Notre Dame’s past shows University not immune to problems

first_imgNotre Dame was once at the center of the national priest abuse scandals. Fr. James Burtchaell, formerly a professor of theology and provost, on resigned his professorship on Dec. 2, 1991, in the wake of sexual misconduct charges, The Observer reported.“At the request of the University, he agreed in April 1991 to resign from the faculty at the end of his current sabbatical leave in the summer of 1992,” Fr. Carl Ebey, former provincial superior of the Congregation of the Holy Cross said in a statement reported in the Dec. 3, 1991, issue of The New York Times.One of Burtchaell’s alleged victims, John Michael Vore, said the priest was his spiritual advisor, The Observer reported in its Dec. 9, 1991, issue.“I experienced a violation when I was with him — a violation of trust, of the confidence I had in him,” Vore said at the time.Burtchaell’s resignation followed an investigation conducted by the Office of the Provost, under the leadership of then-provost Timothy O’Meara. The investigation was conducted throughout the 1990-91 academic year, after different students alleged Burtchaell abused them, according to the Dec. 3, 1991, issue of The Observer.Burtchaell was on leave from the University for the 1991-92 academic year, when he was a visiting professor at Princeton University. His resignation was effective at the conclusion of that academic year.It is unclear when the University first received reports of Burtchaell’s abuse of students. William Storey, a theology professor at Notre Dame who retired in 1991, said he reported possible sexual misconduct by Burtchaell to the Congregation of the Holy Cross in 1976, according to the Dec. 13, 1991 issue of the National Catholic Reporter.Burtchaell served as the University’s first provost for seven years beginning in 1970. He was also chair of the Theology Department from 1968 to 1970.He was known for stringent pro-life position and opposition to homosexuality in the Church, but also supported the ordination of women in a 1975 homily, The Observer reported.After his resignation, Burtchaell was barred from public ministry, but remains a member of the Congregation of the Holy Cross.Burtchaell’s case was the highest profile case of sexual abuse at Notre Dame, but former Notre Dame rector Fr. Robert Huneke was also implicated when a former student wrote a letter to members of the parish at which Huneke served in 1989.Huneke allegedly began abusing the student when he was a parish priest in Long Island in 1969. When the student began attending Notre Dame in the early 1970s, Huneke followed him to the University, and served as an assistant rector of Cavanaugh Hall and rector of Grace Hall, according to the May 4, 2003, issue of The South Bend Tribune.The abuse continued until the student was 20-years-old, according to The Tribune, but the student did not report the abuse until both he and Huneke were no longer present at the University.Huneke was working at a parish in Huntington, N.Y., in 1989 when the student accused him of abuse. The diocese removed Huneke from the parish, and the priest eventually married a former nun, according to The Tribune.The student learned in 2001 that Huneke was working as a guidance counselor at a high school in Atlanta. He informed the school about Huneke’s past, and the former priest was fired, according to The Tribune.The University established a three-member committee in 2003 for students and alumni to contact to report sexual misconduct by clergy, according to The Tribune. The committee consisted of Theology Department chair John Cavadini, then-associate provost and current president of Saint Mary’s College Carol Mooney and then-general counsel Carol Kaesebier.last_img read more

Op-Ed: Coal Trains

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Brian L. Gunn for the Auburn (Wash.) Reporter:When I ran for state representative in 2012, I walked downtown Auburn neighborhoods with a petition calling on state leaders to deny permitting of coal export terminals.The folks who signed the petition agreed that increased coal train traffic through our city was bad for our health, bad for our economy, and bad for our quality of life.In the years since, one coal terminal proposal after another has been rejected, due in large part to the determined opposition of regular folks like the ones who signed my petition.But coal trains can still be seen on an almost daily basis in the Auburn train yard. The U.S. still gets about a third of its power (down from around half a decade ago) from coal-fired power plants, and we’re still shipping millions of tons of coal to Asia.So where does all that coal come from?Much of it (41 percent, according to a report from the Interior Department) comes from public lands, land owned by taxpayers like you and me. The coal companies pay fees and royalties, but are we getting a fair price? Taxpayers for Common Sense says no, and the National Resource Defense Council estimates we may have been cheated by over $30 billion over the last 30 years.Bring in the social cost of burning fossil fuels anywhere in the world, the damage to human health, rising food costs from unproductive fields, and property damage from extreme weather events, and the evidence is clear: the American people are getting a raw deal for allowing coal companies to extract our natural resources.That’s why I’ll be testifying at a hearing in Seattle in support of the Obama administration’s moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands. Detractors of this plan claim the coal industry makes vital contributions to our economy, but, as we have seen, that argument just doesn’t add up.Job growth in the renewable energy sector is on the way up. The U.S. solar industry added some 35,000 jobs in 2015 alone. And increasingly, power generated through solar and wind costs no more than artificially “cheap” fossil fuels – as subsidized by you and me. We won’t be placing any financial burden on the household incomes of American ratepayers by accelerating the transition to cleaner ways to power our lives and homes.Full item: Supporting the moratorium on coal leases Op-Ed: Coal Trainslast_img read more

