Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16000 people and injures 305000 others, every year, in the United States. Troopers, deputies, and officers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol impairment. Troopers, deputies, and officers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed, while ensuring the protection of all motorists. The Tennessee Highway Patrol, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and the Clarksville Police Department recognize that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving. The checkpoints and saturation patrol are being funded, in part, by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. Raw video provided by freelancer Stephen Bolton Hyper Active Media for ClarksvilleEvents.com
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Two California women and their tour guide were kidnapped by gunmen at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt, where Moses received two stone tablets with the Ten Commandments from God. The two Californians, Norma Supe of Union City and Patti Gamal of Los Gatos, were abducted by Bedouin tribesmen wanting American hostages as leverage for the release of two of their el-Qararsha tribesmen being held by the Egyptian government. When the armed tribesmen demanded that two Americans get off the stopped tour bus, Ms. Supe and Ms. Gamal offered themselves as hostages to protect the other American tourists on the bus. As the Bedouin kidnappers drove through the mountains for hours, the two brave California women, both devout Christians, began telling their captors about faith in God as their kidnapped tour guide, Zaki , translated. The two Californians told their kidnappers that they were not afraid of them because “God had a purpose for this,” as Norma Supe declared, while Patti Gamal said, “God has sent us here.” The kidnappers listened to the two fearlessly outspoken California women in amazement, they gave the women tea, pita bread and dried fruit, and talked about religion and tribal rights around a campfire in the dark of night. The Egyptian kidnappers had never heard women speak so boldly and with such authority.
Opening statements were made Wednesday in the trial of former Beverly Hills Unified School District Superintendent Jeffrey Hubbard, who is facing three felony misappropriation of public funds charges. Two of the charges stem from Hubbard’s time supervising former BHUSD facilities director Karen Christiansen. She was sentenced last week to four years and four months in prison after being found guilty in November of four felony conflict of interest counts. Hubbard allegedly approved two payments of $10,000 and a $500 car allowance raise for Christiansen without school board consent. He also was charged with authorizing a pay increase to former BHUSD employee Nora Roque in May 2005 without the board’s approval. Superintendent of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District since July 2006, Hubbard has pleaded not guilty to all three charges. Deputy District Attorney Max Huntsman said Wednesday in his opening statement that the evidence would show that the BHUSD board never authorized the three pay increases. “She had a contract that was very specific what her benefits were,” Huntsman said. Christiansen’s contract offered a $150 monthly car allowance, he noted, and any changes to the contract were supposed to be made in writing. Defense attorney Salvatore P. Ciulla said “there was no intent to deceive or be discreet,” and urged the Los Angeles Superior Court jury to “keep an open mind” in the case against his client. Huntsman also told jurors that Hubbard and Christiansen exchanged “flirtatious” messages when they worked together, referring to dozens of emails published last year by The Orange County Register that suggested an intimate relationship between the two. Ciulla acknowledged that some of the emails the onetime colleagues exchanged were “not very professional,” while reiterating that “there was no intimate relationship between the two.” Hubbard would lose his teaching and administrative credentials—and hence his job at NMUSD—if he is found guilty, the Daily Pilot reported Dec. 31. “I am hopeful for a similar outcome with the Hubbard trial as we saw in the Christiansen matter…a conviction on any of the counts will ensure that Hubbard will never be able to take advantage of another district again,” said BHUSD board President Brian Goldberg, who joined the board after Hubbard was hired. “This is a very sad chapter for our district and I hope it will serve as a lesson to future boards about what can happen when board members do not exercise their fiduciary responsibilities to provide oversight of those entrusted with public funds.” This story was compiled with information from City News Service. Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook . Continue reading here: Opening Statements Made in Hubbard Trial
Anaheim Ducks defeat San Jose Sharks 1-0 . Neither team played since Saturday. However with the Ducks had an excuse: they played two in Europe. The Sharks opened the season at home last Saturday and has rested since then. So what’s their excuse? more › Continued here: LAst Night’s Action: Ducks Shake off Sharks, Rust
A keynote speech by News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch was hijacked several times by Occupy Wall Street hecklers in San Francisco, California. The shocked audience at the Palace Hotel included leaders of business, politics and education, who were suddenly surprised by screaming OWS activists dressed as Sesame Street characters. Rupert Murdoch was in San Francisco for an annual summit held by the Foundation for Excellence in Education , a nonprofit headed by former Governor Jeb Bush . The media billionaire was speaking on the subject of joining education and technology but was repeatedly interrupted by hecklers and mockers in the swanky Grand Ballroom. The FOX News mogul had to resume his speech, over and over, due to the disruptions by the well-dressed protesters who yelled, “Occupy Sesame Street!” — some of them with character masks from the children’s TV program. Many wonder if the whole thing was a set-up designed to discredit the Occupy Wall Street movement as childish. Critics note how there were conveniently-placed cameramen and photographers to quickly turn around and film each protester “right on cue.” They insist that the “actors” were too old and too educated to be real OWS activists. The add that Rupert Murdoch himself appeared to anticipate each outburst, then laugh it all off with, “A little controversy makes things a little more interesting.” Real activists or fake?
