HONOLULU (AP) — A Kauai County law requiring companies to disclose their use of pesticides and genetically modified crops is invalid, a federal judge ruled Monday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled in favor of four seed companies seeking to stop Kauai’s new law from going into effect in October.

Syngenta Seeds, DuPont Pioneer, Agrigenetics Inc., doing business as Dow AgroSciences, and BASF Plant Sciences sued for a permanent injunction, arguing the ordinance unfairly targets their industry.

Kurren’s ruling agrees that the ordinance is pre-empted by state law. The judge’s ruling stops the county from enforcing the ordinance.

“I’m disappointed but that’s the judge’s option,” said Paul Achitoff, an Earthjustice attorney who helped defend the law on behalf of intervening community groups. “I think the consequences for the people of Kauai, in particular, and throughout the state are very unfortunate.”

He said he’ll discuss options to appeal with his clients.

Margery Bronster, an attorney representing two of the companies, said the judge’s ruling makes it clear that counties don’t have the authority to regulate agriculture as called for in the ordinance.

“I’m very pleased because this is what we told the county when they were discussing it initially,” she said. “I think they wasted time, effort and money trying to fight for a law they had no right to pass in the first place.”

The Kauai County Council passed the ordinance over the veto of Mayor Bernard Carvalho, who called the measure flawed.

“We’re very thankful that the court has ruled in a timely manner and we’re happy to have a verified, legal analysis Ordinance 960, Carvalho told reporters in Honolulu Monday. He said Kauai County’s special counsel would be reviewing the ruling.

Carvalho said he has always agreed with the law’s intent, but had issues with its legality.

Councilman Gary Hooser, who co-authored the bill, said he hopes the county will appeal.

“These companies have fought compliance for over a year now. They have much more money than the county … they’re billion-dollar corporations determined not to follow the rules of Kauai County,” he said. “This is a long way from over.”

The law also required companies using large amounts of restricted-use pesticides to establish buffer zones around sensitive areas, including schools and hospitals. The size of the buffer zone would vary depending on the property. For example, there would be 500 feet between a school and crops.

“People are concerned about their health, they’re concerned about the environment,” Hooser said. “This is just disclosure and buffer zones, nothing more. If they were good neighbors they would just comply.”


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Known to be the Sin City, Las Vegas proves that while it is considered as such it can still stand up against crimes. Las Vegas police is one of the most effective and productive police forces in the US. Its legal branch which includes the judicial system is among the elite in the country. Not to mention the best attorney services in Las Vegas that is expanded to several discipline of law.

These services and the best lawyers in the city is one part that makes up its entire government structure with focus on the welfare of the people. The span of the issues that the law sector of Las Vegas tackles mostly extends to auto accidents, insurance, divorce, corporate crimes and harassments, compensation, employment, taxation, bankruptcy, and other criminal cases.

Just as from other states and cities, lawyers in Vegas and the services they offer is often limited to only one specialization. From the given cases above, there are certain lawyers who actually focus their practice. But there are also lawyers who practice in other fields but only as a secondary counsel or an equivalent service.

Here are some of the famous legal services that are offered in Vegas:

* Bankruptcy – it is pretty much obvious why this particular issue is famous in Vegas. Businesses in the city are exposed to a very tight competition and because of this, owners may fail to manage well their business and file bankruptcy to the government.

* Divorce – the Sin City is where one can have a fact and exciting marriage and is also the place where most divorces often likely to occur. Again, the reason behind this is superficial.

* Taxation – employment and business boosts in Vegas however when people are faced with high-demanding lifestyle, issues pertaining to taxation may arise.

These famous issues and many others must be the first thing that must be understood before deciding to get a help from a Vegas lawyer or their services. Attorney services in Las Vegas are very easy to access. Most of the legal firms that offer lawyer representation and consultations have their own websites where one can use to transact. Other than this, they also have their strategic offices within the city.

