watched a brief video of a crime and were told to pay attention as they would be asked questions about it later. Afterward, they completed several distractor tasks that were unrelated to the study. They were then presented with a lineup composed of two rows of three photos and were told that the culprit may or may not be present in the lineup.The participants were asked to select one of the photos in the lineup as the culprit or choose the option labelled “not present.” Finally, they rated how confident they were in making their identification (1 = completely uncertain, 100 = completely certain).The results showed that participants were more willing to identify the suspect when they viewed a lineup in which the suspect alone had a distinguishing feature compared with the altered lineups.More importantly, they were less able to distinguish between actual guilty suspects and innocent suspects (i.e., those who shared the culprit’s distinctive feature) when they viewed lineups that had not been altered compared with altered lineups.“When the suspect was the only person with the distinctive feature, this actually made people more likely to confuse who was guilty and who was innocent,” Colloff explains. “That’s because they weren’t really using their memory of the culprit’s face, they were just picking the only plausible option – the only one with the scar that they remembered from the crime video – and this made it difficult for people to tell the difference between the real culprit and an innocent suspect who had a similar feature.”The results indicated that the three fair lineup techniques currently used by police were equally effective.“This research has crucial implications for the police–it suggests there are multiple ways in which police officers can fairly accommodate distinctive suspects in lineups,” concludes study co-author Kimberley Wade.last_img read more

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NAS report urges school districts to prioritize reopening

first_imgWeighing the public health risks posed by the coronavirus against the educational risks of not having in-person instruction, and the impact that closed schools could have on existing racial and social inequities, a new report from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) is urging school districts to prioritize reopening, with an emphasis on providing full-time, in-person instruction of children in grades K-5 and special needs students.But the report, published yesterday, acknowledges that reopening schools in the midst of COVID-19 will be a difficult task requiring resources and input from a variety of stakeholders. Schools will have to implement costly mitigation strategies to limit transmission of the virus, staffing will be a challenge, closures could occur based on the progress of the pandemic, and federal and state governments will need to provide significant financial help to districts and schools to enable them to reopen.The report also notes that reopening schools cannot be 100% safe as long as the pandemic persists.”Whether to reopen school buildings for the 2020–2021 school year is one of the most consequential and complex decisions many education leaders will ever have to make,” the report said. “While the benefits of reopening for students, families, and communities are clear, leaders must also take into account the health risks to school personnel and students’ families, as well as the practicality and cost of the mitigation strategies that will be needed to operate safely.”Districts face difficult decisionsThe report comes as the school year approaches and school districts around the nation grapple with the decision on whether to fully reopen, return to the distance-learning mode that they adopted in the spring, or create a hybrid model.Some school districts in states where the pandemic is raging, including the Los Angeles Unified school district, have already announced that they will not reopen and will continue with online learning. Schools in New York City, which has seen a significant reduction in coronavirus cases since peaking in April, will partially reopen, with children receiving in-person instruction from 1 to 3 days a week.”We all know the best place for students to learn is in a school setting,” LA Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner told the Los Angeles Times. “And as much as we want to be back at schools and have students back at schools—we can’t do it until it’s safe and appropriate.”Michael Osterholm, PhD, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (publisher of CIDRAP News), said in today’s episode of the Osterholm Update podcast that the question of reopening schools is one of the most difficult he’s dealt with during the pandemic.”How we deal with the school issue is probably going to be one of the defining moments of how we learn to live with COVID-19,” Osterholm said. “I don’t think there is a single answer; I think there are going to be multiple answers to this, and it’s going to be up to our creativity to deal with this.”The NAS report acknowledges that, given the current state of the pandemic, many districts are likely to use a blend of in-person and distance learning. And while the evidence to date suggests that children and youth are at low risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19, many significant safety issues will make reopening school buildings a challenge.For one, there is insufficient evidence to determine how contagious children are, or how likely they are to contract the virus. In addition, black, LatinX, and indigenous children, along with low-income children and those with underlying conditions, have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. And many teachers and staff members are at greater risk of serious consequences from infection.But the authors of the report—a committee made up of experts in education, medicine, and epidemiology—concluded that because of the potential risks for students of keeping schools closed, districts should prioritize reopening with an emphasis on in-person learning. Distance learning cannot take the place of in-person interaction, they said, especially for younger children and special needs students who would be best served by in-person instruction, and disparities in access to reliable internet and electronic devices could compound already existing inequities.”The risks of not having face-to-face learning are especially high for young children, who may suffer long-term consequences academically if they fall behind in the early grades,” the committee wrote.In addition, they cited the benefits that schools provide for families beyond education, including reliable childcare, meals, and mental health services.”Reopening school buildings will allow schools to provide these supports and services more easily and in a more complete way,” they wrote.Mitigation strategiesThe report provides several mitigation strategies to help school districts reopen schools and protect students and teachers, many of which are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It calls for school districts to provide surgical masks to all teachers and staff and hand sanitizer for everyone who enters a school building, encourage mask wearing and hand hygiene among students and staff, reorganize classrooms to promote physical distancing, limit large gatherings, prioritize cleaning, ventilation, and air filtration, and create a culture of health and safety.Implementing all these measures will not come cheap. Using a recent estimate reported by EdWeek, the committee suggests that a school district with 3,269 students, 8 buildings, and 329 staff members could spend as much as $1,780,000 for the 2020-21 school year. That’s why the committee urges state and federal governments to provide school districts with significant resources.”Many districts will be unable to afford implementing the entire suite of mitigation measures, potentially leaving students and staff in those districts at greater risk of infection,” the committee wrote. “In the absence of substantial financial support from the federal government and state governments, it is likely that the communities most impacted by COVID-19 will see even worse health outcomes in the wake of reopening schools.”The report also calls for state public health departments to assess school facilities to ensure they meet minimum health and safety standards and consult with schools on their mitigation plans, and for states to provide schools with access to public health expertise if they are in areas where public health departments are short-staffed. State, local, and education leaders are encouraged to create decision-making task forces that can gather input from various stakeholders. And school districts should take into account existing disparities within and across schools.”There are no easy answers, no quick and affordable policy decisions that will enable children to reenter schools safely while simultaneously addressing the profound systemic inequities this moment in time has laid bare,” the committee wrote. “Addressing these challenges will require the coordinated and concerted efforts of all sectors in the United States. It will require commitments to equitable school financing, to engaging communities in the complicated and emotional decision-making related to reopening schools, and to centering equity in the discussions that surround those decisions.”In its final recommendation, the committee called for more research into children and transmission of COVID-19, the role of airborne transmission, how schools could contribute to community spread, and the effectiveness of mitigation strategies.last_img read more

