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Is pizza really a vegetable?

By Stefan Published: November 26, 2011

Curiosity Blasts Off For Mars

By Wilson Huhn Published: November 26, 2011

The aptly-named Mars rover "Curiosity" left for Mars this morning utop an Atlas V rocket this morning.

Scott Powers of the Orlando Sentinal reports that lift-off occurred at 10:00 this morning.  We are reminded of yet another reason to be grateful; for the researchers who turn human curiosity into theories explaining how the world works, the engineers who turn those theories into workable designs, the technicians who turn those designs into functioning machines, and the host of other people - political leaders, administrative officials, business executives, and ordinary workers whose coordinated efforts make these miracles possible. 

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Dean Jordan on SEC Rulemaking Review

By Stefan Published: November 23, 2011

The NBA Impasse: Who Are the Real Victims?

By Willa Published: November 18, 2011

We've been down this road before.  We recently witnessed the showdown between the NFL owners and players haggle over a labor deal, both sides seeking a collective bargaining agreement that would allocate the billions of dollars the industry generates annually to their respective advantages.  NFL fans waited anxiously as the season approached with hopes and expectations that the parties would reach an agreement that would not delay the season.  The NBA impasse is much of the same.  Unlike the NFL outcome however, NBA fans will miss at least part of the season with the NBA's recent announcement that its season is cancelled through December 15.[1]

The cancellation is the result of the NBA Commissioner Stern's recent ultimatum of which the players wanted no part:  Take 50-50 split of the basketball-related income (BRI) or expect it to drop to 53-47 in favor of the owners.[2]  Due 'to a rise in BRI from $3.643 billion in 2009-10 to $3.817 billion last season' the players' income share rose from $2.076 billion to $2.176 billion, granting them 57 percent of BRI under the collective bargaining agreement that expired on June 30, 2011.[3]  Rather than continue under the old collective bargaining agreement while negotiating a new labor deal, the owners initiated a lockout on July 1, presumably designed to place pressure on the NBA players to accept the NBA owners' collective bargaining terms.   

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Is SOX to blame for decreasing IPOs?

By Stefan Published: November 13, 2011

Work-Life Balance: Music & Meditation

By Stefan Published: November 10, 2011

Major Corporations, Law Firms, Civic Organizations, and Cities File Brief Opposing DOMA

By Wilson Huhn Published: November 10, 2011

A group of 70 business, legal, community, and municipal institutions have filed an amicus brief in the Gill case in opposition to the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

On July 8, 2010, federal District Court Judge Jacob Tauro ruled in the case of Gill v. Office of Personnel Management that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the Equal Protection Clause.  The opinion of the district court in Gill is available here.  I described Judge Tauro's decision the day it was handed down in Federal District Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional.  This case is now on appeal to the First Circuit Court of Appeals. 

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Ohio Issues 1, 2, and 3 and the Mississippi Personhood Amendment

By Wilson Huhn Published: November 9, 2011

Ohio Issues 1 and 2 go down to defeat, but Issue 3 is approved by this swing state's voters.  The Mississippi personhood amendment is rejected by that conservative state's voters.

Ohio Issue 1 lost because voters don't want judges serving into their 80's.  It is age discrimination, but age discrimination is common in our law - when I was a child according to the law I wasn't supposed to drive (but hey, we lived way out in the country!).  Now that old age is stalking me, sending me flowers I can barely smell anddelivering threatening reminders of eventual but ever closer decay, I perceive the unfairness of forced retirement age.  Too late.  The Supreme Court has ruled that age discrimination is constitutional.  Massachusetts Board of Retirement v. Murgia (1976) (upholding retirement age of 50 for police officers).

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Honoring Our Veterans: Akron Law Student and U.S. Airforce Veteran Michelle McBee

By Diana Published: November 8, 2011

Long before her 17th birthday, Michelle McBee had set two goals for herself serving in the U.S. Air Force and, one day, becoming a lawyer.

She has met her first goal and will achieve the second when she graduates in May from The University of Akron School of Law. But as Veterans Day approaches, McBee's thoughts are never far way from those still serving, and the needs of military veterans who are now trying to overcome a variety of obstacles as they forge new paths for themselves. Read more

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When I Was Young, Old People Were Poor. Now That I Am Old, Young People Are Poor

By Wilson Huhn Published: November 7, 2011

Pew Research Center released a study today on the wealth and income gap between the young and the old.  Today, people over 65 have a net worth that is 47 times greater than the net worth of adults under 35.  They even earn more money than young adults.

The Pew Research Center study is The Rising Age Gap in Economic Well-Being: The Old Prosper Relative to the Young.   The following chart shows that Americans over 65 have an average net worth of $170,494; Americans under the age of 35 have an average net worth of $3,662. 

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Blogging As Scholarship

By Stefan Published: November 6, 2011

Two Violent Crimes in Texas

By Wilson Huhn Published: November 2, 2011

Two stories today out of Texas - about a hate crime and an incident of child abuse. posted two stories about the beating of a gay man: BREAKING: 2 arrested in gay man's beating and UPDATE: 3rd arrest in gay man's beating.  The Huffington Post, reporting on the story, states:

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