Real Estate Announces 2020 U.S. Tour

first_imgTickets are on-sale here at 10 a.m. local time next Friday, November 15th, with pre-sales beginning at 10 a.m. local time on November 12th, 13th, and 14th, respectively.Head to Real Estate’s website for a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information.Real Estate 2020 U.S. Tour Dates:4/9 – El Club – Detroit, MI*4/10 – Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL*4/11 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN*4/13 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE*4/14 – The Truman – Kansas City, MO*4/15 – The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO*4/16 – The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN*4/18 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA*4/20 – Cat’s Cradle – Chapel Hill, NC*4/21 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC*4/22 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA*4/23 – Royale – Boston, MA*5/7 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA†5/8 – The Fonda Theater – Los Angeles, CA†5/9 – Belly Up Tavern – San Diego, CA†5/10 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ†5/12 – The Granada Theater – Dallas, TX†5/13 – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater – Austin, TX†5/14 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX†5/18 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO#5/19 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT#5/21 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA#5/22 – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR#*with Palm†with Meg Baird#with ItascaView Tour Dates Real Estate has announced 23 new U.S. performances in a sweeping, 2020 spring tour. The band had teased this series of cities and dates on the back of graphic t-shirts sold at a trio of sold-out shows last month. With venues and more now officially revealed, fans will see the quintet return to much larger stages, bringing brand new music coast-to-coast throughout April and May.As seen during Real Estate’s recent summer tour, including a sold-out stop at New York City’s Webster Hall, the spring run will feature a mesmeric display of visuals, presented on three concentric LED panels specially designed by Optical Animal. Also, as debuted at all of the band’s shows this past October, Real Estate will be playing songs from their yet-to-be-announced upcoming album. Watch a live version of one of the tracks via a tweet from the band below.last_img read more

Calif. Firefighters Outline Problems Responding to Medical Calls at Jail

first_imgAccording to an incident report from January, a fire crew was dispatched to drive an inmate from the jail to Santa Clara County Medical Center about 3 1/2 miles away. Firefighters entered the jail’s inmate processing center and found 10 to 12 prisoners handcuffed to a chair. They were told the injured inmate was on the second floor, and were escorted in to several locked chambers. They had to stop three times to ask for five unsecured inmates to be locked in cells or “shackled to a fixed object,” the report stated. “The fire department has no reason to believe that DOC staff isn’t committed to their job,” Thomas said. Firefighters who meet injured inmates in more than four minutes are supposed to write unusual occurrence reports, and city officials plan to review some of those records in its investigation. SAN JOSE, Calif. — As San Jose Fire (Calif.) Department leaders begin scrutinizing the department’s role in treating and transporting inmates at Santa Clara County Jail, firefighters who respond to frequent calls at the lockup are describing frightening situations for which they were never trained. Even if an inmate has a spinal injury and cannot be easily moved, medical staff at the jail has been trained to load the person on a stretcher and prepare him for the hospital. Some critics have questioned why firefighters need to enter the jail beyond the ground floor. Welch, speaking outside a public safety committee meeting on April 17, trembled as he described an incident in the jail years ago. “We walked in and went through one or two doors,” he said. “A code went off on the public address system that there was a riot elsewhere in the jail. The guard ran off and left us. I remember being with a patient all alone. I’ve never been trained by county guards for that,” he said. Jeff Welch, vice president of San Jose Firefighters Local 230, worked at Fire Station 1 at 225 N. Market St. from roughly 1998 to 2005. He said he responded to medical calls at the jail up to five times in a day, and some fire department rules were disregarded as his crew was left alone with inmates during emergencies. Paramedics’ rescue knives are left in vehicles, and scissors must be buried in a medical box to prevent inmates from snatching them. In response to firefighters’ complaints – which they say fell on deaf ears for eight years – San Jose’s public safety committee on April 17 launched a review of fire department and jail policies on medical calls to the lockup. A report back to the committee is due June 19. Leaders from Santa Clara County’s Department of Correction have said little about the firefighters’ accusations and the city’s inquiry. “When they’re at the jail, they’re not in neighborhoods,” Oliverio said. Another question posed by city leaders is why a permanent “sally port,” or detention area on the ground floor of the jail, could not be used in every instance outside medical help is called to save time and increase safety. It is unclear how often a sally port is used at the jail, but San Jose Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio said jails in other cities such as Los Angeles use them. Together they enter the North or South Main Jail, and a jail guard escorts them through a series of locked doors to reach the patient; sometimes it takes 10 minutes or more to reach a person with an injury such as a slit wrist or an attempted hanging, Welch said. Many inmates begin serving time with medical problems and drug addictions. City firefighters who are also paramedics typically respond to calls at the 18-floor jail at 150 W. Hedding St. at the same time a private ambulance arrives. Others have said staffing shortages at the jail may have contributed to problems. “This is an exchange of information, and we meet regularly with emergency personnel,” said Mark Cursi, spokesman for the Department of Correction. Cursi acknowledged that senior correction officials have met with fire department leaders in recent weeks. According to the fire department’s 2004 Emergency Medical Services Manual, firefighters must “ensure the escort officer remains with the fire department company.” The manual also requires correction officers to secure inmates in a cell or have them “restrained or removed from the area and locked behind a door . . . prior to travel by fire personnel in the facility.” Firefighters say that rule is routinely ignored, and inmates are secured only after medical crews enter rooms. Some firefighters fear attacks or being taken hostage – in which case the jail’s “no hostage” policy would let the inmate and hostage starve before authorities cave to demands. Oliverio, who initiated a formal review of firefighters’ role at the jail in an April 17 public safety committee meeting, said the issue raises three more questions: Are firefighters who respond to daily 911 calls at the jail being drawn away from emergencies in the Rose Garden area and downtown? Are the calls urgent or are they routine trips to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center? Is it costing the city too much money to provide medical and transportation services that the county could provide? In response to the city’s inquiry, the fire department plans to conduct more interviews with first responders, form a committee to review emergency response protocol, survey other city’s practices, review patient care reports and analyze response times. San Jose Fire Department leaders also plan to meet with county communications, Emergency Medical Services and Department of Correction officials. Councilmembers Pete Constant and Madison Nguyen also expressed concern for the issue at the committee meeting, and Oliverio has already asked for the public safety committee’s support in bringing potential reforms to the city council. At the April 17 committee meeting, San Jose assistant fire chief Nicolas Thomas defended jail staff.last_img read more

