Board takes up lawyer advertising issues

first_imgBoard takes up lawyer advertising issues Board takes up lawyer advertising issues Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Is it a testimonial for a lawyer to include a news article in a Yellow Pages, direct mail, or other unsolicited ad? Is it okay to include the article in information provided to a potential client at the client’s request?The Bar Board of Governors debated those issues but wound up tabling them at its August 26 meeting.The board also heard a report about the first advertising appeal stemming from a Bar Web site and approved asking the City, County and Local Government Law Section to review a 28-year-old ethics opinion on a county attorney representing an individual county commissioner before the state ethics commission.Board of Governors member Larry Ringers, vice chair of the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, reported on all three issues to the board. He said on the testimonial issue, Bar staff and the Standing Committee on Advertising had ruled that using the ads, in either unsolicited or requested advertising, constituted a prohibited testimonial.The BRC voted 3-2 that the articles could not be used in unsolicited ads, but 3-2 that it was all right to include them when a potential client requests information about an attorney’s services, he said.That recommendation sparked a lively debate.“An article from the Wall Street Journal is not a testimonial,” board member Harold Melville said.But board member Gary Leppla replied, “That puts you right on the slippery slope of what is a legitimate news story. We all have been contacted by newspapers who say, ‘Buy an ad from us and we’ll do a news story on you.’”“The First Amendment is still the First Amendment is still the First Amendment, and I don’t think you can regulate this,” board member Ian Comisky said. “If CNN interviews somebody, I don’t see how you can say this is a testimonial.”“Be aware, if you take the position that this is not a testimonial, then a lawyer can send out a letter unsolicited to anyone who has been arrested for DUI and say, ‘Geraldo Rivera says I’m the best DUI lawyer in the United States,’” board member Ross Goodman said.Ringers noted that under proposed new advertising rules pending at the Supreme Court, newspaper and television news stories would be allowed to be sent to potential clients who request information about an attorney. But under present rules, they would not be allowed in unsolicited ads.Tony Boggs, director of the Bar’s lawyer regulation operations, reported that there is a pending grievance case at the Supreme Court involving an attorney who used news stories in unsolicited advertising. Board members then voted 23-14 to table the issue.“I’m concerned that we may do a knee-jerk thing today and get ourselves in the wrong way,” board member Jesse Diner said. “This is one that I think we should move on slowly.”On the ethics issue, Ringers said the question from the Florida Ethics Commission had to do with the application of Ethics Opinion 77-30.“That opinion stands for the proposition that an attorney who by contract represents a county commission and not individual commissioners may not represent an individual commissioner before the ethics commission on an ethics charge, because it is a conflict of interest,” he said.The commission asked the Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee about the matter, but Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert said the PEC can only answer questions from the Board of Governors or from an individual attorney about his or her prospective action.“The opinion is about 30 years old and not very comprehensive,” said board and BRC member Clif McClelland. “The law is if you have a government official who is charged [with an ethics violation] and found not guilty, then that public official is allowed to be reimbursed [for legal fees] from public funds.”Local agencies feel many times the charges are spurious and could more economically be handled by their staff attorneys, he said, except that Opinion 77-30 appears to prohibit that.Board member Ed Scales, in his final days as a Key West city commissioner, agreed the issue needed to be revisited.“Often there is an ethics complaint filed that may name several commissioners and there may be an instance where it is appropriate to have a city attorney defend them,” he said.The board approved the BRC’s recommendation to refer the matter to the City, County and Local Government Law Section for input. That would include providing a more specific set of facts should the section ask and the board agree to adopt a new proposed advisory opinion.The board approved the BRC’s action on the Web site appeal, but Ringers said, at Comisky’s request, he wanted to draw attention to one issue, which involved the firm using the words “specialized” and “expert” for lawyers who were not certified. The Bar has taken the position those words imply a higher standard of knowledge and can only be used by Bar-certified attorneys. The BRC, on a separate vote, upheld that 5-0 in the Web site appeal.Comisky said he had First Amendment concerns about the action and was worried the Bar was being too specific.“We’re getting tied up with single words. When you start getting tied up with single words, we get back to First Amendment issues,” he said. “The argument was that under the First Amendment you can’t regulate the use of specialization. It just means I practice in an area. It doesn’t mean I have special expertise.” September 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Rep. Lois Frankel Calls for Investigation into Epstein “Sweetheart Deal”

