Crossing that bridge

first_imgAt 23, Kalan Chang has had more jobs than many people hold in a lifetime. And he is still getting started. The native of Ecuador has been a flower salesman, a shipping clerk, a restaurant worker, and a painter.Now he splits his time between his custodial duties at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and his accounting responsibilities at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).Before arriving in Cambridge, Chang spoke only Spanish. Now he is a new U.S. citizen on the road to an undergraduate degree with plans for two master’s degrees and certification as an accountant. Aside from his own determination, Chang has a special Harvard program to thank for his success.“I never expected to be here,” said Chang, who took advantage of Harvard’s Bridge to Learning and Literacy program as soon as he was hired in 2006, signing up for as many classes as he could, including English and pronunciation courses and preparation classes for the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam. With his rising English skills, he later enrolled at Harvard Extension School.Eventually, the Bridge program also connected Chang with a financial internship at Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, a position that helped him to win his part-time accounting role at Harvard’s Center for International Development at HKS.“He is moving forward in his life in a really admirable way,” said Karen Samuelson, a career counselor and instructor who has worked with Chang for more than a year and who coordinates the “SEIU Career Pathways at The Bridge” program. “He is quite an amazing young man.”Founded in 1999, the Bridge program offers classes in literacy, English as a second language (ESL), computers, General Education Development (GED) and Adult Diploma Program (ADP) test preparation, as well as college and citizenship preparation for hourly employees and members of the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers. It also provides career counseling for students and helps to find them internships.The Bridge’s citizenship program, started in 2003, offers one-on-one tutoring with students to prepare them for the 100 most frequently asked questions on the citizenship test. The tutors also discuss the history and significance behind the test material.An excellent student who was at the top of his high school class in Ecuador, Chang didn’t need help from the Bridge program to prepare for the naturalization exam. He needed help with the complicated forms.“When the Bridge helped me with the forms, that was a huge relief,” said Chang, adding, “The Bridge has so many ways to help people. I am one of the lucky ones.”For Chang, a typical week is crammed with work during the day and classes at night, then studying and homework. But he doesn’t mind the hectic pace, admitting that he is happy with the choices he made.“I don’t complain about my schedule because I made the choices to help myself move forward. I remind myself of that every day.”He plans to teach English in the future to students like himself, those who want to make a better life for themselves in a new world.“I know how difficult the immigrant experience is,” he said.On Tuesday (Sept. 14), Chang was sworn in as an American citizen at a fitting locale deeply rooted in the American ethos: Fenway Park.last_img read more

