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12 Dec 18
Sound Books

7 of the most interesting fictional drugs Fictional drugs are a major part of the lore and foundation for many science fiction stories. The unique effects they have on their characters is an interesting new way to explore important issues. Many of these fictional drugs are synonymous with the stories that have been told. Fiction […]

12 Dec 18
The Denver Post
A major development company fired an employee Wednesday as the Denver District Attorney’s Office reviewed city allegations of collusion in the planned expansion of the Colorado Convention Center. The city on Tuesday revealed potential misconduct in the [cq comment=”development”]bidding process for the $233 million project.[cq comment=”Cq”] Wednesday, the government released documents to The Denver Post with new details of the scandal. City officials believe Trammell Crow, a company that was managing the convention center project, “attempted to eliminate a bidder,” “improperly released City documents” and “altered plans without the City’s knowledge,” according to a letter signed by Eulois Cleckley, director of the Department of Public Works.[cq comment=”Cq”] Trammell Crow announced Wednesday that it had fired an unnamed employee. Bill Mosher, the company’s senior managing director in Denver, apologized in a statement “for the disruption to the convention center expansion project that has occurred because of the actions of our former employee.” Documents released by the city also say Mortenson Construction, a general contractor bidding on the project, “has been implicated in violations of the City’s requirements with regard to the integrity of its bidding process.”[cq comment=”Cq”] In another letter sent Tuesday, Mayor Michael Hancock asked that District Attorney Beth McCann investigate “potential illegal acts by private parties.” He said the city has “discovered potentially improper collusion between the City’s project management consultant and one of the proposers.”[cq comment=”Cq”] The letters imply that “they have discovered some kind of evidence that somebody was cheating, basically, to get the contract on their terms, or whatever they wanted to get,” said Jason Schall, a former federal prosecutor who isn’t involved in the matter.[cq comment=”Cq”] “We don’t know what that is yet, but typically there’s a quid pro quo — ‘You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.’ ” Trammell Crow and Mortenson, which have been involved with a number of major Denver projects, each launched an internal investigation and promised to cooperate with the city, according to statements from the companies.[cq comment=”Cq”] What happened? Denver voters approved partial funding for the convention center in 2015. The plan is to add a ballroom and outdoor terrace atop the center, plus technology upgrades and lobby renovations for the existing building. The initial public price estimate was $104 million, but that number grew to $233 million as plans were finalized. The budget gap will be funded in part by a new tax on hotel visits.[cq comment=”Cq”] The project was in the bidding phase, meaning that companies had submitted proposals in a competition to win the right to work on the project. City officials were preparing to interview a shortlist of three companies — Mortenson, Hensel Phelps Construction and PCL Construction Services.[cq comment=”Cq”] But things went off course in October, according to City Attorney Kristin Bronson.[cq comment=”Cq”] “A public works employee noticed what I would call an anomaly that appeared to be inconsistent with the city process and made some inquires,” she said. The responses to those questions were “problematic,” so the City Attorney’s Office got involved and hired outside attorneys. The investigation “included obtaining documents, reviewing emails, interviewing witnesses,” she said, “and we got to a point where it became very clear that we had a tainted process, that there had been collusion and that we’d gotten as far in our investigation as we could and that we needed to hand this over to the district attorney’s office.” City officials met with DA staff Monday night and formally requested a DA investigation Tuesday.[cq comment=”Cq”] The city also sent letters that day to all three of the shortlist bidders, announcing that the bidding process was canceled. The city has not made any allegations against PCL or Hensel Phelps.[cq comment=”Cq”] Construction was to begin late in 2019. The city hasn’t announced a new timeline.[cq comment=”Cq”] “With the reopening of the bid process, the city will work to minimize any delays and pursue all available legal remedies to recover damages,” wrote public works spokeswoman Nancy Kuhn in an email.[cq comment=”Cq”] The companies Trammell Crow, based in Dallas, has worked in Denver for 50 years, claiming $2 billion in Denver metro projects and purchases over the last decade.[cq comment=”Cq”] Mortenson, headquartered in Minneapolis, emphasizes its expertise in “virtual design and construction,” a specialty that it used on the sharp angles of the Denver Art Museum.[cq comment=”Cq”] Mortenson and Trammell Crow have partnered previously on major projects in Colorado: The Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center was developed by Trammell Crow with Mortenson as the builder.[cq comment=”Cq”] Trammell Crow is the developer and Mortenson the general contractor for the $196 million redevelopment of the Denver Water campus.[cq comment=”Cq”] The Denver Water project is still underway. “We do not know what, if any, impact they will have on our project,” wrote Denver Water spokesman Travis Thompson in an email. “We are gathering facts and determining our next steps.”[cq comment=”Cq”] The fallout The scandal already has delivered significant consequences, and they’re likely to keep coming. Trammell Crow’s now-canceled contract was worth about $9 million, and it’s not clear how much of that sum the company will collect.[cq comment=”Cq”] [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] The city also is re-examining Mortenson’s prequalification status for bidding on city contracts. The company recently completed three other contracts with Denver Public Works, and it still holds an on-call contract with that department.[cq comment=”Cq”] Hancock’s administration also will work with Denver City Council to strength the city’s debarment law, which allows it to ban companies from future city work, Bronson said.[cq comment=”Cq”] The DA’s white-collar-crime division is handling the case. “For it to start in the civil City Attorney’s Office … suggests a violation of a nondisclosure agreement, something like that,” according to Schall, the former prosecutor. “But clearly that entity, the City Attorney’s Office, had something that bothered them, potentially something that would be criminal, that they would send across the street to the DA’s office. The DA’s office has more resources to investigate — principally the grand jury.” The reactions Two of Hancock’s political challengers said the debacle is an example of a broader pattern. “It’s clearly a sign that things have gone too far, and it’s clearly a sign that the mayor’s not managing the city and he’s not paying attention,” said Penfield Tate, a mayoral candidate. As an example, he pointed to accusations that a former airport official rigged bidding for a restaurant contract.[cq comment=”Cq”] Tate called for an FBI investigation, saying that the case could involve political corruption. Bronson said she spoke with the state’s U.S. Attorney’s Office, and she said DA McCann could bring in federal agencies if appropriate.[cq comment=”Cq”] Mayoral candidate Lisa Calderón said the case mirrors her own experience. Her organization recently lost its contract to provide services to people leaving Denver’s jails. It was awarded to another group after a bidding process. In an ongoing lawsuit, she alleges retaliation.[cq comment=”Cq”] “I think it’s very serious. What I would like to see, actually, is a full audit of the major contracts, because I just don’t buy that it’s a one-off, something that is unusual. I think this is this administration’s way of doing business, and somehow it got out, so they’re making a big deal of doing an investigation,” Calderón said.[cq comment=”Cq”] Jamie Giellis, another candidate for mayor, said it is too early in the investigation to cast blame.[cq comment=”Cq”] The city is reviewing its existing contracts but has paused its investigation at the DA’s request, according to Bronson. The situation, she said, is “unprecedented in recent memory.”  
12 Dec 18
Alice in Methodologyland

