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board vice president has missed meetings due to ‘serious illness’ – the mercury


danny lau, vice president of the milpitas unified school district board of education, has missed a couple  of recent board meetings because of “a serious illness,” the school district confirmed last week.lau didn’t attend the board’s jan. 24, feb. 28 or march 4 meetings.“danny lau has been absent since january due to a serious illness,” the district said in a statement on march 9.  “mrs. lau and his family asks that people respect their privacy, and allow them to focus on danny’s recovery at this time.”lau, 58, has lived in milpitas for more than 30 years. the tuv sud america auditor was first appointed to the board in 2011 and ran in 2012 to keep his seat. lau was re-elected in 2014 to a four-year term.board president daniel bobay said on march 9, “of course danny plays a vital role on ou






cupertino union: board to remove superintendent


cupertino union school district superintendent wendy gudalewicz will be “released” from her contract at the end of the current school year, the district board of education announced wednesday morning.the district announced the decision in a message sent out to staff, parents and the community that said that the board of education made the decision to release gudalewicz from her position effective june 30.gudalewicz’s final day on the job will come a little more than two years after she and the district chose to shakeup west valley elementary school by replacing every staff position at the school. the decision set off a wave of parent and community unrest in the district over various issues including a proposed teacher housing development at the luther school site and perceived support of c






california state controller seeks additional restrictions on state tax board to


state controller betty t. yee on monday proposed new rules aimed at preventing conflicts of interest and other ethical lapses by members of california’s tax board while it awaits the results of investigations by the state department of justice and others into allegations of mismanagement.gov. jerry brown last month stripped the state board of equalization of hiring and contracting powers and asked atty. gen. xavier becerra to investigate allegations that board members improperly transferred and used board employees for political purposes.in the meantime, yee, who is an ex officio member of the board, proposed a new board governance policy that set goals requiring the board to act ethically, openly and with accountability.it addressed complaints that board members have circumvented the exec






california state controller seeks additional restrictions on state tax board to


state controller betty t. yee on monday proposed new rules aimed at preventing conflicts of interest and other ethical lapses by members of california’s tax board while it awaits the results of investigations by the state department of justice and others into allegations of mismanagement.gov. jerry brown last month stripped the state board of equalization of hiring and contracting powers and asked atty. gen. xavier becerra to investigate allegations that board members improperly transferred and used board employees for political purposes.in the meantime, yee, who is an ex officio member of the board, proposed a new board governance policy that set goals requiring the board to act ethically, openly and with accountability.it addressed complaints that board members have circumvented the exec






australian classification board reverses ban on 'outlast 2'


why it matters to you 'outlast 2' is one of the most anticipated horror games, and now australian fans won't have to miss out.a week after outlast 2 was refused a rating classification in australia — effectively rendering the game illegal across the country — the australian classification board has re-evaluated the upcoming horror game and reversed its decision.speaking with press start, red barrels said, “outlast 2 has been rated r18+ by the classification branch in australia and will be released 26th april 2017. there will be only one version of outlast 2 available worldwide.” in a statement to ign, the australian classification board claimed that the original version submitted had been modified, which when combined with the developer comment, suggests that the controversial scenes have






buffalo wild wings adds two names in board contest, one already offered by activ


buffalo wild wings inc. on monday ratcheted up a disagreement with its largest shareholder in an unusual way — by agreeing about something.or someone, actually.the golden valley-based company proposed two new candidates for its board of directors, including one offered earlier by the activist shareholder that has been pushing for big changes since taking a stake in buffalo wild wings last summer.the shareholder, marcato capital management, accused the company in a statement of "desperate actions," saying it wasn't consulted and that "these changes do not go far enough." marcato didn't say whether it would continue to support the candidate, sam rovit, chief executive of cti foods, an idaho-based food processor and wholesaler.in a statement, andre fernandez, who leads the governance committe






buffalo wild wings adds two names in board contest, one already offered by activ


buffalo wild wings inc. on monday ratcheted up a disagreement with its largest shareholder in an unusual way — by agreeing about something.or someone, actually.the golden valley-based company proposed two new candidates for its board of directors, including one offered earlier by the activist shareholder that has been pushing for big changes since taking a stake in buffalo wild wings last summer.the shareholder, marcato capital management, accused the company in a statement of "desperate actions," saying it wasn't consulted and that "these changes do not go far enough." marcato didn't say whether it would continue to support the candidate, sam rovit, chief executive of cti foods, an idaho-based food processor and wholesaler.in a statement, andre fernandez, who leads the governance committe






