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Oct 22, 2011 The First Amendment and the Obligation to Peacefully Disrupt in a Free Society

QUOTE: the First Amendment supersedes the restrictive permit laws now being invoked against protesters. The First Amendment was designed to allow for disruption of business as usual. It is not a quiet and subdued amendment or right. Indeed, our nation's founding was a series of rowdy and intense protests, disrupting business as usual for tax collectors and mercenaries up and down the eastern seaboard.

Huffington Post
Mar 24, 2010 Mobs Are Born as Word Grows by Text Message

QUOTE: so-called flash mobs have taken a more aggressive and raucous turn [in Philadelphia] as hundreds of teenagers have been converging downtown for a ritual that is part bullying, part running of the bulls: sprinting down the block, the teenagers sometimes pause to brawl with one another, assault pedestrians or vandalize property.

New York Times
Sep 01, 2009 Post-Katrina 'vigilante' violence: rumor or fact? The US Attorney's Office and the FBI are looking into allegations of roaming 'people hunters' targeting blacks in the floods and chaos...

QUOTE: What actually happened [in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina] and who is culpable in these incidents is now the focus of probes by the US Attorney's Office and the FBI.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 20, 2009 Debate still rages over new N.J. national park

QUOTE: The battle over the park [Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park in New Jersey], authorized by legislation signed by President Obama this spring, reflects two competing views of how to run national parks...

Aug 01, 2009 Nepal's Environmental Issues Could Risk the Land's Beauty

QUOTE: a decade of civil war, rampant corruption and lack of consistent environmental policies has turned the serenely beautiful Kathmandu Valley into a harshly polluted one, too... Even all those nature-loving travelers and climbers are a problem: Everest's summit is littered with soda cans, tent poles, food containers and other trash the trekkers have left behind.

Washington Post
Jun 20, 2009 Cities' gun restrictions begin to topple: After big D.C. case in '08, San Francisco and Philadelphia have seen setbacks for local gun controls. More laws are expected to come under fire.

QUOTE: Since last June, when the US Supreme Court struck down key parts of the District of Columbia's gun-control ordinance, cities have seen the 20,000 local gun regulations enacted over the years begin to slip from their grip, one by one.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 14, 2009 Blacks abandon San Francisco: No US city has seen a more rapid decline of its African-American population.

QUOTE: While San Francisco's image has been defined by a history of tolerance and openness, some say today's reality is much different. They paint a picture of a racially and economically divided city where blacks are vanishing from the social and cultural fabric, priced out and marginalized by the urban redevelopment policies of the past half century.

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 17, 2009 California's drought raises rural-urban tensions over water: Farms see fallow fields and laid-off workers, and some urban consumers face their first water cuts in two decades.

QUOTE: California's third year of drought is stirring up long-standing... tensions between farmers in northern and central California and urban consumers in the state's dry Southland.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 20, 2008 Board Backs Rise in Rent Up to 8.5%

QUOTE: The board that regulates rents for New York City’s one million rent-stabilized apartments approved its highest rent increases in years at a raucous meeting on Thursday, angering tenants who said high rents were forcing the poor and working class out of the city. At a meeting punctuated by ear-splitting whistle-blowing and shouting matches between sign-waving tenants and landlords, the city’s Rent Guidelines Board authorized rent increases of up to 4.5 percent on one-year leases and 8.5 percent on two-year leases.

New York Times
Oct 19, 2006 The Hard Part: New Mayor Tests His Promises on Newark’s Reality

QUOTE: After a campaign in which Mr. Booker sailed into City Hall with a landslide 72 percent of the vote to replace Sharpe James, the 20-year incumbent mired in accusations of malfeasance, he has found running New Jersey’s largest city more challenging than he ever expected. To watch his new team up close is to witness the clash between political promises and the nitty gritty of governing, to see goals and plans sidelined by the realpolitik of race and budget gaps, and to experience the frustratingly sluggish pace of change.

New York Times
Sep 11, 2006 Wal-Mart cheers 'big box' wage veto

QUOTE: Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley on Monday vetoed a "living wage" ordinance that would force big-box retailers like Wal-Mart and Target to increase their hourly pay and other benefits.

CNN (Cable News Network)