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Archive for May 28th, 2013

Ex-Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway Gets 1 Year and 1 Day

Ex-Judge Diane Hathaway

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A disgraced ex-Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway, teary eyed and choked up, apologized to a federal judge just moments before he hit her with a sentence on Tuesday of 1 year and 1 day in prison and $90,000 in restitution.

“Your honor,  I stand before you a broken person,” she said, standing before U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara in Ann Arbor.  “I’m ashamed, embarrassed, humiliated and disgraced. I have no one to blame but myself.”

Assistant  U.S. Attorney Daniel Lemisch, who stood to her right,  pushed for a sentence that reflected the guidelines, 12 to 18 months. Defense attorney Steve Fishman argued for probation.  Hathaway’s husband, Michael Kingsley, who sat in the gallery, looked dejectedly down at the floor after the judge announced the sentence.

“We hope you accomplish a great deal more once you are by this thing,” said O’Meara.

Afterwards, Hathaway was allowed to go home. She will  report later to prison.  The sentence of more than a year allows her to get what essentially amounts to good time.  She could get out after 8 1/2 months.

Reporters, including Ross Jones of WXYZ (right), wait outside court for judge’s arrival

Hathaway, 59, who was clad in a black pant-suit on Tuesday,  pleaded guilty in January to a real estate scheme in which she transferred properties out of her name to make it look as if she had less assets, all so she could get a short sale on her Grosse Pointe Park home and get out of $600,000 she owed the bank, ING Direct.  The original mortgage was $1.4 million and the home was sold for $800,000 in the short sale.

Under the short sale,  the loss to the bank was approximately $100,000, according to the government. The government noted that she did bring $10,000 to the closing for the short sale as a closing fee, bringing the actual loss to $90,000. The judge agreed that the loss was $90,000 to the bank.

To read more click here. 

 

An Analysis: The Illicit Prescription Drug Epidemic Just Keeps Getting Worse

Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office. He is the author of the book “Carving Out the Rule of Law: The History of the United States Attorney’s Office in Eastern Michigan 1815–2008″.
By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com
 
The following are a few of the true stories from the cinema verite of America’s Prescription Addiction already playing in real life near you. Half of Americans received at least one prescription in the last month, and almost three billion prescriptions for 100 billion pills were dispensed last year. Both numbers are on a steady increase.

Scene #1 – In the early morning hours the “patients” are lined up out the door and around the block of the suburban Detroit clinic.  Each has a well rehearsed set of subjective symptoms that will produce a scrip for Xanax, Vicodin or another drug that they can sell on the street. Muted cheers as the doctor pulls up in his expensive European sedan, gives them a friendly wave, and then enters the side door of the office. By noon he will have completed his “treatment” of those in the line, and he will retire to the doctors’ lounge at a nearby hospital where he can check his stocks on his laptop.

Scene #2 – The federal prosecutor and case agent view the latest day’s video of a court-authorized Title III from a camera inserted into another doctor’s office, this time in the inner city. The investigation had shown that no “patients” ever entered this office. The doctor enters the office and, using the list of names and drugs given to him by his assistant, proceeds to write out dozens of prescriptions for patients he never sees. What is striking to the prosecution team is that he always puts on his starched white coat and checks his appearance in the mirror before sitting at his desk to complete his task.

Scene #3 – Fourteen year old Sally digs through her parents’ medicine cabinet before leaving the house to join her friends. She thought there was some Valium left from last week but decides to settle for a few of these OxyContins her father had left over from some back surgery. A friend would bring some alcohol to share with the group. Her parents would receive a call later that night from the hospital emergency room where she had been taken after she went into seizure at the party.

Scene #4 – Max was a good student at the state university, but this semester’s course load was a ball-buster, and his performance on final exams next week would determine whether he would keep his scholarship for the rest of the year. Fortunately he had a buddy down the hall who had been diagnosed as ADHD and who would always slide him a few Adderall to boost his concentration level.

Scene #5 – Dr. Anderson gets a call as he is leaving the house with his family to see a Friday night movie. He has to take it because it is his turn to be on call. A desperate sounding patient of the clinic where he works is in a great deal of pain from a recent surgery. She needs a prescription for a pain killer called in to the pharmacy so that she can get through the weekend. Although he knows it will mess up the movie schedule, the doctor takes the time to check the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database and discovers that the patient has been getting the same pain pills from two other physicians and an emergency room in the last month. He refuses the request and makes a mental note to address the issue with her regular physician.

