Perk Based Decision Judgment

by Hal Mooz 27. March 2013 15:27

Colo. shooting suspect offers to plead guilty to avoid death penalty

Lawyers for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes said Wednesday he would plead guilty and serve the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty for the attack that killed 12 people and injured 7. The offer comes just days before the prosecution was set to announce whether they would seek to have Holmes put to death. Prosecutors wouldn't say Wednesday whether they'd go along with a plea deal, and likely will consult with victims and their families before deciding whether to accept the offer.

If they agree, the case that started July 20 — when prosecutors say Holmes carried out the midnight massacre during a showing of the new Batman movie — could end quickly. In the filing, defense attorneys say the only thing that would hinder Holmes changing his plea on Monday is the prosecution's decision.

http://news.msn.com/crime-justice/colo-shooting-suspect-offers-to-plead-guilty-to-avoid-death-penalty

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Another Permanent Decision Gone Bad

by Hal Mooz 26. March 2013 16:11

Utah man dies doing sandstone arch swing made popular on Web

A 22-year-old man recreating what has become a popular stunt was killed after apparently leaving too much slack in the rope he was using to swing through a sandstone arch in Utah, police said Monday. Kyle Lee Stocking, of West Jordan, and five friends hiked to the Corona Arch in southeastern Utah on Sunday to attempt the stunt made famous on YouTube.

But Stocking miscalculated the length of the rope he used to swing from the 140-foot sandstone arch and struck the ground when he jumped, according to the Grand County Sheriff's Office.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/25/17461826-utah-man-dies-doing-sandstone-arch-swing-made-popular-on-web

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Skydiving - A Permanent Decision

by Hal Mooz 24. March 2013 10:05

Sky-dive instructor, student killed in Florida jump

Police identified the two men as 41-year-old instructor Orvar Arnarson and his 25-year-old student Andrimar Pordarson, both from Iceland. The two men took part with 20 other people Saturday in skydiving jumps from a plane in Zephyrhills, about 30 miles northeast of Tampa, said Pasco County sheriff's spokeswoman Melanie Snow. They were reported missing, touching off an hours-long search Saturday.

Snow said an air-and-ground search was begun when only 20 of the 22 skydivers returned from their jumps late Saturday morning. The bodies were discovered by spotters from the air early Saturday evening in woods south of the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport.

http://news.msn.com/us/sky-dive-instructor-student-killed-in-florida-jump

 

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Perk Pressure Judgment Falsifies University Admissions Reporting

by Hal Mooz 20. March 2013 08:56

Caught cheating: Colleges falsify admissions data for higher rankings

As consumers and the federal government push for greater transparency about such things as cost, average debt, and job-placement rates, major universities have been caught misrepresenting those and other numbers to improve the way they look to prospective students. “We on the inside have a pretty good idea of who is reporting accurately and who is not. And quite a few schools appear to be cooking the books,” said Texas Christian Dean of Admission Raymond Brown..

That dirty little secret has started to slip out as competition intensifies to attract top students and scale the all-important college rankings. In an admissions battleground on which universities grapple for any advantage, rising by just one number in the U.S. News & World Report rankings leads to a nearly 1 percent increase in applications, a 2011 study at the Harvard Business School found.

Falsified data

In the past year alone, six top colleges and universities have admitted falsifying information sent to the U.S. Department of Education, their own accrediting agencies, and U.S. News, whose college rankings remain the nation’s most prominent. Another was caught the year before. For many of the schools, the misrepresentations had gone on for years.

A senior administrator at Claremont McKenna College resigned after admitting that he falsified admissions test scores submitted to U.S. News and the U.S. Department of Education. For years Bucknell inflated the mean SAT scores of entering students by an average of 16 points, the university’s president has admitted. Tulane’s business school gave U.S. News false data about its number of applicants and inflated their average scores on admissions tests by 35 points.