mpls. naacp calls for boycott of park board over racial equity concerns


the minneapolis naacp has called for a boycott of the minneapolis park and recreation board over what the civil rights organization says is unfair treatment of employees of color in hiring, promotions and discipline.minneapolis naacp president jason sole said the boycott, which began monday, includes skipping the park board meetings, park activities, and directing park employees to not take on any new duties until several stipulations are met. the group also vowed to disrupt the upcoming international urban park conference that will be held in the twin cities.“a lot of this is on fair process,” said sole, a criminal justice professor at hamline university in st. paul. “they’re not listening to the people, so that’s why we feel like we have to make a bold step at this time.”the minneapolis






mpls. naacp calls for boycott of park board over racial equity


the minneapolis naacp has called for a boycott of the minneapolis park and recreation board over what the civil rights organization says is unfair treatment of employees of color in hiring, promotions and discipline.minneapolis naacp president jason sole said the boycott, which began monday, includes skipping park board meetings, park activities, and directing park employees to not take on any new duties until several stipulations are met. the group also vowed to disrupt the upcoming international urban parks conference that will be held in the twin cities.“a lot of this is on fair process,” said sole, a criminal justice professor at hamline university in st. paul. “they’re not listening to the people, so that’s why we feel like we have to make a bold step at this time.”the minneapolis naa






mpls. naacp calls for boycott of park board over racial equity concerns


the minneapolis naacp has called for a boycott of the minneapolis park and recreation board over what the civil rights organization says is unfair treatment of employees of color in hiring, promotions and discipline.minneapolis naacp president jason sole said the boycott, which began monday, includes skipping park board meetings, park activities, and directing park employees to not take on any new duties until several stipulations are met. the group also vowed to disrupt the upcoming international urban parks conference that will be held in the twin cities.“a lot of this is on fair process,” said sole, a criminal justice professor at hamline university in st. paul. “they’re not listening to the people, so that’s why we feel like we have to make a bold step at this time.”the minneapolis naa






bloomington city council, schools make pact standing by city's immigrants


the bloomington city council and school board made a joint statement tuesday night in an effort to ease anxiety in the city’s immigrant population.staff also introduced initiatives that the residents, the council and the school board could adopt with immigrant communities to put those words into action.the announcement was made in a rare joint meeting between both administrative bodies at city hall.“we … recognize that current times have revealed an atmosphere of anger, fear and anxiety around immigration,” the joint statement read. “our community members have a right to live … free of harassment and unlawful discrimination.”it then lists commitments by the council and school board to continue discussions of equity, to advocate for civil liberties and to provide services “regardless of imm






advisory firm: vote out most of wells fargo’s board


new york (ap) — an influential firm that advises big shareholders says the majority of wells fargo’s board of directors should be removed at the bank’s annual shareholders meeting later this month, accusing the board of having a lack of oversight over the bank’s sales practices.institutional shareholder services said friday that wells fargo investors should vote against retaining 12 out of the 15 members of the bank’s board. the only members of the board iss advises investors to vote for are the two members of the board who were elected after the sales practices scandal broke, and tim sloan, who was appointed ceo after john stumpf abruptly retired.iss is also advising investors to vote in favor of a report on the bank’s business practices.large institutional shareholders rely on iss and ot






green mountain water and sanitation district board member faces recall – the den


customers of lakewood’s green mountain water and sanitation district will vote may 2 on whether to recall one of its board members, who in turn could sue the board of directors if he is recalled.tom stocker, who was elected to the board in 2014 and has about a  year left on his term, would be removed from office if the majority of voters approve the recall. john dahaney appears on the ballot as a replacement for stocker should the recall go through.stocker also filed a notice of intent to sue the board, but said he has not decided if he would or would not take legal action if he is recalled.stocker released a statement, which will also appear on the ballot, where he calls himself a reformer and claims the recall is the result of “personal vendettas” by other board members.he singles out bo






mpls. naacp calls for boycott of park board over racial equity


the minneapolis naacp has called for a boycott of the minneapolis park and recreation board over what the civil rights organization says is unfair treatment of employees of color in hiring, promotions and discipline.minneapolis naacp president jason sole said the boycott, which began monday, includes skipping park board meetings, park activities, and directing park employees to not take on any new duties until several stipulations are met. the group also vowed to disrupt the upcoming international urban parks conference that will be held in the twin cities.“a lot of this is on fair process,” said sole, a criminal justice professor at hamline university in st. paul. “they’re not listening to the people, so that’s why we feel like we have to make a bold step at this time.”the minneapolis naa






