Fans disgruntled by Irish performance

first_imgThe Notre Dame football team suffered a tough loss to Arizona State University (ASU) on Saturday as the Sun Devils scored 28 points off turnovers on their way to beating the Irish, 55-31, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.Senior John Doran, the Leprechaun mascot for Notre Dame, cited the injuries on defense and multiple turnovers as major contributing factors to Notre Dame’s poor performance.Karla Moreno “We spotted them a bunch of points, and it’s tough to come back from that,” Doran said. “I think we showed in the second half that we could move the ball, but it was too late.”The Irish also faced a noisy stadium full of loyal ASU fans looking to support a Sun Devils team trying to prove its place in the top 10.“The Arizona State crowd was also impressive,” Doran said. “The crowd was loud, and the band did a good job of leading their ‘A-S-U’ chant. As it was really our second true away game, it was second only to FSU so far in loudness.”Lorraine Sedlacek, a devoted Notre Dame alumna who has attended at least one football game in most of the years since her graduation in 1978, said she traveled with her family from their home in New Jersey to see the game.“The atmosphere in the stadium was electric,” she said. “The ASU fans were pumped, and there were tons of them. There was lots of tailgating, a large, packed, vocal student section and proud alumni and fans. There was a sea of gold shirts in the stadium. The band was a big and active part of the crowd much like our band. The reaction to the big plays was pandemonium.”Despite ASU’s distance from Notre Dame, the Irish managed to attract a considerable fan presence in Tempe.“The Notre Dame fan base out here was terrific,” Doran said. “We have Friday night pep rallies with the local alumni clubs when we are on the road, and this was one of the best ones. Hundreds of Notre Dame fans and alumni came out to see our pep rally. John Huarte, Reggie Brooks, Troy Niklas and John Carlson all spoke at the rally. I had a lot of fun doing that.”At the game, Sedlacek said the stadium contained two large sections of Notre Dame fans.Doran and Sedlacek both attested to the fans’ loud enthusiasm during Notre Dame’s brief turn-around in the second half, but Sedlacek said at the end of the game, Notre Dame fans could hardly believe what they had seen.“The ND fans reaction to our abysmal performance was complete shock and disbelief,” Sedlacek said. “It was the same disbelief I felt while sitting at the BCS Bowl against Alabama. For me, I couldn’t believe this was the same team that played against FSU. [The third quarter team] was the ND team we expected to play the whole game. I just feel bad for the team. They are better than they played.”Some supporters found positive takeaways.“At the end of the day this team showed that they will always keep fighting,” Doran said. “We have a solid, young team, and we still have a great opportunity to do big things this season and in the future.”The loss drops the Irish to a 7-2 record with a home game against the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.Tags: Arizona State University, ASU game, football, Sun Devilslast_img read more

‘How lucky can you get?’: Mike Collins, the voice of Fighting Irish football team, to retire after nearly four decades

