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Federal Holidays

The 2013 Federal Holidays are set out on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Operating Status & Schedules page. These days are established by 5 U.S.C. 6103. The designation of a day as a “Federal Holiday” only establishes rights for federal employees. Executive Order: No. 11582 (Feb 11, 1971), 36 F.R. 2957, (Feb. 13, …Read the Rest

Gun-Owner Database

Jan. 2, 2013 update: Putnam County officials are refusing to release pistol-permit information. The Journal News published a database of persons holding handgun permits in Westchester and Rockland counties (New York), using information from public records obtained by Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests. The newspaper’s rationale for making the information available is that its readers “are …Read the Rest

Federal Trade Commission and Apps for Kids

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a second staff report on privacy and “apps” for kids, Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade. This report does not suggest a rulemaking on this issue, but rather makes recommendations to those involved in the industry. Agency actions will involve developing consumer educational material and investigations …Read the Rest

“Treegonometry” and free hot chocolate study break

Study Break: This post has nothing to do with law. Need more of a break: Stop by the library foyer for a cup of hot chocolate today. The University of Sheffield’s Maths Society has created a formula for the “perfectly decorated Christmas tree.” All you need to do is know the height of the tree …Read the Rest

P(l)ain Dealing

On March 9, 2009, Douglas A. McIntyre, writing in an article about the ten most endangered newspapers in the United States, predicted that the Cleveland Plain Dealer would be shut down or go digital by the end of the next year. Although written for 24/7 Wall Street, Time Magazine posted the article on its website, linked to …Read the Rest

STATS is a non-profit organization created in 1994 “to correct scientific misinformation in the media and in public policy resulting from bad science, politics, or a simple lack of information or knowledge; and to act as a resource for journalists and policy makers on major scientific issues and controversies.” The organization has been affiliated with George Mason University …Read the Rest