A coalition of agricultural stakeholders supporting the crop insurance program held educational briefings for House and Senate staffers this week. A standing-room only crowd of more than 60 staff filled the House Ag Committee room on Wednesday, where speakers described the basics of how Federal crop insurance works. Currently, there are 1.2 million crop insurance policies; 18,000 agents and adjusters; 18 companies; and 450 RMA/FCIC staff involved in the program. Questions from attendees included, “How do you respond to criticism that this industry has a government-backed insurance program and other small businesses don’t?” and “What challenges do you expect for the program this year?” A similar briefing was held for Senate staff on Monday.
A 37-year-old former Portlander has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for his role in leading a sophisticated burglary ring that targeted commercial office buildings after hours. Some of the crimes occurred in Clark County.Antione Lamont Lawrence, who lived most recently in Carlsbad, Calif., was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman in Portland. He was given credit for 15 months already served in a related federal case, and ordered to pay almost $690,000 in restitution.A sentencing memorandum described a Portland-based burglary ring that targeted commercial buildings, such as medical offices, in 12 states from 2001 through 2007.Targets included office buildings in Vancouver, La Center and Camas.The group would gain access by observing a building during the week, watching for security guards and the patterns of tenants. Lawrence and another man, Bradley Maier, would then gain entry, usually on Friday nights, by picking locks, using stolen key cards, or simply entering the building at the end of the work day — and then laying low.“Once inside a building, they would move methodically from office suite to office suite, opening desk drawers and rummaging through files,” according to the sentencing memorandum.The group sometimes would steal just a few business checks, then use a master key or stolen key card to re-enter the same building several times without detection. Several businesses did not realize they had been targeted until fraudulent checks and charges began showing up on their accounts.
WASHINGTON — Another mass shooting, another drive for gun control. But will the latest shooting – this time at an elementary school – change the political calculus in Washington and generate more support for tougher gun laws?“I think the impact of this is going to be inescapable,” said Kristen Rand, legislative director of the Violence Policy Center.The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is among the worst shootings in the nation’s history and comes after a spate of other high-profile episodes of violence, including mass shootings this year at a Colorado movie theater, a Wisconsin temple and an Oregon shopping mall. The rampage in Connecticut left 28 dead, 20 of them children ages 5 to 10. The shooter then killed himself.But although the tender age of the victims brought tears to President Barack Obama’s eyes and an assertion from him that “We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics,” political observers from both parties were doubtful that anything major would be done.“You think Social Security is the third rail of politics, try guns,” said a Republican strategist, who spoke on the condition that he not be named because of the sensitivity of the subject.Congress, far from being inclined to tighten gun laws, allowed an assault weapons ban to lapse in 2004.“You have Republicans getting a lot of push-back from the base on a number of issues, such as agreeing to tax increases and compromising on immigration. Throwing the Second Amendment and gun rights into the mix would be devastating to the party,” said a congressional Republican staffer, requesting anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the issue.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A wildfire driven by erratic winds charred up to 1,000 acres and threatened more than 50 homes in northern Colorado on Friday, prompting hundreds of evacuation orders.Firefighters saved two homes and a state park visitors’ center from flames, authorities said. They said no homes had been destroyed.The fire began Friday west of Fort Collins and was burning west of Horsetooth Reservoir, near the scene of a large wildfire last summer that burned 259 homes and killed one person.The Larimer County Sheriff’s Department said 860 phone lines got automated calls ordering evacuations Friday, but some addresses have multiple lines and other numbers were cellphones, so the exact number of homes in the evacuation area was not known.Residents of a neighborhood north of the fire were allowed to go home Friday night. Authorities said 281 evacuation calls had been made to that area.Some people believed to be hiking in Lory State Park were unaccounted for, but sheriff’s spokesman Nick Christensen said they were not believed to be in imminent danger. Park rangers were looking for them.
