Archives March 2023

Is This Tenure Candidate ‘Playing’ Me?

Note: In the “Ask the Chair” series, the author of How to Chair a Department answers your questions about departmental leadership. Send your queries via Twitter, Facebook, or email. Read previous columns here.

Question: I came to a new institution to chair my department (psychology) last fall. It’s been a great move for me, personally and professionally. Perhaps I’m just enjoying the fruits of the “honeymoon” period right now, but I’ll take it: We all seem to be getting along and moving in a positive direction.

I am a bit concerned about something on the horizon, however: A junior colleague comes up for tenure in the fall, and their research record is very thin. I’m trying to keep my own counsel at this point, and haven’t discussed the case with anyone inside or outside the department. But I do feel that my junior colleague is playing me, to a certain extent: conducting a charm offensive, perhaps on the mistaken notion that one can charm oneself over the tenure bar.

I guess my question is: How does a chair run a tenure or promotion review while maintaining an appropriate working relationship with the candidate? How can I inhabit the roles of supportive mentor and objective arbiter at the same time?

Signed,
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Dear Jekyll & Hyde,

Well, first — especially given the context of last month’s column about mercenary chairs — congratulations on your new position, and what seems like a good fit. The honeymoon period that you allude to is a real thing. The fact that you’re being given some space and grace early in your chairship doesn’t guarantee that the mood will last, of course; but not every new chair gets even that much. Take it!

And leverage it, if you

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Delaware Could Require Insurance Companies to Cover Epinephrine Auto-Injectors | Latest News

DELAWARE – House Bill 54 would require companies to offer a version of its lowest tier of approved medicines for all ages.

Building on an earlier effort to make epinephrine autoinjectors affordable to young people, the House announced on Mar. 14 that it unanimously approved expanding that insurance coverage for the lifesaving autoinjectors to all Delawareans, regardless of age.

More commonly known by its brand name EpiPen, an epinephrine autoinjector is an emergency treatment used when someone is experiencing a severe allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis. People with allergies to foods containing dairy, peanuts, shellfish, tree nuts or other items often carry an EpiPen with them in the event that they are exposed.

The cost of epinephrine autoinjectors has spiked during the past 15 years, and because they have a shelf life of about a year, patients must replace them regularly.

House Bill 54’s sponsor, Rep. Kim Williams, says it would require insurance plans regulated under Delaware law to provide coverage for epinephrine autoinjectors to all residents, and to offer a version of EpiPens on its lowest tier of approved medicines.

Williams says this would make the autoinjectors more affordable, reducing any out-of-pocket expenses and ensuring the devices are accessible to everyone via their insurance. Currently, the state requires all such health insurance plans to offer this coverage for those 18 and younger.

“We have seen how much drug prices have gone up in recent years, forcing many of our constituents to make unthinkable decisions about whether they can afford this lifesaving drug. It costs less than a Capriotti’s bobbie to manufacture an EpiPen, but a two-pack of EpiPens can cost more than a car payment,” said Rep. Williams. “We made the commitment to our young people two years ago that no one should be priced out of obtaining

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Former Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis censured in Colorado over 2020 statements

Jenna Ellis, an attorney who advised then-President Donald Trump as he tried to overturn the 2020 election results, was censured for misconduct Wednesday by a Colorado Supreme Court judge.

The Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel said that Ellis violated a Colorado rule for professional conduct that prohibits “misrepresentation” by attorneys.

The office said Ellis made a series of public statements about the 2020 election that were false.

“The public censure in this matter reinforces that even if engaged in political speech, there is a line attorneys cannot cross, particularly when they are speaking in a representative capacity,” the office said in a statement.

Bryon M. Large, a presiding disciplinary judge for the state’s Supreme Court, approved the censure.

In an opinion, Large said that Ellis had “repeatedly” put forward misrepresentations on national TV and on Twitter that undermined public confidence in the 2020 presidential election.

