Archive for November, 2009:
Cited: Realtor Magazine
One real estate and business writer has conquered her iPhone, Lisa Holton. Now she has written a digital book called “The Essential Real Estate Dictionary” published by Sphinx Publishing/Sourcebooks. It is considered to be the first real estate dictionary published on iTunes App Store. The dictionary features more than 3,300 definitions, abbreviations, and Web sites, serving as a handy, on-the-go guide for buyers, sellers, and professionals alike. In an interview, Holton enlightens the world of iPhone users to various terms like “simple assumption” and “Monterey architecture article. Here is part of that interview:
How did the opportunity to create an iPhone app using your book, The Essential Real Estate Dictionary, come about?
HOLTON: To a great extent it had to do with the current fortunes of the publishing industry. My publishing company Sourcebooks and I had been weighing the opportunity to do a traditional book-form dictionary. This dictionary had originally been published by Barnes & Noble in 2003. But Sourcebooks suggested that because we’re in a down-publishing economy, why not take the product and put it digitally onto a phone? Agents and other people in the building trades rely on their phones considerably. It would be nice for them to have this kind of information at their fingertips. I added terms over the years and terms that have relevance in today’s lending environment.
How does the application function once downloaded to the iPhone?
HOLTON: When you pull up the app, it gives you the option to look up a word, look up an abbreviation, search word meanings, and something called “random word,” in which any of the words in the book pops up.
What do you think will be the greatest benefits for the real estate pros who use this?
HOLTON: This would be handy if you are trying to explain something to someone, or you’re trying to get the correct definition of a word for an area of the house if you’re getting something repaired or replaced. It’s also a good way for agents and brokers who don’t have a lot of experience to get to know the parts of a home or the parts of a commercial building, as well as standard lending terms.
HOLTON: In addition to the professionals who could use it, I also think people who are property buyers will use it. This is an opportunity for someone who really wants to learn a fair amount about real estate, not only structural terms, but lending terms and definitions of the key agencies involved in both the public and private lending processes. It’s a pretty good way to get to know the real estate business.
What was your process for writing the dictionary?
HOLTON: After getting the gist of what was out there, I went to professionals in various parts of the field and asked them what terms come up most often and what terms are relevant now. I also checked the news to make sure the terms people need to know reflect current headlines. I’m hoping we’ll come back in the next year or two and update the lending terms, because the way the lending world has changed I have a feeling we’re going to be learning a lot of new terms, a lot of new agencies, and a lot of new processes.
What is your favorite word in the book?
HOLTON: Given the present state of the economy and the current minefield brokers and buyers face to get there, I’m going to go with “closing.”
What motivated you to create this dictionary?
HOLTON: Initially, it was fairly unglamorous. The publisher was looking for someone with business writing experience to do a little more extensive dictionary, and there was an obvious need for it. I stuck with it (since the original was published in 2003) and have written other books on real estate, so it made sense for me to stay in this area. Even though the real estate business is in a difficult place, people are still interested in learning.
Do you have any plans to incorporate your dictionary into educational classes or training opportunities?
HOLTON: We have talked about it. The dictionary is obviously something that would be a great help to anyone teaching basic real estate licensing classes. We just got the app up earlier this summer. At this point, Sourcebooks is mainly promoting the product through tech media right now.
Could you share a little about your background? How did you begin writing about real estate?
HOLTON: I was a business editor and reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times, where I also wrote stories for the real estate section. Obviously being a home owner, I already had a built-in interest. Writing about real estate was a natural fit. I also tend to like projects where you’re teaching someone without a lot of knowledge the basics of what they need to go forward.
Lisa Holton also has her own company called “The Lisa Company“, which ‘blends a traditional approach to writing, editing and research with an understanding of what ideas will work in both old and new media’. The company writes articles, reports and web copy for various clients. Holton is an author in addition to being a ghostwriter for various clients. The company also handles various multimedia writing and production as well as organizational blogging and newswriting services.
My Take: This sounds like something that not only real estate agents should have, but first-time buyers as well. If you have never bought a house before, you should have a good working vocabulary of what you are about to do. It might even help those people who are trying to get Kentucky mortgage refinancing for their home. I am sure that the terms used in any Louisville Kentucky mortgage can be just as confusing as those in a sales contract.
I wonder if the app also includes terms for homes that were remodeled like granite slabs. I know, if I were buying a brand-new home or even an older home, I would like to know if it had new granite tile countertops. I am sure that everybody knows what a granite countertop is, but there may be other terminology for it. I am just saying that any dictionary can be very explicit or detail and also be very vague.
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Cited: The American Lawyer
Many people of the last generation do not believe that law firms change. This seems to be an arrogant and naïve point of view because change is inevitable as well as ongoing. For success, whether law firm or retailer, comes because there is someone that was able to manage change effectively in the past. Law firms operate through central consensus model of decision-making, which means that most law firms are not set up to manage change well. However, various areas of change and innovation to exist within law firms and give them the ability to sort through the good and the bad from normal organizational processes.
Recently, the opportunity to talk with two leading law firm innovators about how technology is likely to impact the practice of law in the next few years presented itself. John Alber is the technology partner and head of the client technology group at Bryan Cave in St. Louis. Mary Abraham, counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, helps lead the firm’s knowledge management efforts. John and Mary recently returned from the International Legal Technology Association conference, the leading peer networking organization for legal technologists.
What were the top presentations at ILTA?
John Alber: Since I was on the conference committee, that’s like asking a parent to choose a favorite child. I have to say that I was very keen on the “futures” presentations done with [Oxford professor and Scottish legal futurist] Richard Susskind, not the least because I had the privilege of working with Richard in one of them. I was also taken with the many manifestations of social media at the conference. There were many sessions treating the phenomenon, a reflection of its increasing prominence in the legal public mind. I find social networking is on the tongues (if not the fingertips) of many lawyers.
What do you predict will be three key technology-driven changes in law over the next 24 months, based on what you saw at ILTA?
JA: I think enterprise search is finally here. I saw widespread recognition that tools like Recommind and other enterprise search platforms can, and should, do far more than simply help find documents. They are becoming the foundations of our knowledge enterprises. I found social media to be red-hot, which is both a reflection of its presence in the public mind and a function of its utility in the modern enterprise. I think we’ll see a rapid uptick in social media use.
