first_imgKogan CELEBRATING 15 YEARS as the self described “rebellious group” of the Bar, the Public Interest Law Section recently honored two legal giants with one award. PILS established the Chesterfield Smith Public Interest Law Lifetime Achievement Award, to honor the late president of both the ABA and The Florida Bar, and named former Supreme Court Justice Gerald Kogan as its first recipient. “To be compared with Chesterfield Smith is indeed an honor that I never would have expected in my lifetime,” Kogan said at the PILS luncheon in Miami. “To call Chesterfield Smith a hero, that is correct. To mention me in the same breath as Chesterfield as a fellow hero, I don’t know if I could ever live up to that particular designation.” But PILS Chair Carolyn Salisbury deemed both lawyers heroes as she focused on their philosophies about making pro bono legal work mandatory for all licensed lawyers. At the PILS luncheon in 2003, just months before his death, Smith said in his keynote address: “We, as lawyers, cannot simply work for ourselves and our deep-pocketed clients. We, as lawyers, must discharge our professional obligations always to help provide access to the legal system for all citizens.” Similarly, Salisbury quoted from Kogan’s dissent when the court did not adopt mandatory pro bono more than a decade ago: “The people most seriously affected by this court’s action today are the ones who are not present, the people who cannot afford an attorney and thus cannot afford to appear before us to argue their side of this issue. These are the people that because of the economics of our legal system have been excluded from the same level of legal services available to more affluent residents of Florida.. . . As attorneys, we are all too often seen by the public as dour and greedy. Try as we may, we will never shake this unseemly image until we have demonstrated to the public that we take our constitution seriously and that we will live up to a dictate even if it diminishes our own pocketbooks. The time has come to do just that.” Pictured from the left are Jackie Allee Smith, Smith’s widow, Kogan, and his wife, Irene. March 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Coronavirus may have infected 10 times more Americans than reported, CDC says

first_imgTopics : Government experts believe more than 20 million Americans could have contracted the coronavirus, 10 times more than official counts, indicating many people without symptoms have or have had the disease, senior administration officials said.The estimate, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is based on serology testing used to determine the presence of antibodies that show whether an individual has had the disease, the officials said.The officials, speaking to a small group of reporters on Wednesday night, said the estimate was based on the number of known cases, between 2.3 million and 2.4 million, multiplied by the average rate of antibodies seen from the serology tests, about an average of 10 to 1. “We have heard from Florida and Texas that roughly half of the new cases that are reporting are people under the age of 35, and many of them are asymptomatic,” one official said.The CDC has sent 40 response teams to help deal with the outbreaks, they said.More than 36,000 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded nationwide on Wednesday, just shy of the record 36,426 on April 24, concentrated on states that were spared the brunt of the initial outbreak or moved early to lift restrictions aimed at curbing the virus’ spread.center_img “If you multiply the cases by that ratio, that’s where you get that 20 million figure,” said one official.If true, the estimate would suggest the percentage of U.S. deaths from the disease is lower than thought. More than 120,000 Americans have died from the disease since the pandemic erupted earlier this year.The estimate comes as government officials note that many new cases are showing up in young people who do not exhibit symptoms and may not know they have it.Officials said young people with no symptoms, but who are in regular contact with vulnerable populations, should proactively get tested to make sure they do not spread it.last_img read more

Pruitt paces IMCA Stock Cars at Boone

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (July 16) – It was another full night of racing Saturday at the Boone Speedway, where it was Elmquist Towing night.  There was a new face in victory lane in the IMCA Stock Car class, while three other divisions saw repeat winners.Brandon Pruitt scored his first win at Boone this season in the 18-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.Cory Bushnell got around Missouri racer Brad Whitney at lap six, to take over as captain of the ship. He soon had Pruitt breathing down his tail pipes, pestering him at each corner. Pruitt’s swing to the outside paid off, as he took the lead on lap 12.A couple laps later, Trent Murphy was applying pressure to the leader, searching everything for a way around Pruitt. But it wasn’t to be, as Pruitt shook off his advances, and took the checkers. Murphy, who started 11th, finished a close second.  Veteran Terry Pruitt came home in third, 10th place starter Jay Schmidt finished fourth and point leader Donavon Smith started 17th and finished fifth in the caution-free feature.Johnathon Logue scored his fifth win of the season in the 18-lap Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. Logue started 10th and had to run down leader Robert Moore to take control at lap 10.Moore finished in second, Randy Roberts finished third from his ninth starting position, Jake McBirnie, driving a borrowed car after suffering mechanical woes in the heat, finished fourth after starting near the tail of the field, and Curtis Veber completed the top five.  The race went flag to flag.The Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds ran a 20-lap feature and Joel Bushore wasted little time in getting to the front.  He passed Albert Wolfgram as lap five was scored and from there on never looked back, repeating his win from last week.Wolfgram held second place, Jimmy Gustin came from 11th to finish third, fourth was Chris Webb, and point leader Mike Van Genderen recovered nicely from an early race skirmish to finish fifth.The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks closed out the night’s racing with their 12-lap feature. Solomon Bennett took charge at lap four and held off Dustin Lynch to take the win in a close finish.  Point leader Eric Stanton came from the 10th starting spot, to finish third, fourth was last week’s winner, Aaron Rudolph, and Chad Legere was fifth.  Bennett won for the fourth time this season in another caution-free event.last_img read more