Couple Donate $150 Million to Fight Poverty in Developing Nations

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreStanford University will open an institution with the sole purpose of alleviating poverty in developing nations, thanks to a $150 million gift donated by a Silicon Valley businessman and his wife.“More than a billion people live on less than $1.25 a day,” said Robert E. King with his wife, Dorothy, in a video. “That’s just not right.”Called the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (known informally as “SEED”), it will draw from the school’s world-class MBA program and suite of courses in entrepreneurship to stimulate business ideas that can empower the people receiving food aid today so they can become self-sufficient and not need the aid in the future.The Institute’s work is based on the belief that a powerful way to help alleviate poverty is through the stimulation of new entrepreneurial ventures and by scaling existing ones.“Today’s students aspire to achieve a global impact that will change people’s lives for the better with everything from businesses that create employment and income sources to creating access to better education, health care, and governance,” said Garth Saloner, Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.The InspirationThe idea for the gift came out of home stays that founding donors Dottie and Bob King have offered to international students at Stanford for more than four decades. They witnessed first-hand the impact that education and entrepreneurship can have on a wider community back home. One student, Andreata Muforo from Zimbabwe, brought peers from her global study trip to Africa to the King home for dinner. “We heard how those first-hand experiences compelled some of the MBAs to return for internships in Africa,” said Dottie King. “We saw the direct connection between the learning experience and the motivation to make change.”“We believe that innovation and entrepreneurship are the engines of growth to lift people out of poverty,” said Bob King, who with his wife also founded the Thrive Foundation for Youth. “And we believe Stanford’s tradition of innovation coupled with a forward-thinking global bias as well as its multidisciplinary resources will make a real impact.”The Kings have made a $100 million gift to fund the Institute. They have committed an additional $50 million in matching funds to inspire other donors to fuel Stanford University’s commitment to alleviating poverty, bringing the total philanthropic investment to potentially $200 million.To amplify its impact, SEED will partner with organizations such as Endeavor, which mentors and accelerates the work of high-impact entrepreneurs; the Skoll Foundation, which drives change by investing in social entrepreneurs; and the global social enterprise investor Acumen Fund. All have established operations AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Zoos Are Tweeting Yelp-Like Reviews of Animal Species and They Are Hilarious