Last month, Ellis’ lawyer had filed a stipulation agreeing to a public censure of his client and acknowledging 10 misrepresentations in the aftermath of the 2020 election, including repeatedly claiming that the election was stolen from Trump.

Ellis also acknowledged misleading comments stemming from claims she made on Fox Business about affidavits from witnesses, voter intimidation and statistics that proved a “coordinated effort” to transfer votes from Trump to Biden. According to the signed stipulation, she made similar claims on Twitter.

Fox News and the Fox Corp. are facing a $1.6 billion defamation suit filed by Dominion Voting Systems over on-air claims that the company “rigged” the 2020 election.

Ellis’ stipulation also noted that while she was a member of Trump’s legal team, she was not the counsel of record for any of the lawsuits that challenged election results.

Ellis served as Trump’s senior legal adviser from February 2019

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US senators write to banking regulators about potential crypto discrimination

Four United States Republican senators led by Bill Hagerty have written a letter to the heads of federal banking regulatory agencies, questioning the ideological motivation behind recent regulatory moves in regard to cryptocurrency. They compared the regulators’ policies to the Obama administration’s Operation Choke Point.

The senators addressed Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chair Marty Gruenberg and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Acting Comptroller Michael Hsu. The March 9 letter said that their agencies, along with the White House, have issued statements on heightened supervision that have resulted in unfortunate consequences for the cryptocurrency sector, such as the closing of crypto firms’ bank accounts.

The senators were referring to the joint statement released by those agencies on Jan. 3 that said in part, “Issuing or holding as principal crypto-assets […] is highly likely to be inconsistent with safe and sound banking practices.” In addition, they pointed to a February Fed policy statement that said, making specific reference to crypto, that “legal permissibility is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition” for banking activity, and the Biden administration’s January “road map” that called for agencies to “ramp up enforcement.”

“This coordinated behavior seems disturbingly reminiscent of Operation Choke Point,” the senators wrote. In that operation, “federal regulators applied pressure on financial institutions to cut off financial services to certain licensed, legally operating industries simply because certain regulators and policymakers disfavored those industries.” They added:

“We are especially worried that overreaching behavior by the banking regulators will inevitably bleed into other legal industries.”

The senators posed a number of questions to the regulators. They asked how their increased supervision will help consumers, whether it is possible for banks to provide services to crypto firms at all under the updated guidance,

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Rasheem Carter update: Missing man found dead with severed head near Taylorsville, Mississippi, Attorney Ben Crump says

LAURAL, Miss. — Rasheem Carter, a Mississippi Black man who went missing last October after claiming he was being targeted by white men in his community, was found dead and body dismembered shortly after according to a newly released autopsy, and his family is asking for a federal probe into his death.

Carter was reported missing two days after his last known sighting in Laurel, Mississippi, last October and days after telling his mother and the police about being targeted by white men in the community.

Around a month later on Nov. 2, the 25-year-old’s remains were found in a wooded area south of Taylorsville.

“One thing is for certain … This was not a natural killing. This was not a natural death. This represents a young man who was killed,” attorney Ben Crump said during a press conference Monday, releasing the findings of an autopsy report by the Mississippi State Medical Examiner’s Office.

The report states that the conditions of the remains at the time of the autopsy make it difficult to determine exact timing of the injuries, and states there were signs of animal activity on the remains clouding the picture.

The medical examiner ruled that the cause and manner of death are both undetermined in the report.

Crump, in collaboration with his co-counsel Carlos Moore, is calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to open a federal investigation into Carter’s death.

Carter’s head was severed from his body, with his spinal cord recovered in an area separate from his head, according to Crump.

“They have recently found remains that they believe are also Rasheem Carter at another part of where he went missing, and what that tells us is, this was a nefarious act. This was an evil act. Somebody murdered Rasheem Carter. And we cannot

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Waters: Expanded deposit insurance is ‘on the table’

WASHINGTON — Maxine Waters, the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, is floating the idea of guaranteeing all uninsured depositors in the future. 

