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Why it's best to spend 2012 between the covers
The IndependentJanuary 1, 2012

The latter should be a real treat for Jacobson's fans: it is set in doomed literary London and stars a downtrodden protagonist with a highly strung, red-haired wife and a deeply troubling mother-in-law.... Attica Locke's The Cutting Season (Serpent's ...more »

Be warned, George Osborne, austerity will be bad for your ratings
The GuardianJanuary 1, 2012

Instead of indulging in some form of "verbal protectionism" via your ill-judged remarks on France's credit rating – which, predictably, provoked a Gallic counterattack – you should have the courage to admit that you were wrong. ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Durbin Announces Field Hearing on Florida Voting Law (press release)January 13, 2012

[WASHINGTON, DC] – US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, announced a field hearing examining the impact of Florida's new voting law, which restricts early voting ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Islamic Center survives bill, barbs, court battles
The Daily News JournalJanuary 1, 2012

"We are all very familiar with the legal principle that in the United States, all citizens enjoy the right to freedom of religion and freedom of speech. "We have a duty equally to treat those whose religious beliefs are similar to the majority beliefs ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Basalt joins RFTA in eminent-domain suit
Aspen Daily NewsJanuary 7, 2012

by Chad Abraham, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer The town of Basalt has joined the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority in two eminent domain proceedings that the bus agency is using in attempt to take private land. RFTA on Dec. ...more »

Native Americans
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Culture meets cyberspace
Arizona Silver BeltJanuary 12, 2012

Also among the first Native American languages to receive written attention was Cherokee. In the 1980's a new resurgence of Native American language books appeared on the market. After a hard fought Civil Rights battle and the passing of the first ...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 »

Freedom Of Information
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Newport News City Council drama reminiscent of past personal disputes
Daily PressJanuary 2, 2012

Wallace at the time claimed the report was not subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The dispute reached a point where Wallace wrote an opinion piece in the Daily Press, and Gear unsuccessfully lobbied the General Assembly to amend the state's ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Ex-HP boss Hurd's folly exposed as sexual harassment allegations go public 3, 2012

"The truth is, there never was any sexual harassment, which HP's investigation confirmed, and there never was any sexual relationship, which Fisher has confirmed," she said. Hurd was subject to an internal investigation by HP over his conduct and the ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Maine Voices: After ignoring, deploring tea party, press fawns on Occupy movement
Press HeraldJanuary 2, 2012

It is First Amendment freedom of speech at its finest. Oh, sure, there are a few problems, but overall, this is a good thing. "Democracy is a little messy sometimes," cooed Pelosi. The media talking heads see a lot of merit in their cause. ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Two Arrested In Connection With Local Burglary Ring Activity
KWTXJanuary 6, 2012

Subsequent investigation led to the Oct. 6, 2011 execution of a search warrant in the 3600 block of Scroggins Drive in Bellmead where officers recovered thousands of dollars worth of stolen property. Among the items seized were three large ...more »


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