Mary Abraham: If Richard Susskind is correct, the firms that embrace the current economic challenges as more than temporary discipline, and then use those challenges as incentive to understand and improve the way they deliver client services, will enjoy an enormous competitive advantage. So the first key change will be a perceptible gap between firms with “disruptive technology” (technology that creates change in organizations and business models, as first described in Clayton Christensen’s “Innovator’s Dilemma”) and those without. This gap could be widened if Susskind’s observation proves true that lawyers are more concerned about suffering a competitive disadvantage than having a competitive advantage. (In other words, he believes that most lawyers would rather keep up with the pack than forge ahead.)
The second key change will occur in the way lawyers interact with clients. At ILTA the in-house counsel presentations and several law firm presentations pointed to a mode of operating in which firms offer a greater degree of transparency and access to their clients during a matter. One firm talked about providing a real-time collection of all e-mail correspondence between the client and the firm. Another firm supplied online tools that allowed clients to analyze problems and create specific documents. Several others enabled clients to generate progress reports at will on projects those firms were carrying out.
The third key change will occur in law firms. The drive to contain costs should push firms to find more efficient ways to share knowledge and speed the delivery of client services. The obvious answer is to increase transparency within the firm, not only among lawyers but also among administrative personnel. From the perspective of a knowledge manager, this will be a huge leap forward, since a firm that has easy access to what it knows can provide better service more efficiently. The key here is the need for cost containment, which should move firms away from expensive to maintain databases and document repositories toward simpler and cheaper ways of exchanging information, perhaps through the use of social media tools.
With regard to social media, it looks like Mary is a believer. I noticed you were Twittering from ILTA. What was that about?
MA: I’ve always been an active note-taker at meetings. At a different conference earlier in the year, I discovered that if I packed my notes into a series of 140-character nuggets, then people who were unable to attend could follow along. The power of this became evident when a panelist at that earlier conference provided some inaccurate information, which I reported. Within moments, the correct information was sent to me via Twitter from someone 500 miles away who had been reading the Twitter updates. I then passed the correct information on to everyone attending the panel presentation. As the discussion continued, people outside the conference tweeted their questions, which were then put to the panelists. This allowed for a richer, multidimensional conversation among the panelists, the conference attendees and the people following the session around the world via Twitter.
This year many people who normally would have attended ILTA were unable to because of budget constraints. ILTA responded by asking several of us to blog and tweet conference sessions, thereby sharing widely the benefits of the conference. My understanding is that ILTA was sufficiently impressed by the value of these efforts that there will be more use of social media by the organization going forward.
What did you think of Richard Susskind’s presentation?
MA: Richard Susskind has a great gift for making one think differently about the practice of law. And that’s exactly what I went to ILTA to find. While I had heard much of his talk before, I found that I listened differently in light of the economic pressures facing the legal industry. This time, I was particularly struck by his statement that we lawyers need to take a harder look at the components of the service we deliver to our clients. It was his contention that until we actually know what elements of that service can be standardized or automated and what elements truly must be tailor-made to suit a client, we won’t be able to make intelligent, facts-based choices about how to improve our client service. Obviously, a key component of this is understanding exactly what it costs your firm to deliver a particular service. In this regard, I was very impressed by the work done by John Alber and Constance Hoffman at Bryan Cave to analyze the costs of client service and then model the impact of changing specific elements of that service in order to make it more efficient and cost-effective. Based on the audience reaction to their presentations, I suspect there are not nearly enough law firms in this country that are able to do something similar.
How are firms implementing these changes?
MA: It may be a little too early to tell. From what I heard at ILTA, most law firms have spent the first year of the new economic reality trying to cut and contain costs. While this always is a useful exercise, it isn’t the best or only solution to what may well be a fundamental challenge to the way we practice law. The ILTA presentations indicate that there is a path firms will have to travel: from cost-cutting and discounting, to detailed cost analysis and, finally, to rethinking how we work together with clients to deliver services. One danger is that zealous cost-cutting may deprive firms of the creative resources (both people and tools) necessary to re-imagine the practice of law. That would be a pity, since many of Richard Susskind’s recommendations require enormous creativity, coupled with the ability to question the premises that underpin the last several centuries of legal practice.
The only other challenge to a law firm is technology which can provide assistance in delivering client services effectively. However, economic circumstances may make that change a little difficult today. This just means that lawyers and techs alike will have to work together and share their ingenuity to improve client services with existing tools in new ways. The ILP a conference has already shown many how this does not have to be hard, but a little bit easier.
My Take: Technology has become more and more important in the practice of law in more ways than one. For example, at one time a Los Angeles court reporter used a stereotype or shorthand machine to type out every word spoken in a court room. Today, that same reporter can offer litigation support services in LA over the Internet.
A good example for technology working for a law firm would be when a couple is divorcing and they live in separate states. One spouse has a divorce attorney and the other has a divorce lawyer. With today’s technology, the child custody lawyer can easily communicate with the family lawyers resolve issues as well as save money on telephone calls or faxes.
When many of the older people in our society through the name “Lockheed”, they think airplanes. However, the company has diversified into many areas including healthcare and information technology. In fact, Lockheed Martin has been awarded $170 million in contracts from the federal Department of Health and Human Resources. Lockheed Martin has been contracted to help improve the patients he in government health information systems.
One of the agreements, worth $142 million, is for desktop support, help desk, and call center services under the HHS Program Support Center ID/IQ contract. The contract has a 3-year base period and four 1-year options.
Under the National Institutes of Health Office of Computer and Communications Systems Software Support Services task orders, Lockheed Martin will provide HHS with desktop support services, help desk and call center services, systems administration and email support, and general operations and maintenance. The consolidated task order has a three-year base period and four one-year options.
For the National Institutes of Health Office of Computer and Communications Systems Software Support Services, Lockheed Martin will provide support in web and application design and development, database design, infrastructure analysis and planning, network and system operations, and information assurance and system and network security. The contract has a 5-year base period with four 1-year options. The $28 million contract has a 5-year base period with four 1-year options.
Lockheed Martin provides IT services to healthcare providers in the U.S. government, including the Center for Disease Control, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, Federal Occupational and Health, Social Security Administration, and Department of Defense and Department of Veteran Affairs. Lockheed specializes in security technology products and services, with 140,000 employees and sales of $42.7 billion. The company’s health team employs 2,500.
