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  older lawsuit, fired employees
Posted by: jameson245 - 02-27-2017, 02:57 PM - Forum: Access Graphics - Replies (4)

Quote:1994-02-11: METRO NEWS BRIEFING BOULDER Smoker sues Boulder firm
(News Article found and donated by "Why_Nut")

Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO)
February 11, 1994
BYLINE: Rocky Mountain News staff

METRO NEWS BRIEFING BOULDER Smoker sues Boulder firm

A Lakewood man who claims he was fired from his job because he smokes is suing a Boulder company for violation of Colorado's so-called Smoker's Rights Law. Paul Sherer is suing Access Graphics Inc., claiming the Boulder company fired him after he was seen smoking on the Pearl Street Mall during his lunch hour. Sherer, who has smoked since age 18, was hired by Access Graphics on May 17 as a financial service area manager. Access Graphics, which distributes high-end computer work stations and computer peripherals, would not comment on the lawsuit, but a spokesman said the company won't hire smokers in order to control health-insurance costs.

Quote:1994-04-28: HEADLINE: Ban on Employees Who Smoke Faces Challenges of Bias
(News Article found and donated by "Why_Nut")

The New York Times
April 28, 1994
HEADLINE: Ban on Employees Who Smoke Faces Challenges of Bias

A growing number of private employers around the country are refusing to hire smokers as a quick-and-easy way to hold down health care costs. But just as swiftly, state legislatures are coming to the smokers' defense, passing laws that prohibit hiring practices that discriminate against them.

While a hiring ban is a relatively new tactic -- less than 10 years old -- in the war against smoking, thousands of companies in the United States have forbidden their employees to smoke, even off the job. Companies say that not hiring smokers not only saves money but also improves safety conditions, cuts down on absenteeism and minimizes the need to train new employees to replace those who retire early because of lung cancer, emphysema and other diseases related to smoking.

When a Lockheed plant in Marietta, Ga., announced this month that it would no longer hire people who smoke cigarettes, company executives said that nearly 77 percent of the plant workers with cardiac problems were smokers. They also cited a study by the American Lung Association that showed an employee who smoked could cost a company up to $5,000 a year more in annual insurance premiums than a nonsmoker.

A Congressional study said that in 1990, the last year for which figures were available, the direct cost of providing health care to people with smoking-related diseases had reached nearly $21 billion. And that did not include nearly $7 billion in lost wages for employees out sick.

"Our goals with this new policy are to move toward becoming a smoke-free facility," said James A. Blackwell, president of the Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company in Marietta. "Accomplishing these goals will ultimately help lower our costs, improve our competitive position and put Lockheed in a better position to win new business."

The Marietta plant employs about 11,000 people and makes military planes like the C-130 Hercules transport and the P-3 Orion for maritime patrols. Beginning July 2, new employees must sign a statement promising not to smoke. The ban operates on the honor system and means, in effect, that new hires cannot light up even at home. Anyone found by a fellow worker smoking in a bar, restaurant or anyplace else could be dismissed.

The new policy does not affect current employees, who are allowed to smoke at designated places at the plant and anywhere else on their own time.

As aggressive as the hiring ban might appear, similar efforts by other companies have backfired by prompting a stampede of state laws written specifically to protect smokers against such discrimination. Five years ago no such laws existed. By last year, 28 states and the District of Columbia had enacted legislation to protect smokers, and experts say that initiatives by employers in states that have no smokers' rights law, like Georgia, could ultimately help get one passed.

Federal statutes protect against discrimination in hiring but for the broader reasons of race, religion, age and gender.

Once enacted, the state laws generally cause companies to lift the hiring restriction, as Litho Industries, commercial printers in Research Triangle Park, N.C., did last year after passage of a law in 1992. But not always.
Four years after Colorado approved a law that protected smokers, another Lockheed subsidiary, Access Graphics, a computer wholesale company in Boulder, continues to deny employment to smokers for reasons a spokeswoman would not explain. One former worker who said he was dismissed after a colleague spotted him smoking on the street during a lunch hour last year is suing the company.