Another way to consider in finding the best attorney in Las Vegas is by means of random scouting. Often, best lawyers do no longer need advertisements and colorful website call signs. Their names are often seen and written in the daily news. But, expect that these front liner lawyers will quote higher fees from clients.

There are also best lawyers that chose to be off the limelight and they can be found through personal referencing. For example, if your friend had a case which is same as what you are dealing now, you can simply ask the name of the lawyer who represented him/her and then try contacting the lawyer.

The background of the lawyer is also important. First, you can know the practice background of the lawyer by means of contacting the firm he is connected to. The firm may not always tell all things regarding the lawyer so you can have a personal research at Vegas public cases. You can find a number of lawyers there which you can choose from.

All these things when done accordingly can help you find best attorney in Las Vegas. The only thing that you needed is a little of patience and small amount of resources to find the right lawyer who can represent you best.

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Court Records Are Found at County CourthousesMany aspects, though not all, of our legal system were imported from England. In those parts of America owned by the English Crown, courts were created based on English law, including the concept of the chancery court.

Chancery Court in England: Law and Equity

The Court of Chancery was developed in England to ensure equity even in cases where the common law did not provide a remedy. Val Greenwood, writing in Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, states “At common law the terms equity and chancery (which are synonymous) are used to describe one type of court proceeding and the term law is used to describe another.”

“In an action at law one seeks to recover monetary damages for injuries to himself, his property, his pocketbook, or his reputation; while in a suit in equity he seeks to compel someone to do something (specific performance decree) or to stop doing or refrain from doing something (injunction).” Thus, as Greenwood explains, equity courts often addressed such issues as divorces, foreclosures, trusts, and disputes regarding ownership of land or property.

Court Records in the United States Today

In the United States today, the federal and most state courts have combined law and equity into one unit. County courts, with which citizens are apt to be most familiar, generally handle cases of both types. Thus the obvious place to look for legal records both now and in the past is the closest county courthouse.

Chancery , Orphan’s, Probate, and Circuit Courts

However, genealogists need to be aware that courthouse records are not one large set of documents. As legal systems evolved over the years, the area may have supported several types of courts with different names and different functions. For example, separate records would have been kept from a Chancery Court, an Orphan’s Court, a Probate Court, and a Circuit Court.

Courts have been combined at various times, and some areas have had only one or two of these differently named courts. In the absence of a Probate Court, a Chancery Court may provide the same functions. In some places a combined Probate and Chancery Court operate.

What can you find in Chancery Court Records?

Since a Chancery Court may handle a wide variety of cases involving people and their property, records of these courts tend to be very useful in genealogy. One type of documents in a Chancery Court, assuming there was (or is) no separate Probate Court, will be wills and other probate records.

Contained in a packet (the most common form of court document preservation) will be a will, if it existed, statements and accounts from the executor or administrator of the estate, invoices presented for payment after the person died, and distribution of property. A list of inheritors is generally present, and names of wives and children may also be included. Probate documents are a good source for finding married names of adult daughters, and thus determining parentage.

It’s also possible that a will was handled in Probate Court, but when heirs and administrators disagreed to the point of filing lawsuits, the case was heard in Chancery Court, and the records of both cases were then combined into a Chancery Court file.

Corporate Matters and Real Estate

When handling disputes about land or property, Chancery Courts created records that are helpful in determining where ancestors owned property, as well as noting neighbors and relatives who may have been involved in the dispute. Family squabbles over the disposition of inherited land, as well as disagreements among people in the community, have resulted in many genealogically useful documents. Companies involved in building railroads, or performing other services, may also have appeared before the Chancery Court. In fact, some present day Chancery Courts may focus primarily on corporate matters, real estate, and contracts.

Some of the most important records, genealogically speaking, involve the Chancery Court’s rulings on guardianship of children and the mentally ill. Adoptions, custody disputes, sanity hearings, and domestic matters of various kinds may all be contained in the court’s records.

