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LS Power Completes Financing for West Deptford Energy Station
PR Newswire (press release)December 1, 2011

LS Power is a power generation and transmission group with a proven track record of successful development activities, operations management and commercial execution. LS Power has been involved in the development, construction, or operations of over ...more »

US Troop out of Suffolk Law
The PhoenixDecember 1, 2011

On Veterans Day, Suffolk Law School gave us a lesson in the glories — and pitfalls — that come with living with a legal and moral tradition of free speech. Unfortunately, US Army Reserves ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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LA City Council to Vote on Citizens United Declaration
Wall Street Journal (blog)December 5, 2011

Nevertheless, the text of the proposed amendment to the Constitution says: “Nothing contained in this amendment shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press,” as noted by, a website sponsored by the Annenberg School for ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Jones our new free speech victim
Herald SunDecember 6, 2011

The United States likewise had a Fairness Doctrine, but repealed it as the number of media voices grew and the law's threat to debate became more apparent. We haven't been that smart, and so Jones has been convicted by the Australian Communications and ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Worker complains to EEOC
Tampabay.comDecember 1, 2011

Five days later, the 30-year-old maintenance worker filed a discrimination complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging the county has failed to take action to ease the hostile work environment created by the co-worker's ...more »

Native Americans
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Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing
Insurance News Net (press release)December 2, 2011

... and in Indian Country to create more opportunity in Native American communities. USDA is also addressing civil rights complaints that go back decades to pave the way for new and stronger relationships with the farming and ranching community. ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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MD Religious Right Begins Organizing For Battle Over Marriage Equality
Lez Get RealDecember 1, 2011

Deacon Douglas Al Turner, the director of the Office of Black Catholics for the Archdiocese of Washington “It is not discrimination to treat fundamentally different things differently.” Victor Kirk of Sharon Bible Fellowship stated that “When it became ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Clark airport loses eminent domain lawsuit, owes $600000
Louisville Courier-JournalDecember 23, 2011

The Clark County Regional Airport has lost an eminent domain lawsuit — leaving it and the county owing more than $600000 for about 73 acres the airport took in 2009 to prepare for a runway expansion. The airport already has paid about $200000 for the ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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US Republican candidate plows ahead amid allegations of affair, sexual harassment
News1130December 1, 2011

Cain spent a month battling several sexual harassment accusations, which took a toll on both his standing in polls and, supporters say, his fundraising. The latest furor came Monday when businesswoman Ginger White, 46, said she and Cain had maintained ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Judicial Watch sues for Solyndra docs
PoliticoDecember 1, 2011

The conservative nonprofit group said litigation in federal district court was needed because it had little luck so far obtaining the Obama administration's materials on the California solar company through the Freedom of Information Act. Continue ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Nearly 2000 Illegal Pills Seized During Traffic Stop
NBC4i.comDecember 15, 2011

A probable cause search revealed the illegal prescription medication under the driver's seat. Troopers seized 999 oxycodone pills and 1000 xanax pills, valued at nearly $30000. The driver, Michael Vanmeter, 57, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., and passenger, ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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City leaders withholding records about Lamar Jack case
Anderson Independent MailDecember 6, 2011

The Independent Mail filed a request for the email in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act. “We have been asked by the DEA and the police chief not to release the email because it is part of a joint, parallel and ongoing investigation,” Moore ...more »


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