In the News: Armstrong legal team granted access to witness interviews

Category: In The News
Published: Monday, 19 January 2015
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Courthouse News Service reports that Lance Armstrong may see documents from the Federal governments criminal doping investigation in the wake of the US Postal Services sponsorship of Armstrongs former team, a federal judge ruled.

US District Judge Christopher R. Cooper on Monday granted in part Lance Armstrongs motion to compel production of documents. The judge disagreed with the federal governments argument that the documents from the criminal investigation are protected work product.

Cooper noted the courts previous distinction between protected opinion work product, which reflects an attorneys mental processes, and fact work product, which encompasses relevant, non-privileged facts and is discoverable if a substantial need and unavailability by other means is shown.

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Salem Chamber of Commerce business in the news

Category: In The News
Published: Monday, 19 January 2015
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Construction Career Day to give high-schoolers hands-on experience

High schools in the mid-Willamette Valley have been invited to give their students a chance to experience, hands-on, various types of construction work, from pouring concrete and laying bricks to operating heavy machinery. This years Construction Career Day will be May 12 at the Salem Airport. Businesses are invited to participate as exhibitors or sponsors of the event.

Exhibitors will get a chance to interact with students and demonstrate what it takes to work in the industry. Hands-on activities are encouraged to help the students gain experience, training, and knowledge of potential career opportunities.

Some of last years sponsors include the Oregon Department of Transportation, NW Natural, the Oregon National Guard, SAIF Corporation, Salem Heating amp; Sheet Metal Inc., City of Salem Airport, Dalke Construction, National Association of Women in Construction, White Oak Construction, Penetrations Inc. and Rich Duncan Construction. The Salem Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction organizes the event, now in its 12th year.

For more information and sponsorship and exhibitor registration forms, visit the Salem NAWIC Chapter web page, www.nawicsalem.com/construction-career-days, or call Susan Wood at (503) 581-1536 or Dawn Killough at (503) 390-4999. Interested students should contact their school administrator.

Team up to lose weight in Epic Fitness Thin It to Win It Challenge

Its easier to get fit and lose weight with a little help from your friends and a few experts! Epic Fitness located at 706 Madrona in South Salem next to Ace Hardware, will host a 6-week Thin It to Win It Challenge from Jan. 14 to Feb. 25. This is a six-week fitness and weight-loss challenge/competition, and is for anyone at any fitness level. Teams of three are rewarded for participation and percentage of weight lost.

Participants receive:

oA chance to win prizes.

oTeam leaders will receive a Thin it to Win it T-shirt.

oA track card to help you meet your goals.

oUnlimited gym visits and classes for six weeks.

oIncludes six optional team training sessions and six challenges for your group

oSix extra-credit weight management and nutrition classes

Kickoff is Jan. 12 at 6:30 pm at Epic and the reveal party will be Feb. 27.

Registration fee is $90 for members $120 for non-members. You can register as a team or individuals will be placed on a team. For more information visit www.goepicfit.com or call (503) 991-5159.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to present a sample of news and events from the business community. The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce is a private 501(c)(6) not-for-profit membership organization that works to ensure a strong local economy where businesses can prosper, and families can live, work, play and shop. The programs and professional staff of the Salem Area Chamber have been recognized nationally, including a 2009 Wall Street Journal feature about the Chambers website, SalemChamber.org. The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce advocates for more than 1,200 businesses led by a volunteer board of directors who are dedicated to sustaining Salems quality of life, and keeping our community and economy vibrant.



New guidelines issued for US news media leak investigations

Category: In The News
Published: Friday, 16 January 2015
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FILE - In this May 14, 2013 file photo, the Department of Justice headquarters building is seen in Washington. The Justice Department has issued new guidelines for obtaining records from the news media during leak investigations. The procedures, a revision of policies announced last year, are designed to give news organizations a chance to challenge subpoenas or search warrants in court. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department on Wednesday announced revised guidelines for obtaining records from the news media during leak investigations, removing language that news organizations said was ambiguous and requiring additional consultation before a journalist can be subpoenaed.

The updated policy revises protocols announced last year amid outrage among news organizations over Obama administration tactics. It was released just as the Justice Department abandoned its yearslong efforts to compel a New York Times reporter to testify in the trial of a former CIA officer accused of disclosing classified information.

The guidelines were designed to give news organizations an opportunity to challenge subpoenas or search warrants in federal court. But news organizations expressed concern that the protections applied only to journalists involved in ordinary newsgathering activities, language they said was vague and could be exploited by zealous prosecutors. That language has been deleted in the new guidelines, which also require the Justice Department’s criminal division to be consulted before a journalist is subpoenaed.

