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Florida woman died after hospital thought she was faking: lawyers

FL woman dies for nothingA Florida woman who collapsed and later died after being arrested for refusing to leave a rural hospital emergency room may have lived if medical staff and police had not assumed she was faking illness, her lawyers said on Wednesday.

Barbara Dawson, 57, complained of abdominal pains at Calhoun Liberty Hospital in the Florida Panhandle town of Blountstown five days before Christmas, but medical staff examined and released her.


Alabama Chief Justice Confuses Legal Duties With 'Personal Anti-LGBT Agenda'

Crazy Roy MooreAlabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore on Wednesday ordered probate judges in the state to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses, despite last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage throughout the country.

Moore said the federal case, Obergefell v. Hodges, brought "confusion and uncertainty" to Alabama, where the state supreme court has previously ruled against legalizing same-sex marriage. Among other things, he cited the case of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as evidence of such "confusion."


Chicago rabbi gets 8 years for sexually assaulting teen

Rabbi convicted of sexual assaultA man who was sexually assaulted by a West Rogers Park rabbi when he was a teenager told a Cook County judge Wednesday that his emotional pain has been so debilitating, his relationship with his family suffered and he cannot hold a full-time job.

“I am almost constantly afraid, feel alone, scared, angry, anxious, feeling useless, unwanted and unworthy of love,” the  man said before Judge Evelyn Clay sentenced Rabbi Aryeh “Larry” Dudovitz to eight years in prison for the October 2006 incident, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.


Texas grand jury indicts officer in case of Sandra Bland's death

Cop indicted for Sandra Bland arrestA Texas state trooper has been charged with perjury for conduct related to a contentious traffic stop of a Chicago area woman who was eventually arrested for assault and then died three days later in jail.

A grand jury indicted Trooper Brian Encinia on Wednesday with the misdemeanor charge. Encinia has been on desk duty since 28-year-old Sandra Bland was found dead in her cell in July. Her death was ruled a suicide.


Oregon armed militia are encroaching on sacred land, says Indian tribal leader

Bundy encroaching on sacred landThe leader of an Oregon Paiute Indian tribe joined the chorus of local residents calling for the armed militia camped out at a local federal wildlife refuge to give up their fight and go home.

Tribal chairwoman Charlotte Rodrique stood before 100 people – including many of the 420-member tribe – at a press conference on Wednesday, saying that the Bundys and their gang were encroaching on land considered sacred to the Paiute people.


Federal Campus Rape Investigations Near 200, And Finally Get More Funding

Campus rape fundingThe number of higher education institutions and K-12 schools under review by the U.S. Department of Education over how they've handled sexual assault cases has continued to grow, as the agency responsible for the investigations prepares for a modest budget increase.

As of Dec. 30, the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights had 194 Title IX investigations open at 159 colleges and universities examining allegations the schools mishandled sexual assault cases. In addition, OCR is investigating 68 cases involving sexual violence at 63 K-12 schools and school districts.


Florida university fires professor who said Sandy Hook shooting a hoax

FAU  fires nutty professerFlorida Atlantic University fired a professor who said the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 26 dead was a hoax and publicly argued with a victim's parents.

James Tracy, a tenured associate professor of communications at the school in South Florida, was fired for insubordination and circumvention of FAU policies. University officials said Tracy failed for three years to submit a required "Report of Outside Employment or Professional Activity Form." When he did submit one in mid-December, he did not list his personal blog, Memory Hole, and other associated blogs.


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