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Supreme Court throws out Goodyear lawsuit

Listening Closely: A Journey to Bilateral Hearing

NJ lawmaker joins new Jewish-Latino

Children's advocates push for more kids' involvement in family court proceedings

President appoints openly gay Army vet to West Point board

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Issue 6




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Supreme Court throws out Goodyear lawsuit

Good Year
Bloomberg News

The Supreme Court overturned a ruling that required three overseas units of Goodyear Tire & Rubber to face a lawsuit filed by the families of two North Carolina teenagers killed in a bus wreck in France.


The ruling was one of two issued Monday that may give foreign companies and subsidiaries a stronger shield against legal claims filed in U.S. courts.


A North Carolina state appeals court said the Goodyear units had enough of a connection to the state to put them within the jurisdiction of the courts there, even though the accident took place elsewhere.

 The Supreme Court has said in past cases that, under the Constitution, defendants can be sued only in states where they have significant contacts.

Read the decision and reasoning from the Washington Post.


Listening Closely: A Journey to Bilateral Hearing

Arlene Romoff
by Arlene Romoff

Imagine what it would be like not to hear a sound--no music, no friendly voices, no children's laughter. Arlene Romoff doesn't have to imagine how it would feel: she lived it. Although she was born with normal hearing, in her late teens it began to slip away, as if someone were lowering the volume of the world around her. Over the next twenty-five years, Arlene began a long, slow descent into deafness so profound that no hearing aid or assistive device could help. The experience was devastating.


But then Arlene opted for what she considers a miracle: She got a cochlear implant. Using electrodes threaded into the cochlea, an internal computer chip, and an external computer processor, cochlear implants bypass the damaged portion of the cochlea and stimulate the auditory nerve directly, allowing sound to reach the brain. Amazingly, she could hear again.


Listening Closely will give you a chance to walk in Arlene Romoff's shoes, to understand the pain of her loss and the joy of once again being able to hear the music of the world. Those suffering from hearing loss--or who have a loved one who is-will also find Arlene's very special journey both inspirational and informative. Arlene Romoff is co-founder and president of the Hearing Loss Association of New Jersey.  Click here to read more about Arlene's journey, the procedure itself, and where to purchase her book. 




NJ lawmaker joins new Jewish-Latino caucus

Congressman Albio Sires
Congressman Albio Sires
NJJN staff writer

 NJ Rep. Albio Sires (D-Dist. 13) is one of 16 members of the U.S. House of Representatives to join its new Latino-Jewish Congressional Caucus.

The goal of the caucus, advocated by the American Jewish Committee, is to reinforce growing political ties between the two communities and their representatives in Congress.


"Congressman Sires joined the Latino-Jewish Caucus so he could engage with other members of Congress, both Democrat and Republican, in discussions of issues that affect both Latino and Jewish communities," wrote his communications director, Erica Daughtery, in a June 20 e-mail to NJ Jewish News.


Daughtery said Sires hopes the caucus will work to preserve "a free Israel" and cope with the equally thorny issue of immigration reform. Sires' aide called it "a topic that the congressman believes deserves the Caucus's attention...."


The caucus was created partly due to the efforts of Dina Siegel Vann, director of the AJC's Latino and Latin American Institute. Speaking at the caucus's June 14 launch ceremony in Washington, DC, Siegel Vann said the body "certainly can provide significant impetus to creating new joint initiatives and furthering cooperation."

Children's advocates push for more kids to be involved with family court proceedings

Wendy Logan
Wendy Logan (Photo by Ed Murray)

TRENTON - A year after she fled her drug- and alcohol-addicted mother and begged Camden County police to find her another place to live, Wendy Logan pleaded with a judge to keep her in foster care.

Logan, then 13, explained in a letter to the judge what home had been like: Flunking two grades because she had to look after her three younger siblings. Enduring beatings and hunger. The constant moving so drug dealers couldn't find them.

Logan went to family court in Camden but was told to wait in the hall. She was never invited into the courtroom, and the judge ordered she and her mother to attend counseling - a step she feared would eventually force her to return home.

The counseling didn't work out and Logan remained in foster care until she was 18. But she's still angry she never got her day in court.

Read the article here...

Obama appoints openly gay Army veteran to serve as West Point board member 

Brenda S. "Sue" Fulton
Brenda S. "Sue" Fulton
David Lerman, Washington Post

President Obama on Tuesday appointed an openly gay Army veteran, Brenda S. "Sue" Fulton, to the Board of Visitors at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Fulton, who will be the board's first openly gay member, graduated from West Point in 1980 as a member of the first class to admit women. She served for five years in the Army Signal Corps and was honorably discharged with the rank of captain.


She is the executive director and co-founder of Knights Out, an organization of gay male and lesbian West Point graduates and supporters, the White House said in a statement announcing her appointment.

"I'm proud to have the opportunity to support the cadets who will lead our Army in the coming years," Fulton said in a news release issued by OutServe, an association of gay military personnel. "And I'm pleased that the president is clearly setting the stage for a post-'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' military with appointments like this. It is my honor to continue to serve the Academy and the Army that I love."



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