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Meet the people who've given themselves crazy names by deed poll 1, 2011

The reason behind her name change 18 months ago is simple. “I love wolves,” she says. Throughout her Leicester home, the 53-year-old, who runs a web development business with her partner Paul, has countless pictures of – you guessed it – wolves. ...more »

Yankees Waiting On Cashman & His Lawyers
WasWatching.comNovember 1, 2011

“All the terms and conditions are done,” said the source, who declined to provide details of the contract. “My understanding is (Cashman) was going over it with his lawyer (Saturday night).” According to published reports, the Yankees were agreeable to ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Supreme Court upholds Endangered Species Act
Red, Green, and BlueNovember 1, 2011

... environmental law firm, joined the federal government in the United States District Court in Fresno to help defend the protections for the delta smelt. The district judge agreed that federal protection of the smelt was constitutional, and PLF appealed.more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Does culture really want to be free?
SalonNovember 1, 2011

The idea that it inhibits free speech is simplistic. I think this is true of politics in general, but everyone argues about stuff like a 4-year-old. Entertainment companies talk about digital death. In my mind, that's not a useful way to talk about a ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Nigeria: Joint Memorandum to the Government of Nigeria - 'Same Gender Marriage ...
AllAfrica.comNovember 2, 2011

In a press release, the UN representatives stated in February 2007: "Provisions of the draft Bill discriminate against a section of society, are an absolutely unjustified intrusion of an individual's right to privacy and contravene Article 1 of the ...more »

Native Americans
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BREAKING NEWS: Anti-gay opponents of SB 48 are back with two initiatives
San Diego Gay & Lesbian NewsNovember 17, 2011

The proposed referendum will allow the study of the role and contributions of both men and women, Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Race, Religion and Same-Sex Marriage
New York TimesNovember 1, 2011

In some perfect world where human nature is less messy and history less fraught, any and all people who had ever suffered discrimination would find common cause, gathering together under one big anti-bigotry banner. In our world there are divisions and ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Could lawsuit stall arena project?
Allentown Morning CallNovember 5, 2011

"I'm not looking to sabotage or block their deal, but the law is written for a reason and they are abusing eminent domain law." Pawlowski did not return a call requesting comment. City spokesman Mike Moore said the city won't comment until after it has ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Poll watcher: Sexual harassment and discrimination; Americans miss crime drop ...
Washington Post (blog)November 1, 2011

How prevalent is sexual harassment and what do Republicans think about gender discrimination generally? About one in six Americans — and a quarter of women — report experiencing sexual harassment at work at some point, according to a 2010 60 ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Open-government groups protest rule allowing federal officials to lie
Federal TimesNovember 1, 2011

The proposed regulation applies to certain documents that members of the public may request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Some sensitive records — including information about FBI informants — are excluded from the requirements of the ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Occupy Nashville Broken Up; Lawsuits Filed
Courthouse News ServiceNovember 3, 2011

Keppler seeks damages for assault and battery, unlawful arrest, false imprisonment, illegal search and seizure, constitutional violations, and violations of Tennessee's Uniform Procedures Act. Both lawsuits challenge the curfew and permit requirements ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Emanuel denies public records requests
Chicago Tribune (blog)November 8, 2011

"As citizens, we are entitled to know how our government works." The Tribune has reported that government officials routinely deny access to public records based on a series of gaping and often-abused exemptions to the open records law. ...more »


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