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Murder of Student Brings Skeletons Out Of Yale Closet

schless 2Joseph Schlessinger, Chair of the Pharmacology Department at Yale University School of Medicine is one of the few people at Yale to have gone  on record when student Annie Le was reported missing. 

The Pharmacology Department “knows nothing” about the disappearance, Schlessinger told the Yale Daily News last Friday.

Schlessinger said he first learned that Le was missing when he received an email from her faculty advisor Anton Bennett, an assistant professor in the pharmacology department.  Schlessinger says he received that email at about noon on September 8, the day Le disappeared.  The Yale Daily News reports that, according to Schlessinger, Bennett advised him that Le had not shown up for work and nobody knew where she was.  Professor Bennett has not commented publicly on the email, but he did describe to the Yale Daily News the growing apprehension as the day wore on, “There was certainly immediate concern about her whereabouts,” Bennett said. “And they grew over the course of the day,” especially after she missed a pathology class for which she is a teaching assistant.

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Now we know that Annie Le was killed in a lab on the Yale campus sometime after 10am.  She is seen entering the building at about that time, recorded by a security camera.

Schlessinger pointed out to the Yale Daily News that his student was concerned about crime in and around Yale “She did not feel safe in New Haven,” Schlessinger said, adding that her 4’ 11” stature would have made her an easy target.

She was always talking about the wedding,” said Schlessinger, “We are just concerned; we are like her parents.”

But the real parents of pharmacology students at Yale may not want Schlessinger taking on the role of surrogate parent, especially if they know about a sexual harassment suit filed against Schlessinger and Yale University which was quietly settled out of court.  Those parents may also want to know that a U.S. District Court Judge ruled Schlessinger improperly obtained a patent for a well-known cancer drug. Or perhaps they would want to know why someone registered the domain name josephschlessinger.com for the sole purpose of promulgating misdeeds attributed to Schlessinger, and how Schlessinger was able wrest control of that domain from its owner in what Internet industry experts say was an unprecedented arbitration case in his favor.

Mary Beth Garceau  began working as a secretary at the Yale School of Medicine back in 2001.  Her supervisor was Joseph Schlessinger.  Garceau claims in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that Schlessinger made repeated lewd observations and suggestions to her, from telling jokes about penis size to showing her hard-core pornography.  She says the harassment started on day one and didn’t end until she quit nearly three years later.  The complaint goes on to say that Yale University was culpable in that university officials did not address her concerns when they were brought to their attention.

From the complaint:

[He] commented on the size of her breasts and style of her underwear…On her first day of work, she says, Schlessinger told a joke to a colleague involving penis size and watched for her response…[H]e once showed her pornography on his office computer and, another time, pulled a picture from his desk showing a naked woman without a head and told her it was his wife.

In April to May 2002, plaintiff had the responsibility to schedule a meeting between Dr. Schlessinger and the Director of the Cancer Center. Dr. Schlessinger became angry because of a decision a committee made to reject his preferred candidate for that position. When plaintiff discussed with the scheduling of a meeting, he answered, “F*** them, I am not meeting with them”. Surprised, the plaintiff responded in question form, “F*** them?”.  Dr. Schlessinger responded, “I bet it would be fun to f**** you.”  At this point, plaintiff became fearful and left the room.

Garceau also alleged that Schlessinger bragged about the number of women he had slept with, claiming the number came to 46, and commented on the size of her breasts and style of her underwear   In another incident, Garceau claims Schlessinger asked her to pick him up at home and take him to work so he wouldn’t have to leave his car in New Haven during a business trip. She says he greeted her at the door in an open shirt with “no clothes underneath” and asked her to come to his bedroom upstairs and help him pack. She said she felt nervous and afraid but went upstairs because he was her supervisor.

Garceau alleges that university officials seemed more interested in protecting Schlessinger’s reputation than investigating her complaints.

