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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jul 22, 2010 House Panel Will Try Rangel in Ethics Cases
QUOTE: A House investigative panel has found “substantial reason to believe” that Representative Charles B. Rangel violated a range of ethics rules, dealing a serious blow to Mr. Rangel, a Harlem Democrat, in the twilight of his political career.
New York Times Jul 22, 2010 No Visa, No School, Many New York Districts Say
QUOTE: Three decades after the Supreme Court ruled that immigration violations cannot be used as a basis to deny children equal access to a public school education, one in five school districts in New York State is routinely requiring a child’s immigration papers as a prerequisite to enrollment, or asking parents for information that only lawful immigrants can provide.
New York Times Jul 21, 2010 Israeli Palestinian man to appeal rape-by-deception conviction
QUOTE: Kashour [the Israeli Palestinian who admitted pretending to be a single Jewish man before having sex with an Israeli woman] already has been detained for two months, followed by about two years of house arrest.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 21, 2010 Workers on Doomed Rig Voiced Concern About Safety
QUOTE: A confidential survey of workers on the Deepwater Horizon in the weeks before the oil rig exploded showed that many of them were concerned about safety practices and feared reprisals if they reported mistakes or other problems.
New York Times Jul 21, 2010 Prosecutor’s 2006 Firing Won’t Result in Charges
QUOTE: A special prosecutor has decided not to bring any criminal charges in connection with the firing of a United States attorney in 2006 in a political controversy that dogged the George W. Bush administration until its final days, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.
New York Times Jul 21, 2010 Critics Assail U.S. Plan to Settle With KeySpan
QUOTE: A price-fixing scheme by KeySpan Energy Corporation, the wholesale electricity provider, that may have cost New York State customers $300 million could be resolved with a $12 million civil penalty paid to the federal government under a settlement awaiting approval by a federal judge.
New York Times Jul 20, 2010 Senate Panel Backs Kagan Nomination, With One Republican Vote
QUOTE: Just one Republican, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, broke ranks with his party to back Ms. Kagan. His lengthy speech supporting her led to debate about the Senate’s increasingly partisan approach to judicial confirmations, as he took colleagues — including President Obama when he was a senator — to task for basing their votes on philosophy, rather than qualifications and character.
New York Times Jul 20, 2010 Maine Giving Social Security Another Look
QUOTE: Now, Maine legislators have prepared a detailed plan for shifting state employees into Social Security and are considering whether to adopt it. They acknowledge it will not solve their problem in the short term but see long-term advantages.
New York Times Jul 20, 2010 For Those Deported, Court Rulings Come Too Late
QUOTE: “The Supreme Court has said in a series of cases that the government’s theories of deportation have been wrong for years,” said Daniel Kanstroom, a professor at Boston College Law School, citing earlier decisions that rejected the government’s classification of other minor crimes as deportable offenses. “And yet the legal system has not developed a mechanism to right that wrong for the thousands of people who have been wrongly deported.”
New York Times Jul 20, 2010 Witness Cancellations Thwart Hearings on Oil Spill
QUOTE: Government investigators looking into the causes of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion are colliding with a frequent obstacle: witnesses canceling their scheduled testimonies.
New York Times Jul 20, 2010 Bulldozers Meet Historic Chinese Neighborhood
QUOTE: More recently, those who reside in the neighborhood known as Gulou are anxiously counting the days until construction crews begin turning its 32 charmingly decrepit acres into a polished tourist attraction called Beijing Time Cultural City.
New York Times Jul 20, 2010 Burundi: Journalist Who Criticized Military Is Charged With Treason
QUOTE: A journalist has been arrested and charged with treason for publishing an article suggesting that Burundi’s military was not capable of defending the country against terrorist attacks.
New York Times Jul 20, 2010 Japan Training Program Is Said to Exploit Workers
QUOTE: They [Chinese women] were subjected to 16-hour workdays assembling cellphones at below the minimum wage, with little training of any sort, all under the auspices of a government-approved “foreign trainee” program that critics call industrial Japan’s dirty secret.
New York Times Jul 19, 2010 Goldman Employee Denies Fraud
QUOTE: Days after Goldman Sachs agreed to pay $550 million to settle securities fraud claims, a midlevel employee of the bank filed a 13-page reply denying the charges and sought dismissal of the case.
