The National Pawnbrokers Association is suing the Department of Defense over its Military Lending Act rule changes, asserting, among other things, that the DoD violated the Regulatory Flexibility Act by failing to consider the costs of compliance for small businesses.The pawnbrokers also alleged the DoD violated the Administrative Procedure Act by offering no justification for its new requirement that lenders verify a credit applicant’s status as a covered borrower and because the final rule was neither signed by the Secretary of Defense, the undersecretary or any other authorized officer of the U.S. The final rule was signed by a Federal Register liaison officer at the DoD.The pawnbrokers group and its members are seeking, among other things, a preliminary injunction barring the DoD from enforcing or applying the rule against pawn business until it considers the economic impact.The DoD revised its MLA rule last year, and it made all provisions except those specific to credit-card accounts effective this Oct. 3. Provisions for credit cards take effect Oct. 3, 2017. The revisions expand the scope of the MLA rule to cover virtually all unsecured lending, subjecting loans to the Military Annual Percentage Rate cap of 36 percent. MAPR will also include charges for most “add-on” products including various forms of credit insurance and credit-related ancillary products. continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Enjoy the many sitting areas throughout the gardens. Entertain in style on your terrace. “It’s a steep block so we’ve tried to make it a lovely journey to the water so it’s not a chore,” Mrs Marsden said. “The gardens have matured and the longer time goes on the more beautiful the gardens get.”Inside, a coastal vibe is paired perfectly with high-end interiors while Mrs Marsden’s eye for detail is on show.The kitchen stands out with its custom rangehood, stone island bench and butler’s pantry. Soaring VJ panelled ceilings and louvre windows in the kitchen, dining and lounge area allow plenty of light to filter through.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago MORE NEWS: Gold Coast house dubbed one of Queensland’s most popular sells One of the bedrooms. Style at every turn. Relax on the terrace. There is a fish pond in the garden. 25 Bellara Street, Ashmore. MORE NEWS: Interstate buyer makes Gold Coast day trip to attend house’s auction All bedrooms are ensuited while the main wing is a tranquil haven overlooking trees and the river. “I actually designed the master retreat around a tree – I didn’t want to chop it down,” she said.Other features include a media room, billiard room with wet bar, 200 bottle wine cellar and office.Mrs Marsden said it was impossible to choose just one favourite feature.“I enjoy the whole house, I really do,” she said. “There are so many places to sit and relax, and they are all different. It’s a bit of a journey throughout the whole house.” But the house wasn’t always like this – Mrs Marsden and her husband Tom owned the neighbouring house before they decided to buy No. 25. “We loved the street,” Mrs Marsden said. “I remember when we sold our house this one came on the market two weeks after. The volleyball court was a big buying point for us.”The house at the time had a Balinese theme to it with a grass hut and statues at the entrance. “This house was a little more difficult (design wise) because I had to work within the parameters of what was already here,” she said. “It was just deciding what we wanted and trying to get a style to the house.” 25 Bellara Street, Ashmore has sold in a multimillion-dollar dealShe’s designed homes across the world so it’s no surprise Michelle Marsden’s Gold Coast house was snapped up in a $3.75 million deal after just six weeks on the market.The sale price is the highest paid for a property in Ashmore and matches 11 Kootingal St which sold in 2018 for $3.75 million.Mrs Marsden, who owns Michelle Marsden Design, is known for her quality and design and those attributes are on show at her Ashmore property. Five years ago the “master plan” for the house went into effect. “My daughter decided she was going to get married and she wanted to get married here so that is what pushed us to create the big project,” she said.A huge renovation soon followed with the finished project exceeding their expectations.From the moment you step onto the property you feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life.The lush green gardens, waterfall, fish pond, pool and various sitting areas grab your attention. Enjoy cooking and entertaining in this kitchen. The showstopper kitchen. 25 Bellara Street, Ashmore.Reluctantly selling to move to the Hinterland, Mrs Marsden said she hoped the buyers would enjoy the property as much as her family had.Jamie Harrison and Michael Kollosche of Kollosche handled the sale of the property.It was on the market at $3.95 million.
Greensburg, Ind. — The Greensburg Police Department will hold the 1st Annual Special Olympics Torch Run Sunday, July 30 at 4 p.m.At least five officers and local athletes will start the two mile course in the Pizza King parking lot, then south on Lincoln Street to East Main Street and on to the courthouse. While at the courthouse a proclamation will be delivered. Then west on Main Street to North Ireland Street, the run will conclude at the DSI parking lot.Road construction schedules could revise the route.