buffalo wild wings adds two names in board contest, one already offered by activ


buffalo wild wings inc. on monday ratcheted up a disagreement with its largest shareholder in an unusual way — by agreeing about something.or someone, actually.the golden valley-based company proposed two new candidates for its board of directors, including one offered earlier by the activist shareholder that has been pushing for big changes since taking a stake in buffalo wild wings last summer.the shareholder, marcato capital management, accused the company in a statement of "desperate actions," saying it wasn't consulted and that "these changes do not go far enough." marcato didn't say whether it would continue to support the candidate, sam rovit, chief executive of cti foods, an idaho-based food processor and wholesaler.in a statement, andre fernandez, who leads the governance committe






turkey electoral board rejects request to annul referendum


istanbul — turkey's electoral board on wednesday rejected petitions by opposition parties to annul the outcome of the weekend's referendum on expanding presidential powers because of voting irregularities. the decision led protesters in istanbul to call for the resignation of board members while the main opposition party said it would take the decision to turkey's top court.the high electoral board announced in a written statement its decision by a 10-1 vote to reject three requests by the opposition.mehmet hadimi yakupoglu, the main opposition republican people's party's representative at the board, said they would take the decision to the constitutional court and then to the european court of human rights if necessary. "we will demand the rights of the voters until the end," he said.oppo






cu regents direct bruce benson to review procedures in wake of joe tumpkin repor


the university of colorado board of regents have passed the decision on to cu president bruce benson on how to handle the university’s failure to report accusations of domestic violence against a former assistant football coach.the university had hired outside attorneys to conduct an external investigation concerning chancellor phil distefano, athletic director rick george and cu football coach mike macintyre failing to report accusations of domestic abuse against joe tumpkin, a former assistant football coach.after a nearly seven-hour executive session monday at cu headquarters in denver, the regents released a statement saying they had a “collaborative discussion on issues surrounding” the matter. the statement also said: “the board directed president bruce benson, in consultation with t






this plague inc. board game deal is sure to go viral


plague inc. the board game, $35plague inc. started as a video game that played sort of like a board game, and now, it’s an actual board game too. amazon has it backordered by 1-2 months, but $35 is the best price they’ve ever listed. happy killing! $35 from amazongizmodo media group may get a commissionbuy now






this plague inc. board game deal is sure to go viral


plague inc. the board game, $35plague inc. started as a video game that played sort of like a board game, and now, it’s an actual board game too. amazon has it backordered by 1-2 months, but $35 is the best price they’ve ever listed. happy killing! $35 from amazongizmodo media group may get a commissionbuy now






this plague inc. board game deal is sure to go viral


plague inc. the board game, $35plague inc. started as a video game that played sort of like a board game, and now, it’s an actual board game too. amazon has it backordered by 1-2 months, but $35 is the best price they’ve ever listed. happy killing! $35 from amazongizmodo media group may get a commissionbuy now






this plague inc. board game deal is sure to go viral


plague inc. the board game, $35plague inc. started as a video game that played sort of like a board game, and now, it’s an actual board game too. amazon has it backordered by 1-2 months, but $35 is the best price they’ve ever listed. happy killing! $35 from amazongizmodo media group may get a commissionbuy now






this plague inc. board game deal is sure to go viral


plague inc. the board game, $35plague inc. started as a video game that played sort of like a board game, and now, it’s an actual board game too. amazon has it backordered by 1-2 months, but $35 is the best price they’ve ever listed. happy killing! $35 from amazongizmodo media group may get a commissionbuy now






federal government asks minneapolis park board to repay $5.3 million


the federal government wants the minneapolis park and recreation board to pay back more than $5.3 million in disaster aid, saying the agency did not follow federal procurement standards in awarding contracts for repair work after severe storms in 2014.an audit from the department of homeland security’s office of the inspector general said the park board did not follow federal guidelines when it spent a portion of the $8.4 million it received from the federal emergency management agency (fema).the audit said the park board awarded a contract worth more than $1 million without soliciting bids, did not complete some projects and misspent funds. the audit questioned the use of federal disaster aid for repair of the mudslide along west river parkway after the hillside had been stabilized.the pa






