Calling all Vermont businesses! The annual Vermont Chamber of Commerce Business and Industry Exposition (EXPO) is now accepting proposals for seminars, workshops, or panel presentations. The nineteenth annual EXPO is slated for May 21 and 22 2003, once again at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center.In response to business community requests, the EXPO Special Events Committee is pleased to offer Vermont businesses the opportunity to design a seminar or workshop, sharing their expertise with business professionals throughout the region. Businesses may propose a single topic presentation, or propose to organize and moderate a panel discussion on a particular topic. Presentations are to be one hour in length.Proposals must fall into the following broad theme categories:●Excellence: May include quality, best practices, workforce development and training programs, and corporate responsibility.●Innovation: May include technology topics, trends, balancing quality of life and work.●Entrepreneurship: May include small business development, thinking outside the box, basic business skills, and new business ventures.”EXPO is the state’s most high profile business-to-business venue,” noted Curtis Picard, EXPO Director. “Hosting your own hands-on self-designed workshop is a great way to showcase your knowledge and interact with attendees.” EXPO attendance continues to rise from year to year; in 2002, attendance was up 5% from 2001, to nearly 3,000 individuals.Presentation proposals must be received by the close of business on November 1, 2002. Applicants will receive notice by November 30 as to the status of their proposals. To download PDF files of the criteria for submission and an application form, visit www.vtexpo.com(link is external) and click on “EXPO 2003 Call for Presentations.”For questions or more information, please contact Delaney Meeting and Event Management at (802) 655-7769.
BUCKSPORT — Adam Goode of Bangor took first in the 40th annual Tour du Lac 10-mile road race on Saturday.The Bangor state legislator won with a time of 54 minutes and 49 seconds, averaging a 5:29-minute mile pace.Mary Clapper Buck of Mechanicville, N.Y., placed first among the women in 1:13:43.Eighty-six runners finished the race, which circled Silver Lake and ended at the Bucksport Town Pool.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the men’s division, Matt Homich of Ellsworth finished second in 55:21, Erik McCarthy of Old Town took third (56:17), Ken Akiha of Orono took fourth (56:39) and Ian Fraser of Brewer took fifth (59:55).In the women’s division, Jasmine Fowler of Morrill took second (1:14:23), Heather Knowles of Brewer took third (1:14:53), Katherine Collins of Winterport took fourth (1:15:59) and Robin Clarke of Ellsworth took fifth (1:17:09).The records currently held by Louie Luchini (50:20) and Cassie Hintz (59:06) remain unbroken.Age group winners are listed below:FEMALE AGE 1-18: First — Arianna Geiser, 14, of Brewer (1:28:56). Second — Grace Smith, 16, of Holden (1:29:10). Third — Zoe Olson, 13, of Bucksport (1:35:35).MALE AGE 1 – 18: First — Ethan Dapice, 18, of Brewer (1:05:37). Second — Colby Rand, 17, of Orrington (1:12:07). Third — Skyler Fraga, 17, of Bucksport (1:12:31).FEMALE AGE 19 – 29: First — Veronica Wentworth, 25, of Franklin (1:23:11). Second — Kara Pratt, 22, of Bar Harbor (1:28:25).MALE AGE 19 – 29: First — Ken Akiha, 28, of Orono (56:39). Second — Luke Rand, 19, of Orrington (1:09:03). Third — Ezra Dean, 21, of Orono (1:11:57).FEMALE AGE 30 – 39: First — Mandi Sherman, 33, of West Greenwich, R.I. (1:23:34). Second — Elizabeth Muncey, 31, of Greenbush (1:41:55).MALE AGE 30 – 39: First — Ian Fraser, 31, of Brewer (59:55). Second — Joe Capehart, 36, of Bangor (1:03:50). Third — Scott Potter, 35, of Portland (1:06:44).FEMALE AGE 40 – 49: Katherine Collins, 44, of Winterport (1:15:59). Second — Robin Clarke, 45, of Ellsworth (1:17:09). Third — Nancy Goodnight, 48, of Waco, Texas (1:18:26).MALE AGE 40 – 49: First — Perry LeBreton, 40, of Kenduskeag (1:02:07). Second —Tim Tunney, 40, of Ellsworth (1:02:23). Third — Rob Shea, 42, of Ellsworth (1:04:48).FEMALE AGE 50 – 59: First — Mary Ruoff, 53, of Belfast (1:34:35). Second — Annette Hatch-Clein, 52, of Bangor (1:36:29). Third — Nancy Jacobson, 57, of Bangor (1:36:29).MALE AGE 50 – 59: First — David Drew, 50, of Litchfield (1:00:42). Second — Chris Holt, 57, of Ellsworth (1:04:33). Third — Chris Jones, 52, of Bucksport (1:08:16).FEMALE AGE 60 – 69: First — Jeannie Butterfield, 65, of Bangor (1:38:07). Second — Ellie Davis, 65, of Newmarket, N.H. (1:49:43). Third — Tracy Bigney, 65, of Bangor (2:02:04).MALE AGE 60 – 69: First — Bob Ciano, 61, of Castine (1:05:50). Second — Ed Hughes, 61, of Bangor (1:08:36). Third — James Jack Burnett, 61, of Blue Hill (1:18:35).FEMALE AGE 70 – 79: Andrea Hatch, 71, of Castine (2:44:00).MALE AGE 70 – 79: First — John Lemieux, 70, of Sangerville (1:19:01). Second — Gary Larson, 70, of Dover-Foxcroft (1:21:59). Third — David Bean, 70, of Waterville (1:37:10).MALE AGE 80 – 99: Fred Wright, 80, Colorado Springs, Colo. (2:03:33). PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS12345PreviousNext