MINNEAPOLIS – I guess this is growing up.Going into a tough road series against Minnesota, the young Wisconsin men’s hockey team wasn’t fazed, going 1-0-1 on the weekend. Head coach Mike Eaves had seven freshmen in his lineup for the two games, a 6-0 pummeling Friday, followed by a gutsy 3-3 tie Saturday, which featured the Badgers overcoming two deficits.Eaves had said all season the big thing he wanted to see from his team is consistency. In getting three out of four points on the weekend on the road, his team took a big step toward that.“This was a big-time environment, this was playoff hockey, this was regional hockey,” Eaves said. “This kind of experience will help our freshmen grow immensely.”In Wisconsin’s comeback tie Saturday, freshman Mark Zengerle assisted on all three goals, flashing his awareness and vision in a nice pass for Justin Schultz’s goal to make it 2-1 and finding Schultz in the play that led to Jordy Muray’s first goal of the night. Zengerle finished the weekend with a goal and five assists.Friday night was the statistically impressive night for UW’s rookies, as freshmen scored four of the Badgers’ six goals. Zengerle notched a power-play tally, while Tyler Barnes got a wrap-around goal to end the game’s scoring.Michael Mersch was also a big factor, scoring two goals Friday – his second straight series with a two-goal game.Even though UW’s all-freshman fourth line, featuring Barnes, Jefferson Dahl and Jason Clark, got just one point on the weekend, the trio finished a combined plus-3 on the weekend.“Our freshman line, that fourth line, played the best game they played all year,” Murray said Friday. “I thought Barnes played his best game all year and they got rewarded with a couple goals.”Eaves’ biggest gamble might have been putting freshmen defender Frankie Simonelli and Joe Faust together as a defensive pair. While that freed up Eaves to pair Jake Gardiner and Justin Schultz – two very offensively-talented blue liners – together, it placed a lot of pressure on the two rookies. The two went even Saturday and each were plus-2 Friday.Neither of the two were on the ice for any of Minnesota’s goals, though two of them came with Wisconsin on the penalty kill, which Faust and Simonelli don’t see time on.“The nicest compliment I can give them right after the game without watching film is, I didn’t notice you,” Eaves said of the two. “That is a compliment for young defensemen, that means they didn’t cough it up, they didn’t trip over their own feet in the one-on-one situations. They were solid, so that was nice growth for them.”UW goaltender Scott Gudmandson was happy with the team’s play in Friday’s shutout.“They didn’t play like freshmen,” he said. “You’ve got Michael Mersch is playing really well right now, putting the puck in the net. I thought Barnesy played pretty well, Frankie and Faust played pretty solid back on defense. They’re coming into their own, they’re playing pretty well right now.”Success down lowOf the nine goals the Badgers scored in the series, all but one of them came from right on the Minnesota doorstep.Friday night, the Gophers were victimized in front of their own net, giving up two wrap-around attempts, one to Mersch, who opened the game’s scoring. Murray and sophomore center Derek Lee were the beneficiaries of the Badgers buying time behind the UM net, as both connected on one-timers from right in front of Gophers goaltender Alex Kangas.“They call them the pits, they’re in both corners and in front of the net,” Eaves said. “There’s six of them. If you can find ways to win battles and find pucks, you give yourself an excellent opportunity to win games.”Crashing the net worked well for UW, as Mersch’s second goal came as he followed a Simonelli shot that squeaked by Kangas and was able to poke the puck in before the goaltender could fall on it.Murray’s willingness to follow shots Saturday earned him his two rebound goals, both of which tied the game.“Good things happen when you go to the net,” Mersch said.Eaves has always stressed that his forwards need to get to the net and work in the dirty areas. Succeeding in those areas in a tough road series only bodes well, as the Badgers face top WCHA teams North Dakota and Minnesota-Duluth in the coming weeks.“We hadn’t had a signature road game at all this year, except for [Friday] night,” Schultz said. “Coming from behind like that, especially on the road against a good team like this is definitely character-building for a team.”
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, center, arrives at the courthouse with his wife Ashley Brown Peterson, right, and attorney Brian Wice for an appearance Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Conroe, Texas. A judge presiding over Adrian Peterson’s child abuse case may consider whether the Vikings star should be arrested for allegedly smoking marijuana while out on bond. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)CONROE, Texas (AP) — Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson avoided jail time on Tuesday in a plea agreement reached with prosecutors to resolve his child abuse case.Peterson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault under the deal that Montgomery County state District Judge Kelly Case approved during a court hearing. A no contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.The All-Pro running back was indicted in September on a felony charge of injury to a child for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son earlier this year in suburban Houston. The case revived a debate about corporal punishment, which is on the decline in the U.S. but still widely practiced in homes and schools.Outside the courthouse after accepting the plea deal, Peterson told reporters that he regretted what happened with his son.“I stand here and I take full responsibility for my actions. I love my son more than anyone of you could even imagine and I’m anxious to continue my relationship with my child,” he said. “I’m just glad this is over. I can put this behind me, and me and my family can continue to move forward.”Peterson was not allowed to be near his son while the case was pending. The plea agreement will allow him to have contact with the boy.“Adrian wants to get on with his life and have his relationship with his son and get back to playing football,” Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said.Peterson has been on paid leave from the Vikings under a special exemption from the NFL commissioner to take care of his legal problems. It was not immediately clear how the plea deal would affect his playing status.“We will review the matter, including the court record, and then make a determination on his status,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. “We cannot provide a timetable.”Peterson has said he never intended to harm his son and was disciplining him in the same way he had been as a child growing up in East Texas. The boy suffered cuts, marks and bruising to his thighs, back and on one of his testicles, according to court records.Peterson had tentatively been set to go on trial Dec. 1. If convicted of felony child abuse, he could have faced up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Instead, he received what is essentially probation, was fined $4,000 and must complete parenting classes and perform 80 hours of community service.Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said this was the best resolution of the case and that Peterson did not get any special treatment because he’s a professional athlete.Last month, a visiting judge denied a request by prosecutors to remove Case as judge in the case. Prosecutors had accused Case of being biased against them and wanted a new judge appointed.The plea deal made moot a pending motion by prosecutors to revoke Peterson’s $15,000 bond for alleged marijuana use.Corporal punishment is legal in every state. The Texas Attorney General’s Office notes that belts and brushes “are accepted by many as legitimate disciplinary ‘tools,’” but “electrical or phone cords, boards, yardsticks, ropes, shoes, and wires are likely to be considered instruments of abuse.”Texas law says the use of non-deadly force against someone younger than 18 is justified if a parent or guardian “reasonably believes the force is necessary to discipline the child or to safeguard or promote his welfare.”___AP Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this report.___Follow Juan A. Lozano on Twitter at www.twitter.com/juanlozano70.
Facebook100Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Rebuilding Together Thurston CountyStudents from Northwest Christian High School joined forces with Rebuilding Together Thurston County to help neighbors in need.We would like to share great news of our most recent Rebuilding Together Thurston County Project. On April 16, 118 student volunteers along with staff members from Northwest Christian High School in Lacey, walked around the corner from their school to make improvements to Candlewood Manor, a neighboring low-income mobile home park, to provide a day service to the community.In consideration of the larger group of volunteers, Christina McNair from NWCHS divided the students into 11 teams, each headed by an efficient school staff member and they arrived at the park early that morning. Raechel Kilcup, Susan Newman, Shirley Jones, Deb Parent, Brandy Farnsworth, Theresa Becker and Lane Sater were on hand from RTTC to provide coordination, along with several of their family members and friends. Pam Folsom with SCJ Alliance and her daughter Nicole were also on site to provide communication, first-aid and logistics services. Kim O’Hara from NWCHS was on-site to photograph the event.Armed with maps of each home site provided by SCJ Alliance and tools and equipment provided by the Olympia Downtown Association, the volunteers worked on much needed home and yard improvements for a large number of elderly and disabled homeowners. They pulled debris from roofs, cleaned gutters, painted, washed homes, weeded flower beds, repaired porches, repaired fences, installed new gutters, washed and repaired decks and raked lawns.The volunteers also trimmed bushes and trees. Chris Gillaspie of Gillaspie’s Tree Service in Centralia was on hand to trim some of the larger vegetation andNCHS students worked on home and yards to pitch in on National Rebuilding Day.provide pruning counsel. Ted and Shirley Jones of T&S Cleaning provided much needed pressure washing and Jim Simmons of Mr. Electric installed a new light and made panel repairs on a home in serious need of electrical improvements.In one day, the volunteer’s hard work resulted in improvements in 23 homes, to the extent that one owner exclaimed, “I don’t recognize the place!” The teams efficiency also allowed them to provide improvements to the community park and clubhouse, touching the lives of over 100 home owners residing in the neighborhood. “Amazing!”, “They were so well mannered!”, and “What can we do for the students besides give our thanks?” were among many positive exclamations from the recipients.Reflecting on the day’s work, Dr. Terry Ketchum, the school principal and team leader had this to say about the volunteers, “Several of our students were commenting on the value they saw in what they were doing – helping those who had difficulty helping themselves..” Park Manager Donna Hayward commented that the volunteers worked very hard and that residents were extremely pleased with the outcome. Rebuilding Together Thurston County thanks all involved in this successful project that affected so many people!
By Laura D.C. KolnoskiFORT MONMOUTH – Interest from two foreign entities has prompted the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) to pursue inclusion in the “EB-5 Program” sponsored by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).Known as EB-5 for the employment-based fifth preference visa granted participants, the federally-administered program makes entrepreneurs, their spouses, and unmarried children under 21 eligible to apply for a green card if they make the necessary investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States, and create or preserve permanent full-time jobs for U.S. workers.The program was enacted by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. Visas are also set aside for investors in Regional Centers promoting economic growth designated by USCIS. Hoping to make the fort a Regional Center, FMERA Executive Director Bruce Steadman announced on January 20 that Cushman & Wakefield, the fort’s master real estate broker, will create a marketing campaign to attract foreign business investment. He said, “Two groups have been entertained at the fort and we think it’s viable.” As per FMERA policy, officials declined to release details about the potential investors.“Cushman & Wakefield have contacts at the Regional Centers and work with international companies,” said Candace Valenti, FMERA senior planning officer. “Phone calls and emails have already begun. We will begin direct marketing to them to gauge interest.”“It looks like a great program,” said Oceanport Councilman John Patti, who sat in for Mayor John “Jay” Coffey at the January 20 FMERA meeting. “It’s a strong program and right up our alley.” All EB-5 businesses must invest in a new commercial enterprise defined as, “any for-profit activity formed for the ongoing conduct of lawful business including, but not limited to a sole proprietorship, limited or general partnership, a holding company, joint venture, corporation, business trust or other entity, which may be publicly or privately owned.”Requirements include creating or preserving at least ten full-time jobs for qualifying U.S. workers within two years (or under certain circumstances, within a reasonable time after the two-year period), of the immigrant investor’s admission to the United States as a Conditional Permanent Resident. As of January 4, USCIS approved 716 Regional Centers nationwide. There are 64 designated centers in New Jersey listed on the program’s website: uscis.gov.In other fort news: FMERA officials are projecting May as the latest anticipated date for formal transfer of Fort Monmouth to the state from the U.S. Army. Outstanding environmental issues must be addressed in the Finding of Suitability to Transfer, or “FOST.” The Army is legally required to mitigate any lingering environmental issues at the fort in perpetuity.“The FOST needs to be finalized, leading to the last thing, the Memorandum of Agreement,” Steadman said. “The MOA opens the door to a closing. We are very close to a final draft on the MOA; everything is right there at the doorstep. If that passes the (FMERA) board in February, it will be a couple of months to a closing. Hopefully that happens the first of May.” Last month, Steadman stated, “the complexity of environmental concerns is the biggest reason for the delay” in the transfer process. During his January 20 report, FMERA member Kenneth Kloo, director of the Division of Remediation Management for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), said the remediation of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons is necessary throughout the fort and currently “under discussion” with Army representatives.“Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons are benzene rings common in the environment and found all over the world where there is combustion,” Kloo said. “The Army is anxious to address everything involved in moving the conveyance forward and doing everything they must do under federal law. The Army is motivated because they want to expedite the sale. They don’t want to have to come back to address that. But like anyone else, they only want to spend what they are required to spend.” Kloo, chairman of FMERA’s Environmental Staff Advisory Committee, stated in December that other remaining unresolved environmental issues include federal versus state remediation responsibilities, asbestos in some buildings, and timelines for addressing existing landfills.The McAfee Center, located on 7.25 acres in Oceanport, is being offered for sublease after no bids were received to a Request for Proposals due January 8. The authority is now seeking proposals to sublease one floor, two floors, or the entire two-story 89,492 square-foot building, built in 1997, that served as an Army research and development facility. Offers must include plans to use the property for scientific, engineering, and/or information technology-related purposes. Proposals are due February 5.
