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Judge dismisses discrimination, defamation claims by former Lexington library CEO
Lexington Herald LeaderDecember 1, 2011

Imhoff's claim of gender discrimination was thrown out because "she is unable to identify evidence sufficient to support a finding that the Library Board treated her less favorably than a similarly situated male employee," the order says. ...more »

ICC: Gbagbo Accused of Crimes Against Humanity
iNEWP- Freedom of SpeechDecember 1, 2011

Tens of thousands of people were caught between the crossfire and were displaced particularly in the commercial capital of Abidjan. Conditions for civilians are worsening as the violence continues displacing tens of thousands of people, particularly in ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Plan would change criteria for Michigan recalls
Chicago TribuneDecember 1, 2011

But the state's recall laws are more often used to target local-level elected officials, who also would be covered by the constitutional amendment. It won't be easy to change Michigan's law. A constitutional amendment must be approved by a two-thirds ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Guest opinion: Sheriff makes mockery of US Constitution
The News-PressDecember 6, 2011

The Occupy movement is a Constitutional expression of the freedoms we Americans have. This freedom of expression is the very reason for the Mall in Washington, DC — so people could gather and be heard. The Courts are upholding the Occupy movements, ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Butterball Sued for Harassment, Firing of HIV Positive Employee
JobmouseDecember 6, 2011

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged the turkey company with violating federal disability law in a lawsuit filed Thursday. Butterball allegedly subjected the employee, who we will refrain from naming, to harassment throughout ...more »

Native Americans
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March Against Voter Suppression Laws!
The Women's International PerspectiveDecember 3, 2011

Throughout our history Americans have been murdered for defending this basic human right.This is what Civil Rights is about. We will not let it be taken away from millions today. Join us on Saturday, December 10th—The United Nations' Human Rights ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Most object to same-sex unions
Springfield News-LeaderDecember 1, 2011

It's still the law in the vast majority of our states. To me this debate is about stable families, good environments for raising children, and religious beliefs. It's not about discrimination against anyone. No society has limited marriage to ...more »

Eminent Domain
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SPECIAL TM: 'Eminent domain' article's wording sparks worries
Andover TownsmanDecember 1, 2011

The article calls for giving the selectmen the authority "to acquire by purchase, gift or eminent domain temporary construction easements" on West Knoll Road for use during the school construction. Four West Knoll Road properties at the end of the road ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Five Students Sue Howard University in Sexual Harassment Case
NBC WashingtonDecember 1, 2011

Since then, three other students have claimed they were victims of Bright-Abu and the university had yet again failed to act on the information. They are filing a civil lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and abuse against Howard University and ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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DoD authorization bill caps contractor salaries
Federal TimesDecember 2, 2011

Limit exemptions on disclosure of certain sensitive national security information under the Freedom of Information Act. The provision adds a public interest balancing test requiring the secretary of Defense to consider whether the disclosure of ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Lackawanna County detectives: Bloods street gang member had heroin, two ...
Scranton Times-TribuneDecember 8, 2011

Possession of body armor during the commission of or attempt to commit a felony - in Mr. Smith's case, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance - constitutes a separate felony offense of the third degree, unlawful body armor, ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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In Turkey, Biden touts political freedoms
Boston.comDecember 3, 2011

In this photo provided by the Turkish Presidency Press Office, US Vice President Joe Biden, right, and Turkish President Abdullah Gul pose for photographers during their meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Biden urged Turkey to impose new ...more »


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