New York Times Jul 17, 2010 Insurers Push Plans That Limit Choice of Doctor
QUOTE: As the Obama administration begins to enact the new national health care law, the country’s biggest insurers are promoting affordable plans with reduced premiums that require participants to use a narrower selection of doctors or hospitals.
New York Times Jul 16, 2010 Cuts in Home Care Put Elderly and Disabled at Risk
QUOTE: As states face severe budget shortfalls, many have cut home-care services for the elderly or the disabled, programs that have been shown to save states money in the long run because they keep people out of nursing homes.
New York Times Jul 15, 2010 Arizona Halts Photo Enforcement of Speed Laws
QUOTE: The state, the first to adopt such cameras [automated cameras on Arizona freeways aimed at catching speeders] on its highways in October 2008, has become the first to pull the plug, bowing to the wishes of a vocal band of conservative activists who complained that photo enforcement intruded on privacy and was mainly designed to raise money.
New York Times Jul 15, 2010 How Far Should the DNA Dragnet Go?
QUOTE: Familial searches, and the traditional investigation those searches yield, must be conducted in a legal and constitutional manner. The goal is always to provide investigators with a scientifically based lead while addressing privacy concerns.
New York Times Jul 15, 2010 Argentina Approves Gay Marriage, in a First for Region
QUOTE: Argentina’s Senate narrowly approved a law early on Thursday authorizing same-sex marriages, making Argentina the first country in Latin America to allow gay couples to wed.
New York Times Jul 03, 2010 Appeals Court Sides With Detainee
QUOTE: A federal appeals court has sided with a Guantánamo prisoner whose case prompted a major internal argument among Obama administration legal advisers last year over how broadly to define terrorism suspects who may be detained without trial.
New York Times Jun 29, 2010 Supreme Court Affirms a Ban on Soft Money
QUOTE: The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed without comment a ruling upholding a ban on so-called soft-money contributions to political parties.
New York Times Jun 29, 2010 In U.S. Bailout of A.I.G., Forgiveness for Big Banks
QUOTE: When the government began rescuing it from collapse in the fall of 2008 with what has become a $182 billion lifeline, A.I.G. was required to forfeit its right to sue several banks — including Goldman, Société Générale, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch — over any irregularities with most of the mortgage securities it insured in the precrisis years.
New York Times Jun 27, 2010 Safety Net Frays in Spain, as Elsewhere in Europe
QUOTE: For millions of Europeans, modest salaries and high taxes have been offset by the benefits of their cherished social model — a cradle-to-grave safety net which, in the recent boom years, seemed to grow more generous all the time.Now, governments across Europe say they have little choice but to pull back on social benefits, at least for now. Tax revenues are falling; populations are aging and rising deficits are everywhere, threatening the euro.
New York Times Jun 27, 2010 Labor’s New Critics: Old Allies in Elected Office
QUOTE: For years, Republican lawmakers have railed against public employees’ pay and benefits, but now another breed of elected official is demanding labor concessions, too: current and former labor leaders and allies themselves.
New York Times Jun 25, 2010 Iraq’s Ancient Ruins Face New Looting
QUOTE: Thousands of archaeological sites — containing some of the oldest treasures of civilization — have been left unprotected, allowing what officials of Iraq’s antiquities board say is a resumption of brazenly illegal excavations, especially here in southern Iraq.
New York Times Jun 25, 2010 Fighting Crime Where the Criminals Are
QUOTE: Allegations of racial bias, however, ignore the most important factor governing the Police Department’s operations: crime. Trends in criminal acts, not census data, drive everything that the department does, thanks to the statistics-based managerial revolution known as CompStat. Given the patterns of crime in New York, it is inevitable that stop rates will not mirror the city’s ethnic and racial breakdown.
New York Times Jun 25, 2010 Rare Haven of Stability in Somalia Faces a Test
QUOTE: In this corner of Africa [Somaliland, the northwestern corner of Somalia], a free and open political rally — led, no less, by opposition leaders who could actually win — is an anomaly apparently worthy of celebration.
New York Times Jun 22, 2010 For Gulf Victims, Mediator With Deep Pockets and Broad Power
QUOTE: Kenneth R. Feinberg is the $20 billion man with an open-ended checkbook full of BP’s money. Just as jaw-dropping as the sum is the power he has to spend it: Mr. Feinberg will not only decide who is paid for losses from the gulf oil spill, and how much, he also gets to pick the three judges to handle appeals of his decisions.