Justin Carey underwent his sixth surgery Monday at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center after a serious infection spread to his leg.“It’s been a long and emotional day,” said his mother Janette Chumley.Carey, 16, had both of his femurs broken and both femoral arteries severed on June 10 when he was hit by a Nissan Maxima at the intersection of Northeast 82nd Avenue and Northeast 289th Street in Battle Ground.He was waiting for the bus to Battle Ground High School at 7 a.m. when the crash occurred, but wasn’t discovered until a tow truck driver arrived 90 minutes later. The driver of the Nissan, Shaun Johnson, 46, of Vancouver, didn’t tell authorities she had hit someone. Clark County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t taken any legal action against Johnson and is waiting for results from Johnson’s blood draw.Carey contracted a staph infection last week while in the intensive care unit at PeaceHealth; he was monitored in isolation and underwent multiple surgeries over several days to remove all of the muscle in his lower right leg. On Sunday, the teen moved from the intensive care unit to another floor of the hospital. Carey is scheduled to undergo additional surgery this week to clean any remaining infected tissue.Will he ever walk again?“Someday. We don’t know when,” Chumley said.Doctors said that Carey could have a more active life if his right leg was amputated. Skin grafting would be virtually impossible, Chumley said, because there needs to be muscle underneath the graft.Carey was provided a service dog through Northwest Battle Buddies, a program that typically serves veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder. The organization’s founder, Shannon Walker, has two sons who were in ROTC with Carey.
An observant motorist alerted authorities to a woman who had fallen down a ravine while riding her bike on a rural Clark County road Thursday evening.A man was driving in the area of Northeast 219th Street and Northeast 202nd Avenue, east of Battle Ground, just after 9 p.m. when he saw a damaged bicycle on the side of a road.“He got out to investigate and heard someone calling for help,” Clark County Fire District 3 firefighter Andrew Blomdahl said. “She’s pretty lucky.”The woman, described as a young adult, had fallen 30 feet down a ravine. Fire personnel descended the ravine and carried the woman out on a backboard. She was transported with serious injuries to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.Clark County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Fred Neiman said that deputies investigated and determined that the crash was an accident and did not involve another vehicle.
Ridgefield city councilors voted unanimously Thursday night to make Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart the city’s new top administrator.Stuart, a 42-year-old Ridgefield native, will begin his job as Ridgefield’s next city manager on April 14. He has spent the last 10 years on the Board of Clark County Commissioners, where he’s currently the lone Democrat. In January, Stuart announced that he wouldn’t seek another term on the board, expressing his frustration with the job. The announcement followed a stressful year of antagonism between Stuart and Republican commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke. Stuart did not announce specific plans to step down from his position with the county. Mielke and Madore will have to choose his successor from a list provided by Clark County Democrats.Stuart was selected over Assistant Vancouver Police Chief Chris Sutter for the city manager position. Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow said he and the councilors were impressed with the two finalists’ qualifications, but they especially liked that Stuart presented a 90-day plan for the city during his interview.In an interview with The Columbian earlier in the day, Onslow said the council was looking for a forward-thinking manager with a clear vision for the city. He and the councilors said Stuart proved to be just that kind of candidate.
HILLSBORO, Ore. — A man recently called a Washington County 911 dispatcher with an unusual request.He asked, “Where can I buy some marijuana this morning?”When the dispatcher asked him if he realized he was calling the police department, he said that was interesting but he had a legitimate question and repeated the request.KATU reports the dispatcher told him she had no idea where he could buy some pot. He thanked her and the call ended.By the way, the time on May 1 when the man was looking for marijuana “this morning” was at 9:41 at night.
At least one of two teenagers caught with marijuana on the Union High School campus in Camas on Thursday was trying to deal the drug, according to court documents.The 15-year-old and 16-year-old boys appeared in Clark County Juvenile Court on Friday. The 16-year-old faces a charge of possession of less than 40 grams of marijuana with intent to deliver. The 15-year-old faces a charge of possession of more than 40 grams of marijuana at school. Both boys are scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Nov. 21.Court Commissioner Jennifer Snider released both boys to their parents’ homes.The 16-year-old told Vancouver police that his intent was to “sell (the marijuana) to anybody” and to make $250 or more, according to a court affidavit. He also was found to be possession of another person’s driver’s license, the affidavit says. He said he uses it to buy “chew,” the court document says.The 15-year-old said that he brought more than 5 ounces of marijuana to school in his backpack because he couldn’t find a safe place to hide it, according to court documents.The court records don’t explain how the marijuana was discovered. However, one of the witnesses listed in court documents is a security guard at the high school.
