Hate Crime Bill Dies In Senate Committee

first_imgIL for www.theindoanlawyer.comHate crime legislation has again failed in the Indiana Statehouse after Senate Republicans could not reach a consensus on what the bill should include.However, while saying the Indiana Legislature would revisit the issue in the future, Senate Pro Tempore David Long maintained case law in Indiana already allows courts to increase a sentence if the crime was motivated by bias against the victim.“So, there’s not a group that’s left out under the current rules,” Long said. “Every Hoosier can be a victim of a bias crime. It can be anyone of us for any reason depending on the motivation of the individual who committed the crime. Under Indiana’s current law, this is covered.”As in the two previous legislative sessions, a hate crime bill authored by Sen. Susan Glick, R-LaGrange, was positioned to move forward. Glick’s measures had passed through the Senate committee in 2016 and 2017, and in 2016 had received approval from the full Senate on a 34-to-16 vote.Yet, the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law tabled a vote on Senate Bill 418 last week after extensive testimony from proponents and opponents of the measure. At the committee hearing this morning, chair Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, said the bill would not be brought up for a vote.He then adjourned the hearing and immediately, he and Glick walked down the hall to another room for a press conference to explain the situation. They were joined by Long, R-Fort Wayne.Long said the Republican caucus had robust and extensive discussions about the bias crime bill but could not find common ground.A sticking point seems to have been the list of characteristics that the bill highlighted as to why the victim was the target of the crime. The bill enabled the court when imposing a sentence to consider as an aggravating circumstance that the crime was committed because of bias against the individual. The list of characteristics included race, religion, disability, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation and ethnicity.Both Long and Young said Senate Republicans had diverging views about the list and the bill. Some saw the need for the list as it was contained in the original bill and some did not want any list included while others believed the list was excluding people and, therefore, should be expanded. Also, Glick noted Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill’s office submitted language that she described as essentially stripping the bill and inserting enhancement provisions.“We didn’t feel at this time that we wanted to go forward with a bill that was cobbled together,” Glick said. “It’s much better to step back, go through the process and maybe in the future come back with something that’s better written and does what we intend to do with this bill.”After the press conference, Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, blasted the majority. He has also authored hate crime legislation, including this session’s Senate Bill 271, but his measures have never gotten hearings. His bills have also included comprehensive lists of characteristics that singled out the victim for the crime.“I am more than disappointed and angry on behalf of victims in this state that another year has gone by and the General Assembly has chosen not to put a law on the books to protect those who are affected by bias-motivated crimes,” Taylor said.Long and Young stressed that the Indiana Supreme Court’s 2003 ruling in Witmer v. State along with a provision in Indiana’s criminal law statute (subsection (c) of Indiana Code 35-38-1-7.1) enables courts to enhance a sentence if a crime was motived by hate.“…everyone is covered, not only in Witmer but also in subsection (c),” Young said. “We just don’t have the specific names but they’re covered.”Glick said even with the court ruling and the provision in the sentencing statute, she still sees a need to hate crime language to be added to the state statute. Her bill, she said, would protect all Indiana residents and emphasize that Hoosiers do not stand for hate.“Sometimes we draw double lines under things and we highlight in bold because we want people to understand, and to make it very clear and that’s what we were attempting to do with this bill,” Glick said.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Plans Underway for Acquisition, Redevelopment of Blighted Gas Stations at O.C. Gateway

