aimintang/iStock(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) — Four former Pennsylvania State University fraternity brothers have been sentenced in connection with the death of a pledge during a booze-soaked hazing ritual two years ago.Luke Visser, Joseph Sala, Joshua Kurczewski and Michael Bonattuci, former members of the Penn State chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, were sentenced on Tuesday by a judge in Centre County Court in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, courthouse sources told ABC News. All four had previously pleaded guilty to hazing-related charges stemming from the February 2017 death of 19-year-old sophomore Timothy Piazza. “There’s still a long road ahead of us,” Piazza’s father, Jim Piazza, told ABC News in an interview Tuesday.Visser received two to six months in jail and three years of probation. Sala was sentenced to three to 10 months of house arrest plus two years of probation. Kurczewski received three to nine months in jail and one year of probation. Bonatucci was sentenced to one to six months in jail plus one year of probation. They also were ordered to pay fines and perform community service, sources told ABC News.It’s the first time the judge has handed down jail sentences in the case, which was prosecuted by the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office.“Today was a significant step forward in the long road to justice for the parents of Tim Piazza with the sentencing of three individuals to prison,” the Piazza family attorney, Thomas Kline, told ABC News in a statement Tuesday.Piazza, of Lebanon, New Jersey, died from traumatic brain injuries Feb. 4, 2017, two days after he fell down a flight of stairs into the basement at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity during a night of heavy drinking for a pledge acceptance ceremony called “The Gauntlet.” Fraternity brothers carried Piazza back upstairs and placed him on a couch, where they poured water on his face and slapped him in an attempt to wake him up, according to a grand jury report that cited evidence including surveillance video, witness testimony and phone records.Piazza tried to stand on his own but fell down each time until he eventually stopped moving. A fraternity member finally called 911, about 12 hours after the initial fall, by which time Piazza was breathing heavily, had blood on his face and his skin had turned grey, according to the grand jury report.In March 2017, the Beta Theta Pi fraternity was permanently banned from Penn State. The university said its investigation of the fraternity revealed “disturbing facts,” including a persistent pattern of serious alcohol abuse, hazing as well as illicit drug use and sales.After their son died, Jim and Evelyn Piazza helped form the Anti-Hazing Coalition with other families who have experienced a similar loss. The national coalition, which includes organization that represent dozens of fraternities and sororities, is fighting for new legislation to increase criminal penalties.In October, the Piazzas joined Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf at the signing of the Timothy J. Piazza Anti Hazing Law, which requires schools in the state to help prevent hazing, to provide law enforcement tools to address hazing and to hold abusers accountable.“There’s still a lot that needs to occur in regards to Tim’s killing,” Jim Piazza told ABC News on Tuesday. “There’s a lot to be seen.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Previous Article Next Article GuruOn 3 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. This week’s guruAwayday thrills kill sense of team spiritMany bosses take advantage of the summer period to give staff awaydays at asporting events, believing it will boost motivation and improve morale. But consultancy Right Track has warned that awaydays are not as effective asa specific team building exercises. Guru tends to agree after returning from a go karting day with a number ofcolleagues. He lost precious seconds on the starting grid as he checked hismirror, indicated and released his handbrake. As Guru approached the first corner he was outraged as Phil from accountsovertook him dangerously on the inside. On the back straight Guru’s PA, Mandy,shot by whooping like a banshee, steering with one hand, while extending araised index finger. By the time Guru had completed a lap the race was over, then the MD drenchedhim with a bottle of cheap wine given to the winner. Citizens council in a purple hazeGuru has never been a great one for meddling with drugs. His patchy memoryof the 1960s has more to do with age than hallucinogenic drugs (although he didonce have a funny turn following two teaspoons of Nightnurse and half a bottleof single malt). But drugs obviously have some ‘pulling power’ – even when it comes torecruitment. More than 5,000 people have requested application packs to join acitizens council advising on drug use within the NHS. The Institute for Clinical Excellence is after 30 people with”old-fashioned common sense”. How do you test for such a thing? Guruassumes it includes asking aspiring applicants to rewire a plug. Alas, creative thought and common sense are mutually exclusive. Guru hadsome fabulous thoughts on new metrics to measure human capital while wanderingaround the super-market yesterday, for example, but singularly failed to buyany cheddar (which was a shame because he was due to cook Mrs Guru macaronicheese). The NHS must harness this great idea – we obviously need more electriciansmanaging patient waiting lists. It’s all in the colour not the cutGuru has a reputation as the Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen of the office when itcomes to his dress sense as he has always been convinced that your clothes forma vital first impression on people and say a lot about the type of person youare. He is thinking of becoming more scientific about his choice of work wear,however, after reading research by image consultancy Haines and Bonner thatreveals he might not be projecting the right sort of image. He will never attenda meeting again in his pink pin-stripe shirt because apparently this colourmeans you are not important and lack confidence. Instead, he will be dressed from head to toe in lilac, which managers shouldwear when they want to be seen as diplomatic, unselfish or creative, advisesH&B. Guru will increasingly be seen about the office wearing some item ofred as the study claims this is sure to attract the opposite sex – its says youare exciting, upbeat and confident. Yeah baby! Will Guru raise a virtual laugh?Guru was thrilled by some recent research conducted by PersonnelToday.com’srecent research which reveals there is a demand for his unique perspective onthe HR world to be extended to the web. As someone whose last PC problem was resolved by the long-suffering ITdepartment troubleshooter pointing out that his mouse mat was fouled by acoating of accumulated marmite from his morning toast, Guru is not sure he’s upto the task. But ever a sucker for public demand, Guru wants to know just what hisdisciples think. Should he go online? What on earth would he do in Cyberspace? Best suggestion gets a bottle of champagne – assuming Guru learns how toopen his new in-box without deleting the contents. Contact [email protected]
The pioneer studies of Skottsberg (1912), supported by the observations of Bertram (1938) and Bryant (1945), showed that a range of bryophyte and lichen communities are developed in many localities along the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula and on its offshore islands. In contrast, the terrestrial vegetation over much of the Antarctic continent is apparently restricted to sparse, widely scattered communities of lichens, with mosses playing only a subordinate role, particularly in inland areas (Siple 1938; Rudolph 1963; Greene 1964). Holdgate (1964) thus proposed a division of the Antarctic botanical zone into Maritime and Continental areas, the former having an oceanic rather than a continental climate, and supporting liverworts and two species of vascular plants in addition to well-developed moss and lichen communities. The Maritime area, which can thus be characterized in vegetational and floristic terms, has yet to be clearly defined geographically, but extends over much of the Scotia Ridge-Antarctic Peninsula sector. The present paper aims at giving a preliminary account of the vegetation in this area, based on observations made in a variety of localities from Candlemas Island south to Neny Island. The distribution of these sites is indicated in figure 17, and the extent of observations at each locality has been described elsewhere (Longton 1966 #). Because of taxonomic difficulties a detailed analysis of the vegetation in each area was impracticable, since many of the taxa can at present be named only to the generic level (Greene 1964). The major divisions of the vegetation have been defined, however, and their distribution is discussed in relation to climatic, edaphic and biotic factors, enabling an attempt to be made at outlining the geographical boundaries of the Maritime Antarctic
