first_imgBriefs THE FLORIDA BAR CITIZENS FORUM, an advisory group to the Bar that meets three times per year, participated in a law-related education workshop presented by Justice Fred Lewis and FLREA Executive Director Annette Pitts on February 16 in Tallahassee. The Citizens Forum had advised the Bar in August to support an initiative to create awareness of the public’s lack of knowledge of the principles of democracy and to revitalize civics courses in schools. A Florida Bar poll later revealed that only 59 percent of Florida adults could correctly identify the three branches of government. President Alan Bookman is conducting editorial board visits around the state to discuss the poll and the status of civic education. The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau is also making presentations to community groups about the initiative.Bar Diversity Symposium set for April “A Progress Report on Diversity in Florida’s Legal Profession” will be the theme of The Florida Bar’s Annual Diversity Symposium at the Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando on April 28. The event will highlight actions taken by the Bar to promote diversity in the areas of education, employment, the judiciary, and in Bar leadership opportunities. Veteran civil rights attorney Fred Gray will be the keynote speaker. The symposium is open to all Bar members and a reception will precede the event April 27 at Zinfandel’s Restaurant at the Orlando Marriott Downtown beginning at 6 p.m. There is no registration fee for the symposium, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required by April 14. Online registration is available at A block of rooms has been reserved at the Orlando Marriott Downtown – (407) 843-6664 – for April 27 only. To receive the rate of $119, reservations must be made by April 14. Registrants should notify the hotel of assistive devices required for hotel accommodations. For more information contact Maria S. Johnson, member outreach coordinator, at [email protected] or (850) 561-5648. “There is no compelling reason for us to be doing this now, because this [doctrine] has only been used twice, including the current instance, in the history of our court. So what is the compelling reason for doing this now, especially when it comes so close on the heels of the Bush v. Holmes decision?. . . It’s deceitful in the fact that the average person reading this would have no clue as to the significant impact that this would have on the court system throughout the state of Florida.” – Rep. Curtis Richardson, D-Tallahassee April 1, 2006 Regular News “The added language [from the amendment to the bill approved by the committee] has made it as clear as mud to me. I don’t know how I could strictly construe anything here because I don’t know how it provides me with any guidance. I don’t have enough clarity on what those words mean. When I get into litigation with a contract, I can tell you it’s not the words that are there that are the problem. It’s the words that are left out, and I think we’ve left a lot of words out.” – Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa “This is absolutely about vouchers. It seems to me every time the Supreme Court does something the legislature doesn’t like, we decide we’re going to retaliate. This is more than retaliation; this is something that you’re going to put into the constitution to make one branch more powerful than another branch. This is a naked power grab by the legislature.” – Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach “We have a proud tradition of checks and balances.. . . This is going to be a system where we remove the checks and we simply create an imbalance and it doesn’t make sense to me why we’re doing it.. . . We’re ranting and raving about the courts overstepping their bounds and we’re doing the exact same thing from this side.” – Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach center_img “We’re just asking the people how to interpret the constitution. It’s not retaliatory or offensive to ask the people how to interpret the constitution.” – Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala “How can anyone say that the directive that the legislature create a free, uniform system of public education somehow meets the standards of limiting the legislature from coming up with new, bold, and creative ideas?. . . What we are doing is righting the ship. We are turning things back the way they should have been in the Bush v. Holmes decision.” – Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs THE FRED G. MINNIS, SR., BAR Association recently held its Third Annual Scholarship Awards banquet at Stetson University School of Law. More than 250 guests, members of the judiciary, and Bar leaders — including Florida Bar President Alan Bookman, left, — were in attendance. The guest speaker was Ft. Pierce lawyer Linnes Finney, right, president–elect of the National Bar Association, who expressed concerns over the declining numbers of black college and law school students and the need to increase the number of students applying to law school. The association’s diversity awards were presented to Pinellas Pasco Public Defender Bob Dillinger and Ruden McClosky. Scholarships were presented to Stetson students Royce Bluitt, Patice LaDell Holland, and Bridgette Sanders. Additional scholarships were given to high school students for their academic achievement and civic involvement, including Shauntiel Bennett, Sakira Hadley, and Sherman Willard Jones III. Jeannine S. Williams received the President’s Award for outstanding service to the organization. The Fred G. Minnis Bar is named for the first black lawyer to have a full-time practice in St. Petersburg. B riefs What They Said.. . “As I listen to you and read this, it appears to me your intent is not to attack the Supreme Court or undo the Bush v. Holmes case, but merely have a policy statement restoring the balance among the three branches of government.” – Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral last_img read more

