‘The Paper Chase’ at 40

first_imgMany readers and viewers wonder if John Osborn Jr. had someone special in mind when he created the imperious professor in his 1971 hit novel “The Paper Chase,” based on his Harvard Law School (HLS) years.The book centers on “Hart,” an eager young law student, and his tumultuous relationship with an austere contracts professor named “Kingsfield” (played to perfection in the 1973 film by actor John Houseman, who won the Academy Award for best supporting actor).With a careful reply, the author told HLS Dean Martha Minow and a crowd gathered at Austin Hall Thursday for a discussion about his book that the character was actually a composite of several people. But, he added, “It wasn’t like it was hard to find role models.”According to Osborn, a 1967 Harvard College and 1970 HLS graduate, 40 years ago the Law School had professors with stern classroom styles and zero tolerance for poorly prepared pupils. Based on that experience, Osborn crafted his curmudgeonly composite, one that has proved popular to generations of readers and moviegoers. The hit movie version, released in 1973, was soon followed by a popular TV series that aired for four seasons in the late ’70s and early ’80s.Minow, it turns out, is one of those many groupies. “I am a ‘Paper Chase’ fan. It influenced my life, my career — here I am,” said the HLS dean, who asked Osborn a series of questions, including why he wrote a novel while balancing the strenuous workload of a third-year law student.The decision was threefold, explained the author. At Harvard College, Osborn said he had wanted to pursue writing but was discouraged after being rejected from a poetry seminar by a teaching assistant who told him his poetry was terrible. He returned to writing at HLS in part as a “reaction against the status quo” — his feeling, he explained, that the School “glorified their teachers” over the students.I was learning “reciprocity in the contract class, and yet there was no reciprocity in the classroom,” said Osborn.In addition, the author said he chose to write as a way to “find another narrative” for himself, one that didn’t involve a large Wall Street firm after graduation. Later in the discussion, Osborn laughed while recalling how his fear of being sued over his book’s grim depictions of big-firm lawyers turned to utter surprise when they instead began to thank him for being included in his work.Osborn said Harvard’s William Alfred, a professor of English literature, helped him work on the narrative and suggested a number of publishers.In discussing the film, which he called an “almost literal transcription of the book,” Osborn said he worked closely with the movie’s noted cameraman, Gordon Willis of “The Godfather” fame, to help establish the imperious role of Kingsfield by including close-up shots of the gruff professor throughout the first part of the film. In addition, camera tricks and a movable set heightened the sense of distance between teacher and student. As the film progressed, Hart came increasingly into the foreground of the camera’s lens and was finally “right in the frame with Kingsfield,” on a par literally and figuratively with the stern professor, said Osborn.Reflecting on the choice of Houseman to portray the professor in the film, Osborn said the actor was the perfect fit. “He could be that way; it wasn’t a big stretch for him. He was used to being in control.”But when it came to the TV series, they had to modify the Kingsfield role to entice a weekly audience to keep watching. “You can’t have a guy who is just nasty through and through,” said Osborn. Instead, Houseman, who reprised the role for the series, offered viewers “a watered-down version” of Kingsfield for the small screen.Osborn also discussed his work teaching at the University of San Francisco’s School of Law. Instead of relying on the intimidating “cold call” process where a professor simply points to a student and waits for the response to a question, he has his pupils raise their hands, he said, as a way to get them to engage. “Students,” he said, “are not scared in my class.”Constitutional scholar and Osborn’s former professor Laurence Tribe said he thoroughly enjoyed the 40th anniversary event. “I loved this,” said Tribe, Harvard’s Carl M. Loeb University Professor. “He was a wonderful student in my seminar.”First-year HLS student John Wiest heard about “The Paper Chase” only after he was accepted to the School, and his parents made him watch the film. “I was pretty terrified,” said Wiest of his reaction to the movie. “But I had been here to visit, so I was assured that was not reality.”last_img read more