UPDATED: Body of missing hiker on A.T. found in North GA

first_imgSix-year-old attacked by mountain lion while hiking, saved by adult who punched it in the stomach A park ranger administered first aid to the child who is said to have minor injuries. The park is closed while the California Department of Fish and Wildlife search for the animal.  The Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board includes 16 experts in toxicology, public health, ecology, engineering and other related fields. Their expertise assists the state departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services by recommending reviews and evaluations of contaminants, acting as consultants on DEQ’s determinations to regulate contaminants, and helping the agencies identify contaminants of concern and which should be studied further. UPDATE: Dawson County authorities found the body of Eddie Noonkester around 2:30 pm on February 19th. The cause of death remains unknown though his body has been transported to the state crime lab for further investigation. Read the story here: North Carolina board to meet Feb. 24 to discuss PFOA/PFOS and hexavalent chromium recommendations Search underway for hiker missing on Appalachian Trailcenter_img Authorities believe Noonkester may have become disoriented on the trail and may be suffering from a medical emergency in Dawson County, GA, CBS46 reports. It’s also possible that Noonkester wandered off the trail and is now lost in the surrounding national forest. Authorities are asking anyone who sees Noonkester to call 911. The NC state Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board will meet on Feb. 24 in Raleigh to discuss PFOA/PFOS and hexavalent chromium recommendations, says a DEQ press release. The meeting will also include a public forum. The meeting will be held in the Archdale Building in Raleigh at 10 a.m. This story was originally posted on February 19, 2020, and was updated on February 20, 2020. K-9 teams are searching around the clock for missing hiker Eddie Noonkester who was first reported missing on Monday afternoon. Noonkester began a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail last Friday and has not been seen since. A six-year-old girl hiking with a group of adults and other children in Rancho San Antonio County Park in Santa Clara County, CA is recovering after she was attacked by a mountain lion Sunday morning. The child was saved after one of the adults she was hiking with punched the animal in the ribs while the rest of the group made noise to scare the cat away.last_img read more

U.S. Provides Support for NATO’s Libya Operations

first_imgBy Dialogo April 13, 2011 While everyone is whining about hundreds of millions to support Libyan freedom fighters, they forget that oil speculation, largely driven by the war in Libya, is costing us hundreds of Billions in raised gas prices, and has already destroyed many small companies, especially trucking companies. Mientras todos se están quejando acerca de los miles de millones para ayudar a los luchadores de la libertar de Libia. Ellos se olvidaron que la especulación petrolera, fue enormemente conducida por la guerra en Libia, está costando miles de billones con el aumento de los precios de la gasolina y ya ha destruido muchas pequeñas empresas, especialmente las compañías de tráilers. The United States continues to support NATO efforts in Libya, as Moammar Gadhafi’s forces continue attacks on Misrata and Ajdabiya. Gadhafi has said he will accept a cease fire, but “the latest reports are that Gadhafi is continuing to carry out attacks,” said Pentagon spokesman Marine Col. Dave Lapan. “Talk of a cease fire is just that: Talk,” Lapan added. The African Union has proposed a ceasefire. “Since the start of the crisis, NATO has been in constant touch with the African Union as well as other regional and international organizations,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said today in Brussels. “I want to be clear: There can be no solely military solution to the crisis in Libya. NATO welcomes all contributions to the broad international effort to stop the violence against the civilian population. Any ceasefire must be credible and verifiable.” NATO aircraft are striking with care and precision while minimizing the danger to civilians, Rasmussen said. “This is in stark contrast to the pro-Gadhafi forces,” he said, “who are besieging their own cities and shelling city centers.” Since 9 April, NATO aircraft have flown almost 300 sorties, the secretary general said, destroying 49 tanks, nine armored personnel carriers, three anti-aircraft guns and four large ammo bunkers. Meanwhile, Gadhafi’s forces continue offensive operations against rebels in eastern Libya. The no-fly zone has blunted the effects of the regime force’s attacks, but has not ended them. “We’ve talked all along about the nature of a no-fly zone and how that restricts the regime’s forces, but that doesn’t stop them,” Lapan said. NATO officials said the Libyans are using schools and mosques as shields for their armored forces. The proximity to civilians means these targets are off-limits for NATO. The DOD comptroller estimates the cost of U.S. operations in Libya to be $40 million per month. Total U.S. cost from the beginning of operations in mid-March through 4 April was $608 million, Lapan said. American forces are not conducting strike missions in Libya. U.S. forces are supporting NATO with air-to-air refueling, reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities and unmanned aerial vehicle support. U.S. ships are also participating in the arms blockade off Libya in the Mediterranean. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said before Congress on 31 March that he did not expect the department would need a supplemental request to fund the operation. The department is working on a funding strategy.last_img read more