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County Sells 1010 Central To LAPS Credit Union

first_imgThe Los Alamos Public Schools Credit Union is getting a new home – right next to the Los Alamos County Municipal Building.Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved the sale of 1010 Central Ave., a stretch of green space that runs along the parking lot in front of the Municipal Building, during its regular Tuesday night meeting.The sale price, according to agenda documents, is $360,950. The May 2019 appraisal estimated the market value was $390,000 but this was made before a lot line adjustment, which reduced the square footage and, therefore, the purchase price of the property was at the same value/square foot as appraisedThe building that will be constructed at this location will not only house the LAPS Credit Union but also the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. The hope is to have the construction completed by the first or second quarter of next year, LAPS Credit Union CEO Matt Schmidt said.The new location will be a welcome change for the credit union, he said. Its current location inside the Pueblo Complex on Diamond Drive was never really intended for a financial institution.  “This does check a lot of boxes for us, for our members and for the community as well,” Schmidt said.The building will be 3,800 square feet. Schmidt said the credit union is working with a design/build firm, which specializes in banks and credit unions.Councilor Pete Sheehey asked what the plans were for the trees planted in this space. He wondered if the credit union would be amendable to salvaging as many as possible and if it couldn’t keep some trees, if the County could relocate them elsewhere.Schmidt said he has met with Los Alamos Landscaping and More Owner Craig Wehner and said if any of the trees can’t be salvage then an equal amount will be planted in school district sites.“We will be making as many concessions as we can to keep as many existing trees as possible,” he said.Several people spoke in support of the sale.LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said he feels the sale will be good for the credit union and the LAPS Foundation.“I stand … in full support of this decision,” Steinhaus said. “I think it’s good for the credit union as well as the foundation. Both organizations provide a tremendous service to the schools. If you approve this, it would be a good decision for the schools as well as the community of Los Alamos.” Not everyone thought so.Los Alamos resident Greg White advocated against the sale, saying the credit union should pursue one of the vacant commercial buildings rather than paving over one of the few green spaces in Los Alamos.Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director Patrick Sullivan disagreed. He pointed out that the park was never the intended use for this land. The credit union, on the other hand, is the perfect fit, he said.“They can fit on the property; they are a long-vested business in the community … I encourage you to vote for this,” Sullivan said.County Manager Harry Burgess reported that when the land was purchased for the Municipal Building, it was more than what was needed for the County building and therefore the then-seated Council directed him to explore options for transferring the remaining parcel to commercial use.  The County, he said, went through several solicitations but a sale was never achieved due to the challenges of adequate parking and delivery access associated with the site. The credit union, Burgess said, can operate within the existing parking.Schmidt commented that the credit union has a long history in Los Alamos. It opened in 1955 with just a dozen teachers. In fact, the credit union’s first location was in a school employee’s home. Today the credit union has 1,800 members and close to $20 million in assets, he said. The credit union supports LAPS athletics, music and academic endeavors such as the science fair. It also teaches a finance class and makes weekly visits to the schools. Furthermore, Schmidt said the credit union supports local organizations including the YMCA, Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. By KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily [email protected] The future site of Los Alamos Public  Schools Credit Union at 1010 Central Ave. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

