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  • Prince George’s considers copyright policy that takes ownership of students’ work
    apps to create new curricula The proposal was designed to make it clear who owns teacher developed curricula created while using apps on iPads that are school property Jacobs said It s not unusual for a company to hold the rights to an employee s work copyright policy experts said But the Prince George s policy goes a step further by saying that work created for the school by employees during their own time and using their own materials is the school system s property Kevin Welner a professor and director of the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder said the proposal appears to be revenue driven There is a growing secondary online market for teacher lesson plans he said I think it s just the district saying If there is some brilliant idea that one of our teachers comes up with we want be in on that Not only be in on that but to have it all he said Welner said teachers have always looked for ways to develop materials to reach their students but in the brave new world of software development there might be more opportunity to be creative in ways that could reach beyond that specific teacher s classroom Still Welner said he doesn t see the policy affecting teacher behavior Within a large district there might be some who would invest a lot of time into something that might be marketable but most teachers invest their time in teaching for the immediate need of their students and this wouldn t change that he said But it is the broad sweep of the proposed policy that has raised concerns Works created by employees and or students specifically for use by the Prince George s County Public Schools or a specific school or department within PGCPS are properties of the Board of Education even if created on the employee s or student s time and with the use of their materials the policy reads Further works created during school work hours with the use of school system materials and within the scope of an employee s position or student s classroom work assignment s are the properties of the Board of Education Questioned about the policy after it was introduced Jacobs said it was never the board s intention to declare ownership of students work Counsel needs to restructure the language Jacobs said We want the district to get the recognition not take their work Jacobs said last week that it was possible amendments could be made to the policy at the board s next meeting The board approved the policy for consideration by a vote of 8 to 1 last month but has removed the item from its agenda Thursday School systems in the Washington region have policies that address the use of copyrighted materials but none has rules that allow ownership of what a student creates officials said Some do address ownership of employees work The District holds common

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/copyright_school.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Surprise! Dodd-Frank Helps JPMorgan Chase
    firms compete on price and quality not on tricks and not on traps Obama said How is that working out It turn out that in the view of the head of one of the biggest banks in the United States Dodd Frank is helping the big banks by making the cost of regulatory compliance so high that smaller rivals cannot compete This is from a report from a Citi analyst who spoke with JPMorgan Chase JPM chief executive Jamie Dimon via Business Insider He even pointed out that while margins may come down market share may increase due to a bigger moat We were surprised that regulatory risk was not mentioned as one of the key risks In Dimon s eyes higher capital rules Volcker and OTC derivative reforms longer term make it more expensive and tend to make it tougher for smaller players to enter the market effectively widening JPM s moat While there will be some drags on profitability as prices and margins narrow efficient scale players like JPM should eventually be able to gain market share In other words Dodd Frank is good for JPMorgan and bad for smaller competitors The rule that everyone follows is just

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/jpm_helped.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Big brother to log your drinking habits and waist size as GPs are forced to hand over confidential records
    He added It is unbelievable how little the public is being told about what is going on while GPs are being strong armed into handing over details about their patients and to not make a fuss Not only have the public not been told what is going on none of us has been asked to give our permission for this to happen The data grab is part of Everyone Counts a programme to extend the availability of patient data across the Health Service GPs will be required to send monthly updates on their patients to a central database run by the NHS s Health and Social Care Information Centre Health chiefs will be able to demand information on every patient such as why they have been referred to a consultant Another arm of the NHS will supply data on patient prescriptions In a briefing for GPs health chiefs admit that patient identifiable components will be demanded including post code and date of birth NHS officials insist the information centre will be a safe haven for personal data which will be deleted soon after it is received The information will be used to analyse demand for services and improve treatment But a document outlining the scheme even raises the prospect of clinical data being passed on or sold to third parties It states The patient identifiable components will not be released outside the safe haven except as permitted by the Data Protection Act HSCIC will store the data and link it only where approved and necessary ensuring that patient confidentiality is protected Patients will not be able to opt out of the system Before the election the Tories condemned the creation of huge databases including the controversial NHS IT project and insisted it would roll back Labour s database state But

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/big_brother_health_records.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Postal Service says it’s immune from local traffic laws
    and state laws and regulations when feasible wrote Breslin after reminding To Whom It May Concern that postal workers promptly deliver over 200 billion pieces of mail annually However as you are probably aware the Postal Service enjoys federal immunity from state and local regulation she continued That last bit did not go over well with American Traffic Solutions ATS the Arizona based company that enforces East Cleveland s camera citations By attempting to hide behind an immunity claim you are aiding and abetting your drivers in their blatant disregard for the traffic laws in East Cleveland which have endangered other drivers pedestrians and school children ATS attorney George Hittner wrote in his three page response to Breslin who received it on Thursday He also cc d the postmaster general two U S representatives and two senators Hittner cited the Postal Service s own safety manual and case law to point out that postal truck drivers should and have been held accountable He also gave a few examples where the driving habits of carriers resulted in well publicized legal consequences My last and favorite example is of the USPS truck driver delivering mail while naked Hittner wrote He was arrested