Wells sworn in as Chief Justice

first_img July 15, 2000 Gary Blankenship Associate Editor Regular News Wells sworn in as Chief Justice Wells sworn in as Chief Justice Associate Editor On the 100th anniversary, to the day, his grandfather became a county judge, Charles T. Wells was sworn in as Florida’s 49th Supreme Court Chief Justice. He promised a packed Supreme Court audience that included legislators, Gov. Jeb Bush, former justices and Bar officials that he would bring hard work and dedication during his two-year term as the head of the state’s third branch of government. But if anyone thought the ceremony would be a dour affair, they were soon dissuaded. Humor was the trademark, touching on topics from outgoing Chief Justice Major B. Harding’s predilection for bow ties to Wells’ well-known support for University of Florida athletics. Officials from all three branches used humor during the ceremonial June 29 session to dispute there are serious conflicts between the courts, the Governor and the legislature. Wells also addressed those supposed conflicts during his comments at the end of the session. “I do not and I will not hesitate in making plain my steadfast belief in the absolute necessity of independence in judicial decisionmaking, but I also make plain my respect for the independent roles of the legislative branch and the executive branch,” he said. The three branches must recognize they are interdependent as well as independent and each has the duty of bringing “the optimum of that branch’s unique services to the people who have given each of us the unique opportunity to serve,” Wells said. He added that he has frequently contacted the offices of Bush, House Speaker John Thrasher and Senate President Toni Jennings and each has unstintingly given him help preparing to lead the state’s court system. “They are my friends, and I know that friendship will grow as we work together to serve the people of this great state,” Wells said. His efforts will build on the work and dedication of past justices and past courts, Wells said, adding, “I can only pledge to work tirelessly to carry on their good works, relentlessly in the cause of equal justice and fairness for all the people of this state.” The courts face four major problems, the new Chief Justice said: Cases are seen to take too long, cost too much, minorities believe the system is unfair to them and the public doesn’t understand the court system. “We have much, much to do and I plan to be proactive in doing it,” he said. Wells cited his hope to speed up the handling of cases in court, including death penalty appeals which have been a politically sensitive issue. “Those of you who have read my opinions know that I strongly believe in and am committed to timeliness in decisions as a priority goal. I very much believe that justice delayed is often justice denied,” he said. “I am well aware of the reality of a number of inmates who have been on death row since the 1970s and 80s, and I am dedicated to have those individual cases moved to a just, fair and final adjudication.” Wells said the courts face a time of great change, but also have made great changes in the century just ended. He said the magnitude of those alterations were driven home to him after his grandfather, Joel Wells, was appointed and began serving as a Washington County judge 100 years to the day before Wells accepted the gavel as chief justice. Harding used his comments as outgoing chief justice to point to recent court accomplishments and point to historical precedents that point out the importance of an independent judiciary. The accomplishments include improving public knowledge about the court system through a variety of educational programs, including the Supreme Court’s Internet website, which Harding called unequaled in the country. The court has begun addressing the problem of pro se litigants, is working with the legislature to carry out the constitutional mandate of having the state take over more court financing from counties, and has begun looking at ways children are treated in the court system, including in delinquency matters. An independent judiciary was the creation of the country’s founders, Harding said, so “their posterity would live in a free and ordered society.” He noted he and his wife recently visited Hungary, which is struggling to create a democracy after years of communist rule. Judges from several Eastern European countries have also visited the court in past years as they strive to create a court system for their new democracies. “The concept that a judge is free to make a decision without prior consultation with a party boss was foreign to them,” he said. “I am happy to live in American and I am happy to live in Florida where the rule of law prevails,” Harding added. Bar President Herman Russomanno represented Florida lawyers at the ceremony, and he praised Harding’s accomplishments, including building trust in the courts, and said the state will be well-served by Wells. “You have been a lawyer’s lawyer and you are a judge’s judge,” Russomanno said. “Justice Wells will be an outstanding Chief Justice. The lawyers of this state are proud to have you and the citizens of this state are lucky to have you.” Thrasher, in his comments, instantly took aim at reports of bad feelings between the legislature and the court. He said he was in the court’s lawyer lounge practicing his comments, beginning with “May it please the court.” He said a justice came up behind him and said, “It’s about time you did something to please the court,” as the courtroom erupted in laughter and Harding quipped, “We have taken note of that.” “We have a healthy relationship, just as our founding fathers intended we have,” Thrasher said. “I have always had a deep and profound respect for you, Justice Harding. We’ve known each other for a long time. “While I may not have agreed with each and every ruling, I respect your principles and the strength of your convictions.” Jennings too noted the traditional “May it please the court” introduction used by those appearing before the justices, and then joked, “Nothing we do ever pleases the court.” But in reality, she said she enjoyed working with Harding, and the court and legislature had a good relationship. Jennings said the government works best when the three branches work together and have a healthy respect for each other. “There are challenges ahead; the court will not face them alone,” Jennings said. “We have the same responsibility and that is to protect the rights of our citizens.” Jennings, who represents an Orlando Senate district, also praised Wells as an Orlando native made good, closing with, “On behalf of the Florida Senate, go Gators.” As Attorney General Bob Butterworth went to the podium, Harding noted he was not wearing a bow tie — a reference to Harding’s installation ceremony two years earlier when Butterworth and many others in the audience wore bow ties in deference to Harding’s sartorial preference. Butterworth, without missing a beat, brought down the house by replying, “With all due respect Chief Justice, you’re history.” But then he produced the bow tie he wore two years ago, affixed to a plaque. “The official bow tie of the Attorney General, worn over the last two years, has been retired,” Butterworth explained, presenting the plaque to Harding. He said the outgoing Chief Justice had “inspired a renaissance of the bow ties, I have even been persuaded to tie one on.” He praised Wells for his “rock solid integrity” and his “fairness and common sense,” adding, “I can honestly say we have a wonderful Supreme Court in the State of Florida.” Bush praised Harding, saying, “You have done an incredible job teaching this rookie Governor about the history of Florida.” The Governor said he’s impressed with Wells because “every opinion that leaves his chambers reflects hours of hard work. I know that he will give everyone who comes in here a fair shake.” Wells is a native of Florida, and a third generation lawyer. He noted in addition to his grandfather being a judge, his father was at law school in the 1920s with future Attorney General and Supreme Court Justice Richard Ervin. Wells graduated from William R. Boone High School in Orlando and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in 1961. Three years later, he received his law degree from UF. He practiced law at the Orlando firm of Maguire, Voorhis and Wells, P.A., until 1960, when he served for one year as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He returned to the firm in 1970, and left in 1976 to form his own firm of Wells, Gattis, Hallowes and Carpenter, where he practiced until appointed to the Supreme Court in 1994 by Gov. Lawton Chiles. He also served on the Bar Board of Governors from 1990 until he joined the court. “I believe staunchly in the work of The Florida Bar and I come here proudly as a person who spent his career as a work-a-day lawyer and a product of The Florida Bar,” Wells said at the installation ceremony. Wells and his wife, Linda Fischer Wells, who is also an attorney and former partner with the Carlton Fields firm, have three children: Charles Talley Wells, Jr., a lawyer in Orlando; Shelley Wells Collins, a medical doctor in Miami; and Ashley Dawn Wells, a law student at Northwestern University. (In another lighthearted moment in the installation ceremony, the three children, and their spouses, presented Wells with a caricature portrait.) A complete profile of Wells will be published in the October Bar Journal.last_img read more

