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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 »

Personal Injury Claims Turn on Medical Evidence
TrethowansDecember 1, 2011

Medical Evidence is key when determining the value of any personal injury claim. It is imperative that the right medical expert is asked to report on your injuries. Your solicitor will select the most appropriate medical expert from the relevant ...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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Free speech and Indian Dionysius'
The HinduDecember 1, 2011

One major reason is that governments act without an understanding of the underlying rationale of free speech. They act without knowing why a country like India needs to grant effective protection to freedom of speech. Broadly speaking, there are three ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Anti-discrimination vote expected next week
Patriot-NewsDecember 1, 2011

By BARBARA MILLER, The Patriot-News The anti-discrimination law that is expected to come up for a vote Dec. 8 in Susquehanna Township will be the first in the midstate other than in the cities of Harrisburg, York and Lancaster that prohibits ...more »

Native Americans
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Time for the United States to Apologize
Indian Country Today Media Network.comDecember 1, 2011

LBJ signed the Indian Civil Rights Law. President Nixon gave us the Indian Self-Determination Act and President Carter signed the American Indian Religious Freedom Act into law. President Reagan announced the Federal-tribal government-to-government ...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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NH Senate committee to take up eminent domain bill
Boston.comDecember 8, 2011

Though the bill was designed to change state procedures to take land by eminent domain, debate often focused on the controversial Northern Pass project that inspired the measure. Under the House-passed bill, public utilities could not ask the state for ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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On Jersey's waterfront: NJ female dockworkers find less work, encounter ...
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comDecember 2, 2011

Female dockworkers who rebuff sexual advances are less likely to find work, according to a recent report by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. NEWARK — In the 1954 Marlon Brando film, "On the Waterfront," about the only female character ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Should Freedom of Information Requests Extend to Technology and Software Systems?
ForbesDecember 8, 2011

3, 2011), the petitioner (“TJS”) requested pursuant to New York's Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) records related to a sales tax audit performed by the Department of Taxation and Finance (“Department”). The Department argued in the lower court that ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Thirty pounds of marijuana seized during search (SLIDESHOW)
The Northwest Florida Daily NewsDecember 19, 2011

A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted after Ella alerted the deputy of the possible presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle. During the search, Deputy Key recovered what appeared to be approximately 30 pounds of marijuana valued at ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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John Gladding, ex-WCAX reporter central to landmark freedom of press case, dies
vt.Buzz (blog)December 1, 2011

“It was a milestone decision for the press in Vermont,” Hemley said about the case, formally known as the state of Vermont vs. Catherine St. Peter et al. Henley, who began practicing law in Vermont in 1976, said he has cited the case in several dozen ...more »


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