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Kris Boyd: Table-topping Rangers a different team this season | Football News

first_img2:37 3:01 – Advertisement – Kris Boyd insists table-topping Rangers are a completely different team this season.Steven Gerrard’s side have made a brilliant start to the season, opening up a nine-point gap over Old Firm rivals Celtic – who have two games in hand – at the top of the Scottish Premiership.- Advertisement – preview image Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hamilton. They have also had success in Europe, moving to the top of Europa League Group D at the halfway point of the group stage.Ex-Rangers striker Boyd believes his former club are a much-improved side because of the confidence Gerrard has in his squad.“Their performances this season, especially after coming back from Europe, have improved,” Boyd told Sky Sports News.- Advertisement –  Image:Celtic beat Motherwell 4-1 on Sunday Celtic cruised past Motherwell with a 4-1 victory to stay in touch with Rangers heading into the international break, but Boyd insists the champions’ inconsistency will be a huge concern for Neil Lennon.“What will be annoying Neil Lennon is the inconsistency of his team,” Boyd said.“In the past fortnight, there was a good performance against Aberdeen and one for 20 minutes against AC Milan, one for 45 minutes against Lille and then at the weekend. But he’s not seen such inconsistency from his team since going back to the club – and that will worry him.“Mohamed Elyounoussi was excellent against Motherwell, taking his goals really well and that will be one of the most frustrating things for supporters as they can see players who can perform at a really high level but they’re not doing it in every game at this moment in time.” “Defensively, they’re aggressive from the front playing high up the pitch,” he added. “A lot of the goals against Hamilton were caused by pressing.“Successful teams have to do the other side of the game by working hard and forcing their opponents into mistakes, and they’ve been excellent so far this season.”‘Inconsistency a problem for Lennon and Celtic’ Highlights from the Scottish Premiership match between Motherwell and Celtic. 2:21 ‘A reality check for Duffy’ Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hamilton. “It’s been a totally different team, as Steven Gerrard has so much confidence in his players. He can look around at the bench and he’s got international players and everyone seems to be playing with a smile on their face.“Even with players like Jermain Defoe not scoring, they’re still having a big impact on the game. Celtic cruised past Motherwell 4-1 at Fir Park to ease the pressure on under-fire manager Neil Lennon who was delighted with win. Meanwhile, Celtic defender Shane Duffy – a summer signing on loan from Brighton – found himself on the bench for Celtic’s win at Motherwell, and Boyd insists being out of the team will be a reality check for the Republic of Ireland defender.“Shane Duffy has been struggling,” Boyd added.“A lot of people down south have said that Scottish football is easy and have criticised it for a number of years, but a lot of players have experienced difficulties in the past and Duffy is on that list right now.“He has been struggling but because of the way Celtic play on the front foot, it’s natural to drop five or 10 yards as a defender and he’s been a bit isolated.“There’s definitely a defender in there with the number of years he’s played in the Premier League. Being out of the team on Sunday will be a reality check and it’s up to him to force his way back into the team as Celtic have paid big wages for him.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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California bans mercury-containing vaccines for pregnant women, kids

first_imgOct 1, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Pregnant women and children younger than 3 in California will soon no longer receive vaccines containing more than a trace of mercury, under a law approved this week.Vaccines for those groups will contain no more than a trace of thimerosal (termed thimerosal-free in the industry)—a preservative in some vaccines that contains ethyl mercury. The law takes effect in July 2006, according to news services.Parent-led activist groups attribute increased rates of autism and other neurological disorders in children to mercury, although scientific studies have failed to confirm any clear link.California becomes the second state, after Iowa, to ban the agent in vaccines.In signing the bill, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “I believe that an abundance of caution merits the acceleration of the process already under way to remove thimerosal from the last few vaccines that contain it,” according to a Los Angeles Times story.The bill’s author, Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, said, “Any time we can reduce public exposure to mercury or any other neurotoxin and there is an alternative readily available, we should be promoting the alternative.”Vaccine producers have voluntarily reduced thimerosal levels in vaccines, except for Aventis Pasteur, sole supplier for flu inoculations for children younger than 2, the Times story said. The company was the only vaccine manufacturer to openly oppose the bill. The agent is used to control bacteria and fungi in multiple-dose vials, the usual and most cost-efficient vehicle for distribution of flu vaccine.An Aventis statement expressed disappointment over the law and concern that it might discourage people from getting flu shots for kids. A UPI story from Aug 27, right after the California Senate passed the bill, said Aventis saw the bill “as unnecessarily frightening at a time when the industry is not yet equipped to satisfy demand without using thimerosal.”The American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Public Health Service joined in calling for removal of the mercury-containing preservative thimerosal from vaccines about 5 years ago. By 2001, all the vaccines recommended at that time for children under age 7 were available without thimerosal or with only trace amounts.But this year, in recommending for the first time that 6- to 23-month-old children routinely get flu shots, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in May did not go on record in favor of a thimerosal-free formulation of the vaccine.The CDC’s position is that the risk of flu complications far outweighs the risk from thimerosal in the vaccine.See also:May 6, 2004 CIDRAP News story “CDC neutral on thimerosal in flu vaccine for toddlers”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/general/news/may0604thimerosal.htmllast_img read more

