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Six former Bell council members lose appeal
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 1, 2012

Previous judges have chastised the former council members. In rejecting their motion to drop the charges earlier this month, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy issued a scathing 10-page ruling brushing aside the politicians' ...more »

Illinois implements new security laws for 2012
Examiner.comJanuary 1, 2012

Earlier this month, a Florida man posing as a Department of Homeland Security officer was arrested in a Chicago suburb after he tried to open an account at the US Bank on Ogden Ave in Lisle, Illinois using fake identification and a phony check for $3.5 ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Lifting martial law in Fiji
The EconomistJanuary 5, 2012

FIJI'S military commander and prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, promises that martial law will be lifted on January 7th, and that consultations on a new constitution will begin in February. The announcement from the troubled islands was ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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WESTERN TRADITION PARTNERSHIP, INC. v. ATTORNEY GENERAL
Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

The District Court enjoined enforcement of the statute and denied the motion of Champion and MSSF for an award of attorney fees. The State appeals the order of summary judgment in favor of the plaintiffs, and Champion and MSSF cross-appeal from the ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Appellant's argument that local Rule 41.1 violates due process is frivolous
Lexology (registration)January 3, 2012

Cathleen Sambrano filed an EEOC charge alleging that the Department of the Navy, her employer, discriminated against her on account of her race, gender, national origin, age, and disability. Because she was a federal employee, the EEOC decided her ...more »

Native Americans
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Has Martin Luther King's dream been realized? Teens answer
San Jose Mercury NewsJanuary 13, 2012

Our generation is living proof that King's dream would one day become reality. We are living his dream now, and just as he said, "little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Women Fight Religious Segregation in Israel
Real News NetworkJanuary 3, 2012

The Ultra Orthodox saw this as discrimination, saying the state is getting involved in their religious practices. They therefore continue to unofficially segregate buses. Despite the feminist tones in this movement it has not raised issues of the ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Letter: Eminent Domain Is Not an Issue in Rowayton
The Daily NorwalkJanuary 16, 2012

NORWALK, Conn. – The most recent Common Council meeting saw a spirited debate that involved discussion of eminent domain. I agree with Mr. Miklave and Mr. Hempstead (et al) that the power of eminent domain is one not to ever be taken lightly. ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Enough of the talk, it's time for action!
Barbados AdvocateJanuary 4, 2012

I hope that CTUSAB's President Cedric Murrell and its General Secretary Dennis Depeiza succeed in their quest for certain pieces of “outstanding legislation to be drafted into law”. The Employment Rights Bill, Sexual Harassment Act, and the Safety and ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Panel leaves review of trash bin advertising to DPW chief after FOI concerns
The HourJanuary 5, 2012

... e-mail violates the Freedom of Information Act. "The Freedom of Information Act requires that votes and actions be taken at open public meetings," wrote Corporation Counsel Robert F. Maslin, Jr., in an e-mail to the city's public works director. ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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VILLEGAS v. GALLOWAY
Leagle.comJanuary 10, 2012

With respect to Villegas's claims arising out of the allegedly unlawful search and seizure, Villegas correctly argues that a claim of unlawful arrest, standing alone, does not necessarily implicate the validity of the underlying criminal conviction. ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Uzbekistan profile
BBC NewsJanuary 5, 2012

Despite constitutional guarantees of press freedom, media rights body Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in 2010 that the law punishes journalists for "interference in internal affairs" and "insulting the dignity of citizens". ...more »

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