November 5, 2007
WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. – A stateemployee at one of the Colorado’s24 group homes for the develop-mentally disabledhas been arrest-ed for allegedlyabusing patients.Krista Jacob-sen is accused of locking patientsbehind closeddoors at DepewHouse, a chargeshe denies.“It was com-pletely inappropriate,” Dr. Sha-ron Jacksi, who oversees thegroup homes, told KCNC TV.Jacksi said Jacobsen was firedafter the accusations surfaced.Locking patients behind closeddoors “would definitely be con-sidered abuse,” Jacksi said. Ja-cobsen is charged with neglect of an at-risk adult, a misdemeanor.KCNC said it interviewed otheremployees at the center and wastold Jacobsen, a licensed psychi-atric technician, had told them itwas acceptable to lock the pa-tients in rooms which containeda couch, toys and a television. Amanda Houghtailing, admit-ted to the practice when inter-
Widespread ProblemsReported in MentalHealth Centers
viewed by police, saying, “Atfirst I thought it was okay, butthen in the back of my mind Iknew it was wrong.” Among thepatients locked up was one whowas supposedto be observedconstantly be-cause he hada tendency to“self-injuri-ous” behavior.KCNC said italso found prob-lems at otherhomes afterreviewing hun-dreds of pages of reports and look-ing at the results of investigations. A state inspection found eightresidents soaked in their own urineat one home in March. Inspectorsfrom the state health departmentfound that employees at onecenter were hiding toys and otheritems belonging to one patient,causing her extreme anguish.“We are concerned we dohave these instances and arelooking at how to improvethe services,” Jacksi said. The investigation alsofound that many workers whowere supposed to be moni-toring at-risk patients werecaught asleep on the job.
“A state inspectionfound eight resi-dents soaked in theirown urine at onehome in March.”
PASADENA, Calif. – Stu-dents at the California Institute of Technology campus were ableto forget rocket science for aday and harvest olives instead.Students and faculty put awaytheir laptops Fri-day to climb 16-foot-high ladders,perch in cherrypickers and grabthe black andgreen fruit thatwould otherwisestain the univer-sity’s walkways. Their goal is tomake some 1,200bottles of olive oilto raise moneyfor scholarships,staff bonuses andstudent activities.“It’s not really just about theolives. It’s about everyone work-ing together,” said freshmanmath major Tim Black of Wis-consin, who was one of morethan 500 people picking olives.Olive picking became a fallevent at the campus more fa-mous for producing math ge-niuses and rocket scientists af-ter two students began pluckingcampus trees as a joke last year.
At Caltech, StudentsForgo Rocket Sciencefor a Day to Pick Olives
President Jean-Lou Cha-meau, who saw them, told biol-ogy major Ricky Jones and phys-ics major Dvin Adalian he wouldprepare them a home-cooked
meal if they could gure out how
to turn the olives into olive oil. They met the challenge usingblenders, con-crete blocks,windowscreens anda centrifuge. Their ef-forts garneredso much at-tention thatCaltech de-cided to createa full-blownharvest festi-val this year.Most of the olives thatstudents andfaculty plucked were being turnedover to the Santa Barbara Ol-ive Co., where they will be pro-fessionally pressed and bottled.But Jones, 22, and Adalian,20, kept their hand in, design-ing and helping build a human-powered crusher that rolled twoone-ton metal wheels over someof the olives, which were thenwrapped in cloth, placed in apress and squeezed into a bin.
“Most of the olivesthat students and fac-ulty plucked were be-ing turned over to theSanta Barbara OliveCo., where they will beprofessionally pressedand bottled.”
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LOS ANGELES – Hollywood writ-ers were back at the bargaining tableSunday in a last-minute push to avoida strike against TV networks andmovie studios over writers’ share of
prots from DVDs and the Internet.
