Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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Panetta: Egypt's leaders promise full democracy

(AP) ? Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday that Egypt's new president and its military chief have reassured him they will steer the country to full democracy.

"It's clear that Egypt, following the revolution, is committed to putting into place a democratic government," Panetta told reporters after meetings in Cairo with President Mohammed Morsi and Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi.

It was Panetta's first encounter with Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate who assumed the presidency in June. Panetta said it was clear to him that Morsi is "his own man."

But Panetta also offered praise to Tantawi, the country's military leader.

"Tantawi 's leadership, I believe, has been critical in overseeing a peaceful free and fair elections," Panetta said, noting he was pleased with Tantawi's stated commitment to full civilian rule.

Panetta said both Egyptian leaders told him they will continue their country's cooperation with the United States in fighting the al-Qaida terrorist network.

The defense chief arrived in Cairo Tuesday seeking assurance that the country will remain a military partner at a time of political tumult in the Middle East and growing worry about Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Panetta's visit comes on the heels of one by Secretary of State Hillary Rodman Clinton, who was the first member of President Barack Obama's Cabinet to meet with Morsi since his election.

Clinton said in Washington on Monday that the jury was out on whether Egypt's Islamist political parties will equally represent non-Muslims. She said the Obama administration's future relationship with Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood party would depend on how they respect the rights of Coptic Christians, women and other minorities.

Speaking to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Clinton said Egypt was still grappling with the challenge of religious liberty as it seeks to establish a democracy after decades of dictatorship.

In his talks Tuesday, Panetta stressed U.S. support for the completion of a transition to civilian democratic rule, and to gauge Morsi's interest in maintaining longstanding U.S.-Egyptian military relations.

Panetta was last in Cairo in October, after the fall of long-time autocrat President Hosni Mubarak but prior to Morsi's election.

After his Cairo meetings Panetta was headed to Israel for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Ehud Barak. A potential Israeli military attack on Iran's nuclear sites was expected to be a major topic, but Panetta also planned to discuss with the Israelis the progress they are making on building an air defense system, known as the Iron Dome, which is designed to shoot down short-range rockets and artillery shells.

Asked about news reports in Israel that Panetta plans to share American plan for potential war with Iran when he meets with Israeli leaders Wednesday in Jerusalem, Panetta said that is a "wrong characterization" of what he will talk about.

He said his talks in Jerusalem will be "more about what is the threat we are confronting" in Iran's nuclear program and sharing intelligence information.

Panetta arrived in Cairo from Tunisia, where he held talks with that North African country's new Islamist leaders. He plans to end his trip with a stop Thursday in Jordan. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is?seeking assurances from Egypt's new Islamist government that the country?will remain a military partner at a time of political tumult in the Middle East and growing worry about Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Associated Press writer Sarah el-Deeb contributed to this report.

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2012 Cape Cod Baseball League ASG: 5 Pitchers to Watch

The annual Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star game took place this past Saturday night in Harwich, Massachusetts as the Eastern Division hosted the Western Division. Here are five pitchers that are worth following that took part in the 2012 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game. We have included video from the game where possible.?

Sean Manaea (Indiana State)

Throughout the summer, the 6?5 215 pound lefty has been thrilling scouts and baffling hitters with a 4-1 record and a 1.44 ERA in eight games (seven starts). He has shown excellent control walking six batters while striking out 75 in only 43.2 innings pitched. Many scouts didn?t have Manaea on their list to watch at the beginning of the summer but he has become the top arm in the league by far.

In the All-Star Game on Saturday, he had an ?off-night? striking out only two batters while giving up a hit which he was able to eliminate with a nasty pickoff move. His arm action reminds me a little bit of current Chicago White Sox Pitcher Chris Sale who also shot up the draft stock with an excellent summer a few years ago in the Cape League. He ended up sitting around 95 MPH in his inning of work and was very deceptive with his pitches.

Nick Rumbelow (LSU)

Nick came into the summer working out of the bullpen for the 2012 season for the LSU Tigers and has continued that with the Wareham Gatemen. He has appeared in 14 games this summer, with a record of 1-0 with a 3.32 ERA in 21.2 innings pitched. Rumbelow has dominated hitters striking out 36 while walking 10.

He continued his dominance in the CCBL All-Star game dazzling hitters with a hard deceptive fastball as he struck out one while allowing a hit. I was highly impressed with how he was able to move the fastball in the zone while changing the eye level of the batters.

Jeff Hoffman (East Carolina)

Hoffman split his time in the college season between the bullpen and the starting rotation. He finished the season with 19 appearances while making 10 starts. He ended up with a 3-2 record with a save and an ERA of 3.67.

He has improved immensely this summer going 2-1 with a 2.40 ERA in six games (five starts) totaling 30 innings pitched. He has struck out a batter an inning while walking ten. In the All-Star Game, he was touching mid-90?s with a very good curveball that hitters were struggling with.

Dan Slania (Notre Dame)

You want the simple story on Slania? The guy is a large as he is listed at 6?5 and 265 pounds from Tucson, Arizona. He served as the closer for the Fighting Irish this past spring where he was one of the best pitchers in the Big East Conference. He went 3-0 including 13 saves with a 2.03 ERA in 31 innings pitched. He struck out 37 batters while walking 12.

This summer hasn?t been different as he has served as the closer for the Cotuit Kettleers getting into 17 games out of the pen with a record of 1-0 including eight saves and an ERA of 1.82 in 24.2 innings pitched. He has struck out 36 batters while walking only a measly three. In the All-Star game on Saturday night, he gave up a run on two hits in the ninth inning but did strike out two batters. He was sitting around 95 in his inning of work and is a player to watch this upcoming spring.

Michael Wagner (San Diego)

Wagner had an outstanding season with the San Diego Toreros primarly working out of the bullpen with 29 relief appearances and two starts. He went 5-2 including 19 saves with a 2.58 ERA in 59.1 innings of work.

This summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Chatham Anglers, he has worked as a starting pitcher with five starts in six appearances. He has a 2-2 record and a 1.98 ERA in 27.1 innings pitched while striking out 30 batters and walking 14. He didn?t allow a baserunner in Saturday?s All-Star game while having a fastball around 94 MPH.

