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Judge reaffirms nationwide ban on Obama transgender school bathroom policy

Transgender bathroom law A federal judge in Texas has largely rejected the Obama administration's request to narrow a nationwide injunction banning enforcement of an Education Department policy requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identity.

In an order issued late Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor made some changes to the ruling he issued in August at the request of 13 states opposed to the policy, but he left the Education Department unable to bring new cases enforcing transgender students' access to access to what he termed "intimate facilities" across the nation.


Feds win round in legal fight over Obama transgender bathroom policy

Obama wins round in trans bathroom challengeThe Obama administration has won an early round in the legal battle over its drive to require local schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to the students' gender identity.

On Tuesday, a federal magistrate in Chicago recommended that a judge reject a preliminary injunction in which a group of students and parents sought to block enforcement of that policy and reverse local policies allowing a transgender girl to use girls' locker rooms at a high school in Palatine, Illinois.


Extremist militias recruiting in fear of Clinton winning election, activists say

US militiaIn the past 12 months, Jessica Campbell has had her car’s fuel line cut and its wheel nuts loosened. Late last year, she had a GPS tracker surreptitiously attached to her vehicle. She is now accustomed to being tailed by unfamiliar vehicles on Interstate 5 near her home in Cottage Grove, just outside Eugene, Oregon. Strangers have regularly come uninvited onto her property; someone even stripped the barbed wire on her fence “just to send a message”. Online, she has repeatedly been threatened with rape and death.

And last week, when she showed up at the Canyon City community hall in Grant County, she told me that someone shot at her and her entourage. They misread their GPS, took a wrong turn and stopped to get their bearings when a crack rang out with what Campbell thought was a .22 bullet whizzing by their vehicle.


Pennsylvania Mayor Quits After Facebook Posts Compares Obama Family To Apes

PA mayor resigns after racist posts against ObamaThe mayor of a small Pennsylvania town is resigning after sparking outrage by posting images on his Facebook page comparing President Barack Obama and his family to apes and referencing a noose.

The council of the borough of West York, located about 100 miles (160 km) west of Philadelphia, voted unanimously on Monday to accept Mayor Charles Wasko’s offer to step down, council President Shawn Mauck said.

Wasko’s resignation will become effective on Oct. 21, and Mauck will fill out the rest of the mayor’s term, which runs until Dec. 31, 2017, Mauck said in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

TVNL Comment: It just never ends, does it?  Just asking.....


Religious leaders call for end to death penalty in wake of Harvard report

Harvard report on death penaltyThe names of those who signed the letter read like a who’s who of the local religious community, with Catholics, Jews and various Protestant denominations represented.

There was James Favorite, the pastor of Beulah Baptist International Church. There was Betsy Torop of Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon. There was Bishop Robert Lynch of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg.

The three were among 75 Tampa Bay clergy members who urged Hillsborough and Pinellas prosecutors on Monday to put an end to the death penalty.


Survey: One-third of U.S. women worry about being sexually assaulted

real men don't rapeMore than one-third of U.S. women say they are worried about being sexually assaulted, a poll released by Gallup Monday indicates.

In Gallup's annual Crime Poll, 34 percent of women said they were "frequently" or "occasionally" worried about a sexual assault. Among men, it was 5 percent.

Overall, 7 percent of Americans are frequently worried about a sexual attack.


Students expelled after Facebook group calls for 'execution' of Jews, black people

Colorado students with Nazi flagsA Nazi-themed Facebook group that called for the “execution” of Jews and African Americans has led to the expulsion of five Boulder, Colorado, high school students in an unusual case of “alt-right” hate speech spreading to teens in a liberal city.

About 15 students participated in a “4th Reich’s Official Group Chat” on Facebook, according to a Boulder police report, which said members discussed “killing all Jews and [N-words]” and encouraged each other to “recruit more members so they can complete their ‘mission’.”


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