“Are we going to make sure that we take care of the uninsured in the way that we did with this fallout from Silicon Valley Bank?” the California lawmaker said in an interview. “I don’t know, but I will have to put it on the table.” 

Waters didn’t commit to backing legislation for the idea but said that she’s looking at different legislative solutions for what she called regulatory shortcomings that allowed Silicon Valley Bank to mismanage its liquidity risk. Waters, like other Democrats, wants to revisit the 2018 clawback of some requirements for midsize banks like the failed Silicon Valley Bank — which was based in her home state — and Signature Bank. 

Rep. Maxine Waters
Rep. Maxine Waters of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, said that expanded deposit insurance legislation could be coming.

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“There are a number of issues to be looked at, everything from the uninsured to stress testing to understanding what rules should be in place for how you determine that your balance sheet assets are not worth today what they could have been some time ago because of inflation and the increase in interest rates,” she said. “I’m sure some of it will need legislation.” 

Any losses associated with the resolution of Silicon Valley Bank or Signature Bank after their failures and extraordinary action by regulators to backstop uninsured depositors will come from the Deposit Insurance Fund and will be recovered by a special assessment on banks

“That fund is paid for by the premiums that are paid by the banks,” Waters said when asked about the fee impacting small banks whose balance sheets don’t

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Street Legal Bypass The Neon To Create Dance Music With Guitars

An Adelaide indie band with a love for dance music that incorporates guitars, Street Legal’s brand of new wave, post disco is about instilling more colour into the sonic palette while not bending the knee to a specific genre.

Formed during COVID by Matt Hayward, Street Legal recently unveiled their debut single ‘Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow’ that proudly wears its Joy Division influences on its rolled-up, cigarette-styled sleeve.

After recently partaking in the Adelaide Fringe 2023 10×10 Filmmaker Challenge workshop with American director/ producer Norwood Cheek, and with more new music and an interstate tour planned, Matt sits down for a chat about Street Legal.

For those new to the band, what’s the elevator pitch for Street Legal?
We’re a five-piece new wave act writing and performing on Kaurna Country, Adelaide.

We fit the space between dance music, electronic and post-punk music with a healthy dose of self-deprecation. Some people could say we’ve travelled back from the early oughts without the all the neon, exclamation marks and questionable fashion choices.

The band’s background; how did the members come together to form Street Legal?
We all knew each other socially from kicking around in different bands and hanging out at each other’s gigs.

Max plays in emo outfit Superdose Gangway and I knew both Shara and Libby from The Vains and punk rockers Bitchspawn. I decided during the depths of COVID to put down ‘Animal Crossing’ and the bottle, and do something positive and recruit a band.

Your debut single is ‘Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow’; it leans heavily into Joy Division flavours. Why was this song selected as the debut to introduce the band sonically?
Thank you, the Joy Division reference is very flattering.

Maybe this song might have been about what could’ve happened to Ian Curtis if he’d carried

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Attorney Takes Gloves Off In Somers Point, NJ Shooting Death

Attorney V. Scott Macom’s client, Jesse Carter remains jailed in the Atlantic County Justice Facility and Macom doesn’t believe it’s right.

We were the first to report about a shooting death in Somers Point, New Jersey on Saturday, March 4, 2023. Here is a link to our first report about the shooting death of a 31-year-old Somers Point woman.

Macom’s client, Jesse Carter (29), is not currently being jailed for this shooting death. Carter is in the Atlantic County Justice Facility for unrelated gun charges.

Read More: Somers Point, NJ ‘Death Investigation’ Today Is Underway

We have known the identity of the deceased Somers Point woman since March 4, 2023. However, law enforcement has not publicly identified her and we will continue to keep this faith and honor the privacy.

However, this report will go dramatically further than any previous article about this tragic situation and provide many specifics not previously known before now.

We had an extensive and exclusive, one-on-one interview with Macom, who did not hold back in his assessment that his client should not be in jail under the present circumstances.

