[Cover photo via Kim Blackburn Photography] There’s no denying that Freekbass is a master of the low end. The beloved bassist is so identified with the instrument, it’s in his name! Now he’s taking that connection to the next level, partnering with Stonefield Musical Instrument Company to create the first-ever Freekbass Signature Model.“…For me, the relationship of a maker with an endorsing artist has to be one of mutual benefit but first of all it has to be real. I love the Freekbass approach to funk, I dig his use of effects and his playing technique and I completely respect his role as a music educator. He’s the kind of person I want to work with and I feel lucky that he wants to work with us as well,” said Tomm Stanley, owner of Stonefield.Stanley tells us more about what it was like working with Freekbass on the new instrument:With the Freekbass Signature Model, right from the beginning of the build we kept two key things in mind: the look, style and unique features of a Stonefield and the flash, flair and funkiness of Freekbass. I remember him saying, “make the Batmobile.” How’s that for a challenge? We discussed a mod that reinforced some other player’s feedback about the string height above the body when slapping. I wasn’t crazy about modifying the instrument to suit a single playing style but he agreed with the comments. We discussed how the concern might best be dealt with and that became the Funk Plate. There was one mod requested that I just wouldn’t do and after explaining my reasons he was fine with it. That willingness on his part to bend got me thinking about what I could do to make the instrument stand out more from the rest of our line up. I suggested some circuit alterations, alternate choices for materials and other tweaks. Some of it he went for, other things he was clearly not interested in. We had a two way street kind of thing happening and that really was right from the beginning of the build. What more could anyone ask for?I’m really pleased with the instrument that we’ve created. The choices of woods that satisfied the Batmobile request also added a snap to the tonality. To get the blackness we chose African wenge for the topwood on the body and Solomon Island ebony for the fingerboard. We also used the ebony for the nut and floating bridge system. The combination of brittleness and density did magic for a woody tone with a funk edge to it. On top of that we have used our titanium hardware option to trim a bit of weight and have done the sweetest four-colour burst on the back of the through-body core: natural to amber fading into red before turning black but with red highlights peeking out of the black on the headstock points and heel transition. Absolutely gorgeous…Not only is Freekbass releasing his own custom bass, but he’s also traveling to New Zealand to film some promotional footage for the instrument. The bassist will star in something that’s “part reality, part fantasy,” essentially a mini-movie where Freekbass discovers the signature model! Keep it tuned to L4LM for more from Freekbass on his wild expedition!You can find out more about the bass via Stonefield Music’s website. Check out his tour schedule below:JULY-Saturday, July 2: Sterling Stage / Sterling, NY-Friday, July 8: Navy Pier / Chicago, IL-Tuesday, July 12 : Brooklyn Bowl / Brooklyn, NY (Freekbass performing with The Band Is Bond)-Wednesday, July 13: Ardmore Music Hall / Ardmore, PA (Freekbass performing with The Band Is Bond)-Saturday, July 23 : Whispering Sun Festival / Pataskala, OH-Thursday, July 28: Zoo Bar / Lincoln, NE-Friday, July 29: Quixotes / Denver, CO-Saturday, July 30: Owsley’s Golden Road / Denver, CO AUGUST-Monday, August 1: Town Square Tavern / Jackson, WY-Wednesday, August 3: Casey’s Whitefish / Whitefish, Montana-Thursday, August 4: Live United Concert Series/ Idaho Falls, Idaho-Friday, August 5: West Yellowstone Concert Series / West Yellowstone, Montana-Saturday, August 6: The Filling Station / Bozeman, Montana-Wednesday, August 24: Scarlet & Grey / Columbus, OH-Saturday, August 27 : Woodfest Festival / Mendon, OH SEPTEMBER-Friday, September 2 : Union Street Station / Traverse City, MI-Saturday, September 3: Hookahville Festival / Pataskala, OH-Friday, September 16: Cranky Pat’s / Neenah, WI-Friday, September 23: Secret Circus Music Festival / North Branch, MN-Saturday, September 24: Kathy’s Pub / Rochester, MN
A new study co-authored by JoAnn Manson, professor in the department of epidemiology at HSPH and chief, division of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, found that for menopausal women who have had hysterectomies, the risks of stroke and other health problems associated with estrogen pills diminish after women stop taking them. The researchers also unexpectedly found evidence of a reduced risk of breast cancer among this population; however, they caution that more research is needed.“We need to look closely at these findings to see if we can learn more about ways to prevent breast cancer in women,” Manson told the The New York Times.The study reinforces current recommendations that women can take low doses of estrogen pills for a limited time to relieve the symptoms of menopause. The study focused only on women who have had hysterectomies. Women who have not are prescribed a combination estrogen and progestin pill.The study appeared in the April 6, 2011 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Read abstract.Read Times article and column.
