Web portal in the works to serve Bar members

first_imgWeb portal in the works to serve Bar members Web portal in the works to serve Bar members Senior Editor A Bar-sponsored Internet portal that will give Bar members free legal research and a multitude of other services has been approved in concept by the Board of Governors.Board members got a look at the proposed MyFloridaBar service being developed by the Bar’s Technology Task Force with help from Craig Ball, who set up a similar program for the State Bar of Texas and has been hired as a consultant to help the Florida effort.Task force Chair David Welch said about half of the Texas bar’s 70,000 members have signed up for the program since it started in February 2001, and each averages 25 minutes a day using the service.“It has been a phenomenal success,” he added.Ball said the program answers the question, “Where is the Bar in the equation of helping lawyers embrace technology and integrate it into their practice? I think at least a partial solution is MyFloridaBar. It is an effort to harness the World Wide Web.”Most attorneys didn’t go online or use e-mail five years ago but now tend to rely heavily on the Internet. There are 2.5 billion English-language Web sites, Ball said, with 7.5 million new ones opening each day.The key to the free, new service, Ball said, is every Bar member can customize it for their geographic and practice area. For example, he said, a Tallahassee-based bankruptcy attorney can automatically get updates from the bankruptcy court in his area, be notified of bankruptcy CLE courses in the area, and add the local weather forecast.What services are likely to be included? More than can be recited with a deep breath.Ball said MyFloridaBar will offer free online research with an emphasis on Florida law, a scheduler that can be tied to other scheduling software, free e-mail, automatic notice of CLE programs if desired, a daily interest calculator, weather forecasts for any area or areas chosen by the user, reports of travel conditions, and even, if the Bar wants to pay the licensing fee, a daily legal cartoon from the archives of the New Yorker magazine.Have a client who needs access to a large number of documents? Ball said a member lawyer can set up a separate Web site on the service that is password accessible only to the client and law firm and post the information there.Lawyers can call up the site using a laptop from the road or from a home computer to check and make changes to their schedules, or access documents from their office.Much of the board discussion focused on the legal research option. Ball said it would not offer all the options and services of expensive versions of Westlaw or Lexis, but would offer extensive resources emphasizing Florida law.“This is not a Mercedes.. . . This is a solid Chevrolet that will get you there,” Ball said. “The majority of lawyers in your state have no online legal research. The legal aid lawyers who do poverty work or lawyers who do pro bono have no online legal research. This levels the playing field.”The legal research service, purchased from National Law Library, will have Florida Statutes and the Constitution, as well as 50 years of court decisions. There will also be opinions, including from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court, and seven years of federal court rulings.Any other opinion cited will have a hyperlink taking the reader to that case and another option will pull up all cases that cite the case being read, Ball said.The first year cost for setting up the program, which will primarily come from the 2002-03 Bar budget, is $150,000 with the second year cost declining to $95,000, although the expense for the online research would increase from $36,000 to $48,000.Board members expressed strong support for the program, but also said they were concerned the Bar not be locked into any one service provider for various aspects of the program, including legal research, that could leave them vulnerable to drastic price increases. Ball said the program is “modular” and that various parts can be pulled and replaced without affecting the others.Welch noted that this service will be for Bar members only, while its other Web presence, www.FLABAR.org, will remain for both lawyers and the public.“I think it is going to be a practical resource for every lawyer in the state of Florida,” he said. “I think we will reap the benefits for many years to come for a very small investment. . . . We’re being given a marvelous opportunity to take advantage of all the ground work that’s been done in Texas. We know it works; we know it’s seamless; we know it’s robust.”The program will come back to the board at its August meeting for final approval and with a definite budget figure, he said.A demonstration of the new service is expected to be set up at the Annual Meeting later this month at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.The board received a booklet outlining likely services offered by the portal. Those include: online discussion groups for various practice areas, user ability to select a news service to provide headlines, ability to get stock quotes, availability of SEC reports and documents, synopses of Bar News and Journal stories with links to the full text, online access to English and legal dictionaries, online access to legal forms and related documents, and a user-customized set of links. The proposed address of the Web site is www.MyFlaBar.com.Ball said users would initially fill out an online questionnaire that would set up their MyFloridaBar homepage according to their interests, and each user could further customize the service to meet individual needs.Bar President Terry Russell noted the program would give the Bar the ability to quickly contact a large number of its members.President-elect Designate Miles McGrane said the potential for the service is virtually unlimited and said the Bar may need a full-time committee to oversee the program.“This isn’t going to be an experiment. This is going to be a benefit to our members,” he said. “I think this is a phenomenal thing if we can address all of the questions carefully.” June 15, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Hamptons Landlord Gets Probation for Spying in Residents