West End Urinetown Star Jenna Russell on Her Stage Spill & More

first_img How did you get this role? I’ve known Jamie for years because he assisted Michael Grandage on Guys and Dolls, so we knew each other from then and we had been wanting to work together. But it was Soutra Gilmour who designed Merrily and then Urinetown who told me this was happening and it went from there. I went along to audition and my voice was really down in my boots because I’d been doing Merrily, which was quite hard vocally, so I screeched my way through the audition. Welcome back to the West End for the first time since Merrily We Roll Along—and in another American musical! I know, and one that I also actually saw in New York. I was there [in 2002] for my first visit as a grown-up seeing my friend Johnny Cake in Medea. I had lunch with Michael John LaChiusa who told me to get my bum down to the theater to see it. So I did even though I didn’t know anything about the show, and I just loved it. What about the piece did you respond to? I remember just laughing at the bravery of it—it felt so fresh and brave. And if you know your musicals, you can hear how clever [the creators] have been pastiching everything from West Side Story to Les Miserables to Kurt Weill. At the same time, what’s great is that you don’t need to be a musical theater fan to still get the fact that the numbers are great. In the meantime, you’re leaving Urinetown early because you already have your next job! I know, and it usually never happens like that, does it? After I finished Into the Woods [in Regent’s Park in 2010] I couldn’t get arrested for a year and a half. But, yes, I’m leaving our show at the end of November to begin rehearsals for the play Di and Viv and Rose, which we open at the Vaudeville at the end of January. What has it been like working with Jonathan Slinger as Officer Lockstock and the rest of this eclectic cast? I mean, here we have one of our greatest Shakespearean actors bringing to this musical a twinkle but a very dark, knowing twinkle. I think I speak for all of us when I say that this was one of the happiest rehearsal periods I have ever had: Jamie totally understands the need for actors to play around and be ridiculous at times. It’s like someone said: he lets you play with all the toys in the box and then gradually takes away the ones you don’t need. Yes, and I think what [director] Jamie Lloyd’s current production brings out is how serious the piece is at the same time. Absolutely. The show is funny and witty but it does pose some serious questions or as far as you can do so in the musical form. The thing is, the world is not a happy place and people do get bumped off if they stick their heads above the parapet. I love the fact that we’re out there every night talking about these things and offering an exciting take on a well-trodden form. I read that you fell off the stage during previews? I did, though I was fine if a little shaken. It was weird: I’ve been performing for 33 years so you sort of feel like you know what you’re doing and then I slipped and fell backwards and grabbed hold of the lighting rig. Luckily, I didn’t land on anyone, so no one was hurt in my attention-seeking moment [laughs]. Jenna Russell needs no introduction as a London musicals mainstay, with credits ranging from Sarah Brown in the Michael Grandage-directed Guys and Dolls to a range of Sondheim musicals that include Sunday in the Park with George (which she reprised on Broadway) and Merrily We Roll Along. Russell is back on the West End this fall leading the commercial transfer of Urinetown to the Apollo Theatre, playing tough-as-nails bathroom warden Penelope Pennywise. caught up with the ever-delightful Russell to talk being busy, lavatories, and taking a tumble during previews. It obviously worked since you got the part! Yes, Jamie smiled at me in an understanding manner and said, “Yeah, you got the job.” [Laughs.] View Comments Are there other American shows you have your eye on that have yet to come here? Gosh, well, I’d love to do Diana in Next to Normal. That’s such an extraordinary piece, and it would be great with Jamie directing and tapping into the deep sadness that the central female character has. I’d also love to do Grey Gardens. And I hear Pennywise was your audition to play Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd? I know, how camp is that? The thing with Sweeney is that was my introduction to Sondheim at age 14 and I’ve actually never seen a production of it because I didn’t want to know what anyone else has done. It’s become a little obsession of mine that I can’t see it because the show is in my head. Jamie actually said on Twitter that he would direct it, so I’m going to see if that’s legally binding: I’m going to photograph the tweet and send it to my lawyers [laughs]. And one of your co-stars, Samantha Spiro, previously played Mary in Grandage’s Merrily We Roll Along in the 2000 Donmar production. You know, I hadn’t thought about that. Maybe we should have a sing-off—or a Mary-off! It could get vicious. You play a lavatory attendant which prompts the inevitable question: Have you ever had to pay to pee? [Laughs.] What a great question! I have, I think, yes, at Victoria Station. And in France you have to pay to pee quite a lot. The thing is, I actually feel for poor Pennywise: can you imagine standing by urinals day in day out with that as your life? Pennywise’s big number, “It’s a Privilege to Pee,” comes near the beginning—what is it like to start off with such a bang? Nancy Opel [the role’s originator] has one of those extraordinary voices and I have to confess that in the beginning I was a bit scared: she’s just so impressive in terms of having a powerhouse voice that I thought, “I’ll have to do something else with the number and try and find other little ways around it.” I have this big burst at the beginning and then glug down a lot of water and get to breathe a little bit.last_img read more

​NBIM backs shorter LSE trading hours, cites better pricing

first_imgLSE made four specific proposals for reducing its current trading hours of 8am to 4pm London time, each one cutting the daily period by either one or 1.5 hours, and also included the option of maintaining today’s timetable.It said the European banks and brokers’ Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), and the Investment Association (IA), had recently proposed European exchanges reviewed trading hours with the aim of benefiting market structure as well as improving wellbeing, culture and diversity across their member firms.In the letter, signed by Emil Framnes, NBIM’s global head of trading, and its global head of systemic strategies, Yazid Sharaiha, the Oslo-based manager said it used a wide range of trading venues.Differences in market design across venues – from transparency regimes to trading protocols and trading hours – could have an impact on market liquidity and price discovery, said Framnes and Sharaiha.Recent trends in financial markets, such as the institutionalisation in the asset management industry and the growth of trading at the close, had changed the distribution of daily volume, they said. Overall, they added, this made it more challenging for institutional investors to access natural liquidity during continuous-time trading.“In this regard, we believe that the proposed adjustment of LSE’s market trading hours can potentially improve trading conditions,” the pair wrote.NBIM plumped for the 9am to 4pm London time as the opening hours option that could benefit markets the most.“This choice would allow for adequate time in the morning for maintaining alignment with Asian trading hours, and at the same time shift the UK trading day nearer to the opening of North American markets, where we observe a sizeable peak in trading interest,” Framnes and Sharaiha wrote.These hours would also benefit after-hours activities, they said, such as placements, that could take place earlier allowing investors to make timely decisions. The manager of Norway’s NOK10.6tn (€1tn) sovereign wealth fund said it supports London Stock Exchange’s (LSE) idea of shorter trading hours, saying both retail and institutional investors are likely to benefit from the improvements laid out.Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which runs the Government Pension Fund Global, wrote in a letter to the exchange: “The basic intuition is that the shortening of trading hours and their harmonisation with best practices from North America and Asia could concentrate trading and, thus, increase the probability of a natural liquidity match.”The improvement in market liquidity could, theoretically, also lead to improvements in price discovery, it said in a response to LSE’s consultation launched on 10 December.The consultation, which ended on 31 January, is on several potential market structure changes including an adjustment to trading hours.last_img read more