JENA, La. – Drawn by a case tinged with one of the most hated symbols of Old South racism – a hangman’s noose tied in an oak tree – thousands of protesters rallied Thursday against what they see as a double standard of prosecution for blacks and whites. The plight of the so-called Jena Six became a flashpoint for one the biggest civil-rights demonstrations in years. Five of the black teens were initially charged with attempted murder in the beating of a white classmate. Old-guard lions like the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton joined scores of college students bused in from across the nation who said they wanted to make a stand for racial equality just as their parents did in the 1950s and ’60s. “It’s not just about Jena, but about inequalities and disparities around the country,” said Stephanie Brown, 26, national youth director for the NAACP, who estimated about 2,000 college students were among the throngs of mostly black protesters who overwhelmed this tiny central Louisiana town. The noose incident was followed by fights between blacks and whites, culminating in December’s attack on white student Justin Barker, who was knocked unconscious. According to court testimony, his face was swollen and bloodied, but he was able to attend a school function that same night. Six black teens were arrested. Five were originally charged with attempted second-degree murder – charges that have since been reduced for four of them. The sixth was booked as a juvenile on sealed charges. Martin Luther King III, son of the slain civil-rights leader, said punishment of some sort may be in order for the six defendants, but “the justice system isn’t applied the same to all crimes and all people.” People began massing for the demonstrations before dawn Thursday, jamming the two-lane highway leading into town and parking wherever they could. State police estimated the crowd at 15,000 to 20,000. Organizers said they believe it drew as many as 50,000. Demonstrators gathered at the local courthouse, a park, and the yard at Jena High where the tree once stood (it was cut down in July). At times, the town resembled a giant festival, with people setting up tables of food and drink and some dancing while a man beat on a drum. Sharpton admonished the crowd to remain peaceful, and there were no reports of trouble. State police could be seen chatting amicably with demonstrators at the courthouse. In Washington, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said he would hold hearings on the case, though he did not set a date or say whether the prosecutor would be called to testify. Walters, the district attorney, has usually declined to discuss the case publicly. But on the eve of the demonstrations, he denied that the charges against the teens were race-related and lamented that Barker, the victim of the beating, has been reduced to “a footnote” while protesters generate sympathy for his alleged attackers. President George W. Bush said he understood the emotions and the FBI was monitoring the situation. “The events in Louisiana have saddened me,” the president told reporters at the White House. “All of us in America want there to be, you know, fairness when it comes to justice.” While Jena Six supporters were overwhelmingly black, young whites were also present. “I think what happened here was disgusting and repulsive to the whole state,” said Mallory Flippo, a white college student from Shreveport. “I think it reflected badly on our state and how it makes it seem we view black people. I don’t feel that way, so I thought I should be here.” Mychal Bell, now 17, is the only one of the defendants to be tried. He was convicted of aggravated second-degree battery, but his conviction was tossed out last week by a state appeals court that said Bell, who was 16 at the time of the beating, could not be tried as an adult on that charge.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But the teens’ case galvanized demonstrators as few legal cases have in recent years. The cause of Thursday’s demonstrations dates to August 2006, when a black Jena High School student asked the principal whether blacks could sit under a shade tree that was a frequent gathering place for whites. He was told yes. But nooses appeared in the tree the next day. Three white students were suspended but not criminally prosecuted. LaSalle Parish District Attorney Reed Walters said this week he could find no state law covering the act. Brown said the Jena case resonates with the college-aged crowd because they aren’t much older than the six youths charged. Many of the student protesters had been sharing information about the case through Facebook, MySpace and other social-networking Web sites. Jackson, who led a throng of people three blocks long to the courthouse with an American flag resting on his shoulder, likened the demonstration to the marches on Selma, Ala., and the Montgomery bus boycott. But even he was not entirely sure why Jena became the focal point. “You can never quite tell,” he said. “Rosa Parks was not the first to sit in the front of the bus. But the sparks hit a dry field.”