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ON LAW — Changes announced for preserving, producing documentation for litigation

The Federal Court Rules of Civil Procedure recently been have amended to insert provisions which limit the scope and application of the rules related to the obligation of companies and individuals to preserve and produce documents and electronic information for use in litigation. Not all written communications must be preserved in perpetuity. But, when a party reasonably anticipates that a ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Without a Creator can men be created equal?

Next week we celebrate our founding fathers’ 1776 decision to declare independence from England. In so doing they laid down the principles that would guide the new nation. Their Declaration of Independence began: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these ...

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TODD SMITH — State of the news media from Pew Research Center

Following a recession that sent the U.S. newspaper industry into a tailspin, the pressures facing America’s newsrooms have transformed the entire industry, and impacts the experiences of even those news consumers unaware of the mammoth shifts taking place, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. In 2015, the newspaper sector had perhaps the worst year since the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Reasoned discourse becoming historical relic in Twitter age

“In this age of Twitter, is reasoned discourse truly an historical relic, or is there hope for its revival?” Deanna Kuhn, professor of psychology and education at Teachers College Columbia University, examined in Scientific American.    A timely topic. Almost 242 years ago, in September 1774, our founding fathers engaged in reasoned discourse. That was when the First Continental Congress ...

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TODD SMITH — AP Stylebook 2016 updates: media, emoji & normcore, oh my!

OK, we have officially stopped capitalizing internet and web, according to a recent announcement from the Associated Press. Last week those words finally became lowercase – as they should have been all along – In the release of the 2016 AP Stylebook. There are some important additions and updates to reflect our transforming, multi-tasking, social and digital world: » media ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — The growing importance of symbols

  Today I wore my hound’s-tooth hat to the office. I did not get past the reception room before someone said, “Roll Tide.” Why did that happen? It’s because just about everyone in the South knows that the hound’s-tooth hat is the headgear often worn by legendary University of Alabama football coach Bear Bryant. Although he retired in 1982, it ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Faulkner the consumer deals with bills

It’s foolhardy to write about William Faulkner and his intensely scrutinized life in Oxford, but here goes. He valued himself highly long before the town, much less the world, caught on. Faulkner strutted around Oxford like a bantam rooster with his beak in the air. In those days, some people called him Count No-Account. But eventually he did establish accounts, ...

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