The Beatles Pioneer The Modern Stadium Rock Show At New York’s Shea Stadium, On This Day In 1965

first_imgToday, all of the biggest names in popular music make their way around the world on tour by way of large outdoor stadiums, filling the enormous structures with tens of thousands of fans. Playing to a packed, screaming stadium crowd, on the ground usually occupied by the world’s greatest athletes, is a “holy grail” dream for every aspiring musician. But that wasn’t always the case. The stadium rock show dream was born with an historic bang 52 years ago today, August 15th, 1965, when The Beatles headlined Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets.The Beatles at Shea Stadium: An Interview With Dave Schwensen, Author Of The 2013 Book On The First Ever Stadium Rock ShowThe concert has been documented at length for its historical significance, from books, to editorials, to a documentary film produced by TV icon Ed Sullivan, a sprawling 14-camera snapshot of the de facto peak of “Beatlemania” in the U.S. In his 2013 book The Beatles at Shea Stadium: The Story Behind Their Greatest Concert, author Dave Schwensen details all the surrounding circumstances and cultural significance of the band’s Shea Stadium debut. Live For Live Music’s Bob Wilson spoke to Schwensen ahead of the legendary show’s 50th anniversary, and the writer doled out countless astounding anecdotes about the show and history surrounding it. (You can read the full interview here). On the anniversary of The Beatles’ 1965 Shea Stadium show, we’ve gathered a few of the best story lines from the fabled event. Here are 5 things you may not have known about one of the most influential rock concerts of all time, courtesy of Dave Schwensen:On the enormous risk of booking the show, and the balls-y promise that sealed the deal:Dave Schwensen: “A subtitle for [my] book could’ve been (and almost was) ‘The Birth of Stadium Rock.’ Nothing on this scale had ever happened before in rock/pop music. Elvis Presley had played six stadium shows in 1956 and ’57 before going into the army, but nothing even remotely close to Shea Stadium. His largest audience was just over 26,000 fans at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The Beatles had to more than double that number to fill Shea Stadium’s 55,600 seats. No one knew what to expect or even if they could do it. They were the biggest act in showbiz and their concerts were sell-outs, but they were mostly in smaller sports arenas for 10,000 to 15,000 fans. In England they were still playing large theaters. So promoters knew more tickets could have been sold for almost every show, but filling a major league baseball stadium was unheard of.And you had the generation gap in full swing back in ’65 – as it was with Elvis in the 1950’s and even now with Justin Beiber, Miley Cyrus and others. You know as well as I do that it’s mostly the older generation that puts down many of today’s pop acts, and they wish these kids would fail and disappear into pop culture footnotes. It was the same with the Beatles. A lot of adults made fun of them and complained about their long hair and loud music and that they were corrupting the younger generation.[Manager Brian] Epstein’s biggest worry in making the deal with promoter Sid Bernstein [was that] empty seats could hurt their image. Bernstein only convinced him to accept the show by guaranteeing a sell-out. Whatever seats weren’t sold, Bernstein would buy himself at $10 per – almost twice the highest ticket price. After that, Epstein’s biggest worry was how to protect “his boys” from so many fans. He was afraid they wouldn’t get out of Shea alive. Again, no one had even attempted this before. It was a huge risk in 1965.”On the keen instinct and determination of promoter Sid Bernstein:“From what everyone told me, Sid Bernstein was a hard working, honest and decent guy. No one I interviewed had a bad thing to say about him. What I liked most was that he wasn’t afraid to take a chance. He would think outside of the box – know what I mean? Without getting into too much detail, he took a chance in 1963 – almost a full year before their appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” – and booked them for two shows at Carnegie Hall. No one in this country had even heard of The Beatles at that time – not even Ed Sullivan. He rolled the dice and hit. For that reason Brian Epstein was loyal to Sid.So when Sid approached him just after the 1964 North American tour about playing Shea Stadium, Brian listened. He wasn’t exactly sold on it for the reason mentioned earlier, but he gave Sid a chance. That’s all he needed. It’s in the book because his main obstacle was not being allowed to advertise the show before giving Epstein a deposit, which he didn’t have. But he did it and put the whole thing together. All the Beatles had to do was show up and play.”On the diverse support lineup that led up to the Beatles’ headlining set:“It was like a variety show, which was pretty standard in those days. Now opening acts are supposed to compliment the headliner is some way, but this one was a real mix. The opening act was The Discotheque Dancers. They were five girls and a guy that demonstrated popular dances like The Frug and The Watusi while The King Curtis Band played instrumental medleys of pop songs, including a couple by The Beatles. Can you believe that? Cannibal and the Headhunters sang “Land of 1,000 Dances,” and another instrumental group Epstein represented called Sounds Incorporated were on the bill. The King Curtis Band also did a set and then backed Brenda Holloway. Marvin Gaye was introduced, but didn’t perform.On the reasons why the Beatles’ set was much shorter than you’d expect:“The Beatles played for just over half an hour. Once again, no one knew what to expect, but that was pretty much the length of all their shows once Beatlemania became a scream fest. In fact, and I can’t remember who mentions this in the book, the Beatles could’ve just walked onto the field, stood there and waved for half an hour and everyone would’ve been thrilled. The fact that they played was almost like a bonus.”On the “expensive” ticket price:“[Tickets cost] $4.50, $5.00 and $5.65. You know, we laugh about that now when you have to pay a few hundred bucks to sit in the nosebleed section to see The Rolling Stones and others. But that was a big chunk of change for the average teenaged Beatles fan back in 1965. There are memories in the book about kids who couldn’t go to the concert because their parents thought it cost too much.”You can watch a few assorted video clips from the performance and the big buildup to the Beatles’ headlining set on 8/15/65 at Shea Stadium below:last_img read more