One of the nastiest dimensions of the battle over same-sex marriage has been the lack of access to divorce courts for same-sex married couples that reside in non-recognition states. While you might think that anti-gay judges would be thrilled to help these gay couples break up, in fact that is not true. Judges in Texas, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and other states have refused to grant divorces to lesbian or gay couples who went elsewhere to get married or have relocated from the state in which they got married, on the grounds that granting a divorce would constitute a form of official recognition of their marriage. Mind you, most of these couples are not asking a judge to grant them any property or alimony based upon their marriage, since they’ve already settled those issues — they just want to get an order of dissolution. And the couples have good reasons for wanting the court order. Even if they have resolved their financial affairs, they need to get a divorce so they can be free of future liabilities, and so they will be able to marry or legally partner their new romantic interest. The legal origin of these problems stems from what is referred to as the “domicile” rule, which means couples ordinarily can only get divorced in the state in which they reside at the time of their break-up, regardless of where they lived when they got married. The purpose of this rule, which goes back more than a century, is to prevent nasty husbands (or wives) from evading the divorce rules of the state they live in, by simply hopping across the state line to get a divorce in another state. For example, if a husband in New York didn’t like the property rules imposed on him by the New York court, it would be unfair to his wife if he could simply drive a few miles away to a more lenient state and file for divorce there. While these rules may make sense for heterosexual couples who can always get a divorce in whatever state they live in, they wreak havoc for couples who live in states that won’t grant them a divorce under any conditions — even if they’ve reached a property settlement with their spouse. This is a vivid example of where the denial of the right to marry ends up as a denial of the right to get a divorce. Fortunately, the California legislature has just passed a bill (which was signed into law on October 9th by Governor Jerry Brown) that resolves this problem — at least for those who came to California and got married there in 2008. It will also help those who may in the future get married in California, if and when Proposition 8 (which bans same-sex marriages) is repealed or ruled to be unconstitutional. The bill is titled SB (Senate Bill) 651, and the full text can be found here. The new law will go into effect in January 2012. It provides that if a couple got married in California but lives in a state that won’t grant them a divorce (which is presumed if the state doesn’t recognize their marriage), the California court will have jurisdiction to grant them a dissolution. The divorce case will be filed in the county where the couple got married, and the dissolution is supposed to be adjudicated “in accordance with California law.” There is a lot that remains unresolved in this new legislation, especially what it means to adjudicate a divorce in accordance with California law if the spouses are not residents. But for those who have been able to reach their own private settlement agreement, this will enable them at least to obtain a formal dissolution. And, while there is also some uncertainty on the details, chances are the dissolution will be honored in other states, even non-recognition states. This will allow the ex-spouses to enter into contracts as a formerly married person, and to be treated once again as an unmarried person. It’s a long ways from full marriage recognition in every state, but at least the couples that married in California will now be free to get divorced, wherever they live! Go here to read the rest: Frederick Hertz: Same-Sex Divorce Barrier Lifted In CA Courts