Balotelli lists ex-Liverpool, Man City teammates in his best XI

first_imgMario Balotelli insists he “only has good memories of the Premier League” as he included two of the division’s all-time great midfielders in his ultimate XI. The Italian forward spent three years at Manchester City after joining from Inter Milan in 2010, and then after heading back to Italy with AC Milan he returned to England for a season with Liverpool in 2014. Brescia striker Mario Balotelli is a reported target for Turkish side Galatasaray His time in the Premier League may have been full of incident and intrigue off the pitch, but he did win the division with City in 2012, a year after he’d also lifted the FA Cup with them at Wembley. When asked to name his ultimate XI during a Puma Football Instagram chat with Thierry Henry, Balotelli picked his former City teammate Yaya Toure in his midfield along with his old Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and Italy legend Andrea Pirlo. “Pirlo guarantees you 10 goals a year, Yaya can do it all,” he said. “That’s a good team I think, although I left you [Henry] out, I left Cristiano [Ronaldo] out.” Balotelli picked Gerrard in his XI Balotelli plumped for the former Brazil forward Ronaldo in attack with Lionel Messi and Antonio Cassano, with his defence carrying a strong Inter Milan and Italy influence. Balotelli also reflected on his time in England during the conversation with Arsenal great Henry. “I only have good memories of the Premier League,” he said. “The Premier League is the best. The French league is physical too, though.” In elaborating on the controversies in his career, he added: “I always say I was crazy, but I wasn’t even crazy, I was just young. Balotelli’s star-studded team Read Also: Blatter reveals why FIFA must not allow Qatar host 2022 World Cup “I was always respectful, but when you’re 16 or 17 you want to do things that 16 or 17 year olds do – going out to clubs, you know. “But when you are a footballer there is an expectation of you.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Reasons Why You Don’t Get Your Work Done On Schedule10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram are intriguing but inconsistent

