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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Feb 28, 2012 Virginia Senate Passes Ultrasound Bill as Other States Take Notice
QUOTE: Changing course after an unwelcome national uproar, the Virginia Senate adopted a revised bill on Tuesday that still requires doctors to perform an ultrasound on women before they have an abortion, but also says that women cannot be forced to have an invasive vaginal ultrasound....The Senate vote came after a bitter debate in which Democrats pleaded with the body not to adopt a bill that they said remained — even with the changes — demeaning to women and insulting to doctors.
New York Times Jan 11, 2012 Mississippi judge blocks release of pardoned prisoners
QUOTE: A Mississippi judge Wednesday evening issued a temporary injunction forbidding the release of any more prisoners pardoned or given clemency by outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour, whose actions created an uproar.
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 23, 2011 Justice Dept. Cites Race in Halting Law Over Voter ID
QUOTE: The Justice Department on Friday blocked a new South Carolina law that would require voters to present photo identification, saying the law would disproportionately suppress turnout among eligible minority voters....an aggressive stance in reviewing a wave of new state voting restrictions, largely enacted by Republicans in the name of fighting fraud.
New York Times Sep 09, 2011 Mississippi voters can decide 'personhood' of the unborn, court rules
QUOTE: Voters in Mississippi will be given a chance to decide whether life begins at conception, a controversial abortion-related ballot initiative that the state's highest court has refused to block...a rejection of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU and abortion-rights groups.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 15, 2011 No Vacancies, but Some Reservations
QUOTE: BP argued that “there is no basis to assume that claimants, with very limited exceptions, will incur a future loss related to the spill.”...Under the formula, settlements would generally be double the demonstrable losses from 2010, with money previously paid by the fund subtracted.
New York Times Feb 28, 2010 Civil rights-era killings yield secrets to FBI probe
QUOTE: Three years after the FBI pledged to investigate more than 100 unsolved civil rights killings, the agency is ready to close all but a handful. Investigators say they have solved most of the mysteries behind the cases, but few will result in indictments, given the passage of decades, the deaths of prime suspects and the challenge of gathering evidence.
Washington Post Jul 21, 2008 Huge Math Error in Katrina Supply Giveaway
QUOTE: The household goods were supposed to go to people whose homes were destroyed by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005...A recent CNN investigative story exposed that those materials never made it to storm victims.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 25, 2008 Safety Lapses Raised Risks In Trailers for Katrina Victims: Formaldehyde Found in High Levels; 17,000 Say Homes Caused Illnesses
QUOTE: Today, industry and government experts depict the rushed procurement and construction as key failures that may have triggered a public health catastrophe among the more than 300,000 people, many of them children, who lived in FEMA homes.
Washington Post Nov 16, 2007 In Mississippi, Poor Lag in Hurricane Aid
QUOTE: Like the other Gulf Coast states battered by Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi was required by Congress to spend half of its billions in federal grant money to help low-income citizens trying to recover from the storm. But so far, the state has spent $1.7 billion in federal money on programs that have mostly benefited relatively affluent residents and big businesses
New York Times Oct 08, 2007 Katrina evacuees feel money pinch
QUOTE: That survey, by the U.S. Census Bureau, shows that thousands of people who fled the hurricane two years ago landed in dismal economic straits, often facing meager paychecks or unemployment after the storm scattered them across the USA. It found nearly a third of those who fled the hurricane could not find jobs last year, and thousands more weren't trying.
USA TODAY Sep 06, 2007 Despite DNA Test, Prosecutor Is Retrying Case
QUOTE: This is the first time prosecutors have sought a new capital murder trial after a conviction was overturned by DNA evidence, said Peter Neufeld, director of the Innocence Project, a legal aid group based in New York that has used DNA testing to exonerate the wrongly convicted since 1992. Usually such cases are simply dropped.
New York Times Sep 03, 2007 Insurers Bear Brunt of Anger in New Orleans
QUOTE: Insurance companies may have paid out $11 billion to Louisianians in the two years since Hurricane Katrina, but they have also become a new villain in the tales people tell about the slow recovery here. Every neighborhood is full of horror stories about companies that reneged on their promises, offered only pennies on the dollar in settlements, dribbled out payments, deliberately underestimated the costs of repairs, dropped longtime customers and sharply increased the price of coverage.
