Former transit cop convicted in California subway shooting goes free

Written By My Infomation on 6/13/11 | 6/13/2011

Johannes Mehserle had been behind bars since a Los Angeles jury found him guilty on July 8, 2010.

Los Angeles (CNN) -- A former transit police officer convicted last year in the shooting death of an unarmed man on an Oakland, California, train platform was freed from prison early Monday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
"He was released at 12:01 a.m.," said spokesman Steve Whitmore.
Johannes Mehserle was sentenced to two years in prison for the involuntary manslaughter conviction, but California law gave him one day of good conduct credit for each of the 365 days he served behind bars, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry said in a court order he signed last week.
Mehserle has been behind bars since a Los Angeles jury found him guilty on July 8, 2010.
Mehserle, a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer when the shooting occurred, said at the trial that he intended to draw and fire his Taser rather than his gun when he fatally wounded 22-year-old Oscar Grant on New Year's Day 2009.
Violent protests erupted in Oakland last November when Perry sentenced Mehserle to just two years in prison, which meant he could be released after another seven months.
2010: BART officer's sentence protested
2010: Demonstrators 'tear up' Oakland

At least 150 people were arrested during the protests, which Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts described at the time as "tearing up the city."
Grant's mother, Wanda Johnson, had asked the judge to sentence Mehserle to the maximum 14 years in prison. She and four other family members who spoke at the sentencing hearing last year called him "a murderer."
The jury acquitted him of the more serious charges of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.
Although his defense attorney argued for probation, Mehserle told Perry before sentencing that he would be willing to go to prison if the sentence made his city and family safer.
"I shot a man," he said. "I killed a man. It should not have happened."
A conviction for involuntary manslaughter can carry a sentence of four years, but the judge had the option of adding an "enhancement" that could have made the sentence 14 years because a firearm was used in commission of a crime.
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To address unemployment, Georgia governor proposes farm work

Written By My Infomation on 6/3/11 | 6/03/2011

To find workers to pick, pack and ship peaches, Lane Packing participates in a U.S. Department of Labor guest worker program

Atlanta (CNN) -- Are you out of work? Are you looking for a job? Do you live in Georgia? If the answer to those questions is "yes," Gov. Nathan Deal has an idea for you: Become a farm worker. "We still have an unemployment level here that is unacceptably high, whether or not we can provide some way of transitioning some of those individuals," Deal said last week. "Perhaps it requires some relocation in some cases for them to be able to fill some of these jobs. We're going to explore all of those things." Deal is looking for ways to fill a farm worker gap after some areas lost more than 50% of their laborers, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association said. Many workers left Georgia after the governor signed an Arizona-inspired immigration law allowing local police to identify and detain illegal immigrants, the group said.
Growers: Migrant workers avoiding Georgia
Other countries have tried similar ideas to stimulate growth. Japan has a program to put young underemployed workers on farms during the summer. The program was moderately successful until a tsunami hit the country in March. In Colorado, 1,799 U.S. citizens applied for farm jobs in 2009, according to the state's Department of Labor and Employment. That was up from 39 in 2008, although state officials say the number again fell in 2010 to the "low hundreds." With a 9.6% unemployment rate in Georgia, University of Georgia Economist Jeff Humphries thinks the governor's plan could work. "Employers have the upper hand, and people looking for jobs are more desperate than ever before," Humphries said. "Given that unemployment benefits are starting to run out for an increasing number of workers...this is the best time to try it out."
For some unemployed Georgians, however, the idea is not so appealing. Marci Mosley, who lives in Atlanta, has been out of work for more than a year. She said she would only work on a farm as a last resort. "I have a phobia of snakes," Mosley said. "I hate spiders...You have to get up early in the morning, and it's hot." Mosley, an African-American, said she used to work on her grandfather's farm in Texas, where he stressed the importance of a good education to get off the farm. Mosley believes Deal's plan would be a tough sell for many other African Americans, who saw their older relatives struggle farming.
"It could be a setback for people," Mosley said. "The only people that  would even think about doing that are people who have nothing else left...An educated black person does not have time for that. They didn't go to school to work on a farm, and they're not going to do it." As for unemployed white Georgians, they're not showing up for agriculture jobs either, farm managers said. In Peach County, more than half of residents are white, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and 26% are out of work, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. The county is kept afloat by agriculture jobs. One of the biggest employers is Lane Packing, where workers there pick, package and ship peaches. It's hard, dirty work that few people will do, especially U.S. citizens, Lane Packing CEO Mark Sanchez said.
To find workers, Lane Packing has participated in a U.S. Department of Labor guest worker program. Sanchez explained the vast majority of the workers here are legal immigrants. "We're required to pay a minimum wage of $9.12 an hour," Sanchez said. "Plus free housing, free transportation from their home and back. Also, most of the workers are paid on a piece rate production basis."
That adds up to a weekly paycheck of about $230, more than the average Georgia unemployment check. While putting the unemployed to work on farms is a novel idea, the workers in Georgia who will benefit most from the farm shortage are legal immigrants, said Humphries, the University of Georgia economist.
"There's less competition for the kind of jobs legal immigrants are going after," Humphries said. "Legal immigrants are from the same countries as illegal immigrants, they are used to the same types of jobs, and the good news for the legal immigrant is they might be able to demand a little more pay."
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Truck Accidents

