March 10, 2014
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March 10, 2014
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A special letter written by Lieutenant Paul Barbour of the Edmond, Oklahoma Police Department helped ease the fears of two young girls. Aubrey Craig, 11, and her sister Ava, 9, were having many sleepless nights, anxious and fearful that something would happen to them. Aubrey told KFOR NewsChannel 4, “There are so many bad things out there and you never know what can happen to you.” The girls were so frightened that Aubrey slept with a golf club, and Ava kept a Louisville slugger at her bedside.
Kacie, the girls’ mother believes that her daughters’ fears stem from the violence they see on television. “Just scared. Just kind of scared about life in general.” the mom said. “We started a process where we would get her up before bedtime and go door to door and window to window to show she’s safe and everything is locked and we live in a safe town and community.” Despite that safety check, Ava would still end up at times, on her parent’s bedroom floor in tears.
According to KWTV News 9, Lt. Barbour found out about the Craig girls’ problem from his wife, who works with Kacie. Barbour told KFOR, “My heart went out to them and I needed to do something to make them feel safe.” So, during his graveyard shift earlier this week, the 29-year veteran of the force decided to pen a handwritten letter to the girls, reassuring them of their safety.
Lieutenant Paul Barbour of the Edmond, Oklahoma Police Department (KFOR)
Lieutenant Paul Barbour of the Edmond, Oklahoma Police Department (KFOR)
The note read:
“Hello Ava and Aubrey,
This is Lt. Paul Barbour from Edmond P.D. I work the night shift and patrol neighborhoods and look for criminal activity. We do this so people can sleep and [sic] night and not worry about their safety.
I was driving through your neighborhood and everything looked good! I wanted to drop you a note to let you know all is well!
He left the letter taped to the family’s front door for the girls to discover in the morning. “It was nice to be able to write it down and tell somebody that I am out here watching and that we do care about you,” said Lt. Barbour.
The officer’s act of kindness worked and the family says they are resting well now with the peace of mind that they are being protected. “I felt a lot more safe and secure knowing that someone is watching after us,” said Aubrey.
Lt. Paul Barbour said, “One of the things that probably bothers me the most is the, the fact that criminals could take the innocence of a child. And I don’t want that, for my kids or for anybody else’s children.”
March 10, 2014
Many people want out of jury duty because it disrupts their lives, and you’ll find an endless amount of online information about how to escape. The problem? It’s mostly BS. Let’s take a look at some of the more common myths out there about jury duty and the truths you should know.
I recently received a call for jury duty. While it was somewhat bad timing, I figured if I got a case that lasted a week or two it wouldn’t cause a huge disruption in my life. I find the law fascinating and have always wanted to see how the jury system operates. Unfortunately, I got stuck with the prospect of a 90-day trial which would cause severe financial hardship and other difficulties for myself and the people who depend on me. I spent a lot of time reading about my options. I consulted two lawyers (who would prefer to remain nameless in this post). I figured out how I could get dismissed from the case. Through that process I learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t. Unsurprisingly, most of what you read online is a load of crap. To counteract that, let’s debunk some common myths about jury service.
When I spoke with a couple of lawyers, I asked them both how someone might avoid getting called for jury duty in the first place. They told me you can’t really do much to avoid the letter these days.
Potential jurors were once pulled from voter registration lists and you could avoid serving simply by choosing not to vote. Things have sinced changed, however, and whether or not you vote has little impact. Nowadays, procuring a state-issued ID or driver’s license, buying a home, and/or filing tax returns can get you on the list as well. Basically, if you’re an active citizen of the United States you can expect to be called someday.
Many people who have never been called for jury duty believe that they cannot reschedule their service dates. This is, fortunately, not the case. While the government isn’t perfect, it does recognize that you might have an easier time serving at a different date. When you receive your notice, you can choose to postpone if the week assigned to you causes problems.
That said, you can’t postpone indefinitely. Most states only allow you to push your service date off into the future a couple of times (though it does vary depending on where you live, and what kind of jury service you’re called for). Fortunately, this isn’t particularly confusing. If you read your notice, it will clearly explain how you can postpone should you want to. Just follow the instructions and you can try and set up your jury service for a more convenient time period.
It’s important to follow these instructions. If you do not, or you ignore the notice, you can end up with severe consequences. While the courts won’t always pursue a juror who pretends he or she didn’t receive a notice, it can result in an arrest. The courts try to make selection fair so nobody is forced to incur any serious hardship, so its best to trust the processes in place rather than try to circumvent them.