Hello, my dear colleagues! This post is one of the essays in the series of 8 reflective essays from the course Teaching English to Young Learners. This is a course in the 4th year of the undergraduate studies for primary school teachers. I am taking this additional course, as a preschool teacher, with a goal […]

12 Dec 18
Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Ghrelin promotes conditioning to food-related odours The holiday season is a hard one for anyone watching their weight. The sights and smells of food are hard to resist. One factor in this hunger response is a hormone found in the stomach that makes us more vulnerable to tasty food smells, encouraging overeating and obesity. New […]

12 Dec 18
Who's Who Lifetime Achievement

Title:  Theodore Basselin Professor of Philosophy Company:  Catholic University of America Location:  Washington, DC United States  Achievements: Inductee, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement (2018) Scholary Excellence Award, American Maritin Society (2012) Recipient, Distinguished Alumni Award for Scholarship, Catholic University of America (2001) John Findlay Award, Metaphysical Society of America (2002) Basselin Scholar (1953-1956) Penfield Fellow […]

11 Dec 18
LDNfashion - The definitive fashion guide to London

What? Four Marketing Sample Sale The fashion agency will be offering up to 80% off brands including Agent Provocateur, Velvet, 7 For All Mankind, AG Jeans, Orla Kiely, Kendall & Kylie, Perseverance London, Stutterheim, Penfield, VIX and Zoe Karssen. The selection will include clothing, denim, swimwear and underwear. Please note that the majority of the […]

11 Dec 18
My World War 1 Experience

(Account managed by Amanda Engel and Flynn Weber)   The picture above illustrates three women plowing their farmland to make room for the upcoming battle. As a result, crops could not be produced in France, causing food shortages. One item that was most needed was bread, hence the phrase “Will you help the Women in […]

10 Dec 18
Tree Lines

Aside from keeping insects away from your home, you will also need to closely watch stumps as they can sprout new trees. If you went to the trouble to have that tree removed, it is unlikely you want a whole new one growing there again. While taking care of new growth is a minor task, […]

09 Dec 18
Stephen Fielding Images

Fall is a time for the environment to begin recycling itself. Animals fatten in preparation for flight, hibernation, or just winter survival; colors change. Unfortunately, the colors were not so prominent this year, due to weather anomalies. However, I did manage to find some good pockets of color. The top left image was taken under […]

09 Dec 18

For The Duke of Paris

profoundgaiety: A poster by Edward Penfield.

09 Dec 18

For The Duke of Paris

profoundgaiety: A poster by Edward Penfield.

09 Dec 18
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glumshoe: The 1920′s equivalent to like… planking or T-posing was “pole-sitting”, in which people would climb to the top of flag poles and sit there. For days. There were public contests and fierce competitions for world-records to see how long you could remain sitting on the top of a pole. A guy named Bill Penfield set […]

08 Dec 18

wanderinginthedark

profoundgaiety: A poster by Edward Penfield. Source: profoundgaiety

08 Dec 18
Swank Jewel

Brainstormer Dr. Wilder Penfield has detected a band within the brain that is the fundamental basis of memory power. All thoughts, thoughts, and thoughts, which enter the mind, have to pass through that band. The memory of those memories, like the very fine films or tape recorder, gets accumulated like a sound and lies in […]