White House awards National Humanities Medal to Higginbotham

first_imgHarvard Professor Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, is among the 10 recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal.The White House announced the distinguished recipients of the award on Friday. The awardees include historians, writers, a philosopher, scholar, preservationist, food activist, and an education course. President Barack Obama will confer the medal in a Sept. 10 ceremony in the East Room.The National Humanities Medal honors an individual or organization whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience, broadened citizens’ engagement with history and literature or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to cultural resources. 
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) manages the nominations process for the National Humanities Medal on behalf of the White House.Each year NEH invites nominations from individuals and organizations across the country. The National Council on the Humanities, NEH’s presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed advisory body, reviews the nominations and provides recommendations to the president, who selects the recipients.The NEH is celebrating its 50th anniversary beginning Sept 29.“The National Endowment for the Humanities is proud to join President Obama in celebrating the achievements of these distinguished medalists,” said NEH Chairman William Adams. “The recipients of this medal have sparked our imaginations, ignited our passions, and transformed our cultural understanding. They embody how the humanities can serve a common good.”In addition to Higginbotham, the recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal include: * The Clemente Course in the Humanities, institution; Annie Dillard, author; Everett L. Fly, architect and preservationist; Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, philosopher and novelist; Jhumpa Lahiri, short story writer and novelist; Fedwa Malti-Douglas, scholar; Larry McMurtry, novelist; Vicki Lynn Ruiz, historian; and Alice Waters, author and food activist.* For the past 15 years Tim McCarthy, adjunct lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, has been heavily involved in  The Clemente Course in the Humanities, which is among the recipients of the National Humanities Medal being awarded on Thursday.last_img read more

