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PBA of NYS approves contract
Albany Times Union (blog)February 1, 2012

the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, the union that inherited the mantle of the law enforcement unit of Council 82, has ratified a proposed contract, 965 to 36. The union was created in part due to deep dissatisfaction with the initial ...more »

TripAdvisor rebuked over 'trust' claims on review site
BBC NewsFebruary 1, 2012

TripAdvisor has been ordered to rewrite some of its marketing claims by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority. The ruling follows complaints by hotels that the site had said that its holiday reviews could be "trusted". The ASA said it was concerned ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Our View: It's time Supreme Court clarified legality of state's emergency ...
Adrian Daily TelegramFebruary 1, 2012

The court did rule, finding that most of the law was valid. Similar cases include Gov. Jennifer Granholm skipping the Court of Appeals during Kwame Kilpatrick's removal when she wanted to confirm her constitutional power to remove officials from office ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Retaliation Charges Pose Growing Threat to Free Speech
OpenMarket.orgFebruary 5, 2012

Lee (2000) rejected liability for speech that allegedly incited discrimination, holding that the anti-discrimination provisions contained in the Fair Housing Act did not override free speech protections. That ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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What you can — and can't — ask in a job interview
Kitsap Peninsula Business JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Don't tailor your questions by gender, race, religion, etc. Unless it is a bona fide occupational qualification, you cannot ask questions regarding race, religion, creed, color or national origin. However, you could ask what languages they speak or ...more »

Native Americans
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'Loving Story' shows unlikely civil rights heroes
Boston.comFebruary 14, 2012

The white bricklayer from Virginia defied stereotypes and centuries of racist laws when he married Mildred Jeter, who was black and Native American. Convicted of violating a law against interracial marriage, the Lovings fought for their rights and won ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Illinois legislators again take up anti-gay adoption bill
ChicagoPride.comFebruary 1, 2012

by GoPride.com News Staff Springfield, IL — Downstate Republicans have again filed legislation to allow religion based discrimination against gay and lesbian couples when it comes to foster and adoption services in Illinois. State Rep.more »

Eminent Domain
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On the waterfront, eminent domain option stays afloat
Alexandria TimesFebruary 9, 2012

City Councilman Frank Fannon raised eyebrows last week when he slammed the approved waterfront plan as having “endorsed the seizure of private property through eminent domain as an option.” Fannon, who cast one of two votes against the controversial ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Natan Eshel to be questioned in harassment case
YnetnewsFebruary 6, 2012

Prime Minister's bureau chief to be interrogated by Civil Service Commission on Tuesday, will be confronted with the testimonies alleging that he sexually harassed employee R. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bureau chief Natan Eshel will be ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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ISP Gun Found
KHQ Right NowFebruary 3, 2012

by Dylan Wohlenhaus, KHQ Local News Reporter - email POST FALLS, Idaho - UPDATE: KHQ has filed a Freedom Of Information Act form to gain more details about the Idaho State Police officer and the gun that was left behind at the Del Taco drive through in ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Police raid smoke shops looking for illegal spice
Daily HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

The last officer inside latched the front door, then the other officers moved toward the counter and served a search warrant for spice. The incident was part of a coordinated, five-store raid that resulted from weeks of investigation.more »

Freedom Of Press
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Ogun to Domesticate Freedom of Information Law Feb 29
AllAfrica.comFebruary 2, 2012

By Kehinde Akinyemi, 2 February 2012 Ota — The Ogun State government has expressed its readiness to domesticate the Freedom of Infromation Bill on Feb. 29, by passing it into law. The state's Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, ...more »

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