It’s USDC-MDFL Bar renewal time April 30, 2006 Regular News It’s USDC-MDFL Bar renewal time Notice is hereby given that on or about May 30 annual renewal forms will be provided by U.S. mail to all active members of the Bar of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Members who do not receive a renewal notice within a reasonable amount of time and feel that an error has occurred may log onto the court’s Web site at www.flmd.uscourt.gov, under “Attorney Resources,” and “Search the MDFL Roster” to check their status. Only attorneys in good standing with the court will receive, and should submit, an annual renewal form or fee. Effective this year, the renewal fee has been changed to $20, which will cover a two-year period, payable every even-numbered year. All renewal forms and fees are due July 15. Those attorneys who are not in good standing must apply for new membership at a cost of $165 before they may again practice in the Middle District. Information about the USDC-MDFL renewal process, and applying for membership, is available on the court’s Web site under “Attorney Resources.” Information relating to the 2006 annual renewal process will also be posted in each MDFL divisional office.
By Scott ThistlePortland Press HeraldAUGUSTA — Governor Janet Mills shut the door on legalized sports betting on Friday when she vetoed a bill that would have seen Maine join 12 other states that have approved gambling on sporting events, both in person and online.The bill, one of three Mills vetoed, was among 40 she had held since the end of the last lawmaking session in June, saying they had technical issues or needed additional work. The Legislature recalled 13 of the bills last Wednesday — the sports gambling bill was not among them — to allow lawmakers to make changes that would satisfy her concerns before sending them back to her for consideration.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Governor allowed the 24 other bills to become law without her signature. Under the Maine Constitution, she was required to make a decision on the bills before midnight Saturday.Sen. Louie Luchini (D-Hancock County) sponsored the sports betting bill and was disappointed by Mills’ veto. He was in San Diego on Friday at a conference for states with gambling and said Mills called to inform him of her decision shortly before she released her two-page veto message to the public.“I appreciate that she took a real thoughtful approach and researched the topic thoroughly, and I’m willing to keep working on it to make it a more acceptable measure for anyone who has issues with it,” Luchini said. He noted, however, that as many as 20 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia are poised to legalize sports betting and collect tax revenue from it in 2020.Estimates on how much sports betting would be worth in Maine varied widely, but a fiscal note attached to the bill suggests that if it were fully implemented, originally scheduled to occur in 2023, the state would collect as much as $5 million a year in fees and taxes. However, sports betting revenue forecasts fell dramatically short in several states that legalized it in 2018 and 2019.Supporters of the bill say millions of dollars in illegal sports betting, much of it online and with offshore entities, already is taking place in Maine without the state receiving tax revenue.Mills’ veto message downplayed the revenue considerations and focused on the harm the legislation could have on youth and low-income Mainers.“Before Maine joins the frenzy of states hungry to attract this market, I believe we need to examine the issue more clearly; better understand the evolving experiences of other states; and thoughtfully determine the best approach for Maine,” Mills wrote. “That approach needs to balance the desire to suppress gambling activities now being conducted illegally and the need to protect youthful gamblers and those least able to absorb losses under a closely regulated scheme.”The bill would have prohibited betting on youth sports, including high school athletics, but left the door open to some amateur and semi-pro sporting events.The bill, which would have given just about every entity with an interest in gambling a slice of the revenue, faced no formal opposition in the Legislature beyond some lawmakers voicing concern over problem gamblers. The bill would allow casino operators, off-track betting parlors, harness racing tracks and Native American tribes in Maine to host sports betting operations.The veto will be the subject of an override vote with a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate required to overturn Mills’ decision. The only roll-call vote on the bill taken in the Legislature so far was in the Senate last June, when the measure was approved 19-15 with a mix of Republicans and Democrats both supporting and opposing the measures. The bill gained unanimous approval in subsequent votes.House Minority Leader, Kathleen Dillingham (R-Oxford) supported the measure — her district includes the Oxford Casino — and was disappointed by the Governor’s action.“Though there may remain questions concerning potential revenues from this industry, it is clear that many Mainers already participate in sports wagering,” Dillingham said in an email Friday night. “I am concerned with our lack of oversight and the absence of consumer protections for those choosing to participate in this type of wagering.”In May 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal prohibition on sports betting. Since then, a dozen states — New Hampshire was the most recent state to allow the practice — have joined Nevada in allowing gambling on sporting events.