Emily McConville | The Observer University President Fr. John Jenkins addresses the media at a press conference Friday morning in the Morris Inn.“I extended my heartfelt condolences to the Hesburgh family, to my brothers in the Congregation of Holy Cross, to the University of Notre Dame family and to all those whose lives were touched and enriched by Fr. Hesburgh’s remarkable life and ministry,” Jenkins said.“Fr. Hesburgh was the 15th president of the University of Notre Dame, from 1952 until his retirement in 1987,” he said. “Next to the University’s founder, Fr. Edward Sorin, no one had a greater impact on this University.”Jenkins said Hesburgh, the longest-serving president of the University of Notre Dame, died at Holy Cross House late Thursday night. In an email to the resident assistants of Dillon Hall, rector Fr. Paul Doyle said Hesburgh celebrated Mass earlier that day, as was his daily custom.“Fr. Ted had long prayed that God would allow him to say Mass on his last day on earth,” Doyle wrote. “Fr. Hesburgh did just that at 11:30 a.m. Thursday among his brothers in Holy Cross.”On Hesburgh’s legacy:Jenkins said Hesburgh’s influence extended well beyond the Notre Dame campus.“He was one of the nation’s most influential figures in higher education, the Catholic Church and national and international affairs,” Jenkins said. “Serving four popes and nine presidents, Fr. Hesburgh was a moral force in virtually all major social issues of his day, including civil rights, peaceful uses of atomic energy, campus unrests, third-world development and immigration reform.“Whatever else we may say about Fr. Ted, he was a priest and a man of faith who had a confident hope in God’s love and the promise of eternal life. We believe he is now with the God he served so faithfully and in the arms of Notre Dame, Our Lady, whom he was so devoted to.“Notre Dame lost a piece of its heart last night, but Fr. Ted lives on at Notre Dame and among the millions of lives he touched around the world.”When asked how many visitors he expects will attend services next week, Jenkins said the full extent of Hesburgh’s influence would show in the support from the broader Notre Dame community.“We expect a big turnout. We expect many people to come and many people notable people to come,” Jenkins said. “[Hesburgh] had the opportunity to outlive most of his contemporaries, so if he had died at an earlier age, I’m sure we would have even more people and more distinguished people.“But even so, he was a genuine friend. Fr. Ted was the only person I know who’d come to breakfast in the morning and say, ‘The President called me last night.’“He was friends with presidents and they would call him for advice. … My guess is that a number of people will come to celebrate this very life.”On his relationship with Hesburgh:Jenkins said his last interaction with Hesburgh was last Sunday, when they enjoyed a casual conversation and smoked cigars together.“He seemed in good spirits. He’s always been so encouraging about my work as president,” Jenkins said. “… He had become a great friend of my mother and he asked about my mother; we talked about Mom a lot.“And so it was just a usual conversation and he — he was as jovial and excited about life as ever in that conversation.”Jenkins reflected on the development of his relationship with Hesburgh, starting from his time as a student, when Hesburgh was President, to now.“You know, I was a student in the 1970s when Fr. Hesburgh was president, and those were the days when he was very much involved in the national scene,” he said. “He had been very prominent in civil rights and segregation, obviously in the conferences in the ‘60s over the war, in the Catholic Church.“… I did not know him when I was an undergraduate — I mean, personally — but he was an admired figure for me and an inspiration for me in so many ways,” Jenkins said. “When I entered the Congregation of Holy Cross, I entered studies and I got to know him better.“… [He] was still kind of a revered figure for me, but always encouraging, and he was a model for me as a priest, as a religious, as an academic, and I always looked up to him.”Jenkins emphasized the impact Hesburgh had on the early years of his presidency and the best advice he received from his predecessor.“When I became President, he became really a mentor, an advisor, a confidant in so many ways, and I had many conversations with him,” he said. “I remember one of the things he said that’s always stayed with me is ‘Stay close to the students.’ … He was loved by and he loved our students. So I took that advice … and I appreciated that.Jenkins spoke on Hesburgh’s influence during the difficult moments of his presidency, highlighting Hesburgh’s relationship with his mother.“In challenging times, he was always there. He was always encouraging. I mentioned my mother — in 2009, we invited President Obama and there was a great deal of controversy about that, as you may recall,” Jenkins said. “He heard that that, you know, and it was a difficult time — but without asking me, talking to me, he called my mom, just to say … this would turn out well. They became best friends from that day and that’s … Fr. Ted. He cared about people.”On the week before Hesburgh’s death:Jenkins said Hesburgh’s death, though not expected, came after a period of deteriorating health for the priest.“Fr. Hesburgh … lost his sight to macular degeneration,” Jenkins said. “He was slowing down but he had good days and bad days.“I think he was going to [his office in the Hesburgh Library] until, I believe, last week. He celebrated Mass daily; he had a cigar daily. He was very engaged.The past week, he seemed to slow down a bit. He wasn’t going to the office. We knew when he wasn’t going to the office that that was a sign.“He was actually, even yesterday I’m told — I didn’t see him yesterday — but I’m told he was engaged, talking to people, seemed okay but in the evening seemed to struggle to breathe and passed away a little bit before midnight.”On upcoming services:A private wake will be held Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., according to Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications.Visitation in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart will take place beginning 12 p.m. Tuesday and pausing at 6 p.m. for the wake. Visitation will resume at 9 p.m., continue “through the night” and end at 10 a.m. Wednesday.The Congregation of Holy Cross will hold a private, traditional funeral Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Wednesday at 2 p.m. A public procession to the Holy Cross Cemetery will follow.A public tribute to Hesburgh will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center. It will be free and ticketed.Tags: Basilica of the Sacred Heart, congregation of holy cross, fr. jenkins, Fr. John Jenkins, Fr. Ted, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, Notre Dame Friday morning, with the news of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s death just reaching many Notre Dame students, University President Fr. John Jenkins reflected on his time with the priest, who was 97, and outlined plans for services next week.
Early Friday morning, buildings across campus lost power due to a problem with electric utility company Indiana Michigan Power’s system, according to University spokesperson Dennis Brown. Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is a part of American Electric Power (AEP).Students confirmed dorms on South Quad, North Quad, West Quad and God Quad, as well as Carroll Hall, were without power for approximately 15 minutes. Dorms on Mod Quad were unaffected by the power outage.“I&M had a problem on their system and tripped Notre Dame off,” Brown said in an email. “It occurred at 12:40 a.m. and affected 16 feeders on our system, 15 of which were restored by 12:56 a.m.”Brown said the remaining problems were resolved by 2:08 a.m.“We had a minor problem with a control device and closed the remaining feeder at 2:08 a.m.,” he said.This is the first power outage to affect campus this year.Tags: electricity, Indiana Michigan Power, power outage
More than 250 Georgia 4-H’ers met in Atlanta July 21-22 to vie for 47 coveted “Master 4-H’er” titles, the youth organization’s highest honor.Students from across the state competed in a variety of categories, from photography to public speaking, and communications to companion animal science. They gave 12-minute demonstrations and prepared portfolios of their research and service project areas. Expert judges evaluated their work and interviewed them. “We had a wonderful week with young people competing for Master 4-H status. We’ve been entertained by 4-H’ers, inspired by 4-H’ers and we know the future is bright with 4-H,” said Arch Smith, Georgia state 4-H leader. “For all these children, it’s been a between five- and eight-year journey. They’ve been looking forward to state competition for a while. And now some have won, and some didn’t win. But for all of them, they