first_imgCourtesy of Michael Collins Michael Collins has been the football PA announcer since 1982. He recently announced his plans to retire after the 2020 season.Collins attended Notre Dame and graduated in 1967. By the end of the next football season, he will have announced at 233 straight home football games, according to a report by the South Bend Tribune. Despite his long tenure as PA announcer, he came into the job essentially by accident, when his predecessor resigned two days before the first game of the 1982 season. The game was the first-ever college football night game — besides bowl games —  televised coast-to-coast: Notre Dame vs. Michigan. “When they asked me I didn’t have the heart to tell them that I had never done football in any way, shape or form before because my high school was too small for a football team,” Collins said. Collins was told it was an emergency. What began as a one year audition for the job turned into a 39 year career.Over the years, Collins has tried to make the games as fun as possible by integrating quirkiness into his commentary. Once, a group of students on a broadcast said what they liked about Collins was that he was “a bit unconventional,’’ which Collins remembers today as a big compliment.“I think number one is, let’s remember, it’s a football game,’’ he said. “This is not ‘War and Peace.’ And so, you know, I like to have a little fun up there.”Despite the fact that Notre Dame’s record varies from year to year, Collins‘ strategy for announcing games remains the same.“No matter who we play, no matter whether we’re having a good year or a so-so year, I always keep in mind there’s people in the stands that day, that it might be their first time at Notre Dame stadium, and they deserve the best effort I can give them,” Collins said. “And so it doesn’t matter whether we’re playing Clemson or Western Michigan — I’m going to do it exactly the same way.”His favorite memory of his time at Notre Dame was the last time he ever saw former University president Fr. Ted Hesburgh before he died in 2015. The two developed a friendship in Hesburgh’s retirement. “The last time I saw him when he was in the home, he called me aside as I was leaving, and … he said, ‘Michael, I just want to thank you, not only for your years of service, but your lifelong dedication to Our Lady’s University,’” Collins said. “And literally, I was speechless.”Collins also works as the spring training announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates in Florida, and expressed his gratitude for getting to work for two of his favorite teams. Since his childhood in Pittsburgh, Collins has been “a diehard Pittsburgh Pirates fan’’ and grew up loving Notre Dame.“How about this, I ended up with those two jobs,’’ he said. “How lucky can you get? So you know, I’ve always thought that I was doing this job primarily for our Lady’s University, not just the athletics department.”One of his favorite contributions from his time as PA announcer was his starting the “Here come the Irish!” at the beginning of each game. He said though it has become part of Notre Dame football lore, he began the tradition on a whim. “It was a big game, and they came out of the tunnel and I just blurted it out,” he said. “And after the game, my wife just said to me, ‘Boy, I really liked that.’ And I didn’t even know what she was talking about. And she said, no, that ‘Here comes the Irish.’ She said they went bananas. And she said, ‘You should do it every game.’ Well, I’ve done it every game since.”When asked what he was going to miss most, Collins jokingly said “free hot dogs.” But he also said the energy of the games means a lot to him. “I am going to miss the rush I got from the live broadcast, play-by-play of the game,” he said. “That just energizes the heck out of me.”In his retirement, Collins plans to continue announcing for the Pirates in Florida, in addition to serving his community. He has already committed to serving with Meals on Wheels, inspired by the Notre Dame mission of service. His advice for students? Prioritize helping others.“Whenever, after you graduate, you are in a position where you have a little bit of spare time — reach out to people who could use your help,” he said. “And always remember the ethic[s] courses you took, the morality that you got from your theology classes and bottom line, please just go out there in the world and … make a difference for others, and to live a quality life, as I used to say, that would make Fr. Hesburgh proud of you, too.”Tags: Michael Collins, Notre Dame football, Notre Dame Stadium, pa announcer When students, alumni and fans attend a game at Notre Dame Stadium, they are greeted by the same familiar voice, commencing the event with the cheer of “Here come the Irish!” as the team runs out of the tunnel. Michael Collins is that voice. After 39 years as the Notre Dame football public address announcer, Collins recently announced the 2020 season will be his last. last_img read more

Exclusive! Caissie Levy to Let It Go in Lab for Broadway-Bound Frozen, Co-Starring Patti Murin

first_imgCaissie Levy & Patti Murin (Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser/Artwork by Disney) For the first time in forever, we have news about the Broadway-bound musical Frozen. has learned that Caissie Levy has landed the role of Elsa for the upcoming private spring lab of the Disney musical, opposite Patti Murin as her sister, Anna.Levy last appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables, playing Fantine in the most recent revival. Her additional credits include Ghost and Hair on Broadway and in the West End, as well as Murder Ballad, First Daughter Suite, Wicked and Hairspray. Murin appeared on Broadway in Lysistrata Jones and Xanadu, as well as the national tour of Wicked and the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Love’s Labour’s Lost .A production spokesperson would not confirm casting for the lab or the world premiere production, which will play the Buell Theatre in Denver from August 17 through October 1. Directed by Michael Grandage and designed by Christopher Oram, the new musical, which is based on the Oscar-winning movie, is scheduled to bow on the Great White Way in the spring of 2018 at the St. James Theatre.The tuner features music and lyrics by married songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the creators of the film score, and a book by Jennifer Lee, the film’s screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck).The film won Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (for “Let It Go”) and featured the vocal talents of several Broadway favorites, including Tony winner Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana and Kristen Bell.Betsy Wolfe played Elsa in a previous lab of the stage adaptation opposite Murin as Anna and Okieriete Onadowan (Hamilton) as Kristoff.Want a taste of Levy singing Elsa’s big solo “Let It Go”? Here she is belting it at the Broadway Princess Party at Feinstein’s/54 Below in a mash-up with “Let It Be” by the Beatles: Related Shows View Commentscenter_img Frozen Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020last_img read more