The terms of the settlement in the case were never disclosed, but Yale spokesman Tom Conroy said the university believes there was no violation of law. Yale University defines sexual harassment as unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature on campus or off. Violations are punishable by “serious disciplinary action.”

Another case involving Schlessinger did go to trial.

Imclone is the biotech company best known for a stock collapse that helped land founder Sam Waksal and his Martha Stewart in prison.  The company was also the center of a court case that pitted three distinguished scientists from Israel’s Weizmann Institute against their ex-colleague Joseph Schlessinger in a patent dispute involving the cancer drug Erbitux.  The three scientists essentially accused Schlessinger of stealing the patent.  

In September 2006 U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled against Schlessinger and in favor of the three scientists who were declared the true inventors of Erbitux.  While Schlessinger testified at trial that he developed the “only unique material” during experimentation, the judge disagreed, saying “Schlessinger in no way directed the research of the Weizmann scientists and had absolutely no interaction with them during the course of their experimentation.  The judge went on to say that the Weizmann scientists were not included as inventors on the patent even though they conducted all of the experiments relating to mixing the antibody and chemotherapy drugs.

Professor Michael Sela, one of the plaintiffs and an ex-colleague of Schlessinger said after the verdict,  “I don’t mind if I don’t take a patent, unless it’s stolen from me. Then I have to react. At the beginning, when I first saw it, I was in a state of shock. I mean, money is not important, but my name and my science, my honor demanded I should be replaced.”

Joseph Schlessinger is no stranger to legal battles and seems to be a person always ready to argue his case.  That was what happened when a man by the name of Harold O’Connor, believed to be pseudonym, decided to register the domain name josephschlessinger.com.  His sole purpose for the website was to post information about the sexual harassment suit and the Imclone case. This time Schlessinger won, much to the dismay of experts who follow domain name dispute cases.  

Schlessinger brought his case before the World Intellectual Property Organization, the body that arbitrates disputes involving the Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy.  Schlessinger argued through his lawyers that the domain name should be transferred to him claiming common law rights to his name as a trademark.  Schlessinger has never registered his name as a trademark and critics of the decision say that his name is not recognizable to the general public, the standard used to claim common law trademark rights. Andrew Alleman, who writes about the domain name industry, was befuddled by the decision, “I’m perplexed at how panelists decide that a person has achieved significant enough popularity to have trademark rights to their name. The random selection of a panelist seems to be more important than how well known the person actually is.”

The decision by WIPO was also criticized as a violation of free speech and industry insiders say they are surprised that Schlessinger prevailed.

Much has been said about Yale’s handling of the Le disappearance and the subsequent investigation.  Yale has come under criticism in the past for protecting its good name over the rights and needs of its students.  The murder of Annie Le, a story that has gripped the nation, in all its tragic reality, will undoubtedly shine a spotlight on Yale, its practices and its culture. 

This case will not be settled quietly.

Key Figure in Blogojojevich Probe Found Dead

Christopher Kelly, a key figure in the federal corruption probe into former Illinois Governor Rod Blogojevich has been found dead.

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The Cook County medical examiner’s office today confirmed that Kelly’s body was brought to the morgue and that the cause of death was  salicylate intoxication.

Salicylates are used in pain medications.

Blogojevich released the following statement:

“I am deeply saddened to hear that Chris has died. My heart goes out to his wife, Carmen, his three daughters, Grace, Jacqueline, and Claire and his entire family. They are in our prayers.”

Kelly was a top fundraiser for Blagojevich.  He was indicted at the same time as Bologojevich. 