Chancery Courts: Providing Equity and Justice

While Chancery Courts still exist in some states today, in others it was combined or replaced with some other type of court. It always pays to find out if such courts existed, though, because their records can help solve a wide range of genealogical problems.

For more information about genealogy and court records, see What are Orphan’s Court Records?


Greenwood, Val D. TheResearcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000.

Leary, Helen F. M. North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History. North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1996.

1956 – Don Newcombe, Brooklyn Dodgers. 27-6, 3.06 ERA, 139 strikeouts.

1957 – Warren Spahn, Milwaukee Braves. 21-11, 2.69 ERA, 111 strikeouts

1958 – Bob Turley, New York Yankees. 21-7, 2.97, 168 strikeouts.

1959 – Early Wynn, Chicago White Sox. 22-10, 3.17 ERA, 179 strikeouts.

1960 – Vern Law, Pittsburgh Pirates. 20-9, 3.08 ERA, 120 strikeouts.

1961 – Whitey Ford, New York Yankees. 25-4, 3.21 ERA, 209 strikeouts.

1962 – Don Drysdale, Los Angeles Dodgers. 25-9, 2.83 ERA, 232 strikeouts.

1963 – Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers. 25-5, 1.88 ERA, 306 strikeouts.

1964 – Dean Chance, Los Angeles Angels. 20-9, 1.65 ERA, 207 strikeouts.

1965 – Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers. 26-8, 2.04 ERA, 382 strikeouts.

1966 – Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers. 27-9, 1.73 ERA, 317 strikeouts.