Feb. 5: Bob Cromwell, Pearson Air Museum manager, “The Spruce Production Division’s Vancouver Cut-Up Mill and the Contribution to the Air War in World War I.”Feb. 12: Dick Pugh, Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory, Portland State University, “The Meteorite Petting Zoo.” (Attendees can bring possible meteorites for verification).Feb. 19: Charles Radley, Oregon L5 Society president, “Mining the Moon With a Lunar Elevator.”Feb. 26: Diana DeLuca, “Commonwealth Air Crews and the Evolution of the Handley Page Halifax Bomber.”March 5: Dan Dolan, Moon Base Builders, “Back to the Moon With the Lunar Rover Mission.”March 12: Cameron Smith, Portland State University, “Designs on Personal Space Exploration.”March 19: Matthew Simek, “Lincoln Beachey: the Man Who Owned the Sky.”Nobody could summarize the pace of aviation progress better than an Army pilot who was assigned to Vancouver’s Pearson Field in 1924.“The first winter I was here I made four round trips to San Francisco and back to Pearson, and it was considered a record,” Lt. Oakley Kelly said in 1928.“Now the mail makes a round trip daily,” said Oakley, whose quote is part of an interpretive panel at his old Pearson Field headquarters building.Seven other reflections on the pace of aerospace progress will be featured in a free February-March lecture series in the historic air facility. “Imaginings of Flight: Past, Present and Future of Aviation” will be presented at the Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth St., at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver.• What: Seven free public lectures, “Imaginings of Flight: the Past, Present, and Future of Aviation.”• When: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 5 through March 19.• Where: Tex Rankin Theater at Pearson Air Museum, 1501 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.• Information: http://bit.ly/aviation_seriesPeople have been imagining flight “for as long as people have been looking at birds,” Bob Cromwell, Pearson Air Museum manager, said.The seven-week series will include aviation history, discussions on celestial bodies in our universe, and exploration and technological discussions of aviation and space of the present and future, Cromwell said.
Almost two-thirds (63%) of respondents view pay and benefits as a top consideration when moving jobs, according to research by Randstad Sales, Marketing and Retail.Its survey of 10,728 employees, including 630 sales professionals, found that more than two-thirds (69%) of respondents that work in sales roles place salary and employee benefits in their top five job considerations.The research also found:More than two-thirds (68%) of finance worker respondents say it is important that their employer offers a competitive salary and employee beenfits, followed by 64% of business consultant respondents and 64% of engineering professional respondents.Less than two-thirds (61%) of respondents in the legal sector place competitive salary and employee benefits in their top five job considerations, compared to 56% of human resource professional respondents and 57% of respondents in the teaching sector.Opportunities for career progression are a top factor for 42% of sales professional respondents, and 44% for respondents working in professional services. This compares to 36% of all respondents.8% of sales worker respondents believe that is important to work for an organisation that promotes diversity in the workplace, compared to 12% of all respondents.Ruth Jacobs, managing director at Randstad Sales, Marketing and Retail, said: “Financial considerations such as salaries and other monetary employee benefits always play a crucial part in career decisions, but for those working in sales, these cash rewards override all other considerations by a significant margin.“[…] But salary and the right working environment shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. This narrow focus on hard rewards ignores other important attributes of a career, and happiness in the workplace and job fulfillment certainly doesn’t come simply from achieving your financial goals.”
I wish Big Bad Boss wouldn’t jump on any old bandwagon that’s passing. This time he’s seen a presentation at an HR conference and now he’s all about employee segmentation. I know I should be more enthusiastic, but I’ve been here before.This is how it always pans out: first BBB gets a silly idea from one of the consulting firms. Then, unwilling to pay their exorbitant fees, he gets me to do a load of work on whatever it is. After that, he takes the results to the Higher Beings, our executive management, and gets all the glory. Big Bad Boss gets feted despite his non-existent industry and creativity, while mine is largely ignored. Very often he gets agreement to make some sweeping changes to our programmes, and then, finally, there will be a new round of financial challenges and we won’t be able to make any changes anyway. You can call me cynical, but I will be proved right.The big idea this time is generational analysis. It seems employers can now expect to have five generations employed at the same time. The first group identified by some employment guru is ‘maturists’ or people born before the Second World War. Well, we certainly have a few of those doddering around on the third floor. One was suspected dead in a board meeting once, but it turned out he was just sleeping very quietly. The next group are ‘baby boomers’, born up until 1960. This covers Big Bad Boss and most of the Higher Beings. At the risk of giving too much away, I fall into the next group, ‘generation X’. There are two more groups ‘generation Y’ and ‘generation Z’. These last, he says, are born after year the 2000.Big Bad Boss wants a chart showing all our employees by generation, by pay grade, gender and marital status. Great. With a decent HR system this should be the push of a button, but we don’t have a decent HR system. Outside of the UK, systems are maintained locally. I am ashamed to confess this, but we have a whole team of people who spend an entire week making adjustments and corrections to the local data to produce the official headcount reports.Naturally, my report won’t tally with theirs. I don’t have a team to work on this report and make a load of manual adjustments; I have my colleague, Lazy Susan, who doesn’t do numbers, so basically it is down to me.I give the report to Big Bad Boss, warning him that the totals don’t agree to the official headcount report because I’ve taken it directly from the HR system and, in any case, there will be a timing difference. He complains that the totals don’t agree. Yes, I just said that. He tells me they have to agree. Right you are. I add a row called ‘adjustment’ to balance the figures to the official report and give him a new version. You have to be pragmatic in this role.Big Bad Boss complains that we don’t have anyone in the bottom generation category. That’s because, even though many of the guys in IT appear to be children, we don’t actually employ anyone under 16. He asks me about the boy doing a week’s work experience. He isn’t on the payroll, I explain. Big Bad Boss frowns, and decides we should draw the line at 1995 instead. I rework the numbers and print a new report. He practically skips upstairs with it.So what? I can’t help wonder what are we going to do with all this generational analysis now we have it? I don’t have long to wait.Big Bad Boss engages Smarmy Consultants to design a new benefits communication strategy in line with the characteristics of each group. It presents a very nice video with fancy animated graphics to represent each of the employee groups. It shows the ‘maturists’ represented by a man with a stick, getting letters delivered. The ‘baby boomer’, represented by a man with glasses, is shown getting emails pinging to his computer. They show the next group, ‘generation X’ as a young couple looking at their phones, ‘generation Y’ are linked via various social media icons, and a ‘generation Z’ boy with a baseball cap looks at data on his smart watch.Like selling the emperor’s new clothes; Smarmy Consultants can convince Big Bad Boss that any old nonsense is terribly clever. There is nothing new in their presentation; for all the glossy graphics, it is just smoke and mirrors. We already produce hardcopy letters for the Higher Beings; we know they never read their emails. We use email and online links for the majority of staff, as well as using texts and social media where those contact details have been shared. Even guys with baseball caps can access information on a smart watch, if they have one. So what is all the fuss about?Big Bad Boss has even asked Smarmy to redesign our materials to appeal to each generation. What is it going to do, I wonder, re-write the pension statements using emoticons? I wouldn’t mind, but we have only just reviewed everything we do in-house as part of a branding exercise. In any case, we need to spend any additional budget on actual benefits, rather than the administration of them. I’d also rather spend any spare money on saving my time, not adding to my workload as this project surely will. In my experience, consultants are great at telling you what to do; they are not so good at actually doing it. Even if they do the work, I will need to check it.Luckily, the quarter-end results are really bad. That means that there is yet another hiring freeze and a new round of budget cuts. The generation project gets put on indefinite hold. What did I tell you?Next time… Candid goes for lunch.
Global law firm Slaughter and May is to increase pay for its trainee and junior lawyers from January 2018, and will pay its associates bonuses of up to 16% for 2017.First-year trainees will see their pay increase from £43,000 a year to £44,000 from January 2018, second-year trainees will receive an annual salary of £49,000 instead of £48,000, and newly qualified lawyers will have their pay increased from £78,000 to £80,000. Lawyers with six months of post-qualified experience will see their pay rise to £84,000 a year from £82,000, and those with one year of post-qualified experience, such as solicitors and legal executives, will receive an annual salary of £88,000, compared to £87,000 previously.The salary increases have been designed to reflect current market trends.Associates at Slaughter and May will also receive a performance-based bonus, which will be awarded as a lump sum with their December pay. Newly qualified lawyers or those with half a year of post-qualified experience will be awarded a bonus of 9% of their annual pay, lawyers with between one to two years of post-qualified experience will receive bonuses of 12% of annual salary, and lawyers with between two and a half to four years of post-qualified experience will be awarded a 14% bonus. Lawyers with between four and a half and six and a half years of post-qualified experience will receive a bonus of 16% of annual take home pay.Slaughter and May last increased its employee pay in December 2016 as part of a pay and benefits redesign. This saw associate salary scales increase from 1 January 2017, and staff bonuses of between 9% and 16% being awarded. Trainees, business services staff, professional support lawyers, secretaries, and paralegals received a 3% bonus for 2016.
