New York Justice Denies Habeas Corpus Relief for Hercules and Leo Given Precedent Set in Previous Case, ‘For Now’

July 30, 2015– New York County Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe issued a 33-page decision in the case of the chimpanzees Hercules and Leo, held in captivity in a Stony Brook University laboratory.

Justice Jaffe denied habeas corpus relief to Hercules and Leo only because, as she wrote, “for now” she is bound by the intermediate appellate court decision in Tommy’s case, which is before the Court of Appeals seeking further review. 

Read the decision here.

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NSBA issues guide on the impact of Obergefell same-sex marriage decision on school districts

Historic SCOTUS ruling; Obergefell by G-A-Y

The National School Boards Association (NSBA), along with two other key education groups, has issued a guide, titled “Same Sex Marriage – What the Obergefell Decision Means for School 

Districts,” 

It discusses the legal impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___, 2015 WL 2473451 (June 26, 2015), on local school board policies.

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Inside Google Translate – Google Translate

See the world in your language with Google Translate

Google Blog: “The Google Translate app already lets you instantly visually translate printed text in seven languages. Just open the app, click on the camera, and point it at the text you need to translate–a street sign, ingredient list, instruction manual, dials on a washing machine. You’ll see the text transform live on your screen […]–

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How National Licensing Could Help Close the Justice Gap–Lawyerist

By Jenny Odegard

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South Dakota is leading the charge on relocating new attorneys to under-served communities by offering a stipend of $12,000 per year for five years. This number is meant to nearly cover the cost of attending their local university’s law school, which should be a tempting offer for hundreds of newly licensed attorneys looking for an opportunity to make an impact. Yet this program has a modest goal of recruiting only 17 attorneys by the year 2017.

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The Uniform Bar Exam is a nationalized test with a portable score to all of the states that have adopted the test. While the UBE is not a nationally portable law license, it is an opportunity to apply for admission without having to sit for an additional full bar exam.

Sixteen states, most recently including New York, have now adopted the test. States still conduct their own character and fitness evaluation, and most require a shorter, less burdensome local education requirement. States also set their own passing score, which means test takers may not be certified for admission in the state they took the exam but could qualify elsewhere without retaking it.

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Read entire article here.

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Free Old Time Radio MP3 Downloads from “The Golden Age of Radio!”

Old World Radio

http://www.oldradioworld.com/

Before television (or Netflix, or Buzzfeed) families around the country used to sit together in the evenings and listen to the radio. This website gathers some of the classic radio favorites that defined the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Organized by Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci Fi/Superheroes, Western, Detective Stories, Music, and Miscellaneous, each of the categories includes famous entertainers, including big band leaders like Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman as well as famous comedians like Abbot and Costello. For readers who are new to old-time radio, there is also a Recommended Favorites section that includes Vintage Commercials, The Shadow, CBS Radio Mystery Theater, and Amos ‘n’ Andy. In particular, the 1957 Chevrolet commercial, which can be located in the Vintage Commercials tab, should not be missed.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015. https://www.scout.wisc.edu

Editor’s Note:  They have 54 episodes of “X minus One”–my personal favorite.

Apple Watch Review 2: Reliability, Utility, & Whether It Will Replace My Traditional Watch | aBlogtoWatch

Ariel Adams reviews the Apple Watch from a luxury watch perspective:

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“….Well, I am sure the Apple Watch is not flawless, but in my 10 days of experience thus far (again, at the time of writing, rather than of publishing), it has yet to not reliably connect or fail to display a notification that it should. So, unlike pretty much all other smartwatches I’ve personally experienced, the Apple Watch is the first one that doesn’t completely suck right out of the box…”

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The review has a multitude of photos and links to other articles about the next “must have” technology from Apple.

My main question is:  Can I wait until the second generation to buy one? 

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Cuomo Vetoes Kiryas Joel Annexation Bills–“State of Politics”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo late Wednesday vetoed a pair of bills aimed at providing more oversight and enforcement of land annexations by the village of Kiryas Joel.

The legislation, backed by Republican Sen. Bill Larkin and Democratic Assemblyman James Skoufis, would have directed land annexations to the county planning agency or regional planning council.

A second measure would have required the state environmental conservation commissioner to consider federal and state regulations when it comes to annexations and disputes between municipalities.

Land annexations in the Hudson Valley community of Kiryas Joel, where the vast majority of residents are Hasidic Jews, is part of an ongoing controversy in Orange County and the town of Monroe.

Read entire “State of Politics” article

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