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Saturday, January 14, 2006
Delaware History Updates, Annotated
I've been turning more and more into a local history buff. One of the nice services from the Delaware Public Archives is a web page that lists historic events in Delaware, titled This Day in Delaware History.
It's possible to subscribe to the page so that you receive these snippets of history by email.
Mark Cutrona, who publishes To Seek a Newer World has just finished his second weekly installment highlighting some of these historical facts, and adding his own annotations to them.
His second installment is: To Seek A Newer World: Belated This Week In Delaware History (January 2nd - 8th).
It's a nice idea. The annotations definitely add to the history.
Friday, January 13, 2006
As I was writing the Capano case blog yesterday, I was really excited about something besides the case... it was the ability to get it to you so quickly and easily.
Years ago I couldn't have just popped a link up on the page to share it with you without a lot of hullabaloo. Now, it takes about 5 minutes and very little technical knowledge.
The Delaware Court System has a website where you can access many of its cases. And blog technology brings it to your desktop :)
Capano ... blah... blah... blah... The real news is our continuing information explosion.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Capano Death Sentence Overturned
In the Delaware Supreme Court case of State v. Capano, Tuesday's Opinion is one more page in the thick book. The State will now have to decide whether to ask that the Court sentence Capano to life in prison, or conduct a new sentencing hearing.... or, they may appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The crux of the matter was that the sentence hearing jury voted 11-1 in favor of the death penalty, and not unanimously. There was a change in federal common law that arose since Capano's conviction, that convinced the Delaware Supreme Court that a death penalty jury must be unanimous under circumstances like Capano's
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
The Attorney General of Delaware wants to shred your documents
And he is making it easy to do.
Named Operation Delaware Shred, the idea is to help protect you from identity theft. It is possible for people to go through garbage and recycling to find information that may put your identity at risk.
A press release from Attorney General Carl C. Danberg and the Consumer Protection Unit of the Delaware Department of Justice lists three dates when you can bring up to 2 file storage boxes of sensitive documents to be run through a commercial shredder.
The dates and locations are:
January 14, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Riverfront Parking Lot in front of the Blue Rocks Stadium in Wilmington
January 21, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Delaware Federal Credit Union at the Blue Hen Corporate Center (655 South Bay Road, Dover)
January 28, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Delaware Federal Credit Union at 80 Christiana Road (Route 273) in New Castle
The types of documents that they mention to bring include such things as "credit card statements, financial statements, pre-approved credit card offers, old IRS tax forms, bank checks and household bills." You should proceed with caution when getting rid of some of these documents. It can be helpful to maintain some history of your past financial dealings.
The Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's Office has more information on identity theft, and an Identity Theft Victim Kit to help you create written proof for your bank and creditors and others, if you have been the victim of Identity theft.
Mapping crimes online in Delaware
Delaware's New Castle County has added a Crime Map to their Public Safety pages.
It's interesting, but a little confusing. On first looking at it, I thought I was in a crime free zone, because there were no crimes listed in the area where I live. Looking back at the Crime Mapping FAQ page, I noted that it only shows crimes within the jursidiction of the New Castle County Police, so my Newark neighborhood isn't included.
It also doesn't tell you anything about the crime itself, other that whether it was a Homicide, Burglary, Vehicle Theft, Criminal Mischief, or Theft. Having a sense of when these crimes might have happened could be helpful. Are the ones showing something that happened within the last week, or month, or year, or decade? The FAQ tells us that these are crimes that happened within "the three month period dating back one full month prior to the current date" So, if it is January, this will show crimes from the previous September, October, and November.
It's a good idea, and I think I'd like to see it developed some more. I looked around at some other mapping programs set up in other places, and the City of San Francisco has a CrimeMaps program that is pretty nice.
There are a few people who have used Google Maps to develop some Crime Mapping programs. The first of them was Chicagocrime.org. Some others have also emerged, and a blog that discusses Google Maps points to some of those Crime Maps.
The stated purpose behind the New Castle County Police Crime map is to show "general crime trends to the community." To some degree it does that, though a "trend" is something that allows for the measurement of change over time, and this doesn't allow for that. It's easy to criticize, however. Getting a map online is a good start.
One concern noted in the FAQ page is for the protection of victims' identities, which is why the map only shows the "blocks" in which crimes have happened, rather than specific addresses.
Government Technology has a writeup of the Chicagocrimes.org site titled Modern Mapmaker which describes a little about the use and creation of their map, and the site has received a lot of additional press. It makes me wonder if someone from New Castle County, or the State of Delaware would be interested in finding out more about how those folks created their map. It has a very usable mapping interface.
Monday, January 09, 2006
Widener University School of Law Appoints New Dean
Congratulations to Linda Ammons, the new dean of Widener University School of Law, effective July 1, 2006, and welcome to Delaware.
Linda Ammons, Esq., will be the seventh dean of the school since it started in 1971, and the first woman to hold that position.
The school has come a long way since the days I attended in the late 80s and early 90s. With Dean Ammons' leadership, I suspect that it will continue to thrive.
More about Dean Ammons can be found on her profile page from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, where she was Assistant Dean and Law Professor.
Online Contest! Design Our New Logo - Win $250.00
We are changing our company logos, due to our new, more efficient ownership and management profile. $250 will be awarded to the person who submits the winning logo design.
The new unified logo will be for the following pair of businesses:
1. Larry D. Sullivan, Attorney at Law, P.A. - a general practice law firm;
2. Delaware Intercorp, Inc - A corporate registered agent/filing agent/ and corporate services firm.
The winning original submission will be somewhat related to the businesses, the team approach that we use in the businesses and/or the owner (myself); it must be tasteful, professional, and fitting to wear on attorneys' dress shirts. The contest will remain open until we choose a logo, or until I tire of the concept, whichever occurs first.
Submit your entries to: email@example.com