By Donald WittkowskiThe huge Universal Supply Co. tractor trailer immediately caught the attention of police as it lumbered down Wesley Avenue in what is supposed to be a quiet section of Ocean City off-limits to heavy truck traffic.“A tractor trailer on Wesley Avenue has no business being here,” Sgt. Brian Hopely, of the Ocean City Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit, said bluntly.Hopely and other police officers pulled the tractor trailer over to the side of the road as part of an enforcement program Thursday targeting big trucks that strayed outside of the city’s designated truck routes.Barely a block from where the tractor trailer was stopped by police, the driver had passed a street sign depicting a truck with a red line drawn over it. The message was clear: No trucks are allowed on this stretch of Wesley Avenue.The driver of the tractor trailer, who declined to give his name, said he was making deliveries in the area and didn’t see the sign.A street sign entering the 500 block of Wesley Avenue makes it clear that trucks are not allowed in the neighborhood.Throughout Thursday morning, police stopped truck after truck that ventured inside the no-trucks route on the 500 block of Wesley. Hopely stressed that police are serious about protecting residential neighborhoods from the shaking, rattling and noise caused by such large vehicles.“We have some vocal neighborhoods that are good at communicating with police about trucks cutting through those areas,” he said.In particular, homeowners on Wesley Avenue, 11th Street, 29th Street and 31st Street between Bay Avenue and West Avenue have been alerting police when trucks invade their neighborhoods, Hopely noted.“We are looking to improve the quality of life for people living in these neighborhoods,” he said. “People living in quiet neighborhoods, especially in Ocean City, should not have to deal with big trucks shaking their homes.”A city ordinance requires trucks weighing 8,000 pounds and above to follow Bay Avenue, Atlantic Avenue, Battersea Road, Sixth Street and Ninth Street as their designated routes when they are traveling on the north side of the Ninth Street entryway into town.While traveling on the south side of Ninth Street, they must use Bay Avenue, 18th Street and 34th Street, Hopely said.Police use portable scales that are placed under the tires of a truck to check the weight.For truck drivers and delivery companies unfamiliar with all of the designated truck routes, the city has a list of them on its website at www.ocnj.us. They can be found in Schedule VI of Section 7 in the traffic regulations, according to city spokesman Doug Bergen.Truck drivers risk getting tickets that carry fines between $50 and $500, Hopely said. However, he explained that not all of the trucks that were pulled over Thursday were given tickets. Some were let off with warnings.Ultimately, the enforcement program is about educating the truck drivers about where they can – and can’t – drive in town, Hopely said.“We’re definitely more about heightening awareness than writing tickets,” he said. “We’re not looking to make money for the city. The emphasis is always going to be on education.”Police are also looking to enforce the speed limits through residential neighborhoods. Excessive speed, combined with heavy truck loads, are a serious safety hazard, Hopely pointed out.Officers check the weight of a backhoe being towed by a pickup truck to see if it exceeded the 8,000-pound limit.On Thursday, Ocean City police officers teamed up with the New Jersey State Police to conduct the truck stops. Portable scales placed under the tires allowed police to weigh each truck and any trailers or equipment they were towing to see if they exceeded the 8,000-pound limit.Police also checked the trucks to make sure they were properly registered and in good condition, including inspecting the windshield wipers, brakelights, headlights, horns and turn signals.“High beams. Wipers. Wiper fluid. Horn,” Cpl. Jeff Reitz, of the State Police, said to truck driver Glenn Wescott in a series of quick commands to check his pickup.Wescott, a driver for Advantage Rental & Sales of Seaville, was pulled over on Wesley Avenue when police suspected the backhoe and trailer he was towing was more than 8,000 pounds. The combined weight of Wescott’s pickup truck, backhoe and trailer came to 12,100 pounds, police said.In an interview, Wescott said he was delivering the backhoe to a construction site on Cardiff Road. He said it weighed 3,860 pounds.As a delivery driver, Wescott acknowledged it is part of his job to follow the local truck regulations. However, he insisted he wasn’t aware he was driving in an area outside of the designated truck routes.“I didn’t see any signs,” Wescott said. “I drive these streets all the time while delivering different types of equipment.”Hopely, though, questioned how Wescott could have missed a no-truck sign only a block away.“It’s tough to say, ‘I didn’t see the sign,’ when the sign is right here in the block he just pulled into,” Hopely said. Sgt. Brian Hopely, of the Ocean City Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit, peers inside a tractor trailer that was pulled over for being in a no-truck zone.
