Joaquina Kalukango After a sold-out run off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop, Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play is gearing up to bow on Broadway. The story takes place on the MacGregor Plantation, where fear and desire intertwine. The buzzed-about play, which marks Harris’ Broadway debut as a playwright, sheds new light on race, gender and sexuality in 21st-century America. On September 5, Harris, stars Paul Alexander Nolan and Joaquina Kalukango, Ato Blankson-Wood, James Cusati-Moyer, Sullivan Jones, Irene Sofia Lucio, Chalia La Tour and Annie McNamara gathered together at the Standard Hotel in New York city to meet the press and pose for some gorgeous shots along the Manhattan skyline. Check out the pics, and then go see Slave Play, which will begin performances on September 10 at the John Golden Theatre. Annie McNamara Irene Sofia Lucio View All (8) James Cusati-Moyer Chalia La Tour Sullivan Jones Slave Play Ato Blankson-Wood Playwright Jeremy O. Harris is making his Broadway debut with Slave Play. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 19, 2020 View Comments Star Files Related Shows Slave Play stars Paul Alexander Nolan and Joaquina Kalukango get together. See them in the production beginning on September 10 at the John Golden Theatre. Slave Play scribe Jeremy O. Harris and star Joaquina Kalukango share a laugh. Paul Alexander Nolan
The Overland Park City Council on Monday approved a $30 million makeover for the Regency Park shopping center.By Roxie HammillDespite some last-minute hesitation over walkability, Overland Park’s city council decided to go ahead with plans to help developer Mission Peak Capital renovate the Regency Park shopping center at 93rd Street and Metcalf Avenue.The council voted unanimously on four items allowing the $30 million project to go forward despite concerns that the facelift won’t do enough to improve life for pedestrians and bicyclists. A walkable and bikeable environment is one of the key components of Vision Metcalf, the planning guideline for the corridor.Overland Park resident Melissa Cheatham raised the issue first during a public hearing over a special taxing district for the area. She noted that the rest of the corridor is filling with projects that will bring more apartments.“Let’s be sure that the hundreds of residents moving into new apartments up and down Metcalf don’t have to drive in order to shop down a block,” she said.Cheatham said taxpayers should expect more than a facelift for their support of the project. Developers could use $7.3 million from the proceeds of a 1 percent sales tax charged in the area to help with some development costs. The city also will issue Economic Development Revenue Bonds of up to $8.5 million for financing certain construction and renovation costs.Regency Park is an L-shaped center of shops where Micro Center and Natural Grocers are located. The plan calls for more modern facades and the addition of a 4,500-square-foot building along Metcalf Ave. The plan also calls for new sidewalk striping and a new sidewalk and crosswalk near the Natural Grocers store, 9108 Metcalf Ave.The developer faced some closer questioning by the council after the public hearing. Curt Skoog asked whether the developer would be willing to make some changes to make it more walkable. “I think we could have done better on this project,” he said.Council member Paul Lyons also said he’d like to see some bicycle access for people living in the neighborhood to the west. “What’s there today is pretty darn minimal,” he said.But attorney John Petersen, representing the developer, said the options for pedestrian improvements are limited because of the way the parking lot is configured. Removing some parking spots to make way for sidewalks and bicycle access could violate leases that call for a certain number of spaces per store, he said.Ultimately council members said it was more important to revitalize a struggling center to attract more tenants. “We do expect things above and beyond a normal refresh when we put these public monies into it,” said Council member David White, adding that the internal area is difficult for walkers to navigate.That said, though, White supported the plan because he said it would help businesses in the area.A rendering of the proposed Regency Park makeover.
