Court’s Verdict: Stuffed Dog An Illegal Sign

first_imgThere was a split decision in the case of the East Hampton Village store owner who had a stuffed dog with a welcome sign around its neck outside her shop on Park Place. In a verdict written on February 28 and shared via fax on Monday, East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana found the owner of Petit Blue, Colleen Moeller, not guilty of illegally displaying merchandise outside the entrance to her store on Park Place, but guilty of violating East Hampton Village zoning code regarding signage.A code enforcement officer for the village, Robert Jahoda, wrote the charges up against Moeller on November 8. Moeller’s attorney, Daniel Rodgers, did not dispute certain facts in the case, including that Moeller had placed two large plush stuffed dogs outside her toy store, along with a chalkboard for children to write on. On one of the stuffed animals, a Golden Retriever that Moeller said during her testimony was named “Happy” by her daughter, had a wooden welcome sign around his neck.Rodgers did dispute, and Moeller affirmed in her testimony during the trial, which lasted a bit over an hour, that neither of the stuffed dogs outside the shop were for sale. Rana agreed.Moeller also told the court that she had placed the dogs outside the shop because, during the offseason, so many stores in the village are closed that she wanted to show hers was open.Rana found the placement of the dogs on the stairwell to the shop with the sign hanging on one “was to attract the attention of the public,” and therefore was not allowed under the village code, which, she wrote, prohibits such signage or advertising structure.Rodgers said in an email that the sign section of the code was crafted over a century ago.“Over a century later, particularly with competition from online retailers, this law related to brick-and-mortar business ‘attracting the attention of the public’ seems entirely inappropriate, meaningless, and mean-spirited,” he said.Sentencing, which could include a fine of up to $500, and, theoretically, a jail sentence of 15 days, will take place on March [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Cavs down 2-0 to Boston after 107-94 loss to the Celtics in Game 2: Three Takeaways

first_imgBOSTON – When the Eastern Conference Finals started, the Cleveland Cavaliers were actually favored to win over what many believed was an undermanned Boston Celtics team. Instead, after two games, the Cavs find themselves coming home down 2-0 in the series and facing a must-win situation on Saturday night.Early on LeBron set the tone for what looked like a rejuvenated Cavaliers team, scoring 22 of the team’s 27 first-quarter points. Cleveland pushed what was a three-point lead through one out to 11 late in the second quarter and despite James leaving the floor for several minutes after experiencing concussion-like symptoms, at halftime they still held a seven-point lead, 55-48.It was all downhill from there as the Cavs scored a meager 39 points in the second half. Even a 45-point, triple-double performance from James wasn’t enough to lift Cleveland to victory. Kevin Love also played well, posting a double-double with 22 points and 15 boards, but contributions from elsewhere were scarce.Meanwhile, the Celtics were paced once again by Jaylon Brown with 23 points, as Terry Rozier added 18 and Al Horford another 15. In total, six Celtics scored in double figures on the night including Marcus Smart off the bench.There are plenty of things to react to after this one. Here are three takeaways:1) Backcourt In Game One, it was the Celtics frontcourt that gave the Cavaliers fits, as Boston racked up 60 points in the paint, 20 of which came from Horford. In Game Two though, it was the Celtics backcourt that couldn’t be stopped.Cleveland’s starting backcourt was outscored by the Celtics starting backcourt 41-3 on Tuesday night. No, that is not a typo and there is even a graphic to prove it…Celtics backcourt vs. Cavs backcourt in Game 2 ? pic.twitter.com/koOpzFjFRL— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 16, 2018That large of a discrepancy is laughable and a recipe for a disaster, as everyone witnessed in Game Two. It starts first-and-foremost with J.R. Smith, who went scoreless for the night, including 0-for-4 from three. That just can’t happen. Smith is on the floor and in the starting lineup mostly for his, supposed, ability to knock down threes. To get nothing from him other than a fourth-quarter flagrant foul and a shoving match with Marcus Smart in 27 minutes of play is devastating for the Cavs.  To a lesser extent, the same goes for Hill. He played 33 minutes and contributed just three points to the cause. Suddenly what was a strength for the Cavs throughout most of the season has become a weakness and they better find a way to resolve it, fast.2) The Third Quarter Strikes AgainIt’s no secret that the Cavaliers have struggled throughout the regular season and postseason in the third quarter. And even though the third quarter was actually Cleveland’s best quarter in Game One, the bad habit reared it’s ugly head once again in Game Two. The Cavs were outscored 36-22 by Boston in the third stanza as they went from being up seven at the start of the half to down seven entering the fourth. By then it as too late. Boston had seized momentum and Cleveland never stole it back.Truthfully, those never-ending third quarter woes can be chalked up to one thing: coaching. At halftime, each coach has the same amount of time to make adjustments or plan for the adjustments their opponent will make. It’s not just happenstance that Cleveland continues to make a habit out of coming out sluggish and discombobulated in the third quarter. They’re either not prepared for the adjustments they see from opponents or just have a hard time countering it. Either way, that’s an indictment on Tyronn Lue and the coaches.3) Can’t Coach MotivationThis series has shown how wide of a chasm there is between what motivates each of these teams. In each of the first two games, you can probably look back and recall 10-plus instances where the Celtics simply outhustled the Cavaliers. Whether it be diving for a rebound or loose ball. Closing out on a three-point shooter or rotating on defense. Boston is constantly outhustling Cleveland in every facet of the game. On a deeper level, it speaks to the motivations of the two teams.On one hand, you have a Celtics team that is essentially playing with house money. They’re down their two best players, and have been counted out of almost every round of this postseason because of it. They’re young and probably shouldn’t be here. Yet here they are, up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals. This young team may lack talented in their current construct, but they do the little things and it pays dividends. This group clearly plays with a chip on their shoulder and it’s obvious how hungry they are for a championship.With the Cavs, it’s hard to find that same hunger from anyone outside of LeBron. For any holdovers from that 2016 Championship team, it may just simply be that they’re content with the fact that they’ve been to the promise land and experiencing it once was enough. For some of the younger guys such as Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance – all of whom were acquired at the trade deadline – it’s unclear if they’re motivated by the pursuit of a championship the same way James is. It’s not as if any of that trio’s play has shown that. So what the Cavs have is a melting pot of talents playing with different motives and the disconnect is obvious when a guy is late closing out on a perimeter shot or fails to box out on a missed shot. Related TopicsAl HorfordBoston CelticsCleveland CavaliersEastern Conference FinalsJ.R. SmithJaylen BrownKevin LoveLebron James Spencer Germanlast_img read more

