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Man charged with homicide in death of baby sitter
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 1, 2012

Prosecutors charged a Utah man Tuesday with child abuse homicide in the overdose death of his teenage baby sitter whose body was found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was reported missing. Suspect Eric Millerberg also faces charges of ...more »

Federal MS-13 informant who lied about murders granted new trial
San Francisco ExaminerFebruary 1, 2012

Acosta was recruited as an undercover informant by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2005 and gave federal agents information about the gang's activities in San Francisco, including murders and planned murders. It was not immediately clear ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Rep. John Conyers talks emergency manager law with Gov. Rick Snyder, questions ...
MLive.comFebruary 2, 2012

Conyers, joined by Reverend Charles E. Williams II of the Detroit National Action Network, discussed the constitutional validity and "inherently undemocratic nature" of Public Act 4, according to his office. The newly-strengthened law provides ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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New legal director of ACLU of Montana on front lines of public policy
Billings GazetteFebruary 4, 2012

•Protecting and defending First Amendment rights, which include freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the right to peaceably assemble. "That includes our commitment to campaign finance reform," Ellingson said, ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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"Would the world be more peaceful if women were in charge? "
CNN (blog)February 9, 2012

I personally see that the gender shouldn't be an issue but the qualifications of the candidate are decisive in assuming a task. When Sarkozy became president in 2007, he had 7 women in his cabinet of 15 members. Rachida Dati, the fierce justice ...more »

Native Americans
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Cornelius remembered as 'an American treasure'
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 2, 2012

“Inspired by the civil rights movement, Don Cornelius transitioned from journalism and ventured into the realm of music and entertainment. With his own $400, Don rented out the WCIU-Channel 26 studios and started 'Soul Train.more »

Religious Discrimination
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Muslim woman in South Florida claims religious discrimination
The GrioFebruary 2, 2012

By theGrio A Muslim woman in South Florida has claimed she is the victim of religious discrimination by a Boca Raton gas station. The woman believes she was singled out because of her traditional religious attire. The gas station clerk allegedly ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Legislating a new Gilded Age in Pennsylvania: Examining eminent domain in HB1950
Main LineFebruary 14, 2012

By Anne Minicozzi I took some time the other evening to review Chapter 32: Development, Subchapter D: Eminent Domain, Section 3241 of HB1950, the “unconventional gas-well fee” bill, approved by the General Assembly and which at the time of this writing ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Sexual harassment lawsuit field against Vicksburg mayor
WLBT-TVFebruary 1, 2012

By Dennis Smith - bio | email The former Chief of Staff of the Mayor of Vicksburg has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit today against mayor Paul Winfield. Kenya Banks alleges that she and Winfield were engaged in a sexual relationship which she wanted ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Michigan county handling of HIV criminal case suggests state law was broken
The American IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

It should be noted that state confidentiality laws play a role in our ability to access certain data. But based on what the local and state health departments have told us, charges against the man appear to be based entirely on his confession to ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Meth bust in Stillwater is largest in Oklahoma history
Daily O'CollegianFebruary 3, 2012

Payne County sheriff's deputies, along with Stillwater police officers and investigators with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, seized the labs Tuesday after executing a search warrant at a house on the 6200 block of South Perkins Road, Woodward said.more »

Freedom Of Press
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UN agency defending press freedom condemns murder of Pakistani journalist -
Associated Press of PakistanFebruary 8, 2012

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 8 (APP): The head of the UN agency mandated with defending press freedom Wednesday condemned the recent death of a Pakistani journalist, Mukarram Khan Aatif, and called for measures to improve security conditions for reporters in ...more »


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