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An East Hampton landlord was sentenced Thursday to probation instead of jail time for secretly filming his tenants, some of whom were minors, with cameras hidden throughout the house.Donald Torr pleaded guilty in July at Suffolk County court to charges of unlawful surveillance and endangering the welfare of a child.Prosecutors said the 71-year-old man had seven cameras placed in the bedrooms, bathroom and hallways to record activity in his rental home on Winterberry Lane in East Hampton.The cameras were connected to a digital video recorder in the basement of the house and the DVR was connected to a router and modem that provided remote viewing access, authorities said.Judge Barbara Kahn sentenced Torr to five years of probation for the spying charges and three years of probation that will run concurrently for the child endangerment.Prosecutors said they had recommended Torr be sentenced to the maximum sentence of two and two-thirds to eight years in an upstate prison.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events December 24 – 30

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Acclaimed hip-hop/neo-soul band The Roots groove The Paramount on Dec. 26!School’s Out! Holiday CampThese full-day programs during school vacations get kids involved in hands-on science experiments and explorations with opportunities to explore 17 acres of natural wonders, see live animals, conduct experiments, and take part in science shows and demonstrations conducted by a staff of professional science teachers. Center for Science Teaching and Learning, 1450 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre. cstl.org $55-$65 per day. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. December 24-31.Holiday Ho-Ho-Ho HikeOver the river and through the woods, a-hiking we will go! This 10-mile trek on Christmas day is just what the doctor ordered to burn off all that holiday fruitcake, eggnog and corruption cake! Take in the best nature sights Long Island has to offer as you traipse through wetlands and meadows, and yes, these trails actually do go over rivers and through the woods. Blydenburgh County Park, Smithtown. ligreenbelt.org Free. 10 a.m. December 25. Evening Lighthouse Tower TourIs there anything more picturesque than a glorious moonrise over the lapping ocean waves viewed from atop the majestic Fire Island Lighthouse? No, there isn’t. See the last full moon of 2015 and all the wintertime constellations from a new perspective. Don’t forget your list of wishes–you want to be ready when those shooting stars streak by! Come early for a tour of the lighthouse, and bring your flashlight for the walk back to the parking lot.Fire Island Lighthouse, Robert Moses Causeway, Bay Shore. nps.gov/fiis $15-$20. Sunset is at 4:31 p.m. December 26. Patent PendingHometown pop-punk heroes are making the long drive from their native Mt. Sinai to Amityville for their latest show to remind all the emo kids to cheer up and smile. Warming up the crowd are This Good Robot, The Cavalry Is Us, Older Than Oceans, The End Period and Mint State. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $15. 6 p.m. December 26Christmas Day Skate PartyStart this night off with laser-light skating before the DJ takes over at 9:30 p.m. to pump up your favorite jams for dancing-while-you-skate. Games, contests, prizes and more, this beats going to the movies on Christmas night. Hopefully you asked Santa to bring you new skates for Christmas! Man, that Skate-O-Saurus can move! United Skates, 1276 Hicksville Rd., Seaford. unitedskates.com $11 plus $5 rental fee. 6:30 p.m. December 25. The RootsThese hip-hop neo-soul juggernauts from Philadelphia have been wowing fans and critics across the country with their irresistible style and infectious grooves. Many know the acclaimed group as Jimmy Fallon’s house band on Late Night and The Tonight Show, and expect them to severely rock The Mountler on this special night! Not to be missed. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $65-$110. 8 p.m. December 26.The Gospel According to JazzGrammy Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum continues his annual “A Gospel According To Jazz Christmas” tour, bringing excellent holiday entertainment to all. This year’s celebration will feature Gerald Albright, Norman Brown and female vocalist Sheléa. Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. madisontheatreny.org $45-$75. 