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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Official Rock Song of the Commonwealth Posted on Mar 14

Official Rock Song of the Commonwealth

According to the Patriot Ledger there are two rock ‘n roll songs vying for the position of official Rock Song of the Commonwealth .  One is the song “Roadrunner” by the Modern Lovers and the other is “Dream On” by Aerosmith.  Both of these bands are from Massachusetts.    …Continue Reading Official Rock Song of the Commonwealth

Massachusetts Political Facts At Your Fingertips! Posted on Mar 13

What’s a good source for Massachusetts Governmental & Political Facts? Manual for the General Court contains the Constitution of Massachusetts & Amendments with brief legislative history; a list of amendments rejected by the people; Official Oath or Affirmation of Office for every person chosen or   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Political Facts At Your Fingertips!

Zip Code is “Personal Identification Information” Posted on Mar 12

In Tyler v. Michaels Stores, announced yesterday, the SJC answered three certified questions from the US District Court regarding consumer privacy in credit card transactions. The court held: 1. Under MGL c.93, § 105(a), a zip code is “personal identification information.” “This is so because… a consumer’s zip code,   …Continue Reading Zip Code is “Personal Identification Information”

Celiac Disease is a disability under ADA in certain circumstances Posted on Mar 5

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Lesley University entered an agreement settling a claim by students that Lesley University violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it failed to make reasonable modifications for students with celiac disease and other food allergies.  The DOJ   …Continue Reading Celiac Disease is a disability under ADA in certain circumstances

Ivan: Sharp Shooting K-9! Posted on Mar 4

M.G.L. Ch. 269 §12E prohibits the discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling. Violation of this statute is punishable by a fine or imprisonment. Unless, of course, the weapon is fired by “any law enforcement officer acting in the discharge of his   …Continue Reading Ivan: Sharp Shooting K-9!

Who Owns Public Art? Learn the Story Behind Banksy. Posted on Mar 3

Last May, London graffiti artist Banksy painted a mural now known as “Slave Labour” on a wall in the borough of Haringey in London. The work was mysteriously ripped out of the wall and put up for auction in Florida at Fine Art Auctions Miami   …Continue Reading Who Owns Public Art? Learn the Story Behind Banksy.

Joined a Health Club Lately? Posted on Mar 3

Health clubs in Massachusetts are failing to comply with state laws requiring them to display membership prices and fees as well as failing to display a consumer’s three-day right to cancel health club contracts according to state regulators.  In a press release issued on February 27,   …Continue Reading Joined a Health Club Lately?

Title IX – Do you remember what women’s sports was like before it was passed? Posted on Mar 1

Title IX is the Federal Civil Rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Signed into law by President Richard Nixon on June 23, 1972, it states (in part) that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from   …Continue Reading Title IX – Do you remember what women’s sports was like before it was passed?