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Suit Challeges Gay Marriage Laws in Pennsylvania
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The ACLU has filed suit in Pennsylvania, demanding the state "permit and recognize" same-sex marriages. The lawsuit comes on the heels of the recent Supreme Court ruling, which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. The ruling did not deem state laws against marriage as unconstitutional. The suit is asking for basic marriage benefit rights to be granted to all citizens, not just those in a heterosexual relationship.
Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 07/09/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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'Bountygate' Leader Greg Williams Named in Suit
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NFL defensive assistant Greg Williams, the man allegedly at the head of the bounty scandal, has been named in a lawsuit filed by a former player who says he career was ended because of dirty tactics. The plaintiff, former New York Giant Barrett Green, says that he suffered a career-ending knee injury as a result of a cheap shot by one of Williams' players, a cheap shot the suit says was encouraged by Williams. The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages.
Jim Wyatt, Tennessean 07/08/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Students Allege Abuse at NY Jewish School
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Nineteen former students of Yeshiva University High School for Boys in New York have filed suit against the school, claiming two rabbis sexually abused them in the 1970s and 1980s. The plaintiffs claimed they were sodomized and abused by the rabbis on multiple occasions while students at the school starting as early as 1969. The suit says school officials "brushed off complaints about the two rabbis for years, and after they left the school, the university did not notify their future employers about the complaints."
Al Baker, The New York Times 07/08/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Obese Man's Employee Discrimination Suit Denied
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The West Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that a 540-pound man was not discriminated against when he was fired from his job as a blackjack dealer at a local casino. The court ruled that state's Human Rights Act "doesn't give specific protection" for people who are obese and that the casino provided the appropriate accommodations under the law. The man was fired after continually refusing to tuck his shirt in, a violation of the casino's uniform policy.
Cheryl Caswell, Charleston Daily Mail 07/09/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Crave Brothers Cheese Recalled from Whole Foods
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Whole Foods Market Inc. has issued a recall of its Crave Brothers Les Freres cheese after the product was linked to a bacterial outbreak that resulted in at least one death. Public health officials say the cheese, which was sold in 30 states, may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Last month, an elderly person in Minnesota was hospitalized and died from an illness linked to the cheese.
Staff Report, USA Today 07/05/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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KC Diocese Settles Priest Sex Abuse Suit
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The Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese has agreed to pay $2.25 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit with the parents of a boy who killed himself after allegedly being abused by a Kansas City priest. The settlement is the largest ever for the diocese in a single abuse case.
Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star 07/09/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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