first_imgA Florida Democrat wants Congress to investigate the sweetheart deal given to financier Jeffrey Epstein.U.S. Representative Lois Frankel has joined with the Democratic Women’s Caucus in a letter to the House Oversight Committee.They want a probe launched into the 13 months of work-release that Epstein spent under the watch of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.There have been reports that he was allowed to arrange for sex while he was serving time, much of which was spent at his office and allegedly his home. The sheriff’s office has also launched both internal and criminal investigations into the matter.Frankel also wants Congress to look into Epstein’s so-called “sweetheart deal” with prosecutors back in 2008.The multi-millionaire now faces several federal sex trafficking charges in connection to underage girls and is being held without bond in a New York jail.last_img read more

India beat Sri Lanka to win the Women’s Emerging Asia Cup 2019

first_imgAdvertisement 5xvNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8oezbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ezfnyxf( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) hu6fWould you ever consider trying this?😱4jhCan your students do this? 🌚9k89Roller skating! Powered by Firework India lifted the Women’s Emerging Asia Cup 2019 in Colombo on Tuesday beating Sri Lanka by 14 runs in the final. Devika Vaidya and Tanuja Kanwar were the star performers for India with their four wickets haul. Earlier, the guests had won the toss and decided to bat first in what proved to be a low scoring encounter.Advertisement Image Courtesy: TW/BCCIWOMENThe final which was hosted at the prestigious R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, saw India accumulate 175 after a poor start from the openers. Tanushree Sarkar, the top-scorer, made 47 crucial runs and was supported from the other end by Simran Bahadur (34) with an important cameo. As for the hosts, Kaveesha Dilhari sclaped three wickets in 10 overs, allowing just 27 runs during her spell.With such low target, the Indian bowlers had to perform exceptionally well to clinch the title and to the delight of the Indian fans they just did that; restricting the Lanka women to only 135 runs. Vaidya and Kanwar were in top notch form picking up four wickets each at regular interval and Lanka skipper Harshitha Samarawickrama was the top-scorer for her side managing 39 from 64 balls which wasn’t enough in the end.Advertisement The guests were declared winners by 14 runs (DLS Method) after rain spoiled the play later on in the game.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Kobe Bryant’s ‘I Can’t Breathe’ t-shirt takes on new meaning after George Floyd murder

