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USA Today: "Egregious conduct, video evidence used to charge police"

04/20/2015

USA Today: "Egregious conduct, video evidence used to charge police"

. . . Justice isn't blind as the courthouse statues of a blindfolded Lady Justice would have you believe, says Pace Law School professor Randolph McLaughlin, a civil rights attorney who has handled police misconduct cases. Prosecutors must work with police officers every day so they are reluctant to pursue charges against their friends and colleagues. Police often are on the right side of the law, so they are seen as credible, he said.

On the other side may be witnesses with criminal backgrounds who have less credibility before judges and juries or no witnesses at all, McLaughlin said.

"There's no blindfold over anyone's eyes in the criminal justice system," McLaughlin said. "Their eyes are wide open. They can see who is in front of them."

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/04/18/officers-rarely-charged/25788071/

 

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Travel Weekly: "Shuffling the deck"

04/17/2015

Travel Weekly: "Shuffling the deck"

. . . Andrew Coggins, a professor of management at Pace University in New York, who teaches courses on cruise travel and tourism, said all the new faces in the industry result from a generational changing of the guard.

In Coggins' view, the founding fathers of the modern cruise industry from the 1960s gave way to a second generation in the 1980s and 1990s. That generation has been in power some 20 years and is now yielding to the current crop of CEOs and brand presidents.

Read more: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise-Travel/Shuffling-the-deck

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Gothamist: "Newtown Creek Shows Signs Of Poop-Fueled 'Superfood'"

04/17/2015

Gothamist: "Newtown Creek Shows Signs Of Poop-Fueled 'Superfood'"

Since the start of spring, bright green patches have mysteriously appeared on Newtown Creek, the moat of man-made filth separating Brooklyn and Queens.

One sample, bucketed up off the Greenpoint side shortly after the first sighting on March 22, was revealed under a microscope to be an alga studied by a major chemical corporation for its healthy fats, and close kin to another heavily marketed in Japan as a potion good for everything from hair nourishment to jet fuel.

Pace University biologist Michael Levandowsky identified the Kelley green species as a type of Eutreptiella, a saltwater cousin of freshwater Euglena gracilis, a favorite subject for high school biology teachers. Both belong to the euglenid genus of microalgae. They're distant, harmless cousins of the tissue-boring, blood and lymph-feeding protozoan behind Chagas disease in South America and sleeping sickness in Africa.

Levandowsky has spent decades on a microscopic safari of New York Harbor, but was surprised when fellow scientists at CUNY LaGuardia Community College and grassroots environmentalists spotted this species blooming prodigiously in Newtown Creek.

"I haven't seen this before. It’s really interesting and unexpected,” Levandowsky said. Other common microorganisms in the Newtown Creek are dinoflagellates, which can result in toxic red tides but also bioluminesce; translucent nematodes (or “roundworms”); and diatoms, so renowned for their geometric beauty that mandalas have been made from them.

Read more: http://gothamist.com/2015/04/16/newtown_creek_shows_signs_of_poop-g.php

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New York Observer: "Bill de Blasio’s Decision to Snub Hillary Clinton Could Benefit Them Both"

04/15/2015

New York Observer: "Bill de Blasio’s Decision to Snub Hillary Clinton Could Benefit Them Both"

. . . By making himself the lone prominent New York Democrat to not reflexively endorse Ms. Clinton–Senators Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and Gov. Andrew Cuomo all did–Mr. de Blasio is inhabiting a space that was long unoccupied in the Empire State. The state’s biggest political personalities have recently been Republicans, like Michael Bloomberg and Rudolph Giuliani, or moderates that shun ideological appeals, like Mr. Schumer.

“What the mayor is attempting to do is carve out an important niche and be a spokesperson for that part of the party, the urban spokesman,” said David Caputo, president emeritus and professor of political science at Pace University.

Read more at http://observer.com/2015/04/bill-de-blasios-decision-to-snub-hillary-clinton-could-benefit-them-both/#ixzz3XOAINB5Y

 


 

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Journal News: "14 Westchester communities seek long-shot hotel tax"

04/14/2015

Journal News: "14 Westchester communities seek long-shot hotel tax"

"You could give us a tax break now, but then tax us later," he said.

The bed tax could backfire because it relies not on the business owners but their customers, he said. That might upend what appears to be an oncoming boom in the industry locally.

"It would be what we call an unintended consequence," he said.

