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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 »

Bernie Fine's office on Syracuse University campus searched by federal ...
New York Daily NewsDecember 1, 2011

BY Michael O'keeffe & Christian Red One of Bernie Fine's accusers, Zach Tomaselli, said that his father, Alfred, sexually abused him for “close to a decade,” a claim the elder Tomaselli refutes. The explosive remarks by Zach Tomaselli were part of an ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Simelane's decisions invalid: law expert
Times LIVEDecember 1, 2011

All decisions Menzi Simelane took as head of public prosecutions have been rendered invalid by the appeal court ruling setting aside his appointment, according to constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos. "All decisions he has taken have now become ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Mockupy Wall Street: 'Law & Order: SVU' Filming At Foley Square Draws Occupy ...
Huffington PostDecember 9, 2011

On 12/12 Occupy Denver will be rallying at the Walmart Distribution Center, 7500 Crossroads Boulevard, Loveland, Colorado, in order to illustrate the problems with a globalization solely based on the interests of multi-national corporations and total ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Butterball Sued for Harassment, Firing of HIV-positive Employee
Kansas City infoZineDecember 3, 2011

“Harassment that targets a person with an ADA-covered disability, is just as much a violation of federal law as harassment based on a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, or national origin,” said Lynette A. Barnes, regional attorney for the ...more »

Native Americans
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Civil rights groups want FCC to open an investigation
ReutersDecember 2, 2011

It is signed by a number of prominent organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union, NAACP, and National Urban League. "The civil rights community has long regarded the expansion of minority and female ownership in media as an important ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Fired Muslim Employees Sue Hertz for Religious Discrimination
BJC Blog from the Capital (blog)December 8, 2011

The group has now filed suit claiming religious discrimination. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in King County Superior Court claims Hertz Corp. terminated them after they refused to clock out for prayers. The lawsuit claims they had not been required to ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Council uses eminent domain to take land
WFMZ AllentownDecember 10, 2011

At a meeting this week, city council voted to use eminent domain to acquire a piece of land owned by St. George Orthodox Church on Catasauqua Avenue. City officials want to build a road on the piece of land as part of the American Parkway Bridge ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Adventures in Sexual Harassment
CounterPunchDecember 2, 2011

by DAVID MACARAY As union president I dealt with dozens of alleged sexual harassment accusations. Most of these were presented informally. For example, a woman reports an incident to a shop steward, who tells the chief steward, who tells the standing ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Third of Illinois worker comp awards in 12 facilities
Chicago TribuneDecember 4, 2011

The examination focused on about 7800 cases obtained from the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission through the Freedom of Information Act. The AP analyzed paid claims statewide after linking nearly all the employees with cases to one of hundreds ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Hand-held cellphone rule for truckers to take effect Jan. 1
Land Line MagazineDecember 2, 2011

OOIDA has argued that because the texting and hand-held cellphone bans do not come with specific enforcement plans, the rules violate the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, which protects against unlawful search and seizure. ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Am I Voting For Barack? Maybe Not
News OneDecember 6, 2011

In activities that offend freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and several other laws, the NYPD and the CIA have partnered to conduct intelligence operations against Muslim communities in New York and elsewhere. The CIA, which is prohibited from ...more »


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