IndianaLocalNews Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Google+ (“My Trusty Gavel” by Brian Turner, CC BY 2.0) A South Bend man has been sentenced in federal court on a weapons charge.Jeffrey Burnside, 32, of South Bend, was sentenced to 60 months in prison by United States District Court Judge Damon R. Leichty upon guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm.According to court documents, during the night of March 28-29, 2020, police evicted several individuals, including Burnside, from a hotel in Mishawaka.During the eviction process, police found methamphetamine as well as two handguns.Later that night, Burnside tried to book another hotel room, hid from the police, and then ran from officers.Officers caught Burnside and checked his hiding place, where they found another loaded handgun and half an ounce of methamphetamine. Facebook By Jon Zimney – September 22, 2020 0 395 WhatsApp Google+ Weapons charge results in 60 month sentence for South Bend man Previous articleMayor Roberson proposes downtown Elkhart based county court complex/city public safety buildingNext articleFighting Irish postpone game vs. Wake Forest Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.
This past weekend, Saint Mary’s class of 2022 took part in Belles Beginnings, the College’s orientation program where students began their transition into college life. Peer mentors assisted in this transition by working alongside professors to help answer questions about college life. In addition to peer mentors helping students one-on-one, campus organizations hosted sessions about financial aid, study abroad, campus ministry and various other college programs. Photo courtesy of Madeline Flynn Saint Mary’s students welcome members of the Class of 2022 to campus over the College’s Belles Beginning weekend, when new students arrived to campus and were exposed to the school’s resources.Senior and student body president Madeleine Corcoran said Belles Beginnings helps new Saint Mary’s students get situated prior to the start of the new year. “It’s a very full weekend for the first year and transfer students,” Corcoran said. “It is a good mix of academic, social and resourceful information when first arriving to campus. This year we had more social events for the students and less trainings. It has become more of a student-led orientation, which makes sure the information and sessions are relevant and important to current students.”Corcoran said Saint Mary’s is uniquely positioned to offer a personalized welcome to new students“Saint Mary’s is a truly unique community and sisterhood,” Corcoran said. “I believe orientation welcomes the new Belles to their home for the next four years. Everyone on campus is so excited for the new class to arrive and can’t wait to personally greet them. This is not something every school can offer, but the size, pride and community of Saint Mary’s makes it possible.”Other than the sessions offered by the college, first year students are placed in a first year common course that is a basic introduction into facets of the academic experience, according to Saint Mary’s course catalog. This class is accompanied by a peer mentor who can answer questions based on their own experiences.“We serve as a guide, example and resource for incoming freshmen,” peer mentor and senior Maeve McMahon said. ”We’re also students, we offer to help new Saint Mary’s women with their adjustment into college through a perspective closer to their age.”First year Shelby Franken said she enjoyed the variety of options offered at Belles Beginnings. “I enjoyed how you didn’t have to go to everything,” Frenken said. “You could pick what was tailored to you and your needs. Study abroad and where I want to study abroad and that session just gave more information on it, and spirituality and history in our campus spaces helped see where everything was at and got me used to the campus.”Alexis Fady, another first year, said she appreciates the close-knit nature of the Saint Mary’s community. “I was worried,” Fady said. “If my family ever comes to campus I want [a student] to be able to know who I am. If you go to a school with thousands of students no one knows anyone. The sisterhood here is nice because everyone cares. Seeing sisterhood when I came to visit was what drew me here.”Tags: Belles Beginnings, first years, orientation, saint mary’s, transfer students
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MAYVILLE – A Jamestown murder suspect has been re-indicted by a Chautauqua County Grand Jury. Chautauqua County Public Defender Ned Barone tells WNYNewsNow that Julio E. Montanez is facing a count of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder, the same charges as the original indictment dated Nov. 2019.Barone says Montanez was arraigned Monday afternoon in Chautauqua County Court, where he plead not guilty. Bail was set at $150,000 cash or $300,000 property bond.Judge David Foley dismissed a grand jury indictment on Oct. 1 for one count of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder returned against Montanez. “This case is back in the posture it was three weeks ago and is again moving forward toward trial,” Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson said in a statement. “I want to thank the members of the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Forensic Investigation Team involved in re-presenting this matter. I sincerely appreciate their professionalism.”Barone previously told WNYNewsNow that his office argued that Swanson failed to inform the grand jury of the justifiable option, i.e.: self-defense.“It really doesn’t matter whether or not there was self-defense, but more importantly, it was an issue that had to have been presented to the grand jury and wasn’t,” explained Barone. “We argued that because it was an exculpatory defense, meaning that charges could be dismissed if a juror believed it was self-defense, and was not presented as need be by the district attorney during grand jury.”Barone says he and his staff submitted the motion to dismiss in September.Montanez was previously charged with first-degree manslaughter by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, who say Montanez allegedly shot and killed Justin M. Gibbons, 29, of Mayville, following a dispute in an alleyway near 114 W. Main St. in Sherman just after 1:30 a.m., Oct. 6.Gibbons was shot multiple times while he was attempting to flee the area in a vehicle, investigators said.He was transported to Westfield Memorial Hospital by the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance where he was later pronounced dead.D.A. Swanson had 30 days to bring the case back to grand jury.Swanson says Montanez is due back in court for a conference on Nov. 16. The District attorney adds that the charge of second-degree murder carries a maximum indeterminate state prison sentence of 25 years-to-life while the second-degree attempted murder charges carry a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison with five years of post-release supervision.
