Today’s highly-charged political climate is posing new challenges for those in the events and conventions business. Twice in four months, the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) staff and local law enforcement officers have encountered highly emotional situations where they felt crowd control measures were needed to ensure participants remained safe. While that’s relatively common at other types of events, such as rock concerts, it’s a newer practice at public hearings. The first incident occurred Oct. 18 last year when the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project was scheduled for discussion. The state of Minnesota obtained a room that accommodated about 250 people. Observing the morning session, DECC officials felt that more space would be needed to ensure the safety of attendees, staff and state officials,. “We rearranged the space in order to make it bigger for the second session,” said DECC Executive Director Chelly Townsend. “By … [Read more...] about Venues under pressure when political debate gets emotional
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page March 06, 2018 Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from the new book “I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice and Hope,” written by Chessy Prout with Globe reporter Jenn Abelson. Advisory: The excerpt includes descriptions of sexual acts. [Day two of Owen Labrie’s criminal trial begins. Owen Labrie’s lawyer, J.W. Carney Jr., is about to question Chessy about the night of the assault. Carney is best known for his high profile clients, infamous mobster Whitey Bulger and convicted terrorist Tarek Mehanna. Donations from members of the St. Paul’s community helped pay Carney’s substantial legal fees.]I stared at Carney’s bald, egg-shaped head as he stood up. It was his turn now. I imagined I was standing in a boxing ring and silently hummed lyrics from Katy Perry’s … [Read more...] about Excerpts from Chessy Prout’s book: ‘I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice and Hope’
At the age of 15, Lindsley Ruth went into business for himself, selling water softeners that he’d asked a contract manufacturer to build. “I called it the Ruthamatic,” says the now 47-year-old chief executive of Electrocomponents. “I had T-shirts advertising it printed and sold it at the county fair. People bought five of them: I made about $1,500.” He’s come a long way since a county fair in his native Tennessee. Ruth took over the FTSE 250-listed business in 2015 with a mandate to get the supplier of electric and industrial components back on its feet after years of decline. Sitting on the leather sofas of his St Pancras office looking out on Google’s building across the square, the American describes Electrocomponents, which sells 500,000 different products, as a business that “lost its way 10 to 15 years ago”. “When I got here, I had a lot of weekends free, so I read all the annual reports, and went through the … [Read more...] about Electrocomponents’ Lindsley Ruth is bringing back speedy service with a smile
Updated 11:45 AM ET, Tue April 4, 2017 Cypress, Texas (CNN)Dortha Biggs enters through the front door and rushes to greet her daughter, Lesli, who sits in a recliner, curled in fetal position. Mother and daughter lock hands and begin a ritualistic rubbing of hands, the only way they can communicate. It's rhythmic and intimate, beautiful and heartbreaking. Lesli squeals as her mother holds her right hand and pats her left. A smile starts to radiate from Lesli's face. "Looka there," Dortha says. "Are you going to smile? Can you smile? There's that smile!" Ever since Lesli was born 48 years ago, Dortha has longed to hear her daughter say a single word. She cried more tears than anyone can imagine, rocking young Lesli every night for years on end. Mom would get maybe an hour or two of sleep before heading off to her teaching job. Read More "Because you just care so much," Dortha says. Dortha contracted rubella when she was 2½ weeks pregnant, before she even knew that she … [Read more...] about When you wish your baby had never been born
Photograph by Marvin Joseph; Photo Illustration by Gene Bresler/Catchlight “The complexity of things — the things within things — just seems to be endless. I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple.” — Alice Munro A crowd is pushing into a meeting hall deep inside the monumental Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. The event is being hosted by the libertarian Cato Institute, one of the most prominent think tanks in the nation. It’s the fourth day of my gluttonous tour of conferences in a city that keeps Eventbrite listings bursting at the seams. Sure, in most towns you can always go check out a how-to-get-rich-quick seminar, but where else besides Washington can you pick a week, any week, and have access to a meeting for single-cell analysis investigators, something called “Legislative Data and Transparency” and a presentation on the art of falconry? For me, this week is an opportunity to glimpse the florescent-lit … [Read more...] about Net neutrality, sex, falconry: In one week, I crashed as many D.C. conferences as possible.