“The transformation of our healthcare system is a priority for this nation,” said Steve Lubniewski, vice president, Lockheed Martin Health Solutions, in a statement. “For Lockheed Martin, it’s a challenge of human security: How are we advancing technology to support our customers in their mission to deliver accessible, quality healthcare? It starts with work like this — ensuring the efficient and secure operation of the health systems that serve America’s citizens.”
Lockheed Martin is a veteran federal IT contractor. The company said in May that it would assemble a team of subcontractors to bid for a contract to build a secure information systems network for the U.S. Navy’s surface fleet. The company was also part of a $493 million agreement with prime contractor Computer Science Corp. to manage IT for the Transportation Security Administration. The U.S. government spends $200 million daily on IT.
Lockheed Martin has been providing IT services to the healthcare community for nearly two decades, serving customers such as the Centers for Disease Control, Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services, Federal Occupational and Health, the Social Security Administration, and the Department of Defense and Department of Veteran Affairs. The company’s Health team includes more than 2,500 highly skilled clinical, scientific and technical professionals with expertise in health IT, research, bioinformatics and medical services.
Lockheed Martin is a global security company headquartered in Bethesda, Md. They employabout 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The reported sales for 2008 were $42.7 billion.
My Take: When I started to read this article, I could not figure out what an airline manufacturer was doing for healthcare. Then I decided to do a little research and discovered that they have diversified, a lot. In fact, there is a merger between Lockheed Corporation and Martin Marietta Corporation back in 1995. Lockheed Corporation began back in 1912 as Loughead Aircraft Manufacturing Company.
In 1912 when the company began, they were actually called Alco Hydro-Aeroplane Company. But, in later years they went bankrupt because of the Great Depression and were brought out of receivership for a mere $40,000. Lockheed was made famous by record-setting flights by Amelia Earhart, Wiley Post and George Herbert Wilkins. So it is no wonder that most people think of airplanes when they hear the name of Lockheed.
Today, they are a multinational aerospace manufacturer, global security and advanced technology company. I would imagine that even handle things like air cargo security. They probably even handle advanced air cargo handling systems.
A retailer in the security industry needs to have an expansive product portfolio and professional, knowledgeable consultants that will help you find the perfect security solution for your needs. There systems should be in use at airports, government and corporate buildings, correctional and prison facilities, postal facilities, military zones, sea ports and border crossings. The technologies utilized in the systems range from X-ray and Gamma-ray imaging to advanced threat identification techniques such as neutron and diffraction analysis with multi zone metal detector.
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Cited: Fashion Newspaper
In September, Quick-Med Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:QMDT) announced the development of a proprietary Stay Fresh™ technology and they are seeking partners to commercialize this revolutionary new technology in the textile market. Stay Fresh, apparently, is very effective in controlling odor causing bacteria as well as preventing associated stains of sweating. The technology is supposed to be extremely durable and effective for the lifetime of the treated fabric through 75 washing cycles, which overcomes the major shortcomings of many leading antimicrobial technologies
“Stay Fresh is a very exciting addition to our Company’s technology portfolio,” said J. Ladd Greeno, CEO of Quick-Med Technologies. “We believe that the unprecedented sustained performance of Stay Fresh will provide apparel and other textile manufacturers an important new way to differentiate and add value to their products.”
Stay Fresh technology has been designed to cost-effectively enhance a wide variety of textile applications including essential apparel, work wear, active wear, bedding and health care textiles. With the basic technology development complete, the Company will now focus on identifying commercialization partners with the interest and resources to bring this technology to key market segments. Quick-Med has initiated EPA registration which, when achieved, will allow its customers to make “treated article” claims and market the antimicrobial features of Stay Fresh technology. Additionally, the Company plans to pursue FDA clearance for select medical textile applications.
“Stay Fresh will provide efficacy and durability that is far superior to any other product on the market at a very attractive cost,” said Dr. Jerry Olderman, VP of Research & Development at Quick-Med. “Our research team has developed a high performance textile treatment that overcomes the key shortcomings of currently available technologies.”
Stay Fresh can be used with a broad range of fiber types and blends on whites and colored fabrics. The patent-pending technology employs a safe, eco-friendly active agent that remains in full concentration on any of several fabric types and compositions. It controls a broad range of both Gram-positive and Gram negative bacteria throughout the life of the product. Stay Fresh finish is not depleted during repeated laundering in hot or cold water. This extraordinary durability protects against the development of resistance by bacteria and the sustained bond means that there’s no environmental impact of the wash water.
Quick-Med’s newest platform technology, Stay Fresh., joins NIMBUS® just cleared by the FDA and is a non-leaching antimicrobial technology that is initially being utilized in wound care products like NimbuDerm™, which is a novel skin-sanitizer whose technology provides comfortable, ongoing protection for 6 or more hours. And MultiStat®, a family of patented compounds that have been shown to have significant benefit in promoting the maintenance, healing as well as repair of skin and eye tissue.
My Take: People have been trying to avoid the odor and stains of sweat for generations! Now, they come up with something that makes it easy. Does this mean we can do away with deodorant? I doubt that very much! I just want to know whether it will be in both shirt and pants material.
If it is, that means that men who have to wear lined work pants for work will not stink as much at work. It also means that other flame resistant clothing will not have to be cleaned as often, which will save a lot of money. One thing is for sure, college students are going to love Stay Fresh. Their Greek clothing will stay fresh into the evening hours with no stains showing. This one point will be even more important for those who have custom apparel.
Visalia, Calif. police prepared for a dangerous high-speed chase after a thief carjacked an SUV at gunpoint. As the police officers swung their cruisers behind the sport utility vehicle the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe sped up with officers in pursuit. However, shortly after the suspect made a right turn, the onboard OnStar service at General Motors Company sent a command that disabled the gas pedal that caused the SUV to gradually come to a halt, avoiding a dangerous high-speed chase. With the vehicle disabled, the frustrated thief got out and ran. He was captured after climbing several fences and falling into a backyard swimming pool according to police
It was the first time since OnStar began offering the service in the 2009 model year that it was used to end a chase that could otherwise have had dire consequences.