7 and 9:30 p.m. December 26.Joe DevitoA veteran of more than 100 TV and talk show appearances, this comic’s dead-on timing, unexpected twists and sheer flights of lunacy make him a favorite at the top comedy clubs in New York City and across the USA. His performance at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival was rated “9.5 out of 10” by The Montreal Gazette. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $17. 7 and 9:30 p.m. December 26. Diary of a Deadbeat: The Story of Jim VanbebberDirector Victor Bonacore will be presenting his latest film on the inaugural night of this new film series, Cult Cafe! The documentary follows his life from his early super-8mm films to his strange days in Hollywood. It features interviews with an eclectic group of artists, such as Phil Anselmo (Pantera), Richard Kern (Trangressive film director), Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy), R.A the Rugged Man, Heidi Honeycutt, Stephen Biro, Damon Packard, Jessie Sietz and many more. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave. Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $7 public, $5 members. 10 p.m. December 26Thomas GoldTouring in support of his latest drop, Thomas Gold vs Lush & Simon – Morphine, expect ultra-lush synths, uber-heavy bass, and a soundscape that simply washes over each and every audience member with mega-waves of all-cleansing, all-healing, melodic fury. Yes! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $25-$35. 10 p.m. December 26.Mrs. Claus Saves the Day!Ever wonder what Mrs. Claus was up to on that foggy Christmas Eve when Rudolph became famous? This play tells the classic story from Mrs. Claus’ point of view. This heart-warming show will delight audiences of all ages. Bayway Arts Center, 265 E. Main St., East Islip. broadhollow.org $11. 2 p.m. December 26, 12 p.m. December 27. Joe Roberts TrioSunday afternoons were made for smooth jazz tunes and sipping on Chardonnay. Or Cabernet. Or Pinot Noir. There’s plenty of choices at this award-winning North Fork winery and vineyard, so come chill out with Joe Roberts on piano, Dave Ice on bass and Rob Lamonica on drums. You won’t regret it! Martha Clara Vineyards, 6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead. marthaclaravineyards.com 1 p.m. December 27. Kung FuThis concert, billed as the “Save Montauk” event, aims to raise awareness of opposition to a federal beach project underway at the tip of the South Fork, and is a fundraiser for the eastern Long Island chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group. Aside from the nu-funk band headlining the show, opening acts include The Montauk Project and Soundswell. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $17.50-$35. 7 p.m. December 30.O.A.R.The Maryland-based indie rockers headlining this show will play all their hits, undoubtedly including “This Town” and “Shattered (Turn the Car Around).” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$89.50. 8 p.m. December 27.A Little Bit of Folk: From Activism to LyricismJoin host film archivist Bill Shelley for a celebration of the incredible musicians and the powerful social messages that made folk music an inspiring vehicle for change. This program will concentrate on much-loved musicians and the social causes that informed their music. As 2015 comes to a close, let us always remember that the power of music can change this world for the better, a good reason to celebrate this uplifting genre. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10-$15. 7:30 p.m. December 29.CandleboxThe Seattle-based hard rock band known for their hits “You” and “Far Behind” will play an acoustic performance. Opening the show will be The Infinite Staircase, Midnight Mob, Sharks In The Shallows and Year Of The Locust. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $15. 7 p.m. December 30. Harlem GlobetrottersThose amazing, bedazzling b-ball-handlers extraordinaire, the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, will hold court in New York during the holiday season, when Knicks fans could well use an extra bounce in their step. These legendary athletes and consummate entertainers have spread their skills and comedic timing around the world, delighting everyone from popes to presidents to paupers to people who don’t have a clue what a three-pointer is. The team will be sure to bring their A-game. But will the Washington Generals finally pull off an upset? Come on! No matter who wins, it’s a slam dunk everybody will have fun. Mack Sports & Exhibition Complex, Hofstra University, Hempstead. hofstra.edu $21-$104. 2 and 7 p.m. December 30.–Compiled by Desiree D’orio, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

