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San Jose police reduce alarm response
San Jose Mercury NewsJanuary 1, 2012

They favor rules that allow for more false-alarm fines but still guarantee a police response. But San Jose police say they're following the lead of other cities including Fremont, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City that have stopped automatic alarm responses ...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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Plan would let voters change Arizona Constitution to allow private school vouchers
YourWestValley.comJanuary 2, 2012

Most recently, the Arizona Supreme Court struck down a 2006 law which provided $2.5 million in vouchers to parents of former foster children to pay tuition and fees at private or parochial schools. An identical fund was set up for students with ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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The Danger of an Attack on Piracy Online
New York TimesJanuary 2, 2012

After all, SOPA, which stands for Stop Online Piracy Act, sounds like a piece of arcane Internet government regulation — legislation that entertainment companies desperately care about and that leaves Web nation and free-speech crusaders frothing at ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Wicked LocalJanuary 8, 2012

... office at 781-585-4382 to schedule a screening/evaluation. The Silver Lake Regional School District/Superintendency Union #31 does not discriminate on the basis of age, handicap, sexual orientation, race, religion, creed, gender or national origin.more »

Native Americans
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Texas electoral maps at issue before Supreme Court
Seattle Post IntelligencerJanuary 9, 2012

... but also against American Indians, Asian-Americans, Alaskan Natives and Hispanics. In the 2009 case, also from Texas, the court avoided deciding whether the advance approval requirement is constitutional in an era marked by dramatic civil rights...more »

Religious Discrimination
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More top topics
Lincoln Journal StarJanuary 4, 2012

Pete Pirsch's Freedom of Conscience Act (LB461), which bans discrimination against healthcare workers based on their moral or religious beliefs. Another focus of Nebraska Right to Life is defunding organizations and individuals who perform abortions, ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Allentown begins eminent domain process against Rite Aid in hockey arena area
Lehighvalleylive.comJanuary 10, 2012

By Colin McEvoy | The Express-Times Allentown has begun the eminent domain process against the Rite Aid property at 733 Hamilton St., which falls in the area of the planned hockey arena. City spokesman Mike Moore declined to comment on whether the two ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Another female Mountie alleges sexual harassment on the job
CTV.caJanuary 6, 2012

VANCOUVER — Yet another female Mountie is alleging she was sexually harassed by a male colleague and that his superiors did not intervene when the abuse was reported. Const. Karen Katz has filed a lawsuit against the provincial and federal governments ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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MORNING NEWS TOP STORY OF 2011: Not Rusty, not this time around
SCNowJanuary 1, 2012

Not widely reported: The Morning News issued a Freedom of Information Act request for the resumes of all 79 candidates for the Florence County administrator position. That request was denied by the county, which is only required by law to release ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Buffalo man accused of growing marijuana
Buffalo NewsJanuary 3, 2012

Narcotics detectives entered the residence Saturday after receiving a search warrant signed by Town Justice Geoffrey Klein. The detectives seized an assortment of growing equipment in addition to the plants, according to Capt. Michael Camilleri. ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Do it my way
World MagazineJanuary 2, 2012

... changes to the student loan and home mortgage processes, the reworking of business tax breaks, $1 billion to expand the healthcare workforce, and orders to step up the Food and Drug Administration's investigations of the pharmaceutical market. ...more »


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