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Brookfield Office buys Four World Financial Center
CTV.caNovember 1, 2011

In a related development, Brookfield has a deal to lease 767000 square feet of office space at the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan to Bank of America. "Renewing Bank of America/Merrill Lynch for a sizable amount of space at the World ...more »

Phila. would lose, Chesco would gain in redistricting plan | Philadelphia ...
Philadelphia InquirerNovember 1, 2011

HARRISBURG - Philadelphia would lose a state House seat while Chester County would gain one under a plan tentatively approved Monday by a legislative commission charged with redrawing the state's House and Senate districts. ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Under 'Color of Federal Law'
New York TimesNovember 2, 2011

It operated under federal authority and functioned as a government facility. Those who worked there or provided services for it were operating “under the color of federal law,” a critical test. The government and others also contend that such actions ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Mayor's free'dumb' of speech
New York PostNovember 6, 2011

This is the full text of the First Amendment to the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Nonprofits to distribute fresh produce Nov. 12
The Tand D.comNovember 5, 2011

The United Way and Golden Harvest Food Bank are nonprofit organizations, with an objective to provide equal opportunity to all recipients without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or political affiliation. ...more »

Native Americans
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New documents shed light on Justice Department investigation of Seattle Police ...
Myfoxspokane.comNovember 1, 2011

The civil rights investigation has been under way since March, probing accusations leveled against the department of racial bias and the use of excessive force. The documents reveal that the Settle Police Department was instructed by the Justice ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Faith of Our Fathers?
Health Care NewsNovember 21, 2011

Maureen Martin is The Heartland Institute's senior fellow for legal affairs and managing editor of... (read full bio) A suburban Chicago school district may pay $75000 to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit brought by the US Department of Justice ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Mississippi Voters Pass Initiative Restricting Eminent Domain Powers
OpenMarket.orgNovember 9, 2011

Despite opposition from Republican Governor Hailey Barbour, 73 percent of voters supported amending the state constitution to prohibit that any “property acquired by the exercise of the power of eminent domain under the laws of the State of Mississippi ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Sexual harassment settlements: 'cost of doing business'
CNNNovember 1, 2011

The website of Allred's law firm boasts of verdicts from $5 million to $18.4 million. The confidentiality clause is also an attractive near-guarantee that the matter will stay secret, unless someone is subpoenaed to discuss the terms in a court of law...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Nigeria: Global Media Lawyers Receive FoI Act
AllAfrica.comNovember 1, 2011

Freedom of Information Act (FOI) was yesterday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates(UAE) put on global scale at the ongoing International Bar Association (IBA) conference as the former Chairman, Lawyers In The Media(LIM) Gbolahan Gbadamosi presented the law ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Jury: Philly Officers Didn't Jump the Gun in Car Search (press release)November 1, 2011

"If the danger is that he has a strong interest in social and political issues, if that's a sign of danger, we're in a lot of trouble." Lawler's Fourth Amendment claim against unlawful search and seizure arose because, he said, cops had no reason to ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Sinclair Reports a 22% Increase in Diluted Earnings Per Share in Third Quarter ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 2, 2011

"We are pleased to announce this morning that we entered into a purchase agreement to buy the assets of Freedom Communications' eight television stations for $385 million," commented David Smith, President and CEO of Sinclair. ...more »


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