PA man charged with attempted murder of officer

first_imgStay with 12 News as we continue to update this developing story. Pennsylvania State Police say they later discovered the rifle and the car Bentler had been driving were both stolen. Troopers say Bentler moved from the tailgate of the vehicle to the other side of it, where authorities say Bentler had a “clear view” of officers. According to court documents, Pennsylvania State Police say troopers responded to a car crash on July 20, and when they arrived on scene found Edward Bentler in the car with a rifle in his lap. After troopers continued to ask Bentler to put the rifle down, a state trooper fired three shots which struck Bentler.center_img First responders took him to Scranton CMC Trauma Center. There is no update on his condition. The documents said Bentler pointed the rifle directly at troopers as they asked him to put the rifle down. SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY, Pa. (WBNG) — A man has been charged with attempted murder of an officer after an incident with state police.last_img read more

VP Mike Pence doesn’t want peace for Koreas

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMartin Luther King Jr. was killed shortly after he made his famous speech declaring the United States the greatest purveyor of violence throughout the world. I recalled those words as Mike Pence sat resolutely unmoved while the rest of the audience cheered the peace efforts of North and South Korea walking out, under one flag, for the Winter Games.Vice President Pence sat pouting like a spoiled child with the dashed hopes of spilling the blood of 25 million people and the chance to display to the world our military might. After all, we just threw another $700 billion at our Department of War — “all dressed up with nowhere to go?” But he can rest assured that the extreme sanctions we have imposed will bring about the starvation of an estimated 60,000 North Korean children.Perhaps Flint, Mich., should have come up with the idea of building a nuclear weapon. They could have used it as a bargaining chip for clean drinking water.Deborah KrolFultonhamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Controversial nude dating show Naked Attraction is back on TV

first_imgStuff co.nz 12 July 2018Family First Comment: You have been warned. Free-to-air TV can not go any lower. And partly funded by the taxpayer!! Controversial reality show Naked Attraction is set for another airing on TVNZ 2.The Broadcasting Standards Authority received 13 complaints about the first two episodes of the show’s first season when it aired in 2017.None of those complaints were fully upheld but the BSA did warn TVNZ Naked Attraction required a stronger warning.The new season of the show, which begins on Friday, will air a warning at the end of every ad break. It will screen at 9.30pm and carry and Adults Only (AO) rating.In its decision earlier this year, the BSA found Naked Attraction was acceptable to broadcast at 9.30pm, but took TVNZ to task for warning viewers only about the show’s nudity and not its sexual nature.That decision was attacked by conservative Christian lobby group Family First, which had previously opposed Naked Attraction.Family First director Bob McCoskrie said the group had been “swamped” with complaints about the show.“Naked Attraction is saturated with full-frontal nudity. The show degrades human relationships to animalistic instinct, and promotes voyeurism and a porn culture which is harming our society. It is shocking that a state broadcaster is trying to outdo sites like PornHub and porn magazines,” he said.Contacted for comment on Thursday, McCoskrie said he stood by those earlier comments.Family First also wrote to broadcasting minister Claire Curran asking for the show to be removed from TVNZ. Curran said she was unable to intervene in TV networks’ programming decisions.In its letter, Family First pointed out that the nudity in Naked Attraction was not “an occasional glimpse”. “According to a review of the first show of series, the episode included a total of 282 shots of male genitalia and 96 female – an average of almost six penises and two vaginas every minute!” the letter said.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/105446244/Controversial-nude-dating-show-Naked-Attraction-is-back-on-TV?cid=app-iPhonelast_img read more

Carr sticks with Magpies

first_img Press Association Chief scout Graham Carr is to stay at Newcastle after being reassured over his role under new director of football Joe Kinnear. However, Pardew eventually signalled his intention to fight on and now Carr has followed suit – for the time being at least – after holding talks with Ashley. The news emerged on the same day as a report which suggested the two men had been at odds for some time over recent signings and future targets. Newcastle were not commenting on the matter on Friday as they attempted to restore calm after a turbulent few days. Charged with the task of finding emerging talent and competitive prices, the vastly experienced Carr has scoured the European market to allow Newcastle to snap up the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye at knock-down prices. All three have been linked with big-money moves away from Tyneside since their arrival, although last season’s difficulties have seen their prospective valuations diminish somewhat. Carr’s success saw him rewarded with an eight-year contract last summer, three months before Pardew’s future was similarly secured. However, Kinnear’s controversial appointment has established a new tier of management above Carr and Pardew, and the resignation of managing director Derek Llambias has taken away a key element of the team which conducted the club’s transfer business. The three men now face the task of joining forces to identify targets, negotiate deals and assimilate signings into a squad which drastically under-performed last season. center_img Press Association Sport understands the highly regarded talent spotter has agreed to remain in his post after being given the go-ahead to continue his work to identify the players to take the club forward after a week of uncertainty on Tyneside. The futures of both Carr and manager Alan Pardew were thrown into doubt at the weekend when it emerged that Magpies owner Mike Ashley had installed 66-year-old Kinnear above their heads in a bid to address last season’s failings. last_img read more