Island classes

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of Georgia”Stop pulling when you hear the boat’s horn blow,” the captain instructed. And 20 pairs of eager, young hands pulled the big trawl net with its catch of flounder, crabs and shrimp, from the water off the coast of Jekyll Island.Trawling off the Georgia coast was just one of many experiences the 130 seventh- and eighth-graders from all over Georgia had at Marine Resource Camp. The camp is sponsored by the University of Georgia Extension Service’s 4-H program at the 4-H Camp on Jekyll Island.The camp teaches the young people about the importance of our marine resources and about the importance of the barrier islands — Cumberland, St. Simons, and the many others — to these resources.Wonderful counselorsSome wonderful, college-age counselors provide the leadership at camp. They teach most of the classes for the week: trawling, hiking through the maritime forest, beachcombing, seining for aquatic animals off the beach, exploring the marshes, canoeing a brackish-water pond, and walking on the beach at night to look for sea turtles laying eggs.In the herpetology class, environmental education instructors teach the 4-H-ers about reptiles found on the island. If the 4-Hers didn’t get to hold the snakes, gopher tortoises and alligator they were shown, they at least got to touch them.Yikes! Sharks!And they all laughed at the antics and humor of one instructor while learning about the importance of sharks in our oceans.I really enjoyed the trawling trip most. I’ve done all those other things many times. But this was a chance to do something new and to be out on the water.We had seen the big boats right off the beach each morning as they trawled for shrimp. Sea birds follow the trawlers, looking for some easy scavenging. And who knows what else might be following them?Discovering a TEDSea turtles are sometimes caught in the nets, and that’s a big concern for the trawlers. They now have a device attached to their nets called a TED, or a Turtle Excluder Device. The TED allows the turtle to escape, and the counselors showed us how it works.Going trawling was a chance for everyone to relax a little and to see the island and all the yachts tied up at the docks and moorings. We relaxed until it was time to haul in the net.Was this a typical “week at the beach”? Well, no, not exactly.last_img read more