"This is blatant discrimination," said Paul Sherer, an accounts manager who lasted less than a week at Access Graphics. "Not hiring smokers affects millions of people and puts them in the same category as woman able to bear children as people who contribute to higher health care costs. It's unfair."

Further, the hiring bans have been generating widespread criticism, including some from antismoking activists. The critics contend that the bans violate the right to privacy and tend to deny jobs to people who may need them most: Despite a general decline in smoking in the United States, an increasing number of teen-agers, women and blacks are bucking the trend.



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  John's regret
Posted by: jameson245 - 02-27-2017, 02:42 PM - Forum: Access Graphics - Replies (4)

June 1998 John Ramsey Interrogation by Lou Smit and Mike Kane (Access Graphic Billion Dollar Sales)

17 JOHN RAMSEY: Well I think, obviously we
18 know it was an intruder, first of all. We spend
19 some time with John Douglas, who is a profiler for
20 the FBI, and he basically said it's someone that
21 you know. It's somebody that's been in the house
22 and it's somebody that's angry with you or
23 jealous. And, you know, we try to put that box
24 around it. We come up and say that we don't know
25 anybody that evil. And so it's very difficult for

1 us to say, well you know it must have been
2 so-and-so, because we don't know anybody that
3 evil.
4 We were getting to be a little more higher profile
5 in the community than I was comfortable with. I
6 thought about security, hadn't done really done
7 anything about it. But there'd been an article in
8 the paper a couple weeks before about our company
9 had just past a billion dollars in sales. And I
10 had this gut feeling when they wanted to do that
11 publicity, that we shouldn't do it. But they had
12 it already rolling and they'd contacted the
13 camera. So I let them go ahead and do it.
14 I don't know if that kind of publicity elevated
15 this in somebody's mind. JonBenet was in a
16 Christmas parade, the December Christmas Parade.
17 In retrospect, after, you know, that was something
18 which she shouldn't have done.
19 One of the things I guess we realized about
20 all this, there's some very nice people. There's
21 some very good people in the world and there's
22 some very bad people. They're around you and you
23 just better be aware of them. And we were naive.
24 We felt we were in a safe community. We thought
25 all people were like us, basically pretty good

1 people. And that's not true.
2 So I wonder if those, either of those two events
3 might have elevated us into the cross hairs of
4 this maniac. And if they were angry at me, why
5 didn't they take it out on me? If they were angry
6 at me, why didn't they take it out on my son? Why
7 JonBenet?

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  1996 stories
Posted by: jameson245 - 02-27-2017, 02:34 PM - Forum: Access Graphics - Replies (7)

    Sunday, March 3, 1996
    Section: BUSINESS
    Edition: SECOND
    Page: 1B
    By Vicky Gits Camera Business Writer

    Caption: PHOTO:
    By Francisco Kjolseth For the Camera

    MALL WORLD: John Ramsey, president and chief executive of Access Graphics Inc. of Boulder, has signed a five-year lease on a collection of buildings in the 1400 block of the Downtown Mall, keeping 320 workers in Boulder. The growing company expects to employ up to 600 by the year 2001.

    Access Graphics Inc., the largest private employer on the Downtown Mall, has decided to keep its 320 employees in the 1400 block of Pearl Street and build a new, 24,000-square-foot building to accommodate its expanding work force.

    In five years, Access expects to employ up to 600 people, housing them in 100,000 square feet of downtown real estate, up from 52,000 square feet today.

    The company's decision defies the predictions of many who said the city's commercial growth restrictions would drive expanding companies out of town. Growth restrictions in effect since September limit commercial construction to an average of 440,000 square feet per year through 2000.

    The new building will be in the long-vacant space veiled by a mural at 1433 Pearl Street. Third-story additions are proposed for two buildings west of the Access headquarters at 1412 and 1414 Pearl St. Access also rents space at 1425 and 1427 Pearl St.