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Global survey finds Indonesians ‘least optimistic’ about COVID-19 situation

first_img“This is the lowest of any country in the study – the next closest is Mexico at 25 percent,” the report reads.Read also: ‘New normal’ aims to keep economy running: MinisterThe data also shows, however, that the Indonesian public is still supportive of the government’s strict health protocols as the pandemic continues unabated, such as quarantining the direct contacts of an infected patient and temporarily closing schools.Public support for Indonesia’s quarantine procedures increased from 50 percent in February to 74 percent in March, and fluctuated slightly in May to 73 percent in the latest survey.Meanwhile, support for the government’s decision to temporarily close schools in the country increased from 48 percent in April to 55 percent in May.Several government institutions have been gearing up in recent weeks for the “new normal” phase following two months of physical distancing and the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in certain regions.However, experts have called for a thorough epidemiological study to determine whether the timing is right for easing restrictions and reopening businesses amid concerns over a second wave of infections, especially following increased activity and movement during Idul Fitri on May 24-25 and considering the country’s limited testing capacity.Indonesia reported a cumulative total of 27,549 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,663 deaths on June 2. Indonesians have erred on the side of doubt and pessimism while the government struggles to mitigate the COVID-19 epidemic in the country, according to a recent survey by YouGov.The global public opinion organization’s latest update on Monday shows that “Perception of government handling of COVID-19” has dropped in Indonesia.Overall public approval of the Indonesian government’s COVID-19 response declined from 66 percent on May 11 to 50 percent on May 25, according to the YouGov tracker. The Philippines also recorded a decline in public approval over the same period, from 72 percent to 64 percent.The trend towards skepticism in Indonesia and the Philippines was congruent with a significant drop in optimism regarding the current crisis, the organization said in its related report, “International COVID-19 tracker update: 1 June”.“It is no coincidence that the fall in the faith in the Indonesian and Filipino governments comes at the same time as a sharp drop in the belief that the coronavirus situation in those countries is getting better,” it states.According to the survey, only 19 percent of Indonesians believe that “the national COVID-19 situation was improving”, a significant decline from 35 percent recorded in the previous survey.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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KCCA: Uganda ready to host 2017 World Xcountry

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Sheraton, Imperial Royale and Hotel Africana are gearing to host some of the world’s best long distance athletes and officials next March.The International athletics governing body IAAF officials, led by IAAF Competitions Director Paul Hardy, yesterday confirmed the three hotels had got the nod, saying their wide accommodative space and swimming pools were ideal for athletes.IAAF Vice President Hamad Kalkaba Malboum and his visiting technical team was impressed with the preparations and the topography generally. He handed over the IAAF flag to the Jennifer Musisi as a confirmatory symbol that Uganda will host the 2017 World Cross Country Championships.Uganda won the vote to host the championships after Uganda Athletics Federation, Kampala Capital City Authority and Ministry of Education and Sports submitted their interest to host the Championships. KCCA ED Musisi waves the IAAF flag at yesterday’s press conference attended by IAAF and Uganda athletics officials. PHOTO BY CHARLOTTE NINSIIMAKampala will host over 500 athletes from different countries in the World Cross Country Championships in March.Kampala Capital City Authority Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi expressed gratitude towards IAAF delegation for accepting Uganda to host the Championships. “We are prepared to host the event because it means a lot to us; Uganda will become famous, it will attract tourists and also make money for us.”“Uganda has never hosted such an event. Fortunately our athletes are prepared and we hope we win many medals.”last_img read more

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Tropical Storm Nestor brings heavy rain, flooding to Florida

first_img“The precipitation and broad” which means Palm Beach County is only expected to be impacted by occasional showers, downpours, and gusty winds throughout Saturday, and spotty showers on Sunday, CBS12 reports. Tropical Storm Nestor is bearing down on the Florida Panhandle.The storm is packing heavy rain, high winds, and possible tornadoes.Tropical-storm and storm-surge warnings are posted along Florida’s west-central coast, and a tornado watch is in effect for much of central Florida until noon today.Nestor is about 80 miles west-southwest of Panama City and is expected to make landfall around midday.Daytona Beach has already broken its daily rainfall record today with over three inches.Tropical Storm Nestor is not expected to affect Palm Beach County as much, according to CBS12.last_img read more