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWill either of the last two No. 2 picks in the NBA Draft ever become a perennial All-Star? The Lakers and others around the league expressed uncertainty.Russell described his play as “average” and admitted he “could be better all around.”Even thought he has felt more empowered under Walton’s coaching style and system, Russell has played fewer minutes this season (26.5) than in his rookie year (28.2) under Byron Scott. Russell has sat out the entire fourth quarter of eight games, as part of Walton’s mantra to determine crunch-time minutes based off that night’s performance.When the Lakers (19-39) resume the regular season on Feb. 24 against Oklahoma City (32-25), Russell said he will try to “keep building into every game.”“Play on top; be one of the players that can help lead this team in the right direction,” Russell said. “We’re losing, but it’s about going in the right direction as far as (seeing) what we’re capable of (doing).” Ingram had hoped he would be a contender for the Rookie of the Year award, but despite leading his rookie class in total minutes (1,604), he ranks seventh in scoring average (8.0) and 18th in field-goal percentage (38.6).“I have gotten better over the few months that I’ve been here. But I don’t think I’ve exceeded the expectations I’ve had on the offensive or defensive end,” Ingram said. “It was a slow start to the season, some inefficiencies sometimes and lack of being aggressive in some games.”Through their up-and-down moments, have Russell and Ingram at least grown at the pace Walton had expected entering the season?“Obviously there’s games I wish they were playing better and there were games I think they’re playing great,” Walton said. “But it’s tough to go in with expectations of where you see a rookie or a second-year guy getting to by the end of that year. It takes everyone different (lengths of) time and a different amount of experience level to really figure it out.”Russell and Ingram have ideas for how they will figure it out.Ingram, who will be an honorary coach for the NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified game on Saturday morning, will miss the rest of All-Star weekend so he can return to Los Angeles to rest and train before practice resumes on Wednesday. Russell outlined a similar itinerary.“It’s an opportunity to gain an advantage against some of the guys taking vacations,” Russell said. “I don’t have time for vacation, going to All-Star (Weekend) with two days back on the road. So I’ll be in the gym before I get to (New Orleans) and be in the gym when I’m done.”Ingram vows he will play more aggressively instead of worrying about making mistakes. He wants to become more vocal whenever he runs the offense. He pledged not to become consumed with fulfilling his goal of winning the Rookie of the Year award.“I’m just trying to get better each and every game,” Ingram said. “I’m just playing and not worrying about my future.”Meanwhile, Russell will stick to a recently developed routine that has required more shooting sessions and workouts. He wants to sharpen his balance between blending his scoring and passing. After being critical of his passive leadership qualities, Russell showed some assertiveness in Wednesday’s loss in Phoenix when he offered critical feedback to Ingram and rookie center Ivica Zubac. Russell said his message was about not getting discouraged, something he’s had to learn as well.“It’s all mental,” Russell said. “You go down and some kind of adversity sets in, you have to attack it right away with staying with your shot, staying with your routine and doing what you’re able to do and don’t fall off of it. It allows the process to be easier.”The process has been challenging for both players, creating intrigue and uncertainty about where the two young stars’ journey will take them and the Lakers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img NEW ORELANS >> With every clutch shot and dazzling pass D’Angelo Russell makes, the Lakers see in him a blend of skills and potential that could anchor their backcourt for years. Their vision of the future gets a bit murkier, though, as he fumbles with errant shots, poor passes and lackadaisical defense.Brandon Ingram has spent portions of his rookie season as a ball handler, post player and wing defender, leaving the Lakers encouraged that he can master that variety of responsibilities. That confidence wanes, though, when Ingram shrinks into the background with modest statistical performances, passive play and intimidation when matched against physically superior opponents.“They’re both progressing and getting better, but the consistency isn’t there yet,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “That’s one of the hardest things to get in this league.”Russell and Ingram earned invitations to the NBA’s Rising Stars Challenge as part of All-Star weekend on Friday #tonight for print# at Smoothie King Center. Russell, 20, goes into his second appearance in the event averaging 14.2 points and 4.7 assists. The 19-year-old Ingram leads the Lakers in minutes per game (27.7) and has assumed a starting role in the past four games out of Walton’s desire to accelerate his development.last_img read more


first_img“We always train for the end of the season, where you have the big meets,” he said. He estimated that the teams would be at full strength in time for a Wednesday meet with Chadwick and Garfield high schools, at the Peninsula Course in Palos Verdes Estates. The first large meet coming up is the South Bay Cup on Sept.26, followed by a dual meet with Narbonne High School, which Thompson called the Pirates’ main competition. “Their guys are probably favored over us in the league,” he said. The teams have been preparing with training camps, including one in Mammoth, and practices throughout the summer. Thompson said that long days include a 6- to 12-mile run, while others focus on fartlek conditioning exercises or hill runs. “We try to, if anything, undertrain them,” Thompson said of the workouts. “I feel like it’s better to be on the line than be the fittest person on the sideline.” He is also proud of the way the athletes cheer on the whole team, not just one person. “We try to make sure we talk to everybody and keep them involved,” he explained. Whereas the girls team, with about 45 runners, has many returners this season, the 35-member boys team only has a handful. “The guys are really young this year,” Thompson said. And although that might be a challenge this season, “I really think the freshman-sophomore group we have right now is going to do some good things down the road,” he said. Thompson named some of the strongest runners on each team. On the boys team, he mentioned senior captain Anthony Bebich, who he said is the fastest runner; sophomore Pablo Rosales and his brother David, a freshman; junior Michael Suarez and Javier Malchor. On the girls team, he complimented Maggie Tortoledo, last year’s fastest runner; senior captain Maddy Post, who is recovering from a soccer injury from last year; sophomore Laura Delgado; junior Alene Webber; senior Akiko Thomas and junior Laura Traeger. “Those are the ones right now looking like the main competition for our top five,” Thompson said. The teams run today in the Woodbridge Invitational in Irvine, held from 8 a.m. to noon. Other high schools Mary Star of the Sea and Rolling Hills Prep are also getting ready to start their cross country seasons. The Stars’ first meet is an invitational Thursday at the Santa Fe Dam. The Rolling Hills Huskies will take to the course Tuesday on their home turf. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER The San Pedro High School cross country teams have hit the ground running for the fall season. After a few runners participated in the first meet Sept. 8 in Long Beach, full strength is the goal. Coach Bruce Thompson said that the teams look to keep improving throughout the fall. last_img read more