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThese zookeepers are taking the “cat vs. dog” debate to the next level. The trend hasn’t been exclusive to wildlife specialists, either – other Twitter users wrote some pretty popular reviews as well. Conservations and wildlife experts are posting hilarious appraisals of animal species in the style of online shopping reviews. The #RateASpecies hashtag is quite similar to the #CuteOff competition that broke out amongst zoos on Twitter back in January 2017. Since then, dozens of wildlife specialists, aquariums, and zoo pages have joined in on the fray with amusing #RateASpecies reviews of their own.center_img The ongoing joke first kicked off when the Oregon Zoo tweeted a picture of an otter with the caption reading: “4/5 stars. Overall very good first impressions. Sturdy built, totally winter-ready and waterproof. Only comes in brown but that’s actually a plus for me. #RateASpecies.” Parks and zoos across the nation had all been competing to see who had the cutest resident – and while the world’s smallest deer could have won the general election, the Seattle Aquarium rebuked them with a picture of their newborn otter. Check Out More Of These Amusing Tweets On The Next Page…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Michael Wartella, Christy Altomare & Joey McIntyre to Workshop Dion Musical The Wanderer & More

first_imgMichael Wartella(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today and this weekend. Michael Wartella, Christy Altomare & Joey McIntyre to Workshop Dion Musical The WandererCharlie and the Chocolate Factory alum Michael Wartella, Anastasia star Christy Altomare and New Kids on the Block heartthrob Joey McIntyre have signed on to lead a workshop of The Wanderer, a Broadway-aimed musical based on the life of Grammy-nominated ’50s/’60s rock icon Dion. The show will be tested out at Baryshnikov Arts Center in a private invitation-only industry presentation on September 13 and 14. Wartella will portray Dion, with Altomare as his wife, Susan, and Wicked alum McIntire in the role of Johnny. “The story of Dion is a major part of rock-and-roll history and in casting The Wanderer we were careful to ensure that the actors lived up to the music legends they are playing,” said producer Jill Menza. “We are excited to bring this authentic and untold story to the stage with such a talented cast.” Joining Wartella, Altomare and McIntire will be Johnny Tammaro, Michael Kostroff, Stephen Cerf, Billy Finn and Michael Mastro.Clyde Alves & More to Lead The Drowsy Chaperone at GoodspeedA talented group of stage stars will offer up a “Toledo Surprise” at Goodspeed Musicals this fall. Casting is set for the East Haddam, CT theater’s production of the beloved Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone. Tony nominee Hunter Foster will direct the new staging, scheduled to begin previews on September 21 with an opening set for October 10. The cast will include John Scherer (LoveMusik) as Man in Chair, Clyde Alves (On the Town) as Robert Martin, Stephanie Rothenberg (War Paint) as Janet Van de Graaff, Jennifer Allen (The Bridges of Madison County) as The Chaperone, Tim Falter (Cagney) as George, Ruth Gottschall (Elf) as Mrs. Tottendale, John Rapson (Les Misérables) as Aldolpho and Danielle Lee Greaves (Hairspray) as Trixie, with Jay Aubrey Jones, James Judy, Ruth Pferdehirt, Blakely Slaybaugh and Parker Slaybaugh. The production will feature choreography by Chris Bailey and musical direction by Michael O’Flaherty. The Drowsy Chaperone will play a limited engagement through November 25.Renée Taylor to Lead Talkbacks After My Life on a DietRenée Taylor, the iconic writer and star of off-Broadway’s My Life on a Diet, will lead three talkbacks following upcoming performances of her hit show. The Emmy winner and Oscar nominee will talk about her life and career immediately following the performances on August 24 at 7:00pm, August 25 at 7:00pm and August 31 at 7:00pm. The recently extended solo show is scheduled to run through September 2 at The Theatre at St. Clement’s.André De Shields, Ken Page & Frenchie Davis Set for Ain’t Misbehavin’ ConcertAndré DeShields and Ken Page, who starred in the original production of the 1978 Tony-winning musical Ain’t Misbehavin’, will again celebrate the music of American composer Fats Waller in a 40th-anniversary concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below on September 9th at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. Richard Maltby Jr., the show’s Tony-winning director and co-conceiver, will helm the pair of concerts, also featuring Broadway and American Idol alum Frenchie Davis (Rent), Johmaalya Adelekan (Ragtime), Rheaume Crenshaw (Groundhog Day), Tyrone Davis Jr. (Waitress) and Zurin Villanueva (Mean Girls). Ain’t Misbehavin’ opened at the Longacre Theatre in 1978 and played 1600 performances. The original cast also featured Nell Carter in a Tony-winning performance alongside Armelia McQueen and Charlayne Woodard.Ghostlight to Release Album of Hundred DaysGhostlight Records has announced an original cast recording of the acclaimed musical Hundred Days, which appeared at off-Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop in 2017. The recording, featuring a score by musical group The Bengsons, boasts a cast including Colette Alexander, Abigail Bengson, Shaun Bengson, Jo Lampert, Dani Markham and Reggie D. White. Hundred Days will be performed at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse this Fall, followed by national tour engagements.last_img read more