    Including new space to be built in phases, the company's five-year lease is worth about $9.5 million, said J. Midyette, who co-owns most of the buildings with real estate investor Don Rieder.

    A year ago, Access Graphics considered moving east. It purchased an option on land to build a new building in the Interlocken Business Park at Broomfield.

    But the downtown Boulder location prevailed because it helps attract a young, smart, athletic and energetic work force, said John Ramsey, president and chief executive of Access Graphics.

    "We were afraid of losing our culture," Ramsey said. "If we look at our competitors in L.A. and Florida, we have without a doubt the smarter, better and more energetic people, and part of it is the culture."

    Businesswise, Ramsey said the Downtown Mall has many advantages such as being a transportation, shopping and entertainment hub.

    "It's more efficient. I can go to a one-hour lunch meeting and it takes three minutes to get back to work. For several years, I did all my Christmas shopping on the Mall. If it wasn't on the Mall, you didn't get it," Ramsey said.

    Compared to downtown, the walk from the bus stop at the Broomfield Park n Ride to a building in Interlocken was a bit of a hike.

    "We would have had to run a shuttle," Ramsey said.

    Ramsey has been a downtown regular since starting Access Graphics in 1988 with 35 employees in a 2,000-square-foot space at 1414 Pearl St.

    Purchased by Lockheed Martin in 1991, the company has grown into one of the country's larger distributors of Unix-based computer systems. Access pioneered the concept of providing outside sales, support and training services for manufacturers.

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  Burke's room
Posted by: jameson245 - 02-27-2017, 02:28 PM - Forum: Rooms - No Replies


Burke's bedroom was on the second floor.  Immediately outside his bedroom door was the staircase leading to the third floor and another to the front hall.  Melinda's room would have been to the left, opposite the stair and his bathroom.   Straight ahead was a hall leading to the playroom and beyond that was the addition to the house where JonBenet had her bedroom.

Burke's room was wallpapered with World War I fighter planes, and a large wooden propeller hung over the small windows. Two TV sets and a VCR shared a bookcase with a fish tank. His room was not where Disney movies were kept, he enjoyed learning programs such as 'Practicing Landing" and "First few Hours of Voyage".  He also had a computer in his room but no internet access as far as I know.

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  The butler door
Posted by: jameson245 - 02-27-2017, 02:19 PM - Forum: The House at 755 15th Street, Boulder, CO - No Replies


The rather low number on the photo indicates it was taken in the earlier morning hours on December 26th

2000 March 18 - John and Patsy Ramsey book, "Death of Innocence"

DOI (HB) Page 270:

"The investigators spent a great deal of time talking with me about a large diagram of the house on the wall behind me. I later learned that they also used the same diagram with Patsy. I was shocked to see that they had found the butler kitchen door, which led to the outside, open. This was reported by one of our friends when he arrived shortly after six in the morning. I'd never even noticed that open door as we frantically rushed around making phone calls, and yet there on the police diagram of our home was the note: "Door found open."

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  On the "enhanced" call
Posted by: jameson245 - 02-27-2017, 02:11 PM - Forum: 911 call - Replies (15)

2000 November 14
About.Com Crime Chat
with former Detective Steve Thomas

crimeADM: "Did you hear the 911 tape personally; and if so, once and for all, was Burke on it?"

"I heard the 911 tape. repeatedly, as did the other detectives. the consensus was unanimous, as supported by the enhancement -- there is a 3rd voice on the tape, appears to be Burke (unless there was someone else present who has never been identified...)"

crimeADM: "A follow-up to the 911 question: Many people swear they heard the tape on one talk-show or another. Is there any possibility that this happened?"

stevethomas: "as far as i know, the only people who heard the tape were involved in the investigation -- da's office people, bpd personnel, engineers who enhanced it. if someone is out on the talk shows saying they heard it, who is this/these person(s)?"