first_imgChristina Galbraith’s picture of Sliabh Snacht Inishowen on SaturdayMANY roads across Donegal are icy this evening.Gardaí are once again calling on all motorists to drive carefully overnight.Temperatures dropped below 0C in many inland areas around 7pm. The latest warning comes after a day of downpours left surfaces wet.“Clouds are clearing and it will be a cold night in the North West,” said a Met Eireann spokesman.“This will lead to ice on untreated roads as temperatures fall to around -3C.”The warning is in effect until early morning.  ICE WARNING ON DONEGAL ROADS OVERNIGHT was last modified: November 10th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Christina Galbraith’s picture of Sliabh Snacht Inishowen on SaturdayICE WARNING ON DONEGAL ROADS OVERNIGHTlast_img read more

Microsoft Brings Enhanced Security Features, Large Attachments & an Uncluttered Inbox to Next Version of Hotmail

first_imgMicrosoft just announced the next version of Hotmail, which will bring a large number of new features to the world’s most popular email service. Hotmail’s 360 million users will soon get enhanced security features, a Gmail-like conversation view, automatic filters for status updates from social networks, integration with the new Microsoft Office Web Apps and numerous other new features that are meant to make using Hotmail safer and reduce the amount of clutter in Hotmail users’ inboxes.Email has ChangedAs Walter Harp, Microsoft’s director of product management with Windows Live, told us earlier today, this redesign of Hotmail evolved as Microsoft started to think about how email has changed over the last few years. According to Harp, the last major revolution in email was the arrival of Gmail in 2004. Since then, however, the way people use email has changed. Social network updates from sites like Facebook and LinkedIn now make up somewhere between 15 to 30% of all mail in Hotmail users’ inboxes. In addition, email users now send out billions of photos and documents. Microsoft alone stores over 15 billion office documents on Hotmail and its users send out close to 1.5 billion photos every month. Tags:#Microsoft#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Bigger Attachments – Integration with Office Web AppsToday’s update tackles these changes head-on. Hotmail users will now, for example, be able to send up to 10 GB of photos and documents in a single message. Instead of sending these messages as attachments, however, Hotmail will simply route these files to the sender’s Windows Live SkyDrive account (Microsoft’s free online storage service), where the recipients can access them through a link. Thanks to the new Office Web Apps, recipients will also be able to see and edit Office documents right in the browser.Less Clutter in Your Mailbox In order to make it easier for users to wade through lots of social network status updates and unclutter their Hotmail inbox, Microsoft is introducing a new feature called “1-click filters.” These filters will allow users to just see messages from services like Facebook and shipping updates from the USPS. Other new features that will help to keep Hotmail users’ inboxes organized include a new Gmail-like conversations view (which will be an opt-in feature and turned off by default), as well as the ability to quickly see all the emails from a given sender while reading an email from this sender. Hotmail users will also be able to just see all the new emails that contain photos.Microsoft has also partnered with a number of third-party services, including Hulu, YouTube, JustinTV, the USPS, SmugMug and Flickr to provide additional functionality through a feature called “active views.” This allows Microsoft to integrate some of the functionality of these sites directly into the emails. Other new features include Exchange ActiveSync push email for Hotmail – which means that you can now push Hotmail email and data from your Windows Live Calendar directly to the iPhone, for example – as well as a unified contact list for all Windows Live services and third-party services like Facebook and MySpace. Improved SecurityOn the security front, Microsoft is introducing full-session SSL encryption for all accounts and a feature that will identify and highlight trusted senders (like known banks and online stores) in order to prevent phishing scams. Microsoft has also managed to bring down the average number of spam emails in its users’ inboxes to only 4% (down from 35% in 2006).Another nifty new security feature is the introduction of a single-use code that allows users to log in from a public computer at an airport or coffee shop without having to fear that their passwords could be stolen. Users will receive these codes by SMS or through an alternate email account.Microsoft Wants to be #1 in the U.S.As Walter Harp pointed out when we talked to him today, Hotmail is the #1 email service in the world, but in the U.S., it is currently only the second-most used service after Yahoo Mail. With this new version of Hotmail, Microsoft hopes to be able to close this gap. Email, of course, tends to be a very sticky service and users aren’t likely to abandon Yahoo for Hotmail anytime soon. Thanks to today’s updates, however, chances are that many new users will choose Hotmail over Yahoo. In terms of functionality, however, the real competition for Hotmail isn’t Yahoo but Google. Google, after all, also offers integration with its online office suite and photo service. Unlike Google, however, Microsoft doesn’t plan to offer a small business version of Hotmail and prefers to steer people towards Microsoft Exchange and Outlook instead. Microsoft’s services – and especially the Office Web Apps – are competitive with Google’s services (and, in many respects, better). Thanks to the integration with SkyDrive and Office Web Apps, Hotmail now presents a very viable alternative to Gmail and it will be interesting to see if Microsoft will be able to capitalize on this. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Judges Dismiss Cases Over Carbon Monoxide Deaths in Aspen