“He wouldn’t have pulled over if OnStar hadn’t have shut the vehicle down,” said Visalia Police Sgt. Steve Phillips. “Generally, pursuits end in a collision.”
The whole thing began when Jose Ruiz, 33, of nearby Lindsay, Calif., was sitting in his Tahoe in a lighted parking lot about 3 a.m. October 18 while his cousin was talking on a cell phone in the passenger seat. Out of the corner of his eye, Ruiz saw a man walking toward him.
“He already had a gun out,” Ruiz said Monday.
The man pointed a sawed-off shotgun at Ruiz and ordered both men to get out of the Tahoe and empty their pockets. Ruiz’s cousin at first refused, but Ruiz told him to obey, knowing that OnStar could find the stolen truck with a global positioning system.
“I was afraid he was going to shoot my cousin. My cousin was arguing with him,” Ruiz recalled.
The cousin relented and the man sped off in the truck. Ruiz then sprinted for a nearby pay telephone to call police, but ran into a sheriff’s deputy on her break who notified Visalia police.
Officers quickly contacted OnStar and got Ruiz’s permission to find the vehicle. Police spotted it a few miles away, but as officers made a U-turn to pursue it, the Tahoe sped off at a high speed, Phillips said. The suspect made a turn, and police dispatchers told the pursuing officers that OnStar was about to disable the Tahoe. It then rolled to a halt, and the robber was quickly captured.
The 21-year-old suspect was jailed and faces preliminary charges of robbery, carjacking, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.
OnStar President Walt Dorfstatter said it took only 16 minutes from the time OnStar was notified for the vehicle to be stopped. Visalia Police Chief Colleen Mestas said the new technology kept officers, other motorists and even the suspect out of a dangerous chase.
“Considering the violent crime that this suspect was wanted for, I was just amazed,” she said.
Police chases often end in death, many times for the people in the pursued vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Last year, 334 people were killed nationwide in crashes that stemmed from police pursuits, including five police officers, 235 people in the chased vehicles and 77 who were in cars or trucks not involved in the chases.
Ruiz said police returned his Tahoe, cell phone and wallet to him that night. The only thing they didn’t get back was some cash taken from his cousin.
Mestas hopes that both technology like OnStar as well as more police aircraft will help minimize the dangers of chases in the future whose city is about 50 miles southeast of Fresno.
“It would be nice to have a day in law enforcement that you didn’t have to actively pursue suspects at high speeds,” she said.
Not all GM vehicles have the stolen vehicle slowdown feature yet. GM hopes to expand as models are updated. The feature is on 18 of the 30 2010 models equipped with OnStar. OnStar is a communication service that not only gives directions but allows the driver to call for help if the vehicle is disabled or in a crash. It may take several years for all GM models to get the feature according to Dorfstatter.
My Take: When I heard about this incident, I started laughing. I would have loved to have been a fly on the windshield just to see the look on that thief’s when the car started to slow down and he could do nothing about it. Can you imagine if every car had this feature, how many lives would be saved?
More lives could be saved if people would attend an academy driving school NY to learn what the rules of the world really are and how to handle themselves if an accident should occur. The New York DMV even gives credit for points if people attend a driving school. In fact, online defensive driving courses are now available across the country. New Jersey even has an insurance rate reduction course available for drivers.
Cited: Realtor Magazine
According to panelists of REALTOR® Magazine’s Young Professionals Network during the session “Marketing Strategies That Work” at the 2009 REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings in Washington, D.C. you can turn FaceBook and other social networking sites into money generating leads for your real estate business. One real estate agent, Koki Adasi-Efuya, of Long & Foster Real Estate in Rockville, Md., after connecting with an old high school friend on FaceBook was asked to sell his house. The best thing, this connection led to several other referrals!
After the sale, the friend’s sister called and asked him to sell her house. They communicated via Facebook during the selling process, since she lived an hour away. Soon after, the friend’s father contacted Adasi-Efuya—also through Facebook. He wanted to sell his house, too.
Adasi-Efuya said that reaching out to his friend wasn’t a strategy to build business; he was just sending a message to say happy birthday. But now he knows that just like in real life, expanding his sphere of contacts on Facebook can lead to new clients. Panelist Adasi-Efuya is a member of the 2008 REALTOR® Magazine “30 Under 30” class.
Blogging for Credibility
Darrin Friedman, the branch vice president of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Chevy Chase, Md., says blogging turned out to be his social networking silver-bullet. It has helped him recruit sales associates, build regional and national credibility, and ultimately make his company more profitable.
He attributes his blog to helping his brokerage receive more than $5 million in referrals in 2008. Plus, he says his blog (www.Cbblogestate.com) had a part in recruiting and luring half of the 70 agents he has recruited to the company since January 2007.
Make Your Own Path to Success
Tapping social networking—such as FaceBook, Twitter, and blogs—can particularly be good tools in reaching the largest segment of future home buyers on the market today—Gen Y and Gen X, panelists said.
Panelists offered the following tips on how you can get similar results in your marketing:
Advertise on Facebook. Spread the word by purchasing ads along the side of Facebook pages. You can set an age, gender, and location target market and have your ads appear on Facebook pages that match your criteria. You can also track your ad’s progress in real time to see who has been clicking on it.
Make information available electronically and virtually. Gen Y and Gen X buyers love to see rich data, charts, graphs, and electronic forms, but provide all of the information you have for them on a CD, flash drive, or online so that they can take it with them to analyze themselves later, said Amanda DiVito, ABR®, CRS, of RE/MAX Alliance in Arvada, Colo. Gen Xers (she pegged those born between 1961 and 1981) tend to be skeptics and question everything and are fact-seekers, she said. She called Gen Y (those born between 1982 and 2000) intellectually curious and tech-savvy.
Create group or business pages on Facebook. Create a Facebook group page to connect with prospects, such as a group geared to “first-time home buyers” where you provide helpful information. Or create a business page for your company, and ask others to become “fans” of your page. Whether on FaceBook, LinkedIn, or Twitter, the idea of social networking is to communicate within online communities of people who share interests and activities, said Adasi-Efuya.
Use status updates to stay in front of your network. On FaceBook, you can use status updates and the Wall—the public viewing area on your network’s pages—to stay top of mind among your sphere. The simple “Happy Birthday” on a friend’s Wall that led to three listings for Adasi-Efuya also went to all his FaceBook contacts. Likewise, you can use Twitter—a micro-blogging site based on the question “What are you doing now?”—to keep people alerted to what you are doing in your business.
