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Prescription stimulant abuse on rise among young adults

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Saturday, 20 December 2014 09:00

Young adults often misuse and abuse prescription stimulants as a way to manage the daily demands of academics, work and social pressures. This is the finding of a survey from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Among young adults between the ages of 18 to 25, 1 in 6 — 17 percent — has abused a prescription stimulant. Overall, young adults are most likely to abuse the prescribed stimulants Adderall (60 percent), Ritalin (20 percent) and Vyvanse (14 percent), which are prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

ACLU sues Ferguson school district challenging at-large electoral system

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 19 December 2014 07:15

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against Missouri's Ferguson-Florissant School District, charging the district's electoral system is locking African-Americans out of the political process.

The case, brought on behalf of the Missouri NAACP and African-American residents, is challenging the district’s at-large system used to elect school board members. The at-large system violates the federal Voting Rights Act by diluting African-American voting strength, the complaint charges.

Reaction to the president's new policy toward Cuba

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 18 December 2014 07:32

The 53-year-old U.S. policy of isolating Cuba is a failed attempt to promote democracy and freedom, say the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus — U.S. Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona and Keith Ellison of Minnesota — and its Peace and Security Task Force Chair, U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee of California.

The Democrats, responding to President Barack Obama's new policy toward Cuba, said in a joint statement, “Isolating Cuba separated the people of Cuba and their Cuban-American family members, and impaired our ability to build constructive relationships in Latin America.

2015: The in-between year

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 08:55

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. — PHOTO: Courtesy

The two most influential dates in 2015 politics likely will prove to be Tuesdays — Nov. 4, 2014, and Nov. 8, 2016.

White nationalist to appear with GOP leaders at tea party convention

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 19 December 2014 13:11

The Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights this week expressed concern that a South Carolina white nationalist leader is scheduled to appear alongside members of Congress and prospective presidential candidates at an upcoming tea party convention. 

IREHR documented in a new report that Roan Garcia-Quintana, a national board member of the white nationalist Council of Conservative Citizens, is listed as a featured speaker at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention to be held Jan. 17-19 in Myrtle Beach.

Justice Department: Civil Rights Act protects transgender workers

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 18 December 2014 17:18

U.S. Attorney General Holder said on Dec. 18 that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends to claims of discrimination based on an individual’s gender identity, including transgender status.

Holder informed all Department of Justice heads and U.S. attorneys in a memo that the department will no longer assert that Title VII’s prohibition against discrimination based on sex excludes discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender discrimination, reversing a previous Department of Justice position taken by the Bush administration.

Text of President Obama's remarks on Cuba

Written by President Barack Obama Thursday, 18 December 2014 07:24

The text of President Barack Obama's remarks on Dec. 17 on the release of American Alan Gross from a Cuban prison and on future diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The text was provided by the White House:

Federal judge declares Obama immigration actions unconstitutional

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 17 December 2014 08:34

A federal judge in Pittsburgh is declaring that President Barack Obama's recent executive actions on immigration are unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab says Obama's order in November designed to spare from deportation millions living in the United States without permission amounts to "unilateral legislative action" in violation of the Constitution.

Today in History, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Written by The AP Friday, 19 December 2014 07:41

Today is Friday, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 2014. There are 12 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

Civil rights group urges Texas to stop prison rape

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:04

The national LGBT civil rights group Lambda Legal has launched a petition drive calling on the state of Texas and Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott to implement and abide by the Prison Rape Elimination Act, the federal law signed by former President George W. Bush to address the problem of prison rape across the country.

Texas is one of only seven states that has refused to comply with PREA. Texas also is home to five of the 10 prisons with the highest rates of reported rapes in the country, as documented in a 2013 report by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics. It is widely understood that sexual violence in custody disproportionately affects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inmates.

Florida attorney general asks Supreme Court to block gay marriages

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 17 December 2014 12:09

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed an emergency petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to try to keep the state's gay marriage ban in place past Jan. 5.

Bondi this week filed a request with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who oversees emergency appeals from Florida, Alabama and Georgia.

Trial likely for 3 in slur-filled attack on gay couple

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 17 December 2014 08:01

Zachary Hesse and his boyfriend were moving on from a frozen yogurt stop toward a pizza joint in Philadelphia's Gayborhood when they came across eight to 10 young adults out on the town.

One of the revelers, using profanity and slurs, asked if they were gay, Hesse testified on Dec. 15. Hesse said they were, echoing the same crude language, and they soon found themselves surrounded.