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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jul 05, 2013 After Ruling, States Rush to Enact Voting Laws
QUOTE: State officials across the South are aggressively moving ahead with new laws requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls after the Supreme Court decision striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act. The Republicans who control state legislatures throughout the region say such laws are needed to prevent voter fraud. But such fraud is extremely rare, and Democrats are concerned that the proposed changes will make it harder for many poor voters and members of minorities — who tend to vote Democratic — to cast their ballots in states that once discriminated against black voters with poll taxes and literacy tests.
New York Times May 09, 2012 North Carolina's ban on gay marriage sparks cheers, jeers
QUOTE: North Carolina voted Tuesday to outlaw same-sex marriage, which was already prohibited in the state. Supporters pushed for the constitutional amendment, arguing that it is needed to ward off future legal challenges.
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 28, 2012 Virginia Senate Passes Ultrasound Bill as Other States Take Notice
QUOTE: Changing course after an unwelcome national uproar, the Virginia Senate adopted a revised bill on Tuesday that still requires doctors to perform an ultrasound on women before they have an abortion, but also says that women cannot be forced to have an invasive vaginal ultrasound....The Senate vote came after a bitter debate in which Democrats pleaded with the body not to adopt a bill that they said remained — even with the changes — demeaning to women and insulting to doctors.
New York Times Jun 23, 2011 North Carolina hearing explores history of forced sterilization
QUOTE: After World War II, most states abolished their eugenics programs when it became clear that Nazi's used similar practices to further their ideals of racial purity. But the number of sterilizations in North Carolina peaked between 1950-1960...
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 19, 2010 Amazon fights demand for customer records
QUOTE: Amazon.com filed a lawsuit on Monday to fend off a sweeping demand from North Carolina's tax collectors: detailed records including names and addresses of customers and information about exactly what they purchased.
CNET Feb 28, 2010 Civil rights-era killings yield secrets to FBI probe
QUOTE: Three years after the FBI pledged to investigate more than 100 unsolved civil rights killings, the agency is ready to close all but a handful. Investigators say they have solved most of the mysteries behind the cases, but few will result in indictments, given the passage of decades, the deaths of prime suspects and the challenge of gathering evidence.
Washington Post May 07, 2008 As Executions Resume, So Do Questions of Fairness
QUOTE: fresh questions about whether states are supplying capital-murder defendants with adequate counsel, even as an execution on Tuesday night in Georgia ended a seven-month national suspension. In all three cases, North Carolina appeals courts found that evidence that would have favored the defendants was withheld from defense lawyers...
New York Times May 03, 2008 When Law Prevents Righting a Wrong (The Nation)
QUOTE: The obligation to keep a client’s secrets is so important, they say, that it survives death and may not be violated even to cure a grave injustice — for example, the imprisonment for 26 years of another man, in Illinois, who was freed just last month.
New York Times Oct 12, 2007 Crackdown Upends Slaughterhouse’s Work Force
QUOTE: Across the country, the federal effort to flush out illegal immigrants is having major effects on workers and employers alike. Some companies have reluctantly raised wages to attract new workers following raids at their plants.
New York Times May 03, 2007 Phone companies levy new fee for not making calls
QUOTE: Now some phone companies are adding a new line item to monthly bills: a charge for not making long-distance calls. The category of customers affected by the new fee is the shrinking subset of people who have no-frills home-phone service and don't pay for a long-distance-calling plan.... Verizon spokesman Jim Smith defended the decision to charge customers the $2 fee. "Because what they're helping to do is supporting the network...
News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina) Apr 21, 2007 In Turnabout, Infant Deaths Climb in South
QUOTE: The setbacks have raised questions about the impact of cuts in welfare and Medicaid and of poor access to doctors, and, many doctors say, the growing epidemics of obesity, diabetes and hypertension among potential mothers, some of whom tip the scales here at 300 to 400 pounds.
New York Times Jan 27, 2007 New Prosecution Team Takes on Duke Case: Lawyers Examine Evidence Amid Media Glare
QUOTE: evidence against three former Duke University lacrosse players charged with sexually assaulting an escort service dancer at an off-campus team party last spring. In the recent months, the actions of the previous prosecutor, Durham District Attorney Michael B. Nifong, have taken center stage. But now that Nifong has asked to be relieved while he faced charges from the North Carolina Bar Association, including withholding evidence from defense lawyers, the focus of the case shifts to state Attorney General Roy Cooper and the two prosecutors he has chosen to evaluate the evidence....the NAACP held a news conference here last week to call on prosecutors to take into account the accuser's version of events, saying it was aware of "the impact that this case can have on chilling the rights of women, particularly African Americans, to file criminal complaints of sexual violence and exploitation."