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Florida man accused of hanging dog from tree, and punching child for not helping him hide the body

first_imgA Florida man has been arrested after he was charged with animal cruelty and child abuse.The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 38-year-old Robert Leroy Edwards because he allegedly used an electrical cord to hang someone else’s dog from a tree by it’s neck because the animal wouldn’t stop barking. Police also say he punched a boy because the boy did not help him hide the dog’s body.Investigators say another man who was in the house at the time heard the fuss and came downstairs to see what was going on. When he was “made aware of the senseless killing of the dog,” the person started arguing with Edwards, who then punched the man multiple times in the face.Edwards was arrested on multiple felony charges, including the torturing of an animal, child abuse, battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.He is being held without bond.last_img read more

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Wildlife Experts Hopeful after Video Shows a Gator Eating a Python in the Everglades

first_imgA recent video has Everglades officials feeling hopeful about the current snake problem.The video Tweeted this weekend shows an alligator eating a Burmese python.The snakes are not native to Florida, and they have upset the Everglades ecosystem.In the video, though, Everglades officials say this invasive Burmese python was no match for our mighty, native American alligator.They also say they hope this is a sign that our native animals are fighting back against the invasive predator.last_img

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Prosecution: No Death Penalty for Killer Clown Suspect

first_imgProsecutors won’t seek the death penalty for a Wellington woman accused of dressing up as a clown and shooting her future husband’s wife in the face.Assistant State Attorney Reid Scott filed a notice Wednesday in Palm Beach County court that the state is NOT seeking the death penalty for Sheila Keen-Warren, who is charged with first-degree murder in the May 26, 1990, fatal shooting of Marlene Warren.Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Detective Paige McCann said during a September 2017 news conference that Sheila Keen, as she was known at the time, was dressed like a clown when she fatally shot Marlene Warren at her Wellington home.“Marlene answered the front door and the clown had two balloons, as well as a bouquet of flowers, and went to hand Marlene those items,” McCann told reporters.Marlene Warren, who had been eating breakfast with her then-22-year-old son and several of his friends, was surprised and commented, “How nice.”“It was at that time that the clown pulled out a gun and shot Marlene in the face,” McCann said.The clown then calmly walked back to the white Chrysler LeBaron in which she had arrived and drove away.Marlene Warren died at a hospital two days later.Keen-Warren had long been considered a suspect in the shooting, but it took investigators 27 years to make an arrest. She eventually married Michael Warren in 2002 and moved to Tennessee, where the couple operated a restaurant. She was arrested in Virginia in 2017.The trial is scheduled to begin in May.last_img read more

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Williamsons make it three in a row at Mothers and Daughters

first_img England U16 international Amelia Williamson paired up with her mum, Tracey, to win a third successive title in the Mothers and Daughters’ 27-hole foursomes at Royal Mid Surrey. The pair (pictured) from Royal Cromer in Norfolk started favourites – and lived up to their billing, winning by a whopping nine shots from Walton Heath’s Alison and Nicola Taylor. The competition was played on a difficult day when an arctic chill, gusty wind and standing water on the fairways lengthened the course significantly. But the Williamsons led by four after their six-over-par 77 in the morning round and put themselves out of reach with level par 35 over the remaining nine holes in the afternoon. Amelia, 15, tied third in the recent Scottish girls’ championship and was sixth in the U16 spring championship at Hawkstone Park. Last year she won three English schools’ titles and the West of England U16 stroke play. She is a member of the England Golf girls’ squad.  Her mother, Tracey, is the Norfolk county captain and an eight-times winner of the Norfolk championship. Walton Heath’s Alison Taylor has the luxury of three golfing daughters to rotate and has now been runner-up with middle daughter, Nicola, on three occasions. Meanwhile, another England Golf girls’ squad player, Sharna Dutrieux, was leading amateur at the Roehampton Gold Cup. Sharna, 17, (Wrotham Heath) was fourth overall and three-over par for the 36 holes (71, 76).   The Gold Cup was won by former England international Alex Peters, who now plays on the Ladies European Tour. She was three-under par (71 70) and four shots clear of the field. 19 Apr 2016 Williamsons make it three in a row at Mothers and Daughters last_img read more

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