From the daily archives: Friday, January 22, 2010

Brown Petitions California Supreme Court to Review Body Armor Decision
San Francisco-Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today petitioned the California Supreme Court to review the Second Appellate District Court of Appeal’s ruling which “wrongly threw out” the law banning felons from possessing body armor.

“The appellate court wrongly threw out an important law that prohibited felons from possessing body armor,” Brown said. “We’re asking the Supreme Court to review the decision and restore important protections for the men and women in law enforcement.”

In 1998, the California Legislature enacted the James Guelff Body Armor Act to prohibit felons convicted of a violent crime from possessing body armor.

On December 17, 2009, the Second Appellate District Court of Appeal struck down the statute, ruling that the law was too vague.

Brown’s petition argues that the Court of Appeal’s Opinion:

– Fails to follow the test for determining whether a statute is vague;
– Contradicts the Legislature’s intent in enacting a body armor statute; and,
– Needlessly abrogates the entire body armor statute.


Soles4Souls®, the Shoe Charity, and Finish Line Partner for Haitian Relief Efforts
The Shoe Charity commits to sending 1 Million pairs to region

Nashville, TN/ Indianapolis, IN (January 22, 2010) – Soles4Souls ( and Finish Line ( have joined forces to bring shoes to victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Finish Line will help collect footwear to support Soles4Souls’ commitment to donate more than 1 million pairs of shoes to affected areas. Beginning January 22, customers at Finish Line will have the opportunity to drop off a gently worn pair of shoes. All donations will directly support relief efforts.  The retailer will also offer a $5 discount on a new pair of footwear with the donation of a gently worn pair, subject to certain terms and conditions.
Soles4Souls has partnered with other relief organizations to transport and distribute the aid. Thirty containers of supplies, including footwear, clothing, food, water, and medical supplies are already en route to Haiti.
“As we struggle to comprehend the magnitude of this disaster, we cannot forget how important basic necessities – such as shoes – will be in the ongoing rescue and rebuilding efforts,” said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. “We deeply appreciate the longstanding support of our friends at Finish Line and their customers in helping us provide shoes to survivors and volunteers as they work in horrific conditions.”

The death toll from Tuesday’s quake continues to rise, and survivors and rescuers are facing dire health conditions including stifling heat, lack of clean water, broken glass and raw sewage.

“We are proud that our customers have donated more than 200,000 pairs over the past two years to our friends at Soles4Souls,” said Glenn Lyon, Finish Line chief executive officer. “We want to continue that partnership and are happy to be a destination for our customers to contribute to Haitian Relief.”
For more information on how to get involved and donate to the victims in Haiti, visit

About Soles4Souls®
Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you.  We distribute these shoes, free of charge, to people in need around the world. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 7 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently distributing one pair every 9 seconds). The shoes have been distributed in 125 countries, including Haiti, Kenya, Nepal and the United States. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS and donating parties are eligible for tax advantages.

About Finish Line
The Finish Line, Inc. is a premium athletic footwear store and one of the nation’s largest mall-based specialty retailers, offering a large selection of performance and everyday sport footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and kids. The Finish Line, Inc. is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol FINL. The company operates 679 Finish Line stores in 47 states and offers online shopping at




In –Kind Donations Cannot be Accepted

San Diego, January 21, 2010 – The American Red Cross has received such an amazing outpouring of support from the local community in an effort to alleviate the suffering of those affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

At this time, what we need the most are financial contributions – whether by check, online or by phone. The Red Cross and other organizations leading the efforts in Haiti most need financial gifts in order to most quickly provide food and water, relief supplies and logistical and support services to best serve the victims.  Donations such as clothing and shoes are not as helpful because there are barriers to sorting, cleaning, storing and transporting these items to Haiti.  One good way to turn clothes into cash is to have a garage sale and then donate the money to the relief efforts.

Please do not drop off clothing or other in-kind donations at Red Cross Offices.  These items will be donated to other local organizations and will be used for local charitable programs and services; they will not be transported to Haiti.

The American Red Cross is accepting monetary donations to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti in several ways.  Donors may send checks to the local chapter, designating Haiti Relief to: American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties, 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA 92123, by visiting the website at, or by calling 858-309-1200.  Donors may also text “HAITI” to 90999 and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts; the charge will appear on the next cell phone bill.

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