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Fear and Loathing in Huntsville: Anti-Choice Protestors Target Hospitals in Alabama

Fear and Loathing in Huntsville: Anti-Choice Protestors Target Hospitals in Alabama
Anti-choice protestors are increasing in intensity and expanding their presence in the Alabama city of Huntsville. For over a year, they've staked out the Alabama Women's Center and provided sidewalk counseling that takes the form of prayers (through a bullhorn), shouting, graphic signs, and songs (like the unforgettable hit, "Happy Birthday, Dead Baby"). The ramped up effort will include hospitals, private practices and even outside a middle school.
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School Director and 'Very Conservative Ideologue' Caught on Teen Dating Website

School Director and 'Very Conservative Ideologue' Caught on Teen Dating Website
East Penn School District Director Julian Stolz has had a page on the teen hook-up website Teenspot for several years according to a Lehigh Valley blog. The Stolz Report found a shirtless picture of the extreme right wing politician, along with records revealing he has had contact with girls as young as 14 through Teenspot.
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CO and WA Governors Ask Feds to Allow Marijuana Shops Access to Banks

CO and WA Governors Ask Feds to Allow Marijuana Shops Access to Banks
The Governors of Colorado and Washington requested permission from top banking authorities to allow marijuana stores - legal in their states - to have access to full banking services.
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Louisiana Abortion Law Upheld, Also Sets Dangerous Precedent for Doctors in Miss and Texas

Louisiana Abortion Law Upheld, Also Sets Dangerous Precedent for Doctors in Miss and Texas
Texas isn't the only state attempting to restrict women's access to reproductive health rights. Louisiana did too, and a recent federal court decision shows how the Louisiana law could have implications in Texas and Mississippi, too. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals stopped a challenge to a Louisiana law that treated abortion providers differently from other physicians who don't provide the procedure.
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Anti-Abortion Group’s Ballot Initiative Never Mentions Abortion

Anti-Abortion Group’s Ballot Initiative Never Mentions Abortion
Colorado personhood groups submitted signatures to the secretary of state’s office Monday in support of an effort to land an initiative on 2014 Colorado voter ballots that could ban abortion, the fourth attempt by personhood groups since 2010 to pass a state constitutional amendment here that would grant “unborn human persons” legal rights.
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Kaiser Extends Coverage to Transgender Coloradans, Larger Changes on the Table

Kaiser Extends Coverage to Transgender Coloradans, Larger Changes on the Table
This month, major health care insurer Kaiser Permanente announced it would no longer exclude transgender Coloradans from treatment and, more than that, would offer transgender-specific health care to its all of its policies. With protections in place under the still-in-tumult Affordable Care Act set to go in effect this year, transgender Americans could soon be afforded the same type of health coverage as their neighbor.
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After 30 Years in Extreme Prison Isolation, CO Man Gets His Case Heard in Appeals Court

After 30 Years in Extreme Prison Isolation, CO Man Gets His Case Heard in Appeals Court
By law, you get 15 minutes to argue in the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The rules are the rules. Yet that rule comes across as painfully ironic in the case of a man who has spent a million times that limit — 15,778,470 minutes and counting – in prison isolation. Tommy Silverstein, 61, has lived in solitary confinement nearly half his life, and longer than any other prisoner held by the federal government.
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Sad Truth: Gun Massacres Like Navy Yard Shooting No Longer Shocking

Sad Truth: Gun Massacres Like Navy Yard Shooting No Longer Shocking
It is too soon to know why it happened or exactly how it happened. But we know this: A man walked into the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. Monday morning and killed at least 12 people and was himself killed.
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AL Governor Denying Gay National Guardsmen Their Benefits

AL Governor Denying Gay National Guardsmen Their Benefits
Even as our federal government has amended its woefully discriminatory policies that denied benefits to the same-sex partners and spouses of federal workers, Governor Bentley has vowed to do just the opposite. Rolling back the clock and insisting that when National Guard personnel are under his control, the state will deny said benefits.
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Group With Prison Industry Ties Chosen To Monitor Sexual Abuse Cases

Group With Prison Industry Ties Chosen To Monitor Sexual Abuse Cases
After more than a decade of national legislative efforts to end prison rape, this month was supposed to produce a significant victory: formal audits of prisons and jails around the country that would more reliably chronicle incidents of sex abuse and the consequences for its perpetrators.
But that moment of possible progress has turned out to be more complicated than many had hoped. The first round of audits will be chiefly conducted by the American Correctional Association (ACA), the very organization that has been criticized over the years for failing to identify and address safety problems at prisons across the country.
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