Be professional. Make your status as a real estate professional clear by posting a professional photo and creating a complete profile at social networking sites you frequent. Remember also that your duties under the REALTORS® Code of Ethics extend to your online communications.
Show your personality but not your sale pitch. Friedman said blogging is an opportunity to engage in dialog with customers and employees, to challenge assumptions, meet like-minded people, a way to get skeptical clients to know you, and an avenue to let clients know more about who you are. However, he warns, blogging should not be self-indulgent, and you should not attempt to control the message or make it product-driven. Instead, blogging should be transparent, inclusive, authentic, vibrant, and consumer-driven, Friedman said.
Friedman told his new sales associates to follow blogging’s best practices and you will become an authority source on this business. This is why he required those new associates to create an Active Rain profile within 10 days of beginning their job. They were then required to send a link to everyone in their sphere.
Friedman requires his new sales associates to create an Active Rain profile within 10 days of starting at the company and then to send a link to everyone in their sphere. Follow blogging best practices, he said, and you’ll become an authoritative source on this business.
My Take: The principle in this article can be utilized for just about any business. It can generate leads or bring customers to your website or store front for that matter. Anytime you can give a potential client or customer information on what you can provide for them is a good thing.
A good example of this is if your real estate office also acts as a property management company, you would let people know that you are one of the suburban St. Paul property management companies and you have rentals available. If you handle property in other areas, you would let them know that you are an Edina MN property management company as well. In this way you cover all areas of the community that you have rental property available.
You would be able to do the same thing if your office handled more than one area of property sales. For example, if you had Palisades real estate, you would let everybody know that this is not the only area where you have property for sale. You would also let them know that you had Nyack riverfront homes at reasonable prices. It really is not as hard as you may think.
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Cited: CNet news
Reed Hastings is Netflix management team is celebrating after performing a corporate equivalent of an end zone dance! The only ones begrudging them are those in Hollywood. The direction that Netflix’s CEO has pointed the top video rental store in as Wall Street and subscribers overjoyed. Of course, the only people that are not pleased with the success are those in Hollywood.
Just days before Netflix reported third-quarter earnings that jumped 48% from a year ago and subscriber growth of 28% during the same period, two executives from different studios told me they aren’t getting their fair share.
“The thing with Netflix is that people are taking notice that they keep reporting these big quarters,” said one studio exec. “We aren’t participating in that and that’s going to change.”
Another entertainment executive told me Netflix contributes less to the studios’ bottom line than other distribution modes, such as DVD sales. In addition, Netflix and other digital rental stores, including iTunes, may also be luring customers away from these more profitable outlets. He said that the film industry is just like any other supplier–it wants to see the partners who pay most for its product fare the best.
The problem here, of course, is that Hollywood’s best partners are ailing. DVD sales are in decline. Cable providers are seeing customers drop their subscriptions and turn to the Internet for entertainment. Theater revenues are up but that’s due to rising ticket prices. The more important statistic is the number of moviegoers and that’s shrinking, according to one of the studio execs.
As this Hollywood tearjerker plays out, Hastings and his Netflix crew continue to report knockout earnings. In addition, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is growing iTunes’ video-rental business as well as its download-to-own sales, according to multiple studio sources.
In this environment “there’s a lot of jockeying for position,” said Tom Adams, the principle analyst and founder of Adams Media Research, a company that has provided market data to Hollywood for 25 years. “The studios don’t love the rental market as much because the focus has always been on sales. They’ve had Wal-Mart and Target, stores that are willing to take slim margins for the traffic-generating capability that comes with selling DVDs.”
Look at the situation from the eyes of a studio chief: Netflix charges $9 a month and that enables a subscriber to watch all the movie titles Netflix offers online. Compare that with the money the studios get when a consumer pays $14.95 for a single DVD.
The lords of tinsel town would be wise to keep an eye on Hastings. It was just a couple of years ago that many predicted the company he co-founded in 1997 would be crushed by digital-distribution services.
But Hastings is turning out to be the John Elway of digital entertainment. Like the famed former Denver Broncos quarterback, the Netflix CEO has a knack for executing better than competitors and leading his troops out of jams. Plenty of pundits wrote not long ago that online-video services would eclipse Netflix’s DVD mail-order business–with its profit-chomping warehouses, big postage costs, and inability to provide instant gratification. Customers who rent discs must wait until the mailman arrives to watch a movie.
But Elway engineered “The Drive” and Hastings’ engineered the strategic partnerships with Microsoft’s Xbox, Roku, LG, Sony and other set-top makers that enable Netflix users to watch streaming video on their TV sets.
Under Hastings’ stewardship, Netflix has staked out prime turf. By bridging the so-called “last 10 feet” from the Web to the TV, Netflix promises users a viewing experience that rivals the one provided by traditional cable and broadcast stations. Apple can’t do this (who owns an AppleTV?). Ad-supported Web video services, such as Hulu or YouTube, aren’t hooked up to the TV yet in any important way.
As for Hollywood’s concerns that Netflix is hurting more profitable outlets, there appears to be room for negotiation. Hastings suggested during Netflix’s third-quarter earnings call (PDF) recently that he is willing to share more with the studios once more customers opt for streaming content, which will reduce the costs of shipping DVDs.
“In the long-term, as we license more and more content for streaming and as consumers use streaming more, that enormous and growing postal expense will start to flow to content owners and we will become one of the studios’ and networks’ largest customers,” Hastings said. “The rate of evolution for this depends both on how much streaming content we can license and how many homes have a Netflix-ready device or enjoy watching video on a laptop.”
Hastings appears to be sending Hollywood a message here by saying that Netflix’s streaming service will help turn it into a much more profitable partner, provided the studios give the video store greater access to films and TV shows.
Adams said that Netflix has enjoyed a “grace period” with the studios because the success of Netflix’s steaming service caught many in Hollywood by surprise. (Note: Adams credited Microsoft’s Xbox with fueling much of the speedy growth and said that his research shows Xbox households are watching 17 hours of Netflix streaming content a month, a number he called “significant”). Adams said he thinks a deal will get done that benefits the studios and Netflix. Maybe, but Hollywood has a history of going to war with companies like Netflix when negotiations don’t go its way, according to Hastings.
