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It’s June, it’s hot, and that means you’re probably thirsty and ready to jump into a fresh body of water. Here’s my advice: Head to Bryson City for a dip in Lake Fontana and a visit to the Nantahala Brewing Company to catch a bottle of their limited release Trail Magic Ale. Named after the good Samaritans who hand out burgers, cookies, lemonade and good cheer to thru-hikers as they make their way up or down the Appalachian Trail, these beers are random acts of kindness for your liver.NBC releases three Trail Magic Ales throughout the year: March, June, and October. You still have time to sample this year’s summer release, which features hand-picked honey-suckle in a Belgian Farmhouse Ale. It a wee-bit bitter and packs a punch at 9 percent alcohol by volume, but it’s as refreshing as the honeysuckle that’s infused into the ale.Do yourself a favor and make a whole day out of it by paddling Lake Fontana or knocking out a big hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I like the short trek to Andrew’s Bald that begins at busy Clingman’s Dome, then leaves the crowds as it drops towards a magnificent view of Lake Fontana and the Nantahala National Forest.And if you’re itching to do some trail magic of your own, head towards northern Virginia or Maryland to try to catch the wave of north bound thru-hikers. We hear they like it when you set up a grill on the side of the trail and offer fresh-grilled burgers. And beer.Follow Graham Averill’s adventures in drinking and Dad-hood at daddy-drinks.com
Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, George Franjola has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.The Supreme Court suspended Franjola from the practice of law for a period of three years effective August 24, 1998, as a result of his conviction for possession of cocaine, a felony offense.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Franjola’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Jan K. Wichrowski, Chief Branch Discipline Counsel, The Florida Bar, 1200 Edgewater Drive, Orlando 32804-6314, phone (407) 425-5424.Barry students report to class The American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, Inc., will hold its Midyear Meeting November 5-9, at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.The continuing education program at the meeting will constitute 16 hours of CLE/CPE on November 7- 8 and focus on estate planning, taxation, and related topics. Special presentations include: The Auditing of and Accounting for Casinos and on How to Ethically Manage and Promote Your Practice.For more information and reservations contact Ronald M. DeVore, executive director, AAA-CPA, 24196 Alicia Parkway, Suite K, Mission Viejo, CA 92691, or telephone (800) CPA-ATTY.Legal aid building named for Harding For the past five years, contributions to legal aid organizations have been more than a voluntary check-off box on the dues statement for lawyers at any one of the nine Florida offices of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell. That’s because for the past five years management at the firm has made it a practice to donate $350 on behalf of each of their lawyers to a local legal aid organization in the county of that lawyer.“I think this is what large firms should be doing; it is a worthy cause,” said David Lane, executive director of Ruden McClosky.This custom first came about when Broward Lawyers Care, a pro bono association in Ft. Lauderdale, explained that they would prefer the firm donate money to them, and that they would hire a legal aid lawyer to take on the cases. This had been the consensus among many legal aid organizations, who felt the contributions more valuable than time on matters that could be handled better by full-time legal aid lawyers.“We prefer it that way too,” said Lane. “Often, large firms are just not always equipped to handle cases of that nature.”Lane said that the donation of money as opposed to time proves more effective in getting help to those who need it by lawyers who are trained to give it.In addition to this donation, which totals about $50,000 annually, the firm also gives to The Florida Bar Foundation’s Samuel S. Smith Memorial Endowment Fund. The $100,000 pledge, given each year, honors Sam Smith, a former Bar and Foundation president and partner with the firm who passed away a few years ago. Smith, who was also a former ABA secretary, is perhaps best remembered for his involvement in the cause of providing help to the indigent.