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Browns sign four exclusive rights free agents

first_imgCLEVELAND — On the first day of their offseason program, the Cleveland Browns announced that they had signed four exclusive rights free agents, including embattled wideout Josh Gordon. The other three signees are wide receiver Matt Hazel, offensive lineman Austin Reiter and fullback Danny Vitale.To be an exclusive rights free agent, a player must have less than three accrued seasons (six games or more games on an NFL roster) in the NFL. Like restricted free agents, teams can offer a set tender amount to their ERFAs, however once tendered that player can only negotiate with the team controlling their rights or risk sitting out the season.For obvious reasons, Gordon is the most noteworthy of the four signings. A 2012 supplemental draft pick by the Browns, Gordon’s two accrued seasons came in 2012 and 2013 where he played in a combined 30 games. Gordon served multiple suspensions over the last three seasons for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and recently got out of rehab for substance abuse before making his return to the NFL this past season. He had played in just five games since leading the league in receiving yards in 2013.If he’s able to stay out of trouble this year and earns another accrued season, Cleveland will have an opportunity to re-sign him as a restricted free agent next offseason. The tender amount Gordon will earn in 2018 is worth $790,000.Meanwhile, fellow wideout, Hazel, was a practice squad signee back in December. Hazel appeared in nine games during his three-year career, but none for the Browns to this point.Reiter came to Cleveland after being signed off the Redskins’ practice squad in 2016. The 2016 seventh-round draft pick played in every game for the Browns last season.Vitale played in 15 games for the Browns last season, starting six. The 23-year-old was also signed off a practice squad in 2016, coming over from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that fall. Spencer German Related TopicsCleveland BrownsJosh Gordonlast_img read more

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Budget and Alaska Workforce Top Priorities for District 29 House Candidates

first_imgIncumbent House Speaker Chenault lumped his top priority into the topic of the state budget. His competition Knudsen… Knudsen: “My biggest issue is Alaska hire, I think we have too high of a percentage of non-resident workers in some of industries, oil and gas for one, fish processing is another big one, tourism is another big one, so I’d like to see more Alaskans working.“ FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The general election is one week away and District 29 candidates Mike Chenault (R) and Rocky Knudsen (D) spoke with us about their top priorities if elected.center_img Speaker Chenault(R – Nikiski): “Trying to look at what $80 a barrel oil does for the budget and what it would do to the reserves that we have in place now. And also education is still an important issue out there and trying to come up with a formula that funds education in a way that helps our kids and moves Alaska’s education of the kids forward.” District 29 represents North Kenai and voters will determine their representative on Tuesday, November 4.last_img read more

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Tipp footballers focused on maintaining fitness

first_img“They’re doing four or five sessions a week.”“They do their Zoom session every Tuesday night which they love.”“So they are keeping fit and I suppose from a football point of view we can’t really do much but from a strength & conditioning point of view we definitely can.”“But look the lads are staying very very positive and its good for their mental health that they have a programme every week of four or five things to do.” David Power. Photo © Enda O’Sullivan, Sportsfocus Tipperary senior football manager David Power says his squad are continuing to train 4 to 5 times a week.The former All-Ireland minor winning manager told Tipp FM that the players were in good spirits and enjoying the different training schedule set out by management.He said the squad are in a positive mindset despite having to train individually.last_img read more

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Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale all fit for Real Madrid

first_img12/05/2015 They trail 2-1 from the first leg in Turin, after a difficult game against the Serie A winners. Upd. at 13:47 Coach Carlo Ancelotti later said that the striker was fine to play, after being left out against Valencia at the weekend.  Gareth Bale also seemed to be in good shape after spending Monday training inside, as Los Blancos prepared to take on Juventus on Wednesday night in the Champions League. Ancelotti also invited Martin Odegaard, Llorente, Castilla and Daivd Oliveros to take part in the session, of which the first 15 minutes were open to the media. Real Madrid were handed a welcome boost when Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema trained as normal in Tuesday morning’s session. CEST Sport ENlast_img

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