iPad Diaries: Apple Pencil, Notability, and the Joy of Note-Taking – MacStories



After a few days of research on the App Store that led me to testing (again) a variety of note-taking apps, I’ve settled on Notability – at least for now. This app has been around a long time, and it met my requirements for a smart notebook that can embed multiple data types on individual pages. Notability lets you handwrite text with a Pencil, type text boxes with the keyboard, draw lines of varying thickness and colors, and even cut and paste entire blocks of content between pages. I’m still open to ideas for other Pencil-based note-taking apps to try on the iPad Pro, but, compared to Noteshelf and GoodNotes (two popular contenders), I prefer the ink engine1 and palm rejection of Notability.


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New IRS Discharge of Estate Tax Lien Procedure | Law.com


As of June 1, 2016, and without any warning, the IRS radically changed the procedure to obtain a Discharge. The new procedure is described in detail in this article.


If a decedent’s gross estate is below the filing threshold (currently $5.45 million), no Discharge is necessary. In those cases where a title company requires a Discharge to close an estate sale, the IRS will issue a Letter (Letter 1352) stating that no estate tax is due and the estate is not subject to a lien. The executors simply file Form 4422 in order to obtain this Letter.


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The stories of six federal judges, who overcame various obstacles on their paths to the bench, are highlighted as part of the U.S. courts’ observance of Women’s History Month.

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Ex-Civil Rights Lawyer Who Represented Terrorists Dies | New York Law Journal

Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press

Lynne Feltham Stewart, a New York civil rights lawyer who represented small-time criminals and radicals alike before losing her license to practice law after she was convicted in a terrorism case, has died of cancer three years after her release from prison.

Stewart was 77 when she died Tuesday in the Brooklyn home she shared with her husband, Ralph Poynter. She had long fought breast cancer and recently suffered strokes.

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NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Proposes Changes to SEQR to Streamline the Process | LAW OF THE LAND

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) proposes to amend the regulations that implement the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR, Title 6 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (6 NYCRR), Part 617). The principal purpose of the amendments is to streamline the SEQR process without sacrificing meaningful environmental review.

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Fed. Dist. Court in NY Finds Restricting the Hours of Operation of Restaurant and Bar Did Not Violate Owner’s Constitutional Rights


Plaintiff Obsession Sports Bar & Grill, Inc. alleged that the City of Rochester improperly restricted Obsession’s hours of operation, based upon a provision of the Rochester Municipal Code, Section 120-34(O), that was null and void, because it was “an impermissible exercise of municipal zoning power” as it conflicted with the “New York State Alcoholic Beverages Control Law” (“ABC Law”), which regulated the hours that taverns could operate. Pursuant to the ABC Law, establishments holding liquor licenses were permitted to sell alcohol from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. on all days except Sunday, when they can sell alcohol from Noon until 2:00 a.m. The New York State Supreme Court held § 120-34(O) was “an impermissible exercise of municipal zoning power, which could not stand in the face of conflicting and pre-emptive provisions of the ABC Law”, and was affirmed on appeal by the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division Fourth…

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New York Pet Welfare Association v. New York City, No. 15-4013 (2d Cir. 2017) :: Justia

Plaintiffs filed suit challenging New York City’s “Sourcing Law,” which requires that pet shops sell only animals acquired from breeders holding a Class A license issued under the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), 7 U.S.C. 2131 et seq. Plaintiffs also challenged the “Spay/Neuter Law,” which requires that pet shops sterilize each animal before releasing it to a consumer. 

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