Actually, the court does care about your financial hardship. You’re no good to them if you go homeless in the middle of a lengthy trial or have to work afterwards—something I was told repeatedly during the selection process. They don’t let you work on trial days because they don’t want you distracted. If your employer won’t pay you for the majority of your jury service, you can claim financial hardship and ask the judge to excuse you. Just be prepared to prove it.
Financial hardship depends on a lot of factors and there’s no way to determine for certain how a judge will react to your claim. That said, you can make a pretty good guess. If the case in question is only a week long, chances are you won’t be able to claim financial hardship at all because most people can take that time off of work without too much trouble. (Exceptions: single parents and primary care providers for ill children, spouses, and relatives.) The longer a case gets, however, the more powerful your claim will be. For example, if you were on a two-month case but your employer only paid for a week of service, you’d have to live off of practically nothing for the remaining weeks. Generally speaking, if your employer pays for less than half of the number of days you’ll have to serve, you have a good chance of being excused. If they pay for more, you might not.
Financial hardship comes in different forms, too. If you have non-refundable travel tickets, for example, the courts will often excuse you if the case will cause you to miss your trip. That doesn’t mean you should book a flight after you get called for a case, but if you already have a trip planned you can make this claim. Ultimately, though, if you can serve without much consequence you should. The jury system falters when good people escape their duty. Sometimes life dictates reasons to do this, but many people are simply inconvenienced. In order to have a good jury pool, everyone has to be willing to participate if they can without extreme hardship. Before you make a claim to a judge, take this into consideration.
Lying about hardships to get out of jury duty is perjury. If you’re caught, the government can choose to prosecute you for your infraction. Perjury is a felony, and you can end up in prison for up to five years for committing it. That said, the government has to prosecute you for that to happen and in most cases, they won’t. They have better things to do with your time. You might think that lying just means a harsh scolding by the judge and no problems whatsoever. In most courtrooms, you won’t get off that easy. Here’s why.
Judges can issue orders in a court, as you probably know. When you don’t follow that order, they can hold you in contempt. While contempt won’t land you in prison for five years, it can give you a sentence for around five days and a fine of $ 1,000. Unlike perjury, you don’t have to be convicted to be punished for contempt. The moment the judge holds you in contempt of his or her court, you go directly to jail. While you could lie and potentially get away with it without being punished, you most likely will be punished if caught. So don’t lie to get out of jury duty. If you don’t succeed, the consequences suck.
Judges won’t excuse you if you have a bias towards the case—but lawyers might. You can get excused for bias during a process called voir dire, but that isn’t as straightforward as saying “I’m biased” or “I think the defendant(s) looks guilty.” If you think something that simple can get you out of jury duty in front of a judge and lawyers who have seen these tricks for many, many years, you are sorely mistaken. The lawyers I spoke with said they don’t catch every lie, but they’re often aware of when someone’s trying to look biased.
In the United States, voir dire is the process in which lawyers question jurors about their background. Upon answering those questions, both the prosecution and defense can choose to dismiss you from the jury pool. The goal of this process is to create a group of citizens who can judge the case fairly, as both sides have to agree to keep a juror. If you answer these questions dishonestly to try and provide a bias, not knowing what the case is about, you might give a favorable answer without realizing it. Furthermore, if you make your bias obvious there won’t be a person in the room who can’t tell what you’re trying to do. Answer honestly. If you really don’t want to be on a trial, remember how big the juror pool is. In almost every circumstance, you have a pretty tiny chance of selection—especially on the longer trials.
As a juror, you’re required to stay silent about the proceedings of your case until deliberations are complete and the verdict is a matter of public record. People new to jury service sometimes assume that this means you can’t go home until the case has finished to avoid any leaks from you or any outside influence upon you. In reality, you get to go home every day after service just like you would from work.
On some occasions, a judge will order sequestration of a jury. According to the lawyers I spoke with, this is exceptionally rare and only occurs with cases with significant media coverage. Sequestration means jurors get put up in a hotel and aren’t allowed access to most media. Contact with the outside world is also limited during the duration of the trial.
Judges won’t always sequester a jury in these cases, however, as there are alternatives you don’t hear about too often. Also in rare cases, marshalls will be assigned to juror to escort them to and from service. This ensures their safety and that the juror goes straight home from trial. Some juries are anonymized as well, for their safety and to avoid any tampering that may occur should outside sources try to contact them.
We see a lot of trials depicted on television where all jurors must reach a verdict unanimously: guilty or not guilty. This is because the trials on legal dramas tend to be criminal cases, where this is true—to an extent. If jurors cannot agree on a verdict they’re considered a “hung jury” and a mistrial is declared. That’s the system we’re used to.