1 killed as typhoon approaches Japan

first_imgMen watch the swollen Isuzu River due to heavy rains in Ise, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo on Oct. 12. A man in hisforties was killed in an overturned car early on Saturday in Chiba while fourpeople were injured, according to public broadcaster NHK. A number of municipalgovernments issued evacuation advisories to areas particularly at risk offloods and landslides.    TOKYO – One mandied and over a million in Japan were advised to evacuate as powerful typhoonwas set to make landfall, bringing with it the heaviest rain and winds in 60years. TyphoonHagibis, which means “speed,” is due to make landfall on Japan’s main island ofHonshu late on Saturday, a month after one of the strongest typhoons to hit thecountry in recent years destroyed or damaged 30,000 houses and caused extensivepower outages.(Reuters)last_img read more

Sports today: Buhler wins Wellington tennis quad; WHS volleyball splits in Winfield; sports schedules…

first_imgFootball Friday! All games 7 p.m.Wellington at Goddard.Udall at A&A at Argonia.Belle Plaine at Cheney.Central/Burden at Caldwell.Conway Springs Bluestem.Sunrise Academy at Oxford.South Haven at Norwich. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – The Wellington varsity tennis team placed third in the varsity quadrangular tournament held at Sellers Park, Tuesday. Conway Springs placed second. Also, the Wellington High School volleyball team split in Winfield Tuesday. Plus sports schedules….Buhler won the Wellington tennis quad with 25 points. Conway Springs had 18, Wellington 13 and Goddard Eisenhower 4.Both Wellington doubles teams went 2-1 and finished second losing in tiebreakers against the first place teams.In No. 1 singles, Dietra Sober placed third going 1-2 for the day. Noelle Wright, at No. 2 singles, got sick and had to injury default one of her matches.There was no stopping Conway Spring’s Heather Koester, who finished first going 3-0 for the day in No. 1 singles. She never lost a set, sweeping all three of her opponents 8-0. Kalie Jones placed second in No. 2 singles, winning two of three.The individual scores for Wellington and Conway Springs are as follows: No. 1 singles: Wellington – Dietra Sober lost to Koester, CS, 8-0; defeated Williams, Goddard Ike 8-4; lost to Badgett, Buhler 8-4.C. Springs – Koester defeated Sober 8-0, defeated Badgett 8-0, defeated Williams 8-4. No. 2 singles: Wellington – Noelle Wright lost to Kalie Jones, CS, 8-5; lost to Terry, GI, 8-4; lost to Nini Nguyen, Buhler by injury default.C. Springs – Jones defeated Wright 8-5; lost to Nguyen 8-6; defeated Terry 8-6.No. 1 doubles: Wellington – Kelsey Whaley-Peyton Adams defeated Pauly-Finstad, CS 8-5; defeated Dohmeier-Watson, GI 8-0; lost to Nachtiger-Steffen, Buhler 8-7 (7-3).C. Springs – Brittany Pauly – Kiana Finstad lost to Whaley-Adams 8-5, lost to Nachtiger-Steffan 8-3, defeated Dohmeier-Watson, GI 8-3.No. 2 doubles: Wellington – Maggie Fink – Madi Adams defeated Tiffany Wilson – Ashley O’Neal, CS 8-2; lost to Kendrick-Wiehl, Buhler 8-7(7-4); and defeated Stutzman-Daugherty, GI 8-3.C. Springs – Tiffany Wilson – Ashley O’Neal lost to Fink-Adams 8-2, lost to Kendrick-Wiehl, Buhler 8-0; and defeated Stutzman-Daugherty, GI 8-3.•••••WHS volleyball team split…The Wellington volleyball girls split at Winfield in a triangular on Tuesday.They started out with Rosé Hill.  After a slow start the girls got it together and played a much better match the second game.  They were defeated by the Rockets 25-10, 25-15.The Crusaders bounced back with fire and fight against Winfield.  The Crusaders defeated Winfield 25-15 and 25-8.“They played very scrappy and picked up a lot of balls,” said Cherity Elder, Wellington head girls volleyball coach. “ Abby Goodrum got to some volleyballs that seemed nearly impossible to get to.  They continue with their .500 record and are now 4-4 on the season!”•••••Area sports schedule…center_img Thursday, Sept. 5Wellington Middle SchoolFootball – Mulvane, home: 7th – 5 p.m., 8th – 6:30 p.m.Volleyball – Mulvane, home: 7th – 5 p.m., 8th – 6 p.m.Girls tennis – Goddard Eisenhower, home, 3 p.m.last_img read more