New York Times Aug 29, 2007 2 years after Katrina, pace of rebuilding depends on who pays
QUOTE: The delays have affected the poor the most — those dependent on government assistance to rebuild their lives. While middle- and upper-class neighborhoods have rebuilt using private insurance and contacts, residents of low-income areas such as the Lower 9th Ward and Holy Cross — roughly 20,000 of them — for the most part remain scattered throughout the region, their return uncertain.
USA TODAY Jul 23, 2007 In bayou, whose water is it? A legal battle brews over whether fishermen are trespassing when they fish in the flooded bottomlands.
QUOTE: ...Mississippi Delta landowners say they're warning off fishermen who traverse flooded, but privately owned, bottomlands that can stretch for miles on either side of a main channel on the Mississippi .... [But] The fishermen...say these landowners can't infringe upon what they see as their traditional and legal right to go anywhere the water can carry them.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 19, 2007 NATION IN BRIEF: Contractors Decry Late FEMA Payments
QUOTE: some politicians fear that the red tape will discourage companies from bidding on the big rebuilding projects that lie ahead for New Orleans.
Washington Post Jul 17, 2007 Medicare Hire Gone Before He Even Started
QUOTE: [Although] surgeon Brian W. Amy appeared to have engineered an improbable move... overseeing efforts to improve quality of care in the federal Medicare program...the prognosis for the doctor's federal career took a decided turn for the worse, after press inquiries about his troubled tenure in Mississippi.
Washington Post Jul 12, 2007 Lawsuit Filed Over Treatment of Girls at State Reform School in Mississippi
QUOTE: Troubled adolescent girls at the Columbia Training School, a state-run reform school, were shackled for 12 hours a day and forced to eat and to use the bathroom while wearing the shackles...
New York Times May 10, 2007 Katrina Hit Blacks Harder Than Whites, Study Finds
QUOTE: The proportion of black respondents who described their lives as "disrupted" more than a year after the storm (59 percent) was about double that of whites who said the same (29 percent). The racial disparities ran across job experiences, housing and health. Researchers said the differences persist even when comparing blacks and whites who have similar incomes.
Washington Post Apr 21, 2007 In Turnabout, Infant Deaths Climb in South
QUOTE: The setbacks have raised questions about the impact of cuts in welfare and Medicaid and of poor access to doctors, and, many doctors say, the growing epidemics of obesity, diabetes and hypertension among potential mothers, some of whom tip the scales here at 300 to 400 pounds.
New York Times Aug 23, 2006 Debate grows on out-of-wedlock laws: Some 1.6 million Americans in seven states are breaking old anticohabitation rules.
QUOTE: In North Carolina, a state judge in July ruled unconstitutional a law that states it's illegal for unmarried couples to live together...Yet the debate about whether the laws should continue to exist is a flash point between secularists and traditional Christians over the definition of a family.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 22, 2006 With bulk of Katrina evacuees, Texans begin to feel burden: A year after the hurricane, Houston complains about their persistent joblessness. State officials plea for federal help
QUOTE: Indeed, in Houston and other cities affected by the relocation, some officials are beginning to reassess the financial implications of their generosity over the past year. Their conclusion: The federal government should continue to support the state and municipalities where evacuee numbers remain high because many are still not on their feet almost a year after the storm.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 04, 2006 Mayor's tough tack on crime stirs up racial sensitivities
QUOTE: Mr. Melton's even engaged in racial profiling, critics say. The American Civil Liberties Union cites complaints that people have been pulled over based on their race and searched without cause. The twist: Melton is black.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 27, 2006 The Wrong Lesson
QUOTE: The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which failed to employ the kinds of controls necessary to prevent an estimated $1 billion in fraud and abuse following Hurricane Katrina...cut back immediate emergency aid for families...
New York Times Jul 14, 2006 Katrina Victims Say Agents Advised Against Flood Coverage
QUOTE: Six weeks before Hurricane Katrina tore up the Gulf Coast...Dr. Munson Hinman went to see his insurance agent to buy flood coverage for his home near the beach...Dr. Hinman testified in Federal District Court here on Tuesday, the agent talked him out of buying the coverage.