Tick Smart

first_imgGeorgia is already home to 22 species of ticks, but there may be another tiny bloodsucker hiding in the woods on your next hike.The Asian longhorned tick, an invasive tick species recently identified in several Eastern U.S. states, may soon be taking up residence in Georgia woods.”It’s as far south as North Carolina,” said Elmer Gray, an entomologist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. “They haven’t found it in Georgia yet, but it’s probably going to get here if it’s made it from New Jersey to North Carolina and Arkansas.”First identified in New Jersey in summer 2017, the new tick species has been officially sighted in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas and North Carolina during 2018.Entomologists believe that it probably came into the U.S. on a pet or a livestock animal.The new tick is primarily a pest of livestock and deer, and it hasn’t yet been shown to carry any diseases here in the U.S. In Asia, however, the species is a significant disease transmitter. And entomologists are worried about the impact that a new tick species could have on wildlife and livestock.“Early testing has not shown the tick to be transmitting any diseases in the U.S. yet, but we are worried about the impact it could have when it grows into really large populations,” Gray said.Burgeoning populations are a huge concern because this particular tick can reproduce without mating by a process called “parthenogenesis.” This reproductive process doesn’t require fertilization, so a single female carried into a new area can start a population and large populations can develop quickly.“It’s a trait that’s unique to this species,” Gray said.Anemia from blood loss is a particular concern for young animals. That’s more of a problem for animals than it would be for people, he said.Stay tick smartGeorgians need to worry about some of the state’s other native tick species, which can cause autoimmune reactions to red meat and carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.Long pants, tall socks and a little common sense will go a long way in helping Georgians avoid ticks and the rare but serious health concerns that can come along with them.“From Easter on, our most common ticks are active,” Gray said. “Whenever you walk into grass that touches your legs, you need to take precautions or you could come home with ticks. You don’t have to be in the woods to pick them up.”Ticks that carry Lyme disease — the blacklegged or deer tick in the Eastern U.S. — live in Georgia, but they are not as common as other tick species and the adults are most active in the fall. More common are the American dog ticks that can carry the bacteria that causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Georgia sees about 75 cases of this illness each year. All tick bites can cause welts and itching that can last up to 10 to 14 days, but Gray urges Georgians to visit the doctor if they experience fever, extreme headaches or a localized rash that’s larger than a dime. Tick-related headaches or fevers will emerge five to seven days after tick contact.Avoiding ticksMost ticks grab hold to the legs of human hosts while they’re walking through tall grass and then make their way to homes all over the victim’s body.It’s important to check for ticks after working or playing in a tick habitat. The only safe way to remove ticks is to use tweezers or your fingers to grab the tick as close to the skin as possible and carefully pull it out. People should wash the bite site, and their hands, after removing any type of tick.Essential oils or other tick-irritating substances may force the tick to move, but not before the distressed tick expels additional saliva and possible pathogens into its host’s bloodstream, increasing the chance of tickborne disease or infection.The best defense against ticks is to stay out of tall grass or brush. Stay on marked trails or sidewalks and avoid overgrown areas. When you have to walk through tall grass, Gray offers tips for staying tick-smart.Cut off ticks’ access by wearing long pants that are tucked into boots or socks and tuck in shirts. This may not be the most comfortable or stylish look, but it will keep ticks at bay, Gray said.He also recommends using insect repellents with DEET to provide an extra layer of protection for casual outdoor activities, and those who spend a lot of time in the woods should invest in a permethrin clothing treatment for their work, hunting or camping pants. These products are available in the camping section of sporting goods and big-box stores.For more information about how to protect yourself and your family from ticks, see UGA Extension Circular 937, “Protect Yourself from Ticks” at or search “ticks” at read more

Green Mountain Power to install 770 solar panels at Shelburne Farms

first_imgGreen Mountain Power and Shelburne Farms are working together to build solar generation at Shelburne Farms. Under the terms of a 25-year cooperative agreement, Green Mountain Power will install a 770 solar panel array at Shelburne Farms. The panels will occupy three quarters of an acre in a field that Shelburne Farms has recently designated as a “Solar Orchard.”Mary Powell, Green Mountain Power President and CEO, said, “This project is an important part of our overall energy and climate strategy to increase the amount of renewable energy generation in our state. It brings us very close to our goal to have 10,000 solar panels installed in our service territory within 1,000 days — a commitment we made in November 2008.”The project location was carefully chosen by Shelburne Farms and Green Mountain Power to maintain the historic and scenic integrity of Shelburne Farms, which has been named a National Historic Landmark.Alec Webb, President of Shelburne Farms, said, “This partnership with Green Mountain Power fits our mission to cultivate a conservation ethic in the students, educators and families who come here to learn. Production of clean renewable energy in the Solar Orchard is an opportunity to demonstrate stewardship of natural and agricultural resources.” A kiosk on a nearby walking path will provide visitors with information about the project.According to Mr. Webb, the partnership with Green Mountain Power is a significant step toward creating the infrastructure that will help Shelburne Farms achieve its goal to produce all its own electricity on site, allowing the Farm to participate in net metering for its various facilities. Net metering allows electric utility customers to generate electricity for personal use using renewable resources. They pay their utility regular monthly service charges, but are billed for electricity only when they consume more power than they generate.Shelburne Farms, as well as all Green Mountain Power customers, have an added incentive to produce their own solar electricity. Green Mountain Power is the only Vermont utility in the state that pays its customers for the solar power they produce under its SolarGMP program, which is available to net metered customers with systems under 250 kilowatts. As a result, Green Mountain Power has seen a threefold increase in the number of customers installing solar generators in the past 18 months. “Customer-owned solar is a cost effective way of helping to meet electric energy needs when power use is high on hot sunny days,” said Ms. Powell. “The amount of electricity generated from solar is that much less power that has to be purchased from the New England market, which is dirtier and higher in carbon.”The Shelburne Farms solar orchard is expected to be up and producing clean renewable energy in September.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power ( is external)) transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont’s population. It serves more than 200,000 people and businesses.About Shelburne FarmsShelburne Farms is a 1,400 acre working farm, nonprofit environmental education center and National Historic Landmark, whose mission is the cultivation of a conservation ethic through teaching and demonstrating the stewardship of natural and agricultural resources.Source: GMP. COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – July 16, 2010) –last_img read more