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/postal_traffic_laws.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Toy gun prompts Bronx school lock-down
    a weapon inside the school on Fulton Ave The student did not actually see a gun said police The building which also houses P S 171 was under lockdown for more than an hour while police conducted their search They eventually found a toy gun reported to be a Nerf gun that fires foam bullets Two students from P S 171 said they were told to crouch under their desks

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/gun_talk_lock-down.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Cary Grove Drill To Include Shooting Blanks In Hallways
    said she s the only one of the parents she knows who has received it Some in the school community endorse the idea Substitute teacher Debbie Gummerson said Let s put the kids through some training and maybe we could save some lives that way should something ever happen Parent Dina Coutre said Nowadays it s better to be safe than sorry School spokesman Jeff Puma said the small number of parents who have contacted the school are evenly split for and against the drill He said another notification will be going out today and teachers will discuss the drill plans with students during classes Puma said the school has worked closely with the Cary Police Department on the drill plans It was their recommendation that we do this in order to create the knowledge necessary to keep our students safe in an active crisis situation Puma said Pinter and Miller also said they don t like the way police recommend students to be sitting ducks in their classrooms if there s a shooter in their school They said they d always taught their children to find a way out of the school if they re not near where the shooting is going on to run out a door or climb out a window Puma said I don t believe there would be any school that would tell you to do that and that s coming from police and emergency management officials Last year Community High School District 155 also used simulated gunshots at another emergency drill at Crystal Lake South High School but only faculty and staff were present not students The full email Dear parents At Cary Grove and across District 155 we make your child s safety our number one priority each day As a parent I

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/school_drill_blanks.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Wisconsin sheriff tells residents that calling 911 is ‘no longer your best option,’ urges them to learn to use guns
    criticism from other area officials and anti violence advocates The president of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs Association Roy Felber said it sounds like a call to vigilantism That doesn t sound too smart Felber said People have the right to defend themselves but they don t have the right to take the law into their own hands Under Wisconsin s castle doctrine someone who uses deadly force against an unlawful intruder to their home business or vehicle is presumed to have acted reasonably A spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice said that as of this week there are about 155 000 concealed carry permits in Wisconsin In an interview with The Associated Press Clarke said he just wants people to know what their options are While self defense isn t for everyone some people see personal safety as their own responsibility he said and they should be trained properly I m not telling you to Hey pick up a gun and blast away People need to know what they are doing if they chose that method to defend themselves he said But he also said he wanted to call on residents to be law enforcement partners He said he could either whine about budget cuts that forced him to lay off 48 deputies last year or he could get creative People are responsible to play a role in their own safety with the help of law enforcement Clarke said I m here to do my part but we have fewer and fewer resources We re not omnipresent and we have to stop giving people that impression After sitting down and thinking about this I m thinking Hey I ve got an untapped reserve over here and it s the public Clarke said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett s office released

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/sheriff_guns.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Fed official alleges Geithner may have alerted banks to rate cut
    to comment Information about any planned interest rate move by the Fed is among the most sensitive as it can have a huge impact on a range of financial markets worldwide That was particularly the case in the summer of 2007 when there were growing concerns about financial stability as a crisis that would reach fever pitch just more than a year later began to build Private disclosure of confidential market sensitive information by the central bank would be highly unusual but it was not immediately clear if it would be illegal It also was not clear if strict Fed internal rules governing confidential information would have been breached or whether any internal or external investigation was mounted Lacker made no suggestion of wrongdoing by the banks as a result of getting hold of any information The central bank delivered a surprise cut in the discount rate which governs direct loans it makes to banks the day after the call The action spurred a big stock market rally with the Standard Poor s 500 Index enjoying its best gain in 4 1 2 years In his statement to Reuters Lacker did not say which banks may have been privy to the information although in the transcript of the Aug 16 2007 call he said he had discussed the matter with Bank of America s then CEO Ken Lewis earlier that day The Richmond Fed supervises the Charlotte North Carolina based bank Spokesmen for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington the New York Fed and Bank of America all declined to comment as did Lewis FIRST IN SERIES OF RATE CUTS The unusually large half point cut in the discount rate to 5 75 percent that the Fed delivered on Aug 17 was the first in a long series and came

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