The following narrative, is a graphic, verbatim account of our interview with Macom, who is blunt in his overall assessment and also critical of law enforcement regarding this matter.

V. Scott Macom via Facebook.

V. Scott Macom via Facebook.

ATTORNEY V. SCOTT MACOM EXCLUSIVELY REVEALED THE FOLLOWING ELABORATE DETAILS TO US AS FOLLOWS:

“The death of the young woman is unfortunate. However, the detention of my client is egregious. I attached the probable cause for his arrest today on the grounds that the police had no articulable suspicion of a crime that would prompt them to search the car at the back of the house.” said Macom.

“The “crime” was her suicide. Prior to her committing

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Are Your Retirement Funds Protected with Insurance?

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SDI Productions / iStock.com

The recent failings of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank have dominated the news over the past few days, leaving savers of all ages wondering what insurance measures their financial institutions have in place in the event of a bank failure, a bankruptcy or the mismanagement of accounts.

See: Will More Banks Fail Like Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank?
Explore: How Much of Your Money is FDIC Insured?

According to a joint statement issued by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) on March 12, depositors of Signature Bank and Silicon Valley Bank will be made whole and no losses will be borne by the taxpayer.

That’s great news for those who had money stashed with these two failed institutions. However, the FDIC primarily insures deposits only. If you’re worrying about losing your retirement accounts and investments, there are other protection controls available to keep your assets safe.

What Losses Does the FDIC Cover?

In the event of an FDIC-insured bank failure — when a bank becomes insolvent or doesn’t have enough liquid and can’t cover its customers’ deposits and obligations to creditors — the FDIC protects and reimburses your deposits up to the legal limit of $250,000 per account holder.

Insurance covers different types of accounts, including single accounts, joint accounts and certificates of deposit. To hold in excess of $250,000, you can get the same FDIC protection, but you’ll have to set up additional accounts at different institutions. Opening a joint account with someone else will potentially bump up coverage to $500,000, per The New York Times.

In general, 401(k) retirement plans are not covered by the FDIC because they often include riskier investments like exchange-traded funds (EFTs)

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Cyclone Gabrielle-hit homeowners unlikely to get payouts that fully cover rebuild cost, insurance lawyer warns

Tower Insurance CEO says no more homes should be built on cliffs or in flood plains following devastating weather events. Manufacturer Skellerup reveals record earnings amid a global slowdown. Video / NZ Herald

By Amy Williams of RNZ

An insurance expert is warning flood and cyclone-hit homeowners with claims for property write-offs are likely to get cash payouts that won’t cover their rebuild costs.

Many insurance policies are now for capped cash settlements rather than managed repairs, leaving homeowners as the project managers for rebuilds with their payout.

Wellington-based insurance lawyer John Goddard was the supervising solicitor for the claims resolution service after the Canterbury earthquakes, settling 4000 claims.

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“With the Canterbury earthquakes, most insurance policies were for full replacement and so that issue did not arise. To limit their liability, insurers have made sure that policies are capped.”

He warned capped policies were not replacement policies.

Lawyer John Goddard says most homeowners should expect a cash settlement and to be managing their rebuild. Photo / Phil Pennington, RNZ
Lawyer John Goddard says most homeowners should expect a cash settlement and to be managing their rebuild. Photo / Phil Pennington, RNZ

“Now that most policies are sum insured, then there are going to be a lot of situations where people are underinsured and the maximum amount they can receive under their policy may not be enough to complete all the repairs.”

Peter Johnstone, whose once idyllic country block in Hawke’s Bay’s Pakowhai still has metre-deep silt in places,is still waiting to hear whether insurance will write off his badly flooded and yellow-stickered home, Whatever the outcome, he expects the insurer to manage the rebuild.

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At 75, he is not in a position to become the project manager.

“I’m not trained to do that, that’s not in my skill list. For me that’s where a lot of people dealing with builders and subbies and contractors,

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