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Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) New York Times Source Jun 15, 2009

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Jun 15, 2009 When Suspicion of Teachers Ran Unchecked

QUOTE: Mr. Adler, who has written 56 books, was one of 378 New York City teachers ousted by dismissal, resignation or early retirement in the anti-Communist furor of the cold war, when invoking the Fifth Amendment became automatic grounds for termination. These painful stories may have been buried to history, if not for a coming documentary and a lawsuit seeking to reopen 150,000 documents on more than 1,150 teachers who were investigated and on the informers who turned them in.

New York Times
May 30, 2008 Texas Loses Court Ruling Over Taking of Children

QUOTE: Bringing polygamist families closer to regaining custody of their children, a divided Supreme Court of Texas agreed Thursday that the state had illegally seized 468 girls and boys from a West Texas ranch last month on unproven grounds of physical and sexual abuse.

New York Times
May 03, 2008 After Hiatus, States Set Wave of Executions

QUOTE: Less than three weeks after a United States Supreme Court ruling ended a seven-month moratorium on lethal injections, at least 14 execution dates have been set in six states between May 6 and October.

New York Times
Jan 13, 2008 In Texas, Weighing Life With a Border Fence

QUOTE: ...official maps of the Texas third of the 370-mile intermittent pedestrian barrier from Brownsville to California have provoked widespread alarm among property owners fearful of being cut off from parts of their own land or access to the Rio Grande for livestock and crops.

New York Times
Nov 03, 2007 Texas Proceeding With Plan to Auction Nature Preserve

QUOTE: The dispute pits the donors of the land, the Conservation Fund and the Richard King Mellon Foundation, against a pistol-packing commissioner adamant about preserving hunting and firearms rights on the property, even at the cost of denying the land to the National Park Service, although Texas ranks 44th in park land.

New York Times
Oct 18, 2007 Stalled Health Tests Leave Storm Trailers in Limbo

QUOTE: Three months after the Federal Emergency Management Agency halted the sale of travel trailers to survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita over possible risks from formaldehyde and promised a health study, none of the 56,000 occupied units have been tested.

New York Times
Oct 11, 2007 Professors Sue Oral Roberts President

QUOTE: A suit filed by three former professors charges financial, political and personal irregularities by the president of Oral Roberts University, including a claim that he illegally mobilized students to campaign for a Republican mayoral candidate.

New York Times
Oct 03, 2007 Texas Ruling Signals Halt to Executions Indefinitely

QUOTE: The reprieve by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals was granted a week after the United States Supreme Court agreed to consider whether a form of lethal injection constituted cruel and unusual punishment barred under the Eighth Amendment.

New York Times
Apr 25, 2007 For Indian Victims of Sexual Assault, a Tangled Legal Path

QUOTE: Human rights advocates say such troubled cases involving Indian victims are common. And, American Indian women are voicing growing anger at what they call their disproportionate victimization in crimes of sexual assault, most often committed by non-Indians, and attitudes and laws that they say deter many from even reporting an attack.

New York Times
Mar 26, 2007 Complaints Flood Texas Youth Hot Line

QUOTE: Since a sexual abuse scandal at the Texas Youth Commission became public last month, prompting mass firings and resignations, more than 1,100 investigations have been opened into new accusations of rape and other mistreatment. At last count 282 cases had been closed without action.

New York Times
Mar 20, 2007 Lax Oversight Cited in Texas Refinery Blast

QUOTE: Concluding its investigation of the disaster, which sent 43,000 people fleeing to indoor shelters and caused more than $1.5 billion in financial losses, the United States Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board found that safety measures at the plant repeatedly fell victim to cost-cutting — even after 23 accidental deaths at the plant in 30 years of other accidents preceding the explosion on March 23, 2005.

New York Times
Jul 09, 2006 Texas Lawsuit Includes a Mix of Race and Water

QUOTE: neighbors in this historically black enclave...seem no closer to being able to drink, cook or bathe safely from their own wells....accusing the Texas Railroad Commission...of failing to enforce safety regulations and of "intentionally giving citizens false information based on their race and economic status."

New York Times
Aug 17, 2005 Citing Violence, 2 Border States Declare a Crisis

QUOTE: Citing a surge of smuggling and violence along the border, the governors of Arizona and New Mexico have issued state of emergency declarations in recent days, faulting the American and Mexican authorities and freeing up federal and state money to strengthen local law enforcement efforts.

New York Times
Jun 08, 2005 Court to Rule on Chinese Boy’s Request for Stay of Deportation, Citing Fear

QUOTE: Young, now 17 and confined in a youth facility here, is the center of a heated court battle over government efforts to deport him as soon as Friday...The Department of Homeland Security, opposing Young's application for amnesty under the United Nations Torture Convention and his request for a stay of removal, has argued in part that Young failed to present convincing proof that he would be tortured by the Chinese government.

New York Times
Dec 05, 2004 Rulings in Texas Capital Cases Try Supreme Court's Patience

QUOTE: In the Miller-El case, appellate lawyers and legal scholars are buzzing over what they say is the insolence of the Fifth Circuit. In an 8-to-1 decision last year, the Supreme Court instructed the appeals court to rethink its "dismissive and strained interpretation" of the proof in the case, and to consider more seriously the substantial evidence suggesting that prosecutors had systematically excluded blacks from Mr. Miller-El's jury.

New York Times
Mar 03, 2003 Panel on Nazi Art Theft Fell Short

QUOTE: A Clinton administration commission on Nazi plunder failed to examine critical records pertaining to traffic in looted art before, during and after World War II, some leading scholars who worked on the inquiry now say.

New York Times
Nov 20, 2001 Chief Witness Accuses Former Boss At Sotheby's

QUOTE: the two former partners at the top of one of the world's auction giants pointing fingers at each other in one of the art world's biggest scandals.

New York Times
Aug 16, 2001 The F.B.I. Investigates Complaints About Lewis Hine Prints

QUOTE: How did one of America's most famous photographers manage to sign his name...on paper that did not exist in his lifetime?

New York Times