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Landowners face jail threat over bird deaths
Scotland on SundayJanuary 1, 2012

The landmark “vicarious liability” legislation allows the prosecution of landowners or managers who fail to take steps to ensure staff and contractors act within the law. The legislation applies to the unlawful killing of wild birds and the possession ...more »

Police investigate city's 39th homicide on New Year's Eve
Global WinnipegJanuary 1, 2012

It's not the way Winnipeg Police hoped to end 2011, investigating the city's 39th homicide of the year. A man was shot and killed inside a house in the 6-hundred block of Selkirk Avenue around 5 am Saturday. "It's supposed to be a new year tomorrow and ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Obama Crowned Himself on New Year's Eve
The International News MagazineJanuary 1, 2012

To prevent the US government from behaving like a king, the drafters of the US Constitution empowered an elected legislature to write every law, to declare every war, and to remove its executive from office. To further prevent the abuse of individuals' ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Winston-Salem City Council tables decision about City Hall lawn gatherings
Winston-Salem JournalJanuary 4, 2012

He said any vagueness written into the law only allowed for greater freedom of speech. Janet Owen, another member of Occupy Winston-Salem, said she appreciated Besse's concerns, but said she worried that his changes seemed designed to protect the ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Almaville FCE begins new year with poems
The Daily News JournalJanuary 7, 2012

Programs of the Rutherford County Extension service are offered to all eligible people regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability, religion or veteran status. For more information, contact agent offices at the Lane Agri-Park ...more »

Native Americans
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Images of the Loving case on show at ICP
Amsterdam NewsJanuary 20, 2012

20 and tells the story of two of the bravest civil rights pioneers that most people have forgotten. In 1958, Mildred Jeter, a woman of African and Native American descent, and Richard Perry Loving were married in Washington, DC The only problem was ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Govt to investigate offensive pamphlets
The Canberra TimesJanuary 3, 2012

Yesterday, ACT Multicultural Affairs Minister Joy Burch ordered Human Rights Commissioner Helen Watchirs to investigate whether the campaign was in breach of the territory's anti-discrimination laws. The pamphlet featured in yesterday's report was ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Lucci Smith, Former Harris County Civil Court at Law Judge, Joins Winstead
Citybizlist (press release)January 9, 2012

"Her experience and impressive contributions to the legal community and to eminent domain law in the state are unsurpassed." Smith has written various articles and papers on Texas and Harris County legal topics and has served on several boards of ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Retired Gastonia principal wants job back after suspending student
WSOC CharlotteJanuary 1, 2012

GASTONIA, NC -- A Gastonia principal who accused a 9-year-old student of sexual harassment and abruptly retired in early December wants his job back. Principal Jerry Bostic said the Gaston County School District gave him one hour to decide whether to ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Hospital brass contracts now online
Cambridge TimesJanuary 4, 2012

1, 2012, hospitals fall under freedom of information laws in a bid to improve transparency in public instititutions. Following the advice of the Ontario Hospital Association, Cambridge Memorial posted salaries, bonuses and benefits of executive members ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Linden, Piscataway men among 4 arrested on drug, gun charges
MyCentralJersey.comJanuary 11, 2012

Also seized during the investigation was a .22 caliber revolver and 446 ecstasy pills. Doss and Wells were charged with unlawful use or transfer of firearms, unlawful possession of handguns, unlawful possession of assault firearms, certain persons not ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Internet not a human right, says Internet's dad
msnbc.comJanuary 5, 2012

Cerf's position may come as a surprise to those who know that he is one of 83 Internet pioneers who last month signed an open letter to Congress protesting controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and related Internet legislation that would "create ...more »


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