The rules of the game in Scrabble haven’t changed since 1948. But it’s about time they did, a Los Angeles lawyer argues.A classic board game in which players are awarded points based on fortuitous word placement in a crossword pattern and the number of times rarely used letters can be included in a single word, Scrabble puts top value on the letters “Q” and “Z.” As new words such as “za” and “qi” have been added to the English-language lexicon, however, it’s easier than it used to be for less-skilled players to rack up high scores, reports the Wall Street Journal.So plaintiffs attorney and Scrabble aficionado Matthew Butterick of Los Angeles is arguing for a change. In a letter to the New Yorker earlier this year, he calls for scoring to be recalibrated so that luck, once again, takes more of a back seat to skill, the newspaper notes.“If the scoring was recalibrated to the current word lists, we might get to play … [Read more...] about LA Lawyer Seeks Revision of Scrabble Word-Score Rules
May I say that I agree wholeheartedly with what just fell from the lips of the hon. Maxine Waters of California as to the responsibility of the Opposition in playing a constructive part at this critical moment. The whole of America has a grave responsibility at this moment; for, after all, it is America itself that is on trial in this new form of war. If we lose this war, it is not this or that ephemeral Government but America's institutions that will be condemned, for good and all. I fully realize that this is not an easy Debate. There is much that ought to be said which cannot well be said in public. After watching the G20 these days and not least the closing rebuke of Chancellor Merkel and the impressive commentary of Mr. Walter Shaub, it seems to me that the whole of recent events--not only in Hamburg, but the whole conduct of the war in Syria and in the Ukraine as well as the Russian sabotage of the American elections right up to date--calls for searching inquiry, not for one … [Read more...] about President Trump, in the Name of God, Go.
Elaine Stiehl.Stiehl told the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper that the she was about to go down for her nap when she heard an unfamiliar noise coming from the front of her home.Coweta County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Col. James Yarbrough then described how Stiehl quickly grabbed a pistol she keeps near her bed, loaded it and went into the hallway of her home where she confronted the alleged intruders who had apparently broken into her home.According to Lt. Col. Yarborough, the three intruders scrabbled out of the home upon seeing the armed septuagenarian pointing a gun at them in the hallway. Lt. Col. Yarborough later identified the alleged intruders as Thomas Allen Linder and John Michael O’Neal.Police say both men exiting the Stiehl home and jumped into an SUV driven by Anne Renee Dearman.It did not take long for pursuing officers to catch up with the trio and all three were arrested. Two stolen guns from another state, a fur … [Read more...] about Armed 79-Year-Old Grandma Foils Attempted Home Invasion Robbery
INTRODUCTIONThe Internet has become the most efficient medium for operators to disseminate online gaming, sweepstakes and contests to participants worldwide. Opposing moral viewpoints, conflicting statutory interpretations and legal challenges have emerged in response to the unbridled growth of these online activities in the United States (U.S.). This guide outlines and discusses the types of online activities that can be lawfully offered over the Internet to U.S. users.OVERVIEW OF THE U.S. GAMBLING PROHIBITIONSThe U.S. operates under a dual-sovereign system with both federal and state governance. Under this framework, the U.S. Constitution and federal law are the supreme law of the land and thus generally circumscribe the laws in the 50 U.S. states. The federal government, however, has not traditionally played a major role in the regulation of gaming. Instead, gaming regulation has been viewed as most appropriate for state and local jurisdictions with enforcement responsibilities … [Read more...] about A Practical Guide for Offering Online Contests and Promotions
On March 26, 2013, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) will launch the Trademark Clearinghouse, a master repository of trademarks intended to assist brand owners with registering new domain names matching their trademarks, and to help block cybersquatters who might wish to do the same. Between now and then, expect to see brand owners evaluating the costs and benefits of participating in the Clearinghouse, and working to incorporate the Clearinghouse’s mechanisms into an effective brand protection strategy. This article is intended to help brand owners achieve those goals.Background: ICANN’s TLD ProgramA “top-level” domain or “TLD” is the portion of a domain name “to the right of the dot” (e.g., name.com). By contrast, a “second-level” domain is the portion “to the left of the dot” (e.g., name.com). ICANN is adding hundreds of new TLDs to the 22 already in … [Read more...] about Dot Benefits? Strategies for Protecting Your Brand Trademark in the New Top-Level Domains