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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 »

Report: US Agency Erred On United Pension Values
SalonDecember 1, 2011

The agency took over the pension plans in 2004 and 2005 after United filed for bankruptcy court protection in December 2002. When the PBGC takes over plans, it pays promised benefits to retirees up to certain limits. ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Sheriffs' duties differ in other states
The News JournalDecember 11, 2011

In early Delaware, local sheriffs used to have tremendous power -- arresting criminals, conducting surveys, serving as judges, collecting taxes. Today, sheriffs and their deputies have just two main jobs: serving court documents and running foreclosure...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Allowing free speech, peaceful protests honor Dennis Novak
Homer NewsDecember 8, 2011

Dennis strongly believed in the First Amendment to the US Constitution which says in part, "Congress shall make no law . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Chaplaincy considers student concerns regarding Tufts Christian Fellowship ...
Tufts DailyDecember 8, 2011

Griffiths, a sophomore, said the leadership requirements regarding religious beliefs and practices enable discrimination based on sexual orientation because sexual chastity norms are applied unequally to straight and LGBT students. ...more »

Native Americans
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Justice Department says Seattle police used excessive force
Los Angeles TimesDecember 17, 2011

The conclusion follows eight months of investigation that began after an officer fatally shot a Native American woodcarver on a city street. Jenny A. Durkan and Thomas E. Perez of the US Justice Department say an eight-month investigation shows a ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Putting workers to a cruel choice: your God or your job
Janesville GazetteDecember 1, 2011

If you think civil rights laws prevent workplace religious discrimination, think again. Federal law does require employers to provide reasonable accommodation for religious beliefs and practices, but courts have interpreted “reasonable” to mean “not ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Orland Plaza tenants await word on lease case
SouthtownStarDecember 3, 2011

Perhaps looming large in the eminent domain case is a ruling by the state Supreme Court involving the DuPage County Forest Preserve District's effort to buy a Naperville golf course. Illinois law requires the price of land or other property being ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Herman "Sexual Harassment" Cain Makes Major Announcement Tomorrow! (DETAILS)
Global GrindDecember 2, 2011

This announcement set for Saturday stems from ongoing sexual harassment allegations from many different women over the course of the last month. The most shocking of claims came earlier this week when Atlanta businesswoman Ginger White revealed that ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Ark. court declines to stay judge's ruling striking down part of freedom of...
The RepublicDecember 2, 2011

AP LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected a Fort Smith attorney's request to stay a ruling against part of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. McCutchen has said he will appeal the ruling. The court on Thursday denied Joey ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Westport moonshine operation shut down
Otago Daily TimesDecember 23, 2011

A 49-year-old Westport man was arrested and charged with illegally selling liquor after a search of his Palmerston St property revealed 47 litres of homemade spirits, and a further 75 litres being processed. Police also seized a large amount of ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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After more than 30 years, should Ronald Reagan's shooter get more freedom? A ...
Plain DealerDecember 1, 2011

Whether Hinckley's mental issues are in remission or not, the fact remains that the man shot a police officer, a Secret Service agent, Press Secretary James Brady, and the President of the United States. Freedom for this man would be a crap shoot, ...more »


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