New York Times Jun 22, 2010 Drilling Ban Blocked; U.S. Will Issue New Order
QUOTE: A federal judge in New Orleans on Tuesday blocked a six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling projects that the Obama administration imposed after the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The White House swiftly vowed to appeal the ruling.
New York Times Jun 13, 2010 Children Carry Guns for a U.S. Ally, Somalia
QUOTE: According to Somali human rights groups and United Nations officials, the Somali government, which relies on assistance from the West to survive, is fielding hundreds of children or more on the front lines, some as young as 9.
New York Times Sep 09, 2009 Feds open Madoffs' opulent penthouse and yacht
QUOTE: More of the high life and times of Bernard Madoff and his family became apparent Wednesday with the release of new photos and videos of properties seized to repay investors.
Newsday Dec 01, 2008 MySpace ruling could lead to jail for lying online daters
QUOTE: Unfortunately for Internet users everywhere, a jury found Lori Drew guilty of three misdemeanor violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, punishable with up to one year in a federal prison and a $100,000 fine for each of the three counts. All those people who have lied about their age or weight in an eHarmony profile would now appear to be computer hackers.
Nov 08, 2008 Citing Workload, Public Lawyers Reject New Cases
QUOTE: Public defenders’ offices in at least seven states are refusing to take on new cases or have sued to limit them, citing overwhelming workloads that they say undermine the constitutional right to counsel for the poor...in the most open revolt by public defenders in memory, many of the government-appointed lawyers say that state budget cuts and rising caseloads have pushed them to the breaking point.
New York Times Jul 21, 2008 Shared Struggle Led Women to Political Action: Domestic Workers Spurred Montgomery Protections
QUOTE: Calling themselves the Committee of Women Seeking Justice, they gather in a circle and commiserate in English, Spanish, Hindi and French. Among the topics: no sick days, little overtime pay, feeling "on call" at all hours and sleeping on basement floors. Several have shared stories of having been kept as modern-day slaves, organizers said, rarely allowed out of the house and never seeing a cent.
Washington Post Jul 18, 2008 Should Suspects Go Free When Police Blunder? (American Exception)
QUOTE: A year and a half later, an Ontario trial judge ruled that the officer’s conduct was a “brazen and flagrant” violation of Mr. Harrison’s rights. The officer’s explanation for stopping Mr. Harrison was contrived and defied credibility, the judge said, and the search “was certainly not reasonable.”
New York Times Jul 18, 2008 Rulings Clear Military Trial of a Detainee
QUOTE: Court rulings on Thursday cleared the way for the first trial at the American detention camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, opened in 2002 to hold suspects captured in the campaign against terrorism. The trials have been delayed for years, in part by courts that found legal fault with the commissions created to try people designated by the government as “unlawful enemy combatants.”
New York Times Jul 18, 2008 Police Spied on Activists In Md.: Officers Infiltrated Groups During Ehrlich Years
QUOTE: The 46 pages of single-spaced typed records were released this week to the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, which sued the state police in June, claiming that it had refused to release public documents that shed light on surveillance of peace activists. The civil liberties group learned in 2004 that a state police intelligence unit was monitoring Baltimore peace groups that had protested at the National Security Agency in Fort Meade that year.
Washington Post Jul 16, 2008 An Assault on Decency (The New Old Age)
QUOTE: Even the gridlocked New York State legislature was moved. Both houses unanimously passed — and Gov. David A. Paterson signed — a bill making any predatory attack on someone age 65 or over a violent felony punishable by up to seven years in prison. The new law, the first of its kind in the nation, took effect on June 29.
New York Times Jul 16, 2008 Court Convicts Former Samsung Chief
QUOTE: The former chairman of the Samsung Group, Lee Kun-hee, was convicted of tax evasion charges on Wednesday but was spared prison after the court suspended his three-year sentence. Mr. Lee was also fined $109 million. But the Seoul Central District Court cleared him of criminal charges of breach of trust, which stemmed from two Samsung affiliates’ decisions to sell stock to his son, Jae Yong, at unfairly low prices to help the son take over management control of the business empire.
New York Times Jul 16, 2008 Former Russian Billionaire Files for Parole
QUOTE: The lawyers submitted the request to the Ingoda District Court in Chita, the Siberian city where Mr. Khodorkovsky has been imprisoned since 2005, two years after his arrest on tax evasion charges. The arrest was widely seen as Kremlin-orchestrated punishment for his opposition to Vladimir V. Putin, who was president at the time and is now prime minister.