My comment: - Does that make any sense at all?  The other detectives unanimously heard the third voice on the tape - - UNENHANCED - - and that later that was supported by the "enhanced" version.  But we have all heard the "enhanced" tape and most of us can't make it out without a script in front of us and even then only if we hold our pee and dim the lights and squint hard.  (And then, if they change the script, THAT is what we hear!)

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  In the beginning
Posted by: jameson245 - 02-27-2017, 02:08 PM - Forum: FBI involvement - Replies (12)

2000 November 14
About.Com Crime Chat
with former Detective Steve Thomas

crimeADM: "How soon on December 26 did the FBI become involved?"

stevethomas: "good Q, as Patsy on LKL suggested they weren't there. The FBI was involved from the early hours of the case, an FBI agent was at the house shortly after the body was found, the FBI was in the bpd sit room during the morning while it was being investigated as a kidnapping. FBI was in early, despite Ramsey assertions otherwise"

jameson comment:  Patsy and John were in shock that morning and they do not recall being told the FBI was there.  Yes, they heard the FBI was called but do not remember being introduced.  I believe if they had been, they would have been all over that man with questions and pinning their hopes on him and not the Boulder police. 

Instead, he left the house and went back to the BPD to discuss the case away from the parents, and we now know he was assuring the police this was probably, based on statistics, a case of a parent killing their child.

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  Did John leave the house that morning?
Posted by: jameson245 - 02-27-2017, 01:44 PM - Forum: December 26th - No Replies

1997 April 30 - Taped Interrogation interview of John Ramsey by Steve Thomas and Tom Trujillo in Colorado

NE Book Page 128:

Steve Thomas: "So the morning of the 26th do you recall checking all the doors, and they were locked?"

John Ramsey: "I believe I checked all the first-floor doors, yeah. I did go out once. I went out to the door that leads into the garage to see if it was locked becaue there's a bunch of boxes piled in front of it and you couldn't get to it from the inside of the garage.
So I did, infact, go out of the house once, which would have been for, you know, half a minute."

Steve Thomas: "And that was from where to where?"

John Ramsey:
"I went out the side door around to the back of the garage to see if that garage door into the garage was locked."

Steve Thomas: "And then immediately back into the house?"

John Ramsey: "Yeah."

Steve Thomas: "And that wasn't an excursion that exceeded 30 seconds?"

John Ramsey: "No, at max"

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  Who had keys to the house
Posted by: jameson245 - 02-27-2017, 01:40 PM - Forum: The House at 755 15th Street, Boulder, CO - Replies (1)

According to Schiller/Brennan

Who had keys to the Ramsey house?

Fleet White (friend) - PMPT 179
Jay Pettipiece (painter) - PMPT 435
Joe Barnhill (neighbor) - PMPT 179
John Andrew Ramsey - PMPT 179
John Ramsey - PMPT 179
John Fernie (friend) - PMPT 179
Linda Pugh (housekeeper) - PMPT 179
Linda Wilcox (housekeeper) - PMPT 145
Patsy Ramsey - PMPT 179
Nedra Paugh (relative) - PMPT 179
Suzanne Savage (babysitter) - PMPT 145

1999 February 18 - Lawrence Schillers book, "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town

Page 179:

"In April 1997, Ellis Armistead, an investigator hired by the Ramseys, would tell the police that there were twenty more extra keys outstanding. In the end, however, the detective could find only nine poeple who said they had keys. Six of the keys were returned. Three were missing. The Police soon learned that the front door locked automatically when it closed."

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  Paula Woodward on CNN!! March 3rd
Posted by: Summer Dawn - 02-26-2017, 03:03 PM - Forum: What is in the news - staying up to date - Replies (19)

Tune in on March 3rd... 8-11 pm eastern,CNN will be having a special on JoBenet featuring author Paula Woodward!!  It should be good!!! 

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