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Iowa Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Waterloo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Monday, 01 October 2012 14:58

Des Moines, October 1, 2012—On Thursday, October 11, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Waterloo, Iowa. The proceeding will take place in Waterloo West High School Kersenbrock Auditorium, 425 East Ridgeway Avenue. The session will begin at 7 p.m.


The court will hear lawyers argue in two cases:


Sallee v. Stewart

Case context: Under Iowa's Recreational Use Statute and the facts of this case, can private land owners be held liable for injuries to an adult chaperone suffered during an organized kindergarten class field trip to the landowners' working dairy farm?


The lawyer for Sallee is D. Raymond Walton, Waterloo. The lawyer for Stewart is Karla J. Shea, Waterloo.


State of Iowa v. Tyler

Case context: Defendant's conviction for OWI second resulted from a traffic stop based on alleged visually obstructed license plates. Under the facts of this case, did the police officer have reasonable suspicion or probable cause justifying the traffic stop?


The lawyer for the State of Iowa is Bridget A. Chambers, Assistant Attorney General. The lawyer for Tyler is Gary Dickey, Des Moines.


Note to Editors: News media are invited to attend the oral arguments. Court rules apply regarding still camera, video camera and audio recording device use during the oral arguments. You can find information on expanded media coverage on the Judicial Branch Website at


The Iowa Court Rules regarding expanded media coverage on the Iowa Legislature website at



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Donate old cell phone today PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Monday, 01 October 2012 13:16

Donated cell phones to be wiped clean; proceeds support domestic violence victims

SPRINGFIELD – October 1, 2012. Marking the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon launched her annual cell phone drive today. For each phone donated during the drive, Verizon Wireless will contribute $10 to the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV), up to $10,000.

In many instances a survivor may arrive at a shelter with no access to a phone to contact other loved ones, or will not use their current phone as it might be kept under the abuser’s name.

Collected phones will be donated to Verizon’s HopeLine program. Phones will be refurbished and sold, with the proceeds going to support local domestic violence shelters and programs. The program also provides domestic violence agencies with wireless phones and airtime for use by domestic violence victims. If a phone can’t be refurbished, it will be recycled in an environmentally sound way.

“We have a chance to partner with private and non-profit groups to directly impact the lives of our neighbors,” said Simon, a former Jackson county prosecutor and founder of a domestic violence legal clinic at Southern Illinois University School of Law. “These phones could be a lifeline for domestic violence survivors, and the matching funds will help support response and prevention statewide.”

Thanks to the generous support of individuals, private entities and state agencies, Simon received more than 1,000 cell phones during her donation drive last year. Through matching funds from Verizon, the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network and ICADV each received a $5,000 donation.

The $10 matching donation this year will fund further growth and expansion of ICADV’s Virtual Legal Clinic consultation program launched by Simon and her staff. The Virtual Legal Clinics connect domestic violence survivors in underserved areas with an attorney concentrating in family law for a free legal consultation.

“On behalf of ICADV, I am very grateful to Lt. Governor Simon for her emphasis on this very important project,” said Vickie Smith, ICADV Executive Director. “Not only does it bring in funds for expanding the Virtual Legal Clinic, each phone will in turn help another domestic violence victim reach life-saving assistance when needed.”

Since its recycling program was launched in 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 9 million wireless phones and has awarded more than $14.2 million in cash grants to domestic violence organizations throughout the country. More than 123,000 HopeLine phones with the equivalent of more than 406 million minutes of airtime have been provided to victims, survivors and domestic violence organizations since the program’s inception.

“Verizon Wireless is committed to supporting those affected by domestic violence,” said T.J. Fox, Verizon Wireless region president. “We recognize the role we can play in helping organizations right here in Illinois work to put an end to this destructive force and to provide assistance to victims of domestic abuse.”

Cell phones can be donated through October 12 at the following locations. Donations are also accepted year-round at Verizon Wireless stores:


·         Lt. Governor’s Chicago office – James R. Thompson Center 15th floor

·         Lt. Governor’s Springfield office – 214 State Capitol

·         Lt. Governor’s Carbondale office – IDOT Facility, 2801 W. Murphysboro Rd.

·         Chicago Bar Association bookstore – 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago

·         Illinois State Bar Association – 424 S. Second St., Springfield

4 Reasons More U.S. Churches Should Sanction Same-Sex Relationships PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 01 October 2012 13:14

An evergreen tender spot on the religious-political landscape is homosexuality and gay marriage. When a politician, pundit or gadfly wants to gin up his or her base, an easy tactic is to make a statement about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, says media analyst Paul Hartman.

“It’s one of those issues where everyone has an opinion, one way or another,” says Hartman, a retired PBS/NPR station executive and author of “The Kairos,” ( a five-star-rated suspense novel that imagines Jesus Christ as gay.