“Occasionally, a studio tries to find ways to restrict a rental firm’s ability to buy at retail,” Hastings said during the earnings call on Thursday. “But retail is so big and diffuse, this strategy has never worked. Four years ago, Blockbuster, in an attempt to have an exclusive in rental, paid the Weinstein Company to block all purchases of their films by Netflix. This attempted blockade continues today but we’ve never had a problem buying Weinstein DVDs.”
One thing to keep in mind is that the “blockade” he was talking about was for physical discs. Part of the reason why it wasn’t successful is that as long as a video store can find someone to sell it a DVD the law allows them to do pretty much anything it wants with the disc.
This doesn’t apply to streaming movies, however. To distribute films online, Netflix needs to reach an agreement with the studios. The studios could conceivably stifle the growth of Netflix’s streaming business by holding back content. Here’s something else: Hastings said there’s talk the studios may attempt to create a brief “sales-only” period. He didn’t provide many details, but he also didn’t sound too worried.
“If some studios choose to support a sales-only window and delay rental, it would shrink the rental market a bit, but it would grow sales revenue for those studios,” Hastings said. “If we can agree on low enough pricing for delayed rental, it could potentially increase profits for everyone…A short sales-only window would be a benefit to DVD sales and therefore, to the health of the whole DVD ecosystem. Plus, it would allow us to spend less on discs and more on streaming content. ”
This simply means that Hollywood studios may protect DVD sales and at the same time make Netflix even stronger in the rental sector of the industry. Hastings has already shown what he can do when the odds are against it. Do you have any ideas what will happen when he is out in front?
My Take: It is typical of Hollywood! If they are not getting their piece of the pie, they are not happy. You would think they would be happy with the price they charge for movies as it is, but no they are not. I have stopped going to movie theaters because it costs too much. It is a whole lot cheaper to get a movie through Cox with their “On Demand” program.
I know, I have to wait at least a year before get to see the movie, but I still get to see the movie and in luxury of my own home. I am also a subscriber to Netflix because sometimes I want to see a movie that isn’t on cable TV and I do not have the money to buy the DVD. I would be willing to get a movie download if Netflix offered it, but so far they do not. However, there are places online and get the best movie downloads available for price that is usually cheaper than the DVD.
SWAT and Minecraft
In an interesting story to come out of the world of Minecraft, a kid who was mad that the server admin had kicked him off a Minecraft server decided to play a joke on his Minecraft server hosting friend, who was only sixteen years old himself, by calling up the police and getting a SWAT team to invade the server admin’s home as an act of revenge. When a player is banned from a server they can get rather mad and apparently the popular thing to do now is to call up the police and try and get the SWAT team.
New Jim Shore Pieces
Each year there are some amazingly beautiful additions to the Jim Shore series of figurines and collectables and for 2012, there have been some great additions to the collection including an adorable Uncle Scrooge “A Wealth of Riches” figurine which shows Uncle Scrooge in the form of the Scrooge McDuck character from Disney. Another beautiful set includes four lovely and small sea shells that are all unique in their shapes and have a wonderful geometric design painted upon them. In addition there is a beautiful bird that has been added to Jim Shore figurines that is of a Meadow Lark and is called “A Warbling Wonder.”
Complexity of Puzzles
One of the misconceptions about puzzles is the idea that just because a puzzle has a million pieces, it must be difficult, but depending on the specific type of puzzle, sometimes 1000 piece puzzles are such that they are something that would be easy to put together simply because the end result isn’t that complex and does include many different colors. Other puzzles that might have many fewer pieces might be considered very hard simply because of all the similar colors included in the end picture which generally means that it would be harder to decipher where those pieces might go.
Searching for Sun Relief
As anyone knows, it’s important to wear sunglasses when the sun is very bright so as to protect the eyes and while some individuals may employ prescription sunglasses to get their eyes some protection from the sun, it’s often just as easy to get cheap sunglasses to do the job if someone doesn’t otherwise need reading glasses or glasses to see far away outside. Most modern sunglasses today that don’t cost a lot not only offer protection from the sun but also offer some nice style as well since most people want to look cool with their sunglasses on.
Different Club Companies
There are a lot of different options for the clubs that someone might use on the course and in recent years the popularity of golfing has allowed a lot of golf clubs makers to come out of the woodwork and become very popular. Some of the most long standing golf club companies are those such as Titleist and Callaway with other companies such as Odyssey and Mizuno becoming extremely popular as well. The interesting thing about golfing now is that all of a golfer’s clubs might not be coming from the same company as it’s fine to mix and match.
Difficult to Please People
The interesting thing about putting together a wedding is the fact that the woman usually has to take care of most of the details as men often suggest that they don’t care, but interestingly when it comes to rings it ends up that many men will have specific opinions on what they want to wear. One great option is looking into titanium wedding rings as these types of rings are often such that many people haven’t really heard of them before and their designs are very modern and will often match very well with many styles.
Jewelry Offers Significant Sales
There are a lot of economic analysts who have suggested that jewelry sales are likely slated to remain high and that individuals who have been holding onto their old or valuable jewelry might want to visit Atlanta diamond buyers as it would seem that for the time being prices are as high as they’re going to get in the foreseeable future. Jewelry that includes diamonds or gold in it has remained quite expensive for the past several years and the rates have stayed high, much to the confusion of economic analysts who would have thought it would have moved by now.
The future of electronics and software is that it could very well be able to detect a variety of diseases more accurately than a doctor. To a doctor, a broken bone one day, and detection a few months later and then depression year after that could possibly appear to be separate medical issues. However, some Boston doctors had developed a new artificial intelligence program that tells them all of these symptoms are that of domestic abuse. In fact, this AI program can detect abuse victims 6 years before they would otherwise be found, which means it could eventually be used to diagnose just about any disease or injury.
“It’s very difficult to detect domestic abuse because it often happens in the privacy of the home,” said Ben Reis, a doctor at Children’s Hospital Boston (CHB) who helped develop the program.
“Doctors are often on the front lines of detecting abuse, but so often the doctor is focused on treating the injury, they don’t see the context behind it.”
