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  • NSA Denial Regarding Heartbleed Bug Lacks Credibility
  • How Columbine Shootings Framed Our Response to School Violence
  • Do I Have the Right to Die?


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Tax Transactions on Legal State Marijuana Sales
Carol Kokinis-Graves, JD
Senior State Tax Analyst
Wolters Kluwer, CCH
"With marijuana economies only a few months old in several states, many questions are being raised about tax rates for buyers and compliance measures for approved sellers. Each state's tax treatment of legal medical and/or recreational marijuana sales is different and very interesting when you compare different tax laws in place."
Kokinis-Graves is an attorney and senior state tax analyst who specialize in tracking, analyzing and reporting issues regarding state and local sales and use taxes. She also specializes in analyzing taxes related to the new marijuana economy in states with legal medical and recreational sales. She researches and covers current state legislation, court cases, administrative rulings and regulations. She has written articles that have appeared in The Journal of State Taxation, State Tax Review and Practitioner Perspectives and she has been a speaker at a number of industry conferences. She has also developed and authored several interactive research aids, which are available online through CCH IntelliConnect. She has also authored a continuing professional education course for accountants regarding use of the cost, income and sales-comparison approaches in the valuation of real estate. She possesses a thorough knowledge of state and local sales and use taxes.
Website: http://www.CCHGroup.com
Media Contact: Laura Gingiss, [email protected]

Cloud Computing Creating New Careers for IT Pros
Ed Hill
College of Engineering & Information Sciences at DeVry University
"As a professor of information technology, the emerging trend I see driving the need for new skills in the technology sector is the growth of cloud computing. The cloud is bringing dynamic, new careers for today's and tomorrow's information technology students and professionals."
Hill is a professor in the College of Engineering & Information Sciences at DeVry University. He teaches computer information systems, database management and web development and administration. He has been a professor at DeVry University for over a decade and has more than 25 years of experience in information systems management and software development, as well as a background in accounting and finance. Hill has spent the majority of his professional career as a consultant, providing services for research facilities, health care clinics and a startup industrial manufacturing company. Previously, he was group leader for the Miramar chapter of the Florida.net users group, an International .NET Association (INEA) group.
Website: http://www.devry.edu
Media Contact: Collin Hurrell, [email protected]

NSA Denial Regarding Heartbleed Bug Lacks Credibility
Fred Cate
C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law
Director, Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
"Normally such an absolute denial by a federal agency would be taken seriously, but the number of apparently unambiguous denials by the intelligence community that over the past year have been proven false or seriously misleading has caused serious credibility issues for the NSA and the DNI. For example, recent testimony by both DNI Director James Clapper and former NSA Director General Keith Alexander turned out to be at best partially true, and at worst completely false. After a succession of such statements -- and no action in response by Congress or the president -- it is not surprising that many people doubt the NSA's denial of any knowledge of the Heartbleed bug."
Cate, an internationally recognized expert in on cybersecurity law and policy and personal privacy, is available to discuss the recent disclosure and denial over whether the NSA discovered, hid and exploited the Heartbleed vulnerability for the past two years. According to Cate, these latest allegations highlight both the damage that the agency's credibility has suffered and the urgent need to separate that agency's twin responsibilities for information assurance and surveillance into two agencies. He is a member of the inaugural U.S. Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Committee Cybersecurity Subcommittee and one of the founding editors of the Oxford University Press journal International Data Privacy Law. He is available to discuss the NSA, cybersecurity, data privacy and other related issues.
Bio: http://bit.ly/1kT3FqV
Website: www.cacr.iu.edu; www.law.indiana.edu
Media Contact: Brianne O'Donnell, [email protected]

How Columbine Shootings Framed Our Response to School Violence
Glenn Muschert
Miami University
"For well over a decade, the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School have framed how we perceive and respond to continued occurrences of school-related violence."
Muschert is available to discuss school violence and school shootings, including Columbine High School. He is the author of "Responding to School Violence: Confronting the Columbine Effect" and "School Shootings: Mediatized Violence in a Global Age."
Website: http://www.MiamiOH.edu
Media Contact: Ritter Elizabeth Hoy, [email protected]

Do I Have the Right to Die?
Ronald Fatoullah, Esq.
Ronald Fatoullah & Associates
"In October of 2012, A New York Appeals Court ruled in support of Sungeun Grace Lee (Grace), a 28-year-old banker who wanted to be taken off life support and allowed to die. Grace, who had terminal brain cancer, was paralyzed from the neck down and was being kept alive by artificial means. Her family disagreed with her decision and petitioned for guardianship to make health care decisions on her behalf.  They argue that she was incapacitated due to her mental state. The issue of an individual's right to die is complex, to say the least. While the law does not permit assisted suicide, a patient always has the right to refuse medical treatment. This may include the refusal of life-sustaining treatment which could lead to death. Proper planning and possessing the necessary legal documents can help to enforce our right to refuse medical treatment. In addition, having the proper legal documents can help avoid or minimize conflict between loved ones when the difficult decision pertaining to 'pulling the plug' arises."      
Fatoullah has been advising New Yorkers about the challenges of aging for more than 30 years. He has an eight-year inclusion as one of New York's best trusts & estates lawyers, and he is also recognized by the New York State Bar Association, for his "advocacy, persistence and drafting in creating the Legislative Initiative for the New York State Uniform Adult Guardianship Act."  
Website: http://www.Fatoullahlaw.com 
Media Contact: Carol Schell, [email protected]  



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