“We wanted to honor him,” said Lane, who finds it a privilege to be in the position he is in. “I carry out the wishes of the firm management, and I have the pleasure of doling out the checks.”Though proud of what the firm is doing, Lane emphasizes that these contributions should not preclude anyone in the firm from making their own pro bono contributions.Miami-Dade FAWL sets charity benefit Gov Jeb Bush recently issued a proclamation designating September 8-14 as Paralegal Week.The proclamation reads:“WHEREAS, paralegals assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services through a concept that developed in the late 1960s to address the growing volume of work generated by the pursuit of legal remedies; and“WHEREAS, in this time of escalating fees for legal services, the employment of paralegals has assisted in the effort to keep these costs down; and“WHEREAS, paralegals work to maintain integrity and a high degree of competence throughout the legal profession, while striving for professional enhancement through education to facilitate the availability of legal services; and“WHEREAS, paralegals are encouraged to commit themselves to continuing education specifically available through state and national certification programs;“NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jeb Bush, Governor of the state of Florida, do hereby send greetings and best wishes to all observing Paralegal Week, September 8 – 14, 2003.”For information on how the employment and utilization of paralegals can benefit law firms, contact the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., through its Web site at pafinc.org.Insurance conference set 17th JNC seeks judicial applicants Less than two years after receiving provisional approval from the American Bar Association, Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law enrolled over 175 first-year students, bringing total enrollment to the East Orange County campus to over 410 students.This entering class also brings with it the beginning of the deanship of Joseph Richard Hurt. Dean Hurt was most recently the dean at Florida Coastal School of Law and served as the deputy consultant on legal education to the ABA from 1998-2000.“The start of a new school year is always exciting,” Dean Hurt said. “With the quality and quantity of this year’s entering class it speaks volumes on the quality of the education students receive at Barry University School of Law.”Classes at the campus are held Monday thru Friday and classes are offered during the day and in the evening. The first-year class is comprised of 125 full-time students, scheduled to graduate in 2006, and 53 evening students scheduled to graduate in 2007. This year’s class is made up of 30 percent minorities and is 50 percent women, according to the school. Last week the school of law conducted a five-day orientation that dealt with topics such as registering for The Florida Bar and preparing spouses, family, or significant others on what to expect during a student’s life in law school.Nominations sought for annual pro bono awards Assistant State Attorney Tom Hastings was recently selected as Florida’s “top prosecutor,” when the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association named him as the recipient of the prestigious Gene Berry Award.Brevard-Seminole State Attorney Norm Wolfinger, who had nominated Hastings for the honor, presented the award in July at the organization’s annual education conference.“Over 20 years ago, I realized I had made the right career decision,” Hastings said. “It is a privilege to serve the people of the state of Florida, and it is tremendous to know you can make a positive difference in a community. I’m gratified to be able to do my part to make our communities safer.”Hastings heads the Repeat Offender Division in Wolfinger’s Seminole County office where he has been the division chief for the past 13 years. According to the FPAA, Hastings has a 95-percent trial conviction rate for the past 10 years. Of 21 defendants charged with first-degree murder to which he has been assigned, six have been found guilty at trial and15 have entered guilty pleas, making for a 100-percent conviction rate.“Despite his incredible record as a prosecutor in the courtroom, it’s not just his outstanding trial record that Tom is being recognized for,” Wolfinger said. “It is his combination of integrity, community service, and dedication to excellence in everything he does that has brought him this honor.”The Gene Berry Award is given annually to a Florida prosecutor for “outstanding prosecutorial service” in pursuit of justice. The award is presented in honor of Assistant State Attorney Eugene Berry who, in 1982, was mortally shot by the wife of a man Berry sent to prison on drug charges. A plaque bearing the names of the yearly recipients hangs in the Governor’s Office.Since 1989, Hastings, working with Lake Brantley High School, has spearheaded a mentoring program that leads students through a study of the judicial system, culminating with a mock trial. The 17th Circuit JNC is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the circuit bench created by the elevation of Judge James I. Cohn to the federal bench.Applicants must have been members of the Bar for at least five years, registered voters, and residents of the 17th Circuit.Applications and instructions are available on The Florida Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org or by contacting Gina R. Pozzuoli, JNC Chair at 110 SE 6th St., 15th Floor, Ft. Lauderdale 33301-5004, telephone (954) 762-2510, fax (954) 761-8475.An original and nine copies of the completed applications (with photographs) must be received by the chair no later than September 18 at 5 p.m.Effman petitions for reinstatement A national conference dedicated solely to insurance litigation is scheduled for September 29-October 1 in Orlando at the Gaylord Resort & Conference Center.Sponsored jointly by the American Insurance Association and the