The battle has broad implicationsfor the way Hollywood does business,since whatever deal is struck by theWriters Guild of Amer-
Result of Writers’ Battle
DVD, Internet Profits Also Likely to Impact Actors, Directors
ica will likely be used as a templatefor talks with actors and directors,whose contracts expire next June.“We’ll get what they get,” Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosen-berg told The Associated Press.Negotiators were meeting with afederal mediator Sunday evening inhopes of avoiding a strike that writershad set to begin 12:01 a.m. Monday. The guild announced sweepingplans to picket every major studio inLos Angeles starting at 9 a.m. Monday,along with Rockefeller Center in New York, where NBC is headquartered. The Alliance of Motion Pictureand Television Producers previ-ously called a writers’ strike “pre-cipitous and irresponsible.”Producers believe progress can bemade on other issues but “it makesabsolutely no sense to increasethe burden of this additional com-pensation,” said J. Nicholas Coun-ter, the producer’s chief negotiator. The guilds have been preparingfor these negotiations for years, hir-ing staff with extensive labor unionexperience, and developing jointstrategies and a harder line thanproducers have seen in decades.“We haven’t shown particular re-solve in past negotiations,” said JohnBowman, the WGA’s chief negotiator.“The sea change is that this is anenormously galvanizing issue, and two,that the new regime at the guild actuallyhas a plan, has an organization and astructure to respond to something.” The writers are the first unionto bargain for a new deal this year. Their contract expired Wednesday.In past years, actors have almostalways gone first, although theDirectors Guild of America, which isseen as the least aggressive of thethree guilds, has sometimes taken the
lead. Whatever deal was struck rst
was usually accepted by the others. The guilds are aware that if writers fail to win concessions in-volving DVDs and the Internet, ac-
tors may have to take up the ght.
“This is an issue that touchesevery member of this guild and everymember of the Screen Actors Guildas well,” said Carlton Cuse, executiveproducer of the ABC drama “Lost.”Consumers are expected to spend$16.4 billion on DVDs this year, ac-cording to Adams Media Research.By contrast, studios could generateonly $158 million from selling mov-ies online and about $194 millionfrom selling TV shows over the Web,although those numbers are expect-ed to skyrocket in coming years.Studios argue that it is too early toknow how much money they can makefrom offering entertainment on the Inter-net, cell phones, iPods and other devices.Hollywood unions have long regret-ted a decision made in 1984 to accepta small percentage of home video salesbecause studios said the technologywas untested and that costs werehigh. Writers only get about 3 centson a typical DVD retailing for $20. The guilds have tried andfailed for two decades to increasevideo payments, even as DVDshave become more profitable forstudios than box office receipts.Unions say they won’tmake the same mistakewhen it comes to the Internet.“I think we all understand what acrucial time in history this is,” Rosen-berg said. “We really feel if we can’tget a fair formula in new media, we’lldig ourselves into the same type of hole we’ve been in with DVDs.”
The rst casualty of the strike
would be late-night talk shows,which are dependent on currentevents to fuel monologues andother entertainment. Daytime TV, including live talk showssuch as “The View” and soapoperas, which typically tapeabout a week’s worth of shows in advance, wouldbe next to feel the impact. The strike would notimmediately impact pro-duction of movies or prime-time TV pro-grams. Most studios have stockpileddozens of movie scripts, and TV showshave enough scripts or completedshows in hand to last until early next year. The actors’ union has urgedits members to join the writers’picket lines during their off hours.If a writers strike lingers and actorsshow support, producers could try andundermine the writers’ position by seek-ing a more favorable deal with directors.Writers and directors haveclashed in the past, mostly overwriters’ feelings that directors taketoo much credit for a movie andneglect the contribution of writers.In 2004, the directors’ union settled
its contract rst and backed down fromdemands for a higher share of prot
from the lucrative DVD marketplace.Writers and actors then had littlechoice but to accept a similar deal.
“This is a bare knuckle ght and
a chess game,” said Jonathan Han-del, an entertainment lawyer at the
Los Angeles law rm of TroyGould.
“If producers do reach a dealwith the DGA, it would be to cutthe legs right out from under thestrike. Then the focus shifts to SAG.” The DGA said it has not yetscheduled contract talks but wasclosely monitoring developments.