Accelerating the Virtual Infrastructure for Open RAN

first_imgDell Technologies and Altiostar partner to accelerate adoption of open and virtualized RAN Over the last several years, 5G has been a cornerstone of the telecommunications industry technology development  – defining a radio air interface and technology architecture for the core network. Now that the promise of 5G is becoming a reality, industries looking to transform are implementing new use cases for 5G that are defining new network “edges” that foundationally change traffic flows and data analytics pipelines in Telecom networks.The snowball effect of the NFV transition started in 2012 with a focus on 4G core networks. There is now growing interest in the containerization of virtual functions led by Kubernetes.  There is also significant focus on the separation of control and user plane functions with user planes utilizing various forms of accelerators, such as FPGAs, SmartNICs and GPUs, to reduce latency and improve bandwidth.NFV is also being extended to the Radio Access Network (RAN).  RAN implementations have traditionally been proprietary bundles of hardware that are expensive to build and maintain.  A recent paper by ACG Research entitled, “Economic Advantages of Virtualizing the RAN in Mobile Operators’ Infrastructures” shows that centralized vRAN architectures enable up to 44 percent lower TCO than conventional distributed RANs in 4G networks.  The use of vRANs in 5G networks will provide the operational and capital efficiencies required to support smaller deployment models required for private and enterprise networks as well as the increased radio density to support higher bandwidth.Dell Technologies is focused on extending its leadership in providing the essential infrastructure for network virtualization to the furthest of telecom edges – the radio access network. Dell Technologies is partnering with Altiostar to help accelerate industry adoption of virtualized and open RAN architectures, built on a combination of Intel® Xeon® servers with Intel FPGA technology.  This month, we introduced the PowerEdge XE2420, an innovative short-depth edge server, that is designed to support far edge applications like vRAN that operate in space constrained, harsh environments.  The PowerEdge XE2420 is a dense compute server and with its support of up to 4 FGPA or GPU accelerators can meet any other demanding use cases at the edge.Altiostar pioneered open vRAN solutions and is working with some of the largest and most innovative mobile network operators to deploy these solutions in their networks. Altiostar offers an open vRAN solution where service providers deploy a radio access network using best-of-breed solutions.  Its vRAN solution disaggregates the hardware and software across the entire protocol stack allowing for different deployment architectures. This allows Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to optimize their vRAN based on their individual network requirements and to choose best of breed options that enable deployment of micro services, automation, applications and services.Dell Technologies and Altiostar have a common vision that vRAN will change the economics and operations of 5G networks and that Open RAN technologies will enable a broader ecosystem of vendors to bring innovation to the telco industry.   Initially, Dell Technologies and Altiostar are focusing on developing and validating solutions that provide MNOs blueprints for the deployment of virtual RAN in both 4G and 5G networks.  Our engineering teams will collaborate to ensure interoperability, deployment-readiness, and define areas of joint innovation where we can partner to improve efficiency, economics, and performance of Altiostar vRAN software on Dell Technologies infrastructure.  This will help our customers improve both their bottom line and their technology as we enable them to become #5GReadyNow.last_img read more

SpaceX flight gives St. Jude hospital a cosmic funding boost

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — SpaceX’s first all-civilian space flight set for late this year will provide an out-of-this-world fundraising opportunity for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which says it expects to generate $200 million for cancer research and other causes. It’s off to a fast start: $1 million in donations in the first day since the flight’s announcement. Jared Isaacman, the billionaire businessman who will finance and pilot the multi-day mission for himself and three others, will drive the publicity push. Of the $200 million that St. Jude hopes to raise this year, $100 million is to come from Isaacman, with the rest from donations generated by raffling off one seat on the flight.last_img read more

Sorry Tonys, Neil Patrick Harris Doesn’t Need Another Emmy

first_img Related Shows View Comments Neil Patrick Harris, who has won three Emmy Awards for hosting the Tony Awards in the past, won’t be back to emcee the 2014 ceremony. Instead, he’ll hopefully be on hand as a nominee for his performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  Harris told columnist Cindy Adams that he can’t host this year because of his gig as transsexual rocker Hedwig, although many Tony hosts in the past have headlined the ceremony while also starring on Broadway (Sean Hayes, Hugh Jackman, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick quickly come to mind).  If nominated, Harris will be celebrating his first Tony nod. It’s a stiff race—other possible nominees in the five slots include Eric Anderson (Soul Doctor), Zach Braff (Bullets Over Broadway), Norbert Leo Butz (Big Fish), Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), Ramin Karimloo (Les Miserables), Andy Karl (Rocky), Jefferson Mays (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Steven Pasquale (The Bridges of Madison County), Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) and Will Swenson (Les Miserables). Somehow, we think we’ll be seeing NPH at the Tonys one way or another. Hedwig and the Angry Inch Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015last_img read more

