Blumenthal v. Drudge

Clinton Assistant Sidney Blumenthal and his wife seek compensation for a story written by Internet Journalist Matt Drudge slandering the couple. The story was based on Blumenthal abusing his wife. The couple filed a complaint requesting $30,000,001 in damages and included AOL in the suit for being the online service publishing Drudge’s story. April 22, 1998 AOL was dismissed from the case. The case has been sedentary since April of 1999 and a verdict for Drudge v. Blumenthal was never decided.

I found this case to be quite interesting. Especially because the allegations made in Drudge’s article based on the Blumenthals were never revealed as being true. I feel Blumenthal’s only justification for his lawsuit was the information he dispersed that also was never explained by Blumenthal. The amount Blumenthal asked for was also outrageous. The punishment he set forth did not fit the crime and there for he lost his case against AOL.

The dismissal of AOL’s case was suitable for this case. I believe Drudge was exercising his right of freedom of speech and if the information was accurate it was not slandering the couple. Drudge also wrote an article on the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky scandal and published it on his website, the Drudge Report. It was one of his signature issues. It wouldn’t have been fair to rule in favor of Clinton had this issue gone to the courts because his article was factual.

The internet should take no blame for this occurrence. The issue was personal for Blumenthal and between the Blumenthals and Drudge. However I found it interesting that AOL did break a law when publishing Drudge’s work. They failed to abide section 230 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. This law “bars claims against “interactive computer services” (such as AOL) for “information provided by another content provider” (such as Drudge),” according to the techlawjournal website. I still agree with the ruling for Blumenthal v AOL and had the Blumenthal v Drudge case continued I would rule in favor of Drudge. 

http://www.techlawjournal.com/courts/drudge/Default.htm

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Love In College

Love according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is the attraction that includes sexual desire or the strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship.  But, what about love in college??

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Relationships in college differ in many different ways; race, gender, distance and more. Austin Youssef and Nicole Jamieson, juniors at the University at Albany, have been in an intimate relationship with each other for over two years now.

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Austin Youssef and Nicole Jamieson relaxing on campus Monday afternoon.

The two are extremely happy in their relationship and feel that love on a college campus differs from love at home. Jamieson argued that the level of independence and freedom students are given in school allows them privacy, important to have in a relationship.

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Distance in college can either be extremely difficult or relatively enjoyable for students in relationships during college. Every summer Youssef and Jamieson are separated due to the closing of the spring semester. She returns to her home and family in Rockland County and he returns to Astoria, Queens. Jamieson admitted that the distance for the two months they are apart is tough. They tend to argue more during that period and the longing for each other is nearly unbearable.

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Nicole and Austin spend their summers 33 miles apart.

Youssef and Jamieson are happy and very much in love. Unfortunately in just a few short weeks they will be parting ways once again for the summer.

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The Not So Adventurous Adventures of Nala And Sabre

Meet Nala and Sabre! Nala will be three years old (21 in dog years) this coming September. She is a full breed Shih Tzu, a hypoallergenic breed. Sabre is about seven years old (49 in dog years) we adopted her about 4 years ago after her owner passed away. She is a full breed Chihuahua.

Meet Nala and Sabre! Nala will be three years old (21 in dog years) this coming September. She is a full breed Shih Tzu, a hypoallergenic breed. Sabre is about seven years old (49 in dog years) we adopted her about 4 years ago after her owner passed away. She is a full breed Chihuahua.

They begin their days with a nice morning walk at precisely 7:45 every morning.

They begin their days with a nice morning walk at precisely 7:45 every morning.

Then Nala and Sabre are given breakfast and run around the house looking for entertainment. They are fed three times a day and walked three times a day.

Then Nala and Sabre are given breakfast and run around the house looking for entertainment. They are fed three times a day and walked three times a day.

Nala and Sabre play with their caretakers for hours   during the day.

Nala and Sabre play with their caretakers for hours during the day.

They Nap throughout the day when it becomes necessary for them. Nala is much younger than Sabre so she is more active and therefore is worn out once 5:00 P.M. strikes.