New York Times Jun 27, 2006 'Breathtaking' Waste and Fraud in Hurricane Aid
QUOTE: Hurricane Katrina...produced one of the most extraordinary displays of scams, schemes and stupefying bureaucratic bungles in modern history, costing taxpayers up to $2 billion...
New York Times May 09, 2006 Clarion-Ledger to Independents: Drop Dead!: Want to know how far The Clarion-Ledger/Gannett Corp. is willing to go to control the competition? Keep reading.
QUOTE: In order to get the rack, the retailer signs a one-year contract giving The Clarion-Ledger/Gannett Co. the exclusive right to control the display of free-distribution publications...we’re evicted unless we pay for the “right” to place ourselves in their rack—to distribute in places where we used to distribute simply with the permission of the manager or owner.
Jackson Free Press Feb 12, 2006 Katrina Report Spreads Blame: Homeland Security, Chertoff Singled Out
QUOTE: Hurricane Katrina exposed the U.S. government's failure to learn the lessons of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as leaders from President Bush down disregarded ample warnings of the threat to New Orleans and did not execute emergency plans or share information that would have saved lives...
Washington Post Jan 28, 2006 FEMA Workers Accused of Bribery
QUOTE: Two FEMA disaster assistance employees working in New Orleans were arrested yesterday on federal bribery charges, accused of accepting $10,000 each in exchange for letting a contractor submit inflated reports on the number of meals it was serving at a Hurricane Katrina relief base camp there.
New York Times Jan 24, 2006 White House Got Early Warning on Katrina
QUOTE: In the 48 hours before Hurricane Katrina hit, the White House received detailed warnings about the storm's likely impact, including eerily prescient predictions of breached levees, massive flooding, and major losses of life and property....The documents shed new light on the extent on the administration's foreknowledge....President Bush, in a televised interview three days after Katrina hit, suggested that the scale of the flooding in New Orleans was unexpected.
Washington Post Dec 18, 2005 In New Orleans, No Easy Work for Willing Latinos: Much Is to Be Done, but Pay, Conditions Are Grim
QUOTE: For Arturo and countless Latinos, many of them also in the country illegally, flooded-out New Orleans has not turned out to be a modern-day El Dorado, where the streets are paved with gold. Instead, they have often been abandoned without transportation or shelter by the contractors who brought them to the city. They have struggled to find employment and been paid less than they were promised -- or not at all -- when they can find work.
Washington Post Dec 07, 2005 Developers Sentenced in Wetlands Case
QUOTE: A federal judge sentenced three Mississippi real estate developers to prison yesterday for filling in wetlands and selling the property to low- and fixed-income families, marking the end of the nation's largest wetlands criminal prosecution.
Washington Post Nov 25, 2005 Gulf Coast Officials Are Squeezed on Debris Cleanup
QUOTE: Federal officials are encouraging Gulf Coast communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina to turn over the job of removing storm-related debris to the Army Corps of Engineers. The incentive is simple: The Corps will do it free...the agency at times overpays for debris removal, thereby making one of the costliest elements of Katrina recovery even more expensive. Local authorities also expressed concern that the contractors the Corps hires won't employ as many local residents to work in cleanup crews...
Washington Post Nov 16, 2005 FEMA Tells 150,000 in Hotels to Exit In 15 Days: No More Free Rooms For Katrina Evacuees
QUOTE: The Federal Emergency Management Agency yesterday warned an estimated 150,000 Hurricane Katrina evacuees living in government-subsidized hotels that they have until Dec. 1 to find other housing....14 people filed a class-action lawsuit in the Eastern District of Louisiana, claiming that FEMA has failed to live up to its responsibility to provide relief to Katrina victims fairly and quickly.
Washington Post Nov 04, 2005 Firms in Gulf Coast Allege Nonpayment
QUOTE: Two months after the government began allotting billions of dollars for disaster relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, subcontractors in the Mississippi Gulf Coast say they are not being paid. As a result, they say, they cannot pay their workers, who are mostly immigrant laborers...
Washington Post Oct 01, 2005 What’s in a Name? Does “refugee” depict the desperate plight of Katrina’s victims, or does it insult U.S. citizens?
QUOTE: Does “refugee” depict the desperate plight of Katrina’s victims, or does it insult U.S. citizens?
