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- How Do You Use Mobile in Your Reporting?
- Ferguson: Police Culture Needs to Change
- Keeping Your Private Information Secure During the Holiday Season
- The Parallels Between Political Marketing and Business Marketing
- Tax Season Identity Theft
- Keystone Veto Would Mean Oil by Rail, Ship
- Signs Say Congress May Tackle Patent Reform
- Ruling Says FAA Can Regulate Drones
- Legality of Displaying Nativity Scenes on Government/Public Property
- Strengthening Dollar Good for Consumers, But Tricky for Investors
- Why the New Year Often Rings in With a Surge of Divorce
- Dry Salt Therapy Is a Natural and Safe Alternative
- Reporter – Passaic Valley Today (NJ)
- Transportation Reporter – The Daily Press (OR)
- Reporter – Dow Jones (NY)
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- Media 411: Ways to Build Your Listening Skills
- Blog Profiles: Yoga Blogs
- PR Newswire's Media Moves
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Ferguson: Police Culture Needs to Change
Professor of Law
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
"While having a police force that resembles the community is a laudable goal, officers of all backgrounds tend to adopt the culture of the police they are a part of. The protests in Ferguson and elsewhere should be a wakeup call that police culture needs to change, and in order to effectively do that, police need to adopt routines that allow them to respond to African-Americans as potential victims of crimes and citizens in need of protection, rather than just suspects."
Bell, a nationally recognized scholar in the area of policing and hate crime, has written extensively on hate crime and criminal justice issues. In 1997, for her first book, "Policing Hatred: Law Enforcement, Civil Rights, and Hate Crime," Bell spent five and a half months with the detectives in a hate-crime unit of a large police department; the unit investigated crimes directed at individuals because of their race, religion or sexual orientation. As she explores in the book, seeing black people in the vulnerable space of victimhood made the detectives connect on a human level; though they may not have understood the precise racial or religious struggles the victims faced, seeing the pain and being able to help in some way transformed these ordinary officers into victims' advocates. Bell is also the author of "Police and Policing Law," an edited collection that explores law and society scholarship on the police; and "Hate Thy Neighbor: Move-in Violence and the Persistence of Racial Segregation in American Housing."
Media Contact: Brianne O'Donnell, [email protected]
Keeping Your Private Information Secure During the Holiday Season
Dr. Rajin Koonjbearry
Professor, College of Engineering & Information Sciences
DeVry University, Dallas
"With the added threat of retailer hacking, cybercrime is at an all-time high for today's consumer. An ill-informed consumer is a hacker's primary target, so this holiday season consumers need to take responsibility for their own protection."
Koonjbearry is available to discuss how consumers can keep their private information secure from cybercrime and in-store hacking when shopping this holiday season, especially during Cyber Monday on Dec. 1.
ProfNet Profile: http://www.profnetconnect.com/rajinkoonjbearry/
Media Contact: Katie Pearson, [email protected]
The Parallels Between Political Marketing and Business Marketing
Argo Marketing Group, Lewiston, Maine
"Political marketing is multi-faceted and voter engagement is important for a number of reasons, from collecting data analytics to organizing a call to action. There are many parallels with political marketing and business marketing."
Levesque is CEO and founder of Argo Marketing Group, one of the largest privately owned customer engagement centers. He is available to discuss customer service, multichannel customer service, and political campaigns.
Media Contact: Katelyn Ludwig, [email protected]
Tax Season Identity Theft
"Traditional mail is one of the main sources of identity theft during tax season and is one of the IRS' biggest concern, so they are continually looking for ways to protect taxpayers' secure information."
Krueger is available to serve as a source on how tax season adds an identity theft tactic, the U.S. mail. Through a government advisory program, Greatland has led the way with their TIN truncation requirement on W-2 and 1099 forms and also redesigned W-2 forms to discourage fraud attempts through the clear envelope window, making it impossible to see a Social Security number without opening. Greatland also strongly encourages businesses to use electronic delivery for tax reporting, as it provides online secure delivery and requires no physical mail.
Media Contact: Amanda Passage, [email protected]
Keystone Veto Would Mean Oil by Rail, Ship
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP in Houston
GOP leaders promise there will be another vote on the TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline next year when Republicans have the Senate majority, but they likely won't have enough votes to override a possible presidential veto. Says Belcher: "Whatever the final decision, it's unlikely Canada's tar sands oil will remain in the ground. Tar sands oil already crosses the U.S. through other pipelines. Additionally, TransCanada plans to extend another line to Canada's eastern coast where oil will be shipped by tanker to refineries." Another option is rail delivery. Ships and rail pose different risks and are costlier than pipelines. "Rail is subject to closer scrutiny. However, the risks can be handled with the right approach. Knowing the potential exposures at the front end can address regulatory friction and allocate responsibility. That said, in the end it really comes down to costs in terms of whether the deal pencils out."
