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Financial Times: "Law schools race to meet students’ demands"

11/30/2015

Financial Times: "Law schools race to meet students’ demands"

. . . Some have turned to financial inducements, such as New York’s Pace Law School, which this year set its tuition charges at the same rate that out-of-state students would pay at their local state schools.

Read more: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/a08bda0a-7e39-11e5-98fb-5a6d4728f74e.html#axzz3szMA0UO5

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Huffington Post: "We Want More Walkable Neighborhoods -- but Can Our Communities Deliver?"

11/30/2015

Huffington Post: "We Want More Walkable Neighborhoods -- but Can Our Communities Deliver?"

. . . There are a number of resources available to local governments wishing to use LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) to reform their codes and policies to produce more walkable, greener neighborhoods. Criterion Planners, in particular, has developed a "Local Planners Catalog of LEED-ND Measures," essentially a restatement of the rating system into a local planning and coding framework more familiar to municipal planners than the standard LEED taxonomy; its categories include planning process, land use, transportation, resource protection, buildings, site development, and public facilities and services. Criterion also has a "LEED-ND Community Audit Checklist," a version of which was used in the Ithaca review, tracking the same categories.

In addition, the Land Use Law Center at Pace University has produced a "Technical Guidance Manual for Sustainable Neighborhoods," drawing from the experience of some 60 municipalities that have used LEED-ND in planning, zoning and policy, and intended for use by local governments interested in promoting greener development. The Center has also created a model zoning framework based on LEED-ND that can be used to establish a "floating zone" to supplement a community's standard zoning and be applied as desired to specific neighborhoods well-suited to the use of LEED-ND principles.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/f-kaid-benfield/we-want-more-walkable-nei_b_8678134.html

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Federal agency re-examines Tappan Zee Bridge construction threat to sturgeon"

11/30/2015

Westchester County Business Journal: "Federal agency re-examines Tappan Zee Bridge construction threat to sturgeon"

. . . From 2013 to 2014, 68 sturgeon were reported dead or injured within 15 miles of the bridge replacement project, up from a combined 21 reported in the same area between 2007 and 2012.

Riverkeeper Inc., an Ossining-based environmental organization, obtained that information from the state Department of Environmental Conservation through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The new Tappan Zee Bridge, which is estimated to cost nearly $4 billion, started pile installation testing in 2012 and began construction in 2013. About three dozen propeller-powered vessels are used to do work on the new bridge, which is expected to be finished and the bridge fully open to the public in 2018.

Riverkeeper and the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, the attorney group with Pace University School of Law that represents Riverkeeper, included the sturgeon mortality data in a July 9 letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service in Massachusetts. The letter urged the agency to reinvestigate “the extent to which reported increases in sturgeon mortality must be assumed to be related to Project construction activities.”

Karl S. Coplan, co-director of the Pace clinic and one of the lawyers representing Riverkeeper in the petition, said, “The numbers speak for themselves. It’s hard to look at this and not have a strong conviction that the bridge activity has played a role in the increased sturgeon mortality.”

Read more: http://westfaironline.com/75957/federal-agency-re-examines-tappan-zee-br...

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Gannett: "The Promise of Fracking: Impact on New York"

11/30/2015

Gannett: "The Promise of Fracking: Impact on New York"

A hearing on Reforming Energy Vision drew about 100 people to Binghamton City Hall. (Photo: File photo)

. . . The Reforming Energy Vision project will establish new markets by saving electric infrastructure costs, reducing pollution and providing “local empowerment and resilience” in the system, said Karl R. Rábago, executive director of the Energy and Climate Center at Pace University, in a recent interview.

“The Stone Age didn’t end because we ran out of stones,” he added. “Technological shifts happen for a number of reasons, not just scarcity.”

Read more: http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/local/fracking/2015/11/24/promise-fracking-impact-new-york/76263854/

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1320 WILS: "Instagram for teens and twentysomethings"

11/25/2015

1320 WILS: "Instagram for teens and twentysomethings"

Leora Trub, Assistant Professor, Pace University, discusses her new study, "Instagram = #Instasad?: Exploring the Association of Instagram Use with Depressive Symptoms"

Listen to the interview: http://1320wils.com/assets/files/11-24-15%20Leora%20Trub.mp3

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Pfizer to buy Allergan for $160 billion"

11/25/2015

Westchester County Business Journal: "Pfizer to buy Allergan for $160 billion"

. . . Under the terms of the deal, which is expected to close in the second half of 2016, the companies will be combined under Allergan PLC, which will be renamed Pfizer PLC. The merged company, the largest drugmaker in the world, is expected to generate more than $25 billion in annual operating cash flow starting in 2018.

