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Curated News Editionhttp://www.LibertyNewspost.com- 25/08/12
Submitted at 8/24/2012 4:04:50 PM
The University of ColoradoThe University of Colorado isallowing its students to carryconcealed guns with them oncampus. As long as students are21 or older and have a license tocarry a weapon, they can bringguns with them to class, thebookstore, and the quad.The state Supreme Court inMarch ruled against a 1994campus ban on firearms. Guns arestill banned from sporting eventsand in dorm rooms on the Bouldercampus, but students who insiston having a gun with them at alltimes are able to request graduatelevel housing.“Residence hall students whohave a concealed carry permit orwho obtain [one] under Coloradolaw during the housing contractperiod may seek to be relocated toa University Apartment (if spaceis available) or be released fromthe residence hall contract withoutfinancial penalty,” reads astatement by the university.The new rules have causedconcern among a number of parents and students of theuniversity, who worry about theirsafety after gunman JamesHolmes shot 70 people in anAurora theater this summer.“I definitely would not feel safe if they allowed guns on campus, inthe halls. I would not becomfortable with that at all,”Cindy Rosethal, a mother of afreshman at the university, toldNational Public Radio.“ Especially with what happenedin Aurora a couple of weeks ago,and Virginia Tech, and all of thestuff that’s happened on collegecampuses now… You never knowwhat’s going to happen,” saidincoming freshman JoeRamsburger.On Tuesday, Professor JerryPaterson threatened to cancelclass if he knew of any of hisstudents carrying a firearm in hispresence.In response, the university’schancellor, Phillip DiStefano,threatened disciplinary actionagainst faculty who prohibitedtheir students from carrying gunsin class.“I believe we have takenreasonable steps to adhere to theruling of the Colorado SupremeCourt, while balancing that withthe priority of providing a safeenvironment for our students,faculty and staff,” the chancellorsaid in a statement.While some are fearful of apossible increased presence of guns on campus, others say thatallowing guns is necessary forindividuals’ safety – and thatallowing concealed firearmswould not cause a spike in firearm-related crimes.“The Aurora theater where theBatman shooting occurred alsohad a gun-free policy,” said JimManley, an attorney who arguedagainst banning guns on theColorado university’scampus.“But these policies don’tdisarm criminals, they disarm law-abiding citizens who see the signand respect the law and say, ‘I’mnot going to carry in this placebecause the law doesn’t allow it.’”Deb Coffin, vice chancellor forstudent affairs, said those with agun permit know how to use theweapon they carry, and therebywould be less likely to cause ashooting. She said the university’sconcern is about those notexperienced or trained in the useof a handgun.The university also claims that 96percent of its undergraduatesliving in dormitories are under theage of 21, and thus ineligible tohave a permit for a firearm. Thenew regulations would thereforeonly affect a small portion of on-campus undergraduate residents,the statement read.The majority of the more than4,000 US colleges preventcarrying guns on campus, butabout 25 schools already allowthem, according toarmedcampuses.org.This entry passed through theFull-Text RSSservice — if this isyour content and you're reading iton someone else's site, please readthe FAQ atfivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.FiveFiltersrecommends:IncineratingAssange - The Liberal Media GoTo Work .[unable to retrieve full-textcontent][unable to retrieve full-textcontent][unable to retrieve full-textcontent][unable to retrieve full-textcontent][unable to retrieve full-textcontent]
 
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Submitted at 8/24/2012 6:33:01 PM
ByJESSICA E. VASCELLAROSAN JOSE, Calif.—Nine jurorsdelivered a sweeping victory toAppleInc. in a high-stakes courtbattle againstSamsungElectronicsCo., awarding theSilicon Valley giant $1.05 billionin damages and providingammunition for more legal attackson mobile-device rivals.Jurors Friday found that Samsunginfringed all but one of the sevenpatents at issue in the case—apatent covering the physicaldesign of the iPad. They found allseven of Apple's patentsvalid—despite Samsung'sattempts to have them thrown out.They also decided Samsung didn'tviolate any of the five patents itasserted against Apple.The damage award is shy of Apple's request for more than $2.5billion, but much larger thanSamsung's estimates and stillranking among the largestintellectual-property awards onrecord."This is a huge, crushing win forApple," said Brian Love, assistantprofessor at Santa ClaraUniversity School of Law whohas been tracking the case.Among other findings, the juryfound that five of the