first_imgImage Courtesy: BBC/InstagramAdvertisement ig1eNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2dWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8aq4t( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bpij4Would you ever consider trying this?😱shCan your students do this? 🌚8vny8Roller skating! Powered by Firework While the world is fighting the novel Coronavirus pandemic, USA has faced a new challenge regarding the death of George Floyd due to police brutality, and the riots that have been observed all over the country, starting from Minneapolis where the murder took place. The African American, who was suffocating before he died, which has been a driving notion in the riots and protests. Amongst all the unrest, the late NBA icon Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa shares an old photo of her husband, wearing a t-shirt that had the line ‘I CAN’T BREATHE’, which now has taken a new meaning.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BBC/InstagramA similar incident to Floyd’s murder took place back in 2014, when Eric Garner, a former horticulturist of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation was choked to death by police in Staten Island. While he was being choked, Garner had uttered ‘I can’t breathe’ 11 times. Following the tragic incident, Kobe and many other athletes of the country, including LeBron James and Derrick Rose, had wore a t-shirt with the text to honour his tragic demise.Six years later, the quote becomes relevant again, as Vanessa takes to Instagram to share a photo of Kobe wearing the t-shirt, this time,Advertisement “My husband wore this shirt years ago and yet here we are again.💔#ICANTBREATHE” Vanessa wrote in the caption.“Life is so fragile. Life is so unpredictable. Life is too short. Let’s share and embrace the beautiful qualities and similarities we all share as people. Drive out hate. Teach respect and love for all at home and school. Spread LOVE. Fight for change- register to VOTE. Do not use innocent lives lost as an excuse to loot. BE AN EXAMPLE OF THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE. #BLACKLIVESMATTER❤️” she added.Following the incident last week, a number of current and former NBA players have opened up about the death of George Floyd.Basketball legend Michael Jordan took to Twitter to express his solidarity to the victim.“Being a celebrity, being an NBA player don’t exclude me from no conversations at all. First and foremost I’m a black man and I’m a member of this community… We’re raising awareness for some of the injustices that we’ve been seeing,” Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown said in Instagram live.Minnesota Timberwolves icon Karl-Anthony Towns had joined the peaceful protests in Minneapolis along with former basketball player and Floyd’s friend Stephen Jackson.The police officer, Derek Chauvin, has been taken into custody on charges of third degree murder and manslaughter.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Michael Jordan shows solidarity with protests across America: ‘We need to create systemic change!’Sakshi Dhoni reveals what MS has actually been doing during lockdown Advertisementlast_img read more

Glacier Gym Club host Judges Cup

first_imgCompetition includes provincial level athletes and Junior Olympians.Glacier Club is expected to enter as many as 90 competitors.Glacier athletes travel to Coeur d’Alene for the Great West Gym Fest before concluding the month of February at the BC Winter Games in Penticton.Other events are slated for Cranbrook, Langley, Castlegar and Kimberley.Nelson is also host for the Glacier Invitational Zone Championships April 30 to May 1. The Glacier Gymnastics Club is rolling out the red carpet for the Judges Cup this weekend at the Civic Centre facility.The Judges Cup, attracting more than 160 athletes from Trail, Castlegar, Kimberley, Cranbrook and host Nelson, is the first of many competitions for the Glacier gymnasts as the club begins its competitive season.The competition goes Saturday, running all day.last_img read more

Break out the ice bags, Fight Night #2 Saturday at Rod & Gun Club

first_imgHosting a fight card is a lot of work for Pinero and Company.The ring used at the Rod and Gun Club is loaned to the club from Cranbrook.Invites go out to all the clubs in the region as well as in the province of BC and Idaho and Washington State.Then there’s the set up, take down, selling tickets and security.But as Pinero sees it, the hard work all pays off in the end.“I think we’re going in the right direction,” he said.“The feedback we received from all sectors of the community, from police to social workers to high school  . . . everybody is just super happy with the results that they’re seeing .  . . . Not talking about boxing here. I’m talking about kids having a direction and a bit of focus in their lives and turning things around.”Nelson boxer, Bhodi Cartland couldn’t agree more.Cartland admits he may have been on a collision course, but is happy to now have a focus — and that focus is boxing.“Boxing gave me a place where I felt I belonged . . . a better sense of being in the community through just not just hanging out with my friends at a coffee shop or getting “high” it gave me better feeling of self worth,” said Cartland, getting a chance to box again against Joe Armstrong of Kelowna.The first bout in May was halted when judges felt the two adult boxers was turning into a street-brawl.Nelson Fight Night #2 goes Saturday at the Rod and Gun Club. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the boxing club, Tribute Boardshop, Bia Boro Boutique and at the door.  Weigh in is at 4 p.m.First bout goes at 6 p.m. Boxing is coming back to Nelson.Actually the Nelson Boxing Club is flourishing very well, thank you very much, at its new digs in the basement under Pharmasave on Baker Street.So much that the club is preparing to host Nelson Fight Night #2, the second boxing card in less than a year Saturday at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club.“It feels real good to be able to fight again in front of my home town,” Elias Martinez said during a break in training this week at the Nelson Boxing Club.“Ya, I can’t wait to get back in the ring,” said Bhodie Cartland when asked about stepping back into the ring for his third bout of the year.Saturday’s card has more 11 bouts scheduled said Nelson Boxing Club coach Jesse Pineiro.Six bouts have local fighters stepping into the ring —  Ryan Lewis, Reil and Elias Martinez, Bhodi Cartland, Jeff Emmett and Krishan Lysenko.“I feel a lot more confident for this fight than I did in May,” said the 12-year-old Martinez, who faces Aaron Madriaga of North Vancouver.“The last time I was pretty sick the week before the fight and didn’t have very much time to train.“This time I’m healthy and feel very comfortable,” added Martinez, who is 2-2 on the season.Boxers are attending from Cranbrook, Kelowna, Revelstoke, North Vancouver and Burnaby.last_img read more