Emory University misreported student data to U.S. News and other organizations that rank universities and colleges, school officials said, providing the much-higher SAT averages of students who applied and were admitted, rather than those who enrolled. It also inflated entering students’ class ranks. Two former admissions deans and other administrators were aware of the practice, according to the university.

http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/20/17376664-caught-cheating-colleges-falsify-admissions-data-for-higher-rankings?lite&ocid=msnhp&pos=7

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Permanent Error Has Penalties

by Hal Mooz 18. March 2013 07:33

Two teens found guilty in Steubenville rape case

Two high school football players were convicted Sunday in an Ohio rape case that gained worldwide attention through, and then focused on, social media. Judge Thomas Lipps announced his decision after reviewing evidence presented over four days of testimony in the case against Mays and Richmond, who were tried as juveniles.The ruling brings an end to a trial that gained media attention for its lurid text messages, cell phone pictures and videos, and social media posts surrounding the sexual abuse of the girl.

"Human compassion is not taught by a teacher, a coach or a parent. It is a God-given gift instilled in all of us," the victim's mother said after court was adjourned. "You displayed not only a lack of this compassion, but a lack of any moral code."

 
Mays was sentenced to a minimum of two years in a juvenile correctional facility. Richmond was sentenced to a minimum of one year, but like Mays, he could be in detention until he is 21.

The two will be required to register as sex offenders and undergo treatment while in detention. Lipps said he would postpone a hearing into which sexual offender registration category they will be classified until the end of their incarceration.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/17/justice/ohio-steubenville-case

 

 

 

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Bad Decisions In High Places

by Hal Mooz 13. March 2013 10:17

Florida Lt. Gov. resigns amid gambling scandal, racketeering probe

Florida’s embattled Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll (R), the first African American elected statewide and first woman to serve as lieutenant governor, has resigned amid a gambling, racketeering, and conflict-of-interest scandal.

"The resignation comes two days after Florida Law Enforcement officers interviewed Carroll about her involvement with Allied Veterans of the World, a non-profit that operates internet cafes in Florida. Officials from Allied Veterans and Nelson Cuba, the president of the Jacksonville Florida Order of Police, were arrested on racketeering charges after an investigation by the IRS and Secret Service. ...

"Rick Scott tapped Carroll, a Navy veteran, to be his running mate during a 2010 news conference outside Jacksonville Naval Air Station. Allied Veterans is accused of money laundering, using money from a nonprofit for personal gain and misrepresenting the amount donated to charities. Authorities say the group donated just 2 percent of its $290 million in proceeds to charities over about five years. They also say the former president received more than $1.5 million and the national commander got $250,000 from the organization. A firm Carroll owned, 3N & JC, did consulting work for Allied Veterans, and she starred in a commercial for the nonprofit in 2010. ...

http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/13/17296846-florida-lt-gov-resigns-amid-gambling-scandal-racketeering-probe?lite&ocid=msnhp&pos=1

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Doctrine Based Judgment Fails To Save A life

by Hal Mooz 4. March 2013 20:05

Policy questioned after nurse refuses to do CPR

A California 911 dispatcher begs a nurse at an independent living facility to perform CPR on an elderly woman who collapsed, fell unconscious and was barely breathing. During the 911 call, the dispatcher desperately tried to get the nurse to find someone who would try to save the 87-year-old woman if she wouldn't perform CPR herself.

“Is there a gardener ... any staff? Anybody that doesn’t work for you, anywhere?” the dispatcher asks, according to the 911 call, which was heard on TODAY Monday. “Can we flag someone down in the street and get them to help this lady? As a human being, I don’t, you know, is there anybody that’s willing to help this lady and not let her die?”

“Um, not at this time,” the nurse says.

Despite the 911 dispatcher's request, no member of the staff at Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield, Calif. would administer CPR. The nurse at the assisted living facility told the 911 dispatcher it was against company policy to administer the potentially life-saving technique. The head of the facility said the nurse did follow company policy..

http://todayhealth.today.com/_news/2013/03/04/17180861-policy-questioned-after-nurse-refuses-to-do-cpr?lite

 

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