Letters Gay Adoptions The Family Law Section has demonstrated courage in seeking to have the ban against gay adoption overturned. As with all issues involving civil rights, historically, there are those who are not members of the minority who raise the specter of great horrors ahead if: (choose one)a. Blacks are allowed to marry whites;b. Jews are allowed to immigrate to the United States;c. Japanese are allowed to own real property;d. Women are allowed to vote.Such views are almost comical now. Most of us are embarrassed that such views were widely held in our country at any time.Those who pay attention to history realize the pivotal role lawyers and courts played in each cause. As long as a majority is able to sustain the “us versus them” mentality, gay rights will continue its struggle.Years from now, I would guess that many of us will wish we, too, had played a more pivotal role in relieving another minority from the tyranny of the majority. Richard M. “Rick” Knellinger Gainesville May 1, 2005 Letters May 1, 2005 Letters I respect the right of our Bar members to their various opinions regarding sections taking positions on the issue of repeal of the adoption ban.However, one writer in the April 1 News writes that children who are raised by gay parents have more various risks and undesirable outcomes than children raised by non-gay parents.All reputable sociological and psychological studies in the past 20 years have concluded that children raised by gay parents have no more risks or instances of bad outcomes than children raised by non-gay parents, let alone, Heaven forbid, turning out to be gay themselves. In fact, those who have investigated the question find that children raised by gay parents tend to be more accepting in their attitudes toward difference in society. Not a bad outcome in itself.I have a larger concern. Many children are being raised in gay households right now. I know quite a few such families and attest to the dedication, love, and good upbringing that characterize those families. Should those families be split up? That seems like the logical extension of the concept behind the adoption ban. Family stability is also affected by the lack of second parent adoption. As we lawyers know, the absence of legal parenthood can be catastrophic in the event of the death of a natural parent. Conversely, the natural parent and the surviving child have none of the significant legal rights of survivors, including Social Security benefits and claims arising from wrongful death of the nonbiological parent. These results are neither fair nor constructive for society. Carl A. Schuh St. Petersburg Journal Directory I would like to join attorney Arthur A. Cohen in calling on our fellow lawyers to contact The Florida Bar Journal to request the inclusion of contact information for the courts, clerks, and sheriffs statewide in the annual directory. I suggest that we also ask for the Rules of Professional Conduct to be returned to the directory. The competent, efficient, and ethical practice of law will be facilitated by having this information at our fingertips. Richard S. Jackson DeLandThis letter is to voice support for the position set forth by Arthur A. Cohen in a letter published in the April 1 News, commenting upon the deletion from the annual Journal directory of the names, addresses, and phone numbers of courts, clerks, sheriffs, state and federal officials, and other information.Having the material “online” is insufficient for those of us who do not spend all day “online,” but who spend lots of other time reading, preparing papers, editing, doing other things, often with old style tools, i.e., pen and pencil. Additionally, having material “online” is an actual inconvenience, when we are otherwise working “online,” since it requires dropping out of the specific item in production, to research another Web site, to acquire information.In a world filled with voice and telepad access “options,” the elimination of a paper source of reference, that was both handy and essential, is just another blow to the sole practitioner’s office.It is bad enough that the federal courts have gone to all electronic filing, because I can always elect not to practice in the federal courts. However, since membership in the Bar is not an option, I would prefer to have some asset value from the dues that I submit each year. The Bar Journal directory had some asset value, primarily in the public agency information, since I have much more occasion to consult that than I do to consult the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, etc., of the 76,000 other Bar members.Please count me as part of the “substantial demand” to have the vital information reinstated in next year’s book, and each edition thereafter. Richard Clinton Keene Neptune Beach ( Editor’s Note: The Board of Governors has decided to put the courts section back into the September annual Journal directory issue and it also will appear on the Bar’s Web site in the same format.)
