Monday, August 10, 2009

Texas grad suing college because she can't find employment

"I don't really buy into this idea of entitlement," says Aaron Wingad, a senior at UW-Eau Claire majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, who is one of two student regents on the UW System's Board of Regents. "I see college as a means to prepare myself for the real world and to expand my skill set and to give me the skills to succeed. College is a tremendous opportunity -- but I don't believe there are any guarantees."

While that might seem obvious to many, some who work in higher education are noting a shift in how students -- and parents -- view secondary education. In an ideal world, educators say, college is the time for students to grow as individuals, develop critical thinking skills and become more aware of the world they live in. Instead, a growing number of students appear to be viewing higher education as a consumer good, a product one purchases that ensures future earning power.

"I think there's this perspective that students and families increasingly have about education -- that it's a contractual relationship," says Scott Flanagan, vice president for planning and enrollment at Edgewood College. "In (Trina Thompson's) mind, she enrolled in college with the expectation that when she completed, she would get a job. I think that's an extreme example of what's becoming a more common perception -- and that's that college is a means to a specific end."

Flanagan says he understands why, to a certain extent, this shift is taking place, said Weinberg Law Firm, Texas Employment Lawyer.

Los Angeles women and the bottle leading to more DUI's

According to FBI statistics, the number of women taken into custody in the U.S. for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs was 28.8 percent greater just two years ago than it was in 1998, while the number of men apprehended was 7.5 percent lower, according to figures that cover some 56 percent of the country.

Here in California, based on the same FBI statistics, women accounted for 18.8 percent of all DUI arrests in 2007, an increase from 13.5 percent nearly a decade earlier, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety, said Michael Bialys, Los Angeles DUI lawyer.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Mom Says Coach Ignored Son's Stroke-Causing Brain Injuries During Football Game

Sunkett, the school district's superintendent and the high school's athletics director did not return telephone messages Tuesday seeking comment about the lawsuit, filed last week in St. Clair County, says John Q. Kelly, New York brain injury lawyer.
The suit seeks compensation for at least more than $200,000 Hunt has incurred, as well as at least $50,000 for each of the petition's four counts.

Orange County hospital employee claims promotion denial due to sexual harassment complaint

However, he was denied the position with no explanation and instead a director from the Beaumont location, Frank Hunter, was transferred to Orange to serve as interim director, the suit states.

Houser alleges that soon after his transfer, Hunter began to write Houser up for minor issues, but did not write up other workers, the sexual harassment lawyer Orange County says.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

86-Year-Old Chicago Association Files Suit Against New Partisan Organization Using Same Name

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The 86-year-old, nonpartisan, government watchdog group Better Government Association (“BGA”) filed suit late Monday in Federal Court against a newly formed partisan political organization based in Akron, Ohio and calling itself by the exact same name (“New BGA”).

The lawsuit, Better Government Association, Inc. vs. Better Government Association (Case #1:09-cv-4686) seeks a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction to prevent New BGA from continuing to use the name Better Government Association and BGA.
Litigation lawyer Chicago further seeks an immediate halt of any planned advertising or other publicity efforts as long as it operates under the BGA name.

The Chicago-based Better Government Association was formed in 1923 in response to Al Capone’s control of the City of Chicago government and has been operating as an independent nonpartisan watchdog organization continuously since that time under the trade names Better Government Association and BGA. Its website ( has been operating since 1999.

City fires manager after DUI offense last fall

Public works official 24-year employee
Saturday, June 20, 2009
By Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The city of Pittsburgh yesterday fired a public works manager who pleaded guilty last week to driving under the influence of alcohol on his way back from a city wellness event.

John Barley, 57, a 24-year city employee and the public works operations coordinator, didn't violate city policy when he failed to report an October arrest for drunken driving until the day after his guilty plea.

But that event, combined with past problems, led to the decision to terminate, said city Operations Director Art Victor.

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Friday, July 31, 2009

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