ABA’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, the conference is for both attorneys and insurers, providing a comprehensive review of insurance litigation – the cutting-edge trends and key issues that are shaping the legal environment in which insurers and businesses must operate.The conference will bring together people from all communities with a stake in insurance litigation: the judiciary, insurance regulators, insurers, the business community, defense attorneys, and the plaintiff’s bar. Panel discussions will focus on current insurance litigation trends, the impact of litigation on state regulators’ ability to effectively regulate insurers, reducing the incidence of litigation, managing defense resources, and how compensation can motivate — or de-motivate — both in-house and outside counsel.The conference will kick-off with an appearance by former Solicitor General Walter Dellinger, who will offer his perspective on the present state of the U.S. tort system. Other speakers include retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Major B. Harding and Kenneth Feinberg, special master of the September 11 Victims Compensation Fund.“Florida continues to be a challenging litigation environment for insurers,” said Katherine Giddings of Tallahassee, moderator of the panel on managing defense resources. “This conference will allow for a thoughtful examination of a range of issues affecting corporate counsels, defense attorneys, risk managers, senior claims management, and senior underwriting management. It’s sure to benefit anyone with a professional stake in insurance-related litigation.”For more information, log on to www.aiadc.org/Newsroom/Conferences.asp or contact AIA at (800) 242-2302.Hillsborough Bar Foundation to build by Stetson September 1, 2003 Regular News Jacksonville Area Legal Aid recently celebrated its Welcome Center’s move to the ground floor of the Legal Aid building.The event marked the grand opening of the Major B. Harding Center for Justice. The event’s guest of honor was retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Harding, who now heads the appellate division for Tallahassee-based Ausley & McMullen and is a former Jacksonville judge.“I have tried throughout my life in the law to ensure everyone who comes before the court receives an adequate hearing, fair ruling and no barriers in their access to the system,” Harding said.The new Center for Justice will be Jacksonville’s newest venue for citizens and legal advocates alike. The center will be the only free resource available in the Jacksonville area for low-income citizens to seek assistance with their civil legal needs.“We feel that the center will become a place where people will find ways to become more empowered in their community,” said Michael Figgins, executive director of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. “In 2003 our hope is that all Duval County and surrounding county residents will seek out the center as their resource for making Jacksonville a better place to live and work.”Meeting space is also available to attorneys for mediations or depositions. The Major B. Harding Center for Justice is located in close proximity to both the federal and county courthouses.Domestic Violence Screening Protocol is being developed Lawyers who donate services to the needy are being sought for public recognition by the Supreme Court and The Florida Bar.One lawyer from each judicial circuit and an out-of-state recipient will receive the Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award. The chief justice will give the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award to the lawyer who is deemed an outstanding example of dedication to the legal needs of the poor.Nominations also are being solicited for the Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation and the Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award. The awards recognize a firm and a voluntary bar association that have provided significant pro bono legal assistance to individuals or groups which cannot otherwise afford legal services.Nominations may be made by any person or organization by contacting the circuit representative shown below. Nomination forms are available from the Bar’s Public Information Department, telephone (800) 342-8060, ext. 5669, or via e-mail at email@example.com or can be downloaded off the “What’s New” section of the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org.Eligible lawyers must be licensed to practice in Florida and not be employed by an organization which primarily delivers free legal services to the poor. The nominee should be a lawyer who, with no expectation of receiving a fee, provides direct delivery of legal services in civil or criminal matters to a client or group that does not have the resources to hire counsel.The deadline is September 26.The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Awards were established in 1981 to recognize individual service in specific Florida judicial circuits.The Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award commemorates Miami civil rights lawyer Tobias Simon, who died in 1982.The chief justice’s awards are believed to be the first of their kind in the nation conferring recognition of a state’s highest court on a firm and voluntary