Other Players to Watch

David Garner (Michigan State)
Matt Boyd (Oregon State)
David Whitehead (Elon)
Bryan Verbitsky (Hofstra)

Source: http://www.collegebaseballdaily.com/2012/07/30/2012-cape-cod-baseball-league-all-star-game-5-pitchers-to-watch-and-more/

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Microsoft Hardware Delivers on Windows 8, Good Looks and Mobility

July 30, 2012
As it celebrates its 30-year anniversary, Microsoft Hardware announces the launch of several new devices, all finely tuned for use with Windows 8. Four of the devices are Bluetooth-enabled, pocket-sized yet sturdy, and specially designed for use on the go ? including with tablets.

REDMOND, Wash., ? July 30, 2012 ??New mice and keyboards are on the way, and are specifically designed for mobile and for Windows 8, Microsoft announced today.
In the coming weeks and months, the company will introduce two new Bluetooth-enabled keyboards and mice to the market ? the Wedge Touch Mouse, the Wedge Mobile Keyboard, the Sculpt Touch Mouse, and the Sculpt Mobile Keyboard. On October 26, the general availability date of the new Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft will also release updated Windows 8 gestures for the Microsoft Touch Mouse.

Coming from Microsoft Hardware

?It?s an exciting time for the whole company for lots of reasons, but this is something we?re thrilled about and we can?t wait to see people?s reactions,? says Brett Kelleran, general manager of Microsoft Hardware.

The bevy of keyboards and mice, which are specifically tuned to Windows 8 and designed for mobile computing, is the largest collection of Bluetooth offerings the company has ever announced at one time. The launch also comes during Microsoft Hardware?s 30th anniversary year.

?For 30 years, we?ve been creating products designed to light up features in Microsoft software and making it easier to get things done. It?s part of our DNA,? Kelleran says. ?In that way, it?s fitting that we are showcasing our first set of hardware products designed and optimized for Windows 8. It?s the reason why our group was formed and, in these products, that?s shining through.?

As PCs get smaller, lighter, and thinner, they are appearing with fewer and fewer USB ports. Coupled with a growing ubiquity of BlueTooth-enabled PCs, there?s a clear trend developing.
As computing becomes more and more mobile, it?s only natural that keyboards and mice adapt accordingly, Kelleran says.

The new keyboards and mice have special touches designed for just such use, including a cover for the Wedge Mobile Keyboard that doubles as a stand for your tablet, a mouse that sleeps when the computer sleeps to save batteries, and the battery door cover slides instead of unclipping so users on the go won?t lose it. And with the Bluetooth-enabled devices, there?s no need for cords or wires, and no need to take up a USB port.

?We?ve thought about each and every detail to ensure our customers have a great mobile experience,? Kelleran says.
In addition, the devices are in sync with Windows 8 in ways that really light up the software ? the keyboards have Windows 8 shortcut keys for searching, sharing, changing settings, and device access, and the mice are designed to have the same precision, control, and fluid interaction a customer would have if they were using a touch screen.

Young Kim, industrial design manager for Microsoft Hardware, says the devices have a high level of craftsmanship ? from the thought and planning that goes into each one, to the way they?re designed, to the way they?re manufactured. For example, instead of painting plastic to look metallic, the devices incorporate metal.

?When we use authentic materials, we?re able to connect with customers in a way that?s more than just appearance level. It?s a level of authenticity and pride in craftsmanship that you would expect from very high-end jewelry that you can get in consumer electronics,? Kim says. ?It compliments that lifestyle our customers are looking for.?
About the new devices:

The pocket-sized Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse (US$69.95) is designed for the mobile lifestyle, but still provides four-way touch scrolling and navigation. It?s Bluetooth-enabled, and features BlueTrack Technology, so it can be used on virtually any surface. It also has ?backpack mode,? which means it will power down and sleep along with the computer it?s paired to, saving battery life.

The slim Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard (US$79.95) is designed for use with a tablet but brings the comfort and efficiency of a full-size keyboard. The keyboard features Windows 8 Hot Key, media keys, Bluetooth technology, and a durable cover to protect it ? and your tablet ? from scratches. The cover also converts into a tablet stand.

The Bluetooth-enabled Microsoft Sculpt Touch Mouse (US$49.95) is finely tuned for use with Windows 8, including a four-way touch scroll strip for navigating up and down, left and right, and swiping through windows and documents.

The Bluetooth-enabled Microsoft Sculpt Mobile Keyboard (US$49.95) is sturdy, but just over one pound and ideal for travel. It has a Comfort Curve design to position hands and wrists naturally, and a battery saving mode that powers the keyboard down after a period of inactivity (and wakes it up again with the tap of a key).

The Microsoft Touch Mouse?(US$79.95) has been updated specifically for use with Windows 8 to incorporate finger swipes and movements that allow for navigation, switching through apps, and zooming in and out.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Computers and Related Technology

Ralph E Chapman. Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs. Amsterdam: Academic Press, 1997.

Computers are in the process of revolutionizing the way we look at dinosaurs. Early uses of computers with dinosaurs date to the 1960?s, concentrated in research applications (e.g., data analysis) and early attempts by some museums (e.g., the National Museum of Natural History of the United States) to store their collections data electronically. These applications became more and more prevalent, and progressively more sophisticated through the 1970?s and 1980?s. It is during the 1990s, however, that computers finally have expanded to start assisting paleontologists in the field, during the preparation process, and in making a great difference in how dinosaurs are being presented to the general public.

The application of computers and related technology to dinosaurs can be divided into five major areas: field work and specimen collection, specimen preparation, collections and data management, research, and exhibition. We will touch on these subjects in order.

Finding dinosaurs in the field still continues to be done mostly in the same way it has been done for more than a century: finding areas with the right rock from the right time and the right paleoenvironments, and walking the outcrops looking for exposed bones. For the most part this will continue to be the approach taken, but new technology promises to change much of the process of getting into the field, determining where you are once there, and even analyzing what has been found and what is still in the ground.

