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EPA proposes stricter rules for ship ballast water
Wall Street JournalDecember 1, 2011

The EPA's draft permit lays out rules similar to those recommended by the International Maritime Organization in 2004, which shipping industry groups have said are achievable. But environmental groups and some states contend those standards are ...more »

Federal grants for Wollondilly shire sport achiever
Macarthur Chronicle WollondillyDecember 1, 2011

Ms Malby received a $500 Local Sporting Champions grant towards the cost of competing in the NSW Show Jumping Championships. Macarthur federal Liberal MP Russell Matheson (pictured) congratulated Ms Malby and the other grant recipients. ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Couple sues state to get same sex marriage rights
Hawaii News NowDecember 9, 2011

Their attorney John D'Amato argues the state law reserving marriage to only heterosexual couples is discriminatory and violates the 14th amendment. He says it would not require another constitutional amendment to change the law. ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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The Roosevelt Obama should embrace
SalonDecember 6, 2011

On Tuesday, President Obama is scheduled to deliver a major speech that may set the tone for his reelection campaign in Osawatomie, Kan. In doing so, he is inviting comparisons with Theodore Roosevelt, who laid the groundwork for his ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Evansville bans sexual orientation discrimination
pride source.comDecember 7, 2011

... orientation and gender identity were added this week to Evansville's nondiscrimination code by a unanimous vote of council members. The nondiscrimination code already had included race, religion, color, disability, ancestry and national origin. ...more »

Native Americans
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Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War?
The AtlanticDecember 6, 2011

White Americans finding easy comfort in nonviolence and the radical love of the civil-rights movement must reckon with the unsettling fact that black people in this country achieved the rudiments of their freedom through the killing of whites. ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Hearing: Obama Admin Discriminated Against Catholics on Abortion
LifeNews.comDecember 1, 2011

“These actions appear to constitute an abuse of discretion and undermine the integrity of the process, while potentially violating the spirit, if not the letter, of federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination based on religious beliefs,” ...more »

Eminent Domain
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ISD Policy Changes To Reflect New Laws
Hillsboro ReporterDecember 5, 2011

On the investment front, districts that qualify may now invest in corporate bonds, plus investment policies must now include procedures to monitor rating changes in investments and liquidate investments that do not meet minimum ratings. ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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School system: No sexual harassment in suspension case
WSOC CharlotteDecember 6, 2011

GASTON COUNTY, NC -- An investigation by school officials of the suspension of a fourth-grade student determined that no sexual harassment occurred, Gaston County Schools officials said. Chiquita Lockett, the mother of 9-year-old Emanyea Lockett, ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Senate adopts Leahy transparency amendment to defense bill
vtdigger.orgDecember 2, 2011

1, 2011) – The US Senate Thursday adopted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to limit an overbroad legislative exemption to the Freedom of Information Act. The amendment was adopted ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Woman arrested in Elgin with Mexican cartel heroin for gets 20 years
Chicago Sun-TimesDecember 14, 2011

Claudia A. Chagoya, 42, of El Paso agreed with Kane County prosecutors to the sentence in exchange for a guilty plea to one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a release from the state's attorney's office said ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Full text: Dominic Grieve on the press and contempt of court
Journalism.co.ukDecember 1, 2011

As Guardian of the Public Interest I intervene in certain charity and family law cases; I will from time to time try to assist the Courts by acting as an impartial friend of the court, either in person or by appointing special advocates to help with ...more »

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