bar for pro bono services.Young lawyers seek pro bono award nominations Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Steven Werner Effman of Plantation has petitioned the Supreme Court for Florida Bar reinstatement.Effman was suspended for 91 days for engaging in inappropriate sexual relationships with clients which affected the attorney-client relationship.Any person having knowledge bearing upon Effman’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law may contact Joel M. Klaits, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, 5900 North Andrews Ave., Ste. 835, Ft. Lauderdale 33309, telephone (954) 772-2245.Franjola petitions for reinstatement Briefs Kenneth P. Hassett was recently installed as the 40th president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami Chapter.The installation dinner took place at the Hotel Intercontinental in Miami.Hastings named ‘top prosecutor’ The Florida Supreme Court Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy’s Subcommittee on Domestic Violence and Mediation is considering the development of a “Domestic Violence Screening Protocol” for all cases which have been court-ordered to mediation.The subcommittee will be considering screening for general circuit and county cases, in addition to family court cases. The screening protocol also would include court-ordered mediations conducted by private mediators, as well as those mediations provided by court staff.The Domestic Violence and Mediation Subcommittee is now inviting comments and suggestions about how a screening protocol should be implemented.The subcommittee is chaired by 10th Circuit Judge Bob Doyel. Other committee members include First Circuit Judge Ron Rothschild, Sixth Circuit Judge Lynn Tepper, and Robin Davis, ADR director for the Eighth Circuit.Written comments should be forwarded to Sharon Press, director of the court’s Dispute Resolution Center, via fax to (850) 922-9290, e-mail at pressS@flcourts.org or by sending them to Press at Supreme Court Building, 500 S. Duval St., Tallahassee 32399-1900 by September 5. Once the subcommittee develops a proposed course of action for the screening, the draft protocol will be circulated and comments again will be solicited.Bush decrees Paralegal Week The Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers is hosting its First Annual Charity Benefit and Silent Auction to benefit the Haitian Women’s Legal Project of Legal Services of Greater Miami, which will provide free legal advice and representation to Haitian victims of domestic violence.The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on September 5 at the Omni Colonnade in Coral Gables. Attendees will enjoy dinner, drinks, dancing, and have an array of items to choose from during the silent auction. They will also be able to explore the Gables Gallery Night, one of the nation’s leading public art events.“It is very unfortunate that within our community, Haitian women are experiencing a high rate of domestic violence,” said Renata Calderaro, who chairs the event. “Even more disturbing is that, due to cultural and other barriers, these women are often reluctant to seek out the services of an attorney.”“FAWL is deeply committed to assisting Legal Services with this project and its mission of providing low-income individuals equal access to justice,” said FAWL President Deborah Magid. “We are hosting our ‘Event of the Year’ not only to have fun, but to raise funds for this very worthy cause.”specifically targeting this group of clients and developing collaborative relationships with providers who work with them, LSGMIs Haitian Women’s Legal Project intends to “diminish barriers to accessing the justice system and protect Haitian women’s legal rights.”“We appreciate greatly the enthusiasm and support that FAWL has shown for this new project,” said Marcia K. Cypen, executive director of LSGMI. “The proceeds from this event will help to make the project a success.”Hassett to lead Miami criminal defense lawyers The Bar’s Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations for its Legal Aid Public Service Award.The award recognizes the outstanding contributions by a public sector attorney to those in need of free legal services. To qualify as a young lawyer, one must be under the age of 36 or have been in practice for less than five years.Nomination forms may be found on the YLD Web site at www.flayld.org and two copies of the form and the attachments should be submitted on or before December 15 to The Florida Bar, Austin Newberry, Young Lawyers Division Program Administrator, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300.For more information contact Courtney K. Grimm, YLD Awards Committee chair, at (904) 353-0211.Attorney-CPA conference set The Hillsborough County Bar Foundation has recently closed a deal to build on property adjoining Stetson University College of Law’s Tampa campus.As a result of a opportunity with Stetson, the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation will erect a freestanding building that will allow the foundation to expand upon its services to members of the Hillsborough County Bar and the community at large.“We are excited that our plans for the building of our future are finally coming to fruition,” said Hillsborough County Bar Foundation President Joseph W. N. Rugg.“We are excited about this agreement with the Hillsborough County Bar, which will bring Stetson’s Tampa Law Center and campus another step closer to becoming a true legal center for the Tampa Bay area,” said Darby Dickerson, interim dean of Stetson University College of Law.The mission of the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation Law Center is to support and promote programs and projects that encourage assistance to the poor and disadvantaged, primarily with regard to their legal needs, and to educate the public about the judicial system.Ruden McClosky gives to legal aid