1967 AL – Jim Lonborg, Boston Red Sox. 22-9, 3.16 ERA, 246 strikeouts.

1967 NL – Mike McCormick, San Francisco Giants. 22-10, 2.85 ERA, 150 strikeouts.

1968 AL – Denny McLain, Detroit Tigers. 31-6, 1.96 ERA, 280 strikeouts.

1968 NL – Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals. 22-9, 1.12 ERA, 268 strikeouts.

1969 AL – Denny McLain, Detroit Tigers. 24-9, 2.80, 181 strikeouts.

1969 NL – Tom Seaver, New York Mets. 25-7, 2.21 ERA, 208 strikeouts

1970 AL – Jim Perry, Minnesota Twins. 24-12, 3.04 ERA, 168 strikeouts.

1970 NL – Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals. 23-7, 3.12 ERA, 274 strikeouts.

1971 AL – Vida Blue, Oakland Athletics. 24-8, 1.82 ERA, 301 strikeouts.

1971 NL – Ferguson Jenkins, Chicago Cubs. 24-13, 2.77 ERA, 263 strikeouts.

1972 AL – Gaylord Perry, Cleveland Indians. 24-13, 1.92 ERA, 234 strikeouts.

1972 NL – Steve Carlton, Philadelphia Phillies. 27-10, 1.97 ERA, 310 strikeouts.

1973 AL – Jim Palmer, Baltimore Orioles. 22-9, 2.40 ERA, 158 strikeouts.

1973 NL – Tom Seaver, New York Mets.19-10, 2.08 ERA, 251 strikeouts.

1974 AL – Catfish Hunter, oakland Athletics. 25-12, 2.49 ERA, 143 strikeouts.

1974 NL – Mike Marshall, Los Angeles Dodgers. 15-12, 21 Saves, 2.42 ERA, 143 strikeouts.

1975 AL – Jim Palmer, Baltimore Orioles. 23-11, 2.09 ERA, 193 strikeouts.

1975 NL – Tom Seaver, New York Mets. 22-9, 2.38 ERA, 243 strikeouts.

1976 AL – Jim Palmer, Baltimore Orioles. 22-9, 2.48 ERA, 158 strikeouts.

1976 NL – Randy Jones, San Diego Padres. 22-14, 2.74 ERA, 93 strikeouts.

1977 AL – Sparky Lyle, New York Yankees. 13-5, 26 Saves, 2.17 ERA, 68 strikeouts.

1977 NL – Steve Carlton, Philadelphia Phillies. 23-10, 2.64 ERA, 198 strikeouts.

1978 AL – Ron Guidry, New York Yankees. 25-3, 1.74 ERA, 248 strikeouts.

1978 NL – Gaylord Perry, San Diego Padres. 21-6, 2.73 ERA, 154 strikeouts.

1979 AL – Mike Flanagan, Baltimore Orioles. 23-9, 3.08 ERA, 190 strikeouts.

1979 NL – Bruce Sutter, Chicago Cubs. 6-6, 37 Saves, 2.22 ERA, 110 strikeouts.

1980 AL- Steve Stone, Baltimore Orioles. 25-7, 3.23 ERA, 149 strikeouts.

1980 NL – Steve Carlton, Philadelphia Phillies. 24-9, 2.34 ERA, 286 strikeouts.


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With little more 40 days until voters head to the polls, the 2014 midterm election cycle marks the first in modern history in which Democrats find themselves scrambling to reclaim the lion’s share of the female vote in such elections.

Women tilted Republican in 2010, an unprecedented development since exit polling for congressional races began in 1992, and both parties recognize the critical role women will play in determining whether the GOP regains control of the Senate.

With such concerns in mind, the Democratic Party’s biggest guns – President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the party’s putative frontrunner if she runs in 2016, as many expect – descended on Washington’s Marriott Marquis Hotel, site of the 21sr annual conference of the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum.

The event represented a homecoming of sorts for Clinton, who co-founded the group back in 1993, when she was First Lady. Conceding that midterm elections are not as “glamorous” as presidential contests, Clinton urged the several hundred people in attendance to vote in November, singling out a number of female candidates locked in tight House and Senate races across the country. “This election is a crucial one,” she said.

While touting her own record on women’s issues – a term Clinton herself discounted, preferring instead “family issues” – the potential 2016 contender also praised the records of Obama and Biden, who has made no secret of his interest in pursuing the Democratic presidential nomination.

Following the rocky rollout for her book this spring, when Clinton’s comments about her finances prompted criticism that she has lost touch with ordinary Americans, she used the DNC event to emphasize that she understands the challenges faced by working mothers. 

She recounted her own days as a young attorney in Arkansas, when her husband, the future president, was the state’s governor, and the couple occasionally had problems lining up day care for their daughter Chelsea.

Obama argued that America is “better off” now than when he became president, and that “strong women” will help the nation reach its best days in the years to come. He also rose to the defense of the embattled DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida. Published reports over the past week have alluded to dissatisfaction with Wasserman-Schultz within Democratic ranks – alternately linked to the White House and the Clinton camp – and suggested that some party activists are angling for her replacement.

“Nobody, anywhere, works harder than Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” the president said in comments that followed the congresswoman’s staunch defense of the Obama administration’s record on issues of concern to women.

Biden also defended the DNC chair, saying, “If we want anybody to do that 60 seconds or 120 seconds we get to respond to some attack on the president or on the administration, the best person…is always Debbie.”

As the principal architect of the Violence Against Women Act, a landmark law enacted 20 years ago, Biden enjoys a solid reputation among women voters. However, he committed a gaffe Friday when, in his remarks before the mostly female crowd, he praised the moderation of a number of Republican senators with whom he used to collaborate on legislation – and specifically named former Sen. Bob Packwood of Oregon, who was forced to resign in 1995 amid multiple allegations of sexually harassment.

Polls show no clear trend lines for women voters in key races for the Senate, where Republicans need to win six seats to reclaim majority control of the chamber. Some analysts argue that that bodes well for the GOP, because it shows Democratic candidates are not enjoying the kind of lopsided support from women that they may need in order to offset traditional Republican strength among male voters.

With videos of the beheadings of two American journalists driving fears about the deteriorating state of the Middle East, and U.S. military forces preparing for war against the terrorist army known as ISIS, one female conservative suggested this election cycle will witness the return of “security moms” – female voters distrustful of Democrats on national security issues.

