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How Walmart Keeps an Eye on Its Massive Workforce

Walmart spiesIn the autumn of 2012, when Walmart first heard about the possibility of a strike on Black Friday, executives mobilized with the efficiency that had built a retail empire. Walmart has a system for almost everything:

When there’s an emergency or a big event, it creates a Delta team. The one formed that September included representatives from global security, labor relations, and media relations. For Walmart, the stakes were enormous. The billions in sales typical of a Walmart Black Friday were threatened. The company’s public image, especially in big cities where its power and size were controversial, could be harmed. But more than all that: Any attempt to organize its 1 million hourly workers at its more than 4,000 stores in the U.S. was an existential danger. Operating free of unions was as essential to Walmart’s business as its rock-bottom prices.


Armed group publishes home addresses of Muslims in North Texas

Anti Muslims publish Muslim infoAn armed anti-Muslim group protesting at a North Texas mosque this week has published the home addresses of Muslims in the community and “Muslim sympathizer[s],” the Dallas Morning News reported.

David Wright III, who organized a protest at the Irving Islamic Center last Saturday, posted the list on Facebook. Members of the group believe a Paris-style terrorist attack is imminent in the U.S. Before publishing the list, according to the Morning News, Wright posted on Facebook, “We should stop being afraid to be who we are! We like to have guns designed to kill people that pose a threat in a very efficient manner.”


New York Times slams Trump's mocking of reporter as 'outrageous'

Donalt TrumpDonald Trump has added a new item to his growing list of presidential campaign firsts: mocking a person’s physical handicap.

During a defense of his widely debunked claim that thousands of people in parts of New Jersey with large Arab populations celebrated the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, Trump performed a derisive impression of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski — who suffers from a chronic condition that has limited the movement of his arms — at a rally in South Carolina on Tuesday night.


Frank Gifford suffered from brain disease CTE, family says

Frank Gifford had CTEPro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who died this past summer of natural causes, suffered from the concussion-related brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, his family said Wednesday.

Gifford died suddenly at his Connecticut home on Aug. 9 at age 84.

"After losing our beloved husband and father, Frank Gifford, we as a family made the difficult decision to have his brain studied in hopes of contributing to the advancement of medical research concerning the link between football and traumatic brain injury," the family's statement read.


Most Students Have No Clue What Accurate Native American History Looks Like

US students have warped view of historyWhile schools take time off to celebrate Thanksgiving -- a holiday based on the supposed friendly relations between the Pilgrims and Mashpee Wampanoag Native American tribe -- they often fail to teach students about the hundreds of years of damage Americans inflicted on Native cultures.

Most K-12 textbooks gloss over or ignore some of the more tragic aspects of Native American history, according to research from Penn State Altoona professor Sarah Shear. Shear, who studies how state curriculum standards and textbooks explain Native American history, most recently found that textbooks do a poor job covering indigenous education policies and Native American boarding schools.


Missouri supreme court rules to dismiss death row inmate's murder convictions

Reggie ClemonsReggie Clemons, a Missouri prisoner who has spent 22 years on death row for the 1991 rape and murder of two sisters, has had his convictions thrown out by the state’s highest court on grounds that he was denied a fair trial through prosecutorial misconduct.

The supreme court of Missouri voted 4-3 on Tuesday to vacate Clemons’ murder convictions and remove him from death row. The ruling was the culmination of an epic six-year legal battle in which the prisoner sought to prove that prosecutors had violated his constitutional rights by withholding evidence at trial that his police confession had been beaten out of him.


US activists to launch Guantánamo protest along camp's perimeter

Gitmo protestersFourteen peace activists from across the United States will begin a protest vigil and fast along the perimeter fence of the US military detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on Wednesday in an attempt to draw attention to what they consider to be ongoing human rights abuses at the prison.

The protesters are all members of Witness Against Torture, a group which campaigns to have Guantánamo shut down. They plan to set up camp as close as they can to the 107 remaining detainees still being held at the facility. They will then begin a fast on Thanksgiving in symbolic solidarity with the 47 men inside the prison who have been cleared for release but are still trapped in legal limbo having never been charged with any crime, many of whom have been on hunger strike.


Minnesota Monks ‘Had Sex With Children’

Minessota monks sex cover upOne priest reported 200 sexual encounters, including some with students at St. John’s University and prep school.

Another recorded the names of dozens of boys he brought to a cabin, some of whom he sexually abused. Another abuser was paid $30,000 by St. John’s Abbey to support him as he left the clergy.

These are among findings from the first batch of personnel files from St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville made public Tuesday. The abbey was required to release its internal files on priests credibly accused of child sex abuse as part of a lawsuit settled earlier this year. It marks the first time the abbey — implicated in clergy abuse cases for two decades — has opened its confidential files.


Deportation protesters glue themselves to detention center gate

Deportees glue themselves to gateTwo people glued themselves to the gate of an immigration detention center near London's Heathrow Airport in an attempt to block a deportation flight from the United Kingdom to Africa.

About 10 anti-deportation activists gathered Tuesday evening at the Colnbrook Immigration Removal Center, located northwest of the Heathrow Airport, to form a blockade to stop a bus carrying deportees, who were being taken to the London Stansted Airport for deportation to Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone.


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