now have a set of life skills that will be with them for years to come.”When polled, most 4-H members say their experience in the club, administered through University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, builds their confidence and leadership skills, while allowing them to meet people from across the state. “I have most enjoyed the learning experiences that 4-H has offered me and the friendships I have made,” said Alaina Alderman, a newly minted Master 4-H’er in the performing arts. “The 4-H organization has taught me many things, including the leadership skills that it takes to, in return, teach others what I have learned.”No child has to pay to travel to or compete at Georgia 4-H State Congress because of a community of generous donors. Their support guarantees that any child who earns a spot in the state competition will be able to compete. For more information about the many programs offered by Georgia 4-H visit www.georgia4h.org. This year’s winners, projects and donors — listed by their home counties — are:BACONAlaina Alderman, daughter of David and June Alderman of Alma, won first place in Performing Arts – Vocal, sponsored by Frank Carter. BANKSShelby Quakenbush, of Commerce, won first place in Sheep and Meat Goats, sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Jim Williamson.BALDWINSarai Mapp, daughter of James and Bobbie Mapp of Milledgeville, won first place in Communications, sponsored by Julia Lucas, Hon. John Myers and Watler Reeves. BEN HILLBen Lord, son of Bob and Dona Lord Fitzgerald, won first place in Performing Arts – Piano, sponsored by Six Flags Over Georgia. BLECKLEYTrevor Barker, of Cochran, won first place in Human Development, sponsored by the Georgia Association of 4-H Agents. Drew Belflower, of Cochran, won first place in Family Resource Management, sponsored by the Sarah L. Huff Fund. BULLOCHKatie Wilson, daughter of DeeAnna and David Morgan of Statesboro, won first place in Photography, sponsored by Georgia Magazine. BURKEMichaela Pollex, of Waynesboro, won first place in Dairy and Milk Science, sponsored by Mr. and Dr. Henry Hibbs, the family of Bobby Gene McKissick and Angela Nesmith. Cynthia Eberly, daughter of Eldon and Eppie Eberly of Waynesboro, won first place in Fashion Revue, sponsored by the Georgia Master 4-H Club.BUTTSJake Conner, son of Harrileen Conner of Jackson, won first place in Food Safety and Preservation, sponsored by Houston County Extension, Emanuel County Extension, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Coleman, Pierce County Extension, and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Keve. COLUMBIAChristopher Adam, son of Bao-Ling Adam of Martinez, won first place in Computer Inforamton Technology, sponsored by April Beggs, Jeffrey Burke, Jared Crapps, Bo Ryles and Jay Morgan.Clara Wurst, daughter of Randy and Vickie Wurst of Grovetown, won first place in Dairy Foods, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Bob Reid and the Georgia Ag Tag.CRISPAshley Phillips, daughter of Rusty and Jennifer Phillips of Pitts, won first place in Entomology, sponsored by Georgia Pest Control, the Georgia Master 4-H Club and Allen Nasworthy.DAWSONAllison Gilbert, daughter of Diana Cleghorne of Dawsonville, won first place in Housing, Equipment and Environment, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Bucky Cook. DECATURAnders Austinson, son of Paul and Tonya Austinson of Bainbridge, won first place in Fruits, Vegetables and Nuts, sponsored by the Meadows-Knox Family Fund.DOUGHERTYCharlie Baker, son of Gloria Baker and Charlie Baker III of Albany, won first place in Performing Arts – Dance, sponsored by Mr. And Mrs. Burley Page.DOUGLASSam Hopkins, of Douglasville, won first place in Food for Fitness, sponsored by the M.K. “Curly” Cook Foundation in memory of Sandra B. Cook.EMANUEL Stephanie Rivenburg, daughter of Ann and Mark Rivenburg of Swainsboro, won first place in Textiles and Merchandising, sponsored Mr. and Mrs. Michael Poole and The Daniel Ashley and Irene Houston Jewell Memorial Foundation.FORSYTHAlyssa Pawlik, daughter of Carol and Steve Pawlik of Cumming, won first place in Horses, sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Patrick Lucas. Holly Reeves, daughter of Terri Jo and Michael Reeves of Cumming, won first place in Wildlife and Marine Science, sponsored by the Georgia 4-H Foundation. HARTChase LeCroy, of Hartwell, won first place in Forest Resources and Wood Science, sponsored by Bill Lott and Paulding