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T-P story about preservation of historic Mandeville jazz club

Folks who do blues tourism know how rare rural buildings associated with the blues have become– they tend to have been pretty ephemeral buildings to start with, and no effort was made toward preservation for the better part of a century.   There’s a rural jazz club in Mandeville that’s been preserved, and local government [...]

Dan Froomkin meditates on how the Washington Post (where he works) got it wrong so long…

In a long and excellent post about torture and the Bush administration, Dan Froomkin compares a recent story in the Washington Post and the same facts reported three years ago by Ron Suskind in his book The One Percent Doctrine. The front page story in Sunday’s Washington Post

reported that “not a single significant [...]

Mississippi passes into law compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment

The Missisisppi Legislature has passed, and today the governor has signed, this bill:

AN ACT PROVIDING FOR CLAIMS FOR WRONGFUL CONVICTION AND IMPRISONMENT; TO EXPRESS LEGISLATIVE INTENT; TO REQUIRE CLAIMANTS TO PRESENT STATEMENT OF CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION; TO ENACT STANDARDS; TO PROVIDE FOR PRESENTATION OF CLAIMS; TO ENACT STANDARDS FOR JUDGMENT AND AWARD; TO [...]

Jackson Jambalaya adds local government links

In a sudden and unexpected outburst of usefullness, Kingfish at Jackson Jambalaya has added a really nice list of links to local government databases and other resources to the top right sidebar of his webpage.  Here’s his list, which I gather will be permanently afixed to the upper left corner (well, permanently until he [...]

Another memory of Archie Green

I wrote last week about the passing of folklorist Archie Green.  Here’s a memory of him by Elaine Lawless, the president of the American Folklore Society, sent out to its members:

I want to join my voice to the others that have responded to the passing of Archie Green. Like so many of you, I have a personal connection to Archie and will miss his presence in the world. However, I also know his spirit and his legacy will stay with us as long as we live–and beyond.

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Please let this never happen to me (appellate advocacy division)

In a Fifth Circuit argument this morning, the appellant was arguing an arbitration should be overturned as outside the bounds of reasonable arbitrations.  He just in passing referred to one of the arbitrator’s rulings with the word “ostensibly.”

The presiding judge pounced on that word and said, “Counsel, you use the word ostensibly.  That [...]

“He essentially dropped her in the grease”: The Chart Queen sues Stanford’s security lawyer

…and I can’t blame her for being ticked.

Recall that Stanford Financial’s securities lawyer Thomas Sjoblom fed Laura Pendergest-Holt to the SEC wolves, apparently without making any attempt to warn her she might want some legal assistance of her own.  Her SEC deposition, which opens with Sjoblom making it very, very clear she was [...]

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I don’t see a lot out there in the internet this morning…

Musician Mark Rubin finds wisdom in a 1909 music review.

“I am not such a fanatic as to say that the occasional indifferent performance (of music) leads directly to mental or moral ruin, but I do assert that the frame of mind induced by habitual indifferent performances of music, or of any act whatsoever, and which leads to the uncritical acceptance of the same [...]