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Mar 06, 2014 Pitfalls Seen in a Turn to Privately Run Long-Term Care

QUOTE: a closer look at Tennessee, widely cited as a model, reveals hidden pitfalls as the system of caring for the frail comes under the twin pressures of cost containment and profit motive. In many cases, care was denied after needs grew costlier — including care that people would have received under the old system. “The notion of prevention saving money in the long run only works if you actually provide care in the long run,” 

New York Times
Dec 21, 2013 When the Right to Bear Arms Includes the Mentally Ill

QUOTE: a central, unresolved issue in the debate over balancing public safety and the Second Amendment right to bear arms: just how powerless law enforcement can be when it comes to keeping firearms out of the hands of people who are mentally ill. Connecticut’s law giving the police broad leeway to seize and hold guns for up to a year is actually relatively strict. Most states simply adhere to the federal standard, banning gun possession only after someone is involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility or designated as mentally ill or incompetent after a court proceeding or other formal legal process....A systematic review of these cases — from cities and counties in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee — underscores how easy it is for people with serious mental health problems to have guns.

New York Times
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 aggressive stance in reviewing a wave of new state voting restrictions, largely enacted by Republicans in the name of fighting fraud.

New York Times
Dec 12, 2011 Amazon Denies It Has a Small-Business Problem (You're the Boss)

QUOTE: For years — since its inception — Amazon has been at implicit war with local brick-and-mortar stores. Last week, the implicit seemingly became explicit when Amazon began a promotion that encouraged customers to check out prices at local retailers and use a specially designed “Price Check” smartphone app to report what they found back to Amazon. Customers who then purchased the same item from Amazon received a 5 percent discount, up to $5.

New York Times
Mar 27, 2011 The New Grave Robbers

QUOTE: This so-called descendible right of publicity has created a new kind of business: corporations that acquire and market dead people... Congress should step in and enact a federal right of publicity. In doing so, it should establish clear First Amendment protections and set forth a relatively short term for the right of publicity to survive death (perhaps 10 years). Most important, the law should provide a mechanism that allows people to opt out of marketing their identities after death.

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
Oct 25, 2009 Court case shows limits of anonymous blogging

QUOTE: US courts have historically looked on anonymous bloggers and commenters with a sympathetic eye, but there are exceptions.

Ars Technica
Nov 08, 2008 Citing Workload, Public Lawyers Reject New Cases

QUOTE: Public defenders’ offices in at least seven states are refusing to take on new cases or have sued to limit them, citing overwhelming workloads that they say undermine the constitutional right to counsel for the the most open revolt by public defenders in memory, many of the government-appointed lawyers say that state budget cuts and rising caseloads have pushed them to the breaking point.

New York Times
Nov 05, 2007 Thompson Defends Fundraiser With Criminal Record: Candidate Says He Wishes Adviser Had Told Him of Old Arrests Earlier

QUOTE: Republican presidential candidate Fred D. Thompson said yesterday that he wishes one of his key fundraisers had told him earlier about past drug trafficking and bookmaking arrests because, even though they occurred more than two decades ago, "nothing is ever over and done with and forgotten about in this business."

Washington Post
Oct 15, 2007 States' Immigrant Policies Diverge: In Differences, Some See Obstacles For a National Law

QUOTE: As the Bush administration and Congress sit gridlocked on an immigration overhaul, states are jumping into the debate as never before. In the process, they are creating a national patchwork of incongruous immigration laws that some observers fear will make it far more difficult to enact any comprehensive, federally mandated bill down the line.

Washington Post
May 27, 2007 Trooper troubles persist after agency's shake-up: Key reform has not taken effect

QUOTE: A year and a half after Gov. Phil Bredesen pledged to clean up the scandal-plagued Tennessee Highway Patrol, some promised reforms have not happened and troopers are getting mired in new embarrassing incidents. In the past week, a trooper allegedly shot illicit video of a porn actress and himself during a Wilson County traffic stop; a trooper allegedly shot his mother during an argument with his father; and a trooper shot a fellow officer in the foot while cleaning his handgun at the THP's Nashville training facility.

Tennessean, The (Nashville)
Mar 19, 2007 Uproar Over Power Broker’s Unpaid Utility Bills

QUOTE: Voters here [Memphis] indulge peccadilloes among their politicians, like the occasional indictment or child born out of wedlock. But shielding the powerful from utility bills when many are struggling after a cold winter seems to have pushed public opinion over the edge. The City Council — some members present and past were on the list — has ordered an investigation, as has the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the president of the utility has been called before a federal grand jury.

New York Times
Jan 24, 2007 Court Rules Against Foster Parents: Chinese Couple To Get Child

QUOTE: Financial and legal hardships prompted the Hes to place their newborn in the Bakers' care, He said, adding that another church member who ran an adoption agency had vouched for the couple and described them as experienced, loving foster parents. The Hes visited Anna, her father said, but relations turned ugly when they asked for her return at the age of 2.

Washington Post
Jan 07, 2006 High Court to Consider DNA Innocence Claim: Death Row Prisoner Wants New Trial

QUOTE: ...the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in House's case, the first in which a death row inmate has come to the high court with DNA evidence claiming innocence. The justices' intervention takes place at a time when DNA evidence may be changing the way Americans think about criminal justice, including the death penalty...

Washington Post
Nov 09, 2004 Stickers Put in Evolution Text Are the Subject of a Federal Trial

QUOTE: A federal judge began hearing testimony on Monday about whether the Cobb County School District should be allowed to leave stickers in biology textbooks saying that evolution was 'a theory, not a fact'...

New York Times
May 18, 2004 States Can Be Liable for Not Making Courthouses Accessible

QUOTE: States that fail to make their courthouses accessible to people with disabilities can be sued for damages under federal disability law, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday...

Jul 31, 2002 Dirty Money, Dirty Politics

QUOTE: In a matter of days, drug dealing, money laundering and a deposed dictator have moved to the forefront of a Texas governor's race that has turned dirty early in this election year.

Washington Post
May 24, 2002 Justice Dept. Urged to Widen Fla. Probe: Groups: Voter List Purges An Issue

QUOTE: Some civil rights groups complained yesterday that the [Justice Dept.] inquiry should tackle a more controversial issue: Florida's purge of voter registration lists, which allegedly denied many minority voters access to the ballot box in November 2000.

Washington Post
May 20, 2001 Suit Over Foster Care Settled in Tennessee

QUOTE: The State of Tennessee has settled a class-action lawsuit against its foster care system, agreeing to sweeping changes in the tracking of the children in its system and accepting oversight by independent monitors.

New York Times