in wake of passenger-dragging incident, united ceo won't automatically become ch


united ceo oscar munoz will no longer automatically ascend to the role of board chairman next year and will face a revised executive incentive compensation structure as the beleaguered airline seeks to improve its sagging customer performance in the wake of its passenger-dragging incident.in its annual proxy statement filed friday, the chicago-based airline said munoz, whose employment agreement had specified he would become chairman in 2018, will leave that decision to the discretion of the board.robert milton has been united's nonexecutive board chairman since april 2016."the board believes that separating the roles of chief executive officer and chairman of the board is the most appropriate structure at this time," the company said in the proxy statement. "having an independent chairman






toronto school board ends all new us trips for students


image copyrightchristopher furlongimage caption canada's largest school board will no longer book us trips for its students. canada's largest school board is cancelling new school trips to the united states until further notice. the toronto district school board announced the decision citing "uncertainty" with regards to who may be affected by us president donald's trump's latest travel restrictions. twenty-five already scheduled trips will go ahead as planned. the school board joins the girl guides of canada and a few other schools in temporarily halting travel to the us. in a statement released on thursday, director of education john malloy said that the district school board was faced with "a difficult choice", with the president trump's latest travel restrictions facing an uncertain fu






longtime county board member dead at 81


longtime lake county board member audrey nixon died this week following several health issues over the past year, the chairman of the board and other members confirmed thursday.nixon was currently the senior member on the board, representing district 14 in the north chicago area, and was the longtime chair of the board's law and judicial committee.an appointment will be named to take her seat through appointment by county board chairman aaron lawlor, which must be approved by the board. under the statute, the appointed person must be a democrat, as nixon was, and will hold the seat until her term expires."this is a big loss for the board, lake county and especially north chicago," said county board member steve carlson of grandwood park, who said he received the news thursday morning. carl






journalists protest university of minnesota news leak investigation


more than 260 journalists have signed a petition urging the university of minnesota to halt its investigation into the source of news leaks about an athletics department official who was accused of sexual misconduct.a delegation from the minnesota newspaper and communications guild delivered the petitions to the university's board of regents on wednesday."we believe that this investigation of leaks by the university is a direct attack on the first amendment," the group said in a prepared statement. the petition was signed by some journalists from the star tribune, st. paul pioneer press, and several local tv news organizations, among others.the board of regents launched the investigation after kstp-tv reported that randy handel, an athletics department fundraiser, had been accused of sexua






longtime lake county board member audrey nixon dead at 81


longtime county board member audrey nixon died this week following several health issues over the past year, the chairman of the county board and other members confirmed on thursday.nixon was currently the senior member on the board, representing district 14 in the north chicago area, and was the longtime chair of the board's law and judicial committee.an appointment will be named to take her seat through appointment by county board chairman aaron lawlor, which must be approved by the board. under the statute, the appointed person must be a democrat, as nixon was, and will hold the seat until her term expires and the seat is up for election."this is a big loss for the board, lake county and especially north chicago," said county board member steve carlson of grandwood park, who said he rec






journalists petition university of minnesota to halt leak investigation


more than 260 journalists have signed a petition urging the university of minnesota to halt its investigation into the source of news leaks about an athletics department official who was accused of sexual misconduct.a delegation from the minnesota newspaper and communications guild delivered the petitions to the university's board of regents on wednesday. "we believe that this investigation of leaks by the university is a direct attack on the first amendment," the group said in a statement. the petition was signed by some journalists from the star tribune, st. paul pioneer press, and several local tv news organizations, among others.the board of regents launched the investigation after kstp-tv reported that randy handel, an athletics department fundraiser, had been accused of sexual harass






board: puerto rico needs to take emergency action


san juan, puerto rico — a federal control board warned on wednesday that puerto rico's government needs to take "major emergency actions" to avoid shutting down because its cash flow is critically low.the comments published in a letter to the government are the sharpest yet made by a board that recently began overseeing the u.s. territory's finances.the board released an audited financial statement that found this year's government expenses could be understated by $360 million to $810 million. it warned that puerto rico could face a $190 million cash deficit by july."without major emergency actions, the commonwealth soon will be unable to pay essential services, including pensions, education, health care and public safety, in a matter of months," wrote board chairman jose carrion.the warni