New York Times Jul 11, 2008 Detainees, as Lawyers, Test System of Tribunals
QUOTE: Why, Mr. bin Attash asked the military judge at a hearing here on Thursday, was he barred from reading classified reports as he prepares to represent himself at the trial the Bush administration wants to be the centerpiece of its Guantánamo prosecutions. He predicted that his yet-to-be-scheduled trial along with four other men charged in the 2001 attacks would end with executions, including his own, limiting the risk that the defendants would disclose any secrets.
New York Times Jul 09, 2008 Trial About Privacy in Which None Remains
QUOTE: Adding to the improbability, the trial was set off by the man who paid for the sex session, the slim, dapper, eloquent Mr. Mosley, age 68. Bravely or foolishly, as the trial may determine, he is seeking punitive damages against the tabloid, which broke the story and accompanied it with a secretly filmed video of the spanking that Mr. Mosley’s lawyer said had been viewed 3.5 million times on the paper’s Web site and on YouTube.
New York Times Jul 09, 2008 DNA clears JonBenet Ramsey's family
QUOTE: Recently developed "touch DNA" technology has cleared all members of JonBenet Ramsey's family of her slaying, authorities said Wednesday. Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy said no one in the Ramsey family is considered a suspect and formally apologized in a letter to John Ramsey for the cloud of suspicion his family has lived under for nearly 12 years.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 08, 2008 California Moves to Curb Bad Habits of Motorists
QUOTE: Long commutes and a passion for the auto have long combined to make the California car a second home. But that way of life is being chipped away slightly, with a series of new laws — and more being contemplated by state legislators — that take aim at the bad habits of the state’s 22 million drivers. Last week, California became the fifth state to require that all drivers use a headset with their cellphones.
New York Times Jul 08, 2008 Safety: Laws Reduce Drunken-Driving Deaths (Vital Signs)
QUOTE: Reporting in the July issue of Accident Analysis and Prevention, the scientists calculate that the possession and purchase laws reduced the ratio of drinking to nondrinking drivers involved in fatal crashes by about 11 percent. Laws requiring an automatic license sanction for the use of fake IDs resulted in a 7 percent decrease.
New York Times Jul 08, 2008 Princeton can keep its cops unarmed, OSHA says
QUOTE: Princeton University's policy of not allowing its officers to carry guns on campus doesn't hurt the officers' ability to do their jobs, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ruled. OSHA closed the case on June 24 after ruling on June 20 that Princeton had complied with OSHA regulations. The complaint, filed by Public Safety Fraternal Orders of Police's president and patrolman James Lanzi, alleged that the policy of not allowing Public Safety officers to carry guns was an occupational hazard.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 07, 2008 Saving Michael Vick's Dogs: Pit Bulls Rescued From the Football Player's Fighting Ring Show Progress in an Unprecedented Rehabilitation Effort
QUOTE: How can this be? Reports of gruesome pit bull maulings make international news. Pit bulls are one of the few canine breeds thought to be so dangerous that they are banned in some places. The answer, says Frank McMillan, a veterinarian who is studying the recovery of some of the Vick dogs, is that we don't know. "We've assumed all pits are the same, and we've never let this many fighting dogs live long enough to find out. There are hardly ever studies, because these animals don't survive," he said.
Washington Post Jul 06, 2008 Chicago Gun Ban May Test Ruling: Challenges Follow Decision on D.C. Law
QUOTE: In a city where homicide rates have risen by 13 percent over the same period last year and 26 students were killed by gunfire in the past school year, Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) thinks the Supreme Court majority that overturned the District's gun ban last month is detached from urban reality.
Washington Post Jul 06, 2008 A Ban on Cockfighting, but the Tradition Lives On
QUOTE: Last year, New Mexico became the 49th state to make cockfighting illegal. (Louisiana will become the last state when a ban there takes effect in August.) The state has devoted vast resources to ending the sport, but with only one misdemeanor conviction thus far, it continues unabated in hidden venues, cockfighters and law enforcement officials say.
New York Times Jul 05, 2008 Offer of a Vote for Sale Draws Unwanted Attention
QUOTE: The student, Max P. Sanders, 19, of Edina, was charged Thursday with one count of bribery, treating and soliciting, a felony under an 1893 Minnesota law that criminalizes the sale and purchase of votes. In May Mr. Sanders set a minimum bid of $10 for his vote this November and offered to provide photographic documentation inside the booth.
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