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Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against K12, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

BENSALEM, Pa., Jan 31, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of purchasers of the common stock of K12 Inc. ("K12" or the "Company") /quotes/zigman/477398/quotes/nls/lrn LRN ...more »

Double homicide victims identified
KTVQ Billings NewsFebruary 1, 2012

BILLINGS - Billings police have identified the victims of a double homicide that claimed the lives of two sisters over the weekend. According to Lieutenant Kevin Iffland, Rose Edwards, 22, and Daisy Edwards, 21, were killed at the Ponderosa Acres ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Constitution Check: When the Internet Went Dark, What Was the Constitutional...
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Politics, indeed, may be changing as Ms. MacKinnon suggests, but law could be another matter. In an awesome display of Digital Age political power, the shuttering of major parts of the Internet in protest on January 18 had an almost instant impact in ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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“Free Speech Dialogues” Examines Press Freedom, Publication of Government Secrets
University of Texas at Austin NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Who, exactly, qualifies as the press in the age of bloggers and do-it-yourself journalism? Does the public have a "right to know?" Does government secrecy undermine accountability? Linda Greenhouse is the Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Va. House set for vote on bill allowing private adoption agencies to ...
Washington PostFebruary 3, 2012

Republican Del. Todd Gilbert of Woodstock says his bill protects religious freedom. Opponents argue that the government, which contracts with dozens of private, state-licensed child placement agencies, should not sanction discrimination.more »

Native Americans
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Kentucky Human Rights Commission adds three to Gallery of Great Black Kentuckians
KyForward.comFebruary 9, 2012

Neal is also an inductee of the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame. William Arthur “Buddy” Blakey (1943-2010), a native of Louisville, Ky., made a national impact by devoting his life's work to advocating for educational opportunities on behalf of ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Rules Requiring Contraceptive Coverage Have Been In Force For Years
NPR (blog)February 10, 2012

That's when the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that failure to provide such coverage violates the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act. That law is, in turn, an amendment to Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which outlaws, ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Homeowners gather to learn discuss legal options in diversion battle
WDAYFebruary 7, 2012

Nearly one hundred people gathered in the Christine Community center to learn about eminent domain and property acquisition. Nothing is for certain yet, but now with only congressional approval needed, homeowners who might be bought out because of the ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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3-member panel to probe Dhanda's charges
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

HYDERABAD: Chief Justice of AP High Court Madan B Lokur has appointed a three-member committee to investigate the claim of sexual harassment leveled by Prof Amita Dhanda, a senior faculty member of Nalsar Law University against Prof Veer Singh, ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Fed Bank Presidents Disclose Assets From Farmland to Stocks
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

1 (Bloomberg) -- Federal Reserve regional bank presidents revealed unprecedented details about their personal wealth, disclosing Citigroup Inc. shares bought by accident and ownership of a Missouri farm and Texas ranchland. The regional bank chiefs, ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Three men arrested after search warrant issued
WCLOFebruary 6, 2012

by Gazette staff JANESVILLE — Three men were arrested after an investigation by the Janesville Police Department Street Crimes Unit and patrol division into the sale of illegal drugs Saturday night in the Fourth Ward neighborhood.more »

Freedom Of Press
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California DISCLOSE Act, Bill Putting More Sunlight Into Campaign Finance ...
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

In the weeks preceding the vote, the California Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to every Assembly member framing the legislation as an affront to the First Amendment because, "[it] would inhibit protected free speech in the political process by ...more »


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