Media Contact: Kit Frieden, [email protected]
Signs Say Congress May Tackle Patent Reform
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP in Austin, Texas
Despite low expectations for new laws from the next Congress, there are bipartisan signals that lawmakers might take on patent lawsuit reform. New GOP whip Sen. John Cornyn of Texas vows that lawmakers will pass a bill next year. Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, also is on board. The new legislation likely would raise the bar for lawsuits from so-called "patent trolls" -- businesses created merely to buy up patents so that they can profit by filing infringement lawsuits and charging license fees from technology companies. Says Albright: "The U.S. Supreme Court has already decided some critical issues that should reduce meritless lawsuits. The proposed legislation would require plaintiffs to pay the defendants' litigation costs if the claims are not 'reasonably justified.' This, along with other proposed restrictions on the plaintiffs, would almost certainly have a strong deterrent effect on the number of patent suits that are brought."
Media Contact: Kit Frieden, [email protected]
Ruling Says FAA Can Regulate Drones
Thompson & Knight in Dallas
The National Transportation Safety Board recently issued the much-awaited decision that that all commercial uses of drones are subject to existing aviation laws and federal regulations. The decision overturns an earlier administrative ruling and clarifies that unmanned drones and other "model aircraft" are all considered "aircraft" that are subject to FAA authority. The FAA currently only allows recreational use of the devices. "This is a clear win for the FAA and is likely to increase the agency's efforts to regulate drone operations, at least in the short-term. A variety of industries have been waiting to broaden the commercial use of drones for everything from agriculture inspection to package-delivery services. The ruling clarifies the FAA's authority as the agency works out the details of new regulations that are specific to drone operations, but those rules are not expected to be finalized until at least late next year."
Media Contact: Barry Pound, [email protected]
Legality of Displaying Nativity Scenes on Government/Public Property
President and Chief Counsel
Thomas More Society
"The constitutional obligation of government officials is to administer this traditional public forum without discrimination against religious speech, equally as they cannot discriminate against those who would abstain from or oppose religious expression. Thus, such privately sponsored and funded religious displays in traditional public forums are constitutionally protected."
Brejcha can address why it is 100% legal to display nativity scenes on public and government property. He is based in Chicago.
Media Contact: Tom Ciesielka, [email protected]
Strengthening Dollar Good for Consumers, But Tricky for Investors
Bijan Golkar, CFP
FPC Investment Advisory, Inc.
The U.S. dollar is on a roll lately, gaining strength and trouncing currencies like the euro and the Japanese yen. The dollar index, which compares the greenback's value with basket of world currencies, is at a four-year high. But is the strengthening dollar and weakening foreign currencies good news for you? For consumers, yes: A strong dollar means that you can buy imported goods more cheaply. For investors, it's a bit more complicated. Says Golkar: "When an international mutual fund invests in, say, Japanese stocks, it buys those stocks with yen (even though you purchase and sell shares in dollars). Any changes in the share price are calculated in dollars, and that's where a 'haircut' can occur."
Based in San Francisco, Golkar has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo Finance, The Fiscal Times, Bankrate, MoneyUnder30.com, MainStreet.com, InvestmentNews.com, Physician's Money Digest, and DepositAccounts.com.
ProfNet Profile: http://www.profnetconnect.com/bijangolkar
Media Contact: Steve Garmhausen, [email protected]
Why the New Year Often Rings in With a Surge of Divorce
Family Law Attorney and Managing Partner
Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd
"There are a number of reasons for the January spike in divorce filings, mostly having to do with the holidays. Many couples are together during the Christmas and New Year's vacation and simply decide they don't like each other's company. Lots of families with kids don't want to bring up the touchy topic during the holidays, a time which is supposed to be happy and upbeat."
Newman's practice consists of litigation, collaborative law and mediation, with a specialization in complex high-net-worth matrimonial cases and negotiating prenuptial agreements. She has appeared as a commentator on various television shows and has been quoted as an expert in numerous publications, including Glamour, Crain's New York Business, U.S. News and World Report, Woman's Day and Huffington Post. She is based in New York.
Media Contact: Ryan McCormick, [email protected]
Dry Salt Therapy Is a Natural and Safe Alternative
Holistic Medicine and Halotherapy Expert
S.A.L.T. Chamber, Inc./Salt Therapy Association
"Dry salt therapy is a safe and natural method of helping people feel and look better. It can expand the airways for increased oxygen flow and capacity to enhance athletic performance and endurance, enable better recovery time from physical activity and stress, accelerate recovery from common colds and the flu, revitalize jet lag, slow the aging process, detoxify and rehabilitate."
Pukk is the founder and president of the Salt Therapy Association and has been studying natural healing methods for over 15 years. In addition to the multitude of testimonials from users across the world, she can provide personal testimony to the benefits of halotherapy. She is also available to speak on the business, design aspects and technology of the industry, including alternative medicine, hypnotherapy, nutripuncture and other wellness disciplines.
Media Contact: Kathryn Reinhardt, [email protected]
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- MEDIA 411: WAYS TO BUILD YOUR LISTENING SKILLS. When you cover a story, are you really listening or are you simply waiting to respond instead of understanding what the person you're interviewing is trying to say? Josh Stearns of the Local News Lab maps out five models for listening at the intersection of newsrooms and communities: http://prn.to/1HrDq97
- BLOG PROFILES: YOGA BLOGS. Every week, PR Newswire's media relations manager, Christine Cube, profiles a handful of blogs that do a good job with promoting, contributing and blogging about an industry/subject. This week, she takes a look at a few yoga blogs: http://prn.to/1yiD3rp
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