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Southaven investigation halts city business
WMC-TVFebruary 1, 2012

SOUTHAVEN, MS- (WMC-TV) – After saying he would not step down, Southaven Mayor Gregg Davis was at work Tuesday while the investigation into his spending has put all city business on hold. When state and federal law enforcement agencies honed in on ...more »

Letter: Strict gun laws make citizens safer
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

If the writer is interested in facts, then he would have to admit that New York City's strict gun laws have actually kept the city's residents safer than in places with laxer regulations. New York and neighboring New Jersey have among the lowest rates ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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French law forbidding denial of Armenian genocide sent to Constitutional Council
World Socialist Web SiteFebruary 9, 2012

By Antoine Lerougetel On January 31a law penalising the denial of the Armenian genocide was referred to France's Constitutional Council by 77 senators and 65 deputies, who aim to have the law pronounced unconstitutional.more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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How states thwart free political speech
News ChiefFebruary 5, 2012

The Supreme Court, in its splendid 2010 Citizens United decision, said laws requiring licenses or other official permission to speak "function as the equivalent of prior restraint by giving the (government) power analogous to licensing laws implemented ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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House committee endorses adding nondiscrimination statement to child custody ...
Deseret NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Anderson testified on behalf of HB88, which would add to Utah's divorce statute a statement that the court may not discriminate against a parent based on age, race, color, national origin, religious preference or gender. The bill's sponsor, Rep.more »

Native Americans
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Can diplomacy be conducted online?
Houston Chronicle (blog)February 7, 2012

Last fall, professors from across the United States presented on conflicts in American history, spanning topics from Native American removal to civil rights. For the final lecture, Baker Institute academic affairs director Allen Matusow discussed labor ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Our Opinion: Feds must revisit HHS rules
The State Journal-RegisterFebruary 5, 2012

The government, we wrote, can't “order Catholic Charities to follow secular law in violation of religious doctrine.” That's a basic tenet of the First Amendment. Nor, for that matter, can the state pass an anti-discrimination law and then be a willing ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Broward moves toward eminent domain for airport Hilton
South Florida Business JournalFebruary 8, 2012

The county commission voted Tuesday to give staffers the authority to conduct due diligence to determine a fair market value as part of eminent domain proceedings. The eight-story, 388-room Hilton, ranked as the 25th-largest South Florida hotel in the ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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For Employers, Cupid's Arrow Only Points One Direction...Toward the Company's ...
JD Supra (press release)February 5, 2012

While this is probably not what Stevie Wonder was referring to in the lyrics of his 1966 hit song “Contract on Love,” in the employment law world, it takes on a whole new meaning. A “love contract” is a document signed by two employees who are in a ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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NASL crash caused by practice mistakes
Hanford SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

A Navy report obtained by The Sentinel through the Freedom of Information Act also found that the crash that killed Navy pilot Lt. Matthew Ira Lowe, 33, and weapon systems officer Lt. Nathan Hollingsworth Williams, 28, on April 6, 2011 was partly due ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Internet cafe staff charged
Fremont News MessengerFebruary 4, 2012

7 police search and seizure were unlawful and unconstitutional. The suit lists as defendants the City of Fremont, Mayor Jim Ellis, the State of Ohio, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Fremont Police Department, police Chief Tim Wiersma, ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Ind. meth ingredient tracking not helping police
NECNFebruary 5, 2012

A law passed last year required all of Indiana's pharmacies to begin using the system by Jan. 1 to track sales of pseudoephedrine, a common component in some cold and allergy pills. The system monitors who tries to buy more than the legal limit of 7.2 ...more »


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