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Seattle mayor pardons tofu turkeys

Written by The AP Wednesday, 26 November 2014 07:24

As Thanksgiving approaches, Tofurkys in Seattle can breathe easy, even if real turkeys can't.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has pardoned a soybean-based roast, The Seattle Times reported this week.

Anger over Ferguson case based on emotion, evidence

Written by Jesse Washington,
AP writer
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 07:06

Anger and despair swept through many parts of America after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer, for killing Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old.

What was behind the wave of emotion? Why do so many refuse to accept the grand jurors' choice not to charge the cop with a crime in the death of Brown, who was unarmed? Why is there such disregard for the new evidence released with the decision?

Thousands rally across U.S. after grand jury fails to indict Ferguson officer

Written by From the AP with WiG reports Tuesday, 25 November 2014 04:44

Thousands of people rallied late on Nov. 24 in U.S. cities, passionately but peacefully protesting a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

People led marches, waved signs and shouted chants of "hands up, don't shoot," the refrain that has become a rallying cry in protests over police killings across the country.

Author apologizes again, calls his ‘watermelon’ remark racist

Written by HILLEL ITALIE,
AP National Writer
Monday, 24 November 2014 08:59

Daniel Handler apologized again for racial comments he made while hosting the National Book Awards and promised to back up his words with his wallet.

The best-selling author also known as “Lemony Snicket” tweeted late last week that his remarks on Nov. 19, centering on a joke about black author Jacqueline Woodson being allergic to watermelon, were “monstrously inappropriate and yes, racist.” Handler pledged $10,000 to a campaign for diversity in publishing and added that for 24 hours he would match donations up to $100,000. Earlier, he tweeted that his humor “clearly failed.”

Arkansas ban on gay marriage overturned in federal court

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 26 November 2014 07:21

A federal judge struck down Arkansas' voter-approved gay marriage ban on Nov. 25 but stopped any rush to the altar by putting her order on hold so the state can consider an appeal.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who had challenged a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. The couples argued the ban violated the U.S. Constitution and discriminated based on sexual orientation.

Workers ready Black Friday strikes against Walmart

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 25 November 2014 14:14

Our Walmart is preparing to stage strikes and other actions on Black Friday, which is on Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving.

Hundreds of other groups have pledged to support the strikes at 1,600 of the retailer's locations in the United States. The actions are protests against the company's retaliation against workers who have led campaigns to better their employment conditions.

How Obama arrived at executive action on immigration

Written by JULIE PACE
and JOSH LEDERMAN,
Associated Press
Monday, 24 November 2014 13:43

President Barack Obama’s carefully cultivated Hispanic coalition was starting to splinter.

Immigration legislation on Capitol Hill was going nowhere. Deportations were nearing 2 million under Obama’s watch. And the president was resisting calls to use executive actions to address the issue.

Challenge to Obamacare on contraceptives rejected

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 24 November 2014 08:46

A federal appeals court has upheld the path set by the Obama administration that allows religious nonprofit groups to avoid paying for contraception under the president's health care law.

In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a challenge by the groups, which claimed that the accommodation still imposes a substantial burden on their expression of religion.

Federal judge strikes down Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 26 November 2014 07:13

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Nov. 25 struck down Mississippi’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. The ruling on the Mississippi amendment was made public just hours after a federal judge struck down Arkansas' ban.

“Judge Reeves’ ruling … affirms what we already know to be true — that all loving, committed Mississippi couples should have the right to marry,” said HRC Mississippi director Rob Hill. “However, there is still much to be done to advance equality here in the Magnolia State. For thousands of LGBT Mississippians, the reality remains that we risk being fired from over jobs, kicked out of our homes or refused service simply because of who we are and who we love — that’s not right. HRC Mississippi is here to ensure all Mississippians are treated with dignity and respect.”

Peace and justice coalition renews call for police accountability, oversight

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:40

Don’t Shoot, a coalition of about 50 groups in the St. Louis area that formed in the wake of the police shooting of Michael Brown, renewed its call for police accountability and oversight following the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

“We will redouble our efforts to secure justice for Michael Brown and demand police and criminal justice system reforms across the board,” said Michael T. McPhearson, co-chair of the Don’t Shoot Coalition and executive director for Veterans For Peace. “We learned a long time ago that police are not held accountable for killing people and especially not black and brown people. Instead, law enforcement and the judicial system have been used most aggressively and unfairly against us.”

Prosecutor ruins case with 'diatribe' against medical marijuana

Written by The AP Monday, 24 November 2014 11:12

A prosecutor's inflammatory remarks about medical marijuana have cost her a conviction in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The Michigan appeals court says Paul Heminger apparently was growing more marijuana than allowed under law, but the verdict last year was spoiled by the closing argument of the Alger County, Michigan, prosecutor.

Matthew Shepard's parents head to Russia to promote tolerance

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 21 November 2014 07:41

The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay Wyoming college student tortured and murdered in 1998, are traveling to Russia on Nov. 21 to spread their message of tolerance and acceptance in a country where anti-gay policies and attitudes are widespread.

The centerpiece of their five-day trip is a gay film festival in St. Petersburg at which the documentary film, "Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine" will be shown and discussed. The film's director, Michele Josue, a high school classmate and close friend of Matthew's, will be accompanying the Shepards on the trip.