University President C.L. Max Nikias announced Monday morning the establishment of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, made possible by a $50 million grant from Dr. Gary Michelson.Donor · Dr. Gary Michelson speaks to an audience of students and professionals at Town and Gown to announce his $50 million donation. – Photo courtesy of USCMichelson, a retired orthopedic spinal surgeon, has a storied career that includes a place in the National Inventors Hall of Fame and over 955 issued or pending patents to date.After retiring from private practice, Michelson became heavily involved in philanthropy. He has donated millions of dollars to medical research, worked with programs to provide free textbooks to students and invested in the creation of no-kill adoption facilities for animals that would otherwise end up in city animal shelters.Dr. Michelson’s donation makes possible the construction of a 190,000-square-foot building in the southwest corner of campus, which is currently home to the majority of USC’s science and engineering buildings.The USC Michelson Center’s labs and offices will be home to 20 to 30 principal investigators, and it will employ hundreds of researchers and students. According to USC News, the center is complete with “state-of-the-art flexible labs, a Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis, a nanofabrication facility and a suite of microscopy imaging technology that can take precise measurements inside of cells.”Faculty from both the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences will work together with interdisciplinary convergence at the USC Michelson Center.The USC Michelson Center’s mission is based on applying the tremendous theoretical breakthroughs that have occurred in bioscience to the real world. By speeding up the process of diagnosing diseases to developing the latest technology in biomedical instruments, officials believe the USC Michelson Center will put USC at the forefront of biomedical research.President Nikias spoke on the importance of the interdisciplinary research the USC Michelson Center is founded upon to the students and faculty that gathered for the announcement at Town and Gown.“One of the most important parts of education is our dedication to interdisciplinary research,” he said. “At many other universities, ‘interdisciplinary’ is no more than a buzzword. USC turns colleges from diverse disciplines into creative collaboration.”Steve Kay, dean of the Dornsife College, and Yannis Yortsos, dean of the Viterbi School, joined President Nikias and Michelson in offering remarks at the event.“The Michelson Center will attract and cultivate a lab interested in not ‘what now,’ but ‘what next,’” Kay said. “The human capital this building will attract … even overachievers will struggle to keep up.”Kay also emphasized the mission of the USC Michelson Center in bringing science out of the laboratory and into the real world, saying the building will be made of “bricks and mortar — no ivory, no towers.”Yortsos spoke on the role the USC Michelson Center will play in cementing a new avenue of biological science research in Southern California.“The Michelson Center will make USC the global attraction, the beating heart of this excitement,” he said. “It will propel USC students and engineers to make all problems solvable and develop the next big innovations for USC, Los Angeles, the nation and the world.”Students offered optimism and excitement about the opportunity to pursue their academic goals in a world-class institution like the USC Michelson Center.Sina Torabi, a pre-med sophomore majoring in economics and minoring in natural sciences, echoed the optimism of Dean Yortsos for the potential of the USC Michelson Center.“Pre-med students are ecstatic for the Michelson Center, since it presents even more opportunities for us to contribute in academia,” he said. “It would be great to get some hands-on experience working under a renowned professor and test some innovative new technology that would benefit patients.”Michelson thanked the USC community for agreeing to host the Center, and spoke to the importance of research that makes an impact on the world, not research for sake of research.“The [Michelson Center] will converge research to produce real world breakthroughs in real time. This is going to be a grand adventure, and we thank you.”Editor’s Note: The headline was updated from “Alumnus donates $50 million” to “University receives $50 million” to reflect that Dr. Gary Michelson is not an alumnus of the university. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.