“One of the many roles that Jesus modeled for us was that of social reformer. He championed the equality of outcasts – prostitutes, beggars, widows, orphans, lepers.  He ignored their ‘pre-existing conditions’ and just loved ‘em. You don’t have to be a well-educated liberal today to be on the right side of history, you just have to follow Christ’s example.”

Currently, there are three American Christian denominations that officially accept homosexuality in their clergy: Episcopalians, Lutherans and Presbyterians. In July, the Episcopalian Church became the largest U.S. denomination to officially sanction same-sex unions by authorizing a “blessings” ceremony.

Hartman cites four reasons why American churches should accept homosexuality and gay marriage:

• In support of family and monogamy: The current estimate of U.S. citizens who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) is 12 million. Due to lingering stigmas, that self-reported number is likely only a fraction of the actual. Even 12 million is a significant portion of the population who have been forced to live on the sidelines and denied the rights and responsibilities that other Americans enjoy, including marriage, and the adoption of needy children. Such denial of freedoms for sexual minorities runs counter to the Christian belief in family values.  Indeed, there are many theologians who argue homosexuality is one of God’s diverse gifts in His creation of families.

• Avoiding hypocrisy and elitism: Like so many topics in the Bible, its few brief references to same-sex relations beg for intelligent interpretation. The original Bible writings, Hartman argues, never used the word “homosexual.” Translators introduced that term.  In context, biblical “clobber passages” condemn “unnatural relations,” meaning God finds it an abomination when straight persons ignore their nature and have sex with partners of their own sex.  Logically, people whose natural orientation is toward their own gender would have “unnatural relations” if they’re intimate with opposite sex partners.  Another example is when people parrot what they’ve heard about the sin of Sodom being same-sex relations.  They don’t realize that the Bible itself repeatedly and clearly defines that city’s wicked sins as inhospitality and unloving acts toward others.  That’s a charge some make against churches which discriminate against members of the GLBT community.  “When will we learn?” Hartman asks.  “Christ’s message is inclusive, not exclusive.”

• Already accepted in three denominations: Episcopalians, Lutherans and Presbyterians – none of them wildly radical sects of Christians – now ordain openly gay as well as openly straight clergy. While it’s nothing new for denominations to disagree, it should be noteworthy that three mainstream Christian churches have accepted and embraced gay people.

• Most importantly, “Jesus told us to love our neighbors as ourselves.” Modern-day Pharisees love to emulate God’s role as judge more than Christ’s model of loving caregiver to the littlest, the lowest, the last and the least.

About Paul Hartman

Paul Hartman is a retired PBS/NPR station executive with a passion for biblical history. He is a Presbyterian elder, a lay preacher and a Dead Sea Scrolls aficionado. A father and grandfather, Hartman says he wrote “The Kairos” after serious Bible study revealed two repeatedly-quoted words from God as the answer to his lifelong battle with fear.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dunn Bros. Coffee   
Monday, 01 October 2012 09:11
And Dunn Bros Coffee is once again an official Corporate Alliance partner with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Join us this month to help raise awareness and funding for the important work this foundation is doing to find a cure.

Here's how we can help The Breast Cancer Research Foundation in October:
  • Start seeing pink! We'll be distributing bright pink cups starting October 1. Raise awareness with every Dunn Brothers drink you purchase in a hot to-go cup. Show it off and show your support.

  • New Dunn Sisters Blend coffee. We're donating $1 for every pound of our fabulous new Dunn Sisters Blend coffee sold in October. This coffee was blended specially for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is available only for a limited time. Available in-store or online.

  • Bold Standard Donation Day. On Tuesday, October 9, 25¢ from each medium or large regular-priced beverage sold will be donated to BCRF.

  • Pick up a pink travel mug and raise awareness all year long. Dunn Bros Coffee is donating $1 from every featured pink travel mug sold in October. While supplies last. Learn More

  • Donate your 25¢ sustainability reward. This month only, we'll give you the option to donate your 25¢ reward for using a reusable mug to BCRF.

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The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide.  For more information about BCRF, visit

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Lt. Governor Simon to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Monday, 01 October 2012 07:55

CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will launch a statewide cell phone drive in conjunction with Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine campaign on Monday in Springfield. Each donated phone will be entirely erased, and could be given to a domestic violence victim for emergency use.

For each phone donated, Verizon will donate $10 to the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Phones can be donated at the following locations:

·         Lt. Governor’s Chicago office – James R. Thompson Center 15th floor

·         Lt. Governor’s Springfield office – 214 State Capitol

·         Lt. Governor’s Carbondale office – IDOT Facility, 2801 W. Murphysboro Rd.

·         Chicago Bar Association bookstore – 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago

·         Illinois State Bar Association – 424 S. Second St., Springfield

“We have the ability to refurbish old technology in a safe and sensible way,” Simon said. “Instead of tossing an old cell phone in your junk drawer or the trash, donate it to someone where one emergency call could save their life.”

DATE: Monday, October 1

TIME: 11 a.m.

LOCATION: Governor’s Mansion, 410 East Jackson Street, Springfield



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