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Vince Neil to plead guilty to disorderly conduct in Vegas confrontation with ...
Washington PostNovember 1, 2011

A more serious misdemeanor charge of battery constituting domestic violence will be dropped against Neil when the 50-year-old rocker enters his plea next Monday in Las Vegas Justice Court, defense attorney David Chesnoff. He said the allegation of ...more »

City Attorney to City Council: Shut Up
Patch.comNovember 1, 2011

The council has no city-specific policy about communications outside of meetings, aside from following California's open-meeting law. Smith's report urges the council to "limit its consideration of facts to those presented at [official city hearings], ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Atlantic City backs off unconstitutional law regulating religious speech
Examiner.comNovember 3, 2011

The assistant city solicitor also wrote that the city “will not enforce” the ordinance, which “will be revised in accordance with applicable case law.” If it wasn't for organizations like ADF and others, our Constitutional rights would be even worse ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Bachmann slams Obama, GOP candidates as socialists at Family Research Council ...
Minnesota IndependentNovember 7, 2011

At a speech Monday hosted by the Family Research Council—a conservative Christian organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified as a hate group—US Rep. Michele Bachmann said she would defeat socialism, ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Business viewpoint: Changes affect employment discrimination claims
Tulsa WorldNovember 10, 2011

Long-standing statutory provisions in Oklahoma have prohibited various forms of employment discrimination. Specifically, the Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act, or OADA, like its federal counterparts (including Title ...more »

Native Americans
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Stories touch others
Palladium-ItemNovember 5, 2011

Roses to those involved in sponsoring, organizing and performing in the "Honoring Our Veterans" Native American Pow Wow this weekend. • Roses to Esther Starbuck for her service to our country, teaching basic instrument panel flying to 1000 cadets in ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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School District settles religious-freedom lawsuit for $18K
OcalaNovember 9, 2011

In a lawsuit filed in late 2009, Wray accused the School District of religious discrimination based on his Quaker faith. The alleged incidences occurred in 2006 and 2007. Wray claimed in the lawsuit that he left his construction teaching position after ...more »

Eminent Domain
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2011 State Ballot Initiatives: Results and Trends
Rose ReportNovember 10, 2011

Initiative 31, also a constitutional amendment, prohibits state and local government from taking private property via eminent domain and then selling or giving it to private persons or businesses within 10 years. Mississippi's most controversial ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Sexual harassment allegations: Is Herman Cain getting a raw deal?
Baltimore Sun (blog)November 1, 2011

The report by Politico over the weekend revealing that GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain was accused by two women of sexual harassment while he was CEO of the National Restaurant Association in the mid-1990s has led to swift condemnation -- not of ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Toxic Bronx School reported hundreds of sick kids
New York Daily NewsNovember 3, 2011

Records obtained by the Daily News under the Freedom of Information Law show that since 2005 nurses at the Bronx New School logged cases of kids suffering headaches, vomiting, abnormal gaits or even seizures nearly every month. ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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140 Pounds Of Marijuana Seized In Drug Trafficking Investigation
KKTV 11 NewsNovember 7, 2011

Three search warrants for Colorado Springs and Elbert County were executed on November 4, resulting in the seizure of 140.5 pounds of refined marijuana and 26 marijuana plants. Police discovered growing sites spread out both on and off 100 acres of ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Debate on New Copyright Enforcement Bill Heats up
PCWorldNovember 4, 2011

By Grant Gross, IDG News Supporters of a controversial copyright protection bill recently introduced in the US House of Representatives are firing back after several digital rights groups have suggested the legislation could lead to law enforcement...more »


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