Lenexa granted an extension of time and additional TIF reimbursement for Meritex Lenexa, a developer making improvements to a former strip mine in the city.Lenexa city leaders have agreed to amend a development agreement to allow more public financing and extended time with Meritex Lenexa LLC, a developer making improvements to a former strip mine in the middle of the city.The amendments to the project plan in the Ridgeview Mining Redevelopment Tax Increment Financing District allows an additional increase of private reimbursable TIF expenses by $252,000 and extends the time for substantial completion of the project from Dec. 31, 2019 to April 30, 2020.The city approved establishment of the project plan in November 2018. The original plan contemplated the reclamation, remediation, demolition and excavation of the former strip mine located on site.The city did not require a public hearing for the TIF increase and time extension because it was not considered to be a substantial change to the project plan, according to city documents. City staff noted that the intended purpose of the project plan remains the same.The TIF increment generated from the Ridgeview Mining TIF District is being used to reimburse the developer for the TIF-eligible costs associated with the project improvements, according to city documents. Those eligible costs and terms of reimbursement to the developer for the public project improvements are lined out in the development agreement.The project plan had originally identified private reimbursable TIF expenses of $1,515,000 and are now increased to $1,767,500.City staff reported that the additional scope of the project “will increase the available surface acres in the Project Plan area that are ready for development.”The TIF district was established over the project area in 1997. A feasibility study prepared by Chief Financial Officer Doug Robinson estimates a TIF increment of $23,814,139 over the 20-year term. The TIF increment as well as other available private revenues and funds are expected to be sufficient to pay for the eligible reimbursable expenses, according to city documents.The TIF is pay-as-you-go, so reimbursement is only made to the extent TIF revenues are actually received by the city.The Lenexa council voted 7-0 to approve the increase in TIF reimbursement. There was no public comment or discussion.
Epiphan Video’s Pearl family just added the Pearl Nano, a single-channel encoder. Users can also add Pearl Nano onto an existing video production setup to leverage the device’s streaming and recording capabilities. Nano’s broad streaming protocol support includes modern protocols like Secure Reliable Transport (SRT), Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH), and HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), as well as standard ones like RTMP and RTMPS.Nano boasts several features that are uncommon in other single-channel encoders. A screen built into the device’s front allows for basic configuration and control as well as confidence monitoring during streaming and recording. Rear inputs include HDMI and SDI video, two line-level XLR ports for professional audio, an HDMI program out, and an HDMI pass through for zero-latency content display on in-room monitors. To further streamline setup, Nano also supports Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) in addition to DC power.Also unique to Nano is the powerful custom layout builder. This lets users tailor their video program with a single-source or picture-in-picture layout that can include a dynamic background, graphics, text overlays, and other elements.Adding to Nano’s SRT capabilities is remote accessibility through the Web-based user interface and Epiphan Cloud, a centralized platform for configuration and monitoring of Epiphan devices. This enables producers to remotely manage and control Pearl systems located anywhere in the world, reducing the likelihood of configuration errors and making for an easier production overall.Like Pearl-2 and Pearl Mini, Nano includes advanced security features like LDAP, 802.1x, and SSL, as well as deep integration with video platforms Kaltura and Panopto, which makes it possible for users to start and stop events right from the front screen. And a first for a Pearl system: an expansion bay lets users install an M.2 SSD for additional local storage. Nano can also store recordings on an SD card inserted into the system’s SD card slot, as well as connected USB or network-attached storage devices.