RAY PFEIFFER/Herald PhotoWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Inside the Wisconsin football team’s locker room, written on the dry erase board with marker was just one thing: 1-0.While it was just the latest appearance of UW head coach Bret Bielema’s team motto, it just as well might have been the defense’s ideal goal for Purdue quarterback Curtis Painter’s stat line: one interception, zero touchdowns.”All week, that’s all we heard is how these guys are ranked top of the Big Ten in everything,” sophomore cornerback Allen Langford said. “We took it real serious as a defense to go out there and shut down a real good offense.”Having heard all week long about how dangerous and explosive the Purdue offense was, the Wisconsin defense played inspired football and shutdown the vaunted Boilermaker attack, carrying the Badgers to a 24-3 victory at Ross-Ade Stadium.”We definitely saw what they did to a lot of other teams in the Big Ten,” sophomore cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu said. “We really didn’t expect to play this well, so we are really happy and really satisfied, but we have to keep getting better.”Freshman running back P.J. Hill, held in check for most of the game, came alive in the fourth quarter and had another impressive day, rushing for 161 yards and two touchdowns.”It was a P.J. Hill game,” Bielema said when asked if it was a Ron Dayne-like effort by the freshman tailback.”That’s the mentality that the offensive line and the running backs have,” Joe Thomas said. “You can see it in their body language how they aren’t running to the ball as quick, they aren’t jogging on and off the field, they are lazing up to the line of scrimmage, you can tell they don’t really want to be out there taking a beating from P.J. anymore.”The true heroes of the game though were the Wisconsin defenders, who held a Purdue offense that was averaging over 33 points a game to just a single field goal. The output was the lowest point total by a Purdue team since 2003.”When you play a good team, you have to maximize opportunities, and they are a good football team,” Purdue head coach Joe Tiller said. “Obviously, they’re a good football team. So I think it’s a combination of them being a good football team and we needed to be perfect, and we were not.”Early on, Painter, the reigning conference Offensive Player of the Week, appeared very out of synch, consistently missing open receivers and looking uncomfortable in the pocket, which, according to Bielema, was by design.”There are two ways to attack a quarterback: physical pressure and mental pressure,” Bielema said. “We seemed to be able to create some confusion and some errant throws.””You could kind of tell he was looking bothered and getting the ball out quick, even when his receivers weren’t done with their routes he was throwing the ball, so I think he was doing a little bit too much thinking out there,” Ikegwuonu said. The UW secondary also did its job when passes were completed, holding the Boilermakers, who average 327 yards a game through the air, to only 187 passing yards. Defenders hoped that the effort might silence questions about the level of competition the Badgers have been playing this year. “You hear it: ‘UW haven’t beaten anybody, blah, blah, blah,'” senior safety Joe Stellmacher said. “We beat a team that is 5-2 today and a quality opponent on their own field, in a tough place to play.””Everyone has been down on us, saying we haven’t really faced anyone, and I just think we proved what we could do,” senior linebacker Mark Zalewski said. “They are the No. 1 offense in the conference and came out and played well.”Still, despite the outstanding defensive effort, the game was close into the third quarter as Wisconsin was unable to capitalize on opportunities, leaving points on the field. “It was a pretty sloppy game in the first half, but for them to end up with just three points, I feel we fared pretty well,” defensive tackle Jason Chapman said. One such instance came at the end of the first half when the Badgers were in striking range with the clock winding down. With 19 seconds left, quarterback John Stocco hit P.J. Hill for an 11-yard gain for a first down to stop the clock. However, when the clock restarted, the offense was sluggish getting to the line, and Stocco fumbled the ball while trying to spike it to set up a field goal attempt and time ran out. “I think they put Vaseline on the ball,” Stocco joked after the game.Coming out in the second half, Purdue looked poised to tie the score, driving down to the Wisconsin 20-yard line in eight plays. But the offense stalled and missed a 37-yard field goal, giving the Badgers an opportunity to break the game open. UW capitalized on that opportunity, piecing together a 12-play scoring drive highlighted by a 25-yard strike from Stocco to receiver Paul Hubbard on third and seven. “It was kind of a challenge for us to come out and play better in the second half, leaving points on the field,” Stocco said. “I think that pass (to Hubbard) was a turning point. We’d struggled a bit, and then to get down there and score, I think it gave us a bit of momentum.”
Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain 1 Arsenal will have to pay more than £42m if they are to prise Gonzalo Higuain away from Napoli this summer.According to reports in Italy, the Gunners, who were close to signing the Argentine forward two seasons ago, have discussed an initial bid with Napoli.But Gazzetta.it claim Arsenal remain reluctant to increase their first offer of around £42m and are prepared to pursue other options.Higuain, who has just finished competing in the Copa America, wants to play Champions League football next year, something his current club cannot offer him.But the Italian side are staying firm on their steep valuation, insisting the striker will not leave for a penny less than his €94.7m [£66m] buyout clause
OAKLAND – The A’s home clubhouse was a mess, but sparse. Not long ago a calm baseball haven, a handful of players returned their summer digs post-Wild Card loss to pack up their memories and gear.“Next year, we battle for the division.” Yusmeiro Petit said as he prepared to depart for the offseason, club option on his contract now hanging in the balance. “I don’t want to play in any more Wild Card games.”The A’s will instead watch (or ignore and disconnect) the 107-win Houston Astros – their …
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TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Karl-Anthony Towns help Wolves recover in 120-103 win over Magic SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives between Atlanta Hawks’ John Collins and DeAndre’ Bembry during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — The last thing the Milwaukee Bucks wanted on Friday was a grind-it-out game, with Eastern Conference rival Toronto coming to town the next night to complete a back-to-back set.No need to worry in Mike Budenholzer’s first game against his former team.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hawks: Host Miami on Sunday.Bucks: Host Toronto on Saturday. LATEST STORIES “It was huge,” Middleton said. “We get off to a great start, set the tone early and keep it going the whole game. Hopefully it can prepare us for tomorrow.”Milwaukee (27-10) improved its NBA-best record as it won its fifth straight and for the ninth time in 10 games. The Bucks tied a season high for points in a game, equaling their total against Sacramento on Nov. 4, and scored more than 140 for a league-best third time.“They’re the No. 1 team in the league right now,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. “They’re playing with an edge and we saw that tonight.“We just didn’t have it. That’s part of our growing pains and part of our growth, to understand that you have to go through these things.”Toronto (28-12) is coming off a road loss to San Antonio and already has lost the first two games against Milwaukee this season. The Bucks could capture the season tiebreaker with another win Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in just 19 minutes, and the Bucks starters got plenty of rest in a 144-112 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.Khris Middleton scored 19 points while hitting all four of his 3-point attempts. Malcolm Brogdon also scored 19 and point guard Eric Bledsoe added 14 points and eight assists for the Bucks, who led 43-14 after 12 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“Obviously, the first quarter (we) threw a big punch on both ends of the court,” Budenholzer said. “I thought the effort by Eric Bledsoe was great. To have that kind of lead and set the tone, the starters were phenomenal.”Antetokounmpo and the rest of the Milwaukee starters did not play in the fourth quarter. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “It’s neck-and-neck right now,” Middleton said. “But we try to keep the focus on us. It’s a long season. We’re not complacent with where we’re at right now. We still can be better in some areas so we’re going to stay hungry.”Budenholzer led the Hawks to the playoffs in four of his five seasons with the team and his 2014-15 squad won 60 games and reached the Eastern Conference finals.The rebuilding Hawks (11-27) were no match for the Bucks, who led by as many as 38 points in the first half. Milwaukee took a 76-43 halftime lead, tying the second-largest halftime lead in franchise history and the largest since 1978.Milwaukee extended the lead to as many as 46 points in the fourth quarter.DeAndre Bembry led Atlanta with 19 points and Dewayne Dedmon had 14 while hitting 4 of 9 3-pointers.The Bucks had 12 players score eight or more points — the most by any team in a game since the 1976-77 season.TIP-INSHawks: Atlanta has two rookies making major contributions: fifth overall pick Trae Young, acquired in a draft-night deal with Dallas; and 19th overall pick Kevin Huerter. Young, the former Oklahoma star and 6-foot-2 guard, entered Friday averaging 15.4 points and 7.4 assists. He had only two points in the first three quarters but finished with 13 points in 31 minutes. Huerter, who played at Maryland, scored a personal-best 22 points at Indiana on Dec. 31 and had 12 points in 44 minutes against Washington on Wednesday. “We played him 40 minutes in Indiana and he gets a career high,” Pierce said. “It was kind of a lesson to me. Play him more. Get him more shots and his shot attempts have gone up in every month, so we’re finding more productivity with more opportunity. So, it’s my job to get him more opportunity.” Huerter scored 10 points Friday. … Former Bucks forward Miles Plumlee (left knee pain) was unavailable for the Hawks after being ruled out following the team’s morning shootaround.Bucks: Veteran forward Ersan Ilyasova returned to the lineup for the first time since breaking his nose in practice on Dec. 16. Second-year forward D.J. Wilson has played well in Ilyasova’s absence, and Budenholzer said he wasn’t sure how he would distribute playing time. “It’s the hard part about our league,” Budenholzer said. “When you have a roster with a lot of depth and a lot of good players, sometimes you have to make hard decisions. Sometimes you play a little bigger rotation. But we’ve certainly been happy with D.J., happy with Thon (Maker). Ersan is a veteran guy and we’re happy to have him back. This league is amazing how opportunity is always right around the corner if someone isn’t playing.” Ilyasova drew a charge — his specialty — just 13 seconds after entering the game in the first quarter. He finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes.UP NEXT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments
Manny Pacquiao doesn’t want to leave anything to chance against American challenger Adrien Broner in their welterweight title fight on January 19 in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The 40-year-old Pacquiao is keen on scoring a KO after coming off a stoppage win over Lucas Matthysse last July.Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division champion, went back to training on Sunday (Manila time) a day after taking a breather. He split eight rounds of sparring against Arnold Gonzalez and George Kambosos Jr. and did four rounds of mitts with Freddie Roach in his afternoon session at Wild Card Gym.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Pacquiao, who is defending his WBA belt, isn’t planning on going the distance with his sight set on a decisive victory and an impressive showing in his first fight in the US since 2016.Manny Pacquiao, right, lands a punch on Arnold Gonzalez during sparring at Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMy @WBABoxing welterweight world title defense against @AdrienBroner is 14 days away. I am training hard for a knockout victory. It is great to be back in the U.S. and fighting at @MGMGrandGarden. @PBC @TGBPromotions @ShowtimeBoxing @SHOSports @AXS #PacquiaoBroner pic.twitter.com/hm2CjDiVJiFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) January 5, 2019 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Chot Reyes denies being part of TNT ‘in any official capacity’ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
PROBABILITY OF… Clemson3415 You can read all of our College Football Playoff coverage here. Oklahoma comes into the playoff as the favorite with a 41 percent chance of winning the title despite being the fourth seed. That’s because the Sooners have the highest FPI rating (the metric we use to calculate win probabilities for the playoff games) in FBS football. They’re matched up against Clemson (the third-highest rated team of the four playoff teams, according to FPI), and have a 66 percent chance of beating them and advancing to the final.The other side of the bracket pits Alabama against Michigan St., which made a somewhat surprising move up to No. 3 (our model gave it a 32 percent chance of happening). But that move may not benefit the Spartans. Alabama is better than Clemson according to FPI, and Michigan St. now only has a 32 percent chance to reach the final, rather than the 42 percent chance they would have had if the Spartans faced Clemson. Alabama6834 The college football playoff committee has returned its verdict: No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Michigan St., No. 4 Oklahoma. Here’s what those final seedings mean for each team’s championship odds, according to FiveThirtyEight’s model: TEAMMAKING FINALNAT. TITLE Oklahoma66%41% Michigan St.3210
Stephen A. Smith, perhaps the most provocative voice on ESPN, was suspended for a week from appearing on the network for comments deemed insensitive following Baltimore Raven Ray Rice’s two-game suspension for knocking his now-wife unconscious during a confrontation on an elevator on Valentine’s Day.Meanwhile, it was reported by the New York Daily News that Smith had already planned to leave the ESPN radio job he had for his own show on SiriusXM. Presumably, Smith will return to First Take and other responsibilities on ESPN next week.Smith said, among other things on the air last week: “What I’ve tried to employ [with] the female members of my family — some of who you all met and talked to and what have you — is that … let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions, because if I come — or somebody else come, whether it’s law enforcement officials, your brother or the fellas that you know — if we come after somebody has put their hands on you, it doesn’t negate the fact that they already put their hands on you.”His comments, even though he vehemently denounced a man hitting a woman, started a deluge of outrage that eventually ESPN succumbed to with this suspension–which came after Smith made countless attempts on Twitter to explain himself and offered an on-air apology for his remarks.Smith tweeted, among other things: “But what about addressing women on how they can help prevent the obvious wrong being done upon them? In no way was I accusing women of being wrong. I was simply saying what that preventive measures always need to be addressed because there’s only but so much that can be done after the fact … once the damage is already done.”He apologized on television: “On Friday, speaking right here on ‘First Take’ on the subject of domestic violence, I made what can only amount to the most egregious error of my career,” Smith said. “My words came across that it is somehow a woman’s fault. This was not my intent. It is not what I was trying to say.”ESPN released a statement from its president, John Skipper, who said the suspension came as a result of speaking to the women employees resource group at his network: “As many of you know, there has been substantial news coverage in the past few days related to comments Stephen A. made last Friday in the wake of the NFL’s decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games following charges of assaulting his then fiancée, now wife, a few months ago.“We’ve said publicly and in this space that those remarks did not reflect our company’s point of view, or our values. They certainly don’t reflect my personal beliefs.”The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg, among others, agreed with Smith’s take, and many have considered ESPN’s suspension a sad indictment on the NFL and its perceived insensitivity toward women. To wit: Rice knocked out the woman in his life and received just a two-game suspension; Smith did not abuse anyone and received a seven-day ban.Smith, the Daily News reported, will soon leave ESPN-98.7 FM and join SXM’s Mad Dog Radio, where he will host his own show. Smith currently co-hosts a 1p.m. to 3p.m. program with Ryan Ruocco that airs in New York.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar reckons tonight’s Champions League game against Napoli will be like a finalPSG head to the Stadio San Paolo needing to avoid defeat, at least, in order to maintain their hopes of reaching the knockout stages.Currently, PSG are in third place and a point adrift of Napoli with leaders Liverpool visiting Red Star Belgrade.And Neymar, who won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2015, is well aware there is no margin for error in Italy tonight.“It’s a very difficult match, it will be a final for us,” said Neymar on his YouTube.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“We know we have to win this game and we hope to have a good match to get a great result.“Again, we must approach it as if it were the last game of our lives.”Neymar has managed 12 goals and six assists in 14 appearances across all competitions for PSG this season.Meanwhile, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel refused to confirm Edinson Cavani for the Group C game.