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The elegy is such a popular French form that it seems appropriate for this topic, but surely there must be more to say. Is there any city outside the US that can inspire black American artists the way Paris once did?    
The City of Light once drew thousands of black expats across the Atlantic, but does it still have the same appeal?
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Finally! It's a relief - premature, of course - to read that police departments are starting to question the militarization they've undergone starting, if this article is accurate, around 1982. Thank you #SeanWhent   #OaklandPoliceChief  for trying to get away from the shoot first training. 
A small but vocal number of law enforcement officials are calling for a rethinking of axioms that have emphasized how to use force, not how to avoid it.
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Recently our colleague Robert Webber pointed out how reading Franz Kafka may be helpful to understand out how the DOS #Visa_Bulletin works.  

This is the system which allocates the visa quota numbers for immigrant visas and green cards – the famous “line” that anti-immigrant people are always telling the undocumented to get into. 

In the April 2015 Visa Bulletin, the current priority date for EB-3 China retrogressed from October 22, 2011, to January 1, 2011.
In English: 
#Priority_date means the date on which your sponsor (employer or family member) began the process. 
• Current means the date listed in the Visa Bulletin. For you to apply for a green card based on your sponsor’s petition in a particular month, your priority date must be earlier than the current priority date for that month for your specific type of case. 
• EB-3 China means [1] your employer petitioned to get you a green card based on a job that requires your specialized bachelor’s degree, and [2] you were born in China.  
#Retrogressed means that the current priority date went backwards – in this case, almost 10 months. 

DOS explained this by saying "We moved the priority dates forward a lot the last few months, and we've seen increases in green card applications, so now we have to close the window by moving the date backward." 

That makes sense in a vacuum; but here’s what happens in the real world:
When cases in the backlog become current, Immigration (aka CIS, formerly INS) finally gets around to looking at them. What do they do? They issue RFEs (requests for evidence) ordering applicants to submit new medical exams.

They do this because of a relatively new and stupid policy that medical exam results are now only valid for 12 months. This rule has not resulted in any change to who has been admitted. It has simply forced thousands of applicants to pay unnecessary fees to undergo unnecessary medical exams. 

So now our clients are dutifully getting new medical exams – but by the time we get the RFE responses to Immigration, they won't have time to review the cases before the priority date has retrogressed. 

The result is that these cases will sit in the backlog at Immigration, and DOS will probably hold the priority dates for another 12 months, resulting in yet another RFE ordering another useless medical exam. 

This is what happened last summer to EB-2 India (your employer’s petition was based on a job that required a specialized master’s degree, and you were born in India) except it was even more ridiculous then because those clients received RFEs requesting new medical exams -- but their priority dates never became current.

As Robert remarked, “I'm pretty sure this is the plot line of an unfinished novel by #Franz_Kafka.”
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This has been getting worse for years...
About 20 percent of 2010 graduates have jobs that do not require a law license, a new study shows, and only 40 percent are working in law firms.
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I saw this column when it was published, but I keep coming back to it as an important observation on addiction, on the importance of human connections, and on evidence-based therapy. Shouldn't this be part of the political discussion of drug legalization and the war on drugs? 
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One of the problems with the hysterical anti-immigrant politics of the GOP in Congress is that it prevents bipartisanship on issues like this one. Everyone should support efficient use of taxpayer money. Instead of anti-Obama wild goose chases, Congressional oversight committees should be asking DHS to show how they are going to waste less. 
A Homeland Security Department review found $41 million was wasted on charter flights for illegal immigrants.
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People at a company that's trying to create an Expert Personal Shopper might be interested in the fact that Ggl has acquired Timeful, a little start-up whose app's " algorithms seek not just to keep a record of your schedule but also to understand it—and to use that understanding to help you accomplish things you otherwise wouldn’t. It does this in much the same way a human assistant would: by carefully observing your patterns of activity and making timely recommendations based on its understanding of you."