encore for two mnsure board members


gov. mark dayton on monday re-appointed pete benner and phil norrgard to their current seats on the board at mnsure, the state's health insurance exchange.benner and norrgard were scheduled to step down from the seven-person board next month.“i am pleased to reappoint both of them to the board, and i thank them both for their willingness to continue this very important service,” dayton said in a statement.benner holds the board position reserved for someone with expertise, leadership, and innovation in the areas of health administration, health care finance, health plan purchasing and health care delivery systems. norrgard's seat is for a board member representing individual consumers eligible for public health care program coverage.their terms on the board will expire on may 5, 2021.benne






bloomington council, schools make pact to support city's immigrants


the bloomington city council and school board made a joint statement tuesday night in an effort to ease anxiety in the city’s immigrant population.staff also introduced initiatives that the residents, the council and the school board could adopt with immigrant communities to put those words into action.the announcement was made in a rare joint meeting between both administrative bodies at city hall.“we ... recognize that current times have revealed an atmosphere of anger, fear and anxiety around immigration,” the joint statement read. “our community members have a right to live ... free of harassment and unlawful discrimination.”it then lists commitments by the council and school board to continue discussions of equity, to advocate for civil liberties and to provide services “regardless of






conservative us think tank heritage foundation fires leader


the heritage foundation, a leading conservative think tank that has gained influence in republican-controlled washington, fired its leader jim demint on tuesday, and sources close to the situation said the organization’s leadership determined he had veered too far from its conservative principals and too close to u.s. president donald trump’s white house.a scathing statement from thomas a. saunders iii, chairman of the heritage foundation’s board of trustees, did not go into specifics of any disagreement but did cite problems with internal communications and other “management issues.”“after a comprehensive and independent review of the entire heritage organization, the board determined there were significant and worsening management issues that led to a breakdown of internal communications






ioc board member apologizes for linking russian ban to nazis


pyeongchang, south korea (ap) — ioc board member gian franco kasper apologized thursday for comparing a ban on russia from the 2018 olympics to persecution of jews in nazi germany.“it was an inappropriate and insensitive comment,” kasper, the long-time international ski federation president, said in a statement.the 73-year-old swiss official had been speaking on the sidelines of an ioc board meeting in 2018 host city pyeongchang. kasper compared a potential olympic ban for russia — as punishment for state-backed doping and cheating at the 2014 sochi games — with indiscriminate persecution by the nazis.“i apologize unreservedly for any offence i have caused. i am truly sorry,” kasper said in the statement released by the ioc.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the ioc






ncaa: nc back in running to host events after law change


glendale, ariz. (ap) — the ncaa says it will consider north carolina as a host for championship events again after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for lgbt people.in a statement tuesday, the governing body said its board of governors had reviewed moves to repeal repealed the so-called “bathroom bill” and replace it with a compromise law. the ncaa said the new law “meets the minimal ncaa requirements” while expressing some concerns about provisions within it.the statement says a majority of the board “reluctantly voted” to allow for consideration of bids from north carolina during current deliberations for sites running through 2022. events for the 2017-18 season that have already been awarded to the state — such as opening-weekend men’s basketball tournament games in c






ncaa: nc back in running to host events after law change


glendale, ariz. — the ncaa says it will consider north carolina as a host for championship events again after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for lgbt people.in a statement tuesday, the governing body said its board of governors had reviewed moves to repeal repealed the so-called "bathroom bill" and replace it with a compromise law. the ncaa said the new law "meets the minimal ncaa requirements" while expressing some concerns about provisions within it.the statement says a majority of the board "reluctantly voted" to allow for consideration of bids from north carolina during current deliberations for sites running through 2022.the ncaa pulled seven events from the state in september for the 2016-17 season, including opening-weekend men's basketball tournament games in






dan quinn must match up with bill belichick in super bowl


by barry wilner, the ociated pressseattle’s defense had taken charge, and the seahawks led the 2015 super bowl by 10 points.then tom brady torched that unit in the fourth quarter — a unit coordinated by dan quinn.yes, the most memorable play in that game was malcolm butler’s goal-line interception when the seahawks appeared ready to successfully defend their title.now, though, with the matchup of the falcons against the patriots in this super bowl, the memory of quinn’s defense struggling in the clutch is vivid.and quinn doesn’t exactly have the “legion of boom” on his side, although atlanta’s defense has shown staying power. it shut down his former team and then the potent packers to get to the title match with new england.before quinn begins figuring out how to figure out brady, bill bel