first_imgThe abandoned property that was formerly an Exxon Gas Station. By Donald Wittkowski One of three abandoned gas stations that spoil the appearance of Ocean City’s main entryway is inching toward a grand makeover into a new real estate office. Meanwhile, the city is in confidential negotiations to possibly acquire the two other stations as it attempts to remove the blight. Despite the city’s desire to clean up the sites, the rusting and ghostly hulks of the old Exxon, Getty and BP stations stubbornly cling to their locations at the foot of the Ninth Street gateway. The old Exxon station at the corner of Ninth Street and Bay Avenue is one of the first things that visitors see as they arrive. The Getty and BP buildings on the opposite side of Ninth Street confront visitors as they leave town. Frustrated that these eyesores remain standing, city officials have repeatedly said this is not the impression the tourist-friendly town wants to make on visitors. “We’ve been working for a very long time to meet our goal of cleaning up the Ninth Street gateway, and we continue to do everything we can,” Mayor Jay Gillian said. “Abandoned properties are not what we want people to see when they first enter Ocean City.” However, plans are underway to demolish the Exxon station and redevelop the property into a new office for the Keller Williams real estate firm. Eric Booth, sales agent for Keller Williams, said the company is under contract to buy the Exxon site but won’t close the deal until the station’s old underground gasoline storage tanks are removed. The purchase price has not yet been disclosed. Booth noted that an application has been filed for the regulatory permits to extract the storage tanks. Once the tanks are taken out, Keller Williams will complete the purchase and move ahead with plans to build what Booth described as a multimillion-dollar office. George Wray Thomas Architecture & Engineering of Somers Point is finishing designs for the new Keller Williams office, which Booth estimates will take about six months to build. Keller Williams will then have a new hub perched at one of the most prominent locations in town. Booth believes the project would help transform the Ninth Street corridor. “It improves it dramatically,” he said. “Our business in Ocean City is based on tourism and making their experience great. I think it’s exactly what Ocean City needs coming into town.” A real estate office is the type of project that would complement the commercial character of the Ninth Street gateway, Booth said. He would like to see other professional offices replace the old Getty and BP stations on the other side of the street. Ocean City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson said negotiations continue for the city to acquire the old gas stations, but she declined to disclose more details. According to Booth, the city is “actively pursuing” the Getty and BP sites, but is letting Keller Williams move forward with its purchase of the Exxon station.Blighted Former Gas Station Properties on 9th Street in Ocean City. Keller Williams represents the owner of the BP station and recently listed the property for sale at $475,000, Booth said. The mayor has proposed spending $1.5 million for various property acquisitions this year within the city’s $98.5 million capital program. To avoid tipping its hand in negotiations, the city has not yet revealed how much it is willing to spend to buy the old gas stations.If negotiations fail, the city has other options. City Council approved an ordinance last June that gives the city more power to acquire abandoned properties considered a nuisance. It grants the city the right to take control of abandoned sites, borrow money for their renovation or rehabilitation and then recoup those costs through property liens at the time of sale.last_img read more

Butterflies and Pentas

first_imgRight now, it seems like it’s a banner year for butterflies everywhere I travel in the South. While the big monarch butterfly migration hasn’t hit, the populations of others seem to be high. I’m not sure if there is a correlation, but it also seems as if pentas are having the most incredible year ever.What a quandary for the landscape industry. Cool-season flowers will soon be planted, and pentas and many other warm-season annuals are not only showing out, but are adorned with butterflies like few have seen.I am seeing the Graffiti series of pentas across Georgia. It was a little over a decade ago that I received a postcard that led me to notice them when I went to the California Spring Trials. The ‘Graffiti Red Lace’ pentas on the postcard were so beautiful, I thought surely they had been digitally enhanced prior to printing.At the trials, they were just as beautiful and I, too, easily duplicated that same image. Now, a decade later, landscape professionals, home gardeners and places like the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah are using them in great quantities, much to the delight of pollinators. There are several colors and a mix in the series. I also love the ‘Graffiti Lipstick’ and ‘Graffiti Violet.’ The Graffiti series is brought to us by Benary, whose headquarters is in Germany. Another impressive series I’m seeing in commercial landscapes this year is the HoneyCluster series from Syngenta. The HoneyCluster series comes in four colors and a mix and grows to a medium height. Next year’s highlight may be the Falling Star series, the first trailing pentas in the market.If you love butterflies, hummingbirds and four months or more of nonstop color, then you’ve got to try these new pentas. The leaves are shiny and attractive, which make for a great contrast with the star-shaped colorful blossoms.Blooms will be produced in abundance all summer if beds are prepared correctly. Choose a site in full sun for best flower production. Prepare the bed by incorporating 3 to 4 inches of organic matter and till to a depth of 8 to 10 inches. While tilling, incorporate 2 pounds of a slow-release, 12-6-6 fertilizer.The next step may be the most crucial to happiness with your pentas. If your soil is acidic and you grow azaleas, camellias or blueberries with ease, you will need to add lime to the planting area for your pentas. While preparing the soil, add 5 pounds of a pelletized lime per 100 square feet in sandy soil or 10 pounds in a clay-based soil. This is recommended because pentas prefer a soil pH of 7. Many gardeners annually apply lime to grass or vegetable gardens and, in this case, a little will help the pentas keep their flowers all summer.Pentas fit any style of garden. I like them in a tropical setting in front of bananas and elephant ears, but I love them in our Cottage Garden. Here we are using ‘Graffiti Red Lace,’ with ‘Chapel Hill Yellow’ lantana and the blue-flowered Brazilian buttonbush, which creates a perfect, triadic harmony of color and brings in pollinators.Releasing butterflies has become popular for some wedding venues. Here at the garden, our weddings have included the continuous flight of butterflies in our Cottage Garden thanks to Graffiti pentas. Your home can become a butterfly and pollinator sanctuary too. Follow me on Twitter: @CGBGgardenguru.last_img read more