Timber Products.Zach Tellano, son of Ruth and Randy Daniel of Hartwell, won first place in General Recreation, sponsored by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association and Six Flags Over Georgia. HARALSONAvani Patel, daughter of Hema and Ashok Patel of Tallapoosa, won first place in Arts and Crafts, sponsored by Mr. and Ms. Ted Jenkins, Marian Fisher, Hon. John Myers and Jay Morgan.HENRYMayah Waltower, daughter of Ral and Shirley Waltower of McDonough, won first place in Physical, Biological and Earth Sciences, sponsored by the Georgia Electric Membership Cooperative. IRWINJames Hancock, son of John and Lori Hancock of Irwinville, won first place in Veterinary Science, sponsored by the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. Ben Hancock, son of John and Lori Hancock of Irwinville, won first palce in Poultry and Egg Science, sponsored by the Georgia Poultry Federation. JACKSONTristan Gaskins, son of Melinda and Robert Gaskins of Jefferson, won first place in the Science of Engineering and Mechanics, sponsored by Mike and Karen Garrett. JOHNSONCaroline Sweat, daughter of Donnie and Katy Sweat of Wrightsville, won first place for Performing Arts – General, sponsored by Elizabeth Hopkins. LEEAmber Smith, daughter of Daivd and Julie Smith of Albany, won first place in Dog Care and Training, sponsored by the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.LOWNDESTamia Pena, daughter of Valerie Harper of Valdosta, won first place in Flowers, Shrubs and Lawns, sponsored by the Georgia Development Authority.Alexis Carmichael, daughter of Erica Carmichael of Valdosta, won first place in Sports, sponsored by the Clover Glove Race Series.MADISONHayden Bailey, son of Jeff and Sheila Rucker of Hull, won first place in Plant and Soil Sciences, sponsored by the Georgia Plant Food Educational Society. NEWTONFlannery Peay, of Oxford, won first place in Performing Arts – Other Instrumental, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Greg Price. SPALDING Isabel Rutledge, daughter of Sam and Tammy Rutledge of Stockbridge, won first place in Companion Animal Science, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Terry England, Allen Nasworthy, Anna Reddish, and Dr. and Mrs. William H. Sell. Annabeth Branton, daughter of Ray and Anna Branton of Griffin, won first place in Workforce Preparation, sponsored by Emerson Climate Technologies. SUMTER Zafar Alam, son of Dr. and Mrs. Syed Alam of Americus, won first place in Health, sponsored by Greg Jones, in loving memory of George and Vera Jones. TATNALLDevon Merrill, son of Kimberly and Steve Bradley of Glennville, won first place in Outdoor Recreation, sponsored by Casey Mull. Devon Lockett, of Collins, won first place in Food Fare, sponsored by the Georgia Development Authority.TIFTJake Moore, son of Marty and Melinda Moore of Tifton, won first place for Festive Foods for Health, sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities.Hannah Rucker, daughter of Keith and Julie Rucker of Tifton, won first place for Target Sports, sponsored by the Callaway Foundation, Catharine Linz and the family of Col. James Boddie.TOOMBSErin Ricks, daughter of Brantley and Cindy Ricks of Lyons, won first place in Pork Production, sponsored by Houston County Extension, Emanuel County Extension, Pierce County Extension, Arch Smith and the Georgia Pork Producers Association. UNIONBrooks Patterson, son of Chris and Amy Patterson of Blairsville, won first place in International, sponsored by Eleanor Smith and the Georgia Master 4-H Club. Abhyjit Keepal, son of Surinder and Gurpreet Kheepal of Blairsville, won first place in Public Speaking, sponsored by Doug Ashworth, the Farm Credit Associations of Georgia, Raymond Lee, Jr., Kaleb McMichen and Cydcor USA.WALKERJulia Yearout, daughter of Ann and James Yearout of Chickamauga, won first place in Safety, sponsored by Mr. an Mrs. Greg Gaines. Dalton Green, son of Michael and Shelley Green of Ringgold, won first place in Beef, sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Jim Williamson.WEBSTERKatherine Harris, daughter of Bartho and Jennifer Harris of Parrott, won first place in History, sponsored by Beth Scott-Brown in honor of John Darius Miller Scott and in memory of Darius Miller.WILCOXKelly Childers, daughter of Dale and Julie Childers of Rochelle, won first place in Environmental Sciences, sponsored by Houston County Extension, Emanuel County Extension, Pierce County Extension and the Georgia Cooperative Council.