Soldiers’ Angels from Williston receives $10,000 from Walmart

first_imgOn the sixth day of its “12 Days of Giving” holiday campaign, Walmart is awarding $110,000 to 11 nonprofits that are making an extraordinary effort to support troops, military families and veterans in their local communities.The Soldiers’ Angels from Williston received $10,000 in this round of giving.Over twelve consecutive days, Walmart will award a total of $1.5 million to 140 organizations across the country that are providing basic needs and services such as food, shelter, clothing and medical care. Organizations receiving grants today are featured on Walmart’s Live Better tab on Facebook. The organizations serve communities in: District of Columbia, Delaware, California, New York, Florida, Oregon,Texas, Washington, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Vermont.”We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to those who serve or have served in our country’s military, as well as to the families of those individuals.” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation. “Whether protecting our freedoms in foreign fields or making contributions here at home, the value these men and women bring to the American workforce and our way of life is beyond measure. We are truly honored to provide grants this holiday season to local organizations that support our military and veterans.”Walmart’s November call for submissions resulted in more than 21,677 nominations from Facebook users who submitted descriptions of each nonprofit’s impact in its local community. Submissions were initially reviewed by Walmart associates from across the company and then a panel from the Walmart Foundation selected the winning organizations.One of the winning organizations, Operation Homefront Oklahoma/Arkansas, serves its community by providing food and financial assistance to military families and wounded warriors.  The organization also works to prevent homelessness among young military families and combat veterans. The organizations being spotlighted today for “Supporting Our Military and Veterans” include:Nonprofit NameCityStateGrant AmountA Soldier’s SmileMiamiFL$10,000Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans, Inc.WilmingtonDE$10,000Homefront AmericaSan Juan CapistranoCA$10,000Intrepid Fallen Heroes FundNew YorkNY$10,000National Veterans Homeless Support, Inc.MimsFL$10,000Operation Homefront OregonPortlandOR$10,000Operation Homefront TexasSan AntonioTX$10,000Operation Homefront WashingtonSeattleWA$10,000Operation Homefront Oklahoma/ArkansasLawtonOK$10,000Purple Heart HomesStatesvilleNC$10,000Soldiers’ AngelsWillistonVT$10,000 About Philanthropy at Walmart  Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Workforce Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. To date, Walmart has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit is external).SOURCE BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.last_img read more