Interagency Exercise Hones Rescue Operations

first_imgBy Dialogo October 14, 2011 The largest federal interagency exercise for personnel rescue and recovery began at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, and continues through October 21 with joint, coalition, interagency and international participants, and focuses on saving lives. Colombia is also taking part. Chile, El Salvador, Peru, and Uruguay, among other countries, are observing the exercise this year. Brett Hartnett, a former Air Force combat rescue helicopter pilot who founded and manages the exercise, attributed its continued success to networking, partnerships and the “whole of government” approach to saving lives. Hartnett noted the value of close, regular exercises with countries such as Colombia, which returned this year for its fourth Angel Thunder. “We know they’re good, we know who to contact, and we’re used to working with them,” he said. The annual Angel Thunder exercise, sponsored by the Air Force’s Air Combat Command, is using an earthquake scenario to prepare participants for rescue and recovery missions, officials said. This year’s exercise involves 1,400 people from U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Africa Command and the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, officials said. Also taking part are key U.S. agencies such as the State Department, Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Drug Enforcement Agency, and U.S. Agency for International Development. Local participants in the network also contribute to the exercise’s success, Hartnett said. This year, two hospitals, three sheriff’s offices, a fire department and three universities are participating. The goal of Angel Thunder is simple: “The mission comes down to saving lives,” Hartnett said.last_img read more

Guatemalan Police Seize Heroin from France

first_imgBy Dialogo August 28, 2012 On August 23, the Guatemalan Police confiscated 100 kilos of liquid heroin which entered the country as a pharmaceuticals from France, according to the report from the Ministry of Interior. The product was being stored in the capital’s Express Aéreo Customs, and was bound for a company in the San José Pinula municipality, about 12 miles east of the capital, detailed the press release. The drug entered the country inside bottles and plastic cans that appeared to contain pharamaceutical drugs. The official report indicated that, for the moment, no one has been arrested in connection to the illegal smuggle.last_img read more

Anatomy of the marketing department – biggest challenges for credit unions

first_imgCodigo’s recent report surveyed over 250 banks and credit unions to get an in-depth look at how recent banking trends have affected today’s financial marketing department.  Among the many topics addressed by the report, a look at the biggest challenges marketing departments are facing today was an interesting one. 70% claimed their biggest challenge was attributed to a lack of people or budget — 42% said they faced a lack of departmental resources, while 28% said budget constraints would be the thing to overcome this year.Is technology partly responsible for this reported lack of human and financial resources? Today, smartphones and tablets are a part of everyday life. According to Pew Research Center, 64% of all Americans own a smartphone. Neilson reports that, on average, Americans spent 60 hours per week consuming content across internet-enabled devices. Those numbers in mind, marketers have evolved their strategies to include the media avenues of our modern age.  As more resources are allocated to mobile and online interactions, marketing departments must decide the best way to handle the additional workload and expense.Additionally, Business Insider reports that Americans spend more time on social media than any other major Internet activity, providing institutions a 24/7 pathway to communicate with customers.  The ever-growing social media population is creating a need for institutions to employ a Social Media specialist or reallocate current employee responsibilities to manage the institution’s social presence.  Codigo’s report revealed that roughly one-in-five institutions currently has a Social Media specialist on their marketing team.As technology paves the way for new, cost-effective methods to market to the masses, an institution’s marketing personnel and budget will continue to be stretched and reallocated until the perfect mix is found. The report indicates slight growth in internal headcount, but the majority of respondents looked for help beyond the institution’s walls in order to manage the numerous marketing channels in today’s competitive landscape.Codigo’s report says 68% of institutions use a marketing agency, and more than half allotted up to 25% of their total marketing budget to pay for the help. The top three activities reportedly outsourced to agencies are print advertising (40%), direct mail (37%), and in-branch merchandising (32%). Codigo also uncovered that three out of four institutions keep social media in house. Is it safe to say institutions are deciding to outsource traditional marketing activities to allow internal employees time to focus on online channels? Perhaps this trend could be attributed to the fact that institutions want total control over how their brand is represented online.What is your marketing department’s biggest challenge this year? What, if anything, does your department outsource to a marketing agency? Share your experiences below. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Matt Deaton Matt Deaton is the Marketing Manager at Codigo, a Louisville. KY-based technology company that develops retail engagement tools such as digital signage, interactive kiosks, and on-hold messaging. Codigo has served … Web: www.gocodigo.com Detailslast_img read more