Trump says NFL insults about patriotism, not race

first_imgLATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim More than 150 pro football players took a defiant stance on Sunday, kneeling, linking arms or raising clenched fists during the anthem before 14 games.READ: 200 NFL players protest in defiance of TrumpIn response, the US leader doubled down on those remarks by urging fans to boycott the NFL as long as the protests continued.And on Monday, keeping the issue alive for a fourth day, Trump insisted: “The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!”Twelve hours later, he was still at it, denying any rifts about the issue with his influential chief of staff.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ US President Donald Trump smiles before signing a memorandum on increasing access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the Oval Office of the White House on September 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. AFPWASHINGTON—US President Donald Trump denied inflaming racial tensions Monday, insisting his charged comments that prompted a wave of symbolic protests by NFL players were about patriotism not color.After his volley of verbal attacks on black athletes led players across the country to kneel during the US national anthem over the weekend, the besieged president played defense on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse chargescenter_img Trump had started the furor by attacking players like Colin Kaepernick — who first took a knee through renditions of the “Star-Spangled Banner” during last year’s American football season to protest police brutality toward African Americans — as a “son of a bitch” who should be fired.READ: Trump says protesting players in NFL should be firedFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn a separate feud, Trump also disinvited basketball superstar Stephen Curry from a White House event.READ: Trump tells Curry that White House visit is off; LeBron reacts No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors MOST READ The White House denied that Trump’s “son of a bitch” remarks were unbecoming of his office.“I think that it’s always appropriate for the president of the United States to defend our flag, to defend the national anthem, and to defend the men and women who fought and died to defend it,” said spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.“The president is not talking about race,” she claimed.Courting controversy Trump has wholeheartedly embraced the controversy, with his advisors suggesting it plays well with his largely white base.Trump also changed his Twitter background photo to an American flag and stated that the “White House never looked more beautiful than it did returning last night.”That has led critics to accuse Trump of creating a diversion.His efforts to repeal Barack Obama’s health care reforms have run aground and would-be signature tax reforms are giving way to much less ambitious tax cuts.At the same time, Trump faces a number of challenges from overseas, not least a war of words with North Korea that threatens to become a shooting war.Trump has also faced criticism for his low-profile White House response to Hurricane Maria, which has left much of the US island territory of Puerto Rico. “General John Kelly totally agrees w/ my stance on NFL players and the fact that they should not be disrespecting our FLAG or GREAT COUNTRY!”Trump — who faces low poll numbers and is struggling to enact his agenda — earlier tried to single out the NFL players who protested.“Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). These are fans who demand respect for our Flag!” he tweeted.He also pointed to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ acceptance of a White House invitation and support from racecar fans.“So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear!” Trump tweeted.Only a handful of NASCAR drivers have been African American.But driver Dale Earnhardt also took to Twitter, implicitly rebuking Trump with a quote from former president John F Kennedy: “All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”Trump also drew a furious backlash from NBA basketball stars, including superstar LeBron James, who described the president as a “bum.”“He doesn’t understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the president of the United States for guidance, for leadership, for words of encouragement,” said James.“The people run this country. Not one individual. And damn sure not him.” ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco, Star seek Final 4 View commentslast_img read more