Formerly, it took much skill to use the available maps and keep track of where you were in the field; many mistakes were made and much of the old location data are inaccurate. This is changing because global positioning systems (GPS) using satellite technology can locate a position within a 100 m or less anywhere on earth and are being used by paleontologists during exploration. For example, a GPS system was used by the American Museum of Natural History in their new Gobi Desert expeditions (McKenna, 1992) to keep track of where they were in unmapped or badly mapped areas. These locality data have yet to be used extensively with geographic information systems (GIS), which combine geographic data with computer databases. In the future this will allow predictive mapping of potential outcrop areas, and the GIS will suggest where new prospecting should be done.

Small-scale geographic data (e.g., quarry maps of bone orientations and positions) were once taken using compasses and were plotted in field notebooks, but now are being taken automatically using electronic distance measurement devices with millimeter accuracy (see Jorstad and Clark, 1995, for work on paleohominid applications) and, in even smaller scale and with higher accuracy, using three-dimensional digitizers (e.g., see Jefferson, 1989, on Pleistocene Rancho La Brea material). Finally, technology is being developed to allow paleontologists to determine, in some cases, the nature of fossils buried in an area. One example is the application of geophysical diffraction tomography by Witten, et al. (1992), who tried to determine the extent of the material buried for a specimen of the sauropod Seismosaurus.

Computers and related technology have had only limited effect on specimen preparation but changes are well on the way. Standard X-rays have been used for years during specimen preparation (see Zangerl and Schultze, 1989), but more advanced imaging methods such as computed tomography (CT) are allowing, in some cases, significantly better indications of what fossil material is present in an unprepared specimen (see Clark and Morrison, 1994). In fact, the CT scanning of dinosaur eggs has become a standard operating procedure (e.g., Hirsch et al., 1989), and many fetal dinosaur fossils are now being found. It may be common in the near future for preparators to have three-dimensional models of the specimens they are preparing as an aid to the process.

Specimen casting also will be changed by three- dimensional computer modeling. Fossils can be digitized using various scanning or related technologies and three-dimensional reconstructions made in wax, plastic, or some other medium for exhibition or study using methods of automated casting (also known as prototyping or, in some cases, stereolithography; see Burns, 1993) thus avoiding more destructive ways of casting specimens. These casts can also be varied in scale to enable them to be viewed at a more manageable scale; very large specimens can be reduced to allow more easy manipulation and very small specimens enlarged to allow them to be viewed without a microscope.

The use and development of collections materials has changed dramatically and will continue to change in the coming years due to computers. The initial transfer of collections data to an electronic format was done in the 1960?s (e.g., the National Museum of Natural History of the United States), with many now using their third, fourth, or later generation of database software, and nearly all having some electronic storage. Where data used to be kept in card catalogs that took long search times to extract simple information, data are now available in large computer databases that can be searched for very complex information almost instantaneously. These databases are also being stored on-line and, in many cases, are available for searching on the Internet.

Another big change due to computer technology is the nature of data being made available; computer databases are not restricted to just text anymore. Image scanners are making it possible to store pictures of specimens as well as the text information that goes along with it. Furthermore, with the scanning technology being developed, three-dimensional computer images can now be stored and viewed from a variety of angles. A first attempt at storing such images was made by Rowe et al. (1993) for high-resolution CT scans of the skull of the cynodont Thrinaxodon. The CD-ROM released contains both the important descriptive literature and CT scan data that can be viewed from front-to-back, side-to-side, or top-to-bottom.

The use and storage of bibliographic data on dinosaurs is changing rapidly. The Bibliography of Fossil Vertebrates is being made available in electronic format and the next release of A Bibliography of the Dinosauria (Chure and McIntosh, 1989) will be made available in electronic format as well. Many dinosaur paleontologists have developed and maintained their own electronic bibliographic databases using their personal computers.

Computers have had a major impact on the types of research being done in the natural sciences. The relatively unquantitative approaches taken by scientists in the early days mostly have been replaced by quantitative ones as methods have become more and more rigorous. Computer-based studies of dinosaurs are still in their infancy, however, because most of the research done on them still proceeds mostly in a qualitative fashion. This is due, to a large part, to the difficulties involved in doing research on a group represented by relative few individuals that are often incomplete and fragmentary. However, there are a number of important exceptions and we will discuss them within four major areas of research: morphometrics, mathematical and/or statistical studies of variation used to solve taxonomic or evolutionary problems; phylogenetic analyses, the analysis of the relationships among taxa; functional morphology, studies of the biomechanics and locomotion of dinosaurs; and distributional analyses, studies of the distribution of dinosaurs through time and space.

Morphometrics is the quantitative analysis of shape. Before the availability of computers, paleontologists were limited to analyses of two or three variables, usually within the context of allometry, the study of size and its consequences. One classic study of this type is the analysis of bivariate (two-variable) allometry in groups of ceratopsian dinosaurs by Gray (1946). Another morphometric approach, the application of D?Arcy Thompson?s (1942) transformation grids, could be done without computers and grids were generated for a number of dinosaur groups (e.g., Lull and Gray, 1949, for ceratopsians).

Computers allowed calculations to be done much faster than ever before, which opened the door for multivariate analyses, those using many variables simultaneously (e.g., Dodson, 1975, 1976; Chapman, et al., 1981), as well as very sophisticated geometric methods of shape analysis (e.g., Chapman, 1990). These methods have led to a much better understanding of growth in dinosaurs, have allowed sexual dimorphs to be described in some cases (e.g., see Chapman, et al., 1981, for the pachycephalosaurid Stegoceras), and have started to be used more within studies of phylogeny and functional morphology. The next step will be to do even more sophisticated analyses of shape in three-dimensions and use high-level computer graphics to show the results.

Phylogenetic Analyses try to determine relationships among the dinosaur taxa being studied. Here, we will concentrate on numerical cladistic analyses, which attempt to reconstruct these relationships on trees, called cladograms, using the principle of parsimony; looking for the shortest trees by minimizing the number of evolutionary steps needed to generate the tree and minimizing instances of convergence or parallelism.

