The controversial 2014 ruling involved a company president, his wife and a bar hostess in Japan, according the news agency, which cited The Japan Times. The plaintiff claims her husband was sleeping with the bar hostess for nearly seven years. She sought $32,000 in compensation for the emotional distress it caused her.
Judge Masamitsu Shiseki of the Tokyo District Court rejected her claim, ruling that the paid sex between the plaintiff’s husband and the hostess was strictly business.
“The defendant had sexual relations with her patron only for business, like in cases of prostitution, and such conduct does not damage peaceful marital life,” the judge said.
The verdict still has many Japanese legal experts scratching their heads. One of those being marriage and divorce legal expert, Hayato Tamura. According to UPI, Tamura said previous court rulings showed that the cheating spouse and his or her extramarital partner should both be held responsible for damages.
The woman did not appeal the ruling, according to UPI. Her attorney told The Japan Times he fears this case might weaken protections against adultery and that a case like this shouldn’t be set as a new standard.
The bar hostess maintains she did not have sexual intercourse with the plaintiff’s husband.
Colorado’s Supreme Court ruled Monday that employers can fire workers who use marijuana for medical reasons, even though it’s legal in that state.
The case involved Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic who was fired by Dish Network (DISH) in 2010 after he failed a company drug test for pot.
Coats had a doctor’s authorization to smoke medical marijuana, which has been legal in Colorado since 2000. Coats says that he never used the drug — or was under its influence — at work, facts that Dish Network does not dispute.
But the company says it has a zero-tolerance drug policy, and notes that medical marijuana is still illegal on the federal level. Therefore, Dish says the use of the drug for any reason is cause for termination.
There is a Colorado law that protects employees from being discharged for “lawful activities,” but the court ruled the law refers only to activities which are legal under both state and federal law.
“Therefore, employees who engage in an activity such as medical marijuana use that is permitted by state law but unlawful under federal law are not protected by the statute,” said the court’s decision.
While the case applies only to Colorado, it could have broader legal implications for other states moving to legalize the drug for either medical or recreational use despite federal law.
Coats and his lawyer say it is now up to the Colorado legislature to provide protections to people who use marijuana in a way that is legal under Colorado law, particularly for those who need it for medical purposes.
“Although I’m very disappointed today, I hope that my case has brought the issue of use of medical marijuana and employment to light,” said Coats. “If we’re making marijuana legal for medical purposes we need to address issues that come along with it such as employment.”
SPOKANE, Wash. – Rachel Dolezal announced Monday morning that she has resigned her position as the Spokane NAACP President.
Her announcement is below:
“Dear Executive Committee and NAACP Members,
It is a true honor to serve in the racial and social justice movement here in Spokane and across the nation. Many issues face us now that drive at the theme of urgency. Police brutality, biased curriculum in schools, economic disenfranchisement, health inequities, and a lack of pro-justice political representation are among the concerns at the forefront of the current administration of the Spokane NAACP. And yet, the dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity.
I have waited in deference while others expressed their feelings, beliefs, confusions and even conclusions – absent the full story. I am consistently committed to empowering marginalized voices and believe that many individuals have been heard in the last hours and days that would not otherwise have had a platform to weigh in on this important discussion. Additionally, I have always deferred to the state and national NAACP leadership and offer my sincere gratitude for their unwavering support of my leadership through this unexpected firestorm.
While challenging the construct of race is at the core of evolving human consciousness, we can NOT afford to lose sight of the five Game Changers (Criminal Justice & Public Safety, Health & Healthcare, Education, Economic Sustainability, and Voting Rights & Political Representation) that affect millions, often with a life or death outcome. The movement is larger than a moment in time or a single person’s story, and I hope that everyone offers their robust support of the Journey for Justice campaign that the NAACP launches today!
Dolezal told KREM 2 News that she does not speak to her parents because of an on-going legal issue. KREM
I am delighted that so many organizations and individuals have supported and collaborated with the Spokane NAACP under my leadership to grow this branch into one of the healthiest in the nation in 5 short months. In the eye of this current storm, I can see that a separation of family and organizational outcomes is in the best interest of the NAACP.
It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside from the Presidency and pass the baton to my Vice President, Naima Quarles-Burnley. It is my hope that by securing a beautiful office for the organization in the heart of downtown, bringing the local branch into financial compliance, catalyzing committees to do strategic work in the five Game Changer issues, launching community forums, putting the membership on a fast climb, and helping many individuals find the legal, financial and practical support needed to fight race-based discrimination, I have positioned the Spokane NAACP to buttress this transition.
Please know I will never stop fighting for human rights and will do everything in my power to help and assist, whether it means stepping up or stepping down, because this is not about me. It’s about justice. This is not me quitting; this is a continuum. It’s about moving the cause of human rights and the Black Liberation Movement along the continuum from Resistance to Chattel Slavery to Abolition to Defiance of Jim Crow to the building of Black Wall Street to the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement to the #BlackLivesMatter movement and into a future of self-determination and empowerment.
With much love and a commitment to always fight for what is right and good in this world,
Spokane NAACP members sign petition against Dolezal
Dolezal and the executive board had previously said they would issue a statement regarding Dolezal being outed as a Caucasian woman by her parents last Thursday and the information that had been made public since that day. She sent an email out to NAACP members on Sunday stating that Monday’s meeting was cancelled. When one member questioned her ability to cancel the meeting, Dolezal cited her ability to cancel meetings as the Spokane NAACP President, and that the meeting was postponed “due to the need to continue discussion with regional and national NAACP leaders.”
