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City Council members of Latta, S.C., are probing why homophobic Mayor Earl Bullard suddenly fired Police Chief Crystal Moore, an out lesbian who has served with distinction on the town’s police department for 20 years.

'I am a bully' sign-holder calls sentence unfair

Written by The AP Thursday, 17 April 2014 14:07

An Ohio man who spent hours on a street corner on April 13 with a sign declaring he's a bully says that the punishment in a disorderly conduct case was unfair and that the judge who sentenced him has ruined his life.

Sixty-two-year-old Edmond Aviv mostly ignored honking horns and people who stopped by to talk with him in South Euclid, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported.

ACLU sues Arkansas over voter photo ID law

Written by lisa neff Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:46

A civil liberties group filed suit this week to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time statewide in the primary election next month.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas filed the suit in Pulaski County court on behalf of four voters it says will be harmed by the law, which was approved by the Republican-led Legislature last year. Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed the measure, but lawmakers overrode his objection with simple majority votes in the House and Senate.

Doctor, clinic sued for denying medical care to transgender woman

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:12

A doctor and clinic are being sued in federal court — the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois in Urbana — by Lambda Legal on behalf of Naya Taylor, a transgender woman denied medical care after she requested hormone replacement therapy.

Lambda announced the lawsuit mid-morning on April 16.

Federal ruling puts halt on some immigration detainers

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 18 April 2014 06:36

A federal judge in Oregon has found that an immigrant woman's constitutional rights were violated when she was held in jail without probable cause at the request of U.S. immigration authorities, one of several recent federal court decisions to scrutinize the practice of keeping people in jail after they're eligible for release so that they can be considered for deportation.

The rulings make it clear that local officials are not required to honor immigration authorities' requests that someone in custody continue to be held even though their original charges were resolved or they are eligible for bail, and that local jurisdictions may be held liable for doing so.

Prop 8 defense lawyer helping to plan daughter’s same-sex wedding

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:37

Part-way through the trial on California's now defunct Proposition 8, the stepdaughter of the attorney defending the anti-gay ban came out as a lesbian.

Today the attorney, Charles J. Cooper, is helping daughter Ashley plan her same-sex marriage with her partner of several years.

Immigration activists urge Obama to take bold action

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:36

Many activists say Obama has been slow to grasp the emotions building within the Latino community as deportations near the 2 million mark for his administration and hopes for immigration legislation fade. With House Republicans unlikely to act on an overhaul, executive action by Obama is increasingly the activists' only hope.

Many activists say Obama has been slow to grasp the emotions building within the Latino community as deportations reach the 2 million mark for his administration and hopes for immigration legislation fade. With House Republicans unlikely to act on an overhaul, executive action by Obama is increasingly the activists' only hope.

Landmark ruling for transgender rights in India

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:29

India's top court on April 15 issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents.

Also, the Supreme Court directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people in all welfare programs for the poor, including education, health care and jobs to help them overcome social and economic challenges.

Fraternity shuts Ole Miss chapter after noose-tying

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 18 April 2014 06:06

A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the Southern college that was all-white at the time.

The university announced this week that the national office of Sigma Phi Epsilon, based in Richmond, Va., had closed its Ole Miss chapter.

Smartphone apps remind patients to take meds

Written by The Association Press Thursday, 17 April 2014 08:53

Medicine only helps if you take it properly. And adhering to an exact schedule of what to take, and when, can be challenging for patients who are forgetful or need to take several medications.

Doctors warn about the consequences and urge patients to use various techniques, such as using divided pill boxes or putting their pill bottles beside their toothbrush as a reminder to take their morning and bedtime medicines.

Oklahoma marriage equality case goes before U.S. appeals court

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:29

Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state's voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman?

The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard similar issues in a Utah case last week, giving Oklahoma lawyers a preview of what questions they might face.

Joan Jett urges Rhode Island to protect elephants from abuse

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:13

Rock star Joan Jett today is asking lawmakers in Rhode Island to ban inhumane elephant training devices and to take steps to protect the animals from abuse.

Jett, already in the spotlight this month after performing with Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the band, wrote to lawmakers who were set to hold a hearing on the issue today (April 15).