Islip Terrace Woman Arrested for DWI Crash With Kid

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Islip Terrace woman was arrested for drugged driving after she was involved in a crash while an 8-year-old boy was a passenger on Wednesday morning, New York State Police said.Margaret Dopfel was driving westbound on the Southern State Parkway when she rear-ended another vehicle near exit 36 in Lindenhurst shortly before 9 a.m., police said.Troopers found the 46-year-old woman to be impaired by drugs after she submitted to a chemical test of her blood, police said.Dopfel was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, endangering the welfare of a child and driving while intoxicated with a child under 16 in the vehicle, a felony under Leandra’s Law.The child was released to a family member.Dopfel will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Federal appeals court ruling on surcharges a victory for credit unions

first_imgIn a victory for credit unions, a federal appeals court Tuesday reversed a ruling that would have allowed merchants to add surcharges to credit card transactions.CUNA has argued that such surcharges would shift the costs of using the electronic payments system to consumers and financial institutions, while allowing merchants to continue to receive the benefits of participating in the system.The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its ruling that the law does not violate the retailers’ free speech or due process rights under the U.S. Constitution, as they had argued.In the case, Expressions Hair Design et al v. Schneiderman, five merchants, including a Brooklyn ice cream parlor and a hair salon near Binghamton, said the law violated their First Amendment free speech rights by prohibiting them from telling customers about the extra costs of paying with credit cards. continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

