Washington Post: “This month, the Environmental Protection Agency will propose standards that will establish stricter pollution limits for gas-fired power plants than coal-fired power plants . . . . the Obama administration ‘has told several industry folks that the new proposal will have a slightly higher standard for coal.’ Holmstead said the carbon capture and storage requirement will make it impossible to build new coal plants.”
Watts Up with That: “In 2007, the Global Warming Petition Project published a list of more than 31,000 scientists, including more than 9,000 PhDs, who stated, “There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.” . . . Climate Change Reconsidered II is a 1,200-page report that references more than one thousand peer-reviewed scientific papers, compiled by about 40 scientists from around the world. Among the key findings of CCR-II are: . . . .
Extensive peer-reviewed evidence is presented that climate change is natural and man-made influences are small. Fifteen years of flat temperatures show that the climate models are in error.
The Telegraph: “Global warming? No, actually we’re cooling, claim scientists. A cold Arctic summer has led to a record increase in the ice cap, leading experts to predict a period of global cooling. There has been a 60 per cent increase in the amount of ocean covered with ice compared to this time last year, they equivalent of almost a million square miles. . . . A leaked report to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) seen by the Mail on Sunday, has led some scientists to claim that the world is heading for a period of cooling that will not end until the middle of this century.”
Could somebody please tell the U.S. government and President Obama to read the IPPC report?
Wall St. Journal: “A federal judge in California ruled last week that clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co. discriminated against a Muslim employee on religious grounds, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Monday. The lawsuit was filed by the EEOC in 2011 on behalf of Umme-Hani Khan, a Muslim who was fired in February 2010 because her head scarf didn’t conform to the company’s dress code called its ‘Look Policy’.”
Arizona Republic: “Two Surprise residents have been indicted in a $2.5 million income-tax refund scheme, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.”
Arizona Republic: “Stung by an adverse ruling from the Arizona Supreme Court, Mesa is drastically loosening its rules on tattoo parlors. . . . With legal help from the Goldwater Institute, the Colemans sued Mesa, charging that the city had quashed their First Amendment right to artistic expression. Last September, the Arizona Supreme Court sided with the Colemans, agreeing that their profession falls under First Amendment protection. It was the first such ruling by any state high court in the country.”
Washington Examiner: “Washington police are operating under orders to arrest tourists and other non-residents traveling with spent bullet or shotgun casings, a crime that carries a $1,000 fine, a year in jail and a criminal record, . . . ‘Empty shell casings are considered ammunition in Washington, D.C., so they are illegal to possess unless you are a resident and have a gun registration certificate’,”
Alaska Dispatch: “When agents with the Alaska Environmental Crimes Task Force surged out of the wilderness around the remote community of Chicken wearing body armor and jackets emblazoned with POLICE in big, bold letters, local placer miners didn’t quite know what to think. Did it really take eight armed men and a squad-size display of paramilitary force to check for dirty water? . . . [The water police were there] to check for violations of section 404 of the Clean Water Act“
Arizona Republic: “Arizona State University’s president announced Friday that the university will begin construction on its new law school in downtown Phoenix in June 2014. University officials want to move the school from Tempe to be closer to the core legal community in Phoenix, expand program offerings and increase enrollment. . . . ASU has yet to raise any money for the $120 million facility. ‘But that doesn’t mean anything,’ President Michael Crow said.”
As an attorney who has been practicing in Phoenix I am pleased to learn that there is a “core legal community” and it apparently is in down town Phoenix. Now I’m very mad at myself for not knowing this fact and even more mad because I haven’t taken advantage of the core legal community. By the way, can somebody please answer this question: What is a core legal community?
Cash strapped City of Phoenix will allow the law school to occupy city land at no cost plus contribute $12 million of taxpayers’ money to help ASU. Don’t worry though its all for the children so its good.
ASU proudly announced it just spent $25 million of taxpayer funds to build a super fabulous fitness center in down town Phoenix in its quest to become a world class university. What’s next – a state of the art beer pong arena where students can vie for state, national and world records?
“Arizona is one of five states that makes it [fantasy sports league gambling with money] illegal under state law. That’s because Arizona law considers fantasy football a “game of chance,” which is illegal under Arizona gambling laws. . . . Under ARS 13-3303 any website that provides fantasy advice and is accessible to a resident of Arizona, is committing a Class 5 felony.”
Here is the text of Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-3303:
A. Except for amusement, regulated or social gambling, a person commits promotion of gambling if he knowingly does either of the following for a benefit:
1. Conducts, organizes, manages, directs, supervises or finances gambling.
2. Furnishes advice or assistance for the conduct, organization, management, direction, supervision or financing of gambling.
B. Promotion of gambling is a class 5 felony.