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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 »

Md. lawmakers oppose continued federal pay freeze
Baltimore Sun (blog)December 1, 2011

Several public employee unions who have members in Maryland agreed. “We made our sacrifice,” Jacqueline Simon, policy director for the American Federation of Government Employees, said in an interview, referring to the current pay freeze. ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Uganda: Government Insists On Public Order Bill
AllAfrica.comDecember 2, 2011

Appearing before the parliamentary Legal Committee, Justice State minister Fred Ruhindi argued that whereas government is aware of the civil rights as enshrined in the Constitution, it is the same legal framework that permits the police to ensure law...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Online piracy bill under scrutiny
The Desert SunDecember 3, 2011

They voted in April to express disapproval of the Federal Communications Commission's proposed “net neutrality” rules, designed to keep Internet companies from giving more favorable treatment — such as faster downloading — to certain types of content ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Braxton Co. man says state discriminated against him
West Virginia RecordDecember 20, 2011

Dabiri claims he is receiving pay at a pay level which is discriminatory against him based on his age, gender and national origin. The defendant's discrimination against Dabiri in his rate of pay on the basis of age, gender and national origin violated ...more »

Native Americans
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Civil War Talk Spreads To the Northwest
National Parks TravelerDecember 3, 2011

... over freedom and slavery, but also because of the army's particular relationship with the region's Native American groups. "An ongoing theme in the Civil War Sesquicentennial is 'Civil War to Civil Rights,' " explained Ranger Shine in a release. ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Nancy Pelosi Does It Again
American Center for Law and Justice (blog)December 7, 2011

A few weeks back, Nancy Pelosi was asked about the Protect Life Act and Catholic Bishops supporting the bill. (Among other things, the Protect Life Act prohibits discrimination against health care professionals and entities from participating in ...more »

Eminent Domain
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NH Senate committee to make recommendation on eminent domain bill
The RepublicDecember 4, 2011

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

Sexual Harassment
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Ex-Governor Is Said to Be Focal Point of Inquiry
New York TimesDecember 2, 2011

In interviews on Thursday, people with knowledge of the investigation said that a sexual harassment claim might be at the root of the inquiry. Whether such a surreptitious payment would violate the law is hotly debated by campaign finance experts, ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Newport News Waterworks received nearly $40000 over past two years from the ...
Daily PressDecember 7, 2011

... the newspaper requested information through the Freedom of Information Act. The Daily Press requested the records to see how Waterworks handled the sale of scrap metal, since three Waterworks employees in July were charged with stealing scap metal. ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Manager charged with pirated DVD sales
WOOD-TVDecember 22, 2011

13 search of the premises after obtaining a warrant led to the seizure of 355 counterfeit music CDs and 150 pirated DVDs. According to court documents, Motion Picture Association of America representative James Schoenherr said that the counterfeit ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Rabbi: Why should Arabs live in Akko?
YnetnewsDecember 1, 2011

Safed's Chief Rabbi Eliyahu views decision to launch probe against him as unjust. 'Journalists have freedom of press. Am I the only one subject to the law?' Safed's Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu has gained a lot of respect in his own city, but in light of ...more »


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