Berger, Hunt address misconceptions about CUs’ bank acquisitions

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Contrary to some bank lobbyists’ arguments, the increase in credit unions’ acquisitions of banks is “a strategic decision” – both for credit unions to grow and banks to benefit financially – according to an S&P Global articlefeaturing NAFCU’s Dan Berger and Carrie Hunt. Instead of targeting their displeasure about these acquisitions towards credit unions, bankers should reflect on the shortcomings of their industry and look to their own to understand why banks are selling to credit unions.“Credit unions want the assets, they want the bank’s customers, especially if it fits in the field of membership, they may want some branch locations,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “A credit union buying a bank, it’s always a strategic decision.”Credit unions looking to acquire a bank must make a cash offer because of the structural differences between the two institutions. Banks, on the other hand, can offer stock options when looking to acquire another bank, but as well run financial institutions, credit unions have the capacity to make competitive offers.last_img read more

Coram Man Charged With Fatal DWI Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Coram man has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a 28-year-old man and injured another in Deer Park five weeks ago, Suffolk County police said.Stephan Harbison was charged Friday with vehicular manslaughter, vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated.Police said the 27-year-old suspect was driving an Infiniti southbound on Straight Path when the vehicle left the road and struck a tree south of Sagamore Lane at 4:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26.One of his passengers, Hamzah Abdul-Hakim, of Wyandanch, was trapped in the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The other, 28-year-old Ismail Latif, also of Wyandanch, was hospitalized in critical condition.Harbison, who previously told police that his name was Darnell Snell, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition.Harbison will be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Greene High School’s ‘Tractor Day’ holds special meaning for class of 2020

first_imgVILLAGE OF GREENE (WBNG) — Seniors at Greene Central High School held their annual Tractor Day Monday, but like many things in the era of COVID-19, it looked a little different than usual. Tractor Day is a decades old tradition in which seniors drive their tractors to school on the last day of classes after meeting for breakfast in the morning. When Senior Jakob Funnell heard that students wouldn’t be returning to school earlier this Spring, the fate of Tractor Day was one of the first things that came to mind. “We’ve planned on doing this since the beginning of the school year and so with everything being uncertain, this is one thing that will stay the same,” she said. “It means a lot because we get to see them one last time we’re not having a normal graduation so we get to see everyone this last time,” said Nathan Barry. “Once our escort says we’re good to go we’ll have the lawn tractors up in front, then the mid size tractors up to big tractors,” he said. Today he and about two dozen high school seniors made sure that mission was a successful one. “I made a group chat on Snapchat and I said ‘guys we have to do Tractor Day. And this mission is a go,’ that’s what I said.” For many students it was a final opportunity to spend time with friends they had been separated from since before the crisis. center_img For senior Emma Smith, that tradition took on a whole new meaning this year because of the impact of the coronavirus. Student organizers worked with local law enforcement and emergency personnel to make sure the event was carried out safely. It was an opportunity to have one last celebration, and rev those engines for the class of 2020. Their proud parents lined the parade route holding signs and waving as the students made their way through the center of town. “This is a small school so we’re all really close, this is a family we’re going to go have a barbecue after this and it’s just going to be a really nice day, I haven’t seen everyone in so long I can’t wait” she said. “They spent lots of time planning it and making sure they could still do this tradition because they’ve missed out on a lot of things these last few months,” said Anita Barry. last_img read more

Formula 1 reveals record-length race calendar for 2021 season