 

Like most things, along with the use comes the abuse. Over one-fifth of Americans have taken prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. One-quarter of high school students have abused them, a 33% increase in the last four years. Six of the ten most popular illegal drugs used by 12th graders were originally obtained by prescription, and half of them came from mom and dad’s medicine cabinet.

The epidemic of illicit prescription drug abuse continues to gain speed.  Its use exceeds the combined use of cocaine, heroin, and all inhalants. Marijuana is the only illegal drug used more than pharmaceuticals.

Drug overdose deaths exceeded automobile accident fatalities last year, and most of these (about 24,000) involved prescription drugs, especially addictive painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin.

The annual health costs from non-medical prescription drug use exceed $100 billion, not including the cost of lost productivity. There has been a staggering increase in the number of newborns addicted to painkillers. Their period of withdrawal is long, costly, and painful for the infant.

The reasons for the epidemic are predictably complex, but a lot of it stems from the prevailing attitude that any adversity can be avoided, denied or at least ignored by popping a pill. Most adults and kids mistakenly believe that non-medical use of prescription drugs is not as dangerous as illegal drugs on the street. When the unwitting source of supply is that benign family doctor and the drugs have passed FDA inspection and come in that cute little pill, how serious can some recreational use be?

Place that misperception in the middle of a proliferation of prescription drugs manufactured in the United States and the dire results reported above are predictable. Enterprising pharmaceutical companies have conducted research that has saved lives and alleviated the pain of countless numbers. And they have profited handsomely and marketed the risky drugs relentlessly. Purdue Pharma receives more than $3 billion in revenue annually from sales of OxyContin. Pretty good considering that three of its executives pled guilty in federal court in 2007 for misbranding the drug with intent to defraud the public and the company paid $635 million in fines and penalties for falsely claiming that the drug was not addictive. Check out the CNN Money article for the fascinating full story.

That’s the demand side of the equation. On the supply side, the factors supporting the epidemic range from venal criminality to well meaning but under-trained physicians. Although they are the most flagrant, health professionals in the first category are responsible for only a small percentage of the prescription drugs being abused.

The doctors and pharmacists who operate “scrip mills” and “pill mills” for big bucks are like any other criminal enterprise and should be treated accordingly. The physician in Scenario #1 above is awaiting trial but is on bond and practicing in his office. The physician in Scenario #2 was convicted, sentenced to 10 years in prison. Afterwards, he’ll be deported back to Nigeria.

More prevalent on the criminal side are the rings that operate especially in metropolitan areas to send “patients” to see a series of primary care physicians for the purpose of obtaining prescriptions for the drugs of abuse. If successful in convincing the doctor of his/her need for pain killers, the prescription is filled at a pharmacy and the pills dropped off in exchange for a cash payment.

Additionally, some enterprising independents have carved out a profitable living by doctor shopping for whatever prescription drugs are selling on the street. Vicodins sell for $10 and up, OxyContin for from 50 cents to $1 per milligram. Called Oxy or Cotton or Blue, the 40 mg pills sell for around $30 and is the most popular illegal drug right now in many cities. Other prescription drugs that can be available on the street include Xanax, Dilaudid, Demerol, Valium and Adderall. The “Holy Trinity” of abused drugs is the combination, taken together, of OxyContin, Xanax, and Soma (a muscle relaxant).

One independent operating in a Detroit suburb, when confronted, proudly displayed her system of repeated prescriptions from a dozen different doctors. She kept a strict calendar of when the pills from each prescription were due to be used up. She never sought a renewal before that date and showed up in person to request another scrip. She was presentable, had the required pain symptoms and avoided all behavior which medical offices have learned to identify from “drug seekers.” The result was that she could count on making $5,000 to $10,000 a month.

Non-criminal suppliers like well intentioned doctors are also part of the problem. Not only do they sometimes fail to detect drug-seeking behavior, but in an abundance of caution they also resort to the most serious (and abused) pain killers even though other options exist.