To save money during the holiday season, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension housing specialists offer the following energy saving tips.1. Use LED lights for decorating purposes. They use 90 percent less electricity than conventional lights.2. Use a timer to limit the length of time decorative lights are in use.3. Set the thermostat to 55 degrees while enjoying a holiday fire and remember to close the flue when the fire has burned out.4. Prevent heat loss by closing the door and standing outside to enjoy holiday carolers.5. Give gifts that do not require electricity.6. Prepare holiday meals using slow cookers that use very little electricity (roughly 17 cents worth per use).7. Set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. 8. Apply insulation to your water heater and pipes.9. Use a surge protector and turn it off when lights and appliances are not in use.10. Seal leaks and cracks and replace drafty windows with more energy efficient models.(Written by Colin Couch, a University of Georgia/LEED GA graduate student.)
It may be a while before robots and drones are as common as tractors and combine harvesters on farms, but the high-tech tools may soon play a major role in helping feed the world’s rapidly growing population.At the University of Georgia, a team of researchers is developing a robotic system of all-terrain rovers and unmanned aerial drones that can more quickly and accurately gather and analyze data on the physical characteristics of crops, including their growth patterns, stress tolerance and general health. This information is vital for scientists who are working to increase agricultural production in a time of rapid population growth.“By the middle of this century, scientists estimate the world’s population will reach 9.1 billion people, which is a 30 percent increase in a little more than 30 years,” said Changying “Charlie” Li, a professor in UGA’s College of Engineering and the principal investigator on the project. “This increase in population will demand that we nearly double our current food production. That’s a tall order, but one solution is to use genomic tools to develop high-quality, high-yield, adaptable plants.”While scientists can gather data on plant characteristics now, the process is expensive and painstakingly slow, as researchers must manually record data one plant at a time. But the team of robots developed by Li and his collaborators will one day allow researchers to compile data on entire fields of crops throughout the growing season.The project addresses a major bottleneck that’s holding up plant genetics research, said Andrew Paterson, a co-principal investigator. Paterson, a world leader in the mapping and sequencing of flowering-plant genomes, is a Regents Professor in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.“The robots offer us not only the means to more efficiently do what we already do, but also the means to gain information that is presently beyond our reach,” he said. “For example, by measuring plant height at weekly intervals instead of just once at the end of the season, we can learn about how different genotypes respond to specific environmental parameters, such as rainfall.”In addition to multispectral, hyperspectral and thermal cameras, the robots will be outfitted with Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR, a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure distances. The technology will allow the researchers to create precise three-dimensional images of the plants they study.During preliminary testing of the system last year at UGA’s Iron Horse Plant Sciences Farm between Watkinsville and Greensboro, Li estimates the team collected 20 terabytes of data over the six-month growing season. He says the team will collect 30 times that amount when the robots are fully deployed.To analyze these massive data sets, the researchers are developing an artificial intelligence algorithm similar to the facial recognition program Facebook uses to facilitate the identification and “tagging” of people in a photograph.“As an example, our algorithm will be able to scan an aerial photo of a large field and automatically identify the location and number of flowers on each plant,” said Li.With teams of autonomous vehicles rumbling through rows of crops and hovering overhead, algorithms will also play a key role in making sure the robots and drones perform their assigned tasks while staying out of each other’s way. Javad Mohammadpour Velni, a co-principal investigator on the project and an assistant professor in the College of Engineering, is developing a suite of analytical tools that will allow the ground and aerial vehicles to operate independently but collaboratively to efficiently cover fields and collect different types of data.The UGA researchers believe their work will provide a platform for plant geneticists to gather massive amounts of phenotype data and empower advances in crops that sustain the planet’s population.