New England utility National Grid aims for 80% CO2 cut by 2050 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:New research from RMI last week illustrates that broad decarbonization will require efforts across many sectors, including shifting building heat to electric. National Grid’s 80×50 strategy takes a similar approach, calling for “three big shifts in our energy systems” that could reduce emissions 40% by 2030 and 80% within three decades.The plan calls for transforming the heating sector by doubling the rate of efficiency retrofits and “converting nearly all of the region’s 5 million oil-heated buildings to electric heat pumps or natural gas.” On the power generation side, National Grid’s plan includes adding more renewable electricity to achieve a 67% zero-carbon supply. And the utility will work to electrify the transportation sector, setting a goal of more than 10 million electric vehicles on Northeast roads—amounting to about half of all vehicles.Looking past 2030 to the 80% target, National Grid said the region will require “deeper and more sustained technological innovation on both the grid side and customer side of the meter, coupled with ambitious policy.”The plan says natural gas will continue to play a major role, even with added renewables, and nuclear generation will remain in the mix as well.In the utility’s plan, however, new gas demand in the residential sector is offset by energy efficiency, so even as the “number of residential natural gas customers rises significantly, total usage grows at a comparatively modest pace over the period.”More: National Grid targets 80% carbon cut across buildings, transport, power
2018 Festival Dates AnnouncedAfter a successful, sold-out third year, the Hops in the Hills festival returns for 2018 with a who’s-who of local and regional brewing icons on June 22 and 23 in downtown Maryville, Tennessee.This fourth annual festival showcasing the area’s finest artisan brews is a not-to-miss event for beer enthusiasts—drawing attendees from across the region.Hops in the Hills brew week, June 18 to 21, leads up to the main event over the weekend with a week-long “Celebration of Fermentation.” Each day, a different brewery will feature prizes, games, and music for visitors to prepare them for the weekend’s events.On Friday, June 22, the Hops in the Hills Craft Brew Crawl & Poker Run will be held provided by Knox Brew Tours. The event is a unique way to experience the town’s bars and restaurants and try local and regional beers.Last year, 46 breweries participated in the festival, appealing to a diverse range of tastes. Just as many breweries are expected to participate in the 2018 festival that will also include live music, food and additional entertainment like The Big BBQ Bash, Napa Classic Car Show and the Smoky Mountain Dock Dogs.“Hops in the Hills is a wonderful way for people to visit the beautiful Smoky Mountains and experience Maryville’s vibrant, historic downtown and thriving craft beer scene,” said Blount Partnership Tourism Director Kim Mitchell. “It’s an entertaining festival with something for everyone, and we’re thrilled to see it grow each year.”Blackberry Farm Chief Fermentation Officer Roy Milner has traveled extensively to gather knowledge and expertise in brewing and finds Hops in the Hills showcases the unique craft beer community throughout the region.“Craft brewing is an art form, and Hops in the Hills provides a great opportunity to celebrate the culture and sense of community it brings to our region,” said Milner. “With such a wide variety of brewery participants, visitors will truly receive a great picture of the craft’s presence in this part of the country.”The event is part of the Summer on Broadway celebration, a series of events to celebrate the summer season.A complete list of participating breweries, updated schedule, and link to purchase tickets will soon be available at www.hopsinthehills.com.
