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Judge in the dock to defend himself over Franco investigation
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

"When people disappear, it is a permanent crime, which no amnesty law can affect." Outside the court hundreds of supporters of the judge, including British historian Ian Gibson – who has investigated the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca by Franco's ...more »

SPORTCHECK: Not properly enforced!
New Straits TimesFebruary 1, 2012

"Not just athletes, but officials who are investigated and found guilty of supplying or administering the drugs can also face bans from their sports," Dr Jegathesan clarified. "To legislate a law, it would mean we are taking it a step further.more »

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Building Codes
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Manhattan Church Leads an Area's Improvement
New York TimesFebruary 8, 2012

The eight-story former warehouse, between Charlton and Vandam Streets in the Hudson Square neighborhood, has been vacant for a decade after several scuttled development plans and even a legal tussle. Last week construction finally began on a $113 ...more »

Industrial Development Issues
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Expanding solar power company exemplifies Brentwood's economic goals
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Rodda's success is an example of the growing industries that the city of Brentwood would like to attract to create more jobs and generate revenue here. More than a decade ago, Brentwood incorporated economic development goals into its General Plan and ...more »

Commercial Real Estate
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Shore Community Bank Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

By Shore Community Bank TOMS RIVER, NJ, Jan. 31, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Shore Community Bank (OTC Bulletin Board: SHRC) today reported net income for the three months ended December 31, 2011 increased 36.6 percent to $234683, or $0.14 per diluted ...more »

Mortgage rates remain low, for now
Payson RoundupFebruary 1, 2012

However, if you plan on being in a home less than 10 years or expect to pay it off in 10 years or less, rates are averaging 3.5 percent for a 10/1 adjustable rate mortgage (ARM). A 10/1 means the rate is fixed for 10 years after which time it adjusts ...more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. Announces Changes in Senior Management and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

Sunoco owns the General Partner interest of Sunoco Logistics, which consists of a 2-percent ownership interest and incentive distribution rights, and owns a 32-percent interest in the Partnership's limited partner units. Since becoming chief executive ...more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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Quebec law allows for contracting loophole
Montreal GazetteFebruary 3, 2012

That means there's a way for businesspeople who are in the crosshairs of Quebec's construction licensing agency, the Regie du batiment du Quebec (RBQ), to continue profiting from public contracts under Bill 35. The legislation, which the Quebec ...more »

Residential Real Estate
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Report: Foreclosures keep Portland-area home prices down
Portland TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

By Steve Law Portland-area home sale prices in December were 2.4 percent lower than a year earlier, and they were 3.4 percent lower in November than the prior November, according to CoreLogic, a Santa Ana, Calif., real estate information company.more »

Construction Litigation
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VY decision could have far-reaching ramifications
Brattleboro ReformerFebruary 3, 2012

In that case, which was decided in 1983, California refused to allow the construction of a new nuclear power plant because there was no adequate plans to deal with high-level nuclear waste. The state's resource commission had ruled that a new power ...more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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ON Semiconductor Reports Fourth Quarter and 2011 Annual Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

Fully diluted share count can vary for, among other things, the actual exercise of options or restricted stock units, the incremental dilutive shares from all of the company's convertible senior subordinated notes, and the repurchase or the issuance of ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Landowners fight eminent domain in PA gas field
Pike County CourierFebruary 3, 2012

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM The regulators were also supposed to consider whether there would be an "unneeded exercise" of eminent domain _ the often-contentious legal process by which the government, or a party such as a public utility, takes private property ...more »

Title Litigation
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Scopelitis Transportation Law Firm Adds Dallas/Fort Worth Office, Two New Lawyers
TruckinginfoFebruary 6, 2012

Green has been practicing law since 1985, and he focuses on motor carrier litigation, employment law, administrative and regulatory law, highway accident defense, and civil trial litigation. He currently serves as general counsel for the Texas Motor ...more »

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Big Pine Hills complex to slim down during redevelopment
Orlando SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

By Laura Newberry, Orlando Sentinel Orlando-area Seville Place Apartments, once part of the beating heart of Orange County's Pine Hills neighborhood, is now dilapidated, riddled with crime, and sparsely occupied. But by the end of the year, ...more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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GUEST COLUMN: Local GOP off base on zoning
The Daily News JournalFebruary 1, 2012

I find the local Republican Party and the Rutherford County Concerned Citizen's for Property Rights conclusion that the Comprehensive Plan and proposed Zoning Map and Ordinance to be “… unwarranted and not needed, as it infringes upon a property ...more »


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