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Attorney general opinion clarifies Harbor Police authority
Houma CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The Louisiana Attorney General's office has clarified a 2011 decision which suggested the authority of Port Fourchon's Harbor Police Department is not recognized by the state. The confusion began last year, when the port's private Harbor Police...more »

Letters: Put air travel hassles into perspective
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

He defends Mitt Romney by asking whether commentator Bob Beckel is suggesting the former Massachusetts governor should pay more taxes than required by law. Then Thomas rails about the percentage of people who pay no federal income tax.more »

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Proposed leave rules would benefit military families
Battle Creek EnquirerFebruary 1, 2012

Since 1993, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has allowed most employees to take unpaid leave to deal with certain medical or family emergencies without fear of losing their jobs or insurance benefits. The law provides for up to 12 weeks ...more »

Guardianship
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MPs call for a law to help deal with cases similar to that of the missing ...
WalesOnlineFebruary 22, 2012

“The law needs to be changed. The Government owes it to these families to look at this issue again very carefully before it responds to our report.” The report recommends that the Government introduces provision for “guardianship” orders to protect the ...more »

Divorce & Separation
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Facebook May Be Used Against You In Court, Local Lawyers Say
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

The law journal talked to several lawyers about the phenomenon, including some in Norristown. "By and large, we haven't had a custody case where something Facebook-related doesn't come up," Jonathan Hoffman, an attorney specializing in family law at ...more »

Individual Educational Plans
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Rep. John Conyers talks emergency manager law with Gov. Rick Snyder, questions ...
MLive.comFebruary 2, 2012

Conyers, joined by Reverend Charles E. Williams II of the Detroit National Action Network, discussed the constitutional validity and "inherently undemocratic nature" of Public Act 4, according to his office. The newly-strengthened law provides ...more »

Infertility Law & Surrogate Parenting
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Coming up on CNN
CNN (blog)February 1, 2012

Up for vote was a referendum on whether Washington state would allow gay and lesbian couples to have several of the rights and responsibilities of legally married heterosexual couples. My true love, my lesbian life partner of now 20 years, ...more »

Domestic Partnerships
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Washington State Poised to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
The Nation.February 6, 2012

On January 13, Murray introduced a bill that would amend the state's current domestic partnership law, which grants most of the rights and privileges of marriage, with one that fully recognizes same-sex marriage. Over the next few weeks, he was able to ...more »

Mortuary Law
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Pitts shouldn't write about guns
Greenville NewsFebruary 6, 2012

We're working on the following obituaries for Monday morning's paper: James J. Goodwin of San Antonio, TX (Beasley Funeral Home); David Lee Evans of Laurens (Beasley Funeral Home); Margaret K. Rouse of Easley (Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary); ...more »

Domestic Violence
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Police: Man accused in Jonesboro killing was wanted for domestic violence
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 2, 2012

By Marcus K. Garner Police say a man charged with killing a Riverdale prostitute had kidnapped and attacked his ex-girlfriend days earlier in an attempt to win her back. According to police reports, Nehemiah Johnson Jr. was wanted for tying up, ...more »

Name Changes
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Apple in a legal battle for the iPad name?
GlobalPost (blog)February 7, 2012

A $1.6 billion lawsuit reportedly claims Apple can't legally use the name iPad in China. A man navigates through the new iPad 2 during its launch in the Philippines at an Apple store in Manila on April 29, 2011. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images) "To steal ...more »

Foster Care
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Adoptive parents seek equal deal
StarPhoenixFebruary 1, 2012

"What we're saying is that regardless of the way your family is formed, whether it's through birth, foster care or whether it's through adoption, all parents should have equal paid leave during the time they take off after they bring a child into their ...more »

Paternity Suits
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Perrish Cox trial likely will feature testimony from Demaryius Thomas
NBCSports.comFebruary 29, 2012

I wonder if this story would have ever come to light if Cox were a big name player who earned millions and could be worth going after in a paternity suit. Keep in mind, she thought it was her boy friend the big name wide receiver and she never told the ...more »

Gay & Lesbian Rights
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Meet Robear Chinosi, the Gay Tattoo Shop Manager on TLC's 'NY Ink' (AUDIO)
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Robear is also a fierce gay rights activist and gives his spin on crucial issues facing the LGBTQ community. I'm very committed to the cause of gay and lesbian civil rights because as a gay man, I'm just immersed in that community more and more.more »

State Child Protection
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Teacher sexual abuse: How to catch a predator in school
Alaska DispatchFebruary 3, 2012

He was suspended and resigned in early 2011 when the county sheriff's department began investigating charges that led recently to his arrest on 23 counts of committing lewd acts on children. Those charges date back to 2005. But the alleged troubling ...more »

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