Boy Sablan out as UST coach

first_imgNo replay of DLSU-Adamson game amid controversy, says UAAP For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sablan, together with his coaching staff composed of Gerry Esplana, Bobby Jose, Tylon Darjuan, Juben Ledesma, and Gina Francisco, will all be making their exits effective November 30, but their contracts will still be honored until the end of May next year.The unheralded Sablan amassed a woeful 4-24 record in his tenure with the Growling Tigers and barely avoided a winless season after finishing with a 1-13 slate this past UAAP Season 80, the school’s worst UAAP record ever.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneUST also suffered a 17-game losing streak bridging Seasons 79 and 80 under his watch.INQUIRER tried to get the side of Sablan, but the bench tactician is still mum on the situation. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Another source closely monitoring the situation bared that the school has already formed a search committee even before the UAAP season ended and has started gathering applications from interested parties who want to take the helm at the Growling Tigers.Alumni have been pushing for the return of Pido Jarencio back in España, but the coach who led the school to its last title back in 2006 was recently reinstated as the GlobalPort head coach.ABS-CBN Sports reported the development first.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIEScenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRodil “Boy” Sablan has resigned as head coach of University of Santo Tomas.Sources close to the situation confirmed that Sablan tendered his resignation on Monday following a disappointing two-year run with the Growling Tigers.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Crematoriums Urgently Needed Throughout Liberia