Washington Post Sep 27, 2006 States, Counties Begin to Enforce Immigration Law
QUOTE: law enforcement officers did not check the immigration status of people they came into contact with, and in the vast majority of cases, a run-in with the law carried little threat of deportation. But that accommodation for the burgeoning illegal population ended abruptly in April....Some Latino leaders say the program here is contributing to a discriminatory climate in which Hispanic drivers feel as if they are being "hunted" by police.
Washington Post Aug 23, 2006 Debate grows on out-of-wedlock laws: Some 1.6 million Americans in seven states are breaking old anticohabitation rules.
QUOTE: In North Carolina, a state judge in July ruled unconstitutional a law that states it's illegal for unmarried couples to live together...Yet the debate about whether the laws should continue to exist is a flash point between secularists and traditional Christians over the definition of a family.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 24, 2006 Union Tries to Unite Blacks, Latinos: Workers at Meatpacking Plant Must First Overcome Distrust
QUOTE: The labor relations board and courts...agreed with union organizers and workers who said the company fought to undermine union elections in 1994 and 1997, intimidated workers who were pro-union, pitted black and Latino employees against each other, had union organizers arrested by an in-house police squad and threatened to close the plant.
Washington Post Jun 30, 2006 Tire co. charged with unfair practices
QUOTE: The National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint against Continental Tire North America Inc. for engaging in unfair labor practices in labor negotiations with the company's union, dating back to last October.
Charlotte Observer May 07, 2006 Rape Case Is Seen as a Symbol in N.C. College Town: Charges Against Duke Lacrosse Players Underline Racial and Economic Divide on Two Campuses
QUOTE: ...to many on the NCCU campus, it seems straight from the mouths of grandparents and parents who passed along cautionary tales about how justice worked: A black woman's cry of rape was seldom believed, and whites always walked.
Washington Post Feb 05, 2006 In N.H., a Beer in the Belly Can Get Youths Arrested: Possession Is Redefined to Cover Alcohol Already Consumed
QUOTE: In a break with legal tradition, an underage person with drinks in his or her system often faces the same charge as one with a drink in hand....spawned criticism from some legal scholars, who say the laws are pushing the definition of a real possession charge.
Washington Post Dec 30, 2005 In N.C., Scandal Arrives Before New State Lottery: House Speaker and Top Aide Under Investigation for Possible Corruption in Measure's Passage
QUOTE: North Carolina, which until now was one of the few states without a lottery, will not begin its games until spring, but already state and federal criminal investigations are looking into whether the measure's passage was tainted by corruption.
Washington Post Jun 07, 2005 In County Made Rich by Golf, Some Enclaves Are Left Behind
QUOTE: Golf has made Moore County [North Carolina--Ed.] rich....But as developers rush to provide "resort quality" amenities in the newest subdivisions, some neighborhoods have been left behind - without sewers, police service, garbage pickup or even, in some cases, piped water.
New York Times Jun 03, 2004 E.P.A Nears Pact On Waste by Processors of Livestock
QUOTE: The Environmental Protection Agency is close to reaching an agreement with some of the nations largest animal processors that would lay the groundwork for the first federal emission standards for companies that process millions of pigs, cows and chickens every day.
New York Times Aug 13, 2002 A Long Road of Broken Promises for Black Farmers: USDA Fights Claims After Landmark Deal
QUOTE: ...many thousand other farmers have had their claims rejected, the totals of payouts and forgiven loans are far short of what was projected, and the USDA...is battling almost every claim filed.
Washington Post Aug 07, 2002 A Timely Subject -- and a Sore One: UNC Draws Fire, Lawsuit for Assigning Book on Islam
QUOTE: To the university's faculty and some students, the dispute is about upholding UNC's tradition of academic freedom. To the university's critics, it's about maintaining America's moral backbone in the war on terrorism.
Washington Post Jul 31, 2002 Dirty Money, Dirty Politics
QUOTE: In a matter of days, drug dealing, money laundering and a deposed dictator have moved to the forefront of a Texas governor's race that has turned dirty early in this election year.
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