The fact is that many doctors are uncomfortable with treating patients for pain. The extent of the patient’s suffering is often impossible to verify by objective test, and pain tolerance can vary greatly from patient to patient. Physicians feel like they are on a slippery slope of, on the one hand, wanting to relieve the patient’s suffering and, on the other, avoiding the problems of addiction, not to mention getting anywhere near conduct in which someone could accuse them of not having a demonstrable medical purpose. The observable distinction between a stoic patient in need of pain treatment and one who wants a medication to sustain his or her addiction (or, worse, for sale or recreation) can be pretty elusive.

The other difficult tension for physicians is that there have been many studies that have shown that doctors under-treat pain. Doctors of end-stage cancer patients have been known inexplicably to use less effective pain drugs in order to avoid the prospect of addiction. Patients with chronic, as opposed to acute, pain problems have particularly had difficulty getting adequate pain medication.  There is some indication that the medical establishment is starting to take steps to remedy this problem

However, a debate currently raging in the medical and professional community illustrates this dilemma. The debate is over the use of opioids for treatment of chronic pain. Some think that its efficacy is not sufficiently established or, at least, such drugs should be limited in terms of duration and the maximum daily dose. This caution stems from the dramatic increase of emergency room admissions and deaths from opioid use. One such group is called Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, or PROP.

A group with different views on the use of opioids for chronic pain patients calls itself PROMPT, Professionals for Rational Opioid Monitoring and Pharmacotherapy. Who says these geeky guys and gals don’t have fun with their medical acronyms?

All debate aside, the fact of the matter is that few doctors have received the training necessary to respond to this dilemma. Medical schools, residencies, and required continuing medical education have traditionally ignored the subject. Again, some medical education programs are now addressing the subject.

One development which has great promise in helping weed out drug seekers and in identifying and treating patients with the potential or reality of addiction is the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Although the program has great potential, its use as a force to improve medical care and reduce abuse has been limited.

PDMP are statewide electronic databases which collect data on controlled substances dispensed and make that information available to authorized users. Although such programs undoubtedly could be important tools to identify and combat abuse, their present formulations have severe limitations. The primary one is that each state has legislated its own system with widely diverse requirements, data fields and formats.  Few states allow the information to be disseminated to anyone outside the state. Even if PDMP is utilized, patients can avoid detection by simply crossing state lines and seeing a doctor there.

Many states have essentially cut law enforcement out of the loop and do not provide either direct access or reports of suspicious behavior to police or drug diversion agencies. These reports would be a gold mine of data for investigative leads and evidence for the prosecution of abusers, as well as sources for administrative actions against offending doctors and pharmacists.

Another problem is that the use of the program is almost entirely voluntary. The great majority of doctors, pharmacists, and hospitals simply decline to use it. A patient’s history of obtaining drugs from multiple sources is, in most states, available by computer, but this extra step is considered just one more bureaucratic burden. Most physicians by far, like in Scenario #5, above would have authorized the prescription and gone to the movie on time. A handful of states, led by New York, are in the process of making PDRP checks mandatory, at least under some circumstances.

Other suggested reforms are catalogued in the extensive report, Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs : An Assessment of the Evidence for Best Practices, www.pdmpexcellence.org. Nowhere in the 100-page report does anyone suggest the obvious option that a single national program, mandatory to all controlled substances dispensers, be instituted. Nor has anyone else apparently suggested that such a solution be considered.

A national system would essentially halt doctor-shopping and drug seeking enterprises and greatly reduce the quantity of prescription drugs available for abuse. Perhaps the controversy over the Affordable Health Care Act makes such a proposal unworkable. However, the situation seems comparable to the realization not too many years ago that a nationally required system of lower speed limits and seat belts would save lives. Whatever initial objection to the nationalization of the solution to that problem has been eliminated by the proven results.

The illicit prescription drug epidemic is here and getting worse and is costing tens of thousands of lives. The proposals suggested here, better physician education, more resources and involvement by law enforcement, and an effective PDMP program, would not eliminate the problem, but it would have a significant impact. An impact that could improve medical care and save lives.

 

FBI Files: A Peek Into Mobster Vito Giacalone’s Cat-And-Mouse Game With the Feds

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Like old Tiger Stadium and the Vernors plant, Vito (Billy Jack) Giacalone was a fixture in Detroit, one of the city’s best known mobsters — a Tony Soprano type whose mug occasionally graced the 6 p.m. news.

He was a suspect in the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance. He was known as a street boss who helped run sports betting operations.

And he wasn’t shy about collecting debts.

After he died last year at  88, I filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI, which indicated it had about 20,000 documents on Giacalone.

I became interested in Giacalone as a Detroit News reporter in the early 1990s. He had just pleaded guilty to some IRS charges and was walking out of a federal courtroom downtown.

“Mr. Giacalone, would you care to comment?” I asked.  He ignored me, and with an icy stare, straight ahead, he proceeded to the elevator.

Before he went off to prison, I wrote a rather lengthy profile on him. I called his attorney David DuMouchel to request an interview. Dumouchel called Giacalone, then called me back to say that he not only didn’t want to talk, but:  “He’s not happy” that I was doing the story.

While Giacalone was alive, we got very little information on his private goings on, even though there was always a thirst for news about the Mafia.  I thought the FBI files could shed some light. 

FBI Finally Releases Some Documents

A week ago, I got the first installment from the FBI, a measly 120-plus pages or so, focusing on the mid-1980s. Many were redacted, chock full of whited out spaces to hide names and certain information , and more than 250  were reviewed and withheld. The FBI said it is working on processing the rest of the documents, determining what it can release.

The pages I received provide a glimpse of the ongoing cat-and-mouse game Giacalone played with the FBI and U.S. Strike Force attorneys, who often relied on snitches, wiretaps and surveillances to keep tabs on his life.

And keep tabs they did.

FBI documents talk about  seeing him play golf around town, including on the Wolverine Golf Course in Mt. Clemens; chatting with certain people on the course; people picked him up by car;  a dentist appointment for some gum problems; his winter stays in North Miami Beach and a desire to influence Teamsters elections.

The FBI also got word that Giacalone could be one wily guy.

Could Listen to Phone Conversations

A 1986 document mentions a source saying that Giacalone “has the capability to monitor telephone conversations. Source advised that he/she does not know how Giacalone does this, but he/she has heard on several occasions that Giacalone has this capability. Source added that Giacalone carries binoculars around in his automobile and that he used to spot surveillance vehicles.”

To read more click here. 

 

An Analysis: The Illicit Prescription Drug Epidemic Just Keeps Getting Worse

By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com
 
The following are a few of the true stories from the cinema verite of America’s Prescription Addiction already playing in real life near you. Half of Americans received at least one prescription in the last month, and almost three billion prescriptions for 100 billion pills were dispensed last year. Both numbers are on a steady increase.

Scene #1 – In the early morning hours the “patients” are lined up out the door and around the block of the suburban Detroit clinic.  Each has a well rehearsed set of subjective symptoms that will produce a scrip for Xanax, Vicodin or another drug that they can sell on the street. Muted cheers as the doctor pulls up in his expensive European sedan, gives them a friendly wave, and then enters the side door of the office. By noon he will have completed his “treatment” of those in the line, and he will retire to the doctors’ lounge at a nearby hospital where he can check his stocks on his laptop.

Scene #2 – The federal prosecutor and case agent view the latest day’s video of a court-authorized Title III from a camera inserted into another doctor’s office, this time in the inner city. The investigation had shown that no “patients” ever entered this office. The doctor enters the office and, using the list of names and drugs given to him by his assistant, proceeds to write out dozens of prescriptions for patients he never sees. What is striking to the prosecution team is that he always puts on his starched white coat and checks his appearance in the mirror before sitting at his desk to complete his task.

Scene #3 – Fourteen year old Sally digs through her parents’ medicine cabinet before leaving the house to join her friends. She thought there was some Valium left from last week but decides to settle for a few of these OxyContins her father had left over from some back surgery. A friend would bring some alcohol to share with the group. Her parents would receive a call later that night from the hospital emergency room where she had been taken after she went into seizure at the party.

Scene #4 – Max was a good student at the state university, but this semester’s course load was a ball-buster, and his performance on final exams next week would determine whether he would keep his scholarship for the rest of the year. Fortunately he had a buddy down the hall who had been diagnosed as ADHD and who would always slide him a few Adderall to boost his concentration level.

Scene #5 – Dr. Anderson gets a call as he is leaving the house with his family to see a Friday night movie. He has to take it because it is his turn to be on call. A desperate sounding patient of the clinic where he works is in a great deal of pain from a recent surgery. She needs a prescription for a pain killer called in to the pharmacy so that she can get through the weekend. Although he knows it will mess up the movie schedule, the doctor takes the time to check the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database and discovers that the patient has been getting the same pain pills from two other physicians and an emergency room in the last month. He refuses the request and makes a mental note to address the issue with her regular physician.

Like most things, along with the use comes the abuse. Over one-fifth of Americans have taken prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. One-quarter of high school students have abused them, a 33% increase in the last four years. Six of the ten most popular illegal drugs used by 12th graders were originally obtained by prescription, and half of them came from mom and dad’s medicine cabinet.

The epidemic of illicit prescription drug abuse continues to gain speed.  Its use exceeds the combined use of cocaine, heroin, and all inhalants. Marijuana is the only illegal drug used more than pharmaceuticals.

Drug overdose deaths exceeded automobile accident fatalities last year, and most of these (about 24,000) involved prescription drugs, especially addictive painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin.

Read more »

An Analysis: The Illicit Prescription Drug Epidemic Just Keeps Getting Worse

Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office. He is the author of the book “Carving Out the Rule of Law: The History of the United States Attorney’s Office in Eastern Michigan 1815–2008″.

Ross Parker

 
By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com
 
The following are a few of the true stories from the cinema verite of America’s Prescription Addiction already playing in real life near you. Half of Americans received at least one prescription in the last month, and almost three billion prescriptions for 100 billion pills were dispensed last year. Both numbers are on a steady increase.

Scene #1 – In the early morning hours the “patients” are lined up out the door and around the block of the suburban Detroit clinic.  Each has a well rehearsed set of subjective symptoms that will produce a scrip for Xanax, Vicodin or another drug that they can sell on the street. Muted cheers as the doctor pulls up in his expensive European sedan, gives them a friendly wave, and then enters the side door of the office. By noon he will have completed his “treatment” of those in the line, and he will retire to the doctors’ lounge at a nearby hospital where he can check his stocks on his laptop.

Scene #2 – The federal prosecutor and case agent view the latest day’s video of a court-authorized Title III from a camera inserted into another doctor’s office, this time in the inner city. The investigation had shown that no “patients” ever entered this office. The doctor enters the office and, using the list of names and drugs given to him by his assistant, proceeds to write out dozens of prescriptions for patients he never sees. What is striking to the prosecution team is that he always puts on his starched white coat and checks his appearance in the mirror before sitting at his desk to complete his task.

Scene #3 – Fourteen year old Sally digs through her parents’ medicine cabinet before leaving the house to join her friends. She thought there was some Valium left from last week but decides to settle for a few of these OxyContins her father had left over from some back surgery. A friend would bring some alcohol to share with the group. Her parents would receive a call later that night from the hospital emergency room where she had been taken after she went into seizure at the party.

Scene #4 – Max was a good student at the state university, but this semester’s course load was a ball-buster, and his performance on final exams next week would determine whether he would keep his scholarship for the rest of the year. Fortunately he had a buddy down the hall who had been diagnosed as ADHD and who would always slide him a few Adderall to boost his concentration level.

Scene #5 – Dr. Anderson gets a call as he is leaving the house with his family to see a Friday night movie. He has to take it because it is his turn to be on call. A desperate sounding patient of the clinic where he works is in a great deal of pain from a recent surgery. She needs a prescription for a pain killer called in to the pharmacy so that she can get through the weekend. Although he knows it will mess up the movie schedule, the doctor takes the time to check the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database and discovers that the patient has been getting the same pain pills from two other physicians and an emergency room in the last month. He refuses the request and makes a mental note to address the issue with her regular physician.

Like most things, along with the use comes the abuse. Over one-fifth of Americans have taken prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. One-quarter of high school students have abused them, a 33% increase in the last four years. Six of the ten most popular illegal drugs used by 12th graders were originally obtained by prescription, and half of them came from mom and dad’s medicine cabinet.