Web site compiles a host of ethics information

first_img September 1, 2003 Regular News Web site compiles a host of ethics information Web site compiles a host of ethics informationcenter_img It might be called the Super Wal-Mart of Florida ethics.Because if it’s something to do with legal ethics affecting Florida Bar members, then it’s probably on a new Web site recently put online by Tim Chinaris, a former Bar ethics counsel and the immediate past chair of the Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee.The free site,, has everything from an annotated edition of the Rules of Professional Conduct to recent court rulings on ethics issues to proposed and final Bar ethics opinions.Chinaris said sunEthics, which is hosted by the Appalachian School of Law where he teaches and runs the law library, has been an idea in the back of his mind for a long time.“It takes a lot of effort for somebody who is not dealing with ethics issues every day to really dig out what is going on currently,” he said. “This is one spot to find out about lawyer ethics, judicial ethics, and procedural rules. I thought it would be neat to have a single area where somebody could go.”About two years ago, he was discussing the issue generally with his dean and realized that the Internet is where lawyers — and others — now go first in their search for information.“At that point I realized that one could reach a lot more people with much more current information by using publishing through an Internet Web site than through conventional hard copy,” he said. “So, I decided to start the Web site. It took me a while to actually get it set up, of course. The name,, was chosen because I wanted a ‘.com’ URL that was related to both Florida (sun) and legal ethics, but would not be limited to Florida.”Indeed. The site contains links to several ABA resources on ethics, including the ABA’s model code, and to other state bars and their rules and ethics standards.The most extensive listing, though, is for Florida.There are links to ethics rules and opinions, rules on the admission to practice law, UPL, courts and their rules and ethical rulings, ethics laws and procedures for public officials, state laws that pertain to lawyer ethics, and judicial codes and ethical sources.One feature is the Bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct are listed page by page in normal formatting, which means that users can easily cut and paste the rules into other documents. On the Bar’s Web site, those rules are in PDF format, which doesn’t allow cutting and pasting without special software.Chinaris has been collecting ethics opinions and court opinions on various parts of that rule, and soon hopes to post an annotated Rules of Professional Conduct. It will also compare the Florida rule with the model ABA rule, and include a history of how each section was developed.The idea of doing a book had occurred to Chinaris, and he may still turn his efforts into a traditionally published work. But the online version, he said, has several advantages, not the least of which is law students and younger lawyers have grown up with the Internet, and are used to doing their research there and not from printed pages.It also offered a fresh challenge. It was the first time Chinaris had done a Web page, and he did all the work himself.The online version offers the options of instant updates. Chinaris noted he checks Florida court rulings each week for any that affect ethics, and usually gets them posted within 24 hours. (A research assistant will take over that task when the new school year starts.)Chinaris is also planning to expand UPL coverage, including listing the full text of Florida UPL opinions from the Supreme Court. That’s a natural for him, since he’s just been appointed to serve on the UPL committees for both the Florida and Virginia bars.To check out the site, go to read more

U.S. Middle District to amend local rules

first_imgU.S. Middle District to amend local rules May 15, 2006 Regular News U.S. Middle District to amend local rules Pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 83, Fed.R.Crim.P. 57, and 28 U.S.C. § 2071, notice is hereby given of proposed amendments to the following Local Rules for the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida.A copy of the affected rules with the additions and deletions displayed, followed by an engrossed version of the proposed rules may be obtained from the court’s Web site at A copy may also be obtained without charge from the clerk’s office in each division of the court. Comments on the proposed amendments must be received in writing by the Clerk of Court by May 31.last_img read more