Civil cases, where a person sues for monetary damages, only nine of 12 jurors must agree on the verdict. The same goes for a grand jury seeking an indictment. If you find yourself on a civil or grand jury, you won’t have quite the burden of agreement that you would with a criminal case.
Your boss cannot fire you for completing your jury service, whether the company pays you for it or not. While the law varies slightly from state to state, your job is considered safe. If an employer even threatens to fire you, their consequences can be severe—including both fines and jail time.
Most employers know this and won’t give you much trouble for serving on a jury. In the event you run into a boss dumb enough to try to fire you for serving your civic duty, the solution is pretty simple: file a complaint with the Trial Court Administrator. The courts take this stuff pretty seriously and want you to be able to serve. If your employer threatens that, they’ll take care of the problem for you.
A lot of people don’t realize that the jury duty process works pretty well. Obviously there are issues with every system, but this one has been in place for a long time and does a pretty good job of determining who should and shouldn’t be excused. If you just follow the rules and tell the truth, the courts will do their best to make a fair determination. Follow along, be kind, and don’t lie. If you have a legitimate reason to be excused from your service, you don’t have much to worry about.
March 10, 2014
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Saw this movie on 11/17/13. It was really funny and really emotional, too. It will have you crying out of laughter and sadness. Without giving away the plot, the whole gang reunites at Lance’s house for the holidays and. once again, secrets play a major role in this movie. Feelings get hurt and a lot of inappropriate things are said. During the course of the movie, you get to see if true friendship can overcome all of it. Definitely worth seeing it in the theater with a crowd.
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I usually wait for movies to come out on Netflix but this was definitely money well spent. Great story line, sexy cast, and funny lines. Hoping for another sequel.
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Best sequel, well worth the wait, the cast picked up right where they left off, lots of laughing and crying. I must see it again and again!!!
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March 10, 2014
March 10, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — William Clay Ford was born into a fortune and spent much of his life staying away from fame as he steered the family business and owned an NFL franchise.
The man reverently referred to as Mr. Ford, the last surviving grandchild of automotive pioneer Henry Ford and owner of the Detroit Lions, died Sunday. He was 88.
Ford Motor Co. said in a statement that Ford died of pneumonia at his home in Grosse Pointe. He worked for the company bearing his name for more than half of its 100-year history. He bought a business of his own, the Lions, a half-century ago.
Despite ample opportunity to boost his ego in either role, Ford chose to carry himself in a quiet way publicly.
”My father was a great business leader and humanitarian who dedicated his life to the company and the community,” William Clay Ford Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. and Lions vice chairman, said in a statement. ”He also was a wonderful family man, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.”
To the masses in the Motor City, Ford was simply the owner of the Lions who struggled to achieve success on the field despite showing his passion for winning by spending money on free agents, coaches, executives and facilities.
Privately, relatively few people got to know a humble and humorous guy with great stories to tell.
Funeral services will be private, fittingly for a man who didn’t let the public get to know him.
”I wish people knew the Mr. Ford that I knew,” former Lions general manager Matt Millen said Sunday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. ”He was a very, very fascinating guy who played golf with President (Dwight) Eisenhower, ran with the Rat Pack, talked to President (John) Kennedy on the phone. As a kid who grew up sitting at the foot of a grandpa who invented everything, talking to him was a history lesson and I absolutely loved it every time.”
Ford’s first full season leading the Lions was in 1964, seven years after the franchise won the NFL title. The lone playoff victory he enjoyed was in 1992. The Lions are the only team to go 0-16 in a season, hitting rock bottom in 2008 after he finally fired Millen, a Super Bowl-winning linebacker and TV analyst he hired to lead the franchise without any front-office experience.
After an 11-year drought, the Lions improved enough to make the playoffs in 2011 only to lose a combined 21 games over the next two seasons.
From Ford’s first season as team owner to his last, the Lions won 310 games, lost 441 and tied 13. His .441 winning percentage with the Lions was the NFL’s worst among teams that existed in 1964, according to STATS LLC.
”I hate that we couldn’t bring the Lombardi Trophy to Detroit for him,” said former defensive end Robert Porcher, who played on the Barry Sanders-led team that won the franchise’s only playoff game since 1957. ”After I retired, I invited him and his wife to meet me at my restaurant. I didn’t think he would come, but he did. He talked about his passion for the team and how much he hated that we weren’t winning. Mr. Ford said to me what I think people wished he would’ve said publicly.”
Ford moved the club from Tiger Stadium in Detroit to the Pontiac Silverdome in 1975 before bringing his team back downtown.