Originally done by hand, most cladistic analyses of dinosaurs, as well as all other groups of organisms, are carried out on computers using programs such as Phylogenetic Analysis Using Parsimony (PAUP) (Swofford and Begle, 1993) and MacClade (Maddison and Maddison, 1992). These packages search for the shortest trees (cladograms) that account for the characters forming the database supplied by the researcher, while reducing the number of reversals and convergences in these characters. Computer programs are necessary because the number of possible trees increases exponentially as more taxa are studied.

Cladistic research on dinosaurs is burgeoning, and nearly every major group has been analyzed to some degree. Much of this work was begun in the 1980?s, spearheaded by the research of Gauthier (1984, 1986), and it has become the standard for reconstructing phylogenetic relationships.

As more numerical cladistic analyses are done, we have begun to get a better understanding of how the different dinosaur groups are related and a much better understanding of the anatomy of dinosaurs and why they look the way they do. An additional way to use phylogenetic analysis in research is to follow the evolution of a single character (an anatomical feature) on a tree to see how it varies across a dinosaur taxon. Other ways are to superimpose geographic locations, ecological characteristics, or time on trees to see how they have influenced the history of dinosaurs. As computers get stronger, phylogenetic analyses will provide better information.

Functional morphology is the study of how organisms work. These studies are still relatively rare for dinosaurs but such analyses are now becoming more common. Functional analyses typically make use of architectural (e.g., Weishampel, 1993) and/or machine analogies to understand the evolution and operation of a particular anatomical structure. They commonly use physical models, graphical representations, mathematical computations, computer simulations, and thought experiences to analyze this anatomy. Examples include Alexander?s (1989) analyses of dinosaur locomotion and Weishampel?s (1981) study of the nasal systems of lambeosaurine hadrosaurids. Computers can help increase the level of sophistication possible in such studies, especially through the use of high-level computer graphics, and should provide a strong impetus for a great increase in the number of functional studies on dinosaurs.

To date, computer applications in dinosaur biomechanics have been limited to studies of feeding mechanisms and locomotion. For example, Weishampel (1984) has used a three-dimensional kinematics computer program (developed by engineers) to analyze a series of ornithopod skulls as chewing machines. Heinrich et al. (1993) studied locomotion in the Late Jurassic iguanodontian Dryosaurus lettowvorbecki by modeling the femur as a beam. Bone cross-sections provided indications of both strength and patterns of loading on the living dinosaurs. Studying juvenile and adult specimens allowed them to postulate changes in locomotory patterns with age for that species.

Distributional studies analyze the distribution of organisms through time and space. Dinosaur studies of this kind have been very limited so far because of the nature of the fossil record for dinosaurs, but a number of paleontologists are now actively studying distributional problems with some success. To date, studies using computer databases have been able to track dinosaur diversity through space and time (Weishampel and Norman, 1989; Dodson, 1990) as well as the rate of study of dinosaurs by paleontologists (Dodson and Dawson, 1991). The large compilation by Weishampel (1990) of dinosaur localities is making it possible to analyze dinosaur paleobiogeography quantitatively for the first time (R. Chapman and D. Weishampel, work in progress). Such studies, however, can only be done using computers because they involve the mathematical and statistical analysis of large matrices of data. Clearly, this is one area of research that will be expanding greatly because of computers and related technology.

The interface between the general public and dinosaurs is one area of great change because of computers. Computers make available a wide range of educational approaches for teaching people about dinosaurs, especially using CD-ROM and multi-media technology. More people are also gaining access to data about dinosaurs through the Internet using online computer databases.

One of the biggest effects will be in changing the ability of the public to visualize what dinosaurs looked like. Conventional approaches of reconstructing dinosaurs (e.g., Paul, 1987) are being supplemented by sophisticated three-dimensional computer graphics that use computer visualization technology (e.g., Nielson and Shriver, 1990) to help generate lifelike dinosaurs such as those seen in the film Jurassic Park (Shay and Duncan, 1993) and can support the development of more life-like robotic dinosaurs (e.g., Poor, 1991). The development and distribution of better systems for virtual reality will allow researchers and the public alike to tour a dinosaur?s morphology and even view it from the inside [(see Fr?hlich, et al., (1995) and Stevens (1995) for discussions in the field of biology and medicine).

Once these approaches are developed, they will be used more in conjunction with the original fossil material within exhibitions. Most modern exhibits on dinosaurs include some computer technology and this will increase more with time. Clearly, computers can vastly improve how the general public is introduced to dinosaurs and increase their general knowledge.

Source: http://www.omnilogos.com/2012/07/22/computers-and-related-technology/

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Deepening Comprehension Of Domestic Battery In California

Deepening Comprehension Of Domestic Battery In California

Domestic violence in the state of California is referred to by a number of terms. It?s also oftentimes referred to as domestic abuse or domestic battery. Some also call the crime as domestic assault, spousal battery, or spousal abuse. But the crime of domestic violence is actually specific and quite distinct from domestic battery and all the other terms mentioned. We have discussed domestic violence in a previous post so let?s now focus on delineating it from domestic battery.

Now when we talk about domestic battery, the applicable legislation to turn to is California Penal Code PC 243 (e)(1). The crime is committed when you wilfully inflict force or violence on your intimate partner. If you compare this with domestic violence under the provisions of 273.5 PC of the same Code, you will come to see that the scope of the latter when it comes to the persons classified as victims of the crime is more limited. Under the crime of domestic battery, ?intimate partners? do not distinguish between heterosexual or same-sex relationships. The term also embraces even a dating relationship of the parties.

A person commits the crime of domestic battery when he wilfully inflicts force or violence on his said intimate partner. It actually doesn?t matter if the resulting injury is only slight because you can still be prosecuted for simple domestic battery. That?s why it?s highly essential to be aware of the intricacies defining this crime, especially the elements of the same. Note that the crime committed under this provision of the Code is considered as a misdemeanor, hence, the penalties are much lighter as compared with domestic violence and other domestic abuse crimes. Nonetheless, there are also circumstances that can catapult your act from a mere simple domestic battery to an aggravated one.