Strawberry straits

first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaThe adage that one rotten apple spoils the barrel may hit close to home for strawberry growers in the coming year. Only in this case, it’s a few infected strawberry plants that could threaten a whole crop.A highly contagious fungus that causes anthracnose (a plant disease unrelated to anthrax) has infected the plants of a major supplier of strawberry plugs, (the trays of tiny plants that farmers transplant to their fields), said University of Georgia plant pathologist Phil Brannen.This, coupled with the resulting higher-than-usual demand for clean strawberry transplants, could make things tough for Georgia growers. They’re planting next year’s strawberry crop between now and mid-October.Anthracnose began showing up in strawberry plug beds in late August and early September in North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey and Tennessee, according to Fruit Pest News, a Tennessee Extension publication.Now, Georgia planters are finding the unwelcome fungus in recent shipments of plugs.The common source of the anthracnose has been a farm in Ontario, Canada, Brannen said. However, the plugs grown from the infected Canadian runner tips may come from several operations, many in North Carolina.”First, growers will see marginal burning on the edges of leaves, which will start to crack,” Brannen said. “This is irregular leaf spot, the precursor to anthracnose.”In general, he said, the plants will be pale and stunted. Some will die.”In the spring, the inoculum in the leaves will be passed to the flowers and fruit, which cuts back on production tremendously,” he said. “Fruit rot begins before you can get to the market and sell (the strawberries).”The problem with anthracnose, Brannen said, “is that once you bring it in, you’ve got it. There’s no cure for it.”Ideally, growers should carefully inspect all new shipments of strawberry transplants, he said. They should destroy any plants showing symptoms of the disease.”Preventing anthracnose from getting a toehold is ideal,” he said. “But for some growers, this won’t be an option. If a shipment looks halfway decent, they’ll have to give it a try.”That’s because, this late in the season, it’s hard to find a new source of clean plants. And “for those whose bread and butter is strawberries, giving it up isn’t an option,” he said.Brannen and other UGA scientists have developed a fungicide spray program they hope will help farmers pull through. Growers can learn about the spraying regimen from their county UGA Extension Service agent.Not all strawberry growers will be affected.Farmers transplant strawberries in one of two ways: plugs or bare-root plants. Plug plants come in trays and have an intact root ball, like any container-grown plant. They have a higher survival rate and are easier to work with.However, plugs cost more than bare-roots, which are young plants that are simply dug up, placed in a plastic bag and overnighted to the farmer.The anthracnose problem so far has been found in plugs. But most farmers haven’t yet gotten shipments of bare-roots, said Tift County extension agent Keith Rucker.Growers in Tift County produce 45 acres of Georgia’s 280-acre, $4.5 million strawberry crop. Most Tift growers use bare-root plants, Rucker said.Unlike plugs, bare-root plants must be planted almost immediately. So most south Georgia growers haven’t yet received the shipments they will plant this fall.”People planting bare-roots should be on the lookout for anthracnose,” Brannen said. “Although we don’t think the problem will be as severe in bare-rooted plants, we’re concerned that anthracnose could still come in on these plants as well.”(Cat Holmes is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Merchants Bancshares profits increase 9 percent for quarter

first_imgMerchants Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: MBVT), the parent company of Merchants Bank, today announced net income of $2.91 million or diluted earnings per share of $0.48 for the quarter ended March 31, 2009. This compares with net income of $2.66 million or diluted earnings per share of $0.44 for the first quarter of 2008. Merchants previously announced the declaration of a dividend of 28 cents per share, payable May 14, 2009, to shareholders of record as of April 30, 2009.The return on average assets was 0.87% for the first quarter of 2009, compared to 0.88% for the first quarter of 2008. The return on average equity was 14.50% for the first quarter of this year, compared to 13.83% for the same period in 2008.”We were able to continue our strong performance into the first quarter of 2009, with earnings per share up 9%, compared to the same period in 2008, in spite of the continued challenging economic climate,” said Michael R. Tuttle, Merchants’ President and CEO. “We experienced solid growth in both loans and deposits during the quarter. Asset quality remained strong and capital levels continue to be well in excess of regulatory requirements.”Merchants’ net interest income increased $2.70 million, or 28.0%, for the first quarter of 2009, compared to the same period in 2008. This increase was a result of strong growth in both loans and deposits, in addition to lowered funding costs during the quarter. Average interest earning assets for the quarter were $1.30 billion, compared to $1.14 billion for the first quarter of 2008. Merchants’ net interest margin for the first quarter of 2009 was 3.85%, compared to 3.40% for the first quarter of 2008.Merchants’ quarterly average loans were $865.96 million, an increase of $128.35 million, or 17% over the first quarter of 2008, and were $40.57 million, or 5% higher on a linked quarter basis. Loans ended the first quarter of 2009 at $892.58 million, an increase of $45.45 million over December 31, 2008 ending balances of $847.13 million. The increase since December 31, 2008, is comprised of residential and commercial mortgages, and commercial loans. Merchants has hired additional lenders in its corporate banking group, which has led to increased loan production. Tuttle commented, “Our status as the last independent, statewide bank continues to have appeal to business owners and has helped us attract new commercial customers. The combination of lower interest rates and reduced competition in the residential area, coupled with the fact that we do not originate loans for sale, has provided us with a substantial pipeline of new retail customers.”last_img read more