seven Applepatents were willfully infringedby Samsung. That means thatJudge Lucy Koh now has thediscretion to triple Apple'sdamages award, Mr. Love said,which is already "monstrous andunprecedented.""The mountain of evidencepresented during the trial showedthat Samsung's copying went fardeeper than even we knew," saidApple spokeswoman KatieCotton. "We make these productsto delight our customers, not forour competitors to flagrantlycopy."Samsung representatives couldn'timmediately be reached forcomment. Lawyers for both firmsweren't available initially after theverdict was read in court.While the ruling won't affect anyof the companies' latest products,it could shape how smartphonesand tablets are designed and thefortunes of companies that makethem.More broadly, the jury's findingthat the six infringed Applepatents—including three coveringthe shape of the iPhone and on-screen icons—are valid may makeit harder for handset makers toenter markets with gadgets thatlook and work too much like amarket leader's.That means that Apple could findit easier to defend its marketposition and lofty profit margins,while consumers may see a bitless choice and higher prices—asfewer competitors court buyerswith me-too models and passalong costs of damage awards inprice their products.The lengthy verdict was read incourt Friday afternoon after 22hours of deliberation, a quickerprocess than some observersanticipated. In many cases the jury found that the all or most of the Samsung devices accused of violating a particular patent didso.The only patent the jury foundthat Samsung didn't infringerelates to the design of a tablet ashaving a rectangular shape androunded corners. Throughout thetrial, Samsung's lawyersfrequently remarked that Appleshouldn't be given a monopoly ona rectangle with rounded corners.Apple, which cited more than 28Samsung products, sued Samsunglast year and accused the SouthKorean company of infringingseven patents. Samsung firedback, alleging that some iPhone,iPad and iPod Touch modelsinfringed up to five patents.The stakes are huge. Globalsmartphone revenue will reach$207.6 billion in 2012 and $252.7billion in 2013, according toestimates from Credit Suisse.Accordingly, the Apple-Samsungcase has shattered records on theamount of evidence, number of claims, experts and potential fees,say lawyers observing the case.The verdict also launches thenext phase of the patent battle.Several lawyers following thecase predict Apple and Samsung,among the world's largest andrichest technology companies,could take appeals all the way tothe U.S. Supreme Court.The courtroom was tense fromthe opening moments. Samsungsparked controversy quickly,vigorously objecting to JudgeKoh's decision to excludeevidence it believed showedApple was influenced by Sony indeveloping the iPhone. Shethreatened Samsung with asanction as the drama continuedas both sides raised objection afterobjection. By the end, the level of tension had become a joke, withJudge Koh expressing surprise onmatters where the two sides didn'tdisagree.The trial has already shaped theintensifying debate about thereform of U.S. intellectualproperty law. Critics of thecurrent system are mounting,complaining that the U.S. Patentand Trademark Office grants toomany patents and that patentlitigation is clogging the courts.Many have questioned whethersuch complex cases can bedecided by juries, while a federal judge recently threw out a highprofile case between Apple andMotorola Inc. saying the patentsystem was in "chaos." Lawyersand judge warn that mountingpatent litigation—including casesthat encompass everything fromsmartphone to videogameconsoles, will mean mountingcosts for consumers. The floodhas accelerated now that softwareas well as hardware is being citedin patent cases."Software patents are clogging thesystem at every possible point,"says Christal Sheppard, anassistant professor of Law and theat the University of NebraskaCollege of Law. "This could bethe bellwether case that goes tothe Supreme Court to decide whatinvention in the 21st centuryreally means for software."An employee poses as he holdsApple's iPhone 4s (left) andSamsung's Galaxy S III at a storein Seoul Friday.The trial, which dates back toApple's April 2011 suit against
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Submitted at 8/24/2012 6:49:31 PM