Hence, in some situations, 243.5 (e)(1) should be read together with Penal Code provision 243 (d) on Aggravated Battery. This provision is known as a ?wobbler? which means that the act you committed can go either way as a misdemeanor or felony depending on several circumstances such as:

  • The injury inflicted on the victim
  • The surrounding circumstances of the act committed
  • The criminal history of the accused

Aggravated battery under the said provision of the Code is not limited to intimate partners but can be filed by an individual against anyone who inflicts ?serious bodily injury? on his person. But when the serious bodily injury is coupled with an intimate relationship between the parties, then the crime becomes an aggravated form of domestic battery. Learn more about the finer details of domestic battery and protect yourself from unjust accusations by consulting with our experienced California criminal defense attorneys today.

Source: http://www.jonathanfranklinlaw.com/criminal-defense/domestic-violence/deepening-comprehension-of-domestic-battery-in-california/2741/

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Private Music Lessons Imparting the Best Classes | Entertainment


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Music can be termed as the modern mans fifth basic need after food, water, shelter and electricity. It has undoubtedly, the power to mesmerize the human brain more than anything else. Music enhances the ability to co ordinate in man and also does it help in recovering from various ailments.

Certainly, the art of playing a musical instrument makes one stand out of the crowd.


An able musician is always noticed. It is because of them cheerful and pleasant music can be enjoyed. Musicians are of different types depending on the musical instrument they play. Irrespective of any category, the outcome of music from any capable musician is always ecstatic.

Those who are masters of the art of playing music but are unable to display it because of their hectic schedules or unavailability of instruments can have the benefits of rental band instruments. Instruments are put up for renting for occasions or simply for leisure. Their cost depends on the instrument being rented. They also sometimes provide with private music lessons.

Musicians, irrespective of the genre of music they create, are the most sought after professionals in the world. Some even rise up to fame and achieve a stable platform if their music is hit among the masses. For many occasions ranging from wedding ceremonies to romantic candle light dinners, musicians are being hired to make the atmosphere more merry and cheerful. There are some institutes that deliver quality music classes in Fresno.

It is also surveyed that music alters human mood and has a strong effect on controlling emotions. For weddings to add to the pleasant surroundings and boost the happiness among the people musicians are hired and they also get many incentives during grand weddings. The task of a wedding musician is not easy. The generated music should be intense to cope up with the theme of the surroundings .An ideal wedding musician should also be aware of current music trends and at the same time experienced about the older songs.

Violin teachers in Scottsdale are thorough professionals and provide different forms of music on the demands of their clients. They generate pleasant melodies depending on the situations, for instance, a sweet romantic tune is played when a bride walks in or a memorable violin tone is played during exchange of wows.

There are institutes that impart guitar lessons in Indianapolis. They are trained in such a way that they become the masters in this field. You can experience some of the best band instruments and music classes in the city.

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Sky Go for Android adds support for Ice Cream Sandwich, Samsung's Galaxy S III, Nexus and Note

Sky Go for Android adds support for Ice Cream Sandwich, Samsung's Galaxy S III, Nexus and Note phones

When v2.0 of the Sky Go for Android app arrived earlier this month it promised another update would follow soon with support for Android 4.0 and more phones, and now it has arrived. We're not seeing it in Google Play yet, but the press release (included after the break) indicates the app is ready to run on the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note from Samsung, and is also finally Ice Cream Sandwich compatible on those devices and the HTC Sensation / Sensation XE. That brings the total supported device count for the video on-demand player to a round 11, which is less than the "all" we're looking for but still more than the zero supported prior to February.

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T-Mobile USA gives black HTC One S to hard-working staff, leaves other Americans turning green

TMobile USA gives black HTC One S to hardworking staff, leaves other Americans turning green

International HTC One S buyers might look at the black version like it's humdrum, but if you're an American who's had no realistic choice but to get the gray T-Mobile edition, black is a rare and coveted thing. T-Mobile knows this all too well, and it's using the micro arc oxidized hue as an incentive for loyal employees: work diligently enough, and a black One S with native T-Mobile HSPA+ is yours. There's no word from the TmoNews tipster as to whether or not the color will ever reach the buying public, which could make it a rare collector's item for Android lovers -- not to mention a mild form of torture for HTC enthusiasts. The optimistic among us are hoping that it's a sign of phones to come and that both black as well as gray can live in harmony on T-Mobile shelves.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Obama, Romney trade jabs over jobs and Medicare

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) ? Campaigning in coveted Florida, President Barack Obama warned Thursday that Republican challenger Mitt Romney would be "squeezing more money out of seniors" by turning Medicare into a voucher program. Romney, firing away near his Boston home base, accused Obama of putting his needs above those of the nation.

The daily war of words came as polling shows the presidential contest continues to be close nationally, with both men pouring most money and attention in into the collection of less than 10 states expected to decide the election. First lady Michelle Obama launched a new effort to rally supporters behind her husband, trying to light a fire by saying the whole race could "come down to just a few votes per precinct in key states."

The president opened two days of campaigning in Florida in search of military veterans, seniors and unaligned voters in the state's crucial midsection. Florida is the largest and most coveted of the nation's Election Day toss-up states, a place where Romney could severely damage Obama's chances of winning re-election.

In Jacksonville, the president broadened his attack on Romney's support for a House Republican plan that would change Medicare from a fee-for-service program into one where future retirees buy insurance using government subsidies. Republicans argue it would introduce competition and give seniors more choices.

"He plans to turn Medicare into a voucher program," Obama said. "So if that voucher isn't worth enough to buy the health insurance that's on the market, you're out of luck. You're on your own. ... We shouldn't be squeezing more money out of seniors who are just barely getting by right now."

Obama was later expected to make that pitch to seniors in West Palm Beach, where he'll visit Century Village, a condominium complex that's home to thousands of retirees, long a bastion of reliable Democratic voters.

Romney, in hastily arranged remarks to reporters near Boston, kept the focus on the sluggish economic recovery under Obama's watch. He cited new government figures showing that the number of American seeking unemployment benefits rose by 34,000 last week, a figure that may have been skewed higher by seasonal factors.