“After all of the unraveling around the world this summer with President Obama’s foreign policy – in the Middle East, with ISIS, in Russia, new relationships with China – we see that unraveling is unsettling to women,” said Gayle Trotter,an attorney and senior fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum in Washington. “More women are saying now that foreign policy is something that they’re very concerned about for the midterm elections.”

James Rosen joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in 1999. He currently serves as the chief Washington correspondent and hosts the online show “The Foxhole.”

Peyton Manning is here to offer us all a somewhat obvious business lesson: legal pot is good for the pizza business.

Manning, the Denver Broncos’ quarterback who bought a whole bunch of Papa John’s franchises just before Colorado residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana, said in a recent interview that legal pot has been a boon for sales.

“There’s some different laws out here in Colorado,” Manning told Sports Illustrated in an interview published Thursday. “Pizza business is pretty good out here, believe it or not, due to some recent law changes.”

Thanks to the approval of Amendment 64 in Colorado, weed is now regulated like alcohol in the state. And since sales began on Jan. 1 of this year, things have gone pretty swimmingly for many business owners in Colorado.

Pot shops in the state sold about $90 million worth of recreational marijuana in the first five months of legal sales — and that doesn’t include the $165 million in revenue that medical marijuana sellers brought in during that same time period. All of this has translated to a ton of tax revenue for the state.

Washington is currently the only other state in the U.S. that has legalized recreational marijuana, though Oregon and Alaska may be next. Many more states have legalized medicinal marijuana.

In other words, the future looks bright for pizza entrepreneurs.

Xbox One Release In China Delayed | Ubergizmo

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China is a very lucrative market for consumer electronics and given the country’s recent relaxation of rules pertaining to gaming consoles both Microsoft and Sony confirmed the launch of their new consoles for the Chinese market. Microsoft’s new console, the Xbox One, has been trailing the PlayStation 4 as far as sales are concerned and if it was looking to make up some ground in China its hopes have been dashed for now. Microsoft has confirmed that it is delaying the Xbox One release in China.

When Microsoft initially announced that the Xbox One will be coming to China it committed to releasing the console on September 23rd. A few days before the release was due to take place Microsoft has sent out a press release in which it only provides a general release timeframe as opposed to a concrete release date.

The company says that “despite strong and steady progress we are going to need a bit more time to deliver the best experiences possible for our fans in China.” Microsoft adds that it is working with its partner BesTV to meet the launch goal it has set out, which is to get the Xbox One out in China by the end of this year.

The Xbox team is going to “celebrate its journey toward launch” on September 22nd at the Oriental Pearl Tower with partners and fans, where attendees will also be able to enjoy gameplay and celebration with Xbox China employees. The company has committed that those customers who have already placed pre-orders will be the first to receive units when they hopefully go on sale later this year.

A lawyer has appeared on fraud charges in the the same court where he defends criminals.

David Nightingale, 31, was arrested and held overnight in police cells before being taken to Hamilton Sheriff Court.

It’s believed the charges relate to money – thought to be more than PS10,000 – belonging to former clients.

Nightingale was arrested by police last weekend at his home in Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire, Hamilton is one of the courts where he appears for clients.

The Law Society of Scotland

The Law Society of Scotland is the professional governing body for Scottish solicitors, based in Edinburgh. It was established by the Legal Aid & Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1949. The main aims of the Society are set out in the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980.  say Nightingale is no longer registered with them as a solicitor.

He became a lawyer four years ago and has worked for a number of Lanarkshire firms.

Police Scotland said: “A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with allegations of fraud and a report submitted to the procurator fiscal procurator fiscal


(in Scotland) a legal officer who acts as public prosecutor and coroner

Procurator Fiscal n (Scottish) -> fiscal m/f


The Crown Office said: “David Nightingale appeared on petition at Hamilton Sheriff Court on November 4 charged with fraud.

“He made no plea or declaration and was granted bail.”

One of his former clients is Kerry McMurray, who appeared in controversial BBC BBC

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