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How an estate plan can minimize taxes, avoid probate and ensure a smooth ...
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

But creating a plan isn't enough; you have to revisit it to ensure it remains relevant, says Steven C. Hartstein, CPA, JD, a partner in the Tax Planning & Preparation Department at Skoda Minotti. “When it comes to estate planning to protect your ...more »

Crimes give Akron, Ohio, area national exposure in 2011
Bellingham HeraldJanuary 1, 2012

"Ohio police find third body investigating murder spree," the Telegraph reported to its London readers in December. For a region more used to seeing the spotlight cast on its Goodyear blimp, the All-American Soap Box Derby or LeBron James, ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Details on Hungary's new Constitution
Politics.huJanuary 2, 2012

Parliament passed a cardinal law on enforcing the 50-percent-debt rule in 2016 - the government and parliament must make sure the budget is balanced, transparent and sustainable. - the new supreme law codifies the curbs on the Constitutional Court's ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Occupy movement and the First Amendment
Muncie Star PressJanuary 1, 2012

It reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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City Council removes age from discrimination protections as unintended ...
Columbia MissourianJanuary 4, 2012

... discriminate based on age," City Manager Mike Matthessaid. Other items in the protected category against discrimination include: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, handicap, sexual orientation or gender identity.more »

Native Americans
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Unwelcome Phelps Family, Westboro Baptist Rolling into Upstate
Patch.comJanuary 6, 2012

At the local forefront of the civil rights movement was Fred Phelps, who would would take on discrimination cases and would later receive accommodations from local chapters of the NAACP for his work as a civil rights attorney. "When I was little, ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Hungary's Reboot
Wall Street JournalJanuary 3, 2012

... which will enable them to choose a government that clearly represents their interests through procedures that are transparent and fair. They will be able to do so because of the changes we have made to Hungary's electoral law. ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Iowa City landfill acquires contaminated farmland
Chicago TribuneJanuary 10, 2012

The city condemned the property and used eminent domain, paying $130000 or $7700 an acre, to the property owners. ------ Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, AP-WF-01-10-12 2021GMT.more »

Sexual Harassment
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BU panel head wants dress code
Times of IndiaJanuary 3, 2012

BANGALORE: When the head of the committee against sexual harassment in Bangalore University speaks about harassment, you listen. When TOI asked KK Seethamma, former head of the department of women studies, for her views on the recent statement of ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Barricades Come Down at Zuccotti Park, and Protesters Are Back
Tribeca TribJanuary 11, 2012

Segal filed a Freedom of Information Law request asking for “all information” about the barricades. “The police apparently didn't have a good answer that they did not see as leading them to court,” Segal said with a laugh. “So they took the f---ing ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Search leads police to drugs and runaways in Kennwick
KEPR 19January 16, 2012

Officer Kiel obtained a search warrant for the location. In the early morning hours of 01/15/2012 a search warrant was executed at the residence. While executing the search warrant, officers located and seized methamphetamine, marijuana, ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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28 signs that US public schools are rapidly being turned into indoctrination ...
Press TVJanuary 3, 2012

If we continue to allow all of the liberty and freedom to be systematically drained out of our school children, then there is not going to be much hope for the future of this nation. The following are 28 signs that US public schools are being turned ...more »


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