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Today, November 29, 2016 is Giving Tuesday, also known as GivingTuesday or #GivingTuesday.

GivingTuesday -11.29.2016Giving Tuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday as a way to start the holiday giving season. It is a “global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.”

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y (New York City) along with the United Nations Foundation. Last year, over 45,000 partners in 71 countries participated in Giving Tuesday and nearly $117 million was raised online for nonprofits in the United States alone. It is a day for people and organizations to give and for nonprofits to reach out for your support and giving. […]

National Wear Red Day 2015Today is National Wear Red Day®, which is celebrated annually on the first Friday of February. The American Heart Association (AHA), HHS, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and many other organizations celebrate and promote National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about women’s  heart disease and the fact that it is largely preventable. Heart disease is the #1 cause of death of women.

This post will discuss the National Wear Red Day and Heart Truth® campaign, what heart disease is as well as statistics, risk factors and prevention.  […]

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced its preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014. Unfortunately, the top 10 for 2014 was the same as 2013. This demonstrates that employers continue to not do enough to protect their employees. […]

Blog Post Image: California Businesses Cannot Limit Negative ReviewsCalifornia will become the first state that will impose civil penalties for businesses that include non-disparagement clauses, which are those that limit or prohibit negative reviews by customers. The law also goes farther and punishes businesses that “otherwise penalize” consumers for negative reviews. This law is considered a victory for consumers while businesses face a lot of uncertainty. […]

Fitness Band and Digital SelfUse an activity-tracking device, such as a fitness tracking band, or application? Users should be very cautious due to serious security issues as your data may not be safe. These tracking devices and applications contain a lot of personal, private information. According to Symantec, in a Report entitled “How safe is your quantified self?” users need to be very concerned about security with these devices and applications as their data may be at risk.

Mona Lisa with a My Little Pony HeadThe Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a conviction based on “morphing” an image to include a minor’s face as depicting child pornography. The appeals court rejected the man’s arguments that federal pornography laws, as applied to the “morphed image,” were not unconstitutional under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. The “morphed image” was a couple having sex with a minor’s face superimposed over the adult female in the original image. If the man chooses to appeal, either the full Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals or the United States Supreme Court would have to reverse the decision.


Give To Lincoln Day May 29, 2014Give to Lincoln Day 2014 began at 12:00 am today. Give to Lincoln Day is a day dedicated to supporting nonprofit organizations in the city of Lincoln, as well as Lancaster County, Nebraska. From 12:00 am to 11:59 pm people can donate to qualifying local non-profit organizations. The Lincoln Community Foundation, along with other sponsors, will be giving away an additional $300,000 in a challenge match pool. Help keep Lincoln great. Make a donation now, without leaving your home, by going to givetolincoln.com. […]

Washington’s Birthday aka Presidents’ Day

Today, February 17, 2014, is Presidents’ Day. It was originally established in 1885, and was held on February 22, to honor and recognize George Washington’s birthday. Abraham Lincoln also had a February birthday. Although it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday, it is widely known as “Presidents’ Day,” and is generally viewed as a day to celebrate all United States presidents. In addition, the celebration date was changed to the third Monday in February in 1971 as part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

Happy Presidents' Day


Blog Post: Kansas Lawmaker Wants Deadlines On Courts Issuing DecisionsKansas Senate Vice President Jeff King has offered Senate Bill 289 that, if passed and enacted, would impose time deadlines for most Kansas courts to have to issue decisions in cases. The impetus for the bill appears to be that Kansas legislators have been waiting for the Kansas Supreme Court to issue a ruling on a school finance lawsuit that was heard on appeal by the justices in October. This bill seemingly has problems with both enforcement and the separation of powers between the legislative and judicial branches of government. […]

Veterans DayNovember 11, 2013, is Veterans Day. Although both Memorial Day and Veterans Day honor veterans, Memorial Day is a day in which we honor those veterans who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. Veterans Day is a day to honor all veterans, living or deceased, who served this County. Veterans Day is for veterans of all five branches of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. We celebrate Veterans Day with flags, memorials, parades, and acts of kindness for members of the military. We should honor and thank all veterans, as well as their families, for their passionate and dedicated service to our County by protecting us and the freedoms we cherish. […]