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European venture deals hit 11-year low
Financial NewsNovember 1, 2011

European venture capital investment has fallen to its lowest quarterly level since the dot-com crash, according to Dow Jones VentureSource, despite hopes that the region's venture industry is set for a growth spurt. The number of venture deals in the ...more »

Gray, others ordered to testify in DC Lottery lawsuit
Washington TimesNovember 1, 2011

A federal judge has compelled Mayor Vincent C. Gray and two council members to testify about a controversial lottery contract awarded in 2008. The order by US District Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson means Mr. Gray and member ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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Thumbs in eyes, kids in schools
The Economist (blog)November 4, 2011

They justified this decision using the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which says that states cannot "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." Attorneys for the Texas school district in question ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Sri Lanka says it blocked 5 news websites because they insulted key political ...
Washington PostNovember 7, 2011

Media groups criticized the moves as undemocratic, and the US Embassy recently raised concerns about press freedom in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan laws do not restrict the press from criticizing leaders, but media can be charged for defamation. ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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A look at the women of Berkeley Engineering
Daily CalifornianNovember 8, 2011

... our progress for decades, not just studying our statistics, but also observing how our students work together and accept their differences — gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, age, religion and national origin. ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Provision counter productive
Malaysia StarNovember 3, 2011

It is now settled law that Parliament can no longer impose a restriction on freedom of speech, in any manner it deems fit, for the purpose of protecting the interests spelt out in Clause 2(a) of Article 10. Any restriction imposed on freedom of speech ...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 »

Eminent Domain
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Salt Lake City's Parr Brown law firm gets top rank
Salt Lake TribuneNovember 3, 2011

Parr Brown was tops in commercial litigation, communications law, construction law, three areas of corporate law, environmental law, labor-union law, construction litigation, eminent domain litigation, media and first amendment law, ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Unlikely Advocates Fight For Gay Rights In Mich. City
NPRNovember 5, 2011

Bill Freeman reads from a copy of the US Constitution during a public hearing before the Holland City Council in June. Despite appeals from Freeman and others, the council decided not to expand its anti-discrimination laws to include gay, bisexual and ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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'Freedom' in law, but not in attitude
The Canberra TimesNovember 2, 2011

Sweden, for example, enshrined press freedom in law almost 350 years ago. Each year, its government publishes every citizen's income-tax return - and no one has a problem with it. Many other northern and continental European nations embrace the same ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Religious ideals, imperfect candidates
Washington Post (blog)November 23, 2011

We have to take sexual harassment accusations seriously, while assuming innocence until the accused is convicted. At the same time, we have to recognize that some unscrupulous women can and do take advantage of, and benefit financially from, laws that ...more »


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