Nonjudicial foreclosure bill appears dead

first_imgNonjudicial foreclosure bill appears dead May 1, 2010 Senior Editor Regular News Nonjudicial foreclosure bill appears dead Gary Blankenship Senior EditorBills that would allow banks to bypass the courts with a nonjudicial foreclosure process appear unlikely to clear the Florida Legislature this year.The bills suffered double setbacks in House and Senate committee hearings last month. The legislation is opposed by the Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, which raised many procedural and due process questions.The first setback for the bill came on April 12, when the House Criminal and Civil Justice Policy Council failed to consider HB 1523, sponsored by Rep. Tom Grady, R-Naples. It had cleared two other House committees, and the policy council was the last stop before sending the bill to the full House.The committee was not scheduled to meet again before the end of the session.That left only two rarely used methods to get the bill before the lower chamber. One would be for the House speaker to withdraw the bill from the policy council and send it to legislators. The other would be for the Senate to pass its bill and send it to the House for approval.But that latter possibility became more unlikely on April 13 when the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee failed to consider SB 2270, sponsored by Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, and the counterpart to HB 1523. The Banking and Insurance Committee had scheduled one more meeting the following week, but that was canceled.However, even if the bill passed there, it still has two more committees, Judiciary and Commerce, to clear before reaching the Senate floor.Pete Dunbar, legislative consultant for RPPTL, said it “would be my best guess” that the bills are dead. In the House, he said the speaker could withdraw the bill. But in the Senate, since the bill never cleared any committee, it would take a unanimous vote to bring the bill to the floor.The bills allow banks to foreclose from 120 days to one year after the initial notice to property owners. Property owners would have to go to court to stop the nonjudicial foreclosures, something critics said many would either not realize until too late or would be unable to afford since filing fees for foreclosures go as high at $1,900.Dunbar and Jerry Aron, a former RPPTL chair who is spearheading work on the issue for the section, said the bills, especially the House version, were problematic in many ways.“The section’s position is we are against nonjudicial foreclosure to the extent they don’t protect people’s property rights and due process rights,” Aron said. “And we’re zealous in protecting those rights.”They listed several problems, starting with due process.“When you think about basic due process, first you have the opportunity to be notified about the action taken; two, you have an opportunity in an independent forum; and three, if there is harm caused because the facts are wrong or the claims are wrong, you have an opportunity for those to be corrected,” Dunbar said. “None of those are in the House bill.”He and Aron noted that the House bill requires only that the bank send a letter or e-mail — with no proof it was received — to satisfy notice requirements. That was changed in the House bill for the initial default notice to require proof, but not on the notice that foreclosure was beginning, Dunbar said.Further, instead of an independent trustee or mediator, the bank can designate any employee to deal with the property owner, and only a telephone meeting is required. And if there is a mistake, as has been documented in some recent cases where lenders mistakenly sought to foreclose on the wrong homes, the homeowner should not be faced with paying a filing fee or hiring a lawyer to correct the bank’s mistakes, even if those expenses are eventually reimbursed.“When a process like this, which ultimately has the potential of taking someone’s property, is 100 percent overseen by such an interested party — like the lender — it’s considerably more likely that the process. . . and the qualifications of the person conducting the process are less than ideal,” Aron said. “It seems a little unusual to turn the entire process over to the lenders when the lenders are partially responsible for the current clogging of the courts.”He also said there’s a constitutional question of whether the law would meet Florida’s due process requirements.Aside from those questions, Dunbar and Aron said the bills would not affect the backlog of foreclosures in Florida’s courts. Dunbar said that federal requirements in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans — which underwrite perhaps 80 percent of Florida’s mortgages — require judicial foreclosures.They also said there could be unforeseen consequences, including that title companies are doubtful about insuring titles for anyone who bought a property that went through a nonjudicial foreclosure.Nor, Dunbar said, is the House bill clear about what would happen to long-term renters of a foreclosed property or with underlying mineral rights. There could also be problems with deficiency foreclosures, which occur when a homeowner fails to maintain a property or make repairs, and can happen even if the homeowner is current on payments.After four hurricanes hit the state in 2004, Dunbar said 1.7 million homeowners filed insurance claims, but because of a lack of adjusters, it took several months for claims to get settled, leaving those owners open to deficiency foreclosures. Likewise, he said sometimes in condominiums, it’s the condominium association that’s responsible for repairs, not the unit owner. But the association can drag its feet, leaving the owner vulnerable.Aron and Dunbar agreed with supporters of the bills that other states do have non-judicial foreclosures. But they said there are differences. Those states typically have trustees acting as neutral third parties. Plus, Aron said, Florida has legal differences.“Florida, in most respects, is very different. We are what’s called a lien theory state [where the property owner holds the title] as opposed to a title theory state [where the mortgage lender holds the property title until the loan is paid off],” he said. “We have a state constitution that protects access to the courts, due process, and property rights. And that combination of four elements makes us unique and different. It’s a major, major change in Florida to move to nonjudicial foreclosures.”Despite their criticisms of the bills, Aron and Dunbar said they are not unsympathetic to the problems of bankers.“The truth of the matter is these are borrowers who haven’t paid, and the lenders do need some relief when it comes to frivolous defenses that are being filed — and on abandoned property,” Aron said. “They are entitled to relief, and the section has worked with the bankers on proposed legislation to assist the bankers in those areas.”last_img read more