Report of Yale Student’s Body Found Erroneous:

Professor Reportedly Eyed by Police

Yale Says Professor is Not a Suspect — Will Release Statement Today

Update 5:05pm et: REPORT: BODY FOUND

Update 5:01pm et: NEW HAVEN POLICE TO HOLD 5:30PM NEWS CONFERENCE.

lePolice have found items of bloody clothing in ceiling tiles of the building where Yale research student Annie Le was last seen alive. The report comes from New Haven television station WTNH — which says police are now considering the area a crime scene. New Haven police will only say that no body has been found — but they did not deny the television report. In the meantime police are focusing on a Yale professor who abruptly canceled a class the day Le went missing. Le attended that class according the New York Post. The University has come forward to say that the professor is not a suspect. In a sign that there may be movement in the investigation — New Haven States Attorney Michael Dearington was on the scene today, and Yale University says it will put out a statement sometime later in the day.

CNN Goes With FALSE Security Breach STORY

Omits FALSE Reporting Angle From Own Story

CNN Statement:

CNN STATEMENT:

 

CNN staff were monitoring law enforcement activity this morning given the 9/11 anniversary.

After hearing a U.S. Coast Guard radio transmission that a boat had breached a security zone on the Potomac River a short distance from the Pentagon where the President had just attended a 9/11 anniversary ceremony, CNN contacted the Coast Guard public affairs office at the agency’s headquarters. The Coast Guard spokeswoman said she was unaware of any activity taking place on the Potomac River.  

After hearing a further radio transmission about 10 rounds being expended, and after reviewing video of rapid movement by Coast Guard vessels as the President’s motorcade crossed the Memorial Bridge, CNN reported the story. Simultaneously, during a second phone call, the Coast Guard spokeswoman informed us that its National Command Center and other command posts knew nothing about any activity in the area.

Given the circumstances, it would have been irresponsible not to report on what we were hearing and seeing. As with any breaking news story, information is often fluid and CNN updated the story with the official explanation from the Coast Guard as soon as it was provided.

CNN in a story on its website, seems to be leading with a vindication of itself, highlighting the fact that the Coast Guard did not alert other agencies about the exercise (apparently they didn’t notify news organizations either). There is NO mention in the story that the exercise caused CNN to go on the air with breaking news, which made this a story in the first place.   The headline reads:  Coast Guard to review exercise after Potomac security scare. IT WAS CNN REPORTING THAT CAUSED THE SCARE IN THE FIRST PLACE — BUT THAT FACT IS LEFT OUT OF THE STORY!

Minutes after American Airlines 1549 had ditched into the Hudson River last January and news organizations started learning about the near-impossible event — a much-respected, senior assignment editor at ABC sent an email around to all news personnel stating that the incident had to be a “movie shoot”.

He was wrong. 

But in a way he was very right.  Right for the way he was thinking.

Today the US Coast Guard was conducting an exercise on the Potomac River when news organizations started hearing about shots fired in some sort of security breach.  CNN went wild of course, the Breaking News Banner went up and the coverage was wall-to-wall immediately.  A lot is already being said about the bright idea to hold a security exercise on 9/11 — but that has no bearing on what the news network did.  They went with a story without checking. 

If only someone had thought like that ABC assignment editor during the Miracle on the Hudson.  It is something we always need to keep in mind as news people — if it looks too “real”, check, and then check again.  When I was a producer on the desk, I always would think “drill” if something seemed “too big”.  Even on 9/11/01, for a second or two, I wondered if this was some sort of mass exercise. 

In my days on the desk, I remember getting familiar with the way the NYPD conducted their drills, the codes they would use, and the language that would come across the radios.  CNN was working off radio communications — which is one of best and worst ways to get information.  Yes you’ll get to hear what’s going on on the ground, but they’re talking to each other.  Nobody is giving you, the reporter, the information.  Overhearing conversations are never the same as taking part in them.   So this is raw information.  As raw as it gets.  You use the information at your own peril.  It’s not wrong to use the information heard in radio communications, it just should not be used as the sole source of your reporting.

And then there’s always the ability to pick up the phone.  But today there seems to be no time for verification.  You snooze you lose.

