Show your colors

With the help of a law firm, a Staten Island, N.Y., mother has received a new memorial flag in honor of her son, an Air Force service member who died in 1994, to replace one destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a policy of providing only one flag per deceased service member, but Asoka Kumarihamy already had received one after her son, Prabash Ulpange, died in a noncombat incident at a California military base while in active service.

Attorneys at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and the New York Legal Assistance Group interceded with the veterans affairs department to acquire another one. "I knew there had to be a way around it," senior counsel Rachel Ehrlich Albanese said. "Her personal property was decimated. But of all the things lost and all the things damaged this one was the most meaningful to her." — New York Law Journal


The Gloucester County, N.J., Child Support Enforcement Office had to be closed when a bat found its way inside. Animal control officers captured the creature and sent it for rabies testing. Bats normally hibernate during the winter, but warm spells can rouse them and send them searching for food, according to animal shelter director Bill Lombardi. — New Jersey Law Journal

Suddenly single?

Be careful what you say on those dating Web sites! According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 59 percent of the nation’s top divorce attorneys reported seeing an increase during the past three years in the number of cases featuring evidence from dating Web sites. Of those attorneys, 64 percent cited as the primary source. The most common evidence was a user’s "relationship status," at 57 percent of the respondents. "Identifying yourself as single when you are not, or listing that you have no children when you are actually a parent, can represent some key pieces of evidence against you during the divorce process," academy president Alton Abramowitz said. — Amanda Bronstad

Type casting

Perhaps he should star in a crime show. Actor Taye Diggs, who played Dr. Sam Bennett in the television shows Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, had just arrived home from the Screen Actors Guild Awards last month when he discovered a man in his garage. He chased the man down and held him until officers from the Los Angeles Police Department arrived. The district attorney’s office in Los Angeles has charged the alleged burglar, Hassan Juma, 20, with a felony charge of first degree burglary. — Amanda Bronstad