Huffington Post bloggers who think they ought to get paid for their volunteer writing have been litigating their case in the court of public opinion. Now they’re taking it to a real one.
Today, a group of bloggers led by union organizer and journalist Jonathan Tasini will file a class-action suit against the Huffington Post, founder Arianna Huffington, and AOL, which acquired the news-and-blogs site in February.
Tasini, the lead plaintiff, has been a blogger for Huffpo since December 2005, when the site was just seven months old. According to his blogger page, however, he stopped posting on February 10, three days after the purchase of the site by AOL was announced. I emailed him for more information about the suit; he responded by inviting me to participate in a conference call later this morning.
Tasini was also the lead plaintiff in New York Times Co. vs. Tasini, a lawsuit over the rights of papers to license the work of freelancers for distribution via electronic databases.That case was decided in favor of the plaintiffs.
Well it looks as if the guidos and guidettes of the classy Jersey Shore won’t be headed over to Italy on April 18th as planned. Only castmates Sammi, Ronnie, and Vinny have signed on, as the rest are using collective bargaining tactics holding out for more cash. The fact that they get paid a ridiculous amount to basically re-inact my weekend is absurd.
Additionally, bar owners in Florence (where the crew is to be stationed) are reluctant to open their doors to the crew. Shocking. As if people didn’t hate America enough, we have to send over the worst possible eight specimens of American culture. Somehow I don’t see fist-pumping catching on in Italy, but who knows.
Well, I’d certainly rather wear this shizz and smell like bacon than wear Lady Gaga’s semen/blood perfume concoction. The scent was apparently inspired by 1920’s French butcher, John Fargginay, who was able to “dramatically elevate his customers’ mood with a secret recipe blending 11 popular pure essential oils with the essence of…bacon”. Quite a random inspiration. However, it is being marketed with the tagline, “scent by the Gods.” Hmmm…
Glenn Beck will end his daily Fox News Channel program later this year.
His departure was jointly announced in a statement on Wednesday by Fox and Mr. Beck’s company, Mercury Radio Arts. The statement did not specify an end date for the show, called “Glenn Beck,” which has been telecast at 5 p.m. on Fox News since early 2009. Mr. Beck’s contract with Fox ends in December.
Fox News and Mercury Radio Arts, which have sometimes clashed over the making of “Glenn Beck,” will “work together to develop and produce a variety of television projects for air on the Fox News Channel as well as content for other platforms including Fox News’ digital properties,” the companies said in the statement.
As expected, a senior Fox News executive, Joel Cheatwood, will join Mr. Beck at Mercury Radio Arts starting later this month.
The statement was briefly posted on The Blaze, a Web site owned by Mr. Beck, but it was then taken down. Representatives for Fox and Mr. Beck did not immediately explain why.
Mr. Beck is a hugely popular figure on Fox News, averaging 2.2 million viewers each weekday, though his ratings have fallen somewhat in the last year. He is beloved by his fans for speaking out against what he sees as threats from progressives. His opponents — and there are many — condemn him for his conspiratorial views and apocalyptic predictions.
It takes a lot to get me out in the burbs for a Friday night, but anything with fashion and excellent food will usually do the trick. Enter the Uniting to Elevate Children event at Ballston’s Caribbean Breeze. The event combined a trendy Washington-and-beyond crowd, peppered with Washington Redskins and the like, with passed hors d’oevures, signature drinks, and a fashion show.
The event benefited CASA, or Court-Appointed Special Advocates for children caught in the legal system because of parental disputes or abandonment. It was the fourth annual event of its kind. Models from Brag! Modeling Agency wore slinky cocktail numbers and floor length gowns, while the crowd was equally well dressed in vibrant colors and sophisticated apparel. It was an unforgettable night, and definitely one to give District parties a run for their money.
WASHINGTON, DC- April 5th, 2011-The Capital City Ball, the all-volunteer group that raises money for charities, announced today that its Executive Committee has chosen four non-profit organizations that fight human trafficking and modern-day slavery from among those invited to the second annual “Pitch CCB” Day. Bridge to Freedom, Courtney’s House, HIPS, and WEAVE will share in the proceeds from this year’s Capital City Ball black tie fundraising gala that will take place on Saturday, November 19th.
The CCB Executive Committee invited approximately a dozen organizations that fight human trafficking to submit an application to attend the Pitch Day on March 1st and make a case for getting selected. From among the applicants, five were chosen to attend and make a case to the Executive Committee on why they needed the funds and how they would be used in supporting specific programs. To date, more than $150,000 in proceeds from the Ball has gone to charities that combat human trafficking in DC and around the world.
The Pitch CCB day concept was based on the local angel investment community practice of inviting startup companies seeking funding to a session attended by accredited investors who seek new investment opportunities. Liz Sara, a local high-tech entrepreneur, angel investor and member of the Capital City Ball Executive Committee, spearheaded the initiative.
“The ‘Pitch CCB Day’ was a terrific, high energy forum that enabled the leadership of five charities in this field to meet and hear from each other, while at the same time to share with the Executive Committee their missions and specific needs for programs they could advance with extra funding,” said Liz Sara. “In essence, we created a platform for this community that did not previously exist and that can now enable each one to leverage the knowledge, experience and resources of the group to further the overall cause,” she explained.
The Capital City Ball is a hot-ticket event in the city each year, drawing a diverse crowd from among DC’s varied political, business, legal, philanthropic and diplomatic circles.
According to co-founders Bruce Fries and John Dunford, the goal in founding the Capital City Ball in 2007 was to create a memorable event that benefited deserving charities which combat human trafficking. “We’re excited about the success of this novel approach and have received an enthusiastic response to the overall process,” said John Dunford. “We hope to see some inter-organizational collaboration as a result,” added Bruce Fries.
Human Trafficking is the second-largest criminal industry in the world. It is an issue that affects every country. An estimated 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked each year into the United States alone.
Tanya Lynn Sabel
Capital City Ball
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