Weekend Morning AnchorLorena Estrada joined WSVN in January 2014. She is honored to serve as weekend morning anchor and general assignment reporter in her hometown.Follow @EstradaLorenaThe Miami-native began her career at WVLT (CBS) in Knoxville, TN as weekend anchor and reporter. A month after graduating from Florida International University with a double major in Journalism and Sociology, Lorena packed her bags and moved to East Tennessee. She called Rocky Top home for nearly four years.At WVLT, Lorena covered a wide-range of stories from the 2011 tornadoes that devastated the community, the 2012 Presidential Campaign to undocumented immigrants fighting deportation. Lorena also became involved with East Tennessee’s Centro Hispano, a local non-profit organization serving the hispanic community.Lorena continues to cover it all at WSVN.Born to a Greek mother and Nicaraguan father, Lorena speaks Spanish and Greek. She developed a passion for news and travel at a young age while traveling the world with her family. She grew up visiting her parents’ native countries as well as Venezuela where her mother was raised. When Lorena isn’t working or catching up on sleep, she’s spending time with her husband Jason, their dog Zeeke and other relatives. She also enjoys emceeing events for local charities and organizations she’s involved with including Joshua’s Heart Foundation and Florida Hemophilia Association.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
PLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are looking for two armed robbers who targeted a store in Plantation.According to police, surveillance video captured two men on Saturday just before they robbed a business at gunpoint.They forced customers to the back of the store and then smashed jewelry cases and grabbed what they could before running away.The thieves left the scene on foot and headed near West Broward Boulevard and South University Drive.No one was hurt.If you have any information on this robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – An off-duty Miami Police detective is in the hospital after a head-on collision with a suspected drunk driver in Tennessee.Tony Torres and his wife were on their motorcycle when it happened.Both underwent life-saving surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.The 23-year veteran is listed in serious condition. His wife is in stable condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
NORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for two thieves who stole more than a thousand dollars worth of perfume from a drug store in North Lauderdale.According to police, a man sneaked behind a fragrance counter at the Walgreens on West McNab Road and Southwest 71st Avenue, Oct. 10.The man then handed nearly 20 bottles of perfume to a woman who was acting as a lookout.If you have any information on this crime, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for the person or people who, they said, shot and killed two men who were sitting in an SUV in Miami Gardens, Saturday afternoon.Miami Gardens Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the shooting in the area of Northwest 27th Ave and 167th Street, underneath the Palmetto Expressway, shortly after 12:15 p.m.Police said the shots were fired right into the SUV underneath the overpass.Witness Sarah Johnson said the incident unfolded in seconds. “It all happened so fast. All we heard were those gunshots, then we came down here. They were gone,” she said.One victim was killed while sitting in the driver’s seat and pronounced dead at the scene. Paramedics airlifted the second victim to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.7News cameras captured a heavy police presence, as well as a yellow tarp covering the body of the victim in the driver’s side of the bullet-riddled SUV.“I heard lightning, and after the lightning, I heard two big pops, like ‘pom, pom,’” said Johnson. Police shut down Northwest 27th Avenue in both directions and diverted drivers while they continue to investigate.“It’s kind of scary to believe that Miami Gardens has come to this,” said Sam, an area resident.Detectives have not specified the circumstances behind the shooting. They also have not disclosed any details about the shooter or shooters involved.As police continue to search for those responsible, residents are left questioning the safety of their community.“You could be in your car, and your car gets all shot up and everything, and get ultimately killed,” said Sam. “It’s just scary.”If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Scherer ruled that he turn in the passport within 48 hours.“After reading the probable cause affidavit Judge Siegel, the Chief Administrative Criminal Judge, set the bond. The State didn’t have any suggestions for the bond. Judge Siegel went through after reading that, he said each term, each condition as you can see on his order he actually wrote in additional conditions, the passport, the ankle monitor and the collateralized bond,” said Assistant State Attorney Tim Donnelly. “Our position is, I’m not going to undercut the Criminal Administrative judge who reviewed this warrant and issued this bond.”Peterson was originally ordered to be fitted for a GPS monitor should he post bond but Scherer dropped the condition.“I am going to modify the condition of pre-trial release so the defendant is not required to be monitored under house arrest with GPS monitor,” said Scherer.He is not allowed to be employed around minors.Peterson also cannot own any firearms, according to the terms of his new bond.“We’re obviously very happy with the judge’s decision today. We believe that Judge Scherer treated Mr. Peterson fairly and kindly like every other criminal defendant that appears before her court,” said Defense Attorney Joseph Diruzzo. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Former Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scot Peterson, who has been charged with child neglect, among other charges associated to his response during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, has had his bond reduced.Peterson appeared in court for a second consecutive day in front of a judge very familiar with the school shooting that took 17 lives.His case was reassigned to Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Wednesday morning, the same judge who is presiding over the case against accused shooter Nikolas Cruz. Another condition brought before the judge during his court appearance is the fact that his bond has to be fully collateralized, a condition Peterson’s attorneys want changed.Peterson was charged with 11 counts, including seven felony offenses, three misdemeanor offenses and one count of perjury.Charges include child neglect and culpable negligence.He was given a $102,000 bond on Tuesday after the judge found probable cause, but Judge Scherer reduced it to $39,000.“I’m going to reduce counts one through seven to $5,000. Count eight, nine, 10 and 11 will remain at $1,000 as previously set,” said Scherer.If Peterson is convicted, he could face close to 100 years behind bars.The judge originally presiding the case ordered him to surrender his passport. However, his attorneys argued to modify the condition claiming his passport is in his home in North Carolina. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Peterson gets a partial victory:– bond reduced from $102K to $39K– standard pre-trial release without GPS monitor (so he can return home to NC)– has 48 hours to surrender passport which is still in NC– can’t possess firearms– can’t work around minors https://t.co/0qcIOKFRIS— Frank Guzman (@fguzmanon7) June 6, 2019Peterson’s attorney filed a 14-page motion on Wednesday arguing that Peterson is not a caregiver and therefore should be exempt from the child neglect charges.Judge Scherer did not rule on whether or not he qualifies as a caregiver, but did mention if the defense wanted to file a motion to dismiss the charge there would be a hearing set for a future date.
This commenton a blog post I wrote yesterday got me thinking about how people all over theindustry are struggling to understand the unprecedented environment of today,which combines the fast-changing media structure combined with a remarkably difficultrecession: Drivingrevenue while trying to re-invent a business model is a difficult thing to do,it’s like changing the tires on a moving truck.I’ve livedthrough the economic downturns of early 1990s and 2000s, and right now, thisone seems much worse. Adding to thechallenge is the fact that we’re in an economy-wide crisis of confidence, whereno one wants to spend money. Consumers who cancel frivolities like Netflix andgym memberships hold off on new cars and worry about putting kids throughcollege. Businesses that scale back investment and hiring. Local governmentsthat reduce their police overtime budgets and schools that make kids pay to participate insports and other activities. And most relevant to us, advertisers who used tobuy magazine ads Web banners, show sponsorships and newsletter insertions. The smartones still advertise, they still go big, but this year, right now, even a lotof these marketers are lying low. All of thisleaves a lot of us scrambling. Under pressure, we tend to fall into threegeneral groups based on behavior patterns. There are those who panic, who cut thevitality out of their brands through layoffs and physical downgrades. (Thisgroup also includes those who sell their souls for a dollar, like thosemagazines that suddenly do happy features about their advertisers. You don’thave to look far to find that in this space.)And—a muchmore admirable group—there are those that try to understand where these sweepingchanges are taking us. One of the best at this is Rex Hammock, whose blog is asource of nearly daily Socratic dialogue. Thursday, for example, he talked about the power of print media,and how he and Samir “Mr. Magazine” Husni are convinced that magazines willcontinue to play an important role in people’s lives well into the future:The”business model” is not necessarily selling ads or subscriptions (but can be—and Mr. Magazine loves studying how magazine companies do so). The businessmodel is driven by whatever the greater organization’s goals are. But to reachthose goals, the institution must master any media important to its audience:magazines, books, events, licensing, TV programming, social (and personal andconversational) media and networking, eBooks, online community. The tools wehave to work with today make this one of the most exciting times ever known. Yetwe look around and see fear and defensiveness.My responseto that is this: The vast majority of companies in this business are built fromthe ground up on selling ads or subscriptions or both. That’s what they do, andthey often can’t see beyond the basic economics of magazine publishing: “Ieither make enough money selling ads and subscriptions to pay for the cost ofproducing an ink-on-paper magazine and accompanying Web site, or I don’t. Andif I don’t, then I’m going out of business.”And thenthere are those who take Rex Hammock’s concept and execute on it. It seems tome that Hearst Magazines is one. In a speech last week at the Primex conference,Hearst EVP and general manager John Loughlin made a compellingpresentation for how to model out your goals, establish strategies toachieve those goals and develop tactics to achieve those strategies.It takesworking through the minutia. As Loughlin said: “Hope is not a strategy.”