New York Begins to Alter Policy on Gay Marriage

Gov. David A. Paterson has directed all state agencies to
begin to revise their policies and regulations to recognize
same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, like
Massachusetts, California and Canada. In a directive the
governor’s legal counsel, David Nocenti, instructed the
agencies that gay couples married elsewhere “should be
afforded the same recognition as any other legally performed

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Local Gas Prices By ZIP Code

Gas Prices – MSN Autos

Every night MSN Autos receives pricing data from over 90,000 gas stations across the nation. Please note that gas prices in your area may change more frequently than they can obtain them.

MSN Autos does not receive prices every day from every station. Their partner, OPIS, obtains pricing data from participating credit card transactions, direct feeds from participating retail chains, and other survey methods. Please note that during times of extreme price volatility, these collection methods may trail the latest prices at some stations. 

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FINDLAW: Daily Opinion Summaries for U.S. Supreme Court – 05/27/08


Riley v. Kennedy, No. 07-77
In a case concerning section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Court rules that a covered state need not obtain fresh preclearance required by section 5 in order to reinstate an election practice prevailing before the enactment of an election law struck down by the state’s supreme court.



CBOCS W., Inc. v. Humphries, No. 06-1431
The longstanding civil rights law, 42 U.S.C. section 1981, encompasses retaliation claims.



Gomez-Perez v. Potter, No. 06-1321
A federal employee who is a victim of retaliation due to the filing of a complaint of age discrimination may assert a claim under the federal-sector provision of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. section 633a(a).

CNET: Cell Phone Radiation Chart

Cell phone radiation chart – CNET reviews

Cell phone radiation levels
By CNET staff as updated May 23, 2008
What it all means
According to the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), specific absorption rate, or SAR, is “a way of measuring the quantity of radiofrequency (RF) energy that is absorbed by the body.” For a phone to pass FCC certification, that phone’s maximum SAR level must be less than 1.6W/kg (watts per kilogram). In Europe, the level is capped at 2W/kg while Canada allows a maximum of 1.6W/kg. The SAR level listed in our charts represents the highest SAR level with the phone next to the ear as tested by the FCC. Keep in mind that it is possible for the SAR level to vary between different transmission bands and that different testing bodies can obtain different results. Also, it’s possible for results to vary between different editions of the same phone (such as a handset that’s offered by multiple carriers).

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SmartBike DC

Clear Channel Smartbike Washington DC

SmartBike DC is a self-service bicycle rental system that Clear Channel Outdoor provides as part of its citywide bus shelter program for the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). The program will initially consist of ten rental locations with 100 bicycles.

In order to rent a bike go to the Subscription page and register. (Currently, the page has a telephone number to call) Once your application has been processed and accepted, you will receive a user card and booklet with further instructions. You have to visit the website one more time to activate your user card. Your activated user card will allow you to rent a bike from any station. After your ride, you may drop off your bike at the same or any other station. Make sure that the bike is properly inserted into the docking point (the red LED light must be constantly lit).

SmartBike DC is open from 06:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Monday through Sunday. The last rental can be made at 10:00PM. Bikes can be dropped off a 24 hours.

Individual annual subscription: $40 ($37.83 plus 5.75% sales tax $2.17)

All revenues from subscriptions and usage fees are paid to District DOT.

During the time you rent the bike, you are responsible for it. A fee of $200.00 will be billed if you don’t return the bike within 48 hours after the designated rental period or if the bike is otherwise damaged, lost or stolen.

If all this sounds familiar, SmartBike DC operates on a similar principle to Zipcar and other car sharing services,

Google Health

Google Health has launched in beta, providing free, online storage in one location for all of your health records.

Google wants you to gather your medical records from doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies in one place. They say this will:
Keep your doctors up to date about your health
You will be more informed about important health issues

Google says they will store your information securely and privately. They will never sell your data. You are in control, you choose what you want to share and what you want to keep private–subject, of course, to a subpoena.

Our cheeky British friends at The Register have reviewed the new service and have some questions and raise some interesting issues; e.g., what happens to HIPAA protections?

Swergold, v. Andrew F. Cuomo,

Operation Pushback has begun.

This class action suit was filed May 15, 2008. It will include all current members of the New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) and all current retirees from the ERS in all Tiers 1, 2, 3 and 4, who have rendered part-time annually salaried service, whether elected or by appointment, to any participating employer in the ERS.

Swergold, v. Andrew F. Cuomo,, Index No. 3897-08 NYS Supreme Court- Albany County

Pleadings and Briefs

Documents filed on Thursday, May 15, 2008:

Summons and Complaint
Exhibits to Summons and Complaint

FINDLAW: Daily Opinion Summaries for U.S. Supreme Court – 05/19/08

Justices Uphold Child Pornography Ban

U.S. Supreme Court, May 19, 2008 In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court upheld part of a rule that outlaws possession of child pornography.

LAX Millennium Bomber’s Terrorism Conviction Upheld 

U.S. Supreme Court, May 19, 2008 The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the conviction of the LAX Millennium bomber, who was convicted of carrying explosives during the commission of another serious crime when he lied on a U.S. Customs form while crossing the border in December 1999.

Tax-Exemptions for Municipal Bonds Upheld

U.S. Supreme Court, May 19, 2008 The Supreme Court says that tax exemptions that states and municipal governments offer for in-state municipal bonds do not discriminate against out-of-state bonds.