American Electric Power seeks to buy 1,485MW of Oklahoma wind power

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:American Electric Power is asking state regulators for the second time in two years to approve a multibillion-dollar investment into wind power, as it races to capitalize on fleeting federal tax credits.On Monday, AEP announced that its Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO) and Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) utilities are seeking regulatory approval to purchase a total of 1,485 megawatts of wind projects being developed by Invenergy. The three projects in Oklahoma were selected through a competitive RFP launched in January, and the roughly $2 billion investment would help save utility customers about $3 billion, net of costs, over 30 years, the Ohio-based utility group said.This is the second attempt in as many years by PSO and SWEPCO to gain approval for a major wind farm investment from utility regulators in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, the four states in which they operate. Last year, Texas regulators rejected a proposal by SWEPCO to purchase 70 percent of the 2-gigawatt Wind Catcher project, which was to be the single-largest wind farm in the country, citing concerns about whether it was putting too much cost risk onto the utility’s ratepayers.AEP announced it was pulling out of the project a day later, saying any further delays could jeopardize the project’s ability to be completed by 2020. That’s the deadline for wind projects to secure 100 percent of the existing federal Production Tax Credit (PTC),which is set to decline to 80 percent for projects completed by the end of 2021, 60 percent for 2022, 40 percent for 2023, and disappear completely by 2024.This does not appear to be an impediment to AEP’s current proposal, however. As described in Monday’s release, a single 199-megawatt farm out of the 1.5 gigawatts to be built would be completed by the end of 2020 and earn the full PTC. The rest would be completed in 2021 and earn the reduced PTC at 80% of the current value.But as Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables analyst Anthony Logan noted in January when AEP put out its RFP, the region where Invenergy plans to build its projects “has just about the cheapest wind in the country.” The new proposal also comes amid a boom for wind power development, according to WoodMac research that predicts the U.S. market will add 23 gigawatts of new capacity through 2020.More: AEP seeks approval for 1.5GW wind development in Oklahoma American Electric Power seeks to buy 1,485MW of Oklahoma wind powerlast_img read more

Video: Church Two

first_imgBrandon Blakely, Zach Heaton, and Evan Voss are back for round two with “Church Two“, another inspiring take on mountain biking through North Carolina. These three boys first documented their adventures on wheels just about a year ago, sharing their enthusiasm for biking, crisp mountain air, and outdoor appreciation. Now, they tackle the challenges and rewards of following their passions in colder temperatures and under darker skies throughout the winter months.“We are lucky in North Carolina,” the young riders discover. “The mild temps and lack of substantial snow keep us riding throughout the winter. The rides are shorter, yet essential for maintaining skills from the previous season. Quietly mastering that new cornering technique until the birds start chirping and the flowers start blooming.”If Jack Frost is putting a damper on your outdoor fun, let Brandon, Zach, and Evan show you how to kick-start your season. With music by Riff Raff, Ryan Taubert, and John Legend, Church Two will help you survive – and maybe even enjoy – your wintery ride.last_img read more