“Historically, genetics has been credited for about half of the yield gains that permitted small numbers of farmers and producers to sustain large human populations, for example during the Green Revolution,” said Paterson. “It’s realistic to envision that genetics will need to account for about half of the doubling of agricultural output that’s needed by 2050. This will require roughly doubling historical rates of progress in crop improvement, and more detailed and efficient phenotyping will be essential to accomplishing this.”The team’s project is supported by a $954,000 grant from the National Robotics Initiative, a program jointly sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, and the National Institutes of Health. The goal of the National Robotics Initiative is to accelerate the development and use of next-generation robots in the United States.A video showing the equipment in use is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k0aE8PTfrg.
Seattle law firm Hagens Berman is investigating Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR – News) following the filing of a class-action lawsuit.Green Mountain’s shares slumped almost 25 percent after analyst David Einhorn warned on Oct. 17 that the company’s business model was weaker than most thought and that its accounting was suspect. Then, on Nov. 9, 2011 , GMCR announced disappointing earnings results and skyrocketing inventory. On this news, GMCR’s shares plummeted an additional 40 percent, from a close of $67.02 on Nov. 9 to a close of $40.89 on November 10 .The focus of the lawsuit and the firm’s investigation is whether GMCR violated the federal securities laws by hiding or moving inventory. The filed class-action lawsuit alleges that GMCR manipulated its revenue reports and falsified sales orders, using its fulfillment vendor, Mblock, to store surplus product while materially overstating the company’s revenue. During the period of the complaint, insiders sold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of GMCR stock and raised more funds from public offerings.”We spoke to a witness last year who made similar allegations that Mblock helped GMCR hide inventory. However, we believed those shenanigans were in the past. If indeed they continued at Mblock, despite the opening of an investigation by the SEC last September, then current management has more guts than we have seen since Madoff,” said Partner Reed R. Kathrein. “Obviously, if the allegations are true, there are employees and former employees who know more, and we hope they will come forward to assist us in our investigation.”Investors who desire to move to be a lead plaintiff in the class action litigation have until Jan. 30, 2012 to do so.Persons with knowledge that may help the investigation may contact the firm. The SEC recently finalized new rules as part of its implementation of the whistleblower provisions in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Bill. The new rules protect whistleblowers from employer retaliation and allow the SEC to reward those who provide information leading to a successful enforcement with up to 30 percent of the recovery.About Hagens BermanSeattle -based Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is an investor-rights class-action law firm with offices in 10 cities. In addition to investors, the firm represents whistleblowers, workers and consumers in complex litigation. More about the law firm and its successes can be found at www.hbsslaw.com(link is external). The firm’s securities law blog is at www.meaningfuldisclosure.com(link is external)Investors with losses exceeding $1 million who purchased GMCR common stock between Feb. 2, 2011 , and Nov. 11, 2011 , or who acquired stock as part of a public offering on or about May 5, 2011 , may contact Partner Reed R. Kathrein by calling (510) 725-3000, or by email at [email protected](link sends e-mail). Investors can also contact the firm online and learn more about the case by visiting www.HBSSlaw.com/GMCR(link is external).BERKELEY, Calif. , Dec 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Hagens Berman