J.C. Penney rescue deal approved in bankruptcy court, saving close to 60,000 jobs

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – The sale approval comes a week after J.C. Penney’s lawyers announced a settlement with nearly all of its creditor groups that locked in support for the sale and marked a turning point in a bankruptcy case that has been marked by inter-lender fighting. However, a group of equity holders – whose investments will be wiped out – remained opposed to the deal.J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy in May with nearly $5 billion in debt. The company was one of several retailers, including J. Crew Group, Neiman Marcus and Brooks Brothers that sought Chapter 11 protection amid the coronavirus pandemic.James Cash Penney launched the company in 1902, opening the first store in Wyoming. J.C. Penney went public in 1929 and over the next several decades became ubiquitous across the United States. The business began to stumble in recent years as online commerce took a toll on traditional brick-and-mortar retail. An empty parking lot is shown at a closed JC Penney store in Roseville, Mich., May 8, 2020.Paul Sancya | APcenter_img A U.S. judge on Monday approved a deal to rescue J.C. Penney from bankruptcy proceedings precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic, averting a liquidation that would have put the beleaguered department store chain out of business and jeopardized tens of thousands of jobs.The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas approved the deal, which will allow the 118-year-old retailer to emerge from bankruptcy before the upcoming holiday season, the company said in a statement. The rescue deal is expected to save approximately 60,000 jobs.The transaction contains multiple parts. Lenders led by H/2 Capital Partners will forgive $1 billion in debt in exchange for 160 properties and six distribution centers. Mall operators Simon Property Group and Brookfield Property Partners will acquire the company’s slimmed-down retail operations for $1.75 billion in cash and debt.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Helios and US group Nova set to table alternative Olympic site proposal

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China’s top political meetings open with minute silence over virus, threat to US

first_imgThe virus emerged in the central city of Wuhan before spreading around the world, infecting more than five million people and killing over 328,000, including more than 4,600 in China.President Xi Jinping and the rest of the 25-member Politburo — the Communist Party’s top leadership body — were in the middle of the central stage, the only attendees not wearing face masks. State television showed hundreds of masked delegates in black business suits walking up the steps of the Great Hall shortly before the session began.  Known as the “Two Sessions”, the yearly gathering of the CPPCC and the National People’s Congress (NPC) involves thousands of delegates flocking to the capital for intensive meetings to discuss policy. Topics : US-China spat Tensions with the United States over the virus are bound to crop up during the NPC after President Donald Trump and other American officials stepped up accusations that China was to blame for the global health crisis.Republican senators proposed legislation last week that would empower Trump to slap sanctions on China if Beijing does not give a “full accounting” for the outbreak.The US state of Missouri has also sued China’s leadership over the coronavirus, seeking damages over what it described as deliberate deception and insufficient action to stop the pandemic.”We firmly oppose these bills, and will make a firm response and take countermeasures based on the deliberation of these bills,” NPC spokesman Zhang Yesui said at a news conference on Thursday.”It is neither responsible nor moral to cover up one’s own problems by blaming others. We will never accept any unwarranted lawsuits and demands for compensation,” Zhang said. China’s annual high-level political meetings opened Thursday with a minute’s silence for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic and a threat to hit back at the US in an escalating blame game over the disease.Delayed by two months because of the outbreak, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) — a largely ceremonial advisory body — began its first session a day before the start of the country’s most important legislative congress.More than 2,000 delegates from across the country bowed their heads in silence after singing the national anthem in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. Originally scheduled for March, this year’s meetings will be squeezed into six days and end May 28 instead of the usual 10 days, a parliament spokesman said. Delegates were required to undergo multiple nucleic acid tests for the virus before taking part in the sessions, and must wear face masks throughout. The number of journalists allowed into the Great Hall has been massively reduced with many press conferences and delegate interviews moved online as a virus prevention measure.On Friday the NPC will open in highly choreographed meetings to rubber-stamp bills, budgets and personnel moves.Ministers will also reveal key economic targets, military budgets and other strategic priorities that shed a light on the thinking of Communist Party leaders, as China emerges from the devastating aftermath of the coronavirus.Issues including epidemic prevention and control, poverty alleviation, Hong Kong policy and job creation are expected to be high on this year’s agenda. last_img read more