The move drew sharp criticism from several 2016 presidential hopefuls, including Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Pfizer said in its statement the move will create “increased financial flexibility,” adding it “facilitates continued investment in the United States.”

Philip G. Cohen, a legal studies and taxation professor at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, said such moves should be prevented going forward.

“It is clear that Congress should enact legislation targeting inversions in order to protect the corporate tax base from further diminution from these transactions,” Cohen said. “This should not be delayed by the excuse that this must wait until fundamental tax reform is addressed.”

Read more: http://westfaironline.com/75927/pfizer-to-buy-allergan-for-160-billion/

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Law360: "Record Inversion Deal Shows Pfizer Unfazed By New Rules"

11/24/2015

Law360: "Record Inversion Deal Shows Pfizer Unfazed By New Rules"

. . . The IRS has acknowledged in its notices on inversions that it only has the power to go so far, putting the ball in Congress’ court to take action on preventing U.S. corporations from hunting for deals that allow them to slash their U.S. corporate tax bills.

One way to do so would be to reduce the threshold of U.S. shareholders and incorporate rules surrounding where the bulk of the company is managed and operates, explained Philip Cohen, a professor in the legal studies and taxation department of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and a retired vice president of tax and tax general counsel to Unilever U.S.

“I think that when a company is inverted and continues to have substantial U.S. owners, 50 percent or more, then I think legislation should be enacted to treat that company as a U.S. company,” he said.

But the rules still fail to address earnings stripping, one of the most broadly used loopholes when it comes to trimming a company’s U.S. corporate tax bill, Cohen noted.

Read more: http://www.law360.com/articles/730636/record-inversion-deal-shows-pfizer-unfazed-by-new-rules

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HuffPost Live: "Instagram, Finstagram, Rinstagram...Why All Three?"

11/24/2015

HuffPost Live: "Instagram, Finstagram, Rinstagram...Why All Three?"

Leora Trub, Assistant Professor, Pace University, was a guest on HuffPost Live.

A new trend is emerging where teens create a second Instagram account, called Finstagram, in order to post “real” and unfiltered pictures. But why do teens feel like they must be perfect online and separate their accounts in the first place?

 

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TechNewsWorld: "Is This VR's Mainstream Moment?"

11/24/2015

TechNewsWorld: "Is This VR's Mainstream Moment?"

. . . the benefits better be worth the asking price, said Larry Chiagouris, professor of marketing at Pace University's Lubin School of Business.

"The greater the benefits, the more that the cost becomes less of an obstacle," he told TechNewsWorld. "Samsung will have to prove that this is more than a gimmick for a select few consumers, and that most consumers can benefit from the technology. Thus far, VR has been around a few years now, and the combination of industry players have not yet demonstrated the benefit."

Read more: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/Is-This-VRs-Mainstream-Moment-82791.html

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Washington Post: "How Obamacare helped millennials chill out"

11/24/2015

Washington Post: "How Obamacare helped millennials chill out"

If you're a young person right out of college, you might not be quite sure what to do with your life yet. You might want to spend more time figuring that out, but you can't afford to take a break from work to do so, because you need health insurance — and having a job is the only way to get it.

That was the situation for Americans between the ages of 19 and 26, 30 percent of whom didn't have health insurance before 2010, when the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Although young people have been slow to sign up on their own, insurance plans have to cover dependent children through age 26, resulting in increased coverage— and a lot more young people who don't necessarily have to work in order to have access to health care. New research suggests that some of those young people are taking advantage of the newfound freedom, and are feeling pretty good about it.

The study, from Gregory Colman of Pace University and Dhaval Dave at Bentley University, uses American Time Use Survey data to figure out how people in different age brackets shifted the composition of their day between 2003 and 2013. It finds that as the number of young people on their parents' health plans has grown, a few of them— less than five percent — have also dropped out of the workforce.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/11/21/how-obamacare-helped-millennials-chill-out/

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