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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 »

Registered Sex Offender Accused of Showing Porn to Minor
KQ2 | StJoeChannelDecember 1, 2011

A registered sex offender is back behind bars accused of showing pornography to a minor. Police say the 43-year-old was arrested on an investigative charge of enticement of a child. His name is not being released because he has not been charged with a ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Respect Constitution or quit, CJ tells ministers
The StandardDecember 5, 2011

He told the Justice minister that the right forum to solve the election date dispute was the High Court and not through amending the Constitution. Constitutional law expert Yash Pal Ghai said President Kibaki's administration was filled with ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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The LImits of Free Speech
Carolina JournalDecember 1, 2011

When it comes to “the freedom of speech, or of the press,” the framers of the constitutional amendment chose to be unambiguous: “Congress shall make no law” abridging these freedoms. Add in the federal protection against state abridgement of personal ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Hostile Work Environment Refresher: What Employers Should (Still) Be Thinking ...
JD Supra (press release)December 13, 2011

Moreover, hostile Akerman Senterfitt, Akerman Senterfitt LLP, Attorneys at Law | Disclaimer environment sexual harassment may be deemed to have occurred whether the conduct is communicated verbally, physically, pictorially, electronically, ...more »

Native Americans
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Racially-Charged Anti-Abortion Bill Angers Civil Rights Community
Huffington PostDecember 6, 2011

"We are very concerned to see the fight against discrimination being misappropriated to push a bill that does nothing to combat sex and race discrimination, but instead imposes additional barriers on women in the United States," the groups wrote. ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Nigerian senate votes for 14-year jail sentences for gay marriage
National PostDecember 1, 2011

... in Nigeria and homosexuals already harshly discriminated against. The west African nation is strongly religious, roughly divided between a mainly Muslim north and predominately Christian south. Islamic Sharia law is in place in 12 northern states, ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Haverstraw property owner wins $3.9M in eminent-domain suit
The Journal News | LoHud.comDecember 18, 2011

HAVERSTRAW — A state Supreme Court justice has sided with a local property owner who sued the village claiming to have been underpaid for an 18.9-acre lot when it was condemned under eminent domain. The decision may be a daunting indicator for the ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Task force formed to review UI abuse code
Daily IlliniDecember 5, 2011

The task force will conduct its examination through a series of phases, including implementing mandatory sexual harassment training for all University employees. The new procedure could require current employees to go through training once a year, ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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ACLU: FBI used outreach to collect info on Muslims
The Associated PressDecember 1, 2011

The American Civil Liberties Union, which obtained the documents under the US Freedom of Information Act, accused the FBI of misusing its community outreach programs to collect information on people at Muslim-related events that the FBI organized or ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Local law enforcement must find better way to fight drug problem
Bucyrus Telegraph ForumDecember 3, 2011

Our Fourth Amendment right protects us citizens of the United States against unlawful search and seizure. Crawford County law enforcement seemingly overlooked this when deciding it was OK to pull over anyone for any and every reason. ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Southern Illinois state employees pile up workers' comp awards
The State Journal-RegisterDecember 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 »


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