first_imgUpdate: This story now includes the information on the dismissal of cases against two defendants who were charged with criminal negligence in the carbon monoxide deaths.On November 2, a federal judge dismissed a negligence claim against Colorado’s Pitkin County that had been filed by relatives of a family of four who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in late November 2008. A day later, a Pitkin County District judge, citing an expired statute of limitations, dismissed cases against two contractors who had been indicted on charges of criminally negligent homicide in the poisoning deaths.The case dismissals put an unexpected, startling end to some of the legal action tied to the incident, although relatives of the deceased family vowed to pursue other legal remedies.The source of the gas was a leak in a Munchkin boiler, which in 2005 had been installed in an Aspen-area home as part of its snowmelt system. The family members, who lived in Denver, had won a stay at the home through a school-sponsored auction, and timed their stay to coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday.The building had been inspected by Brian Pawl and Erik Peltonen, who were named in the negligence suit against the county along with its community development department and board of commissioners. In 2006, the county issued a certificate of occupancy for the home, which was not equipped with a carbon monoxide detector at the time the family occupied the house.Despite the judge’s dismissal of the claim against the county, however, the now-retired Peltonen, along with the subcontractor who installed the boiler, Marlin Brown, had still faced separate jury trials in the coming weeks, each on four counts of criminally negligent homicide pegged to the deaths of Caroline Lofgren, 42, her husband, Parker, 39, and their two children, Owen, 10, and Sophie, 8.Relatives of the family expressed disappointment at the dismissals.“These dismissals do not indicate innocence. Four people died,” Massachusetts resident Hildy Feuerbach, the sister of the deceased mother, told the Aspen Times. Feuerbach had flown into Aspen to attend the proceedings and said later that she and other relatives will continue to press on to find out who was responsible for the deaths..Brown’s trial had been scheduled to begin on November 28 and Peltonen’s was scheduled for December.Civil claims, dismissal motionsAlthough the county, Peltonen, and Pawl were dismissed from the one civil negligence claim in federal court, there still are seven other negligence claims in that same lawsuit that must be addressed in the state court. The defendants named in those seven claims include Brown, a construction management firm, an HVAC specialist, the development group that owned the house at the time, and Massachusetts-based Heat Transfer Products, which manufactured Munchkin boilers until January 2011, when the line was discontinued.In August, attorneys for Peltonen and for Brown had filed motions to dismiss the criminal charges on the grounds that the three-year statute of limitations on the charges had expired, the Aspen Times story noted. And a friend-of-the-court brief by Pitkin County, the city of Aspen, the International Code Council, and the Colorado Municipal League argued that because the county’s implementation of a building code is voluntary, its adoption by the county shielded Peltonen and Brown from criminal liability.In addition, as the Aspen Times pointed out in a story published on September 30, Peltonen’s attorney had argued that a Pitkin County ordinance in 2004 that included adoption of the 2003 International Building Code, the 2003 International Mechanical Code, and the 2003 International Residential Code also protects county inspectors from civil liability – which, the attorney argued, would also shield them from criminal prosecution.last_img read more

NCW seeks swift probe in gang-rape case