“The Government’s theory is apparently that even though USC affirmatively accepts donations in exchange for admissions, and even though that approach is ‘legitimate,’ and even though Giannulli and Loughlin’s donations actually went to USC and not into the pockets of a rogue employee, Giannulli and Loughlin are still somehow guilty of paying bribes to defraud USC,” the document read. “That argument flunks common sense.” In the reply, the defense also argued that because USC confirmed that parents’ legitimate philanthropy can impact the likelihood of their children’s admission and because some of the money Loughlin and Giannulli paid for their daughters’ acceptances was deposited into University accounts — albeit ones controlled by Heinel — the payments cannot be considered bribes. According to the document, Singer told “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, that the two initial payments of $50,000 they made to secure their daughters’ admissions to USC as women’s rowing recruits were legitimate donations to the University. “As its eleventh-hour disclosures illustrate, the Government cannot be trusted to make Brady determinations on its own,” the document stated. “This Court should put a stop to the Government’s unconstitutional game of evidentiary hide-and-seek once and for all.” “Singer did recall telling the Giannulli[s] that the first $50,000 for each girl went to USC,” the document stated. “They did not specifically discuss the amount of money that would go to a USC program out of the $200,000.” In a separate reply document filed Friday, Loughlin and Giannulli responded to allegations that they had not released potentially incriminating evidence to the prosecution, reiterating that the government was refusing to release information that could support the defense’s argument. The defense also alleged that the government pressured Loughlin and Giannulli into pleading guilty, falsely claimed it had released all relevant evidence and intimidated parents who chose not to plead guilty by bringing additional charges against them. Loughlin and Giannulli’s next status conference is scheduled for Feb. 27. Of the 36 parents named in the admissions case, 15 — including 11 USC parents — have opted to contest charges. They will be tried and, if found guilty, sentenced in federal court in a series of hearings expected to continue through early 2021, according to the memorandum filed by prosecutors Wednesday. The reply included requests for specific evidence, including information about the extent of University officials’ knowledge of the donations made by parents in the scandal and complete copies of Singer’s testimonies regarding what he told the parents of their payments’ allocation. Loughlin and Giannulli’s defense filed a motion in December claiming Singer had misled the couple and asserting that the bribery would be unfounded if the defense could prove the couple did not intend to defraud the University. Federal programs bribery carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of twice the amount of money involved. Loughlin and Giannulli currently face charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud, conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery and conspiracy to commit money laundering for their role in the admissions scandal. The Brady Rule requires prosecutors to release all information relevant to the questions of the defendants’ guilt to the defense. In another filing made Wednesday, the prosecution proposed a set of two to three hearings for the parents who have pleaded not guilty and requested that Loughlin and Giannulli stand trial in October with the first group of parents. The couple allegedly paid Singer $500,000 between October 2016 and February 2018 and said they believed a portion of the money was sent as a gift to the University’s athletics program and Galen Center rather than a bribe to senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel, who accepted the students’ falsified recruitment profiles and presented them to admissions committees for approval, as the prosecution originally contended. Singer also testified that the couple believed part of the two $200,000 payments they made upon their daughters’ offers of conditional admission would go to the University. College admissions scheme organizer William “Rick” Singer told at least one set of parents a portion of the money they paid for their children’s admission would go directly to the University, prosecutors confirmed in a filing in federal court Friday. Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are among 15 of the 36 parents named in the admissions case who have pleaded not guilty and will stand trial in federal court. Eleven are USC parents. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) The defense stated that because the government did not turn over the evidence by the initial release deadline May 30, the court should require prosecutors to release all information that could be used in the couple’s defense argument. Singer pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice in March after agreeing to cooperate with federal investigators and prosecutors in September 2018. He recorded phone calls with the parents involved and collected information about the scheme to submit to the prosecution in the months leading up to the case being made public in March.