Written By My Infomation on 5/30/11 | 5/30/2011

Colorado Truck Accident Attorney – Your Ally in a Tough Battle

Truck accidents are one of the most frightening types of accidents a victim can experience. They result in far greater injuries than car accidents, yet occur just as often.
Unlike a car accident where you are up against a driver and insurance company, in a truck accident you battle the driver, the trucking company, and the insurance company. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you need a lawyer who is capable of taking on the complex, involved process to win you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, see wrongful death.

Your Colorado Truck Accident Lawyer at The Babcock Law Firm Knows the Ins and Outs of Truck Accident Cases

In negotiating claims related to your Colorado truck accident, you want to be sure your attorney is familiar with federal trucking regulations and laws. Your truck accident lawyer at The Babcock Law Firm knows that these laws and regulations are often violated significantly by the trucking company.
Your truck accident attorney for accidents occurring in Denver, Aspen, Telluride and other Colorado cities digs deep to:
  • Discover whether the number of hours on the road by the driver exceeded those allowed by federal law
  • Find out if the driver has past DUI or drug offenses
  • Prevent the trucking company from destroying evidence
  • Reconstruct your truck accident
You need a truck accident attorney familiar with Colorado and federal law and trucking rules and regulations, to protect your rights and to make sure you receive the damages and compensation you’re entitled to.
The Babcock Law Firm is in your corner. We know how trucking companies and insurance companies operate. In fact, R. Mack Babcock represented insurance companies and several large corporations before founding The Babcock Law Firm to help Colorado truck accident victims obtain the benefits and settlements they deserve.

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We invite you to discuss the details of your truck accident with a lawyer at The Babcock Firm, whether you’re in Denver, Boulder, Aurora, Broomfield, Louisville, Lafayette, Golden, Thornton, Westminster or another Colorado city. If your case falls within our practice area and we feel our representation can benefit you, a truck accident lawyer will meet with you for an in-depth consultation,at no charge.
We are here to help you secure a successful settlement in your truck accident case. Learn more about how representation works and then contact us today.
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Gallery of exoplanets: real pictures of alien worlds

Written By My Infomation on 5/27/11 | 5/27/2011

In 1994, finding planets orbiting other sun-like stars was still something of a dream. Then, just a year later, the first one was found, opening a floodgate of discoveries.

We know of nearly 500 other planets orbiting other stars. However, the methods of finding theseexoplanets are indirect. We measure their effect on their parent stars, but we didn't directly see the planets themselves... until 2005, when the first image of an actual world orbiting another star was announced. 

As of October 2010, only 7 such planets have been imaged, but we'll soon have more. This gallery shows the best of these images, including the first alien solar system to have its picture taken. 

The picture above is an artist's drawing of the planet Gliese 581c. Until recently, the only tool we had to see alien planets was our imagination. But that's changed... it'll be a long time before we get pictures as detailed as this, but in the meantime, we're still getting amazing images and learning a lot about these exotic worlds.
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The galaxy may swarm with billions of wandering planets

A new result from astronomers who have spent years peering toward the center of the Milky Way has led to a startling conclusion: there may be billions of Jupiter-sized planets wandering the space between the stars, unbound by the gravity of a parent sun. In fact, there may be nearly twice as many of these free floating planets as there are stars themselves in our galaxy, and they may even outnumber planets orbiting stars!
The study, published in Nature, is the result of the Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics (MOA) project. Instead of looking for tell-tale blips of light near stars, or the effect of planets on their parent stars, microlensing looks for the effect of the planet on background stars that are far more distant than the planet itself.