first_imgThe government has itself admitted that Liberia today faces the worst health crisis in its history—the Ebola pandemic.  Never before have our people been dropping dead by the minute all over the country. Even the founding fathers and mothers and the brothers and sisters they met on the ground in 1822, leading to the establishment of the republic and beyond, did not drop dead like this.  Remember, they   were totally unprepared for the deadly malaria disease.  But most survived it. Elijah Johnson, who led his colleagues from Shebro Island in Sierra Leone to Providence Island, survived until he became part of the Constitutional Convention of 1847.  He signed the Declaration of Independence on July 26 that year; witnessed the first election that produced Joseph Jenkins Roberts as our first President; fathered our nation’s 11th President, Hilary Richard Wright Johnson; and died in 1849, after making sure Liberia had become an  independent republic.Our infant and maternal mortality rates are still high, but here, too, we have made steady progress, especially in the past several years.But this Ebola tragedy is something else, totally different from anything we have ever experienced.  It is a drastic disease that calls for drastic responses.One such response relates to how we dispose of bodies—the disease’s deadly denouement.We would like to propose the building of CREMATORIA (CREMATORIUMS) throughout  Liberia.  Why?    We make this call in grateful  recognition of one of the great blessings the good Lord has bestowed upon Liberia: PLENTIFUL WATER! Few of us yet know exactly how many rivers Liberia has, but they are numerous.  Most of us know the major ones—the St. Paul, Mano, Farmington, the Du, Marshall, St. John, Cavala, Cestos, Lofa and the Makona.  But there are many more. We also know of Liberia’s two great lakes—Lake Piso in Grand Cape Mount County and Lake Shepherd in Maryland County.  Lake Piso is so huge and sometimes so rough that President Tubman called it “an inland sea.”There are yet numerous creeks, including the Stockton.What does all this mean and what is its relevance to Ebola?  It means that because of all this water, the country’s water table is VERY HIGH, and this is especially true in Montserrado, Margibi. Grand Bassa, Cape Mount and some other counties.     And what does the water table have to do with Ebola?  EVERYTHING!  International economists and hydrological experts have warned that the world’s next looming crisis which, if we are not careful, could provoke war, is  WATER—or the scarcity thereof.  This economic and geophysical reality places Liberia in an enviable position—for it means that one day, in addition to our minerals, rubber and hopefully petroleum, we could also be exporting WATER as a foreign exchange earner.  But . . .And here’s the BIG BUT: Liberia could one day become a water power IF—and this is, again, a BIG IF, IF we do not contaminate our water with the Ebola dead!What do we mean?  We mean that this habit this our  government has of burying Ebola dead all over the place is dangerously unnecessary and amounts to a slap in the face of our Creator who has blessed us with all this water.It has been said that when bodies are “properly sprayed and buried” the virus will die.  But how many bodies are properly handled?  We submit that this is a big risk.Do we remember that the people in Johnsonville, Montserrado County, are now  afraid to drink from their river because of the Ebola bodies that were dumped near it several weeks ago?GOL should adopt a policy declaring that ALL Ebola bodies should be CREMATED.  We understand that just last Saturday an Ebola body, belonging to GOL itself, was buried in Thinkers’ Village in Paynesville, a city with one of the highest water tables in the land.We appeal to GOL to STOP immediately burying Ebola bodies and start CREMATING them. Let us take advantage of the many Indians in the country who know all about cremations and how to do them.  They can help us build crematoria in all nine of the affected counties.  GOL should build at least two crematoria in every county, and four in the larger counties; then make it illegal to bury any Ebola body.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Two South African community garden heroes give back to the people