Read more: http://www.lohud.com/story/money/business/2015/04/09/bed-tax/25522075/

 

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Eleventh Annual Pace Pitch Contest, Thursday, April 16

04/09/2015

Student entrepreneurs to deliver new business concept presentations to a distinguished panel of judges

New York, NY -- April 9, 2015 – Pace University’s Lubin School of Business will hold its eleventh annual Pitch Contest on Thursday, April 16 at the University’s lower Manhattan campus, east of City Hall and six blocks from Wall Street. The event is presented by Lubin’s state-of-the-art Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab).

WHAT: The Pace Pitch Contest is based on the “elevator pitch” concept popular in the venture capital community. It is an extremely concise presentation of an entrepreneur’s idea, business model, marketing strategy, competitive analysis, and financial plan, which is delivered to potential investors. The premise is that it could be made in a few minutes should the entrepreneur spot a potential investor on an elevator and have the opportunity to pitch his or her idea during the brief ride.

WHO: Eight finalists have been selected to compete:

Codapillar is an application that teaches web programming in a creative, social, and intuitive way. It is a web application and curriculum that break down the learning curve associated with coding and provide a social incentive to keep learners engaged in coding.

Crime Scan is a lifestyle app designed to provide accurate information about criminal reports in your area. Using information from the crime map statistics from nyc.gov, Safe Scan provides up to date crime statistics for your entire area as well as for your individual location.

EaTcard application is a loyalty card specifically designed for university students to use on campus at the cafeteria. The EaTcard app allows students to “Earn and Track” rewards in their college or university’s cafeteria.

Go! Go! Feed! is a free app designed for cooking and social networking and also has adequate business market. This app provides various recipes based on different cooking levels and ingredients in your fridge.

Independent Artist Charitable Foundation will establish itself as an umbrella charity to represent independent artist (operating as not-for-profit) to seek large donations on their behalf with the ability to offer tax credits.

MyPeople app was created to make your daily life easier. Connect your calendar application to MyPeople app, create a new task, add a description to it (deadline, effort and priority), and MyPeople will take care of the rest.

Neta is a social network platform that provides a unique navigation based networking function, which helps people who are under similar geographic locations immediately group together from a specific event or based on common interests or similarities.

RamPak creates clean, disposable liners to existing hydration sources allowing safe drinking for soldiers or athletes on the go. Its customers are primarily military members who must endure harsh environments with limited resources for long periods at a time.

Each finalist will have exactly three minutes to pitch their new venture idea to a distinguished panel of judges. Panelists include Ian E. Scott, Managing Director, Scott Legal Services, P.C.; James Quick, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft; David Sederholt, EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Strategic Funding Source, Inc; and April Tam Smith, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley.

WHEN and WHERE: Thursday, April 16 at One Pace Plaza, Aniello Bianco Room, New York City campus, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Agenda:

    5:30 - 6:00 p.m.  Registration and Networking

    6:00 - 6:15 p.m.  Welcome

    6:15 - 7:15 p.m.  Finalists make their Pitch

    7:15 - 7:30 p.m.  Break (Judging Panel selects the winning pitches in private)

    7:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Awards Ceremony and Networking

For more information or to register to attend, visit http://www.pace.edu/pitch.

About the Lubin School of Business at Pace University: Globally recognized and prestigiously accredited, the Lubin School of Business integrates New York City’s business world into the experienced-based education of its students at Pace’s suburban and downtown campuses, implemented by the region’s largest co-op program, team-based learning, and customized career guidance. Its programs are designed to launch success-oriented graduates toward upwardly mobile careers.  www.pace.edu/lubin

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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Agence France Presse: "US police accused of excessive force after shooting filmed"

04/09/2015

Agence France Presse: "US police accused of excessive force after shooting filmed"

. . . "This appears to be an out-and-out execution. He just shot this man in the back, shot at him eight times," argued Randolph McLaughlin, law professor at Pace University.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/us-police-accused-excessive-force-shooting-filmed-220158726.html

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Miami Herald: "Family: Video shows Miami Gardens police didn’t need to shoot mentally ill man"

04/09/2015

Miami Herald: "Family: Video shows Miami Gardens police didn’t need to shoot mentally ill man"

. . . Randolph McLaughlin, a professor at Pace University School of Law and co-chairman of the civil rights practice group for Newman Ferrara in New York, said the only thing clear from the video was that police need more training in dealing with the mentally ill.

He said the flashing police lights likely only made Hall more agitated. Officers who received proper training are taught to deescalate dangerous situations, he said, “and what I’m seeing here is just the opposite. Before the cops got there he wasn’t threatening anyone.”

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article17882108.html

 

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