Warped view
It’s a little weird, and is due to gravity warping space. Imagine me sitting on a flat floor, rolling marbles away from me in all directions. If you’re sitting a few meters away, you can only catch the marbles that are aimed at you. But if there’s a dip in the floor between us, some of the marbles I roll that might have otherwise passed you will get their path diverted toward you as they curve around the dip. You get more marbles!*
The same thing with light and gravity. A star emits light in all directions, but we only see the small amount of light headed our way. If a massive object like a planet gets between us and the star, the gravity of that planet can warp space, causing light we otherwise wouldn’t see to bend toward us. We see more light: the star gets brighter! This is called a gravitational lens. If that massive object is a planet moving in space, then we the starlight get brighter as the planet moves between us and the star, and then fainter as the planet moves on. The way the light changes is predicted by Einstein’s equations of relativity, and can be used to find the mass of the planet doing the warping.

So the astronomers with MOA sat down and stared at a patch of sky near the center of the Milky Way. In fact, they looked at an astonishing 50 million stars near the galactic bulge — stars are densely packed there, maximizing the chance of seeing a rare event. The lensing of starlight by a passing planet only lasts for a couple of days, so they took images every 10 – 50 minutes to make sure they caught as many as possible. The amount of data they amassed is fiercesome.
And even with all that, in a year of observations (from 2006 – 2007) they only caught about a thousand events. At first that sounded like a lot to me, but it’s only one lensing event per 50,000 stars! Yikes. Anyway, of those 1000, a bit less than half were solid enough observations to use in the study. And of these, only 10 — ten— had that magic characteristic time of about 2 days, indicating the lens was a planet with about the mass of Jupiter. Stars are more massive, and the lensing effect can take weeks from start to finish; only a planet can make such a short event.

Being careful, the astronomers took those 10 events and asked the folks using a different survey (OGLE, for Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment; acronyms using "GL" tend to be somewhat droll) to see if they saw them as well. OGLE caught 7 of the 10 seen by MOA, confirming their results.
So what makes the astronomers think these are free-floating planets, and not ones orbiting stars like Earth does? Well, the lensing events themselves show only a single rise and fall of the background starlight. If the planets were orbiting stars, those stars would also act like lenses, and their effect would be seen. They weren’t. Now, it’s possible that if a planet were on really wide orbit, the parent star would be too far away to have a significant lensing effect. However astronomers can determine statistically how often that should happen, and the likelihood is only about 25%, meaning a significant number of the events must have been caused by planets without stars.

Goose! Eject! Eject!
Amazing! But where did these planets come from?
Since they’re floating free in space, they either formed like stars, directly from the collapse of interstellar gas clouds, or they formed in solar systems like our own and somehow got tossed out.
The first case — that these objects form like stars — makes a definite prediction on the distribution of masses of the objects (in other words, how many will have a mass 0.1 times Jupiter, how many 0.5 times, and so on). The mass distribution seen doesn’t fit the predictions at all, making that unlikely.
So that leaves them forming in solar systems like our planets did. But how does a planet get ejected from a star? Actually, this comes about naturally, and in fact may be common.
I’ve long suspected this was the case; it makes sense. We see lots of massive planets huddling close in to their parent stars, far closer than any reasonable model can predict. Most likely, these planets form farther out in their native solar system and then migrate inwards toward the star as they plow through the material left over from their formation. Any planet between them and their star will be affected; some will shift orbit, dropping toward the star themselves, others will get flung into wide orbits, and others still will be tossed out of the system entirely.

It’s those last that are so interesting. If the inward-moving planet is, say, five times the mass of Jupiter, it can gravitationally eject a smaller planet, even one as massive as Jupiter. And we do see lots of very massive planets orbiting close in to their stars. This strongly implies that for every "hot super-Jupiter" we see, there is one or more planet that got kicked out of the system, sent out into the galaxy at large á la Space: 1999.