first_imgTwo recent acts of horticultural heroism that represent the true meaning of ubuntu are inspiring South Africans to give back to the community and put food on the tables of those in need.Community food gardens provide an important tool for household food security in South Africa, where less than half the population is food secure and 12 million people go hungry every day. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonOne man’s good deed inspires another. Heidelberg retiree Johan Scott became a local viral sensation in November 2017 when he began a pavement vegetable garden for those in need. His single, simple act of kindness inspired admiration from South Africans but, more importantly, it also inspired others to start their own community gardens.While community gardens are not a new trend in the quest to feed the nation, with hundreds of projects around South Africa up and running successfully, Scott’s garden is a good example of how a single act can affect a positive change in the world.Scott, a retired policeman, decided to plant the open garden outside his home after some of the vegetables from his garden inside his property were taken. Instead of opening a case with the police, he approached the issue constructively.Speaking to News24, Scott described how he dug up the pavement outside his house and planted beans, tomatoes, eggplants and beetroot, and let those in need help themselves to the fruits of his labour. Thanks to the good rains this summer, most of his crop will be ready and available so that people will be able to put something on the table this festive season.“People are hungry,” Scott said. “They desperately need something like this, and that’s why I did it. It makes my heart happy when I see people eating the vegetables.”A Facebook post about Scott by Afrikaans newspaper Rapport has been shared more than 4,000 times, alongside hundreds of messages of thanks and inspiration.“Indeed, a man with a heart of gold and an example to us all,” read one message. “Here’s to decreasing the number of people who go to bed hungry,” said another. Others offered help by way of donating seeds and gardening supplies, while many were inspired to begin their own gardens to give back to their people in their communities.Sipho Simelane from Midvaal, Gauteng, read the post and was prompted to use a piece of land he owned to plant a vegetable garden for those in need.Writing on Facebook, Simelane said: “I’m not a farmer [but I] would like to see this land used… any child, family, church or company can put their ideas, time, skill, resources to get this going and use this [one hectare] to plant and feed the hungry. A lot of companies have corporate social investment and I [invite them to become part of the project]. Let’s put our money where our mouths are.”This second social media post also went viral and Simelane and Scott’s good deeds are being shared across the country and the world.“This is the kind of news we need to make run like a veld fire. Awesome Johan Scott and Sipho Simelane. There are good people in our beautiful South Africa,” wrote one commenter on Simelane’s post.For more information about the various community garden projects in South Africa and how you can start your own, read this informative article published by the University of Free State in April 2017.Source:  Good Things Guy websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 11, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180411_RyanMartinAfter a chilly start, moderating temps should work into the state today. While we don’t see the huge warm up that we expect for tomorrow forward, west and southwest winds will help get temperatures back to near normal this afternoon. Tomorrow we start to see rather strong southwest winds bump temperatures to well above normal. That temperature pattern lasts 3 days…so do not get used to it!We have low pressure passing by to the north overnight tonight into tomorrow, bringing rain to MI and southern Ontario. This system actually brings a warm front through the region, allowing more south and southwest winds to fuel our warm up. We do still see some minor moisture moving over Ohio tomorrow morning, and we are extending its reach a little farther south in our forecast this morning. Right now we still look for the best rains to be north of US 30, where we can see up to .2” of liquid. But, we see chances of a few hundredths to a tenth all the way down to I-70. This has the best chance of falling through tomorrow morning, and by mid-afternoon everything will be gone…perhaps sooner! In the wake of the moisture, clouds should give way to sunshine and temperatures really start to work higher. We stay dry Friday and it likely will be the warmest day of the week, but clouds will be on the increase. Significant moisture working in for the weekend. Temperatures tomorrow, Friday and Saturday will be 10-15 degrees above normal, but winds from later today through tomorrow also will likely be increasing to eventually 15-30 mph.Significant rains start Saturday ahead of a strong cold front. That front slows as it moves through, meaning we continue to see at least 2 days of heavy rains. There look to be a few more holes, meaning it won’t rain constant, but there also is no reason to back away from our previous forecast of 1”-2” over all of Ohio, and we do have 2.5” in the back of our minds for areas that see 2 solid rounds of thunderstorms. We see those two chances of thunderstorms now…one Saturday late afternoon and then again Sunday afternoon. We won’t rule out some of those thunderstorms approaching severe levels. The map above shows potential precipitation through midnight Sunday night, but we think this model is a little so overzealous on moisture in NW Ohio. Colder air starts to come in on Sunday afternoon behind the front. This will be a very marked change, with winds going NW at 15-30 mph, and our late spring weather will change back to late winter in a hurry.Clouds and cold air dominate Monday. In fact, we can see some sprinkles and flurries through the day. It will be a cloudy, gray, damp day to start off the following week.Cold temps dig in for most of the rest of the week. We will be back to temperatures that average 10-15 degrees below normal, powered by NW winds. This will keep clouds coming at us out of the great lakes, and that also means, while we expect dry weather through the end of the week, we won’t rule out sprinkles and flurries from time to time, particularly over the northern half of Ohio. Down south, we probably see nothing.For the extended period, we are drier for the 21st through the 24th, as a Canadian high dominates. That means we keep temps cold through the first half of the extended period. A strong front for the 25th brings southwest winds and moderating temps, followed by .25”-1” rains over 80% of the state. Behind that we dry down, but this time, we do not see an incursion of Canadian air. So, we tentatively think we may be able to break this colder pattern by late April. The pattern also looks to support a drier period from the 26th through early May. This may be our first significant chance at field work – if it holds. This is over 2 weeks out…and many, many things can change, but we are giving you our read on it the way we see it this morning.last_img read more