Top 10 Stupidest Long Island Crime Stories of 2012

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Wise guys, these are not.Omar Santiago suffered a head wound after allegedly stealing from a West Sayville wedding.It turns out 2012 was a bang up year for stupid crime on Long Island as local suspects—some of whom are still fighting their charges—raised the bar for WTF police news moments.And it wasn’t an easy year to be a stand-out crook. Remember the Sandy crime sprees, gas line assaults and post-superstorm price gougers? Then there’s the alleged public corruption, including the conviction of former Nassau County Legis. Roger Corbin, the arrest of Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla and a half dozen Nassau County police officers and officials facing various charges over the past 12 months.While those who made this list didn’t leave anyone dead, some came close or, at the very least, put the suspects and public at risk. Move over Lindsay Lohan, these are our local candidates for TruTV’s World’s Dumbest Criminals.10. Alleged West Sayville Wedding Gift ThiefWeddings are always nice. Love is in the air. There’s usually an open bar. Families put aside their feuds for a day. But someone always makes an ass of themselves. Or, in Omar Santiago’s case, Suffolk County police said he ruined one couple’s nuptials over Labor Day weekend by trying to steal a box of gift envelopes. The New Jersey teen was quickly apprehended by fellow guests as he ran from the West Sayville Country Club after stuffing a bunch of the envelopes down his pants. Smooth. The gifts were returned and Santiago pleaded not guilty.9. New Cassel Man Plays DentistThe tools Nassau police said Manuel Carranza used.OK, this one is kind of disturbing. Many people are scared of the dentist, but Nassau County police said more than 100 folks had no problem having an undocumented immigrant with a sixth-grade education use unsanitary second-hand tools to perform dental work on them in his dirty New Cassel home/office. A tipster dropped a dime on the wannabe tooth fairy in April—after he’d been running his cash-only business for at least a year. Manuel Carranza was charged with unauthorized practice of a crime, criminal diversion of a prescription and other counts.8. Bellport Teen Allegedly Brings Drugs to CourtAh, to be young again. That feeling of invincibility that gets so many kids in trouble is apparently strong with this one. Authorities said that Keandre Hudson swallowed bags of cocaine and heroin before being arrested for fleeing police in October. He passed the drugs while locked up at Suffolk County jail, where he is being held after not posting bail. The 17-year-old Bellport man then allegedly brought the drugs with him to court while pleading not guilty Nov. 20 to fleeing cops and other charges. That’s when investigators searched him, found the narcotics and added new charges, authorities said. What more convenient place to get arrested than before a judge?7. Garden City Man Accused of Mailing Poo to Ex-wifeLove stinks, as The J. Geils Band famously sang. But federal authorities alleged that Gerald Desiderio took that song a bit too literally when he reportedly mailed alimony checks smeared with poop to his ex-wife in Arizona. The 51-year-old Garden City man apparently took a cue from the likes of drug dealers who don’t realize they can get busted for dropping narcotics in the mail. The feds said Desiderio also mailed vulgar notes, “tasteless objects” and a photo of a knife with a serrated blade. He will face the charges in Arizona, although if there’s any upside to the charges being on the federal level, he won’t have to deal with “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” Joe Arpaio.6. Drunk Driver Saved by Cops Before Train Hits Her CarThis one could have ended a lot worse. In a scene torn out of The Fugitive, a drunken driver mistakenly turned onto the Long Island Rail Road tracks in Bay Shore last spring, got stuck and had to be rescued by Suffolk County police officers moments before a train smashed into her car. Police had tried to radio ahead to get the train to stop, but there wasn’t enough time. Neither the officers, the driver nor anyone aboard the train were injured, but the Volkswagon was totaled. Oh yea, and the 43-year-old Islandia woman was arrested for DWI.Suffolk police found this alligator in Mastic Beach Sept. 28.5. Nine Alligators Found on Long Island in Six WeeksHere’s the lone stupid crime on this list that remains unsolved. Were there more alligators dumped across Nassau and Suffolk counties before the temperatures dropped to sub-Everglades levels? Maybe. But now that winter’s in full swing, any