For a second day, he also mocked Obama for not having met with his advisory jobs council in six months while holding more than 100 fundraisers in that time. White House spokesman Jay Carney had said Wednesday that the president gets advice from the council all the time but also has "got a lot on his plate."

"I think you've learned something about the president's priorities," Romney said. "The job he's interested in protecting is his own."

The White House sought to counter the line of attack by showing presidential action. Obama's administration announced it was speeding up expansion projects at five major U.S. ports, including two in politically important Florida, just as Obama was flying there to rally votes and raise money during stops in Jacksonville and West Palm Beach.

Carney made a point to note that the idea came from Obama's jobs council.

As Obama stuck to his economic message, his campaign kept up its aggressive attempt to raise doubts about Romney's trustworthiness. Obama and his surrogates have been pushing Romney to release more than two years of tax returns. Some members of Romney's party have agreed, although others say the idea is a distraction.

"We've given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how we live our life," Romney's wife, Ann, told ABC News in an interview broadcast Thursday.

In a separate interview aired Thursday on WTOL-TV in Toledo, Ohio, Romney said one reason not to release more of his returns was that "the Democratic Party and the opposition has all these people that comb through and try and find anything they can to distract from the issues people care about, oftentimes in a dishonest way."

Romney had planned a quiet day of private meetings Thursday at his campaign headquarters in Boston, but abruptly changed his plans and scheduled his campaign stop nearby to coincide with Obama's first event in Florida.

Republicans are holding their national convention in Tampa in August in hopes of giving themselves an edge in the state.

Yet, if Obama can lock down Florida's 29 electoral votes, it would be difficult for Romney to mount enough support elsewhere to capture the White House.

Polls have shown Obama and Romney in a dead heat in the state, which has struggled with an unemployment rate of 8.6 percent, above the national average, and a still-recovering housing market. Florida provided the deciding margin in George W. Bush's victory in 2000 and the state has been closely contested ever since. Obama carried it in 2008.

Romney, under attack for days over his record running the Bain Capital private equity firm and over his tax returns, went on the offensive this week and lashed out at Obama for saying: "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." He did so again Thursday.

The Obama campaign says the president's comment has been distorted, and that the full context shows that he was underscoring the important role government plays in helping people prepare for success based on their individual initiative.


Peoples reported from Roxbury, Mass. AP White House Correspondent Ben Feller and Associated Press writers Jim Kuhnhenn and Mark S. Smith in Washington contributed to this report.

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Racial profiling trial begins for Sheriff Arpaio

Arizona's controversial Joe Arpaio, who calls himself America's toughest sheriff, went on trial Thursday in a class-action lawsuit alleging he discriminates against Latinos and legal immigrants in a zeal to crack down on illegal immigration.

The case will test whether the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) can target the undocumented in immigration sweeps without racially profiling Hispanic citizens.

The 80-year-old Arpaio, who is seeking re-election to a sixth term in November, has been a lightning rod for controversy over his aggressive enforcement of tough immigration laws in the Mexico-border state and his volunteer posse's investigation into the validity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate.

The sheriff's office also faces federal allegations of widespread discrimination and a criminal abuse of power probe.

Arpaio was not in court on Thursday when lawyers for both sides in the class action made opening statements before Judge Murray Snow in the non-jury bench trial at U.S. District Court in Phoenix.

"A fundamental value of our nation is equal protection under laws, regardless of race or ethnicity," plaintiff attorney Stanley Young said.

"We will argue ... the MCSO has engaged in racial discrimination, particularly saturation patrols have led to the different treatment under the law," he said.

Tim Casey, a lawyer for Arpaio and the sheriff's office, said his side would prove there was no such profiling as alleged by the five plaintiffs in the lawsuit nor was there discrimination by the office in three stops cited in the suit.

"We have five plaintiffs on three stops. The evidence will show race and ethnicity had nothing to do with their traffic stops ... Race and ethnicity had nothing to do with the planning and execution" of the stops, he said.

The trial focuses attention once again on Arizona, which claimed headlines last month when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a key element of the state's crackdown on illegal immigrants requiring police to investigate those they stop and suspect of being in the country illegally.

Supporters said the law was needed because the U.S. federal government had failed to secure the porous southwest border with Mexico. Obama's administration challenged it in court, saying the U.S. Constitution gives the federal government sole authority over immigration policy.

Arpaio faces a separate, broader lawsuit lodged by the U.S. Justice Department in May, alleging systematic profiling, sloppy and indifferent police work and a disregard for minority rights by him and county officials.

Several supporters and opponents of the sheriff gathered outside the court from early morning toting flags and placards reading: "Sheriff Joe does immigration sweeps, makes drug busts, what more do you want?" and "No to hate, no to fear" and "God forgive Arpaio."

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Expert witness
Lawyers for the plaintiffs called Ralph Taylor, a professor and criminal justice expert at Temple University in Philadelphia, who analyzed racial and ethnic patterns from traffic stops carried out by the office from 2007 to 2009, including about a dozen "saturation patrols" in the Phoenix valley.

Taylor told the court that when an officer ran a name check on the day of a "major" sweep there was "a much higher likelihood" the name run would be Hispanic than non-Hispanic. He also testified that when an officer ran a check of at least one Hispanic name, the stop would take about two minutes longer.

Among the plaintiffs is Mexican tourist Manuel Ortega Melendres, who was a passenger in a car pulled over by Arpaio's deputies during a sweep for illegal immigrants, ostensibly because the vehicle's driver was speeding.

But moments later Ortega Melendres was arrested, despite having a valid visa and producing identification, while the vehicle's white driver was neither cited nor taken into custody.

The other plaintiffs are Hispanics also stopped by deputies and the Somos America immigrants' rights coalition. It was later expanded to include all Latino drivers stopped by the office since 2007.

It was unclear when Snow would return a verdict. Testimony was scheduled to run until August 2.

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Obama Wants $1 Billion For "Master Teachers Corps"

I'm tring to work out from TFA whether this is aimed at recruiting new teachers, or developing existing ones. If it's the former, then there have been various similar schemes (or perhaps it's a single often-rebranded scheme) in the UK over the last decade or so. The focus hasn't always been so narrowly on the STEM subjects, but it has tended to be on "difficult" subjects, where recruitment and retention of teachers is usually difficult (and where pupil uptake and performance has been fastest to decline).

