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Sexual-orientation discrimination May Cost Twin Peaks’ School Charter

Sexual-orientation discrimination May Cost Twin Peaks’ School Charter
Twin Peaks Charter Academy blocked senior and valedictorian Evan Young from giving his graduation speech because he refused to remove his gay identity from the script. The decision has triggered a debate about the role that schools – particularly charter schools – can play in limiting students’ freedom of expression.
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SCOTUS Considering Case Which Would Effectively Cripple Public Sector Unionism

SCOTUS Considering Case Which Would Effectively Cripple Public Sector Unionism
Last week, an appeal was made to the Supreme Court in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), a case that could severely weaken the power of public sector unions. The case invovles a California elementary school teacher who does not want to pay $650 in annual “fair share fees” to the CTA for costs associated with collective bargaining and administration.
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Majority of Citizens in 133 Countries Polled Believe Their Media is Free

Majority of Citizens in 133 Countries Polled Believe Their Media is Free
Adults in Finland almost universally view their media as free. Nine of the 10 countries where more than 90 percent of residents say their media have a lot of freedom are located in Europe.
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FDR's Four Freedoms: Diminished and Defiled

FDR's Four Freedoms: Diminished and Defiled
For every $100 owned by a white family, a black family has $2. For every $100 owned by a single white woman, a single black or Hispanic woman has 25 cents.
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Oakland City Council Closed to Slain Citizen's Family and Supporters

Last night, I went to attend meeting Oakland City Council to stand in solidarity with the parents of Alan Blueford and present to the Council the names of hundreds of people who signed on to demand the release of the Alan Blueford police report.
Rumors had been circulating that there might be restricted access to the council meeting last week, but no one had any details about what that would mean. I arrived after walking with Alan's family and members of the interfaith community from the District Attorney's office and at first it seemed that we'd be able to enter the council chambers like we've been able to in the past.
But we were met at the door to the council by police officers guarding the door to the public meeting, allowing no one in.
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Anti-Abortion Lawyer Parachutes Into VT

The city of Burlington is being sued by a group of pro-life demonstrators who believe that the city's "buffer zone" ordinance is unconstitutional. So reports Seven Days. And the lead attorney who brought the case is one Michael DePrimo of Connecticut.
So who is Michael DePrimo, and why is he bothering with a case in Vermont?
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