baby gators that turn up next will likely be frozen to death. The tiny killing machines started popping up Sept. 28 in Mastic Beach. Others were found in Shirley, Wading River, Lake Ronkonkoma, Yaphank and two turned up in Baldwin in two days. The most recent one was discovered in Southampton on Nov. 11. Who knows how many more would’ve been found had Sandy not struck in the middle of this mysterious gator dumping spree.4. Jason Kidd Nabbed for Hamptons DWI CrashJason Kidd in his Southampton police mugshotWhat makes the NY Knicks’ point guard arrest stupider than any other drunken driving charge or celebrity brush with law enforcement? The 39-year-old NBA All Star had only signed a $9-million contract with the team 10 days before allegedly wrapping his SUV around a utility pole near his Water Mill home in July. Adding to the stupid timing of the allegations was that they came just as team owner James Dolan decided against matching the Houston Rockets $25-million contract offer for breakout star Jeremy Lin. Kidd’s fighting the charges.3. Williston Park Man Charged With Shooting Girlfriend Over ZombiesPeople have strong feelings about the fictional zombie apocalypse. But none more so than The Walking Dead fan Jared Gurman, who Nassau police said was so adamant in his argument that the government can release a zombie virus that he shot his girlfriend of four years in the back outside his Willison Park home Dec. 4—about three weeks before the world didn’t end for the Mayan “apocalypse.” The woman survived and Gurman was charged with second-degree attempted murder. He’s being held on $1 million bail.2. The Long Island Hot Dog HookerCatherine Scalia, aka the Long Island hot dog hooker.This is one for the ages. Longtime stripper, bikini lover and tube-steak slinger Catherine Scalia, 45, propositioned undercover cops at her Baldwin hot dog truck last May. They charged her with prostitution when they showed up at her East Rockaway home. She argued she only was giving lap dances, not selling sex, then pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor prostitution charge and was sentenced to seven days time served. We’re not judging strippers or wiener salespeople here. What’s so stupid about this case—aside from the hilariously incongruous combination of professions—is that she was busted for doing the same thing in the same spot on Sunrise Highway years prior. And vowed to continue.1. The Jones Beach Faked Death PlotSometimes people joke about faking their own death, starting their life over under an alias and living off the life insurance money. Most people have enough sense to know that it’s too ridiculous an idea for it to ever work. Then there’s Raymond Roth of Massapequa, who Nassau authorities said tried to do just that after allegedly cleaning out his wife’s bank account, putting his house up for sale and faking his own drowning at Jones Beach in August. He later turned up in Florida, sped back to LI when the alleged plot unraveled and turned himself in after a stop at the psych ward. He pleaded not guilty, along with his kid who’s accused of helping him. His wife’s filed for divorce.last_img read more

Credit cards for business purposes: When Reg Z actually does apply

first_img continue reading » Last week, the Compliance Team hosted our Regulatory Compliance School. Congrats to all the new NCCOs! If you, too, want to become an NCCO, you can join us in Minneapolis for the summer session of Regulatory Compliance School.One of the key principles we teach at Compliance School is that most of the consumer regulations (TISA, Reg E, Reg X, Reg Z, etc.) do not apply to business-purpose accounts. These rules generally leave it up to the credit union to determine when an account is opened for a business purpose. If a credit union determines the account is for business purposes, then it does not have to provide disclosures, such as account opening disclosures, periodic statements or change in terms notices. Like many of our Compliance School attendees also learned, the CFPB loves its exceptions and enjoys hiding them in the commentary. So, today’s blog focuses on the exception to this rule for credit card accounts.Section 1026.3(a) of Regulation Z provides the general rule: credit extended to a person for business purposes and credit extended to an entity are exempt from the regulation. The commentary to this provision explains that, for credit card accounts, there are two rules that apply even if the credit extended is generally considered exempt from the regulation: section 1026.12(a) on issuing credit cards and section 1026.12(b) on liability for unauthorized use. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more