The country has an advanced medical system, a free press and a strong culture of public accountability, and observers say that its health statistics can be treated with confidence.Of the latest cases, 49 are in the southern city of Daegu and the neighbouring North Gyeongsang province, KCDC said.Most of the country’s infections are linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu, an entity often accused of being a cult.Shincheonji claims its founder, Lee Man-hee, has donned the mantle of Jesus Christ and will take 144,000 people with him to heaven on the day of judgement.A 61-year-old female member developed a fever on February 10, but attended at least four church services before being diagnosed.Topics : South Korea reported 60 more novel coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the smallest increase for four days in the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s morning updates.The country now has 893 cases, the KCDC said — the largest national total anywhere outside China — adding one more person had died, taking the toll to eight.For the previous three days, KCDC had reported triple-digit increases each morning as the outbreak took hold in South Korea, the world’s 12th-largest economy.
With the country’s health system still under strain, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will set out his strategy for ending the lockdown before parliament on Tuesday.Ministers have identified 17 priorities for gradually bringing the country out of eight weeks of confinement in a “controlled, progressive” manner from May 11.Schools in some areas are expected to reopen, with companies returning to work and public transport going back to a more normal timetable as a testing system and support for the elderly are put into place. The numbers of COVID-19 victims in intensive care also dropped, but only slightly, to 4,682. But officials said they were worried by an increase in critically ill patients suffering from other conditions.More than 7,553 people were in intensive care units in France on Sunday — 50 percent more than the country’s total capacity before the epidemic struck. Overall, 28,217 people are being treated in hospital for the virus. France reported a big fall in its coronavirus toll on Sunday, with 242 deaths in 24 hours, a drop of more than a third on the previous day.The epidemic has now claimed 22,856 lives in the country since the beginning of March, health officials said. The number of deaths in hospitals — 152 — was the lowest daily toll in five weeks, they said, while 90 people died in nursing and care homes. Topics :
The preparation works for the Orange Lake dredging scheme, located in the City of New Port Richey, Florida, are currently underway, local media reports.Energy Resources Inc., the Chesterfield, Missouri, based dredging contractor, won the job last fall, according to the Public Works Director, Robert Rivera.Preliminary work has already started, added Martin Field, Public Works construction project manager. A barge will soon be set up on the surface of the lake with a large hose to suck sediment from the lake bottom.According to the official city’s announcement, the Orange Lake dredging program will include:Hydraulic dredging of 3,600 cubic yards of sediment from the lake;Conveyance of dredged material to the permitted dewatering site;Loading and hauling of dewatered material to the receiving landfill.Weather permitting, the work will conclude by February.[mappress mapid=”24768″]
The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s (NWSA) international container volumes increased by 4 percent in 2017 and were the fourth highest in NWSA history. The alliance’s total international container volumes stood at 2.96 million TEUs in 2017, compared to 2.86 million TEUs recorded in 2016.At 1.51 million TEUs, import volumes remained flat compared to 2016 volumes. Meanwhile, exports were up 7 percent at 1.45 million TEUs.Additionally, total container volumes grew by 1 percent in 2017 to 3.7 million TEUs from 3.6 million TEUs seen a year earlier.What is more, log volumes were up 57 percent to 278,078 metric tons for the year due to a consistent demand from China in 2017. Other breakbulk cargo volume was up 16 percent to 210,725 metric tons for the year.However, auto volumes for the year mirrored the overall decline in the North American auto import market. NWSA ended the year down 11 percent, handling 146,885 units.The Northwest Seaport Alliance is a marine cargo operating partnership of the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma. The ports manage the container, breakbulk, auto and bulk terminals.