Since that announcement, Spokane NAACP members started a petition calling for her to step down that had over 500 signatures as of Monday morning.
“This is not about race. This is about integrity,” said Kitara Johnson, a member of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP and organizer of the petition to remove Dolezal.
Dolezal announced her resignation just before 9:00 a.m. Monday morning.
Even after Dolezal announced her resignation, Spokane NAACP members told KREM 2 News they will still show up at the Spokane NAACP headquarters at 6:00 p.m. Monday night. They said they will now be focusing on calling for members to stand in solidarity and begin healing within the organization.
Dolezal’s parents said Thursday that she was born Caucasian, and has been deceiving people into thinking she was African American since 2004.
Ruthanne and Larry Dolezal said Thursday that they want people to know the truth including that their daughter is Caucasian. The Dolezals sat down with KREM 2 News and said their daughter is specifically German and Czech.
Ruthanne and Larry Dolezal said their daughter has always identified with the African American culture and had black siblings who were adopted. They said she went to school in Mississippi and was part of a primarily African American community.
The Dolezals said Rachel married and later divorced a black man. They said after the divorce in 2004 Rachel began identifying differently. She started claiming to be partially African American and the daughter of bi-racial parents. They said they have noticed her change in physical appearance but do not know how she did so.
So her feelings that “Black lives Matter” means they can falsify who they are just because she wants to be part of something? No matter what cost to the cause?
People that do that are thinking of themselves not the cause.
Hill Street Blues is an American serial police drama that was first aired on NBCin 1981 and ran for 146 episodes on primetime into 1987. Chronicling the lives of the staff of a single police station—”blues” being a slang term for police officers—in an unnamed American city, the show received critical acclaim, and its production innovations influenced many subsequent dramatic television seriesproduced in North America. Its debut season was rewarded with eight Emmy Awards, a debut season record surpassed only by The West Wing, and the show received a total of 98 Emmy nominations during its run.
MTM Enterprises developed the series on behalf of NBC, appointing Steven Bochco and Michael Kozoll as series writers. The writers were allowed considerable creative freedom and created a series that brought together, for the first time, a number of emerging ideas in TV drama.
Each episode features a number of intertwined storylines, some of which are resolved within the episode, with others developing over a number of episodes throughout a season.
Much play is made of the conflicts between the work lives and private lives of the individual characters. In the workplace, there is also a strong focus on the struggle between doing “what is right” and “what works” in situations.
The camera is held close in and action cut rapidly between stories, and there is much use of overheard or off-screen dialogue, giving a “documentary” feel to the action.
Rather than studio (floor) cameras, hand-held Arriflexes are used to add to the documentary feel.
The show deals with real-life issues, and employs commonly used language and slang to a greater extent than had been seen before.
Almost every episode begins with a pre-credit sequence (or “teaser”) consisting of (mission) briefing and roll call at the beginning of the day shift. From season three, it experimented with a “Previously on . . .” montage of clips of up to six previous episodes before the roll call. Many episodes are written to take place over the course of a single day.
Many episodes concluded with Captain Frank Furillo and public defender Joyce Davenport in a domestic situation, often in bed, discussing how their respective days went.
Hill Street Blues cast, circa 1986, left to right, from bottom: Taurean Blacque, Daniel J. Travanti, Michael J. Warren; Second Row: Betty Thomas, James B. Sikking; Third Row: Ed Marinaro, Denis Franz, Kiel Martin, Joe Spano; Top Row: Jon Cypher, Peter Jurasik, Robert Jablonski, Megan Gallagher
Although filmed in Los Angeles, (both on location and at CBS Studio Center in Studio City), the series is set in a generic unnamed inner-city location with a feel of a U.S. urban center in the Midwest or Northeast. Bochco had intended this fictional city to be a hybrid of Chicago, Buffalo andPittsburgh. However, at the beginning of Season 7, Episode 17, one of the police cars is driving past a sign indicating an approach to Interstate 90 and Interstate 94. Pittsburgh is in Allegheny County while Interstate 90 only runs in Erie County, approximately 150 miles apart. While Interstate 90 does run to Buffalo, Interstate 94 goes no further east than Michigan. The only major city where both Interstate 90 and Interstate 94 run is in Chicago. Additionally, a corner tavern sporting a Heileman Old Style beer sign appears in the opening title sequence. A regional beer brewed in Wisconsin, Heileman’s was a dominant product in the Chicago-Milwaukee area during the time the show was in production.
Another one of my favorites and the attitudes and scenarios were sometimes very realistic.
It was also a show I was glad I finally figured out the VCR timer.
The Chi-Lites recorded “Have You Seen Her” in a style owing much to the doo-wop traditions of the late 1950s, after the success of another such song earlier in the year, The Temptations‘ “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me).” The song begins and ends with a spoken narrative that tells the story that once he was happy. However, his girl left him, and so he takes walks to the movies, or to the park, and tries to hide from his misery by telling jokes to the kids who know him. However, this does not work, believing that she would be back, but it does not happen. Towards the end of the song, as another day comes to an end, he hopes to see a letter from her. He ends his narration thinking that he had the girl in the palm of his hand. Some radio edits have omitted the spoken dialogue for just the singing portions