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Just plain folk Participants in the 9th Circuit’s annual judicial conference in Honolulu were serenaded by a musical combo that bills itself as “probably the only folk-singing musical group that includes a federal appeals court judge!” The judge is Stephen Trott of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, who took to the stage with fellow members of the venerable folk group, The Highwaymen. Again, that’s the folkie Highwaymen � not to be confused with the country singers Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristopherson and Waylon Jennings, who adopted the name for the “outlaw” supergroup they formed in 1985. Their name landed them in an intellectual property dispute with the first band, but the unpleasantness was settled amicably. Trott and four fellow Wesleyan University students founded their group in 1958 and enjoyed a number of hits during the period’s hootenanny rage � “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore,” for example. Trott left in 1962 to go to law school, but in the 1990s the surviving members began performing together again. In Honolulu, Trott and friends drew enthusiastic applause, and their closing number, a version of “Goodnight, Irene,” was rewarded with a long standing ovation. � the recorder A 38-YEAR-OLD man was arrested in Largo, Fla., after he called 911 and told a dispatcher that he was surrounded by police officers and needed help, authorities said. Police officers met Dana Farrell Shelton after being called to investigate a disturbance at a bar, but had found no problems and told him to move along. Shelton, who officers said appeared intoxicated, then called 911 to report he was “surrounded by Largo police,” according to an arrest affidavit. “Our officers were standing there scratching their heads. He called, standing there in their presence,” Largo Sergeant Melanie Holley said. “It’s one of our ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ cases.” Shelton was charged with misdemeanor misuse of 911. The charge carries maximum penalties of one year in jail and $1,000 in fines. � Associated Press Legal briefs are on aisle 14 The next time you’re looking for help in one of Home Depot’s 2,000 stores, bear in mind that the man or woman in the orange apron might be a real do-it-yourself paint, hardware or plumbing expert. Or not. That person might be a corporate vice president. Or the chief executive officer. Or the general counsel. Home Depot’s new executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, Jack VanWoerkom, started work on June 25. But one of his first tasks was not to be at the corporate headquarters in Atlanta � known in-house as the “store support center.” It was to work in the aisles of a store. The company confirmed that VanWoerkom was scheduled for a two-week stint at a Boston-area Home Depot. VanWoerkom’s last job was executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Staples Inc. � also in Boston. He was responsible for the retailer’s legal matters, including governance, board of directors, securities and mergers and acquisitions. He was known for spearheading Staples’ entry into the Asia market. Putting executives to work on the floor of retail stores is a long-standing practice for Home Depot. Executives continue popping in to work at stores for a day or two a couple of times a year. CEO Frank Blake started his own job in January by cutting his own pay and his executives’ private catered lunches. He told them to buy their own lunch on the first floor, like everyone else. So, when VanWoerkom gets back from Boston, he’ll also have lunch waiting for him � in the employee cafeteria. � The Daily Report

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