In fact, I have a friend who works in teaching who got into it via the scheme in one of its various guises. He's fairly open about both its strengths and drawbacks.

In terms of strengths, he quite openly admits that the salary supplement (which was less than the GBP equivalent of $20,000 when he joined - closer to around $8,000 equivalent) was a very attactive consideration, given that he was graduating with a fair old pile of debt. None of the other career options he was considering would have made it possible for him to move away from the parents and live independently in London quite so quickly. He's also noted that he (and others like him) actually know his subject (maths) to the extent that they can actually field questions from students that go away from the narrow syllabus. He was horrified by how many of his older colleagues were dependant on being allowed to stick to a very narrow syllabus.

On the other side of the coin, a lot of his intake to the graduate scheme dropped out relatively quickly - within the first year in many cases. The scheme was highly focussed on underperforming schools - which largely tend to be those which have the most severe discipline problems. It's no secret that many classes in those schools are more about crowd control than education. As my friend is the oldest of 6 siblings, he came to this with a natural advantage. By contrast, those who had gotten onto the scheme on the basis of academic ability often simply couldn't cope with the levels of misbehaviour, abuse and violence that are endemic in our less impressive schools and dropped out.

The other problem revolved around the reactions of other teachers - and particularly the teaching unions - to the scheme members. This is a profession where pay and career advancement had long been (and is still largely expected to be) determined by length of service, rather than performance or potential. Having a bunch of "bright young things" on additional pay and a fast track to Department-head and other management positions went down in most staff-rooms like a cup of cold sick. At the same time, the unions (membership of which is not mandatory, but is widespread) did everything they legally could to make life unpleasant for them. If you find yourself on a "Fast Track" scheme like this, you need to be prepared to be a bit of a staff room pariah.

So yeah, it's not a bad idea in theory, but expect results in practice to be mixed.

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NOW Spheres music review by b_olariu

3 stars Now from Belgium is a forgotten and pretty unknown band to wider public, who mange to release 3 albums and then falling into oblivion. The second album released in 1991 at Musea records named Spheres is probaly their best one from all 3, the music is something between Yes and neo prog bands like Iq or Pendragon same peroid. The arrangements are melodic specilly constructed on guitar, who is btw very strong here. The album is mainly solid because of the 33 min epic Converging universes, divided in 7 parts, is a solid piece where each musician shine. The voice is also pleasent but little pale in some parts and without energy, but overall is more then ok. The keyboards in combination with guitar is very well structured and enjoyble most of the time, diffrent chops and tempo changes gives to this album a good aura and a good ride if anyone is intrested to discover this band. A fairly good towards great release, anyway nothing is groundbreaking here but is very enjoyble. 3 stars , maybe 3.5 in places.

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Pistorius set for long-awaited Olympic debut

Double-amputee sprinter, South African Oscar Pistorius, poses for photographers at the end of a 400 meter race in Lignano Stadium, near Udine, northern Italy, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Pistorius, known globally as the Blade Runner, will be running the 400 meters race at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The South African was selected by his country as the first amputee athlete to run at the Olympics and wants desperately to prove himself at the games after eventually being cleared to run against able-bodied athletes on his blades. (AP Photo/Paolo Giovannini)

Double-amputee sprinter, South African Oscar Pistorius, poses for photographers at the end of a 400 meter race in Lignano Stadium, near Udine, northern Italy, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Pistorius, known globally as the Blade Runner, will be running the 400 meters race at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The South African was selected by his country as the first amputee athlete to run at the Olympics and wants desperately to prove himself at the games after eventually being cleared to run against able-bodied athletes on his blades. (AP Photo/Paolo Giovannini)

Double-amputee sprinter, South African Oscar Pistorius, competes in a 400 meter race in Lignano Stadium, near Udine, northern Italy, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Pistorius, known globally as the Blade Runner, will be running the 400 meters race at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The South African was selected by his country as the first amputee athlete to run at the Olympics and wants desperately to prove himself at the games after eventually being cleared to run against able-bodied athletes on his blades. (AP Photo/Paolo Giovannini)

Double-amputee sprinter, South African Oscar Pistorius, attends a training session in Lignano Stadium, Udine, Northern Italy, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Pistorius, known globally as the Blade Runner, will be running the 400 meters race at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The South African was selected by his country as the first amputee athlete to run at the Olympics and wants desperately to prove himself at the games after eventually being cleared to run against able-bodied athletes on his blades. (AP Photo/Paolo Giovannini)

Double-amputee sprinter, South African Oscar Pistorius, attends a training session in Lignano Stadium, Udine, Northern Italy, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Pistorius, known globally as the Blade Runner, will be running the 400 meters race at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The South African was selected by his country as the first amputee athlete to run at the Olympics and wants desperately to prove himself at the games after eventually being cleared to run against able-bodied athletes on his blades. (AP Photo/Paolo Giovannini)

(AP) ? Even when he's looking at photos of his bleeding and blistered leg stumps, Oscar Pistorius smiles.

And with his Olympic debut approaching, it's easy to understand why.

Pistorius, whose legs were amputated below the knee when he was a baby, is set to make history by running ? yes, running ? in the London Olympics. He will be the first amputee athlete to compete at the Olympics, and his journey has been long and rife with hurdles.

When he finally got word earlier this month that he had a place on South Africa's team ? his was the last name of 125 penciled in ? his first reaction was relief. Then came utter joy.

"I think I woke up the next morning with cramps in my cheeks. I was smiling in my sleep," Pistorius said during a recent interview at his training base in northeastern Italy. "You also realize very quickly ... it's the London Olympics and I need to perform. Very stressful.

"You've made the entrance to write the test, but now the test is in front of you," he said.

The test comes Aug. 4, the opening day of the 400-meter heats.

The "Blade Runner," as he is known, runs with carbon-fiber blades that often cause blisters and rub his stumps raw. Pistorius was born without fibula bones due to a congenital defect, and lost his legs at 11 months. It never stopped him from playing sports ? even rugby ? with prosthetics.

But his running prosthetics led to years of controversy. Already a Paralympic gold medalist, Pistorius was initially banned from competing against able-bodied peers because many argued that his blades gave him an unfair advantage.

In 2008, however, the Court of Arbitration for Sport cleared him to compete. Last year, he ran on South Africa's 4x400 relay team at the 2011 world championships, and though he sat out the final, he won a silver medal because he competed in the heats.

Pistorius is aware that not everyone is convinced he should compete at all.

"There will always be people who will debate, and there will always be a journalist willing to write an opinion and a certain angle to a story," Pistorius said. "There will always be someone who wants to create a name for himself, and if he's given that platform he'll take it and argue that wet is dry and green is red. There are always those types of people.

"One of the reasons for doing the tests was proving that I'm in a sport and have the ability to run due to my own talent and hard work and sacrifices, and that was important for me. Looking back at that, I'm happy that we went through it."

American LaShawn Merritt, the defending Olympic champion in the 400, looks forward to racing against the 25-year-old Pistorius.

"I've told him how much respect I have for him and the drive he has, to want to do something and take the action to work hard and get to where he wants to be," Merritt said. "The dream of his was to be able to run with the able-bodied athletes, and he knew what he had to do to make that happen, time-wise, and he worked his butt off to get it. He's here now."

Pistorius and his team have been based in Gemona for the last two European seasons after the mayor asked him if he'd consider training there to promote the town, located near the Italian Alps, just across the mountains from Austria.

Pistorius said he needed a track, ideally with the same Mondo surface as London's Olympic Stadium.

It was built for him.

Running lap after lap on his Cheetah Flex-Foot blades, Pistorius has now focused on reaching the 400 semifinals ? as he did at the worlds in South Korea last year. He's also hoping to run the sub-45-second time that he and his coach, Ampie Louw, are certain he can achieve. His best time, so far, is 45.07.

"We're going to race the heat. Oscar's got no choice," Louw said.

Pistorius' track in Italy is normally sun-drenched; on this day, it's just drenched.

In pouring rain, Pistorius goes through his routine and then runs 150-meter splits. Louw whistles from the end of the home straightaway and he sets off, pounding around the bend and down the track. Water splashes out from under his blades.

Good preparation for London, his agent, Peet van Zyl, says with a smile.

So it's in Gemona that Pistorius will put the final pieces in place for his high-profile ? maybe the highest profile ? debut at the Olympics.

"There's a big difference in qualifying for the games and being at the top," Pistorius said. "I'm going to go there to do my best and I'll be content if I can run close to my personal best, and hopefully a personal best. I'll go with my 'A' game and take my fight with me and see how well I'll do."

On Tuesday, Pistorius finished second, in 46.56 seconds, in the 400 at his final Olympic warm-up race in Lignano, Italy, well behind Calvin Smith of the United States in 45.52.

"My time wasn't among the best. But I'm good physically and mentally," Pistorius said afterward. "I've used a lot of energy in these past few days, both in training and with the media because of my participation in the Olympics."

In his down time, he's already becoming a star.

At the small hotel where he lives, Pistorius gets a lunchtime surprise.

He smiles when the family that runs the hotel gives him a cake decorated with the five Olympic rings. He smiles when he poses for pictures with them. He even smiles when he displays pictures on his cell phone of his legs, bleeding and raw, after the recent African championships.

He'll almost certainly have a more serious expression on his face when he steps onto the track in London.

And no matter the outcome, he'll surely be smiling after finally getting the chance to achieve his Olympic dream.

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Martin Swig: Auto Enthusiast, Racer, Supporter of Drivers' Rights

Martin Swig:  Auto Enthusiast, Racer, Supporter of Drivers? Rights
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By Gary Biller, NMA President

I lost my opportunity to meet Martin in person and will forever regret it. I was just a few short weeks from meeting him in Sausalito, California at a gathering of National Motorists Association members. Martin was helping me organize that meeting, but he suffered a stroke at home and died on July 3rd.

His passing is a huge loss to the automotive community. Martin was a successful, self-made businessman who never took a back seat to anyone when it came to helping out or getting things done. (For more on Martin?s life, read this interview published by Sports Car Digest last year.)

Martin and I chatted by phone many times and exchanged innumerable emails over the past few years. Whenever I had a need, Martin was one of the first people I thought of. I cannot recall a single time that he turned down an opportunity to lend a hand.

Martin?s legacy is rich on many fronts, but many will memorialize him as the founder of the California Mille, an annual touring event for drivers of classic cars. From the first Mille running in 1991 and for each of the next 21 years, Martin organized the event that attracted devoted car collectors from around the world to Northern California.

In 2009, Martin personally paid for several dozen individual NMA memberships and gifted them to his fellow California Mille participants so that they could get directly involved in drivers? advocacy issues.

This year, in the weeks leading up to the Mille event in late April, Martin called me and suggested a most creative fundraising opportunity that he would organize on our behalf. Martin?s plan was highlighted in a NMA email alert distributed just before the 2012 California Mille tour:

Positioned somewhere between Giorgio Armani and Joseph A. Bank is the California Mille Collection?shirts, jackets, sweaters, bags and hats??Especially Designed for the Serious Car Collector.?

This unique automotive apparel assemblage was recently discovered by California Mille organizer Martin Swig during his regular warehouse cleaning. Now, all items will be offered at a fraction of their original cost at the kickoff to the 22nd California Mille. Proceeds will benefit the National Motorists Association and the NMA Foundation.

?There are scores of items, maybe hundreds, dating from the California Mille of 1992,? says Swig. ?With a little luck and a gently aggressive retail sales approach we?re hoping to donate several thousand dollars to the National Motorists Association to help in their watchdog efforts to control ridiculous driving laws, speed traps and red-light cameras timed to insure tickets to unsuspecting motorists.?

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The clothing sale generated a $3,800 donation from the California Mille to the nonprofit NMA Foundation. Pure Martin.

I never met Martin Swig, but I knew him. I quickly determined that he was ?one of a kind.? I hope I am wrong in that regard. We need more Martin Swigs in this world.


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