This weekend the OVAC Bill Brubaker Swimming Championship will be held at Steubenville High School. My daughter Alexis Causey, who is a 14-year-old freshman at East Richland Christian School, will be competing in the 50 yard and 100 yard freestyle events.
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Congratulations to Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio on their election to the Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this month. All four are well-deserving of the honor, but Martinez deserves special mention in my mind. The Pedro Martinez of 1999 was like nothing else I�d ever seen. Twenty-three wins against only 4 losses, an ERA of 2.07, 313 strike outs against 37 walks, 5 complete games, and an opponents� batting average of .205. I was living in Cleveland that summer and I paid way more than I should have just to see Pedro pitch for the Red Sox against the Indians in the middle of the famous Jacobs Field sell-out streak. Pedro had the best fastball in the game, the best curveball in the game, and maybe the best change up of any pitcher ever � all at the same time. Amazing.
Be aware - if you sue for civil damages in Pennsylvania and if you know or should know that your mental health will be an issue, even though you are not seeking compensation for mental health injury, your confidential involuntary mental health records are no longer deemed privileged or protected. This past October, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in Octave v. Walker, held that a patient waives his confidentiality protections under the Mental Health Procedures Act where, judged by an objective standard, he knew or reasonably should have known his involuntary admission mental health would be placed directly at issue by filing the lawsuit.
It�s that time of year again. Old Man Winter has turned on the sub-zero temperatures and everything outside is freezing. You�ve seen on social media sites and on TV that it is recommended you bring in your pets at night. Well, we also need to keep them inside during the day, too. Freezing temperatures don�t only happen after dark. Let your pets be covered with a warm blanket instead of a blanket of snow.
I am a proud mother of a breaking out, new young actress! My daughter Aleigha (back row, last one on the right) has been accelerating her acting skills and will be in the upcoming Towngate Children's Theatre presents �The Reluctant Dragon.�
For a relatively brief period in my 30+ year career as an attorney, I agreed to handle a limited number of �family law� cases. I have never exactly understood why we call it �family law,� when in reality what we are talking about is the death of the family, but that is a question for greater minds than mine. Suffice to say that in the few years it took for me to get my fill of family law, I saw and learned enough to know that there are many, many great misconceptions about divorce law and what it entails. Accordingly, I thought it might be a good idea to put together a short list of information and suggestions for those who may become involved in the process of divorce.
Distracted driving is not illegal in all states, but it is deadly in every state. I thought I would begin with that HUGE statement. Don�t be a statistic. Distracted driving and texting related accidents are on the rise. Texting on your cell phone and now talking as well while driving, without a hands free device, is ILLEGAL in West Virginia. It is also illegal in: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Washington, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam & the U.S. Virgin Islands. All drivers must use a hands free device for their cell phones while driving. I have listed below a few cell phone apps that you can download: AT&T Drive Mode, Live2Txt, DriveOff and Canary. I am sure there are others, but these are just a few that I discovered online.
I think we often forget how much we are watched by our children and grandchildren. At a very young age, they watch us and mimic us. That is how they learn about the world and about how to treat others. Children build their worlds around those that are close to them. They admire and want to be just like mommy and daddy, grandma and grandpa, aunt and uncle. Little ones are like sponges, they soak up everything they see and hear.
According to an old saying, the only thing permanent is change. I have experienced a lot of change - particularly in my office space - in the time I have worked for Bordas & Bordas, and I couldn't be more grateful for all the opportunities I've had to work in several of our locations. When I was first hired, I worked out of our St. Clairsville office, which is directly across the street from the Belmont County Courthouse. Our office there is in a beautiful townhouse, and my desk was right next to a green tiled fireplace. Whenever the weather was nice enough, I liked to walk over to the Courthouse and eat lunch outside. It was something small to look forward to everyday - like getting to have a picnic at work. Before I ever set foot in our St. Clairsville office, I heard stories from some of our staff members about the basement there being haunted. I never heard or saw anything that made me think I was sharing my office with ghosts, but I did get locked out of the building once by a nervous attorney (who shall remain nameless) who locked the basement door when he was working late, just in case there might be ghosts stomping around downstairs.
The 2010 explosion at Massey's Upper Big Branch mine killed 29 coal miners. The 2014 Freedom Industries chemical leak left hundreds of thousands of West Virginians without usable water for a month. Over the past year, the major architects of these disasters, Don Blankenship and Gary Southern have found themselves indicted for their crimes. Blankenship's involve deliberate indifference to safety in pursuit of profit. Southern's are similar, but include a healthy dose of fraud charges for attempting to cheat the victims out of compensation. Before these indictments came in, Massey settled civil "deliberate intent" cases brought by the families of the miners who needlessly lost their lives. Freedom Industries, grossly underinsured and undercapitalized, went to bankruptcy to try to protect its corporate partners rather than even attempt to pay for the catastrophe it caused. But as most West Virginians knew from the start, there was criminal wrongdoing at the heart of both cases.