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Jul 12, 2013 Iowa court reaffirms it was OK to fire 'irresistible' worker

QUOTE: found that the firing of Nelson "did not amount to unlawful discrimination." He said that Nelson's arguments warranted serious consideration, but the court found a distinction between an employment decision based on personal relations and one based on gender itself.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 22, 2012 Iowa Supreme Court: OK to fire 'irresistible' worker

QUOTE: "We are asked to decide only if a genuine fact issue exists as to whether Dr. Knight engaged in unlawful gender discrimination when he fired Nelson at the request of his wife. For the reasons previously discussed, we believe this conduct did not amount to unlawful discrimination, and therefore we affirm the judgment of the district court."

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 24, 2011 New York Allows Same-Sex Marriage, Becoming Largest State to Pass Law

QUOTE: Lawmakers voted late Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed and giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born....Passage of same-sex marriage here followed a daunting run of defeats in other states where voters barred same-sex marriage by legislative action, constitutional amendment or referendum. Just five states currently permit same-sex marriage...

New York Times
Nov 03, 2010 Ouster of Iowa Judges Sends Signal to Bench

QUOTE: An unprecedented vote to remove three Iowa Supreme Court justices who were part of the unanimous decision that legalized same-sex marriage in the state was celebrated by conservatives as a popular rebuke of judicial overreach, even as it alarmed proponents of an independent judiciary.

New York Times
Nov 03, 2009 At Supreme Court: Can prosecutors be sued for framing defendants? Two African-American men wrongly imprisoned for 25 years filed a lawsuit against prosecutors for fabricating evidence against them...

QUOTE: The US Supreme Court on Wednesday is set to consider an unusual question: Do Americans who have been framed by unscrupulous prosecutors for crimes they did not commit have a right to sue the prosecutors when the fraud is finally exposed?

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 27, 2009 After Iowa Flood, Feeling Just a Bit Ignored

QUOTE: The outpouring of attention toward New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, ratcheting up again now as the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, has not been seen here [Cedar Rapids, Iowa]. In fact, the people of Cedar Rapids are feeling neglected.

New York Times
Nov 22, 2008 Managers Indicted in Immigration Case

QUOTE: A federal grand jury has issued a 12-count indictment alleging that managers were intricately involved in efforts to employ illegal workers at a kosher slaughterhouse that was the site of one of the nation's largest immigration raids.

Washington Post
May 24, 2008 270 Illegal Immigrants Sent to Prison in Federal Push

QUOTE: The prosecutions, which ended Friday, signal a sharp escalation in the Bush administration’s crackdown on illegal workers, with prosecutors bringing tough federal criminal charges against most of the immigrants arrested in a May 12 raid.

New York Times
May 13, 2008 Hundreds Are Arrested in U.S. Sweep of Meat Plant

QUOTE: The former supervisor, the affidavit said, estimated that 80 percent of the employees were in the United States illegally.

New York Times
Jun 19, 2007 In Iowa, grades versus goals: How one school coped with a state rule that any athlete who fails a class gets benched.

QUOTE: [Iowa state law] mandates that any athlete who receives an "F" on his or her report card is prohibited from playing sports for 20 school days .... Critics think the rule penalizes students who might otherwise find athletics a path to improving their performance in the classroom.

Christian Science Monitor
Nov 02, 2006 As Investors Covet Ethanol Plant, Farmers Resist

QUOTE: "Farmers do not see fast money very often. But with big profits gushing forth from ethanol plants, dozens of Wall Street bankers, in loafers and suits, have been descending on the cornfields of the Midwest promising to make thousands of farmers rich overnight."

New York Times
Dec 09, 2005 Democrats Consider Changes in Primaries

QUOTE: criticisms that Iowa and New Hampshire have enjoyed their privileged positions for too long and that more demographic, geographic and economic diversity is needed to make the nominating process more representative.

Washington Post