The then Bolton manager famously got under the Frenchman’s skin as he guided his side to a series of unlikely positive results against the Gunners, and admitted in his recently published autobiography that he enjoyed winding up a man he described as having “an air of arrogance”. However, Allardyce, now 61, has revealed the pair now have an “amicable” relationship as they prepare to meet at the Emirates Stadium in the Barclays Premier league on Saturday. He said with a smile: “I have had some good fun with him. Those early days were years and years ago and it’s been much more amicable, our meetings, not just on match days, but also off the field when we have bumped into each other. “But I have always had a huge amount of respect for Arsene and his quality as a manager. Winding-up became a procedure that we all use if and when we feel it necessary. “I have always thought he is a fantastic manager and he’s done a fantastic job. I might have wound him up a time or two, but never disrespected him. “That’s a long time ago. It seems to be a part of the world of football sometimes and whether it makes a difference, I don’t know. People seem to think it did, so when the opportunity arose, if you felt it was the right thing to do, you did it. “But at the end of the day, it’s about 11 v 11 on the field. I’m not so sure what you do when you wind a manager up that it makes a difference your players when they go out. I’m not so sure it does. “But it’s also good publicity for you lot, isn’t it? We have to be worried about our image these days, don’t we? If we haven’t got the right image, then we are not very good managers, so we have to be careful.” Allardyce led Bolton into battle with Arsenal on 16 occasions in all competitions, and emerged with a hugely creditable four victories and six draws. However, he has never beaten them at home with any of his clubs and will hope to address that record with Sunderland, who have recorded three 0-0 draws in North London in their last five visits. Allardyce, who will be without injured duo Sebastian Larsson and Jermain Defoe, said: “I’ve never won at Arsenal with any of my teams – drawn a few, but never won. “The club has not won there since the ’80s when our kit man was in the squad and Paul Bracewell played, my assistant manager, so it shows you how long it’s been. “But anything can happen on any day in the Premier League, so let’s hope it’s our day. Let’s hope we get a little bit of good fortune, let’s hope we play very, very well and if we can do all that, we might get a result.” Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has insisted his feud with Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger has been consigned to history – and is not even sure it worked anyway. Press Association
The maker of Lysol and Dettol said under no circumstance should its disinfectant products be administered into the human body through injection, ingestion or any other route. Lysol’s parent company is warning that its disinfectant products shouldn’t be used as an internal treatment for COVID-19. Reckitt Benckiser issued the warning hours after President Trump wondered out loud about the possibility at a White House briefing. Lysol and Dettol maker Reckitt Benckiser said on Friday its disinfectants should not be administered to humans, after President Trump said researchers should try putting disinfectant into coronavirus patients’ bodies https://t.co/cnxuCD8brl pic.twitter.com/hnYeEXUGpM— Reuters (@Reuters) April 24, 2020 Trump said researchers are looking at the effects of disinfectant on the coronavirus and wondered if they could be injected into people.”The disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, and is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning. It gets in the lungs” — Trump seems to suggests that injecting disinfectant inside people could be a treatment for the coronavirus pic.twitter.com/amis9Rphsm— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 23, 2020
State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text admin House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) Bio BLUE HILL — Both GSA teams continued to better their records this week, with the boys winning 5-0 over Deer Isle-Stonington, 4-1 over Dexter and 4-1 over Sumner.The Eagle girls downed DI-Stonington and Sumner 5-0 but fell in a close 3-2 battle with Dexter, which trails them by less than three points in the standings. In the Class C standings, the 7-1 GSA Eagle boys are ranked second, less than a point behind Madawaska, while the Sumner Tiger boys are sixth and the winless Deer Isle-Stonington Mariner boys are at the bottom.The 6-2 GSA girls are at the top of their division, with the DI-Stonington Mariners fourth and the Sumner Tigers ninth. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Otto-matic: Star forward Porter has carried Georgetown on the offensive end this yearOn the block: Assessing how Syracuse matches up with Georgetown ahead of last Big East duel in the DomeUnrivaled stars: All-time lineup of Syracuse-Georgetown rivalryClassic clashes: Five games that defined the Syracuse-Georgetown rivalry Sonny Spera labeled it “Hoya Paranoia.” Rafael Addison said they were “like the Oakland Raiders of college basketball.” Andre Hawkins coined it a “Georgetown-against-the-world mentality.”All three had a different, nasty, spiteful term to describe the tough-nosed style of basketball that defined Georgetown in the 1980s, but all of their callous accusations merged at a harsh consensus: The Hoyas were a dirty basketball team.“The whole ‘Hoya Paranoia’ thing, I think they just fed off that,” Spera said.” I think they just liked to be the dark side of the force. Good versus evil. I think they didn’t mind playing the bad boy role. They loved it.”That blood-bath, no-mercy, utter-hatred mentality bubbled to an all-time high in the Big East tournament on March 10, 1984, when Syracuse and Georgetown tussled in the championship finale. With four minutes remaining, a game already doused with animosity turned brutal, as Georgetown big man Michael Graham took a left-handed swipe at Syracuse forward Andre Hawkins’ face. Referee Dick “Froggy” Paparo initially ejected Graham, but after discussing the situation with coaches Jim Boeheim and John Thompson, the officiating crew decided to reverse the call. Graham stayed in the game and fueled Georgetown to a win as part of a legendary kerfuffle that epitomizes the SU-Georgetown rivalry.“You go to Syracuse, you have a friend at Syracuse, you even have a friend of a friend of a friend who goes to Syracuse, you just hate Georgetown,” Spera said. “It’s as simple as that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLate in the second half, that hatred reached new heights. Syracuse was up four points and a Big East championship was on the horizon. Then, chaos ensued.Graham attempted a reverse layup in traffic that skimmed off of the backboard. Hawkins and Graham grappled for possession. Eventually, Hawkins snatched the ball away and fell to the floor. As he took the tumble, Graham swatted at him, barely missing the 6-foot-6 forward’s head.“He took a huge swing at him,” Spera said. “He took a roundhouse, left-hand, all out punch, but he didn’t hit him. … It’s just a punk move.”Paparo sprinted to the scene of the crime with a jolt in his step, ready to make a pivotal call. He signaled that Hawkins was ejected, jerking his hand toward the locker room. “He’s out! He’s out! He’s out!” Spera recalls Paparo shouting.But after the refs convened and reached a verdict, Paparo trotted to the sideline to discuss the matter with Boeheim and Thompson. He reversed the call and Graham, who Spera called a “loose cannon,” stayed in the game.That meant Syracuse only got two shots, instead of two additional technical foul shots and the ball. In a potentially pivotal twist that could have ignited SU to a victory, just the opposite happened.Spera doesn’t know why the officials changed the call, but he speculates it was due to Georgetown’s intimidation factor, particularly that of the 6-foot-10, 269-pound behemoth Thompson, who Spera said had his way with Paparo.Graham had a reputation as “the enforcer.” Addison said he epitomized the physical mentality that defined Georgetown during those years.“Put it this way: I wasn’t surprised that Michael Graham tried something like that,” Addison said. “I would have been more surprised if somebody fell down and he helped them up.”Hawkins said he had no idea Graham swatted his fist in his direction until after the game when he watched it on replay. He fell down and was focused on not traveling, his back turned when the punch came.“If you watch the video, it shows that he took a swing at me, but he never connected,” Hawkins said. “But he did take the swing, which means he should have been ejected, as far as I know.”But he wasn’t. Hawkins fouled out a minute later as Georgetown sent the game into overtime, eventually coming away with the momentous win. Carried by Patrick Ewing, the Hoyas went on to win the national championship.Spera said he remembers the brouhaha clearly, but he doesn’t remember much about Georgetown’s late-game push after the bedlam ensued.“How about that for selective memory?” Spera said, laughing. “The details get a little fuzzy after that.”Boeheim was infuriated after the game, pushing a chair in disgust in a postgame press conference.“Today,” Boeheim said, still bewildered and befuddled by the reversed call, “the best team didn’t win.” Comments Published on February 22, 2013 at 2:25 am Contact Trevor: firstname.lastname@example.org | @TrevorHass