Bridging the court technology gap

first_img November 1, 2004 Associate Editor Regular News Bridging the court technology gap Bridging the court technology gapcenter_img Panel searches for best integrated statewide model Jan Pudlow Associate Editor If Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente wants to send an e-mail to all trial judges across the state, forget it.More than half of Florida’s counties are not connected to a central court network.In just the Second Judicial Circuit, Chief Judge Charlie Francis can’t send one e-mail to all of his judges in six counties.“I was terribly shocked, as a newcomer, at the poor level of technology,” Francis, chair of the Article V Technology Board, told a roomful of participants at its October 15 meeting in Tallahassee.Two years ago, he said, some counties in Florida didn’t even have dial-up connections to the Internet.Judge Francis said he was also “shocked” to find that Dade County, the largest county, had the “worst and oldest equipment. That surprised me. With so much volume, it does take a lot of money.”With the help of his board representing a cross-section of the computer savvy, Judge Francis hopes to bridge the court technology gap. The group plans to present a preliminary report to the legislature on January 15, and a complete report the following year. The board’s next meeting is November 5 when public comment is invited.“The bottom line is our charge on this committee is to figure out how to integrate all the various information sources out there. State attorneys, public defenders, clerks, sheriffs, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Department of Children and Families, juveniles—all have this information that judges need to act and make their decisions,” Judge Francis explained.“How do we get it together? What is the best model to use and what are the costs? That is our charge.”As he told his board, “We don’t want to recreate the wheel. We just want to see what the wheel is and put it back together.”The art of the possible was presented at the meeting:• The STAC 2000 Case Tracking System: Currently used by 11 state attorneys’ offices and 10 public defenders’ offices, all events and pertinent names involved in a criminal case are available on a computer screen, and the system can interface with any data base. It can even generate subpoenas for jury trial and send them via e-mail, as well as create jury instructions. It also has a search function that could list all arrests during a certain time frame. There is no direct link to law-enforcement records, but STAC 2000 gets its data from the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS).• Brenda Owens, chief information officer of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, presented the agency’s newest project called FALCON, an online integrated criminal history system that allows law-enforcement to take a fingerprint at a crime scene or a traffic stop and search the data base for outstanding warrants and rap sheets pulled from national, state, and local law-enforcement data bases.A judge with a laptop could establish a positive identification of the person standing in court. Corrections officers could verify the correct person is being released from jail.“What we’re talking about is sharing information, not duplicating,” Owens said. “There is no need to glump it all into one big data base in the sky. It’s how do we do it and how to we get to it.. . . It’s ability to access information. The systems have to be able to talk to each other.”• Greg Brock, senior systems engineer for the Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptroller, gave an overview of the Comprehensive Case Information System (CCIS), a statewide network providing access to all 67 county clerks’ case information through a secured Internet Web site.Brock stressed that the system does not require clerks offices to change their applications, but relies on existing networks already in place.Court records—criminal, civil, child support, juvenile, traffic, and probate—are available from any location, 24/7, through an Internet connection. CCIS can generate court calendars, reports and statistics, as well as report collections of fees and remittance of court assessments. Records can be searched by person or case.Currently, CCIS is operating in 30 Florida counties and the remaining 37 are working on it, Brock said, with the goal of all counties up and running by the end of 2005.The cost for the statewide rollout, Brock said, is $6.5 million, plus a $1.4 million annual maintenance cost.Funding would come from the clerks recording surcharge as detailed by statute.Access to the information is limited to government users, Brock said, and there are no plans for private attorneys, the media, or the general public to tap in to the easy-access court information smorgasbord.That’s because some of the information is not public record, such as warrants, juvenile records, some family court records, and sealed or expunged records, he explained. Brock said the limited access is controlled by state statute or court rules.While it’s not this committee’s job to address public access issues, Judge Francis said he is concerned about making that information available to court appointed conflict attorneys or private attorneys appointed by the court as guardians ad litem.“Shouldn’t they have the same access as a public defender?” Francis asks. “Should they have to pay for records? Those are types of issues I think we should glitch and bring to the attention of the legislature. But I think our focus, really, is technical integration. How do we take all of these data banks that everybody is working on and make sure they are budget-oriented properly and make sure that everybody who is supposed to have access has it, without unnecessary obstacles?”Paying for it all is another issue the board will address.“It’s a county-versus-state funding issue,” Judge Francis said. “What model is best?”Recording fees at the county level could “be brought back up to state level,” Francis said. “Some like that; some don’t. We are supposed to review what is the best way. In a small county, it would make a difference. Liberty and Franklin counties don’t have enough recording money to hire an engineer to design a network. But if I put all five of those little counties together, between them they do. But if the money is left to each county, there is no way to really do that.”The encouraging part of the board’s enormous task, Judge Francis said, is the cooperative attitude among the participating stakeholders.“Everybody is trying to figure out how to do it. They all see the value of having the ability to see this information,” Francis said. “If we can figure out a way to deliver it statewide cheaper, that’s more money to do other things.” Members of the Article V Technology Board include: John Rutherfold, law enforcement; D. Howard Stitzel III, private sector; Cynthia Hall, Florida Association of Counties; Jim Fuller, Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptroller; Brad King, Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association; Ruben Lopez, Florida Association of Counties; Scott McPherson, chief information officer of the Department of Corrections.last_img read more