Mayers unbeaten 121 pulls Barbados Pride out of trouble

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Kyle Mayers closed in on 500 runs for the season with his second hundred of the campaign to lift leaders Barbados Pride out of trouble and help them dominate Thursday’s day one of their sixth round match against Windward Islands Volcanoes.Sent in at Kensington Oval, the hosts were tottering on 132 for five after lunch before recovering to reach 357 for seven at the close, with the left-handed Mayers unbeaten on a splendid 121.He faced 135 balls in 3-¼ hours and struck 16 fours and three sixes. Ironically, his first hundred of the season – the maiden one of his first class career – also came against Volcanoes at Arnos Vale last month.Mayers, in his first season for his native Barbados after spending several season with Volcanoes, received support from all-rounder Kevin Stoute who made a breezy 46 and tail-ender Kemar Roach who struck a cavalier 41.Justin Greaves chimed in with 38 while opener Shayne Moseley got 36 and Test batsman Shamarh Brooks, 33.The day, however, belonged to Mayers, who carried his tally for the season to an impressive 498 runs.He featured in two key partnerships, putting on 96 for the sixth wicket with Stoute and adding a further 92 for the seventh wicket with Roach.Stoute faced 68 balls and struck five fours and a six while Roach belted half-dozen fours and a six off just 52 deliveries.Arriving at the crease with Pride fighting back on 128 for four, Mayers was unbeaten on 14 at tea to help the hosts move to 153 for five, and brought up his half-century off 77 balls with an all-run four off speedster Josh Thomas.Mayers eventually raised three figures off 124 deliveries with a gentle drive for a single to cover off leg-spinner Keron Cottoy with the close beckoning.He found an ally in Jomel Warrican (10 not out) late in the day to post 37 in an unbroken eighth wicket partnership.Pride had earlier made a stuttering start even though Moseley put on 40 for the first wicket with struggling Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite who managed just five.Thomas, who finished with two for 57, removed both in the space of five overs. Brathwaite perished for his fifth single digit score this season, caught at second slip defending while the left-handed Moseley played around a good length ball and had his off stump hit.Stumbling on 47 for two, Greaves stabilised the innings in a 50-run, third wicket partnership with Brooks before putting on a further 31 for the fourth wicket with Shane Dowrich (12).Pride were beginning to take control of the game when Both Greaves and Dowrich fell in successive overs with just four runs added, to leave Mayers and the lower order with the task of reviving the innings.last_img read more

French Open: Djokovic, Nadal Reach Third Round

first_imgNine-time winner Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic both won in straight sets to reach the third round at the French Open.Nadal, the fourth seed from Spain, looked at his very best in outclassing Dutchman Robin Haase 6-1 6-4 6-3. Serbia’s Djokovic, the second seed, beat Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-1 6-4 6-3 in two hours and seven minutes.Djokovic goes on to face Argentine Diego Schwartzman while Nadal takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.Eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi watched Djokovic once again, having taken over as the 30-year-old’s coach on a temporary basis.“I think the first two sets went very well, the third was was more difficult,” said Djokovic after beating the world number 59.“Generally, I felt better than the first round, so that’s exactly what I wanted.”Nadal finished his match with a tally of 33 winners and only 13 unforced errors.The 31-year-old is bidding to become the first man to win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam event, having lifted the trophy from 2005-2008 and 2010-2014.His only defeats at Roland Garros were against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009 and Djokovic in the 2015 quarter-finals.Nadal has been in formidable form on clay this year, winning his 10th titles at Monte Carlo and Barcelona as well as his 30th Masters title in Madrid.Meanwhile, Defending French Open champion Garbine Muguruza survived a scare to beat world number 99 Anett Kontaveit 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-2 and reach the third round.The fourth seed was a set and a break down but recovered to win in two hours and eight minutes.The 23-year-old will now play Yulia Putintseva, seeded 27.The women’s draw is wide open, especially after world number one Angelique Kerber and British hope Johanna Konta went out in round one.“I was expecting this kind of match because I played her recently, and I saw her a little bit in the few tournaments before,” Muguruza said of Kontaveit.“She was just playing good, a lot of confidence. I knew it was going to be a battle out there.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Barkley’s future tough not to ponder