What I would like to know is how the media will will cover this story, if at all.  Will they simply continue questioning the government about the ridiculous idea of having an exercise on the Potomac on 9/11?  Is it possible for once, that news organizations will not see themselves as “protected” against the same type of scrutiny they cast on others? 

The government messes up it gets coverage, as it should.  Wall Street messes up it gets coverage.  The school system messes up it gets coverage.  Let’s face it — any individual citizen messes up, anybody on the planet, the media has no compunction reporting the infraction to the world, and in many cases hurting that individual or even destroying that person’s life.

I’d like to see the media cover this in the same aggressive manner, camped out outside CNN HQ, demanding answers.  But I’m not going to hold my breath that that segment is STILL TO COME on CNN.

Watching the CNN video of the bogus story, and knowing what an embarrassment it is, this one line kept repeating in my head, “In a story you’ll only see here on CNN”.

Fri Sep 11, 10:11 am ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard fired on a suspicious boat in the Potomac River in central Washington, D.C., amid high security while September 11 memorial ceremonies were being held nearby at the Pentagon, CNN reported on Friday.

CNN is NOT playing this on their website.  They’re only playing clips from the point they got the story right:

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Stossel to FOX – Statement From ABC NEWS

stosselJohn has been an important part of the ABC News family for decades and we will miss him.  He has engaged, and occasionally enraged, our audience with thought provoking opinions and analysis.  John is a unique figure in American journalism and will be an asset to Fox News in this next chapter of his terrific career.  We wish John the very best and look forward to hearing his take on the great issues of the day from his new home at Fox.

GLENN BECK Purge Continues — YOSI SERGEANT OUT at the NEA

The right-wing attack on Barack Obama to purge people whose ideas don’t conform with theirs continues.  This time it is the dangerous Yosi Sergeant who held the all-powerful position of Communications Director at the National Endowment for the Arts.  Conflicting Reports has obtained a statement from the NEA — believed to be part of a press release that is being prepared to announce Sergeant’s resignation:

“On August tenth, the National Endowment for the Arts participated in a call with arts organizations to inform them of the president’s call to national service. The White House office of public engagement also participated in the call, which provided information on how the Corporation for National and Community Service can assist groups interested in sponsoring service projects or having their members volunteer on other projects. This call was not a means to promote any legislative agenda and any suggestions to that end are simply false. The NEA regularly does outreach to various organizations to inform of the work we are doing and the resources available to them.”

This all started with a confence call on national service conducted by the NEA.  An artist on the call ran a tape and sent it to Beck who then portrayed the NEA as running a propoganda machine similar to that of Nazi Germany.

The Washinton Times jumped on the bandwagon and helped the right-wing purge by throwing gasoline on the fire:

 http://www.washingtontimes.com/weblogs/watercooler/2009/sep/01/official-dishonesty-national-endowment-arts/

Sergeant was a key player in the Obama campaign.  One can only wonder if what originally put this on their radar is that the man’s name is YOSI — very UN-American.

 

Hillary Clinton Considering Stepping Down as Sec of State to Run for GOVERNOR of NEW YORK.

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Michael Goldfarb of the Weekly Standard is reporting that he has learned from two sources that Hillary Clinton is considering a run for governor of New York.

Another ‘FAMILY VALUES’ REPUBLICAN Caught in Bed — This Time With a Lobbyist

Orange County — the bastion of California conservatism and family values is the home of Michaell Duval.  He is the assemblyman that represents Yorba Linda and surrounding area in the state legislature.

Duvall is now at the center of a sex scandal that makes Mark Sanford look like a Franciscan Monk.

Just before a committee meeting in July Duvall didn’t realize the microphone in front of him was hot — as he boasted about an adulterous affair with a woman 19 years younger than him. And the woman is a lobbyist for the utility industry. And Duvall sits on the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee.