Living la vida interstellar
The MOA results seem to confirm this idea: the statistics imply that there may be twice as many Jupiter-mass free-floating planets in the galaxy as there are stars! Just to let you know, there are hundreds of billions of stars in the galaxy, so there must be many, many billions of planets floating in the vast, empty regions between stars.
Billions. Wow. In fact, these free-floaters may outnumber "regular" planets by a factor of 1.5 or so. There are more of them than there are of us!
Mind you, the MOA survey is sensitive to planets with masses about that of Jupiter. They can’t see smaller planets, which should in fact be more common.
These planets, surprisingly, may not be frozen solid as you might expect. Jupiter and Saturn, for example, give off more energy than they receive from the Sun. The centers of both planets are still warm from a number of heat sources, including radioactive decay as well as having trapped a considerable amount of the tremendous heat generated when they formed 4.6 billion years ago. Any free-floating planet in the galaxy may be presumed to contain as much heat, keeping them gaseous despite the intense cold of interstellar space.
You may be wondering about any potential habitability of these nomads. The planets found are gas giants, not Earth-like at all. But they might have moons orbiting them that could be heated by tides the same way Jupiter’s Io and Saturn’s Enceladus are. It seems unlikely that any moon could stay orbiting a planet ejected from a solar system — I would think they’d get stripped from their parent planet in the process — but nature has surprised us before. Like, say, it’s doing now with this whole "wandering planet" thing. I’d love to see some studies of that.
Also, while there may be an even greater number of smaller planets out there, these likely would be frozen through and through. Too bad. The view would be cool.
So to speak.

The MOA study in question is pretty interesting to me scientifically. The results look pretty good, and come from only a year’s worth of data; as the astronomers look at more data they’re bound to find more of these suckers. I expect to see their statistics get better with time. They seem to have done their work carefully and skeptically; it’s a fascinating result and I’m glad they sought out OGLE observations to back them up.
Personally, too, this is exciting. Imagine, a galaxy full of roaming planets! It’s not like they present a navigational hazard were we to fly starships through space; the galaxy is vast indeed and even a hundred billion planets would be spread pretty thinly. But it sparks my imagination to think of these planets — dark, cold, lonely — plying their way through the blackness of interstellar space. If we ever could voyage to one, what would we find?
It’s thoughts like that which make me glad to be an astronomer, especially one living now. Just when you think the Universe is running low on surprises, it reminds us it’s a lot more clever than we are.
Artwork credit: Dan Durda; NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers

Written By My Infomation on 5/19/11 | 5/19/2011

Atlanta car accident attorneys Bruce Millar and Steve Mixon have helped clients throughout the entire state of Georgia recover what they are owed from accidents and injuries after being offered minimal, or no, compensation from insurance companies. We encourage all persons looking for a lawyer to view our case results and client testimonials.
Call the attorneys of Millar and Mixon at 877-475-8921 or email us for a free case evaluation.
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We focus on helping persons negligently injured. From Atlanta to Augusta to Savannah to Rome we represent seriously injured persons all over Georgia.

If you are worried about who is going to pay your present and future medical bills, how you are going to replace your lost income, and what you may be entitled to for your pain and trauma, call us.  We can offer immediate advice and help.  With Georgia lawyers Millar & Mixon, you are not dealing with attorneys who spread themselves between many different areas of law.  Our practice is focused on negligence law and helping injured victims of negligence deal with their immediate needs, such as establishing who should – or must – pay for medical bills and how much an injury case is worth.
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At Millar & Mixon our primary focus is on a few areas of law involving serious injuries. We believe that to be highly successful and effective, lawyers should focus on just a very few areas of law. That is what we do.

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Injury Attorneys

Montlick & Associates is dedicated to helping injured people receive the compensation they deserve. Our team of professionals is committed to providing exceptional service with personal attention.
We work hard for our clients and do what it takes to get the job done. Our firm handles all types of cases involving personal injuries, and provides a free consultation with an attorney. Contact us today to learn how we can help.