American Journalism Review (AJR) Sep 26, 2005 Getting Home Before It's Gone
QUOTE: As corporations get rich, real estate developers circle and Katrina evacuees resettle far from home, grassroots organizations are shifting from relief to demanding the right of return.
Alternet Sep 12, 2005 Katrina Pushes Issues of Race and Poverty at Bush
QUOTE: ...the White House has been scrambling to quell perceptions that race was a factor in the slow federal response to Katrina and that its policies have contributed to the festering poverty propelled into public view by the disaster.
Washington Post Sep 10, 2005 In the Floods, Parties' Agendas Surface: Post-Hurricane Crisis Presents an Opportunity to Pursue Longtime Goals
QUOTE: ... Katrina's wind and water have ushered in two significant changes, a suspension of wage supports and a relaxation of government contracting rules.
Washington Post Sep 09, 2005 Insurers Are Urged to Pay Valid Claims
QUOTE: [Mississippi Insurance Commissioner George Dale said]"...I expect and believe that, where there is any doubt, that doubt will be resolved in favor of finding coverage on behalf of the insured." Dale's position startled many insurers and reinsurers, who are concerned they are being pressured to pay claims for damage they did not insure. "
Washington Post Sep 06, 2005 FEMA Director Singled Out by Response Critics
QUOTE: ...politicians and officials in both parties have derided Brown's qualifications to head the nation's chief disaster-response agency ....
Washington Post Sep 06, 2005 Influx of Relief Workers Spurs Tension Over Housing Priorities
QUOTE: Each worker the Federal Emergency Management Agency brings in creates more competition for housing and other basic necessities for victims of the hurricane...."I just don't understand it. How can they have air-conditioned tents and trailers so quickly for themselves and nothing for us?"...
Washington Post Sep 04, 2005 Some Steal Gas; Others Share: Shell Station the New Locus of Post-Storm Civilization
QUOTE: ...residents have stories about looting and stealing. And officers patrolling filling stations can talk about the guy who pulled a gun in an attempt to cut in line, or someone who tried to run over a gas station employee with a car because she stood in front of a pump designated for emergency vehicles only.
Washington Post May 05, 2005 Autopsy Set in Lynching Case: Victim's Remains to Be Exhumed 50 Years After Slaying
QUOTE: The body of Emmett Till will be exhumed within the next few weeks so that an autopsy can be performed nearly 50 years after the black teenager was savagely killed in the Mississippi Delta in a case that electrified the civil rights movement...
Washington Post May 11, 2004 U.S. Reopens '55 Murder Case, Flashpoint of Civil Rights Era
QUOTE: In a surprise announcement, prosecutors said information uncovered in the filming of two documentaries on the 1955 killing [of Emmett Till] suggested that people besides the two original suspects may have been involved.
New York Times May 27, 2003 Judge's Fate Could Turn On 1994 Case: Pickering Fought to Reduce Sentence for Cross-Burning
QUOTE: President Bush's nomination of Federal District Court Judge Charles W. Pickering Sr. to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has become controversial because of the judge's stance in a 1994 case to reduce a mandatory seven-year-sentence for the federal crime of cross burning.
Washington Post Apr 15, 2003 County Says It's Too Poor to Defend the Poor
QUOTE: A [Mississippi] county is suing the state because it says it cannot afford to provide defendants with anything more than assembly-line justice.
New York Times Jan 22, 2003 Till's Murder Shocks Another Generation
QUOTE: '...my own racial anger often had no object more concrete than "the Man," and it did nothing but eat at me. I didn't want my son to fall into such a ghostly emotional trap.'
Washington Post Aug 13, 2002 A Long Road of Broken Promises for Black Farmers: USDA Fights Claims After Landmark Deal
QUOTE: ...many thousand other farmers have had their claims rejected, the totals of payouts and forgiven loans are far short of what was projected, and the USDA...is battling almost every claim filed.
Washington Post Sep 10, 2001 Black Families Resist Mississippi Land Push
QUOTE: ...gone to court to challenge the condemnation procedure. The families have charged that the state acted in a racially biased manner by treating white and black landowners differently...
New York Times Aug 20, 2001 Mississippi Gaining As Lawsuit Mecca
QUOTE: In this state...lawyers have won tens of millions of dollars in jury verdicts against large national companies, including drug manufacturers accused of selling unsafe products.
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