The NSA would be interested as well, I'm sure. 
On Monday, Google bought a little Mountain View, California, startup that makes a mobile app called Timeful. This is a bigger deal than it might seem. In the galaxy of Google acquisitions—YouTube, Nest, DoubleClick—Timeful looks like a lesser light. It makes just one app, which is available on iOS only,...
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We Americans almost always get all warm and fuzzy thinking about independence movements, particularly if there haven't been a lot of killings related to them. Since the Scottish referendum went all boring and practical, I guess Occupy Wall St guy Will McLeod is excited by what seems like a second chance at something romantic connected to his family name. Very understandable.
The polls open UK wide in one week. But the most interesting part of the election is happening in Scotland. Here's a map of Scotland in 2010 along with the most recent Polling projections for ...
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Henri should've been on stage at this event. 
From 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., 62 philosophers held forth in 20-minute bursts on the Upper East Side, with lines extending several blocks and persisting until 5 a.m.
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I'm speechless. Forensic scientists seem to be #DAs'whores. So much for professional integrity. 
For more stories like this, like Slate on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The Washington Post published a story so horrifying this weekend that it would stop your breath: “The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed...
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Herding dog in Scotland living the dream. 
THE BIZARRE incident was reported by Traffic Scotland at junction 13 of the M74 near Abington in South Lanarkshire.
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We are keeping thousands of immigrants locked up NOT because they are flight risks or dangerous, but just because it benefits private prison companies. Specifically, Congress has ordered ICE to keep a daily average of 34,000 immigrants in custody ... just because. It's much cheaper to let people out on bond or with ankle bracelets, but ICE can't do this and still meet this stupid "bed mandate." 

The ICE jail system has expanded 47% in the last decade, and 62% of all ICE immigration detention beds are now operated by for-profit prison corporations. Two companies, CCA and GEO Group control 72% of the private immigration detention beds. 

US Immigration policy is being distorted by massive lobbying by these companies whose interests oppose the interests of the American people and the immigrants they detain. 
A report shows how lobbying efforts provide a steady flow of inmates to these detention centers.
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I am a lawyer in San Francisco. I've been a sole practitioner handling immigration cases of all kinds since 1993. I have a small office with a great legal assistant, and I love my job. I have super smart clients from all over the world building the tech world (H1Bs, Ls, Es, PERM, etc.). I have asylum seekers who've escaped from hideous abuse. I have couples and families who want to be together. 
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I've send many people to them for help and they've always done a great job. When you're in a tough spot, you want to have Cathy and Mary in your corner. Many years ago, Cathy and Mary mentored me and many other aspiring young lawyers in tenants' rights advocacy. They know the law like the back of their hand, they're not afraid of anybody, they're careful and on time, and they have hearts of gold. They're real mensches.
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I believe this is always the best way to find a good professional of any sort is to ask another professional in the right field for the professionals they would go to or send someone to. I was referred to Atty. Rivera by a fellow immigration lawyer I respect.It is early in the case, but his professionalism to date, and the professionalism of his assistant Maria Coronado, give me faith that he will take care of my client well. I'll report later how it goes.
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reviewed 6 months ago
I have 3 immediate family members there, so it's a place with a lot of intense memories. My only complaint is that for cremations, they only allow 1 family member to attend. It felt weird to have this major event treated like an administrative detail was weird. I hope they change this. As for Thomas Fredlik's joke, Gunn does have plenty of future MDs, so I'm sure exploration was been discussed. However, as one of the jr. high and high school students who hung out there sometimes late at night, it was comforting to have ancestors watching over my early experiments in ... never mind. FYI, all the students treated the place with surprising respect.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I knew they were good, cheap, and very conscientious all the 3 or 4 years I lived in the lower Haight and took my clothes to them. Now that I've moved to SOMA, I realize they are WAY better than anyone I've gone to since. They're open insanely long hours - I would drop off at 7:30 AM to get to work by 8 AM, and they were always there, plus Saturdays and most holidays. They got out stains other cleaners couldn't get out. Burning Man mud, wine stains, dog stains, etc., on silk, leather, etc., - no problem. They'd find my clothes every time without complaining though I'd lost my ticket again and again. If a button got knocked of, they're replace it (even on shirts with cheap, crappy buttons). We had to clean a huge pile of stuff (don't ask why), so they gave us a huge discount. I had an old briefcase of my dad's, mildewed from being out in the garage for years. They said they'd see what they could do, I said I knew it might be impossible, but I'd pay anyway. They cleaned it 5 times, getting almost all the smell out, then wouldn't take my money since they hadn't gotten it out 100%. In SOMA I can't find anyone a 1/10 as good.
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Public - 5 years ago
reviewed 5 years ago
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We had great experiences over several years boarding our dogs there. The place is beautiful: rollling hills with acres of space, a big pond, etc. The dogs play in big, happy groups & always seem sad to leave the place. Roland even managed to train our feisty (read: pig-headed, embarrassingly spoiled) lakeland terrier to obey almost like a normal dog -- which I predicted would be impossible -- so I can attest to their skill and persistencem in the face of daunting odds. (BTW, in contrast, when we had to leave our new dog (golden retriever-poodle mix - totally chill) in an overnight place near our house, he came home with a new, aggressive attitidue toward strange dogs - not a positive development. We're sticking with Patrick Canine in the future).
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Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
Dosa without the attitude, very clean and fresh-made.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago