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May 30, 2014 Bloomberg: Universities becoming bastions of intolerance

QUOTE: Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, delivering Thursday's commencement speech at Harvard University, criticized what he described as a disturbing trend of liberals silencing voices "deemed politically objectionable."

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 18, 2011 Friendship of Justice and Magnate Puts Focus on Ethics

QUOTE: The publicity-shy friend turned out to be Harlan Crow, a Dallas real estate magnate and a major contributor to conservative causes. Mr. Crow stepped in to finance the multimillion-dollar purchase and restoration of the cannery, featuring a museum about the culture and history of Pin Point that has become a pet project of Justice Thomas’s. The project throws a spotlight on an unusual, and ethically sensitive, friendship that appears to be markedly different from those of other justices on the nation’s highest court.

New York Times
May 12, 2011 I.R.S. Moves to Tax Gifts to Groups Active in Politics

QUOTE: Big donors like David H. Koch and George Soros could owe taxes on their millions of dollars in contributions to nonprofit advocacy groups that are playing an increasing role in American politics. Invoking a provision that had rarely, if ever, been enforced, the Internal Revenue Service said it had sent letters to five donors, who were not identified, informing them that their contributions may be subject to gift taxes depending on whether the donations exceeded limits under the tax laws.

New York Times
Dec 24, 2010 A Mysterious Picasso Trove Gains More Accusations but Less Clarity

QUOTE: If Mr. Le Guennec had indeed stolen the works while employed by the artist, Ms. Rees added, it is unclear why he would wait until now to make public their existence: the statute of limitations for theft expired decades ago (though possession of stolen goods has no such limit).

New York Times
Oct 23, 2008 Loose Lips Lead to Trouble for British Tories

QUOTE: Did George Osborne, the Conservative’s brash spokesman for economic affairs, solicit an $80,000 donation from the fabulously rich Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska?...that basic question has been buried under a mille-feuille of issues, including old-school ties, big foreign money, gossipy Westminster politics and the proper etiquette for dealing with indiscreet confidences gleaned while enjoying someone else’s hospitality.

New York Times
Mar 13, 2008 Advertising: When a Corporate Donation Raises Protests

QUOTE: The coalition, which includes the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, several pediatricians and Parents for Ethical Marketing, is asking the hospital to reconsider the decision made in June 2006 to accept the donation [from Abercrombie & Fitch}...“It is troubling that a children’s hospital would name its emergency room after a company that routinely relies on highly sexualized marketing to target teens and preteens,” the members of the coalition wrote...

New York Times
Dec 18, 2007 Don't get faked out by bogus charities

QUOTE: Con artists are asking for charitable donations through phony Web sites, phishing e-mails and auction listings, preying on people unfamiliar with charity scams and those looking to donate to a good cause.
Oct 14, 2007 Getting Around Rules on Lobbying: Despite New Law, Firms Find Ways To Ply Politicians

QUOTE: Looking for ways to keep spreading freebies legally, hundreds of lobbyists have been attending seminars at Washington law firms to learn the ins and outs of the new law.

Washington Post
Sep 06, 2007 Age of Riches: Big Gifts, Tax Breaks and a Debate on Charity

QUOTE: Research shows that less than 10 percent of the money Americans give to charity addresses basic human needs, like sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry and caring for the indigent sick, and that the wealthiest typically devote an even smaller portion of their giving to such causes than everyone else.

New York Times
Jun 27, 2007 Psychiatrists Top List in Drug Maker Gifts

QUOTE: As states begin to require that drug companies disclose their payments to doctors for lectures and other services, a pattern has emerged: psychiatrists earn more money from drug makers than doctors in any other specialty. How this money may be influencing psychiatrists and other doctors has become one of the most contentious issues in health care.

New York Times
Feb 25, 2007 Fictional Favoritism (The Ethicist)

QUOTE: It is not favoritism to single out excellent work for special consideration...Your colleague did err in neglecting to get the student's consent before submitting the story.


QUOTE: You shouldn't have to run background checks on his guests or bolt your possessions to the floor. He is responsible for people he brings into your home. .... By unilaterally accepting this offer and abandoning you to steerage -- sorry, coach -- your friend violated an unspoken assumption of travel: Don't desert your companion.

May 26, 2006 Dealing with deadbeat friends or family members

QUOTE: We like to be able to help out a friend or loved one faced with a health crisis, job layoff, divorce, business startup or college tuition shortfall. Unfortunately, our best intentions can quickly turn into hard feelings when the borrower fails to repay us.
May 08, 2006 Gift Solicitation Invites Ethics Debate

QUOTE: ...a "farewell reception and roast" to be held on the NIH campus in Bethesda in honor of von Eschenbach. In addition to the $25 entrance fee for the May 17 event, the invitation solicits additional "contributions" for a gift for the outgoing boss. Problem is, that's a violation of federal ethics rules...

Washington Post
Mar 22, 2006 No Child Left Behind

QUOTE: At what age does the younger generation become fit for grown-up society?...there was a time in which it was taken seriously.

Washington Post
Mar 01, 2006 Anna Nicole Smith's Supreme Fight: Justices Hear Celebrity's Bid for Cut of Late Husband's Riches

QUOTE: ...her persona yesterday was that of the Widow Marshall, aggrieved spouse of the late Texas oil plutocrat J. Howard Marshall II -- whom she wed in 1994, when she was 26 and he was 89. He died the following year. According to Anna Nicole, J. Howard intended to give her tens of millions of dollars from his estate, but his plan was fraudulently thwarted by his son, Pierce, who wanted the old man's money for himself.

Washington Post
Jan 15, 2006 Readers: Feeding Neighbors, Hiring Friends

QUOTE: ..."friends-and-family discount may be appropriate for corporations seeking to generate incremental income from an established infrastructure, but not for someone who is self-employed and has a limited number of hours per week from which to generate income."

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
Dec 28, 2005 Backstory: A pill they won't swallow

QUOTE: ...a movement aiming to topple one of medicine's most entrenched traditions. Their pens read "PharmFree," which means they don't take personal gifts of any size from the pharmaceutical industry. And that is touching off a quiet ethics war reverberating through the halls of academia and hospitals across the country.

Christian Science Monitor
Dec 18, 2005 Ho Ho No!

QUOTE: Today's office party may feel just as compulsory, but is unlikely to be free...[Miss Manners's] only hope is to rescue people who are not having fun.

Washington Post
Dec 11, 2005 The High Cost of Feeding the Neighborhood

QUOTE: ...I like that my son and his friends spend so much time at our house -- if only because I know he's safe. We just have to learn to better impose limits so that we don't end up feeling like we're feeding the whole neighborhood.

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
Nov 23, 2005 Bankrate survey: Holiday gift card fees and rules

QUOTE: ...look closely at the strings attached to gift cards. The buyer can be hit with purchase fees, activation fees and shipping fees, while the user can be whacked again with inactivity fees or redemption fees. Be careful or your $50 dollar gift card may not be worth $50 for very long.
Nov 23, 2005 How to Stuff A Gobbler

QUOTE: This year my husband's family is coming over selfish as it sounds, I don't want to share leftovers.

Washington Post
Nov 02, 2005 Can You Hear Me Now?

QUOTE: ...the urge to attend to the telephone is the only force on Earth stronger than greed....That it is rude to ignore those in person in favor of voices from the distance does not seem to make much of an impression...

Washington Post
Oct 19, 2005 R$VP

QUOTE: It is indeed common for charities to think that the way to thank their donors is to give them another opportunity to give....It is as if your nephew thanked you for giving him a bicycle by suggesting that next you should give him a motorcycle...

Washington Post
Sep 28, 2005 Supreme Court to Weigh In on Anna Nicole Smith's Inheritance Case

QUOTE: At issue is the scope of the probate exception to federal jurisdiction. In other words, was a federal appeals court correct when it ruled last year that only state courts have authority over disputed estates?

Washington Post
Sep 18, 2005 How Good a Good Samaritan ?

QUOTE: People with no place to go are calling on anyone they know to put them up -- not for a night or two, but for weeks, possibly even months, as they seek to restart their lives....The Good Samaritan in you immediately wants to do everything you can, for as many people as you can. But then you stop and think about the logistics of it all, the impact on your life and your family.

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
Sep 11, 2005 An Accounting of Etiquette

QUOTE: On their way to bankruptcy, they appeal for an etiquette judgment. Parents who are living on Social Security ask if it is true, as their daughter the lawyer tells them, that etiquette expects them to pay for her second dream wedding.

Washington Post
Aug 12, 2005 U.S. Targets Sex Abuse Of Exchange Students

QUOTE: Responding to public outcry about sexual abuse of foreign students in the United States, the Bush administration is today proposing new rules to screen host families and regulate agencies that sponsor some 28,000 high school exchange students, almost all minors, every year.

Washington Post
Aug 07, 2005 Perfect Guests, Perfectly Irritating

QUOTE: ...guests who are trying too hard to be perfect can be perfect nuisances. It is nerve-racking to try to please someone without receiving any reliable feedback. Having one's every gesture of hospitality anticipated and thwarted eventually seems insulting.

Washington Post
Aug 03, 2005 Multiple Choices for Grandparents

QUOTE: What is the etiquette for out-of-town guests giving advance notice when they are coming to visit?

Washington Post
Jul 29, 2005 When Guests Go Bad

QUOTE: Socializing is part of the fun in the country or at the beach, and since friends are widely scattered and often back in the city, that includes overnight stays...But once in a while things go badly awry.

New York Times
Jul 19, 2005 Attackers turning to fake online greeting cards: The next e-card you get could include malware

QUOTE: ...attackers are increasingly using fake e-mail greeting cards as a way of getting malicious software installed on computers.

Jun 22, 2005 Housework and Houseguests

QUOTE: That's all they do while you're down on your hands and knees scrubbing up after them -- look on? Don't any of them ever say, "You missed a spot over there"?

Washington Post
May 22, 2005 If They Already Know, Why Announce?

QUOTE: An announcement is merely an announcement. It is not a bill. Presents may be freely given, but only congratulations are required as a response to an announcement of a birth, graduation or marriage.

Washington Post
May 07, 2005 Gay Groups Assail Sperm Bank Rule

QUOTE: A new Food and Drug Administration regulation scheduled to go into effect this month calls on sperm banks to reject anonymous donations from men who have been sexually active with other men within five years...the long-debated regulation is being attacked as unscientific and bigoted by some gay groups...

Washington Post
May 04, 2005 The Giving Spree

QUOTE: ...I would have people over for wine and cheese and have everything that needs a good home in one room and let people take whatever they wish. But a friend thought this was odd, that I should have a box for donations toward moving expenses or something, so people don't feel awkward.

Washington Post
Apr 10, 2005 Taken Aback by Gift Requests

QUOTE: The cheapest way would be to skip parties where they are told to fork over cash or certain items. What are the disappointed so-called hosts going to do about it -- turn over their gift registries to collection agencies?

Washington Post
Apr 06, 2005 Marrying for Money

QUOTE: ...their qualms about sounding tacky, greedy and crude are fully justified. Only gimme-pigs regard their wedding guests as cash cows.

Washington Post
Apr 06, 2005 Food Fight!

QUOTE: The ancient and noble tradition of hospitality has come to this: Hosts and guests are squabbling over who gets possession of the leftovers.

Washington Post
Mar 28, 2005 Md. Assembly Scholarships Unrestricted

QUOTE: There is little to stop lawmakers from giving scholarships to campaign workers, relatives and friends as a way of compensating them for campaign work or ensuring constituent loyalty. During the more than 100 years the scholarship program has been in place -- a legislative perquisite unlike any other in the nation -- examples of nepotism and favoritism have often prompted critics to urge an end to the practice.

Washington Post
Feb 02, 2005 Share And Beware: What Cooks Do to Keep Recipes Close

QUOTE: Many a warm relationship has been cooled over a shared recipe. Rivalry, rudeness, envy, embarrassment, regret, theft and sins of omission are included in my own collection of "sharing" stories during my 46 years as a food journalist.

Washington Post
Aug 27, 2004 The lowdown on gift cards

QUOTE: Before you give that hard-to-shop-for someone a gift card, be sure to take a close look at the fees that come with it. There's nothing remotely festive about monthly maintenance charges and other fees your gift card recipient may be tagged with.
Mar 07, 2004 The Illusion of Etiquette

QUOTE: Readers confide in her about their dream weddings.... But then comes Part 2 of the Great American Dream: The dream of making someone else pay for it.

Washington Post
Jun 21, 2003 Beware of Indian Brides Bearing Gifts

QUOTE: Sharma is being hailed as a modern Indian heroine for having stood up against a patriarchal tradition that treats women as commodities to be bought and sold. She is not.

Asia Times Online
Feb 20, 2003 Eight years: for a 'minor' offense

QUOTE: ...there's further debate about whether Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Dwight Johnson's eight-year-sentence to the Robinsons was well deserved— or a sign of a judiciary out of control.

Feb 02, 2003 Splitting heirs and heirlooms

QUOTE: When confronted by the challenge of dispensing personal property in an estate, most people mention fairness as a primary goal. The problem is that "different people have different perceptions of what is fair.

Advocate, The (Louisiana)
Jun 23, 2002 All Dressed Up

QUOTE: The giving and receiving of presents is an exchange rich with meaning, and sometimes with ambiguity. You correctly infer that particular gifts suggest particular relationships...

New York Times
Feb 17, 2002 The Ethicist: Snowy Profits

QUOTE: If a local runs his car off the road, we pull him out free, but if a tourist gets stuck in the snow, we charge $20. (We can always tell the difference.) Our rationale: Tourists have more money than locals, and a tow-truck operator charges even more than us.

New York Times
Jan 13, 2002 The Ethicist: Say Cheese

QUOTE: (1) Does a street photographer have an ethical obligation to get permission from those he photographs? (2) Is it ethical for you to accept a free meal from a friend if she charges it to her company expense account?

New York Times
Jan 06, 2002 The Ethicist: Gift or Bribe?

QUOTE: (1) If a university has a "no gifts for faculty" policy intended to discourage any potential bribes, can faculty accept gifts given by students who have graduated (i.e. all grades have been submitted? (2) If a customer sends you an email that unintentionally exposes other people's email addresses to you, is it OK for you to use those email addresses for a commercial solicitation?

New York Times

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