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EDITOR'S NOTE oWant to See Your Picture in the Heart of Times Square? EXPERT ALERTS oSequester Will Hurt People With Disabilities oThe Sequester's Potential Impact on Child Health oContrary to Coverage, Tax Legislation Makes Charitable Giving Advantageous oMcCutcheon is No Expansion of Citizens United oFCPA Italiano: Bribery a Concern in Italy, Too oExploring the Nuclear Waste Nightmare oWhite House's Strategy to Mitigate the Theft of U.S. Trade Secrets oPost-Divorce Travel with Kids Can Pose Problems oBoeing 787 Dreamliner MEDIA JOBS oVP and General Manager – Nexstar Broadcasting (VT) oInvestment Writer – Kiplinger Washington Editors (DC) oReporter – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA) OTHER NEWS & RESOURCES oSocial Media Week Recap: Digital Newsgathering Standards oTweet Your Way to a Feature oGrammar Hammer: In Search of the Elusive Semicolon **************** EDITOR'S NOTE: Have you gotten a great source from ProfNet? Do you want to see your picture on the big screen in Times Square? Share your ProfNet success stories and you just might. All you have to do is "like" our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ProfNetOnFB) and leave a post on our wall sharing with us your best ProfNet success story (make sure to include a link to the article!). Each month, we'll select our favorite success story, and that person will get his/her picture posted in the heart of New York City: the Reuters sign in Times Square. More info here: http://bit.ly/XLqDpJ **************** EXPERT ALERTS: Sequester Will Hurt People With Disabilities Jennifer Dexter AVP Government Relations Easter Seals Office of Public Affairs "Once again, people with disabilities are at risk in the ongoing federal budget debate. The proposed across-the-board cuts or sequester that is coming this Friday, March 1, will further limit already strained programs for children and adults with disabilities and their families. Federal programs like early intervention, special education, vocational rehabilitation, housing, transportation and more are important to millions of Americans living with disabilities and their families. These programs don't just provide services to people with disabilities -- they provide a lifeline for millions of families. Across-the-board cuts are not the solution. Easter Seals knows every year more than a million young children go unidentified with disabilities and developmental delays. If Congress doesn't stop the cuts, tens of thousands of young children who rely on early intervention services will no longer be able to benefit from the effective program, putting even more children at risk. Ignoring the needs of our nation¹s children significantly limits their potential for success as adults. It will also have a lasting and negative impact on the economy. While we need to get our nation's fiscal house in order, there is real danger if we don't do it in a thoughtful, considered and balanced way. Across-the-board cuts are not the solution. We can't throw the good out with the bad." Media Contact: Kristen Barnfield, firstname.lastname@example.org The Sequester's Potential Impact on Child Health Richard E. Rupp Professor of Pediatrics University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston "In the state of Texas alone, an estimated 9,730 fewer children will receive preventative vaccines for disease if the government sequester goes into effect this Friday. That could have tremendous public health implications and set back the state's comprehensive vaccine efforts. Texas, a forward-thinking state in regard to vaccines, devotes valuable funding to ensure effective childhood immunizations are available largely free of cost. We anticipate any cuts to these initiatives, both in Texas and to similar programs across the nation, will greatly affect a family's access to these vaccines. In a day and age where we have the tools to prevent numerous life-threatening illnesses, the long-term fallout of such action is unfathomable." Rupp is professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and director of clinical trials and clinical research at the institution's Sealy Center for Vaccine Development. Rupp has more than a decade of experience working with schools to provide immunizations to students and improve vaccination rates in children and teens. The Sealy Center for Vaccine Development at UTMB is one of the most comprehensive vaccine centers in the United States, with leading programs in vaccine research, development, policy, and education. Bio: http://bit.ly/13WHY0S Website: http://www.utmb.edu/scvd/default.asp Media contact: Olivia Goodman, email@example.com Contrary to Coverage, Tax Legislation Makes Charitable Giving Advantageous Harvey Wallace Managing Member and Co-Founder Brown Smith Wallace "Contrary to what you might have heard, in certain situations for high-income taxpayers, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 actually increases the benefit for giving to charity. While the budget deal did not create a specific limitation on deducting charitable contributions, the general limitation on itemized deductions (the Pease limitation), was brought back and made permanent. Charitable giving remains a matter of personal choice; however, your decision should not be based on misguided tax advice or rumor." Wallace earned the designation Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the designation Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) from the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants, and National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. He is based in St. Louis, Mo. Website: http://www.bswllc.com Media Contact: Nina Kult, firstname.lastname@example.org McCutcheon is No Expansion of Citizens United Chris Gober Political Legal Consultant Gober Hilgers PLLC in Dallas "The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging a federal restriction on the total amount of money that individuals may contribute to federal candidates and political committees over a two-year period. Although McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission is being criticized as an effort to expand the 2010 Citizens United decision, striking down the biennial limit could actually serve to reduce the impact of Citizens United because there would be less need for super PACs and additional funding would be made available to political party committees. While contribution limits to candidates and political committees would remain intact, removing the biennial limit would allow individuals to contribute to a greater total number of candidates and committees of their choice. I suspect the Supreme Court will strike down the biennial limit because it does not address the same level of quid pro quo concerns that the Court has previously used to justify limits on direct contributions." Media Contact: Rhonda Reddick, email@example.com FCPA Italiano: Bribery a Concern in Italy, Too Tom Fox FCPA and Compliance Ethics Lawyer, Blogger Tom Fox Law in Houston "When U.S. corporate executives worry about complying with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act rules, they usually think about bribes requested in some African or Latin American country. But Italy should be on the FCPA radar too. Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, now running for re-election, recently gave a troubling television interview stating bribery is a necessary part of doing business under certain regimes. A compliance practitioner should watch for tolerance of corruption like this. An ex-prime minister saying such a thing puts all on notice that something may be amiss. The time is now to assess risks of doing business in Italy. We've been warned." Media Contact: Mary Flood, firstname.lastname@example.org Exploring the Nuclear Waste Nightmare Dr. William Alley Author, "Too Hot to Touch: The Problem of High-Level Nuclear Waste" In response to the recent leak at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington: "The latest leaking tank at Hanford is yet another reminder that the United States has no long-term plan for what to do with the 70,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel and the high-level defense waste scattered across 121 sites in 39 states. The administration now proposes to start over, this time using a consent-based approach. [But] with the power to regulate lands, highways, water, etc., states can be formidable opponents. In spite of this, the new consent-based plan barely mentions the role of states." As former chief of the Office of Groundwater for the U.S. Geological Survey, Alley led the USGS study of the Yucca Mountain site from 2002 until it was shut down by President Obama in 2010. He and his wife Rosemarie co-authors of the book, "Too Hot to Touch: The Problem of High-Level Nuclear Waste," are the go-to experts on the issue of nuclear waste disposal and the surrounding controversies worldwide. They also have intricate knowledge of the history of the nuclear waste debate, the problems it is causing around the world, and the policy nightmare it poses to governments and thousands of affected communities. They are located in San Diego and are both available for interviews. You can read their recent article in New Scientist here: http://tinyurl.com/a5t6sgt Media Contact: Rachel Ewen, email@example.com White House's Strategy to Mitigate the Theft of U.S. Trade Secrets Robert Atkinson President Information Technology and Innovation Foundation "The recent revelation that a major cyberattack campaign on U.S. corporations may have been orchestrated by the Chinese military is just the latest example of the use of intellectual property theft to hurt American companies and the American economy. The development of a national strategy to reduce the theft of trade secrets by foreign nations or foreign companies will help U.S. businesses and the workers employed by them." Atkinson is the co-author of the book "Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage" and the report "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of innovation Policy." He is based in Washington, D.C. ProfNet Profile: http://www.profnetconnect.com/robatkinson Website: http://www.itif.org Media Contact: William Dube, firstname.lastname@example.org Post-Divorce Travel with Kids Can Pose Problems Jeff Anderson Family Law Attorney McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing L.L.P. in Dallas "One of the most common questions divorcing parents want answered is whether they or their ex-spouses are allowed to take their child out of the state or country and, if so, under what circumstances. Divorcing spouses are able to travel with their kids unless there is an order from the court prohibiting it. The main prohibition against taking your children outside of the state is if you're trying to change the child's primary residence. And, of course, if the travel could put the child in danger, a parent should take quick legal action to prevent it. The standard is what is in the child's best interest, and that is always the judge's highest priority. However, regardless of what the judge has put in writing, common sense tells us to always notify the other parent when we take children out of the state and certainly out of the country." Media Contact: Rhonda Reddick, email@example.com Boeing 787 Dreamliner Mohan Ponnudurai Industry Solutions Director Sparta Systems "Boeing is presenting to the FAA a short-term fix to get the 787 Dreamliner aircraft cleared to fly by April 1. However, the FAA is facing scrutiny for the original 'special conditions' under which B787 was certified. Therefore, I am quite skeptical that the FAA would clear the B787 to fly again with mere procedural changes as interim or short-term fixes." Ponnudurai is a leading enterprise quality and aerospace expert. He worked as an aerospace and avionics engineer for more than 12 years, and was recently honored as a "2013 Pro to Know" by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine. He has a bachelor of engineering in mechanical and aeronautical engineering and an MBA. Website: http://www.spartasystems.com Media Contact: Stephanie Beadell, firstname.lastname@example.org **************** MEDIA JOBS: Following are links to job listings for staff and freelance writers, editors and producers. You can view these and more job listings on our Job Board: http://bit.ly/pncjobboard oVP and General Manager – Nexstar Broadcasting (VT) oInvestment Writer – Kiplinger Washington Editors (DC) oReporter – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA) See more listings here. ***************** OTHER NEWS & RESOURCES: Following are links to other news and resources we think you might find useful. If you have an item you think other reporters would be interested in and would like us to include in a future alert, please drop us a line at email@example.com oSOCIAL MEDIA WEEK RECAP: DIGITAL NEWSGATHERING STANDARDS. Last week, as part of Social Media Week, Muck Rack and the Associated Press hosted a panel, "Digital Newsgathering Standards." The discussion centered on user-generated content, content verification, and reporting accuracy during a time when there is pressure to release news as quickly as possible. Panelists included representatives from Sawhorse Media, Associated Press, Edelman, and Poynter. You can read a recap of the panel here: http://bit.ly/157n6q3 oTWEET YOUR WAY TO A FEATURE. Social media has changed the way journalists gather and report hard news, and the same holds true for feature reporters. Our latest #ConnectChat (our series of Twitter-based chats) featured author, adjunct professor and former NY Daily News reporter Nicholas Hirshon. You can read a recap of the chat here: http://bit.ly/WL6hza oGRAMMAR HAMMER: IN SEARCH OF THE ELUSIVE SEMICOLON: When it comes to grammar rules, the proper usage of a semicolon stumps even the most seasoned writers and grammatical pros. 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