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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

High court reaffirms public's right to government records

By Nancy Bartley




Unlikely litigant wins ground breaking case

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) When Glen Milner decided to sue the U.S. Navy over the public's right to know whether Port Townsend, Wash., and other communities are in danger from an explosion at a nearby munitions depot, he never dreamed he'd make an impact of his own in the nation's highest court.

Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court in an 8-1 decision reaffirmed the public's right to government records when it ruled that the exemption of the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, pertaining to "personnel rules and agency practices" doesn't give the Navy the right to deny Milner access to the information he wants.

Justice Elena Kagan, giving the majority opinion, wrote that the "term 'personnel rules and practices,' encompasses only records relating to issues of employee relations and human resources."

The Navy argued that the information Milner wants, data about the storage and safety of munitions at Naval Magazine Indian Island, which is in Jefferson County, should fall under the personnel rules and practices exception. Milner specifically requested maps and data showing how far apart potentially explosive munitions are stored.

Justice Stephen Beyer gave the dissenting opinion that FOIA cannot be interpreted "with the linguistic literalism fit for interpretations of the tax code."

The ruling's impact is huge, said David Mann of Seattle, Milner's lawyer. "The Supreme Court hasn't stepped into FOIA very often." The last time, he estimates, was 30 some years ago.


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"What it does is reinforces that the documents must be released and the exceptions are narrow. ... And that there's no such thing as a catchall exception."

Milner, 59, a Lake Forest Park electrician and a longtime peace activist, began making public-disclosure requests after participating in a 1986 protest over the delivery of Trident missiles at the Bangor submarine base in Kitsap County. He noticed signs on the train into the base identified the cargo as explosive and was puzzled when a news report quoted a Navy official saying no explosives were on the train.

Milner asked the American Civil Liberties Union how to make a FOIA request, and the documents he got in return proved the news report wrong.

He became hooked on holding government agencies accountable by requesting public records.

Seattle attorney Mickey Gendler defended Milner when he was arrested after blocking a train in a peace protest in the 1980s. It was Gendler's partner Mann who took the Indian Island case — pro bono.

One of a three-member law firm, Gendler & Mann, which specializes in civil rights among other things, Mann argued the case up the legal ladder. In the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Navy won.

The announcement came in October 2007, three days after Gendler had a horrific bike accident that would result in severe spinal-cord injuries.

At the time, Milner wondered whether the accident meant the end of the case. "They're a very small firm. For them to continue on with this and to do so well is just incredible," Milner said.

Milner doesn't know when he'll get the records he requested.

When the appeals court ruled, it made its decision based on the Navy's argument that it qualified under the exemption, pertaining to personnel and practices. That's the issue the Supreme Court ruled on Monday.

The appeals court didn't rule on the Navy's other argument — that it should qualify for an FOIA exemption because it's a de facto law-enforcement agency, and the records release would compromise an investigation.

Milner's case has been remanded back to the 9th Circuit for a ruling on that argument.

Milner hopes the U.S. attorney representing the Navy will settle with him since the Navy has lost its primary argument.

Emily Langlie, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle, said, "We are still studying the decision and will confer with the Navy ... and determine what the next step will be."


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