Drug courts: twice the bang for half the bucks

first_imgDrug courts: twice the bang for half the bucks December 1, 2013 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News Drug courts: twice the bang for half the bucks Senior EditorTwice the bang for half the bucks.That’s what Florida reaps with its 101 drug courts, Seventh Circuit Judge Joseph Will told the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee on November 5. “You won’t have as many people recidivating as you do through the normal process, be it supervision, jail, or prison,” he said. “You will spend less than half the money to accomplish that. So you get twice the bang for half the bucks.”Frustration with a criminal justice system that kept cranking the same people in and out, over and over — probation, failure, jail, another arrest, prison, another arrest — led to the first drug court in Miami in 1989 that became a national model.“It was that frustration, that inability to make the system click, to make it have meaning, to get a result out of the process. . . that caused people to gather together,” he said.“The people who gathered together were judges, state attorneys, public defenders, correctional officers, probation officers, and treatment professionals. Our communities have gathered together and put together these little ad hoc partnerships that receive diverse funding from all over the place, trying to hold us together with bailing wire and chewing gum. That’s what we’re doing with our drug courts.”Steve Leifman, associate administrative judge of the Miami-Dade County Criminal Division, said for every dollar invested in drug courts, there is a 221 percent return.“People’s first thought is: ‘Well, what are you talking about? You’re going to coerce people into drug treatment? People don’t do well with drug treatment unless they come to it on their own, unless they hit their bottom, unless they’re ready,’” Will said.“Hogwash! Hogwash! It works three or four times better than voluntary treatment. Coerced treatment has gone off the charts for us, as far as success goes,” Will said.“Drug court — for those of you who haven’t seen one up close and personal — it is our primary problem-solving court. It’s judge-directed. The judge is always going to make the decision, but we sit down with a team of all of these people: state attorneys, public defenders, correction officers, and treatment professionals. And we make decisions on a weekly basis on the treatment plan for the people who are going to be in our program.“We take what we call high-risk, high-needs people. We’re not looking for weekend pot smokers. We are looking for people who have serious mental health and substance abuse issues, very often at the same time.“We identify these people with a screening device. We take them from our regular felony dockets and we put them into this judge-supervised team, with our professionals.“We unbelievably scrutinize these people daily. We treat them almost constantly with one-on-one counseling sessions, in group sessions. They attend AA and NA meetings. They see the judge frequently in early phases, once a week. In later phases, once every three weeks. They are monitored with urinalysis to make sure they are not cheating, which, by the way, is getting very difficult and very expensive to do because of the creativity of all of the people in the drug business these days.“They receive rapid and firm sanctions when they violate. Sometimes, their sanction will be a jail sentence. Sometimes, it will be something else.“They are also given small rewards, because that is all part of the behavioral program that we are running.“In my court, everybody works. Everybody works at ‘a job with a hat,’ we call it. Because there are so many people in our state who are working off the grid, particularly in the population that we’re talking about now. They haven’t worked in a job on the grid, where they have paid taxes and contributed anything to the rest of us for so long, that we compel that as a part of the drug court treatment as well, so that we can build some independence and some sustainability for the people who are with us.“We follow evidence-based practices throughout. We get them from current research that goes faster than we can. We utilize national standards. We have something called the ‘10 Key Components’ that keep us on the same wavelength, so that we don’t have aberrant drug courts wandering off and being crazy.”Another group of high-risk people headed for prison participated in an experiment called the Adult Post-Adjudicatory Drug Court Expansion Program that began as an eight-county pilot with federal dollars and then was funded by the Legislature for the 2013-14 fiscal year.“The state for the first time said, ‘Let’s try this outside of the counties; let’s try it on a statewide basis, and see if we can save prison time for people who are hell-bent on prison.’ They were going to prison, end of discussion,” said Will, who provided statistics that 77 percent of Florida’s state prisoners identify with a substance-abuse problem, yet 86 percent of them leave prison without treatment.A report from OPPAGA — the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability — is expected in January, he said, that examines the new program. Will said that report is expected to prove “you are getting twice the bang for half the bucks for the people who were going to go to state prison,” too.“The question at the time was: ‘Can we replicate this on a statewide basis?’ And I think the answer is: Yes, we’re going to. We have eight counties in the program. It’s an experiment. There’s about 2,400 people admitted to the program, and it’s proceeding just as it was scheduled to.”last_img read more