Dozens of studies over the last 40 years have correlated various illnesses, injuries and other conditions with abuse. Bruising to the middle of the forearm or the core of the body instead of the elbow or knee can signal abuse. Depression or alcoholism may also be symptoms of this condition.
The new program takes all of these studies and puts them in one place. Before a doctor even consults with a patient, the software will alert the doctor about the likelihood of abuse in a particular case using a color-coded system. It would then be up to the doctor whether to treat the patient as a victim of abuse.
To create the artificial intelligence program, the CHB doctors used six years of data from more than 560,000 patients ages 18 years and older. While many studies have correlated certain injuries with abuse, Reis, along with his colleagues Isaac Kohane and Kenneth Mandi, tasked the program with finding its own connections between an abuse diagnosis and records of injuries leading up to that diagnosis.
The program picked up domestic abuse an average of two years before it was diagnosed. In one case, the program detected abuse more than six years before it was diagnosed by a physician. Robert Sege, a doctor at the Boston Medical Center not involved with the study, is very impressed with the research.
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“By the time someone is identified as abused, the abuse has generally gone on for a long time,” said Sege. “This is really powerful. If I had this with particular patients, I would be aware of the possibility and ask them more detailed questions or tell them about the kinds of services we provide.”
Electronic health records are the lynchpin of the artificial intelligence system, according to both Reis and Sege. Abuse victims often seek medical treatment at different locations for each injury to avoid detection. Each hospital or doctor keeps separate patient records but often fail to share those records. Keeping one, consolidated electronic record of a patient activity would enable the software to detect abuse.
The record doesn’t even have to be particularly detailed, says Reis. The CHB doctors used only the most basic patient data, “the lowest common denominator,” as Reis calls it, to diagnose abuse in patients. Using better data should only increase the program’s success at abuse detection.
Better data could also allow the program to diagnose a variety of diseases more accurately as well. Ultimately, Reis and his colleagues want to expand their software to consider every human disease, a project he likens to the Human Genome Project, a multinational, $3 billion effort to sequence the entire human genome. To support their research Reis was recently granted a four-year, $1.3 million grant to expand their research.
“We want to do a fundamental analysis of the entire human ‘disease-some’ — if there is such a word — to check the predictability of all diseases,” said Reis.
Some doctors may actually worry that they will be losing their jobs when an artificial intelligence system that is capable of diagnosing a host of diseases is created. However, they do not need to fear because it will take years to finish a complete analysis of all diseases and even after the project is complete, doctors will still be needed.
“We are here to empower doctors,” said Reis, “not replace them.”
My Take: This is absolutely amazing! Doctors can use all the help they can get in making accurate diagnoses. In fact, I think we need more doctors and nurses because you keep hearing how overworked they are. Nobody wants a tired doctor trying to diagnose their condition in an emergency.
The EHR will make this an even better program once it is put into action. The lives that will be saved and changed because abuse is diagnosed earlier will be amazing. People will not have to rely on a Brooklyn nursing home abuse lawyer because it was detected early enough to stop it. However, they may still need to contact the NYC slip and fall accident attorney if they slip the grocery store.
Open Mouth, Insert Foot
Sometimes things get out of hand and words are said or things are done in the heat of the moment. Having competent representation for Toronto provincial offences can keep you out of jail. A charge for assault or uttering threats is often treated very seriously, even if your charge is first time offence. In some cases, you may be kept in jail until released on bail. In those situations you often have to abide by strict conditions. This is treated much more seriously than other summary conviction offences because of the nature of the charge. Comparatively, an impaired driving charge often poses only the risk to human safety, and a theft or fraud deals with property. However, an assault or threatening charge is considered to relate directly to the safety of other people and as a result will be treated as such and you will need an Ottawa assault lawyer.
Medicare Supplement Plans
Medicare supplement insurance is an insurance policy that actually does exactly as it sounds. It supplements Medicare. This sounds easy enough, but why would you need a Medicare Supplement? When you turn 65 you become eligible for Medicare Supplemental Insurance that can help pay what Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B does not. Although these “Parts” of Medicare will cover a portion of your medical bills, there are still out-of-pocket expenses that you are responsible for. These expenses are called the “gaps” in Medicare. This is why Medicare sometimes calls insurance supplements a “Medigap” policy.
For the first time in the US, Rhode Island state public health officials are electronically monitoring H1N1 flu outbreaks by using electronic data acquired from pharmacies. They are doing this based on each prescription data connected with the dispensing of chemical and three other antiviral drugs that are used, not only for seasonal flu, but for swine flu as well.
All, 100%, of the approximately 183 pharmacies in Rhode Island are currently connected into an e-prescription network provided by Surescripts, which along with the pharmacies will be providing public health officials with the flu drug data weekly.
The data will include prescriptions ordered by doctors electronically, or by paper, fax, or phone from independent drugstores as well as those operated by large retail chains such as CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Stop & Shop.
Public health officials will receive de-identified (no names) prescription data along with ZIP codes and ages of patients to aid in the tracking and trending of flu outbreaks through the state. The system uses a computer program that complements another flu tracking system used by state officials. That system includes data from Sentinel, which collects flu data reported by 25 doctor practices located in various geographic regions of the state, and another state system that collects data from hospital emergency departments.
By tracking data from multiple sources, public health officials will get a more comprehensive look at developing trends, such as identifying possible H1N1 outbreaks based on location or patient age, such as clusters of school age children in specific towns.
By using the e-prescription data along with Sentinel and ER data, state health officials can also detect and monitor discrepancies between outbreaks reported by doctors versus outbreaks suggested by the number of flu related drugs being prescribed. The discrepancies could be due to factors such as the over-prescription of flu medicines in absence of actual flu cases, as well as the under-reporting of flu by doctors in a region.
For instance, if state public health officials determine that doctors within a certain zip code are prescribing a usually large number of antiviral medicines in the absence of reported flu cases, state officials could target outreach and educational programs to healthcare providers in those regions. The system can also give public health officials notice if supplies of Tamiflu and other antiviral medicine are running low, which could trigger the state to release emergency stockpiles.
According to a Surescript spokesman, wrote Island has the highest percentage of pharmacies in the national e-prescribing network. Because of the statewide collaboration of healthcare providers, consumers, government leaders and leaders in academia working to improve healthcare, Rhode Island is showing the nation how to work together, improve on and handle situations like swine flu outbreaks.