October 1, 2011 Disciplinary Actions Disciplinary Actions Prepared by The Florida Bar’s Public Information and Bar Services Department __________________________________________________________________ The Florida Bar, the state’s guardian for the integrity of the legal profession, announces that the Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 23 attorneys, disbarring five and suspending 12. Some attorneys received more than one form of discipline. Two attorneys were placed on probation; six attorneys were publicly reprimanded.The following lawyers have been disciplined: Brad Alexander, 19 W. Flagler Street, Suite 410, Miami, publicly reprimanded and further, placed on probation following a July 11 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1980) Alexander was negligent in the handling of an immigration case that forced the client to retain new counsel. (Case No. SC10-2258) Scott Vincent Boruta, 402 Knights Run Ave., Suite 100, suspended until further order, following an August 10 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2003) According to a petition for emergency suspension, Boruta appeared to be causing great public harm by the misappropriation of client trust funds. Boruta told a client that he no longer had the $100,000 entrusted to him by the client for a specific purpose. Instead, he admitted to using the funds for a personal business venture. (Case No. SC11-1515) Raymond O. Burger, 3200 Marilyn Drive, Moore, Oklahoma, suspended for 91 days, effective 30 days from a June 8 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2003) Burger was found in contempt for noncompliance with the conditions of a January 5 suspension. Burger failed to submit a sworn affidavit within 30 days of his suspension; he failed to submit the required list of persons/entities to whom he provided a copy of his suspension order; and he failed to respond to official Bar inquiries regarding the matter. (Case No. SC11-520) Wilfred Calero, P.O. Box 100178, Palm Bay, suspended for 91 days, effective 30 days from a July 14 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1998) In three separate instances, Calero was hired to represent clients, and he failed to file necessary paperwork. He also failed to adequately communicate regarding the status of the cases, and he closed his law office without advising his clients. (Case No. SC10-2260) Byron T. Christopher, 2526 Amity Road, Washington, Ga., disbarred effective immediately, following a July 26 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2005) Christopher pleaded no contest and had adjudication withheld on one felony count of False Statement in Support of Insurance Claim. (Case No. SC11-1075) Daniel Gary Gass, 10001 N.W. 50th Street, Suite 204, Ft. Lauderdale, publicly reprimanded following a July 13 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1994) Gass failed to timely resolve a fund dispute, resulting in a civil suit being filed against him. (Case No. SC11-1087) Fernando Hernandez, 2701 S. Bayshore Drive, Suite 605, Miami, suspended until further order, following a July 19 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1990) According to a petition for emergency suspension, Hernandez appeared to be causing great public harm. A Bar audit indicated that as of December 31, 2010, Hernandez’s trust account had a significant shortage; Hernandez failed to disburse settlement proceeds to his client, and he misused and/or misappropriated client funds. (Case No. SC11-1363) Dwayne Bisford Johnson Sr., 733 Cypress Drive, Apt. A, Lake Park, suspended until further order, effective immediately, following a June 20 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1998) Johnson was found in contempt for noncompliance. He failed to respond to official Bar inquiries. (Case No. SC11-430) Patricia A. Johnston, Calle Cesar Chavez 84, Arrecife de Lanzarote, Canary, Spain, suspended until further order, following a July 26 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2001) According to a petition for emergency suspension, Johnston appeared to be causing great public harm by misappropriating client funds and engaging in other unethical conduct. Johnston is the subject of several Bar disciplinary matters. She abandoned her Orlando law practice, changed her Bar status to retired, and moved to Spain. Efforts by the Bar to contact Johnston have failed. (Case No. SC11-1424) Constantine Kalogianis, 8141 Bellarus Way, Suite 103, Trinity, publicly reprimanded following a June 17 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1993) Kalogianis is further directed to complete ethics school. Kalogianis failed to maintain communication with clients and failed to properly supervise his legal assistant who oftentimes performed tasks of a lawyer. Kalogianis also used a misleading firm name. calling his company Kalogianis & Associates, it implied that more than one attorney worked at the firm, when in fact he was a sole practitioner. (Case No. SC10-1739) Howard A. Kusnick, P.O. Box 25646, Tamarac, disbarred effective immediately, following a July 13 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1978) Kusnick signed a false settlement letter on behalf of a party that he did not represent, purporting to settle a claim for $310,000. (Case No. SC11-1220) Norman Malinski, 2875 N.E. 191st Street, Suite 508, Aventura, disbarred effective 30 days from a June 14 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1974) Malinski failed to preserve and apply client funds. He also made misrepresentations regarding the amount and location of funds held in trust. (Case No. SC11-218) Joseph John Mancini, 328 S. 2nd Street, Ft. Pierce, publicly reprimanded following a July 13 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1984) In several separate cases, Mancini failed to diligently represent clients. He failed to properly communicate with clients and opposing counsel; he failed to appear at scheduled court hearings; and in one instance, he failed to timely comply with discovery requests. (Case No. SC11-640) Keith Alan Michael Manson, 8355 Chason Road W., Jacksonville, disbarred effective immediately, following a July 20 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2005) Manson was found in contempt for non-compliance with the terms of a court order conditionally admitting him to The Florida Bar. He also practiced law while suspended. (Case Nos. SC09-2318 & SC10-1187) Peter U. Mayas, 2784 S.W. 129th Terrace, Miramar, suspended for 90 days, effective 30 days from a July 11 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2003) When a client complained to the Bar that Mayas did not pay one of her healthcare providers when settling a case, an audit found that Mayas had not created or maintained the minimum required trust accounting records. He also allowed his two nonlawyer employees to handle unsupervised, all aspects of fund closings, for which he was responsible, resulting in the misappropriation of more than $100,000. (Case No. SC10-2342) Michael Joseph McNerney, 796 N. Rio Vista Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, suspended until further order, effective 30 days from a June 14 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1973) McNerney is the subject of a Bar disciplinary investigation. On May 16, McNerney entered into a plea agreement with the U.S. government, in which he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. (Case No. SC11-1145) Marsha Wilson Montgomery, 4771 Bayou Blvd., #19, Pensacola, publicly reprimanded following a July 11 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1995) Montgomery was held in contempt of court when she failed to appear in her client’s guardianship case. She also failed to respond to inquiries from the court and the Bar regarding the matter. Montgomery was further ordered to send a letter of apology to the presiding judge within 30 days of the order. (Case No. SC10-2255) Dominyka Mindaougas Netchiounas, 2203 N. Lois Ave., Suite 953, Tampa, suspended for 91 days, effective immediately, following a June 23 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2002) Netchiounas was found in contempt for noncompliance with the conditions of her June 2010 suspension. She failed to submit the required sworn affidavit listing persons/entities to whom she gave notice of her suspension and provided a copy of her suspension order. She also failed to respond to official Bar inquiries. (Case No. SC11-681) Carolyn Dianne Olive, P.O. Box 13949, Tallahassee, suspended for two years, effective immediately, following a July 13 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1984) After being hired, Olive failed to adequately represent clients in six separate cases. In one instance, a client unsuccessfully attempted to contact Olive for four months. When Olive finally returned the call, she informed the client that the papers and court filings were in progress. The client later learned from the court clerk the papers had never been filed. She terminated Olive’s services. (Case No. SC11-596) Timothy Allen Patrick, 800 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 2, Tampa, suspended for one year, effective 30 days from a June 23 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1993) At mediation, Patrick improperly induced his client to reject a settlement offer by offering to pay any attorney fees award imposed against the client in the event trial was unsuccessful. The settlement offered would have fully compensated the client but would have paid only a small amount for attorney fees. Patrick also paid improper financial assistance to the client, beyond litigation expenses. (Case No.SC09-2057) Lafe Ranier Purcell, 1403 W. Colonial Drive #A, Orlando, publicly reprimanded following a June 17 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1997) Purcell contracted to practice law with a loan modification/legal staffing company. At the time, he was unaware that doing so constituted practicing law through a nonlegal entity, a violation of Bar rules. (Case No. SC11-965) J. Christopher Rich, 124 E. Rich Ave., Deland, permanently disbarred effective immediately, following a July 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1998) Rich was found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of a June 2010 suspension order and subsequently, a February 17, 2011, disbarment order. Rich was ordered to notify all his clients, opposing counsel, and tribunals of his disbarment and provide to the Bar a sworn affidavit listing the names