Court deals with jury innovation proposals Associate Editor Since its creation in 1999, the Jury Innovations Committee of the Supreme Court’s Judicial Management Council has crusaded for reforms to empower jurors beyond the traditional role of passive triers of fact.They envisioned trials where intellectually involved jurors could take notes, ask questions of witnesses (in writing with court approval), and discuss evidence in a group before deliberations.Four years later, what they got was not nearly so bold — at least, not yet.On October 17, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead issued an administrative order on “the most comprehensive review and thorough evaluation of Florida’s jury system in the history of the state,” approving 18 of 48 recommendations and referring 22 for further study. The remaining eight recommendations were declined.Absent from the definitely approved list were recommendations the committee’s chair, Third District Court of Appeal Judge Robert Shevin, had described as “the most cutting-edge” and “the most important one” — allowing jurors in civil trials to discuss the testimony as a group before actual deliberations begin.“The majority does not favor but refers to Civil Procedure Rules Committee and Civil Jury Instruction Committee for consideration,” Anstead’s order said of that recommendation.Other suggestions that would propel jurors to play a more active role in the decision-making process were also referred for further study. Allowing questions by jurors, as well as permitting note-taking by jurors, were innovations referred to the Rules of Judicial Administration and Civil and Criminal Procedure Rules Committees and jury instruction committees for consideration.But Judge Shevin expressed no disappointment in the lack of definitive approval on many of the committee’s most revolutionary recommendations.“I wasn’t disturbed by the referrals, because I think it was the appropriate thing to do,” Judge Shevin said. “We’ll see what the various committees have to say about them. I was generally pleased with the court’s final report. They only declined to approve eight out of 48 recommendations, and a lot were cutting-edge.”The most “hotly debated issue,” Shevin said at oral arguments February 4, 2002, was whether to reduce or eliminate peremptory challenges, when lawyers get to dismiss prospective jurors from serving without giving a reason. In the past, the justices noted, peremptory challenges were abused to exclude racial groups and others from serving on juries.It was a contentious issue on the committee that called for taking many votes that mostly turned out to be ties, Shevin said. Even the committee’s suggestion that peremptory challenges only be studied further sparked strong concern from Tom Scarritt, then chair of The Florida Bar’s Trial Lawyers Section, and Dave Dunlap, Jr., on behalf of the American Board of Trial Advocates.The debate will have to continue indefinitely and unofficially, as the Supreme Court declined “to approve a study at this time due to fiscal constraints.”“With funds in such small supply, they didn’t want to set up another committee,” Judge Shevin said of the court’s peremptory punt.“I think it was purely done based on fiscal constraints. I understand when there is a deficient financial situation, it is difficult to spend a lot of money on a committee.”The court also deferred taking any action on the committee’s proposed Juror Bill of Rights, pending “outcome of further deliberation on several of the outstanding proposals.”“I was sort of surprised that one was not referred,” Judge Shevin said.Among the more significant proposals the court did approve and refer for implementation are innovations relating to summons enforcement and postponement, juror orientation, standardized juror questionnaires, and jury time management.The court referred to the legislature and Gov. Bush recommendations concerning juror source lists, juror pay, and jury parking.The Jury Innovations Committee was made up of 22 diverse members who represented many groups affected by Florida’s civil and criminal jury system: trial and appellate judges, a state attorney, a public defender, a clerk of court, a trial court administrator, a jury coordinator, a professor of criminal justice, members of The Florida Bar, a former state senator, and four former jurors, one from a high-profile case.Anstead’s order noted that Judge Shevin brought “extensive experience as an appellate judge, former state senator, and attorney general to lead the committee in its groundbreaking efforts.”For nearly two years, the committee and subcommittees on jury management and administration, in-court procedures, and juror treatment and compensation, chaired by Second Circuit Judge Thomas Bateman, Professor Larry Morehouse, and 11th Circuit Judge Fredricka Smith, debated and finalized the committee’s recommendations. Last year brought the opportunity for comments and oral arguments.The chief justice concluded that “the committee’s vision for Florida’s jury system moves this state into the vanguard of jury innovation, and the court is confident that future proceedings arising from these recommendations will only serve to further that vision.”(To read the court the administrative order I n re: Final Report of the Jury Innovations Committee , (No. AOSC03-41), go to the Supreme Court’s Web Page at http://www.flcourts.org/sct/clerk/adminorders/2003/sc03-41.pdfTo read the committee’s complete 111-page report on the Supreme Court’s Web page, go to www.flcourts.org/pubinfo/documents/JuryInnovationsFinalReport.pdf) November 15, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Court deals with jury innovation proposals