My Take: You mean that government officials actually thought of a new way to keep track of something like this? Wow, Rhode Island must have some really intelligent people in their government. Maybe they could loan them out to some of the other states or even the federal government. Sometimes I wonder if these people “in charge” of our government have any brains.
I am sure that those that are working on the health care bill in Washington do not have anyone brains. Last I heard they had one that was going to be great and would pay for itself by reducing coverage in Medicare and other areas. What is strange about this? Medicare is health coverage for the elderly and disabled. That means they are going to reduce coverage for senior citizens and disabled people and give everybody else better coverage. I think this is defeating the purpose of good health care for all.
That is like accreditation for medical students, doctors and healthcare facilities. Each area of the country has its own standards as well as federal and international standards. A DME accreditation certificate in one state is different from another because of their “standards”. It seems to me that they need to get healthcare accreditation solutions that cover each and every medical student, doctor, nurse and healthcare facility that are the same.
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Medical Equipment Resource
There are a couple of new devices that all doctors should utilize to help their patients of all ages to retain your hearing. One is the new Amplitude T-Series models are an entirely new concept in audiometry. The first thing you will probably notice about the Amplitude T-Series models is that there’s no box. That’s because the audiometer is built right into the patient response switch. The other will detect hearing loss, prevent language disabilities, and improve patient outcomes with the Welch Allyn OAE Hearing Screener, the child-friendly hearing screener set that’s objective, accurate, and easy to use.
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Cited: The Connecticut Law Tribune
An inventor who is known for his complex inventions, Triantafyllos Tafas from Rocky Hill Connecticut, has won an important legal and regulatory victory that could help small companies and individuals across the country in the future. Tafas started a suit back in 2007 against the US Patent and Trademark Office to start new rules from going into effect. Those rules were meant to strict the number of times an inventor could make revisions to a pending patent application.
Opponents of the rules, limiting so-called “continuations”, said they would hurt small businesses and individuals who could not afford the high cost of repeatedly filing for entirely new patents. “It was going to be an extremely costly exercise to be in compliance with those rules,” said Steven J. Moore, one of two attorneys at the Stamford office of Kelly, Drye & Warren who represented Tafas. The other is James E. Nealon.
Now, with a new administration in Washington, it’s clear that those proposed rules will never go into effect. On Oct.8, new patent office Commissioner David J. Kappos officially rescinded the highly controversial “anti-continuation” regulations, and moved to dismiss the lawsuit.
Co-plaintiff GlaxoSmithKlein, the pharmaceutical company whose challenge was combined with Tafas’ suit, agreed to dismiss the federal court challenge and vacate the matter. But while Tafas is agreeable to burying the hatchet, he’s not going that far. His attorneys have technical legal reasons for not joining in Glaxo’s motion to vacate; they believe it’s not legally possible to do so, under U.S. Supreme Court rulings.
Most patent lawyers from coast to coast breathed a sigh of relief when the demise of the proposed rules was announced. As one blogger put it, a long “nightmare” for patent lawyers nationally had come to an end. The proposed rules — which would have limited the number of continuations to three for each patent — had supporters, primarily in the information technology industry worried.
For example, eBay, the online auction giant, supported the rule change. Its assistant general counsel, Emily L. Ward, formally commented that a limit on continuations would help discourage the tactic of “submarining” in which an inventor changes the thrust of a patent to intersect with a lucrative new technological field, simply to exact license fees.
Additionally, U.S. Patent and Trademark officials said the continuation limitation would drastically reduce the amount of paperwork they would have to handle and, thus, help reduce a backlog of patent applications.
NO ‘MASSIVE SURPRISE’
Tafas, who emigrated from Greece in 1999 and lives in Rocky Hill, is the chief technologist for New Haven’s Ikonosys. There, he concentrates on technologies that detect cancer cells in biopsy samples. On his own time, he works on inventions to extend gas mileage in cars.
After the new regulations were first issued, in August 2007, Tafas and his lawyers won a stay that prevented them from going into effect Nov. 1, 2007. A federal judge found that the proposed rules exceeded the administrative authority of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and amounted to lawmaking by the executive agency.
After that, the patent office decided to appeal that ruling. During the public comment period, in-house lawyers and patent law firms registered their views on the proposal, which were predominantly negative, said Nealon. One of the most articulate critics was David J. Kappos, the assistant general counsel for IBM, in White Plains, N.Y. Well-regarded in the patent community, Kappos was appointed director of the Patent and Trademark Office in late summer.
Said Nealon: “He was actually quoted as saying the [Tafas and Glaxo lawsuit] could have been called Kappos v. Kappos,” because he had been an opponent of the rules before ascending to head the patent office, and becoming the new named defendant. Because Kappos had long been a critic of the rules, Nealon added, “It wasn’t a massive surprise to us that it turned out the way it did.”
Operating under the proposed rules would have been more cumbersome and expensive, said Moore, and “the only people who could bear them would be large corporations.” Abandoning the proposed rule changes helps small inventors and emerging companies that don’t have the capital to file multiple patents, he said.
In an Oct. 19 reply brief, Tafas’ lawyers explained why he readily backed dismissal of the case, but opposed the motion to vacate made jointly by Glaxo and the USPTO. Technically, Tafas’ ability to win attorneys fees’ and costs under the Equal Access to Justice Act may be improved if the matter is not vacated, the lawyers noted. Furthermore, under U.S. Supreme Court case law, it is not clear that a losing party can move to vacate a matter simply by choosing not to appeal.
Kappos’ decision was applauded in Tafas’ brief. The PTO and the patent community aimed at “developing efficient solutions to the PTO’s backlog problems” was offered support by the inventor or believes that the PTO will find a resolution to its problems.
My Take: Somebody in that patent office was crazy to even think of that rule change. An invention is never complete, just ask any inventor. I do not know what is entailed in approving a patent, but there must be a better and quicker way to do it. Do they actually have to build a product to find out if it actually works to approve a patent?
I have heard that it takes years sometimes to get a patent approved. So there must be some detailed work involved in approving it. I know that a patent lawyer is completely different from a Denver criminal lawyer or even a Allegheny PA family attorney. They all go to law school, but a criminal lawyer Denver CO or a Pittsburgh divorce lawyer handle completely different cases.
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