By Lily Kuo and ChrisFrancescaniNEW YORK| Fri Aug 24, 20127:49pm EDT(Reuters) - An out-of-work fashion designer fatally shot aformer co-worker near the EmpireState Building on Friday and thenwas killed in a blaze of gunshotsby police, stunning tourists andcommuters outside of one of NewYork's most popular landmarks.Eight bystanders were wounded,possibly all of them by policebullets, though none of theirinjuries were life-threatening,police said.Officials said that women'saccessories designer JeffreyJohnson, 58, had been laid off from Hazan Imports a year agoand that while working there, hadbeen locked in a dispute with thevictim. Police said Johnson hadclaimed the victim had failed tosell enough of his creations andheld a grudge.Investigators were attempting todetermine whether Johnson shotanyone beyond his initial target.All eight of the surviving victimscould have been hit by the twopolice officers who shot atJohnson, officials said.Several were likely hit by policebullets that ricocheted off large,anti-terror concrete flower potsstationed outside the Manhattanlandmark, police said.Other than its proximity, theEmpire State Building had no link to the violence. Mayor MichaelBloomberg ruled out anyconnection to terrorism.The shooting rattled an always-busy part of Midtown Manhattanat the height of the tourist season."I saw a friend of mine lying onthe street bleeding. She was inshock," said Christopher Collins,who said he tried to keep her calmas he rode with her in anambulance. "I'm glad the copsshot him dead. One less trial wehave to go through."The mother of a co-worker whowitnessed the shooting identifiedthe dead executive as SteveErcolino. Police declined toconfirm his identity.Ercolino was walking towardHazan Imports, across 33rd Streetfrom the Empire State Building,and stopped to talk to a colleague.Johnson, dressed in a suit and tieand carrying a black canvas bag,walked up and shot Ercolino atclose range, police said, and thenstood over the man and shot himagain -- a total of five shots.Johnson, carrying a secondmagazine in his bag, then walked"calmly" a block away, policesaid, past two officers stationed infront of the entrance to the EmpireState Building. A pair of construction workers whowitnessed the shooting followedJohnson and tipped off theofficers, pointing at Johnson as hepassed, police said.The two cops approachedJohnson, who drew his gun,turned and pointed it directly atthe officers from about eight feetaway, police said. Police openedfire and shot him, PoliceDepartment spokesman PaulBrowne told reporters.One officer fired nine times andthe other seven times, Brownesaid. Investigators believeJohnson was shot seven times; hisbody had 10 bullets wounds, threeof which were believed to be exitwounds, Browne said.Animosity between Johnson andErcolino had prompted them tofile counter complaints withpolice in April 2011, Brownesaid. No charges resulted from thecomplaints.SUMMER SHOOTINGSIt was the third major shooting of the summer in the United States,following an assault on a crowdedcinema in Colorado and an attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin,rekindling debate about guncontrol in America. The NewYork shooting was different inthat Johnson appeared to haveonly one intended victim."We are not immune to thenational problem of gunviolence," said Bloomberg, aleading national proponent of guncontrol and founder of the groupMayors Against Illegal Guns.Bloomberg has often called NewYork the safest big city inAmerica, citing a declining crimerate that had the city on pace foranother record low number of homicides in 2012."It's time to get the guns off thestreet," said Brandon Thorpe, 23,a janitor who said he has lost fivefriends to gun violence. "This is atourist attraction. How are wesupposed to make people feel safeif they come here and seesomething like this?"The Empire State Building iswalking distance fromPennsylvania Station and GrandCentral Terminal, two of NewYork's main transportation hubs,and the shooting took place at theend of the morning rush hour."I heard the gunshots. It was likepop, pop, pop. It was definitely ina bunch," said Dahlia Anister, 33,who works at an office near thebuilding.BLOODY SIDEWALKMail courier James Bolden, 31,said he saw a "guy laying on the(sidewalk), bleeding from theneck and barely breathing.""Everybody was crowded aroundhim taking pictures and video, andsecurity guys were yellingeverybody to get back, and givehim space. He was barelybreathing," Bolden said.One witness said she saw awoman who was shot in the footand another woman being takenaway in an ambulance."I was walking down 33rd (Street)and there's a dead guy. I just sawpools of blood. He was layingdown and the was blood pooling(around him)," said Justin Kellis,35, who works nearby.The United States has had twoother mass shootings this summer.On July 20, a gunman opened fireat a midnight screening of theBatman film "The Dark KnightRises" in Aurora, Colorado,killing 12 people and wounding58.On August 5, a gunman killed sixpeople and critically woundedthree at a Sikh temple outsideMilwaukee before police shot himdead in an attack authoritiestreated as an act of domesticterrorism.This was the second high-profileshooting incident in two weeks inNew York's tourist-heavyMidtown Manhattan. On August12, New York police shot andkilled a knife-wielding suspect ashe sought to evade them throughSaturday-afternoon traffic andpedestrians in Times Square.
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