They Nap throughout the day when it becomes necessary for them. Nala is much younger than Sabre so she is more active and therefore is worn out once 5:00 P.M. strikes.

And in the evening shortly after dinner, Nala and Sabre take their last walk of the day.

And in the evening shortly after dinner, Nala and Sabre take their last walk of the day.

Author Paul Grondahl: His story in words and pctures

Paul Grondahl is an award-winning journalist and author. Grondahl has been a staff writer at the Albany Times Union since 1984, where his assignments have taken him from the Arctic to Antarctica; from Northern Ireland to Africa; from New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina and Haiti after its catastrophic earthquake in 2010; and across New York State, from Ground Zero on 9/​11 to the Adirondack wilderness.

Grondahl interviews bellman Claude Long on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at the Hilton Albany in Albany, N.Y. Long won the 2014 outstanding bellman of the year award sponsored by the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association.

Grondahl interviews bellman Claude Long on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at the Hilton Albany in Albany, N.Y. Long won the 2014 outstanding bellman of the year award sponsored by the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association.

Readers flock to the Times Union for the “These Exalted Acres” book signing by Paul Grondahl Friday afternoon, Dec. 13, 2013, in Colonie, N.Y. The book, which chronicles the history of Albany Rural Cemetery, has been an unqualified success and we’ve sold more than 1,000 copies in the first month.

Readers flock to the Times Union for the “These Exalted Acres” book signing by Paul Grondahl Friday afternoon, Dec. 13, 2013, in Colonie, N.Y. The book, which chronicles the history of Albany Rural Cemetery, has been an unqualified success and we’ve sold more than 1,000 copies in the first month.

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With thousands of stories published in the Times Union, Grondahl has written in-depth newspaper projects on domestic violence, death and dying, mental illness in state prisons and the problems facing sub-Saharan Africa have won a number of local, state and national journalism awards.

With thousands of stories published in the Times Union, Grondahl has written in-depth newspaper projects on domestic violence, death and dying, mental illness in state prisons and the problems facing sub-Saharan Africa have won a number of local, state and national journalism awards.

With thousands of stories published in the Times Union, Grondahl has written in-depth newspaper projects on domestic violence, death and dying, mental illness in state prisons and the problems facing sub-Saharan Africa have won a number of local, state and national journalism awards.

 

Racing against the clock, Grondahl must finish his story before 2:30 p.m., so he can attend another assignment. The busy author continues to devote time to writing workshops, ranging from elementary school to college. He is also an adjunct professor in the Africana Studies Department at the University at Albany.

Racing against the clock, Grondahl must finish his story before 2:30 p.m., so he can attend another assignment. The busy author continues to devote time to writing workshops, ranging from elementary school to college. He is also an adjunct professor in the Africana Studies Department at the University at Albany.

INSTITUTIONALIZED LOVE

Project Proposal

In my project I want to depict all different kinds of love relationships. I want to display the similarities and differences in relationships between lovers on a college campus. After watching a web show based on lesbian love, their relationships of course differed from heterosexual relationships but also share many similarities. I also want to focus on what is acceptable for students in relationships and what is not? How do the relationships compare and contrast if one couple is long distance and the other are next door neighbors? Do children affect the relationship? Does marriage strengthen it? What does it mean to be in love in college?

Writing

I believe it is a matter of interest as far as an audience for my project. Luckily majority of college students experience at least one relationship during their stay. If possible I would like to break my project into “stages of a college relationship.” And within these stages depict each kind of relationship in each stages to show the similarities and differences of the three kind.

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Photographs of students in relationships will be incorporated into my piece display college relationships on campus.

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I plan to interview students on campus about their past and presents relationships in college. What is their opinion on the homosexual community and being in relationships? Why their past relationships in school have failed and for the ones that worked out, what made it work? I also plan to ask faculty/ staff their opinions on relationships on campus grounds and how things have changed from their experiences with love in college to now.

Links & Videos

http://www.readunwritten.com/2014/03/26/what-the-fuck-happened-to-dating-in-college/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9uz96WHQuQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrF-a7xqbM0