first_imgLet’s admit the obvious: Junior quarterback Matt Barkley is in an awkward position.“One more year, one more year,” several hundred USC fans echoed in the moments following the Trojans’ 25-point rout of Colorado on Friday night.Barkley exited the field with a wide grin, with “Conquest” blaring, and a fan base pleading with him to stick around.If the third-year starter eventually declares for next April’s NFL draft, where he could be a top-10 overall pick, his college career won’t last much longer than three more weeks.It won’t end with a New Year’s Day celebration in Pasadena. There won’t be fireworks. There won’t be new hardware added to the Heritage Hall lobby. It’ll end at the Coliseum on Thanksgiving weekend and that’ll be that.He’ll be a millionaire. He’ll be scouring for real estate in Denver, or Indianapolis, or Seattle. He might even get to play in the postseason — imagine that.But with USC in the midst of what could in terms of wins, be its best season since 2008, Barkley insists the NFL hasn’t crossed his mind.“I don’t even think about it,” he said at the post-game press conference Friday.It’s hard to gauge where this USC program stands at the moment. With Barkley back next August, USC could very well be ranked in the top-10, as a national title contender or a Rose Bowl favorite.Without Barkley, the dropoff could be steep — no matter how fast, how skilled sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods or freshman wide receiver Marqise Lee are. A .500 season could be on the horizon, just as USC starts to feel the burden of scholarship restrictions.Fellow juniors, left tackle Matt Kalil, defensive end Nick Perry and safety T.J. McDonald might also opt to follow suit and head to the professional ranks — all could be first-round selections as well.It could potentially be in Barkley’s best interest to move on. It’s been a terribly long three years, and he’s certainly done enough for the university at this point. Maybe it’d be for the best; leaving would be understandable. It’d be hard to begrudge him.Questions remain nonetheless, even months before any decision is made: Is this the end? For a quarterback who arrived with the promise of hoisting a crystal ball in January, is his lasting legacy going to be: quarterback of the sanctioned era?It never should have been, but that’s the situation that appears to be presenting itself with three games remaining this season.Barkley put on his best poker face following the game, deflecting any and all talk about the coming months.“It could be one more year,” he said, refraining from giving any sort of indication as to his future plans.He tried to avoid any further discussion. He conducted the band. He hugged his parents, his family, his friends, reveling in a record-setting performance of six touchdown passes. He wanted to soak Friday night in — nothing more, nothing less. He certainly didn’t want to talk about the NFL. Who could fault him?But the a subject is becoming increasingly difficult to gloss over. Fans and media want to know whether there will be a final act. Are we ever going to find out how good Barkley and USC coach Lane Kiffin can be together?They’re better than most have been willing to admit: at last a near-consensus top-25 caliber team. But with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck set to graduate and an Oregon program whose fate still hangs in the balance thanks to the NCAA, the Trojans could also find their ceiling lies higher than most think.There have been limitations these last couple of years, no doubt. A postseason ban, for one, won’t give USC a chance to face a 10-win team from the Big 12 or the Big Ten in December. For now, the last measuring stick will be a trip to Autzen Stadium on Nov. 19 against Oregon.But every touchdown pass thrown this season begs the question of whether they can do this when a trip to the Pac-12 title game or a BCS championship is on the line.It’s almost unfair to ask Barkley to come back and return USC to national prominence. He didn’t sign up for this. Nobody ever told him he had to “rescue” USC. He arrived during better times.He’ll graduate in May, and he’ll likely be a top-10 draft pick.There is still one quarter of the season left, granted, but it’s hard not to wonder whether this is in fact the last chapter. “The 19th Hole” runs Mondays. To comment on this article email Joey at jrkaufma@usc.edu or visit dailytrojan.com.last_img read more