These revised guidelines strike an appropriate balance between law enforcement’s need to protect the American people and the news media’s role in ensuring the free flow of information, Attorney General Eric Holder said in announcing the new protocols.

Under Holder, the department secretly subpoenaed telephone records from Associated Press reporters and editors during an investigation into a 2012 story about a foiled terror plot, and labeled a Fox News journalist as a co-conspirator and used a search warrant to obtain emails from him.

But in the last year, Holder has publicly expressed regret for the actions in the Fox News case and stated that no journalist would go to jail under his watch for doing his or her job.

Last month, the Justice Department said it would no longer force New York Times reporter James Risen to reveal his source in the trial of ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, which opened this week in Virginia. On Monday, prosecutors formally announced that they were abandoning all efforts to seek his testimony.

What they would lose in public perception would far outweigh what they would gain by forcing him to do something he’s already made clear he wasn’t going to do, said Jane Kirtley, a professor of law and ethics at the University of Minnesota.

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In the News: Concerns about poor treatment of junior women at 'cross nationals

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Published: Thursday, 15 January 2015
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Emma White (Cyclocrossworld.com) was elated as she won the 17-18 womens national championship. She passed many of the junior men who started one minute ahead of her. Photo: Dave McElwaine

Add concerns about poor treatment of junior women racers to the list of distressing news to come out of last weekend's US cyclocross national championships in Austin, Texas.

Colin Reuter, founder of crossresults.com, blasted the governing body for its treatment of the junior women in a blog post on Tuesday.

The postponement of eight races from Sunday afternoon to Monday, and the compression of those races into a shorter timeframe, required USA Cycling to rethink the race schedule. The greatest reshuffle came in the junior categories, leaving the marquee elite men's, elite women's, and U23 men's races intact.

The junior men 15-16 category, the largest of the junior categories, was allowed to race on its own, while the men 17-18, the women 17-18, and the women 15-16 all raced together, each start separated by one minute.

The oldest junior men's field started two minutes ahead of the youngest junior women's field. The results were as one would expect: the 15-16 year old junior women were quickly lapped. Eleven of the 18 starters were pulled after a single lap. All were pulled by the end of lap two.

The winner of the women's 15-16 race heard the lap bell and was then pulled. Third and fourth were pulled together.

"Faced with a tough decision, the organizers decided to utterly destroy the racing experience for the junior women, as well as the integrity of the competition -- note that the third and fourth place riders in the 15-16 race have the same time," Reuter wrote. "As in, they were riding together, and pulled off the course after two laps. Did they get to sprint? Did they know the race was ending?"

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Update: USA Cyclings chief official at cyclocross nationals, Dot Abbott, weighed in mid-day Wednesday on Facebook. Her statement is below, unedited, in its entirety:

Help put an end to the misinformed folks claiming Women 15-16 were robbed of their race experience at the USA CX National Championships in Austin, TX.

Due to city mandates were forced with making a tighter schedule that would give us clear winners.

The primary deciding factor for putting their race on course with the Men 17-18 and Women 17-18 is that the integrity of the podium would be maintained for all categories. The riders in contention for the medals would have fewer slower riders on course that they had to pass, and fewer riders that might get in their way and possibly cost them a podium spot. Any other combination would have resulted in an unfair race for the podium places in this or other categories concerned.

Given the mandated course modifications, the shorter Junior course was no longer available for Mondays racing. If the Junior Women 15-16 had their own individual time on the course, the outcome of the race and number of laps for the winner would have been the same. Because they were turning 13-14 minute lap times, for the 30 minute race allocation in the USAC regulations this category would have done a total of 2 laps (winning time 26:12) rather than 3 laps (approximately 39:30).

For those riders turning a slower first lap, in accordance with the way the events were run throughout the week, anyone turning a first lap time that would result in a projected total race time of over 36 minutes would have been pulled from the race after the first lap. [EDIT] This accounts for riders placed 15th and farther in Women 15-16. Possibly seven women 15-16 would have been able to do one more additional lap. Significant? Yes. Worth impeding the races for the podium spots by using a different schedule? Not at a Nationals if it could be avoided.

Putting this race after any other category possible (Men 15-16) would have meant that the Women 15-16 leader had to pass over 20 riders on her first lap. Grouping Men Juniors (15-16 and 17-18) on the course together with a time gap start would have had a similar outcome, with the Men 15-16 leader going through about 19 Men 17-18 riders on his first lap. This is not what the National Championships are about.