Record breaking continues in Iowa State

first_imgRecord breaking continues in Iowa State Robert MewsFebruary 13, 2006Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Minnesota women’s track and field team continued its record-breaking running at the Iowa State Classic this weekend.Freshman and reigning Big Ten Athlete of the Week Heather Dorniden continued her strong running performances. She broke the school record in the 400-meter event with a time of 54.71 seconds ” good for fifth.Dorniden broke the school’s 800-meter mark last week.Dorniden also helped break the school record in the 4-by-400-meter relay at Iowa. The relay team finished with a time of 3:40.77 minutes.In the mile run, three Gophers runners placed in the top 11. Emily Brown finished second with a time of 4:47.15 minutes.Brown, who finished second, said the race was tough because it featured too many runners.“The three of us kind of got knocked around a lot and just didn’t really get a chance to run our races,” Brown said. “It wasn’t a very organized race. It didn’t begin very well.”In field events, Minnesota’s Liz Roehrig finished fifth in the high jump with a mark of 5-8 3/4, and Christin Kingsley and Anna Arciszewska finished 20th and 21st, respectively, in the triple jump.Men running wildThe Gophers men also ran some fast times in Ames, Iowa, this weekend. Junior Aaron Buzard ran the second fastest collegiate 400 in the nation this year with a time of 46.20 seconds.Buzard also was part of the 4-by-400-meter relay team that finished seventh. Their time was 3:10.63 minutes.Freshman Ibrahim Kabia finished 11th in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.92 seconds.Freshman Adewole Adebayo finished sixth in the 600-yard dash with a time of 1:12.25 minutes.Minnesota’s Karl Erickson finished 10th in the shot put with a distance of 58-03.25 feet.Minnesota did not compete in the high or long jump events.Men’s tennisMinnesota’s men’s tennis team lost its opening meet this weekend on a trip to the Old Dominion State for two dual meets.On Saturday against Wake Forest in Richmond, Va., Minnesota fell 6-1 to the 13th-ranked Demon Deacons. Andres Osorio scored the lone Gophers win at third singles by downing Brett Ross 11-9 in a superbreaker. Every other individual match in the dual was won by Wake Forest in straight sets.Minnesota will compete Feb. 25 against Vanderbilt in Tennessee.last_img read more

Rowing team to compete in NCAAs for first time

first_imgRowing team to compete in NCAAs for first timeStrong camaraderie and a group of able upperclassmen led the team to success. Nick GerhardtMay 23, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota’s rowing team sat in coach Wendy Davis’ office last Tuesday anxiously awaiting a phone call.They waited for the NCAA to tell them if they made the field of 15 to compete for the national rowing championship.The Gophers heard good news from the other end of the phone that day, earning the first team bid in school history to the NCAA Championships.Minnesota will compete against the nation’s top teams in Oak Ridge, Tenn., May 25-27.“I think it’s the biggest accomplishment we’ve ever had here,” senior Erika Bartkute said.The accomplishment has been seven years in the making for the Gophers since the program started in 2000.And with a strong upperclassmen presence on the team, the bid resonates even more strongly.“We’ve been working the last nine months for this as a team, and for me it’s been the last three years,” junior Mary Ann Weinzierl said. “Along the way, we’ve all gained more and more confidence.”Team members said they have learned about themselves and each other along the way, making a cohesive unit.“We’ve grown closer as a team throughout the years because we’re an older team with a lot of seniors,” Weinzierl said. “With everyone knowing each other so well, you have everybody motivating each other to pull harder and find an extra gear.” Minnesota will race their first varsity eight, second varsity eight and first varsity four boats in the competition, and they said they’re prepared for the tall task at hand.“The girls are ready, they’re healthy and they know what to expect,” Davis said.The Gophers sent their first varsity eight boat to the NCAA competition last year, but this year they look to prove worthy of a team bid.“We set our status last year,” Bartkute said. “This is a big step for us as a program. The difference is two times greater than last year because we have to prove we’re worthy of nationals.”The competition will prove tough and all the races will be close at nationals, but Minnesota showed strong preparation throughout the week and team members said they feel ready for their opposition.“We worked hard on our technique, start and sprint,” Bartkute said. “Everybody worked their way to nationals and we know it’s not going to be easy; we’re going to have to fight.”The Gophers completed regional races in Oak Ridge on May 12-13. That time, Minnesota advanced all their boats to the Grand Finals and finished sixth. The second varsity eight fared the best for the Gophers by finishing second.With the NCAA Championships taking place at the same venue, Minnesota has started to feel comfortable there.“It’s a lot of fun for us at Oak Ridge,” Davis said. “It’s almost like home water for us because we’ve raced there before.”The Gophers garnered other honors in addition to the NCAA bid as Davis won Big Ten Coach of the Year for the second year in a row and Jenny Barnes received the Big Ten Athlete of the Year award for the first time in school history.last_img read more