”No owner loved his team more than Mr. Ford loved the Lions,” Lions President Tom Lewand said in a statement released by the team. ”Those of us who had the opportunity to work for Mr. Ford knew of his unyielding passion for his family, the Lions and the city of Detroit. His leadership, integrity, kindness, humility and good humor were matched only by his desire to bring a Super Bowl championship to the Lions and to our community.
”Each of us in the organization will continue to relentlessly pursue that goal in his honor.”
Ford Field – a spectacular 65,000-seat, $ 315 million indoor stadium – opened in 2002 that, coupled with a state-of-the-art team headquarters in nearby Allen Park, gave the Lions the best facilities money could buy.
But blueprints for consistently winning in the NFL are not for sale.
”Detroit is a football town with fans who want to win – bad – but what they miss is Mr. Ford wanted to win more than any of the fans did,” Millen told the AP on Sunday. ”For a variety of reasons, it didn’t work out. It wasn’t because he didn’t want to. He was willing to try anything and he did.”
Born in 1925 with what was already a household name, Ford was 23 when he joined the Ford Motor Co. board of directors in 1948, one year after the death of his grandfather, Henry Ford.
Ford remained a company director until 2005, later taking the title of director emeritus.
”Mr. Ford had a profound impact on Ford Motor Company,” Ford CEO Alan Mulally said in a statement.
He helped institutionalize the practice of professional management atop the company that began with the naming of Philip Caldwell as Ford CEO in 1979 and as Ford chairman in March 1980, without relinquishing the Ford family’s control.
As a board member, Ford helped bring the company back under his family’s control in 2001, when the directors ousted former CEO Jacques Nasser in favor of William Clay Ford Jr.
The youngest of Edsel B. Ford’s four children, Ford Sr. was first elected to the Ford Motor Co. board in June 1948. He rarely spoke publicly but was reflective during the company’s centennial year in 2003. At the annual meeting, he told stories about his grandfather teaching him to drive at age 10, and of being taken for his first airplane ride in a Ford Tri-Motor by Charles Lindbergh.
”I just want you to know that we have tremendous pride in the Ford name,” he told the shareholders more than a decade ago. ”We have a spirit of working together, and we have a passion for cars. And we also have a great desire to see the Ford name in the forefront of world transportation.”
Ford was more comfortable watching his Lions than maneuvering in the corporate boardroom. By the time he became a Ford director, his brother, Henry Ford II, was firmly in control of the company.
The Lincoln Continental Mark II, his biggest project, was an early attempt by Ford to compete with General Motors’ Cadillac brand, which at the time had cornered the market for luxury cars sold to a growing class of affluent Americans, according to Gerald Meyers, a University of Michigan business professor who worked at Ford in the 1950s.
But the car was killed off in 1957 after being on sale only two years, a victim of poor marketing and Henry Ford II’s indifference toward his brother’s pet project.
”He put his whole life into that car,” Meyers said in an interview with the AP. ”This was to be the beginning of the high-priced luxury vehicles for the Ford Motor Co. that they didn’t have. It would lead the company into the broader market more like General Motors had become. It didn’t turn out that way.”
The car was a frustrating start to a series of efforts to make Lincoln a top luxury brand, efforts that continue today.
Although Ford personified the family’s influence over the company for years, he seldom had a profound impact on it, Meyers said. He was often overshadowed by his brother, Henry Ford II, who fired flamboyant president and Mustang father Lee Iacocca in 1978. But Meyers said William Clay Ford would have had to approve such a bold move to get rid of Iacocca, who went on to lead rival Chrysler.
Ford always kept the Lions close to his heart and was loyal perhaps to a fault.
While each of Detroit’s other three professional franchises – the Red Wings, Pistons and Tigers – have won at least one championship in relatively recent decades, the Lions were synonymous with losing under Ford.
He seemed to lead the Lions with a light touch, leaving most decisions up to administrators such as Russ Thomas, Chuck Schmidt, Millen and current general manager Martin Mayhew.
In league circles, he was very popular.
”For five decades, Mr. Ford’s passion for the Lions, Detroit, and the NFL was the foundation of one of the NFL’s historic franchises,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. ”As an NFL owner, Mr. Ford helped bring the NFL through enormous periods of change and growth, always guided by his commitment to what was best for the NFL and his beloved Lions.”
Ford was married to the former Martha Parke Firestone, an heiress to the Akron, Ohio, rubber fortune. Her grandfather, Harvey Firestone, was a close friend of Henry Ford. They had three daughters, a son, 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
AP Auto Writer Tom Krisher contributed to this report.
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