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I spoke tonight with Casey Wallace, a lawyer at a prominent Texas law firm that filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that one of Senator Norm Coleman’s campaign donors, Nasser Kazeminy, had aided the senator by hiring a firm where his wife worked. The lawsuit was filed against Kazeminy on behalf of Paul McKim, the founder and a minority shareholder of a firm called Deep Marine Technologies.
The lawsuit alleges:
In March 2007, Kazeminy began ordering the payment of corporate funds to companies and individuals who tendered no goods or services to DMT for the stated purpose of trying to financially assist United States Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota.…Kazeminy told Mr. McKim that he [Kazeminy] would make sure there was paperwork to make it appear as though the payments were made in connection with the legitimate transations, explaining further that Senator Coleman’s wife, Laurie, worked for the Hays Companies, an insurance broker in Minneapolis, and that the payments could be made to Hays for insurance.
Wallace told me:
The allegations in the lawsuit are backed up with specifics. You can see that we had information and documents to back it up. We’re not pulling it out of thin air.
Before we filed the lawsuit, other minority shareholders filed a claim asserting many of the same things. Our firm did an investigation and we determined that Mr. McKim was wronged.
We didn’t allege that Norm Coleman did anything wrong. We didn’t sue him or his wife or the Hays Companies. The wrongs were done to the company [DMT] and to the minority shareholders.
The lawsuit was filed Monday and it started the engines for settlement negotiations. To show our good faith, we dismissed the lawsuit. The settlement negotiations broke down and we re-filed the lawsuit today.
Senator Coleman has vehemently denied the allegations of the lawsuit. I was unable to reach Kazeminy for comment, and previous attempts to reach Kazeminy have been unsuccessful.
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I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”