12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission… Vision: To promote … Web: TheSenseiLeader.com Details One of my old Masters used to tell a story to help us deal with frustration when learning something difficult…A Master and a student are working on a lesson when the student becomes angry with his lack of ability. “I’m trying as hard as I can––I’m just not getting it.”The Master takes a cup and fills it nearly to the top with water. He then puts another full cup next to the student. “Now, pour all the water from this cup into the first cup.”No matter how hard he tried, the student could not put any more water in the cup without it spilling over the side. Angry again he said, “This is stupid. This cup just won’t hold any more water.”The Master doesn’t say a word. He just takes the first cup and spills it on the ground. He then pours all the water from the second cup into the first.Sometimes we just have to empty our cup.As leaders, how many times do we try to add to a cup that’s just too full? How many times do we approach a problem with our minds already made up, entrenched judgments or answers without really knowing the question?As leaders we’re expected to have answers. We’re expected to provide solutions. But too often what’s required is a step back to listen, learn and assess the situation with a fresh perspective.Put another way, I often say that the most effective leaders are not those with all the answers––but rather those who are skilled in formulating the right questions.To do this leaders must practice what martial artists call “no mind.”In plain English, this means putting aside prejudices, judgments and assumptions. It means keeping the ego in check. And it means listening with the sincere intent to understand the situation and the people involved.There’s a great scene in the movie The Last Samurai that does a great job of taking the mystery out of this concept.Tom Cruise plays an American mercenary hired to fight on the side of the Emperor, whose government is trying to eradicate the last holdouts from the feudal age. His character, Captain Algren, is captured by a band of rebel Samurai. Algren tries to learn some of the Samurai ways and starts to practice with the “bokken,” a wooden practice sword.Every time he spars with his Samurai instructor, he is beaten soundly. Of course he’s angry and frustrated.One of his Samurai hosts takes him aside and explains, “Too many mind.” Of course Algren is confused. “Too many mind?”“Hai. (Yes.) Mind the sword. Mind the people watching. Mind the enemy. Too many mind.”He finished by telling Algren again, “No mind.”Emptying his mind of all these distractions, Algren scores his first draw with his instructor––a huge moment.Think about all the things that can keep our mind so full that we have no room for clear thought and effective execution.StressUrgencyPrejudiceEntrenched beliefsPartisan loyaltyLack of understandingAngerFearOver-confidenceEnthusiasmPessimismOptimismThis is just the short list, but notice that not all of these things have automatic negative connotations. In fact, some are almost universally considered positive.Take “optimism” for example. It’s usually quite helpful for a leader to be optimistic. However––if our optimism blinds us to realistic dangers and rational fears, it can lead us to a false sense of confidence and surety and even to disaster.The trick is to practice emptying the mind when we’re confronted with an important decision or action. Take the time to consider alternate points of view and solution. With “no mind” we free up cognitive bandwidth to consider new questions and possibilities we might not have considered with a full head predetermined opinions and judgments.As with many of the leadership skills we practice in THE SENSEI LEADER MOVEMENT, developing “no mind” is simple––not easy. The first steps are:Whenever possible, take a breath and take some time to consider other possible solutions, points of view and perspectives––no matter how committed you may be to any particular decision or course of action.Make a list of the solutions, responses and questions you already have in mind. Construct alternatives.Most of all––practice active, engaged listening. Seek out dissenters and truly listen to their point of view, not to confirm or deny your present view, but to understand. Sometimes we don’t realize how full our cup is. I think about how difficult it is to drink out of a completely full cup. That’s usually how we end up with a lap full of hot coffee.Once in a while we’ve got to empty the cup––or at least pour a little out before we take a drink.
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