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Why Choose <strong>the San Diego attorneys at Estey</strong> & Bomberger
If  a serious personal injury or the wrongful death of a loved one has changed your life, you deserve a caring and experienced San Diego personal injury attorney who knows how to get you results.  The law firm of Estey & Bomberger, LLP exclusively practices personal injury law – it is the only type of law we have ever practiced. Our San Diego personal injury lawyers have helped thousands of clients obtain justice after a tragic accident or devastating loss. Our aggressive accident attorneys have the knowledge, expertise and tenacity to win your personal injury case.
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Year after year, our attorneys’ experience in the courtroom sets us apart from other personal injury law firms. San Diego personal injury attorneys at Estey & Bomberger, LLP are some of the best litigators in California, with a proven track record of monetary recoveries and hundreds of satisfied past clients (see testimonials). Our attorneys have recovered numerous seven and eight figure verdicts and settlements (see case results).
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Los Angeles Liposuction

Los Angeles has long been known as the center for the movie and television industries in the United States. Young people from all around the world flock to Southern California, and L.A. specifically to be discovered and make their mark as actresses, singers and models. For this very reason, Los Angeles liposuction and plastic surgery are hugely popular and successful. In order to get ahead in an industry all about image, having a beautifully contoured body is a part of the job.
Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure in which a canula is inserted beneath the skin to remove fatty deposits. It is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures available and can be used on almost any part of the body – although it is most popular in the abdomen, legs and thighs, arms, buttocks and back areas. The goal of liposuction surgery is to reveal the contoured muscles of the body and to offer a sleeker, slimmer look. In Southern California, and Los Angeles specifically, being bikini ready at a moment’s notice is critical and if you’re in the entertainment industry and need to have a picture perfect body, this kind of contouring can offer an edge over traditional weight loss and fitness regimens.
Los Angeles is the largest city in the state of California and the City of Angels is actually the second largest city in the United States with almost 4 million people living in its 500 square miles. It is considered one of the world’s centers for industries including entertainment, media, culture, international trade, science, technology and education. Founded in 1850, Los Angeles, or L.A. is almost synonymous with Hollywood and popular culture.
The beautiful weather, entertainment culture and popular industries have made Los Angeles liposuction surgery a booming industry. Television shows on several networks showcase talented and popular LA plastic surgery doctors and the high quality results from LA liposuction procedures. LA is also a popular location for destination plastic surgery procedures because of the excellent array of hotels and recovery spas, as well as the tourist attractions that abound in the area.
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Data Centers' Growing Power Demands

Written By My Infomation on 5/7/11 | 5/07/2011

Above are servers that use Intel chips. A new study released today estimates that the worldwide power consumption of servers such as these doubled from 2000 to 2005.
Credit: Intel
A report issued today estimates that the overall electricity used by servers--computers that make up the networks of organizations, from small businesses to giant financial institutions--doubled between 2000 and 2005. The reasons for this growth rate were an increase in the number of servers installed in data centers and the demands of auxiliary equipment such as cooling fans and facility lighting, says Jonathan Koomey, staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and author of the report. "I was surprised by the doubling," says Koomey. "I expected some growth, but not quite as large."
In 2005, servers and their auxiliary equipment accounted for an estimated 1.2 percent of all power consumption in the United States and 0.8 percent worldwide, the report states. Koomey says that server power consumption in the United States was the equivalent of that of the entire state of Mississippi in 2005; that year, 20 other states used less power. The report, titled "Estimating Total Power Consumption by Servers in the U.S. and the World," was funded by AMD and peer-reviewed by the major companies that sell servers, including Intel, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Sun, and Dell.
Prior to the report, the server and data-center industry hadn't had an up-to-date, well-researched estimate of server power consumption, says Koomey. The report relies on detailed data from IDC, a research firm, on the number of preexisting installed servers and shipments of servers, as well as on measured data and estimates of the power used per server for the most common models in each class of server.
The report is important to the industry, says Koomey, because once power consumption can be quantified, companies can make better decisions about how to reduce it and save money. "The industry sees that one of the first things you need to do to address the problem is to figure out how big it is," he says.
Even without this report, companies in the industry have assumed that servers and data centers consume more power than they should, which has prompted the development of technology and practices to curb power consumption. Intel and AMD, for instance, have been touting more-energy-efficient microprocessors during the past year. And for years HP has been working with estimates that closely match the report's findings, which have been used to inform data-center research at the company, says Chandrakant Patel, HP fellow. "It corroborates our thinking and gives us quantification that might have been lacking before. The good news is, reports such as this ... serve as a good reference."
via [technologyreview]

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