The epidemic of illicit prescription drug abuse continues to gain speed.  Its use exceeds the combined use of cocaine, heroin, and all inhalants. Marijuana is the only illegal drug used more than pharmaceuticals.

Drug overdose deaths exceeded automobile accident fatalities last year, and most of these (about 24,000) involved prescription drugs, especially addictive painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin.

Read more »

New ATF Chief in Philadelphia Impressed in Early Days with Federal Agency

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Philadelphia’s new ATF chief, Essam “Sam” Rabadi, wasted no time to impress when he became an agent in the 1990s, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Just a few years on the job, Rabadi played a major role in breaking up a team of thieves who were committing robberies in Baltimore and New York. Agents eventually arrested 17 people.

Earlier this month, Rabadi became head of the bureau’s Philadelphia division, the fifth largest in the country, the Inquirer reported.

“The No. 1 issue in this city is the proliferation of illegal handguns and the violence attached to that,” Rabadi, 51, told the Inquirer in an interview at the ATF office across from Independence Hall. “The level of gun violence here, it’s fairly remarkable.”

Veteran Detroit ATF Agent Kim Marie Battle Dies at Age 47

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Kim Battle

DETROIT — Kim Marie Battle, a veteran ATF agent in Detroit, mother of a 12-year-old daughter,  and a loyal fan of local Detroit sports teams, died early this month after battling breast cancer. She was 47.

Her motto was: “Courage is being afraid, but going on anyhow.”

Battle came from a family tradition of law enforcement. Her father, Richard “Dick” Newcomb was a Detroit Police detective for more than 32 years.

Her father encouraged her to enter law enforcement. She began her career as a pre-trial specialist at Recorder’s Court in downtown Detroit.

According to close friend Jennifer Granzow , she was humbled by the responsibility of serving the citizens.

She grew up in Southwest Detroit, graduated Bishop Borgess High School and Wayne State University.

Friends says she was a a loyal fan of the Michigan Wolverines, Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings.

People who knew her say she enjoyed spending time with family, friends and her four-legged “girls”  (her three dogs). Kim was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Livonia, Mich.

Kim is survived by her mother, Marie Josephine Newcomb, and her daughter Delaney Marie Battle.

“Kim’s daughter was the light of her life,” said Granzow. “Delaney is a loving, resilient and delightful twelve year old. She was by Kim’s side throughout her struggle and reminded all at the memorial, that those closest to Kim are ‘thankful that God has taken Kim out of her battle with cancer.’”

Granzow added: “Kim was better than a sister. I miss her.”

Bernard La Forest, the former head of the Detroit ATF Division, who hired Battle, wrote:

“One of my heroes, Kim “Newcomb” Battle has taken the walk … those sacred steps we must all tread someday. She was true to what her last name bespoke—a tenacious fighter. To the law enforcement profession she loved so much, she was a proud member. A Senior Special Agent with ATF, Kim battled breast cancer with grit and firm resolve. It was not unlike how her father faced off against his life-ending illness. Richard “Dick” Newcomb, was a retired DPD Detective. Kim, Dick, and my own DPD partner and brother—Paul La Forest, have provided us with gallant benchmarks on how one projects strength and dignity when the end is in sight. God bless them all!”

“Kim and her dad were “solid blue through-and-through'”

The American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, will be held in Livonia on June 8  and “Kim’s Battle Brigade,” will be there to honor her memory. (For information on that click here.)

Those who have a memory of Kim they’d like to share with her daughter, please send a postcard, note or photo for a memory book for Delaney to: Attn: Ms. Jennifer Granzow, P.O. Box 372, Plainwell, MI 49080.

A trust has been created for Delaney. Contributions may be sent to the  P.O. Box above.

 

New $120 Million FBI Headquarters Joins Tech Giants in Sorrento Valley, Calif.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has moved into a massive glass complex in Sorrento Valley, Calif.

San Diego’s new headquarters opened among technology and biotech giants who have made that area popular.

The $120 million complex was aimed at improving security and providing ample space for the 400 or so special agents and other staff at the FBI, U-T San Diego reports.

Today is the first official day of business in the building.

The moment will be celebrated with a flag-raising ceremony.