and addresses of all persons and entities that were furnished a copy of the disbarment order. He also failed to respond to the Bar’s letter dated February 22, 2011. (Case No. SC11-914) Joshua Johnson Stewart, 5435 Main Street, New Port Richey, suspended for 91 days, effective immediately, following a June 20 court order. Upon reinstatement, Stewart is further placed on probation for three years. (Admitted to practice: 2004) Stewart pleaded guilty in circuit court to possession of Oxycodone, a third-degree felony, and no valid drivers’ license, a second-degree misdemeanor. The trial court withheld adjudication and placed Stewart on 18 months of drug offender probation. (Case No. SC10-594) Court orders are not final until time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined. The filing of such a motion does not alter the effective date of the discipline. Disbarred lawyers may not re-apply for admission for five years. They are required to go through an extensive process that rejects many who apply. It includes a rigorous background check and retaking the bar exam. Historically, fewer than 5 percent of disbarred lawyers seek readmission. October 1, 2011 Disciplinary Actions
The Washington Post:Fear is one of our most basic evolutionary instincts, a sudden physical jolt to help us react to danger more quickly. In the modern world, fear often seems excessive — in the absence of wild animals to flee, we’re left screaming over roller coasters and scary movies. But for at least one woman, fear is unobtainable. And while she lives a normal life, her fearlessness is actually a handicap.The researchers who study her keep her closely guarded, using the code-name “SM” when publishing papers about her brave brainpower. And until this year, she’d never been interviewed.On this week’s episode of “Invisibilia,” a new podcast from NPR, that changed. But SM didn’t pop into the studio for her radio debut. This unprecedented access still came with the buffer of one of her doctors (University of Iowa neuroscientist Daniel Tranel), who conducted and recorded the interview before passing it along to “Invisibilia.”Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >
FTA News:The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced Friday approximately $1.2 million in recent grant awards to eight tribal governments, including the Tesuque Pueblo, Jicarilla Apache Nation and Pueblo of Pojoaque.These awards are part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed by President Donald J. Trump March 27, 2020. The tribal governments receiving funds to support transit operations during the COVID-19 public health emergency are as follows:New MexicoThe Tesuque Pueblo Administration will receive $12,709 to support transit operations north of Santa Fe;The Jicarilla Apache Nation will receive $10,269 for continued transit operations in North Central New Mexico; andThe Pueblo of Pojoaque will receive $1,512 to support its transit operations in the northeast corner of the state.OklahomaThe Comanche Nation will receive $464,772 to support operating, administrative and preventive maintenance costs, including salaries, cleaning supplies and driver protection barriers to support its transit service throughout central Oklahoma.New YorkThe Seneca Nation of Indians will receive $407,650 to support its STS transit system in western New York.MontanaThe Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy Reservation will receive $126,719 to maintain transit operations in north central Montana;The Fort Belknap Indian Community will receive $107,554 to support transit operations; east of Great Falls, andThe Northern Cheyenne Tribe will receive $74,941 for preventive maintenance on transit vehicles, equipment, and facilities to support its service east of Billings.See FTA’s apportionment tables for the totals apportioned to each area. (This funding is based on the agency’s current request and may not represent the full amount the agency will receive.)“This historic $25 billion in grant funding will ensure our nation’s public transportation systems can continue to provide services to the millions of Americans who continue to depend on them,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.“We know many of our nation’s public transportation systems are facing extraordinary challenges and these funds will go a long way to assisting our transit industry partners in battling COVID-19,” FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams said. “These federal funds will support operating assistance to transit agencies of all sizes providing essential travel and supporting transit workers across the country who are unable to work because of the public health emergency.” In addition to the CARES Act funding, FTA has issued a Safety Advisory with recommended actions for transit agencies to reduce the risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) among transit employees and passengers. Transit agencies should follow the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommendations for the spread of COVID-19, which include face coverings, social distancing, frequent hand washing, facility and vehicle cleaning, and other measures to the maximum extent practicable.
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