“She wears little eye-patch underwear, so, the other day she came here with her underwear, Thursday. And
 so, we had made love Wednesday–a lot! And so she’ll, she’s all, ‘I am going 
up and down the stairs, and you’re dripping out of me!’ So messy!” “And so her birthday was Monday,  I was 54 on June 14, so for a month, she was 19 years younger than 
me. I said, ‘Now, you’re getting old. I am going to have to trade you in.’ And she goes, ‘[I’m] 36.’ She is 18 years younger than me. And so I keep
 teasing her, and she goes, ‘I know you French men. You divide your age by 
two and add seven, and if you’re older than that, you dump us.'”

Duval scored a 100 per cent rating  from the Capital Resource Institute’s annual legislative scorecard:

“For the last two years he has voted, time and time again, to protect and preserve family values in California. We are grateful for his support of California families and will continue to look for it in the upcoming session.”

http://republican.assembly.ca.gov/member/72/?p=article&sid=167&id=219702

 

Duvall is married with two children. More on the lobbyist/girlfriend from OC Weekly:

According to voter-registration records reviewed by the Weekly, veteran Sacramento-based lobbyist Heidi DeJong Barsuglia turned 36 years old on Monday, July 6. Legislative sources say they have witnessed Duvall, who is vice chairman of 
the Assembly’s powerful Committee on Utilities & Commerce, socializing after-hours with Barsuglia. Sources–who asked for anonymity because of 
Duvall’s power in the capital–say Susan Duvall usually stays in Orange
 County during the week, when her husband flies to Sacramento. They also say 
they have seen Duvall with Barsuglia in restaurants, “arm-in-arm” at political fund-raising events and even shopping together for groceries just blocks from the capitol building.
 “Their relationship is the worst-kept secret in Sacramento,” a capitol staffer recently told me. “He’s old and fat. She’s hot, blonde and about 20
 years younger. He could have never gotten a woman like that before he got
 this job.'”

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/breaking-news/oc-assemblyman-in-bed-with-lob/

Reagan Gave Obama-Like National Address To Students in 1988 — Broadcast on C-Span

NEW: Palin Talks DEATH PANELS Before NY State Legislature

 

Reagan Gave Obama-Like National Address To Students in 1988 — Broadcast on C-Span

PALIN Pushes OBAMA DEATH PANELS in Testimony to NY Legislature

She may not want to be the Governor of Alaska anymore — but that doesn’t mean she’s no longer interested in state politics — especially when it comes to New York.

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Sarah Palin today provided testimony to the New York State Senate after being invited by conservative Ruben Diaz.  And Senator Diaz is not the only unlikely friend the former vice-presidential candidate has picked-up.  She quotes the left-leaning Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post for all the nice things he’s written about her.

 In a letter to Senator Diaz — outlining her testimony — Palin continues to hit hard on the idea that President Obama wants to kill your grandmother:

A great deal of attention was given to my use of the phrase “death panel” in discussing such rationing.[7] Despite repeated attempts by many in the media to dismiss this phrase as a “myth”, its accuracy has been vindicated. In the face of a nationwide public outcry, the Senate Finance Committee agreed to “drop end-of-life provisions from consideration entirely because of the way they could be misinterpreted and implemented incorrectly.”[8] Jim Towey, the former head of the White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, then called attention to what’s already occurring at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, where “government bureaucrats are greasing the slippery slope that can start with cost containment but quickly become a systematic denial of care.”[9] Even Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, a strong supporter of President Obama, agreed that “if the government says it has to control health care costs and then offers to pay doctors to give advice about hospice care, citizens are not delusional to conclude that the goal is to reduce end-of-life spending.”[10] And of course President Obama has not backed away from his support for the creation of an unelected, largely unaccountable Independent Medicare Advisory Council to help control Medicare costs; he had previously suggested that such a group should guide decisions regarding “that huge driver of cost . . . the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives….”[11]

The full text of the letter is posted on Sarah Palin’s Facebook Page –which is how she primarily communicates with the media and the public.