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Lafayette College Hosts ‘A Place for Fracking?’


Easton, PA (PRWEB) September 09, 2014

Lafayette College’s 2014 Roethke Festival presents a two-day symposium Sept. 19 and 20 focused on the hot-button issue of hydraulic fracturing, more commonly referred to as fracking. The symposium, “A Place for Fracking?,” is free and open to the public.

“With broad public interest in the Marcellus Shale gas boom and its implications, and a new pipeline proposed for the Lehigh Valley and Hunterdon County, it is crucial to come together to examine the issue from all sides,“ said Alix Ohlin, associate professor of English at Lafayette College and one of the event’s organizers. “The community’s participation in this event could help shape the future of fracking in this region.”

The program begins Friday at 4 p.m. with a panel discussion featuring David Yoxtheimer, a geoscientist and shale gas development expert at Penn State; Abby Kinchy, a sociologist from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.; Lamar Herrin (http://www.lamarherrin.com), whose critically-acclaimed “Fractures,” a novel about fracking, was released in 2013; and Brian Cohen (briancohenphotography.com), a photographer for the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project.

From 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday evening, Herrin will read from “Fractures,” and Cohen will show photographs and discuss his work with the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project at an exhibit of his work.

Each of Friday’s events will take place in the Williams Visual Arts Building on North Third Street in Easton.

Saturday’s events begin with a community forum from 2 to 3:30 p.m., held at 248 North Third Street, across the street from the Williams Visual Arts Building, and co-hosted by Easton’s Nurture Nature Center.

“A Place for Fracking?” concludes with a keynote address delivered by author, biologist, and environmental activist Sandra Steingraber (steingraber.com). She is scholar in residence at Ithaca College, author of “Living Downstream: A Scientist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment,” co-founder of Concerned Health Professionals of New York and New Yorkers Against Fracking, and science advisor to Americans Against Fracking.

A vocal contributor to the public and scientific debate over fracking, Steingraber is frequently featured in the media and has been the keynote speaker at international conferences on human health and the environment. She is the recipient of numerous honors for her writing and environmental leadership, including the Rachel Carson Leadership Award and the Hero Award from the Breast Cancer Fund.

Steingraber’s presentation will take place at 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20 in Lafayette College’s Oechsle Hall auditorium, room 224, on Hamilton Street in Easton, Pa.

“A Place for Fracking?” is the highlight of the 2014 Roethke Festival, an interdisciplinary festival of the environment and the arts. The symposium is presented in partnership with the Nurture Nature Center of Easton and with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a range of programs and departments from every division at Lafayette College.

All events are free and open to the public. Stay up-to-date with announcements about the symposium at http://facebook.com/placeforfracking.

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A Lengua Pipe CHAPTER VI THE SAVAGE TRIBES OF THE PARAGUAYAN CHACO As years passed by and Grubbs influence over theIndians grew, the work became sufficiently consolidatedto enable him to leave on his first furlough to England.But before leaving it was decided to establish a missionon the West-South-West Chaco, on the borders of theLengua, Suhin, and Toothli tribes. After serious con-sideration an Indian named Poit was authorised to carryout some preparatory movements on the frontier duringGrubbs absence in England. He was at that time amost hopeful and capable adherent, and it was for thisreason he was chosen. Seventeen head of cattle andother goods for barter were given to him, with definiteinstructions that he was to establish himself at a certainplace, make a garden, barter the goods for sheep andgoats, and the cattle also as opportunity offered. Hewas to do what he could to persuade the people togather round as soon as men could be sent out tocommence the work, and to impress on t

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Rehab Industry Legal Case Settled: Suncoast Rehab Fights Back Against Treatment Center Discrimination and Wins


Spring Hill, FL (PRWEB) October 17, 2014

Recovering addicts are considered handicapped or disabled persons within the meaning of the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws – a fact that led Suncoast Rehabilitation Center to sue and acquire judgement against intentional discrimination of their facility. Suncoast Rehab, a rehab facility which provides high-quality drug recovery programs to its patients, recently won a five-year court case involving the facility’s expansion plans. The case was originally filed in 2009, when Suncoast Rehab attempted to increase the number of patient beds from 22 to 54 shortly after opening. Hernando County denied the request on the basis of concern over Suncoast’s clientele.

After Suncoast challenged this denial in court, the court ultimately decided in its favor, ruling that the county’s decision demonstrated discrimination against Suncoast, awarding Suncoast $ 74,000 in damages. However, the initial award was based on an incorrect jury instruction that Suncoast could have gone outside of their community and rented offsite housing or could have moved in order to expand.

Suncoast then appealed to the 11th Circuit Court due to their clients being protected under the Fair Housing Act. It was determined that the District Court’s mitigation instruction to the jury was contrary to both the language and goals of the FHA. That is because the FHA guarantees protected individuals the right to live in the dwellings of their choice, and not simply an opportunity to live “somewhere” in the city. The July 2014 Appellate court ruling stated that Suncoast did not have to go outside of their business model to provide housing for their clientele in order for them to recover, citing the Fair Housing Act. As a result, Hernando County settled with Suncoast Rehab for 1.97 million.

Tammy Strickling, Executive Director of Suncoast, predicts that the case will have significant impact in the rehab industry due to it winning under the FHA.

A person or other entity that is not a party to a particular lawsuit but nevertheless has a strong interest in it may be allowed to file amicus curiae brief, a statement of particular views on the subject matter of the lawsuit. The Washington Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and Oxford House, Inc. were among the interested parties of the Suncoast Rehab case that filed such a brief. (1)

The Washington Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs is a non-profit civil rights organization that works to promote civil rights and address discrimination – a primary purpose of the organization is to combat, protest and remediate discriminatory housing practices. Oxford House is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to provide recovery programs for recovering drug and alcohol users. It is a nationally-recognized advocate for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

Suncoast Rehab was represented by the 20-year law firm Smolker, Bartlett, Schlosser, Loeb & Hinds.

“It’s heartening to know and be able contribute to other organizations like Suncoast that not only care about protecting the civil liberties of people who are vulnerable, but who are willing to also take a stand and prevent discrimination of those suffering from addiction who desperately need our help,” states Strickling.

Strickling went on to say that the face of addiction has changed – it impacts everyone of every socio-economic level. Executives, housewives, and working men and women have become unwittingly addicted to prescription medications and other illicit drugs. “These people are valuable contributing members of society, and they deserve help,” she said.

Suncoast officials say they will continue to stand their ground on the subject of advocating for the federal rights of its patients, anti-discrimination and being able to seek the most comfortable and therapeutic environments for those who need care.

About Suncoast Rehab Center:

Located in Spring Hill, Florida, with a 76% success rate, Suncoast Rehab Center provides long-term residential treatment, intensive sauna detoxification, life skills and cognitive therapy and counseling. Suncoast is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and was recently awarded a 100% inspection score for the fourth year in a row. Suncoast has a mission to educate youth and adults about drugs and the dangers of drugs, with the aim of preventing future drug use and abuse. Suncoast handles the physical deficiencies, weakness and problems created through drug use, without the use of additional drugs. Clients are helped to uncover the issues that led to their drug use through counseling, therapy and life skills that put the client back in control of his/her life and future. Suncoast’s purpose in drug rehabilitation is to heal the whole person and give the person tools and education to remain drug–free. For more information, visit http://www.suncoastrehabcenter.com.

1. Narconon Spring Hill, Inc. v. Hernando County, FL. United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. 22 Oct. 2013. Print.







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