The Huntsville Times 8/30/00
Lawyer: A&M to release Gibson documents
Trustees will make public some or all records about use of discretionary fund
Some records from the review of the use of $100,000 in gifts to Alabama A&M University will be made public eventually, the attorney for the A&M board of trustees said Tuesday.
The board is looking into A&M President John Gibson's use of university foundation money he put into a discretionary account he controls. The Times has asked for copies of foundation transactions for Gibson's account.
Eventually, all the records may be made public, said Rod Steakley, the board's attorney. But he said he does not know when that might be.
Baltimore Sun 8/30/00
Test finds public records kept from public
Md., local agencies filled half of requests allowed by state law
by Timothy B. Wheeler
Ever thought you'd like to know how many violent incidents occur at your neighborhood school? Or whether your state senator has been convicted of drunken driving?
Good luck trying to find out. A recent test of Maryland's Public Information Act by 20 newspapers found that your chances are no better than 50-50 of getting to see records kept by state and local governments.
And if you do ask for government records, you can count on being quizzed by bureaucrats who want to know who you are and why you want the information - even though that is against the law, in most cases.
Officials routinely denied requests for a variety of public records during an "audit" conducted by the papers from mid-June through mid-July in Baltimore and in each of Maryland's 23 counties. Reporters fanned out across the state to ask government agencies for six specific documents, such as nursing home inspection reports.
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 8/30/00
Big foulup in small claims court
12 cases from July must be retried because records are lost
by Michael Zeigler
(August 30, 2000) -- William Duckman thought he had won his small-claims case.
When a customer of his Rochester home furnishings store sued over a damaged bed footboard, Duckman drove from Albany to oppose the suit in the small-claims part of City Court.
After hearing both sides, a judicial hearing officer ordered the customer to pay $377, Duckman said.
Imagine Duckman's surprise when the court clerk told him two weeks later that his case would have to be heard again.
The reason: The case's records, including the hearing officer's decision, have been lost.
Ogden Standard-Examiner 8/30/00
Feds subpoena computer files of bid official
Official-turned-witness avoids indictment by cooperating with investigators
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SALT LAKE CITY -- After they cleared Olympic organizers' desks of everything from bank statements to Rolodexes and Post-It notes, federal investigators narrowed a subpoena for the never-seen computer files of Craig Peterson.
Peterson, the No. 3 bid official-turned-federal witness, signed every bid committee check between 1989 and 1995, the year Salt Lake won the scandal-tainted 2002 Winter Games.
He also signed a contract for Citius Inc., a phony company former USOC official Alfredo La Mont admitted using to collect secret consulting payments.
Lansing State Journal 8/30/00
BioPort doesn’t learn much from papers
Lab says documents contain information they already have
by A.J. Evenson
Lawyers for three former state employees seeking royalties for their work on the military's anthrax vaccine turned over related documents Tuesday to the company that now owns the Lansing laboratory.
The 3-inch stack of materials was given to BioPort Corp. just before a state Civil Service hearing got under way to determine whether the scientists are entitled to compensation for their work.
BioPort had requested the documents - which included production manuals for making the vaccine for the deadly biological weapon - after they surfaced during an earlier hearing on the royalty issue.
Company officials say the documents they were given are copies of information they already have. They say the documents won't help the company in its yearlong struggle to win U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of its newly renovated labs. Without that approval, the company can't sell new doses of the vaccine.
Canton Repository 8/30/00
A historian on slavery
by Charita M. Goshay
CANTON TWP. -- Keane Toney’s roots run deep, and he can prove it.
An amateur historian, and a Canton police sergeant for 141/2 years, Toney has amassed information and artifacts from the slavery era and the civil rights movement.
Toney said he became interested in collecting black history artifacts during a break from his studies. He is earning a master’s degree in criminal justice from Andrew Jackson University.
“I’ve always been interested in art, but this was so fascinating, to say the least,” he said.
In a way, Toney is following in the footsteps of his father, Kenneth, who wrote his master’s thesis on how he traced his heritage.
Columbian Missourian 8/30/00
New law helps battle unsolicited e-mail
by Suzanne Bessette
JEFFERSON CITY — Lots of people hate Spam. But even those who are willing to eat the canned lunchmeat are not likely to enjoy reading the other kind of spam.
Unsolicited commercial e-mail, also known as spam, plagues many e-mailers. A new Missouri law restricting unsolicited commercial e-mail and giving a new weapon to consumers went into effect Monday.
Under the new law, recipients of spam may sue the sender if the sender does not indicate a return address or an 800 number the recipient can call to request removal from the sending list. Those who sue successfully are entitled to $500 in damages from the sender.
The Daily Universe 8/29/00
BYU archives houses extensive Cecil B. DeMille memorabilia
by Lincoln Hubbard
(U-WIRE) PROVO, Utah -- Not many students realize that the special collections archive of Brigham Young University houses the ten commandments.
These particular commandments were never the property of Moses. Cecil B. DeMille, one of Hollywood's most respected directors, owned them.
The miniature tablets were part of a promotional campaign for his epic '50s film "The Ten Commandments" and are now part of the Cecil B. DeMille archive at BYU.
The Harold B. Lee Library houses what is likely the largest collection of DeMille documents and memorabilia outside of the DeMille family.
The Hindu 8/30/00
Library that keeps a nation’s conscience
by F.J. Khergamvala
TOKYO, AUG. 29. Perhaps the facts behind the cricket match fixing allegations in India would have seen early closure had we had something like a fairly new Japanese institution that allows conscientious objectors to complain against their own corporation's malfeasance.
The Nihon Keizai Shimbun has outlined the workings of a fascinating institutional receptacle, called the Rokkaku Library. Known to Tokyo residents as the Mysterious Documents Library, it is literally a library but of a special kind. It contains hundreds of thousands of documents given by disgruntled or aggrieved elements within the corporate sector so that alleged wrongdoings may be brought to light.
The Star-Tribune 8/30/00
Records subpoenaed in Olympic case
by Paul Foy
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Computer records from the chief financial officer of Salt Lake City' s scandal-marred Olympic bid have been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors preparing to go to trial against his former bosses.
Copies of the subpoenas obtained by The Associated Press show prosecutors examined details of every dollar and cent spent by the bid, from hotels for Olympic officials to dealings with the City Hall.
The records of Craig Peterson, the former No. 3 officer of Salt Lake' s successful bid for the 2002 Winter Games, were among the subpoenaed documents, which also delved into a secret transaction at the heart of the conspiracy and fraud case against former Olympic bid chiefs Tom Welch and Dave Johnson.
Biloxi Sun-Herald 08/30/00
Sunday set as ‘opening day’
by Eugene Stockstill
Biloxi -- A time capsule thought to contain items from 1900 will be opened Sunday by two members of First Baptist Church. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the I-10 site where the congregation expects to relocate later this year.
Peter A. Kurilecz CRM,CA
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